Originally published at the National Catholic Register, March 18, 2019 The reception of Frederic Martel’s widely anticipated book In the Closet of the Vatican has been surprising. The tantalizing hints dropped before the “bombshell,” “salacious” book’s release exclaimed, “80% of Vatican priests gay.” After an initial international media flurry, the book has dropped out of sight. Two… Continue reading What Did Author Hope to Accomplish With ‘In the Closet of the Vatican’?
Originall published at the National Carholic Register, February 27, 2019. In a recent column, I introduced the concept of weaponized self-pity. I noted how often I’ve seen divorced parents become defensive when I talk about the impact of divorce on children. Numerous times, my friend Leila Miller and I have assured people that, yes, of course,… Continue reading Weaponized Self-Pity, Part II: ‘Gay’ Clergy
British blogger Mark Lambert (pictured, with his wife) covered the high points of the Ruth Institute’s Clergy Sex Abuse Report. As he says: “Much effort has been made to disassociate homosexuality from paedophilia to the point where this has become received opinion:” This predominantly secular paradigm has been adopted by the Bishops of England & Wales,… Continue reading British blogger covers Ruth Institute Report on Clergy Sex Abuse
A lot of people are upset about Pope Francis. Some have called on him to resign. Some have gone so far as to make the outrageous claim he is not really the pope. Although I don’t agree with some of his actions, I will not be calling on him to resign, nor claiming he is… Continue reading Why I Won’t Ask the Pope to Resign (and Neither Should You)
Evidently, some Catholic clergy have difficulty understanding what “celibacy” means. Fr. Dwight Longenecker catches Fr. James Martin, saying in his 2010 book, (page 216) that celibacy is “the restriction against marriage for members of the Catholic clergy.” Fr. Longenecker reports the unsurprising consequences of this sort of muddled thinking.
Can anyone read German? Here is a article in German on our Clergy Sex Abuse Study. The headline means, “Stop Denying.” According to the Google translator function: (Fr. Paul) Sullins’ proposal for resolution looks like this: To deal with the homosexual subcultures in the seminars, “the first thing that needs to be done is to… Continue reading Our Clergy Sex Abuse study covered in Germany
This post is not what you think it is… UPDATED FOR CLARITY A friend sent me a concern about someone doing some internet hanky-panky with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Here is the gist of her note: There is a revised version of the Vatican’s Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2358 on homosexuality… Continue reading Keep your grubby ideological mitts off the Catechism!!