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Posted on 12/09/2005 10:06:52 AM PST by Salvation
|Common Sense for an Uncommon Calling
|The Vaticans new instruction on the admission of candidates to seminary and the priesthood has fewer than 1,500 words. That works out to about an average Sunday homily. And like many of the best homilies, it seeks to apply common sense and the wisdom of the Church to problems of the day.
But we live in a culture where common sense can be rare. Thus, nobody should be surprised at the pre-emptive criticism and anxiety already directed at a Church document that deals with homosexuality and the priesthood.
(The) Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called "gay culture.The Roman text adds, however, that, Different (would) be the case in which one were dealing with homosexual tendencies that were only the expression of a transitory problem for example, that of an adolescence not yet superseded. Nevertheless, such tendencies must be clearly overcome at least three years before ordination to the diaconate.
While persistent homosexual tendencies never preclude personal holiness homosexuals and heterosexuals have the same Christian call to chastity, according to their state of life they do make the vocation of effective priestly service that much more difficult.
It falls to every bishop supported by seminary rectors and formation teams to examine and discern the suitability of every candidate for priesthood on a case-by-case basis that respects the dignity of the individual. The Church seeks to ordain only those men who can joyfully accept both the theology and personal practice of Catholic teaching on human sexuality. Those who cannot do so should not be burdened with demands they cannot honestly bear. This is simply common sense.
The official Vatican publication date for this latest document on priestly formation November 4 is the feast of the great patron saint of seminaries, St. Charles Borromeo. Borromeo dedicated his vocation to renewing Catholic life by renewing the priesthood and restoring through the witness of holy priests the mission of Gods people.
In issuing this months instruction on the admission of candidates to seminaries and the priesthood, the Holy See is continuing the same, on-going task.
For the complete document, click here.
Archbishop Chaput is the Archbishop for the Archdiocese of Denver.
**The official Vatican publication date for this latest document on priestly formation November 4 is the feast of the great patron saint of seminaries, St. Charles Borromeo. Borromeo dedicated his vocation to renewing Catholic life by renewing the priesthood and restoring through the witness of holy priests the mission of Gods people.**
St. Charles Borromeo pray for all our seminarians.
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It's a good thing. No practicing homosexuals and no pro-homosexual cheerleaders in the priesthood. Pope Benedict is turning out to be quite a good Pope. Bless him.
Good on 'em!
However, I hope this is just a warm-up, before the Holy Father attacks the much larger issue of Bishops, priests, and laity who don't "accept the theology and personal practice of Catholic teaching" regarding heterosexual chastity.
Archbishop Chaput is a balm for many Catholics. Thanks for the post.