Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pope Francis makes Sharp Distinction between - Criminal Act of sexual abuse and Homosexuality - July 29, 2013 - Shifts Blame Child Sexual Scandals Back on - Benedict XVI & Bishops Cover-ups

Revised 8/4/14

Revised 8/1/14

Who am I to Judge?

Pope Francis made a short and simple statement, void of any convolving language that everyone instantly understood immediately around the world. It, too, was a statement so basic at the very core foundation that the Church is built on - the purest form of love. But it’s clarity of goodness resonated so quickly with people, because it was a validation of every individual person who heard it.  Pope Francis made his statement in reference to gay people. Photo 

If a person is gay, seeks God and has goodwill, who am I to judge?  They should not be marginalized (http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/29/world/la-fg-pope-gays-20130730)."  

The oldest gay news publication in the USA, The Advocate, named Pope Francis their of the year 2013. Gay and Catholic haven’t ever been that close together for a long, long time. The phase - “Who am I to judge?” has been used repeatedly, since, and not just in reference to gay people, only. Photo

Pope Francis's statements on gay priests… Shift ...to nonjudgmental affirmation of the person - July 2013 
...He has distinguished sharply between homosexuality and sexual abuse of children, which he has labeled as criminal behavior. His response took people by surprise. On the one hand, it represents a very traditional position, distinguishing between a homosexual person and a homosexual act and maintaining that homosexuals, like heterosexuals, could aspire to the priesthood as long as they were celibate. On the other hand, his statement represents a stark change from recent attitudes.
When the sexual abuse scandal came publicly to the fore in Boston, church leaders at first blamed the press (as did Ratzinger, in an early statement). These leaders blamed American seminaries for fostering a morally lax as well as a gay culture….In 2005, the Vatican Congregation of Christian Education issued a statement on dealing with the discernment of vocations for the priesthood, in which it asserted that any individual with a homosexual orientation should not be admitted to any seminary, and neither should he be ordained…Thus, Pope Francis makes an important shift insofar as he sharply distinguishes between the criminal act of sexual abuse and homosexuality—and he did not withdraw his appointment of Monsignor Ricca. Will this distinction also lead him to move against bishops who cover up sexual abuse by transferring priests from one parish to another? If he does, that will signal an even more significant shift...
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'Not Afraid of Reality': Pope Praised for New Stance on Gays - July 30, 2013
"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Pope Francis..."We shouldn't marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society."...
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Reflections on Pope Francis - Harvard Divinity Bulletin 

Science & Religion

Pope John Paul II throughout his papacy (1978-2005) it was clear that he had a profound respect for science, including never separating the interaction between science and religion when searching for truth (http://fathermartykurylowicz.blogspot.com/2013/04/pope-john-paul-ii-courageous-commitment_26.html)

Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish. Pope John Paul II

However, Ratzinger/Benedict XVI throughout his time as grand inquisitor 1981-2005 and his papacy 2005-2013, not only did not share Pope John Paul’s respect for including science searching for truth about homosexuality, he used Draconian means to completely suppressed it. He did this over the period of 32 years, at the expense of millions of human lives, especially the lives of children (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1986-09-28/news/8603120562_1_archbishop-weakland-seattle-archbishop-raymond-hunthausen-seattle-archdiocese).

Pope Francis 
Global Fundamental Shift

On Pope Francis’s flight back from Rio, July 29, 2013, Pope Francis made a second statement about homosexuality that followed Pope John Paul II’s test of truth of not separating “science and religion.” Pope Francis reiterated what has  “distinguished sharply between homosexuality and sexual abuse of children, which he has labeled as criminal behavior.” Together, these two statements that Pope Francis made containing the truth about homosexuality, LGBT people was a global fundamental shift from the past 32 years of the oppressive dehumanization of Ratzinger/Benedict XVI’s absolute and fierce suppression of all science on homosexuality. Pope Francis’s emphatic inclusion of science in his statements validated the humanity of homosexuals, as human beings created and loved by God - deserving of the same love and respect shown to all human beings. 

Benedict XVI’s 32 Years - Antigay Crusade 
Begins To
“Fall Like a House of Cards”

This simple act of Pope Francis’s willingness to publicly acknowledged the combined truth from “science and religion” on homosexuality, was unbelievably heard instantly around the world. His public statements on the truth of homosexuality - ended decades of secrecy that enveloped the Vatican that permitted a “real stream of corruption” to run endlessly through the curia. The obsessive denial to the extreme - regarding the truth about homosexuality was the key piece holding the whole structure together that Ratzinger/Benedict XVI had built over the past 32 years. It was also the cause for the massive growth of corruption in the Vatican, including the Vatican Bank, the endless cover-ups of the child sexual abuse sandals and led to Benedict XVI’s resignation. 

Pope Francis’s public statements of the truth about homosexuality did start a chain reaction that will end up bringing down the false moral edifice that his predecessor built up over 32 years.  It will “fall like a house of cards (http://www.americamagazine.org/pope-interview),” because Ratzinger/Benedict XVI did not build his obsessive antigay crusade on the combined truth from “science and religion.” 

The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently...We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel. The proposal of the Gospel must be more simple, profound, radiant. It is from this proposition that the moral consequences then flow...
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“Don’t Make  Waves”  

Roman Catholic hierarchy child sexual abuse “cover-ups” ordered by Benedict XVI to avoid public outrage & criminal charges falsely accused gay priests, Watergate? - 12/17/09

No "Checks and Balances"

A major problem with the hierarchical structure of the Roman Catholic Church is that there are no “checks and balances.” When the necessary “checks and balances” are not in place to protect any organization, it leaves "not making waves" the rule that governs the hierarchy and opens the way to many devastating mistakes harmful to everyone and allows corruption to grow. 
The following statements are harsh statement, but unfortunately they are heavily documented. 
(1) Benedict XVI and his hierarchy failed to protect children from child sexual abuse for decades. 
(2) They mistreated and intimidated the victims and their families who came to report the child sexual abuse, in order to cover up publicity of any child sexual abuse. 
(3) They failed to protect children by repeatedly reassigning the child sexual abusers to assignments where children would be present. 
(4) When the hierarchy’s criminal negligence failing to protect children became public, globally, in 2002 they shifted the blame wrongfully onto gay priests. 
(5) By falsely, against known research to the contrary, blaming gay priests they implicated the entire LGBT community and how they are fighting against Marriage Equality. When the scientific facts known for decades about human sexuality have been discounted with no substantiated facts given to explain why, it causes many questions whether Benedict XVI and his hierarchy’s fight against Marriage Equality is more a fight to maintained the cover-up of the hierarchy’s criminal negligence failing to protect children? Benedict XVI and his hierarchy need to clearly offer substantiated reasons why they are against Marriage Equality. This statement needs to be spelled out in great detail and follow Pope John Paul II’s test of truth of not separating science and religion. 
(6) Benedict XVI and his hierarchy’s continuous public propaganda against homosexuality encourages public intolerance towards LGBTQI adults and children. They continue to do this even though this summer 2 major Christian denominations approved LGBT singled and partnered people for all forms of ordained ministries. 
(7) Benedict XVI and his hierarchy’s continuous promulgation of the Vatican’s unsubstantiated antigay teachings that are harmful to children in their early childhood psychological developmental years, harm that is crippling throughout their lives. 
They continue this even after the beginning of 2009, the Family Acceptance Project http://familyproject.sfsu.edu/home research studies had shown the negative effects caused to youths, when their sexual orientation is not accepted, having health problems, suicidal ideation, etc. They ignore all the major medical, psychiatric, psychological and social workers national and international professional associations regarding their findings regarding human sexuality and sexual orientation. WHEN DO WE START PROTECTING CHILDREN?!?!
Written by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
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Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups 
Benedict XVI & Hierarchy 

Pope Francis “sharply distinguishes between the criminal act of sexual abuse and homosexuality.” He made this statement based on the authoritative data from science. It (1) firmly shifted the deliberate scapegoating off from wrongly blaming gay human beings for the child sexual abuse scandal and shifted the responsibility back onto the decades of endless (2) “cover-ups” ordered by Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and (3) carried out by the bishops. 

Pope Francis lambasts Catholic bishops who helped cover up child abuse - July 7, 2014
Leaders of the Roman Catholic church who failed to "respond adequately" to reports of child sex abuse by paedophile priests caused "even greater suffering" to their victims and will in future be held accountable, Pope Francis has said, in a clear rebuke to bishops who helped cover up the scandal and shield abusers.
In his strongest condemnation yet of the way in which the church handled its abuse crisis, Francis asked victims for forgiveness not only on account of those who had perpetrated the abuse but also those senior figures whose "sins of omission" had exacerbated the problem...
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New Catholic Sex Abuse Findings: Gay Priests Are Not the Problem – November 18, 2009
The data, which was presented to the U.S. hierarchy on the second day of their annual meeting here, also appears to contradict the widely held view that homosexuals in the priesthood were largely responsible for the abuse.
"What we are suggesting is that the idea of sexual identity be separated from the problem of sexual abuse," said Margaret Smith, a researcher from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, which is conducting an independent study of sexual abuse in the priesthood from 1950 up to 2002. "At this point, we do not find a connection between homosexual identity and an increased likelihood of sexual abuse."

John Jay College of Criminal Justice - 5-Year Study by American Bishops – Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse Cases - May 18, 2011

John Jay Report on Clergy Abuse in the Catholic Church – “... no causative relationship between…homosexuality and the sexual victimization of children in the Church.” 5/18/11

Facts About Homosexuality and Child Molestation

Draconian Measures to Silence 

At the same time, it (4) reveals that for 32 years, Ratzinger/Benedict XVI had deliberately, and ruthlessly suppressed the scientific truth that (a) homosexuality was no longer found to be a disorder, but was a normal and natural part of human development, the same as heterosexuality. He also, (b) suppressed the scientific truth that it is the severity of the antigay social and religious norms that cause life-threatening harm and violence to children and youth growing up gay. 

'God's Rottweiler' silenced many as head of doctrinal congregation - 2/27/13
During his time at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (1981-2005), the office became one of the most controversial Vatican agencies. He decried secularization, liberation theology, radical feminism, homosexuality, religious pluralism and bioethics.
Numerous Catholics found themselves in hot ecclesial water: Fr. Hans Küng; Jesuit Fr. Karl Rahner; Seattle Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen; Leonardo Boff; Fr. Charles Curran; Fr. Tissa Balasuriya; Jesuit Fr. Roger Haight; Fr. Matthew Fox; Loretto Sr. Jeannine Gramick and Salvatorian Fr. Robert Nugent; Dominican Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez; and Jesuit Fr. Jacques Dupuis, among others...
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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger…efforts to prevent the evolution in church teaching toward acceptance of homosexuals 
National Catholic Reporter, July 30, 1999


Ratzinger/Benedict XVI
Promoting Discrimination and Violence 

Despite, (5) these known scientific truths regarding homosexuality, Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and his bishops continued relentlessly making unsubstantiated antigay public statements for the past 33 years. Together they are globally promoting violence and discrimination against homosexuals adults and especially children. 

The scientific truths regarding homosexuality renders the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' statement opposing President Barack Obama's executive order requiring federal contractors not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation - meaningless. U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' statement is not based on truth, it only indicates that the US Bishops are still under the influence of Benedict XVI. Usccb Chairmen Respond To ‘Unprecedented And Extreme’ Executive Order - July 21, 2014. In 2010 - Benedict XVI expressed his fears that if anti-discrimination laws go into effect that the Vatican and bishops could be prosecuted for their mistreatment of gays. 

VATICAN: Gay Discrimination Document Released - July 24, 1992 “…that said homosexuals could legitimately be discriminated against in employment, housing and the adoption of children.”

Vatican attacked for opposing gay decriminalization  - December 2, 2008

Vatican Opposes UN Declaration on DECRIMINALISATION of Homosexuality – December 12, 2008

Pope Blasts U.K. Anti-Discrimination Laws - February 2, 2010In Speech, Benedict Raises Fears that Vatican Could Be Prosecuted for Stances Against Gays

Your equality laws are unjust, pope tells UK before visit – February 2, 2010

Pope Benedict attacks government over Equality Bill, UK – February 2, 2010 "…As a Catholic, I am appalled by the attitude of the Pope. Religious leaders should be trying to eradicate inequality, not perpetuate it"

Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican's Number 2: Priest Pedophilia Linked To Homosexuality – April 12, 2010 “This is a perverse strategy by the Vatican to shirk its own ethical and legal responsibility by making a spurious and disgusting connection…"

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops - adviser - saying DEVIL MAKES PEOPLE GAY – November 4, 2011

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However, today, Pope Francis's bold public acknowledgment of the science about homosexuality prevents scapegoating homosexuals for the child sexual sandal and places the responsibility back onto Benedict XVI and the hierarchy. This gives an added reason for the US bishops to fight President Obama’s LGBT nondiscrimination rule. Because if they lose against Obama - it would eventually open the flood gates - being prosecuted for both their child sexual abuse cover-ups and for their mistreatment against gay people.

Pope Benedict XVI /Ratzinger Engineered Cover-up of Child Sex Abuse – Hans Kung - April 4, 2010
...the revelation of the clerical abuse of thousands of children and adolescents, first in the United States, then in Ireland and now in Germany and other countries. And to make matters worse, the handling of these cases has given rise to an unprecedented leadership crisis and a collapse of trust in church leadership.
There is no denying the fact that the worldwide system of covering up cases of sexual crimes committed by clerics was engineered by the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under [Benedict XVI] Cardinal Ratzinger (1981-2005). During the reign of Pope John Paul II, that congregation had already taken charge of all such cases under oath of strictest silence. Ratzinger himself, on May 18th, 2001, sent a solemn document to all the bishops dealing with severe crimes ( “epistula de delictis gravioribus” ), in which cases of abuse were sealed under the “secretum pontificium” , the violation of which could entail grave ecclesiastical penalties...
Church in worst credibility crisis since Reformation – Irish Times

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Emerging Science of 
Breaking Through Exposing 
32 years of Cruelty  
Ratzinger/Benedict XVI & Hierarchy 

In 1997, I came out for the protection of children from lifetime harm caused be the social influence of antigay social and religious norms that was based on documented evidence for the past several decades. 

In March 1997, after attending a National Symposium of the New Ways Ministry that was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I learned that children as young as 4 and 5 years of age know that they are different. This feeling "different" is only identified in their adult years as being gay. However, the harmful influence of antigay social and religious norms -- in particular, for Catholics, the Vatican’s unsubstantiated antigay teachings -- are severe and last throughout a child’s lifetime. The harmful effects are not isolated only to these children who grow up to be gay, but also affect their families, siblings, friends and anyone whom they might consider special in their lives. They are a prescribed societal sentence of implicit isolation, which place at risk of suicide so many innocent adolescents and young adults. They stifle an enormous amount of human potential in the world that otherwise could be put to use for finding cures for diseases, offering better ways of maintaining peace among people and improving the quality of life for everyone in the world...
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Now, 17 years later, on February 5, 2014, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child criticized the Vatican’s teachings against homosexuality, referring to documentation regarding the “social stigmatization" and violence they instigate against children. What is frightfully alarming is that not only has this documentation essential to the wellbeing and safety of children been ignored for decades by Ratzinger of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) - but even now the Muller of the CDF is ignoring the United Nations’s and including Pope Francis’s recent exhortations about the gravity and immediacy to protect children, globally.

