Monday, January 03, 2011

Dissident ex-Catholic Priest Writes Book, Criticizes Church

Alberto Cutie may have been a dissident, and has left the Church. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have anything useful to say:

He also accuses church leaders of being hypocrites and says they tacitly accept secret homosexual and heterosexual relationships among priests but disapproved of his because it became public.

It's like I was saying: how do we expect bishops to discipline Catholics in public life when they won't discipline the priests under them?

"There are so many homosexuals, both active and celibate, at all levels of clergy and Church hierarchy that the church would never be able to function if they were really to exclude all of them from ministry," Cutie writes.

And in turn, these homosexuals are reluctant to implement the Vatican policy of excluding homosexuals in the priesthood. They also refuse candidates who are "pastorally insensitive" re: orthodox.

These priests probably WANT politicians to dissent.

The priest's critiques - he also expresses anger that many priests are too quickly "abandoned to sink or swim" when accused of sexual crimes - are not unique.

I concur. But the Church has been so compromised in so many ways, it doesn't have enough moral capital to defend its own priests.

Applied orthodoxy is the only way the Church will be able to revive. A Church that has Catholic teachings but tries to live by worldly values is schizophrenic and will only self-destruct.