Just how widespread is homosexuality among the clergy?
For obvious reasons, no reliable statistics are available.
Mention is seldom, if ever, made of the moral failing on
the part of the priest. Sodomy is a mortal sin, and this sin is compounded
on the part of the priest because it involves a further violation of his
promises of chastity, in addition to the hypocrisy implicit in his acting
against his role of moral teacher and helper of souls.
Silence on this subject is baffling to lay Catholics,
who naturally wonder whether there is double standard in operation that
censures lay people but excuses clergy, that censures heterosexual but
excuses homosexual vice.
Why does the laity so seldom protest? By a curious
irony, it is often the more than ordinarily God-fearing people who find
themselves reduced to silence on this issue. This is because the
spontaneous disgust that sodomy arouses in normal persons simultaneously
evokes, in the Christian, compassion for those wretched enough to be
afflicted with such disordered appetites.
The Catholic Church, being Christ’s bride without spot
or wrinkle, is indefectible. She is holy because Christ is holy; she is
perfect because Christ is perfect. She can not teach error. Her ministers,
however, have sinned in the past, sin now, and will sin in the future
until the second coming of Christ.
What to do?
The policy should be made explicit that homosexuals are
not admitted into the seminaries. Among other things, this will result in
an increase in vocations, and those of the right kind.
Restore simplicity to priestly life.
Physical comfort is the oxygen that feeds the fires of homosexual
indulgence. Cut it off. It goes without saying that reforming bishops
should lead by example in this department and not simply exhort.
Challenge priests uneasy with their priesthood.
A pastor who sees that a parishioner has left his wedding ring behind on
his "boys’ night out" has the duty to ask for an explanation;
by the same token lay people should not be shy about confronting priests
who put off the outward signs of their priesthood.