By Rev. Billy Ray Sunday
The Chris†wire Catholic Insider
<chris†wire> In the wake of the Catholic Church’s Child-Rape Sex-Scandal which broke in the news tens years ago, the editors at Chris†wire recently obtained copies of the John Jay Study commissioned by the National Review Board of Catholic Bishops in 2002. The Board engaged the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York to research and analyze allegations of sexual abuse in the Catholic dioceses in the United States.
Here are the results of that study. Statics compiled by the John Jay Study indicate more than 11,000 allegations were made by child-victims against 4,392 American priests. The study revealed the problem was widespread in the US affecting over 95% of the dioceses and about 60% of religious communities. The John Jay study reported 81% of the victims were male, 22% of the victims were younger than age 10, 51% were between the ages of 11 and 14, and 27% were between the ages of 15 and 17 years.
From these statistics it’s evident that when we’re talking about a sex-scandal inside the Catholic Church odds are we’re talking about homosexuality. And once the study was released it forced the Vatican to quietly readdress its position on the matter.
Traditional Catholic doctrine is to aptly reject homosexuals outright since sexuality can only exist between a man and a woman. But behavioral research over the 20th century revealed that sexual orientation is not necessarily a matter of choice.
Theological teaching mandates that sin only exist when personal choice also exists. So if one’s sexual orientation is not chosen, then it cannot be a sin. Today the Catholic position on homosexuality is conflicted. The Church now accepts that homosexuality is natural and biological, but argues it’s still a disorder. It’s ironic that the church most condemning of homosexuality throughout history should find itself in this awkward intercourse with them now.
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During the 1960s and 1970s the Church experienced a mass exodus of heterosexuals who then married. Unaffected by the event the homosexual priests remained which caused an increase in the percentage of the number of homosexuals in the clergy. It is estimated that 40% of the clergy was homosexual before the exodus. According to editor, Vern Bullough the percentage of homosexual seminary graduates has continued to rise since the 1960s
The Catholic Church has always been conscious of the homoerotic atmosphere that exists within its walls. As far back as the Middle Ages this “sin against nature” as it became known was an issue continually discussed in councils, but widely ignored in practice.
Its long been suspected that the Catholic Church is the world’s largest closeted Gay-Pride Parade though the Vatican claims the Church is not a homosexual institution. It’s true the Catholic Church was not founded as a homosexual institution; but today the church is largely supported by its celibate homosexual clergy.
The Vatican hasn’t exactly embraced homosexuality, but they have made peace with the fact that homosexuality is biological, though the church does consider it a disorder. The newly adopted policy about homosexuals in the priesthood tends to follow the Scriptural belief that God doesn’t hate the sinner, but hates the sin. Therefore any priest regardless of sexual orientation that remains true to their vow of celibacy is not an abomination to God or the Church.
One of the greatest blessings of the Catholic faith is found in the confessional. Say you’re a young, hung gay priest who decides to have his 87th “last hurrah” no problem. After an evening of decadents that included bare-backing your favorite twink alter boy from behind as you shot your demon-semen upon the kid’s unspoiled flesh… It’s no problem! The next day you get one of your priest buddies to hear your confession along with the alter boys, and once you’ve both completed your penance… It’s like it never happened!
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I hope for the sake of the Catholic Church and its parishioners in the US that the Vatican has found a comfortable compromise that will allow those homosexuals serving in the priesthood to continue to do so with dignity. Catholic priests have been buggering tight young boys for centuries. Dating to the era of Spanish conquest in the New World there exist numerous accounts from Mexican and Native American children (mostly boys) about the “night visits” the priest’s frequently paid them.
The fact is the special relationship shared between man and boy in the priesthood has been a centuries old practice which has stood as an icon of the Catholic faith. To separate man from boy now would kill seminary recruitment and further hasten the decline in numbers seen in the Catholic Church over the past two decades.
Rev. Billy Ray Sunday
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