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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 16, 2005

The Washington Times reports that "the U.S. Catholic bishops will sidestep the issue of whether gay men should become priests at their semiannual meeting," which began today at the Chicago Fairmont.

And why, boys and girls, was it a foregone conclusion that the bishops would "sidestep" the issue? Because the question of whether gays should be ordained cannot be addressed without first addressing a considerably more explosive question: the number of bishop-disputants who are themselves gay and have a profound personal interest that there be no public examination of the connections between their sexual appetites, their convictions, and their conduct of office.

Let's do a little stock-taking of those U.S. bishops who are publicly known to be gay:

  • Retired Bishop Dan Ryan of Springfield, IL. Did he tell us he was gay? No. Did his brother bishops tell us he was gay? No. Then how did we find out? Through the offices of the civil justice system.
  • Retired Bishop Tom Dupre of Springfield, MA. Did he tell us he was gay? No. Did his brother bishops tell us he was gay? No. Then how did we find out? Through the offices of the civil justice system.
  • Retired Bishop Patrick Ziemann of Santa Rosa, CA. Did he tell us he was gay? No. Did his brother bishops tell us he was gay? No. Then how did we find out? Through the offices of the civil justice system.
  • Retired Bishop Kendrick Williams of Lexington, KY. Did he tell us he was gay? No. Did his brother bishops tell us he was gay? No. Then how did we find out? Through the offices of the civil justice system.
  • Retired Bishop Keith Symons of Palm Beach, FL. Did he tell us he was gay? No. Did his brother bishops tell us he was gay? No. Then how did we find out? Through the offices of the civil justice system.
  • Retired Bishop Lawrence Soens of Sioux City, IA. Did he tell us he was gay? No. Did his brother bishops tell us he was gay? No. Then how did we find out? Through the offices of the civil justice system.
  • Retired Bishop Joseph Hart of Cheyenne, WY. Did he tell us he was gay? No. Did his brother bishops tell us he was gay? No. Then how did we find out? Through the offices of the civil justice system.
  • Retired Bishop Anthony O'Connell of Palm Beach, FL. Did he tell us he was gay? No. Did his brother bishops tell us he was gay? No. Then how did we find out? Through the offices of the civil justice system.
  • Non-Retired Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, FL. Did he tell us he was gay? No. Did his brother bishops tell us he was gay? No. Then how did we find out? The papers reported his $100,000 sexual harassment pay-off to his communications flack.
  • Retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee, WI. Did he tell us he was gay? No. Did his brother bishops tell us he was gay? No. Then how did we find out? His lover broke the news on Good Morning America .

Nota bene: this isn't a roster of gay bishops. This isn't even a roster of gay bishops who have misbehaved. This is list of only those gay bishops whose misbehavior has gotten them in trouble with the law -- and that so deeply that their proclivities were objectively undeniable. What percentage of the total of gay bishops do they represent? I don't know and you don't know. And about the only things we do know are:

1) the bishops won't be up front with us about names or numbers;

2) their clandestine gay brethren are voting, caucusing, doing committee work, legislating, cutting deals, and deciding (among other things) whether gays should be admitted to the seminaries;

3) all bishops, gay and not, will maintain in public that there is no reason to believe a gay bishop would use his vote -- on this or any issue -- in any way other than to advance the good of the universal Church.

The abuse scandal has already cost the U.S. Church $1 billion, as well as immeasurable spiritual harms, predicated on the grotesquely perverse intuition that personal sexual anarchy can co-exist in a truce with priestly life. The fact that the obvious reckoning can still be "sidestepped" tells us all we need to know about the episcopal will for reform.

Say hello to the future, folks.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2005 1:04 PM ET USA

    Maybe the bishops would give us a list of the homosexual bishops. Then, when it is exposed, normal Catholics can take a look at it.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jun. 18, 2005 2:11 PM ET USA

    The USCCB recently decided to continue the zero-tolerance policy for priests implicated in or accused of sexual misconduct. The bishops must devise one for themselves. Today. For Bishop Lynch and several others... Let's pray that Pope Benedict XVI will weigh in on that one... Can. 401-2.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 18, 2005 1:13 PM ET USA

    Unfortunately, I read this after I ate. There are just not enough antacids in the world..... Holy pictures of Our Lord, Our Lady, the saints, inspire me to pray. This picture inspires me to do some serious sacrificing.

  • Posted by: Novus744 - Jun. 17, 2005 2:05 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, a picture is worth a thousand words. This one is either worth 3 words (God Help Us), or volumes could be written on it. I'm not sure I've ever seen anything that scary before. ugh...

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jun. 17, 2005 1:37 PM ET USA

    Ignacio, good question! I know of a only a couple Dioceses' that, as policy, will not accept homosexual candidates to the Priesthood. BUT, not my diocese or the majority of those I know. I think this is a VERY important commentary/list put forward by Diogenes. May it come to Glorify the Lord. Certainly the "networks" powerhold on both who gets admitted to Holy Orders AND the names that get put forward to be Bishops needs to be addressed. Heaven Help us!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 17, 2005 1:00 PM ET USA

    Some times the temptation to join the SSPX is great.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Jun. 17, 2005 7:18 AM ET USA

    Can anyone generate a list of dioceses, monastaries, and religious orders that have clearly, and publicly stated that they will not admit homosexuals?

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jun. 16, 2005 11:34 PM ET USA

    Designed by fools; run by idiots.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2005 8:32 PM ET USA

    The USCCB is an embarassment, plain and simple!

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jun. 16, 2005 5:44 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, indeed, a major reason for USCCB inaction & silence is that the bishops who control it & its agenda (Mahony, Skylstad, Pilarczyk, Trautman, Adamec, Gregory, McCarrick, etc.) are good friends with the bishops who appear in criminal records, & they're still in the majority. The number of millenial bishops (unquestioned love for & obedience to the Church & Holy Father) is increasing. Let's pray for them. Still, nuke the USCCB. Votes for Trautman/Skylstad confirm that It's a dead body.

  • Posted by: major - Jun. 16, 2005 3:01 PM ET USA

    Right on!!!!!

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Jun. 16, 2005 2:04 PM ET USA

    When bishops act like chubby, elderish, Massachusetts Democratic U.S. representatives, then the Holy Spirit may more likely be found among fainting ladies at a Pentecostal service than at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. Did the bishops choose the Fairmont due to its convenience to certain watering spots (not the lake) rather than use the more distant but highly appropriate Chicago seminary in Mundelein? St. Mary of the Lake seminary is a beautiful place perfect for reflection upon God's grace.

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