In the following quotation, I am assuming that the leaked version of the Congregation for Catholic Education’s Instruction concerning the criteria of vocational discernment regarding persons with homosexual tendencies. . . " and Mr Robert Micken’s translation are accurate.
[T]he Church . . . cannot admit to Seminary or Holy Orders those who are actively homosexual, have deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called gay culture. Such people, in fact, find themselves in a situation that seriously obstructs them from properly relating to men and women.
This statement is appallingly offensive. It is beyond belief that a credible institution could say such a thing. I leave aside the question as to what is meant by ‘gay culture’. The Instruction seems to say that no gay man (or woman?) is capable of "properly relating" to any other person. Or rather that their gayness "seriously obstructs" them from such relationships.
I am a gay man. Am I not capable of love and caring relationship with my siblings or father? What was I doing when I visited the bedside of my mother as her life was approaching its end, and prayed with her? Was I not properly relating to my niece when I cared for her as a small child? How was it possible for me to listen and talk with my best friend as he considered marriage to another dear friend? (I was best man at the wedding.) And have I not had love and “proper relationship” with my partner, as we have shared all that we have and all that we are for almost a decade? If Benedict XVI has indeed sanctioned these words, he no longer has a shred of credibility.
P.S. I have been challenged, "If you are not Catholic, this really isn’t addressed to you. You aren’t going to be a Catholic priest."
No, I would not even contemplate being a Roman Catholic priest. But I have been completely excluded from the Anglican ordination on similar grounds to those set out in the Instruction. That said, should not any Christian have a concern for the truth in any context-especially when (as in this case) falsehood is causing great hurt to many? You may legitimately disagree with me, but you cannot contest that I have said it from a passionate concern for the truth.
I maintain my concern that that statement is wrong in fact and offensive in implication. In this context, my criticism of Pope Benedict had nothing to do with whether or not I am one of his flock, but rather because, as the person ultimately responsible, he has allowed such a statement to be published.