I had previously covered this story last week, but pulled it down when Matt. C. Abbot pulled his to do further investigation.
St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary recently sent out two vocation-recruiting catalogs to prospective seminarians. One version � which contained only articles and no advertisements � targeted straight men. The other version � which did contain advertisements, including the one pictured below, with two bare-chested men standing next to each other in a hot tub � targeted homosexual men.
I have, in my possession, a copy of the latter. (This is addressed to those who might cast doubt on the authenticity of the “gay-friendly” version, as certain individuals did with regard to the photos in my June 19, 2007 column.)
The catalogs were also sent to Miami pastors, at least one of whom was infuriated by the advertisements included in the “gay-friendly” version. Incidentally, said version has reportedly been “recalled” � whatever that may mean.
In addition to the hot tub ad, you’ll notice the first paragraph of an ad for a South Florida restaurant, where “you’re given the ultimate excuse to party,” and where there are “lovers bathed in a captivating sanctuary of controlled unrestraint.”
Pictures from the catalogs are here.