Predatory Homosexuality In The Church (Opening Thoughts)

There are so many good articles out there and it is really hard to find that "one" that will sum up the nature of the scandal in the Church.  While The American Conservative is not a Catholic journal, Rod Dreher, of the Eastern Orthodox faith, contributes many articles on religion because as he would say "it's what I care about most."  I would probably recommend following him on Twitter since he seems to be the one who is on top of this story as it develops.  HERE is the link to The American Conservative where you can find him and his info.

In addition to Rod's work I do want to give you a head's up on a few things as you come across them in your reading regarding the present state of affairs in the Church today, not just here in the US, but also throughout the world...there are eruptions in Chile, Austria, Guam, Honduras, just to name a few, not to mention in the Eternal City of Rome itself.  What I would like to do is to give you a set of tools that will help you to critically read what is being reported because, quite frankly, there does not seem to be one bishop willing to stand up and clearly articulate the nature of the scandal and how we can extricate ourselves from this mess and move on.  So here we go...

ONE:  Notice how the bishops are presenting themselves as the "victims?"  They are "horrified," "shocked," "hurt," "angry" and some admit to have been "naive" or to have "misplaced" their trust in some of their brother bishops. (One bishop even confessed that this crisis has caused him to believe in the devil!)  In formulating their statements it would seem that every bishop consults his thesaurus looking for that one word to use that will make him sound more hurt and more angry than the other bishops.  I think it is safe to say that we do not care about their feelings.  An opportunity to correct what is ailing the Church was given to them back in 2002 when the scandal first broke. An extensive independent study was prepared by the John Jay Institute clearly identifying the problem, but the bishops did not like the findings of the report and so they archived it and forgot about it.  (More on this and a link to that report later.)

TWO:  Notice how the scandal is framed in terms of a "failed" human resource strategy regarding policy and procedure.  Note well the endless references to the "Charter" (for the protection of children) and how it seems that the bishops have not fully implemented the Charter in every way that it could be and so this is why the problem persists. I guess it is the Charter's fault.

THREE:  Take careful note of the artful fan dance that is being presented before the eyes of the Catholic faithful with regards to the words that are selected for describing the victims of sexual abuse by the clergy.  Nearly every statement given by a bishop and nearly every story prepared by many "catholic" new agencies describe the victims as "children" or "adults."  Notice anyone missing?  Think.  What is the common understanding of who a "child" is?  A grade-schooler?  More than likely.  How about an "adult?"  Someone in their 20's or 30's, right?  So who is missing?  I will tell you who.  The REAL victims...adolescent males and males in their late teens and early twenties.  This is what the John Jay report made explicitly clear.  (Click HERE to see the full text of the report.  Be warned, it is a mind numbing read!  It is an investigative and statistical report after all.)

FOUR:  If you are a bishop or priest who insists that the Church has a problem with "predatory homosexuality" within the ranks of the clergy, you are dismissed as "the lady that doth protest to much" and must be gay yourself.

It has been known, and known for a long time that the Church has a very clear and persistent problem with predatory homosexuals in the ranks of the hierarchy.  And it is not by accident.  As a seminarian in the 1990's I recall many, many resources that were brought to bear upon young men preparing for the priesthood that were intended to weaken their resolve to live a chaste, celibate life in perfect continence as did Jesus Christ.  Such resources were, in my particular case, "psychology" classes (in quotes because it was a label used to disguise the nature and content of the course) that centered on human sexuality that had nothing to do with psychology and more about how to actually have sex with instructions and graphics (the current edition of the text book we had to buy, yes buy, is HERE), days of recollection offered by the notorious nun/priest team of Sr. Fran Ferderer and Fr. John Heagle, and the openly homosexual "staff" psychologist who counseled seminarians and helped them work through their "issues."  I could go on and on.

In the two seminaries that I attended, visibly openly homosexual sub-cultures were tolerated and permitted to flourish.  If a homosexual seminarian misbehaved by advancing in an unwelcome manner against another seminarian the victim was the one who was usually punished.  In rare cases certain homosexual men were dismissed from the seminary but I know of at least two who were quickly picked up by religious communities in other states.  I mention that I know of at least two who were "shuffled" because one of them was the upperclassman who assaulted me during my second year of theology just a month or so before I made my candidacy for the priesthood.  I could go on and on with anecdotes and they are endless.

In my first year as a newly ordained priest I had come to find out that my pastor was enlisting the services of a local male hustler when it was presumed that I was absent from the rectory.  On one occasion I was at home and I overheard my pastor tell the hustler that he had another priest client that he might want to contact.  After a couple months of fear and disgust I finally mustered the courage to tell my bishop who very casually responded to the news with "he knew" and that it was his understanding that the men in question were over 18 years of age.  Well, as it turns out my pastor began enlisting the services of this one particular hustler when he was around 16 years of age and when he found out that suing the Church was more profitable than servicing its priests that is exactly what he did.  My pastor was suddenly granted a sabbatical and the bishop told me to keep my mouth shut and that I never saw nor heard anything.  (This is one of the reasons why I left the diocese of my ordination to incardinate in other.  The bishop in question died earlier this year.)

