The Catholic Church has a scandal of massive proportions on their hands. Across the country, dioceses are under attack by law enforcement, as more and more victims seek justice for the crimes of the clergy. Of course with the revelations Bishops across the country are writing letters to their priests to cry foul against the abuse. A Bishop out of Madison, Wisconsin, Robert Molino, blames the “homosexual subculture” of the priesthood as the reason for the widespread abuse.
The letter which was released August 18, 2018, to his Parish, outlines his thoughts on sin. He gives condolences to the victims that lived through the abuse. However, his most startling words are regarding his ideas on what caused the abuse.
“In the specific situations at hand, we are talking about deviant sexual — almost exclusively homosexual — acts by clerics. We’re also talking about homosexual propositions and abuses against seminarians and young priests by powerful priests, bishops, and cardinals. We are talking about acts and actions which are not only in violation of the sacred promises made by some, in short, sacrilege but also are in violation of the natural moral law for all. To call it anything else would be deceitful and would only ignore the problem further.”
So apparently the priests are living in a sub-culture of homosexual sinning. I guess he failed to read the grand jury report which outlined the rape and abuse of young girls within the church. As if blaming the rapes and sexual assaults of thousands of victims on the “sin” of homosexuality isn’t bad enough, he also went on to downplay the attention given to pedophilia.
“There has been a great deal of effort to keep separate acts which fall under the category of now-culturally-acceptable acts of homosexuality from the publically-deplorable acts of pedophilia. That is to say until recently the problems of the Church have been painted purely as problems of pedophilia — this despite clear evidence to the contrary.”
So even though young children were routinely sodomized, raped, and molested this isn’t an issue of pedophilia within the church. Nope, the priests that are gay are defiling children because they are gay. Right, cause that makes perfect sense.
He goes on to talk about how homosexuality has never been acceptable within the church even if the secular world says it’s ok for two men to have sex.
“It is time, to be honest, that the problems are both and they are more. To fall into the trap of parsing problems according to what society might find acceptable or unacceptable is ignoring the fact that the Church has never held ANY of it to be acceptable — neither the abuse of children, nor any use of one’s sexuality outside of the marital relationship, nor the sin of sodomy, nor the entering of clerics into intimate sexual relationships at all, nor the abuse and coercion by those with authority.”
Well, that’s a funny diatribe. Since the church did a really good job of downplaying abuse, his argument doesn’t carry much weight. Instead of actively dismissing the problem priests, the church just moved them around the country. The church may as well have told the priests it was acceptable behavior by merely doing nothing to stop the abuse.
Next, he calls out the homosexual subculture of the priests with this little diddy:
“It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord. The Church’s teaching is clear that the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted by it unfit to be a priest.”He does not blame the church in handling the sexual abuse allegations but instead puts complete blame on the gay underbelly of the priesthood. Nice.
The Catholic leadership continues to miss the mark on this scandal. Every time they have an opportunity to do the right thing, they find a way to place blame everywhere but at their own hands. Leaders allowed the abuse to flourish. They have internal protocols to investigate abuse. However, they rarely report any abuse to outside authorities. By handling the abuse claims internally, the church has been able to minimize the impact to the church both financially and in membership numbers.
With cases blowing wide open around the country, it will be interesting to see how the Catholic Church survives. However, deflecting blame to homosexuality completely misses the mark of the devastation to the victims. Being homosexual doesn’t make someone rape and molest children. Drawing that conclusion is dangerous and irresponsible.
The Catholic Church needs to take a good hard look in the mirror. All the blame for this abuse falls on the leadership’s shoulders for doing nothing to stop it from happening for decades. Bishop Molino is a clueless and misguided fool.
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