Saturday, January 17, 2009

Did It Really Take Over Three Years To Figure This One Out?
Oh well... the first step to recovery is admitting there's a problem

OK, so here's my silly question -- what about all the Fairies Gone Wild who are still running around wearing Roman Collars? Posted below are two differing articles on the same topic. To say the differences are "interesting" would be an understatement.

Here's some of the article from the California Catholic Daily; (Emphasis mine) “Rectors who are wise and faithful to the church”
Vatican report says leadership changes at U.S. seminaries have led to fewer problems with homosexuality

Washington, D.C., Jan 15, 2009 / (CNA) -- The Vatican has just completed its report on the health of U.S. seminaries, which resulted from questions about the formation of priests brought on by the sexual abuse crisis. The report finds that most American seminaries are healthy and that seminarian morality has improved, particularly in regard to homosexual behavior. ("most"? So what about the others? No change?)

Visits to numerous seminaries and religious houses of formation took place between September 2005 and May 2006, with one institute being visited in July 2006. The delegations were headed by priests or bishops who were chosen through a joint USCCB and Vatican vetting process. The clergy were also joined by members of the laity who served as “resource persons.” (The USCCB and Am-Church laity were in on the inspections, 'eh? Isn't that kinda like Vichy France investigating French Jews being deported to Germany?)

"This visitation has demonstrated that, since the 1990s, a greater sense of stability now prevails in the U.S. seminaries," the report stated. "The appointment, over time, of rectors who are wise and faithful to the church has meant a gradual improvement, at least in the diocesan seminaries." (That's a pretty bold statement. And it reeks of Jesuit.)

In fact, the seminary visitors found that rectors were already aware of the problems that are mentioned in the report and were working to resolve them. (Oh, suuuurrrre. With more smoke than a forest fire, and more mirrors than the House of Fun.)

(Now read this paragraph carefully.) The trouble spots highlighted by the report include: an “incomplete grasp” of the difference between the ordained priesthood and the priesthood of the laity; faculty who subvert the Church’s teachings; the need to screen seminary candidates for irregularities and impediments at the beginning of formation; a lack of supervision of seminarians by the rector and the bishop and a discouragement of traditional forms of piety. (Honestly, could the warnings of Our Lady of Akita be any louder? The wolves are well entrenched in the chanceries, deaneries and parishes.)

One area sure to receive attention from the media is the area of seminarians’ moral behavior. The report sums up its findings on the matter by observing: “The apostolic visit was obliged to point out the difficulties, in the area of morality, that some seminaries have suffered in the past decades. (Granted, the number of homosexual-rapists priests is minuscule. But no comment on the 2/3s of the bishops who protected them?)

Usually, but not exclusively, this meant homosexual behavior. Nevertheless, in almost all the institutes where problems existed, at least in the diocesan seminaries (Again, with the "diocesan" caveat. Interesting, huh?), the appointment of better superiors (especially rectors) has ensured that such difficulties have been overcome. Of course, here and there some case or other of immorality -- again, usually homosexual behavior -- continues to show up. However, in the main, the superiors now deal with these issues promptly and appropriately."
So does this mean we're going to have to endure a complete generation of clerics sprinkled with deviants, but thick with enablers (who are dug in tighter than a tick on a hunting dog) to grow old and eventually die off?

What happens in the meantime? Oh... I know. People will still continue to leave the Catholic Church in droves, and good, decent priests will still suffer a silent martyrdom.

I get it now.

Then we have this barn-burner from Here in it's entirety; (Emphasis mine) Dissenters from Catholic Teaching Not Being Fired Often Enough from Seminary Posts: Vatican Report

ROME, January 16, 2009 ( – A Vatican report on the moral and intellectual life of US seminaries, begun in 2005, has said that the main problems lie with professors who overtly or subtly dissent from Catholic moral teaching. Such professors, the report said, are not frequently enough fired from their positions.

“Quite often,” the report said, “the Visitation discovered one or more faculty members who, although not speaking openly against Church teaching, let the students understand - through hints, off-the-cuff remarks, etc. - their disapproval of some articles of Magisterial teaching.” The report next says that although procedures exist to fire such dissenting faculty, these “are not invoked as often as they should be.”

The Vatican report, signed by Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski, Prefect Congregation for Catholic Education, is the result of a Vatican-led investigation of American seminaries following the explosion of the clergy sex-abuse scandals in 2001. Although written in carefully diplomatic language typical of high level Vatican offices, the report uses unusually blunt terms, especially in its criticisms of seminaries run by religious orders, such as the Jesuits or Dominicans.

What the report calls a “lack of harmony” in the formation of priests “is almost always” due to educators “being less than faithful to the Magisterium of the Church.”

