The Sex Summit

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  February 18, 2019   

Won't solve anything

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Rome's summit on clerical sex abuse starting this Thursday is pointless as synod organizers like Chicago's Cardinal Blase Cupich are steering it away from the crisis caused by homosexual predation of seminarians and young priests.

In an interview with America magazine on Thursday, Cupich is predicting Rome's synod will focus on "accountability and transparency" in developing procedures to "safeguard children." He added, "[In] this meeting the priority focus will be on protecting children because they are particularly defenseless and voiceless."

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who blew the whistle last year on the homosexual network operating within the Catholic Church, is saying it's hypocritical for Rome to ignore the crisis of homosexual abuse.

In an essay published Saturday in the National Catholic Register, Viganò outed Rome's refusal to address homosexuality:

Why does the word "homosexuality" never appear in recent official documents of the Holy See? ... The overwhelming majority of abuse has been inflicted on post-pubescent boys by homosexual clerics. It is mere hypocrisy to condemn the abuse and claim to sympathize with the victims without facing up to this fact honestly. A spiritual revitalization of the clergy is necessary, but it will be ultimately ineffectual if it does not address this problem.

Cupich last August was dismissive of Viganò's claims of a homosexual network active within the Church, claiming it was a "rabbit hole." He further claimed that Pope Francis had a "bigger agenda" including "the environment and protecting migrants."

In a recorded message read at Chicago Masses earlier this month, Cupich downplayed the effectiveness of the synod in solving clerical sex abuse.

"The Pope has urged caution from those who hope the meeting will yield new policies and protocols related to preventing abuse," Cupich said.

He again focused on the abuse of children. Cupich emphasized the synod would be "taking measures to protect children and holding everyone accountable."

Prelates like Cdl. Gerhard Müller, the Vatican's former chief theologian, disagrees with the synod focusing on general sex abuse of minors. In an interview with Italian media published Feb. 3, Müller said, "It is a fact that over 80 percent of child victims of abuse are males and teenagers. We must face this reality, they are statistical figures that cannot be denied. Anyone who ignores the facts does not want to solve the problem."

Bishop Athanasius Schneider agrees with Müller. In an interview with LifeSiteNews in January, Schneider said there is a homosexual network very active within the Church. He said if the synod ignores this central problem, it will prove fruitless.

The current crisis of clerical sexual abuse brought to the surface the fact of the existence of real clerical homosexual networks in the Church. If the upcoming Summit on Clerical Sexual Abuse in the Vatican will not address … the predominant role of the homosexual behavior in the clerical sexual abuse cases, the Summit will give a highly irresponsible answer and will be doomed to failure from the start, manifesting thereby also a peculiar form of clericalism.

Watch the panel discuss the misguided synod in The Download—The Sex Summit.

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