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To: marshmallow
I don't want this to happen to me. I am presently a sophmore in college and am seriously feeling a calling to the priesthood, but I really don't want this to happen to me. Catholics need to stand up for the safety of their community so that the Church is pur again. Geez, just what I need, to be hit on by another seminarian.
10 posted on 03/16/2002 9:29:57 AM PST by sasherm13
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To: sasherm13
I don't think doing away with celibacy for religious will increase the number called. However, it is my understanding that the gay culture within seminaries causes many heterosexuals who would answer the call to turn away. Perhaps if the Church cleaned them out we would discover our "priest shortage" disappearing over time.
11 posted on 03/16/2002 9:43:30 AM PST by PLK
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To: sasherm13
The Episcopal Church USA is also having the same problem. Many of the Dioces are supporting the ordination of practicing homosexuals with the support of the National Church administration. Sad.
12 posted on 03/16/2002 9:52:15 AM PST by MI-WAC
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To: sasherm13
The Catholic church is being attacked from within. We need good people on the inside to fight against it. I hope you will be one of them.

FYI, I found a related article on the EWTN web site.

13-Mar-2002 -- EWTNews Brief HOMOSEXUAL GROUP DEFIES VATICAN ORDERS LOUISVILLE

Kentucky, (CWNews.com) -- Despite objections from the Vatican, a conference of Catholic activists seeking changes in Church teaching regarding homosexuality opened in Kentucky this past weekend, with a retired bishop presiding at the opening liturgy.

The convention in Louisville was sponsored by New Ways Ministry, a group which has clashed with Rome because of its statements on homosexuality. In 1999, the Vatican ordered Father Robert Nugent and Sister Jeannine Gramick, the founders of the organization, to cease their public advocacy for homosexuals. Although the two are no longer officially active in New Ways Ministry, the group's public statements remain at odds with Church teachings.

Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had written to Louisville's Archbishop Thomas Kelly, pointing out that New Ways Ministry "does not promote the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church." But the Kentucky archbishop did not discourage participation in the conference.

Archbishop Kelly did tell the conference organizers that they should not celebrate the Eucharist at their conference, because of--as Archbishop Bertone had put it--"the confusion and scandal which will inevitably arise from this event." But New Ways Ministry ignored that directive. And Bishop Leroy Matthiesen, the retired bishop of Amarillo, Texas, presided at the Mass.

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, a Detroit auxiliary who has been outspoken in his support for homosexuals, also took part in the New Ways Ministry conference.

Questioned about the group's defiance of the order not to celebrate Mass, Archbishop Kelly told the Louisville Courier-Journal that "New Ways Ministry is trying to do good work, but it has to do that work within the context of the Church's teaching." He added: "That is not always easily achieved."

13 posted on 03/16/2002 9:55:07 AM PST by spindoctor
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To: sasherm13
I don't want this to happen to me. I am presently a sophmore in college and am seriously feeling a calling to the priesthood, but I really don't want this to happen to me.

Try to find an Opus Dei priest and get into spiritual direction to discern your vocation. Opus Dei screens its candidates for ordination very, very well. I have yet to meet a weirdo among the Opus Dei clergy.

17 posted on 03/16/2002 10:06:24 AM PST by Squire
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