Gay Activists Bully D.C. Priests

Catholic League president Bill Donohue addresses a serious issue involving gay activists in the District of Columbia:

A new homosexual website, ChurchOuting.org, is intent on publicly disclosing who the gay priests are in the Archdiocese of Washington. The goal of this outing is to intimidate gay priests, as well as heterosexual priests who may be “romantically involved,” into voicing objections to the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay marriage.

This initiative is the work of Phil Attey, self-described as “Liberal-Gay-Ardent Obama Supporter”; he was active in the Obama Pride Metro-DC campaign. According to one news report, “Attey is going to approach priests he thinks are gay, and warn them that they better stop lobbying against gay people, seeing how gay they are…or…else?”

Catholic priests are also being pressured to sign the “Declaration of Religious Support for Marriage Equality,” a statement by Clergy United for Marriage Equality. The statement, while it is not one we support, is respectfully written. Accordingly, we will write to members of the Steering Committee of this group asking them to dissociate themselves from this attempted hijacking of their effort.

The Catholic League is prepared to assist any priest in the Archdiocese of Washington who is the victim of harassment, intimidation or stalking. Whatever resources the priest needs, we will see to it that he is served. If radical gay activists want a showdown with the Catholic League, we will not disappoint them.

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  • suz slu

    On the other hand, isn’t churchouting.org HELPING the church?? Seems to me that actually making gay priests choose the church or their lifestyle isn’t such a bad thing. The bishops don’t seem to be able to identify and do anything about the gay priests. They need to come to our diocese…they’d be really, really busy! I don’t get letting a gay priest continue in his ministry? Is it harassment to make them adhere to the rules of the Church they represent?

  • mallys

    There is a great deal of difference between a priest who, while having same sex attractions, is faithfully celibate, follows and proclaims the teachings of the Church in the matter, and does everything in his power to give the assent of faith, and one who is openly “gay” in lifestyle and allegiances. It sounds as if the “gay community” is going to “use its ‘gaydar’” to try and pick off the former and leave the latter in place — once they “sign on the dotted line,” of course.

    Then there will be those who, for no apparent reason — and more importantly with no proof whatsoever– will be called “gay” by this bunch. The faithful ones are the groups the Catholic League is trying to help.

    If you have any proof of a priest in your diocese living an unfaithful lifestyle, you must get it to the attention of the bishop, unfaithful shepherds are a danger to the flock. The next step up from the bishop is the papal nuncio.

  • lkeebler

    Thank you Suz. Although I do not agree that a hostile enemy of the Church (churchouting.org) should be a choice of discipline. I too have seen homosexual priests who proclaim to be celibate but who have not repented of the sin of homosexuality. It is not only in the actions that God is concerned with but the “allegiances”, with the mind. If a priest’s allegiance is to God and the Church he will not make excuses for himself, he will not associate with homosexuals, he will not surround himself with other homosexual friends and toy with the sin. He will however, denounce the homosexual lifestyle in word and deed as he is aware of the displeasure God has for it and he is aware of the sin it truly is. Just as a priest would do the same if he was a recovering alcoholic before he became a priest or had once had an addiction to pornography or whatever… he would repent completely of the sin, not associate with those who are still in the sin (except in the service as a priest to also save those who are still caught up in the sin), he would speak freely to his church and all those who would listen as to the evils of the sin, he would stay far away from that sin in his lifestyle, friends, words and deeds and it would be apparent to his congregation that homosexuality is a grievous sin.

    Unfortunately I see more of the opposite, while professing to be celibate, some are still pandering to the sin in deeds and words that are apparent to everyone and even excusing themselves to their congregation supposing it to be acceptable because, after all, they are being celibate but in truth they are promoting homosexuality by their actions and words. This is very grievous because they are shepherds leading the sheep dangerously astray to think homosexuality itself is not bad (even if the church does teach it is a sin).

    Romans 1 says pretty much what God has to say and how displeasing (to put it mildly) He is with this sin. He also is very clear on the importance of what is in the mind as well as what is in our actions: Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law – indeed it cannot, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

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