As homosexual-priest-molestation scandals continue to rock the U.S. Catholic Church — prompting this week’s meeting of cardinals with Pope John Paul II in Rome — “gay” activist groups are attempting full damage control, as they spin the crisis as one of “abusive exploitation” of priests and heterosexual pedophilia, rather than homosexuality in the Church.
On April 19, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued an “action alert” complaining that “increasingly inflammatory rhetoric is being used to characterize this crisis as a ‘homosexual problem’” and offering media pointers designed to divert the public attention from the homosexual aspect of the Church scandals.
“If you hear a news outlet, talk program or spokesperson try to make a connection between homosexuality and pedophilia, or charge that gay men are inclined toward sexual abuse of minors,” advised GLAAD, “inform the reporter, editor or host of the distinction between healthy adult sexual orientations — gay, straight or bisexual — and any tendency to sexually abuse minors.”
GLAAD’s Web site contains a pointer to an HRC “fact sheet on sexual orientation and child abuse” for the purpose of substantiating claims that “there is no connection to homosexuality and child sexual abuse.”
In addition, GLAAD offers the following among its suggestions for “fair, accurate and inclusive coverage”:
“Do not imply, suggest or allow others to suggest a cause/effect relationship between homosexuality and child sexual abuse. Attempts to insinuate that gay men — either within or outside of the priesthood — have a natural propensity to sexually abuse minors are baseless, defamatory and calculated to fuel anti-gay sentiment among the general public. Please also note that priests who sexually abuse children are guilty of abusive exploitation that is not reflective of any healthy adult sexual orientation — gay or straight.
One of the ‘openly gay Catholic” groups GLAAD and HRC recommends for media people is Dignity/USA.
“When your coverage touches on sexual orientation/identity issues, please broaden your resource base to include ‘openly gay Catholics.’”
Although described on its Web site as “the United States’ largest and most progressive organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics,” Dignity/USA is not approved by the Catholic Church because it advocates homogenital sexual activity and homosexual “marriage,” in direct contradiction to Church teaching.
On April 8, Dignity/USA Executive Director Marianne Duddy lamented the “continued efforts by some in our Church to deflect concerns about sexual abuse and the decades of cover-up by Church officials by laying blame for these problems with gay priests.” She added, “A priest’s sexual orientation is irrelevant to his ability to fulfill his responsibilities as a minister of the Gospel.”
Several prominent Catholics, however, disagree with homosexual groups’ characterization of the crisis as a “non-gay” problem.
CLARK SERMON CITES HOMOSEXUAL PROBLEM
On April 21, Monsignor Eugene Clark, rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, delivered a stinging homily in which he condemned homosexual behavior, a “sex-saturated” society, and “the campaign of liberal America against celibacy” for the current Church scandals. The sermon was widely reported by the U.S. media.
The New York Daily News reported that Clark told Mass-goers, “To say there is nothing wrong with homosexuality — whose defining sexual practice is sodomy — is wrong. That’s wrong. Practicing homosexuality is truly sinful.”
“We are probably the most immoral country certainly in the Western Hemisphere — and maybe the larger circle — because of the entertainment we suffer and what it’s done to our [country’s] morals,” said Clark. “Liberated sex is offered to people all day long, all evening long. There is nothing quite like it.
“Homosexuality became in the American exchange of views a protected area,” he said. “And unfortunately … homosexual students were allowed to pass through seminaries. Grave mistake. Not because homosexuals in any way tend to criminality, but because it is a disorder.”
The next day, the New York Archdiocese distanced itself from Clark’s sermon, saying he was “speaking for himself,” according to news accounts.
GOODBYE, GOOD (STRAIGHT) MEN
The “grave mistake” of allowing homosexuals into Catholic seminaries is detailed in the new book Goodbye! Good Men: How Catholic Seminaries Turned Away Two Generations of Vocations from the Priesthood, by Michael S. Rose. In it, Rose offers dozens of testimonies of holy, orthodox priest candidates who were systematically weeded out of American seminaries while homosexually deviant candidates were allowed to continue to ordination.
(Goodbye! Good Men can be ordered from Aquinas Publishing at www.goodbyegoodmen.com or by calling 888-260-6283.)
On Monday night, Claire Noonan of the Chicago-based dissident group “Call to Action,” which agitates for the ordination of women within the Catholic Church, appeared opposite Catholic League President William Donohue on the Fox News program, O’Reilly Factor. There, Noonan painted the crisis as pedophilia, and not a homosexual problem, saying, “The fact of the matter is that most men who abuse children are heterosexual males.”
Donohue vehemently disagreed: “When a man puts his hands on an adolescent boy, there’s a word for that in the English language, and it’s called homosexuality.”
“It is intellectually outrageous and deceitful to pretend that we don’t know what’s going on here,” said Donohue. “Too many active gays have been in the priesthood, and it’s about time they were rooted out.”
In support of Monsignor Clark’s homily, Donohue said, “It is a sexually saturated society. You can’t sell popcorn without somebody grabbing their crotch. The whole thing is insane.”
In a Catholic League press release, Donohue said, “What is driving the problem at one level is sexual misconduct, much of it the acting out of sexually active homosexuals. Yet there is intellectual dishonesty here: It seems everything can be discussed except one issue — sexually active gays in the priesthood.”
CATHOLIC GROUP CITES 1961 BAN ON HOMOSEXUAL PRIESTS
Meanwhile, the Roman Catholic Faithful (RCF), an Illinois-based lay Catholic group that has fought to expose the Church’s homosexual and pederasty crisis for years, last week urged the American cardinals meeting Pope John Paul II to publicly affirm the Church’s 1961 pronouncement against admitting homosexuals or pedophiles to the priesthood. See the RCF news release at: www.rcf.org/press/releases/2002APR17CARDINALS.htm
“As a measure of their sincerity in addressing this horrible crisis inflicting so much damage on the souls of the innocent,” RCF President Stephen Brady charged, “we challenge each and every one of these princes of the Church to sign a statement agreeing they will follow the direction of a letter issued by the Sacred Congregation for Religious in Rome.”
Brady asked each prelate to affirm the following declaration:
“I, ________ Cardinal ________, hereby agree to follow the direction of the letter issued by the Sacred Congregation for Religious in Rome in 1961, which states: ‘Those affected by the perverse inclination to homosexuality or pederasty should be excluded from religious vows and ordination.’”
Brady said, “The Church directive has never been rescinded and is still officially in force.”
He said, “If a cardinal is not willing to sign this document, then there is no point in his traveling to Rome. Moreover, if he travels to Rome and doesn’t sign it, I wish he’d do us a favor and just stay there.”
RCF is “dedicated to promoting orthodox Catholic teaching and fighting heterodoxy and corruption within the Catholic hierarchy.”
Adam Cardinal Maida, archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, publicly acknowledged that the current sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic priesthood is a matter of homosexual behavior rather than pedophilia.
“I think what the behavioral scientists are telling us, the sociologists, it’s not truly a pedophilia-type problem but a homosexual-type problem,” Maida said April 23, the Associated Press reported, after a meeting between Pope John Paul II and American cardinals in Rome.
In early March, Pope John Paul II’s spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, said homosexuals could not be ordained as priests.
“People with these inclinations just cannot be ordained,” Navarro-Valls said in an interview with The New York Times, citing canon law.
“That does not imply a final judgment on people with homosexuality,” added Navarro-Valls, a Spanish layman and a trained psychiatrist. “But you cannot be in this field.”