Friday, November 25, 2005

The Hireling Report #24

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From Catholic World News

Gays not excluded from priesthood, Irish prelate claims

Dublin, Nov. 25 ( - The Archbishop of Dublin has said that homosexual men are not excluded from ordination as Catholic priests, according to a report in the Irish Times.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin made his remarks on November 24, in response to questions about the Vatican Instruction indicating that homosexual men should not be admitted to priestly training. The Irish archbishop said that he could not respond fully to questions on that issue since the Vatican document had not yet been officially released. The document became public after a leaked copy was published in full on an Italian web site earlier this week.

The archbishop's remarks on the Vatican document appeared to contradict the text of the Instruction from the Congregation for Catholic Education. But they matched previous statements from Archbishop Martin, who had earlier told The Tablet: "You don't write off a candidate for the priesthood simply because he is a gay man."

Archbishop Martin commented briefly on the controversy surrounding the Vatican document after delivering a lecture at the National College of Ireland. During his prepared remarks, the archbishop spoke about the problems he saw arising from religious conservatism in the United States; he remarked on the temptation toward "fundamentalism iin a time of insecurity."


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