What lavender mafia?

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Oct 13, 2003

The Lavender Mafia strikes out at one who spoke up. A priest in Palm Beach, Florida, is being removed from his parish, essentially silenced, because ha dared repeat the Church's teachings that homosexual acts are sinful. Now, the diocese doesn't say that. What the vicar general said was this:

When Pasquini pressed Notabartolo about what was going on, Notabartolo explained that Pasquini's homilies were poor, he didn't show enough devotion to Mass, he was not equipped to be a priest and would never be a pastor in the diocese.
This about a priest who had already served in two parish assignments and had no complaints made against him before. But what did happen was that he sent a letter to the editor of the local newspaper saying that homosexuality is a sin and that the Episcopal Church was wrong to elect a gay bishop--by the way, about the same thing the Pope himself has said. For this, Father Pasquini was transferred to a hospital chaplaincy, which everyone acknowledges is a punishment assignment. (Just as Fr. Fessio).

You have to ask yourself, however, when was the last time a priest was silenced for actually contradicting the Chuch's teachings, that is Divine Truth, from the pulpit? Can't ever recall it happening. Yet, Fr. Pasquini wasn't even accused of that.

Remember that Palm Beach was the diocese where two successive bishops were removed after admitting to sexual activity with teenage boys, the last one being Bishop Anthony O'Connell. Even worse, 100 priests out of the 141 in the diocese didn't think that should disqualify him as bishop.

On March 10 [2002], local newspapers reported that 100 priests of the diocese had signed a petition urging Bishop O'Connell to retract his resignation. There are only 141 priests connected with the diocese. The greatest scandal of all--greater than serial pedophilia, greater than the shuffling of pedophiles, greater than the bishop’s transgressions--is the fact that 70 percent of the priests in this diocese did not think that repeated homosexual activity with teenage boys, compounded by the failure to recognize the gravity of those actions, disqualifies a man from being a bishop.
And this is the diocese that silences a priest for denouncing homosexuality as a sin while priests who have no problem with it are allowed to state their case publicly without fear of repercussion. Still think there isn't a Lavender Mafia?

[Thanks to Michael Dubruiel for the link.]

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 15, 2003 12:19 PM ET USA

    Gentlemangym: Sorry, error. Typo, thanks to diabetic damage to eyes and fingers. Should be: EMAIL [email protected] But do not use upper case, as I have done here. You could also contact the Saint Joseph Foundation in San Antonio. Perhaps someone here can supply their address, phone, or email. I do not have these.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 15, 2003 4:18 AM ET USA

    Gentlemangym: Suggest you go to Website: www.rcf.org email: [email protected] Help & good ideas may be available.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2003 9:31 PM ET USA

    WF: As usual, such depth, such perspicacity ! Authentic spirituality. Right on. You are a strong leader. Not sure where our Lord wants you, but know you will stay close to Him, and He will show you.

  • Posted by: Sterling - Oct. 13, 2003 8:47 PM ET USA

    Mr. Bettinelli wonders when's the last time a priest was punished for contradicting Church teachings. Well, for that matter when has a priest been punished because his "homilies were poor, he didn't show enough devotion to the mass ... etc.?" Can the mafiosi really say such things with straight faces?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2003 7:09 PM ET USA

    Did some diocesan official overplay his hand here?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2003 7:06 PM ET USA

    The felines at the Palm Beach trough sound a little churlish. Perhaps some meow mix and a saucer of milk would help. I don't remember the name of Blofelds white cat(s) in the James Bond series, but someone there bears a suspicious resemblance. If memory serves, via Screwtape and Luther, the Devil does hate to be mocked. And, in this case, we aim to please.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2003 6:18 PM ET USA

    The lavender mafia is a little ham-handed when they cross swords with the laity. Having just read Governor Keating's article in Crisis, the Cosa Nostra analogy is a tad strained. Of course, having Clintonistas at the table, doesn't help either. In the Corporate world, these guys rank far down the list. The Knights of Catherine of Sienna has a nice ring.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2003 5:57 PM ET USA

    Like Verax, I took a hit for persistently pushing my Vatican-authorized male organization to deal with its worsening gay tilt. Tilt, hell, they own it, I learned on expulsion from my long-time foreign mission. Shelved well short of retirement. A recent formal edict forbids me to write to members and employees anything pertaining to sexual issues, under threat. Even the word SEX is banned, I was told. We all live in a lavender submarine, lavender submarine, lavender submarine. DIVE! DIVE!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2003 5:49 PM ET USA

    Perhaps it is a punishment in the eyes of the Lavender Mafia. However, would Our Lord consider it punishment or opportunity? Satan thought he had won when Christ was crucified. But he lost big. This priest, if he looks at the world rightly would not see this as punishment but as glory. I think even our good orthodox American priests are so used to status, money and power that they don't see things the way Christ would. That's too bad. The Enemy would shrink before the onslaught if they did.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 13, 2003 5:46 PM ET USA

    If I didn't believe firmly in Christ's unconditional gaurantee regarding the ultimate victory of the Catholic Church I would begin to wonder if there was really a "Rome." JP

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2003 2:01 PM ET USA

    "Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose." They are in control, & they will not repent. Fr. Fessio, now Fr. Pasquini. We should all rally around him & support. Wish you'd given his snail-mail address, so I could send card. Punishing the faithful FOR BEING FAITHFUL is an old story. Consider what they did to Savonarola ! Literally burned. My punishment for confidentially reporting 2 preditors to their bishop in 1959 was to be left without assignment (i.e., no income). Rip off their masks !