Skip to comments.Pope Francis on homosexual seminarians: This bridge is closed! (Fr. Z states the obvious)
Posted on 06/01/2018 5:28:05 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
At Vatican Insider I spotted something interesting. Each Spring the Italian bishops have a plenary meeting at the Vaticans Paul VI hall, in the smaller hall where the Synod usually meets. The Pope attends at least part of the meeting. This year was no exception.
This year the Pope told them my fast translation from the Italian original:
If theres a doubt about homosexuality, its better not to have them enter the seminary.
The words of the Pope in the closed door session with the Italian bishops: Discernment is needed. Reaffirmed what was in the Vatican documents of 2005 and 2016
With the pastors of the CEI (Italian bishops conference) Vatican insider learned Francis, speaking about the downturn in vocations, one of his three worries for the Italian church, he was, instead, more straightforward and, inviting the bishops to oversee more the quality of future priests, then the quantity, explicitly mentioned cases of homosexual persons who desire, for various motives, to enter into the seminary. Then he invited the bishops to a careful discernment, adding: if you have also the slightest doubt its better not to let them enter.
One indication, from the Pope, that expresses his deep concern: these tendencies, which are deeply rooted, and the practice of homosexual acts, can compromise the life of the seminary beyond that of the young man himself and an eventual future priesthood. They can generate those scandals of which the Pope had spoken in his discourse at the opening of the assembly of the Italian bishops in the new hall of the Synod, that disfigure the face of the Church.
Between the lines one can read what was already put in black and white by Pope Francis in a letter of meditation given brevi manu [directly] to the Chile in bishops during their meeting in the Vatican. In a note added to the text. The Pontiff denounced verified problems in seminaries where as he wrote bishops and religious superiors have entrusted control to priests suspected of practicing homosexuality.
Theres more, but it mainly reviews what previous documents say about homosexual candidates or seminarians. I suspect someone will translate the whole thing soon for the sake of general Jesuit reading.
To the bishops: If you think that the guy is homosexual, dont put him in the seminary.
The Pontiff the Pontifex Bridge Builder says that This bridge is closed!
I wonder what that means for those who are already ordained
Just like Pope Benedict did, even similar words. He unexpectedly set off a whirlwind of objections, letters, support for homos, and what not. Bergoglo’s a Jesuit so his words may have an unwritten, subtle meaning???
Homosexuals in Seminaries are the direct source for the sexual scandals the Church has endured for the last 40+ years.
until we see significant Swamp Draining ... these are merely words
What you said. I agree 100%.
**If theres a doubt about homosexuality, its better not to have them enter the seminary.**
He got this right!
Today: This bridge is closed.
Tomorrow: Who am I to judge?
Just as no one complained when Obama declared he was against same-sex marriage (because everyone knew he was lying), I don’t expect much bitching from the lavender mafia - they know Francis is #theirguy.
Exactly. He said it with a *wink* *wink*
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