Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Dogma Lives Loudly Within

If someone were to have told me a year ago that many if not most American Catholic bishops disagreed with Church teachings enumerated in the Catechism of The Catholic Church, I wouldn’t have believed it. After the revelations of 2018 regarding Cardinal McCarrick, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the Archbishop Vigano testimony, however, there can be no doubt. And I’m sad to say that even more sickening revelations will likely come in 2019 since several other state attorneys general are investigating many dozens of bishops— and so is the US Justice Department.

Archbishop Vigano
After being born Boston-Irish-Catholic-Democrat in 1951, I remained a Democrat until 1993 when I dropped out during the first year of the Clinton Administration after realizing that pro-abortion and pro-homosexual biases had been so closely woven into the fabric of the party that I could not in good conscience remain. In 2002, The Boston Globe, which I read every day at the time, broke the homosexual priest scandal and I nearly dropped out of the Catholic Church as well. I didn’t, however, because, to paraphrase Senator Diane Feinstein: The dogma lives loudly within me.

The Globe didn’t call it a homosexual priest scandal. That’s what I called it then and still do while the Globe consistently calls it a pedophile priest scandal. The USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) calls it that too — even after 2004 when the study it commissioned, The John Jay Report, returned overwhelming evidence that it was indeed a homosexual priest scandal. Officially called The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States, the study concluded that 80% of the sexual abuse victims were post-pubescent males. The perpetrators were clearly homosexual priests but the USCCB would not admit that. They still don’t, but some bishops and other clergy are finally breaking ranks after the sordid revelations of 2018.

Divisions within my Church will widen in the coming year as lay people in the pews are forced to choose sides. One or more of several possible scenarios will unfold: A dozen or more state attorneys general in New York, Michigan and elsewhere may call press conferences detailing hundreds, even thousands of sexual assaults by priests and bishops. What if the press conferences come weekly? What if they coincide with still another Supreme Court confirmation battle over a Catholic nominee? Fence-sitting will become increasingly uncomfortable for parishioners.

Many expect liberal Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg to announce retirement after her most recent cancer surgery. If she does, President Trump will likely appoint US Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace her. It was at Barrett’s Circuit Court confirmation hearing that Diane Feinstein said: “the [Catholic] dogma lives loudly within you, and that is a concern.” Democrat Senator Dick Durbin asked her: “Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” Barrett’s confirmation will make the raucous Kavanaugh hearings of last year seem tame by comparison.

At the Kavanaugh hearings
We haven’t seen this level of anti-Catholic bigotry since John Kennedy ran for president in 1960. I was in the fourth grade then at St. William’s School in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and I remember wondering — what was wrong with being a Catholic? For the next four decades or so, anti-Catholicism subsided but now it’s back, among Democrat senators at least. It’s okay to be a Catholic in government as long as you support abortion like Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin, Susan Collins, Sonia Sotomayor, and several others do, but if you live by Catholic teachings you’re an “extremist.”

Left-wing Democrat Senators Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono last week accused Brian Buescher, another Catholic Trump nominee for district court judge in Nebraska, of belonging to an organization that held “extreme positions.” That organization, the Knights of Columbus, supports marriage only between a man and a woman and is against abortion. Though I’m not active beyond monthly monetary contributions, my name is on K of C roles which makes me an “extremist” too. The “extreme positions” in question are basic teachings of the Catholic Church which bishops are responsible to uphold, but most don’t.

A few like Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix warn pro-abortion Catholic politicians not to approach the communion rail to receive the Eucharist. Catholics in the pews can only assume that most bishops don’t take Catholic Church teachings on abortion or homosexuality seriously. As I wrote in a previous column, I’ve heard only two homilies on abortion at weekly masses in Maine New Hampshire, and Massachusetts over the past thirty years. How many have I heard about homosexuality? Despite the enormous media attention given to the issue over that time, I’ve heard only one — and that, ironically, from former Portland, Maine Bishop Richard Malone whose present flock in Buffalo, New York is clamoring for his resignation. He’s under investigation there for protecting homosexual priest abusers. Federal investigators have been asking questions about him here in Maine as well.


