POST VATICAN II
From CATHOLIC NEW YORK, 3/12/87. "`There are divine laws which give us
life; we don't believe they can be changed' said Cardinal O'Connor,
explaining the suspension of the weekly Masses sponsored by the homosexual
"In remarks after MMass at St. Patrick's Cathedral last Sunday, the
cardinal said that homosexuals are welcome to participate in regular parish
Masses or those sponsored by the group Courage, an organization for
homosexual Catholics which encourages them to lead celibate lives. `We are
not throwing anyone out of the Church,' the Cardional said.
"The night before (March 7, 1987) more than 1,000 people gathered for the
final Dignity Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church, a Jesuit-run parish.
"The pastor, Michael E. Donohue told the congregation, `This is a sad
day in the life of our parish community.'"
From CATHOLIC NEW YORK, 4/30/87. "In a full-page ad in Newsweek, Dignity
USA criticized the Catholic Church's stand on homosexuality and asked
bishops to stop expelling its local chapters from Church facilities.
"Jesus said nothing about homosexuality, the ad said, but the Vatican
last fall called homosexual activity an `intrinsically moral evil.'"
A homosexual priest in Philadelphia admitted his sex preference during an
interview on TV but stated he didn't practice homosexuality `because he was
From THE ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/8/86. "An attorney for three teenaged boys
who say they were sexually molested by a Catholic priest over four years
said Friday he expects the cases to be tried in Brevard County (FL) by
From NSIPS, 11/8/86. "The Vatican has warned a self-professed homosexual
Jesuit priest, John McNeill, that he may be expelled from his religious
order unless he caceases his active suypport for `gay causes.' Father
McNeill is a founder of a gropup called `Dignity', described as a `Catholic
Gay Rights organization.'
"McNeill blames Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger."
From THE ORLANDO SENTINEL, 2/7/87. "`When I came into religious life in the
1950s, I came in as an absolute innocent' he said. `I never set foot in a
gay bar until I was 29.' The man talking to a reporter for THE BOSTION
GLOBE is a Roman Catholic priest. He has AIDS.
From THE MIAMI HERALD, 1/3/88. "The Roman Catholic Church in the United
States has been forced to pay millions of dollars in damages to families
who content that their children have been sexually abused by priests. In
spite of that, the problem has grown so severe that many lawyers and
victims say the church ignores and covers up such cases.
"Church officials insist that a notorious 1985 Louisiana case in which a
priest molested at least 35 boys has taught them to deal firmly with the
"A three month investigation by The San Jose Mercury News reveals that
in more than 25 of the 185 dioceses across the country, including Florida,
church officials were guilty of at least one of the followinbg: failing to
notify authorities of abuse complaints, transferring molesting priests to
other parishes, ignoring parental complaints and disregarding the potential
damage to child victims - before, during and after the Louisiana case."
From SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 12/30/87. "At a time of heightened national
awareness of the problems olf child abuse, the Catholic Church in the
United States continues to ignore and cover up cases of priests who
sexually molest children, according to court records, internal church
documents, civil authorities and the children themselves.
"Millions of dollars in damages already have been paid to victims and
their families, and one 1986 church report estimated that the church's
liability could reach $1 billion over the next decade.
"`The sexual molesting of little boys by priests is the single most
serious problem we've had to face in centuries,' said Father Thomas Doyle,
a Dominican priest and canon lawyer who tried for two years to force the
U.S. Catholic Conference to deal with the issue.
"(California church officials) acknowledged two South Bay cases in
recent years. A Fremont priest resigned in 1982 after being accused of
fondling eight girls and before 1981, an unidentified Santa Clara priest
was sent away for psychiatric treatment for sexual attraction to children
and since has returned to the San Jose diocese.
"In Florida, the father of a 12-year-old girl fondled by a priest in
1983, was outraged by testimony that the same priest had been accused of
fondling two other girls six years earlier. "Their attitude toward a child
molester is, if he's not causing a problem - by that they mean a public
relations problem - they do nothing. If he's causing a problem, they move
him to another parish.'
"When the actions of such dioceses come to light, church officials often
lash back at their accusers as being anti-Catholioc. But the complaining
parents are almost always Catholics themselves, and often so are the
lawyers, prosecutors and the police officers who investigate.
"The Church has established treatment centers to deal with cases of
priests who repeatedly commit molestations. The Servants of the Paraclete
order in Nerw Mexico added a wing for pedophilic priests to its hospital.
"Dr. John Mooney of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
wrote, `Like any other institution that prohibits or prevents ordinary
heterosexual relationships, the church not only encourages homosexual
expression, but also becomes a magnet for youths who enter the priesthood
having already recognized their sexual status as ... homophilic pedophiles
attracted exclusively to younger boys.'"
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