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To: Iscool
This is a major reason why men troubled by a restless sex attraction to other men, ought not to be in the seminary, a boys' school, or in any other mostly-male environment (e.g. military boot camp). It puts them in a constant "near occasion of sin," which it is morally obligatory to avoid.

This does create difficulties for same-sex-attracted men who are trying to achieve the inward peace of chaste singleness for the Lord. With men, they tend to develop crushes, uncomfortable stirred-up feelings. But they can't normally just go and hang out with women; nor are they necessarily suited for a starkly solitary (hermit-like) existence.

The SSA men I have known who are trying to walk in chastity, have had quite difficult struggles. Really, they need our prayers and our understanding support.

The Catholic chastity support group Courage has this as its aim; unfortunately, they remain a small fledgling group.

20 posted on 08/03/2013 6:22:50 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Point of clarification.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

This Pope has yet to demonstrate to me that he’s a very deep thinker. Certainly he hasn’t thought deeply about this issue.


21 posted on 08/03/2013 7:07:48 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Seeing as the Roman Catholic Church has been relaxing her prohibition on married priests, do think that by allowing faithful, married heterosexual men to be ordained into the priesthood it will help or hurt the "homosexual" problem going on there?

We already know from history that homosexual men in the Catholic clergy have been preying on young seminarians and boys all the way from local parishes into the Vatican is certainly not a recent aberration. The Orthodox tradition, which does and has always allowed married priests, does not have the same problems as the Roman Catholic clergy does in this area - at least not to the extent, anyway. Could Pope Francis be slowly moving towards relaxing the celibacy rule for priests and would this help to ameliorate the homosexual "problem" for the church?

25 posted on 08/03/2013 8:44:20 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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