wearing the uniform

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 29, 2005

A Catholic pastor in Arizona has resigned in protest over the Vatican directive on homosexuality in the seminaries.

"It's like a Jew wearing a Nazi uniform," Walker said. "I could no longer stay in that institution with any amount of integrity."

Since he's 58 years old, Walker has presumably been "wearing the uniform" for a few decades now. During that time, the Church's teaching on homosexuality changed not one whit. So it's odd that he's just now noticing a conflict between those teachings and his views.

But when he finally did notice, he certainly stomped down hard on the rhetorical accelerator, reaching immediately for the comparison between the Catholic Church and the Third Reich. It almost makes you wonder:

  1. If today he's comparing Catholic teaching with Nazi ideology, what sort of comparisons do you suppose he was making last week, in his homilies to the faithful of Queen of Peace parish? Do you think he was portraying the Church as the spotless Bride of Christ?
  2. If he was even beginning to think of the Church as a morally repugnant institution like the Nazi regime, why did he delay his exit until now? Under what circumstances would it be possible for a Jew to wear a Nazi uniform-- unless he was acting as a spy?
  3. How did a priest with this much latent hostility toward the magisterium get to be a pastor of souls? Do you think perhaps in past years the former Bishop of Phoenix, and perhaps the former vicar general, were distracted by other matters?

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Nov. 30, 2005 10:40 PM ET USA

    I pray that more "Father Walkers" & "Bishop ......s" will step into the Light and let us know that they are traitors, that they have been & are "gay" & that they finally have the integrity to admit that if they have deeply-rooted homosexual tendencies, or worse, that they are actively identifying themselves as gay (read: sodomites), that they should leave the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ (or at least leave parish ministry). Then a real cleaning of the stables can occur. AMDG.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 30, 2005 3:45 PM ET USA

    The gay culture has shades of Nazi tactics not the church. W. Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich describes Ernst Roehm as a "Tough, ruthless, driving man--albeit, like so many of the early Nazis, a homosexual, helped to organize the first Nazi strong-arm squads which grew into the S.A." Accuse your enemy of that which you are guilty. Walker and his companions have usurped power by stealth. They sound more like Nazis than the Vatican which is trying to air out the hidden infestation.

  • Posted by: Art Kelly - Nov. 29, 2005 11:16 PM ET USA

    Before becoming Pope, Cardinal Ratzinger speculated that it might be best for the Catholic Church to become smaller, i.e. no big tent. Clerics and laymen who strongly disagree with the Church's teachings on salient issues should become Anglicans or some other kind of Protestants. Those who stay in the Catholic Church will be on-board with its doctrines. The cafeteria is being closed.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2005 7:31 PM ET USA

    Pray for him.

  • Posted by: dad2dlj - Nov. 29, 2005 6:04 PM ET USA

    His reference to the Church as an "institution" says it all -- institutions are employers, institutions are managed, and institutions can be abandoned when convenient. Institutions are not loved, and guarded, and tended as one would hope a pastor would be doing when we are talking about the bride of Christ and the souls entrusted to his care.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2005 2:50 PM ET USA

    Now that its politically incorrect to award compromised retirees a Buick sedan he has had enough.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2005 2:19 PM ET USA

    I suppose, just like Arius and Luther before him, he will be missed ... by someone.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2005 10:14 AM ET USA

    Dear Holy Father, You are even more brilliant than we thought. Instead of conducting all kinds of obfuscating investigations....float the document, see what surfaces, take names, and kick butt (pastorally of course). They are tripping over each other to expose themselves. And Diogenes it was probably only his hostility that was latent.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2005 9:54 AM ET USA

    What would St. Paul think of all this? Read the first chapter of the Book of Romans and find out.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Nov. 29, 2005 9:49 AM ET USA

    i think he makes a very poor "institutional martyr..." He should have left a long time ago... Both for our good... and his...

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2005 8:53 AM ET USA

    One Judas priest down. Many to go.