Bishop D'Arcy on Homosexuals in the Priesthood
Bishop D'Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend made headlines at 'Ad Limina' twice before for dis-inviting pro-aborts from speaking positions in his Diocese. Now he's being even more [happily] politically incorrect, even for ecclesiastical politics, making these remarks in his former diocese of Boston:
"We don't put these (heterosexual) men in with attractive women," he said, referring to seminarians. "You're putting him in with men. It's not fair to him, it's not fair to them, it's not fair to the church."
"If we ordain men with pathologies and difficulties, they will draw the same kind," he said. "Don't just pray for priests, pray for priests of good quality."
D'Arcy is certainly a minority voice among the bishops - he is apparently calling for an all-out ban on homosexual candidates for the priesthood -, and it's unlikely his position will easily translate into policy in any case. But it's important, I think, not to dismiss his arguments too speedily. Rashness in ordaining any and every candidate to the priesthood has gotten the Church in enough trouble. Some degree of prudence is certainly good medicine.
# posted by Jamie : 9:21 AM