Dereliction of Duty

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  March 8, 2019   

Bp. Athanasius Schneider on why various bishops won't clamp down on sex abuse

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Catholics are asking why bishops won't take decisive action to stop clerical sex abuse, which is predominately homosexual in nature. The answer, of course, is multifaceted and boils down to what camp the bishop is in.

Some bishops are homosexual themselves and have a vested interest in covering up homosexual predation plaguing the Church today.

Some bishops are liberal — meaning they've lost supernatural faith — and want to normalize homosexual acts much the same as liberal prelates wanted to normalize contraceptive sex between married couples in the 1960s.

Some bishops, aware of the powerful homosexual network acting in tandem with such liberal prelates in the Church, are cowards, keeping silent so they don't have to fight these Judases.

And some bishops are simply politicians who act not on principle but on what is politically expedient, always taking the path of least resistance. They only respond when prodded by the threat of bad PR or possible lawsuits.


Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, hit most of these categories when asked this very question by LifeSiteNews. Regarding Rome's ineffectual summit on sex abuse last month, LifeSiteNews asked Schneider why the event failed to address the key issue of homosexuality.

In an article published Thursday, Schneider responded that while there was a homosexual group active within the Church and there are many cowardly bishops today, he believes liberal prelates trying to normalize homosexual acts is the bigger motive:

Fear on the part of bishops to confront the world is a factor; the fear of the world. Even though they may personally be against homosexuality, they fear a confrontation with the world. Clerical cowardice: again, clericalism.

But the deepest reason, in my opinion, is that there are mighty clerical clans among bishops and cardinals who want to promote and change in the Church the divine moral law on the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts and of the homosexual lifestyle. They want to make homosexuality acceptable as a legitimate variant of sexual life. In my view, this is the deepest and perhaps the decisive reason why they were silent and failed to address this.

Watch the panel discuss why bishops won't clean up clerical sex abuse in The Download—Dereliction of Duty.


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