According to local reports, Pope Francis has instructed Italian bishops to vet applicants to the priesthood who they suspect of being gay.
Newspaper La Stampa’s Vatican Insider service quoted the pontiff saying: “Keep an eye on the admissions to seminaries, keep your eyes open. If in doubt, better not let them enter.”
His remarks come only days after he had assured a Chilean man who had been abused by a priest that God loved him.
The Pope’s advice seems to contradict his comments in 2013 when he said: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”
According to Roman Catholic doctrine, all homosexual acts are sinful.