Screening Priests for Homosexuality; Pedophilia

A great focus-piece from the NY Times on a new interview process by the Catholic Church that attempts to weed out possible homosexual and pedophile priests with standardized psychological evaluations.

All must take H.I.V. tests and complete written exams like the 567-question Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, which screens for, among other things, depression, paranoia and gender confusion. In another test, candidates must submit sketches of anatomically correct human figures.

The focus on homosexuality is part of the Vatican’s insistence of a link between homosexuality and pedophilia in the clergy, a distinction supported no where in scientific or psychological literature.

And yet:

The sexual abuse scandal has prompted some conservative bishops to lay blame for the crisis on a “homosexual subculture” in the priesthood.

Some questions asked of prospective priests:

“When was the last time you had sex?” all candidates for the seminary are asked. (The preferred answer: not for three years or more.)

“What kind of sexual experiences have you had?” is another common question. “Do you like pornography?”

Depending on the replies, and the results of standardized psychological tests, the interview may proceed into deeper waters: “Do you like children?” and “Do you like children more than you like people your own age?”

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