U.N. panel blasts Vatican handling of clergy sex abuse, church teachings on gays, abortion - February 5, 2014
BERLIN — A United Nations committee issued a scathing indictment Wednesday of the Vatican’s handling of child sexual abuse cases involving clerics, releasing a report that included criticism of church teachings on homosexuality, gender equality and abortion….
The panel condemned church doctrine that it considers out of step with the principles of human rights and child welfare. In blunt language, the committee took particular aim at church stances on sexual orientation, reproductive health and gender equality. It delved into details, expressing its concerns, for instance, about the stereotyping of gender roles in Catholic school textbooks…
[U.N.] Officials dismissed suggestions from the Vatican that the report is biased.
“Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is something that we have raised with many states,” Kirsten Sandberg, chair of the committee, said in a statement. “This is nothing special. We are not going outside the scope of the Convention.”…
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U.N. Panel on Torture Presses Vatican Envoy on Abuse - May 5, 2014
GENEVA — The Vatican faced sharp questioning by a United Nations panel on Monday about whether it failed to abide by an international treaty against torture in its response to the sexual abuse of children by priests...
...Felice D. Gaer, the vice chairwoman of the committee, said the convention against torture was signed by the Holy See, which represents more than just the Vatican City state. Never before, she said, had a party to the convention tried to limit its application to just one part of itself.
What the committee wanted, Ms. Gaer told the archbishop, “is simply that you show to us that as a party to the convention, you have a system in place to prohibit torture and ill treatment as defined by the convention, when it is perpetrated or acquiesced to by anyone under the effective control of the officials of the Holy See and the institutions that operate in the Vatican City state.”...
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The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your 
whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are 
unhealthy, your whole body will be full of 
darkness. If then the light within 
you is darkness, how great 
is that darkness!  
Matthew 6:23-24

            Ratzinger’s Holocaust 
Genocide of Gay Men & Women & Children

Beginning in the mid 1980s Ratzinger, representing the Vatican, a major world religion, was visually displaying a deliberated global systematic plan of dehumanizing gay people. Ratzinger’s fierce all consuming exclusion of the science of homosexuality permeating every facet of the Catholic Church. For the past 33 years, strikingly without any collegial participation or oversight: he successfully (1) removed all theologians, clerics, sisters, and lay people, who openly discussed the emerging science of homosexuality, (2) including those ministering to LGBT people, as well as, (3) altering Catholic textbooks, (4) the curriculums of Catholic universities and colleges and the (5) Catholic Catechism. Photo

The global social repercussions caused by Ratzinger’s unrestrained violence against gay people over the span of three decades are incalculable. However, to name a few, first and foremost (1) there is the overall devaluing of the importance of human life, not just of his intended target, gay people. 

The fact that (2) Ratzinger had no oversight or that no one rose up to stop him - he was allowed to continue, for decades, with his cruel, irrational and fanatical rampage suppressing the emerging science on homosexuality.   In addition, to his antigay crusade, this (a) was another severe form of structural violence of societal neglect. There was no one who cared enough to protect people.  It is a personal devaluing of all the people involved - not only for those who were victims of Ratzinger’s rampage, but (b) for all who witnessed this cruel mistreatment of fellow human beings.

This is similar to the abuse that happens when a child is being abused physical, sexually or emotionally by one parent, while the other parent does nothing to protect the child. Not only does that child suffer the effects of being abused physical, sexually or emotionally, but in addition the child suffers the effects of the abuse of neglect. Any child who witnesses the abuse of another child or the domestic violence - even though this child is in no way physically harmed - the child will suffer the same effects, as if the child was abused. 

The shock waves of fear that permeated Catholic academic institutions (3) caused by Ratzinger’s unrestrained autocratic antigay rampage suppressing the emerging science of homosexuality, lowered the intellectual level in the Church, especially among the hierarchy. Ratzinger’s (4) refusal to acknowledge the credibility of the emerging science of homosexuality verifying how the Vatican’s antigay teachings are severely life-threatening to the well-being of the lives of children - he globally contributes to the self-perpetuating cycle of violence, forever increasing the violence in the world. Photo

Ratzinger after, 24 years, as grand inquisitor, using “draconian” tactics (e.g. Hunthausen, Curran) and covert character assassinations systematically eliminating all his opposition - he gradually assumed autocratic control over the Roman Curia, and hierarchy.  

Archbishop Asks Rome To Ease Up - September 28, 1986 Photo
MILWAUKEE — Rembert George Weakland long has been regarded by his peers as the brightest member of the hierarchy in the American Roman Catholic Church...has politely but forthrightly told the Vatican to, in effect, soften its drive to coerce doctrinal uniformity by punishing dissenters.
He asserted that Draconian measures used throughout Christian history to silence those who challenge traditional church teaching have resulted in
``much cruelty, suppression of theological creativity and lack of growth.``
Archbishop Weakland, a Benedictine monk who has been Milwaukee`s archbishop since 1977, is the first American Catholic leader of wide repute and influence to publicly raise alarm over the perceived crackdown by Rome on prominent and liberal U.S. Catholic thinkers who question Vatican stands on sexual morality and other issues...
Although he was careful to avoid specific mention of either the Curran or Hunthausen cases in his columns, titled ``The Price of Orthodoxy,`` Archbishop Weakland appeared to be directing his remarks to Vatican inquisitors.
He contended that previous efforts to monitor and safeguard Catholic doctrine have been undertaken in an atmosphere where ``amateurs-turned-theologians easily became headhunters and leaders were picked (on the basis of) the rigidity of their doctrine, so that often second-rate and repressive minds, riding on the waves of fear, took over.
``Religion under such circumstances then can become an ideology that tolerates no obstacle and that values ideas more than people,`` he wrote...
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However, during all these years, the one and only group, blatantly making significant progress that was in total opposition to Ratzinger’s obsessive antigay crusade, he was absolutely powerless to suppress. In the 1990s, Pope John Paul II had formed a group of theologians and scientists to study the topic of homosexuality to improve the Church’s understanding and acceptance of gay people. Because this group was specifically setup by John Paul, the group members were, therefore, able to follow his directives for years uninhibited by Ratzinger’s irrational antics to suppress the science of homosexuality.

Pope John Paul’s group of scientists and theologians studying subject of homosexuality remained untouched by Ratzinger until the death of Pope John Paul. Then after Ratzinger was elected to the papacy, in 2005, he immediately removed all the scientists from John Paul’s group studying homosexuality. He replaced these scientists with more theologians. It was manner, in which, Benedict XVI removed the scientists that was without any discussion, or empathy for the significance of the work of group effecting the lives of millions of peoples that was emotionally disturbing to experience happening. Photo

Benedict XVI’s robotic autocratic style removing the scientists, was a completely operative functioning with a noticeable marked void of any emotional awareness of the severe life-threatening harm he is inflicting on innocent human beings, including children. It is how casually and unconcerned Benedict XVI is able to inhumanly inflict severe pain on innocent human beings, including children that is alarming traumatic to fully witness happening. It is starling to realize that a person in the office of the papacy, held to be the epitome of all that is good, true and loving, instead represented “vicious acts as virtuous.” 

It bears a frightening similarity to Hitler’s ruthless authoritarian rise to power, his systematic plan dehumanizing Jewish people, including homosexuals that led to the extermination of six million people. Hitler, too, in his rise to power had obsessively removed all the scientists, whose particular field of science did not fit into or challenged his idea of rebuilding a new German. However, this arbitrary decision of Hitler was delusional and irrational and no one at the top challenged him. It caused Germany, for more than decade - a severe lost of the intellectual advancement of ongoing scientific study and research. This was the ultimate reason that caused him to lose the war. Photo

Ratzinger/Benedict XVI committed a genocide against gay people, including gay children lasting over 32 years, a “Holocaust” of structural violence.  The number of human victims destroyed by Ratzinger/Benedict XVI far out weights HItler’s human atrocities of his “Holocaust” of direct violence. 

Peace, conflict, and violence: Peace psychology in the 21st century
Direct violence is horrific, but its brutality usually gets our attention: we notice it, and often respond to it. Structural violence, however, is almost always invisible, embedded in ubiquitous social structures, normalized by stable institutions and regular experience. Structural violence occurs whenever people are disadvantaged by political, legal, economic, or cultural traditions. Because they are longstanding, structural inequities usually seem ordinary—the way things are and always have been. But structural violence produces suffering and death as often as direct violence does, though the damage is slower, more subtle, more common, and more difficult to repair. The chapters in this section teach us about some important but invisible forms of structural violence, and alert us to the powerful cultural mechanisms that create and maintain them over generations...
...Unfortunately, even those who are victims of structural violence often do not see the systematic ways in which their plight is choreographed by unequal and unfair distribution of society’s resources. Such is the insidiousness of structural violence…
...One outcome of exclusionary thinking is the belief that victims of violence must in some way deserve their plight. But certainly it is easy to see that young children do not deserve to be victims…
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Peace, conflict, and violence: Peace psychology in the 21st century. 
New York: Prentice-Hall. Section II: Winter, D. D., & Leighton, D. C. (2001). Structural violence. In D. J. Christie, R. V. Wagner, & D. D. Winter (Eds.), 
Peace Psychology Book
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With the papal election of Pope Francis, March 2013, and his concern for the poor that matched decades of his lifestyle, he began restoring the integrity of the papacy.  However, most of all he was reversing dehumanization legacy, for the first time in 32 years. Pope Francis was an immediate welcomed presence around the world, as indicated by the endless world news media reports that followed.  

And on July 29, 2013, Pope Francis made the statement regarding gay people that the contrast between the papacy of Benedict XVI and his papacy - became vividly clear for all the world. Pope Francis put a stop to representing obsessive vicious acts made against gay people as virtuous. 

If a person is gay, seeks God and has goodwill, who am I to judge?  They should not be marginalized (http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/29/world/la-fg-pope-gays-20130730)." 

However, in the USA, it is clear to see that Benedict XVI is continuing to represent his vicious acts against gay people, as virtuous, and is being carried out by the bishops who still identify with him and believe they are doing what is right. This clearly is easy to see that the US Bishops are still under the influence of Benedict XVI - by their endless vicious attacks made against President Obama, because he is attempting to end discrimination of all people, faithfully doing his duty, as the president of the USA, protecting human rights of all people. President Obama is more faithful in carrying out his duties as president - than the US Bishops are in carrying out their duties, as bishops. The US Bishops are blatantly ignoring Pope Francis’s call on the Church, February 22, 2014,  “to fight any discrimination” and “exclusion” notably the harsh laws made against gay people.  

Pope Francis charges cardinals to oppose ‘any discrimination’
February 22, 2014
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis created his first batch of new cardinals on Saturday (Feb. 22) and used the ceremony to launch a new appeal for peace amid the violence racking so many countries.
Francis focused his remarks on the plight of Christians, but in an extemporaneous addition to his prepared text he also called on the church “to fight any discrimination” and “exclusion.”
...Francis’ off-the-cuff reference on Saturday to fighting exclusion and “any discrimination” was also notable in that bishops in Africa in particular have been divided over supporting or opposing efforts in some countries to pass especially harsh laws against gays.
In Nigeria, the law was welcomed by top Catholic leaders even though it prompted a wave of violence against gays after it passed...
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Ratzinger/Benedict XVI’s dehumanization example of gay people for the past 33 years, gave license, globally for the dehumanization of any group people.  It would be a major contributing factor to the global valuing profits over human lives: by (1) endlessly maintaining the world’s focus on his example of dehumanization gay people, (2) his failure to address the multiple aspects of the harm caused by globalization and (3) his disrupting the advancement of theological studies. 

Pope Francis’s focus on the needs of poor that was apparent the first days after his election and his midsummer 2013 statement - who am I to judge a gay person, he became reversing the life-threatening harmful effects of Benedict XVI’s 33 years of obsessively dehumanizing gay people. Pope Francis became this reversal by showing sincere plain human kindness and respect that every human being needs and deserves. It was Pope Francis’s obedience in showing his love for Christ by being faithful to Christ’s command to care for the least among us, which we are all called to do. Yet, Pope Francis’s simple public sign of genuine respect for a group of marginalized human beings, gay people, has not stopped reverberating around the world, renewing and healing those so violently harmed, for well over 3 decades, by his predecessor obsessively excluding them as deserving of plain human respect. 

Pope Francis courageously, in the name of Christ, touched the hearts of millions - and in the words of J.K. Rowling - “of people he does not know and he will never meet (http://harvardmagazine.com/2008/06/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination).”  He was made - The Advocate's Person of the Year: Pope Francis - 2013. It was unbelievable, a slice of heaven. However, Pope Francis showed true respect to a group of people that Ratzinger and then as Benedict XVI - has been tormenting endlessly for 33 years, including those politicians like President Obama, who are faithfully protecting human rights of all people.  Photo

The Advocate's Person of the Year: Pope Francis - 2013
...The most influential person of 2013 doesn't come from our ongoing legal conflict but instead from our spiritual one — successes from which are harder to define. There has not been any vote cast or ruling issued, and still a significant and unprecedented shift took place this year in how LGBT people are considered by one of the world's largest faith communities...
Francis's view on how the Catholic Church should approach LGBT people was best explained in his own words during an in-depth interview with America magazine in September. He recalled, “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person.”
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If Ratzinger, had shown a genuine respect for science and worked as hard as he did on his antigay crusade harming gay people and - instead - promoted honest and open discussions on the science of homosexuality, he would have played a major part in preventing the globalization that values profits more than human beings. He would not only have saved the destruction of millions of gay people’s lives, most especially very young children. It would have been an extraordinary humanization of a huge proportion of humanity. He would not only have awakened and activated  an enormous amount human potential that reverberate endless waves of good will throughout the entire planet.

Written by Fr Marty Kurylowicz

Pope Francis’ Tweet About Inequality Is the Wake-Up Call We All Need - May 2, 2014
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Fr Marty Kurylowicz’s - Appeal Letter Sent to Pope Francis - “Coming Out” March 1997 - Gay Catholic Priest - For Protection of Children - January 16, 2014 Photo

Enclosures links added: May 10, 2014

This entire posting was sent out as a US group mailing prior to posting here on the Thalamus Center.

