Catholic Culture Overview
Catholic Culture Overview

Don't think of a pink seminarian

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Oct 12, 2004

There's more.

Archbishop Brunett uncovered a homosexual network in the seminary. When he blew the whistle, he was, naturally, punished. The network remained. The archbishop-to-be learned his lesson, kept quiet, and advanced through the ecclesiastical ranks.

Now, looking back, he sees that period as pivotal:

"It seems to be the period from which all these problems are coming from. I was one that fought that, because I thought it was unhelpful..."

Unhelpful. As in, "Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave unhelpfulness, tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are instrinsically unhelpful.'" (cf Catechism, 2357)

He pointed to a recent national study on clergy abuse that found that 81 percent of minor victims were male, leading researchers to question the role of homosexuality in the abuse.

Question the role of homosexuality.

"One would not want to draw a tie (between homosexuality and child abuse), but I think it does raise the question," [Brunett] said, adding that some of the gay seminarians he knew later turned out to be pedophiles.

That question again.

"I was right on the mark with these people."

Hmmm. One might not want to draw a tie, but one just did.

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