Men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, and it would be better for priests who are actively gay to leave rather than lead a double life, Pope Francis says in a new book.
While it is true that not all homosexuals are pedophiles, it is true that all male priests who have sex with underage boys are homosexual. I can safely say that statement is not up for debate by anyone. So it is quite odd to me, on a variety of levels, that Pope Francis is only now saying that homosexual priests should leave the Catholic Church.
“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:5 (KJV)
After tens of thousands of cases of homosexual pedophilic attacks by gay priests on young boys, you would think that Pope Francis would have come to this conclusion quite a while ago. Like, say, on his first day in office, maybe? And why is he only speaking out about it after being exposed Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano? And why is he only saying this as a suggestion? Isn’t the pope ‘infallible’ when giving orders regarding faith and morals from his ‘magic throne’? Why not just issue a command getting rid of all homosexual priests?
I will tell you why Papa Frankie won’t do that. Because if he did, the Catholic Church would have an immediate 85% vacancy in the priesthood, and that would leave the world’s largest corporation far too understaffed to continue operating. Like any other for-profit business you need workers.
Be celibate or leave the priesthood, Pope Francis tells gay priests
FROM REUTERS: “The question of homosexuality is a very serious one,” he said, adding that those entrusted with training men to be priests must be certain that candidates are “humanly and emotionally mature” before they can be ordained.
Pope Francis said there was “no room for this” in the lives of priests and nuns, adding that the Church had to be “demanding” in choosing candidates for what is known as the consecrated life.
“For this reason, the Church urges that persons with this rooted tendency not be accepted into (priestly) ministry or consecrated life,” he said.
He urged homosexuals who are already priests or nuns to be celibate and responsible to avoid creating scandal. “It is better that they leave the priesthood or the consecrated life rather than live a double life,” he said.
The interview was conducted in mid-August. Less than two weeks later, on Aug. 26, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Vatican’s former ambassador to the Vatican, threw the Catholic Church into turmoil with a bombshell statement against the pope and Vatican officials.
Vigano said a “homosexual network” existed in the Vatican, whose members helped promote each other’s careers in the Church.
He also accused the pope of having ignored alleged sexual misconduct with adult male seminarians by former American cardinal Theodore McCarrick, 88. The Vatican said Vigano’s accusations were riddled with “calumny and defamation”.
The Catholic Church has been haunted for more than two decades by evidence of thousands of cases of sexual abuse of minors by clergy around the world, in countries ranging from the United States to Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Germany and Chile.
In July, McCarrick became the first cardinal to resign in nearly 100 years after U.S. Church officials said allegations made in a separate investigation that he had sexually abused a 16-year-old boy almost 50 years ago were credible and substantiated.
McCarrick has said he had no recollection of the alleged abuse of the minor, but has not commented on the allegations of misconduct with the seminarians, which allegedly took place decades ago. READ MORE
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