Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 56, Issue 2, pp 237–247 | Cite as

Psychological Assessment of Homosexual Tendencies in Potential Candidates for the Roman Catholic Priesthood

  • David G. Songy


While the recent Instruction by the Congregation for Catholic Education concerning the criteria for the discernment of vocations with regard to persons with homosexual tendencies has offered a clear direction to bishops and religious superiors in screening candidates, a discussion by psychologists on methods of assessing the presence of such tendencies within individuals is necessary. This paper will review relevant assessment techniques and suggest how psychologists can address this issue in evaluation reports, including making specific recommendations relevant to the issue of homosexual tendencies.


Roman Catholic Priesthood Homosexual Seminary candidates Psychological assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pontifical North American CollegeVaticanItaly

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