This is an interesting piece on the new rules banning gay ordination in the Roman Catholic Church. "In recent weeks, some reports have suggested that the document would allow homosexual men to be ordained, as long as they had remained celibate for at least three years during seminary formation.
But the document doesn't say that; there is no discussion of "celibacy" of homosexual candidates. What it does say is that fleeting homosexual tendencies experienced in youth should not represent a bar to ordination - as long as those tendencies are clearly overcome.In other words, a candidate would have to mature out of a homosexual inclination well before ordination."
The NC Southern Baptists have placed a new requirement for membership in their churches. One cannot be a member who "knowingly affirms, approves or endorses homosexual behavior." And the American Baptists, in an effort to avert a split, in their self definition statement, has included an anti-gay line. It's sad that this issue has now become the *central* test of religious faith for many.