A U.S. bishop has claimed that a “homosexual subculture” exists within the “hierarchy of the Catholic Church,” which is leading to the mass child sex abuse scandals.
U.S. Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin, wrote in a pastoral letter on Saturday that there is “justified anger” being directed at Catholic leadership over the Pennsylvania grand jury report, released last week, which revealed how 301 priests who abused over 1,000 children over decades were protected by the institution.
Morlino said that the abuse detailed in the 1,300-page report is “sickening,” but insisted that it is not just pedophilia that is the problem. “[W]e are talking about deviant sexual — almost exclusively homosexual — acts by clerics.”
“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. The Church’s teaching is clear that the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted by it unfit to be a priest,” he wrote.
Morlino continued in his strong-worded letter by stating that “the decision to act upon this disordered inclination is a sin so grave that it cries out to heaven for vengeance, especially when it involves preying upon the young or the vulnerable. Such wickedness should be hated with a perfect hatred. Christian charity itself demands that we should hate wickedness just as we love goodness.”
While many of the young victims in the report were boys, some were also girls, including a 7-year-old girl. She was raped by a priest who visited her in the hospital after she had undergone surgery to remove her tonsils.
Moral theologian Janet E. Smith, a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, has also commented on the so-called “lavender mafia” of homosexual networks within the church hierarchy.
“The deeper problem is the presence of homosexual networks in the Church — likely in dioceses all over the world and certainly in the Curia. Yes, there are lots of other immoral behaviors — adultery, greed, luxuriousness, clericalism and substance abuse, for instance, that need to be addressed but first things first,” Smith claimed earlier this month.
“Eradicating the homosexual networks from the Church would do a lot to purging the Church of immoral priests — and doing so should help us get at the other problems.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov