Sodomy, bishops, priests and the Catholic Church

I do understand that this is shocking, distasteful, scandalous and something that I personally never dreamt I would write about…but my hand has been forced and it is now something that needs to be discussed. With all that is going on in the Church about priests, bishops, cardinals and even implication of the pope about covering up for the dalliances of homosexual priests and bishops it is enough for a person to lose their faith. DO NOT ALLOW THIS SCANDAL TO TAKE YOU AWAY FROM THE TRUTH OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OR THE TRUTH THAT GOD HAS LEFT FOR US. These men and their seemingly compulsive actions are in no way sanctioned by God. For the record the word, “compulsive” in no way exonerates the guilty.

The word sodomy acquired different meanings over time. Under the Common Law, sodomy consisted of anal intercourse. Traditionally courts and statutes referred to it as a “crime against nature” or as copulation “against the order of nature.” In the United States, the term eventually encompassed oral sex as well as anal sex. The crime of sodomy was classified as a felony. Because homosexual activity involves anal and oral sex, gay men were the primary target of sodomy laws. Culturally and historically, homosexual activity was seen as unnatural or perverse. The term sodomy refers to the homosexual activities of men in the story of the city of Sodom in the Bible. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their residents’ immorality became a central part of Western attitudes toward forms of non-procreative sexual activity and same-sex relations.

I will share my fear. I am aware that this is a difficult subject to talk about, but we must keep talking about it. If it all blows over, as the guilty would like, nothing will change, and nothing will be done to give the Church back to the faithful.
Some bishops have abetted homosexual clergy activity, (which is against chastity), by moving them around and/or looking the other way. It is one thing, still bad, for a priest to be involved in sexual activity with another priest, (have I mentioned that it is still bad), and something else for a priest or bishop to be sexually active with seminarians, which is different than being sexually activity with someone who is post puberty but not a seminarian. NONE OF IT IS GOOD.

The investigations by numerous states attorneys into this activity will keep this subject alive. It should be kept alive. As horrible as it is and as horrible that it makes us feel we must cling to reality that it is God. We also must remind ourselves that the Roman Catholic Church has the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist; body, blood, soul and divinity. Please don’t ever give that up.

“Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you, all things are passing; God only is changeless. Patience gains all things. Who has God wants nothing. God alone suffices” Bookmark found in St. Teresa of Avila’s breviary.

About follow1in3

I am a Roman Catholic priest ordained for the Diocese of Wilmington, DE who is also a victim of clergy sexual abuse. I am often angered by the insensitiviy and hostility of other clergy, the hierarchy and the so-called people-of-God. If clergy, bishops included, really and truly understood abuse, (any kind of abuse), I would not feel the need to blog on occasion. It is very frustraing.
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