Friday, March 27, 2009

The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has embraced a Vatican recommendation to test potential priests for same sex attraction

The Melbourne Catholic diocese is moving ahead with efforts to combat the sex scandles that have rocked the church in recent years by having seminarians undergo psychological testing.

Such problems may include "excessive affective dependency," disproportionate aggression, incapacity to be faithful to obligations, incapacity for openness and trust, inability to cooperate with authority, confused sexual identity and same sex attraction.

The document titled "Guidelines for the Use of Psychology in the Admission and Formation of Candidates for the Priesthood," says that if those already accepted in seminary programs continue to demonstrate areas of grave immaturity, "the path of formation will have to be interrupted." Such areas of immaturity, it said, include deep-seated homosexual tendencies, unclear sexual identity, difficulty living in celibacy, excessive rigidity of character and lack of freedom in relations.

Archdiocese of Melbourne spokesman James O’Farrell confirmed Carlton’s Corpus Christi Catholic seminary had started adhering to the guidelines.



Euripides said...

It's a shame how a few bad eggs have allowed the news media to cast such disparagement on an entire church. It looks like every priest is suspect now.

Secular Heretic said...

The media has really targeted this particular group. I have heard the percentage of priests who have abused children is very low compared with the percentage of state school teachers. We don't usually hear about abuse from that particular group.

It is good that the church is attempting to weed out any seminarians who have sexual disorders.