By Joe Tacopino. February 14, pm Updated February 14, pm. A large majority of priests in the Vatican are gay, although many are not sexually active, a new book claims. The author said he conducted 1, interviews with 41 cardinals, 52 bishops and monsignors, 45 papal ambassadors or diplomatic officials, 11 Swiss guards and more than priests and seminarians.
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German bishop says Catholic teaching on homosexuality should be rethought
Affective Maturity and Spiritual Fatherhood According to the constant Tradition of the Church, only a baptized person of the male sex  validly receives sacred Ordination. Because of this configuration to Christ, the entire life of the sacred minister must be animated by the gift of his whole person to the Church and by an authentic pastoral charity . The candidate to the ordained ministry, therefore, must reach affective maturity. Such maturity will allow him to relate correctly to both men and women, developing in him a true sense of spiritual fatherhood towards the Church community that will be entrusted to him . Homosexuality and the Ordained Ministry From the time of the Second Vatican Council until today, various Documents of the Magisterium, and especially the Catechism of the Catholic Church , have confirmed the teaching of the Church on homosexuality. The Catechism distinguishes between homosexual acts and homosexual tendencies. Regarding acts, it teaches that Sacred Scripture presents them as grave sins.
As Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis Deepens, Conservative Circles Blame Gay Priests
Tom Gjelten. Pope Francis has summoned church leaders from around the world to the Vatican in February to address the continuing clergy sex abuse crisis. Some bishops say the abuse is due to gay priests within the church. The uproar over clergy sex abuse in the Catholic church is no longer just about sex abuse. It now touches on Catholic teaching about sexuality in general and even on Pope Francis himself, his agenda, and the future of his papacy.
Lisa McClain does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Pope Francis has spoken openly about homosexuality. However, the pope has also discouraged homosexual men from entering the priesthood.