Showing posts with label Gay Priests. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gay Priests. Show all posts

October 4, 2019

The Pope Restores Defrock LGBTQ Priest-Over The Phone

by Martina Moyski  •  

DETROIT ( - Pope Francis has reportedly restored a defrocked priest — an openly gay theologian and LGBTQ advocate — to active ministry.
James Alison, an English priest and a one-time Dominican, alleges he received a phone call from Pope Francis on Sunday, July 2, 2017, that rescinded the suspension of his priestly faculties. Alison was suspended from active ministry in the late 1990s, having been forbidden to preach, teach, hear confession or say Mass.
Alison relates the telephone exchange as follows:
Him: "Soy el Papa Francisco." ("This is Pope Francis.")
Me: "¿en serio?"  ("Are you serious?")
Him: "No, en broma hijo." ("No, just joking, son.")

Pope to James Alison: "I want you to walk with deep interior freedom, following the Spirit of Jesus. And I give you the power of the keys. Do you understand?" 

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"But it was he," Alison mused. "The Argentinian accent, but more the fact that he knew the content of my letter" and "was clearly referring to it as he spoke."
The "letter" refers to the one hand-delivered to Pope Francis in May 2017 by a bishop friendly to Alison's cause that appealed for his priestly faculties to be restored.
When the Pope referred to it, it "clinched for me that this was no prank played by a cruel friend,"  
 In speaking with Church Militant, George Neumayr, a best-selling author of The Political Pope: How Pope Francis Is Delighting the Liberal Left and Abandoning Conservatives, pointed out that, if Alison's allegation is true, Francis is making a political statement, not a theological one, in restoring Alison's status as a priest — despite references to the "Spirit of Jesus" and the use of quasi-religious language.
The Pope's restoration of Alison's priestly faculties were confirmed in these words: "I want you to walk with deep interior freedom, following the Spirit of Jesus." 
The Pope added: "And I give you the power of the keys. Do you understand? I give you the power of the keys."
The theologian said he appealed to Francis to reactivate his ministry "as part of opening up wider ministerial possibilities in the Church for LGBT people to speak, preach, evangelise, in the first person, no longer bound by the dreaded 'they' of clerical dishonesty."
Neumayr expounded, "It is an act, pure and simple, that subverts and undermines the teachings of traditional Catholicism regarding homosexuality and politicizes what is substantively a sacred act."
Neumayr explained that 'the power of the keys' is reserved for the successor of St. Peter.Tweet
The sacred act to which Neumayr refers is Francis' giving to Alison "the power of the keys." Calling this act "appalling and shocking," Neumayr explained that "the power of the keys" is reserved for the successor of St. Peter.
The best-selling author pointed to the Gospel of Matthew (16:18–19) when Christ said to Peter: "And I tell you that you are Peter (Petros), and on this rock (petra) I will build my church ... I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven."
As to what Francis meant when he said, "I want you to walk with deep interior freedom, following the Spirit of Jesus," Neumayr said, "It could mean almost anything" and is "confusing."
The author said, for Francis, often "the meeting is the message," meaning that the words themselves may not be as significant as the fact that a meeting with someone took place at all.
"Look to what Francis does, not what he says," Neumayr says, "for clues."
In his theological writing, Alison talks about "dimensions of the systemic structural trap that is the clerical closet." 
Such dimensions include:
  • the general rule that the heterosexuality of a cleric is inversely proportional to the stridency of his homophobia
  • banning gay men from the seminary never works
  • viewing clerical LGBT issues through culture war lenses will not be helpful and the clerical closet is not the result of some 1960s liberal conspiracy
He has also described the issue of gay men in the priesthood an "elephant in the sacristy." 
The Pope "clearly treated me as a priest," Alison reasoned, "with universal jurisdiction to hear Confessions."
Alison explained further: "Pope Francis has talked about this being a change of epoch rather than an epoch of change. What is going to be the shape of ministry in the Church that is being birthed? What is the form and style of teaching? These are, thank heaven, up in the air in ways I could never have imagined."
Critics see the alleged move as the Left's efforts to politicize the Vatican, hoping faithful Catholics see this 'before the Catholic Church as we know it is destroyed.'Tweet
So, what is known?
Alison claims Pope Francis phoned him over two years ago and that the Pope gave him carte blanche to "walk with deep interior freedom."
He supposedly received "the power of the keys of St. Peter," the first pope. Critics see this alleged move as the Left's efforts to politicize the Vatican, hoping faithful Catholics see this "before the Catholic Church as we know it is destroyed."

