Nobody Expects the Inquisition

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Nobody Expects the Inquisition

I wonder how they're going to do this exactly?
Investigators appointed by the Vatican have been instructed to review each of the 229 Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States for "evidence of homosexuality" and for faculty members who dissent from church teaching, according to a document prepared to guide the process.
By conducting a priest-by-priest, seminary-by-seminary homo witchhunt, that's how.
A 12-page document with instructions for the review is now being distributed to seminarians and faculty members. It asks whether the doctrine on the priesthood presented by the seminary is "solidly based on the church's Magisterium," or teaching, and whether teachers and seminarians "accept this teaching." Among the other questions are these:

¶"Is there a clear process for removing from the seminary faculty members who dissent from the authoritative teaching of the church or whose conduct does not provide good example to future priests?"

¶"Is the seminary free from the influences of New Age and eclectic spirituality?"

¶"Do the seminarians or faculty members have concerns about the moral life of those living in the institution? (This question must be answered)."

¶"Is there evidence of homosexuality in the seminary? (This question must be answered)."

The questionnaire also asks whether faculty members "watch out for signs of particular friendships."
I also read that each faculty member has been instructed to ask all of their students "homosaywhat?" Any student that answers "what" is to be reported to the Vatican as a homosexual and defrocked immediately. The Pope has also declared that there will be no more public kissing of his ring.

Seriously, isn't the Catholic Church already worried about a decline in numbers of men joining the priesthood? I'm sure an investigation like this will do wonders for their recruiting.

I suppose it is easier to blame a big, ol' gay scapegoat instead of focusing on the actual problem of sex abuse/rape/molestation of adolescent boys by priests whose repeated offenses were hidden by the church, eh? They may as well unfurl a giant banner across the piazza in the middle of Vatican square that says "We STILL Don't Get It!" (Ancora non lo otteniamo!)

Hey, at least this time they're turning their inquisition on their own. Oddly enough, any rejected gay priests that do get trapped in the homodragnet can move to Spain and get married.

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