Editor's Intro: The following Open Letter to Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego is not an easy read. Some of the viler details have been deleted; others have been retained so as to leave no doubt in the reader's mind as to the truly demonic nature of the Church of Accompaniment.
The author of this Open Letter, Aquinas Walter Richard Sipe, died in August of this year. He was a former Benedictine priest and an expert on the clergy sexual abuse crisis. His was yet another voice crying in the wilderness. Only now, months after his death in the wake of the McCarrick tsunami, is it becoming horrifically clear just how right he was and how heinous is the crime of those who ignored his dire warnings.
Over the course of several decades, he'd conducted an ethnographic study of the sexual behavior of priests pretending to be celibate. In 1990, he released a report claiming that more than half of the priests studied were involved in current or past sexual relationships. And this man was in a position to know of what he spoke, having taught at major Catholic seminaries and even served as a consultant and expert witness in numerous criminal cases involving the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests.
When confronted with new evidence of the length and breadth of the sexual abuse crisis, many critics of the traditional Catholic Church blame celibacy and the non-married state of the clergy—as though every priest is just one lonely evening away from deciding to go on a sexual rampage and start raping little kids. (Could there be any greater insult to single people everywhere?)
These same critics will not accept that for a couple of millennium, well-formed and faithful Catholic priests were quite capable of controling their own passions and even taking vows of lifelong chastity. For these shortsighted critics, incredibly, if modern priests were allowed to marry they’d somehow stop raping the little boys overnight, and the beastly preying on young men would cease to be a problem.
Well, these critics may be interested to know that Sipe’s study shows that celibacy is not now the problem nor was it ever. For a thousand years, priests kept their vows and the children of their parishes were not only perfectly safe but beautifully protected by beloved and faithful pastors. There’s something about the modern Church, the modern Mass, the modern seminary which has transformed the modern priesthood into a "gay profession" and that -- not celibacy -- is the problem.
Sipe discovered that only about half of American priests are practicing celibacy anyway, and that the seminaries themselves are hotbeds of experimentation with homosexuality. He proved this, and he named names. But his findings were dismissed and covered up, even though one of his most serious charges was leveled against one Theodore “Uncle Ted” McCarrick.
In 2008, Sipe even attempted to bring the crisis he’d unearthed to the attention of the Pope. He published an Open Letter to Pope Benedict XVI, sounding the alarm that the homosexual crisis in the priesthood in the United States was systemic and out of control. He cited several examples of heinous culprits hailing from the Archdiocese of Washington, for example, St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and most notably St. Mary's Pontifical Seminary in Baltimore (home to then-Bishop Theodore McCarrick):
“I know the names of at least four priests who have had sexual encounters with Cardinal McCarrick. I have documents and letters that record the firsthand testimony and eyewitness accounts of McCarrick, then archbishop of Newark, New Jersey actually having sex with a priest, and at other times subjecting a priest to unwanted sexual advances."
Again, no action was taken, just as no action would be taken on the Viganò allegations ten years later, nor will any action be taken at February's bishops' meeting with Pope Francis in Rome next year.
See the pattern? Cover-up after cover-up, followed by shooting messenger after messenger.
Celibacy is not the problem although, ironically enough, a lack of celibacy certainly is. And it is our contention that this inability of modern priests to live up to their committment to celibacy was brought on by the Revolution of Vatican II, the effeminate New Mass and the emasculated New Priesthood-- the wretched effects and consequences of decades of unchecked doctrinal revolution in the Church.
Active homosexual priests and bishops lost the faith long before they began abusing each other and terrorizing young men. Celibacy, quite obviously, was the last thing on their mind.
Poor Brother Sipe was right, but nobody listened to him. Even now, Cardinal Blase Cupich--who recently conferred the ‘Spirit of Francis Award’ on Cardinal McCarrick for outstanding service to the Church--was appointed by Francis to help head up the February meeting in Rome to address the sexual abuse crisis prompted by--wait for it--the immoral life of the same predator, Cardinal McCarrick:
Again, you can’t make it up! The sheep are in the gullets of the wolves, and the shepherds obviously don't give a damn.
All we can do is pray and continue to speak out. God the Supreme Judge of us all will have to take it from here. Michael J. Matt
2825 Ridgegate Row
La Jolla, CA 92037
July 28, 2016
I received your note postmarked July 19.
It was clear to me during our last meeting in your office, although cordial, that you had no interest in any further personal contact. It was only after that I sent you a letter copied to my contacts in DC and Rome.
The new Nuncio, Archbishop Pierre, told my colleague he is interested in the care of and reaction to victims of clergy assault: and I am assured that the Papal Commission for the Prevention of Abuse is also dedicated to this aspect of the crisis.
I will as I was asked, put my observations in the form of a report. Your office made it clear that you have no time in your schedule either now or “in the foreseeable future” to have the meeting that they suggested.
Bishop, I have been at the study and research of the problem of clergy abuse since 1960. In 1986 I wrote to Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, president of the USCCB at the time, with my preliminary conclusions. His response was negligible, although he passed the substance onto the USCCB office who gave my figures to a NEWSWEEK reporter.
Sometimes we are so accustomed to the presence of an object that we rarely consider its significance. This can certainly be said about the large book called the “missal” which we see on the altar at every Mass. Indeed, few Catholics perhaps—even priests who used it daily to offer the Holy Sacrifice—fully appreciate the importance of an altar missal.