Monday, October 03, 2005

The Vatican's New Inquisition... Gays aren't the only ones

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From Rome's latest witch hunt won't stop with gays Under cover of the sex-abuse scandal, the Vatican is scapegoating homosexuals in order to purge all "wrong thinkers" from the American Catholic Church. - - - - - - - - - - - - By Sara Miles Oct. 3, 2005 | For anxious Catholic seminarians, teachers and priests, the disclosure that teams of Vatican inspectors will be visiting the more than 200 U.S. seminaries to "look for evidence of homosexuality" and investigate if seminaries have "a clear process for removing faculty members who dissent from the authoritative teaching of the church" set off a storm of speculation about a new witch hunt against gay men in the priesthood. Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, the Vatican's coordinator of the investigative visits, told the National Catholic Register that "anyone who has engaged in homosexual activity, or has strong homosexual inclinations, would be best not to apply to a seminary and not to be accepted into a seminary," and said that the Vatican would be coming out with a document clarifying its 1961 position on homosexual seminarians and clergy. The seminary investigations, and their impact on the lives and vocations of faithful Catholics, will be profound -- as will their shattering of a long-closeted church culture. If the visits become a witch hunt, says church historian and Catholic theologian Rev. Richard McBrien, "there will be gay seminarians, faculty, and already-ordained priests who will feel obliged to 'out' closeted gays in positions of ecclesiastical leadership who are facilitating the campaign." To read the full article, CLICK HERE



Painful as it is. I agree. As a former Roman Catholic, this has the potential to burst a very stubborn sore.