CROMWELL, Conn. (ChurchMilitant.com) - In response to Church Militant's exclusive report "Episcopal Sodomy: Gay Seminarian Pipeline," the head of Connecticut's Holy Apostles Seminary is revealing disciplinary measures taken against a cabal of actively homosexual students in 2012.
In an official statement released Tuesday, Holy Apostles president and rector Fr. Douglas Mosey, C.S.B. braced supporters for potential fallout from the apostolate's Aug. 21 exposé showing that for years, former Hartford Abp. Henry Mansell and other U.S. prelates secretly imported gay seminarians from Latin America into the United States.
"There may be reference in the Catholic media in days to come regarding a specific group of seminarian candidates from Colombia, some of whom were on-campus residents at Holy Apostles in 2012," Fr. Mosey warned. "I wanted to be sure to clarify the immediate actions taken at that time to ensure the ongoing safe environment of our campus community and the integrity of our intellectual and spiritual education mission."
Mosey indicated that Holy Apostles officials were unaware of Abp. Mansell's clandestine importation program, explaining, "The Administration of the Seminary became aware of alleged homosexual practice by several students on the Cromwell campus" only in April 2012.
The seminary's response, he reassured backers, was swift: "With the full support of the Board of Directors, a thorough internal investigation was immediately launched."
In the interest of transparency, Fr. Mosey explained, the investigation team included "both clergy and laity ... including law enforcement." In the end, the inquiry confirmed that multiple Holy Apostles seminarians were active homosexuals.
Mosey disclosed that, based on these findings, seminary leaders launched a series of disciplinary actions.
"As a result of the swift and thorough investigation, seven seminarians were immediately expelled from Holy Apostles," he said, adding, "Six additional students were withdrawn from the program by their original sponsoring diocese."
"Holy Apostles acted immediately and decisively in full compliance with its safe environment protocol to ensure the integrity of its seminary program," he assured readers.
"We had not encountered such an incident previously nor have we since," Mosey noted, reiterating, "We remain vigilant and dedicated to the mission of Holy Apostles to prepare lay, consecrated and ordained Catholic leaders in a safe and spiritually nurturing environment."
Last week, Church Militant revealed that, beginning in 1995, Mansell, then bishop of Buffalo, set up a recruiting network through which he funneled gay Colombian men into U.S. seminaries.
Arriving in Hartford in 2003, Mansell encountered a similar pipeline established by the archdiocese of Newark:
The secret pipeline involved a so-called "house of formation" established by the archdiocese of Newark in 2003 near the Colombian cities of Medellin and Bogota. Seminarians who had actually been expelled from various Colombian seminaries for homosexual activity were quietly told that they should find their way to the American "discernment" house if they wanted a ticket to gay-friendly seminaries in the United States.
All they had to do was go to the house, pass a sexual test with one or more American priests and then begin the process to receive a visa to the United States for further seminary training.
Once in the U.S., the recruits were installed at a number of seminaries along the East Coast, including Holy Apostles; after their seminary studies, many were planted in parishes across the United States. Various bishops — among them, Abp. Mansell — were fully aware of the transactions, and did nothing to stop it.