Pope Francis says homosexuality is now a “Serious matter” in the clergy.
In an interview about religious vocations, Pope Francis described homosexuality as “Fashionable”, and urged the clergymen to remember their vows for celibacy, because he’s been noticing things, and he’s worried about homosexual acts in the church.
The Italian news paper “Corriere della Sera” ran excerpts of the interview in their newspaper on saturday.
Pope Francis said in the interview,
“The question of homosexuality is a very serious one,”
He said the church had to start being very choosy in selecting members for the clergy. Pope francis also said those responsible for training priests must make sure candidates are “humanly and emotionally mature”:
“For this reason, the Church urges that persons with this rooted tendency not be accepted into ministry or consecrated life.”
The pope mentioned that this also goes for women who were to become nuns.
“In our societies, it even seems homosexuality is fashionable. And this mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the Church,”
He says there’s “No room for this” in the church.
In 2013 Pope Francis reaffirmed his stance that homosexual acts were a sin, but that homosexuality as an orientation is not a sin. He said:
“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”
Pope Francis says the priests should be ‘impeccably responsible” or leave.
The interview was conducted in August.