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There can be no more coddling of sodomites, no matter who they are or how high up in the hierarchy they might be
" The article in The Times included quotes attributed to anonymous priests who admitted that they are practicing homosexuals who are in good standing with the Church. Is this the stuff of sanctity? Sure, sinners can turn away from their sins and become great saints (Saint Augustine comes to mind, naturally). One does not become a saint by persisting unrepentantly in a state of mortal sin, no less one of the four sins that cries out to Heaven for vengeance: sodomy. Father Neuhaus winds up, therefore, having it both ways: appearing as a man who "gets it" with his neoconservative friends while appearing non-threatening to those who are at the root of the scandals which have, sadly, devastated the faith of so many Catholics."
Back home on Long Island after the birth of our daughter Lucy in Sioux City nearly four weeks ago, I am reminded each time I check our post office box in Oyster Bay that I served as the statistician and equipment manager for the Oyster Bay High School varsity football, basketball and baseball teams between 1965 and 1969. Part of my job during the football season involved carrying buckets of water out to the eleven players on the field ruing timeouts. Well, it is one thing to carry water for thirsty athletes who need to replenish their fluids during a football game. It is quite another to carry water for phony pro-life politicians and for most of the bishops in this country during the explosion of scandals which has taken place in the last few months.
To wit, a number of well-meaning pro-lifers were all agog a few weeks ago when one of the Bush administration's representatives at the United Nations gave an address in which he discussed the importance of protecting the integrity of the family and of providing children with abstinence-based chastity programs in their schools. Some people hailed this as a wonderful "change of tone" from the Clinton administration. However, all talk of protecting the integrity of family is so much empty rhetoric when one considers that the administration of President George W. Bush undermines the integrity of the family and the innocence of the young by its full support and funding of so-called "family planning programs" here and around the world. How can the integrity of the family be maintained when that which is essential to its survival and growth-the Sovereignty of God over the sanctity of marital relations-is vitiated by the funding of pills and devices which make human beings the arbiters of conception (and which actually chemically kill millions of fertilized human beings each year)? This is an evil which no amount of words can mask or anesthetize.
What is more evil, however, is the extent to which people who have become part of the pro-life establishment are willing to carry water for the Bush administration and overlook its support for abortion in the cases of rape, incest and alleged threats to a mother's life, stem-cell research, and contraception and sex-instruction. Are we disciples of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ or are we blind sycophants of craven career politicians? It is one thing to give credit when credit is due. It is quite another to overlook one abject evil after another which has the full backing of the Bush administration, which uses the coercive taxing power of the Federal government to fund evils which undermine the family and undermine the sanctity of all innocent human life without exception.
What can be said about the way some pro-lifers respond so reflexively to the Bush administration can also be said about the way some of these same people have attempted to indemnify the Catholic hierarchy in the United States from criticism during the midst of the present scandals. Austin Ruse, for example, whose C-FAM non-governmental organization at the United Nations does much good work, is one of those who continues to overlook the Bush administration's support for contraception. Trying to carry water for the bishops, Ruse also defended them on CNN's Crossfire on April 18, 2002, and got chewed up in the process. As indefensible as it is for anyone who calls himself pro-life to carry water for George W. Bush, it is unbelievably bold for anyone to try to assert with a straight face that the American bishops are not at fault for causing the current crisis by their recruitment of homosexual men to priesthood and for their refusal to recognize that it is homosexuality itself which is the problem at the root of these scandals. Ruse should be quite embarrassed by his pathetic attempt to defend the indefensible.
For Ruse to be right in his defense of the bishops, you see, then many courageous Catholics, both priests and members of the laity, would have to have been wrong in the 1970s and 1980s when they attempted to alert the bishops about the extent to which the perverse homosexual subculture had infected the diocesan priesthood (and taken over practically every single older community of religious priests in the world). Father Enrique Rueda. Father Charles Fiore. The murdered Father Alfred Kunz. Each of these priests amassed reams of documentation about sodomites in the priesthood which neither local ordinaries nor Rome wanted to either handle or believe. Frank Kelly, the head of Virginia Right to Life (which is not, fortunately, affiliated with the pro-abortion National Right to Life Committee), showed me a sheaf of documentation nearly a foot thick which he had tried to use to get something done about the situation. Indeed, Frank told me in 1987 that he was having a difficult time convincing A.J. Matt, Jr., the publisher-editor of The Wanderer, to take the matter seriously. Obviously, The Wanderer did come to recognize the existence and severity of the situation, reporting extensively over the years on matters that are just now making the secular newspapers. However, it is a little telling that the pioneers in these matters had difficulty even convincing The Wanderer about the extent of the problem originally. To assert, as Ruse did, that the American bishops have handled the problems well is to ignore and to denigrate the courage of men who understood how the salvation of souls was being jeopardized by the indifference and complicity of the hierarchy in this country. What does Ruse say about Bernard Cardinal Law, the Archbishop of Boston, who reassigned a priest who supported the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA)?
