Daily Prayer for Priests

O my Jesus, I beg You on behalf of the whole Church ... give us holy priests. You yourself maintain them in holiness.

O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil's traps and snares, which are continually being set for the souls of priests.

May the power of Your Mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priest, for You can do all things. - St. Faustina (Diary, 1052)

Homosexuality, Clergy, And Sexual Abuse…And The Purification Of The Church!

Perozich_FrRichPlease Pray For Our Bishops And Priests To Have The Courage To Remain Chaste And To Preach Chastity!

Written by Father Richard Perozich

The rash of priests molesting teenage young men is a prime example of why unrepentant homosexuality in the priesthood doesn’t work. The seduction of adolescent boys by unrepentant priests can be attributed in part to a clerical gay subculture within the Catholic Church that fails to discipline homosexual activity by its supportive silence or subtle protection.

Homosexual promiscuity is rampant in too many seminaries. Indeed, some seminaries are known for their attraction to homosexual recruits. The end result is the existence of a clerical homosexual network and its sympathizers that promote homosexuality in Catholic institutions and fail to discipline priests who act out sexually with male adults or adolescents. In an over compassionate attempt to communicate tolerance for homosexuals, they have also condoned the Catholic sin of homo-genital acts.

What to do? Marriage does not cure homosexuality. Instead, priests struggling with same sex attractions must be given the opportunity to participate in a Courage chapter in their diocese. Founded by Fr. John Harvey in 1980, Courage is the only Vatican approved ministry to homosexuals (http://www.couragerc.net). Although Courage has a successful history of assisting homosexual and lesbian Catholics in leading fulfilled chaste lives, Courage support groups are actively discouraged in some dioceses (including Los Angeles, Baltimore, Detroit, Albany, Rochester and Richmond) in favor of gay affirming ministries which either ignore chastity or celebrate sodomy.

How then are gay clergy and laity expected to refrain from homosexual behavior in accordance with the Catholic Church’s teachings when there is no such support group in their diocese? Priests and laity struggling with homosexuality need real compassion and not a patronizing “diversity” outreach program.

It is time for us Catholics to clean up each one of our dioceses and reach out as Christians to our homosexual brothers and sisters. An outraged laity must replace gay affirming ministries and priests with pacticing Catholics. If there isn’t a Courage chapter in your diocese, then demand one immediately from your pastor and bishop. Our diocese’s children and gay brethren deserve no less.

The statement of the Catholic Medical Association on homosexuality, Homosexuality and Hope (www.cathmed.org), 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.

The  revelations of clergy sexual activity are very disturbing to me as a priest, and I believe also to you who put your trust in us. Priests are ordained to believe what they read (in the scriptures and tradition of the church), to teach what they believe, and to practice what they teach. Priests are ordained to mediate God¹s presence, love, and grace to you in the sacraments and in personal relationships; a priest must sacrifice his own interests, ideas, will, and passions to do this, spending himself for God¹s faithful in imitation of Jesus to whom he is conformed.

A priest is like other men in his human creation and tendency toward sin. He is like other Christians in his gift of baptismal grace oriented toward everlasting life. He is, however, very different from other men in his conformation to Jesus by sacred orders. A higher standard of behavior and holiness is to be expected of the priest, surrendering his humanity to allow the divinity of Christ to flow through to God’s people.

A priest is to teach God¹s people the whole truth and to embrace it himself. He is to sanctify them with the sacraments. He is to guide them in his conduct and with pastoral compassion, pointing out sin for what it is and the way of truth, whether it be well received or not.

Sexuality is a way of relating to others. Males need to learn to relate to both males and females in a proper way in proper settings and vice versa. Genital expression is only appropriate in a marriage between a man and a woman. If one has an urge to express oneself genitally outside marriage, it is an offense against chastity and an infidelity to God as well as the Church. The Catechism lists these as adultery (involving a married person), fornication (two unmarried persons), masturbation, rape, pornography, prostitution, and homosexual actions.

