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Can Homosexual Become Priest

  • Date Submitted: 10/14/2011 09:42 AM
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“Should Homosexual men become priests?”

Homosexual men should not be allowed to become priests. According to the constant tradition of the Church baptized males alone may validly receive Holy Orders. During the time in seminary men are encouraged not to pursue romantic relationships. The Vatican is clearly opposed to homosexuality. From Vatican 11 until today several documents of the Magisterial and especially the Catechism of the Catholic Church have confirmed the teaching of the church on homosexuality. In sacred Scriptures it teaches these are presented as grave sins. The Roman Catholic Church requires its priests to refrain from any sexual relationships, whether heterosexual or homosexual. The Vatican recently issued a statement re-emphasing that even chaste gay men are to be barred from the priesthood. A priest is a person authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion especially as a mediatory agent between humans and deities. They also have the power to administer religious rites.
Priests must represent Christ – Persons with a homosexual orientation cannot represent Christ as well as chaste heterosexual priests, because such persons do not have a chaste and properly ordered sexuality, as Christ did. A priest is called upon to represent Christ, not only at the sacrifice of the mass, but on his life and in person. Those who do not closely represent Christ should not be ordained to the priesthood.
Christ did not ordain homosexuals, nor has the church, throughout its history, approved of the ordination of homosexuals. The tradition of the church has never treated Homosexuality as if it were equivalent to heterosexuality, nor has the tradition of the church ever sought homosexuals for ordination. The body of the Bishops led by the Pope, throughout the history of the church, has never approved of, nor sought homosexuals for ordination or the religious life.
Permitting homosexuals to be ordained presents a bad example to be faithful, making it seem as...


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