The path to the priesthood may be easier in Canada than in the United States for gay men who want a career in the Roman Catholic Church.
There is a movement in the U.S. to reject or restrict gay applicants during the admissions screening process to seminaries. It’s a reaction to a 2008 Vatican edict that ruled even celibate homosexuals must have their “sexual orientation” evaluated to determine fit candidates for the priesthood.
Many U.S. dioceses are aggressively “scrubbing their academies of potential molesters” in the wake of the church’s sexual abuse crisis with rigorous application procedures that also target homosexuals. One screening psychologist who worked at the seminary in Queens, N.Y., told The New York Times there were no gay men currently enrolled in that school.
Though the Catholic Church considers gay sex a sin and homosexual tendencies as "intrinsically disordered," a gay man will not necessarily be rejected as a candidate for the priesthood in Canada, said Rev. Steve Wlusek, the rector of St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ont.
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