When a person desires sex with a child, adolescent, or a member of one’s own sex, it is often traced psychologically to a delayed psychosexual development. It is a tendency toward a moral evil. Such a characteristic is not to be expressed by anyone, but in particular never by priests. It can be dominated or even healed with Christ.
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Clergy live in a world corrupted by lust. Unless our bishops and priests clearly cling to Christ and teach others to do the same, forming for ourselves a real refuge from the lustful world, the problems will continue. Our bishops need to articulate clearly the truth of human sexuality for themselves, for their priests and for all of us, without pandering to practicing homosexuals, pedophiles, adulterers and those living together in fornication. If not, that which corrupts the rest of society will continue to corrupt God¹s chosen shepherds.

At all levels of our Catholic clergy these sexual corruptions are coming to light. Several bishops have resigned because of homosexual activity with adults and others with adolescent males, those between the ages of 13 and 19, and with children even younger. More than an expected number priests have been disciplined or lost their faculties to celebrate sacraments because of sexual activity with male adults, adolescents, and children, usually male children. The majority of us priests, however, embrace our celibacy as a gift, and continue to walk chastely with the help of Jesus. The majority of us accept our sexual identity as males and all that is appropriate to a man, our conformation to Christ, our roles as “fathers” of the spiritual family, shepherding spiritually those in our care rather than “fleecing the flock” by misleading them or by using them for sex.

Priests who die of AIDS contracted in sexual activity leave us fellow priests with mixed emotions. We feel sorry for their suffering. We feel a loss at the passing of a brother. We feel shame at their betrayal of all of us by acting homosexually. We feel outrage when someone tries to memorialize their homosexual liasons as good by creating a panel on an AIDS quilt when they were unfaithful to God, to Church, to us and to you.

When the Kansas City Star newspaper exposed the number of priests who contracted AIDS through homosexual contact, the Catholic bishops expressed outrage and denied the numbers were that high. When pedophilia is exposed, some bishops are quick to try to separate this from homosexuality, even in the case of adolescents. Fr. Donald Cozzens, psychologist and seminary professor in Cleveland, Ohio, estimates 50% of the priests and seminarians have homosexual inclination, and a great number of these act out and teach others that this is all right. 100% of bishops come from the ranks of the priests.

It seems clear now why little seems to be said against sexual acting out with minors and against homosexual activity either in the clergy or in society from the shepherds of the church. The only sexual teaching that has come from our bishops in the past decade came out of a committee. This bishops’ committee presented homosexuality in a neutral light. Its work was so flawed that the Vatican not only intervened by insisting on changes in this document, it told the bishops that no committee ever again could issue such documents without the support of the entire body of bishops.

Please pray for bishops and priests that we have the courage to be chaste and to preach chastity to you in the fullness of the gospel. Live your own lives chastely. Hold us priests accountable to the promises we expressed when God made us priests. If we’re not hearing it from our bishops who were ordained to shepherd us, we need to hear it from you that you will not tolerate sexual misconduct from us, and that with Christ, priests can live properly to bring His grace to you as we were ordained to do.

Originally Published by:  pfox.org

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19 comments to Homosexuality, Clergy, And Sexual Abuse…And The Purification Of The Church!

  • Janet

    May God Bless you, Father, for being so honest and courageous. My concern is w recent reports of rampant homosexuality even in the Vatican Curia a pro-homosexual pope may be elected.

  • Art

    Thank you Father, excellent article. Along with the courageous message in which you clearly define the problem as one of homosexuality, you just as courageously state that you and your fellow priests and bishops are fathers of your parishes and dioceses. Nowadays you hear that even less frequently than homilies describing the sins you have described here. One of the earlier contributors erroneously stated that a priest leaves his sexuality at the door when he is ordained. We know she meant the right thing, that a celibate priest may not express his sexuality in a genital way. But it provides the opportunity to say that the priest is conformed to the Bridegroom, the GodMan Jesus Christ, and as such he must be ready to be a manly father of his spiritual family. Our dear Pope Emeritus has also given homosexual priests a model for what they should do prior to their healing (not of course that Benedict is homosexual, but rather in his retirement at this point in his life to prayer and sacrifice in the monastery). Those priests with homosexual tendencies must leave now, or be removed, because even if they are continent, it shows, and people cannot trust them. They never should have been ordained. Their vocation is to prayer and penance in the monastery. There are lots of spaces in the monastery. Please go before you are removed. We are praying for you. God bless you.