August 26, 2019

Catholic Priest Arrested (Priest He Replaced Covered Sexual Abuse) For Stealing $98.4K for Boys

 St Joseph's Church beautiful, expensive altar
A Catholic priest was arrested in Pennsylvania Wednesday for allegedly stealing almost $100,000 in church donations, money authorities say he spent on traveling and his dating life.  

Father Joseph McLoone, a former priest with St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Downingtown, Pa., was charged with felony theft and other related crimes, according to the Chester County District Attorney's Office. 

Prosecutors say McLoone, 56, managed to steal $98,405.50 from the church over a seven-year span between 2011 and 2018. Large portions of that amount reportedly went toward vacations, dinners and a beach house in New Jersey. 

McLoone also allegedly sent thousands of church dollars to men he met on Grindr, a dating app for gay men.

According to a police complaint obtained by Philadelphia Magazine, McLoone — who took an oath of celibacy as part of his priesthood — would meet other men on the app and transfer them funds through services such as Square and J-Pay. He made at least 27 of these payments, according to investigators.  

"Father McLoone held a position of leadership and his parishioners trusted him to properly handle their generous donations to the church," the Chester County D.A.'s office said in a statement. "Father McLoone violated the trust of the members of St. Joseph for his own personal gain."  

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia had placed McLoone on leave in 2018 after learning about a secret bank account that he was allegedly using to embezzle funds. 

"These charges are serious and disturbing," Kenneth Gavin, chief communications officer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, told Philadelphia Magazine this week. "The Archdiocese and the parish will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as the criminal matter enters its next phase. Pending the outcome, Monsignor McLoone remains on administrative leave."

McLoone originally took over at the church in 2011 after its former priest, William Lynn, was charged with covering up sexual abuse committed by other members of the clergy. He was the first U.S. Catholic Church official convicted of the crime.


February 16, 2019

Pope’s French Ambassador Investigated for Sexual Attack on Male Staffer in City Hall

What is he on? A sexual attack, not just slapped on the rear? May be is the food these guys eat or just how fervent the fight gays that have come out of the closet? If you have a good idea let me know. Adam Gonzalez

Italian bishop Luigi Ventura, the Apostolic Nuncio to France, is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault 

The Pope’s envoy to France is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault on a male Paris City Hall staffer during an official event last month.
Luigi Ventura, 74, has served as the Papal Nuncio  — the pontiff’s diplomatic representative — in Paris since 2009.
He is accused of molesting the man at City Hall on January 17, when the Nuncio attended a New Year’s address to diplomats, religious leaders and civil society figures by the mayor, Anne Hidalgo.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said the investigation was opened after City Hall lodged a complaint six days later. Archbishop Ventura is accused of “inappropriately touching” the man, whose identity has not been disclosed.
He was described as a member of City Hall’s General Delegation for International Relations. “The Nuncio repeatedly let his hands wander,” according to a City Hall source.
A source close to the case said: “This is a complicated matter because Archbishop Ventura is a diplomat and he will want to invoke his right to diplomatic immunity from prosecution.”
Archbishop Ventura did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 
French President Emannuel Macron met with Mr Ventura in January 2018
French President Emannuel Macron met with Mr Ventura in January 2018 CREDIT: LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
The archbishop was born in Borgosatollo, northern Italy, in 1944, and began working for the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1978, nearly 10 years after he was ordained a priest.
Before being posted in Paris, he served in Brazil, Bolivia and the UK until 1984.
He was then appointed to the Section for Relations with States at the Vatican Secretariat of State until 1995, later serving as Nuncio in Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Niger. In 1999 he was named Papal Nuncio to Chile, and Canada in 2001.
Roman Catholics in France have been shocked by allegations of child sexual abuse by priests and the archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, is on trial on charges of helping to cover it up.
A verdict is due on March 7. Bernard Preynat, a French priest involved in the scandal, has been trying to block the release of a film about child abuse by priests by the acclaimed director, François Ozon, best known for ‘Swimming Pool’ starring Charlotte Rampling.
The film has premiered in Berlin and is due for release in France on Wednesday. A new book, due to be published next week, claims that about 80 per cent of priests at the Vatican are homosexual.
The book, In the Closet of the Vatican, by a French author and journalist, Frédéric Martel, is based on 1,500 interviews with priests, cardinals, Vatican ambassadors, seminarians and members of the Swiss Guard, the Pope’s private army.
Mr Martel claims that some gay priests are in relationships while others frequent male prostitutes. Some are in denial while others are gay but celibate.
The book will be published on the opening day of a big conference at the Vatican on preventing the sexual abuse of children and minors by clergy.
The conference will be attended by bishops and archbishops from around the world – specifically, the 130 presidents of national bishops' conferences. Campaign groups and survivors of sex abuse by priests are sceptical that the three-day event will achieve anything concrete.

