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Quebec priests dispute Vatican stand on homosexuality

A group of 19 Roman Catholic priests from Quebec has published an open letter criticizing the church's stand on homosexuality.

The 980-word letter, published Sunday in the Montreal newspaper La Presse, is in response to two recent church decisions: the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops's opposition to same-sex marriage and the Vatican's refusal to ordain homosexuals.

Titled "Trop, c'est trop!" ("Enough is enough!"), the letter asks: Does the church "have the last word on the mysteries of political, social, family and sexual life?

"In these matters, the official teaching of the church has shown itself more than once to be wrong," the letter warns.

In its first major policy announcement since Pope Benedict's election, the Vatican in November barred men with "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" from entering the priesthood.

However, the Quebec priests who signed the letter dispute the Vatican's position that homosexual acts are "immoral and contrary to the natural law," writing that throughout human history, mankind has evolved and redefined what is natural to them. The church's views must reflect human evolution, said the priests.

One of the letter's authors, Rev. Claude Lefebvre, said he's not sure what the group expects the letter to accomplish, but hopes it will open up dialogue on the issues.

Lefebvre said the church must reconsider its attitude towards homosexuals or it will not remain credible.

Another author, Rev. Raymond Gravel, said some priests who oppose the Vatican's position didn't sign the letter, fearing it would cause problems with their superiors.

This is a divisive issue within the church, according to Gregory Baum, a retired professor of religious studies.

"A church that is international, that is universal, has a much more difficult time to adapt to changing circumstances because it exists in so many different cultures," he told CBC in an interview.

Baum said conservative church factions in Europe and Africa disagree with open-minded dioceses in some parts of North America.

So far, church leaders in Canada and in Rome are not commenting on the Quebec clerics' letter. There is no indication whether the priests who wrote it will face discipline.

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billystevo

All i can say about this is quite a few clergymen , Catholic or whatever have been exposed as sexual perverts, glad i don't go to Church. If they are indeed the messengers of God , then this shows that God is not real and they are conning people.Or that God is real and these people don't believe it. Not a good time to become a choirboy , i think.

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Saxon

Lefebvre said the church must reconsider its attitude towards homosexuals or it will not remain credible.

with so many homo priests, it's at least less hypocritical...

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XNavyGunner

If they don't like the Vatican's stance on homosexuals then they need to find a new church. No one is stopping them from leaving.

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