Pope wor­ries about ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity in clergy

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

— Pope Fran­cis has been quoted in a soon-to-be pub­lished book as say­ing that hav­ing gays in the clergy “is some­thing that wor­ries me” and re­mark­ing that some so­ci­eties are con­sid­er­ing ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity a “fash­ion­able” life­style.

Ital­ian daily Cor­riere della Sera’s web­site Satur­day ran ex­cerpts of the book in the form of an in­ter­view in Au­gust that Fran­cis gave a Span­ish­born mis­sion­ary priest, Fer­nando Prado, about re­li­gious vo­ca­tions.

Fran­cis was quoted as de­scrib­ing ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity within the walls of sem­i­nar­ies, con­vents and other re­li­gious places where clergy live as “a very se­ri­ous ques­tion.”

Still, Fran­cis, as he has in the past, stressed that gay Catholics con­trib­ute to the life of the church.

The book “The Strength of Vo­ca­tion” will be pub­lished in 10 lan­guages this week.

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