Sexual orientation has no effect on the possibility of becoming a priest


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Cardinal Reinhard Marx sees no limitation on the priesthood in a person’s sexual inclination.

Munich – Cardinal Reinhard Marx does not see a restriction on the priesthood in a person’s sexual inclination. “Not everyone is forced to name their own sexual orientation, whether they are heterosexual or homosexual,” said the Archbishop of Munich and Freising a week after the shocking report on abuse on Thursday in Munich. “But if he does, then that has to be respected and then it doesn’t limit his ability to become a priest, for example,” the 68-year-old continued.

“That is my position and you have to stand up for it,” said Marx. The priests are of course assumed to be celibate. So far, some bishops have said homosexuals cannot be ordained priests. “I don’t think so,” Marx stated.

The report commissioned by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising itself and commissioned by the law firm Westpfahl Spilker Wastl (WSW) came to the conclusion that cases of sexual abuse in the diocese had not been dealt with appropriately for decades. The current archbishop, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has also been accused of misconduct in two cases. (dpa)


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