Want to apply for Seminary?
According to the New York Times, you’ll have to answer an interesting string of questions…:
“When was the last time you had sex?” all candidates for the seminary are asked. (The preferred answer: not for three years or more.)
“What kind of sexual experiences have you had?” is another common question. “Do you like pornography?”
Depending on the replies, and the results of standardized psychological tests, the interview may proceed into deeper waters: “Do you like children?” and “Do you like children more than you like people your own age?”
You know, it seems like it’d be very easy for pedophiles to game the system.
All you have to do is not be stupid when answering the questions…:
In any case, they’re less interested in child-rapists and more interested in weeding out gay people.
In seminaries that seek to hew closely to the Vatican rules, a candidate may be measured by the extent to which he defines himself as gay.
The church views gay sex as a sin and homosexual tendencies as a psychological disorder, but it does not bar chaste gay men from participating in the sacraments. That degree of acceptance does not extend to ordination.
“Whether he is celibate or not, the person who views himself as a ‘homosexual person,’ rather than as a person called to be a spiritual father — that person should not be a priest,” said Father Toups, of the bishops’ conference.
“And not the least irony here,” [professor Mark D. Jordan] added, “is that these new regulations are being enforced in many cases by seminary directors who are themselves gay.”
Father [Kevin J.] Sweeney said the new rules were not the order of battle for a witch hunt. “We do not say that homosexuals are bad people,” he said. “And sure, homosexuals have been good priests.”
“But it has to do with our view of marriage,” he said. “A priest can only give his life to the church in the sense that a man gives his life to a female spouse. A homosexual man cannot have the same relationship. It’s not about condemning anybody. It’s about our world view.”
We don’t condemn. It’s our “world view” that condemns.
We’re not bigots. It’s our god who’s a bigot.
Got that distinction?
The Church is not going to improve until it fixes its priorities. The more they cling to their idiotic ideas of right and wrong, the more young people are going to walk away from the church.
Which is fine by me. At least some people are coming to their senses.