Decision time for the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church, in some respects rightfully so, has lost some of its clout and its standing as a positive institution to the general public, especially in the last few decades.  There are myriad reasons for this but sexual abuse scandals in particular have been a huge part of it.  Author Frédéric Martel, a homosexual socialist himself, is releasing a book soon, In the Closet of the Vatican, which is to shine more light on the situation.  In a press conference set for today lifesitenews.com reports:

According to the press release, the new book will “expose the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today.” For this book, the author has done research for four years and in thirty different countries, and he has conducted “extensive interviews with those in power.”

Martel claims to be able to show us with his new book the underlying connection between the following topics: the celibacy of priests, the condemnation of the use of contraceptives, the cover-up of countless cases of sexual abuse, the resignation of Benedict XVI, misogyny among the clergy, the dramatic fall of  vocations to the priesthood, the plotting against Pope Francis.” His book is meant to “reveal these secrets.”

Martel describes in his book, according to the press release, a “system founded on a clerical culture of secrecy which starts in junior seminars and continues right up to the Vatican itself.” It is also based on “the double lives of priests and on extreme homophobia.” Thus, according to this book, there exists a certain “schizophrenia in the Church.”

According to the press release, however, “the more a prelate is homophobic, the more likely it is that he is himself gay.” “Behind rigidity there is always something hidden, in many cases a double life.” These words of Pope Francis are being specifically quoted because he himself  “unlocked the Closet” of the Vatican.

And a little bit further down:

While these pro-homosexual authors like Sullivan and Martel might wish to promote the acceptance of homosexuality in the Church, Michael Voris explains, people like Father James Martin, S.J. go into a similar direction, though not yet fully claiming: “change the Church’s teaching!” “But he has said,” Voris adds, “change that [expression] ‘objectively disordered’, get rid of that in the Catechism.”

Voris actually calls Father Martin out, saying that “we have various Jesuit seminarians telling us that in private at their private retreats, Martin admits to [his] being gay.”

“[Father Martin,] Refute what we are saying,” Voris adds. “You now have the opportunity to deny it.” For Voris, the Jesuit Martin is “another gay priest who is going around trying to change the Church’s teaching.”

Further discussing the article written by Andrew Sullivan, Voris comments “Sullivan thinks ‘dump the teaching [on homosexuality].’” “We would say: […] don’t dump the teaching,” as Church Militant’s Bradley Eli responds. Voris adds that he recently spoke with a bishop who told him that “he knows a number of bishops who are gay.”

Commenting on Martel’s upcoming book, Christine Niles says: “Nobody likes a hypocrite, nobody likes a liar. Nobody likes people who lead double lives.” “If you take a vow,” she continues, “and you promised chastity and continence, but you are secretly breaking that vow, people like him [Martel] they don’t like that.” Niles and Voris agree with Martel on this point, saying “he is correct on that.”

Commenting on Martel’s claim that the homosexual network within the Vatican is much bigger than expected, Niles says that the book will be an “eye opener” for many Catholic lay people about the fact that “the Vatican is essentially being run, largely, by homosexuals.” Voris also then mentions the Polish priest, Father Dariusz Oko, who told Church Militant years ago that “half of the guys running the Vatican are gay.” (See here for an interview with Father Oko.)

This is a pretty huge decision point for the Church.  They have an opportunity here to either push back against the horrifying amounts of rot and decay amongst their ranks, or make it even worse by normalizing and accepting it.  There is an interesting subplot of the whole book release in the intentions of the author.  Everyone agrees the homosexuality and abuse scandals need to be exposed and dealt with.  The author clearly has an agenda of outing this stuff to normalize homosexuality in the Catholic Church.  And it wouldn’t shock me for one second if it was discovered Pope Francis was gay.

But the Church needs to decide what to do with this now.  I suspect I know the direction they will go, but we will see.  They have an opportunity to use the book to bare all, acknowledge a huge problem, and deal with it swiftly by expelling all of these priests who lead these double lives, against their vows, and start anew.  Anything less would likely be a continued decay of the Church into obscurity and even more of an enemy to true Christianity.

Whether you are Catholic or not, all Christians should hope and pray for true reform in the Catholic Church.  The opinion of Christianity, fair or not, is usually linked to that of the Catholic Church.  When the Catholic Church is engaging in un-Christian activities, fair or not that is viewed across the entirety of Christianity as a whole.  This ripple effect is what turns many people off to Christianity, when in reality they are seeing decisions made by humans misinterpreting (or even more sinister, on purpose) Christ’s teachings and applying it to the Church.  It would be a very slippery slope to normalize homosexuality in the Church and I think it would turn off many of the Church’s members.  If the Church were smart, going forward they would allow the clergy to marry, and maybe even require it.  Whether you agree with homosexuality or not it should trouble everyone when clergy LIE about it and bottle it up to the point it becomes so repressed that the pressure is released through terrible acts.  Allow clergy to marry and not only will it flush out some of the rot but will open the door to many more potential clergy, given that they are having problems attracting more anyway.  The alternative, as the author hopes, in normalizing homosexuality and opening it up more in the Church, I fear, would be another step down the ladder away from true Christianity in an institution that is already struggling greatly.

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