The Pope Gets Tough on Gays

The Vatican makes a new effort to root out homosexuals from the seminary

Like the new owner of an aging home, a just-elected Pope must set priorities for what needs fixing. Pope Benedict XVI's reign will no doubt be built on enforcing traditionalist doctrine and improving the church's day-to-day administration, which suffered during John Paul II's globetrotting papacy. But where will the nuts-and-bolts work begin? One place to look is seminaries, especially those in the U.S., which are about to undergo a thorough Vatican review in response to the sex-abuse crisis and declining vocations. Reports surfaced last week--just as a three-year grand-jury investigation concluded that the Philadelphia archdiocese had deliberately concealed the sexual abuse...

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