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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 03, 2007

Gerald Augustinus draws our attention to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles's latest bit of sacrilege in the service of sabotage, a gay-rainbow Jesus-fish. The tease consists in painting the traditional ICHTHYS symbol in the livery of the gay liberation movement (yes, of course it's deniable), in order to signal willingness to dismantle Church teaching about you-know-what -- all under the pretense of "outreach."

The stunt belongs to the Archdiocese's Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics, whose very name points to the root problem. As NARTH's Dr. Joseph Nicolosi says, a gay Catholic, like a pro-abortion Catholic, is a contradiction in terms: gay is not a condition but a proclamation, entailing not simply possession of a same-sex libido, but moral acceptance thereof. Look at the Holy See's language on the subject, and you won't find the term "gay" outside of scare-quotes. It's inherently counter-Catholic, and the artillery of gay ministry is aimed inside, at the Church that it insists needs to change. This is true not just in L.A. but across the board, though L.A.'s advice to parents of gays may be taken as typical:

Catholic parents typically experience a lack of knowledge about Church teachings and base their beliefs on outdated Church teachings, stereotypes, misconceptions, and ignorance. The participation of a priest allows for a direct dialog about Church teachings and the Church's acceptance of gays and lesbians and inclusion in the Church of their baptism.

Outdated Church teachings. Right.

You'll remember the Archdiocese's original animator of gay ministry was a Carmelite named Peter Liuzzi, who dismayed orthodox Angelenos with his counter-Catholic advocacy and who was constantly protected by Mahony's inner circle. That Liuzzi's abstract advocacy fronted for a personal lifestyle issue became obvious when fellow Carmelite Dominic Savino was found to have molested high school boys, and Mahony's right-hand man Msgr. Richard Loomis, in a hacked e-mail, urged his fellow apparatchiks to play down the Savino-Liuzzi connection (3/19/2002):

A complicating fact: I believe that Father Peter Liuzzi is being assigned to Crespi Carmelite HS as a faculty member. A representative of the "Lay Catholic Mission" has approached a Carmelite priest who occasionally helps here at Saint Charles to question "the wisdom of assigning Father Liuzzi to an all-boy school." On top of that, Father Liuzzi and Father Savino have lived in the same community house for as long as I have worked at the ACC -- not quite seven years. They are close friends. I am not sure how many people know these facts and I would not want to tip my hand. Everything in this "complicating fact" paragraph would be tracked right back to me. I would not want it made public if it can be avoided. But my thought is that one issue might ignite the other in the press, both secular and retro-Catholic.

Here's how the daisies were chained: Liuzzi was the Archdiocese's gay ministry guru. He left the job, and was teaching part time at a Carmelite high school, while sharing a bungalow with his boyfriend Savino, who'd molested boys at the same school. Loomis, the director of the Cardinal's secretariat for administrative services, ran interference for Liuzzi when the Savino story broke. But it doesn't end there. Loomis himself later left ministry after being accused of molesting two boys. ("Loomis. That case proves that our procedures are working," said Cardinal Mahony, when taxed by Jason Berry in 2005 with his adjutant's perfidy in the matter.)

The conflict of interest here speaks for itself. Yet the Archbishop, and the Archdiocese's Ministry with Lesbians and Gays, are still under full sail -- which indicates that the authorities that share their sympathies have more clout than those that don't. Those of us Loomis calls retro-Catholics might object to the Gay Rainbow Jesus, but it's clear that most senior churchmen in the Archdiocese would be bewildered at the suggestion that there's anything objectionable about it. In heraldic terms, it's an eloquent emblem of Cardinal Mahony's tenure as bishop and, indeed, of what they understand as religion full stop.

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  • Posted by: khall356141 - Jan. 05, 2007 10:53 PM ET USA

    Ignacio: There is one other reason. It's a great place for single gay people to meet. If you're sitting in the pew, not going to communion because you haven't been to confession recently, it's really galling to read about Gay and Lesbian Mass. I've been screaming to everyone who will even pretend to liisten, including Cardinal Arinze to his face, about what goes on in L.A. It has become clear to me that Rome knows and might care, but will not act. Not that I'll stop screaming

  • Posted by: JW - Jan. 04, 2007 12:35 PM ET USA

    Serviam, indeed, Confession is a vital component of the Church's efforts to assist us sinners on the road to salvation. Yet sometimes people need more help than can be found in that sacrament alone. If some people here have a problem with that, so be it, but I am glad that the institutional Church does not have a problem with it and often moves to provide such assistance. Sometimes I suspect people who only consider heterodox "ministries" and the evil they do, also reject the good ones.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 04, 2007 11:49 AM ET USA

    JW - the Church already supplies support to people who commit sins, whether from weakness or other motives. It's called the Sacrament of Confession, or Reconciliation, or Penance.

  • Posted by: JW - Jan. 04, 2007 10:58 AM ET USA

    Patriot, you need to distinguish between people who commit sins out of weakness and those who commit sin out of other motives. Those who commit sins habitually out of weakness often need support to overcome their vices and if the Church can provide that through an apostolate, that is a good thing. Obviously having "ministries" to people who relish in or celebrate their sins is not of Christ. If you don't think the Church should help sinners, what do you think it should do with them?

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Jan. 04, 2007 3:46 AM ET USA

    "Context is everything." Good to know that. Maybe there will be "spiritual" help for those promoting or committing infanticide, genocide, serial murders, necrophilia, porn, bank robberies, and cheesy homilies, etc. This is another example of the obsessive-compulsive epidemic in highly pampered societies that labels and fits everyone into neat categories ripe for "spiritual" help and self-help.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 03, 2007 10:04 PM ET USA

    Does the Papal Nuncio have an email address? Shouldn't this kind of information be forewarded to him? Can someone find his email address and post it for the rest of us?

  • Posted by: JW - Jan. 03, 2007 6:25 PM ET USA

    If by "gay ministry" you mean a ministry that supports people in living a homosexual lifestyle, that makes no sense. But there is a place in the Church for apostolates that reach out to people who need help to live Church teachings, e.g., Courage for people with same-sex attraction. There actually is an "adultery ministry", it is called Retrouvaille (and there are others). Priests for Life and other groups reach out to abortionists. Lighten up folks. Context is everything.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 03, 2007 5:45 PM ET USA

    A “gay ministry” in the Catholic Church is an absurdity. Why not an “abortionist ministry” or a “non-traditional marriage ministry”? Impossible, you say? Don’t be so sure. This is the natural outcome of what our bishops have been teaching the faithful since Vatican II: I’m OK, you’re OK; everything is beautiful, in its own way; no one goes to hell.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 03, 2007 3:20 PM ET USA

    The disordered thinking of homosexuals has no place in the Catholic Church. They have inclinations which are not hetero-sexual but they may not act on them. The notion introduced that our Constitution is a living document which changes with the times has infected the minds of some of our clergy. The deposit of Faith ended with the death of the last apostle. "Gays" can not declare themselves "licet." Urge them to repent. Keep open avenues for them to conform to Church doctrine. Reject their sin.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Jan. 03, 2007 12:00 PM ET USA

    The only reason for a gay ministry team is to give gay clergy and religious a cozy place to hang out. There is no real need for such a ministry. Is there an adultery ministry team? Is there and incest ministry team? Is there a swindler ministry team?It is the same old farce of not calling a vice a vice.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 03, 2007 9:29 AM ET USA

    Jesus Christ (and that's a prayer). What else can you say?

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