The facility dealt with priests who suffered from depression, alcoholism and who had “problems connected to sex“, he added.
Father Gianluigi Pasto, 71, the head of the convent, told The Telegraph: “Priests come to us for a period of formation and personal reflection”.
Bonfanti told the newspaper that priests suspected of being gay are often sent to a convent in the northern Italian city of Trento in order to “reflect” on their futures.
The Vatican took action after Krzysztof Charamsa, a mid-level official in its doctrine office, came out in newspaper interviews in Italy and Poland saying he was happy and proud to be a gay priest, and that he was in love with a man whom he identified as his boyfriend. Joined by his partner, Charamsa said that the timing wasn’t “intended to pressurize anyone“, and then we assume he winked and chuckled. Mario Bonfante was forced to leave his parish in Sardinia, even though he had maintained his vow of celibacy.
The Vatican acts and sacks a gay priest after admitting his homosexuality during a a major meeting of the world’s bishops to discuss serious matters and issues, which ironically include how the church should reach out to gays. “There were two choices: be cured or be laicized”, he says.
“I think that may be down to being gay being an important apparatus of power”, Stern says. It was common practice to refer to the LGBT community as “intrinsically disordered” sinners and all but ban them from the congregations if they were open about their orientation.
Speaking at the Synod, Pope Francis stressed that the Church should have the courage to evolve if that is what God wants.
The Catholic Church sided with the priest and the bishop-declaring that it’s “impossible” for transgendered people to be godparents, because they’re inherently at odds with the Church’s doctrine. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.
David Berger has previously claimed a few 20%-40%, of priests overall are gay. “We treat any number of maladies, but not that”.
The allegations come in a week that the world’s eyes are on Rome, as Pope Francis hosts the Synod on the Family with a particular focus on marriage and homosexuality.