Does the U.S. Bishop's President Support Ordination of Homosexual Men to Priesthood?

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All men who suffer both deep-seated tendencies and transitory tendencies cannot be Ordained.

CAN CELIBATE HOMOSEXUALS BE ORDAINED - YES OR NO? Barbara Kralis

This question must be answered clearly and absolutely by Catholic Bishops for the good of the Church in the United States. There are homosexual ears and heterosexual ears listening. No homosexual is going to enter a seminary if he knows for certain that he will be turned down in the end for ordination. Similarly, heterosexual healthy men will not enter a seminary if they know that people will judge them as being homosexual.

 

 November 30, 2005

 

 On November 29, as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB], Bishop Skylstad, Bishop of Spokane, WA, released a USCCB Press Statement regarding the Vatican's promulgation, on the same date, of a document entitled: "Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the discernment of vocations with Regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in View of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders.▓ After reading the Vatican document, Bishop Skylstad and others have still concluded that it is O.K. to ordain celibate homosexuals to the diaconate and the Priesthood (interview with the Washington Post on November 29, Bishop Skylstad). But is it?

 

 This question must be answered clearly and absolutely by Catholic Bishops for the good of the Church in the United States. There are homosexual ears and heterosexual ears listening. No homosexual is going to enter a seminary if he knows for certain that he will be turned down in the end for ordination. Similarly, heterosexual healthy men will not enter a seminary if they know that people will judge them as being homosexual. It is difficult enough to convince people that a celibate priest is not homosexual when people think that homosexuals cannot be ordained. However, it is far more difficult to convince them if they think that bishops are ordaining celibate homosexuals. The people then think that possibly this priest or seminarian is a homosexual. Moreover, given the sex saturated culture in the United States, this possibly becomes a probably in the mind of these people. The bishops must make it absolutely clear that they do not permit homosexuals to enter the seminary or be ordained to the diaconate or priesthood as a matter of justice to heterosexual priests, seminarians, and deacons!

 

 The bishops of the United States are squirming to avoid mentioning or elaborating on the one phrase in the Vatican Instruction dealing with homosexuality and Holy Orders which absolutely closes the door to the Diaconate and the priesthood to anyone with homosexual tendencies.  "When dealing, instead, with homosexual tendencies that might only be a manifestation of a transitory problem, as, for example, delayed adolescence, these must be clearly overcome at least three years before Diaconal Ordination.▓

 

The Vatican has been very clear. They have said that no person with the "tendency" [orientation, direction, inclination, whatever synonym you wish to use] to homosexuality, even if only temporary, can be admitted to the Diaconate or the Priesthood. This means that a person must have escaped all traces of homosexuality in their lives for at least 3 years before they can be ordained to the diaconate or the priesthood. The Church has officially taken an absolutely clear stand that they will not ordain to the diaconate or the priesthood people with homosexual tendencies of any kind, permanent or only temporary. However, bishops in the United States appear afraid to say so.

 

 Many, many, heterosexual men with vocations to the diaconate and the priesthood are listening. They will not enter the seminaries if they think that the bishops are going to allow homosexual men into the seminary. How many authentic vocations were lost by the bishops in the United States because of their silence? They will only find this out in eternity.

 

 The U.S. Bishops are so far from the mark that it makes one's head spin. All the Vatican documents dealing with the training of men for the priesthood call for an "affective maturity" of the seminarian. What do the bishops think this means? It does not mean that one has an attraction to men, nor does it mean that one is neutral with no sexual interest for women or men. Rather it means that one has a healthy and morally good attraction to women. Someone who is struggling with homosexual feelings is far from the mark. If they discover that they have these homosexual feelings which persist during their seminary life, they should be kindly told to go home and visit with a spiritual director and a psychologist while going out on a date with some women. Hopefully, they will discover the beauty of the woman and then be able to realize the sacrifice that they are being asked to make when becoming a priest. They should never be allowed to continue to live in a seminary in close quarters with men. This can only exacerbate an already growing problem. These men desperately need to discover the beauty of the female! This is in perfect conformity with John Paul II's teaching on the Theology of the Body. Besides, the bishops must give an accounting to God and the Church on the use of Church funds. Therefore, why do the bishops want to waste $15,000 dollars a year training men who have a sexual disorder? Is this the best we can do? Why are bishops afraid to say publicly that they will not accept homosexual men, or men with homosexual feelings, into the seminary? Why are they afraid to state publicly that they will not ordain anyone who has homosexual feelings or is sexually attracted to men? What is going on in the Catholic Church in the United States? Holy Father, in heaven and in Rome, help us!

 

 Barbara Kralis, the article's author, writes for various Christian and conservative publications. She is a regular columnist at RenewAmerica.us, TheRant.us, Catholic Online, Intellectual Conservative, Life Issues, The Wanderer newspaper, Phil Brennan's WOW, New Oxford Review Magazine, Washington Dispatch, Catholic Citizens, Illinois Leader, NewsBull, and others. She and her husband, Mitch, live in the great State of Texas, and co-direct the Jesus Through Mary Catholic Foundation. She can be reached at: Avemaria@earthlink.net

 

Does the U.S. Bishop's President Support Ordination of Homosexual Men to Priesthood?

