Sunday, June 09, 2002

Isn't this an interesting turn of events!

For all those who poo-poo the Jesuits, take a gander at this article.

To quote:
An underlying problem facing the Church in the United States is that of excessive "tolerance," which has allowed conduct and teachings among seminarians that go against what the Pope says, a Vatican adviser says.

Jesuit Father Ivan Fucek, theologian of the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Church┬┤s highest tribunal for "inner forum" questions (matters of conscience), made his comments as the U.S. bishops┬┤ conference prepares to meet in Dallas, Texas, next week.


ZENIT interviewed Father Fucek about the dimensions and implications of the problem.

Q: From your point of view, what is the characteristic of the North American case?

Father Fucek: I have been in the United States on several occasions, where I met with excellent priests and bishops. But at the same time I noted a certain passivity in accepting candidates to the priesthood with problems of sexual disorder and homosexuality -- an excessive "tolerance" dictated especially by the prevailing cultural model.

So, does Father Fucek have his head in the sand as it pertains to his order? Some people have claimed that the Jesuits are a haven for actively gay seminarians. Yet here we have Father Fucek clearly stating that the American Bishops must take steps to weed out candidates with sexually disordered problems. I sense tension between my observation (as witnessed by Father Fucek's words) and what other people claim.

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