From the First Visitation
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.Sounds like fightin' words to me.
"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."