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Full text of the instruction on Gays in the seminary

The full text of the instruction is available here.

Regarding the Virtus program

In view of my error, as admitted in the previous post, I find it ironic that the violation of the innocence principle seems to be endemic to schools these days, even Catholic schools. A report on the so-called Virtus program, now being adopted in Catholic Schools, can be found at Catholic Parents OnLine. A further reflection, given in a homily by Fr. Robert Altier, shows the moral outrage of a good priest.

I stand corrected!

On December 8th, 1995, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Pontifical Council for the Family issued an instruction, entitled, The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, Guidelines for Education within the Family. In that instruction, the Council, under the signature of Bishop Elio Sgreccia, Council Secretary, declared in paragraph 83,

VIS-Press releases

The Vatican Information Service issued a press release today giving some details of the now officially released document, "Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders." This document was released today from the Vatican Congregation on Catholic Education, concerned with education in seminaries and educational institutions.

Neuhaus on Krauthammer on McCain

In a recent posting on Mirror of Justice, Rick Garnett compared two highly divergent points of view on the issue of state-sanctioned torture. The more incisive of the two, in my humble opinion, is by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, given in a reflection on the essay by Charles Krauthammer in the Weekly Standard at the November 28, 2005 edition of Observations and Contentions at


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