September 14, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – The time has come to look at homosexuality in the Church using a truer, although perhaps harsher, lens than has been used in recent decades.
Lack of tolerance isn’t the problem. Affirmation of wrongly-ordered lives and trivialization of the Gospel, however, are, and they have served to diminish the meaning and power of the Cross of Christ, and the sublime beauty of His love for His Bride, the Church.
Our discussions about homosexuality have camouflaged the truth
When it comes to discussions about the origins of same-sex attraction in people’s lives, only two possibilities are considered: Homosexuals are either ‘born that way,’ or we are that way because of some anomaly in our upbringing.
The now firmly ensconced LGBT establishment has settled on ‘born that way’ because it allows gay activists to argue for constitutional protections based on an immutable characteristic, albeit a contrived one. It also allows homosexuals to endlessly portray themselves as victims.
These are tactics, not truths, though they ‘feel’ like truth because they’ve been repeated ad infinitum. Most young people today have never even heard an opposing point of view and so both memes — “born that way” and victimhood — are broadly accepted as fact. Questioning either is antisocial, if not criminal.
Yet this is the wrong discussion. It is nothing more than a distraction camouflaging an important spiritual reality.
The big picture
To weed out the distraction, one has to step back and zoom out in order to refocus on the big picture. Ask:
- What if there are demonic forces driving homosexual desire?
- What if these forces are behind life-deforming ‘gay’ identity contagion?
- Behind the ‘trans’ identity contagion?
- Behind the undoing of the immutable definition of marriage?
- Behind the scandalous homosexual degeneracy and sin infesting the Catholic priesthood?
And what if more than anything else, these legions of unseen forces are aligned to achieve a single grand purpose: to mock and malign Christ and His Bride, the Church, as their nuptials draw ever closer?
The weaponization of homosexuality
Satan has been scoring one coup after another over the last half-century via the sexual revolution, and perhaps his greatest stealth weapon in our present age is homo-sexuality.
Satan has taken same-sex attraction and fashioned it into a weapon of mass destruction against the Church. We may not hear explosions, but we see the carnage. The problem is that we have grown accustomed to the carnage and accepted it as ordinary, never questioning its actual source.
Satanic influence driving psychological predilections
I formerly lived as a gay man – a compulsion which once dragged me far away from the Catholic Church. But as I made my way back to the faith, plodding through what seemed like quicksand, slowing my progress, I realized that I was not alone with my compulsion for degeneracy.
Fr. Gabriele Amorth, who for decades was chief exorcist of the Diocese of Rome, informed us that demons are legion. “When I’m asked how many demons there are, I answer with the words that the demon himself spoke through a demoniac: ‘We are so many that, if we were visible, we would darken the sun.’”
The air is crowded. A ‘gay’ man is never alone: He keeps company with his demons. They are hard to shake. How much more so for Roman Catholic priests who entertain them? And how large is the demonic retinue encircling disgraced former cardinals, who patiently groom infant boys they’ve baptized until they reach puberty so that they may engage in perverse sex acts with them?
I’m not discounting the role of psychology – far from it. Wonderful Christian psychologists and therapists have probed the issue of same-sex attraction for decades, identifying its underlying causes and developing successful treatments for those who seek their help and guidance.
But the demons are there, fanning perverse passions into flames, making images and fantasies alluring, and inflaming related emotions such as loneliness or inferiority in order to drive us back again and again to the perversion that grips us.
I am not talking about possession. I am, however, talking about a type of enslavement.
Homosexuality: Satan’s tactic to degrade the priesthood
This summer, the Catholic Church has been rocked by one explosive revelation of homosexual abuse and cover ups by priest and prelates after another, each one more shocking than the last.
A great many of these involve pederasty (perverse sex with adolescents), while others involve pedophilia (perverse sex with pre-pubescent children). The vast majority — roughly 80% — are ‘homosexual’ in nature.
It is likely true that far many more homosexual sex acts occur with willing peers, but these go unreported because there is no civil criminality attached. They are “consenting adults,” who enjoy indulging in hidden perversity.
A clear picture is emerging of how the father of lies has used same-sex attraction to not only infiltrate the Catholic priesthood, but to utterly degrade it, rendering the priestly vocation inauthentic in the minds of some lay people, while causing others to abandon their Catholic faith altogether.
When I was a gay man in Washington, DC in the early 2000’s, then-Cardinal McCarrick was the frequent butt of jokes among patrons in Dupont Circle’s gay bars. Everyone seemed to know about Washington’s ‘gay cardinal.’ He was a laughingstock. His obsession with young men opened the door for gays to mock the Church while his hypocrisy simultaneously inoculated many gay men against evangelization.
'Homo-tyranny is upon us'
The oppressiveness of the demonic attack now bearing down on the Church — dismissed by ‘tolerant’ prelates and priests — is catastrophic. It is impossible to overestimate the damage inflicted on the Church as a whole and on countless individual shipwrecked lives.
As Dr. Gerard van den Aardweg, Europe’s foremost expert on homosexuality, pedophilia, and gays within the Catholic priesthood has said, “Surely, a homo-tyranny is upon us.”
Tolerant members of the hierarchy and those charged with forming seminarians recklessly threw open the doors to this demonic oppression in the second half of the 20th century. In essence, they cracked open portals to hell which have allowed the smoke of Satan to seep into and defile the Catholic Church.
Members of the so-called lavender mafia have held sodomy in higher esteem than the Supremacy of Jesus Christ, the Centrality of His Cross, and the very real work of the Holy Spirit.
