Exactly 18 months ago this week, the Philadelphia Catholic family became my family, and the city became my home. I said at the time that the challenges we face as a Church wouldn’t be easy, and they haven’t been. Many of our pastoral, legal and financial problems still remain. So do our very serious obligations to victims of past abuse. But it’s also true that a great deal of good has been accomplished in a short time. We need to thank God for that, and we need to take pride in the fidelity of our clergy and our people under very trying circumstances.
VATICAN CITY, MAY 22, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI’s secretary of state clarified that a 2005 Vatican document saying homosexual men should not be admitted to seminaries applies to religious congregations and Eastern Churches as well.