I haven't posted much because I've been busy and it is easier just to post links on FB with a comment of two. My title for this maybe misleading, since I have no intention of writing a great deal on these subjects - but I am catching-up with blogging.
The 'man-crisis' business.
I consider it a sort of business - even though it's part of a big apostolate online and in many American dioceses. I've read some good things, I know there are wonderful spiritual talks on the subject - with the Year of St. Joseph offering more profound spiritual dimensions to the work. It's just that, I don't know, what makes a Catholic man a manly man? Sports? Beer? Guy's on a camping trip? All the things bears do when they go hunting or hiking? Dressed in Army fatigues, cowboy hats, big beards, plaid flannels, drinking whiskey shots before and after the rosary? Because if you watch a lot of
Youtube, that's what it looks like - window dressing for MAGA Catholic men. It reminds me a bit of how to raise your son so he doesn't turn out gay. Load him down with masculine interests and activities, especially sports and he'll turn out fine.
Here's the story on Fr. Jim.
One seminarian also said the priest took nude photos and videos of him without consent.
The former seminarians say they were harassed and manipulated in 2019 by Cleveland priest Fr. James Cosgrove. They also allege that after they reported the misconduct and it was investigated, the priest still had access to seminarians, and a key to the seminary.
While the priest resigned from ministry this month, the former seminarians say that seminary and diocesan officials left other seminarians at risk of abuse from the priest, and have not listened seriously to their concerns.
Former Cleveland seminarian Nick Grismer told The Pillar that in June and July 2019, Cosgrove pressured him into skinny-dipping at the seminary’s swimming pool, and at a lake house owned by a diocesan priest. Cosgrove also took nude photographs without his consent, Grismer alleged.
He said the priest exploited their close relationship and his trust, encouraging him to drink heavily, even when he knew that Grismer struggled with alcohol abuse - on one occasion, the seminarian got so drunk with the priest that he says he cannot recall what happened.
Grismer also alleges that the priest abused his religious influence to coerce and manipulate him.
When urging him to skinny-dip, Cosgrove would tell Grismer to “be free before God,” or “be naked before God,” the former seminarian claimed." - The Pillar
"There's something about nakedness in the male psyche — and now I've studied initiation rites — it's universal. The boy always gets naked, as you see in the sweat lodges, too." - Richard Rohr