A Quick Q&A on the Catholic Sexual Abuse Crisis
What will proceed below is a simple Question and Answer (Q&A) on the crisis, designed to quickly answer questions for those not familiar with what is happening within the Catholic Church. It’s designed for both Catholics and non-Catholics alike. The purpose is to clear up some common misconceptions, and steer readers toward what is actually happening, versus the common misdirection typically seen among the Catholic hierarchy and mainstream press.
Why is this happening?
That’s the big question, isn’t it? The short answer is this. The Catholic Church (around the world) has become a haven for sexual deviancy in the priesthood, which has manifested most topically in the sexual abuse of minors, and this is due to sexual deviants who have crept into the bishopric (episcopacy), and even as high as the Vatican itself. The problems began as far back as the 1950s, reaching their height during the 1970s-80s, and now becoming a media spotlight only because they have still not been adequately addressed by Church authorities.
What type of sexual deviancy and abuse is it?
The sexual deviancy is primarily homosexuality in nature. A large number of Catholic priests are homosexuals. Some estimate that the number could be as many as 25% or one out of every four. The number of bishops who are homosexual may be just as high. The abuse centers around the violation of their vows of celibacy, by engaging in sexual relations with each other, men in their parishes, men they meet in public, and occasionally teenage boys (usually over the age of 12). This is the primary form of sexual deviancy and abuse. Additionally, some priests (a small portion) have engaged in sex with women, teenage girls, and even children.
How is it possible for the number of homosexual clergy to be so high?
The short answer is networking and positions of power. It is believed that many Catholic seminaries have been controlled by homosexual staff for decades. The result is simply this. Seminarians with same-sex attraction or homosexual inclinations are promoted and recommended to the priesthood, while heterosexual (straight) seminarians are either harassed or kicked out of the seminary. Even many good priests report that their experience in the seminaries was difficult, having to maintain a low profile, and pretend to accept homosexuality as “good,” even though they themselves are straight and don’t believe this. It is well understood, by many straight seminarians, that to speak out too loudly against homosexuality, it to guarantee an end to their religious studies. They’ll be kicked out of the seminary. All of this was well documented nearly two decades ago, in the bestselling book “Goodbye, Good Men” by Michael S. Rose.
What are the incidents of sexual abuse?
The actual numbers are staggering. While it is difficult to know what the numbers are worldwide, it is fairly well documented in the United States, and we know that the percentages in the US mirror those in other nations around the world. The John Jay Report (commissioned by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice) has identified that nearly 80% of underage victims were post-pubescent males, age 12 and over. This type of abuse is defined as homosexual pederasty. The remaining 20% was a mixture of post-pubescent girls, age 12 and over, known as heterosexual ephebophilia, and pre-pubescent children, both boys and girls, known as pedophilia. While the mainstream media, and some of the Catholic bishops themselves, have tried to paint the abuse crisis primarily as a pedophilia problem, the reported numbers of abuse victims tell a different story — one primarily of homosexual pederasty. This is consistent with multiple reports of homosexual harassment of young adult men in the seminaries and in dioceses throughout the country. The problem is not exclusively homosexual, but it is primarily so.
How did this happen, or when did it begin?
Sexual sin has always been a problem in humanity, and the Catholic Church is not immune from it either. However, the recent concentration of homosexuality and pederasty in the Catholic Church is shocking. As best we can tell, the problem truly began in earnest during the 1950s through the latter half of the 20th century. There is well-documented evidence of a communist infiltration of the Catholic Church during the 1930s and 40s. Testimony before Congressional hearings held during the McCarthy Era recount communist activists in the United States and Europe recruiting thousands of “morally compromised men” to Catholic and Protestant seminaries during those decades. By “morally compromised” it was understood to be of a homosexual nature. Mainstream Protestantism has since openly embraced homosexuality and many denominations have changed their teachings accordingly. Catholicism, on the other hand, maintained its traditional teachings on the books, but witnessed an explosion of homosexuality in the priesthood behind the scenes. Many of these men were subsequently promoted through the hierarchy, eventually becoming bishops, archbishops, and cardinals. All of this likely added to the conditions leading to the homosexual abuse crisis currently unfolding in the Catholic Church.
What has the Church hierarchy done to address the problem?
Unfortunately, the hierarchy has misdirected the public, and the Catholic faithful, by addressing the problem as if it were a strictly pedophilia issue, which it is not. Pedophilia accounts for less than 20% of all sexual abuse cases. The majority of sexual abuse cases concern post-pubescent boys, age 12 and over, which is defined as homosexual pederasty, not pedophilia. While sexual abuse of any minor, under the age of 18, falls under the “Safe Environment” guidelines of the 2002 Dallas Charter protecting children, teenage boys still remain especially vulnerable since so few are willing to admit that they are the primary victims in all sexual abuse cases. Just looking at the numbers of the John Jay Report should signal any rational person that young teenage boys need to be watched especially close, since they are the primary targets of homosexual pederasts in the priesthood. Furthermore, the Catholic hierarchy has done virtually nothing to protect young men from homosexual harassment in the seminaries, especially by senior clergy and abusive bishops. Virtually nothing has been done to address the crisis of homosexual men in the priesthood itself, who are preying upon other priests, men in their congregations, and soliciting sex from homosexuals in the public as well, including but not limited to male prostitutes. It is notable, that the one and only measurable action taken against sexual abuse in the US Catholic Church, was the 2002 Dallas Charter on the protection of children, which ignored the primarily homosexual nature of the abuse, and was crafted by then Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who has recently been outed as a raging homosexual abuser and pederast himself. The 2002 Dallas Charter focused primarily on stopping pedophilia not pederasty, totally ignored homosexuality in general, and exempted bishops from all investigations.
