Old Guard Downplays Sex Abuse Crisis

by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  August 9, 2018   

Tries to divert attention away from homosexuality in the priesthood

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - With pressure growing, left-leaning clerics and Catholic media allies are trying to divert attention away from the root cause of the clerical sex abuse crisis: homosexuality.

In an interview with homosexualist priest Fr. Thomas Rosica on Wednesday, Washington, D.C. Cdl. Donald Wuerl minimized clerical sex abuse, characterizing it is a problem of the past.

"Right now, when you hear of abuse, when you hear of a case of abuse, they're talking about things that happened decades ago, for the most part," he said. "Now, what we're realizing is we need to have something that would also be a mechanism for when a bishop as faithful as he needs to be."

Wuerl minimized the sexual abuse of minors, seminarians and young priests by McCarrick and others in positions of authority. "I don't think this is some massive, massive crisis," he said.

Instead, the cardinal described it as a "disappointment."

Chicago Cdl. Blase Cupich

A day before Wuerl denied the crisis' existence, Jesuit magazine America published an interview with pro-gay Cdl. Blase Cupich, where the Chicago archbishop suggested that "clericalism," not homosexuality, explains the epidemic of predator priests and bishops.

"I really believe that the issue here is more about a culture of clericalism in which some who are ordained feel they are privileged and therefore protected so that they can do what they want," Cupich said.

The cardinal cautioned he "would not want to reduce this simply to the fact that there are some priests who are homosexual," and added, "I think that is a diversion that gets away from the clericalism that's much deeper as a part of this problem."

In a July 17 PBS spotlight on McCarrick, homosexualist Jesuit Fr. James Martin, editor-at-large of America magazine, dismissed the predatory former cardinal as "an outlier," perpetuating the falsehood that there is no deeper crisis in the Church.

Fr. James Martin: I think that Cdl. McCarrick's case is really extraordinary. ... I think his case is really kind of an outlier.

In his report, PBS correspondent John Yang asked Martin: "Do you think there is more to this in the Church, with adult seminarians?"

"No, I don't," Martin responded. "I think that Cdl. McCarrick's case is really extraordinary. The idea that he would have a house on the Jersey Shore and you know, sort of bring people there, I think that's very unusual."

"I think that as in any organization, I think there are abuses of power and even you know, improper sexual advances, but I don't think this is rampant," the celebrity Jesuit said. "And I think his case is really kind of an outlier. At least, I would hope so."

Now emerging by the hundreds, the testimonies of adult clerical sex abuse survivors prove Fr. Martin wrong.

Check out Church Militant's #CatholicMeToo coverage here.

Meanwhile, Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, has admitted that he was aware of the stories of McCarrick's predation, but did nothing. He has also downplayed the sexual abuse crisis, saying it's no longer relevant.

On June 12 — eight days before the McCarrick scandal broke — Donohue published an article titled "Time to End Bishops' Priestly Abuse Audit."

The time has come to end the audits. If not now, when? The problem of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church occurred mostly between 1965 and 1985. Now that it is harder for practicing homosexuals to enter the priesthood … there is no need for the annual study. To be sure, the training programs and screening procedures that have worked so well should continue, but it makes no sense to waste money on a study of this magnitude any longer. Indeed, it only feeds the erroneous perception that the problem continues unabated. This is not our problem anymore. We need to have the guts to say so.

But, faithful Catholics are countering, clerical sex abuse is still a problem. Contrary to Cdl. Wuerl's assertion, the crisis is massive and unfolding now. And in spite of Cdl. Cupich's characterization, the culprit is homosexuality.

Dr. John DeFilippis confirms this in his account of his years as a seminarian inside "The Pink Palace."

So do former priests Bart Aslin, who left the priesthood after five years in one of McCarrick's old hunting grounds, the archdiocese of Newark, and Peter Mitchell, who was corrupted during his time at one of the most conservative seminaries in the nation. Another seminarian who has gone public with his story was in seminary as recently as 2016, where he witnessed multiple instances of homosexual activity.

Father Edwin Palka, too, confirms the crisis in his exposé on the culture of blackmail among gay bishops, as does Fr. Roman Manchester, who describes a war on the priesthood involving a gay subculture, sex abuse cover-up and unchastity sanctioned by Church leaders.


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