In a new book, “The Strength of Vocation: Consecrated Life Today,” Pope Francis candidly answered questions relating to vocations, consecrated life and the struggles the Church is facing today.
Released on December 3, 2018, the book is written from a journalistic point of view but is actually based on a four-hour interview of the Holy Father by Spanish Missionary Fernando Prado. Their conversation is divided into three chapters: “Look at the past with gratitude”, “Live the present with passion” and “Embrace the future with hope.”
Pope Francis would not allow questions to be submitted to him prior to the interview in order to encourage an open and honest dialogue.
The Pontiff’s remarks on the subject of homosexuality in the priesthood have triggered a degree of controversy. Francis was fairly straight-forward in stating that homosexuality in the priesthood was “something that worries me.” He continued by suggesting all gay priests and members of consecrated communities who cannot maintain their celibacy should leave the priesthood or religious community rather than “live a double life.”
During the interview, Pope Francis also reminded the faithful, that gay Catholics contribute to the life of the church commenting: “they are persons who will live in the service of the church, of the Christian community, of the people of God. Let’s never forget this perspective.”
Please click here for additional coverage published in Zenit, which includes bio information on Missionary Priest Fernando Prado.
Please use this link to review journalist Kevin Clarke’s article “Understanding Pope Francis’ Controversial Remarks on Homosexuality in the Priesthood,” published in America Magazine