|Just about every time I learn that another Catholic priest has been accused of sexual misconduct, I spend some time checking out the allegations. While some such charges turn out to be false, the great majority of those I have investigated appear to be valid. Often, it turns out that the accused priest had a history of sexual misconduct and had been bounced around from one diocese to another for years.
Have you ever wondered how it can be that a priest who has a history of sexual misconduct can still be on the job? I have. I came across an essay, written by someone I consider to be a responsible member of the Catholic priesthood, that provides some insight into how Mama Church takes care of her own.
It should come as no surprise to readers here that the way it works involves smoke and mirrors and nuances of word meanings. The essay opens with these words:
Haley explains the priestly vow or promise of celibacy and compares differences in its effect on heterosexual and homosexual priests. First the “straight” man:
John makes the vow and does his best to live a chaste life. Perhaps he will be successful in his effort to keep his vow or, every now and then, succumb to his desire for a willing female partner. If found out, he could be in for a difficult time. The former pastor of a Catholic parish near my home got in trouble that way. As might be expected, he was transferred to that parish after having been found to be playing patsy with a lady in his former parish. He continued his philandering ways in the new parish and was sent off to his order's mother house for a time to get his wanton behavior under control. When he returned, he soon became involved with another woman of his new parish. After two of his former lovers filed paternity suits against the Archdiocese, the priest was defrocked and went off to Europe for a time. I am told that he is back now and working as an administrator in one of the Archdiocese's service agencies.
That priest got in trouble because he violated his vow of celibacy with a number of women, eventually creating scandal in the eyes of the Archdiocese. But what about the homosexual man seeking to enter the priesthood?
What happens when priest Y is discovered to be sexually active with men? Compared to priest X's experience, the homosexual vow-breaker gets a slap on the wrist.
Father Haley had a lot more to say concerning this issue. The essay was not very long and, I believe, was well worth reading. Unfortunately, the Roman Catholic Faithful website has been closed, beaten down by a dozen years of striving to "fix" what was and still is wrong with Roman Catholic Church by exposing the oft-times filthy and degenerate behavior of Catholic relilgious, clergy and their superiors. The site's founder wrote a heart-felt explanation of his reasons for closing the site. I implore everyone who reads this post to take a few minutes to see what it took to drive this honorable Catholic website into the dust. Just click here to read it. I'll close this post with a few words from that letter:
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