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September 16, 2005
Looks like the Vatican is joining the US military in abandoning "don't ask, don't tell".
Investigators appointed by the Vatican have been instructed to review each of the 229 Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States for "evidence of homosexuality" and for faculty members who dissent from church teaching, according to a document prepared to guide the process.
In a possible indication of the ruling's contents, the American archbishop who is supervising the seminary review said last week that "anyone who has engaged in homosexual activity or has strong homosexual inclinations," should not be admitted to a seminary.
American seminaries are under Vatican review as a result of the sexual abuse scandal that swept the priesthood in 2002. Church officials in the United States and Rome agreed that they wanted to take a closer look at how seminary candidates were screened for admission, and whether they were being prepared for lives of chastity and celibacy.
It's sad to see that the Vatican is falling into the "pedophiles are homosexuals" error. And even sadder to hear that they thing that anyone with "strong homosexual inclinations" should be excluded from the already-sparse priesthood. How are they going to measure that, anyway? Do they have a "homosexual inclinometer" or something? It sounds pretty arbitrary to me, frankly.