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By Rev. Dr. Jules Gomes, B.A., B.D., M.Th., Ph.D.
The Pink Panzers of the homosexual high command have surged through the orthodox Maginot Line of American Catholicism with devastating fire and fury. Over the last 70 years, the clerical Gaystapo have established an unholy homosexual hegemony that is coercive, abusive and secretive.
Their allies — time, tolerance and the cultural high tide of the sexual revolution — have empowered and emboldened them.
The consequences are catastrophic. The cadavers concealed in the lavender closets of cardinals, bishops and priests are now tumbling out like the dry bones of death in Ezekiel's acerbic vision. The evidence is too colossal to cram into a closet.
Even Pope Francis won't tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, though the buck stops at the throne of St. Peter's successor. The "who am I to judge" Pontiff who reserves his most astringent judgments for the fashionable evils of border control, climate change, capital punishment, capitalism and Jerusalem as Israel's capital and draws a moral equivalence between Islamic terrorism and a baptized Catholic killing his grandmother, is fluent in the language of weasel-wordism when it comes to the cataclysmic flood of the sex abuse crisis.
Last week in his "Letter to the People of God," Pope Francis offers a classic Marxist misdiagnosis dressed in the vestments of liberation theology. Buzzwords like "solidarity" and "clericalism" and "power" hum like drones through the limp-as-lettuce missive that reads more like a memo dictated by Anglican Abp. Justin Welby. Not once does Pope Francis mention "homosexuality" but diverts the issue to the red herring of child abuse, "the abuse of power, sexual abuse and the abuse of conscience" and to the nebulous bogeyman of "clericalism."
Why is His Holiness repeating the "big lie" even after Attorney General Josh Shapiro delivered a tongue lashing to the homophile hierarchy in the United States, following the Aug. 14 publication of the Pennsylvania grand jury report naming and shaming 301 predator priests and over 1000 victims? Does he think if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it? (In the wake of Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò's bombshell revelations over the weekend, the answer seems to be "yes.")
The first senior cleric who has broken ranks with his fellow U.S. prelates and named the evil is Bp. Robert C. Morlino of the diocese of Madison. Two days before Pope Francis's Lambeth-like letter, Bp. Morlino spat out holy fire like locust-eating John the Baptist, making it clear that "in the specific situations at hand, we are talking about deviant sexual — almost exclusively homosexual — acts by clerics," and about "homosexual propositions and abuses against seminarians and young priests by powerful priests, bishops, and cardinals."
Morlino does not deny the presence of pedophile priests, but singles out the sleight of hand in naming and shaming pedophilia instead of homosexual predation, because the former is "publically-deplorable" while the latter is "now-culturally-acceptable." With razor-sharp rigor, Morlino demonstrates how "until recently the problems of the Church have been painted purely as problems of pedophilia — this despite clear evidence to the contrary."
In my column last week for Church Militant, "Homosexual Predators, Not Pedophile Priests, Are Church's Deadly Cancer," I laid out evidence for this before Bp. Morlino's letter was published.
In his 11-page statement issued Saturday, Abp. Viganò adds powerfully to Morlino's voice. Besides implicating Pope Francis in clerical sex abuse cover-up, Viganò excoriates Chicago Cdl. Blase Cupich for his "ostentatious arrogance" in denying "the evidence that is now obvious to all" — that four out of five cases of abuse are "committed against young adults by homosexuals ... in a relationship of authority over their victims."
Treatment requires diagnosis. It's no use going into a doctor's surgery and when the physician tries to diagnose your disease airily dismissing him and saying, "Oh, just give me an aspirin and I'll be fine." The diagnosis is lurking in the Church's treasured texts of the Bible, but if you are not a Christian or Jew or a religious person, just read these narratives a la Jordan Peterson as archetypal stories jam-packed with the highly fissile wisdom of time-tested human experience.
Quoting psychologist Carl Jung, Peterson explains how he discovered a solution to the ideological indoctrination he had experienced in his early years. In the religion and its texts, Peterson found "a treasure-house of archetypal forms from which the doctor can draw helpful parallels and enlightening comparisons for the purpose of calming and clarifying a consciousness that is all at sea."
But to use the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah as an archetype in understanding the present homosexual hegemony in the Church, we need to first tear down the high-voltage electric fence the Gaystapo have erected around it.
The story of Sodom and Gomorrah in the book of Genesis is to liberal Christians what Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses was to the Ayatollah Khomeini. Read the story of Sodom as an indictment of sodomy per se and you'll have a fatwa hanging over your head for as long as you live.
Liberals argue that the Sodom story has nothing to do with consensual gay sex. It is all about homosexual rape and lack of hospitality to strangers. Against such liberal interpreters, Prof. Robert Gagnon offers a robust rebuttal.
He persuasively argues that the liberals "assume that since the story involves a coercive element the narrator is indicting only the attempt at coercion." But the story is a "kitchen sink" of multiple offenses designed to portray the exceeding wickedness of the perpetrators and the heinous nature of their actions.
