"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
I have been reading the Holy Father's Apostolic Exhortation Evangelium Gaudium, which means, of course, "The Joy of the Gospel". There are many, many commentaries on this document already, and the blogosphere and Face Book are both rife with gems quoted from the many, many, many, many words that flow from page to page to page to page. I highly recommend the one from Eye of the Tiber. So let this video serve as my commentary. You may interpret it as you wish.
Following the many interesting
comments on a couple of recent NFP posts (here
an anonymous friend offered these observations on a few of the comments. I
think he makes some excellent points:
"The widespread, indiscriminate promotion of natural birth regulation will unavoidably contribute to the contraceptive mentality, precisely because of its
emphasis on human control over conception."
Yes, the fact that NFP is part of the contraceptive
mentality is very true, and is so obvious as to be tautological. The
contraceptive mentality is all about the control of birth, not about the
artificiality of the method used to accomplish that end.
"My parents were very keen on NFP and I attribute that fact to the fact
that neither me nor my sister has ever seriously considered family life."
This is very true, but not unique to NFP in comparison to
other methods of birth control. The contraceptive mentality leads to a loss of
interest in sex. Men are no longer men and women are no longer women, and so it
is just like a battery that no longer has a positive pole and a negative pole.
There is no longer any charge, so you can't start your car. There is no
electricity, no life.
A very interesting article that describes the long-term
trend in this regard asks in its headliner questions:
have young people in Japan stopped having sex? What happens to a country when
its young people stop having sex?
The statistics in the article are really startling, even if
you’ve been following this issue for a long time. The gist of the article is
that the Japanese hardly even need birth control any longer, because young men
and women simply have no interest in each other. Perhaps the NFP advocates can
tout this as the ultimate triumph of NFP: no babies being born in the country
using the most natural method of all.
In reality, it is the triumph of Manicheism. Periodic continence was the method of birth
control used by the Manicheans, which
St. Augustine condemned so vigorously. St. Augustine worked to distinguish
between a truly Catholic love of chastity and purity which leads in turn to
fruitful generosity among those who are not called to the celibate religious
life, in comparison to the Manichean hatred of life which leads to the deadly
combination of impurity and sterility – the exact same combination we see in
Japan today: a society awash in pornography which is incapable of having
One might reply, "Well Japan is a strange foreign
country." No, the reality is that Japan is just the most modern country in
the world. Wherever Japan is today, we will be there in 10 - 20 years. We have
followed all their demographic trends, just a few years behind them. The
situation in places like Germany and many other European countries is not much
different from Japan.
"The NFP movement may be part of the feminization of the Church. An NFP marriage necessarily puts the woman in charge."
Yes, now we are getting to the heart of the matter. We are
in the middle of a revolution, the Feminist Revolution. It is just as much of a
revolution as the French Revolution or the Communist Revolution. And just as
violent – in fact much more so since the number of casualties from this
revolution is actually higher than all the wars of all of history put together.
Like all revolutions, the purpose of the revolution is to overturn the natural
order and to make the higher serve the lower.
This revolution has several battle fronts – divorce is one
example – but the main battle is over birth control. This is where the
revolution lives or dies. That is why feminists fight tooth and nail over every
single smallest abortion restriction, even live birth abortion. This is the
battle where they cannot concede any ground.
Catholics who do not use birth control are reactionaries,
whether they like it or not. Catholics with large families are often surprised
and hurt by the reactions they get in the supermarket, because they wonder,
"Why can't they have their small family and be happy about me having a big
family?" But the reality is that anyone having a large family is on the
wrong side of the current revolution, and there is going to be hatred directed
That is also the reason for the fury directed at Pope Paul
VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae. We
know from reading the document that it is very liberal, and in fact it
overturns much of Catholic teaching on marriage, although it upholds the
teaching on artificial contraception. But the opponents of HV don't care at all
about Catholic doctrine per se, they only care that HV is an obstacle to
the revolution. It was one thing if a small handful of Amish or Orthodox Jews
were not signing up, but the revolution couldn't afford to have hundreds of
millions of Catholics on the other side.
