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),
“they will allow gay men into the priesthood if they can show they have been celibate for at least three years.
will ban men "who publicly manifest their homosexuality" or show an "attraction" to homosexual culture "even if it is only intellectually". Vatican
The views were contained in a secret, 16-page document expected to be released by the
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.