“If in doubt, better not let them enter.” With the bishops of the Italian Episcopal Conference, with whom he held a three-hour dialogue behind closed doors on the occasion of the 71st General Assembly, Francis addressed the extremely delicate issue of the admission of homosexual to seminaries. Pope Bergoglio expressed his opinion on the question, repeating de facto what he had already said a few years ago, albeit in a more implicit way: “Keep an eye on the admissions to seminaries, keep your eyes open,” he said in an audience with the Congregation for the Clergy.
Speaking of the fall in vocations with the pastors of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) – Vatican Insider learns – Francis – in telling one of his “three concerns” for the Italian Church – was instead franker as he invited the bishops to focus more on the quality, rather than quantity of future priests, explicitly mentioning the cases of homosexual persons who wish, for various reasons, to enter the seminary. He then invited the bishops to “carefully discern,” adding: “If you have even the slightest doubt, it is better not to let them in.”
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