“Demonic”: What else would you call the actions of men who wear Roman collars — and miters — who view seminarians, altar boys, and other males not as children of God but as sexual objects, as objects of prey to satisfy their own perverse sexual appetites?
It would be a mistake to view the continuing avalanche of horror stories as a collection of heartbreaking individual cases. Look instead at the entire history. Look at it from God’s perspective, and see the hit job Satan has engineered on His priests, on His shepherds, from top to bottom.
And to what end? To undermine the priesthood; to render every man who wears a Roman collar a suspect; to place an indelible stain on the Church. Though Pope Francis has charged pastors to “be shepherds with the smell of sheep,” our immediate danger is that the sheep now reject the stench of the shepherds.
Even The New York Times realizes that the scope of the current scandal, left unaddressed, represents, “the greatest threat to the love of the laity for their church.”
Satan jumps for joy, for the Church, humanity’s greatest hope, appears to be in the business not of saving souls, but in repaganizing the world.
Same-sex ‘marriage’: Satan’s last-ditch effort to thwart the coming Great Wedding Feast
Sit back for a moment and ponder this: Why did same-sex “marriage” appear and take root all around the world so suddenly? Just a few years ago it was a ludicrous idea, yet we have witnessed it taking hold in every hemisphere at a frenetic pace.
Same-sex “marriage” is a great coup for the devil, far greater than homosexuality itself.
Caught off guard, we haven’t even begun to come to grips with the scope of this diabolical marriage putsch.
While same-sex attraction represents an inherent disorder in lives of people like me, genderless, anti-complementary, anti-conjugal gay “marriage” is an exponentially greater threat to humanity.
Same-sex “marriage” serves one purpose only: To mock Christ’s relationship with his Bride, the Church. Same-sex “marriage” is Satan’s very public expression of his contempt for Christ and his Bride. It represents his disdain and loathing for God’s plan since before the beginning of time.
Make no mistake: That is the source of the fury behind the silencing and accusations that are hurled at those who stand against same-sex “marriage.” We witness the savage rage of Satan himself underlying all the vitriol.
No one loves same-sex “marriage” more than he.
A collection of human beings conceiving of and coalescing around an idea such as same-sex “marriage” would have had no hope of achieving their goal. There is no Wizard of Wall Street or Madison Avenue “Mad Man” who could have masterminded such a brilliant campaign.
But Satan, the Father of Lies, with the cooperation of many passive Catholics, has masterminded such a plot and brought it to fruition, enlisting men and women to embrace a diabolical lie, all the while fooling them into believing they are on a righteous quest, on the “right side of history.”
Fatima visionary Sister Lucia warned us that, “The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about Marriage and the Family.”
And Fr. Gabriele Amorth once said: Evil is disguised in various ways: political, religious, cultural.
We see it in laws that go totally against nature such as divorce, abortion, homosexual “marriage.” We have forgotten God! Therefore, God will soon admonish humanity in a very powerful manner, He knows how to remind us of His presence.
Man, woman, and marriage
Yet despite Satan’s efforts, the great spiritual reality of man, woman, and marriage remain a beacon for all. Their natural and spiritual significance remains intact, and their sublime meaning, available for all to discover.
The analogy of spousal love permits us to understand in a certain way the mystery which for ages was hidden in God, and which in turn was realized by Christ, as a love proper to a total and irrevocable gift of self on the part of God to man in Christ.
As St. John Paul II said in 1982:
[T]here is constituted a primordial sacrament, understood as a
sign which effectively transmits in the visible world the invisible mystery
hidden from eternity in God. This is the mystery of truth and love, the mystery of the divine life in which man really shares.
Can we not perhaps deduce that marriage has remained the platform for the actuation of God’s eternal designs . . . ?
“What is disrupted when we move beyond the creation design of marriage and family is not only human flourishing, although it is that, but also the picture of the very mystery that defines the existence of the universe itself – the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” asserted Rev. Dr. Russell D. Moore, President, Ethics Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention at the Vatican’s 2014 Humanum Colloquium.
The Father of Lies has diabolically undermined marriage, man, and woman in order to inhibit our understanding and experience of the Gospel. For who will be able to perceive the truth about Christ’s betrothal to mankind if complementary marriage is obliterated?
Homosexuality is most certainly not a benign thing. It casts a dark shadow on otherwise bright natural and spiritual truths.
The very real Triumph of the Cross
On this Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, when our eyes should be cast heavenward, fixed on our Lord’s glorious achievement, the Church is caught in a vortex of homosexual scandal. That is because the power of the Cross of Christ has been discounted, if not largely forgotten.
The Cross of Jesus Christ IS powerful enough put to death perverse passions and allurements in the lives of same-sex attracted Christians.
As St. Paul says in his letter to Galatians: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
The men and women of Courage and countless others testify to this. They are not enslaved. They are free men and women who have been released from their shackles. Just ask Dan Mattson, Joseph Sciambra, Thomas Berryman, Paul Darrow, Jeffrey McCall, Luis Ruiz, Anita Angelo, George Carneal, Kimberly Zember, Adonis Bemish or numerous others.
In his letter to the Roman St. Paul speaks about how the “old self” is crucified with Christ.
“We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin,” he wrote.
Temptation to commit sodomy Is Not stronger than the victory Christ won for us on His Cross.
The Church should resolve to expose Satan’s ‘homo-tyranny’ for what it is and nail it to the cross so that we might witness the Triumph of the Cross of Christ.
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