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  • Levada's Secret

    01/06/2006 11:58:45 PM PST · by narses · 24 replies · 494+ views
    SF Weekly ^ | January 4, 2006 | Ron Russell
    As he prepares to be deposed in San Francisco next week, former S.F. Archbishop William Levada may have to come clean about a priestly child molester he protected in Portland. By Ron Russell In April 2004, when questioned under oath by lawyers for victims sexually abused by priests, San Francisco's former archbishop, William J. Levada, was asked about Father Joseph Baccellieri, a parish priest accused of child molestation whom Levada removed from ministry in 1992 while archbishop of Portland. Levada restored Baccellieri to his post two years later. "I believe there was some allegation that occurred while I was there,"...
  • Gay RC priest quits (longs for loving relationship)

    01/06/2006 6:12:11 AM PST · by NYer · 74 replies · 1,204+ views
    Chronicle Journal ^ | January 6, 2005 | Carl Clutchey
    As Rev. Scott Gale strode through Marathon’s Holy Saviour church Thursday morning, a parishioner sitting in a pew caught his eye and said quietly, “See you on Sunday.” Sundays are typically busy for the outspoken Gale. But the day after tomorrow will be different — likely the last time the veteran cleric will address a congregation as an active priest. Gale, 47, resigned last month after revealing he is gay, and that he is no longer able to commit to being celibate. Most of Holy Saviour’s parishioners learned of Gale’s decision to pursue his “longing for a loving relationship” as...
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins was "Gay", And Other Stunning Revelations at Catholic Homosexual Conference

    01/05/2006 4:06:57 PM PST · by Coleus · 25 replies · 608+ views
    San Diago News Notes ^ | NICHOLAS OWEN
    "At Work in the Vineyard -- Planting, Nurturing, Harvesting" was the theme of this year's conference of the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries, held September 22-25. Participants of the conference, held at the San Jose Hilton, were "out and proud,"with priests admitting their homosexuality and attendees railing against upcoming seminary visits and the approval by Pope Benedict XVI of a document that, some reports have said, would ban homosexuals from the priesthood. San Jose' s Bishop Patrick McGrath gave a welcoming speech on the opening night of the conference. Although the Hilton ballroom was set up...
  • Karl Keating e-letter (1/3/06 on the instruction regarding the ordination of homosexuals)

    01/04/2006 4:50:06 AM PST · by Aquinasfan · 1 replies · 264+ views
    Catholic Answers ^ | 01/03/06 | Karl Keating
    1. The recent instruction regarding the ordination of homosexuals took, by various accounts, anywhere from five to eight years to write. I realize that things move slowly in Rome, but this may mark a new record in time inefficiently spent. The instruction was not long, it broke no new ground, and it contained no theological obscurities that necessitated long periods of high-level head scratching. It could have been written in a single afternoon. Perhaps it was, after which it was shuffled from one desk to another--for years. If in that time it was seen by many competent eyes, I wonder...
  • Stunning Revelations at Catholic Homosexual Conference

    01/04/2006 3:12:02 PM PST · by Notwithstanding · 55 replies · 2,543+ views
    San Diego NewsNotes ^ | January 2006 | NICHOLAS OWEN
    "At Work in the Vineyard -- Planting, Nurturing, Harvesting" was the theme of this year's conference of the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries...Participants ...were "out and proud," with priests admitting their homosexuality and attendees railing against upcoming seminary visits... San Jose' s Bishop Patrick McGrath gave a welcoming speech on the opening night of the conference.
  • Vatican dismisses priest accused of sexually abusing minors

    01/02/2006 5:55:15 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 465+ views
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | January 1, 2006 | MARY PEMBERTON
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A priest accused of sexually abusing boys more than two decades ago has been dismissed from the priesthood, the Catholic Diocese of Juneau said Sunday. The dismissal of Michael Patrick Nash stems from an investigation that began in late 2002, when a former Juneau resident claimed that he had been abused by Nash in the early 1980s."I am relieved we are coming to a sense of resolution and some conclusion to what all around has been a tragic affair," Bishop Michael Warfel said Sunday.The diocese decided that Joel Post, who now lives in Duluth, Minn., had "suffered...
  • Few Priests Sign Name to Ban Gay Marriage

    12/31/2005 2:29:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies · 720+ views
    Springfield Republican ^ | 12-30-05 | Bill Zajac
    Despite the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church urging support for a petition against same-sex marriage, only 20 percent of priests who work in the Springfield diocese signed the petition, according to a Web site tracking the issue. Of the 154 active local priests, 31, or 20 percent, signed the petition that seeks to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Information about petition signers was gathered from the Web site of the pro-gay marriage organization, knowthyneighbor.org. Leaders of the organization said their Web site's petition database contains all the names accepted by the Massachusetts Secretary...
  • Homosexual Activists Cheer Appointment of New San Francisco Archbishop

    12/22/2005 2:56:40 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 95 replies · 3,364+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 23 December 2005 | Hilary White
    SAN FRANCISCO, December 22, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Archbishop George Hugh Niederauer, soon to be installed as the new Archbishop of San Francisco, has told a local news outlet that he is opposed to the Vatican’s prohibition of homosexuals in seminaries. “Some who are seriously mistaken have named sexual orientation as the cause of the recent scandal regarding the sexual abuse of minors by priests,” Niederauer said Monday in an interview with the Intermountain Catholic News. Niederauer referred to the “sexual orientation” of homosexual men, what the Vatican document on ordaining homosexual men called “deep seated homosexual tendencies” as merely “a...
  • Texas Priest Accused of Groping Teen

    12/20/2005 8:40:42 PM PST · by apoc · 33 replies · 869+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 20, 2005 | AP
    Texas Priest Accused of Groping Teen MARBLE FALLS, Texas (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest accused of groping a 16-year-old boy at a movie theater during a showing of "King Kong" has been charged with indecency with a child by sexual contact. Father Paul M. Clogan, 74, was arrested Friday as he left the theater, police Capt. F.T. Goodwin said in Monday's online edition of the Austin American-Statesman. Clogan was free on bond Monday. Clogan sat next to the teen in the theater, Goodwin said. The boy, who did not know Clogan, told investigators the priest groped him about an...
  • Newark priest knew of McCarrick "sleepovers," fires back at archdiocese

    12/19/2005 8:02:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies · 837+ views
    Renew America ^ | 12/18/2005 | Matt C. Abbott
    Father Robert Hoatson, who recently filed a lawsuit against the New York and Newark archdioceses, is now the second priest to go on record as saying that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused his authority by "inviting" certain seminarians to sleep with him. (Father James Haley was the first priest to on record about the matter.) Then-Bishop McCarrick reportedly would have the seminarians sleep next to him, but did not engage in sexual activity with them. Recounts Father Hoatson: When I had decided to leave the Irish Christian Brothers to become a priest in 1994, the very first question I asked...
  • Russian Orthodox back Vatican stance on gays

    12/18/2005 12:17:07 PM PST · by lizol · 20 replies · 553+ views
    The Tablet ^ | 17 December 2005 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    Russian Orthodox back Vatican stance on gays. RUSSIA’S ORTHODOX Church has backed the Vatican’s position on homosexuals in seminaries, and accused Protestant denominations of “succumbing to secular values” over the issue. “Homosexuality was called a sin in Holy Scripture – there’s no possibility of any other interpretation,” said Fr Igor Vyzhanov, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Commission for Inter-Christian Dialogue. “There are certain differences in how we handle candidates for priesthood, since celibacy is obligatory for Catholics whereas Orthodox can marry if they don’t aspire to hierarchical posts. But there’s total agreement between both Churches as concerns candidates’ homosexual tendencies.”...
  • Russian Orthodox back Vatican stance on gays

    12/16/2005 8:19:45 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 10 replies · 307+ views
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | December 17, 2005 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    Russian Orthodox back Vatican stance on gays. RUSSIA’S ORTHODOX Church has backed the Vatican’s position on homosexuals in seminaries, and accused Protestant denominations of “succumbing to secular values” over the issue. “Homosexuality was called a sin in Holy Scripture – there’s no possibility of any other interpretation,” said Fr Igor Vyzhanov, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Commission for Inter-Christian Dialogue. “There are certain differences in how we handle candidates for priesthood, since celibacy is obligatory for Catholics whereas Orthodox can marry if they don’t aspire to hierarchical posts. But there’s total agreement between both Churches as concerns candidates’ homosexual tendencies.”...
  • NEW ARCHBISHOP FOR SF: Tolerant statements toward gays Homosexuals can minister as priests,

    12/16/2005 8:02:28 AM PST · by SmithL · 35 replies · 1,367+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/16/5 | Wyatt Buchanan
    San Francisco's incoming Catholic archbishop, George Niederauer, has spoken boldly in support of gay priests and has praised gay parishioners, leaders of gay Catholic organizations said Thursday. Many in the church hierarchy have blamed the international clergy sex abuse scandal on gay priests, and the Vatican's recent instruction on gays in the priesthood stated new rules on gay clergy were "made more urgent by the current situation." Niederauer disputed those ideas in an interview with his diocesan newspaper in Utah. "Some who are seriously mistaken have named sexual orientation as the cause of the recent scandal regarding the sexual abuse...
  • Priest Resigns Post Over Vatican Document

    12/15/2005 12:58:09 PM PST · by SmithL · 43 replies · 939+ views
    AP ^ | 12/15/5
    Collegeville, Minn. -- A priest at St. John's University said he was resigning his leadership position because of the Vatican's latest statement that homosexuals should be barred from entering the Roman Catholic priesthood. "Because I can no longer honestly represent, explain and defend the church's teaching on homosexuality, I feel I must resign," the Rev. Bob Pierson said in an e-mail Wednesday to administrators and students at St. John's and the nearby College of St. Benedict. The Vatican announced last month that it was toughening its stand against gay candidates for the priesthood, advising that men with "deep-seated" gay tendencies...
  • Gay clergy issue letter on Vatican policy

    12/15/2005 6:09:14 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 504+ views
    Tri City Herald ^ | December 15, 2005
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - A group of gay Italian clergy said Wednesday that their homosexuality has not stopped them from being good priests,a direct response to a recent Vatican policy statement banning priestly candidates with "deep-seated" homosexual tendencies. The message, an open letter in which the priests said they felt like the church's "unloved and unwanted children," was posted on the Web site of the Italian Catholic news agency Adista. The agency last month leaked the Vatican instruction on gay priests a week before its scheduled release by the Holy See. Adista said 39 priests, 26 diocesans and 13 more...
  • (Rochester) Priest gets prison on child porn charge

    12/15/2005 6:30:31 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 650+ views
    Star Gazette ^ | December 14, 2005 | GREG LIVADAS
    ROCHESTER -- The Rev. Michael Volino was sentenced today to 15 months in federal prison and 10 years supervised release in connection with child pornography charges. U.S. District Judge David Larimer also prohibited the Catholic priest from ministering to children or working with school programs. Volino is an Elmira native. "I think Father Volino had more than an idle curiosity. It was extreme," Larimer said. Defense lawyer John Parrinello had asked for a sentence that did not include jail time. He argued that there had never been an allegation of molestation or inappropriate physical contact. He also had asked that...
  • Gay Clergy Issue Letter on Vatican Policy

    12/14/2005 11:06:45 PM PST · by presidio9 · 11 replies · 470+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wed Dec 14, 2005
    A group of gay Italian clergy said Wednesday that their homosexuality has not stopped them from being good priests,a direct response to a recent Vatican policy statement banning priestly candidates with "deep-seated" homosexual tendencies. The message, an open letter in which the priests said they felt like the church's "unloved and unwanted children," was posted on the Web site of the Italian Catholic news agency Adista. The agency last month leaked the Vatican instruction on gay priests a week before its scheduled release by the Holy See. Adista said 39 priests, 26 diocesans and 13 more members of various religious...
  • Vatican edict tests faith, gay group says

    12/14/2005 10:18:51 AM PST · by presidio9 · 36 replies · 952+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Tue, Nov. 29, 2005 | CARA BUCKLEY
    True to Catholic tradition, Joe Mele marched a crucifix to the altar ahead of the priest this past Sunday, rang the Sanctus bell at the right times and pressed a wine-filled chalice to the lips of the faithful during Communion, solemnly intoning the words ``the blood of Christ.'' But when asked what he thought about the Vatican, which is expected to issue an edict today barring most gay seminarians, Mele, 58, arched a bushy eyebrow and wryly asked, ``Who?'' Hard feelings toward the Vatican run strong among congregants at the weekly services held by Dignity USA, a national organization for...
  • Vatican's Gay Policy Gets Liberal Reading

