Johnnette Benkovic is very well known and respected. If she’s saying it publicity, then there is credible evidence.
And, the truth is – THERE IS SOME CREDIBLE EVIDENCE. Some of the documents that have been disclosed indicate a deliberate effort to recruit seminarians from Columbia who were kicked out Colombian seminaries for homosexuality.
Now, that doesn’t mean that it was happening everywhere, but it apparently was happening in a few places.
God bless us and our Church as we remove the corruption.
But that’s what it sounds like. If you don’t carefully nuance what you say, you end up making an entire group look evil, you over-simplify the problems, and you (GASP!) end up sounding more and more like Church Militant, which makes you sound in-credible.
Someone posted a link to this homily I listened to on a thread awhile back. Bold Homily From Priest addressing today’s scandals
It sounds very plausible, I see how some would say it’s a conspiracy theory but it makes perfect sense. The devil wants to destroy the church from within and what better way than to have wolves in sheep’s clothing? Purposely leading the flock astray.
Had a friend who was in seminary for a little bit and he said a priest basically talked about what was mentioned in the homily. Group of active homosexuals in the seminary and this was back in 70s. Sick to think about.
I agree that this irritates me quite a bit. There’s several of these scapegoating factions. Homosexuals, no women’s ordination, priestly celibacy, the form of confession are the biggest ones.
But the truth is, there is PLENTY that can be done without adjusting any of those things. Why don’t we push together for the obvious solutions like lay reporting councils instead if pushing in a 100 different directions nobody can agree on?
LifeSite and Churchmilitant are real sources of news. If you understand homosexuality and how they work on children and vulnerable male adults, you would change your tune. It is the most vile of all sins.
If there is credible evidence, say there is credible evidence. If you say it happened, though, there had better be evidence beyond any reasonable doubt that not just the action but also the motive and the perpetrators are exactly what you say they are. Rash judgment and calumny are also serious offenses.
If you wrongly harm the reputation of others or give occasion for false judgments concerning them, that is on you. It is not good enough to say afterwards that the evidence seemed compelling but that the accused had not chance to defend themselves with exculpatory evidence when you ought to have said that in the first place.
I was listening to Catholic radio and a religious said, “Things went nuts in seminaries in the 1970s.” And wolves in sheeps’ clothing began appearing in our neighborhoods, preaching their false gospel of sex without marriage and use illegal drugs. Other things were done by those radicals who were inside the Church to wreck it. A two-pronged attack.
I have noticed EWTN’s rather sharp shift to the far right, as well, and was a bit surprised. I think it’s a matter of choosing sides in the “Catholic Civil War”. I’ve noticed several other conservative Catholic sites drift in the same direction, too.