Vatican City, Oct. 7 - A forthcoming Vatican document on homosexuality is expected to restrict gay men's entry into the priesthood but not ban them outright, providing they have been celibate for at least three years and have not publicly disclosed their homosexuality.
Candidates who participate in gay pride rallies or associate with other forms of "gay culture," including books, film and Internet sites, are also excluded from becoming priests, according to detailed reports published Friday.
Italy's leading daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera, which first reported on the new guidelines, said that candidates must "show an adequate capacity for self-control" and must "live in chastity" for three years. The report did not say how seminaries are to determine who fails to meet these criteria.
According to a Friday report on the Web site of the National Catholic Reporter (NCR), the application of these criteria will be left up to the individual discretion of seminary directors.
The document also stops short of defining homosexuality because the Vatican does not consider an "absolute policy" on gays possible, NCR quoted a senior Vatican official as saying. Vatican officials could not be reached for comment about the reports.
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