Book Review by George Kocan
“The Rite of Sodomy: Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church,” by Randy Engel, NEP, Box 356, Export Pennsylvania, 1312 pages; www.newengelpublishing.com.
TV cameras recently caught the Archbishop of San Francisco giving Holy Communion to men dressed up like what can best be described as blasphemous clowns. They wore heavy make-up to hide their sex and costumes to make them look like nuns. No one could miss the fact that homosexuals staged this hateful stunt to mock the Catholic Church.
Yet, Archbishop George Niederauer dutifully presented the sacred hosts as if nothing was wrong. Later on, he apologized, pleading ignorance. We are to believe that after living for two years in San Francisco, Niederauer does not know who or what the self-styled “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” are. Naturally, intelligent Catholics and other observers of the culture wars are mystified. They just do not understand. . .
However, Catholics do exist who understand and would be more than willing to clarify the issue. Steven Brady understands. An owner of a pizza delivery service, Brady devoted nearly all of his spare time to exposing the predatory homosexuality of his prelate, the Bishop of Springfield, Il, Dan Ryan. Ryan became notorious for cruising for teenaged boys and even trying to force himself on his priests. As of this writing, Brady is recovering from severe injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident.
Fr. Alfred Kunz understood. He helped blow the whistle on Ryan by collecting Brady’s information and contacting the right people in the Vatican to take action. Police found his body in his rectory in a Wisconsin parish, dead of multiple stab wounds. Fr. John Hardon, one of the top Jesuit theologians in the country, understood. Also having good contacts, he and Fr. Kunz planned on going to Rome together to persuade the Vatican to do something. Presumably, Fr. Hardon died of natural causes. He was in his 80’s. The Vatican eventually removed Ryan from his position. Yet, he still enjoys all the perks of a priest and bishop in good standing with the Church.
Fr. Charles Fiore, a Dominican priest, understood. Once a leader in the pro-life movement in Illinois, until he ran into problems with Chicago’s Archbishop, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, he moved to Wisconsin. Fr. Fiore embarked on a crusade to rid the Church of homosexuals, especially those in the Chicago area. Fr. Fiore apparently died from a fall off a ladder at his home.
Malachi Martin, a former Jesuit, understood. A prolific author of books and novels describing the corruption both in the Jesuit order and the Catholic Church, took a special interest in the Kunz murder. Martin also wrote a 700 page book, “Windswept House,” which told the story of an occult, Satanic conspiracy of pederast priests led by the Archbishop of Century City, a veiled reference to Cardinal Bernardin. I heard Martin discuss his book with Milt Rosenberg, a radio talk show host on WGN. He admitted that his novel centered on Bernardin but explained that he did not make that explicit in the story because he did not want to have his “kneecaps blown off.” Martin died from an accident in his home.
Francis Pellegrini, an organist and choirmaster in a Chicago parish, understood. In May, 1984, police his found the body of Francis Pellegrini on the property of his parish. The unknown assailant(s) bound his hands with barbed wire and stabbed him more than 20 times. Police surmised that either a woman or a homosexual committed the crime. Pelligrini’s girlfriend said that he planned on exposing a sex-ring of priests known as “The Boys’ Club.” Pellegrini expressed the desire to leave the club, which practiced occult rituals as well as sodomy with boys.
Andrew Greeley, pundit, apologist for the Democrat Party, author of “steamy” novels and a Catholic priest, understands. He described such a club in one of his autobiographical books. However, he explained that he had no fear of the Boys’ Club, because whom he knows and what he knows has been written down and placed in a safe place, just in case anything happens to him.
Finally, Randy Engel, the author under consideration, understands. No, my interpretation of the above events does not appear in her book. That does not make it a flawed book. I listed them to draw the reader’s attention to the depth of the corruption that does exist in the Church, which she doggedly and faithfully chronicles.
The history of corruption and homosexuality in the American Church goes as far back as the revolutionary war with England. She has produced a serious and well-researched book. There is much more to the Bernardin story and Engel tells it well, in infuriating and heart-breaking detail. When parents complained that priests in the Chicago suburbs were molesting their boys, the Cardinal told his lawyers to play hardball. When the parents went to court, he counter-sued. His remedy was to assign the abusing priests to other parishes, where they continued their abuse. In one family, two of the abused boys committed suicide when they grew older. Engel names names, places and dates.
Engel’s book does not stop with Bernardin but examines the homosexual influence throughout the American Church, including New York’s Francis Cardinal Spellman and Milwaukee’s Archbishop Rembert Weakland. It deserves wide exposure, as a lesson to Catholics and non-Catholics alike, on how subversives have infiltrated the Church and turned it into a playground and vehicle for their own agenda. She relates how Bella Dodd, a top Communist union organizer in New York, converted to Catholicism and divulged her role in recruiting 1100 young Communist men into Catholic seminaries. Readers learn that the “homosexual collective,” as Engel calls it, targeted the Jesuits and Dominican orders for penetration and subversion. They learn how homosexuals took control of seminaries and systematically screened out candidates to the priesthood who actually believed in Church doctrine. They learn that Cardinal Bernardin made 28 priests bishops, many of whom will carry on his peculiar legacy.
Through intimidation, blackmail and goodness knows what else, the homosexual collective has rendered the leadership of the Church, including perhaps most of the bishops, silent and toothless. As far as I know, Randy Engel still enjoys good health.
George Kocan’s thrilling novel, “The Boys’ Club,” came out in 2006.