The point that I am trying to make in all of this is that what we have on our hands is a systemic problem that is tearing at the Church at every level and nearly in every place (except it seems in Africa).  And if that were not enough, otherwise good men, bishops and priests, are paralyzed by fear and would rather keep their mouths shut and play along to get along under the rubric of "not doing further harm" to the Church than that which She is already miserably suffering. Every priest out there (and bishops too) have a lot that can be said but they are not saying it.  It is akin to the highly dysfunctional family that would rather die a thousand deaths rather than give up their horrific secret. But why?

The answer to that question is where I would like to conclude for now and it is this; human nature abhors evil and finds it most, most distasteful, but we have a mechanism within ourselves that makes committing evil seem good and potentially pleasurable and that same mechanism can make evil tolerable to those who are otherwise repulsed by it, and that mechanism is the abuse of our intellect by forcing it to generate an aspect of the good under which the evil might be considered as good, therefore making the consent of the will possible.  (If you teach moral theology don't pounce on me if that was not as elegantly stated as it could be!)  What am I suggesting? The ranks of the clergy are blind. They only see a certain shallow good that ought to be preserved; i.e., unity, brotherhood, not harming the Church, and so on and so forth, and I say "shallow" because of the enormity of the evil that we are up against, but at what cost do we seek to preserve these shallow goods?  At what cost?

The only way I see out of this mess is the grace of God working in the individual hearts of good bishops and priests that will dispel their fears and bring them forth in courage to confront this horror head on and call it what it is...a scourge of predatory homosexuality.  Period.  And so we pray and make reparation begging God to free the Church from this bondage and from the paralysis that has seized our Shepherds down from the Holy See itself to the very rural heartland of the United States; and everywhere in between.

@Sacerdos

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  1. Dear Fr. Anonymous. Thank you. At the Ruth Institute, we are concerned with all victims and survivors of the sexual revolution. This ideology created the intellectual cover for an enormous increase in sexual abuse and predation. We support and believe in your work. Feel free to connect with us, if we can help.

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    1. I appreciate that. I hear many good things about your work. My question is: how do we accompany the victims and hold them in the Church so that they can heal and find the wholeness they desire?

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  2. Thanks to "The Ruth Institute" sharing this with their audience, I was blessed in discovering a link to your blog that they also provided their audience. Father, I have so much love for our Lord. I cry for him almost daily. I cry for us all. I can barely bring myself to ponder the fall of the Church. This has been like a never ending nightmare. Your words soothed my soul. You're absolutely correct and not afraid to say so. You speak truth among so many others who do not. I praise our Lord that you found the strength and courage to share these "unspeakables" with an honest intention to help the Church, the victims and all of our Brother's and Sister's with the knowledge of THE TRUTH. Thank you for caring for our souls. The love I felt while reading this is immeasurable.
    All my prayers are with you.
    - Heather, Wife & Mother to 3

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  3. As a non-Catholic Christian, I've been incredibly saddened by the scandals affecting the Catholic church, as well as other Protestant churches in the U.S. I feel all of this happening as a winnowing of His Church, and it's clear that if the Catholic church continues in this (and other denominations), Christianity will suffer everywhere. That said, I know Christ's Church will be victorious and these human sins will not destroy it. My grandmother, seen as a saint in my family, is a godly woman and faithful Catholic, and I know there are so many faithful to Christ in the Catholic church. Thank you for speaking out and I hope more and more clergy will speak out as you are. May God be with us and forgive us.


    Prayers,

    - SJT

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  4. Okay Father. This happened to you. You say in your article that good priests and bishops (what ever that means) need to speak out. Why do you hide? Why do you not stand up and be counted? This is the problem. HIDING! I am a convert to the Church and, as a Protestant, one thing I would not be doing is hiding. I was taught very clearly to stand up for what is right no matter the cost. I tire, sir, of the "anonymous" and the "un-named source" If you are who you say you are, then stand before the face of Our Lord and and man and speak. This mess is out in the open and ANYONE who has been harmed thereby, needs to come fourth and shout it's evil from the rooftops. No more hiding in the dark. WE , the laity and those like yourself, will be the ones who stop it, but hiding will do us no good any longer. As it is, most of America HATES Catholics anyway and have believed that we are an evil church, promoting hateful doctrines like celebicy for priests and religious. Make no mistake. We will be accused of being the reason sodomites infest this country...I am not kidding either!!! All of the LGB..whatever that is not being pushed in schools will be placed at our feet because we failed to publicly stand against it. This article is nice but it is not enough. Names and faces MUST be seen and voices attached to faces we can see must come fourth...RIGHT NOW!! No more worrying about one's reputation, career, etc. Can Our Lord not restore what is lost for his glory? Do we no longer truly trust in him? We, inside the church, have lost trust in Our Lord by not doing what is right in publicly fighting this evil. Come out, come out where ever you are! If the sodomites can march their sin in the streets before God and man, why can we not be seen in the streets defending the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church we say is the one, true Church? Have we become just as sick as our senior clergy? Have we?

