Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 5:17 AM
A gay cabal in the Vatican continues to indulge and cover up the sexual exploits of gay priests, including abuse by pedophiles.
(“The Pope Comes to America,” The iPINIONS Journal, April 16, 2008)
It’s an indication of my naiveté (or perspicacity, depending on your perspective) that I saw nothing provocative or, God forbid, uninformed about this statement.
In fact, I’m on record lamenting that, for centuries, gay cabals have been making a mockery of every religious edict the Holy See has issued. Only this explains why the church has systematically done more to protect pedophile priests than to help the children they preyed upon. After all, gay priests outing pedophile priests is rather like pimps snitching on prostitutes.
Imagine my consternation, therefore, when people reacted to my statement as if I were the devil incarnate trying, once again, to undermine the divine provenance of their Christian faith. Which is why, personal vindication aside, I fear having no less a person than the pope affirm my statement will utterly shatter their faith.
Pope Francis is reported to have acknowledged the existence of a ‘gay lobby’ inside the Vatican.
He also said there was a ‘stream of corruption,’ according to reports in Catholic media.
The Vatican would have to ‘see what we can do’ about the ‘gay lobby’ operating in the bureaucracy, he said. ‘It is true, it is there,’ the report quotes him as saying.
(BBC, June 12, 2013)
My only quibble with this extraordinary confession is that the pope himself is naïve if he thinks he’ll be able to do anything about this so-called gay lobby. Incidentally, I call it a cabal because it operates more like the mafia – with all of the dangers inherent in challenging its insidious and ruthless power.
Apropos of which, it would take an internecine struggle – which makes the one now raging between Muslim moderates and extremists seem quaint – for Francis to properly exorcise the cancer that (closeted) homosexuality represents in the Catholic Church. Not least because, if he attempted to reform this practice of sexual hypocrisy, he would be deemed even more of a heretic, to be summarily excommunicated (i.e., executed), than Martin Luther was deemed for attempting to reform the practice of papal indulgences.
Then again, maybe it’s time for another seminal split in the Catholic Church: high-brow traditionalists led by Francis vs. down-low progressives led by, well, one who dares not speak his name … for the soul of the church? But I digress.
The problem is that the pope would have to excommunicate not one but hundreds of gay priests in the Roman Curia, the church’s central administration, whose Adamic nature (i.e., sexual orientation) would compel them to resist his reform/purge. A November 24, 2005 article in the New York Times estimated that the percentage of priests who are gay is as high as 60 percent.
Indeed, I fear there’ll be a conclave to elect another pope before Francis makes any headway in this respect. Which is why, instead of purging homosexuals, the wiser, and more Christian, thing would be for him to reform church teachings to allow not just priests to marry, but also homosexuals and women to serve.
Not to mention that this would then free gay priests to out the pedophiles in their midst without fear of implicating themselves in some medieval web of punishable moral turpitude. For, as was made abundantly clear in a 2010 Panorama exposé, “Good Nights Out for Gay Priests:”
The gay priest problem is about celibacy, church law, and hypocrisy. The pedophile problem is about child abuse, criminal behavior, and abuses of power.