Pope Francis has spoken openly about homosexuality. In a recent interview, the pope said that homosexual tendencies “are not a sin.” And a few years ago, in comments made during an in-flight interview, he said,
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”
However, the pope has also discouraged homosexual men from entering the priesthood. He categorically stated in another interview that for one with homosexual tendencies, the “ministry or the consecrated life is not his place.”
Many gay priests, when interviewed by The New York Times, characterized themselves as being in a “cage” as a result of the church’s policies on homosexuality.
As a scholar specializing in the history of the Catholic Church and gender studies, I can attest that 1,000 years ago, gay priests were not so restricted. In earlier centuries, the Catholic Church paid little attention to homosexual activity among priests or laypeople.
Open admission of same-sex desires
Source: A thousand years ago, the Catholic Church paid little attention to homosexuality : The Conversation
Widespread public shock followed the recent release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report that identified more than 1,000 child victims of clergy sexual abuse. In fact, as I know through my research, the Vatican and its American bishops have known about the problem of priestly pedophilia since at least the 1950s. And the Church has consistently silenced would-be whistleblowers from within its own ranks.
In the memory of many Americans, the only comparable scandal was in Massachusetts, where, in 2002, the Boston Globe published more than 600 articles about abuses under the administration of Cardinal Bernard Law. That investigation was immortalized in the 2015 award-winning film, “Spotlight.”
What many Americans don’t remember, however, are other similar scandals, some even more dramatic and national in scope.
Doubling down on secrecy
Source: The Catholic Church’s grim history of ignoring priestly pedophilia – and silencing would-be whistleblowers : The Conversation
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Before the Bishop of Shrewsbury makes comments relating to Communism and Nazism, he should ensure his own house is in order.
What have we had over the past few years, active abuse against children by priests and nuns and the church ignoring it. Priests actively involved in terrorism (Northern Ireland). Priests coveting another mans wife, surely against 1 of the TEN Commandments.
Does the Catholic Church attract gays and lesbians as priests and nuns?
How can any official in the Roman Catholic Church make any reference to marriage, when they themselves do not marry, except to their religion.
All officials of the RC Church should be following all the principles of Christianity and not pick and choose when it suits them.
But over the years there have been changes within the Church Sin over the years as said by the Church.
In effect, does it really matter who gets married, after all, is it not just a paper exercise? Surely it is the bond and love between to individuals that matters more.