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    1. I do appreciate your feedback, truly, otherwise I would not respond, but I do want you to please consider three things; 1) Not too long ago I had my "15 minutes of fame" and as far as I am concerned 15 minutes was too long and fame is not all that it is cracked up to be (and I was not even seeking it!), 2) Priests live within the authority structure of the Church and there may be issues of obedience to a religious superior that you are not aware of, and 3) I am "hiding," if that is what it can be called, in plain site. Everyone I know knows this is me and anyone who cares to find out can.

      We need to be serene and pray with faith supporting each other and pressing on to our supernatural goal, each according to our ability, whether publicly or incognito, the Lord uses it all.

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  5. The one set of powerful institutions never mentioned in these accounts (yours and others) is the Catholic universities. It's time to call them to account. What about it, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Villanova, Holy Cross, Boston College, St. Joe's, Scranton . . . ? Get to the student newspapers, get in front of audiences, interview cleric presidents. There is huge money and reputation there. They need to stand up and be counted.

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    1. My daughter went to a Catholic college in New hampshire for the first two years of undergraduate studies. She transferred to a secualr university for a number of reasons, one of which was the relentlless promotion of homosexuality in religion, philosophy, and ethics classes and open toleration of "gay rights" organizations and propaganda. "Calling them to account?" Who is going to do that, and how?

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    2. I agree. The WHOLE Church needs to come to Jesus.

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  6. Father, please continue to post on this topic, specifically the subculture you encountered. So many Catholics are unaware of this among the clergy. Tell more about what you and others have encountered.

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  7. I know personally of a Bishop ( he has been bishop of several dioceses) who helped cover-up ad had knowledge of a predatory priest who has been shuffled around the country. The events that I was involved in happened over 20 years ago. I am just a lay person in the church ….my pastor did nothing and I had no proof . I did not trust the diocese offices so would not go there. I DID go to police and was told that their hands were tied without proof. So ll of this does NOT surprise me but gives me hope that perhaps AT LAST Christ's Body on earth is being purified ….. We have been warned in Scripture of corruption from within ( also in private revelations)
    The LAITY needs to DEMAND a thorough investigation , at the same time we are praying .

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  8. Thank you, Father, for speaking up. As a seminarian in the 1990’s, I too remember the ridiculous presentations by Sr. Fran Ferder and Fr. John Heagle on “love as a cosmic orgy.” I remember hearing classmates in the refectory on Saturday morning talking about their Friday night “people watching” at the Gay 90’s in Minneapolis. I recall referrals made to classmates for counseling by psychologists with no appreciation of Christian anthropology. I remember the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy instituted in the seminary’s student handbook shortly after a faculty member died of AIDS. I remember experiences with faculty in which I felt like I was being groomed, used or otherwise emotionally/psychologically compromised. It was an atmosphere of fear and the furthest thing I could imagine from an environment in which I could mature in my Christian walk. Hopefully things have improved since then, but there’s a whole generation of damage to contend with.

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    1. I hope you are in a good spot. I have seen so many men leave the seminary and some who never entered because of the things that they heard which were unfortunately and frightfully true.

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  9. Thank you Father. It is encouraging to know that priests - at least some - are as fed up and disgusted as I am. I am trying to sort out what I can do, as a lay person, to hammer home that there is no patience left in me to tolerate their bureaucratic responses. A line has been crossed and there is no going back to the way things were. But they don't listen, don't respond when you reach out. There is an arrogance to it all...But the angels are on the side of those who cry out for justice...

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    1. I cannot imagine what it must be like to be a lay person in all of this. I just can't. But, I do think that we are in a time and a place where the laity are uniquely positioned as never before in the history of the Church to help tip the scales of justice in a favorable way, and by that I mean social media. Use it! Charitably, of course, but use it!

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  10. Time is running out for the Catholic bishops in America.
    The party is over for them. The mob, this time, will not be appeased.
    We know, dear bishops, you are very afraid of the gay clergy mafia. It is real, entrenched and aggressive. The do not serve God, only themselves.
    Therefore, they will not serve the Faithful, including you.
    Bishops, you can be silent before us, now and be condemned before your Creator or you can speak now and be rewarded greatly the moment after your death.
    Choose wisely.

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  11. Father "Sacerdos" Am I right that even wider than this subcuture is a lack of an interior life of any sort? - accounting for the lack of courage, absence of forthright preaching, suppression of unpopular doctrine, etc.

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    1. Bingo! Read me new post where I do touch on that subject.

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  12. I am law enforcement officer and ex seminarian. Call me please. Send me a confidential email at the above address, I will send my phone number and references.

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  13. My email is chicagoleddy@ gmail.com. I don't care uf your readers see it. Also, I am a FORMER law enforcement officer. My mistake!

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