Some of the most senior clerics in the Roman Catholic church who have vociferously attacked homosexuality are themselves gay, according to a book to be published next week. Eighty per cent of priests working at the Vatican are gay, although not necessarily sexually active, it is claimed in the book, In the Closet of the Vatican. It is being published in eight languages across 20 countries next Wednesday, coinciding with the opening day of a conference at the Vatican on sexual abuse, to which bishops from all over the world have been summoned.
Since Building a Bridgea book on ministering to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, was published, I have been asked—at Catholic parishes, retreat centers, colleges and universities and conferences—a few questions that recur over and over. Building a Bridge intentionally steered clear of issues of sexual morality, since I hoped to foster dialogue by focusing on areas of possible commonality; and the church hierarchy and the majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics remain far apart on these issues. It also makes little sense to begin a conversation with topics on which the two sides are the farthest apart.
Called to the Vatican this week by Pope Francis to grapple with the crisis of child sexual abuse by clergy, nearly leaders of the Roman Catholic Church sat for lectures on responsibility, accountability and transparency. But privately, they kept raising one issue not on the agenda: homosexuality. Yet homosexuality is exactly the topic the conference organizers had hoped to avoid, pointing to ample research finding no connection between homosexuality and pedophilia.
Many Christian denominations do not consider homosexuality or transgender identity to be sins. These include entire religious denominationsas well as individual churches and congregations. Additionally, some denominations which are not LGBT-affirming have member-organized groups which are not officially sanctioned by the denomination.
Many of the largest U. At the same time, in the past two decades, several other religious groups also have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions. Another mainline Protestant denomination, the Presbyterian Church U.
The letter, which was seen by The Straits Times, was issued on Friday Dec 22 in response to some members who have asked if there had been a change in the NCCS' position on homosexuality. This follows an article published in The Sunday Times on Dec 17, which reported that there is now a growing acceptance among Christians of the idea that homosexuality itself is not wrong, even though a majority of them continue to believe that homosexual acts are a sin. The NCCS had declined to comment for the article.
Polling and Analysis. In recent years, same-sex marriage has been a contentious subject within many religious groups in the U. Here is an overview of where 16 religious groups stand on this issue.
Affective Maturity and Spiritual Fatherhood According to the constant Tradition of the Church, only a baptized person of the male sex  validly receives sacred Ordination. Because of this configuration to Christ, the entire life of the sacred minister must be animated by the gift of his whole person to the Church and by an authentic pastoral charity . The candidate to the ordained ministry, therefore, must reach affective maturity.
The paper stated that:. A report entitled " Christian Pastoral Care for the Homosexual ," presented to the General Synod inlisted three areas of congregational life with which the church must come to terms if it is to witness effectively to the homosexual:. The General Synod voted to adopt an official position on the issue of homosexuality, as some classes felt there was confusion within the church as to the status of the report on homosexuality.
Laurel Wamsley. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday that it will no longer consider people in same-sex marriages to be apostates. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on Thursday that it was reversing its controversial policy that classified people in same-sex marriages as "apostates. The change was attributed to President Dallin Oaks, and the church said it was intended to "help affected families" and "to reduce the hate and contention so common today.