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New York Times examines homosexuality, seminary admissions

May 31, 2010

A front-page story in the May 31 edition of The New York Times examined how vocations directors and seminaries are screening prospective seminarians in light of the Congregation for Catholic Education’s 2005 document that reaffirmed the Church’s longstanding discipline barring those with homosexual tendencies from ordination. “We have no gay men in our seminary at this time,” said a psychologist who screens prospective seminarians for the Diocese of Brooklyn.

The Times reported that the Diocese of Brooklyn is “one of the more successful” dioceses in attracting vocations; a 2005 Catholic World Report study, however, found that it was one of the most vocation-poor dioceses in the nation.


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  • Posted by: deacon2476427 - May. 31, 2010 7:39 PM ET USA

    I personally know two men with same sex attraction who maintain their promise of celibacy, and lead chaste lives. There are many other priests,I am told who are in the same boat. It is homosexual activity that is sinfull, being a homosexual is not a sin.

  • Posted by: Steve214 - May. 31, 2010 6:31 PM ET USA

    A promising direction! However, we still are not willing to admit that homosexuality is in ANY way related to homosexual acts. Time to stop with the lies.