In 2005, the Vatican released a document saying that men with “deep-seated” homosexual tendencies should not be ordained to the priesthood (and the No. 2 of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had made the same statement to me in an interview almost five years earlier).
The position on sexual orientation was recently underscored, writes Catholic News Service’s John Thavis, reporting on a Vatican press conference to release a document on the use of psychological testing of seminarians.
“One lingering doubt about the homosexuality document was whether a homosexually oriented man who was nevertheless committed to celibacy could be ordained a priest. At Thursday’s press conference, Cardinal Grocholewski gave a rather forceful ‘No,’” Thavis writes. Here’s the story.