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An allegedly corrupt low-level bishop is getting tossed to the media hounds while a not so faithful higher-up is being sent in to investigate the bishop's reported homosexual predation of vulnerable adults.
Such is the case with Abp. William Lori of Baltimore, the newly appointed apostolic administrator of the diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia. Lori is replacing Bp. Michael Bransfield currently under investigation for his alleged role in the sexual abuse of young adults.
Announcing on Thursday his lead role in the investigation, Abp. Lori said, "I further pledge to conduct a thorough investigation in search of the truth into the troubling allegations against Bishop Bransfield and to work closely with the clergy, religious and lay leaders of the diocese until the appointment of a new bishop."
The problem is that Lori, who Rome chose to investigate his fellow bishop for clerical sex abuse, was instrumental in exempting bishops from provisions of the 2002 Dallas Charter for the Protection of Young People.
Archbishop Elden Curtis of Omaha spoke up at the meeting in 2002 asking why a revision of the document replaced the term "clerics" with the words "priests and deacons." Curtis pointed out, "Bishops are also clerics." Bishop Lori, then the ordinary of Bridgeport, explained the switch in terminology. The drafting committee, said Lori, "decided we would limit it to priests and deacons, as the discipline of bishops is beyond the purview of this document. 'Cleric' would cover all three, so we decided not to use the word 'cleric.'"
These changes to the Dallas Charter that resulted in protecting bishops guilty of committing or covering up clerical sex abuse were designed by the former cardinal and known homosexual predator Theodore McCarrick. With the recent avalanche of revelations concerning the common knowledge of McCarrick's past homosexual activity, it's widely speculated that "many, if not most of the bishops who convened in the 2002 Dallas meeting, knew that McCarrick had abused seminarians and young priests." Yet they, along with Lori, "said nothing."
Many bishops are finally admitting what has already been proven by statistics, namely, that the clerical sex abuse crisis is homosexual in nature. Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin last month stated this most succinctly: "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."
Archbishop Lori, however, who is now investigating Bp. Bransfield's alleged homosexual abuse of seminarians and young adults, has allowed this homosexual subculture to grow in his own archdiocese. The archbishop permits the homosexual activist group called LEAD, LGBT Educating and Affirming Diversity, to work in his diocese. The group dates back to the former archbishop of Baltimore, Cdl. Edwin O'Brien, who Abp. Carlo Viganò named last month in his testimony as part of the "homosexual current in favor of subverting Catholic doctrine on homosexuality."
Lori, in addition, allows LEAD to carry the banner of St. Mathew's parish every year while marching in Baltimore's gay pride parade. Saint Mathew's parish in Baltimore hosts the openly homosexual group, which sports actively gay couples at Mass and promotes the normalization of the gay lifestyle. "I was a nun for eight years," remarks Vania Christian Dos Passos. The former nun, who is now a member of the dissident group added, "LEAD is a place where you can be yourself, where I celebrate my identity."
"People think it's incompatible to be gay and Catholic," her partner Rachel comments. "There's a lot of Catholics out there that do support gay marriage and LGBT equality, and when they find out about St. Matthew's, they are drawn to it."
Faithful Catholics find it hard to understand how Lori, who helped exempt bishops from the charter on sex abuse some 16 years ago and who does nothing about the dissident gay group in his own diocese, can be tapped to authentically investigate alleged homosexual predation in the diocese of his fellow bishop.
Watch the panel discuss the problem of having the fox guard the henhouse in The download—Synod on Prevention of Abuse.