FedEx -- Sent to:

Pope Francis 
Casa Santa Marta
Piazza Santa Marta
00120 Citta del Vaticano


December 30, 2013

Appealing Canonical Proceedings against 
Fr. Martin S. Kurylowicz by Bishop Walter Hurley
Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan USA

Dear Pope Francis,

My name is Fr. Marty Kurylowicz, ordained for the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan USA on June 16, 1979.  I have always remained an honest and faithful Catholic priest. 

I. Introduction 
Immediate Need - “Protection of Children” 1997 

In March 1997, in good conscience, I felt morally obligated I come out, as a gay Catholic priest, specifically for the immediate need for the protection of children from the lifetime harm caused by antigay social and religious norms based on objective facts. My coming out was well planned out to be educational and informative process that lasted for 8 weeks. It was acclaimed, as being successful by parishioners, the news media and there was no mass exodus from the parish. There was no drop in the parish’s weekly or monthly building debt collections. I made a “wave” risking my life for the protection of children and regrettably the only harsh reactions I received came directly from the Vatican, two months after I came out. I was to be sent way to be re-educated on sexual orientation, lost status for future assignments in the diocese, among a number of other “adverse actions” taken against me - all making it clear to me that my safety and well being was in question remaining in the diocese. Since then for the past 16 years I had endured the severe consequences inflicted on me by the curia of the Vatican. An important note: Bishop Walter Hurley was ordained as a titular bishop of the curia and remains a part of the identified corruption of the curia. In the1980s Hurley also work for Cardinal Ratzinger on the investigation of the co-founders of the New Ways Ministry, a gay Catholic professional educational organization. In October 1997, Ratzinger condemned the work of the co-founders of the New Ways Ministry.

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The Consequences for Making “Waves”
Hurley - Manufactures Canon Law Technicality 
To Falsely Remove a Priest & Leaves Children Unprotected

I am writing to you personally to appeal Bishop Walter Hurley’s canonical proceedings to remove me from the priesthood. The reason for this appeal is because Hurley  completely eliminates from his canonical proceedings the “adverse actions” taken against me after I came out 1997 by the Vatican as having no bearing on removing me from the priesthood. This is Hurley’s arbitrary decision to eliminate the relevance the harsh treatment I received by the Vatican 1997 that completely threatened the future of my safety and well-being remaining in the diocese. This is Hurley’s dishonest manipulation of canon law to eliminate pertinent information in my case in order to then focus on a legal technicality to prosecute me on to remove me from the priesthood. This dishonest manipulation of the law is used endlessly in the secular corporate world to convict people on legal technicalities. However, that does not make it right and it is definitely anything harmless. It hurts everyone. Look at the world today - profits are valued more than people. It may be a legal strategic use of the law, but it is immoral. It is unconscionable immoral when it leaves millions of children  globally unprotected from the lifetime harm and violence. It is far worst when it is the Catholic Church that does it and allows it to happen, it only teaches the world that it is okay to do it. 

2008 Hurley - Informed - I had No Chance of Appealing to the Curia   

I am a nobody, of little consequence to anyone, I am just one of the many little ones in the world. Hurley is arrogant in his use of canon law against me, because he knows with his connections in the curia he can get away with it. Hurley had previously thought it necessary to assure me in 2008 that any appeal I made to the curia concerning him would be delayed, likely indefinitely for years and if I ever did received a ruling it would be his favor. I believe Hurley wanted to impress the fact on me that he was a titular bishop officially representing the curia and his ruling was absolute - meaning I had no other recourse. However, this was before your confirmation 2013 that there is a stream of corruption running through the curia. Here is the outreach of the corruption of the curia and it is lethal not just to me - but to millions. Hurley believes he has complete immunity in the USA. I have done my part to try to expose Hurley’s corruption.  He is a problem that needs to be corrected.

It is as important to publicly make known Hurley’s deceptive manufacturing of legal technicalities, as it was for me to come out for the protection of children. We, the Catholic Church, cannot expect the secular world to clean up their act - to start respecting human beings more than profits, if we do nothing to clear up our act, like Hurley and his inside curia accomplices.

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Hurley’s US Immunity Discriminating Against Gays & Gay Priests 

Hurley believes he has complete immunity in the USA from discriminating against gays including gay priests. However, with the majority of US Catholics supporting the US Senates passing the bill to include sexual orientation as part of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) on November 7, 2013, despite the US Catholic Bishops strong opposition against it - the US Bishops, especially Hurley may felt a shock wave of the imminent threat of losing their immunity for discriminating gays. The US Catholic Bishops would instead be prosecuted for their malicious discrimination against gays, including gay priests. Hurley may have the most to fear, because he began his discrimination against gay people starting in the 1980s working for Cardinal Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) investigating the New Ways Ministry, co-founders. On February 2, 2010, in a speech Benedict XVI, expressed the same shock wave about the imminent threat of the proposed U.K. Anti-Discrimination Laws, he specifically raised his fears that Vatican could be prosecuted for its stances against gay people. 

The US Catholic Bishops were unsuccessful to politically intimidate the US Senate from passing the ENDA bill to included sexual orientation, November 7, 2013. It was again another indication that the powerful political clout that US Catholic Bishops once had has significantly dwindled.  They no longer have the backing of the majority of US Catholics supporting their unsubstantiated antigay discrimination tactics. It would seem likely that the US Catholic Bishops are guilty of malicious discrimination against gay people, priests and supporters of gays might be in a panic over the possibility as Benedict XVI indicated in 2010 of being prosecuted for the harm they caused gay people. After this lost to the US Senate on November 7, four days later, from November 11-14, 2013, the US Catholic Bishops met for their fall Conference in Baltimore, which they discussed their fears. 

It is likely, not a coincidence that I was sent the intensely forceful threatening and humiliating letter dated November 26, 2013, which I received on December 10, 2013, was a directly related to the fear of the US Catholic Bishops’ failed attempt to successfully intimidate US Senate regarding ENDA. This letter informing me of Hurley’s ultimate attempt to discredit me based on his deceptive use of a canon law technicality to convict me of some wrong doing to remove me from the priesthood seems was sent to me as attempt to regain some political clout back.  

The letter dated November 26, 2013 is a no win situation for me and for the protection of children, globally.  Returning to the diocese and allowing the formal public humiliation to take place, as if I did something wrong, deserving of removal it would be forcing me to personally denounce the objective facts of sexual orientation for which I came out in 1997 for the protection of children. 

Refusing to return would be Hurley’s ultimate attempt to discredit me by removing from the priesthood and thereby discredit the objective facts why I came out - for the protection of children. This would be Hurley’s deceptive actions for which he bears the moral responsibility. However, unlike returning - morally I would not be personally denouncing the objective facts that initiated the immediacy for my coming out 1997 for the protection of children.

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The Immediacy of My Appeal - Protection of Children Globally 

The reason for the immediacy of my appeal to you - it is directly related to the global protection of children growing up gay. In March 1997 I made a “wave” which the US Conference of Catholic Bishops labeled as “unprecedented.”  Based on authoritative data I put my life at risk by ”coming out” as a gay Catholic priest solely to focus on drawing the public attention to the immediate need to protect children growing up gay from the lifetime harm caused by antigay social and religious norms. 

Pope Francis Gets The Immediacy - For the Protection of Children 

The global public respect you have fearlessly shown, as the leader of the Catholic Church, to all gay people, including gay youth has been “unprecedented.” It has been and continues to be so powerfully healing to all gay people, most especially to children, including their parents, siblings, relatives and friends. You accomplish this by globally reminded everyone how much God loves us all and the degree of love and respect we are to have for every human being. If you were Pope Francis in 1997, I would have had no immediate need to come out as a gay Catholic priest. Every human being beginning from conception needs to feel that they are loved - to grow and love others. We know this as a scientific fact to be true, from retrospective studies of infants orphaned during World War II. Infants having all their physical needs meet, but were otherwise left alone, the death rate was extremely high, a third of the infants died within the first year. The appreciation for your outward expression of love for gay people was shown by the oldest gay publication “The Advocate” in the US listing you as their person for the year 2013. Astounding! Love like water to a dry plant flourishes.

However, in 1997 gay people, especially children at an early age had been forced into a desert to live there for the rest of their lives, with hardly any water. In addition, for nearly the 3 previous decades before they were needlessly being kept in the desert by antigay social and religious norms that were being proven to be unsubstantiated by the emerging authoritative data on sexual orientation.

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II. “Coming Out” 1997 - Protecting Children  

In March 1997, in good conscience I felt intensely morally obligated to “come out” as a gay Catholic priest to my parishioners at Holy Family Parish in Sparta, Michigan USA.    There were two fundamental reasons why I felt so strongly about the decision to come out.  First, I knew that my thoughts and reflections were not just passing whims or personal bias.  They were based on objective facts.  I learned from years of university study, academic research, attendance at national professional conferences, association with community organizations, individual psychotherapy, spiritual direction, and endless prayer, that homosexuality is a normal part of human development.  I am aware that this statement is still upsetting to many people.  

The second reason why I decided to come out is that I wanted to give people the information I had gained, so that there could be an honest discussion.  Above all I wanted people to know that children suffer lifelong harm from being told that they are sinful, bad, defective, or intrinsically disordered.  As a priest ordained to bring Christ to others, I knew this was a fundamental duty that I could not escape.  I wanted to walk away from it, but I knew I could not sidestep it.  To neglect my duty would be to renege on Christ, and how could I live with myself if I did so? 

The following is a brief excerpt from an enclosed letter dated July 2010 that I sent to a large number of US public officials including President Obama, Vice President Biden and the Supreme Court Justices:

In March 1997, after attending a National Symposium of the New Ways Ministry that was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I learned that children as young as 4 and 5 years of age know that they are different. This feeling "different" is only identified in their adult years as being gay. However, the harmful influence of antigay social and religious norms -- in particular, for Catholics, the Vatican’s unsubstantiated antigay teachings -- are severe and last throughout a child’s lifetime. The harmful effects are not isolated only to these children who grow up to be gay, but also affect their families, siblings, friends and anyone whom they might consider special in their lives. They are a prescribed societal sentence of implicit isolation, which place at risk of suicide so many innocent adolescents and young adults. They stifle an enormous amount of human potential in the world that otherwise could be put to use for finding cures for diseases, offering better ways of maintaining peace among people and improving the quality of life for everyone in the world...

The thought about coming out had never occurred to me, until I learned how severely children are harmed for life by antigay social and religious norms. It was only then I fully realized the immediacy of my moral obligation to protect children that in good conscience I could not escape I decided to do my duty, as a priest. I professionally planned in great detail the process of my “coming out” to help protect children by educating people on the authoritative facts of early childhood psychological development regarding sexual orientation. I led the open discussions that followed the presentation of these facts, including answering an endless number of questions that seemed for some to relieve them of years of unnecessary stress caused by misinformation and confusion. The whole “coming out” process was surprisingly successful, with no mass exodus from the parish or public protest. I will explain more of the details in this letter. 

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III. Curia’s “Adverse Actions” Taken - Against Me
After “Coming Out” 1997

It was what followed two months later, after I had come out, that became the only violent reaction to the “wave” I made to protect children globally.  My coming out was entirely based on authoritative data, though the adverse reaction to it that I am about to describe has remained ongoing for the past 16 years. 

The Force of the Curia’s
Threats, “Adverse Actions,” “Character Assassinations,” & Coverups 

On May 19, 1997, I had a meeting with Bishop Robert Rose, because I had reached the end of my 12-year term as pastor at Holy Family Parish, Sparta, MI, and we needed to discuss my next parish assignment or whether I would take a sabbatical first. The meeting was cordial and began with the bishop asking me what I was considering for my next assignment. I explained that I was torn between taking a sabbatical to continue studying psychology or agreeing to be a pastor at a parish in Grand Rapids.  Bishop Rose had sent a letter to diocesan clergy presenting a list of open parishes.

Status Plummeted

The bishop responded to me without a hesitation that the parish I was considering might be too complicated for me and that a small parish somewhere up north would be better for me. I was quite surprised by his statement, because previously he had asked me to consider being the rector of the cathedral. The cathedral parish is significantly more complex than the parish I was considering, because the cathedral is not only a parish but also the center for nearly all major diocesan celebrations and activities. I was also surprised by the fact that the bishop did not name any specific parish up north that was open for a pastor. 

I was still inwardly reeling from the drastic drop in what had been until then his overall expressed assessment of my pastoral abilities and spiritual integrity; especially in handling extremely difficult and unique situations, as recent as my coming out for the protection of children. Including my demonstrated ability managing to lead an unprecedented parish wide educational process for several weeks on an incredibly controversial social taboo topic - gay sexual orientation in children, as young as 4 and 5 years of age, while at the same time maintaining the stability and spiritual focus of the parish. 

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Re-education Sabbatical on Sexual Orientation

The bishop then replied about my wanting to taking a sabbatical. He casually informed me that I would be sent away on a sabbatical that would be put together to re-educated me on sexual orientation for a period of six months or more. I was stunned that he would say this to me, after having commenting me for my coming out process. He said as if I would not only notice the striking change in his attitude, but also the unethical and illegal implications of his making such a statement. Though outwardly I maintained the same projected causal manner, as one would do when unintentionally encountering a questionable situation while attempting to assess the degree of danger involved.  I did not outright refuse to submit. I respectfully started asking questions, desperately looking for even a nanoscopic grain of sane rational thinking in such an absurd order. 

Even though, I was well acquainted with some of best and the brightest people in the field, I never heard and could not even begin to imagine where such a place existed. This was a serious threat made against my personal safety and well being.

Realizing that I was not receiving from the bishop any rational explanation, I then felt a tinge of fright flash through me alerting me of the serious nature of what was happening to me. This process was a violation of my fundamental human rights, taking place behind close doors. I regrettably knew that the future of my safety remaining in the diocese had also plummeted. However, I had no intention of leaving the priesthood. 

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No US Civil Law Protection - Vatican’s “Adverse Actions”

I then calmly requested to study psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  This request caused an uncharacteristic outburst of frustrated anger from the bishop.  He said:  “I’m not sending you to that secular school.”  He then forcefully conveyed to me that my life was in danger.  I could be severely hurt by the Vatican, though I foolishly thought to myself at that time in 1997:  what could happen to me?  After all, I am a US citizen. However, after 16 years I have learned quite well, how a foreign entity, the Vatican’s Curia, has been able to pass through our national defense and severely attack US citizens and then have immunity from prosecution for their crimes because of the separation of church and state. And US citizens who are attacked, like myself, are then not protected by any US civil laws, even if a person has risked his life to protect the lives of defenseless children. 

Shortly after the bishop’s outburst he tersely remarked to me, as if the last resort, I thought that you were going to join the monastery. I got the feeling that they just wanted me to quietly get lost, apparently I was too much of a bother for them, because they did know what to do with me. Then like it is now Catholics have much less a problem with gay people than the hierarchy and curia. However, the sexually repressed are dangerous and harmful to others, like the gay closeted sandals of the curia.

