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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  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2004 9:45 PM ET USA

    I hope Robert Applebaum won't do anything as useless as making a complaint to a bishop over the immorality of his priests. Instead, I hope Mr. Applebaum will start a diocesan newsletter or website and make the bishop's life difficult, embarassing and uncomfortable. Then the bishop will have something to offer in reparation for his sins.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2004 5:38 PM ET USA

    I hope that Robert Applebaum will take up these instances with Archbishop Brunett. Making a big stink about it on the internet does not get very far save to detract from the man, if indeed, it is detraction. I don't know the facts. Robert Applebaum claims to know, then let him act, and firmly, with the man who can do something about it. Jashu

  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2004 12:05 PM ET USA

    And let's not forget Fr. Stephen Sundborg, president of Seattle University (located blocks from the Cathedral and chancery offices) openly flaunts Church teaching on homosexually while proudly proclaiming to the press that he will not follow the Holy Father's Ex Corde Ecclesiae (,70907)

  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2004 12:05 PM ET USA

    And then there's Fr. Lester "Jerry" McCloskey, current pastor of St. Gabriel's Parish in Port Orchard, who always seems to show up in photographs of homosexual events. Including with his arms around other priests wearing nothing but scapular in a nudist publication called "Vermont Unveiled" ( as well as "Dignity" marches (see photograph here

  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2004 12:04 PM ET USA

    If, Archbishop Brunett is tough on homosexuals, why does he have Fr. Bill Heric, who proclaimed that: "I stand with Father Jim Jorgenson, Dignity, and many other Catholics who challenge the church's official teaching on homosexuality given our experience of the beauty and grace of gay and lesbian love." ( serving as chaplain at Eastside Catholic High School! (

  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2004 10:26 AM ET USA

    It's amazing that the bishops won't admit what everyone else already knows. It takes some serious, bullet-proof arrogance to try to keep a cover-up going after it's all blown up and is there for anyone and everyone to see. Well, arrogance or idiocy...