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Breaking: Benedict to approve gay seminarian ban

“If this is true, it’s a disaster. I know many celibate gay priests who feel they could not live with any integrity in a church that treats gay men like this. And I know many gay seminarians who have been living celibate lives with ease, who would simply leave.”
— a gay priest, who asked not to be named, in a Newsday article

[UPDATE: added an item at the end about married priests asking Ratzi to lift the celibacy ban.]

What a f*cking criminal enterprise. He’s the head of a church that conspired to hide the mass molestation of children. This man is going to be responsible for the destruction of his own church.

His document will state that all gay men have a personality disorder which disqualifies them from serving. This is complete bullsh*t. And what will the “test” be to rule out the homos?

I hope that Ratzi’s happy when 1) all the good gay priests get out, 2) all the heterosexual pedophiles keep on destroying the lives of children, 3) there aren’t enough men willing to serve in the priesthood because of this unfair, ignorant witch hunt; and 4) American Catholics shut their wallets.

From Catholic World News, which Newsday reports, is “an independent news service with links to the pope’s American publisher.” (CWN.com):

Pope Benedict XVI has given his approval to a new Vatican policy document indicating that men with homosexual tendencies should not be ordained as Catholic priests.

The new document– which was prepared by the Congregation for Catholic Education, in response to a request made by the late Pope John Paul II in 1994– will be published soon. It will take the form of an “Instruction,” signed by the prefect and secretary of the Congregation: Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski and Archbishop Michael Miller.


So Father Mychal Judge, the hero priest who died in the ruins of the World Trade Center ministering sacraments to fallen NYFD, was unfit to have been a priest in the eyes of Benedict?

The text, which was approved by Pope Benedict at the end of August, says that homosexual men should not be admitted to seminaries even if they are celibate, because their condition suggests a serious personality disorder which detracts from their ability to serve as ministers.

Priests who have already been ordained, if they suffer from homosexual impulses, are strongly urged to renew their dedication to chastity, and a manner of life appropriate to the priesthood.

And from the Newsday piece:

“I believe it would have a strong impact, but I’m afraid it would be negative,” said the Rev. Donald Cozzens, a former seminary rector who wrote a book several years ago describing how the priesthood “is, or is becoming, a gay profession.”

“The number of seminarians is already dramatically down from 40 years ago,” Cozzens said. “This may make the situation even more dire than it already is. And I’m also concerned that it might drive out men who might be destined to give very fine service to the church.”

Also critical is how the directive is enforced, a process likely to vary from seminary to seminary.

“How one goes about making these determinations will be key,” said John-Peter Pham, a papal scholar at James Madison University. “In some places, I could see witch hunts and anonymous accusations. In others, I’m sure it will simply be observed in the breach, much like the ban on contraceptives.”

In other, related news, our government seeks protection for Ratzi from prosecution for covering up molestations. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston covered up abuse with his help during the mid-1990s…

The United States government has told a Texas court that Benedict should be given immunity from a lawsuit accusing him of conspiring to cover up the sexual molestation of three boys by a seminarian, court documents show.

Assistant attorney general Peter Keisler said in Monday’s filing that, as pope, Benedict enjoys immunity as the head of a state – the Vatican. He said allowing the lawsuit to proceed would be “incompatible with the United States’ foreign policy interests”.

And while we’re on the morality tip, how about this Vatican action:
War crimes chief accuses Vatican.


Pope Ratz photo illustration by “evilgenius” Doug at Reality Stick.

Carla del Ponte, chief prosecutor for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, has said she believes Gen Ante Gotovina is hiding in a monastery in Croatia.

Ms del Ponte’s spokeswoman told the BBC News website that the Vatican had refused to help in the search for him, despite being in a position to do so…Ms del Ponte wrote to Pope Benedict XVI in July this year in an effort to secure the Vatican’s co-operation, her spokeswoman told the BBC News website.

The Pope has yet to reply to the prosecutor’s request for a meeting, the spokeswoman said. Ms del Ponte earlier told British newspaper The Daily Telegraph she believed Gen Gotovina was “hiding in a Franciscan monastery and so the Catholic Church is protecting him”.

“I have taken this up with the Vatican and the Vatican totally refuses to co-operate with us,” she said.

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Pope Ratzi via Agitprop

It’s been a real Vatican Celebration day at the Blend, with all the spirit-uplifting news about Benedict about to approve a gay seminarian ban, and the Bush Administration seeking to give the sex-obsessed Pope immunity from a lawsuit accusing him of conspiring to cover up the sexual molestation of three boys in Texas.

Here’s an interesting item on the International Federation of Married Catholic Priests, which is calling for Benedict to lift the ban on marriage for priests. The odd thing is that Ratzi has signaled some softness in this area, according to the organization.

The federation draws its optimism from a rumoured account of remarks by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in summer 2004, well before his election as pope, when he was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

He reportedly asked a delegation of U.S. bishops, “What would your people think about a re-introduction of the tradition of married priests?” The Americans were supposed to have been speechless for a moment with surprise.

According to the federation, this means that Benedict recognizes
that priests were often married in the early church. A council of the church imposed the rule of celibacy in 1139, along with the requirement that clergy who marry abandon their priesthood. Former priests have also been keenly aware that Pope Benedict made no mention whatever of celibacy when he addressed 600 seminarians gathered in Cologne during World Youth Day.

I think whoever is spreading that rumor must be hallucinating.

Thanks to House Blender and Julien’s List contributor Holly for the pointer.

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