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Ordination question George Monday, November 8, 2004


Can a Roman Catholic priest be validly ordained if he is a homosexual?

Question Answered by Bro. Ignatius Mary, OLSM+

Dear George:

Yes, a homosexual man may be validly ordained, but shouldn't be.

The following is reported by the BBC and the National Catholic Register on this issue:

Ordaining homosexuals "is absolutely inadvisable and imprudent and, from a pastoral point of view, very risky," wrote the Vatican's point man on the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments in an official communication.

Cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez, responding to a letter from a bishop, added that "a person who is homosexual or has homosexual tendencies is not, therefore, suitable to receive the sacrament of sacred orders."

The Congregation (Vatican Department) for Divine Worship and the Sacraments published Cardinal Medina's letter in December in the congregation's bulletin. It was written last May to an unnamed bishop who had inquired about the propriety of ordaining homosexual men.

In addition, a February 1961 Vatican document also clearly states: "Advancement to religious vows and ordination should be barred to those who are afflicted with evil tendencies to homosexuality or pederasty, since for them the common life and the priestly ministry would constitute serious dangers.”

God Bless,
Bro. Ignatius Mary



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