Polish Priest Argues That Gays Are to Blame for Catholic Church Sex Scandals

For a conservative Catholic who meticulously adheres and assents to every word of the Church’s teaching, these are difficult days, filled to the brim with cognitive dissonance. It’s hard to accept the Pope as Jesus Christ’s chosen representative on Earth while groups of abuse victims call on him to stand trial for crimes against humanity.

And as if that’s not enough, the Vatileaks documents revealed (among other things) a gay “faction” within Vatican power circles, allegedly subject to blackmail because of their forbidden sexual orientation or involvement in forbidden relationships. Now, in the face of Benedict’s sudden resignation, people are wondering if the gay scandal has played a role in the pontiff’s decision or his loss of credibility.

The Catholic Church is on the defensive… except for one priest.

Father Dariusz Oko, a Polish priest who studies “homoideology and homopropaganda” from a critical perspective (really!) has tied together these two scandalous moments in recent Catholic history by way of his recently-translated 2012 article, “Standing with the Pope against homoheresy.” In it, he defends Pope Benedict’s record on childhood sexual abuse by priests, arguing that, in fact, it’s not the Pope thwarting Catholic families whose children get abused.

It’s the gay faction.

The way Oko tells it, young gay men raised as Catholics get drawn into the priesthood because it’s a good way to hide their orientation. In seminary they encounter other secretly gay men and form a social network. Not all of these priests will become molesters… but, Oko argues, they will close ranks to protect one of their fellows from any accusations. And because of their spiritual corruption — because being gay makes you “immune to that which is higher” — these people become more interested in base, corrupt things like money, power, career, and luxury, so they are drawn to positions of power within their diocese.

Over time, this gay network has become strong enough to intimidate or silence anybody who dares speak up in favor of the Catholic Church’s teaching (that homosexuality is “intrinsically disordered”) or attempt to bring child abusers to justice — the reason behind the state of the Church today. Damn the homosexual menace!

The assumptions underpinning these wild accusations are closely linked to the ones underpinning conservative objections to homosexuals in the military or gay Boy Scout leaders. The Church, like so many other homophobic institutions and individuals, sees gay love as inherently selfish and sexually uncontrollable, as well as deeply and inescapably linked to sexual desire for adolescent bodies.

While the Church is always game to stigmatize any example of non-procreative sexuality, it sees gay relationships as — in Oko’s words — “particularly deplorable.” Once you accept the stigmatizing claims Oko and others of his ilk make about gay people, it’s hard to avoid concluding that the “homomafia” would protect molesters. (In fact, I kept waiting for him to point out a gay proclivity for eating babies.)

Father Oko had nary a word of criticism for Benedict’s handling of the situation, though he conspicuously avoided mention of Joseph Ratzinger’s pre-papacy decision-making. Instead, he focused on a few rule changes Benedict made around seminary admission. After all, if child molesters are getting off scot-free because of the evil gay cabal, you have to stop providing new priests to the gay cabal! So Benedict barred anyone with the slightest inkling of same-sex desire from the priesthood and decreed that currently-serving gay priests needed two things — purity and therapy — to become functional priests and human beings.

I couldn’t make this stuff up. If I did, no one would believe me.

Oko’s writings on “the formation mechanism of homo-community” describe homosexuals in general, and priests in particular, as impaired, wounded, dishonest, hypocritical, greedy, shallow, spiritually dead, morally atrophied, incapable of relationship, and incapable of decency. It’s possible for a gay person to live decently, Oko admits, but “it’s much, much harder, and so they fail much more often.”

If this is what “loving the sinner” looks like, I’ll pass.

About Sara Lin Wilde

Sara Lin Wilde is a recovering Catholic (and cat-holic, for that matter - all typographical errors are the responsibility of her feline friends). She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she is working on writing a novel that she really, really hopes can actually get published.

  • McAtheist

    Homo-larious!

  • Lion IRC

    Not surprised that (closeted) gay men are attracted to the fantasy of living in a private community of unmarried men. The clergy is a great place to hide.

    We read of atheists pretending that their occupation is ”priest”.

    We read of pedophiles hiding out there, no doubt attracted by the idea of altar boys and private confession booths and Sunday Schools full of innocent children.

  • Baby_Raptor

    Every time one of the asswipes opens their mouths, I wish hell existed. They could use a few years in it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.potter.73 Matt Potter

    “The way Oko tells it, young gay men raised as Catholics get drawn into
    the priesthood because it’s a good way to hide their orientation.” Or perhaps you could stop being homophobic and start treating people equally, I know that’s such an outlandish idea but perhaps it might work. Another thought is to allow clergy to marry so when they get older they have some real world experience on marriage, children, and that thing called love.

  • IrishGirl60

    I couldn’t find elsewhere to put this. I tried to register for your forum and I have slight color blindness. The captcha was impossible to read.

    Insofar as your piece, I agree. That’s not surprising, considering the Spanish Bishop Alvarez who blamed sexual molestation by priests on the children, stating that the kids “wanted it” and that they “tempted” the priests.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

    impaired, wounded, dishonest, hypocritical, greedy, shallow, spiritually dead, morally atrophied, incapable of relationship, and incapable of decency

    gay, closeted, straight or pedophile: this pretty much describes the modern day church leadership. project much, Oko?

  • cipher

    but, Oko argues, they will close ranks to protect one of their fellows from any accusations

    Something real Christian never do. [rolls eyes]

  • pagansister

    Gotta have a scapegoat for all this—and it certainly won’t be the former hallowed leader, Benny 16—after all—-GOD picked him. Oh well, God must have gotten tired of him, so told him to get the hell out of office. Personally I can’t see the new GOD appointed man doing any better—the whole church is totally infested with 2000 years of corruption.

  • Sokratez

    Oko is right. The Catholic Church attracts, nurtures, and protects sexual predators. It is, in fact, overrun with predators who exercise significant control over the church. Where Oko goes wrong is in confusing pedophiles with homosexuals.

    • Randay

      Comic Louis CK is much harsher on the Catholic Church: Louis CK Learns about the Catholic Church. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNPQu_LPDUo&feature=youtu.be&t=1m

      I learned something at another blog when I mentioned Louis CK: people don’t always know what I’m talking about and one thoughtful person hadn’t heard of him, which surprised me. So I should try not to remember that many things are common knowledge. There may be people here who don’t know him. He had a great TV sit-com called “Lucky Louie” and a new one called “Louie”.

  • Ian

    Of all the unjust, immoral and offensive rhetoric of the catholic church on sexual issues, the one I find most repugnant is the continuous claim that gay = pedophile.

    From conversations I’ve had, there does seem to be a certain amount of queer activity in some seminaries (e.g. calling each other by female names; well known liaisons that are generally ignored). But the claim that this is somehow a pedophile apology ring is frighteningly ignorant and morally bankrupt.

    • Ian
      • Claude

        That was excellent, thank you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hugh.vincelette Hugh Vincelette

      The vast majority of child molesters and sexual predators are heterosexual.

      (The vast majority of heterosexuals are neither.) These stats apply to the western world. Source? The RCMP, the FBI, Interpol, & Scotland Yard (UK).

  • NG

    Here’s the thing I never understand — gay men like men, not children. Homosexuality and pedophilia are two entirely different things but these jokers always conflate them.

    • Chris B

      Remember, logic and critical thinking aren’t usually their strong suit.

  • Lion IRC

    A person who practices privately homosexuality and yet publically condemns it is a LIAR! …but then again, lying is another act which the bible condemns.

  • Chak 47

    You know, I kinda feel sorry for the guy. (What? I do!) He sounds like he actually still believes in all the bullshit he’s been fed. Poor sod.

  • The Other Weirdo

    Blah blah blah another Crazy Catholic™ says something stupid blah blah blah.

    Why is Emperor Palpatine sporting the Umbrella Corporation logo on his lapels? Is that a sign for the impending zombie apocalypse?

  • Houndentenor

    Anything to avoid responsibility for shutting child rapists around the world. Why haven’t criminal charges been filed against these monsters?

  • roberthughmclean

    Most of these silly clerics mouthing off over gayness, as has been recently proven, are simply closeted gays themselves. The problem for the clerically compromised is their guilt. The dogmatic nonsense they subscribe to makes their sexuality their number one problem, more so when you’re not supposed to indulge in any sort of sex. Do people feel sorry for these men? They volunteered to the vocation, probably as a way to fight off the same sex attraction. Why they then descend to the regular depths of bigoted nastiness so beloved by the catholic corp. we should collectively shrug our shoulders and giggle a wee bit over the terminal silliness of these horrible, blinged up little men with too much time on their hands.

  • zambini

    Is that the Umbrella Corporation logo on his shoulders?

    • TheBlackCat13

      That would explain his appearance.

    • Derrik Pates

      That was my first thought as well.

  • Silver

    Does he also think the HomoPriests have a Homotown where they create thier own homocurrency which they give to their HomoGod? Because they “obviously” don’t follow the heterogod who was all for impregnating a young virgin girl and then forcing some other man to marry her and raise his offspring.

  • Glasofruix

    The priests in particular are, impaired, wounded, dishonest, hypocritical,
    greedy, shallow, spiritually dead, morally atrophied, incapable of
    relationship, and incapable of decency.

    Here, fixed.

  • trj

    And because of their spiritual corruption — because being gay makes you “immune to that which is higher” — these people become more interested in base, corrupt things like money, power, career, and luxury…

    Actually, it sounds to me like they’d fit right in with the rest of the Church, had there been any truth to this mischaracterization.

  • WillBell

    So are all catholics that cover up pedophilia part of this gay social network? In that case about half the church must be gay. :p

  • A3Kr0n

    I thought it was just people coming to their senses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fcojavier.maringracia Fco Javier Marín Gracia

    LOL?, not at all.


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