.- The Italian daily Il Giornale has published what it claims are excerpts from the upcoming Vatican document that will bar homosexuals from the priesthood.
The newspaper claims to have had access to the eight-page document that will be released under the auspices of the Congregation for Catholic Education and will be entitled, âInstruction for vocational discernment criteria regarding persons with homosexual tendencies in view of their admission to the priesthood and holy orders.â
The document will allegedly include an introduction and three chapters: âAffective maturity and spiritual paternity,â âHomosexuality and the ordained ministry,â and âDiscernment of the suitability of candidates on the part of the Church.â
Il Giornale says in the document the Vatican will reiterate that homosexual persons should be âtreated with respect and kindnessâ and that âany sign of discriminationâ against them must be avoided, but that they should be barred from entering the seminary because of their incompatibility with the priesthood.
The newspaper also maintains the document will affirm that âthe Church cannot admit into the priesthood those who practice homosexuality or have homosexual tendencies or are close to the so-called âgayâ cultureâ as manifested through their opinions, their participation at gay protests or their embracing of the homosexual agenda.
The document will also reiterate that âthere is no right to ordinationâ and that âdiscernment regarding the suitabilityâ of future priests corresponds to the competence of Church, which must judge a candidateâs affective maturity, ability to live chastely, and whether or not he suffers from âsexual disorders incompatible with the priesthood.â
In the case of âserious doubt,â the candidate in question would not be allowed to enter the seminary, Il Giornale reports.
The Italian newspaper also explained that âtendencies that would indicate a transitional problem, such as in the case of an adolescent who has not yet fully matured, would have to be overcome for at least three years before ordination to the diaconate.â
The document maintains that homosexuality can âcreate obstacles in the correct relationship between men and women,â and in these cases, the spiritual director would have the obligation to âdissuade the candidateâ from continuing his seminary formation.
According to Il Giornale, the Vatican document will be published on November 29.