Nick Peace said...

Yes, the scandal in the Catholic Church is about male priests molesting mainly young boys. The problem with describing it as "homosexual" is the implication that all homosexuals are pedophiles. Simply not true - and not acceptable. Homosexual does not equal pedophile. That's why the preferred description is that it is a pedophile scandal.

Perhaps if the Catholic Church got over some of its issues with women and allowed priests to marry, it wouldn't remain such a hideout for people with sexual issues.

Brian said...

Homosexual scandal? You could just as easily call it a Catholic scandal, or a white male scandal....

The last time you rehashed this theme and tossed out the dopey notion of it being a "homosexual scandal", I asked you if the Rochdale child sex abuse ring in England should be referred to as a "heterosexual scandal". You dodged, of course. But I'm putting it out there again for more evidence of your being able to make comments without being able to back them up.

Dave said...

I find myself confused by the discussion of "nomenclature" as to whether this is a homosexual problem or a pedophile problem. Perhaps it matters if one is a homosexual, and does not want the entire group tainted, but I can only look at this specific case and the facts as they appear.
Obviously most of the cases include sex between boys and priests.

In the end, I don't care what you call it; the net result is the same...horribly damaged people and lives.

My mother always wanted me to serve as an alter boy at our local Catholic Church in Massachusetts. I was busy with sports, so I never did....thankfully...as our Parish Priest molested some of the alter boys there. One was a friend of mine growing up, and his life has been disastrous. Only in the last 10 years did he ever reveal what happened to him. Whether the Priest who molested him is a homosexual and/or a pedophile is irrelevant in my opinion. He was a monster.

The Church hierarchy was aware of much of this, and did nothing...even worse, they often covered it up. It was inexcusable. They should have cleaned up their own house immediately, but they didn't. Now the hens have come home to roost, and the entire Church and it's flock will pay the price. Once the lawyers start their feeding frenzy, there won't be much left to save.

Christ built this great Church, and men corrupted it. I believe it will survive because God wants it to, but I am not sure in what form.

CaptDMO said...

"I find myself confused by the discussion of "nomenclature"..."
Perhaps I can be of assistance.....
The new, made-up meme of "Itersectionality" doesn't discriminate between
"special exceptions".

CaptDMO said...


Brian said...

In order so shine a light on Tom who goes into hiding when his lack of reasoning is exposed:

Using the reasoning that this scandal is not a pedophile problem but a homosexual problem, one can just as easily claim that lynching was not the problem, the problem was white males. Concentration camps were not the problem, the problem was white males. Rape is not a problem, it is being male that is the problem.

See how horribly dopey you sound?

Jay said...

I’m not Catholic. I know many who are. The Catholic Church has done a lot of good for a lot of people over the years. I don’t agree with the current Popes views on a lot of things. I know that belief in Catholicism has been a bedrock to many people I know and has helped them continue to live their lives for the better.
I would hope that the Church will get its act together and fix these problems. I believe they can be fixed. As to whether it’s a homosexual problem or a pedophilia problem I think that is just semantics. Either way, it’s a problem. Those who hate the Church will try to call it whatever they think sounds worse.

Brian said...

Those who hate the Church will try to call it whatever they think sounds worse.

And those that hate gays will do the same.

DAWN said...

As an ex-Catholic, I do not buy into the thinking that this is Christ's church. His church is His people. He is the head and we make up the body. Nothing to do with earthly denominations. He even said that himself when he said "my kingdom is NO part of this world." It's a man made business and we are seeing the results of that. What's in the well always comes up in the bucket. Lots of dirty water coming up out of the RCC's well.

Jesus said you can tell a tree by its fruit. A good tree gives good fruit. A bad tree gives bad fruit. Easy concept. Test the spirits. There is sexual abuse in all denominations. Some are just better at hiding and denying than others, but in the end it all surfaces eventually. I think the fact that this is happening all over is testament that it's NOT coming from the body of Christ and is exactly as he said about his kingdom not being here.

Obviously, the RCC doesn't heed Scripture which very clearly says to "Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them" Eph 5:11.

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