Just because a priest is fastidious in his decorum...
I think Sr. Jeannine Gramick said the same thing - although she may have put it at 80%. Voris' breaking news story here.
People say this stuff all of the time, but no one 'comes out' to prove it, or names names. Everything moves along as it has always been. It's innuendo, suspicion, conspiracy driven. I think it's an exaggeration. I think it's scapegoating. I think it's a witch hunt. I think it needlessly scandalizes ordinary Catholics to announce such things without backing them up with hard facts.
Today - what does it even mean?
Same Sex Attracted? It's an inclination, a temptation. What if a faithful priest, who loves Christ and loves chastity, simply experiences an attraction - yet is repelled by the very thought and recognizes it would be a sin? What if everyone else just thinks this or that guy is gay - but he's never even thought about it?
Gay? No one is 'gay'. Right? That's what 'they' say.
Sexually active homosexual? Not a good fit for priesthood or religious life.
So. Does Voris mean that 50% of clergy and religious are living in sin? That they are active homosexuals in relationships with other men, or that they are promiscuous? Is there some sort of registry for these men which one might consult to verify the stats? Are there massive percentages of priests dying of AIDS? Wouldn't that be front page news?
No doubt there are, and have been such men in the clergy. No doubt there are adulterers and pedophiles as well - but these types of claims go nowhere. They are meaningless - especially now days - where is the proof? These stories feed anti-Catholic-anti-clericalism. Where are the irrefutable stats and facts and confessions? What about straight priests who fool around?
If the clergy is that corrupt - we'd know. We knew about the scandals, we know priests can fall from grace - but to condemn 50% of priests and suggest they are destroying the Church is a very grave accusation and a genuine scandal.
Voris can get by on his rugged good looks for only so long.