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Pope Says Gay Trend Influencing Catholic Clergy

Pope Francis  has expressed concern about  the “serious issue” of homosexuality, asserting Saturday that being gay was a “fashion” to which the clergy is susceptible.

The Pope was quoted by AFP as saying that the issue of homosexuality is a very serious one.

The News Agency quoted him as saying  that  the issue must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates who want to become priests.

“In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and that mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church,”the Pope said in the book ‘The Strength of a Vocation’, released in Italy on Saturday.

“This is something I am concerned about, because perhaps at one time it did not receive much attention,” he said in the book, a transcript of an interview which will be released in ten languages.

The Roman Catholic Church’s position is that homosexual acts are sinful and the pontiff’s stance on homosexuality in the clergy is not new.

A decree on training for Roman Catholic priests in 2016 stressed the obligation of sexual abstinence, as well as barring gays and those who support “gay culture” from holy orders.

The barring of people who present homosexual tendencies was first stipulated by the Catholic Church in 2005.

It can happen that at the time perhaps they didn’t exhibit [that tendency], but later on it comes out,” Francis said.

“It’s better for them to leave the ministry or the consecrated life rather than to live a double life,” Francis said.

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. The Catholic Church has been a haven for gay men and pedophiles who are predators in priest’s clothing.

  2. Yes totally agree,its a shame but its the sad reality,the church has gone to the dumps,because they refused to deal with the problem since ages.

  3. Yes agree withbthis totally,church has refused to deal with these issues,and it has been dragged through the mud,shame.And they still expect people to go to church,thats the price to pay.

  4. This church has paid off so many persons to stay quiet and keep changing the parish of priest who molest lil boys.

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