 

 By Barbara Kralis

 

 December 1, 2005

 

 On November 29, as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB], Bishop Skylstad, Bishop of Spokane, WA, released a USCCB Press Statement regarding the Vatican's promulgation, on the same date, of a document entitled: │Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the discernment of vocations with Regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in View of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders,▓ herein referred to by this writer as the `Instruction.' The `Instruction' was signed by Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education on November 4, 2005, and was ordered and approved by Pope Benedict XVI on August 31, 2005.

 

 The 'Instruction' is clear and direct - no homosexuals may be ordained to the Priesthood. In light of recent numerous statements by the USCCB President Bishop Skylstad and other U.S. Bishops, implementing and enforcing the prohibition will obviously be another issue. The `Instruction' is not at fault; instead, the fault lies with the U.S. Bishops, seminary Rectors and seminary Spiritual Directors.

 

 In the USCCB Press Statement, Bishop Skylstad discussed only a select portion of the five-part `Instruction,' a document which reiterates and reaffirms previous Church teachings [`Opatatam totius' and `Pastores dabo vobis] against the ordination of homosexual men.

 

 It is within the context of Part 2 of the `Instruction,' however, that the USCCB's President failed miserably, missing the most vital detail by ignoring the teaching regarding 'transitory tendencies.' Within the `Instruction's' 5 Parts, Part 2 is perhaps the most significant, yet Bishop Skylstad ignored where Part 2 instructs on `deep-seated homosexual tendencies' as well as `tendencies of a transitory problem.' This is a very specific addition to the Church's previous teachings, whereby the Church explicitly bans ordination of homosexual men at their very earliest disordered tendencies should they not be overcome │at least three year before diaconal Ordination.▓

 

The addition of the phrases `transitory tendencies' and the `at least three-year' period is a long awaited and well overdue doctrine, most necessary in part due to a multitude of U.S. Bishops who have ordained and supported active homosexual priests in the Catholic priesthood, as well as moved them to other dioceses as their immoral homosexual exploit were exposed. This 'transitory tendencies' additive with an `at least three-year' period of observance as stated within the 'Instruction' leaves no doubt that no one with any homosexual tendencies, be they deep rooted or transitory, can be ordained.

 

 Why does Bishop Skylstad mention nothing of this important Part 2 of the `Instruction' regarding 'transitory tendencies' and `at least three years before diaconal Ordination'?  The USCCB Statement speaks only of the 'deeply seated tendencies,' leaving the already dumbed-down multitudes to believe that these men are the only ones banned from Ordination to the diaconate.  Bishop Skylstad stated in his first paragraph: │The instruction of the Holy See on the admission of men with deeply-rooted homosexual tendencies to seminaries and to Holy Orders, which has been in preparation for almost five years, is a timely document.▓ Not so fast, Bishop.

 

 Further, Bishop Skylstad stated that the candidate could not be ordained when he "identifies himself principally by a homosexual inclination or orientation." This is incorrect. We must remind Bishop Skylstad that the Vatican's `Instruction' instead teaches that if the candidate were not principally inclined but was still suffering a 'transitory' tendency toward homosexual acts or supporting the so-called gay culture, he cannot be ordained.

 

 In an almost bizarre interview with the Washington Post on November 29, Bishop Skylstad further bumfuzzles the multitudes with further false propaganda. And to further obfuscate truth, Bishop Skylstad makes a badly informed statement in his October 20, 2005 diocesan newspaper weekly column:  "There are many wonderful and excellent priests in the Church who have a gay orientation, are chaste and celibate, and are very effective ministers of the Gospel. Witch hunts and gay bashing have no place in the Church." How does Bishop Skylstad know so many gay priests and how does he know they are chaste and celibate? Why does Bishop Skylstad want the world to believe the Pope, and those magisterial world Bishops supporting the Pope, is on a witch hunt?

 

 I suspect the USCCB's President, Bishop Skylstad, doesn't want to 'go there' because this important 'transitory tendency' is a final check point, the heart so to speak, of keeping homosexual men from the priesthood. Bishop Skylstad missed the 'Instruction's' most important teaching.

 

 Therefore, we ask: will the USCCB continue to claim homosexuals can be ordained as long as their life is not 'principally' identified as a homosexual person?

 

 All men who suffer both deep-seated tendencies and transitory tendencies cannot be Ordained. If the USCCB is not acknowledging this important Part 2 of the `Instruction,' does this mean the USCCB does not recognize and will not implement and enforce all of Part 2?

 

 Does this mean we will have 55 more years of deciding whether to enforce the `Instruction' as a matter of `personal interpretation' of the U.S. Bishops and seminary Rectors and Spiritual Directors?

 

 ęCopyright 2005 by Barbara Kralis

 

 Barbara Kralis, the article's author, writes for various Christian and conservative publications. She and her husband, Mitch, live in the great State of Texas, and co-direct the Jesus Through Mary Catholic Foundation. She can be reached at: Avemaria@earthlink.net

 

 

 

Does the U.S. Bishop's President Support Ordination of Homosexual Men to Priesthood?

