The canon law of the Catholic Church requires that clerics "observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven". The document entitled Careful Selection and Training of Candidates for the States of Perfection and Sacred Orders stated that homosexual men should not be ordained. However, this was left to bishops to enforce and most did not, holding homosexuals to the same standards of celibate chastity as heterosexual seminarians. The Vatican followed up in with a directive to implement psychological screening for candidates for the priesthood.
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In the basement dining room of Le Mani In Pasta, a trattoria in central Rome, a young, glossy-eyed couple stare at each other across a table for two. They smile and blush over a private joke. There is no handholding or kissing, but they are clearly more than friends, even though they are both wearing dark shirts and the telltale white clerical collar. For residents of Rome, the sight of courting priests is hardly an anomaly.
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The stories of illicit sexual activity range from the sexual abuse of children by priests to bishops keeping female mistresses or male lovers. Celibacy research studies among Catholic clergy suggest that gay, straight, and bisexual priests are significantly sexually active, and many priests outright reject mandatory celibate chastity. More: Local Catholic diocese releases list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse. More: 'I don't think it's enough.
It includes the claim that about 80 percent of the male Roman Catholic clergy members who work at the Vatican, around the pope, are gay. It contends that the more showily homophobic a Vatican official is, the more likely he belongs to that crowd, and that the higher up the chain of command you go, the more gays you find. And not all of them are celibate. Not by a long shot. Hooray for the exposure of hypocrisy in high places and the affirmation that some of our tormentors have tortured motives.