Pope John Paul II: men with deviant affections cannot be priests...
ABC news reported on September 5, 2002:
Pope John Paul
II said on Thursday the Roman Catholic Church had to be much more careful not to
let men with "deviations in their affections" enter the priesthood to preserve
He also re-affirmed the Church's rule on celibacy, saying it should not be seen as a "useless" imposition but a vital part of a tradition in which the priest offers himself unconditionally to God.
The pope made his comments, his latest in a series on the crisis rocking the Church, in a speech in Portuguese to Brazilian bishops visiting his summer residence south of Rome.
He said the Church had to be careful not to allow men who had what he said were obvious "deviations in their affections" from entering seminaries to train for the priesthood.
Our readers may recall that two high ranking clergymen in the United States, Bishop Wilton Gregory and Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo (amongst others), have publicly rejected the Vatican position that homosexual men cannot be ordained and have even attempted to hide information from the public:
Bishop Wilton Gregory, head of the NCCB, publicly disagreed with the Vatican’s February 1961 policy forbidding ordination of homosexuals on Meet the Press (June 16, 2002), when asked by Tim Russert: “Can a homosexual be a healthy, happy priest?” Bishop Gregory replied: “I think we have some who are. I think we have men who have embraced the promise of celibacy irregardless of their sexual orientation, and they have lived it with integrity.” [note: 90% of the sexual abuse cases were by homosexual priests who BROKE their vow of celibacy]. Tim Russert then asked Bishop Gregory: “The Pope’s spokesman, Navarro-Valls, had this to say: ‘Pope John Paul’s spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, questioned whether ordination of gays were even valid. ‘People with these inclinations just cannot be ordained.’ [New York Times, March 3, 2002] Do you agree with that?” Bishop Gregory’s response: “I believe that that statement was perhaps more expansive than the tradition of the Church. It seems to me that the Church has spoken about living a holy integral life in a much broader context than that.”
The U.S. Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo refused to release a copy of the Vatican’s February 1961 document that states: "Advancement to religious vows and ordination should be barred to those who are afflicted with evil tendencies to homosexuality or pederasty, since for them the common life and the priestly ministry would constitute serious dangers” (no condemnation of the U.S. Papal Nuncio by the American bishops has been forthcoming) (Read more…);
Directives from Heaven...
The Third Secret
D172 - Priestly Celibacy
D174 - Homosexuality, Part 2
D177 – Seminaries
Pope John Paul II: Men with deviant affections can’t be priests, ABC News, September 5, 2002
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June 18, 2002
Diary, Part II,
June 16, 2002
betraying the Catholic Church,
An Open Letter to our
Bishops in Dallas,
Phil Brennan, June 14, 2002
Bishops’ spokesman shielded gay priests,
June 13, 2002
Report: 111 Bishops
Kept Priests, Others Accused of Abuse on the Job,
June 12, 2002
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