Attack on Cardinal Burke boomerangs on Canadian priest


Yesterday I saw a vocal attack on his Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke, by a self-confessed openly homosexual priest from Canada, Fr. Andre Sampson (Tue Jun 9, 2015 - 7:23 pm EST).
"Cardinal Burke has expressed very negative views on homosexual persons. For instance, Cardinal Burke has stated that children should be kept out of the presence of homosexual persons. How can Cardinal Burke assert that the presence of homosexual persons could be detrimental to children? Is he in a position to quote scientific studies that would validate his hypothesis?” Fr. Andre Samson asked LifeSiteNews via email."
Of course there is a detailed study into this, and even a perfunctory analysis of the John Jay Report, which anyone can do, reveals a clear statistical link between SSA and child abuse in Catholic priests.

Someone at Life Site News obviously had the same idea and simultaneously published an article (on Wed Jun 10, 2015 - 7:46 pm EST) by Rick Fitzgibbons MD in which he writes:
"Catholic priests with same sex attractions/homosexuality have inflicted severe harm upon Catholic youth, primarily adolescent males, and families in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, England and in many other countries in the world in the new crisis in the Church."
This very important article justifies the Vatican Instruction of 2005: "Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders" - which has been ignored (and even blatantly contradicted) by the English & Welsh Bishops for the last ten years. 

Why is this? Why are they so determined to capitulate to the spirit of the age, to move with modernity? I heard a priest speaking about this recently refer to it as being "very complicated", but is it? It shouldn't be if we stand by what the Church teaches. We can be compassionate and merciful without condoning sin. True compassion and mercy come from the sort of soul-searching which is born of real personal holiness. In understanding my own brokeness, I can reach out to others with hope.

Despite the constant efforts to mitigate Church teaching, I do consider that, ultimately, the Church will be proven right on this. So why keep fighting the Magisterium? Why not just accept it, capitulate before it, embrace it, teach it.

Rick Fitzgibbons MD was the co-editor of the Catholic Medical Association’s August 2011 issue of the Linacre Quarterly on the crisis in the Church and is a contributor to its Homosexuality and Hope, 2015 (in press).

The scientific studies supporting this Life Site News article are found in the August 2011 issue of the Linacre Quarterly here. It would no doubt make interesting reading for some of our bishops - especially in the light of the-then Father Marcus Stock's statement denouncing Cardinal Bertone in 2010 when he said:
“To the best of my knowledge, there is no empirical data which concludes that sexual orientation is connected to child sexual abuse."
Well now he has no excuse for not knowing the facts.


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