Thursday, February 21, 2019

Libido Redux: The New York Times and the Gay Agenda

As I mentioned in my most recent post, we are on the eve of the Vatican summit on The Protection of Minors in the Church. My intention was to point out that the New York Times, concerned that the homosexual orientation will be blamed as the cause of the crisis, mounted an attack priestly celibacy. The Times suggests that celibacy is the cause of the current crisis in the Church, having previously championed abortion on demand, “gay marriage” and transgenderism in arguing that sex—in any way, with anyone—is the final expression of individual desire and personal self-actualization.

As I discussed in The Smoke of Satan, the big lie of the Sexual Revolution is that human beings must act on their sexual impulses, however they may manifest themselves. Not to do so wars against nature by “repressing” these urges, to the ultimate detriment of the person. 
Post-McCarrick, with the lay faithful pleading that the the Holy Father and the Vatican do something about world-wide reports of homosexual sexual activity among a minority of priests, 80 percent of whose victims were male and post-pubescent, the Times threw down the gauntlet with front page piece, “‘It is not a closet. It is a cage.’ Gay Catholic Priests Speak Out”.   The piece was an obvious attempt to drum up sympathy for priests with a homosexual orientation, fashioned as victims of a bigoted Church. Post-McCarrick, the Times bewailed that “widespread scapegoating has driven many priests deeper into the closet.”

As I wrote in my previous post, the Times disingenuously said “study after study shows that homosexuality is not a predictor of child molestation,” (it is a factor in predicting homosexual sex acts) citing the Jay Report in 2004 as evidence. What was not discussed was a November 2018 study by the Ruth Institute using the same data as the Jay Report, which showed “a strong correlation between the percentage of self-described homosexuals in the Catholic priesthood and the incidence of sexual abuse of minors by the clergy.”

With yet another piece, “The Catholic Church Is Breaking People’s Hearts,” what is one to conclude but that in publishing to defend the Sexual Revolution’s notion that the homosexual orientation is normal, it implies that celibacy is the cause of priests’ sinful behavior. The Times is pushing the Gay agenda, uninterested in discovering the real causes of sexual abuse by clergy (or anyone, for that matter)—a lack of holiness, which makes one more disposed to temptation, and a failure to properly integrate men’s sexuality within their lives. Thus, the sinful priests we read about, driven by their sexuality, and enabled (in some cases encouraged) by seminaries that formed men in accordance with the bankrupt dogmas of the Sexual Revolution rather than those of Jesus Christ, must bear the blame for the scandal facing the Church. Just study the case of Mr. McCarrick, the late Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Scotland, and Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee among others.

The New York Times will never do its homework here, as it knows that what turns up will give the lie to their agenda. As one sociologist who has done his homework has written, “[T]o people who hate the truth, the truth looks like hate.”

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Sex Crisis Post-McCarrick.

The Holy Father has summoned the bishops for  conference on the homosexual priest crisis in Rome, Feb. 21-24. Elizabeth Dias of the Times has used the occasion to relate half-truths concerning the crisis brought about by the
Mr. McCarrick
unchastity of many, not all priests with homosexual orientations in the Body of Christ.  No doubt the idea that the homosexual sexual orientationis behind the abuse crisis will be of paramount importance in the discussions. Anyone wishing to fully understand the nature of the current crisis facing the Church brought about by not "gett(ing) it right sexually." (to paraphrase one priest interviewed in Dias' article), will be led further from the truth of things after reading the Times exposeˊ.

In his work, Goodbye, Good Men, author Michael Rose documents the abuses that took place in American seminaries and diocesan vocation offices not long after the Second Vatican Council ended. Mr.  Rose did not set out to explain the crisis of sexual misconduct among Catholic priests. Rather, his book is an exposé of a more profound spiritual problem, one I wrote about in the book around which this blog is centered. Rose reveals telling picture of Catholic seminaries to 1990, wherein homosexual promiscuity was rampant and even encouraged, where dissident authors and heterodox textbooks were required reading, and where seminarians faithful to the Church’s teachings were persecuted. 

Rose for understandable reasons uses anonymous sourcesthroughout his book, and so  likely could not have anticipated the interrogation his book would receive post-2002. Nevertheless, reliable sources including Fr. Peter Stravinskas, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, professor Ralph McInerny, and many, many others believe that Goodbye, Good Men presents an accurate picture of the debased condition of American seminaries after the Council. 

