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In reversal, Vatican approves appointment of gay-friendly seminary dean

May 17, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Reversing an earlier stand, the Vatican has approved the appointment of a seminary dean who has expressed support for same-sex relationships.

In 2023 the Dicastery for Culture and Education declined to approve the appointment of Father Martin Lintner, OSM, as dean of the Philosophical-Theological College of Brixen/Bressanone in northern Italy, citing his published statements on sexual morality. In one of the statements that caused concern, Father Lintner had said: “A homosexual relationship does not lose its dignity due to the lack of fertility.”

But the Vatican has now approved the appointment. Father Lintner said that the influence of Cardinal Victor Fernandez, the prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, was instrumental in bringing about the change. He said that he approval of his appointment set a precedent.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 19, 2024 11:18 PM ET USA

    Although it is true that sacramental matrimony as defined by Christ does not in many cases lose its finite dignity due to a lack of fertility, the same cannot be said of the moral depravity of relationships based on unnatural vice. As is becoming more and more the Vatican norm, the wrong decision has been published and thus constitutes another scandal against Christ's Catholic Church. Yes, another precedent has been set---a deranged, spiritually dangerous, and unsurprisingly nasty precedent.

  • Posted by: feedback - May. 19, 2024 8:24 AM ET USA

    The spirit of Fiducia rages on.