The emperor’s clothes

By Craige McMillan

The Catholic Church traces its roots back 2,000 years, 20 centuries, to Peter, one of the original Twelve who followed Jesus on the dusty paths of Galilee. The Church’s beginning is attributed to Jesus himself, who upon Peter’s confession of faith is quoted by Matthew, Jesus’ biographer: “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (meaning rock), and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (16:18).

The Church endured 20 centuries of persecution, war, famine, competing religions, violent infighting, and unrelenting attack by the godless “isms” of the 20th century: Marx, Mao, Stalin, Darwin and their mutant descendants. At its apex, the Church’s power was sufficient that an English king was whipped naked in the winter snow over a casket as punishment for his part in the murder of Beckett, archbishop of Canterbury.

Today the Catholic Church is itself being whipped, lying naked and exposed in the public media squares of America, its shame and nakedness visible for all to see. It has been stripped of its influence, its credibility is destroyed, and its finances are in such shambles that the Boston Archdiocese – and one wonders how many others – is considering bankruptcy. How could this happen?

The short answer is, homosexual priests. For whatever reason, some 40 years ago the Catholic hierarchy decided that admitting homosexual men to the priesthood was an idea whose time had come. Twenty years later, homosexuals had taken over the seminaries, and had made heterosexual men committed to a vow of chastity feel unwelcome.

Now, homosexual individuals have worked their way up the Catholic hierarchy into positions of power and influence, their dark secret in many cases intact. No one knows who or where they are. They cover for one another. The pain of their victims, while lamentable, is the price of their sexual gratification. One can only determine their presence by the damaged lives, aborted childhoods and ruined families they leave behind. Lives sacrificed on the alter of sexual perversion. Crimes against children tolerated, one and all, by a church hierarchy, pro-gay in the extreme.

Perhaps the Church’s real sin was arrogance. They imagined that the embrace of evil, and that the offspring that grew from it would somehow turn out to be good. We all harbor such illusions – our lives are testimony to them. Social programs equivalent to the entire gross domestic product of America will never be able to repair the broken lives produced by a daily unholy alliance with evil.

God’s instruction on who should administer Christian churches is clear enough: “The overseer then must be irreproachable, husband of one wife, sober, discreet, decorous, hospitable, apt to teach; not given to excesses from wine, not a striker, but mild, not addicted to contention, not fond of money, conducting his own house well, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (but if one does not know how to conduct his own house, how shall he take care of the assembly of God?)” (1st Timothy 3:2-5). Good counsel. One can’t help but wonder if it might not have wider application?

Contrary to popular belief, the Church was never expected to be perfect. How can it be, when it is administered by imperfect people? God knows our failings better than we do. That’s why he set down the rules he did. God excluded homosexuals from Church administration because he knew what their failings were. Now we do, too. For the same reasons he excluded adulterers, drunkards, those who worship the almighty dollar and those whose immediate family is in disarray. Perhaps not such bad advice after all?

The Catholic Church is not alone in its failings. The end of the 20th century finds the entire Christian Church mired in the condition described by Jesus in Revelation, the final book of the Bible:

“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (3:17-19).