- Paperback: 1282 pages
- Publisher: New Engel Publishing (2006)
- ISBN-10: 0977860132
- ISBN-13: 978-0977860135
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The Rite of Sodomy Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church Paperback – 2006
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And so we await the pending canonization of a pope commonly listed as an active homosexual who operated within the papal residence. While we cringe and grieve, at least we do so with full understanding of how this could be. Ms. Engel has removed the guess work.
She notes that "In the spring of 1981... a homosexual bi-weekly... carried an interview with Jesuit priest John McNeill, an openly homosexual priest and co-founder of Dignity... IN 1976, Rev. Pedro Arrupé, Father General of the Jesuits, gave McNeil's book, The Church and the Homosexual, a nihil obstat and permission to publish, even though the book clearly dissented from Church teachings on homosexuality and even though McNeill had made it perfectly clear that he had committed himself to the Homosexual Collective---both publicly and privately." (Pg. 495)
She states that "Father Schexnayder, a militant 'gay' activist... was one of three homosexual clerics who helped draft the infamous 'Always Our Children' statement. 'Always Our Children' was ... released by the Committee on Marriage and Family WITHOUT the approval of the American bishops who were meeting that November in Washington, D.C. for their annual conference---not that it is likely it would have made much difference. As Sister Jeannine Gramick... has noted... it seemed to her that 'most bishops are behind the pastoral.' Sad, but true." (Pg. 582-583)
She says, "The rules that guarded Cardinal [Francis] Spelling's (open) secret life as a homosexual were not unique to him. During the first half of the 20th century, the same rules applied to all prominent public figures caught up in the vice including many popular entertainers of the period. The entire concept of homosexuality floated over the middle-class moral consciousness of ordinary Americans including Catholics sitting in the pew." (Pg. 562)
She argues, "The charge that the Homosexual Collective in the United States took root in Catholic religious institutes and congregations before the diocesan priesthood can be verified from both opponents and proponents of the Homosexual Collective. For example, former Oblate priest Richard Wagner, who went from a religious to a producer of homosexual porno films, affirmed in a 1981 study 'Gay Catholic Priests,' that the homosexual movement in the Catholic Church began in religious orders not the diocesan priesthood." (Pg. 919)
She contends, "Pope Paul VI is identified as a homosexual in numerous homosexual publications and his name appears on virtually every list of prominent homosexuals found on Homosexual Collective websites.... If it is true that Montini [his name before becoming Pope] engaged in a homosexual affair as a junior diplomat at the Vatican, it is almost certain that at least some members of the Roman Curia would have heard the rumors. However, since the young Battista was well protected by his politically powerful family and by other influential prelates including Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pius XII, there is little that could have been done to remove Montini from his diplomatic post." (Pg. 1152, 1154)
This book is exhausting reading, but it is certainly "must reading" for anyone seriously studying homosexuality and the Catholic Church (although progressives will understandably hate it).
Mrs. Engel has been active in the pro-life cause since the 1970s, and her book helps us understand how prominent Catholic psychologists and clerics have contributed to this mess, and are still doing so. After Engel's book's publication, Cardinal Dolan muddied the waters when he provided the lesbian and rabidly pro-abortion New York City Council Leader Christine Quinn with a photo opportunity in which he and she handed out Thanksgiving turkeys in November 2011 at a Catholic parish in Harlem. (Ms. Quinn subsequently "married" her lesbian partner in May 2012.) Mrs. Engel points out too accurately that prominent Catholic bishops--the chief example being Rembert Weakland, OSB--who promote and/or practice homosexual acts are merely removed from their positions to less prominent ones. They do not lose their standing, their perks, or their pensions. Greater reforms are needed than these hollow ones. What a disgrace!