Saturday, October 03, 2009

So here's the deal...

Nut up?
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Don't get me wrong - I am not scandalized about Bishop Lahey, or any of the other perverts - just disgusted. In my former post on the subject of scandal, I was attempting to focus attention on the people who are actually scandalized by such revelations, therefore in posting on the effects of scandal, I was trying to explain why I consider it such a serious sin. I refuse to diminish or dismiss the experience of scandal by pulling out some spiritual superiority survival of the fittest attitude just because I think my faith is so strong and secure and mature. Like St. Paul said - You think you are standing buddy? You better fall down - on your knees. None of us are any better than the weakest amongst us. It is perhaps a form of denial to pretend otherwise, if not presumption.
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What's in the closet?
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Another story about Bishop Lahey surfaced today; that he had so-called child porn hidden in his closet as early as 1983 - before he was a bishop. I refer to the material as so-called child porn because it appears it was really magazines/catalogues of teen boys he kept hidden - which as everyone knows doesn't involve pedophilia - but homosexuality. "But," you say?
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"But, but," you protest, "the bad priests and bishops are pedophiles, not homos. And, and, the sex scandals are all about pedophilia - not man-boy love! We have studies to prove that."
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"Ah. So is that why people who are scandalized by such perversions twits? Or is it because they don't like homosexuals lusting after their teen age sons?" I respond calmly.
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Recall how Archbishop Weakland explained his misconduct in ignoring the scandal suffered by the victims of sexual abuse when he said something to the effect, "We (bishops and superiors) just thought the kids would grow out of it - they wouldn't be scarred by the experience." Amazing, huh? But I think that may have been the prevailing attitude - especially for men with homosexual tendencies.
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Gay mentoring?
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Remember Mrs. Miller, the kid's mother in Doubt? Remember when Sr. Aloysius said, "What kind of mother are you?" That scene took place shortly after Sister told the mother about the sexual abuse? The mother more or less brushed it off, she just wanted her son to get through it, and in fact she appeared to be relatively satisfied that her son found solace and acceptance from another man - a white Catholic priest no less. But good Sr. Aloysius was scandalized...
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With that in mind, it seems to me the solace, acceptance, mentor status may have been somewhat acceptable amongst the homosexual-enabler clergy as well. Read the following regarding the attitude towards sexual abuse/exploitation by Bishop Lahey and his predecessor.
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A year before Mr. Earle said he found something in Father Lahey’s closet, Father Lahey testified as a character witness in the sex abuse trial of Brother David Burton, who had more than 50 sex acts with a 15-year-old boy at the orphan­age.
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Brother Burton’s lawyer sought unsuccessfully to keep the hearing secret to protect the orphanage and asked for a dis­charge, promising that Brother Burton would get treatment.
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(He was convicted, served 12 days in jail and ended up teach­ing at a British Columbia school, working for another brother who had been accused of abusing children at Mount Cashel.) Father Lahey testified that the victim in the case was des­perate for attention and that he appeared to mature greatly during the period of his sexual relationship with Brother Bur­ton.
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What the ----?
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Yet there we see evidence of that same attitude a couple of years before in a newspa­per column written by Father Lahey’s predecessor as bishop of the Antigonish diocese:
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“If the victims were adoles­cents, why did they go back to the same situation once there had been one pass or sugges­tion? Were they co-operating in the matter or were they true victims?" wrote Bishop Colin Campbell in 1989.
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When he was confronted with public anger at comments that appeared to seek to share the blame between the boys and their abusers, Bishop Campbell explained: “What I’m suggest­ing is that maybe some — a few, a few of them, many of them, most of them, who knows? — had some kind of an inkling that this was wrong and could have said, ‘No, thank you very much.’ I do not want to suggest that homosexual activity be­tween a priest and an adoles­cent is therefore moral. Rather, it does not have the horrific character of pedophilia." - Alarms should have sounded.
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Deviant Culture.
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Such attitudes are not promoted by or limited to Catholic clergy however. The Pardon Roman Polanski effort is well underway - excusing it because it happened a long time ago, and it wasn't "rape-rape". The White House has said Polanski should be brought to justice: "The president believes pedophiles should be prosecuted." In the meantime an Obama staffer, Safe Schools chief, Kevin Jennings, pretty much protected, endorsed, supported a similar situation early on in his career as a High School counselor:
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In telling his own story, Jennings writes:
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"I remember Brewster, a sophomore boy who I came to know in 1987, my first year of teaching at Concord Academy [high school], in Concord, Massachusetts. Brewster was a charming but troubled kid. His grades didn’t match up with his potential, his attendance could be irregular, and he often seemed a little out of it. He was clearly using substance [drugs or alcohol] regularly, and was not very happy with himself. But I didn’t have a clue as to why — at least not at first."
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Jennings continues telling how at Concord he decided to be open about his homosexuality with his students, including Brewster. He wore a ring “that symbolized my commitment to my partner,” and rather than hide its meaning, he chose to reveal its homosexual significance to his inquisitive students. To his surprise, Jennings writes, Brewster and the other students were not shocked by his revelation and “didn’t seem to care much at all about my being gay.”
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Then Jennings recalls:
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"Toward the end of my first year, during the spring of 1988, Brewster appeared in my office in the tow of one of my advisees, a wonderful young woman to whom I had been “out” [as a homosexual] for a long time. “Brewster has something he needs to talk with you about,” she intoned ominously. Brewster squirmed at the prospect of telling, and we sat silently for a short while. On a hunch, I suddenly asked, “What’s his name?” Brewster eyes widened briefly, and then out spilled a story about his involvement with an older man he had met in Boston. I listened, sympathized, and offered advice. He left my office with a smile on his face that I would see every time I saw him on the campus for the next two years, until he graduated." - Link
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Washington Times editorial: “In this one case in which Mr. (Kevin) Jennings had a real chance to protect a boy [Brewster] from a sexual predator, he not only failed to do what the law required but actually encouraged the relationship.” Does that mean Jennings should be prosecuted along with Polanski, and Catholic clergy before them?
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Whatever - we have a guy in the Obama closet of change for America endorsing the types of relationships heretofore condemned by civilized society. Jennings is even on record praising Harry Hay a pioneer in the gay rights movement, as well as a proponent of NAMBLA - the infamous Man Boy Love Association.
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"Everybody thought Harry Hay was crazy in 1948, and they knew something about him which he apparently did not – they were right, he was crazy. You are all crazy. We are all crazy. All of us who are thinking this way are crazy, because you know what? Sane people keep the world the same [blank] old way it is now. It's the people who think, 'No, I can envision a day when straight people say, 'So what if you're promoting homosexuality?'' Or straight kids say, 'Hey, why don't you and your boyfriend come over before you go to the prom and try on your tuxes on at my house?'" - Link
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You need to understand, this guy Hay, whom Jennings so much admires and agrees with, while alive stated that NAMBLA, which advocates for the elimination of any "age of consent" restrictions, be considered mainstream in America:
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"NAMBLA's record as a responsible gay organization is well known. NAMBLA was spawned by the gay community and has been in every major gay and lesbian march. … NAMBLA's call for the abolition of age of consent is not the issue. NAMBLA is a bona fide participant in the gay and lesbian movement. NAMBLA deserves strong support in its rights of free speech and association and its members' protection from discrimination and bashing," Hay said. - Link
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So here's the deal...
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From Kevin Jennings' address in a New York City church on March 20, 2000.
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"Twenty percent of people are hard-core fair-minded [pro-homosexual] people. Twenty percent are hard-core [anti-homosexual] bigots. We need to ignore the hard-core bigots, get more of the hard-core fair-minded people to speak up, and we’ll pull that 60 percent [of people in the middle] over to our side. That's really what I think our strategy has to be. We have to quit being afraid of the religious right. We also have to quit — I’m trying to find a way to say this. I’m trying not to say, '[F—] 'em!' which is what I want to say, because I don’t care what they think! [audience laughter] Drop dead!" - Link
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Don't you see the similarity between these homosexual activists and the bishop's attitudes cited above? Can't you see the mindset, and may God forbid, the collusion of principle? For those who are above being scandalized by anything, and who deny there is any gay agenda or lavender mafia or promotion of the homosexual lifestyle in our culture, Church and social institutions, all I can say is you are either liars and out to protect yourselves and one another, or culpably in denial. You say you come in "peace" but you have malice in your hearts.
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Connect the f-ing dots and quit making excuses for these people.
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Movie still: Death In Venice
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Why was Bishop Lahey singled out? The sleuthing Fr. Z may have found out - check out his Update to this post: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2009/10/quaeritur-why-airport-security-and-the-bishop-of-antigonish/#comments



1 comment:

  1. I have to admit I was a bit p*ssed with your posts about Bp. Lahey. I felt like you were pointing a finger at me, that I was too soft and not seeing the real issue. But after reading todays stuff I can see better where you are coming from. No matter what you write I still think you are tops.
    Angie
    ps...sometimes it's good for me to be shaken out of my Catholic blinders.

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