Witch Hunt, 2005

Gay Inquisition Begins at Missouri Seminary

from 365Gay.com

St Louis, Missouri - "Are you, or have you ever been, a homosexual?" That is the question that Vatican investigators began asking this week at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.

The seminary is the first in the country to face the scrutiny of inquisitors in their investigation of gays in American seminaries. The Vatican ordered the investigation of America's 229 seminaries to identify gays gets in the aftermath of the child sex abuse scandal that has gripped the Church in the US.

The president of Aquinas, Father Charles Bouchard, said he is opposed to the line of questioning but has no choice but to allow the investigators to probe students.

"Some people do feel homosexuality would disqualify a student. I hope we can provide evidence that should not be the case," he told a news conference. He said that the questions being asked should not be about sexuality but "whether they have the ability to live celibate and be effective ministers."

Bouchard said that it is wrong to link homosexuality with pedophilia but he hopes the questioning points that out to the Vatican: "I don't think that link exists, so I'm not afraid of that question," he told reporters.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests agrees: "They are mixing apples and oranges. A homosexual is not a pedophile. To make this a homosexual issue is just wrong," said spokesperson Barbara Dorris.

But the outcome of the investigation appears to have been predetermined. Pope Benedict XVI has reportedly already approved a recommendation that gays be barred from the priesthood.


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