Monday, 17 June 2013

PROMINENT GAY CATHOLICS

The existence of gay clergy in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and other traditions is a matter of historical record. Homosexual activity was engaged in secretly. When it was made public, official response ranged from inaction to expulsion from Holy Orders. As far back as the eleventh century, Ralph, Archbishop of Tours had his lover installed as Bishop of OrlĂ©ans and neither Pope Urban 11 nor his successor Paschal 11 took action to depose either 
SAINT AELRED

SAINT ALRED

Aelred of Rievaulx, a Cistercian monk, was probably a celibate but wrote intensely ardent love letters to male friends.
SAINTS SERGIUS AND BACCHUS:
Sergius and Bacchus were officers in Galerius’ army, and were held high in his favour until they were exposed as secret Christians. They were then severely punished, with Bacchus dying during torture, and Sergius eventually beheaded. The close friendship between the two is strongly emphasized in their hagiographies and traditions, making them one of the most famous examples of paired saints.
SAINT PAULINUS OF NOLA:

SAINT PAULINUS

Saint Paulinus of Nola, bishop and poet wrote poetic epistles to his lover Ausonius.

POPES WITH MALE LOVERS:
Pope Paul 11 (1464–1471) is popularly thought to have died due to indigestion arising from eating melon to excess though he in fact died while committing sodomy.
Pope Sixtus 1V (1471–1484) was alleged to have awarded gifts and benefices to court favourites in return for sexual favours. Giovanni Sclafenato was created a cardinal by Sixtus for "ingenuousness, loyalty and his other gifts of soul and body", according to the papal epitaph on his tomb.
Pope Leo X1513–1521) was allegedly a practising homosexual, according to some modern and contemporary sources (Francesco Guicciardini and Paolo Giovio). He was alleged to have had a particular (albeit one-sided) infatuation for Marcantonio Flaminio.

MARCANTONIO

Several modern historians have concluded that Leo was gay. Contemporary tracts and accounts, including those of two of the leading papal historians of the time shared a belief that Leo engaged in "unnatural vice". Francesco Guicciardini  wrote, "At the beginning of his pontificate most people deemed him very chaste; however, he was afterwards discovered to be exceedingly devoted – and every day with less and less shame – to that kind of pleasure that for honour's sake may not be named". Bishop and writer, Paolo Giovio, also explained that Leo seemed to have "an improper love for some of his chamberlains". There were suggestions that Count Ludovico Rangone and Galeotto Malatesta were among Leo's lovers, and there were numerous pasquinades posted around Rome's statues to that effect.

Cesare Falconi has examined in particular Leo's infatuation with the seventeen-year old Venetian noble Marcantinio Flaminio, with Leo arranging the best education that could be offered for the time. However, suspicions of Leo's motives seem to have led to the direct intervention of Marcantonio's father, who took the unusual step for the time of refusing the career in the church that Leo had mapped out for the son and instead demanded a return to Bologna. Pope Julius 111 (1550–1555) was alleged to have had a long affair with Inncenzo Ciocchi del Monte. The Venetian ambassador at that time reported that Innocenzo shared the pope's bed

CARDINAL NEWMAN AND FATHER AMBROSE SAINT JOHN



John Henry Newman, a renowned scholar-priest and Britain’s most famous 19th-century convert to Catholicism, was beatified in 2010 amid rampant speculation that he was a gay saint because of his relationship with Ambrose St. John. The two priests lived together for 32 years and share the same grave. Newman’s feast day is today (Oct. 9) in the Catholic church.

Some say they shared a “romantic friendship” or “communitarian life.” It seems likely that both men had a homosexual orientation while abstaining from sex. Newman described St. John as “my earthly light.” The men were inseparable. 
Newman recalled their early years in this way: “From the first he loved me with an intensity of love, which was unaccountable. At Rome 28 years ago he was always so working for and relieving me of all trouble, that being young and Saxon-looking, the Romans called him my Angel Guardian.”

St. John, a scholar and linguist in his own right, helped Newman with his scholarship and shared other aspects of daily life as if they were a couple in a same-sex marriage. John Cornwell, author of NEWMANS UNQUIES told National Public Radio that St. John’s support for Newman included “even doing things like packing his bags before he went away, making sure he was taking his medicine, making sure he kept dental appointments, that sort of thing. So it was almost like a wife, but without sharing a bed.
Newman was heartbroken by the loss of his beloved partner. “I have always thought no bereavement was equal to that of a husband’s or wife’s, but I feel it difficult to believe that anyone’s sorrow can be greater than mine” that anyone’s sorrow can be greater than mine,.
He insisted three different times that he be buried in the same grave with St. John: “I wish, with all my heart, to be buried in Father Ambrose St. John’s grave -- and I give this as my last, my imperative will,” he wrote, later adding: “This I confirm and insist on. Newman died of pneumonia on Aug. 11, 1890 at age 89. According to his express wishes, he was buried with St. John. The shroud over his coffin bore his personal coat of arms with the Latin motto, “Heart speaks to heart), which he adopted when he became cardinal. Their joint memorial stone is inscribed with a Latin motto chosen by Newman: ”Out of the shadows and reflections into the truth.” During the beatification process, the Vatican tried to violate Newman’s desire to be buried with his beloved companion. Controversy arose as some saw the decision to disturb the shared grave as an attempt to separate them and cover up the queer side of Newman’s life. Vatican officials hoped to excavate and move his remains in preparation for his beatification. However when the grave was opened in 2008, the remains had completely decomposed, leaving nothing that could be separated.
BISHOP THOMAS GUMBLETON USA:
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, the retired Catholic bishop in the Diocese of Detroit, has consistently been a supporter of New Ways Ministry  and has also called for homosexual priests and bishops to "come out" and be truthful to themselves and others Gumbleton has also acted as a keynote speaker at Call To Action conferences. In 1995 he wore a mitre at a church service on which were symbols of the cross, a rainbow and a pink triangle in solidarity with the gay community.
CARDINAL FRANCIS SPELLMAN - USA:
Francis Spellman, the Cardinal Archbishop of New York (died 1967) was gay. A book published in 1998 claims that during World War 11 Spellman was carrying on a relationship with a chorus boy in the Broadway revue ONE TOUCH OF VENUS.  
ARCHBISHOP REMBERT WEAKLAND - USA:
Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee, Wisconsin retired on May 24, 2002 following the revelation that he had used $450,000 in archdiocesan funds to settle a lawsuit accusing him of sexual harassment. In 2009 he confirmed that he was gay.
BISHOP REGINALD CAWCUTT – SOUTH AFRICA:
BISHOP CAWCUTT


The auxiliary Roman Catholic Bishop of Cape Town, South Africa, resigned in July 2002 following allegations that he outed himself as gay on a sometimes-sexually charged website set up for gay priests. I met Bishop Cawcutt last September in Cape Town.
CARDINAL GROER IN AUSTRIA:
 In 2003, Cardinal Hans Herman Groer was removed from office by John Paul II for alleged sexual misconduct with younger men who were students in his care.
BISHOP JUAN CARLOS IN ARGENTINA:
In 2005, Juan Carlos, of Argentina was forced to resign after images were released of him engaged in sexual activity with another man.
BISHOP DA SILVIRA IN URUGUAY:
Francisco Domingo Barbosa Da Silveira, the Bishop of Minas in Uruguay was forced to resign in July 2009, following a gay sex scandal in which he had faced extortion.
ARCHBISHOP JOHN CHARLES MC QUAID OF DUBLIN (1895-1973):
I knew Archbishop McQuaid personally and believe that he was of the homosexual orientation – but there is no truly reliable evidence to date that he was sexually active.
IRISH CATHOLIC BISHOPS:
There are strong rumours among the Irish clergy concerning two Irish Catholic bishops who are or have been sexually active homosexuals.
THE ENGLISH BISHOPS:
Reputable London journalists have told me of English Catholic bishops who have been or are sexually active homosexuals and those journalists are conducting on-going investigations
CARDINAL KEITH O’BRIEN:
Most recently in February 2013, Cardinal Keith O’Brien (leader of the Catholic church in Scotland) was forced to resign as archbishop three months ahead of planned retirement because of allegations of inappropriate acts with four priests.
POPE PAUL V1:

POPE PAUL V1

Pope Paul V1 was reportedly sexually active as a gay man.

THE ROMAN CURIA:

In the past week Pope Francis has expressed concerns about a “gay lobby” in the Vatican. Other clergy in Rome have spoken to me of an aggressive gay faction in the Vatican and in church colleges and institutions in Rome.

7 comments:

  1. And no doubt there were clergy who had sex with sheep .That doesn't make it right.

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  2. Sheep! I am a follower of situation ethics and sheep can be dealt with. However, Children and coverup, universal coverup!! Seriously. Anyway, no matter what the balance of the Church says, the Padraig's keep us in the Dark Ages! I suppose you people like you pay the legal bills. Important stuff!

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  3. I'm fed up of religion being equated with sexuality! Jesus came that we may have life and have it to the full. When I was young religion was a place where I collected Green Shield Stamps to get into heaven when I die. B sh*t I say. The future is now & heaven or hell exist in the reality of my current experience!

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  4. Faith & Spirituality are REAL & very important in our life. RELIGION can be confused and use to confused. As a Priest all I can recommend is that you always remain close to Jesus Christ. Thank God you can see through the rest!

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  5. Hi. Have you heard of Religious Sisters intensively doing surveillance on Bishops and Priests who they may be suspecting of improprieties? I heard from the grapevine of these Sisters who do networking among themselves, use the resources and personnel of their Congregations to eavesdrop, to lurk, to spy on, and to follow the whereabouts of these bishops, i.e., in airports, in theaters, in shopping malls, and even around their residences. If true, isn't this a violation of the human rights of bishops? If true, isn't it sad that religious sisters have been reduced to spying? I am saddened by the state of the Church, if these allegations are true.

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    1. I have not heard of such nuns.

      I can imagine they exist.

      I have known several priests who were bishop's spies.

      I know that there are prominent lay people in many countries who do some spying for Rome

      Bishop Pat

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