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 November 29: Lithuanian Bishops Commented Vatican Instruction on Criteria of Vocational Discernment Regarding Persons with Homosexual Tendencies

Commenting the Vatican Instruction concerning the criteria of vocational discernment regarding persons with homosexual tendencies, Cardinal Audrys Bačkis said, he had always maintained strict attitude on the issue in Vilnius Seminary. He said that assistance of professional psychologist used to be highly helpful for vocational discernment of candidates entering the seminary. The interview was initiated by the news agency ELTA anticipating official publication of the document.

The Church has been always regarding homosexuality as lack of identity and deviation, emphasizing the need of affective and sexual maturity of candidates to priesthood, said Archbishop of Vilnius. Cardinal Bačkis said he was much concerned with the problem of homosexual tendencies among the clergy all over the world, including Lithuania. “No justifications can diminish the responsibility of persons practicing homosexuality”, he said. He also warned against dangerous mistakes in making ungrounded public accusations harmful for human dignity.

Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevičius commenting the issue to the daily “Respublika” said, the Lithuanian Catholic Church would always defend family and “behaviour according to human nature”. The Church has clear negative attitude towards public gay parades. The President of Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference also criticized homosexual lobbying groups in EU structures.

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