in the Priesthood
The Vatican's Position
The following letter was sent via Express Mail to Cardinal Francis
Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the
No further introduction is necessary.
miguel de Portugal
European Union and
December 11, 2002
His Eminence, Cardinal
Francis Arinze, Prefect
Divine Worship and the Sacraments
Piazza Pio XII, 10
Subject: Homosexuals and the
Reference: Cardinal Jorge A.
Medina Estévez Nota of May 16th, 2002, on this matter
May the Peace of God be upon you Cardinal Arinze!
We have taken note of the letter written and
issued on May 16, 2002, by your predecessor Cardinal Medina Estévez
regarding the ordination of men with homosexual tendencies [Published
in the current November-December issue of your Congregation's bulletin.]
In it we read:
to the diaconate and the priesthood of homosexual men or men with
homosexual tendencies is absolutely inadvisable and imprudent and, from
the pastoral point of view, very risky. A homosexual person, or one
with a homosexual tendency is not, therefore, fit to receive the
sacrament of Holy Orders.
We take note of Cardinal Medina Estévez' candor, and your support of
his position, in labeling such ordination as "extremely risky".
Now that the Vatican has officially and unequivocally labeled a
homosexual ordained priest "extremely risky", when should we expect to
have all Roman Catholic priests, Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals who
have homosexual tendencies removed from active ministry?
Should we start a list of those who may fall in that category and are
in active ministry/leadership?
miguel de Portugal
+by the Grace of God
Letters To Church Hierarchy
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