While much of mainline Protestantism has been compromising its historic position on homosexual activity and the acceptability of homosexually active clergy, the Roman Catholic Church this week took a strong step back from the brink of the cliff their protestant colleagues are rushing over. In a September 20, 2005 article, Catholic World News headlines the article Pope approves barring gay seminarians. This is an historic step by the world’s largest Christian denomination. As to those already ordained the article notes:
Priests [and one would assume Bishops and Cardinals] who have already been ordained, if they suffer from homosexual impulses, are strongly urged to renew their dedication to chastity, and a manner of life appropriate to the priesthood.
That manner of appropriate life is counter to the current trends in the mainline Prostestant denominations that are not only ordaining homosexual and lesbian clergy but instituting rights and services of marriage. The Catholic Church has taken a strong stand and will undoubtedly be castigated for it, especially within Western Europe and the United States. However, it should strengthen their image and mission in the rest of the world.
Hat tip: David Virtue at VirtueOnline.