Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Pope to Nancies: Bugger Off!
From the New York Times:
A new Vatican document excludes from the priesthood most gay men, with few exceptions, banning in strong and specific language candidates "who are actively homosexual, have deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called 'gay culture.' "
The long-awaited document, which has leaked out in sections over the last few months, was published Tuesday in Italian by an Italian Catholic Web site, AdistaOnline.it.
The document appears to allow ordination only for candidates who experienced "transitory" homosexual tendencies that were "clearly overcome" --
For the record, "overcome" should not be used when discussing gay priests. For the record.
-- at least three years before ordination as a deacon, the last step before priesthood.
It does not define "overcome."
On the other hand, those of us living in the modernist camp may take solace in the fact that this is merely a continuation of a millenia-old policy.
While church documents as early as 1961 banned homosexuals from the priesthood, conservative Catholics complain that the ban has often been ignored.
Many conservatives called the document a necessary correction, saying the number of gay men in seminaries has deterred heterosexual men from applying.
Because men who like to wear dresses feel, you know, weird around gay people.
As discussed before, combating pedophilia by banning gays instead of, um, pedophiles doesn't make much sense. It's rather like invading the country which is next to the country which is next to the country which was responsible for 9/11.
On the other hand, we can now freely refer to Catholicism as a second-tier religion. And for that, we can be truly thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.