Religion: No surprise then that a ‘gay cabal’ rules the Vatican – By Anthony L Hall

Commentary: Eighty percent of Catholic priests are gay. No surprise then that a ‘gay cabal’ rules the Vatican

By Anthony L Hall

Some of the most senior clerics in the Roman Catholic church who have vociferously attacked homosexuality are themselves gay. …

Eighty percent of priests working at the Vatican are gay, although not necessarily sexually active, it is claimed in the [new] book, In the Closet of the Vatican.  (The Guardian, February 12, 2019)

Alas, this only affirms the litany of commentaries I’ve written on the Catholic Church. But I cannot stress enough the clear distinction between gay priests and pedophile priests.

Granted, church leaders have invariably shown little regard for this distinction. I insinuated why this has been the case in “Confirmation! Pedophile Priest’ Is Redundant,” August 15, 2018:       

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I cannot look at any Catholic priest without suspecting that he is either a predatory pedophile or a closet homosexual.

What’s more, I cannot help thinking that popes and bishops have countenanced or enabled the sexual abuse of children because they were/are either predatory pedophiles or closet homosexuals themselves.

Only this explains the religious way church leaders have covered up the sexual predation and indulgences of priests … since time immemorial. And it is self-evident that no secular sanction (whether imprisoning priests or fining the Church) will exorcise these demons from this Body of Christ.

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That said, this book about gay priests only compounds revelations about pedophile priests that have had the church mired in scandal since the 1990s. Theodore E. McCarrick happens to personify both scandals/sins.

This is why his unprecedented defrocking just days ago seems so fitting — perhaps even contrived:

Pope Francis has expelled Theodore E. McCarrick, a former cardinal and archbishop of Washington, from the priesthood, after an expedited canonical process that found him guilty of sexually abusing minors and adult seminarians over decades. …

It appears to be the first time that a cardinal or bishop in the United States has been defrocked, or laicized, from the Roman Catholic Church, and the first time any cardinal has been laicized for sexual abuse.

(The New York Times, February 16, 2019)

Unfortunately, the church appears unwilling to atone for these institutional sins, or for the hypocrisy and cover up that occasion(ed) them. Nothing betrays this quite like the pope decreeing the following as just punishment for this serial abuser of boys and fornicator of men:

McCarrick (88), who stepped down from active ministry this summer after credible allegations of sexual abuse of seminarians and children, has moved to a home for priests in Kansas to live out a ‘life of prayer and penance,’ as directed by the Vatican.

(National Catholic Reporter, September 28, 2018)

Frankly, this is like Germany sentencing an 88-year-old neo-Nazi to live out his remaining years at a Florida retirement home … paid for by the German government. In fairness to Germany, though, nobody would be able to claim that it spent decades not just covering up but enabling that neo-Nazi’s crimes, whereas this is precisely what the Vatican did for McCarrick (and thousands of other priests and “princes” of the Holy Roman Catholic Church). But I digress …

As it happens, I detonated this book’s “explosive” findings with this pithy analogy from “Signaling End Days for Catholic Church, Pope Decrees No (More) Gay Priests,” December 23, 2018:

The Catholic Church without gays would be like the NBA without blacks.

For the record, the NBA is 75 percent black.

I am also constrained to note that “not necessarily sexually active” smacks of Bill Clinton’s artful dodge when prosecutors asked if he was having sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky:

It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.

Again, I am no recent covert among the secular heretics now calling out this religious hypocrisy. Because I can refer you to such commentaries as “Francis Shows Papal Fallibility on Homosexuality, October 5, 2015, “Hey, Why Should Priests Be the Only Gays Welcomed in the Catholic Church?” October 18, 2014, “Pope Confesses: There’s a Gay Cabal in the Vatican,” June 13, 2013, and “The Pope Comes to America,” April 16, 2008.

The last of those includes this prescient charge:

A gay cabal in the Vatican continues to indulge and cover up the sexual exploits of gay priests, including abuse by pedophiles.

I damned the church in these commentaries primarily for its hypocritical conspiracy regarding homosexuality. But my archives will show that I damned it in many more for its criminal conspiracy regarding pedophilia.

Incidentally, given what I wrote about priests fathering children just two weeks ago — in “Priests Who Rape Boys More Forgivable than Those Who Rape Nuns…?” February 7, 2019 — this revelation seems, well, an uncanny coincidence:

The Vatican has revealed that it maintains secret guidelines for priests who father children despite their vows of celibacy.

Vatican spokesman [Alessandro] Gisotti told CNN that … under the secret rules, a priest who fathered children was requested to leave the priesthood and ‘assume his responsibility as a parent, dedicating himself exclusively to the child.’

(CNN, February 19, 2019)

Except that there are reports about priests refusing to even acknowledge paternity or using the Vatican’s well-trodden pedophile protection program to escape responsibility. Not to mention the open secret that the church funneled thousands of children of unmarried Catholic mothers (no doubt including nuns) into oblivion through its many adoption factories masquerading as convents.

Meanwhile, Francis is convoking a worldwide conference of bishops to discuss ways of protecting children from sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. But, like every other conference, this will amount to nothing more than a pontifical farce.

Because the only way to protect children from predatory priests is to prosecute not only the abusers but the bishops and other church leaders who fail to report their crimes as well.

