Loading
Cardinal backs down from HIV testing for seminary candidates

.- The Archdiocese of Montreal has backed down from implementing a policy that would screen seminary candidates for HIV, after consulting with canon and civil lawyers.

At a press conference one month earlier, Jan. 12, Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte said the criteria for admission to the Grand Seminary of Montreal were revised and it was thought that, given the realities of the modern world, candidates should be screened for HIV. He defended the policy to reporters, which would have taken effect this fall. He had added that the screening would not have been mandatory.

However, in a press release issued Feb. 16, the cardinal said the screening was never made official in a written policy statement. He said the archdiocese is in an ongoing process of revising its admission criteria for the seminary, “however, we can affirm even now that this revision will not impose a HIV test,” the statement said.

The cardinal also pointed out that the Archdiocese of Montreal shares and respects the societal values contained in the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The Gazette’s Jan. 10 story, which first made the HIV-screening requirement public, had local gay-rights groups up in arms. They accused the archdiocese of discriminating against homosexuals and submitted a request to the Quebec Human Rights Commission to launch an investigation into the matter.

But Human Rights Commission spokesperson Ginette L’Heureux said that, after the archdiocese’s announcement two days ago, the commission will likely not follow through with any investigations.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Sep
1

Liturgical Calendar

September 1, 2014

Monday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 4:16-30

Gospel
Date
09/01/14
08/31/14
08/30/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 1 cor 2:1-5
Gospel:: Lk 4:16-30

Saint of the Day

St. Beatrice da Silva Meneses »

Saint
Date
08/31/14
08/30/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 4:16-30

Homily
Date
09/01/14
08/31/14
08/30/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: