Deutsche Welle, one of the leading German media outlets, reported this recently:
The Roman Catholic Church in Germany on Sunday faced renewed calls for better protection of LGBTQ rights and an end to institutional discrimination against queer people.
Around 125 people, including former and current priests, teachers, church administrators and volunteers, identified themselves as gay and queer, asking the church to take into account their demands and do away with “outdated statements of church doctrine” when it comes to sexuality and gender.
What’s surprising is not so much that a few Germans “come out” as homosexuals, but that it’s dozens of priests doing it.
Which is quite telling, not so much about the Roman-Catholic Church itself, but about Christianity as a whole.
Christian Clergymen and Homosexuality: An Old Love Story
One would think that homosexual clergyman would be a novelty, but in fact this isn’t so.
Indeed, nearly 1000 years ago, Peter Damian, a Catholic monk and “saint” who’s writings are still read, penned a book aptly titled Liber Gomorrhianus (The Book of Gomorrah).
Therein, he bashes the Christian clergymen of his times for being involved in different sexual immoralities, including bestiality, but mainly homosexuality, stressing in particular their preference for younger boys.
One of those implicitly accused was Pope Benedict IX.
One thousand years later, things haven’t changed that much, as shown in French journalist Frédéric Martel’s book In the Closet of the Vatican.
Its original title in French is Sodoma, reverberating the title by the medieval Catholic saint-monk we just mentioned.
What’s quite new with Martel’s book is that he basically interviews Christian clergymen, such as bishops and cardinals, on the issue of homosexuality in the Church, not so much their secular critics.
Without obviously going through the whole book, here an enlightening excerpt (pp. 18-19):
So the omnipresence of homosexuals in the Vatican isn’t just a matter of a few black sheep, or the ‘net that caught the bad fish’ as Josef Ratzinger put it. It isn’t a ‘lobby’ or a dissident movement; neither is it a sect of a freemasonry inside the holy see: it’s a system. It isn’t a tiny minority; it’s a big majority.
At this point in the conversation, I ask Francesco Lepore to estimate the size of this community, all tendencies included.
‘I think the percentage is very high. I’d put it at around 80 per cent.’
During a discussion with a non-Italian archbishop, whom I met several times, he confirmed to me: ‘Three of the last five popes are said to have been homophilic, some of their assistants and secretaries of state too, as well as most cardinals and bishops in the Curia. But it isn’t a matter of knowing whether those Vatican priests have this kind of inclination: they do. Its a matter of knowing – and this, in fact, is the true debate – whether they are practising or non-practising homosexuals. That’s where things get complicated. Some prelates who have inclinations do not practise homosexuality. They might be homophilic in their life and culture, but without having a homosexual identity.’
So around 80% of the clergymen in the Vatican are homosexuals according to this testimony, or, let’s say, “homophilic.”
While the percentages given may differ depending on the sources, even if it is 20%, that would be still higher than those in the general population.
One of those influential figures who manifests such tendencies, as per Martel basing himself on the testimony of David Berger — an homosexual German theologian who had “insider information” from the Vatican where he once worked — is none other than Pope Benedict XVI, famous for his anti-Islam stance.
Apparently the love-interest of Pope Benedict XVI is Georg Gänswein, a German bishop known to represent the “right-wing” of the Catholic hierarchy of his home country, and who’s relationship with the former pope was mainly a strategy to become pope himself.
Anyway, witnessing the “omnipresence” (to quote Martel) of homosexuality among the Christian clergymen, it won’t be surprising that, sooner than later, they do drop the mask and finally embrace LGBTQ+ “identities.”
This news of German-Catholic priests “coming out” is just a trailer.
Christianity has always adapted (read: submitted) to its times.
Paul of Tarsus Condemns Them To Death!
You’d expect Christian clergymen (again, we’re not talking about laymen here) to know their scriptures, right?
Well, Paul of Tarsus, whom many consider the real founder of Christianity, condemns homosexual practitioners to death.
From his epistle to the Romans, chapter 1, verses 18:32:
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.