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WantingToGoFurther Will wrote:

Hi, guys —

I converted to Catholicism four years ago from Buddhism. Previously, I was living a homosexual life. After long discernment and struggle, I have ended my ten-year relationship.

My question:

  • Can a person like me serve in the Church and eventually to be considered in religious life if I'm able to live a chaste life?

Will

  { Can a convert from Buddhism with a homosexual history be considered for the religious life? }

Bob replied:

Will,

It is awesome that you have made such a profound change in your life to follow our Lord; it is a great testimony to His Grace and Mercy. In light of all the recent scandals in the Church, most priestly confrères would not likely accept someone who has a history of homosexual attraction and lifestyle. It's not anything personal but it is policy in order to avoid future scandal.

What may be more likely is some third order religious or personal vows of celibacy as a witness — especially to the gay community, who need courageous witnesses to give up the lifestyle.

I wish you many blessings and I will keep your discernment in my prayers.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Hi Will,

I too think it's awesome that you have made such a profound change in your life. I admire your openness to the Holy Spirit.

In addition to Bob's advice, I would ponder and pray over being an associate with Courage, an outreach to the Homosexual community from a Catholic viewpoint. You can contact them here:

In addition, (talk to) or (make an appointment) with your local pastor to see what ministries your local parish has that you can get involved in. Socializing with new parishioners will allow the Holy Spirit to open new doors for you. What either Bob or I have recommend may be good ways to take the next step on your spiritual journey.

I'll keep you in my prayers,

Mike

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