October 21, 2005

Tough Job Selection Criteria

When you’re sweating over that pesky selection criteria statement for your next job application, spare a thought for gay men trying to meet the selection criteria to become a Catholic Priest.

Try proving that you’ve been celibate for three years, and once you’ve worked out that little trick, have a shot at proving that you are not intellectually, or in any other manner, attracted to homosexual culture.

According to The Age, (08 October 2005), Vatican City has reported that:

“they will allow gay men into the priesthood if they can show they have been celibate for at least three years.

But the Vatican will ban men "who publicly manifest their homosexuality" or show an "attraction" to homosexual culture "even if it is only intellectually".

The views were contained in a secret, 16-page document expected to be released by the Vatican next month. Pope Benedict XVI had approved the document.

Have to wonder about the three year parameter around celibacy, assuming it’s possible for a person to prove such a thing – how would anyone prove three years of sexual activity (note: mere boasting doesn't count!), let alone inactivity is there something magical about the three year barrier? Do people forget about sex if they abstain for three years? It’s clearly arbitrary and, therefore, meaningless.


  1. I thought that the requirement to be a priest was total celibacy and not 'temporary celibacy'?

    Hell, I can do 3 years of celibacy standing on my head. It's way too easy when you're not driven to bed every drunken slag out there! Even easier again if trying to find a GOOD woman - you'll look long and hard to find one that is single!

    Q: What kind of meat do priests eat?
    A: Nun


  2. Oh wait... this was about homosexuals proving that they have been celibate for 3 years before entering the priesthood.

    My first suggestion would be to check their health. Lack of infection and energy in general would probably be a positive indicator! There may even be a chance that the blood vessels in the rectum may have healed in that time....

  3. Jai - yeah, I'm still trying to get my little-brain around the temporary celibacy thing. How does that work?

    On the bright side, you'll have no difficulty in passing the test if you need a new job some day! Father Jai has a nice ring to it, but I'm not sure if any of us could say it without giggling. :-)

    As for your suggestions....thank you soooo much for sharing. And we shall never speak of this again.

  4. Deal!

    Oh... how about a temporary deal on that as I will probably forget :)