The Catholic Church, which is far and away the largest Christian Church (not to mention that Orthodox is basically the same and is far and away the second largest), allows homosexuals to be part of their clergy, just so long as they don't practice, but they also require chastity from heterosexuals anyway, so that's equal.
I am sorry to say that this is not the case, not after some relatively recent regulations on the issue. Basically, all those who have "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" are excluded from the priesthood, as well as those who "support gay culture" (no one seems to be entirely sure of what that means, but eh).
According to what I heard, there was
a problem of homosexual Catholics entering the priesthood out of sheer lack of anything else to do within the religion, even in the absence of any genuine vocation to celibacy and priesthood; and, while most of them ended up being perfectly good priests, the fact that most of the child abuse cases involved priests and male children apparently led the hierarchy to think that this was one of the aspects that needed tightening up.
I do not particularly approve of the way in which this was done, but on the other hand it is not really my place to approve or disapprove here.
edited 7th Dec '11 4:44:12 AM by Carciofus