That's where NFP comes in – although strictly as a front, as
the facade of the Potemkin village. The reality is that 98% of Catholics joined
the revolution, but NFP allowed the Church to save face by allowing pastors to
naively pretend that their parish full of small families got that way via
periodic continence. Catholics can participate in the feminist revolution while
pretending that they are still Catholic, just like the "Patriotic
Church" in China allows Chinese Catholics to go along with the Communist
And so it becomes clear that we can never make any progress
on the first "blessing" of marriage, the procreation and
education of children, until we realize how intimately it is connected with the
second "blessing" of marriage, the mutual fidelity of the
spouses, which is based upon the "order of love":
society being confirmed, therefore, by this bond of love, there should flourish
in it that "order of love," as St. Augustine calls it. This order
includes both the primacy of the
husband with regard to the wife and children, the ready subjection of the wife and her willing obedience, which the
Apostle commends in these words: "Let women be subject to their husbands
as to the Lord, because the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ is the
head of the Church. (Casti Connubii, emphasis added)
Catholic promoters of NFP are trying to walk a delicate
tight-rope in their claim of adherence to the first blessing of marriage. With
regard to the second blessing of marriage, however, I've never encountered any
NFP proponents who even bother to pay lip service to the “order of love”. Even
traditional Catholic women with large families will argue tooth and nail
against subjection and obedience.
NFP is the method by which women are put in control of the
couple's sex life, even when the couple consider themselves sincere Catholics.
They are brought to participate in the feminist revolution under the cover of
pietistic talk about "respect" and so forth.
NFP is similar to what I say about EWTN. The devil tells
himself, "I already have 99% of the people hooked up to my control box,
but there are still that remaining 1% of pious Catholics who are not watching
television. What can I do? I know, I will have a channel dedicated to pious
Catholics. Then that last 1% will sign up for television, and although they
might watch a few minutes of EWTN now and then, that will do no harm, and in
the meantime they will join the rest of my brainwashed servants."
NFP is like that in the area of birth control. The devil
already had 99% of Catholics signed up for artificial birth control, but he
still wanted to get that last 1% to participate in the revolution. By getting
them to sign up for NFP, he knows that they are now part of the contraceptive
mentality, whether or not they have a few children more or less, and the women
are now in control of their families.
This subject is too involved for a long disquisition right
now, but it is important to realize that this subjection and obedience is not
merely a question of who makes the final decision when the couple can't decide
whether or not to buy a new car, but rather it is the very foundation of
everything in the spiritual life. There is no grace, no interior reality, no
true love without subjection and obedience.
parenthood” is simply a Catholic version of "Planned Parenthood" – no
more, no less. I own a book published in
the early sixties in which Catholic theologians “reconsider” Church teaching on
birth control. The book was sponsored and published by Planned Parenthood. Many
of the theologians are Jesuits. The Introduction was written by Cardinal
Cushing of Boston. So here we have evidence of an active collaboration between
Planned Parenthood and Catholics who were working to redefine Catholic teaching
at the time when “responsible parenthood” became the new rallying cry – of the
Majority Report of the Papal Commission on Birth Control, for example. And so
it remains today.
I read the paragraphs below in
a parish bulletin; and it doesn’t matter which parish, really, does it? I know
this is not an isolated occurrence, because I googled a phrase from the first paragraph
and found the same item in more than one parish bulletin across the country. Take a look:
Sunday, December 1st, we will begin the Season of Advent. Advent is
a great time to focus on your home as a holy place that is called the domestic
church. The domestic church refers to your home as the primary place where
children first hear about and witness the Catholic faith. In your home, your
children will learn to love, to pray, and to serve.
this joyful season in a simple way in your home. Keep the focus on Jesus with
prayer. Gather the family at least once a week to pray – it would be nice if
your family could do this every day during Advent.
doesn’t need to be more than a 5-minute moment during the day. You could have
everyone join hands and form a circle. Then invite each person to praise God
for the gift of his Son.
When I read this, my stomach knotted
up, my heart sank, and I almost wept. Is this what we have become as a “Catholic
community”? Are we reduced to observing Advent by spending one 5-minute period
a week holding hands in a circle?
