January 16, 2009
GETTING THE ELEPHANT OUT OF THE SACRISTY:
Vatican: Gay `behavior' in seminaries declines (RACHEL ZOLL , 1/15/09, AP)
A Vatican evaluation of U.S. Roman Catholic seminaries in response to the clergy sex abuse scandal concluded that administrators have largely been effective in rooting out "homosexual behavior" in the schools, although the agency said it persists.
The Congregation for Catholic Education sought a broad review of how the schools screen and educate prospective priests, but gave special attention to teachings on chastity and celibacy. The Vatican also directed evaluators to look for "evidence of homosexuality" in the schools.
In a report U.S. bishops released this week, the Vatican agency noted past "difficulties in the area of morality" within seminaries that "usually but not exclusively" involved "homosexual behavior." The evaluators said the appointment of better administrators in diocesan seminaries "has ensured that such difficulties have been overcome."
An awful lot of little boys suffered while they figured that out. Posted by Orrin Judd at January 16, 2009 7:48 AM