The Pope said in a book interview, "Ministry or Consecrated Life" is not the place for people with homosexual tendencies.
In a book interview to be published next week, Pope Francis addressed gifts and challenges for ecclesial and religious professions, including the challenge of homosexuality in the clergy.
"The issue of homosexuality is a very serious matter that must be properly recognized by the candidates from the start, if that is the case. We have to be demanding. In our societies, even homosexuality seems to be in vogue, and in a sense this mentality also influences the life of the church, "says the Pope in the book" The Strength of Vocation, "which will be published on Dec. 3 in ten years.
In an excerpt from the book published Friday by Religión Digital, the Pope said he was worried about how people with homosexual tendencies in the clergy and consecrated life should be judged and educated.
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" The issue of homosexuality is a very serious problem that needs to be sufficiently differentiated from the US If that's the case, it starts with the candidates. "The Pope repeated.
Francis recalled: "I had a somewhat scandalized bishop who told me that he had found a very large diocese in his diocese.There were several gay priests, and he had to deal with it, especially in the educational process intervene to form another group of clerics. "
" This is a reality we can not dispute, and there are no instances of consecrated life either. "A religious told me that he was visiting a canon during a canonical visit He saw that there were good young students and even some who had already called themselves religious, who were gay, "he reported.
The Pope said the Religious" wondered if it was was a problem and asked me if there was something wrong with it, Francis said a religious supervisor said that the problem was not "so serious, but merely an expression of affection" 9659003 "That's a mistake," warned Francis. "It's not just an expression of affection. In consecrated and priestly life there is no place for this kind of affection. Therefore, the Church recommends that people with this deep-rooted bias should not be accepted into ministry or consecrated life. The ministry or the consecrated life is not his place. "
We must urge homosexual priests and religious to live celibacy with integrity and, above all, that they are perfectly responsible and never try to cheat them communities or the faithful holy people of God by living a double life. It is better for them to leave the ministry or the consecrated life instead of living a double life.
The Pope was asked in the book if there are limits to what can be tolerated in education.
"Of course. For candidates with neurosis, pronounced imbalances that are difficult to channel, even with therapeutic help, they should not be accepted in the priesthood or religious life. They should be helped to take a different direction, but they should not be abandoned. They should be run, but not allowed. Let us always remember that these are persons who live in the service of the Church, the Christian community and the people of God. Let us not forget this perspective. We need to take care of them so that they are mentally and emotionally healthy, "the Pope replied.
The book is the copy of an interview by Fr. Fernando Prado, director of the Claretian Publishing House in Madrid.