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Weekend reading May 3, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, the return.

My wife was doing some research and came across some old and sad pieces on abuse crisis that broke in Dallas in the 1990s. This particular piece from D Magazine is a very worthwhile read, to understand the absolutely tragic and nightmarish state of the diocesan seminary in the post-Vatican II timeframe.  Much of what is reported in this article, and much worse, incredibly, has been confirmed to me by men with possibly true vocations who were run out of the seminary by the depridations of the homosexual mafia who ran Holy Trinity in the period from the 70s through the 90s. When I say ran, I don’t necessarily mean the formal administration, but I mean the body of students, especially senior ones, who often made life unbearable for men who did not have their particular pathologies.

I must note this article is not for children nor those with a sensitive conscience.  It reports very frankly on the mass immoral behavior that was widespread in virtually all seminaries for at least a period of 20 years, both homosexual and heterosexual. But you will find amazing statements, made prior to then Cardinal Ratzinger’s clear declaration to the contrary, that there were no endemic reasons to bar men with profound homosexual inclinations from seminary.  Unfortunately, Cardinal Ratzinger’s/Pope Benedict’s guidance has been widely ignored, perhaps not in Dallas?, but certainly around the country and world.

A little excerpt:

“You bitch!” The boy’s screams echoed down the dormitory hallway, punctuated by the crash of furniture splintering against the concrete walls.
“You lying bitch!”
Startled Holy Trinity seminarians poked their heads from doorways. Moments later, dean of students Father Tom Cloherty appeared in his burgundy slippers, black pants, and untucked white undershirt, marching aggressively from his suite toward the commotion. “Everybody, go back in your rooms,” he commanded, as he strode down the hall. Next morning, two chairs were empty at Mass. One had belonged to the young man who pitched the tirade, an 18-year-old freshman from a strict Catholic family in Louisiana. The other seat belonged to the boy’s “particular friend,” a seminary graduate student.
The chapel buzzed with whispers about the latest “midnight retreat,” as such dismissals were known. The problem, everyone knew, was that the freshman believed it was love, while the older student knew it was just sex.
That was in 1980 at Holy Trinity Seminary, where the Catholic Diocese of Dallas makes its priests.
Once a citadel of Catholic orthodoxy. Holy Trinity mislaid its moral compass in the mid 1970s.

When, I might add, a very orthodox had of the seminary was run off by those who felt he didn’t implement the heterodox “spirit of Vatican II” with sufficient vigor. It was all down hill from there.

Another piece here from the Boston Globe in 2002 examines the abuse scandal in the Diocese.  I don’t have a particular point for either of these links, I just found them interesting.


1. Chris Edwards - May 6, 2013

I think your link to Boston Globe does not work. Can you fix? Thanks.

2. Russ - May 6, 2013

Wow – what filth there is in the church.

A lot of these players are still hanging around. Why aren’t ghey being held accountable?

tantamergo - May 6, 2013

That’s really why I posted it…these people are still hanging around. Because many of us either never knew (I didn’t), or have forgotten.

3. ak47 - May 6, 2013

Not in the “formal administration” … but isn’t that the place from whence the cancer should have been addressed and eradicated? The Church is hierarchical in nature, and yet we see no disciplinary actions taken against public heretics and sexual deviants. Rather, action is taken against orthodoxy and those practicing and promulgating it (Feeny, Lefebvre, et al). THIS is the fruit of Vatican II, spoken of by modernists as if it was the only council ever held.

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