Friday, November 20, 2009

Outing priests and bishops.



Odium fidei.
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Activists in D.C. intend to begin outing closeted homosexual priests and bishops in retaliation for Archbishop Wuerl's anti-same-sex marriage efforts as well as a USCCB pastoral letter, which has been perceived as an 'anti-gay attack' - when in actual fact it is a defense of marriage, defining Catholic teaching on issues of faith and morals.  From the website, ChurchOuting.org press release:
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ChurchOuting.org is a clearinghouse for reports of priests who are openly gay men in social settings yet professionally closeted in their parishes. The campaign will also accept reports of heterosexual priests who are involved in romantic or sexual relationships, yet support the Archbishop’s efforts to harm lesbian and gay families. - Source
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Our local gay activist Michael Bayly joins his support to the organization's efforts:
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I should say from the start that I support efforts to out the hypocrisy of those Roman Catholic bishops and priests who live secretive gay lives while at the same time either publicly support the official anti-gay rhetoric and efforts of the church’s clerical leadership to strip gay people of civil rights protections, or remain silent in the face of such un-Christlike behavior. Indeed, I resonate with ChurchOuting.org’s founder Phil Attey’s hope that this campaign in Washington, D.C., will “inspire similar campaigns in every archdiocese across the country.” - Source
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Nothing new.
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Didn't Act Up launch a campaign to out closeted public figures way back when?  Most recently Larry Craig pretty much outed himself when he was caught with his pants down in a MPLS airport.  Gay activists like Michael say that type of behavior wouldn't happen if everyone was out and being gay was on equal terms with  heterosexuality.  In response I like to cite people such as George Michael who seems to prefer that type of sexual adventure even though he lives in a domestic partnership - he famously and unashamedly defended such behavior saying, "It is what gay people do."  Yet activists maintain such sleazy behavior is motivated by shame and therefore deserving of understanding - although in the case of closeted 'bi-sexual' predators, who may struggle against such sins in spite of themselves, they are roundly condemned as hypocrites, while the guy is held up to public ridicule and shame - by the very people who seek approval for their immoral acts.
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Washington gay activists may be placing all their bets on such tactics of detraction since they appear to have worked so well in the Church of England:
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Furthermore, "outing" (or the threat of "outing") may help persuade some homophobic closet gays to stop doing damage to other gay people, and thereby prevent considerable suffering. It can also very effectively pressure homophobic institutions to reconsider their anti-gay policies.
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This is what happened when OutRage! named ten Anglican Bishops last November. Suddenly, for the first time ever, the Church of England began high-level dialogue with the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement. In January, the Bishops held a previously unscheduled re-examination of their stance on homosexuality, which resulted in a strongly-worded condemnation of homophobic discrimination and anti-gay violence. Church officials have privately admitted that none of these developments would have occurred if OutRage! had not "provoked a crisis" by naming the Bishops. 
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However, perhaps the most significant effect of calling on the Bishops to "Tell The Truth!" is that the whole homophobic establishment is now aware that "outing" is not just an idle threat. OutRage! has ripped open the closet doors of the Church of England. We can, if we decide to, also expose hypocritical and homophobic closet gays in politics, business, the military, judiciary and the police. These people now understand that all those who abuse their power to harm other lesbian and gay people are potential targets. This will probably encourage at least some of them to think twice about being homophobic in the future. - Source
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I thought blackmail was illegal?
