On July 28, 2018, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, from the College of Cardinals, ordering him to a “life of prayer and penance” after allegations that the cardinal sexually abused mi- nors and adult seminarians over the course of decades.1 In keeping with a narrative which began in 2002, the New York Times used the faux-novelistic technique of focusing in detail on one case to portray the McCarrick affair as a clear case of pedophilia. The Times account began by describing the sexual en- counter an altar boy, only identiied as James, had with McCarrick “when he was 15 or 16.”2 The inci- dent went unreported at the time because “Father McCarrick was so beloved by his family, he said, and considered so holy, that the idea was unfathomable.”
The more we read about the case the more we come to understand that the incident with the 15-year- old altar boy was the exception and not the rule, and that the real story is about how McCarrick used his authority as bishop to have sex with “adult seminarians,” who were coerced into calling McCarrick “Uncle Ted” and referring to them- selves as his “nephews.”3 It turns out that most of the charges leveled against McCarrick are being lev- eled by ex-seminarians and priests, both those who have left and those who are still active. According to the same New York Times article:
Robert Ciolek, had received an
$80,000 settlement in 2005, in part over allegations that Cardinal McCarrick, as a New Jersey bishop in the 1980s, had sexually harassed and inappropriately touched him. Another former seminarian received a $100,000 settlement for similar allegations in 2007.
In spite of the New York Times’ attempt to maintain the pedophile narrative, the real story emerged from between the lines of the Times’ articles themselves. The real issue in the McCarrick case is not child molestation, but homosex- uality. Mr. Ciolek was a seminar- ian in his early twenties when the sexual abuse began.4 The fact that the abuse, according to Ciolek, “lasted for several years while Mr.
Ciolek was a seminarian and later a priest” argues against the pedo- philia narrative which was used to frame the story.5 Suddenly the nar- rative changed in mid-article to an account that was more compatible with the facts of the McCarrick case:
But while the church respond- ed quickly to the allegation that Cardinal McCarrick had abused a child, some church officials knew for decades that the cardinal had been accused of sexually harass- ing and inappropriately touching adults, according to interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times…. The scandal of child sexual abuse by clergy has gripped the Catholic Church for nearly two decades, resulting in billions spent by the church on lawsuits, settle- ments, and prevention programs. But while the church has made strides in dealing with sexual abuse of children, it has largely avoided a reckoning over sexual harassment and abuse suffered by adult sem- inarians and young priests at the
hands of their superiors, including bishops…. Because bishops have control over priests’ assignments and complete loyalty is expected by the church’s clerical culture, semi- narians and priests can be especial- ly vulnerable to sexual harassment by their superiors.
The real issue, in other words, is homosexuality. In 2012, Father Dariusz Oko, Ph.D. wrote an arti-
cle entitled “With the Pope against the Homoherersy” in response to the heated discussion on “the huge homosexual underground in the Church which Father Tadeusz Isa- kowicz-Zaleski provoked in Poland with the publication of his book Chodzi mi tylko o prawd (Truth Is All That Matters). Oko began his research thinking that homo- sexuality was “not only outside the Church, but within it as well, sometimes perfectly camouflaged, like the Trojan Horse,” where “ho- moideology takes the form of a ho- moheresy.”6 The first layer of cam- ouflage involves a failure to iden- tify the problem properly, which is often deliberate on the part of those who want to use homosex- uality as a weapon to attack the church. The real issue, according to Father Oko, is homosexuality, not pedophilia: We should first expose the common lie presented by the media. They keep talking about pe- dophilia among clergymen, while it is most often the case that the problem is ephebophilia, which is
a perversion consisting in adult ho- mosexual men being attracted not to children, but to pubescent and adolescent boys. It is a typical de- viation related to homosexuality. Basic knowledge about that reality includes the fact that more than 80 percent of cases involving sexual abuse by clergymen reported in the
U.S.A. were cases of ephebophilia, not paedophilia! That fact has been
carefully hidden and ignored, as it reveals particularly well the hypoc- risy of the homolobby in both the world and the Church. It is all the more important that it be exposed. In other countries, the situation is similar, it is therefore important to note that scandals involving sexual abuse which have shaken the glob- al Church were mostly the work of homosexual clergymen.7
Fr. Oko’s article is about more than the misdirection the press uses to misidentify the problem. It is also about how a homosexual mafia came into being which exer- cised power out of all proportion to the number of homosexuals in the Church. Oko traces the dispro- portional power of homosexuals in the church to the creation of a ho- momafia during the period follow- ing the Second Vatican Council:
The Church has paid a very pain-
ful price for the tremendous of- fences which have been exposed, losing much of its credibility. This has caused dramatic difficul- ties both in spiritual and material terms in many dioceses, monas- teries and seminars, with churches becoming empty in entire prov- inces of the Church.8 It is estimat- ed that the Church in the U.S.A. has had to pay more than one and a half billion dollars in damages so far.9 None of that would have been possible without the existence of a significant underground, of which prosecutors usually reveal only a small part, the tip of the iceberg. The scandals have also involved those holding the highest offic- es. In Poland, for instance, Arch- bishop Juliusz Paetz was dismissed from his office as Bishop of Pozna in 2002. In Ireland, so similar to Poland in spiritual and historical terms because it is so Catholic,
several bishops have been removed from office in the recent years, in- cluding John Magee, Bishop of the Diocese of Cloyne, dismissed in 2010 on the grounds of cover- ing up the offences of pedophilia and ephebophilia committed by
19 priests in his diocese. Before that, Fathers Paetz and Magee had worked together in the Vatican for many years as part of the clos- est, most influential associates of the last three Popes. The lengths to which militant homosexuals in cassocks can go can be observed in the behavior of the particularly “liberal” and “open-minded” Arch- bishop Rembert Weakland, who ruled the diocese of Milwaukee, U.S.A., in the years 1977-2002. He openly admitted to being gay and to having had many partners in life. Throughout the term of his office—for 25 years—he contin- uously opposed the Pope and the Holy See on many issues, partic- ularly criticizing and rejecting the teaching of the Magisterium on homosexuality. He supported and protected active gays in his dio- cese, helping them avoid liability for sexual offences they repeatedly committed. After leaving his office, he defrauded the archdiocese of Milwaukee of about a half million dollars to support his ex-partner. One of the most influential people in the Church of his time, Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legion of Christ, turned out to be bisexual and to have perpetrat- ed serious sexual offences against many members and underage stu- dents in his own congregation, including even his own son…. All four went entirely unpunished for a long time, despite many com- plaints and charges against them sent to Rome for years. Only direct
contact with the Pope or publica- tions in the media finally helped. Otherwise, everything was blocked at lower levels of local or by the Vatican hierarchy. It was similar in many other cases. For instance, several years passed before Bishops Patrick Ziemann of Santa Rosa in California (1999), Juan Car- los Maccarone of Santiago del Es- tero in Argentina (2005), Georg Müller of Trondheim and Oslo in Norway (2009), Raymond John Lahey of Antigonish in Canada (2009), Roger Vangheluw of Bru- ges, in Belgium (2010), John C. Favalora of Miami (2010), and An- thony J. O’Connell of Palm Beach in Florida (2010) were removed from office for active engagement in (or cover-up of) homosexual pedophilia or ephebophilia. Simi- lar steps had to be taken with re- spect to many other bishops who concealed or covered up such of-
Cardinal McCarrick and the Homolobby-e. michael jones, CW magazine Sept 2018