Home » Academic Programs » Theses and Dissertations » Tran Thi Duyen Hai, O.P. (Vietnam)
HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE PRIESTLY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS: Catholic Church Teachings and the Admission of Homosexual Candidates in the Vietnamese Context

Tran Thi Duyen Hai, O.P. (Vietnam)

Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) with concentration in Moral Theology
Fr. Eric Marcelo Genilo, S.J., S.T.D. (Adviser)

Abstract:

“Être homosexuel n’est pas un crime.”–“Being homosexual is not a crime.” Pope Francis’ most recent clarification is a reminder to each person to rethink their position on the issue of homosexuality. There has been a long-standing discrimination towards homosexuals in society and the Church. It is not easy to erase because it stems from many factors such as culture, religion, moral tradition of each country, and an incomplete understanding of this issue. In Vietnam, the possibility of changing people’s moral attitudes towards homosexuals is still controversial and there are no specific pastoral orientations to address this. Because of this, it becomes more difficult to admit people with homosexual tendencies in priestly and religious life.

This study attempts to deepen one’s understanding of homosexuality in the light of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium. This helps Christians view homosexuality positively and objectively. In particular, the admission of homosexual candidates in seminaries and religious orders is also reflected on and considered. The author hopes that this modest research can help create a pastoral conversion program for the Church. As a result, every Vietnamese Catholic learns to respect the dignity of homosexuals and others. Likewise, the Church in Vietnam becomes more aware of its responsibility to bear witness to God’s mercy and salvation as she courageously goes forth, encounters, and touches with God’s mercy those who are suffering and marginalized.

Final Defense:

2 October 2023, Monday, 3:00 p.m., online

Board of Examiners:

  1. Fr. Eric Marcelo Genilo, S.J., S.T.D. (Adviser)
  2. Fr. Peter Pojol, S.J., S.T.D. (Second Reader/Principal Examiner)
  3. Fr. Abundio Babor, Jr., M.S.C., S.T.D.

Proposal Defense:

18 April 2022, Monday, 10:00-11:15am, Online via Zoom (hosted by Mr. Jerry Orio)

Board of Examiners:
1. Fr. Eric Marcelo Genilo, S.J., S.T.D. (Adviser)
2. Fr. Peter Pojol, S.J., S.T.D.
3. Umberto Bresciani, Ph.D.

Home » Academic Programs » Theses and Dissertations » Tran Thi Duyen Hai, O.P. (Vietnam)
Loyola School of Theology