Banning gay priests...or not.

I posted the other day about the Vatican reaffirming the ban on gay men taking holy orders. According to Radio Veritas, viaCatholic World News, a cardinal in the Philippines is saying he doesn't read it that way at all:

Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales of Manila told reporters that homosexuals who do not "act out" can be good priests. His statement came immediately after the release of a letter in which Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, confirmed that a Church policy barring homosexuals from priestly training applies to all the world's seminaries.Speaking on Radio Veritas in the Philippines, Cardinal Rosales said that the Vatican did not intend to ban chaste homosexuals from the seminaries. "A homosexual inclination is not bad but acting it out is an entirely different matter, and that is what is written in the sacred scriptures, he said.

David Gibson is the director of Fordham’s Center on Religion & Culture.

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