March 8, 2018

Male Escort Outs 40 Priests

December 20, 2017

Priest Comes Out To His Congregation as Gay

The Rev. Gregory Greiten of St. Bernadette Catholic church here said he was breaking the silence of gay men in the clergy so he could reclaim his own voice. 
"I am Greg. I am a Roman Catholic priest. And, yes, I am gay!" he told worshipers Sunday. He received a standing ovation. 
While gay men do serve as priests, rarely does priest to come out to his parishioners in this way. In his column, Greiten shares an estimate from The Changing Face of the Priesthood of 8,554 and 21,571 gay Catholic priests in the United States. 
By choosing to enforce silence, the institutional church pretends that gay priests and religious do not really exist. Because of this, there are no authentic role models of healthy, well-balanced, gay, celibate priests to be an example for those, young and old, who are struggling to come to terms with their sexual orientation.

This only perpetuates the toxic shaming and systemic secrecy.
Greiten wrote that he stands with the "few courageous priests who have taken the risk to come out of the shadows and have chosen to live in truth and authenticity."
In 2015, the Rev. Warren Hall, who came out in a Washington Post story a year after the incident, was removed as campus minister at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., when he supported a Facebook group that advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and racial justice. He was reassigned to a Hoboken, N.J., parish, but The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record reported that the Newark, N.J., archbishop suspended him in September 2016 after Hall expressed support for a Catholic school staffer and girls basketball coach who had been fired for being in a same-sex marriage.
"The problem is that we have an archbishop who doesn't believe you can be gay and Catholic," Hall wrote in an email to Religion News Service after the suspension. On Dec. 8, 2016, the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy reiterated a decision from 2005 that men with "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" shouldn't become become seminarians, the first step on the path to priesthood.

The Rev. Steve Wolf, pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clarksville, Tenn., led a retreat last month for gay Catholic clergy and congregational leaders in Racine, Wis., coming out beyond his own diocese in a September blog post to promote the conference.
Whether Greiten will face any consequences for his admission likely will depend on Milwaukee's archbishop, the Most Rev. Jerome Listecki. Before talking to his parishioners publishing his column, Greiten made a point to meet with Milwaukee Listecki to tell him what he planned to do, an archdiocese spokeswoman said.
In a statement Monday, Listecki backed Greiten's decision to share his sexuality with his parish. 
"We support Father Greiten in his own, personal journey and telling his story of coming to understand and live with his sexual orientation.  As the Church teaches, those with same-sex attraction must be treated with understanding and compassion. As priests who have made a promise to celibacy, we know that every week there are people in our pews who struggle with the question of homosexuality," Listecki said in the statement.
Greiten described the experience of concealing his identity as exhausting, instead wishing all that energy could have been used to building up communities of faith. He echoed words from Pope Francis last year when he urged the church and other Christian communities to apologize to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities along with "other groups it has offended throughout history." 
"Greg’s own story reminds each of us of God’s call to continue to grow in understanding and to live holy, chaste lives," Listecki said.

For years, Greiten had been told homosexuality was something to be punished, he said. He admitted to himself while on a five-hour drive back to seminary at age 24 that he was gay. 
He celebrated his 25th year as a priest in May and now has pledged not to live in the "shadows of secrecy." 
I promise to be my authentically gay self. I will embrace the person that God created me to be.

In my priestly life and ministry, I, too, will help you, whether you are gay or straight, bisexual or transgendered, to be your authentic self — to be fully alive living in your image and likeness of God. In reflecting our God-images out into the world, our world will be a brighter, more tolerant place.

I have lived far too many years chained up and imprisoned in the closet behind walls of shame, trauma and abuse because of the homophobia and discrimination so prevalent in my church and the world. But rather, today, I chart a new course in freedom and in integrity knowing that there is nothing that anyone can do to hurt or destroy my spirit any longer.
First steps in accepting and loving the person God created me to be: 'I am Greg. I am a Roman Catholic priest. And, yes, I am gay!'
Contributing: Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Follow Sarah Hauer on Twitter: @SarahHauer

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