Critics Decry Panel Silence on Gay priests.(PAGE ONE)

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), June 6, 2002 | Go to article overview

Critics Decry Panel Silence on Gay priests.(PAGE ONE)


Byline: Joyce Howard Price, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A draft document prepared by a panel of bishops does not deal with the issue of homosexuality as a factor in the sex abuse of minors by priests, and some in the Roman Catholic Church think that is a mistake.

But asked if he believes a homosexual man can be a "pure and whole" priest, the panel's leader, Minneapolis-St. Paul Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, answered only, "Yes."

The ad hoc committee on Tuesday announced recommendations for dealing with sexual misconduct by priests, which will be debated at a gathering of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Dallas next week. The recommendations were silent on the issue of homosexual priests.

"I'm sure that was intentional," said Stephen Brady, head of Roman Catholic Faithful (RCF).

Mr. Brady's group and other Catholic conservatives say that what they call "the homosexual-priest scandal" is not about pedophilia - persistent sexual attraction toward children who have not reached puberty - but about homosexuality.

At a press conference in Dallas next week, RCF plans to draw attention to a 1961 provision in the Code of Canon Law that specifically calls for barring from the priesthood those with "tendencies to homosexuality or pederasty," the latter term meaning sex between men and boys.

The law, put forth under Pope John XXIII, one of the most liberal popes, says: "Advancement to religious vows and ordination should be barred to those who are afflicted with evil tendencies to homosexuality or pederasty, since, for them, the common life and the priestly ministry would constitute serious dangers."

"These bishops should be made to follow the 1961 Vatican document," Mr. Brady said. "It's either infallibly binding or it's hogwash."

RCF, an international group that says it has 5,000 members, takes credit for exposing some bishops involved in same-sex relationships and a "network of homosexuals" in the Catholic clergy, which called itself St. Sebastian's Angels.

Mr. Brady said he expects resistance by bishops to having public attention focused on a priesthood that some say is 30 percent to 50 percent homosexual. He said he thinks some bishops "brought in their own kind" by recruiting homosexual priests.

RCF criticized the ad hoc committee's recommendations, which would defrock priests who sexually abuse any child in the future, but would show mercy for those who had already committed a single offense.

"Zero tolerance is a moot point. Who needs to go to Rome to find out that pedophiliacs shouldn't be in the ministry or that if you just murdered one person, it's OK?" Mr. Brady asked, saying the scandal won't be resolved "until we see some heads roll."

While some reported incidents of abuse by priests clearly involved pedophilia, those familiar with the problem say 90 percent of victims are teen-age boys. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Critics Decry Panel Silence on Gay priests.(PAGE ONE)
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.