20 years ago, American
were Warned — and did Nothing!
Homosexuality within the Catholic Church
and the Catholic Priesthood
Sent: June 14, 2002.
Subject: Psychiatrists Letter to the Catholic Bishops
Bishop Wilton D Gregory, president of the
US conference of Catholic Bishops, admitted
at a press conference in Rome on April 23 the
existence of an ongoing struggle to ensure
that the Catholic priesthood is not dominated
by homosexual men.
treating priests who have engaged in pedophilia
and ephebophilia we have observed that these
men almost without exception suffered from the
denial of sin in their lives.
This anger [among homosexual priests] … was
often directed toward the Church, the Holy Father,
and the religious authorities. Rejecting the
Church’s teachings on sexual morality, these
men for the most part adopted the utilitarian
sexual ethic which the Holy Father [John Paul
II] so brilliantly critiqued in his book,
Love and Responsibility.
They came to see their own pleasure as the highest
end and used others – including adolescents
and children – as sexual objects.
They consistently refused to examine their consciences,
to accept the Church’s teachings on moral issues
as a guide for their personal actions, or regularly
avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
These priests either refused to seek
spiritual direction or choose a spiritual director
or confessor who openly rebelled against Church
teachings on sexuality. Tragically, these mistakes
allow these men to justify their behaviors.
The Bishops, individually and collectively,
should develop screening protocols which
will identify men who may pose a risk to others
and who cannot live the chaste celibacy required
of a priest.
One of the major problems … is the enormous
amount of misinformation about the nature,
origins, and treatment of homosexuality/SSA.
This is not accidental. For over 20 years, activists,
intent on changing the laws on sexual orientation,
have put forward a massive public relations
campaign specifically designed to spread misinformation
that will change the social acceptance of homosexuality.
… many people
sincerely believe that scientific research has
produced conclusive evidence that homosexuality
is a genetically inherited condition, determined
before birth, and cannot be changed.
fact, no such evidence exists.
Several studies have been promoted in the
media as providing the “proof,” but when
one reads these studies one discovers the authors
do not even claim to have presented such proof.
There is no verifiable evidence that same-sex
attraction is genetically determined.
… [while] there are numerous studies documenting
change of sexual attraction pattern
(see Homosexuality and Hope, available
condition of extreme effeminacy is called
gender identity disorder “GID”.
The sooner these problems are addressed in therapy,
the more hope there is for a full recovery.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states
that homosexuality’s “psychological genesis
remains largely unexplained” (#2357). This statement
does not accurately reflect what is known about
Men and women experiencing same-sex attraction
may rightly feel that they “have always felt
different,” but that doesn’t
mean they were born that way. Children are born
either male or female.
There has been a massive campaign
to hide this information from the general
public and for those who sincerely wish to be
free from same-sex attraction.
To those who wish to be free from same-sex attraction
it can be said with confidence that God didn’t
make them that way and He wants them to
There are other serious problems which need
to be addressed. For example, sexual
harassment exists in certain seminaries. Any
Catholic institution which knowingly tolerates
sexual harassment – heterosexual homosexual
– betrays the moral teaching of Christ and contributes
to the suffering of others. It also risks incurring
Treatment for priests with SSA
We observed many priests grow in holiness and
happiness in their ministry as a result of the
healing of their … same-sex attractions.
Our experiences over 25 years have convinced
us of the direct link between rebellion
and anger against the Church’s teaching and
sexually promiscuous behaviors. …
those who are sexually active dissent
from the Church’s teaching on sexuality to
justify their own actions.
Finally, they [candidates for the priesthood]
should be screened for homosexuality by their
bishops or religious superiors prior to being
The previous attitude of “winking” at homosexuality
in priests must end.
Also, complaints by priests of aggressive
homosexual behavior in rectories and religious
communities should be addressed and no longer
Simply asking a candidate if he is a heterosexual
or homosexual, or if he is sexually interested
in adolescents or children is not sufficient.
Two different studies have found that the answers
to a small number of questions about childhood
and adolescent experiences included with the
larger questionnaire allowed the clinical
interview a to conclude, with 90% accuracy,
whether the subject was a heterosexual or homosexual.
