Dozens of seminarians in Honduras are warning that there is a widespread pattern of secretive homosexual practice going on in the top Roman Catholic seminary in Tegucigalpa, the nation’s capital.
The controversy also swirls around the role of Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, who is accused of failing to act on strong evidence that suggested Bishop Juan Jose Pineda Fasquelle was caught up in sexual misconduct, according to National Catholic Register.
“Heterosexual seminarians are scandalized and really depressed,” one unnamed seminarian said.
“Many are thinking about leaving the seminary. I fear that many will leave.”
Close to 50 seminarians have spoken of “irrefutable evidence” of a “homosexual network” that they say is entrenched in the institution, and released a letter to their superiors in June detailing their fears.
The Register obtained a copy of the letter, which states:
“We are living and experiencing a time of tension in our house because of gravely immoral situations, above all of an active homosexuality inside the seminary that has been a taboo all this time and by covering up and penalizing this situation, the problem has grown in strength, turning into, as one priest said not so long ago, an ‘epidemic in the seminary.'”
The Catholic site also said that it obtained “graphic photographic evidence of homosexual pornography, exchanged on WhatsApp between seminarians.”
Further evidence was one gay seminarian’s suicide note, who failed in April in an attempt on his own life after discovering his male lover was in another relationship.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov