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The Vatican Reaffirms Ban on Gay Priests

April 19, 2017

December witnessed the Vatican issuing a document reaffirming that gay men may not serve as priests. Entitled, ‘The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,’ the document quotes from its 2005 pronouncement declaring that men who “practice homosexuality, present deepseated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called gay culture” must be excluded from priesthood. However, according to the Washington Post, some experts believe that the lack of a definition for the term “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” may leave room for interpretation.