    12/12/2005 10:28:41 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 231+ views
    AP ^ | 12/12/5 | BRIAN MURPHY
    Ask the archbishop of Dublin to describe the theological weight of the Vatican's latest statement on whether gay men have a place in the priesthood. He'll say it didn't amount to much. In Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's opinion, the document issued last month left a fundamental tenet untouched: The path to possible ordination is still open to anyone, including homosexuals, who remain celibate and follow the church's moral teachings. Martin is not alone. A high-profile array of European pastors and theologians have issued similar liberal interpretations of the Vatican's "instruction" on gay priests, which was formally released Nov. 29 after years...
  • A Flawed and Disordered Document (VOTF on homosexual ban from priesthood)

    12/12/2005 4:52:41 AM PST · by Aquinasfan · 15 replies · 421+ views
    Voice of the Faithful ^ | 11/29/05 | Rev. Thomas J. O’Brien, SJ
    From Rev. Thomas J. O’Brien, SJ – November 29, 2005I am coming out as a gay, chaste Jesuit priest because it hurts too much not to. I deeply love the Church and the Jesuits. I have experienced unconditional love from Cardinal Maida in granting me permission to function as a priest in this Archdiocese. I have experienced unconditional love from my Jesuit brothers—especially those who know me well. I have experienced unconditional love from my friends and family. Being a priest in the Society of Jesus has been a joy for me. I have found it to be life-giving and...
  • State Supreme Court tells cardinal (Mahony) to turn over files

    11/18/2005 6:26:13 AM PST · by NYer · 83 replies · 755+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 17, 2005
    The state Supreme Court declined to overturn an appeals court ruling that forces Cardinal Roger Mahony to turn over the private personnel files of two former priests accused of sexual molestation. The ruling this week is the latest development in a battle between the Los Angeles County district attorney, who subpoenaed the files three years ago, and the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese. Mahony has argued that opening the files would violate the church's constitutional right of religious freedom. Donald Steier, an attorney for the individual priests, said he was considering appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The...
  • Toward a Holy Order. Homosexuality and the priesthood.

    12/08/2005 11:16:57 AM PST · by paudio · 5 replies · 660+ views
    NRO ^ | 12/8/05 | Father Raymond J. de Souza
    The Instruction makes it clear that bishops, seminary rectors, spiritual directors, and confessors are to make this determination. So, speaking only for myself, how would I apply the distinction between what is deep-seated and what is not? Given the adolescent environment in North America today, it is not surprising that young men who are not in fact homosexual might have experienced homosexual tendencies. A youth culture of sexual libertinism, coupled with an assertive promotion of the gay culture in both high schools and on university campuses, makes this a growing phenomenon. In a different way, this may also apply to...
  • Prominent Canadian Priest Claims He's 'Gay', Blasts Vatican on Canadian National Radio

    12/06/2005 9:26:00 AM PST · by NYer · 48 replies · 814+ views
    LifeSite ^ | December 6, 2005 | John-Henry Westen
    TORONTO, December 5, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Rev. Richard Renshaw, C.S.C., former Assistant Secretary General of the Canadian Religious Conference (1994-2002), exposed himself as a homosexual and supportive of the 'gay culture' on CBC radio on Sunday.  Renshaw made the revelations on CBC's The Sunday Edition hosted by anti-Catholic host Michael Enright who is known for his unrepentant 'joke' referencing the Catholic Church as "the greatest criminal organization outside of the Mafia."Canadian Catholics who have wondered at the constant unorthodox stands of the Bishops' official development arm - the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) - will not be...
  • Gays in the seminary: Interpreting and applying a tough-sounding document

    12/03/2005 6:59:59 PM PST · by tuesday afternoon · 9 replies · 1,583+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 12/2/05 | John L. Allen, Jr
    On Dec. 13, 2002, some three years ago, I offered an update in "The Word from Rome" about a Vatican document then in preparation on the ordination of homosexuals. Here's what I wrote: "Bishops with a blanket policy against the ordination of gays will be confirmed by the new document, but others favoring a case-by-case approach may be able to read it in a way that permits that stance … In that sense, the new document will certainly cause an explosion in the press, but it may not change a great deal in terms of existing practice." My gift for...
  • Bishop vs. pope on 'gay-bashing'