 

 By Barbara Kralis

 

 December 1, 2005

 

 On November 29, as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB], Bishop Skylstad, Bishop of Spokane, WA, released a USCCB Press Statement regarding the Vatican's promulgation, on the same date, of a document entitled: │Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the discernment of vocations with Regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in View of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders,▓ herein referred to by this writer as the `Instruction.' The `Instruction' was signed by Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education on November 4, 2005, and was ordered and approved by Pope Benedict XVI on August 31, 2005.

 

 The 'Instruction' is clear and direct - no homosexuals may be ordained to the Priesthood. In light of recent numerous statements by the USCCB President Bishop Skylstad and other U.S. Bishops, implementing and enforcing the prohibition will obviously be another issue. The `Instruction' is not at fault; instead, the fault lies with the U.S. Bishops, seminary Rectors and seminary Spiritual Directors.

 

 In the USCCB Press Statement, Bishop Skylstad discussed only a select portion of the five-part `Instruction,' a document which reiterates and reaffirms previous Church teachings [`Opatatam totius' and `Pastores dabo vobis] against the ordination of homosexual men.

 

 It is within the context of Part 2 of the `Instruction,' however, that the USCCB's President failed miserably, missing the most vital detail by ignoring the teaching regarding 'transitory tendencies.' Within the `Instruction's' 5 Parts, Part 2 is perhaps the most significant, yet Bishop Skylstad ignored where Part 2 instructs on `deep-seated homosexual tendencies' as well as `tendencies of a transitory problem.' This is a very specific addition to the Church's previous teachings, whereby the Church explicitly bans ordination of homosexual men at their very earliest disordered tendencies should they not be overcome │at least three year before diaconal Ordination.▓

 

The addition of the phrases `transitory tendencies' and the `at least three-year' period is a long awaited and well overdue doctrine, most necessary in part due to a multitude of U.S. Bishops who have ordained and supported active homosexual priests in the Catholic priesthood, as well as moved them to other dioceses as their immoral homosexual exploit were exposed. This 'transitory tendencies' additive with an `at least three-year' period of observance as stated within the 'Instruction' leaves no doubt that no one with any homosexual tendencies, be they deep rooted or transitory, can be ordained.

 

 Why does Bishop Skylstad mention nothing of this important Part 2 of the `Instruction' regarding 'transitory tendencies' and `at least three years before diaconal Ordination'?  The USCCB Statement speaks only of the 'deeply seated tendencies,' leaving the already dumbed-down multitudes to believe that these men are the only ones banned from Ordination to the diaconate.  Bishop Skylstad stated in his first paragraph: │The instruction of the Holy See on the admission of men with deeply-rooted homosexual tendencies to seminaries and to Holy Orders, which has been in preparation for almost five years, is a timely document.▓ Not so fast, Bishop.

 

 Further, Bishop Skylstad stated that the candidate could not be ordained when he "identifies himself principally by a homosexual inclination or orientation." This is incorrect. We must remind Bishop Skylstad that the Vatican's `Instruction' instead teaches that if the candidate were not principally inclined but was still suffering a 'transitory' tendency toward homosexual acts or supporting the so-called gay culture, he cannot be ordained.

 

 In an almost bizarre interview with the Washington Post on November 29, Bishop Skylstad further bumfuzzles the multitudes with further false propaganda. And to further obfuscate truth, Bishop Skylstad makes a badly informed statement in his October 20, 2005 diocesan newspaper weekly column:  "There are many wonderful and excellent priests in the Church who have a gay orientation, are chaste and celibate, and are very effective ministers of the Gospel. Witch hunts and gay bashing have no place in the Church." How does Bishop Skylstad know so many gay priests and how does he know they are chaste and celibate? Why does Bishop Skylstad want the world to believe the Pope, and those magisterial world Bishops supporting the Pope, is on a witch hunt?

 

 I suspect the USCCB's President, Bishop Skylstad, doesn't want to 'go there' because this important 'transitory tendency' is a final check point, the heart so to speak, of keeping homosexual men from the priesthood. Bishop Skylstad missed the 'Instruction's' most important teaching.

 

 Therefore, we ask: will the USCCB continue to claim homosexuals can be ordained as long as their life is not 'principally' identified as a homosexual person?

 

 All men who suffer both deep-seated tendencies and transitory tendencies cannot be Ordained. If the USCCB is not acknowledging this important Part 2 of the `Instruction,' does this mean the USCCB does not recognize and will not implement and enforce all of Part 2?

 

 Does this mean we will have 55 more years of deciding whether to enforce the `Instruction' as a matter of `personal interpretation' of the U.S. Bishops and seminary Rectors and Spiritual Directors?

 

 ęCopyright 2005 by Barbara Kralis

 

 Barbara Kralis, the article's author, writes for various Christian and conservative publications. She and her husband, Mitch, live in the great State of Texas, and co-direct the Jesus Through Mary Catholic Foundation. She can be reached at: Avemaria@earthlink.net