The Church should not take the moral risk
of allowing someone with SSA to enter the seminary.
Also, a period of sexual abstinence for
five years should be required of those with
SSA prior to entering the seminary.
It should be noted that many men with SSA
will have problems besides the SSA which could
make admission to the seminary inadvisable.
It is essential that mental health professionals
involved in any way with screening candidates
for seminary, or with treating seminarians
or priests, as well as the faculty
at the seminaries, support the teaching of the
Church on sexuality, particularly on homosexuality.
In our experience, there are some dioceses
and religious communities relying upon the work
of mental health professionals who actively
disagree with the Churches sexual morality.
Pope John Paul II at his meeting
with the American cardinals on April 23, 2002 stated:
“people must know that bishops and priests are totally
committed to the fullness of Catholic truth on matters
of sexual morality, a truth that is essential to
the renewal of the priesthood and the episcopate
as it is to the renewal of marriage and family life.”
Many faculty members of seminaries and religious
houses do not adhere to the truth on matters of
sexual morality and faith.
decades moral relativism, proportionalism,
and situational ethics have been taught in
these centers of formation. These teachings have
contributed to the present crisis in the Church.
who support Church teaching on sexual morality,
Scripture, the liturgy, and fundamental moral theology
have been labeled as rigid and often expelled
faculty members of seminaries and religious houses
do not adhere to the truth on matters of sexual
morality and faith.
faculty members and members of formation teams
in religious communities who have the homosexual
agenda are driven to remove from the seminary males
who are loyal to the Church’s teachings on matters
of faith and morals.
recommend that Cardinals, bishops and religious
superiors either personally interview or send
visitation teams to interview all faculty members
of seminaries and formation teams in Religious
They need to be certain that these individuals are
loyal to the Holy Father and the Church’s teaching
on faith and morals and that they refrain
from intimidating seminarians into questioning the
value of orthodoxy.
who are not loyal should be removed.
order to protect the priesthood from further homosexual
behavior with adolescent males by priests, we recommend
ending the referral of seminarians to seminaries
which are well known to be heterodox [i.e.
not conforming to authentic Church teaching]
in regard to homosexuality.
of the seminaries is essential to the
protection of the Church and her children.
seminarians, including those in religious orders,
with homosexual tendencies should not be ordained.
of Treatment and Education in every Diocese
believe that nothing is more pastoral or more
loving than the clear proclamation of the Church’s
teaching on sexual morality, accompanied by
effective, accessible treatment.
Courage is the only recovery program for
those of same-sex attractions which adheres to the
Catholic moral teaching on homosexuality and has
been endorsed by the Vatican.
Unfortunately, in some
dioceses, groups, such as Dignity [which
promotes homosexuality], and which do not
accept the Church’s teaching on sexual morality
— have a voice — while [the Catholic
counsels “men and women with same-sex attractions
lives in fellowship, truth and love”]
conferences have been offered to priests
and seminarians in which homosexuality is presented
as being genetically determined and no hope for
healing is offered.
the present time, a number of treatment centers
to which priests are sent for sexual disorders
treat homosexuality as an identity to be embraced.
by the politics within the American Psychiatric
Association and American Psychological Association,
the possibility of healing is censured.
are reasons for hope. The problems of homosexuality
in the priesthood have been painfully uncovered
and need to be addressed. There is no proven
genetic basis for homosexuality.
Large numbers of people, including clergy, who had
SSA are now cured, especially if they brought
the power of faith into the healing process.
These men and women no longer view themselves
as being homosexual.
statement of the Catholic Medical Association
on homosexuality, Homosexuality and Hope
), should be made available to all priests, educators
and Catholic families. With the Lord’s help the
Catholic priests who struggle with homosexuality
can be healed.
We wish to both acknowledge,
and offer our most sincere gratitude to,
ChurchMilitant, St. Michael’s Media,
Mr. Michael Voris, and the Producers and Reporters for
their courageous work on behalf of the Catholic Church
and her Faithful.
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