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Major Shift in My Future Status in the Diocese

It was at this point that I realized a major shift had taken place regarding my future status in the Grand Rapids Diocese and that I was going to be treated as if I had done some serious wrong. It was becoming quite clear to me that I was no longer safe in the diocese.  My credibility was being threatened.  The fact that the bishop, whom I had known and had been on friendly terms with for nearly 30 years until this meeting, was suddenly telling me such ponderous news in such a nonchalant tone was disturbing to me.  It was easy to detect a disingenuous tone in what he was saying, even though his manner was cordial.  Anyone who knows this bishop will attest that this kind of severity has never been his style. For this reason, I believe the bishop was not conveying his own personal directives; instead he received his orders from someone in the Vatican. 

This shift was so drastic and so camouflaged in pleasantries that it was alarming.  If I had done something wrong by “coming out” then the bishop should have said so. No accusation was ever made to me about me personally or about any aspect of my coming out process and yet I was being treated as if there had been. No one said directly:  “We are throwing you out of the priesthood because you came out publicly as a gay Catholic priest.”  It would have been impossible to make any accusation stick, because I had lived a faithful priestly life.  If such a statement had been made, I still would have disagreed with it, but at least it would have been honest and there could have been an open discussion on the issue. However, to eliminate any open discussion is exactly what was and is intended by the curia, even if as a consequence of secrecy, children would left unprotected.  But I had not done anything wrong by my “coming out,” unless telling the truth and educating people about protecting children is to be considered wrong.  In any organization or business, I along with most people of course would expect such unethical behavior.  But we are in the business of the Catholic Church:  truth is our foundation and we are especially concerned about the safety and well-being of children. 

I received a letter from Bishop Robert Rose commenting me on my pastoral leadership, as pastor of Holy Family Parish, dated May 20, 1997, stating:

I am grateful for the twelve years of pastoral leadership that you have provided to the people of Holy Family.  You have given them a sense of stability and progress that they have much appreciated.

I then wrote a letter to Bishop Rose dated June 2, 1997 regarding our meeting on May 19, 1997. Because of his favorable comment in the above letter, I thought it might be an indication that the bishop may have realized his embarrassment for having made such a bizarre and unethical statement to send me away to be re-educated on sexual orientation at our meeting on May 19, 1997 and he just soon not refer to mentioning it again. I thought perhaps he meant be thinking I would be mentioning to the news media reporters that I still had to deal with. I felt embarrassed just being associated with such an absurdity even though it was not my idea. Therefore, I included in this letter I was sending to him, a listing of Catholic Universities that had psychology programs, as alternatives, since he objected to the University of Michigan being too secular. In answer to my letter to Bishop Rose I received his reply in his letter dated June 5, 1997, only to find out that being sent away to be re-educated on sexual orientation was to be enforced. He states,

...what you need, if you are to take a parish assignment in this diocese, is some kind of program that will give you credibility with our priests and people.

Even more starling to me in the same letter he states, 

...I am trying to keep you in the priesthood and help you prepare for an assignment in the Diocese in due time.

There had never been any mention that there ever was a problem with my credibility, in my whole life, before or after I was ordained a priest, until Bishop Rose questioned it in his letter to me dated June 5, 1997. 

In this letter, he is alluding to our meeting on, May 19, 1997,regarding the extremely intense frustration that was created by his announcement that I would be sent away to re-educated on sexual orientation. Because his re-education announcement was, once again,  a complete about-face in his attitude regarding me and my “coming out” that only few days prior he commended me on my 12 years of pastoral leadership at Holy Family Parish, including how much it was appreciated by the parishioners, which was also expressed later in the Grand Rapids Press, June 28, 1997.

I immediately responded to Bishop Rose’s letter dated June 5, 1997, in my letter to him, dated June 9, 1997, stating 

I was surprised that you raised the issue of my credibility. The feedback from priests and people has been wide spread support. I have not done anything wrong. I have been and plan on remaining a celibate priest. The issue of homosexuality is quite disturbing for many people. However, I believe we are seeing a much more tolerant view on the issue than ever before. I believe it is the difficulty of this issue itself and not my credibility that is the real challenge. 

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“Character Assassinations” Threats

My credibility had never ever been in question before or after I came out among colleagues, related pastoral and business associates, medical and mental health professionals, university professors, researchers, and other people who knew me, including previous employers, co-workers and clientele. Raising the issue about my credibility may have likely been meant as a threat to me, to force me into being compliant with the Vatican's directives to be reeducated on sexual orientation. Because when I was first told the directives in the meeting referred to above, I was still enrolled in the same graduate course in psychology at the University of Michigan that I started in January 1997. Therefore, having given up all my free time as a pastor for the past several years to study at the U of M, and having come from that intense academic environment, I hope I can convey just how completely aghast I was at how unbelievably irrational and unethical the whole idea was:  being ordered to be sent away to be re-educated on sexual orientation. 

Vatican’s Distortion of Reality 

What was clear from this point in time 1997 and it remained ongoing to the present, that the issue was not about the Vatican’s concerted effort of discerning truth and responsible leadership in the Catholic Church. Instead, it was about the Vatican’s Curia and the hierarchy's ironclad unanimous acceptance of the distortion of reality (1) of the documented facts of the past 47 years of my life, by questioning my credibility (2) of the authoritative facts on sexual orientation verified by every major medical and mental health associations worldwide and (3) the immediate need to protect children.

IV. My Returning to Diocese - a “Lose, Lose, Lose” Situation 

In order for me to protect my life “financially”, however (1) give up my “credibility” the Vatican was forcing me to willingly submit to the unwarranted  “adverse actions” of being sent away to be re-educated on sexual orientation, and then in due time to accept assignments in the diocese known to be given to priests with problems. The reason the Vatican was forcing me to submit their unwarranted “adverse actions” because it would be taken as (2) my public denouncement of the authoritative facts on the sexual orientation of early childhood years and the lifetime harm caused to children by antigay social and religious norms for reason why I came out. And if I do not submit to their demands they will destroy my credibility and thereby they hope it would then destroy the reason why I came out to protect children. In either way it is (3) a basic violation my and that of children fundamental human rights. 

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Refused to be Complicit 
Vatican’s Child Abuse Coverup & Criminal Activity 

In good conscience, (1) I cannot return to my diocese because by doing so I would be turning my back on the innocent lives of children, for which I risked my life to protect.  Returning to my diocese (2) I would also become complicit allowing the life threatening criminal activity of members of curia and their hierarchical accomplices in the USA to go free to continue harming and destroying the lives of other innocent people in the Church. By my refusing (3) to become complicit in the Vatican’s curia criminal activities and instead go public to expose them, it may help to others victims to come forth. It may help to (4) identify the aggressors involved from the curia and hierarchy and see that they are brought to justice, to prevent other innocent people from being so brutally attacked. Also, (5) my refusing to return to my diocese I would not become complicit in yet an even larger global of not only covering up this form of  child abuse, but one that the Vatican's curia and hierarchy continually are committing  by refusing to renounce the Vatican’s unsubstantiated antigay teachings. 

“Twilight Zone” of Vatican

It was shocking for me to all of sudden find myself trapped in this incredulous violent situation that was a blatant violation of all that it means to be Catholic, a priest of Christ.  It was like crossing over into the “Twilight Zone,” a place sinister and dangerous, because nothing is the same as it was once known to be making it a place of uncertainty, unpredictability, and fill with ambiguities. Regrettably, this describes the major complaint about the obscurity, the lack of transparency of the Vatican’s Roman Curia’s activities, including the Vatican Bank. 

In 1997, the above was hard to believe, but not today 2013 with the Vatican’s child sexual abuse cover-ups exposed in 2002 ongoing thru 2010, the Vatileaks of 2012 and your confirmation that corruption exists in the Curia 2013.

In 1997 and 2006, as it is now 2013, I had no recourse to report the “adverse actions” that were taken against me by the Vatican for risking my life protecting children. There are no USA civil laws to protect the rights of a USA citizen, who is a gay Catholic priest, even if he is risking his life to protect children. On November 7, 2013, the US Senate passed the ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) to include sexual orientation, which was opposed by the US Catholic Bishops, even though there is an exemption made for religious groups.

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V. Appealing Bishop Walter Hurley’s Canonical Proceedings 
Eliminates the 1997 - Curia’s Attacks against me 

I am appealing to you because of the adverse action that was taken against me by the Vatican, beginning in 1997 when I came out.  In 2013, at the end stage of the long sequence of actions against me are the current canonical proceedings, orchestrated by Bishop Walter Hurley, aimed at removing me from the active priesthood. However, Hurley omits from his canonical proceedings the adverse action taken against me by the Vatican in 1997, after I came out for the protection of children, as described above.  This omission is the root cause that explains my reaction and the behavior that followed, which was self-protective, losing my regular priest salary, I needed to fine employment to support myself. Hurley was aware of this fact. He wanted me to give up my employment working in a mental health clinic to return to diocese - so I would be again dependent on the diocese for financial support. It would put me in the same position I was in 1997 when they threatened my safety and well-being, only now I would be in my mid fifties, which would make it harder to fine employment. 

Hurley distorts the truth of my innocence - leaves children at risk 

My returning to the diocese without any guarantee of protection from a repeat of the past adverse actions being taken against me would be foolish. And worst it would place children at the risk of life threatening harm, because I would be allowing Hurley to distort the truth of my innocence and thereby publicly discrediting the reason (based on facts) why I came out 1997 - for the protection of children from the unsubstantiated antigay teachings of the Vatican.

Hurley was then able to portray me to the public as obstinate and defiant, unwilling to be obedient to him as my bishop and return to the diocese, need of canonical discipline. This is a malicious tactic that is used over and over again by the curia in the Vatican as revealed in the Vatileaks of 2012. This the stream of corruption that exists in the curia and by extension includes Hurley, as a titular bishop of the curia.

Hurley - Manufactures Canon Law Technicality

Hurley omits the adverse actions taken against me by the Vatican in 1997, but he keeps one fact but separates it from the extenuating circumstances that explains it. He pulls this one fact out of context of the adverse actions taken by the curia against me 1997. This one fact, in context is a self-protective measure necessitated by the harsh reaction taken against me by the curia of the Vatican. Hurley has taken this one fact out of context and then misrepresents it as a willful act of defiance and disobedience on my part. First, in 1997, I am harshly attacked by the curia of the Vatican for “coming out” for the protection of children, then in 2006, and in 2013, I am blamed by the curia, represented by Hurley, for taking measures to protect myself from being attacked by the curia. It is disturbing how similar these attacks of the curia are to the brutality that took place in the Nazi concentration camps, where prisoners were made to work hard passed the point of exhaustion, and if they fell from exhaustion they were beaten or worst shot.  

As I explain in this letter, this is the same pattern of repetitive of attacks I have had to endure from members of the curia, like Hurley that has continued ever since I came out for the protection of children. In 1997, I am attacked by the curia, having no recourse then, the same as it is now 2013 - to seek any legal protection, I was left to seek my own protection and when I took measures to protect myself - the curia then blames me for protecting myself from being the attacked by the curia. This is an example of what Hurley is doing by compiling his canonical proceedings to have me remove from the priesthood. This is a corrupted use of canon law that has been a part of the identified corruption of the curia. It is not only dishonest - it is lethal. Hurley’s corrupt use canon law is not just life-threatening to me personally, but he is using it to silence me from speaking out publicly - making “waves” for the protection of children from the life-threatening harm caused by antigay social and religious norms. Hurley’s corrupt use of canon law leaves children globally unprotected.

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Hurley’s - Dehumanizing Canon Law Technicalities - Profits Over People

The false account that Hurley gives to this one fact he takes out of context makes it into a severe double attack against me. This is a one-two punch, (1) in May 2006, Hurley uses it to falsely casts me as a disobedient priest, who is refusing to return to my dioceses, which is another severe attack to incriminate me publicly, destroying my credibility. Then (2) in 2012 Hurley uses it as a technical point of canon law as his reason to have me removed from the priesthood. However, the supporting authoritative facts regarding sexual orientation will never be eliminated and will expose Hurley’s strategic use of canon law technicalities to manipulate and obscure the truth.  This same type of devious manipulations of legal technicalities to secure a desire outcome regardless of the truth of the situation is used flagrantly in the global secular corporate world - valuing profits over human beings. The global secular world rampantly gets a way using these dehumanizing legal technicalities to ensure their profit while discarding the importance of human life. However, it should absolutely never be used in the Catholic Church, especially when it discards the protection of children like the way Hurley is using it against me.

 Dehumanizing Cost Making “Waves” For the 
Protection of Children

I made a significant “wave” 1997 for the protection of children, all based on authoritative data, instead of being supported by the Vatican, besides having my regular priest salary taken away - my reputation was severely attacked to destroy my credibility. This has led to the ongoing ramifications that sabotaged my ability to support myself, causing me an unnecessary financial crisis of being debt, left homeless, and the constant related stress has seriously harmed my physical health, now at the age of 63 years old. It has caused me to need multiple hospitalizations in recent years. The details of these facts are all well documented and readily available. It is embarrassing for me to list the damage caused to me for making a “wave” to protect children from of all places - the Vatican. However, this is the only way I am able to afford to expose the effects of this kind of devastating corruption of the curia in the Vatican. Not to expose this devastating corruption of the curia would be immoral. By not doing my best in attempting to expose this lethal corruption of the curia to help stop it, I would then be responsible for all the harm they continue to cause.  

I am seeking: (1) the appeal of Hurley’s canonical proceedings to remove me from the priesthood, (2) a plead for the protection for children globally from the unsubstantiated antigay pronouncements, (3) to expose this heinous corrupt use of canon law that has been ongoing, (4) the need for safeguards for sexual orientation to prevent this type victimization by the Vatican,  (5) the need for a just reparation made to me to compensate me for the harm, damages caused, to help deter this type violence from happening again and to encourage the safety others who risk making “waves” for the protection and well being those least among us, the fringes of humanity.  

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VI. Curia’s Covert Attacks Against - Sexual Orientation
 US Bishops - Discrimination - Against Gay People

The curia of Vatican made attacks against me beginning in 1997 and for the past 16 years were solely all based on my sexual orientation. I had then, as it has remained for the past 16 years, no legal recourse anywhere to seek legal protection neither from the Vatican or as a US citizen from the United States government. 

It has been an ongoing “hate crime” started by the Vatican in 1997 and followed through by Bishop Walter Hurley, all shrouded in the verbiage of deceptive canon law technicalities proceedings. All lasting over 16 years destroying my reputation, means to support myself, causing the foreclosure of my home, the repossession of my car, isolating me from family and friends, leaving penniless and homeless. 

