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Can a gay man become a priest?
September 12, 2011 2:48PM
Yes a homosexual can become a priest!
In the Roman Catholic Church priests take vows of celibacy. If a person chooses to be a Roman Catholic priest regardless of his sexual orientation, homosexual or heterosexual he is expected to be celibate. Thus only celibate homosexual or heterosexual men may be priests in the Roman Catholic Church.
In The Episcopal Church, priests do not take vows of celibacy, and have always been able to marry. The ordination of openly gay and lesbian priests and the right of gays to marry in the church has been an issue in the Episcopal Church for almost 30 years. In 2003 the Episcopal Church ordained and consecrated its first openly gay and partnered bishop, The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of the New Hampshire Diocese. The Episcopal Church's current practice is to leave the issue of ordaining open and practicing homosexual persons up to the dioceses, and in most dioceses homosexual persons are widely accepted. There are a few dioceses that will not ordain or accept homosexual persons, some of which are the same dioceses that still do not ordain or accept woman as priests bishops or even deacons ie: Diocese of Fort Worth Texas, Diocese of Fon Du Loc, Diocese of Eue Claire, and there are a few others. However, the current practice is to be open and affirming of homosexual persons and not to turn down a candidate for ordination simply based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In August 2009 The Episcopal Church passed two major resolutions, the first being that gay and lesbian persons may be canonically admitted to all 3 orders of ministry. Additionally, the church resolved to begin formulating a separate rite for same sex marriages/union ceremonies. The Episcopal Church welcomes you
Many of the Independent Catholic Churches, or churches that identify themselves as "Catholic" and maintain apostolic succession but have broken ties with Rome over various issues from the ordination of women to gay and lesbian issues, ordain practicing homosexual men and women priests. Independent Catholic Churches - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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