The Latest USCCB Dog and Pony Show
by Randy Engel
From Catholic Family News December 2007
As a Catholic writer, over the years I have covered a few of the main fall meetings of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/ United States Catholic Conference, today known as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in Washington, D.C. It didn’t take me more than a few sessions of reporting on the ecclesiastical politics of the NCCB/USCC to reach the conclusion that these semiannual meetings were nothing more than an elaborate dog and pony show staged by the “progressive” arm of the post-Conciliar American Church (Am-Church). So after a couple of tours of duty, I decided to trade in my plane ticket and the expenses of lodgings at the NCCB/USCC hotel of choice for a comfortable armchair at home where I could video tape the proceedings carried by EWTN and study them at my leisure.
The debacle that took place last month at the November 13-16, 2006 meeting of Catholic bishops at the Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore in connection with the passage of the “gay-friendly” USCCB-drafted document “Ministry to Persons with a Homo-sexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care” reaffirmed the wisdom of that decision.
It’s no great secret, of course, that since its founding in 1966, the American bishops’ mega-bureaucracy has had an on-going love affair with all things liberal including the “Gay Liberation Movement” within and without the Church.
Without the active cooperation of the NCCB/ USCC, the Homosexual Collective could never have so quickly and thoroughly colonized and metastasized the Catholic priesthood and religious orders and diocesan and parish life in the United States. Many bishops and cardinals who have served as officers of the NCCB or General Secretaries of the USCC have themselves been active homosexuals. From the earliest years of the NCCB/ USCC, avowed “gay” activists were recruited and placed in sensitive positions within the AmChurch bureaucracy. Likewise, key departments within the USCC such as the Office of Social Justice have used their extensive resources to advance the political agenda of the Homosexual Collective. Even the USCC Family Life Office was used as a vehicle to disseminate “gay” propaganda into Catholic elementary and secondary schools under the guise of so-called sex education.
By the late 1970s, Dignity and New Ways Ministry, two of the most virulent strains of “gay” Catholic ministries operating in AmChurch had successfully established strong working liaisons with NCCB/USCC officials, staffers and sympathetic bishops. In 1986, after the Holy See belatedly put the kibosh on the use of Church facilities and resources by pro-homosexual groups, Dignity and New Ways went on to create new more inclusive “gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, sadomasochist ministries” to advance the ideological and political agenda of the Homosexual Collective in AmChurch. They also continued to provide direction and input into NCCB/ USCC documents on homosexuality including the outrageously “gay-friendly” documents “The Many Faces of AIDS” (1988) and “Always Our Children” (1997).
Among the most important second-generation “gay” ministry groups in-spired by Dignity and New Ways is NACDLGM (National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries) which is currently active in 55 dioceses and 131 Catholic parishes in the United States and Canada.
The most important thing the reader needs to remember about Dignity, New Ways, NACDLGM and other so-called “gay” Catholic ministries is that despite their religious trappings, these organizations are essentially political not religious. They are not “ministries” in the traditional sense of the word. Their objectives are ideological and political in nature and they are designed to extend and strengthen the hold of the Homosexual Collective on the Catholic Church in America and to secure its vast resources for their own ends.
“Gay” ministries transform parishes into political and propaganda cells for “gay” activism. They undermine authentic Church teachings on Faith and morals.
“Gay” ministries systematically strip parishioners of every vestige of natural revulsion that the normal person experiences when initially confronted by sexual perversion. Rather than helping the homosexual extricate himself from the vice to which he has become habituated, “gay” ministries confirm the homosexual in his sin and bind him ever tighter to the Homosexual Collective which frowns upon defectors. “Gay” ministries re-cruit like the Army, especially among vulnerable youth. “Gay” ministries have gone to great lengths to cover up the historical fact that pederasty, that is, sexual acts between an adult male and a minor male, has been the most universal and pervasive form of homosexuality from ancient to modern times.
In a number of liberal dioceses, “gay” ministries have been instrumental in establishing “gay” parishes, that is, parishes that cater almost exclusively to a sexually-active “gay” clientele.
Most Holy Redeemer Parish in the Archdiocese of San Francisco which is located in the “gay” Castro District of the city, recently made national headlines when news leaked out that the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of homosexual drag queens nationally known for their anti-Catholic antics and blasphemous parodies, had secured MHR parish hall for a salacious night of revival bingo and homo-sex hosted by he/she Peaches Christ, a drag queen freak-nick who claims to be a descendant of Jesus Christ. Each year MHR participates is the annual Gay Pride Parade, and “gay” speakers and activists regularly use the pulpit and other parish facilities to promote their “gay” theology.
Clearly, the American bishops don’t need USCCB “guidelines” for “gay” ministries. What they do need is explicit instructions on how to divest their dioceses from these organized forces of perversion and prevent further inroads from being made by the Homosexual Collective into the Church.
Randy Engel is the author of The Rite of Sodomy – Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church. For additional information see www.newengelpublishing.com.