The US Catholic Bishops, as recent as November 7, 2013 opposed the US Senate passing a bill to include sexual orientation as part of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). This is continual evidence of the same type hostility directed against gay people by the US Catholic Bishops that is the same as Hurley’s manipulated canonical proceedings to remove me from the priesthood and that is same antigay hostility that has been continuously streaming out from the curia of the Vatican obsessively for the past 3 decades. The curia of the Vatican and US Catholic Bishops voluntarily chose to remain oblivious to lifetime harm caused to children by their obsessive hostility directed towards gay people.

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The Corruption & Devastating Harm to Children Caused by 

I wrote an article, December 17, 2009, describing a major ongoing problem with the hierarchical structure of the Roman Catholic Church that there are no “checks and balances.” This means that there is no oversight monitoring the overall global administration activities of the curia and the hierarchy. When the necessary “checks and balances” are not in place to protect any organization, it leaves "not making waves" the rule that governs the hierarchy and opens the way to many devastating mistakes harmful to everyone and allows corruption to grow.

Key - Curia’s Power - Hiddenness - Groupthink

The corruption of the curia has been infamous for decades, as reported by past and present members of the hierarchy and it the news media. From research data, the key to the curial’s power is dependent upon their hiddenness exercising their organizational oversight, having direct access to the pope at the same time denying access to others. Curial officials stay in power by effectively carrying out orders presumingly from the pope discretely without alienating anyone as they make people fall in line. The curia’s lack of transparency has been verified endlessly regarding their pervasive identified corruption stemming from: the Vatican bank scandals, the global cover-ups of child sexual abuse cases, the character assassinations of their opposition, the gay closeted sex scandals. The curia’s dependency on secrecy in order maintain their power, isolates and insulates them from any needed and valuable outside input. It is  a sure-fire recipe for them to become victims of the concept from social psychology known as “groupthink,” resulting in their making decisions that are unintentionally devastatingly violent. The curia, the bureaucracy of one of the world largest religion to fall victim to groupthink can and has had global lethal consequences.

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VII.  Not Anti-Catholic Church 
Exposing Curia Corruption - For Protection of Children 
Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis 

It is because of the possibility of such global lethal consequences that the curia is capable of causing, especially concerning children, I, therefore, do not believe that it is at all disrespectful or sacrilegious or blasphemous to vocalized to members of the curia - the lifetime harm that is caused to children by their antigay pronouncements.  However, not to vocalize such validated life and death concerns to the curia would be a grave unconscionable immoral act of negligence. This would be especially true for me being a Roman Catholic priest, ever more so that I am a gay Roman Catholic priest. Because not only do I have personal experience of this kind of harm, but I also have acquired through the process of removing the plank from my own eye, first, a sizable amount knowledge on the topic of sexual orientation (I explain below).  In vocalizing such lethal concerns I followed Christ’s words, of speaking directly to the person, if that fails, then involve 2 or 3 other people in the conversation and if that also fails I then was obligated to speak out publicly. 

Many people might find it is much easier to keep silent and “not make waves,” but this is simply not true. Because when people keep silent about such grave issues, especially when children are involved; they are contributing to the dehumanization of all human beings. It is as you have stated, profits have become more valuable than human beings. 

Pope Francis - Honesty - Making Waves
First Step to Recovery 

It is well known in dealing with any type of addictive behavior, like substance abuse, sexual addiction, etc, and attending such groups as alcoholics anonymous, narcotics anonymous that the first step to breaking the cycle of addiction to allow recovery to begin is dependent on one’s ability of admit there is a problem. Whether it is an individual, or a group or an organization nothing can be begin to change for the better or improve until someone can step back and identify that there is a problem. Then working together to resolve the problem, so that new life can begin.  

From research studies from organizational psychology there are ways to setup an organization to build in self-correcting mechanisms. For the past 32 years, regrettably there were no operative self-correcting mechanisms in the curia and we have witness the devastation that ensued. 

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Pope Francis Identified
 Stream of Corruption Running Through the Curia 

You had confirmed 2013 that there is a real stream of corruption runs through the curia. Speculating, I would think that your statement was a flashed of light through the darkness in the curia paralyzing much of their power.  Your global public statement broke through the thick wall of the lack of transparency surrounding the curia, their hiddenness clearly acknowledging the corruption, though not by self-righteously demonizing anyone and respectfully recognizing the saints who are working in the curia. Your same statement, also, validated those who have been severely victimized, harmed (like myself) by the curia and that is crucial to help and allow healing to begin for victims, including for me. Thank you. You were able to instill hope, by acknowledging and identifying the reality of the problem. This is the first step needed to resolve any problem and to begin rebuilding. From the global exposure of your papal office, the rebuilding you have initiated will progress on many levels, simultaneously.    

“Who Am I To Judge?” - Pope Francis

It has been proven over and over again that secrecy is a killer. Jesus had plenty to say on secrecy, hiddenness and roof tops.  The Church is durable even though the people inside are flawed, at times severely flawed that is because the Church is built on Christ not on the people. A major confirmation of this that was instantly heard around the world - were implicit in your words, "If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?"

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Protecting the Image of the Church 
Became more Important than - Protecting Children 

For the past 32 years, there was an extreme over emphasis on maintaining a vigilance protecting the image of the Church - or - rather the image of the curia. But the secrecy in protecting the image was so important that it took precedence over protecting the lives of children. This should have alerted someone to step back and voice that something is seriously not working and is wrong, maybe someone did and that person was severely attacked as I have been. The secrecy started to grow possibly along with the fear of exposure and in the end the edifice collapsed, because it was all not built on truth. It can be overwhelmingly difficult to face the truth, especially about one’s self, but almost never is it as bad as living in the pain that secrecy causes and the regret of the wasted years of one’s life.  

Honesty is so important in establishing any serious relationship that we want to grow. I think that this would be especially true if you happen to be the pope. Your willingness to admit the truth publicly about the corruption of the curia conveyed a sense of confidence that the Church would not crumble because of it. It seemed that you were more concern about telling the truth than worried about any image.  Admitting the truth about the curia - did more to improve the image of the Church, including respect for the papal office than all the secrecy of the past 30 years. 

Strength of the Catholic Faith - Pope John Paul II 

I feel it necessary to clarify the fact that - I most definitely do not mean that there is any fault with the Catholic faith or the Catholic Church I believe that is solidly built on Christ and is lasting. It is the motivating spiritual force that keeps me moving forward to continue the protection of children, even in the face of Hurley’s deceptive technicalities, including that of his accomplices.

The protection of children is paramount throughout the Catholic faith because it comes right from Christ.  It is only when we drift away, individually or as a group from the foundation of the Catholic faith that is Jesus Christ that we run into major problems, always devastatingly harmful to everyone. Because we are no longer building on truth. Pope John Paul II courageously reminded us all just how devastating dangerous this can be - in 2000 he publicly apologized to the world the for the centuries of grievous sins committed by the Vatican representing the leadership of the Catholic Church.  The Church did not fall apart after John Paul II made his global apology.

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VIII. My “Coming out” was an Educational Opportunity - 1997 

In the early stage, for the first two months after I came out in March 1997, there was no negative reaction or repercussions from the parishioners, the diocese, or the wider community.  I taught classes on early childhood psychosexual development and led discussions on that subject with my parishioners.  People eagerly came to the classes.  They learned, they talked openly, they told personal stories about their lives and their concern for their children.  It was cathartic.  I took great pains to see that my parishioners were not upset.  They had been carrying questions for years that no one would answer.  There had been no safe place for them to learn or to ask questions.  I helped ease their fears.  I was able to show them that no one should ever have to hate himself or herself.  The meetings and talk sessions  were a great success.  The parish did not fall apart.  

My “coming out” was successful, as reported in the Grand Rapids press, because I based it all on objective, authoritative data on homosexuality and not on my own personal, subjective thoughts and ideas.  In addition, it was a tediously thought-out event that followed the rules of effective communication to large organizations.  It was fortified by extensive documentation on homosexuality from its origins in early childhood and also by educational classes on the same subject.  Each class was offered 3 times a week for two hours in an 8-week course of study.  From my background of course work in communication studies, I followed the procedures of how to organize the set-up of an effective “critical team” to maximize the communication of accurate information and minimize confusion, gossip, and inaccurate information.  Once inaccurate information takes hold, it is very difficult to counteract it, so I did everything possible to convey accurate information without pressure or rancor and without frightening anyone.  The facts are able to speak for themselves.

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US Bishops Calls - Unprecedented - My “Coming Out” 1997

My “coming out” was called “unprecedented” by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, also reported in the Grand Rapids press.  There was no mass exodus of parishioners from the parish.  The parish’s weekly general and building debt reduction collections did not drop but remained at the same level of income.

My principles also remained the same.  Through everything that followed, I continued in the conviction that my duty as a priest was to meet the needs at the fringes of society, especially where children are concerned.  It was my calling.  It was innate in me to meet the needs of people.  I was pledged to serve others.  To do anything less would be unconscionable.  

Why The Vatican Did Not Know???

From all the study, conferences, consultations, and community work I did, I became painfully aware of the devastating, lifelong harm caused to LGBT people, beginning in their early childhood years, by antigay social and religious normsI had an ever-present question in my mind, wondering why the Vatican was not aware of the same harm, and why the necessary steps were not taken to insure the safety of children, because this information had been readily available for the past 3 decades, in the mainstream of academic, medical, and mental health awareness.  Somehow in the process of re-education I was supposed to become complicit in the denial of the harm to children, and somehow I was supposed to forget the core reason for being a priest, which is to live for others, take care of the poor, protect children, and advocate for people who are defenseless.  I was supposed to accept the condemnation of me as if I were doing something wrong.  Then, forcing me to apologize for, to beg forgiveness for my attempt to save children, was equivalent to wanting me to sin against my being a priest, in effect to become complicit in another form of the global cover-up of child abuse.  It was this complete disregard by the Vatican for the harm they were causing to children globally that became infuriating to me.  They have continued their attempts to get me to acquiesce in their denial of the lifelong harm caused to children by the unsubstantiated antigay teachings. 

Antigay - Self-Perpetuating Cycle of Violence

Antigay social and religious norms create a self-perpetuating cycle of violence, forever increasing the violence in the world, because they continually attack children at the most vulnerable time of life: the early childhood years.  Children are traumatized if they are told that the love they have for others is wrong.  They are hurt at the center of their being.  In heart and soul, where they reach out to others, hoping for closeness and tenderness, they are crushed.  And as in any form of child abuse, the victims of the abuse caused by antigay teachings perpetuate as adults the same devastating harm and violence onto others, including children.

For many years, in fact my entire life, I was trying to resolve this issue of denial and abuse in myself and was searching for various ways of understanding it, including psychoanalysis, spiritual direction during long yearly retreats at a Trappist monastery, conferences with professors and scholars, and constant prayer.

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 IX. Re-educated Sexual Orientation ??? 
Traumatic Attack - Like Being Mugged - Shell Shock

For the sake of children, in 1997, I made waves in the life of the Church.  I handled the interest of the press in what was going on in my parish, and I was always sensitive to the needs of my parishioners. However, because I made waves, I faced what I perceived as retaliation from the Vatican.  It felt like I was being mugged.  I was told that my earned sabbatical term was cancelled, and that I could not study psychology at the University of Michigan.  I could not plan my own sabbatical:  instead a sabbatical would be prepared for me.  The purpose was to re-educate me on sexual orientation.  I was stunned.  I left the office after hearing this startling directive and said to myself: “Where is such a place?  What are they going to do?  What are they going to send me to?  Are they going to treat me like a pedophile priest?  But I haven’t done anything wrong.  Who’s going to believe me?”   To me it felt like shell shock, like trauma.  I didn’t understand what was going on.  I felt my life flash before me.  It was now over.  It felt like a surprise attack, taking place behind closed doors, with no one knowing.  And that is what was traumatic: the secrecy and helplessness, with no one knowing, like a child being abused.  

Cardinal Bertone Causes - Irreparable Damage 2010

 At the time, 1997, I thought:  who would believe that the Vatican was capable of such covert, harsh actions, because I could hardly believe it even though I was the target.  Only a few years later, in 2002, and then in 2010, we heard about the decades of cover-ups of child sexual abuse, allegedly ordered by the Vatican.  At this time, certain members of the Vatican, like Cardinal Bertone, against known research publicly attempted to shift the blame onto gay priests, and by extension onto the entire LGBT population.  And even though the Vatican made public statements to refute Bertone’s remarks, irreparable damage was done.  Then in 2012, through Vatileaks, we were we made aware of pervasive corruption that existed in the Vatican among the curia and which you confirmed in July 2013. 

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X. Vatican’s Attempts - Deface the Reason Why I Came Out

I was still left wondering: what did re-education on sexual orientation mean?  After I had learned so much and heard so much at major conventions, after I had discovered what was taught at major universities, I had a feeling that I was about to be shoved into a closet, with no specific knowledge of what was going to happen to me, how long it was going to take, or what form of training was used for re-education.  I wondered why I had never heard of any textbooks or articles on re-education on sexual orientation.  I concluded that the diocesan officials and the bishop simply wished I would go away and get lost.  I felt I was being given the persona of a pedophile priest, in a form of guilt by association.  I was afraid that I was going to be treated as though I had done something wrong, and that I would be perceived as a pedophile priest, simply because of the way I was being treated.  This process was going to deface the reason why I came out, would obscure all the work I had done to protect children, would completely destroy my reputation, and would also reflect on my family.

It seems clear to me that because the work I did with my parishioners was successful, I became more of a target.  For 16 years I was denied my salary, my sabbatical terms, and educational funding.  After I refused to be sent away on the sabbatical to be re-educated on sexual orientation, instead I was verbally told that I would given an open-ended educational leave of absence without any funding or salary.  I left my diocese with nothing.  My character was questioned; I believe I was the victim of character assassination.  

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At present, I am appealing to you.  The legal matter of the appeal is Bishop Walter Hurley’s canonical proceedings to remove me from the priesthood.    

I believe that I am a priest forever.  I have always known only too well my moral obligation, as a priest, to do all in my power to protect the lives of children, even if it meant sacrificing my life.  This obligation is the core foundation of what it means to be a priest, that we follow Christ’s example of love and willingly give our lives for others, especially children.  The only way I knew to protect children from the self-perpetuating lifelong harm caused by unsubstantiated antigay norms was to make a professional plan to come out as a gay Catholic priest to my parish, in order to draw public attention and awareness to this form of child abuse and to begin to take steps to prevent it.  

I was heartened and excited, Pope Francis, from the first day, by your words and the example you have given us from your years of caring for the poor, those most in need.  You want us to make waves.  You spoke about gossip that kills.  You encourage us to go out to the fringes of society.  You are showing us that everyone is welcome.  You are reminding us that the Church is for the poorest and weakest among us.  If we are for people, especially for those who suffer, we have to care for them and acknowledge them.  If we are going to have a renewed Church representing Christ, should we not accept with love priests and laity who once were silenced? 

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I am explaining the process of my “coming out” in 1997 so that you are aware that it was not a careless or reckless event, but was based on an extraordinarily thorough understanding of homosexuality.  This understanding was acquired over nearly 30 years, from the perspectives of academia, spirituality, and my own personal psychotherapy sessions, the cost of which Bishop Hurley disclosed to the press in May 2006, in the amount of $126,000.  This phenomenal cost for psychotherapy was directly related to the pervasive harm caused to me, as it was to so many others, by unsubstantiated antigay teachings.  I hope you can see that I took seriously Christ’s command that we should first remove the plank from our own eye, before attempting to remove the speck from the eye of our brother or sister.  This reflection helps to explain more clearly the level of care and understanding I had for my parishioners, when I planned the process of my “coming out” to protect children.  At no time did I needlessly place the parishioners at risk of upset and confusion.  In fact, as I observed their expressed interest in the subject of sexuality, my planned process of “coming out” appeared to help relieve a great deal of unnecessary stress from their lives.

I came out on a matter of “life and death” to protect children.  It took everything I had inside me, and then some, and to my great surprise, the attempt was astonishingly successful.  However, two months later in 1997, I was immersed in another “life and death” situation that also urgently needed to be publicly exposed.  At the time I was not aware, as we are today, of just how pervasively certain members of the Vatican hierarchy relied on covert tactics to remove opposition.  Behind closed doors, in 1997 the Vatican issued an official directive ordering me to sent away to be re-educated on the subject of sexual orientation, as noted above.  I was a 47-year-old priest, and as a priest, I spent my life devoted to the service of others and not primarily concerned about my financial future.  If I were not a priest, I would probably have been making 3 or 4 times the salary a priest makes, because I would need to be significantly more concerned about planning a secure financial future.  At the age of 47, the better years for establishing a career and financial security are generally behind a person.  I suspect the Vatican recognized my lack of financial independence, expecting me to feel compelled to agree to the process of re-education.  Ultimately, it seemed that the Vatican’s action was meant to frighten me into being silent, because I had taken a risk and dared to make waves.

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Emerging Science of Homosexuality

Let me be more specific about what I am referring to when I speak of the Vatican and its attitude toward science.  It has been heavily documented that Cardinal Ratzinger in the years before he became Pope, and then as Benedict XVI, had opposed the emerging science about sexual orientation related to homosexuality.  In 1986, in the letter to U.S. bishops titled “On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons,” he gave a warning about “deceitful propaganda” from pro-homosexual groups.  As noted by John L. Allen in the National Catholic Reporter (date of publication):  “The letter refers to homosexual orientation as an ‘intrinsic moral evil.’”  In 1997, in addition, he altered the explanation of homosexuality in the Catechism of the Catholic Church by eliminating the statement:  “They do not choose their homosexual condition (find citation).”  

I am trying to address the inaccuracies coming from Benedict XVI and the hierarchy regarding homosexuality.  These inaccuracies create a toxic social environment for children who hear continually that they are morally corrupt or evil if their inclinations are not heterosexual.  Members of the Church hierarchy tend to justify their actions by dismissing the relevance of the emerging science of homosexuality on the grounds that science has not determined the cause of homosexuality.  As an analogy, science has yet to give us the “genesis” of cancer, but we have not dismissed the relevant research that has made significant advancements in improving the chances of preventing and treating many forms of cancer.  

For the past 32 years, Benedict XVI has appeared dismissive of the evolving science on sexual orientation in regard to homosexuality.  He has also seemed oblivious of the severity of the psychological harm caused by unsubstantiated antigay teachings to millions and millions of adults and children, globally.

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XI. Hurley’s Disavowal of 1997

In an enclosed letter addressed to me by Hurley in May 2006, he states that he is not responsible for the actions taken against me by a previous bishop in 1997.  By this assertion, Hurley completely negates and tries to distance himself from the extraordinarily punitive treatment by the Vatican in 1997, which, as described above, occurred behind closed doors.  Although I took the necessary steps to protect myself and still have remained an active and loyal priest, I was portrayed as a selfish, renegade, disobedient priest, a priest who remained obstinate to the requests of his bishop to return to his diocese.

This disavowal by Hurley of a previous bishop’s action against me can be construed as yet another major attack made against my reputation to destroy my credibility as a loyal and faithful priest who had taken extraordinary measures.  I sometimes feared I was placing my life at risk by “coming out” to protect the lives of children, globally, and then by educating my parishioners on a major taboo topic of human sexuality, namely homosexuality, while at the same time the whole process was astonishingly successful.   

The mistreatment in 1997 was traumatic on several levels, as explained above, and was the cause of rage similar to that which Jesus felt when he turned over the table of the money changers in the temple courtyard.  He said:  “It is written:  my house will be called a house of prayer, but you are it a making it a den of thieves” (Matthew 21: 12-13).  And the attempts that followed to compel me to return to the diocese, with no regard for punitive treatment that had befallen me, were and are unnerving.  In a sense it is incapacitating to endure this strain, now and in years past.  The accumulation of years of pressure is taking a toll on me and has had an impact on my health.  

I think it is true that Hurley did not really want me back.  He managed to blame me for the steps that I was forced to take to protect myself after being victimized by members of the Vatican, which by extension included him, as a titular bishop. My regular salary and educational sabbatical terms and funding were all taken away because I refused to submit to the Vatican’s unethical request that I be sent away to be re-educated on sexual orientation or be given assignments that implied I was a pedophile priest or a priest who had committed some sordid misconduct.  Prior to my “coming out” I was asked to consider being the rector of St. Andrew’s Cathedral.  The fact is I was well liked and was being considered for major assignments in the diocese.

The requests for me to return to my diocese have never offered reparation for the harm, loss of salary and benefits, and damages caused by the Vatican’s directives that were forced on me in 1997.  Equally, there were no guarantees given to me that at any time similar unethical and criminal actions would not be taken against me, or other retaliatory measures would not be forthcoming for my “coming out” in 1997, meaning that I would lose my salary and living space and would be left at yet an older age to make a living and support myself. In addition, at no time was there any visible sign of sincerity from Hurley that he wanted me to return. 

This is whole train of events is a clear issue of bishops being allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation against people like me in the USA.  As recently as November 7, 2013, the US Senate passed a bill to include sexual orientation in the ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) act, which the US bishops voted against.  I am a US citizen and did not give up my citizenship at the time of my ordination and therefore should be protected from such willful attacks by the bishops against gay priests.   I think that it is important that I send a copy of this letter to President Obama and other high elected officials, including the Supreme Court justices, alerting them of my circumstances and the 16 years of mistreatment.  Religious institutions should not be allowed to be excluded from civil rights laws such as ENDA.  

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XII. Persona non grata
Benedict XVI and Hurley and Maida and Mental Health - Banning Gay Priests 2005

In June 2005, Hurley was re-assigned by the newly-elected Benedict XVI to the Diocese of Grand Rapids from the Archdiocese of Detroit.  He remained the titular bishop in charge of misconduct of priests in Grand Rapids as he was in Detroit.  Shortly after he arrived in Grand Rapids, without warning me, he had the Michigan Catholic Conference discontinue the insurance coverage of my psychotherapy.  Although I retained my primary coverage from Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, the reduced plan covered at best 50 per cent of the cost of psychotherapy.  

Benedict XVI first major ruling - Banning Gay Priests

Benedict XVI first major ruling after being elected April 2005 was to ban homosexuals from the priesthood. So begins his openly public antigay obsession that would remain constant and brutal - because it was so deadly harmful to children. His antigay example was openly promoting the arbitrary dehumanization of a group human beings as acceptable behavior for Catholics. This visibly gives us an inside picture of obsessive antigay culture that exists in the curia and among the hierarchy, until he announced his retirement on February 11, 2013. Because Benedict XVI for 32 years exerted significant influence in choosing men for the hierarchy and to be members of the curia in the Vatican. An antigay attitude was a prerequisite to be considered for advancement in the ranks. There was definitely no making waves to challenge his extreme uneducated antigay bias, only unconditional obedience to it. The harm and devastation that he caused for 32 years to children globally by his obsessive antigay pronouncements is unconscionable and incalculable. No one said a word or maybe some did so, but were not able to endure the attacks and died prematurely. It will be no way to erase the 32 years evidence - not in this age of communication. Banning gay priests was his very first ruling.  In good conscience, and out of a deep moral obligation for the sake of the protection of children that when I was asked by a news reporter my thought of his antigay ruling I had to speak out to protect children.

Benedict XVI - Vatican plan to block gay priests - 8/28/05
Jamie Doward - The Guardian - 8/28/2005
Brief excerpt:
  The new Pope faces his first controversy over the direction of the Catholic church after it was revealed that the Vatican has drawn up a religious instruction preventing gay men from being priests.
  The controversial document, produced by the Congregation for Catholic Education and Seminaries, the body overseeing the church's training of the priesthood, is being scrutinised by Benedict XVI...

Shortly afterwards I was asked by a news reporter, my thoughts on Benedict XVI’s document ban against gay priests.  The interview was published on October 8, 2005, in the Grand Rapids Press. 

When the Rev. Martin Kurylowicz came out to his Sparta parish eight years ago, he said he had struggled for years with his homosexuality.

The Catholic priest says the struggle would be made harder for many others if the Vatican issues new rules that reportedly would ban gays from becoming priests… 

…"I sizzled when I read it," said Kurylowicz, 55. "It's very hurtful, is what it is. In this day and age, there's no reason for it. It sends a message that there's something wrong with gays."

Kurylowicz said he spoke out then to raise awareness of violence against gays and teach others homosexuality is not a choice but an inborn trait. Church leaders still don't understand that and contribute to gays' poor self-esteem, he said… 

…"Kids as young as 4 or 5 know they're different," said Kurylowicz, a psychotherapist… "They grow up with this pervasive guilt, which sabotages their growth and motivation." The result is thousands of dollars in therapy to accept their natural orientation, he said, adding, "Does the Vatican want to take that on, like the tobacco industry had to take on for the damage it caused consumers? "…

Benedict XVI’s blatant public dehumanizing remarks against gay priests, once again vividly brought to mind for me the same trauma I experienced behind close doors in 1997 igniting the same rage and outrage in me - because it was a repeat of the same  complete disregard for the lives of children. I experienced this same reaction when, as Cardinal Ratzinger in July 31, 2003 made unsubstantiated statements against gay marriage. I was outraged not only by his statements, but that he was allowed to make it and no one publicly corrected him.   

Vatican drive to curb gay marriage – July 31, 2003
… Ratzinger, the Church brands homosexual unions as immoral, unnatural and harmful…
…It comes a day after US President George Bush - a Methodist Christian - spoke out against the idea of same-sex marriages…

The constant running theme during this time since Benedict XVI election April 2005 to May 2006 was focused on heavily on mental health - psychotherapy. Benedict XVI announced in the fall 2005 that he was dedicating the 2006 World Day Prayer for the Sick to mental health. Benedict XVI and Hurley and Maida all worked together investigating the New Ways Ministry’s co-founders.  

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Mental Health and Maida - “Dialogue Show” and Me 
Hurley’s Immediately Demanding my return  

I was asked by a coordinator of the Archdiocese of Detroit, who received my name from a professional colleague in the mental health field, to discuss on the TV show “Dialogue” issues related to mental health.  The show was scheduled to be aired in February 2006.  It was meant to coincide with Benedict XVI dedicating in 2006 the World Day of Prayer to mental health.  At the request of the coordinator, I accepted the invitation on January 5, 2006 and was given all the details involved.  The following day, January 6, I received a notice of sincere regret from the same coordinator telling me that plans had changed and I would no longer be needed.  On January 7, I received a certified letter from Hurley demanding my immediate return to the diocese.  In attempts to set up a meeting with Hurley in Grand Rapids, I had to calculate time carefully because I was in Detroit, which was a round trip of approximately 260 miles.  All together it would be an eight-hour trip, meaning that I would miss the whole work day.

Considering that I had not been paid by the diocese since 1997, and that I depended on my clinical work at an agency where I had a caseload of 100 SPMI (severely and persistently mentally ill) patients, it was not so much about losing a whole day’s pay as it was the harm and added distress caused to patients in critical need if their appointments were to be cancelled.  Therefore, I asked if I could meet with Hurley early in the morning or later in the evening or any time on the weekend.  I was told absolutely not. An excerpt from Bishop Walter Hurley’s letter to me dated February 8, 2006:

I understand that you may have experiences involving my predecessors, which you found painful or unjust. Those grievances cannot, however, be involved as a justification for your resisting my legitimate appeal for your obedience to me as your Ordinary.

Hurley was plainly not willing to accommodate my work schedule, which I needed to support myself once my salary was taken away in 1997.  His invitations appeared more for public display and to frame me in a set-up of being a disobedient priest. Still, there was no evidence of any concern for the children who were being harmed, which meant that nothing had changed since 1997:  I was treated in the same abusive manner, and children were being neglected with increased intensity.  The pattern of Benedict’s attempts to remove gay priests also increased in intensity, because he had become Pope.  Just as [you]  Francis changed the whole tone of the Church in the direction of acceptance and respect for every human being, so Benedict fostered discrimination.  By the end of May 2006, Hurley removed my priestly faculties on the grounds that I had refused to meet with him.  With Benedict in charge, I had absolutely no recourse.  I had even less chance of gaining safety, returning to my diocese, or escaping even worse treatment than I had already experienced in 1997.  The crucial point is that the reason why I came out-- the safety of children-- was never even taken into account.  The blame was then publicly shifted onto me, as a way to discredit me, by means of Hurley’s argument that I was a disobedient priest, which completely took the focus off the lifelong harm caused to children by unsubstantiated antigay teachings.  Hurley as a titular bishop connected to the Curia was trying to retaliate for my public denouncement of Benedict’s rules against gay priests, because of the harm caused to children, as reported in the Grand Rapids press on October 8, 2005.

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XIII. Scope of Lifelong Harm to Children - Adult

According to established research on sexual orientation, the human population ranges along a continuum, with an estimated 10% heterosexual, 10% homosexual, and 80% bisexual.  What this means is that about 90% of the human population have varying degrees of a homosexual orientation.  Therefore, it is not just 10% of the human population who are harmed by unsubstantiated antigay teachings, but 90%.  These conclusions are based on authoritative data.  For us to talk about restoring the dignity of human beings above profit while maintaining the Vatican’s unsubstantiated antigay teachings, is counterproductive because it negates the reality of human nature.  Maintaining these teachings in spite of established data on human sexuality also negates what John Paul II insisted on when he stated that science and religion cannot be separated.  

Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.

If we retain these antigay teachings, we are modeling to major world corporations and to the millions of people who work in them an inconsistency about how we value people.

It is not possible to be lukewarm in our treatment of others:  everybody counts or nobody counts.  The way that I found best to help change people’s attitudes is by providing a wealth of accurate authoritative data on sexual orientation as it relates to children in their earliest years.  

Not only are people interested in knowing about whatever is helpful to their children, but also they identify [ personally ] with the information, recognizing its truth in their own lives.  I also found that by providing valid information on the topic keeps discussion and questions focus on the data, not on me.  All arguments, disagreements and frustrations are targeted on the data activating a keen interest to read and learn more on their own, raising the intellectual level future discussions. It also helped to eliminate many ignorant outlandish statements about homosexuality exposing their ridiculousness, such as homosexuality being contagious, homosexuals are able to recruit heterosexuals to become homosexuals. 

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XIV. Homophobia - Antigay Authoritarian Parenting 
Self-perpetuating Abuse & Violence

A series of research studies were conducted and published in 2012, indicating that homophobia to be more pronounced in individuals who have unacknowledged homosexual attractions grew up in authoritarian households with parents who strictly forbade the expression of any same sex desires. “The study is the first to document the role that both parenting and sexual orientation play in the formation of intense and visceral fear of homosexuals, including self-reported homophobic attitudes, discriminatory bias, implicit hostility towards gays, and endorsement of anti-gay policies By Richard M. Ryan and William S. Ryan. It is a form of dissociation that denies any conscious homosexual attractions, but acts out sexually with same sex partners. There has been numerous cases in the news media that have exposed politicians, ministers and even members of the curia in the Vatican who publicly are antigay, but have been found having sex with men in public restrooms, highway rest stops, hiring male prostitutes and traveling with male escorts. 

Homogeneous group - Repressed Homosexuals

For the past 32 years, Benedict XVI exuded a great deal of influence in choosing members for the curia and hierarchy based on their strict obedience to doctrine including homosexuality. Resulting in, Benedict XVI, creating over the past 3 decades, likely the largest solid homogeneous group, a select population based on the unsubstantiated antigay teachings having the highest probability of containing the largest number of homophobic sexual repressed homosexuals than anywhere else in the world. This would help explain the unison, the lockstep obsessive antigay crusade, especially against gay marriage by Benedict XVI, the hierarchy and the Curia not only in the USA. But this global antigay obsession initiated by Benedict XVI is not based on substantiated authoritative data on homosexuality. No one in the hierarchy or curia voices a word to challenge this obsessive antigay campaign with the ever present abundance of emerging science data finding homosexuality as a normal and natural part of human development.  This indicates an air tight set up for problems and tragedies that are caused by social phenomenon described as Groupthink. 

The deliberate suppression of this emerging science on sexual orientation that would have release gay people, especially children from the extremely harmful existence in the desert was an all out dehumanizing concerted effort according to numerous documents with all due respect of Cardinal Ratzinger and his supporters, which Bishop Hurley has been since the 1980s. Since 1997, this dehumanizing concerted effort suppressing the emerging science on sexual orientation has continued to the present day. I have been constantly and severely attacked for “coming out” March 1997 an exposing the emerging science on sexual orientation for the protection of children globally from the lifetime harmful effects caused by the antigay unsubstantiated social and religious norms.

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XV. The Conclusion

I know I am innocent of all charges made by Bishop Hurley. You may wonder what redress I am seeking.  The way my appeal is treated, which includes me directly will reflect on the crucial importance of protecting children, globally.  It will also simultaneously, as I am sure you know, make waves for better or worst on many levels. I stood on truth to the best of my ability and I tried to protect children to the point of risking my life. My “coming out” 1997 wedded me to the protection of children, a marriage lasting for the pat 16 years.  It was an arranged marriage that as a priest, and as priests, we are called set an example to love others as Christ has loved us. As priests, we do not pick and chose you we will or will not serve. We serve and care for all people, including children. The need to protect children is paramount, because they are defenseless. If you are walking down the street and see a child playing on the train tracks with oncoming train speeding toward the child, whatever you may be doing is dropped, in order, to run and save the child. That is in essence what I did. 

Above all, I want to be recognized as a priest in good standing.  Because I have had to be on my own, taking care of myself without pay or any assurance of sustenance for many years, I am hoping for fair compensation for years of hostility, uncertainty, and lost income.  There was no assurance that I would be welcome if I returned to Grand Rapids.  And if I do go back there now, what assurance do I have that the same thing will not happen again?  What assurance do I have of safety?  What assurance do I have that retaliation will not be forthcoming?  I dread the prospect of being treated as if I were a pedophile priest.  I have observed the discipline of the Church and of the clerical state.  I have kept my vow of celibacy.  

I want all charges against me dropped and my priestly faculties to be restored and to be considered a priest in good standing. In the full picture of my situation beginning March 1997, the issue of my returning to diocese his is not a matter of being disobedience, but one of continue protection for children and a matter of self-preservation.

Considering the fact that you have admitted that there is a stream of corruption running through the Vatican, made statements about not judging gay priests, urging bishops to end their antigay obsession, encouraged the making of “waves” and not worry about attacks, I am sending my appeal directly to you. 

I am appealing Bishop Hurley’s canonical proceedings to remove me from the priesthood, because it is not based on truth. It is a distortion of the truth based on a deceptive canon law technicality, at the expense of the protection of children to cause a “smoke screen” to hide the real aim of Hurley’s hostile attack is solely on sexual orientation. It is Hurley’s severely malicious attack to silence me permanently by destroying my reputation, hence the “smoke screen” to remove me from the priesthood. All because I spoke the truth that sexual orientation is already present and operative in early childhood, based on objective facts. This small piece of truth makes it vividly clear that homosexuality: (1) is not a choice, it is established long before the “age of reason” in the lives of children, (2) it is intrinsically by nature, then and forever, about “loving and wanting to be loved” and (3) it is critically vulnerable to lifetime harm, during early childhood years caused by antigay social and religious norms.

Therefore, due to the corruption of the curia is dependent on secrecy to flourish. I have learned the hard way for the need to keep public all dealings with the members of the curia and hierarchy. Since, my appeal is more importantly wedded to the immediacy for the protection of children, globally, to avoid any possible mishandling of the curia, this letter will be sent to great number of people. And because I am also an USA citizen this letter is also pertinent to the protection US civil rights based on sexual orientation, which includes children, it is also necessary that I send copies of this letter to - President Obama, Supreme Court Justices, members of the US Congress and others. It will also be published, as a precautionary measure.  

I leave all in the hands of God, who as we all know is the final judge.

Sincerely in Christ,    

Father Martin S. Kurylowicz

All enclosures listed on separate page:

The Wise and Foolish Builders
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts 
them into practice is like a wise man who built his 
house on the rock. The rain came down, the 
streams rose, and the winds blew and 
beat against that house; yet it 
did not fall, because it 
had its foundation 
on the rock. 
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not 
put them into practice is like a foolish man who 
built his house on sand. The rain came 
down, the streams rose, and the 
winds blew and beat against 
that house, and it fell
with a great crash.                                                                                                                                              Matthew 7:24-27


December 30, 2013 

Appealing Canonical Processing against 
Fr. Martin S. Kurylowicz by Bishop Walter Hurley
Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan USA

Enclosures: To the appeal letter sent to Pope Francis

February 10, 2013 - Fr. Kurylowicz’s letter sent US government officials 
- Kurylowicz’s appeal counteracting Bishop Hurley’s 
manipulation of canon law in order to be able to charge
me on a technicality “not returning home” by separating
it from the situation that caused it after I came out
1997. Letter gives an extensive accounting of my
“coming out” situation of 1997 - not separated from Hurley’s 
                        charges against me. Giving a complete picture 
of my whole situation.

August 28, 2012 - Letter from President Obama - response to Fr.
Kurylowicz’s letter  

July 2010 - Fr. Kurylowicz’s letter sent to US government officials - 
regarding that there are No USA civil law protection 
from Bishop Hurley malicious attacks against Fr.

March 29, 1997 - The Grand Rapids Press Parishioners Supportive of 
Gay Priest news report on my “coming out” for the
protection of children. (check The Grand Rapids Press
for accuracy)

May 20, 1997 - Letter from Bishop Rose - commenting Fr Kurylowicz on 
his 12 years of pastoral leadership, as pastor of Holy
Family Parish.  

June 2, 1997 - Fr. Kurylowicz’s letter to Bishop Rose - regarding 
Catholic Universities & psychology 

June 5, 1997 - Letter from Bishop Rose - questioning Fr Kurylowicz’s 
credibility in need of a program (referring to sending 
me away to be re-educated on sexual orientation) - to 
restore my credibility among the priests. 

June 9, 1997 - Fr. Kurylowicz’s letter to Bishop Rose - counteracting his 
statement that there has never been any question ever 
about my credibility and that my “coming out”  had
received wide support from priests and people. 

June 28, 1997 - The Grand Rapids Press - Kurylowicz Comes Out news 
report on the success of my “coming out” & the US
Conference of Catholic Bishops calling my “coming out” 
unprecedented.” (check The Grand Rapids Press for 

October 8, 2005 - The Grand Rapids Press Ban On Gay Priests Heats 
Up news report on Fr. Kurylowicz’s comments on
Benedict XVI - document banning gay priests. Kurylowicz 
calling attention of the lifetime harm such an
unsubstantiated antigay global public statement will
have on children. Remarking that - the Vatican is going 
to be made to pay for the harm they cause children - for 
their antigay pronouncements - the same way the
tobacco companies were made to for the harm they 
cause their consumers.  (check The Grand Rapids Press 
for accuracy)

February 8, 2006 Bishop Hurley’s letter sent to Fr. Kurylowicz 
informing Fr. Kurylowicz that whatever happened to him
in 1997 is not relevant to my situation about of returning 

May 27, 2006 Bishop Hurley The Grand Rapids Press - news report 
Hurley’s slanderous statement against me  - I refused 
to return to the diocese -based on his manipulation of a 
canon laws technicality by separating it from the 
complete factual situation of 1997. Hurley also discloses 
the cost of my psychotherapy sessions, a breach of 
employer employee confidentially. No USA civil law 
protects gay priest from such fatal destructive public 
attack on my reputation. (check The Grand Rapids Press 
for accuracy)

*** (The harm from both of these statements made by
Hurley have caused irreparable damage to my 
reputation - destroying my credibility and means of 
supporting myself - because my regular priest salary had 
been discontinued since 1997 - because of my “coming 
out” for the protection of children. Bishop Hurley was 
well aware of that my priest’s salary was suspended since 1997. 
                        This makes his slanderous of malicious intent 
to caused lethal harm to me.) 

*** (The outrageous sum for my psychotherapy sessions 
$126.000 was completely caused by the Vatican’s 
unsubstantiated antigay teachings. The cost was also 
related to the fact that I was seeing Catholic 

August 6, 2012 - Bishop Hurley’s canonical proceedings to remove Fr. 
Kurylowicz from the priesthood - documentation 
(4 pages) 

May 21, 2013 - Fr. Kurylowicz’z letter to Fr. Ron Richard - informing him
   that I am appealing my case to Pope Francis.
Hurley’s canonical proceedings to remove Fr. Kurylowicz 
from the priesthood - ultimatum 

December 30, 2013 - Fr. Kurylowicz’z letter to Bishop Walkowiak -
informing him I have appealed my case to Pope Francis 

Fr. Kurylowicz related appeal information: found online - Thalamus Center 

WHISTLEBLOWER - Gay Catholic Priest – Fr. Marty Kurylowicz - Charged by the Vatican for “Coming Out” March 1997 - For the Protection of Children – 15 years later – February 10, 2013 

Gay Catholic Priest - Appealing his case – Fr. Marty Kurylowicz – to Pope Francis | Part 1 of 4 

Gay Catholic Priest - Appealing his case – Fr. Marty Kurylowicz – to Pope Francis | Part 2 of 4 

A Gay Catholic Priest (3a) - Appealing his case – Fr. Marty Kurylowicz – to Pope Francis | Part 3a of 4 
Original post date - August 15, 2013

STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE and CHILDREN --- “Don’t Make Waves” --- Benedict XVI and Curia’s Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups and Gay Obsession - 5/15/13

“THE ADVOCATE” - Person of the Year: Pope Francis - 2013    - Dec 23, 2013   


The End of the Appeal Letter 


Update - 2/16/14

Following related links:

Obama to visit Pope Francis in March - 1/21/14
(CNN) -- President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis for the first time on March 27 at the Vatican, the White House announced Tuesday...
"The President looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality," a White House news release said...

Pope Francis calls the Internet ‘a gift from God’ - 1/23/14
...He declared his unambiguous support for the Web as a tool that brings humanity closer together in a papal statement Thursday.
"A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive," Francis said. "Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances. The Internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. "This is something truly good," he added. "A gift from God."...


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says we need to be small and humble to dialogue with God. At the same time He always chooses those who are small and who have least power. This was the core message of the Pope’s homily at Tuesday morning's Mass in the Santa Marta residence... 

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Monday morning in the chapel of the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta residence. In remarks following the readings of the day, the Holy Father spoke of the Church as a divinely ordained institution in which some individuals – the men who answer the call to become priests and bishops – are specially anointed to serve the people of God. The Pope thanked the many holy priests who give their lives in the anonymity of their daily service...

(Vatican Radio) Speaking at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, Pope Francis reflected on the mystery of death, inviting us to ask God for the grace to die in hope, in the heart of the Church and in the knowledge that we have left a legacy of Christian witness behind us...



