A Feb. 17 New York Times article sympathetic to "gay" Catholic priests is making the rounds in Catholic circles. But few if any Catholic pundits are addressing the fundamental reality here: Both God and Church have made it clear that the priesthood of Christ is not to be sullied by the disordered homosexual inclination.
Men who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies should not become seminarians and should never be ordained. And priests who have such inclinations right now — regardless of whether they "discovered" their homosexuality after ordination or not — absolutely need to leave active priestly ministry — period.
But too few Catholics are willing to go there. Why? Probably because this is a monumental problem that strikes at the very heart of the Church and at the Eucharist. Homosexualist priests like Fr. James Martin openly claim that he knows "hundreds" of "gay" priests and that probably 30 to 40 percent of our priests are "gay."
Which means that, if his percentages are accurate, 30 to 40 percent of our priests should leave — and permanently.
No one in the Church wants to hear this, and only a few in the Church seem willing to confront this reality. But what choice do we have? Either we stand fast on the bedrock of truth provided by Christ and Church on this issue, or we capitulate by continuing to let men who are unfit for the priestly ministry exercise that ministry merely because we fear the hardship caused by purifying the priesthood of the disordered homosexual inclination.
Is there perhaps a helpful silver lining here? Actually, no — in fact, the reality is even worse than that.
Not only is it the will of the Church that men who themselves experience deep-seated homosexual tendencies should not be ordained to priestly ministry, but it is also the will of the Church that men comprising another important category not be ordained to such ministry, too. In the long-titled 2005 document "Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders," we read this:
In the light of such teaching, this Dicastery, in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called "gay culture."
Such persons, in fact, find themselves in a situation that gravely hinders them from relating correctly to men and women. One must in no way overlook the negative consequences that can derive from the ordination of persons with deep-seated homosexual tendencies.
The elephant in the room just got way bigger. In addition to the practice of homosexuality and the experience of deep-seated homosexual tendencies, there is a third category that disqualifies men from holy orders. If a man supports the "so-called 'gay culture,'" then guess what? He's prohibited from seminary and from ordination.
The Church is abundantly and surprisingly clear on this. Both homosexual priests and "homosexualist" priests are barred from the sacrament of Holy Orders. This means that dissident homosexualist Jesuit Fr. James Martin, for example, who has never openly declared that he himself is "gay" but is a champion of the "gay culture" and homosexualism, should never have been ordained to the priesthood.
And he, too, should leave — period.
Now, it's true that this prohibition doesn't mean that every man who ever experienced a single moment of same-sex attraction can't be a priest. The 2005 document recognizes the reality of a "transitory" form of same-sex attraction, often bound up in adolescence, but which has no deep-seated permanence and is therefore overcome as the man matures to adulthood. In this situation, there must be a proven period (at least three years prior to ordination as deacon) showing the man has overcome this transitory experience of adolescence in order to pursue holy orders.
Ironically, however, our secular culture won't even abide such thinking as "transitory" homosexuality. No, the ideology of orientation demands that we accept people "knowing" they are "gay" from early childhood. So we should ask: How many poor souls have had their transitory experience erroneously solidified into their permanent "identity," forever altering their lives by keeping them chained to same-sex attractions they might overcome with reparative therapy?
But that's a question that will likely soon become illegal even to ask, given the legal push across the country to prohibit reparative therapy altogether.
As a result, we have a deep-rooted and near-catastrophic problem in the Church. A huge percentage of our clergy either self-identifies as "gay" themselves, or, even if they don't have same-sex attraction themselves, they absolutely support both "gay" identity and the so-called "gay culture." And none of these men — as in zero — should ever have been ordained.
We Catholics as a group are currently cowering in the face of this fearful monster. It's only in the last year, frankly, that many Catholics are coming to terms with the problem of the pervasive, open homosexual culture and its diabolically and episcopally hidden subculture within the Church. It's almost too much to bear if we must also consider facing a precipitous drop in numbers of an already-decimated clergy.
For us Catholics, this is truly our Gethsemane moment. We can beg God to let this cup pass. But in the end, we must say, "Thy will be done." Courageously facing the potential removal of about 40 percent of our priests may end up with our communities suffering as though they are sweating blood, but there is truly no other way around this scourge upon the Church.
We need faithful Catholic men and women to stop sleeping in Gethsemane while Jesus suffers and instead wake up to the reality that our Church's future life depends on our willingness now to carry a cross we just don't want to grasp.
If only we really had that choice. But we don't. If we truly desire a priesthood free from the scourge of the homosexual inclination, and a Church free from the abuse of power inherent in the homosexual subculture, we need to call for the removal of all "gay" priests and all the homosexualist priests who are supporting them.