twelve months on

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 29, 2006

Well folks, it's a year today that the Doomsday Doc was officially released, instructing seminaries that candidates with deeply-rooted homosexual tendencies are unsuitable for admission to Holy Orders. In the months prior to the issuance of the document, Off The Record was not optimistic about the bishops' alacrity in implementing it. Cardinal George stated that the U.S. bishops had pleaded with Rome to cancel, or at least delay, the promulgation of the Instruction, but were turned down. In September of 2005, OTR suggested the bishops would manage to spin defeat as a ho-hum victory:

For the USCCB, the easiest tack will be to welcome the document publicly, simultaneously declaring that it amounts to a Vatican confirmation of their own efforts, back when the U.S. bishops fixed the problem (of course you remember!) three, or five, or seven years ago.

Obligingly, Cardinal McCarrick responded exactly on cue (December 1, 2005):

"The Archdiocese of Washington welcomes the new guidance from the Congregation for Catholic Education on admission to the seminary, which affirms the long-held practices of the Archdiocese of Washington."

The emphasis, monsignori, is mine. And the presidential candy-gram was Bishop Skylstad's.

Generally forgotten in the public discussion that ensued was the accompanying letter to the bishops issued along with the Instruction by the Congregation for Catholic Education, a letter which gave some specificity to the Doc by insisting that homosexual men "are not to be appointed as rectors or educators in seminaries." The will of the Holy See in the matter is pretty clear. Notice all those offices mysteriously vacated over the past twelve months? The emptied desks, the puzzled secretaries?

Of course not. Remember the motive behind the U.S. bishops' frantic embassy to Rome: all the problems the Instruction was designed to address had already been put right.


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  • Posted by: voxfem - Dec. 02, 2006 11:51 PM ET USA

    Novak, I hope not. The purge needs to happen, even if the priest crisis gets worse. Clean out the evil from the seminaries and maybe good men will enter.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 01, 2006 10:26 AM ET USA

    Given the fate of the Gay Doc and Rome's unwillingness to enforce it would it not be fair to say that the seminary investigation is DOA?

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Nov. 30, 2006 3:20 PM ET USA

    Dear "Fatimabeliever," Maybe that person was making an act of hope, or giving an interpretation of Our Blessed Lord's promise that the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church. Anyway, the Lord didn't say, in a manner of speaking, that the Church would not have to go through hell. Keep hope alive!

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Nov. 30, 2006 2:29 PM ET USA

    I wish I knew who in the showing of the movie of Fatima way back in the 1950's put in written form at the end of the movie that the 3rd secret contains, "Satan would enter into the hierarchy of the Catholic Church?" because wherever they got their information time has proven it was correct.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 30, 2006 11:59 AM ET USA

    Dear Occupant, Please pray for a big flood. Signed, Your Friend, Noah

  • Posted by: unum - Nov. 30, 2006 6:11 AM ET USA

    Pete, well put. May I add a postscript ... PS With shepherds like these, please give us some help with the wolves. Amen.

  • Posted by: voxfem - Nov. 29, 2006 11:48 PM ET USA

    Watching the USCCB in action, looked like a committe of committees. They know all the rules and can figure out all the angles. They are a reflection of our society: they don't seem to want to search for truth or to follow it if they find it. Why do we need a study about the scandal? We need repentance and obedience. More laity should object to the good touch/bad touch classes but they have blindly accepted that the experts know more than they do and so allow their children to be abused.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2006 7:01 PM ET USA

    Dear Holy Spirit, we pray that you will protect your Church and its members from those appointed as "shepherds" to guide us. They have left the right path, and the flock is being scattered. Only You, Dear Lord, can save us! Until more of us are on our knees praying, fasting, and doing penance will our prayers be answered. Most of the bishops have proven they are not worthy to lead the Church Jesus Christ established. They constantly rebel against His chosen vicar on earth. Save us, Lord.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2006 5:49 PM ET USA

    Let's make a movie, and call it "Deliver Us from Evil."

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Nov. 29, 2006 3:50 PM ET USA

    "Doomsday Doc" US Bishops: "No problem, we've got it covered. We're teaching touching safety to the children." Kind of funny isn't it? Here's an issue where something can well be done to protect kids; but these adults decide to place the burden on those same kids to protect themselves! What's wrong with this picture. BTW, who are the principal shareholders in the company promoting Virtus? Could it be US Bishops?

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2006 1:41 PM ET USA

    The "GAY" culture in the priesthood is a real problem for heterosexual men in Holy Orders. The atmosphere in more than one California University is downright hostile to a priest who is not disfunctional sexually, especially when it comes to refectory time. Do we have an accurate count on how many bishops are homosexual. It is about time for the Pope to take inventory. The problem must be addressed in a more forceful fashion than a letter.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Nov. 29, 2006 12:30 PM ET USA

    Here's what one US Bishop said in part: "Ultimately, the decision to ordain a man to Orders belongs with the bishop of his diocese ... This Instruction focuses on a process of discernment over the course of years in the seminary, not on a single incident or statement." Basically, thank you Rome, we'll consider it. Oh well!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2006 12:22 PM ET USA

    Remember those 50's "B" scifi movies? You know, the one where they kid tries to tell everyone that the town is being taken over by martians. Almost every adult had been turned into a martian and the few who were still human thought the kid was imagining things. Life imitates art.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2006 11:54 AM ET USA

    I'd like to see a papal suppression of the CCCB AND the USCCB.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2006 11:19 AM ET USA

    It is indeed frightening to watch the USCCB try to marginalize the Vatican. They think they run something called the AMERICHURCH! With few exceptions they flaunt their power. With a budget of over $100 million it is a waste of time and money. It is time for the USCCB to close shop and the bishops to run their sees in full concert with the Holy Father, Enough is enoufh!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2006 10:33 AM ET USA

    For anyone who has spent any time in our seminaries, the "gay culture" is an indisputable fact. This environment can lead to doubts and disillusionment for the hetero students. It is like a virus that has now spread into the clergy pool and I wonder whether or not the bishops have decided that any strong action against homosexual seminarians would cost them desperately needed man power.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2006 9:28 AM ET USA

    Over the yrs. many men have left the seminaries. Most have been silent on why, but if they spoke up, you find it was because of the Rectors and educators own homosexual "tendencies".

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2006 9:01 AM ET USA

    Oh come on Uncle Di. There is a bright spot! Canada's Bishop Lussier did what you asked.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Nov. 29, 2006 6:41 AM ET USA

    There is no problem more important in the Roman Church than that of corrupt clergy. The corruption lies in the shameless denial of moral truth. Since the Apostles there has been sin and moral failure. The problem now is the denial that sin is sin. If Rectors, and theologate professors deny that particular sins exist that moral confusion is passed on to the clergy and later to the faithful. Rome has to call for visible results. Has to appoint no-nonsence bishops that will get things done.