In a document released this week, the Vatican reiterated that gay men cannot be priests.

Titled The Gift of the Priestly Vocation, the document covers many aspects of the priesthood.

It states that “the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called 'gay culture.'”

Such people, the document says, are “in a situation that gravely hinders them from relating correctly to men and women.”

“One must in no way overlook the negative consequences that can derive from the ordination of persons with deep-seated homosexual tendencies.”

The Vatican in 2005 issued a similar pronouncement.

Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which advocates for LGBT rights in the Catholic Church, told Religion News that Pope Francis “has a lot of explaining to do by approving the newest Vatican instruction.”

“Francis' famous 'Who am I to judge?' statement in 2013 was made in response to a question about gay men in the priesthood. That response indicated very plainly that he did not have a problem with a gay priest's sexual orientation,” he added.

DeBernardo called on the pope to retract the document.