God himself says in the story, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me."
The fact that the men of Sodom and Gomorrah are prepared to gang rape strangers and subject them to humiliation, instead of offering them traditional hospitality compounds the previously existing crime of homosexual behavior that has turned the twin cities into Brighton or San Francisco.
Ironically, this is the opportunity to read the Sodom story as stipulated by liberal homosexualist interpreters, because of the nature of the sexual abuse outlined in the Pennsylvania grand jury report and the shocking revelations of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice report of 2004, 2011 and 2016.
According to the 2004 report, 80 percent of abuse was homosexual in nature and 90 percent involved post-pubescent teens. The 2011 report shows 81 percent abuse to be homosexual. In the 2016 report, 78 percent of priestly sex abuse is identified as homosexual.
The grand jury report confirmed these numbers, showing that 74 percent of the abuse in six dioceses was homosexual predation on males, and 60 percent was committed against post-pubescent teens.
The parallels with the archetype of Sodom and the hegemony of the homosexual Mafia are perilously close to the situation in the Church. The story tells us how "all the men from every part of the city of Sodom — both young and old — surrounded the house" of Abraham's nephew Lot, who invited the strangers into his house for the night sensing the danger of sodomite rape awaiting them if they slept in the town square. It is difficult to believe that these men had never indulged in consensual gay sex before and had no appetite for it whatsoever.
This seems to have been a culture that defiantly flew its "rainbow" flag from its cathedrals and paraded its Gay Pride social justice warriors, giving the finger to normal heterosexual behavior — they reject the offer of sex with Lot's two virgin daughters.
The text is talking not about just a few stray predators, but of a city whose entire culture was sin-soaked in the sexual ethos of gay sex — consensual and coercive.
Homosexuality had established its hegemony in Sodom. The problem was so endemic that Abraham could not find 10 righteous men when interceding for the salvation of Sodom. It is highly implausible to assume that everyone was a gay rapist and abuser. It is more likely that everyone accepted and celebrated deviant sexual mores of the culture. The gay lobby dominating the city had created a structure of power and was abusing that power. The lust for power and the power of lust, are often intertwined.
Even if the intention of the predators was to humiliate the visitors by treating their maleness as if it were femaleness, this does not exclude the lust factor and the sheer pleasure they would get from such a sexual act — apart from the fact that the visitors were "fresh meat."
A disturbing parallel with current LGBTI+ hegemony is the mob mentality and mafia tactics of the militant gay predators of Sodom. The coercion and abuse is analogous to not just sex abuse in the Catholic Church but to the recent case of Bp. Peter Ball's homosexual predation of young aspiring priests in the Church of England.
Again, the authorities were coy about calling out the precise nature of the problem in the Church of England.
Heterosexual Lot and his family are isolated and intimidated by a culture of homosexual fear and coercion. Journalist Michael Rose in his book Goodbye, Good Men: How Liberals Brought Corruption into the Catholic Church, describes the seminary as a protective network for homosexuals.
"Systematic, ideological discrimination has been practiced against seminarians who uphold Catholic teaching on sexuality and other issues; dissenters from Catholic teaching — including teaching on homosexuality — have been rewarded," he observes.
Like Lot and his family, orthodox ordinands are forced to flee the Sodom-like subculture of many Catholic seminaries. Rose writes:
How many heterosexual seminarians, whether orthodox or not, have decided to leave the seminary and abandon their vocations because of the 'gay subculture' they were forced to endure, because they had been propositioned, harassed, or even molested? We're not talking about the presence of a few homosexually oriented men who conduct themselves with perfect chastity. Rather, there exists an intense and often threatening atmosphere.
God rains down "burning sulfur" as a judgment on Sodom, but first the angels, who are disguised as strangers, strike down the gay predators with blindness. In 2000, the Kansas City Star printed an exposé on the number of homosexual priests dying of AIDS.
Even more distressing was the "Clergy and Religious and the AIDS Pandemic" report prepared by the National Federation of Priests' Councils. Gay priests and even bishops were dying from AIDS at an alarming rate. A survey done by a New Jersey Franciscan priest and researcher revealed that out of 500 gay priests surveyed, one in four of them had AIDS.
Together, the grand jury report and Viganò's statement are blessings and prophetic words to the Church. If only more attorneys general and bishops would replicate them, the faithful would surely see them as God's hand refining and purifying His people in the Old Testament through the foreign nations of Assyria and Babylon.
Meanwhile, "It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord," as Bp. Morlino's letter puts it.
There is "a homosexual current in favor of subverting Catholic doctrine on homosexuality," warns Abp. Viganò. Faithful preachers need to explain the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah and not leave it to homosexualist interpreters of Scripture to turn it into a harmless fairy tale that is exclusively about hospitality.
Most importantly, it is high time to send the Pink Panzers packing and pull down the hegemonic structures of the homosexual stronghold in the Church.