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American Archbishop already squawking: 'No homos in the seminary'

Pope Ratzi, with the document in his desk banning openly gay priests from serving, has a partner in purging, Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, who is organizing an audit of seminaries to determine the state of homo infiltration. (National Catholic Register):

The bishop overseeing a Vatican-ordered inspection of U.S. seminaries said there is no room there for men with strong homosexual inclinations. And an apostolic visitation that begins this month will seek to determine whether seminaries are enrolling them.

I think anyone who has engaged in homosexual activity, or has strong homosexual inclinations, would be best not to apply to a seminary and not to be accepted into a seminary,” Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, who’s coordinating the visits of more than 220 seminaries and houses of formation, told the Register.

Archbishop O’Brien, who heads the Archdiocese for Military Services USA, said even homosexuals who have been celibate for 10 or more years should not be admitted to seminaries.

“The Holy See should be coming out with a document about this,” Archbishop O’Brien said. The visitations were sparked by the sexual abuse scandal that hit the U.S. Church in 2002.

In a 2002 speech, Pope John Paul II linked the abuse scandals with seminary instruction and called for the exclusion of seminary candidates with observable “deviations in their affections.”

What the heck are “observable deviations?”

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding