April 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — “A 46-year-old Catholic man in Belgium who identifies as female is pushing to gain entrance to a convent as a nun where he hopes to live the remainder of his life as a religious sister,” reported my colleague, Pete Baklinski, last week.
“Eefje” Spreuters told Radio 2 Antwerp, as reported by VRT.be, that “everywhere I register, the sisters are enthusiastic. But it is not allowed by the rules” for a man who believes himself to be female to enter the convent.
This man’s twisted desire to become a nun didn’t come out of nowhere and it can’t naively be attributed to pop-culture forces.
It stems from the very fertile environment our prelates have created for sexual confusion to flourish.
While the teaching of the Catholic Church on sexual matters is perfectly clear, our prelates are not.
Let’s drop the pretense of faithfulness to Church teaching once and for all: Catholic prelates have a soft spot in their heart for feminine men, masculine women, and sodomy.
The fish stinks from the head down
First and foremost, this male-nun daydream is a reflection of Pope Francis’ softness and jocularity on the topic of transgender men and women.
Last year, Pope Francis praised a nun in South America for opening a residence for ‘trans women’ — men who choose to identify as women — referring to the men as “girls.”
Sister Mónica Astorga Cremona, known locally in Argentina as the “Nun of the Trans,” had cut the ribbon on a new complex of apartments dedicated solely to housing men claiming to be women and their partners.
Upon hearing the news, the Pope responded, according to the nun, “Dear Mónica, God who did not go to the seminary or study theology will repay you abundantly. I pray for you and your girls.”
Again, the Supreme Pontiff, according to the nun, referred to the males, reported to be between 40 and 70 years old, as “girls.”
Pro-LGBT Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin SJ was delighted with the Pope’s congratulatory words to Sister Monica Cremona, saying in a tweet: “Wow. Pope Francis sends his support for a Catholic sister in Argentina who ministers to transsexual women.”
Remarks attributed to Pope Francis (and, not denied by the Vatican) in support of homosexual civil unions have caused grave scandal to the faithful.
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As the last guarantor of the Faith, the Pope should clarify and rectify these remarks, which go against the perennial teaching of the Church, even including the teaching of his living predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
"What we have to create is a law of civil coexistence [meaning civil union law, for homosexuals]...," Pope Francis is reported to have remarked, in what is arguably his clearest statement of public support for a practice morally prohibited by official Catholic Church teaching.
In fact, the Church has been crystal clear in Her opposition to homosexual unions.
Just in 2003, Pope Saint John Paul II approved a document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, titled 'Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons' and written by Cardinal Ratzinger (now, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI), which concludes with the following:
"The Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition of homosexual unions. The common good requires that laws recognize, promote and protect marriage as the basis of the family, the primary unit of society. Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behaviour, with the consequence of making it a model in present-day society, but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity. The Church cannot fail to defend these values, for the good of men and women and for the good of society itself."
It could not be more clear: the Church is calling people to repentance, not to be left to indulge in grave sin.
Since becoming public, several senior prelates as well as other notable Catholic figures have voiced their opposition to these remarks attributed to the Pontiff.
Cardinal Raymond Burke stated: "It is a source of deepest sadness and pressing pastoral concern that the private opinions reported with so much emphasis by the press and attributed to Pope Francis do not correspond to the constant teaching of the Church, as it is expressed in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition."
Cardinal Gerhard Müller commented: "Where there is tension between the plain and obvious Word of God and the infallible interpretation on the one hand, and private expressions of opinion even by the highest church authorities on the other, the principle always applies: in dubio pro DEO [When in doubt, be in favor of God]."
And, Catholic theologian and apologist Scott Hahn, without directly quoting Pope Francis, shared on Facebook the 'Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons,' published by the CDF in 1986, with the statement: "Holy Father, respectfully and humbly, I beg to differ... if that is indeed what you said. In any case, please clarify and rectify your statement, especially in view of the official teaching of our Lord through the magisterium of His Church."
But, the silence from the Vatican has been deafening, with no clarification forthcoming.
We must, therefore, ask the Pope for clarification in this serious matter.
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In 2016, Pope Francis referred to a woman who had undergone a sex-change operation as a “man,” and also referred to her as having “married” another woman and admitted to receiving them in the Vatican.
Referring to the post-trans surgery woman, the Pope said, “He got married.”
“He that was ‘her’ but is he,” explained Pope Francis, multiplying the confusion of his already confounding words.
