'Dignity' condemns Vatican instruction
In a statement condemning the forthcoming Vatican instruction on the unsuitability of homosexual men as candidates for the priesthood, the leaders of DignityUSA, are calling upon bishops and those responsible for seminary admissions to simply ignore the document. They also encourage homosexual men "who have been called by God" to be "courageous" in seeking admission to the seminary.
"In the face of this latest move by the Vatican, we remain hopeful that many Catholic seminaries will continue to admit and provide a welcoming environment for gay candidates for the priesthood."
Unfortunately, there are seminary "gatekeepers" like Father Charles Bouchard of the Aquinas Institute of Theology who, if allowed to stay in place, give the DIGNITY folks reason to hope.DIGNITY ...
"Many American bishops recognize the outstanding contributions faithful gay priests and bishops have made and continue to make in service to the Church."
Apparently there are more than a few U.S. bishops who are in this "pro-homosexual priest" camp and who therefore would not be in agreement with the thrust of the Vatican instruction. Here is a short list.
Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, California.Feel free to add to the list in the comments box.
Bishop William Skylstad, bishop of Spokane, Washington, and president of the USCCB.
Bishop Matthew Clark, bishop of Rochester, New York.
Bishop Patrick McGrath, bishop of San Jose, California.
I hate to say it, but I think Pope Benedict needs to start kicking ass.