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The Argentinian pontiff made the remarks in an interview about religious vocations, saying the Church had to be “demanding” in choosing candidates for the priesthood.
Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera‘s website ran excerpts of the book on Saturday in the form of an interview that Pope Francis gave about religious vocations. Pope Francis was quoted as describing homosexuality within the walls of seminaries, convents and other religious places where clergy live as “a very serious question.”
“In our societies, it even seems homosexuality is fashionable. And this mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church,” Pope Francis was quoted as telling his interviewer, a Spanish-born missionary priest, Fernando Prado.
The book, based on four hours of conversations the two had in August at the Vatican, will be published in 10 languages next week. Its Spanish title is La Fuerza de la vocacion (The Strength of Vocation).
Pope Francis reiterated past Vatican pronouncements about the attention that must be given to selecting men for admission to seminaries, saying “we must very much take care of human and sentimental maturity” when training future priests.