    12/03/2005 4:05:47 PM PST · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 1,046+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/3/05 | Les Kinsolving
    In last Wednesday's Page 1 story headlined "Rome is to Ban Gays as Priests," New York Times reporters Ian Fisher and Laurie Goldstein reported the following: "Experts have noted that it is incorrect to equate pedophilia with homosexuality." These Times writers do not mention the names or arguments of a single one of these "experts" – suggesting that classic definition of experts: "X the unknown quality, followed by 'spert' – a short drip." Does the New York Times believe that this nation's largest and best-known pedophilia organization, the North American Man/Boy Love Association is comprised of heterosexuals? Do these Times...
  • At St Peter’s [Long article on child-abusing Irish priests]

    12/03/2005 6:59:16 AM PST · by aculeus · 24 replies · 848+ views
    London Review of Books ^ | December 1, 2005 | by Colm Tóibín
    Everybody was afraid of Dr Sherwood. My mother was afraid of him at meetings of Pax Romana, the lay Catholic discussion group in Enniscorthy, our town, because he had a way of glaring at women members when they spoke. He didn’t, it seemed, like women speaking. At St Peter’s College, the seminary and boarding-school where I went at the age of 15 in 1970, he was dean of the seminary, but he had once been dean of discipline of the boarding-school, and had a fearsome reputation as a merciless wielder of the strap. I studied him carefully when I first...
  • Vatican paper on gays reveals split

    12/02/2005 9:59:38 PM PST · by Coleus · 269+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12.01.05 | Julia Duin
    A long-awaited Vatican document on homosexual priests, released Tuesday, shows a fault line running through the Catholic Church as to what levels of homosexuality are acceptable. In some American dioceses, such as Los Angeles and Rochester, N.Y., bishops have indicated they will continue to ordain celibate homosexuals. "To gay young men who are considering a vocation to priesthood: we try to treat all inquiries fairly," Rochester Bishop Matthew Clark wrote Nov. 12 in the Catholic Courier, his diocesan newspaper. "You will be no exception." Others dioceses, such as Arlington, say a candidate must "not suffer from a disordered sexual orientation,...
  • Buckley: THE VATICAN AND GAY PROBLEMS

    12/02/2005 10:34:53 PM PST · by presidio9 · 149 replies · 2,334+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Dec 2, 2005 | William F. Buckley Jr.
    The Vatican ruling on homosexuals in the seminaries is interesting to other than gay-rights hawks. Catholics are at liberty to say that it is not the business of non-Catholics to probe such matters. But they will be speaking mostly to themselves, because the Vatican ruling touches on questions of universal concern. The ruling against homosexuals in the seminaries isn't on the order of Catholics will not eat meat on Fridays. The ruling isn't limited to disciplinary matters that are indeed only for Catholics to concern themselves with. When one observer pointed out that seminarians also have rights, he invoked a...
  • U.S. Catholic Church Responds to Vatican

    11/30/2005 7:11:35 PM PST · by presidio9 · 32 replies · 1,053+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wed Nov 30, 2005 | RICHARD N. OSTLING
    U.S. Roman Catholic leaders praised the contributions of celibate gay priests in response to a new Vatican pronouncement against homosexuals in the priesthood, a move that could imply some dioceses and religious orders want flexibility in applying church policy. ADVERTISEMENT Two key American statements — one from the president of the U.S. bishops and the other representing religious orders — quickly followed the Vatican's "instruction" on gay clergy and supported it on several points: Priests should uphold the church's teaching against gay sex, personally maintain a celibate lifestyle and avoid support for "the so-called 'gay culture'." The potential question involves...
  • Lincoln Diocese Already in Compliance with Vatican Statement, Leaders Say

    12/01/2005 7:48:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies · 155+ views
    Lincoln Journal-Star ^ | 12/1/05 | Bob Reeves
    A Vatican statement prohibiting homosexuals in the priesthood will not bring about any changes in the Lincoln Diocese, the rector of St. Gregory the Great Seminary near Seward said. “We’ve basically been on the same page as the document” which was released Tuesday, said Father John Folda. “We’ve already pretty much been following that policy.” The document titled “Instruction for Vocational Discernment with Regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in View of Their Admission to the Seminary and Holy Orders” says men should not be admitted to seminaries or ordained as priests if they practice homosexuality, have “deeply rooted homosexual...
  • Futurechurch Blasts Recent Vatican Statement Banning Gay Men from the Seminary

