Vatican City- A decree on training for Roman Catholic Priests on Wednesday, avowed to ban homosexual people on Catholic seminaries. According to a letter signed by Cardinal Beniamino Stella, the head of clergy office, Pope Francis approved the document and published by the Osservatore Romano, the Vatican official journal.
This reiterate a 2005 policy which is now in contrary to what Pope Francis once uttered “Who am I to judge?” , when he was asked in 2013 about allowing priests who are gay. Some have been glad for the openness of Pope Francis towards gay priests when he said this famous line of his papacy.
Quoting the 2005 teaching, the new document says that men “who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called ‘gay culture” can no longer become priest.
The documents also says that it would be “seriously imprudent to admit (to holy orders) a seminarian who had reached a mature, settled and free emotional state, chaste and faithful in celibacy” and future priest also need to understand “the feminine reality.”