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Well, it is certainly not honorable.  I suppose all is fair in love and war, and never forget, this is war.  Consider as well that 'the sin of the Gentiles is they lack charity', therefore these kind of threats should not surprise anyone.  'Nothing is hidden that will not be revealed,' right?
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"Fornicator I always was, heretic I never was." - St. Andrew Wourters, Gorcum Martyr
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The fact is, many same sex attracted men have struggled to live according to the teachings of the Church, and as all of us who admit to being sinners, many fall - and rise again.  Priests are not perfect, to preach the truth about homosexuality is not hypocrisy - even if a priest fails to live up to his vows from time to time.  If he repents and strives to live accordingly, in time he will be victorious.  On the other hand, perhaps there are 'bad' priests living duplicitous lives, and exposure could perhaps bring them to repentance?  I don't know.   I do know that some priests will suffer for the faith if this happens.  Priests wrongly accused, priests who have reformed their lives, and priests actively struggling, as well as priests who reject their homosexual inclination and who have never acted on it.  Priests and Bishops who preach the truth despite their flawed humanity, weakness, and in some cases, past moral failures, are not hypocrites.
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If indeed there are active homosexualist priests living duplicitous lives, I strongly suspect their lifestyle is already known by many of those around them - think liberal priests in liberal parishes - therefore I suspect such outings will have little to no effect.  Publicising it will only confirm that Perez Hilton is not some odd aberration of gay culture, but typifies an essential weakness of the immature homosexual personality: to complain, to attack, to wallow in self-pity, to gossip, to detract, to calumniate, to mock, to scorn.
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Credits/Notes:
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Photo:  Fr. Mychal Judge, O.F.M.  Heroic FDNY chaplain who was killed during the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers.  It is claimed that Fr. Judge did not hide his homosexual orientation, although those who knew him insist he had been unjustly "outed" by gay activists: 
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"Prior to Father Mike's death, everyone who knew him for any length of time would never describe him as a homosexual. In fact, never has even one homosexual activist ever provided evidence that Father Mike was "gay." Yet, in newspapers immediately after the funeral mass, Brendan Fay was quoted saying that Father Mike was a homosexual. Fay arranged a media event where many people spoke of Father Mike's concern for the homosexual community and claimed Father Mike was "gay." This was news to me, and I knew Father Mike for nearly a decade.
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After the first series of newspapers stories reported that Father Mike was a homosexual, suddenly politicians were standing up in Congress lamenting the death of "Father Mike, the gay priest." Concerned that Father Mike was being used by homosexual activists, I began to contact many people who knew him for as long or longer than I did. I wanted the truth about Father Mike to be published. Not one of these longtime friends ever heard or saw anything that Father Mike did that would indicate he was homosexual. I personally spent weeks at a time with Father Mike where he and I spoke about many personal matters. Not once was there even a suggestion that Father Mike was "gay." He was a celibate Catholic priest and nothing more." - Source
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Art:  Gorcum Martyrs.  Amidst the priests and layman martyred by the Calvinists in Holland was the diocesan priest Fr. Andrew Wouters who had not been rounded up but voluntarily joined his priestly confreres in captivity. Fr. Wouters had not been faithful to his promise of chastity and had led a scandalous life that was notorious all over the parish and beyond. Not previously a very spiritual man, he nonetheless showed himself a man of spirit by taking his place among the prisoners. When his past failures were thrown in his face by his captors as a disgrace to his calling and a negation of his creed, he looked them in the eye and said, "Fornicator I always was, heretic I never was." - Source
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Above:  St. Lawrence liberates souls from purgatory.  Source