The thesis of Goodbye, Good Men is that the shortage of vocations to the priesthood in America is artificial and contrived. He writes, “the priest shortage is caused ultimately not by a lack of vocations, but by attitudes and policies that deliberately and effectively thwart true priestly vocations.” The rest of the work studies these phenomna. Among the more relevant findings for puroposes of understanding the present situation in the Church:
  • In his third chaper Rose discusses he screening process often used at diocesan vocation offices to “weed out applicants that are perceived as ‘Old Church, ’ i.e., "pre-Vatican II." 
  • Chapter four documents in detail how a homosexual subculture  was in evidence in many American seminaries. In this chapter a shameless homosexual seminary underworld is revealed, an underworld that Andrew Greeley dubbed the “Lavender Mafia.” (The sexual and emotional abuse chronicled in this chapter is demonic). 
  • The tenth chapter examines how the corruption in American seminaries went undetected. 
  • Chapter eleven explains the cause of these problems as a desire for the termination of the male, celibate priesthood on the part of seminary administrations and diocesan vocation directors.
Ms. Dias' contends that "Studies repeatedly find there to be no connection between being gay and abusing children." This is sophistry, as the problem is not pedophilia, defined b y the DSM-V as a "diagnosis assigned to adults (defined as age 16 and up) who have sexual desire for prepubescent children (American Psychiatric Association, 2013a-emphasis mine). Ms. Dias has not done her homework here. In response to the scandal over sexual misconduct with persons under age eighteen by members of the Catholic clergy, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to conduct a comprehensive study of the problem. The study The Nature and Scope of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950–2002, was released in 2004.1 This was followed by Supplementary Data Analysis released in 20062 and the Report on the Causes and Context study in May 2011.3 The data in the reports strongly suggests that homosexual abuse of adolescent males is at the heart of the crisis. Furthurmore, a number of well-designed studies have found that men with the homosexual orientation are more likely to have psychiatric and substance abuse disorders and STDs than heterosexual males, and are more likely to have a positive attitude to sexual relations between adult and adolescent males. In short, most abuse incidents consist of homosexual acts committed with adolescent young men, not children, as is oft reported in the secular media. One bishop hits the nail on the head:

There has been a great deal of effort to keep separate acts which fall under the category of now-culturally-acceptable acts of homosexuality from the publically-deplorable acts of pedophilia. That is to say, until recently the problems of the Church have been painted purely as problems of pedophilia — this despite clear evidence to the contrary. It is time to be honest that the problems are both and they are more. To fall into the trap of parsing problems according to what society might find acceptable or unacceptable is ignoring the fact that the Church has never held ANY of it to be acceptable — neither the abuse of children, nor any use of one’s sexuality outside of the marital relationship, nor the sin of sodomy, nor the entering of clerics into intimate sexual relationships at all, nor the abuse and coercion by those with authority.

To "get it right on sexuality, the Church needs only follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church on the moral use of the Father's gift of sex, (the call to chstity) which requires metanoia, and that one be in right relationship with Him. It is that Simple.  Strive to enter through the narrow gate. Oremus.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Why did God Make You?

Often we get caught up in the things of this world to the extent that, as Catholics, we forget why God made us, and what our existence means, really. So, find 45 minutes, and enjoy!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Hello Again! (It's Not Over 'till Epiphany!)

Well I have not writtenf or some time, as I have been gettting reacquainted with the throes of ending the semester before the Christmas break, which I am now enjoying.... Lotsa stuff happening, but I found this piece capable of bringing the joy of CHRISTmas to souls.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

New Book Modeled After Mine

Phil Lawler, whose research I cited in my book:

has written a study of the most recent homosexual crisis in the Catholic Church:

While much more narrowly focused than my comprehensive analysis of
 the Post-Vatican II Church in the United States, it is well worth the read. The sex-abuse scandal, which has erupted anew in 2018, poses the greatest challenge that the Catholic Church has faced since the Reformation. In The Smoke of Satan, veteran Catholic journalist Lawler explains why the crisis is even more severe than when it first commanded headlines in 2002, and how the failure of Church leaders goes all the way to the Vatican.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Dancing With Mr. D: The Pink Palaces

There are those who say that the current crisis in the Church is the result of... clericalism.... Ahem. I challenge anyonbe to read the 2011 report on the gay subculture in the Archdiocese of Miami and follow on with Vanity Fair's piece on the homosexual subculture inside the Vatican, and maintain that the proble is clericalism....

The Lord is permitting Satan to work in the darkness at the moment, but Satan is afraid of the light soon to follow....

Monday, September 3, 2018

Catholics Don't Sin...

... how else do you explain the disappearance of long Confession lines?? 

Seriously, In my book I recounted the story of how lack of faithfulness to Catholic teaching on our fallen human nature resulted in, among many other things, the demise of the California Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters in 1967, which went from 600 nuns and 59 Catholic schools to two schools and no sisters (see Chapter 5). William Kilpatrick has penned an interesting perspective on the loss of the sense of sin amongst the faithful since Vatican II.