Scandal in the Roman Catholic Church: behind the Smoke and Mirrors Is a Coverup of Homosexual Priests and Bishops
By Fr. Charles Dahlby
October 28, 2003
After all the verbage and hand-wringing, a few facts remain starkly clear and undeniable.
For many years a large number of bishops of the American Catholic Church have allowed homosexuals into the seminaries and ordained them as priests.
When these priests preyed on the innocent, they were protected and even enabled by these "false shepherds". This evil was actively "covered up" and would be largely unknown today had not huge lawsuits begun to be filed.
Then, it was neither love of God nor neighbor or even concern about the destruction of the innocent, but concern about the money that motivated what little action was taken.
That action is clearly a concern about "liability" and not the most basic Christian morality. Even now the issue of homosexuality in the priesthood is not being confronted by Church leadership. Lawsuits are being settled out of court and the bishops are in "damage control" mode to ride it out trusting in the shortness of the flocks memory!
Homosexuality and Pedophilia are perversions and the people who practice them are sick. Those leaders who enable this sickness to destroy the bodies and souls of others are not sick, they are evil How is it possible that men who claim to stand "in persona Christi" could be so evil and perverted, especially given what Jesus said about the judgment of those who harm "His little ones"?
There is only one reasonable answer. They were trained to be Pharisees! They are "churchmen", not Christians. They are religious but not holy! They put on a fine show but their concern is to appear religious before the world, not holy before God. Like all Pharisees they are beautiful, but "empty tombs filled with corruption." They control bishop's conferences and chancery offices and their main concerns are money and appearances.
Committees and programs cannot change this tragic state, only when God raises up saints and prophets will the faith truly be renewed. Until then every Roman Catholic must learn the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas on true and false obedience and the lessons of history where we find that an entire national conference of bishops left the Church at one time. (With one exception, the martyr St. John Fisher!).
We must accept the fact that we cannot always trust our leadership. Many have proven unworthy of that trust and while they have every right to expect our love, they have no right to demand our trust. Trust must be earned! We have consolation and encouragement in the statements of Vatican II on the primacy of a properly formed conscience, and what properly forms that conscience is the teaching of Jesus Christ and the traditional faith known and taught for centuries! To trust anything else is to risk our eternal salvation on the dubious opinions of dissident theologians and television talk show hosts. All Catholics and especially priests must clearly understand that we "work" for Jesus Christ and not a bishop.
The leadership of the Church seems to lack the humility to repent, but this sad situation gives the true Catholic an opportunity to purify his faith and renew his allegiance to "Christ and Him crucified". This is not the first time in history Catholics have had to choose between Christ and church leadership, but never between Christ and His true Church! The true Church is always pure and holy! But it has not always been well served by those who claim to speak in its name.
"IT IS BETTER THAT SCANDALS ARISE THAN THE TRUTH BE SUPPRESSED!"
Pope St. Gregory the Great.
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