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In releasing an official statement on gays in the priesthood, the Vatican said that men with "deep-seated" homosexual tendencies should not be permitted into the priesthood. It did not supply definitions for "deep-seated" or "shallow-seated," which latter condition, we assume, would not disqualify one from presiding in the santuary. Or the confessional. Or primping and wine-tasting in the sacristy. Or cruising the narthex.
Immediately, this caused some of those people within the church who seem to have inordinate interests in gayness in the priesthood and everywhere else to pronounce that the vatican stance will launch an assault on the gay culture of America. The American gay culture in the priesthood immediately adopted a "don-t ask, don't confess" policy in anticipation of mass defrockings.