“The bishops are to blame”
But it’s not just Pope Francis. This Belgian man’s surreal plight is also a reflection on the sexual confusion perpetrated by many European and U.S. bishops.
Over the last few years I’ve covered several United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) general assemblies. These are not men prepared to lead the Church and do battle with Satanic forces; USCCB meetings are quilting conventions, coffee klatsches. With just a few exceptions these are soft academics, ill prepared to inspire men to be men of God.
“Our Church is fast becoming an institution devoid of men; a patriarchy devoid of patriarchs — true fathers,” wrote Leila Marie Lawler and Leila Miller in a scathing rebuke of Catholic men in general and our bishops and priests in particular.
The faithful who want to worship as God commands are weary. We thought the bishops’ complicity in sex abuse, finally exposed in the Summer of Shame of 2018, was the watershed moment. We were wrong. The situation is not better today. It is worse. And as before, the bishops are to blame, this time by inappropriately imposing obedience (often through their subordinates, not directly) on purely prudential matters.
Regarding the hierarchy’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
[O]ur hierarchy ran in panic at the first hint of danger, and then added a new form of abuse, for which (with few exceptions) they have neither apologized nor repented. We now have dioceses resuming Mass in the U.S. for the most part (not all!), but most with bizarre and arbitrary restrictions still in place, and the threat of taking it all away again still hanging over us.
Most troubling of all is the strangely naïve and imprudent cooperation with the state to pressure or require the faithful to accept the COVID-19 jab. Using their moral authority to persuade the doubtful, our clergy seem to see no danger looming as those who choose not to accept the vaccines will be relegated to a lower stratum in the new caste system — or outright banished. A soft dictatorship based on medical status is upon us, and our bishops are enthusiastically welcoming it.
“A priest recently said of the U.S. bishops, that, with very few exceptions, we could not find a more effeminate group of men if we tried,” reported Lawler and Miller.
Wrapping and obscuring Catholic teaching with garish rainbow colors
In recent weeks, LifeSiteNews has reported:
Two U.S. bishops back a pro-LGBT campaign calling for acceptance of men who claim to be female.
13 U.S. bishops earlier this year signed a statement in partnership with the foundation supporting young people who identify as LGBT, telling them that “God is on your side.”
Pro-homosexual Bishop John Stowe expressed public support for the so-called Equality Act which would effectively criminalize Christianity by overriding conscience objections to practices such as performing abortions and transgender surgeries. Stowe has previously encouraged the celebration of “PRIDE” events in his diocese and has even issued a “prayer” card that celebrates homosexual “pride” and includes an image of a crucifix with rainbow colors coming from it.
In 2019, Newark’s Cardinal Tobin said in a nationally televised Today Show interview on April 17 that the church’s teaching that same-sex attraction is “disordered” is “unfortunate” and “hurtful” language. Shortly after being appointed archbishop of Newark, Tobin personally welcomed homosexuals to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark as part of a so-called “LGBT Pilgrimage.” Tobin became the center of speculation in 2018 after tweeting “nighty-night, baby. I love you” and then promptly deleting it, saying it was meant for his sister. The Cardinal was in the limelight again months later after having reportedly confirmed rumors he recently housed in his rectory a young Italian actor for a period of time.
Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich has praised the pro-LGBT Fr. James Martin and has removed a priest in his archdiocese from his parish in apparent retaliation for his decision to burn a “rainbow pride flag” previously used by the parish to promote the homosexual agenda. When he was still an archbishop, I asked him in a press scrum if he believed homosexual couples could receive Holy Communion and he replied in the affirmative.
Washington, D.C., Cardinal Wilton Gregory has permitted the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Atlanta) to act as a center for LGBT events, including LGBT potluck s and socials. The group has also participated in the city’s Pride Parade. Gregory has personally invited pro-homosexual Fr. James Martin to speak in his archdiocese and has designated a pro-gay priest who heads a homosexual-affirming parish as the “Spiritual Director for Victims” of sex abuse for the Atlanta archdiocese.
Then there’s the Commission for Marriage and Family of the German Bishops’ Conference which has concluded that homosexuality is a “normal form of sexual predisposition.”
It’s clear: The softness of our Catholic hierarchy on sexual matters amplified by their own velvety smooth personal softness has led “Eefje” Spreuters to believe he has a right to become a nun.