Pope: Gays in priest­hood a ‘se­ri­ous ques­tion’

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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 that Fran­cis gave 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.”

“In our so­ci­eties, it even seems ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is fash­ion­able. And this men­tal­ity, in some way, also in­flu­ences the life of the church,” Fran­cis was quoted as telling his in­ter­viewer, a Span­ish-born mis­sion­ary priest, Fer­nando Prado.

The book, based on four hours of con­ver­sa­tions the two had in Au­gust at the Vatican, will be pub­lished in 10 lan­guages next week. Its Span­ish ti­tle is “La Fuerza de la vo­ca­cion,” (“The Strength of Vo­ca­tion”).

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