I'm not sure if people remember Father James Porter. He was a heterosexual priest in Fall River, Mass who left the priesthood and married a WOMAN. By all accounts, this man would have passed the Vatican test since he wasn't homosexual and would have been allowed to stay in the seminary.
On the other hand, Mychal Judge was an openly gay priest. He died on Sept. 11, 2001 at the site of the Twin Towers.
Judge was the New York City Fire Department Chaplain who was killed by falling debris as he ministered to a dying firefighter at the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. He was the first recorded casualty of the terrorist attack on the city. The high-profile cleric's ministries spanned a spectrum of New York's City's diverse communities, including his beloved firefighters, the poor and homeless, people with AIDS, LGBT people, and those struggling with alcoholismHe would have not passed the Vatican's test.
On another matter, it seems in Sen. Santorum's home state, the Catholic Diocese has been busy. In an article in the Boston Globe a Philadelphia Grand Jury say the Archdiocese hid abuse.
Now, who are the real heros in this post? The leaders of the church who "excused and enabled the abuse" or the openly gay priest who gave his life while ministering to the fallen?
A grand jury issued a scathing critique yesterday of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, saying its former archbishops and other leaders concealed and facilitated clergy sex abuse of children for decades.
The grand jury, which investigated the archdiocese for more than three years, concluded that at least 63 priests -- and probably many more -- sexually abused hundreds of minors over the past several decades.
But even more disturbing, the jurors found, was the coverup by the two previous archbishops, Cardinals John Krol and Anthony J. Bevilacqua who, they concluded, ''excused and enabled the abuse" and put legal and financial interests and moral reputation of the archdiocese ahead of protecting the children entrusted to its care.