  • Br. Christopher Sale

    Here in Los Angeles (Courage holds its meeting in a undisclosed area). Many homosexuals know nothing about this group. Yet Cardinal Mahony established the gay and lesbian ministries that is allowed to parade through our parishes carrying the gay flag and sometimes using it as an altar cover.Instead of Mahony stiring homosexuals to a chaste live he allowes them to celebrate their sexuality.This is why Mahony should not be allowed to vote for a new Pope.And by the way. St. John’s Seminary has homosexuality behavior running rampade.Its said that this goes on in the orange groves next to the school. Then these men are eventually ordinated and placed in parishes.

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  • Robb

    Been noticing this becoming more prevalent over the years, even some of the Bishops seem very non-masculen. Once you get a gay bishop, you will see the ratio of gay priests in that diosease explode toward such people, and it all most likely starts in the seminaries.

    But we cannot have a witch hunt, we hope God will do it for us. Clean his house.

    I see masons giving Communion, readings etc. and everyone knows, and there is no stance.

    Well now, the Bible and propesies all mention times will come like these, be awake, notice the season of the spirit. All this bad stuff has to take place to fullfill the story. As each second goes by the great biblical happenings that were written to come approach closer.

    And all one can do to prepare is to repent and pray.

  • Diane

    Thank you Fr. Perozich, for this article and for speaking the “Truth”. Jesus said in John 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. Pope Leo XIII talked about truth in his Encyclical, in particular Immortale Dei 40 November 1, 1885 he said: “The best parent and guardian of liberty amongst men is “Truth”. For way too long satan has had a grip on our Church, that is why Pope Leo XIII at the end of Mass placed the St. Michael prayer. St. Michael the Archangel was the first guardian of the Church and the second was the Blessed Ever Virgin Mary at the Cross, when Jesus Christ her Son said: “Woman behold thy son”. We need to ask for their protection again at the end of every Mass.
    If there are any Bishops who read these posts please please please for the love of the Church please pray these prayers at end of ALL Masses we need it now more then we have ever needed them before.
    “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam”
    Si vis pacem para bellum!

  • Teresa

    At least TG, the TRUTH is coming to light. We should all be very thankful to God for light FINALLY being shed on this diabolical scourge that the Church has been enduring for years. We cannot purge and purify what we do not see. It is good that the Holy Father has helped in investigating this problem from WITHIN the Vatican, and now has documentation on the “gay cabal” that is also on the INSIDE of the Vatican.

    Pray for Pope Benedict. Pray for his successor. Pray for the Church. May God have mercy on us all.

  • [...] Homosexual promiscuity is rampant in too many seminaries. Indeed, some seminaries are known for their attraction to homosexual recruits. The end result is the existence of a clerical homosexual network and its sympathizers that promote homosexuality in Catholic institutions and fail to discipline priests who act out sexually with male adults or adolescents. In an over compassionate attempt to communicate tolerance for homosexuals, they have also condoned the Catholic sin of homo-genital acts. (more…) [...]

  • Joseph Paul

    TG, I actually got that book literally a few weeks before the pedophilia scandal broke around 2000. I used info from that book in my previous post.

  • Fran

    I hope that with all this change comes a cleansing of the Church. We must start hearing from the pulpit that the contraceptive mentality is wrong, and the homosexual element that has become so devastating through infiltration must be rooted out from it’s very depths and exposed once and for all so that the Church can begin again and move beyond this chapter in her history, to rediscover that obedience to Christ’s Word which was somehow lost after Vatican II. Bring on the smaller, leaner Church mentioned by Ratzinger before he was Pope!

