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Report claims wide homosexual network in Miami archdiocese

Catholic World News - July 29, 2011

An extensive homosexual network within the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida, has been exposed by a New York-based magazine that ordinarily specializes in gossip about celebrities.

Gawker bases its report on a detailed dossier that was compiled by a loyal Catholic group, Christifidelis, reporting a widespread and longstanding pattern of homosexual conduct among Miami archdiocesan leaders, including former Archbishop John Favalora. Christifidelis had compiled the information quietly, and intended to show the evidence only to Vatican officials; but Gawker obtained a copy of the report, entitled Miami Vice, and has made the entire dossier available online.

The Christifidelis dossier captured the Vatican’s attention, Gawker reports, and led to the resignation of Archbishop Favalora, who stepped down last year at the age of 74. He was replaced by Archbishop Thomas Wenski—who was, according to Gawker, sent by the Vatican to uproot the homosexual culture in the Miami clergy.

The report from Miami provides accounts of homosexual activity at the archdiocesan seminary and among leading priests of the archdiocese. This activity was condoned, if not actively encouraged, by archdiocesan officials, Christifidelis argues. The report also points to homosexual activity by bishops in other dioceses within the Miami metropolitan region.

Archbishop John Favalora led the Miami archdiocese from 1994 until his retirement in 2010. He had previously been Bishop of St. Petersburg from 1989 to 1994.

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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jul. 30, 2011 8:22 AM ET USA

    We should pray daily for holy and faithful clergy who will guide us according to the commands of our Lord. We should do everything possible to support and ease the burdens of our good and faithful priests and bishops. We should also pray for the souls of those clergy who have fallen prey to Satan and especially for the souls of those who have led others astray. Offer for them a Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

  • Posted by: bnewman - Jul. 29, 2011 10:41 PM ET USA

    It is hard to hear of these scandals: but on the other hand it is good finally to get things out in the light of day. Purification has to begin with the church. The shortage of priests is easy to understand: imagine attempting to become a faithful heterosexual priest surrounded by such a culture. Faithful priests deserve all our support and prayers.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jul. 29, 2011 9:07 PM ET USA

    Gay culture equals depravity. Not politically correct, but true, and they found a haven in the Church.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jul. 29, 2011 5:52 PM ET USA

    All priests and bishops who have succumbed to these sins, or condoned them in others, must go. Period. It's a matter of mercy: they must not be left in positions where they may not only continue to damage their own souls, but also the souls of tens of thousands of Catholics who have left, or will leave, the Church because of them.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Jul. 29, 2011 5:24 PM ET USA

    I believe it is accurate to assume we do not "know the half of it." Some of us don't want to know the half of it. The extent of this scandal is breathtaking, and it certainly creates problems for those who continue the apotheosis of Bl. Pope John Paul II. No man is greater than Holy Mother Church, and yet we will push on for canonization of Pope John Paul the Great. The wisdom of these actions will be challenged by historians within the next century. Oh, the souls tested by these abominations!

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Jul. 29, 2011 4:36 PM ET USA

    This puts Bishop Favalora's complaints against Fr. Cutie's desertion of the priesthood for a woman and the Episcopal "church" in a different light: perhaps the Bishop was just upset that Fr. Cutie remained stubbornly heterosexual. But seriously, this is really disgusting. Satan has made great inroads in the Church. I bet we don't know the half of it.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 29, 2011 3:24 PM ET USA

    A priest estimates that at least 60% of the priests are homosexual in our diocese. It begs the questions: has it always been this way; can it be traced to Vatican II; and what can be done about it? I have personally encountered a priest who ministers to priests who, he says, never heard of the Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance; are priests (of a certain age) ill-trained?

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