The “Pedophile” Scandal, Part II: Francis Hides the Ball
Fatima Perspectives #1227
Sixteen years ago, during the deceptively misnamed “Pedophile Summit” in Rome, which really involved homosexual priests who should never have been admitted to the seminary, Bishop Wilton Gregory, head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops admitted (in response to my question) that “it is an ongoing struggle to make sure that the Catholic priesthood is not dominated by homosexual men.”
Upon my return from Rome I made this prediction: “Despite this devastating admission by the very head of United States bishops’ conference, the Vatican instruction [barring admission of homosexuals to the seminary] will continue to be ignored. Thus, a new bumper crop of homosexual ordinands is guaranteed — and with it a new harvest of scandal for the Church.”
And now, as we witness the emergence of “gay Church,” with the likes of Father James Martin urging all the “gay priests” to “come out,” Pope Francis has issued a letter to “the People of God” in the aftermath of the Cardinal McCarrick scandal — the same McCarrick who presided over the “Pedophile Summit” — and the report by a grand jury of pervasive homosexual predation of young men and boys in six Pennsylvania dioceses. The very small tip of a worldwide iceberg of homosexual corruption of the hierarchy.
In his letter, Francis hides the ball, the ball being precisely homosexual corruption of the hierarchy:
- “I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons.”
The problem is not merely “abuse of minors” or “abuse of power,” but rather homosexual corruption of the hierarchy, from the cardinals and bishops on down.
- “Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated.”
Create a culture? What does that mean? The only remedy for homosexual corruption of the hierarchy is to rid the hierarchy of corrupt homosexuals and prevent the ordination of homosexuals going forward. There is not a whiff of recognition of this reality in the letter to “the People of God.”
- “In recent days, a report was made public which detailed the experiences of at least a thousand survivors, victims of sexual abuse, the abuse of power and of conscience at the hands of priests over a period of approximately seventy years.”
Not merely at the hands of priests, but also at the hands of bishops and cardinals, including McCarrick, who either committed such acts themselves or covered them up. Yet there is no mention of episcopal culpability anywhere in the letter.
- “With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.”
We? No, “we” are not responsible for the homosexual corruption of the hierarchy. The responsible parties are the homosexual priests and the bishops, cardinals and seminary rectors who made it possible for them to infiltrate the hierarchy and have their crimes concealed.
- “I make my own the words of the then Cardinal Ratzinger when, during the Way of the Cross composed for Good Friday 2005, he identified with the cry of pain of so many victims and exclaimed: ‘How much filth there is in the Church, and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to [Christ]! How much pride, how much self-complacency!’”
Filth, yes. But the filth consists of acts of sodomy committed by homosexual priests who live the “gay lifestyle,” not merely the vague “abuse of minors.”
- “Today we are challenged as the People of God to take on the pain of our brothers and sisters wounded in their flesh and in their spirit. If, in the past, the response was one of omission, today we want solidarity, in the deepest and most challenging sense, to become our way of forging present and future history.”
That “we” again. “We” are not challenged to do anything. Francis and the bishops are challenged to rid the Church of homosexual corruption of the hierarchy.
- “I am conscious of the effort and work being carried out in various parts of the world to come up with the necessary means to ensure the safety and protection of the integrity of children and of vulnerable adults…”
Notice the legalistic precision here: children and “vulnerable” adults. The subject of homosexual activity by “gay priests” and their willing “partners” is passed over in silence. That is because absolutely nothing will be done about it.
- “Together with those efforts, every one of the baptized should feel involved in the ecclesial and social change that we so greatly need.”
A classic example of spreading the blame instead of putting it where it belongs: on the Pope and the prelates who are doing nothing to root out homosexual corruption in the Church.
- “I invite the entire holy faithful People of God to a penitential exercise of prayer and fasting, following the Lord’s command. This can awaken our conscience and arouse our solidarity and commitment to a culture of care that says ‘never again to every form of abuse.’”
This is really too much to bear. Francis calls upon us to engage in prayer and fasting to awaken our consciences while he and the corrupted elements of the hierarchy do nothing to remedy, and will not even call by its name, the homosexual corruption behind this endless scandal.
- “Clericalism, whether fostered by priests themselves or by lay persons, leads to an excision in the ecclesial body that supports and helps to perpetuate many of the evils that we are condemning today. To say ‘no’ to abuse is to say an emphatic ‘no’ to all forms of clericalism.”
No mention of the primary responsibility of the Pope, first of all, and then the bishops, including those with whom Francis has surrounded himself, such as Cardinal Maradiaga, who defends and protects the homosexual corruption of his own seminary, yet remains the Pope’s right-hand man.
- “Consequently, the only way that we have to respond to this evil that has darkened so many lives is to experience it as a task regarding all of us as the People of God. This awareness of being part of a people and a shared history will enable us to acknowledge our past sins and mistakes with a penitential openness that can allow us to be renewed from within.”
“The People of God” are not to blame for the homosexual corruption of the hierarchy. The ministers of God, with the Pope at their head, are to blame.
- “Without the active participation of all the Church’s members, everything being done to uproot the culture of abuse in our communities will not be successful in generating the necessary dynamics for sound and realistic change.”
This is simply devious. It is not “all the Church’s members” nor any vague “culture of abuse” that is the issue here. The issue is the homosexual corruption of the hierarchy involving priests, bishops and even cardinals of which “the People of God” are the victims, not the perpetrators.
I could go on, but the point is made: This letter to “the People of God” is part of the same cover-up it purports to deplore. Its pious blandishments are but another mask for the very “filth” the future Pope Benedict condemned, as documented in the massive dossier he provided to Francis but which has since been consigned to the Vatican memory hole. Along with the integral Third Secret of Fatima, which predicted everything that has come to pass in the Church, as Benedict himself admitted during his pilgrimage to Fatima in 2010:
“As for the new things which we can find in this message today, there is also the fact that attacks on the Pope and the Church come not only from without, but the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin existing within the Church. This too is something that we have always known, but today we are seeing it in a really terrifying way: that the greatest persecution of the Church comes not from her enemies without, but arises from sin within the Church…”
The “wolves” that Benedict feared at the beginning of his pontificate, from which he fled — “Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves” — were not “the People of God.” They were, and are, the very ministers of God who, as “ravening wolves,” are preying on the members of their own flocks.
Our Lady of Fatima, come to the rescue of your Church!