“The shepherds have rebelled against me; the prophets prophesied in the name of Baal, following useless idols… You heavens, stand aghast at this, says the Lord ─ since my people have committed a double crime: they have abandoned me, the source of living waters; They have dug themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that hold no water.” (Jer. 2:8,12-13)
If Theodore McCarrick’s sudden fall from grace over a sordid history of sexual abuse demonstrates anything, it is that the Catholic hierarchy can no longer continue to operate under an opaque cloak of secrecy and deception. As the Church confronts this latest ‘Watergate moment,’ I wonder, do its leaders really comprehend the problem? Following the classic Western movie “they went that–a–way” theme, it seems that in our shepherd’s zealous hunt for child molesters, they have willfully blinded themselves to an equally disturbing problem, a rampant homosexual subculture operating within certain clerical ranks.
Compounding this problem is a society which no longer draws any meaningful distinction between ‘natural’ and ‘unnatural’ vice. A priest sleeping with a woman violates his vow of celibacy, but in a natural context. The priest molesting a seminarian not only violates his vows to God but does so in an unnatural manner, a far more serious sin, in that it also violates the Natural Law. McCarrick represents a class of predators who regularly prey on inexperienced seminarians, priests, and various naïve young men. This approach has long been the modus operandus of the gay homosexual culture in general ─ recruiting young men into a gay lifestyle while their emotions and ideas are still impressionable and unformed. “Woe to him that gives drink to his friend, that he may behold his nakedness.” (Hab. 2:15)
Unfortunately, cover for such pernicious activity has been neatly afforded within the Church itself by groups such as Dignity whose deceptive motto is, “True to ourselves, true to the Spirit.” (Is that just possibly the Spirit of lust?) And how is it that Catholic institutions like Georgetown University now sanction student ‘Gay Pride’ and ‘drag festival’ events? Meanwhile the Paulist Fathers on New York City’s west side sponsor ‘Out at St. Paul’s,’ a ‘homo/trans’ ministry whose main goal seems less about helping same-sex oriented people pursue lives of Christian virtue, and more about celebrating ‘diverse’ pagan lifestyles. Really? St. Paul would blush for shame.
Today, the rainbow flag is used as a disarming foil against any serious investigation by bishops, media, or the Vatican into an entrenched gay subculture permeating much of our clergy. And while countless young men are being shamelessly exploited there are other incidental victims in this cover-up as well: those thousands of faithful and virtuous priests and religious who are then derided and must live under watchful suspicion due to ‘guilt by association.’ Meanwhile, a world desperately hungering for Truth is instead being de-evangelized by pious hypocrites and do-nothings who continue to blacken the name of religion. Theodore McCarrick and his silent Ecclesial protectors have handed to our enemies the very bombs they now freely lob back upon the Church’s true defenders. The maxim, “silence implies consent” surely falls upon those in the episcopal ranks of Church governance who, cowering before the ‘lavender lobby’ and its political pressure tactics, have permitted homoerotic sexual exploitation to extend its corrupt tentacles into the very heart of the Body of Christ.