Saturday, April 06, 2002

Dr. Leon J. Podles has an interesting piece in Touchstone that you can read online about the current mess. It is entitled, "Catholic Scandals: A Crisis for Celibacy?" In the piece he mentions an incident that happened to him when he entered a seminary some years ago:

In the 1960s, I thought I might have a vocation, and I applied to a seminary program. Other applicants and I went through a psychological evaluation that may have been aimed at weeding out general nut cases and homosexuals. It failed on both accounts. In retrospect I would guess that a quarter of the people in the program were homosexuals or effeminate. My roommate was a homosexual, and when he approached me, I left the seminary within hours.

He wrote me a letter after reading my reflections on Goodbye, Good Men and expanded upon this incident:

He (referring to the Homosexual roommate) was also very conservative in liturgy and theology. This combination is
not unusual. Mark Jordan writes about it in The Silence of Sodom: Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism. Perhaps because Christianity has become feminized, it has attracted men who have problems with their masculinity. One problem (not necessarily the worst one) is homosexuality. The high church homosexual, well known in Anglicanism, is becoming more prominent in
Catholicism.


Leon is the author of The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity which is published by Spence Publishing, a book I read and enjoyed several years ago. He is also writing another book that Spence will publish: Sinning Priests, Weak Bishops, and the Future of the Roman Catholic Church.