Whatever happened to praying
the Rosary as a family? I’ve heard that people used to do that! What about a “Jesse
tree”? What about an Advent wreath on the dining room table? What about an
Advent calendar? People could even get really radical and think about the “O
Antiphons” in the latter days of Advent…
Do you ever wonder why it seems
that we have to form a circle and hold hands to “pray”? It’s really okay to not be in a circle, and not to
hold hands. It’s even okay to pray a “memorized” prayer like the Our Father, which
is a prayer that certainly praises God and also reminds us of our own sins and
our need for forgiveness. Isn’t that why Jesus came to earth in the first
I know that in most parishes –
mine included – there will be an Advent wreath in a prime position at Sunday
Mass throughout Advent (please, oh please, don't put it right in front of the altar!); and there will be special “chosen ones” of the congregation lighting
the candles each week. There will be a “reconciliation
service” (I am not even going to say a word about how I feel about those).
There will be the Advent readings and prayers at Mass, of course. At the weekly
RE Classes, there will be… well… something,
I’m sure, to help the children learn more about Advent.
But in the “domestic church”,
the place where children should be immersed in the faith, have we really sunk
to such a deplorable lack of Catholic identity as the bulletin blurb above
seems to indicate? I’m afraid it is probably so.
How will we restore our
Catholic identity? It’s going to be an uphill battle. Of course, it’s worth the
Today is the feast of St. Clement I, Pope and Martyr. Here’s
an excerpt about him from the Divine Office readings for Matins:
His teaching and the holiness
of his life brought many to believe in Christ, and he was therefore exiled by
the Emperor Trajan to Kherson, in the Crimea, where he found two thousand
Christians, who had been condemned by the same Trajan. There they all worked in
the marble quarries. During their labor they suffered for want of water, and
Clement prayed, and then went up an hill hard by, on the top whereof he saw a
Lamb standing, touching with its right foot a flowing spring of sweet waters.
Therewith they all quenched their thirst, and by this miracle many unbelievers
were brought to believe in Christ, and began to honor the holiness of Clement.
These things moved Trajan to
send a messenger to the Crimea, who tied an anchor about Clement's neck, and
cast him into the deep of the sea. After it had been done, while the Christians
were praying on the shore, the sea went back three miles, and when they
followed it, they found a grotto of marble, in form like a temple, and therein
a stone coffin wherein was laid the body of the Martyr, and, hard by, the
anchor wherewith he had been sunk. Then were the country people moved to
receive the faith of Christ…
about St. Clement and his martyrdom led me to think about our modern-day
bishops, especially here in the US. Back in Clement’s time, one’s life was at
stake when it came to defending belief in Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church.
could die for the faith. You could die a horrible excruciatingly painful death
that was preceded by horrible excruciatingly painful torture.
some parts of the world today, this is going on right now, and we all need to be praying
for those souls who undergo such trials, that they would stand fast in their
faith and be welcomed directly into Heaven for their martyrdom.
was thinking about the US. Here, there seem to be so few bishops who would
measure up to Clement’s steadfastness in teaching and preaching the truth of
our faith. I can’t imagine Clement failing to teach about the sinfulness of his
people if he knew sinful acts were being committed. I can’t imagine Clement
being intimated by a government that said he couldn’t speak out against
politicians and laws that were unjust and contrary to the faith!
defended the faith and paid for that defense with his life. Who among our
bishop would do that? We have seen so many times the strong start and the weak
finish! A bishop stands up for the faith in the public square by saying “Homosexual
acts are evil!”, and two days later he recants due to the pressures of the
media and current societal thinking. A bishop demands that the faithful in his
diocese who serve as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, or who are
teachers in Catholic schools, or who are catechists, profess their faith and
even sign a statement to that effect;
we applaud, and are disappointed a few days later to see him back down against
the wave of popular opinion that says he is being “judgmental”.
these bishops die for their faith? Would they even go to jail for it?! Or are
they so concerned about being “pastoral” that they allow the faithful to
persist in their sin? Are they so concerned about the bad press they might get
that they are willing to endanger their own souls by failing to proclaim the
truth? When our bishops start sacrificing for the faith, then we might see people begin to sit up and take notice that Catholicism is something worth fighting for, even to the point of death.
Pead pointed out in his talk and article entitled “Sword of Unity”:
… Episcopal salvation is, to
say the very least, problematic. "Many priests are lost and few bishops
are saved," said St. John Chrysostom, himself a bishop. After his
mother congratulated him on his appointment as Bishop of Mantua, St. Pius X
told her: "Mother, you do not realise what it means to be a bishop. I
shall lose my soul if I neglect my duty."
So we have to stop pandering to
duplicitous Shepherds and start fearing - for them, since they
appear to have lost all fear of God themselves, and fearing for our
complicity in their negligence.
for our bishops, and out of that holy fear, pray that they start ministering in
a way that merits Heaven, and not hell.
I don't have the script for this Vortex yet, but it is well worth watching (have I ever found one that wasn't well worth watching!?!). The "blurb" for this episode says, "Sometimes you DO need to smash someone over the head with the truth!" MV describes a man who attended one of MV's recent talks. This man represents many, many of today's Catholics: he doesn't know the faith; he thinks that his opinions on moral issues are right and the position of the Church is wrong; and yet he still thinks of himself as Catholic. The man is a casualty of the culture war and the failure of the Church's leaders to catechize effectively over the last several decades, says MV - he's one of the "walking wounded", a "refugee". And, in my experience, he really is a "typical Catholic". Here's the Vortex:
Fr. Matthew Despard’s current plight continues to be of great interest to the world. A follow-up
article here describes parishioners’ reactions to the suspension of Fr.
Despard’s faculties: many walked out of the Mass being said by the acting
bishop, and many signed a petition demanding that Fr. Despard be reinstated.
Dr. Ed Peters has an
at the situation from the canonical point of view (of course!). He notes
A priest’s removal from ministry could be effected under
Canon 1722, a norm that authorizes such action against persons under certain
circumstances (who knows whether those circumstances were satisfied in this
case), and there is canonical provision, even preference, that ecclesiastical
penalties be imposed or declared in a judicial (instead of administrative)
penal process per Canons 1314 and 1341-1342.
The question is: what canonical crime could have been
committed (not was committed, but couldhave been
committed) by publishing the kind of book described above? Remember—against the
backdrop of Canon 212 and its protection of the qualified right of Catholics to
publish their opinions on matters impacting the welfare of the Church—that a
canonical crime is being alleged here, not just the canonical equivalent
of a tort (Canons 128 and 1491); that is, the priest is being treated as
suspected of having violated a canonical provision to which a sanction is
attached. That’s a very serious matter.
Dr. Peters says that of the
four penal canons that could be called into play in this sitatuion, the two
most likely candidates are:
Canon 1369, for perhaps the priest’s book gravely injured good
morals [nb: not morale], expressed insults, or excited hatred or contempt
against religion or the Church.
Canon 1373, for perhaps the priest’s book excited animosity or
hatred against ecclesiastical authority on account of its governance acts [or
lack thereof?] or provoked the faithful to disobey ecclesiastical authority.
Dr. Peters does not mention the
fact that the prelate who is taking this canonical action against Fr. Despard
is an acting bishop. In my diocese,
when we had an “acting bishop”, or Apostolic Administrator, some of us were
under the impression that there were limits to what actions could be taken by
such an administrator, according to Canon Law (you can begin reading some of
the applicable canons here).
There are some very specific limitation that don’t apply here, but I’m not sure
whether or not canons fully address the general concept of not taking action
that would have a lasting effect on the diocese and cause problems for the
incoming bishop. In particular, I’m thinking of this canon (my emphases):
Can. 428 §1 While the see is vacant, no
innovation is to be
§2 Those who have the interim governance
of the diocese are forbidden to do anything which
could in any way prejudice the rights of the diocese or of the Bishop…
At any rate, the previous
bishop of Fr. Despard’s diocese had stated that Fr. Despard would not be
suspended, but the acting bishop has
decided otherwise. Whether or not that action is within his rights as an acting
bishop is probably a moot point, since he’s doing it regardless.
Still, here’s one other note from Dr.
Peters, which I find quite an interesting thought:
I might mention, though, one other penal canon possibly
relevant in this matter. Canon 1389 threatens with sanctions those who abuse
office in the Church. Invoking, on frivolous grounds, a formal penal process
against a priest might qualify as abuse of ecclesiastical office
Regardless of canon law, the double
standard concerning the accusation of priestly crimes continues, as is noted by this
blog post which tells us:
Scottish homosexual crisis continues unabated as Fr. Matthew Despard is
suspended, while admitted pervert priest Paul
Milarvie is a priest in "good standing" and even in the
Follow the link in the quote to
learn more about Fr. Milarvie’s past shenanigans…and the fact that despite
admissions of homosexual behavior, his faculties have never been suspended.
Personally, I’m glad that Fr.
Despard wrote his book. He’s paying the price, and I seriously doubt he will
find justice, but if he is telling the truth, and following his conscience in
bringing the situation to light, then God will surely judge him favorably. That’s
Randy Engel has done extensive
research into the homosexualist agenda in the Church, which she catalogued in her
5-volume tome Rite
of Sodomy. I have not read those volumes, but I have a feeling she
recaps some of the important points in a recent “Open Letter to Pope Francis”
which was published recently at RenewAmerica. In
that letter, she outlines the myriad problems with the homosexualist agenda, and suggests the establishment of a a “Papal Commission of Inquiry
into Homosexuality, Pederasty and La
Lobby Gay in the Catholic Church”. You can read the whole letter here. [Randy Engel was also interviewed by Christine
Niles on her Forward Boldly program earlier this year; you can listen to that
Ms. Engel’s letter was
published before the recent suspension of Fr. Matthew Despard which I noted here; Fr. Despard had the courage to make public his own experience with
the “gay mafia” in Scotland in a book entitled Priesthood in Crisis, and he is paying a price for doing so. There
are many who don’t believe what he says, and many who do; all I know is that,
given what other reporters and researchers have found over the last few decades,
it is difficult to justify a blatant dismissal of Fr. Despard’s claims.
Earlier this year, it was said
that the Pope would appoint no new bishops in Scotland until a thorough
investigation was made into the issue of homosexual behavior in the clergy,
following Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s admission of his guilt concerning sexual
abuse of seminarians. I don’t know whether such an investigation has taken
place, but I’m sorry to say I have my doubts. And if the “gay lobby” in Rome is
as powerful as we have been led to believe, how successful could such an
investigation be? Is Cardinal O’Brien simply to serve as a scapegoat who will
allow other guilty members of the clergy to stay “under the radar”?
At any rate, I hope Fr. Despard’s
case can continue to sound the alarm, and provoke a real investigation into this problem.
Randy Engel’s letter – which is
a long one – provides a broad-ranging view of the issues surrounding homosexual
behavior in the Church, and the implications thereof; here are her subheadings:
The Language of Gayspeak
“Homophobia” as Ideology
Homosexuality, Pederasty and Criminality
and Pederasty – An Ancient and Universal
Why the Etiological and Behavioral
Differences Between Pederasty and Pedophilia Matter
Pederasts – A Different and More Dangerous Breed
of Sexual Offender
The Post-Conciliar Church’s Dalliance With the
The Plague of “Gay Parishes” and “Gay
Organized Crime and the Homosexual
Homosexuality and the Drug Connection
Homosexuality and Male Prostitution
Homosexuality and Domestic Violence, In-house
Murder, and Homicide
Suicide, Self-inflicted Violence, and
Blasphemy and Sacrilege
A Papal Commission of Inquiry into Homosexuality
and Pederasty in the Catholic Church
Benefits to be Accrued by the Catholic
Laity From the Establishment of
Such a Commission
Benefits to the Diocesan Priesthood and Religious
In particular, Ms. Engel’s
statements concerning “The Post-Conciliar Church’s Dalliance with the
Homosexual Collective” are of interest in the context of Fr. Despard’s
accusations. Ms. Engel writes 9my emphases
Throughout her 2000 year history, Holy MotherChurch has always viewed widespread sodomy in its clerical ranks
and hierarchy as a clear and present danger to the Faith and the flock.
Unfortunately, the post-Conciliar Church no longer upholds or teaches and
preaches this Truth.
…Persona Humana - Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning
Sexual Ethics issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
(CDF) on December 29, 1975, under the reign of Paul VI, himself a casualty of
the unnatural vice and a major player in the paradigm shift in the Church in
favor of homosexuality, gave the Homosexual Collective its first major victory
in the post-Conciliar Church. By making
a fictitious comparison between
“transitory or at least not incurable homosexual tendencies” and homosexuality
resulting from “some kind innate instinct or a pathological constitution judged
to incurable,” Vatican authorities gave credence to the well-known agitprop
slogan, “homosexuals are born that way.”
truth is that there is no such creature
as a “homosexual person.” God did not create “homosexual persons,” any more
than He created “theft persons” or “sadomasochist persons.”
created man in His likeness and image with a rational mind and immortal soul.