    12/02/2005 9:41:06 AM PST · by Diago · 18 replies · 449+ views
    FutureChurch Statement on the Ban of Gay Seminarians FutureChurch grieves that the recent Vatican statement banning gay men from the seminary will be wounding and alienating to many good priests who are gay. Like their straight brothers, most are dedicated, effective priests who are faithful to their celibacy promises. The Church needs priests. If the new policy is enforced, the Church will lose a number of good seminarians. This will worsen the already severe priest shortage, limiting even further our ability to meet the immediate and long range pastoral and eucharistic needs of our people. There are no data to...
  • Gays Shouldn't Teach Seminary, Vatican Says

    12/02/2005 10:07:30 AM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 534+ views
    AP ^ | 12/2/5 | RICHARD N. OSTLING
    A Vatican letter sent privately to Roman Catholic bishops worldwide instructs them to bar men "with homosexual tendencies" from being rectors or teachers at seminaries. The cover letter, dated Nov. 4, accompanied advance copies of the "instruction" on gays in the priesthood that was released publicly on Tuesday by Rome's Congregation for Catholic Education. That congregation also is currently supervising inspections of all 229 U.S. seminaries and has directed visiting teams to look for "evidence of homosexuality" on campus. The cover letter was first reported on by America's Catholic News Service and will be published in Origins, its periodical that...
  • New Vatican instruction applies common sense, Church’s wisdom to priesthood question

    11/30/2005 12:31:33 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 2 replies · 362+ views
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 30 November 2005 | Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap.
    New Vatican instruction applies common sense, Church’s wisdom to priesthood question Church seeks to ordain only those men who can joyfully accept Catholic teaching on human sexuality The Vatican’s 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...
  • Tucson Bishop Speaks about Gay Priest Policy

    11/30/2005 4:14:33 AM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies · 135+ views
    KOLD News-13 ^ | Nov 29, 2005 | Mark Poepsel
    A new Vatican policy document says gay men should not be allowed to become priests as long as they have a "deeply rooted" homosexuality. Tucson Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas says the release of the document may be a response to gay rights activism or part of a public response to the priest sexual abuse crisis. He adds Catholic bishops are doing a study to see if homosexuality is tied to the abuse. But on the question whether or not gays will be allowed to become priests, Tucson's bishop says it depends. "It's a discernment to be treated on an individual...
  • Vatican bid to find gays in seminary stirs concern

    09/16/2005 4:27:56 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 136 replies · 1,796+ views
    boston.com ^ | September 16, 2005 | By Michael Paulson
    An effort by the Vatican to look for evidence of homosexuality in Catholic seminaries is alarming gay rights advocates but is pleasing conservatives, who are hoping that Pope Benedict XVI will soon issue a ban on gay men as future priests. The planned search for homosexuality is part of a Vatican review prompted by the clergy sexual abuse crisis of 229 American seminaries, theology schools, and other institutions that train priests. It is set to begin this month.
  • Vatican to Check U.S. Seminaries on Gay Presence

    09/15/2005 12:07:00 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 88 replies · 1,894+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/15/05 | Laurie Goodstein
    Investigators appointed by the Vatican have been instructed to review each of the 229 Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States for "evidence of homosexuality" and for faculty members who dissent from church teaching, according to a document prepared to guide the process. The Vatican document, given to The New York Times yesterday by a priest, surfaces as Catholics await a Vatican ruling on whether homosexuals should be barred from the priesthood. In a possible indication of the ruling's contents, the American archbishop who is supervising the seminary review said last week that "anyone who has engaged in homosexual activity...
  • Vatican plan to block gay priests

    08/28/2005 5:02:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 73 replies · 1,517+ views
    Guardian ^ | August 28, 2005
    The new Pope faces his first controversy over the direction of the Catholic church after it was revealed that the Vatican has drawn up a religious instruction preventing gay men from being priests.The controversial document, produced by the Congregation for Catholic Education and Seminaries, the body overseeing the church's training of the priesthood, is being scrutinised by Benedict XVI.It been suggested Rome would publish the instruction earlier this month, but it dropped the plan out of concern that such a move might tarnish his visit to his home city of Cologne last week.The document expresses the church's belief that gay...
  • Boston Priest Defrocked by Vatican

