Pope Pius V once said that “All the evils of the world are due to lukewarm Catholics”—this could not be truer. Now more than ever, our onetime Christian culture resembles a modern Sodom and Gomorrah. We see this today in the godlessly abhorrent secular movie release Bros (2022)—a Universal Pictures film touting sexual deviance between men—and in the rumors of the Vatican funding the Paramount Pictures film Rocket Man (2019) with donations from the Catholic faithful.
The recent news of Belgian bishops attempting to rewrite Catholic doctrine on marriage underscores the situation, and my concern. I am often told that I should not engage publicly with these topics, but as a practicing Catholic, I cannot remain silent. More importantly, we must broach these issues because the hyper-sexualization of our culture is killing our youth, while we hear crickets from the bishops.
In education, faculty have adopted gender ideology without question. Political pressures from LGBTQ+ advocates, whose purpose is unclear outside of their obvious cries for some sort of false unity, have bolstered these initiatives. This began in 1955 when John Money worked to loosen the definition of “gender” in academic circles, while simultaneously pushing sexual liberation. Shortly after this came the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the Second Vatican Council. Money’s work came under heavy criticism in the 1990s when David Reimer committed suicide at age 38 after undergoing involuntary gender reassignment surgery.
Nevertheless, the Catholic Church now appears to promote queer culture and indirectly impose gender ideology, which is perhaps more insidious, on its schools, churches, and flocks. In doing so, it is ignoring the reasons for Reimer’s tragic death. What is more perturbing is that neither the Pope nor the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops can reach a moral conclusion consistent with historic Catholic teaching on these issues. The phrase “Institutionalized (insert ‘ism’ here)” has become the prevailing way academics describe their workplaces. Gender pronouns are how they describe their personhood. No longer are they created in the image and likeness of God. The truth is that as long as bad men run these shows, these theatrics will continue, and good people will be exiled.
I was recently made aware of just how evil these ideologies are when I defended church doctrine, and my faith against the decision of a local Catholic Priest. I was banished from Catholic ministries throughout the whole of Tucson, Arizona by the Bishop. Even the more conservative sects of the community stood silently in fear, though they pride themselves on the defense of tradition. Because of this unfortunate lapse in the moral fortitude of diocesan leaders, I asked myself: why are these men so apathetic toward their own moral code, which should be at the core of their faith?
LGBTQ+ issues were not heavily pushed in society, nor in the church, until June 26th, 2015, when gay marriage was precariously codified. This codification gave the green light to society, and the next phases of the Pope’s “Synod on Synodality,” to deceptively institutionalize sexual liberty in the workplace and the church. If this is true, what is to stop schools, even Catholic schools, from jumping off the deep end hand in hand with gender pronouns? Many have already succumbed, and the ramifications of these decisions are catastrophic. Where do claims of molestation by seminarians start, or claims by anyone for that matter? And how badly are these dangerous ideas infecting mainstream Catholic school systems around the country and the world? I was shocked by what a quick Google search yielded.
For example, as secular society bangs the drum in favor of leftism, so do many Catholic bishops. The National Catholic Reporter posted this anecdote from “God Is on Your Side: A Statement from Catholic Bishops on Protecting LGBT Youth,” which states:
The Catholic Church values the God-given dignity of all human life, and we take this opportunity to say to our LGBT friends, especially young people, that we stand with you and oppose any form of violence, bullying or harassment directed at you … Most of all, know that God created you, God loves you and God is on your side.
Though we can all agree with these bishops when they call for peace, one would be hard-pressed to find a faithful Catholic engaged in these actions outside of fervently defending the faith in words, as our faith teaches us to do. After all, the conversion of heart, and the saving of souls, is at the root of the Catholic Faith. Many bishops forget these teachings. Truly, members of LGBT communities should not be harmed in any way, but they should be evangelized. On the other hand, is it not detrimental to a person’s growth, especially a child’s, when moral authorities allow them to remain confused about their natural biology?
Furthermore, the Catechism of the Catholic Church deems that “homosexual acts [are] acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law.” For believers, it is hard to dispute the fact that scripture supports these doctrinal positions. Still, the bishops infuse Catholic education with agenda-based politics, from grade-school to college. For instance, when the Diocese of Tucson accepts new elementary-school students, it includes in many of the policy manuals a clause that allows for young children, at the discretion of their parents, to express freely any gender they please at school. This is criminal negligence.
In Catholic higher education, meanwhile, this hyper-sexualized gender ideology is ubiquitous. Take, for example, Villanova University, a Catholic institution. As of September 2022, Villanova will: “[introduce] Villanova faculty and staff to best practices for being gender inclusive in our workspaces, laboratories, and classrooms …” Similarly, the Jesuit-based Fairfield University is promoting this ideology to its students: “Fairfield University houses students consistent with their gender identity rather than perceived sex as required by applicable law.” Fairfield continues to discourage heterosexual couples from rooming together, yet it still encourages the comingling of gender-fluid students—neither of these is prudent. When did these ideas become culturally acceptable?
In 1962, the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) ushered in a new kind of liberalism, the “modern Catholic Church.” Vatican II was supposed to outline how Catholics would respond morally and spiritually to modern times. When interpreted correctly, its documents support its vision. Yet today, ideologues who interpret Vatican II documents to include gender-based dictates have fractured the churches’ very backbone.
Virtue is not a new concept. Even great pagan minds like Plato recognized deviance’s dangerous consequences. Plato spoke against these disorders, deeming sexual deviances “unnatural.” He added, “…who would ever think of establishing such a practice by law? Certainly no one who had in his mind the image of true law.” I do not believe this is cause to leave the church. We must defend her, for the world’s sake! But where do heinous crimes against young men, women, and children around the world begin? They begin when the men of the church lose sight of virtue. They begin with lukewarm Catholics.
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