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Pope Francis: You Can't Be a Priest If You're Gay or Support 'the So-Called Gay Culture'

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So...everyone's fired now?

So we're pretty sure that if you're a Catholic priest you aren't allowed to have sex at all, but Pope Francis just confirmed in a new training document "The Gift of the Priestly Vocation" that men who "practice homosexuality" are not allowed to become priests.

The document maintains the Catholic Church's firm position against gays, declaring that, "while profoundly respecting the persons in question, [the Church] cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called 'gay culture.'"

If you are gay and need to suppress your illicit urges, no worries. The document stipulates that "homosexual tendencies which may only be the expression of a transitory problem, such as, for example, that of adolescence which is not yet complete" are kosher, as long as you haven't already done the dirty.

Pretty much none of this is news to the gay community whose families have been forcing them into priesthood for centuries, but it is confusing given Pope Francis' wishy-washy tendencies when discussing his views on homosexuality. For those still confused, it can be broken down to this: you can be "gay," you just can't be gay.

"The new document on priestly formation is a profound disappointment," Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of LGBT Catholic group DignityUSA, told The Huffington Post. "What does Francis really believe about LGBTQI people? The signals are ever more mixed."

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