It was in the 1990s that Stephen G. Brady, a pizza maker in Petersburg, Illinois, took it upon himself to root out the horror of an unrepentant sodomite bishop from his own diocese. As I note in a recent column of mine, Brady's organization, Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc., printed a full scale expose of a homosexual network among the American hierarchy without even the threat of a lawsuit. Some of the details of RCF's research are just now making the secular newspapers (with only the Chicago Sun Times acknowledging the role played by The Wanderer and Roman Catholic Faithful in the exposing of these scandals long before they broke in the secular press). Steve Brady has been stonewalled by the likes of Francis Cardinal George, the Archbishop of Chicago, and by the Vatican itself. Is Austin Ruse saying that Roman Catholic Faithful has not uncovered major problems regarding sodomites in the priesthood that the bishops have either ignored or downplayed?
As if all this was not bad enough, some "neoconservatives" who do understand that the root cause of the scandals now breaking in the secular press is homosexuality wind up carrying water for the homosexual movement. Father Richard John Neuhaus, a convert from Lutheranism and the editor of First Things, admitted in The New York Times recently that homosexuality, not pedophilia, is indeed at the root of the scandals. However, he said that it would be wrong to boot out all of the homosexuals in the priesthood. To do this, he said, would mean one would have to exclude many people from the roster of canonized saints. Excuse me? How does Father Neuhaus, who is contemptuous of Pope Leo XIII's great encyclical letters on the State, know that there are many canonized saints who have been homosexuals, practicing or otherwise? Does he want to name such individuals? What a gratuitous, blasphemous statement. The article in The Times included quotes attributed to anonymous priests who admitted that they are practicing homosexuals who are in good standing with the Church. Is this the stuff of sanctity? Sure, sinners can turn away from their sins and become great saints (Saint Augustine comes to mind, naturally). One does not become a saint by persisting unrepentantly in a state of mortal sin, no less one of the four sins that cries out to Heaven for vengeance: sodomy. Father Neuhaus winds up, therefore, having it both ways: appearing as a man who "gets it" with his neoconservative friends while appearing non-threatening to those who are at the root of the scandals which have, sadly, devastated the faith of so many Catholics.
Yes, the secular media are using these scandals to their own anti-Catholic advantage, no question. There is no one to blame for this needless bad publicity except the bishops and chancery officials who have sought to keep these things quiet while the perverts got reassigned time and time again. Don't blame the secular media for reporting what The Wanderer and Roman Catholic Faithful (and the courageous men named earlier in this piece) have been reporting for a long time now. No, place the blame squarely on the shoulders of shepherds and their factotums who act more as corporate executives rather than as pastors of souls.
It is far past time for anyone to carry water for phony pro-life politicians or for the bishops responsible for coddling sodomites. A person who supports even one abortion as a matter of principle supports evil. A bishop who supports sex-instruction (which in most instances is a cover for the promotion of "tolerance" concerning sodomy and lesbianism as "alternative" life styles, no less encouraging the young to engage in impure acts of all types) and who believes that sodomites are fit for the Holy Priesthood cannot be defended. While we pray for them, such men should resign or be removed, including all eight of American cardinals who are archdiocesan ordinaries.
Once again, we must remember that the Church is divinely founded and maintained. As I note constantly, each one of our sins has wounded our Lord once in time and wounds His Mystical Body, the Church, today. None of us are without blame for the problems extant in the Church and in the world. However, it is one thing to sin and to be sorry, to seek out the mercy of Christ in the hospital of Divine Mercy in the Sacrament of Penance. It is quite another to persist in sin, worse yet to promote it in the Church and in the world, to say nothing of reaffirming others in their perversity.
It is time to carry water for Christ the King and Mary our Queen, not for those who are the enemies of the Cross of Christ in the Church and in the world.
Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D.
For past columns in The DAILY CATHOLIC by Dr. Droleskey, see Archives
April 30, 2002
volume 13, no. 82
CHRIST or chaos