Our Church has a serious problem, and it is not a problem with priestly celibacy, nor is it a problem with established Catholic teaching on human sexuality. The problem is with a specific cabal that has entrenched itself in the Church over the course of decades.
The cabal I’m talking about has come to be called the “Lavender Mafia”. This name is apt. It refers to a group of clerics made up of closeted and not-so-closeted homosexual men who have used our Church as a kind of private club. Over the years, the members of this secretive club have managed to work their way up to the highest offices.
They must be purged.
Yes, this will be no easy task. The reality we face is an ugly one, it is heartbreaking, but we must face it both to save our Church and to prevent further victimization of the innocent.
Whereas in society at large the majority of victims of child sex abuse are girls, statistical study has shown that in our Church 81% of the victims are boys. Consider that carefully. 100% of the abusers are male, and 81% of their victims are underage males. What kind of men systematically abuse boys and male teens?
Our liberal media does not want to answer that question, for obvious reasons. They have their agenda, and the flourishing of the Catholic Church is not on it.
Liberals have tried to argue that since pedophilia is not linked to "sexual orientation", thus homosexuality plays “no role” in the clerical abuse in our Church. Their arguments are patent nonsense. For one, though the research literature does show that pedophilia is not easily related to the sexual orientation of the abuser, that research says nothing about the abuse of teens. And it is the abuse of pre-teens and teens, and not strictly the abuse of small children, that is the main problem we face in our Church.
This is confirmed by the exhaustive John Jay Report (2004) on clerical sex abuse, which documents a fact that liberals inside and outside our Church have done their best to ignore: the majority of victims listed in that report were not young children (as would be the case with pedophilia), but rather boys in the early or middle years of sexual development, i.e. prepubescents and teens. In fact only 19% of all victims were female (!) and only 22% were under the age of ten.
The conclusion is inescapable. Most abuse that occurred through the latter decades of the century was not pedophilia, but rather what is called ephebophilia--"man-boy love". Unlike pedophilia, moreover, ephebophilia is easily linked to sexual orientation: it is a matter in this case of homosexual men preying on underage boys. [NB: Here I use the more commonly recognized term ephebophilia, though hebephilia is more technically precise given the data. Anyone interested in the distinctions may look them up.]
The depressing truth is that we have in our Church a cabal of sexually active gay priests (many sexually active with each other in defiance of their vows) who then proceed to include teens and children in their sexual conquests and who protect each other with a vow of silence and cover-up.
This is un-Catholic. It is pure evil. It is an abuse of our Church and the faithful who make up the body of the Church.
Please note that I am not saying that all priests who live with same-sex attraction are part of this terrible abuse. Many of them are faithful to their vows of chastity. They, like all people who struggle to live in harmony with the teachings of the Church, should be supported. Also please note that I am not saying that all clerics who have been involved in the coverups over the decades have been gay men. No, many of those involved recognized the problem but believed it was better for the image of the Church to keep what was happening from becoming public.
We know how that turned out.
Some Catholics fear that with the publication of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s detailed letter outlining the power of this homosexual cabal under Pope Francis we are at risk of a bitter battle that will divide the Church. Sadly, this battle indeed seems inevitable. But finally, though we deeply regret the coming conflict, many of us acknowledge that the need to protect our Mother Church makes it necessary. We cannot continue with a cabal of gay clerics on the one hand doing all they can to legitimize their sexuality, on the other maintaining a culture of secret sexual relations and abuse. Their lifestyle is hypocritical and intolerable, putting them in permanent rebellion against the vow of chastity and making them dyed-in-the-wool subverters of Catholic truth.
This particular cabal of clerics, many American, over which Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sat as presiding demon, must be routed. Saddest of all, for many of us, is the recent confirmation from Archbishop Viganò of something many already suspected: that Pope Francis has not only turned a blind eye, but has promoted precisely this group.
Why has our Pope done this? It is unfathomable given what was certainly known about these men. And yet Archbishop Viganò’s exposé fits the pattern of facts that were already there to be observed, most notably: McCarrick’s rehabilitation. How can it be explained? So far our Pope refuses to answer this question.
During this struggle we must remember: This Lavender Mafia is not the true Church, but a foreign body that has set up shop within the Church, to her great harm.
How much damage needs to be done before Catholics loudly call foul? Really. How much? How many future children and teens need to be “groomed”, lives to be ruined, how many faithful Catholics need to founder in their faith?
We have been played for fools.
As laity, we must do what we can to fight this cabal until it is defeated. These men, simultaneously living off and destroying our Church, must not be allowed to weather a mere temporary storm and return to business as usual. We do what we can by first looking clearly at the crisis, understanding its nature, then bravely and loudly insisting that the whole of this group be given no quarter.
There are many many good men and women in the Church, most priests are dedicated to God and their calling, and even in the hierarchy there are many, such as Archbishop Viganò himself, who continue to struggle against this entrenched menace. We need to stand with them. It is they, and us, who are the Church.
Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin has been among the few American bishops brave enough to call a spade a spade. He describes the need to acknowledge there is a “gay subculture” in the Church that has caused “devastation”. Bishop Morlino deserves our strong support.
On November 12, 2018 in Baltimore, as I’ve indicated, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will hold its General Assembly. I am confident that Catholics would like to see a group of American lay people show up to demand 1) a thorough investigation of the evidence offered in Archbishop Viganò's letter, plus 2) immediate resignation of bishops part of McCarrick's circle (Wuerl, Cupich, Tobin).
These are first steps.
So far, unaccountably, Pope Francis’ response to the Viganò letter has been to deflect. “I will not say a single word about this.” It is sad to recognize that this is also how our Pope has dealt with reasonable questions from bishops regarding inconsistencies in his encyclical Amoris Laetitia. But given the very serious damage the sex-abuse scandal has caused our Church, the questions now troubling both the faithful and many secular observers cannot be brushed aside by this simple ruse.
As Catholics, we have great respect for the office of the Pope, and we hope ultimately the Pope explains how Archbishop Viganò’s depiction of his relations with McCarrick and others in this cabal are mistaken. The question to be answered is clear: If Cardinal McCarrick was widely known in Rome as a corrupter of seminarians, and if, moreover, it was widely known that he had been punished by Pope Benedict for precisely this corruption, how could you, Holy Father, turn to him as a key adviser in the future selection of American bishops? How could you rehabilitate such a man? For the good of the whole Church, please explain how this could happen.
If you are a Catholic on Facebook, there is a new group called “Catholics United Against the Lavender Mafia” that will allow us to gather information about the developing situation as well as encourage other lay Catholics to link up and brainstorm ideas for addressing this serious threat to our faith. And serious it is. If this cabal continues to occupy the current rung it holds in Rome, it will not be long before our Church abandons tradition and falls into heresy. Already figures like Fr. James Martin and many others tour the world promoting abandonment of Catholic sexual teaching. Worse, they do it without any censure from Rome.
If you agree that it is time for us saner Catholics to speak out, ask yourself what you can do over the coming weeks and months to serve your Church. Hopefully some of you will get some ideas through the Facebook page; hopefully there will be a strong new movement that proclaims: “We have had enough. Out with the fakes!”
September 1, 2018
Facebook Page: Catholics United Against the Lavender Mafia
Theodore McCarrick and the Seminarians
Bishop Robert Morlino Speaks Out
Rod Dreher Includes the Full Text of Archbishop Viganò’s Letter (at the end of this article)
Rod Dreher’s Early Assessment of Viganò’s Reliability (NB: Since this article, Viganò’s case has only gotten stronger)