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Vatican officially releases the homo purge document

“Those people [you homos out there] find themselves, in fact, in a situation that presents a grave obstacle to a correct relationship with men and women. One cannot ignore the negative consequences that can stem from the ordination of people with deeply rooted homosexual tendencies.”
— from the Vatican document on regulations for men entering the priesthood, officially released today

At long last…now we can sit back and see if American Catholics, and the priests that disagree with Papa Ratzi are going to take this on the chin.

The gauntlet has been thrown down, and gay Catholics that were hoping for more inclusion and less demonization over time have been given the finger. They now have a pope that plans to turn back the clock and slam the closet shut while the pedophiles in their midst continue running free — and the collection plate revenue is paying off the lawsuits.

“If instead it is a case of homosexual tendencies that are merely the expression of a transitory problem, for example as in the case of an unfinished adolescence, they must however have been clearly overcome for at least three years before ordination as a deacon.”

For many Catholics the document raises as many questions as answers. What exactly is meant by a “deep-seated homosexual tendency,” is unclear since a definition isn’t provided. Nor is there an understandable definition of “expression of a transitory problem”.

The document, called an “Instruction” is only five pages, including footnotes. It was signed by the prefect and secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education on Nov. 4 and says it was approved by Pope Benedict on Aug. 31.

“We are calling on all Catholics of goodwill to speak to their priests and express their deep concern at this decision,” said Harry Knox, Director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program.

News Telegraph

“We’re speaking directly to Catholics in the pews and urging them to consider what Jesus would do if he saw his neighbor treated this way.”

Britain’s OutRage called the document bigoted and hypocritical.

“It will encourage dishonesty, fuel homophobia and lead to Vatican sex spies snooping on trainee priests,” said OutRage’s Peter Tatchell.

“If these rules had existed in the past, many existing Archbishops and Cardinals would have never been allowed to enter the priesthood. Given the high proportion of gay clergy in senior positions in the Vatican, this new policy is rank hypocrisy.”

Catch this choice headline:

* Vatican confirms ban for ‘deep-seated’ gays (Independent/UK)


And the fallout begins — Anti-gay edict stirs priest to step aside. An Arizona priest steps down over the bigoted policies of the church.

The Rev. Leonard Walker, 58, who as pastor was chief executive of Queen of Peace church, is the first priest in the Phoenix Diocese to resign over church treatment of gay men, specifically a new Vatican document aimed at keeping gay men out of the priesthood.

Walker declined to disclose his sexual orientation, but he said he was no longer comfortable “wearing the uniform” of the priesthood.

“It’s like a Jew wearing a Nazi uniform,” Walker said. “I could no longer stay in that institution with any amount of integrity.”

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