HOMOSEXUALITY in the Roman Catholic Priesthood

Homosexuality in Rome, PDF format

Late in 2005, the Vatican published a new document on homosexuality in the Roman Catholic priesthood. The ponderous title of the document is Instruction concerning the criteria for the discernment of vocations with regard to persons with homosexual tendencies in view of their admission to the seminary and to holy orders.

The document said, “In light of such teaching, this dicastery [Vatican department]… believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to Holy Orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called gay culture.” However, it added that the “Church” can admit to the deaconate (the step before the priesthood) those who have clearly overcome homosexual tendencies for at least three years.[1]

Rome’s official position on sodomy thus remains as follows: it is a sin and cannot be approved; homosexuals cannot be ordained as priests; but Roman Catholics with homosexual tendencies must be accepted, although they are called to “chastity”(i.e they may not practice homosexuality).

Predictably, the Vatican’s stance has outraged sodomites. “This looks like a diversionary tactic to deflect public attention away from the Vatican’s real problem, which is child sex abuse by clergy,” said Peter Tatchell of the British homosexual pressure group, Outrage! “The pope should be tackling paedophiles within the Church, not witch-hunting gay people.”

Similarly, Joe Solmonese, president of the U.S. “Gay rights” group, Human Rights Campaign, said: “At a time when the Church should be taking responsibility for the harm created by a devastating sex abuse scandal, they are instead using gay people as scapegoats. This decree is a diversion that neither keeps children safe nor holds criminals responsible.”[2]

These statements cry out for comment. Both these wicked sodomites will know very well that sodomy and child sex abuse go hand in hand. The evidence is overwhelming. For example, although homosexuals account for only 1.5 – 2.5% of the population of the United States, they constitute about one third of all child molesters! And in Canada, a study of paedophiles showed that 30% of them also engaged in homosexual acts with adults. As one man put it, “If 2% of the population is responsible for at least 20 to 40% of something as socially and personably troubling as child molestation, something must be dreadfully wrong with that 2%. Not every homosexual is a child molester. But enough gays do molest children so that the risk of a homosexual molesting a child is 10 to 20 times greater than that of a heterosexual.”[3] The fact that well over 80% of all children abused by priests (according to one Roman Catholic magazine, the figure is between 90 and 98%) have been boys, shows plainly enough that this abomination is intimately connected with the abomination of sodomy. These two men are clearly trying to deflect attention away from the obvious connection between sodomy and child sex abuse, by these statements.

That being said, however, it is certainly true enough that the Vatican, reeling from the worldwide scandals caused by tens of thousands of priests who have committed the abomination of child sex abuse, is trying to deflect attention away from these scandals by focusing solely on homosexual priests. It has admitted, in fact, that the document was drafted to deal with the scandals.