Seminary Formation and Homosexuality

Author:  Fr. Earl K. Fernandes
Publisher:  The Institute For Priestly Formation
SKU: SFH

This book examines comments by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in Light of the World regarding the recent Vatican 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,” which deals with homosexuality and the priesthood. 

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This book examines comments by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in Light of the World regarding the recent Vatican 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,” which deals with homosexuality and the priesthood.

This book demonstrates that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's comments on this issue have been consistent both within his pontificate and while he held office at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. As sexual mores have changed in the culture, attempting to 'normalize' homosexuality, the Church has developed guidelines for seminary formators, culminating in the instruction upon which Benedict commented.

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Publisher The Institute For Priestly Formation
Author Fr. Earl K. Fernandes
Product Type Paperback
Width (inches) 5
Height (inches) 7
Publication Date 10/1/2013
ISBN/UPC 9780988761308
Number of Pages 44

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"In this sophisticated analysis of Church teaching, Fr. Fernandes explains why suitable candidates for priesthood must experience the renunciation of marriage and natural fatherhood as true sacrifices. Essential reading for seminary formators!"

Father Peter Ryan, S.J., S.T.D.
Executive Director, Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C.

"Fr. Fernandes offers an insightful analysis of the Church's criteria for admitting persons with homosexual tendencies to the seminary. This book will prove to be an invaluable tool for vocation directors and seminary formators as they assist in discerning God's call for the good of each applicant and the well being of the Church."

Father Dennis Billy, Th.D., S.T.D.
Krol Chair in Moral Theology, St. Charles Seminary, Overbrook, PA

"Reading this work will equip the reader with an understanding of the contemporary mind of the Church and will enable a charitable and effective solution to many questions regarding human formation and chaste celibacy in the life of a seminarian."

Father Brian Doerr
Vice-Rector for Human Formation, Mount St. Mary's Seminary, MD

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Father Earl K. Fernandes

Father Earl K. Fernandes, S.T.D., is dean of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and the Athenaeum of Ohio, where he is assistant professor of moral theology.