The Phoenix Roman
Catholic diocese plans no changes in the way it chooses
priest candidates because its practices already are in line
with a Vatican document barring gay men from
seminaries. "The bishop is not going to ask me to
change anything," the Reverend Don Kline, vocations
director for six years for the diocese, said Tuesday.
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted said he welcomed the
document, which the Vatican released Tuesday. It
rejects candidates who are "actively homosexual, have
deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called
gay culture." The document offers no specifics on how
dioceses, religious orders, or seminaries should
implement its conclusions.
Kline said he does not need to change the way he
develops priests, and he will not begin to ask
candidates whether they are gay or straight. He argues
that his current practices will weed out any young men who
cannot remain true to church teaching, including the
church position that homosexual behavior is sinful.