  • folle

    A super writing on homosexuality. To bad yr not a cardinal.Would vote 4 u. WE’re not educated in this matter-and the bishops are sleeping instead of lecturing to the seminarians, and also the laity. I often wonder if the Bible is no.1 in seminaries? Cardinal Newman’didicated himself to learning the truth of J.C.and living according to these truths -how God has called us to live. Newman understood that the surest and strongest foundation of our lives is in the truth. The truth of who God is,the truth of who we are, and the truth of how God called us to live. Bless u .

  • C. Camp

    Well, there was a priest here in our diocese that left and started his own “catholic” church and is now part of the American Catholic Church of the United States. He then ran for office, got elected and then told the newspaper he is now openly gay. He said he has created a “break-away progressive catholic church.” His suckers are the poor spanish speaking immigrants from Mexico who have no clue that they are not going to a Roman-Catholic Church. It was reported in the newspaper that many of them were angered when they found out he confessed to being gay. May our Lord have mercy on us on the whole world!

  • TG

    Wow. I didn’t think I’d see a story like this here. Thank you, Father. I’ve been reading the homoheresey article written by a Polish priest that’s out on the internet. A good book on this topic is “Goodbye Good Men”. Of course many good Catholics don’t want to believe it and nothing is being written about it on most Catholic websites. I hope the new Pope confronts this problem. I’m tired of so many secrets in the church. Didn’t Jesus say the truth shall set you free.

  • Joseph Paul

    The enemies of the church generated by feminism, liberalism, progressivism, modernism and communism have been at work this past century infiltrating the church and actively recruiting homosexual young men to undermine its resistance to the destruction of the family, marriage, the unborn, for its resistance to communism (JPII’s successes). Atheists with resentment to The Church’s road block to proligate morality included, I believe the attack has obviously been quite successful in America as they wantonly ravage the church over the resultant pedophilia, closely correlated to homosexuality in reality but buried by the culture. It is an attack from the inside as progressive psychiatrists screen out tradition men from admission to the seminaries in those that have been “taken over”. Thus when the Obama administration and his hoards attack our 1st amendment religious freedom, our bishops cannot even muster a unified front, churches all is disarray from one county to the next in their response and counselling to the congregation. And so the Obama administration may successfully destroy our entire Bill of Rights with Obamacare and executive orders in the next few years. Well on the road to the USSA.

  • Christopher Hite

    In the 35 years of being a practicing Roman Catholic I have met 2 accused of sexual crimes. One was about to retire his Naval Career and accused before he joined the military. Another was removed from his vestments, cast away and ended up jumping off a bridge near Johnstown, PA where I grew up.

    While the Church as an institution is flawed by human nature, the relationship to Jesus is perfect. If you are proposing to develop healing services for sinners it is called Confession, Reconciliation through the Absolution of sins by Jesus Christ himself in the sacrament. Then through Penance the Penitent achieves healing, but only through Jesus, the only Son of God the Father through the incarnation of the Holy Spirit. I hope that helps you see the Truth.

  • Cotton

    You also have the laity walking around saying there is nothing wrong with being actively gay. Prayer is always needed but the bishops do need to take action to support everyone in the community. With all this attention to the scandal we begin to think it’s our only sin – many of us need assistance and guidance to overcome our sins which may or may not be of the sexual nature.

  • eileen

    Thank you for being brave enough to rebuke your brother. We cannot let them go to hell because we are afraid of hurting their feelings.

  • lisag

    Praise the Lord that the truth on this issue is seeing the light. How can any member of the Church deny, look away, support this assault that has bruised and bled the Body of Christ. I pray for all ordained members of the church to stand with the faithful and finally ask for forgiveness and heal our broken body.

  • Thank you Father Rich. Excellent article, so true, what needs to be said. Praying for our Church.

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