Question from on 07-20-2007:
Are gay priests allowed to stay in the priesthood?
Answer by Robert J. Flummerfelt, J.C.L. on 07-27-2007:
Yes, priests with gay sexual orientations are allowed to stay in the priesthood. As priests they are called to chastity and purity just like straight priests. Priests who remain chaste and pure are certainly allowed to remain as priests.
Since all priests are called to chastity and purity in virtue of their being single and also having devoted themselves to a life of service to God and His people, their orientation really should not be an issue in their ministry, since they deny the use of that part of themselves in order to best live out their vocation and ministry.
Of course the case is different for married priests, but who are still called to chastity within their vocation as married clergy.
Peace and best wishes, Bob