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    News Release: Vatican Approves Ex-Gays as Seminarians, Former Homosexuals Can Become Priests 11/30/2005 8:01:00 AM To: National Desk Contact: Regina Griggs of
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      News Release: Vatican Approves Ex-Gays as Seminarians,
      Former Homosexuals Can Become Priests
      11/30/2005 8:01:00 AM

      To: National Desk
      Contact: Regina Griggs of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays
      (PFOX), 703-360-2225 or ex-gays@... or http://www.pfox.org

      WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Vatican has issued a
      document approving former homosexuals as seminarians for the
      priesthood. The document, titled "Instruction Concerning the Criteria
      of Vocational Discernment," requires that seminarian candidates be
      free from homosexual tendencies for at least three years.

      "The ex-gay community is grateful to the Holy Father for recognizing
      that men who have overcome same sex attractions are capable of
      serving as priests," said Regina Griggs, executive director of
      Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX). "All mainstream mental
      health organizations agree that individuals with unwanted same sex
      attractions have the right to seek therapy to explore developing
      heterosexual feelings as part of every client's right to self-
      determination. No one is born with same sex attractions."

      "I am grateful to the Catholic Church for its commitment and
      compassion to homosexual Catholics," said Griggs, a Catholic. "Many
      dioceses across this country have implemented a Courage chapter for
      their gay brethren. Courage assists Catholics with homosexual desires
      to lead fulfilled chaste lives or to move beyond homosexual
      attractions towards heterosexual development."

      Founded in 1998, PFOX is a non-profit organization providing
      outreach, education, and public awareness in support of families and
      friends of gays and ex-gays.

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      A copy of this press release is available online at:
      http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=57296

      /© 2005 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/
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