The Pilot has some interesting observations in their response to a query about the number of gay priests.
I don't know how a Catholic newspaper selects which questions to publish and respond to and which to throw in the trash, but I think this question should have made it to the latter pile. The temptation is too great to misrepresent truth by omission and commission which the Pilot seems to have done with their response.
It's a tough question for a lot of reasons. It's true we have many solid celibate priests with a past history of same-sex attraction whom I would more accurately describe as asexual. In our respect and love for them and the Church, its a disservice to try to strike the right chord in a handful of sentences.
The readers digest is, the Church looks at homosexual priests already ordained and admission to the priesthood very differently.
Fr. Doyle seems to take the position that Pope Francis initiated a policy of treating homosexuality as an equal to heterosexuality when admitting candidates to the priesthood so long as the candidate agrees to be celibate.
The church always distinguishes, of course, between a homosexual orientation, which is not considered sinful, and homosexual acts, which are. A priest -- whether gay or straight -- is pledged to be celibate.
This is not an honest assessment of candidacy to the priesthood or how the Church understands the incompatibility of homosexual attraction and the all-male priesthood.
I'm baffled by something else he said:
Most social scientists who have studied the issue believe that the percentage of homosexuals within the Catholic clergy is somewhat higher than among American males generally, since priests are already a self-selected group who have chosen not to marry.
What does this even mean?
Social scientists think celibacy causes homosexuality?
Whatever it means, it shows a profound misunderstanding of the purpose and powerful spiritual power of celibacy.