It’s difficult not to believe that the current blizzard of negative activity against the Catholic Church is not orchestrated after Pope Benedict XVI announced his sudden resignation earlier this month. The political posturing has accelerated to epic proportions.
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour perhaps received the bombshell quote of the century Monday, February 25th when she interviewed gay ex-Dominican friar Mark Dowd who claimed, “gay men are massively overrepresented in the Church. About half if not more of all people attracted to seminaries in the priesthood are gay themselves”.http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/25/former-catholic-friar-homosexuality-is-the-ticking-time-bomb/?hpt=hp_c3&iid=article_sidebar
Dowd substantiated his estimation by on and off the record comments by members of the Catholic Church and personal experience himself.
Should Dowd proved to be correct, one would wonder how such a large percentage of gays could infiltrate the Catholic Church without being by design. With the population of gays being less than 2%, then having half or over half entering the seminary can hardly be called accidental. A definitive recruitment or favoritism towards sexual orientation has to be considered.
The evidence swirling around the Catholic Church for decades has to be viewed in a different light. The Archbishop of Scotland Cardinal Keith O’Brien stepped down from his position after British newspapers accused O’Brien of having inappropriate sexual contact with priests for decades.
Sexual impropriety has long been an ongoing problem not only by priests, but the response done by the church once a priest has been suspected of sexual abuse of children or having illicit sexual encounters. A Southern California cardinal has been accused of covering up sexual abuse that could have embarrassed the church or revealed others guilty of abuse.
The tainted accusations have not escaped the Vatican itself as accusations of church officials engaged in sexual misconduct, blackmail and manipulation have also surfaced.
With all the sordid activity rising in the backdrop of Pope Benedict’s resignation, it would not be surprising that many of these accusations are contrived to undermine the selection process and force a break from the traditional values that guide the Catholic Church.
The next pope is hoped to be more liberal to pacify those wanting a more progressive posture for the Catholic Church. With many in position to force a more liberal stance, having a ruthless approach is not out of the question. Thus, whatever works that pulls down the old guard is acceptable.
The search for a new pontiff will be an interesting one. The behind the scene movements to position who and what the new pope would represents will either make the traditional conservatives happy or placate the progressives that want a more “worldly” pope.