Tuesday, September 27, 2005

From the First Visitation

So you've got a team of five visiting your Seminary, the first of 226 to be scrutinised. What do you do?

If you're Dominican Father Charlie Bouchard, head of the Aquinas Institute in St. Louis, you hold a press conference.
The 25 candidates studying to become priests at Aquinas Institute of Theology were described as "anxious" but not worried Monday as a Vatican team began evaluating how they are prepared intellectually, spiritually and sexually for priesthood.

"Whenever you are under the spotlight, it's difficult," the seminary's president, the Rev. Charles Bouchard, said at a press conference Monday. The students themselves were off limits to reporters, so it was Bouchard who was left to describe their mood....

Bouchard said that what Aquinas tried to determine about its applicants was whether they have the capability to live a celibate life.

Whereas some Catholics believe that homosexuality should disqualify men from priesthood, Bouchard said, "We hope to provide evidence that that shouldn't be the case."
Sounds like fightin' words to me.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Jeff said...

As well as "fightin' words," it sounds like they are going to be forthright and admit that at least some of their candidates are homosexual. And I think that gives the lie to the notion that people won't tell the truth about their "orientation." I think many of them will.

And if I WERE trying to prove that people with "SSA" or whatever they're calling it now are proper candidates for the priesthood, that's what I would do.

27/9/05 17:34  
Blogger Lauren said...

Ahhhh, Fr. Bouchard. Doesn't/didn't he hold to some rather heterodox right-to-die, you're-not-worthwhile-unless-physically-able-to-pray published opinion?

I wonder what that bodes for the future.

27/9/05 21:53  
Blogger Tom said...

It wouldn't be at all surprising if Fr. Bouchard holds the same basic position on end-of-life medical care as his confrere Fr. Benedict Ashley, OP, one of the most respected American moral theologians alive. To call that position "rather heterodox" is to imply that the issue is a settled one in Catholic medical ethics, which it is not.

28/9/05 08:55  

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