    07/30/2005 12:48:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies · 1,135+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 29, 2005
    The Vatican has defrocked the priest who was the first in Massachusetts convicted of sexual abuse more than two decades ago, the Boston Archdiocese said Friday.In 1984, Eugene O'Sullivan was sentenced to probation after he admitted sodomizing a 13-year-old altar boy. A condition of his sentence was that he not be allowed to work with children.But O'Sullivan was later assigned to four New Jersey parishes. He was recalled to Boston in 1992 after church officials learned of another allegation against him dating to his time in Massachusetts.The Vatican's action to defrock O'Sullivan means he may no longer function as a...
  • VATICAN SACKS SIX PERVY N.Y. PRIESTS

    07/09/2005 1:41:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies · 3,146+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 9, 2005 | Jennifer Fermino
    The Vatican has defrocked six priests from the Archdiocese of New York — including one who paid for sex with an underage boy and another who was convicted of sodomizing a drunken teen, officials said yesterday. All the men lost their pensions and will not be allowed to perform priestly duties and were stripped of their collars by the Roman Catholic Church following allegations of sexual abuse. A seventh priest, who was also accused of sexual abuse, Rev. Alfred Gallant, of Orange County, was allowed to retain his title of priest and keep his pension, but not allowed to perform...
  • More News from the Anglicans (Warning: Have a sense of humor or don't eat before reading this.)

    07/08/2005 10:21:54 PM PDT · by jec1ny · 2 replies · 281+ views
    Get Religion ^ | 29-05-05 | unknown
    What will Andrew Sullivan say to this? That sound you just heard on the other side of the Atlantic was the million or so people who still sit in pews in the postmodern Church of England picking up a copy of the Sunday Times and shouting, in unison, “Say WHAT!?!?!” This will be followed by a louder response to the same headline at altars in the more traditional Anglican Third World. The headline on reporter Christopher Morgan’s exclusive says it all: “Church to let gay clergy ‘marry’ but they must stay celibate.” And here is the opening of this amazing...
  • An Unneeded Headache (Vatican document on admitting homosexual to the priesthood)

    07/09/2005 3:52:02 AM PDT · by maryz · 32 replies · 759+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | July 8, 2005 | Diogenes
    John Allen's Word from Rome reports that the document on homosexual candidates for the priesthood is on the Pope's desk. The good news is that it's good news. The bad news is that it's bad news for a lot of men responsible for implementing it. Sound familiar? Sources indicate that the long-awaited Vatican document on the admission of homosexuals to seminaries is now in the hands of Pope Benedict XVI. The document, which has been condensed from earlier versions, reasserts the response given by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in 2002, in response to...
  • Former priest gets life term for sexual assault

    07/07/2005 8:55:40 AM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 9 replies · 475+ views
    Former priest gets life term for sexual assault The Associated Press DALLAS - A former Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for sexually assaulting a then-18-year-old parishioner after a wedding party in Irving in 2003. John Salazar, former pastor of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Tulia, was sentenced under a law that imposes an automatic life sentence for a second conviction of felony sexual assault. Salazar was convicted twice in California in the 1980s for molesting boys and served six years in prison. Beau Villegas of Amarillo testified that Salazar assaulted him in Salazar's...
  • George: Seminary no place for gays

    06/17/2005 7:16:24 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 56 replies · 890+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 17, 2005 | Margaret Ramirez
    As the nation's Roman Catholic bishops gathered in Chicago Thursday for a meeting to review their sexual abuse policy, Cardinal Francis George said homosexual men should not be admitted into seminaries. George, who is archbishop of Chicago and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in light of the sexual abuse crisis, bishops are paying closer attention to the sexual backgrounds of men interested in entering the priesthood. Part of the commitment is that a man is celibate when he enters seminary. "Also, anyone who has been part of a gay subculture or who has lived promiscuously...
  • Bishop meeting to avoid gay issue

    06/15/2005 4:58:46 AM PDT · by Convert from ECUSA · 23 replies · 478+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 15, 2005 | Julia Duin
    U.S. Catholic bishops will sidestep the issue of whether homosexual men should become priests at their semiannual meeting, which begins tomorrow, despite the Vatican's concern about the role of homosexuals in the church's massive sex-abuse scandal. In the latest edition of an 84-page document on priestly training, only one sentence deals with homosexuality. "With regard to the admission of candidates with same-sex experiences and/or inclinations, the guidelines provided by the Holy See must be followed," says the document "Program of Priestly Formation." The program is expected to be approved by the bishops in their Chicago meetings, scheduled to end Saturday....
  • Bishop meeting to avoid gay issue