 
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11 comments:

  1. Terry, thanks for the link (story) and the photo of The Martyrs of Gorcum. I saw the original life size painting at the Vatican Museum last year and I had no idea about the title or the story behind the beautiful painting until now. This this a wonderful teaching moment to our brothers & sisters who are lukewarm in their faith.

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  2. Blackmail--pure and simple--and in their face.

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  3. Once again my apologies for an incomplete posting - this published without the edited data concerning Fr. Mychal Judge - it has now successfully been 'pasted' in.

    I had several windows open at once and my cut and paste app was malfunctioning during editing.

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  4. Great scripture reference, Terry.

    All this talk of love love love, and seems that the gay activists, when they don't get their way, the love is only a veneer and the hatred bursts forth.

    If ChurchOuting thinks they can make the USCCB or Vatican recapitulate, then they are mistaken.

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  5. Terry--
    Thanks for the clarification concerning Fr. Mychal.

    I wonder how this groups is going to verify their allegations.

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  6. Terry, this is just nasty.
    Priests living a double life should be corrected and given a suitable penance or ultimatum to knock it off by their bishops.
    But this is just an attack upon the Church and her representatives...nasty.
    Thanks for the information and reflection.
    All of us priests need to reflect upon how we are either helping or hurting the Body of Christ by our actions, or lack of action.

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  7. LarryD, it isn't even a veneer of love. It's pretense, pure and simple. They stop pretending the moment it's unnecessary; as soon as they see that one doesn't wholeheartedly embrace their agenda.


    I don't love the homosexual agenda.

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  8. Superb post. I, too, have wondered about the veracity of claims that Fr. Judge was gay. Another attempt to "claim" someone that this movement needs to feel legit; right up there with claiming St. John the Evangelist was Jesus' gay lover and St. Catherine of Alexandria was a dyke.

    Crap, pure crap.

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  9. I do abhor the conduct of these people who are hell-bent on outing supposedly gay clergy. Aren't they - in some way - hurting one of their own if their suspicions turn out to be right?

    You know how I feel about the celibacy prerequisite for clergy. But to assert that it is the sole - or at least - a major contributor to the sex scandals that have rocked the Church in resent and past times is absolutely laughable, and shows very little understanding of the factors at work in those damaging instances.

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  10. Persons with God-given homosexual attractions are no different than homosexuals. None of them belong in the Catholic Church. To stay creates the perversion.

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  11. The old article you cite by Dennis Lynch, denying that Fr. Mychal Judge was homosexual, was debunked years ago.

    The evidence is now conclusive that Fr. Mychal Judge did, in fact, self-identify as gay, though chaste and celibate. The evidence includes Judge's own handwritten journal entries, published in Michael Daly's biography of him.

    Since Lynch’s 2002 article, many close friends of Judge, including former FDNY Commissioner Tom Von Essen, Fr. Brian Carroll, Fr. John McNeill, and Fr. Bernard Lynch, have repeatedly confirmed that Judge identified himself to them as a gay man.
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    Fr. Brendan O'Rourke said, "Mychal had come to terms with being gay, and disagreed with official church teaching about gay orientation and gay relationships." (p. 182: Ford, Michael: Father Mychal Judge: An Authentic American Hero. Paulist Press).
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    (Note: we use 'gay' and 'homosexual' interchangeably to describe orientation only; by all accounts he was faithful to his priestly vows).

    Then Judge himself publicly acknowledged his orientation many times. For example, "Look at who we are as gay people at this moment in history, being a gift for the church, being agents of change in both church and society." (p.184: Ford).
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    Daly's 2008 biography decisively settles the question. Daly published excerpts of Judge's personal journals in which he wrote in detail of the struggles and joys of accepting himself as a gay man. (Daly, Michael: The Book of Mychal: the Surprising Life & Heroic Death of Fr. Mychal Judge: 2008).
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    For example, Mychal wrote, "I thought of my gay self and how the people I meet never get to know me fully … (yet) I feel no guilt, none whatsoever today -- I feel on the train Home. I am at peace finally. This is what You want me to do, Lord ... You, You alone, brought me here. I have nothing to fear today. Thank You, thank You, Lord !" (pp. 86, 301-302: Daly).

    It's significant that in the face of all this evidence, Dennis Lynch never pressed his claim after 2002. Nor have Mychal's Franciscan order or family ever denied that Mychal self-identified as a gay man. Indeed, two Franciscan publications,
    St. Anthony's Messenger
    http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Dec2002/books.asp#F9
    and AmericanCatholic.org
    http://www.americancatholic.org/eNews/FriarJack/fj112102.asp#F4.
    have acknowledged the same.
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    Judge did not come out to those, like Lynch, with deep visceral reactions and prejudices. Mychal picked and chose when and to whom to come out.

    In the end it's clear that Fr. Mychal Judge was selectively, if not generally, open about his gay orientation and self-identity. And although he was celibate, he did not agree with official teaching on same-gender relationships.

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