Let’s just be blatant about it: was there, and is there still, a homosexual network at the topmost level of American Catholicism, one that allowed the abuse crisis to all but overtake the many good bishops and priests out there?
Did the network succeed in strategically installing certain gay-friendly bishops across North America?
This is a dark, dark subject over which one should not obsess (we know Who wins in the end) but we must root it out and it goes to what the Pope said last week: that we must now seek out the full truth, whatever the truth is — which will help all those good priests — and future seminarians — out there.
It’s difficult to see how such a formal conspiracy could work to such efficient effect, and the issue of abuse, as we’ll be hearing all week, when the Pope visits Ireland, is not confined to the U.S. But sometimes one does wonder about the idea of a truly nefarious “axis” of pederasty, one that may even have involved, in some instances, practices of the occult.
We say this because two decades ago, we were contacted by a woman and her daughter who alleged that a very major U.S. cardinal, no longer alive, had abused the daughter when she was 11, in a horrendous way — forcing her into a sexual act that involved the Eucharist. We won’t go into further detail. As it is, we apologize for having to broach the aforementioned.
At the time, we discounted it as “false-memory syndrome”: where people suddenly “recall” things in their deep past. This syndrome has implicated many people in all walks of life in very horrendous things, often very falsely (especially when it has to do with satanic ritual abuse, and just as there are priests who have been wrongly besmirched).
But we come to learn, in revisiting this, that the girl, an adult woman when we spoke with her, passed several lie-detector tests and had consulted bestselling Catholic writer Malachi Martin, who incorporated her allegations into a book, Windswept House. She went by the nom de guerre of “Agnes.” And besides her own claim of abuse — which she said was conducted not just by the future cardinal, but also a future monsignor who was in an occultic-like group with the future cardinal. She claimed her dog was killed by them. She swore an affidavit.
Location: Greenville, South Carolina. Year: 1957. A future monsignor ended up in a powerful spot in a diocese in that state, and the cardinal sprung from there to a very powerful national position, including with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
It sounds ludicrous, and possibly is. A future major cardinal, in such a hideous act? And yet one is made to wonder for a number of reasons.
First: recently, a priest in Iowa was arrested with a trove of child pornography, some of it horribly sadistic. Police found e-mails and online “chats” in which this poor cleric spoke of descending to “Satan” and fantasized about harming children in his neighborhood and killing a girl’s dog. The diocese had his home exorcised.
Two: Many years ago, visiting Greenville, a woman active in the Marian movement detailed the horrendous effect the abuse of a priest had had on her son. It was the first time we heard directly of abuse. The priest seemed to have free rein there.
Three, the now-famous Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed abuse by priests that was just as horrendous, including use of a Crucifix and Holy Water during or after terrible sexual acts with children. It also showed a clear network of priests involved, and elements of sadism. The way the Crucifix was used made one wonder if a ritual, consciously or unconsciously, was enacted.
Apologies again, but were some priests, bishops, and perhaps even a cardinal or two members of a satanic cult?
That too seems — for the moment — a bridge too far. But it’s something the Vatican — which contends with its own so-called “Lavender Mafia” — must promptly investigate. Some believe that priests and lay people who were going to expose such have been harmed.
While formal involvement in satanism seems sensationalistic, it is easy now to see, as we have stated for many years, that whether the conspiracy was at an earthly or spiritual level, the devil greatly infiltrated the Church, and it is also easy to see that there seemed to be a connection from Los Angeles through the Midwest to Chicago and the East Coast.
[Feedback (Mail, unedited): “It is troubling and sorrowful for me to watch what is unfolding in our beloved Church regarding homosexual/ pedophile religious. Wasn’t it Fulton Sheen that said if you scratch the surface of a homosexual, you will find a satanist?