Mass Appeal, 1984 film, Jack Lemmon as Father Tim and Zeljko Ivanek as Mark.
See, everyone is bending over backwards to insist the McCarrick news which preceded the clergy abuse report from Pennsylvania are either not connected, and/or - for sure it ain't a homosexual problem. I get tired of that, because it is usually gay people or those who embrace LGBTQ culture as equal and normal (in opposition to Catholic teaching), and/or those who have no experience of gay-culture in the workplace, who voice the opposition
Monsignor Pope, for whom I have great respect wrote an article entitled, Active Homosexuality in the Priesthood Helped Cause this Crisis. I think he may have originally titled it, 'at the root of the crisis' and then it was edited to 'helped cause this crisis'. Both are good, the latter is less likely to cause a firestorm. The point here is that it facilitated an atmosphere, a culture of 'sleaze'. What do I mean by that? Within a hidden, closeted culture of homosexuality, pretty much anything goes. So if you have an adulterer on staff, or even a child-lover, you tolerate it, look the other way, and do the 'I won't tell if you don't' shtick. Although, since there is no honor among thieves, sometime the ambitious, or just those who have become disgruntled, do in fact tell.
As I said on my Facebook page, unless you experienced it or worked in a similar environment - those who insist that it is not a gay thing do not know what they are talking about. I worked in a gay profession, marketing - store design-display - closely related to the fashion industry and advertising. It's a gay profession with similarities to how the priesthood attracts gay men and sometimes is likewise referred to as a gay profession. Store design/fashion fits into a larger field - now days, if they exist at all, department stores and most retail is contained within a corporate structure.
There is a hierarchy of management in big stores and corporations, just as in the Church. Many gay people who work within that structure have middle to senior management positions, most happen to be straight, normal people - hence - esp. in the 1960's, early '70's, the workplace atmosphere was much more closeted. Gay men, like women were promoted, not as often as straight men however. That said, if the gay men were married to women and had a family - they were promoted. No one discussed sexual preference back then, BTW. The married-to-a-woman gay man, like a Cardinal or a Bishop, promoted some of the more favored (and sometimes talented), gay men beneath them. Up the ladder they went, and hiring pretty much focused upon young, cute males, preferably gay.
Long story short, there did exist a sub-culture which included abuse and exploitation of others. To resist and or protest about a gay milieu could get you fired, demoted, given another job, and so on. Too much detail to get into here now. But believe me when I tell you the culture was very similar to the culture created by McCarrick and his buddies. His pink cocktail parties sound like some of the display parties I used to get invited to. I also knew of more gross 'get togethers' which took on the character of an orgy. (If anyone is still alive from my days in display, you will want to know that the presidents of the company were gay and married, as was the display director, and several of his management team. Curiously, many were into the occult as well. That's another story.)
A homosexual club-culture can be very influential and is quite manipulative - be it in the Church, the office, or a corporate situation. Hollywood is a great example. It covers a multitude of sins - protects offenders, straight or gay, and even controls who is promoted and so on. It's corrupt and based upon dishonesty.
Pay attention to what Monsignor Pope says here - he too knows what he is talking about:
All this demonstrates that seminaries and the priesthood are not good places for those with deep-seated same-sex attraction. It does not take an anthropology or psychology degree to figure this out. Putting a man with same-sex attraction in a seminary is no more advisable than putting a heterosexual man in a woman’s dormitory where he shares shower facilities and close quarters with women. A man with same-sex attraction is going to face temptations in all-male settings that would test the strongest.
Add to this the possibility that other men of same-sex attraction are there and soon enough a subculture sets up where temptations are fierce, and compromises and liaisons soon emerge. And this is what we have seen in the “gay” subculture that is demonstrably existent among a significant number of clergy in the Church.
An honest discussion of the recent crisis needs to include a clear setting forth and analysis of these facts. Ignoring them and staying silent through political correctness is malpractice at this point. We must speak charitably and clearly about this. We must not allow charges of intolerance, homophobia and scapegoating to suppress a frank discussion and analysis of the link of much of this misbehavior to active homosexuals, and a subculture among some of them that tolerates and promotes behavior which God forbids. - Monsignor Pope