The Gay Priest Party*
Michael Voris has a new video... His delivery gets a little heated, almost as if he is lashing out at the 'church of nice' instead of doing a report. I think he may be referring to some Catholic bloggers he's been at war with. Evidently something is wrong - in his estimation - with popular apologetic bloggers and an online priest or two. I haven't followed that discussion.
The current video focuses on what is billed as a true story, first by Voris in his news report, and then concerned bloggers who picked up the story. The report goes like this: Supposedly an anonymous priest went to the diocesan Christmas party for priests, was soon disgusted by the priests who introduced him to their boyfriends - evidently the invited priests could bring a guest. Not long afterwards, the priest approached a chancery official announcing that he never wanted to be invited again because of the gay priests and their boyfriends - who had evidently flaunted the boyfriends right in front of the bishop. The chancery official told him to keep his mouth shut. All of this took place in an unnamed - albeit notorious diocese somewhere in the United States.
Could it be true? Yes.
So what's wrong with the story then?
It's unsubstantiated hearsay and rumor. It fuels people's imaginations, it causes suspicion and incites unhealthy curiosity and speculation, leading to rash judgement and gossip. If we do not know who, what, and where, how can a story like this be substantiated? What good is accomplished? What if the priest is a disgruntled, marginalized, unpopular cleric in his diocese and just wants to get revenge? How does he know the other priests are gay? And if they happen to be gay, how does he know they are sexually active or promoting homosexuality? How does he know the men with these priests were their boyfriends? Did they introduce them as such? Were they carrying their rent-a-boy receipt book?
Without documentation, without proof, it's just gossip. It is divisive. It is contentious. And it is why much of this online hysteria is never taken seriously.
Voris is a good man, no doubt about it. The problem of 'gay' in the Church has much less to do with clergy than it does with Catholic education. Anyone who has been educated in major Catholic universities and high schools in the last few decades must be aware that educators have been profoundly influenced by gay studies and politics, as well as organizations such as New Ways Ministry. Though the catechism and the CDF says one thing, educators teach another. Though New Ways and Dignity is banned, teachers who are in agreement with their 'doctrine' teach in our schools, work in chanceries, as well as parishes. I keep saying this, but everyone acts as if there is some clandestine underground of gay priests plotting the over throw of Catholicism. It's right in front of your faces - and you've been paying for it. Don't believe me? Look at this curriculum posted on Fr. Z's post "Catholic" it means whatever you want. Now that's documentation. [Likewise, Motley Monk speaks to that issue here.]
*A well written response to the video can be found here.
Photo: The priests in the photo are not gay nor were they at the party Voris reports on. It's an old photo of priests fooling around at a wedding reception.