"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Exclusive: Congregation for the Clergy to issue new guidelines for seminarians.

Grab your robes boys!  

Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations

[An excerpt]

In continuity with the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and, in particular, with the Decree Optatam Totius on priestly formation, the Congregation for Catholic Education has published various Documents with the aim of promoting a suitable, integral formation of future priests, by offering guidelines and precise norms regarding its diverse aspects.

Considering how many same sex attracted seminarians are now forced to endure fellow classmates parading through seminary dorms wearing nothing but towels before and after showering,  New norms concerning this specific question, are made more urgent by the current situation, and that is: bathrobes are now mandated in all seminaries.

This Dicastery, in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, wishes to offer suggestions for appropriate bath-wear in seminaries. - Source

I knew this was coming.  Wait until Michael Voris hears about this.

Editor's note: A longtime reader of this blog - a priest from Rome* - sent me photos of proposals of what bathrobes seminarians - straight or gay - should be wearing to avoid being an occasion of sin for those seminarians who "present deep-seated homosexual tendencies."

A few proposals with commentary:

Suitable attire for the rector and spiritual directors.

Michigan students actually love the bathrobes so much,
they even wear them to class.

When it comes to casual spiritual direction,
or impromptu confession,
the bathrobe is a must.

Sauna wear.  Seminarians may no longer
use the saunas without clothing.
This short robe is perfect.

The monk-robe.
A favorite with the Benedictines.

Don't be fooled - ssa seminarians are watching -
don't be an occasion of sin for your brother.
(Don't tease them by letting it fall open. 
That could be cause for dismissal.)

The macho robe - extra modest with the trunks.
Contemplative with the hood.
No one will mess with this guy.

The Fr. Z Batrobe.  Popular with the more
traditional seminarian - straight or gay.

*H/T Fr. Unnamed source in Rome.

Fr. Rector:  Now we come to the word association test:
When I say scantily clad, what do you think of?

Candidate:  Towels. Wet towels.

Fr. Rector:  Next!


  1. I'm EXTREMELY relieved to read this...I've been losing sleep for DAYS over this whole issue. I'm so happy the authorities have a handle on this. Thanks be to God.

    1. I think this will be helpful to friends and family of seminarians as well - especially when it comes to what to buy them for Christmas.

    2. The Monk bathrobe is my favorite. ^^ Skimpy and clingy but not too much that one will become distracted unless it gets wet or there be a strong wind blowing through the windows of the shower rooms. ;p

  2. ahhh. Well, thank you Again, Terry: I just Love hearing myself Snort uncontrollably with laughter, it's just so charming....
    ...going out now, very sedately, to check on my moonflowers. Nothing funny about That.

  3. Always be vigilant! Who thinks that clingy monk-robe would be less enticing than a thick, fluffy towel? Obviously a member of the Gay Lobby sneaked that one in.

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