While most media, including Catholic News Service, a body of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, has reported that the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education has found the US seminaries to be in “overall good health,” the document notes that in “centres of formation for religious,” “ambiguities still exist” in the problem of acceptance of homosexual activity or inclinations. The report urges seminary educators and evaluators to continue to watch candidates for signs of homosexual tendencies and “underscores” the importance of the Vatican instruction that prohibits accepting as candidates men who suffer from long-term and deeply ingrained homosexual inclinations.

In the wake of the US clergy abuse scandals that broke into the public eye in 2001, the prevalence of homosexuals in the US priesthood was widely downplayed as a cause. Despite the publication of a report that found that over 80 per cent of the perpetrators were homosexuals and their victims adolescent males, not young children, Church officials and media alike continue to insist that the crisis is purely one of “priestly paedophilia.”

In its section on intellectual formation, the report noted, “In a few seminaries, and particularly in some schools of theology run by religious [orders], dissent is widespread” especially in the area of moral theology, which includes the Church’s teaching on sexual morality.
“It is not rare in religious institutes to find basic tenets of Catholic moral doctrine being called into question.”

The report agrees in the main with many faithful Catholic writers and commentators such as George Weigel, a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, who maintained that in addition to new policies that allowed homosexuals to be accepted as seminarians, it was more general infidelity to orthodox Catholic teaching, the “culture of dissent,” that was responsible for the sex abuse scandals.

Many Catholic commentators observed that the spike in abuse cases occurred at the time when seminaries, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council and the sexual and social revolutions of the 1960s and ‘70s, ceased screening candidates according to standards based on the traditional moral teachings of Catholicism.

The report also makes mention of the acquiescence in some seminaries, again particularly those run by religious orders, to pressure to accept the concept of women’s ordination. In its critique, the report said that seminaries are hampered by “mistaken” fears of offending those “who judge the reservation of the Sacrament of Holy Orders [priesthood] to men alone as discriminatory.”

The report indicates also the decline in many seminaries, widely reported anecdotally by priests and seminarians, of the traditional Catholic devotional life. The report called it “profoundly regrettable” that many seminaries do not include such practices as the Rosary as a normal part of the day to day life of students. “Some institutes even have an atmosphere that discourages traditional acts of Catholic piety - which begs the question as to whether the faculty's ideas of spirituality are consonant with Church teaching and tradition.”

“Unless a great many seminaries introduce regular recitation of the Rosary, novenas, litanies, Stations of the Cross, and so on, the seminarians will lack an education in the sacramentals and will be unprepared for ministry in the Church, which greatly treasures these practices.”

The report, on the other hand, praised the seminarians themselves, saying, “Almost without exception, the seminarians show authentic apostolic zeal and possess a ‘Catholic’ vision of Church life.”
I think a certain Senior Drill Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann pretty much nails it.


Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

The reason why they're not being fired left and right (as they should be) is usually because the Bishop's on board with the dissent (aka Los Angeles)

2:49 AM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

"The report called it “profoundly regrettable” that many seminaries do not include such practices as the Rosary as a normal part of the day to day life of students. 'Some institutes even have an atmosphere that discourages traditional acts of Catholic piety.'"

Is it any surpise then that these priests, ordained "in the wake of the Second Vatican Council," have stripped our churches of statues, done away with novenas, processions, the St. Blase blessing, and so many other "Catholic" symbols, have inspired two generations who have grown up without them to be lax in their faith or leave the Church altogether?

10:46 AM  
Blogger TCN said...

Just because some Bishops who are light in the loafers tell us it's getting better, that doesn't mean it is. We know one very holy young priest who STILL suffers that martyrdom--how he made it through that rats nest of a seminary is really a miracle of Our Lady's protection.

It will take the next 40 years to erase the trashing of the last 40, so hunker down, get our your rosary, wear out your knees, preferably in Church where you can be with Him and make a public witness, and if you need to, walk away from the filth when it presents itself. Make sure to use your holy water liberally, and it doesn't hurt to sprinkle a little blessed salt around, either. Make sure you enlist St. Michael and his holy warriors, and find a holy priest to hear your frequent confession.

Only holiness can battle evil. Only God can banish the devil.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

TCN: Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen!

From the article: "Despite the publication of a report that found that over 80 per cent of the perpetrators were homosexuals and their victims adolescent males, not young children, Church officials and media alike continue to insist that the crisis is purely one of “priestly paedophilia.”"

Homiletic and Pastoral Review (a Jesuit publication, ) certainly pointed out that the problem is/was one of homosexual priests and pederasty. This publication is one of my favorite exhibits in my apologiae for the Society of Jesus. They're worth saving, and most DEFINITELY worth praying for!

1:14 PM  
Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

Fr. Longenecker has a very solid post on this matter:

1:59 PM  
Blogger Bill Vogt said...

As this oldie but goodie reminds us, prayer and corporal punishment are not mutually exclusive solutions to the seminary crisis.

9:38 PM  

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