Friday, November 25, 2005

Father Reese, S.J. Weighs In

Gays in clergy widespread, Vatican decisions made in ignorance, scholar says...

From Catholic Online:

With the much-anticipated Vatican document on gays in seminaries soon to be published, a visiting scholar at a Jesuit university has written that homosexuality in the priesthood is widespread and that the church’s decisions about gay clergy are being made in without proper study or understanding.

Father Reese, currently a visiting scholar at Jesuit-run Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., resigned as editor in chief of America magazine in May 2005 after, according to Jesuit officials in Rome, repeated complaints from then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, who objected to the magazine's treatment of sensitive church issues.

The Italian news agency ADISTA published the Italian text of the Vatican document Nov. 22, a week before it was expected to be released at the Vatican. A Vatican spokesman did not confirm or deny the authenticity of the text, entitled "Instruction on the Criteria of Vocational Discernment Regarding Persons With Homosexual Tendencies in View of Their Admission to the Priesthood and to Sacred Orders."

Father Reese noted Nov. 21 that, while “estimates of homosexuality among priests have ranged from 10 percent to 60 percent,” U.S. bishops have discouraged research into clergy sexual orientation or activity because of the bad publicity that would result.


  1. I'm glad he resigned as editor of AMERICA.

  2. Yes me too> I was gonna add, wasn't he "kicked out" from AMERICA? Beware of the devil because he disguises himself as an angel of light.

    St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle, be our protector against the wickedness and snares of the devil...

  3. Yes, I think he was encouraged to resign. I'm sure he sees himself as a victim of a "conservative"

  4. Lynn, he WAS resigned. And a good thing too.

    He's not the victim of anyone but himself. And he just apparently cannot shut up.

  5. I couldn't agree more, anonymous.
    Unfortunately, he's trying to rationalize the situation to make himself look like a martyr instead of the dissenter that he is. I don't think he'll ever shut up.

  6. The worst part is that some people will be led astray by listening to and believing what he says.

  7. I agree with both of you and do remember when the other director left and then this guy came in, the magazine changed totally its focus and became more commercialized. So thank God for the pope, maybe he will be a bit more like Pius X or Paul the IV. The church needs the dust to settle from the "aggiornamento" and close the windows of experimentation and go back to the good ways of "the old time religion."


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