Adjunct secretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta is helping lead Pope Francis’ efforts in battling sexual abuse in the Church. This is the second in a series of five articles on key personalities involved in the upcoming summit on sexual abuse.
Men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, and it would be better for priests who are actively gay to leave rather than lead a double life, Pope Francis says in a new book.
While he has previously spoken of the need for better screening of candidates for the religious life, his comments suggesting that priests who cannot keep their vows of celibacy should leave are some of his clearest to date.
Francis made the comments in a book-length interview with Spanish priest Fernando Prado called “The Strength of Vocation”, in which he discusses the challenges of being a priest or nun today.
In an excerpt from the book, released Friday by Religión Digital, the Pope said he is concerned about the issue of evaluating and forming people with homosexual tendencies in the clergy and consecrated life.
The former Vatican prefect said in a recent interview that rules, norms, and discipline are ‘not enough’ for Church reform unless there is true conformity to Jesus Christ.