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By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 27, 2005

In its 11 November 2002 issue, the Jesuit magazine America editorialized in favor of gay priests, arguing that "their experience of suffering persecution, for example, can often make gay priests more compassionate toward others." Now that Benedict XVI has assumed the pastorship of the universal Church, let's hearken back to that impressive display of compassion showered on Cardinal Ratzinger by the South African Bishop Reggie Cawcutt and his fellow gay clergy on the Saint Sebastian's Angels site:

  • From Cawcutt: I think I said before I expect JP to drop out on Jan 2 and Ratz to take poison on Jan 3 cos he knows that if he does not , someone else will give it to him on Jan 4!
  • From another priest: NOW this ------- "romani" named ratiziger and his cronies want to cause a witch hunt. I have asked god to forgive me because i have never desired that god sends someone to his eternal rest as much as I want this man to. I truly believe this man has something to hide.
  • From Cawcutt: kill [Ratzinger]? pray for him? why not just ---- him??? any volunteers - ugh!!!
  • From another priest: GUYS everyone has a skeleton in there closet and the Rat has to have his. Well it is time the enemies of the Rat find his Achilles heel.
  • From Cawcutt: Oh - I had a letter from THEM [Ratzinger's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith] yesterday - thanking me for my latest explanation of my stand ... I stretched the truth as much as I possible could in my letter and he wrote back a very personal note saying he had passed my letter on to THEM and hoped that this would now be the end of the matter - so do I, but I doubt it. ----, Martin - wot you doing over there - can't you slip in a few drops of poison somewhere or other?

Touching, ain't it? Few of the rest of us attain this level of charity, forbearance, and pastoral sensitivity, even in our best moments. Of course, the fact Cawcutt was made a bishop suggests he was especially outstanding in respect of compassion. Hard to imagine that there are still neanderthals out there skeptical of the gifts these priests bring to the defense and propagation of Christian doctrine.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Apr. 29, 2005 1:49 AM ET USA

    Is there a "CIA(Catholics-In-Action)-secret-service" type of branch of the Swiss Guard that might pay a little visit to Reggie & company in South Africa, encouraging them to come back to the Faith? Or, seriously, can't Reggie and the other satanic men of his company be thrown into prison for threatening the life of the Holy Father?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2005 11:46 PM ET USA

    "GUYS everyone has a skeleton in there closet" An unfortunate phrasing for us part time satirists. By shooting their mouths off this way, the one thing that they can be assured is that when they become mere skeletons they will not be "in the closet."

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2005 1:37 PM ET USA

    Reg Cawcutt has not yet been seriously dealt with. VIVA IL PAPA ! Pray for South Africa, where Reg was elected spokesman of the bishops' conference.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2005 12:46 PM ET USA

    Cawcutt resigned in 2002 after he was "outed" by RCF. I am confident that Pope Benedict will not allow comparable disloyalty to get out of hand in the future.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2005 11:32 AM ET USA

    Fer cryin' out loud...I think I prefered to remain ignorant! These sick little men remind me of Gollum from The Hobbit.. One consulation is that they despise and fear our new Pope....which is a very good thing!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2005 11:15 AM ET USA

    Wait a minute. Isn't Reggie Cawcutt toast? He's not still in active ministry, is he? Anyway, Di, the problem you appear to be highlighting is the warm, fuzzy and perennially Jesuit protection of creative alternatives to God's plan of human sexual identity and expression. Remember, we are an Easter (bunny) people...

  • Posted by: Sterling - Apr. 27, 2005 10:33 AM ET USA

    I can't get all worked up about Cawcutt - sorry! He simply sounds as if he's extremely mentally disturbed and should be in a psych ward. To paraphrase: Insanity happens. Any time I hear mention of Cawcutt, I blush not for him, but for Rome. It's a disgrace that this severely mentally disabled man has been allowed to continue in a leadership position.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2005 9:43 AM ET USA

    What do you think? Will Pope Benedict be an enforcer weeding out priests such as this? Or will he be patient, hoping for a conversion? There has been too much patience with the lavender lot. The weeds are choking out the garden with their heresy. I sure hope that he puts a stop to the "free expression" of those priests hoping that he is poisoned. Or maybe it won't be the Soviets trying to kill the Pope, but the gay priests and their friends in ACT UP.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2005 8:51 AM ET USA

    "GUYS everyone has a skeleton in there closet" Despite his inability to spell, this "priest" has clarified what loads of us have been trying to say for years -- that the homos in the priesthood have been blackmailing each other for years, and that's how they've achieved gatekeeper status in dioceses and seminaries. If Benedict has the courage and conviction to end this perversion of the priesthood -- and I think he might well -- there is renewed hope for our Church. If not, who knows?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2005 7:52 AM ET USA

    Why should someone's little "decadence problem" be an impediment to holy orders? I mean, to suggest that homosexuals are infiltrative, clannish, disgusting and immoral is utterly unenlightened and bigoted. The exchanges you quote were just venting, that's all. Venting. And besides, compassion is reserved for the deserving. -- An Unenlightened and Bigoted Protoplasm