Can a homosexual become a priest?


QUESTION: can a homosexual become a priest?

ANSWER: When we talk about homosexuality, it is necessary to distinguish between homosexual inclination and practice. If a person has only this inclination, but does not practice sexual relations with persons of the same sex, does not violate the moral law, then this cannot be called an insurmountable problem, even when it comes to calling to the priesthood or to a divinely consecrated life. According to some authors, there were saints with such inclinations, but they practiced the highest degree of chastity, which led them to holiness. No sexual orientation excuses a Christian from the requirement of chastity.

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