Friday, April 9, 2010

Does the Catholic Church Have a Homosexual Problem?

By: Gary DeMar
Vision to America

When Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, an enterprising journalist put these words in the mouth of the reformed thief: “Because that’s where the money is.” In his memoirs, Sutton confessed that he never said the well-known and often repeated line. This didn’t stop him from using it for the title of his book Where the Money Was: The Memoirs of a Bank Robber (1976). Sutton’s real answer was even more enlightening: “Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. . . . To me the money was the chips, that’s all.”

The Catholic Church is being heavily criticized for its “sex scandal” and charges of a cover-up, as it should be. I do find it interesting that public schools have a higher percentage of teachers who use sex as a tool for exploitation and pleasure,[1] and this says nothing about the easy access of drugs, reports of rape, sexual liaisons in the classroom, counterfeiting,[2] stabbings, and murder that are almost a daily occurrence. It’s the Catholic Church’s failure to act swiftly and decisively on the matter that has disillusioned and enraged church members. No one likes a cover-up, especially religious devotees who believe the church is a means of salvation.

The Church must also come to grips with reality and admit to itself that some priests, like the population in general, like to have sex with others of the same sex. “Some church experts estimate that 20% to 50% of the current 45,000 U.S. priests are homosexual.”[3] Others put the percentage numbers in the range of 10 to 30 percent.

Father Donald Cozzens, an author, psychologist, and Catholic seminary president says that there is such a high percentage of gay priests in the church that he is concerned that ‘the priesthood is or is becoming a gay profession.’[4]In his book, “The Changing Face of the Priesthood,”—published in the year 2000—he estimates that 50% of Roman Catholic priests have a homosexual orientation.

The priesthood is so dominated by homosexuals that Paul Wilkes, who studied 600 parishes for his book Excellent Catholic Parishes: A Guide to Best Places and Practices, makes this telling observation, “If we drove all the gay priests out of the priesthood, our Masses would be on videotape.”[5] The Church has made it easy for homosexuals to enter the chicken coop. The homosexual-dominated non-denominational Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) is a lesson in sexual political reality. “Two sociologists who studied MCC in its formative years found magazines with ads for sex next to devotional literature. One congregation member referred to its youth ministry as ‘the Chicken Coop’ because it attracted predatory older men, ‘chicken hawks.’”[6]

The church’s unbiblical, illogical, and irrational policy that priests must not marry and thus remain celibate is partly being blamed for the sexual scandal. There certainly a lot of truth in this, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Has anyone noticed that the majority of priests aren’t having sex with teenage girls? The male priests are having sex with young males. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, read the following statement after a meeting of the United Nations human rights council in Geneva: “Of all priests involved in the abuses, 80 to 90 per cent belong to this sexual orientation minority which is sexually engaged with adolescent boys between the ages of 11 and 17.”

Many homosexual men are becoming priests because that’s where young, impressionable, and vulnerable boys are found. These men enjoy having sex with boys in the same way that Willie Sutton enjoyed robbing banks. Most adult homosexuals were first lured into the homosexual lifestyle by men when they were boys. But who can say this in today’s ethically paranoid and politically correct society?

The Roman Catholic Church has had a difficult time recruiting men to the priesthood. Homosexuals see this as an opportunity. Why not go where there’s an almost unlimited supply of young men whose parents consider priests to be god-like? (Editor's emphasis throughout) Are we surprised that the Boy Scouts have also become a target of homosexuals? Once again, it’s where boys can be found for recruitment purposes.

Don’t think it’s just the Catholics who have a homosexual problem among their clergy. It just happens that the Catholic Church is the biggest and most despised target of liberals. I’m sure it goes on among Protestant and Jewish clergy as well. Give the anti-Christians time to get around to the others. The strategy for infiltration, demolition, and eventual takeover is clearly in sight.

[1]Chris Reinolds, “Student testifies teacher chats led to ‘sexual stuff,’” Atlanta Journal-Constitution (April 25, 2002), C1.

[2]Four Marietta (Georgia) High School students were accused of passing counterfeit money at their school. David Burch and Jeffrey Widmer, “4 teens charged in counterfeit money scheme,” Marietta Daily Journal (April 25, 2002), 1A.

[3]Cathy Lynn Grossman, “Hot under the collar: Gay Catholics angry, say they’ve been singled out,” USA Today (April 25, 2002), 9D. These numbers are confirmed in Jason Berry, Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children (New York: Doubleday, 1992), 188.

[4]“Gay Priests,” Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (April 5, 2002).

[5]Grossman, “Hot under the collar,” 9D.

[6]Berry, Lead Us Not Into Temptation, 198.


The best evidence strongly suggests that the incidence of homosexuality in the Roman Catholic post-Vatican II Priesthood is 50% and growing. There is no question that homosexual young men are attracted to the Priesthood because of the exploitative sexual opportunities afforded to them primarily among post-pubescent adolescent males.

In the seminary, homosexual men have easy access to other homosexual partners without fear of recrimination as the homosexual sub-culture now rules most "Catholic" seminaries. Heterosexual seminarians are clearly in the minority and many find the seminary experience to be destructive not only of their vocation but their own personal moral code and behavior. It is extremely difficult for a heterosexual males to remain chaste and celibate when confronted daily with flagrant transgressions of the moral law. Virtue is difficult to develop and maintain in a moral vacuum.

The destructive effects of Vatican II are visible throughout the Conciliar Church. The problem of homosexuality in the Priesthood is but one example of how the so-called "New Theology" has destroyed orthodox Roman Catholic moral teaching. The homosexual Priesthood is a logical extension of the Theological Progressivism which came to the fore during the Second Vatican Council.

--Dr. J. P. Hubert