Why does the Catholic Church tolerate homosexuality in the first place?
While the Catholic Church does not consider same-sex attraction a sin, because it’s just another temptation (temptation is not sin), it does consider homosexuality (gay sex) a very serious sin and it is not tolerated by Catholic teaching. It is forbidden both by Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, since the 1950s, a growing number of priests and bishops are no longer following the Bible or the Catechism, and have instead been teaching their own form of heresy which tolerates homosexuality. They do this against official Catholic teaching and in violation of Church law. Just as some teach heresy about homosexuality, many more are practicing it behind the scenes.
Why doesn’t the pope do something to stop this?
Since the 1950s, Church discipline has become very lax. Gone are the days of inquisitions and formal excommunications. It’s very rare to see an excommunication these days, and there hasn’t been an inquisition for hundreds of years. This laxity in Church discipline is what has allowed the homosexualist heresy, along with many other heresies, to take root in the Catholic Church. Some have argued that the Catholic Church will not be able to regain her standard of orthodoxy until the pope initiates another inquisition and large numbers of clergy are laicized and excommunicated. As to why the pope is not (at this time) doing this, we don’t know. As of the date of this writing, there is no indication of that happening any time soon.
So are Catholics supposed to think homosexuality and sexual abuse are okay?
No, of course not. The Bible and Catechism are clear on this. All sex outside of marriage is sinful, and this includes both homosexuality and sexual abuse of minors. Furthermore, sexual abuse of minors is criminal. There are good priests and bad priests. There are also good bishops and bad bishops. It’s up to the lay Catholic faithful to hold them all accountable. If Catholics see something, they should say something. Where there is smoke there is fire. Since all attempts to reform the Church from within appear to have failed for now, and the pope is currently unwilling to initiate an inquisition on this matter, it’s up to lay Catholic faithful to call their local civil authorities to report sexual abuse by clerics if they are aware of it. Reform will come to the Catholic Church one way or another, either from within or outside. Currently, those authorities inside the Church are unwilling to take the drastic measures necessary, so outside authorities will have to do it for them. The pope may eventually get the message that something drastic needs to be done when enough of his priests and bishops are sitting behind bars for sexual-abuse convictions.
What will become of the Catholic Church’s relations with civil governments over this crisis?
The failure of the Catholic hierarchy to aggressively address this problem for decades has created a whole new level of tension between the Church and national governments not seen since the Protestant Reformation five centuries ago. In the United States, in particular, where the Church has already paid out approximately a billion dollars in settlements of sexual abuse cases, failure to root out the problem has led to state criminal investigations, which will likely be followed by a federal RICO investigation wherein the US Catholic Church will be treated as an institution of organized crime. Once this gets underway, the US federal government will place the Catholic Church on par with the Mafia. Prosecutions will be made of Church officials, and Church assets will be seized. The full extent of this crackdown remains to be seen. The hostile relationship between Church and State will surely drive many people to leave the Catholic Church, while those who choose to remain faithful will have to do so in new and creative ways, being highly discerning of where they donate their money and which jurisdictions they chose to associate themselves with.
What will become of the Catholic Church internally because of this problem?
A growing number of commentators who study this issue are coming to the conclusion that a formal schism is imminent in the US Catholic Church, and possibly a worldwide schism as well. The failure of the hierarchy to put down the homosexualist heresy for so long has created two parallel magisteriums of authority within the Church. One magisterium declares all the traditional teachings of the Church, and maintains that all sex outside of marriage, especially homosexual acts, is sinful and cannot be tolerated. The other magisterium suggests the heretical idea that homosexual acts are not always sinful and can in some cases be beneficial and celebrated. Unless the pope acts in an aggressive way to put down the heretical homosexualists, or unless God himself intervenes in some kind of miraculous way, the two magisteriums will eventually part ways, and become two separate and distinct churches. This would be the inevitable and logical conclusion whenever known heresy is allowed to fester for so long. We have already begun to see bishops taking sides in this debate, at least on an unofficial level for the time being. Cracks are emerging in the edifice of the Catholic Church already, and an official division cannot be too far away.
What can Catholics do to combat this problem and protect both their faith and their families?
The following five steps must be taken…
- Pray to God unceasingly and renew one’s relationship with Christ. If you are not clear how to do this, click here for details.
- Refresh your understanding of the Catholic Christian faith. This can be done by reading both the Bible and the Baltimore Catechism.
- Start paying attention to what is going on in your parish and diocese. Where there is smoke, there’s fire! If you see innovations in the liturgy, compromises in doctrine, or a general failure to teach Catholic teaching on sex, there could be a problem. In some cases, it may be necessary to ask your priest or bishop a simple question. “Is homosexuality a sin, yes or no?” If the answer is not a clear and unmistakable “YES” there is a problem. Faithful and orthodox Catholics should not frequent parishes were the priest is “fuzzy” or “unclear” on the sin of homosexuality.
- Stop giving money to priests and bishops who are “fuzzy” or “unclear” on the sin of homosexuality, especially if these priests or bishops are being investigated for sexual abuse, or are known to be friendly toward homosexual clergy. By donating to their parishes and dioceses, you’re becoming part of the problem, and actually funding it!
- Look for a traditional and orthodox parish where these problems are less likely. It’s still possible that they may exist, even in a traditional and orthodox parish, but they are far less likely. If you are having difficulty finding one, click here for help. Once you find a good, traditional and orthodox parish — support it! — both with your time and your treasure.