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Pope to ban gay priests?

The Observer has a fascinating report this morning that The Vatican has drawn up an instruction banning gay men from becoming priests, but not due to some worry over the morality of homosexuality, rather because…

the presence of homosexuals in seminaries is ‘unfair’ to both gay and heterosexual priests by subjecting the former to temptation

It’s certainly an interesting angle to take, and not entirely the one I personally would expect from the Vatican, who I would expect to ultra-Conservatively condemn homosexuality as a whole. It smacks of a church with an attendance crisis, which can’t afford to alienate anyone, trying to couch their moral objections in flawed logical arguments to make them more palatable to objectors.

But, from a purely practical standpoint, how on earth do they plan to screen for homosexuals before admitting people to seminaries? After all, if they can’t even manage to screen for paedophiles with any level of success, one really wouldn’t think they have much of a hope screening for gay men. Plus, as the Observer article points out…

Studies show that a significant proportion of men who enter seminaries to train for the priesthood are gay. Any move signalling that homosexuals will not be allowed to join the seminaries, even one couched in the arcane language of the Vatican, could reduce the number of recruits to the priesthood.

It will certainly be fascinating to see where this one goes, and whether it does get published or just quietly forgotten about; I would personally be surprised to see this published any time soon, especially by this Pope.

This post was filed under: News and Comment.

That ‘awful man’ gets argumentative

Nick Witchell’s got himself in the news again today (the last time was back in March), for a pretty hilarious argument he had during a rehearsal for a radio news two-way. Unfortunately for him, the mp3 of the incident has found it’s way into the metaphorical hands of the Grauniad, and then onto their website… and from there, onto this website:

[audio:witchel.mp3]

In all honesty, though, I tend to sympathise with Mr Witchell in this case – the questions the presenter was rehearsing were generally pointless, as indeed was the whole two-way. And it probably eventually went better for having had the argument. Granted, it would probably have gone on even better if the presenter or the production crew actually had any idea about the story that was being reported, but perhaps that’s too much to ask nowadays.

But however much I think Nicolas was in the right, this will undoubtedly form another chink in his far from flawless armour – and his position is already looking increasingly dodgy, as the Beeb and others oust informed, connected, and mature correspondents in favour of inexperienced attractive young ‘faces’.

When it comes to presenting the news, I’ll take informed presenters like Jon Snow and Jeremy Paxman over autocue reading, lip-gloss wearing, automatons like Natasha Kaplinsky and Kay Burley any day. How can someone who doesn’t even know what’s been going on in the world ever possibly conduct a decent interview about it?

Updated 29th July 2006 to include audio file (replacing dead link)

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GCSE results day

Good luck to everyone who’s going to pick up their GCSE results today! I really hope you get the grades you wanted – and don’t listen to all the stuff about them getting easier, they say it every year, so don’t let it lessen your sense of achievement. If you haven’t got quite what you wanted, don’t let it worry you too much – I’m sure you’ll find the right way forward for yourself, and be very successful in your own way in the long-run. And for those who did get what they wanted: Congratulations!

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