    06/15/2005 1:06:20 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 40 replies · 791+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, June 15, 2005 | By Julia Duin
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES June 15, 2005 U.S. Catholic bishops will sidestep the issue of whether homosexual men should become priests at their semiannual meeting, which begins tomorrow, despite the Vatican's concern about the role of homosexuals in the church's massive sex-abuse scandal. In the latest edition of an 84-page document on priestly training, only one sentence deals with homosexuality. "With regard to the admission of candidates with same-sex experiences and/or inclinations, the guidelines provided by the Holy See must be followed," says the document "Program of Priestly Formation." The program is expected to be approved by the bishops in their...
  • Five Boston priests accused of abuse defrocked by Vatican

    06/09/2005 1:54:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 574+ views
    WRGB ^ | June 9, 2005
    (Boston - AP) — The Vatican has defrocked six priests from the Boston archdiocese who were accused of sexually abusing children.They include John Connell, Denis Conte, Peter Frost, John Hanlon, Richard Matte and Paul David White.The men may no longer act as priests, except to offer absolution to the dying.They are also no longer part of the archdiocese and are cut off from any financial support.Connell was accused in a civil suit of molesting a twelve-year-old boy while spending a week with him in a Florida hotel during the mid 1970's.In 1994, the archdiocese removed him as chaplain at St....
  • [Gay]Priest pleads guilty to sex abuse charge [Gay priest gets probation, family sues diocese]

    06/09/2005 8:50:09 PM PDT · by Diago · 27 replies · 522+ views
    Herald Standard ^ | 06/09/2005
    06/09/2005 Priest pleads guilty to sex abuse charge SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A suspended Roman Catholic clergyman has pleaded guilty to a felony count of attempted sexual abuse in New York, admitting to groping a former altar boy in a Greenwich Village hotel room during an overnight trip, the Manhattan district attorney's office said. The Rev. Albert M. Liberatore Jr., of Scranton, had already pleaded guilty in Luzerne County to sexually assaulting the same teenage boy over a three-year period. Liberatore, 41, was charged last year after the victim, now 20, told police that he became involved with the...
  • Civil partnerships and the clergy [Church of England]

    05/30/2005 9:13:04 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 8 replies · 428+ views
    Thinking Anglicans ^ | 5/29/2005 | Simon Sarmiento
    According to Christopher Morgan of the Sunday Times the Church of England will respond to the issue of clergy who wish to enter into a Civil Partnership in the following manner: Church to let gay clergy ‘marry’ but they must stay celibate HOMOSEXUAL priests in the Church of England will be allowed to “marry” their boyfriends under a proposal drawn up by senior bishops, led by Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.The decision ensures that gay and lesbian clergy who wish to register relationships under the new “civil partnerships” law — giving them many of the tax and inheritance advantages...
  • Church (of England) to let gay clergy ‘marry’ but they must stay celibate

    05/29/2005 2:48:28 PM PDT · by Tantumergo · 56 replies · 832+ views
    Sunday Times (UK) ^ | 29th May 2005 | Christopher Morgan
    HOMOSEXUAL priests in the Church of England will be allowed to “marry” their boyfriends under a proposal drawn up by senior bishops, led by Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The decision ensures that gay and lesbian clergy who wish to register relationships under the new “civil partnerships” law — giving them many of the tax and inheritance advantages of married couples — will not lose their licences to be priests. They will, however, have to give an assurance to their diocesan bishop that they will abstain from sex. The bishops are trying to uphold the church doctrine of forbidding...
  • Miami priest says he was fired for complaining about gay colleague

    05/25/2005 4:57:18 PM PDT · by narses · 25 replies · 888+ views
    MIAMI -- A Roman Catholic priest has accused the Miami Archdiocese of wrongly firing him for complaining about homosexual activity by a fellow priest and financial improprieties. But the archdiocese denied that he was fired and called the allegations ``malicious.'' The Rev. Andrew Dowgiert sued in state court in Miami on Friday. His suit said the immediate cause of his firing from All Saints Catholic Church in Sunrise was that he resisted an archdiocese attempt to send him away for psychological and alcohol treatment. Dowgiert denied any problem with alcohol, the suit said. Dowgiert said he was removed after refusing...