He gave man an Order of Being and a free will by which man chooses to live his
life according to that Order or rejects that Order and in the fashion of the
Gnostic attempts to create his own reality. The post-Conciliar Church took a wrong turn in the road when it adopted
the concept of the “homosexual person”
and this error needs to be corrected, the sooner the better…
The effect of all this pandering by
the Church to the forces of organized perversion is that the average Catholic boy and girl, man and
woman, lay or religious, has been systematically stripped of the natural and
supernatural revulsion that the normal person feels when confronted with
Coupled with 12 years of
pro-homosexual sex instruction in Catholic schools and CCD classes, few adult
Catholics have been able to withstand the onslaught of the enemies of the Faith
and purveyors of perversion.
In her section entitled “Blasphemy
and Sacrilege”, Ms. Engel notes:
Since the early 1970s, outright
blasphemies against Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity,
including references to Jesus as an active sodomite and a lover of Lazarus, have
been increasing dramatically within the Homosexual Collective.
Similarly, sacrilege, in the form of
acts of sodomy and oral opulation committed on and about the sacred altar have
been recorded in a number of criminal cases involving Catholic priests and
religious here in the United
In late July 2010, the Italian
magazine Panorama ran an undercover story
on the double life of three bona fide “gay” priests, two Italians and a
Frenchman. One of the priests donned a cassock to have sex (secretly filmed)
with the magazine reporter’s “gay” accomplice, and later said Mass for the
reporter. There was no comment from either the Italian Bishops Conference or
Ask yourself Holy Father how often are these grave sins committed by
homosexual priests, religious and prelates on a daily basis throughout the world.
Don’t you feel any sense of outrage?
Have you ever made an act of public reparation to atone for these offenses
against Almighty God? If not, why not?
It involves no stretch of the
imagination to come to the sober and bitter conclusion, that if you, as the
Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, do
not take the lead in enforcing an absolute ban on candidates for religious
life with homosexual and pederastic tendencies in seminaries, the priesthood
and religious orders, and if you do not enforce
the rule of chastity for priests, religious, and members of the hierarchy
afflicted by this vice as well as philandering heterosexual priests who are
also making a mockery of their vows,
then the Catholic priesthood and religious life will continue to disintegrate and become dens of iniquity.
But how can you undertake such an
arduous task without first knowing all the facts concerning the extent to which
the Homosexual Collective with its pederast contingent of clerics has already successfully
colonized the Catholic priesthood, religious life, and hierarchy?
It is strange that despite more than
three decades of clerical sexual abuse scandals in the Church, most linked to
pederasty, neither you nor any of your post-Conciliar predecessors have ever
made any attempt to investigate the
extent and consequences of the dual plague of homosexuality and pederasty on
the Catholic diocesan priesthood and religious life, and on the life of the
Catholic laity? With thousands of convicted clerical abusers, and hundreds
of thousands of victims, and billions paid out in legal and reparation fees
world-wide, isn’t it time that such an investigation were instituted?
In addressing the benefits that
the Catholic laity might receive from the findings of a Papal Commission, Ms.
Engel points out that
… the Commission findings would
provide the Catholic laity with a genuine understanding of the multitude of
problems associated with the homosexualization of the diocesan priesthood,
religious life, and hierarchy in the Church.
Such an understanding is virtually non-existent among Catholic
adults today due largely to the Catholic hierarchy’s failure to provide them with
honest answers as to the nature and consequences of a homosexualized clergy and
hierarchy including an increase of pederastic crimes with all the disastrous
physical, emotional and spiritual repercussions these crimes bring upon innocent
victims and their families.
…By its willingness to answer these
hard questions based on actual case studies of clerical sex abuse, the Papal
Commission could began the arduous task of helping to restore confidence in the Church, especially among those Catholics
who have left the Church in despair and
disgust over clerical sex abuse crimes and their cover-up by the hierarchy and the
And Ms. Engel is not the only one making these points. Here’s
a list of books/articles that have been published over the years, each
documenting the problems with active homosexuality in the clergy. It’s really
quite sobering to think about.