The Rev. Cliff Garner, 36, associate priest at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Dallas, openly expressed his sexual appetite for Hispanic men in one message posted in the chat room Web site, called “St. Sebastian’s Angels,” on Nov. 22, 1999.
“I’ve been away for the week attending the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC),” the priest told the chat room, where approximately 50 homosexual priests from throughout the United States and foreign countries gathered online.
“I must say that although I am no ‘chicken hawk,’ there are some really cute guys around the country,” Father Garner said in the message, a copy of which was obtained by The Times.
“I did, however, share a room with one of our youth ministers here in Dallas — and is he cute! He’s no Ricky Martin — but he is Hispanic and we got along — wonderfully! It was almost like we were meant to be together. I do have a very special place in my heart for those Latin blooded ones!”
“[South African auxiliary bishop, Reginald] Cawcutt earlier said [on the St. Sebastian's Angels website] of the pope’s June 1999 visit to Poland: “Talking about the Vatican — JP is in Poland at the mo — mebbe he will die there? I shall listen to the news broadcasts in hope!”[Editor's note: Hoping for the Pope's death wouldn't be "hate" or anything, would it?]
“You are doing God’s work — and because of that — you and the rest of us will be beaten and crucified — but we will rise!!!! Peace be with you!!” Father Garner told Bishop Cawcutt in a message dated April 14, 2000.
“Father Garner protested duplication of the [St. Sebastian's Angel's] Web site.
“This is a grave violation of both ethics and morality,” he told Mr. Brady in an e-mail. “You and this RCF Web site, philosophy, etc., I believe, are in mortal sin as you continue to judge and exploit this site.’” [Editor's note: Boilerplate "you are a hater"yah yah]
Garner and another priest who frequented the St. Sebastian’s site “where some members posted naked pictures and talked about sexual encounters with men and boys” “were allowed to continue at their parishes even though Bishop Joseph A. Galante and the diocese’s chancellor, Mary Edlund, were told of their activities more than three years ago, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times.
Most trust-inspiring quote: “Bishop Galante is a canon lawyer and member of the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse.”
Zero tolerance stupidity Addendum: Readers will rejoice to know that two very orthodox and popular Dallas pastors were removed for petty violations of the diocese’s new requirements for criminal background checks and fingerprinting of all employees. AmChurch: straining at gnats and swallowing camels.