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Pope Francis to Bishops: Keep Gay Men Out of the Priesthood

Pope Francis to Bishops: Keep Gay Men Out of the Priesthood

Earlier this week, an openly gay man, who is a survivor of clerical sexual abuse said that Pope Francis told him that God made him gay, no matter his sexuality.

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Well, reports say that Pope Francis told bishops in Italy this week in a closed-door gathering to vet applicants to the priesthood and keep out anyone they think might be gay.

“Keep an eye on the admissions to seminaries, keep your eyes open,” the Pope was quoted as saying by Italian newspaper La Stampa, as part of its “Vatican Insider” supplement, Reuters reported. “If in doubt, better not let them enter.”

Apparently, the Vatican declined to comments on the Pope’s comments due to the fact that they were part of a private conversation.

While we’ve reported before that Pope Francis is certainly the most tolerant towards LGBTQ+ people than his predecessors, these comments (if they are indeed true), mixed with his remarks where called transgender people an “annihilation of man” prove we still have a long, long way to go. 

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