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The so-called Lavender Mafia, gay or gay-friendly clerics occupying positions of power with the Catholic Church, are rapidly losing their beneficial cloak of secrecy.
An article by Catholic political conservative Andrew Sullivan on Monday highlights the studies showing there are thousands of U.S. clerics who are homosexual.
"In the United States, however, where there are 37,000 priests, no independent study has found fewer than 15 percent to be gay, and some have found as many as 60 percent," wrote Sullivan. "The consensus in my own research over the past few months converged on around 30 to 40 percent among parish priests and considerably more than that — as many as 60 percent or higher — among religious orders like the Franciscans or the Jesuits."
In his article, Sullivan notes that the Catholic Church has explicitly banned the ordination of men to the priesthood but routinely ignores this directive. He's referring to a Vatican instruction approved by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 that directed:
Deep-seated homosexual tendencies, which are found in a number of men and women, are also objectively disordered and, for those same people, often constitute a trial. … In the light of such teaching, this Dicastery, in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called "gay culture."
Such persons, in fact, find themselves in a situation that gravely hinders them from relating correctly to men and women. One must in no way overlook the negative consequences that can derive from the ordination of persons with deep-seated homosexual tendencies.
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