Lost Boys, John Kirby
I read the following today and it rang true.
N., an exceptionally well-informed lay Catholic, tells me that there are two basic tribes of gay bishops and priests.
The first tribe is the Progressives — some sexually active, others not — who believe homosexuality should be normalized by the Catholic Church, and are pushing openly for the Church to change its teachings to reflect that.
The second tribe are Conservatives who live a double life. Outwardly they advocate for traditional Catholic teaching on homosexuality, but they also live homosocially (in the sense of socializing with other gay conservative priests), and some have gay sex. They therefore live in a state of cognitive dissonance. - SourceBut ...
Janet Smith recently did an interview wherein she says:
“Eradicating the homosexual networks from the Church would do a lot to purging the Church of immoral priests,” said Smith, “and doing so should help us get at the other problems.” - SourceSo it's the old gay-lobby again.
I seriously no longer know what to think, what to do. The homosexual network? I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone. Yes it exists, no it doesn't, Yes it does. No it doesn't. Well it's not monolithic. Well it's not tightly organized. It's not there. This yes and no crap is a major, major distraction. It exists! Damnit!
Homosexuals are called to chastity.
Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection. - CCCWhat more do people want from those who live with a condition which 'constitutes for most of them a trial? These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.'
Most are doing the best they can at great sacrifice, now with the double life of McCarrick and other devils exposed, there is a sort of witch hunt. Churchmen and Church ladies want to dictate to ordinary people how to live their lives, who to live with, and what self-help organizations they need to be on board with, in order to be admitted to the Church, and/or Communion in some circumstances.
Stick to what the Church teaches, stop anticipating possible changes to the wording of the catechism. Stop placing heavy burdens on people too heavy to carry. Follow the rules - your rules - you don't want gay priests? Quit admitting them to seminary- that's the rule you always and everywhere break. Laicize the abusers. Reform the clergy. Get rid of gay cardinals and bishops who keep writing letters to recommend admitting the cute ones to seminary.
Remember, active homosexual priests are predatory. They use people. They use ordinary lay people and gay Catholics. Sometimes for sex, sometimes for social advancement, and so on. The problem of homosexual clergy is a problem of corruption. The existence of a so-called homosexual network is a product of a corrupt clericalism. It is only a symptom of a more profound corruption. The more hidden and closeted, the more it is denied, the creepier things become.
Since the problem is clearly within the the clergy and their efforts to change Catholic teaching on homosexuality - concentrate on the reform of the clergy and the hierarchy. Pope Francis recently said 'if you have doubts about a candidate to seminary - it's better not to admit them.' Just because someone belongs to a Courage group is no guarantee he will remain chaste. Just stop admitting gay people to religious life and seminary life. Govern the canonical structures that exist, reform the clergy. Priest who do not accept Catholic teaching - give them chaplain jobs or make them Simplex priests.
There are different ways in which this operates: from the theology that is taught in seminaries and in pontifical universities that calls into question "the truth about the human person" - as Ratzinger says, to the increasing pressures to bless homosexual unions; from the pastoral care for homosexual persons which legitimises their sexual activity, to the request for civil recognition of gay unions. Let's also cite just a few more recent cases: the multiplication of vigils last May against homophobia in Italian dioceses; the pastoral care for homosexual persons entrusted in large part to associations and groups that pursue the recognition of a homosexual lifestyle; the preparatory document for the Synod of Youth, which for the first time adopted LGBT terminology; the open alignment of the Italian Episcopal Conference in favour of the recognition of civil unions (albeit in a more moderate form than the law actually approved); the important role that the Italian bishops daily newspaper Avvenire has been playing for many years in trying to change the mentality of Catholics regarding homosexuality; the appointment of the Jesuit Father James Martin, a well-known activist who promotes the LGBT agenda, as a consultant to the Secretariat for Communication; and we could go on and on adding to this list. - Source
Anyway - I'm very frustrated and I think this has turned into a gay panic fest. Focus people. Screw the dubia and all your other excuses for perpetuating a decadent culture in the clergy and the Church at large, and reform yourselves. Quit using WYD and gatherings such as World Meeting of Families for ideological colonization purposes - to promote acceptance of homosexual activity into family life.
NB: I'm not sure what to make of the following article from our CatholiSpirit, but I will link to it to fill out my own commentary here. I don't think I'm quite on the same page as Tushnet and Belgau - but their POV is curious and an interesting contrast to a couple of the articles I link to in my post today. Celibate gay Catholics fear backlash.
That's all for today.