OPINION: As George Pell Is Convicted, Catholic Cardinals Are Still Blaming Gay Rights


Cardinal George Pell convicted
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Despite George Pell’s conviction two senior Catholic cardinals continue to blame gay rights for clerical child abuse, writes The Fact Biatch.

The lips of the righteous know what finds favour, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse. – Proverbs 10:32

Editor’s Note: This article was provided for the issue #474 of QN Magazine. As the magazine went to print the suppression order on George Pell’s December conviction for child sexual abuse was lifted. The Fact Biatch was constrained from fully discussing the two cardinal’s knowledge of Pell’s conviction because of the suppression order, relevant because Pell himself fought for decades against the “agenda.”

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Two powerful clerics recently claimed that homosexuality, not clerical abuse of power, is responsible for the scourge of sexual abuse in the Catholic church.

“The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the church, promoted by organised networks and protected by a climate of complicity and a conspiracy of silence,” wrote Cardinals Raymond Burke and Walter Brandmüller.

The term “homosexual agenda” originated in the 1990s as a reactionary response to the growing momentum for LGBTIQ rights.

Conservative forces fought to impede the decriminalisation of homosexuality by exposing it as the first phase of a monstrous conspiracy to recruit every man, woman and child on the planet to homosexual practices.

Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell wrote about the “calculated, planned homosexualization of America.” Scott Lively who in recent years inspired Ugandan legislators to propose the death penalty for homosexuality was an early apostle of the “agenda.”

He describes it as part of Satan’s plan to bring on “the dissolution of all boundaries between human and animal and machine, to produce creatures that are a blend of all three.” Huh?

In Australia, former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fisher, who has been a regular attendee at a certain relevant trial, warned in 1994 that, “If the homosexual agenda was taken to its extreme, it would lead to a non-reproductive society.”

Australian conservatives Cory Bernardi, Lyle Shelton and Bob Katter have also espoused on the “agenda” but the Biatch sometimes wearies of quoting inanities.

These and too many other persons of influence and power propose the preposterous premise that ending the persecution of LGBTIQ people will culminate in compulsory homosexuality.

A millennia of compulsory heterosexuality never succeeded, but apparently, homosexuality is so appealing, if you let one person do it, soon everyone will want to, and before you know it, there’ll be no one left to make babies.

Catholic Cardinals Raymond Burke and Walter Brandmüller Blaming Gay RightsBurke and Brandmüller occupy a position employed throughout history to persecute LGBTIQ people. Cardinals presided over the Inquisition which castrated homosexuals and burnt them at the stake. Of course, these days apologists like to remind us that the Inquisition wasn’t all that bad.

For all the lives ruined, people scarred for life by torture and property confiscated, only a few thousand, they say, were actually rôtisseried. Oh, that’s okay then.

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However, Burke, Brandmüller and their fellow travellers have throughout history opposed our every step toward equality. When they could no longer slaughter us, they wanted us locked up. When they lost that battle, they fought to stop anti-discrimination legislation, then same-sex marriage, and now the right of trans people to live their own truth. They never give up.

The spiritual descendants of people who roasted gays at the stake, now wail persecution is paying someone to bake a cake.

The promoters of the ‘homosexual agenda’ claim equal rights for other people diminish their own rights but the only right diminished is their divine right — their centuries-long perquisite to dictate. They resist relinquishing power they regard as God-given.

Yet these men have cherry-picked their holy book and from it created a god in their own image, one who, in a stroke of good fortune, thinks exactly as they do, and demands everyone live exactly as they do or face terrible punishment, in the here and now when possible, but otherwise, in the hereafter.

In an observance of his 90th birthday earlier this year, Brandmüller proclaimed that “80% of the abuse cases in the ecclesial environment involve male adolescents, not children.” He pronounced this “statistically proven,” but without providing statistics.

Nevertheless, statistics exist, and they disagree with him. A 2018 German study showed that more than 50% of 3,677 clerical abuse cases involved boys and girls aged less than 13 when first abused.

Men, women and girls are also abused by priests, not only adolescent males. Brandmüller’s fellow cardinal Theodore McCarrick was dismissed in February for his crimes against men, as well as boys. Clerical abuse of nuns is a growing scandal.

Substantial clerical sexual abuse was documented eons before either the gay rights movement or the supposed “agenda”.

Around 1050, Cardinal Peter Damien wrote Liber Gomorrhianus, a treatise castigating the church for permitting and covering up, the many vices of the clergy, including sexual abuse of children.

There is no evidence of a gay rights movement or homosexual agenda in the eleventh century.

In 1531, Martin Luther, the father of protestantism, claimed the pope vetoed a measure to restrict the number of boys cardinals kept for their pleasure for fear of publicising “how openly and shamelessly the pope and cardinals practice sodomy.”

No Stonewall or Mardi Gras in the sixteenth century!

No one need bring these facts to Brandmüller’s attention. He knows them. He was previously the church historian. The man is disingenuous at best.

To his credit, Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge spoke out immediately against the cardinals.

“As far as I and Pope Francis and many others can see, the problem is the abuse of power.”

Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell has made no public comment, though in 2006 he told schoolboys that, “Homosexual activity is a much greater health hazard than smoking.” Pell has suffered ill-health in recent years.

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The Fact Biatch is forced to obscure a universally known fact relevant to this discussion because of the current surreal circumstance of an anachronistic law threatening five year’s imprisonment for mentioning a matter every reader is aware of.

Burke and Brandmüller wrote their statement in full awareness of the recent conviction of a high-profile senior church official which the Fact Biatch is constrained from reporting.

It is time the church disempowered men like Burke and Brandmüller to end, among other things, their promotion of discrimination and abuse against LGBTIQ people worldwide.

The Catholic Church wields immense power and while Brandmüller at 90 is little threat, Burke is one of just 123 men with the power to choose the next pope and is seriously proposed by some as a candidate for that office.

Over the nearly 1000 years before any notable Gay Rights movement or “homosexual agenda,” history documented clerical sexual abuse and church cover-ups. Equal rights for LGBTIQ world citizens have not been responsible for clerical sexual abuse. The problem is the abuse of power by the clergy and the church.

Additionally, the anti-gay rhetoric has consequences. In Uganda, while the legislation inflicting the death penalty for homosexuality never passed, LGBTIQ were bashed, driven from the country into Kenyan refugee camps and killed as a direct result of the hysteria whipped up by evangelical colonialists.

Perhaps if the Cardinals work to stop the cover-ups and stop the distractions, it might go some way to stopping the abuse.