Will new rules on gays mean any change at Catholic seminaries?

Screening out gays a long-standing routine
When Joe Yokum considered a call to the Catholic priesthood five years ago, the first thing a seminary official asked him was not his understanding of the Trinity or of salvation, or even why he wanted to be a priest.

“Do you consider yourself to be a homosexual man?” Yokum recalled being asked. Jarred by the question, Yokum—now 27 and a third-year seminarian at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland—answered no.

“He wanted to know right away,” Yokum said of the questioner.

If Yokum had answered yes, he probably would have been denied admission—even before the November 29 release of new Vatican rules that are designed to keep men with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” from becoming priests.


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