>> The head of the Roman Catholic Church has issued his clearest warning yet regarding homosexuality in its priests and nuns. Don't act on it or get out. Pope Francis says he doesn't want them to live a double-life, and reminds that all clergy, gay or not, take a vow of celibacy when they sign up.
The Pope has previously said the church needed better screening procedures for applicants. The comments come in a new book-length interview yet to be released to the public. Reuters obtained an advanced copy. Roman Catholicism maintains that homosexual thoughts and tendencies are not a sin in themselves, but acting on them is.
The Popes' interview was conducted in August. Days later the latest chapter in the churches sexuality crisis exploded when the Vatican's former ambassador to the United States alleged there was a widespread cabal of gay closing, and that Pope Francis himself had ignored cases of sexual misconduct by a former high ranking American clergyman with adult men.