In other words, the Vatican should abandon the pretense of punishing pedophile priests, which usually involves moving them from one parish to another only for them to abuse again. Instead, it should send bishops on a truly holy mission to inform Catholics everywhere that they have a moral duty to report any sexual abuse not to the church but to the police.

In a similar vein, the only way to utterly cleanse the church of the hypocrisy surrounding homosexuality is for the Vatican to abandon the pretense of celibacy. Instead, it should allow priests to marry (women or men).

Which brings me to “It Is Not a Closet. It Is a Cage.” This was the banner headline for a lengthy feature in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times. The sub-heading read as follows:

Gay catholic priests speak out. The crisis over sexuality in the Catholic Church goes beyond abuse. It goes to the heart of the priesthood, into a closet that is trapping thousands of men.

Thus we’ve come full circle. But I would feel a lot more sympathetic if gay priests were not complicit in systematically covering up and enabling the exploits of pedophile priests.

Not to mention that reports abound about gay priests thriving in sub-cultures from Rome to Bangkok and all major cities in between, so much so that they make hedonists from the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah look chaste. So cry me a friggin’ river!

By the way, the cage their pedophile brethren might complain of is like the Serengeti — where they are the lions roaming free and boys are the gazelles sitting like ducks for their plucking.

The inquisition rests … my Lord.

Anthony L. Hall is a Bahamian who descends from the Turks and Caicos Islands. He is an international lawyer and political consultant – headquartered in Washington DC – who also publishes a current events weblog, The iPINIONS Journal, at http://ipjn.com

* This commentary was originally published at The iPINIONS Journal on February 20.

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  • Lawrence  On 02/27/2019 at 1:54 am

    Let’s talk about celibacy. There were two issues raised with respect to this – the celibacy of Jesus, and the celibacy of priests. Let’s start with Jesus.
    One has to understand the theology behind Catholic beliefs. We have to agree on the same starting point. If the starting points are different, then there can be no argument or discussion as both sides will have fundamental differences.
    Who was Jesus – or, rather, what was Jesus – or, more precisely, what was the nature of Jesus? To Catholics, Jesus was not just a man but was GOD made Man! If you believe in the words of the Gospels, Jesus said that if you saw Him, you saw the Father and, more explicitly, “the father and I are One”. In his nature of God, Jesus is not human. He is a spirit with no body as we know it. As well, contrary to opinions of the feminists of 40 years ago, God is not a woman. But God is not a man either. God has no sex as we know it as He is a spirit who made everything (in a roundabout way and not necessarily by creation), and He has no need of a body or procreative organs. He assumed the nature of man in becoming Jesus, but He was no less God in doing so. His aim in becoming man was to atone for man’s sins and transgressions by undergoing incredible sufferings unto the final ignominy of death. He is God and Man at the same time, and does not have the physical urges of a normal human and so has no need of sexual intimacy.
    Let’s now turn to the celibacy of priests, but first, a background on priests. There are two types of priests, religious (belonging and reporting to an Order – like the Jesuits to which the current Pope belongs) or diocesan (or secular) who report to the local bishop of the diocese.
    The religious priests usually take 3 vows – of poverty, chastity, and obedience to the Order. The Jesuits also take a special fourth vow of direct obedience to the Pope, and they have always acted in the forefront of missionary work since their inception. They are often called the “storm troopers” of the Pope. All the financial resources required for their living are provided by the Order, and the priests do not own any property. Any money earned by whatever means is turned over to the Order.
    The diocesan priests do not make vows, technically speaking, but, at the time of their ordination as deacons (usually about a year before their ordination as priests), they promise respect and obedience to the diocesan bishop and his successors, and also promise to live in chastity. They do not promise poverty and so may own their own property and handle their own financial affairs. A diocesan priest is expected to earn an income for their living mainly from the donations (collections) from the parish he serves. The income from these same collections must also be used for the benefit of the parish e.g. church maintenance, salaries, etc. If necessary, the diocesan bishop will supplement the priest’s “salary” to ensure that he survives.
    Whether religious or secular, the PRIMARY objective of a priest is to serve God either in following the commands of the Superior of the Order or in running his parish. Everything else is secondary.
    Consider a priest being married. Immediately, he has a severe case of conflict of interest. He has vowed or promised to put the service of God above all other things in his life. Yet, as a married man, he must assume responsibility for his wife and any children, but his family must always come second! This likely would be a source of some friction in the household.
    For a religious priest, this is a severe problem as he has no income or possessions and can obtain neither due to his vow of poverty. Would it be fair to subject his wife and family to live under such a condition?
    For a diocesan priest, his primary objective of service to God means that the collections received must service his parish first before he can allocate any to himself and his family. This may cause a severe hardship to his family to the point of a breakdown in the marriage. Of course, the diocesan priest can moonlight and get a second job, provided that it does not interfere with his primary one. However, this enforced extra absence from his family will likely not lead to harmony in the home, again possibly leading to a failure of the marriage. Such marriage breakdowns would not serve as good models for the parish.
    In rare cases, the diocesan priest may get permission from his bishop for a leave of absence from his parish duties to raise funds. An example is the singing group, The Priests. However, the three priests involved have made it quite clear that serving their parishes is their main job, and that the funds they raise go to selected charities as they are not in it for the money.
    All in all, while not mandated theologically, celibacy for priests is the best practical solution.

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