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Did Pope say seminaries should not admit homosexuals?

May 27, 2024

» Continue to this story on Repubblica (Italian)

CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis told Italian bishops that homosexuals should not be admitted to seminaries, according to unconfirmed Italian newspaper reports.

La Repubblica said that the Pope used a highly derogatory term for homosexuals during a May 20 talk to the Italian hierarchy. Corriere della Sera essentially confirmed the content of Pope’s message.

The Pope’s session with the Italian bishops was not open to the press, and the Vatican has not yet released a text of the Pope’s remarks.

Although a 2005 Vatican document said that homosexual men should not be admitted to seminaries, that directive has been widely ignored. And the statement by Pope Francis, if accurately reported, would contrast sharply with previous public statements in which he has expressed sympathy for homosexuals.

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  • Posted by: feedback - May. 27, 2024 5:23 PM ET USA

    That would be true reform in the Church if it weren't just a lip service. Six years ago, Francis had said the same thing. But then he keeps surrounding himself, and keeps promoting pro homosexual clergy.