Pope Francis 
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith 
Well-being of Children and Young People - First
Protect and Sustain 
Their Human and Spiritual Growth
January 31, 2014

Pope Francis: Doctrine is not abstract but must serve the people of God - 1/31/14
Pope Francis on Friday addressed participants at the Plenary meeting of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
...Quoting from his Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis said right from the earliest times of the Church there has been a temptation to consider thedoctrine in an ideological sense or to reduce it to a series of abstract andcrystallized theories.
...He urged them to think of the wellbeing of children and young people, saying they should always be protected and sustained in their human and spiritual growth. The Pope said in this regard they are studying a possible link between the work done by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the special Commission for safeguarding children which he has set up and which is intended to be an example for all those wishing to promote the wellbeing of the young. 
Read more:

Francis calls for doctrine within the spirit of charity - 1/31/14
In an important address to staff of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Francis today essentially said, “tone it down.”
He called for Vatican doctrinal officials to work with a new spirit of service and charity and to cooperate more with local churches. He reminded the CDF that doctrine "must be taught and judged within the context of the needs of the community." ...
He said, “right from the earliest times of the Church there has been a temptation to consider the doctrine in an ideological sense or to reduce it to a series of abstract and crystallized theories.” He went on to say that “doctrine’s sole role is to serve the life of God’s people and is meant to ensure a solid foundation to our faith,” according to Vatican radio.
...In recent years, our church’s doctrinal watchdogs, many church observers would say, have caused considerable pain. They have gone after Catholic theologians, picking their writings apart, even, at times, sentence by sentence, looking for error. The impact has been twofold: It has discouraged theological engagement and it has dispirited wide segments of the church, including some of its more faithful followers. Consider, for example, the Apostolic Visitation of US women religious communities and the doctrinal investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. 
...He urged CDF staff to put the well being of children and young people first. The pattern over decades, of course, and to this day in some dioceses, court documents show, has been to place the well being of bishops first, throwing the children to the proverbial wind...
Read more:


Background links: 

Archbishop Asks Rome To Ease Up - September 28, 1986
MILWAUKEE — Rembert George Weakland long has been regarded by his peers as the brightest member of the hierarchy in the American Roman Catholic Church...
...in two tautly reasoned columns published this month in his official church newspaper here, has politely but forthrightly told the Vatican to, in effect, soften its drive to coerce doctrinal uniformity by punishing dissenters.
He asserted that Draconian measures used throughout Christian history tosilence those who challenge traditional church teaching have resulted in 

``much cruelty, suppression of theological creativity and lack of growth.``
Archbishop Weakland, a Benedictine monk who has been Milwaukee`s archbishop since 1977, is the first American Catholic leader of wide repute and influence to publicly raise alarm over the perceived crackdown by Rome on prominent and liberal U.S. Catholic thinkers who question Vatican stands on sexual morality and other issues...
...They involved a Catholic University of America theologian, Rev. Charles Curran, whose teaching credentials have been removed, and Seattle Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, whose administrative authority in several areas of ministry were stripped and given to an auxiliary bishop...
Read more:

Conflict in the Catholic Hierarchy : 
a study of coping strategies in the Hunthausen affair, 
with preferential attention to discursive strategies
by Timothy Peter Schilling - 2003
Conflicts within the Roman Catholic hierarchy poses risks to the organizational effectiveness of the Church, but the hierarchy’s approach to conflict handling has rarely been subjected to systematic, empirically grounded study...
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Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith 
preventing evolution in church teaching toward acceptance of homosexual conduct.
Ignoring Science - Sanctions Ignorance & Silence 
Promoting discrimination of Homosexuality 
 A Timeline



United Nations  
Protection of Children
Criticism of Church Teachings on 

February 5, 2014 



"We can't afford to have
two kinds of citizens,
We must have
equal citizenship for anybody in our country."

Eleanor Roosevelt

Ku Klux Klan put a bounty of $25,000 on
Eleanor Roosevelt’s head
because they didn't want her
teaching people how to protest discrimination. 1958

5 February 2014 – The United Nations Committee monitoring compliance with the 
Convention on the Rights of the Child... Photo

United Nations - “the Holy See's past statements and declarations on homosexuality have contributed to thesocial stigmatization of and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adolescents and children raised by same-sex couples.”

UN / VATICAN RIGHTS OF THE CHILD - 2/5/14 - Full Script 

U.N. panel blasts Vatican handling of clergy sex abuse, church teachings on gays, abortion - 2/5/14
BERLIN — A United Nations committee issued a scathing indictment Wednesday of the Vatican’s handling of child sexual abuse cases involving clerics, releasing a report that includedcriticism of church teachings on homosexuality, gender equality and abortion...
The report said the church in some places has “systemically” adopted policies that put children at risk. In some cases, confidentiality has been imposed on child victims and their families as a condition of financial compensation. The panel also said Catholic officials obstructed efforts in certain countries to extend the statute of limitations for criminal or civil cases...
Officials dismissed suggestions from the Vatican that the report is biased.
“Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is something that we have raised with many states,” Kirsten Sandberg, chair of the committee, said in a statement. “This is nothing special. We are not going outside the scope of the Convention.”...
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Vatican envoy rejects UN panel's critical verdict on clerical abuse scandal - 2/5/14
...The panel also found fault with some central church teachings and their impact on children's health, urging the Vatican to reconsider its stance on abortion and contraception, and encouraging it to tone down criticism of homosexuality in an attempt to reduce "social stigmatisation" and violence against gay youths and children raised by gay couples...

Pope Pressured to Act on Abuse After UN Rebuke - 2/5/14
Pope Francis came under new pressure Wednesday to punish bishops whocovered up for pedophile priests when a U.N. human rights panel accused the Vatican of systematically protecting its reputation instead of looking out for the safety of children...
And critically, the Vatican has yet to sanction any bishop for having covered up for an abusive priest, even though more than a decade has passed since the scandal exploded in the U.S. and countless law enforcement investigations around the world made it clear the role bishops played.
Vatican officials have suggested that under Francis, this might soon change.
The report was issued by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Childan 18-member panel that includes academics, sociologists and child development specialists from around the globe...
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Scathing U.N. report demands Vatican act against child sex abuse  - 2/5/14
While several bishops have resigned after abuse scandals in their dioceses, victims' groups say the Vatican must make bishops legally accountable for alleged cover-ups.
"If the pope is serious about turning the page on this scandal, he should immediately dismiss any bishop who oversaw a diocese in which a priest who abused children was shielded from the civil authorities," said Jon O'Brien, president of the U.S. lobby group Catholics for Choice.
The report said Francis's commission should invite outside experts and victims to participate in an investigation of abusers "as well as the conduct of the Catholic hierarchy in dealing with them"...
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Can the UN Change the Church's Views on Abortion and Gay Rights? - 2/6/14
On Wednesday, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a long report on the Vatican that has gotten attention for its sharp criticism of the Catholic Church’s response to clergy sex-abuse scandals...
...The committee also made broad criticisms of the Church’s posture toward LGBTQ families and children...
The committee and the Holy See seem to be approaching the issue of human rights in starkly different ways...
It also believes LGBTQ rights are part of this mission; the committee expressed concerns about “past statements and declarations on homosexuality which contribute to the social stigmatization of and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adolescents and children raised by same sex couples.” ...
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Lack of Love & Support of Children is ‘DAMAGE TO FAMILY’ 
January 31, 2013 


Supporting reference links:

REPARATIVE THERAPY - Changing Homosexual Orientation - Serious Threat to Health &Life (e.g. suicide) - World Health Organization 2012 – May 17, 2012

How Institutionalized Homophobia Harms Children’s Lives - April 15, 2013

Major - Medical and Mental Heath Associations
 Policies & Position Statements - Regarding Sexual Orientation

American Psychiatric Association

Position Statement on Therapies Focused on Attempts to Change Sexual Orientation (Reparative or Conversion Therapies)

Statement on discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation

Position Statement on Homosexuality and Civil Rights

Homosexuality Is a Normal Expression of Human Sexuality

Sexual Orientation And Homosexuality

American Psychiatric Association, AGLP

APSAA, American Psychoanalytic Association

Attempts to Change Sexual Orientation, Gender 
Identity, or Gender Expression

American Psychological Association

APA Policy Statements on LGBT Concerns

Just the Facts aboutSexual Orientation and Youth
A Primer for Principals, Educators, and School Personnel
A Publication Endorsed by:
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association of School Administrators American Counseling Association
American Federation of Teachers
American Psychological Association
American School Counselor Association
American School Health Association
Interfaith Alliance Foundation
National Association of School Psychologists National Association of Secondary School Principals National Association of Social Workers
National Education Association
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American Counseling Association

American Medical Association

American Academy of Pediatrics

AFFIRM: Psychologists Affirming their  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Family

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)

Gender Identity Research and Education Society - UK

Kinsey Institute for Research in  Sex, Gender, and Reproduction

National Association of School Psychologists

National Association of Social Workers

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

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Secret gay society in Vatican poses security threat for Pope Francis: Ex-Swiss Guard - 1/21/14

Curia archbishop hits back at Swiss Guard’s gay lobby claim - 1/21/14

Sexual Repression and Pornography - Vatican's Ongoing Gay Sex Scandals - April 17, 2013 



Know thyself 

This above all: 
to thine own self be true,
 And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. 
 William Shakespeare

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust 
in your brother's eye and pay 
no attention to the plank 
in your own eye? 

How can you say to your brother, 
'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' 
when you yourself fail to see the 
plank in your own eye? 

You hypocrite, 
first take the plank out of your eye, 
and then you will see clearly 
to remove the speck from 
your brother's eye. 
 Luke 6:40-42  

US Catholic bishops OPPOSE - US Senators - INCLUDING - LGBT PEOPLE in Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) - 11/4/13 Photo 
 Three prominent Catholic prelates—Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, CA, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore—have made it known that they plan to “work with leaders and all people of good will to end all forms of unjust discrimination, including against those who experience same sex attraction.” This they said in a letter mailed to US senators.
 What’s that now? Are US bishops taking Pope Francis’s message of focusing on poverty rather than homosexuality to heart? Are Catholic bishops going on-the-record in support of the marginalized and oppressed? Is this a sign of a new era in US Catholicism, the one heralded by lefty Catholics who have expressed unabashed hope in the new pope?
 ...Catholic bishops apparently feel that discriminating against LGBT people in the workplace is not only just, but in fact, not being able to do so threatens their religious liberty. So the USCCB is appealing to lawmakers to vote against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)...
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Catholic bishops oppose discrimination in letter opposing anti-discrimination bill -  11/4/13

US Senate Approves Bill To Add Sexual Orientation To Work Protections [ENDA] - 9/7/13 Photo

Majority of Catholics - but not the US bishops - support passing ENDA today - 11/7/13
 Update: This afternoon, the Senate passed ENDA by a vote of 64-32. Though the vote suggests strong bipartisan support, ENDA is expected to face an uphill battle in the House, with Speaker John Boehner refusing to support the bill...
 The current ENDA proposal will still provide exemptions for institutions whose "purpose and character are primarily religious."
 With the ongoing of firings of gay, lesbian and transgender employees ofCatholic institutions, it may appear that church organizations are the only workplaces where LGBT people still face discrimination... Photo 
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Benedict XVI’S GAY OBSESSION - Fighting Against Homosexuals Human & Civil Rights - Past 32 Years 

US Catholic Bishops Continue Same - Opposed - ENDA - 
Kids Are Being Hurt !!! - November 15, 2013 Photo
Receiving Numerous Reports of PROBLEMS - accessing the Thalamus Center Blog Website

GAY? - J. EDGAR HOOVER and BENEDICT XVI - Homophobic Men - Repressed Homosexual Feelings – Paranoia Projection - a "tragic story…HOW DANGEROUS SEXUAL REPRESSION IS."12/02/12

Benedict XVI’s 
US Catholic Bishops &Curia
Still Obsessing on Gay Marriage & Gay Pornography Photo

Vatican’s Sexual Repression
Pornography & Gay Sex Scandals - 4/17/13

Editorial: Put concrete realities on US bishops' agenda - 11/8/13
Anyone looking at the published agenda of the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (see story) would say that an efficient, business-like organization could deal with that in half a day. The published agenda is beyond prosaic: approval of some liturgical translations, an election of officers, some committee reports, and a "presentation for a proposal to develop a formal statement on pornography." (Spoiler alert: They are against porn.)...
Pope Francis has been clear about what he expects of bishops: He has condemned in no uncertain terms clericalism and careerism. One of his earliest statements was that priests -- and by extension bishops -- should "be shepherds with the smell of sheep" on them. In late October, ordaining two archbishops, Francis told them: "Keep in mind that you were selected to serve, not to dominate."...
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Unnecessary roughing: Why Catholic bishops should be more accepting of gay marriage - 11/19/13
As Gov. Pat Quinn prepares to sign a marriage equality bill on Wednesday, Catholic prelates continue to offer unnecessarily stinging words to gays and lesbians...
The words of Pope Francis offer important lessons that could guideoutraged prelates such as Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki, who is expected to lead prayers of supplication and exorcism for “the evil wrought by same-sex relations” during the bill-signing ceremony, and Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George, who has declared the bill “a bad law.”... Photo
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Study examines the roots of homophobia - 4/6/12
Acceptance of gays and lesbians has never been higher, but anti-gay bias still exists. A new study suggestsintense hostility toward homosexuals may be linked to a repressed same-sex attraction, combined with an authoritarian upbringing.
Though such factors are not the only cause of homophobia, the findings suggest those "who have a discrepancy within themselves about their expressed vs. unconscious sexual attraction find gay and lesbian people more threatening and are more likely to express prejudice and discrimination toward them," says University of Rochester psychology professor Richard Ryan, co-author of the study, which is published in the April Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Also an author is Netta Weinstein of the University of Essex, England...
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Cardinal George Pens Anti–Marriage Equality Letter - 11/19/13(video)
Is Some Homophobia Self-Phobia?
Apr. 6, 2012 —Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates. Photo
The study is the first to document the role that both parenting and sexual orientation play in the formation of intense and visceral fear of homosexuals, including self-reported homophobic attitudes,discriminatory bias,implicit hostilitytowards gays, and endorsement of anti-gay policies. Conducted by a team from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and the University of California in Santa Barbara, the research will be published the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyPhoto
"Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves," explains Netta Weinstein, a lecturer at the University of Essex and the study's lead author.
"In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward," adds co-author Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester who helped direct the research...
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Attention U.S. bishops: Abortion is nothing like gay marriage - 11/19/13
On Wednesday, the Catholic bishop of Illinois, ThomasPaprocki, will perform an exorcism for the state of Illinois. That’s right, an exorcism – for the entire state. According to the teachings of the Catholic Church, entire places can become possessed by the devil, not just individuals. Paprocki is convinced that Illinois is now one such place, as the state legislature has passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, and Governor Pat Quinn plans to sign it on Wednesday...
Outrageous –and perhaps even a bit comical –as many might find the use of the rite of exorcism to make a political statement in the culture wars, the entire body of U.S. Catholic bishops has, in fact, implemented a far less theatrical, yet ever more serious plan in their attempt to sully the love and commitment of same-sex couples, along with their civil marriage equality, in the minds and hearts of lay Catholics. This is no laughing matter...

Archbishop Cordileone: DOMA ruling, ENDA passage put marriage at 'critical point'- 11/12/13
...The effects of ENDA, Cordileone said during a presentation Monday at the U.S. bishops' fall general meeting in Baltimore, "go much further" than preventing employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity to the point where "ENDA-like laws have contributed to the erosion and redefinition of marriage at the state level."
The bishops, though, voted 203-17, with five abstentions, to extend through 2016 a "Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Freedom," originally intended to coincide with the now-ended Year of Faith and was itself scheduled to end with the Nov. 24 feast of Christ the King...
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Frightened by the 
from the larger global community of human beings 


A flashback far more severe than in - 
December 26, 2008 
Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

I have been so saddened by Pope Benedict XVI's cruel words to LGBTQ people around the world, to their parents, families and friends, most ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN. After reading the accounts of this human travesty, I did not know where to find comfort or hope. And then I thought about your blog.  And just like receiving a wonderful Christmas present, sure enough I found the hope and comfort I needed to hear. Photo

I am a priest and a clinical psychologist (MS). And for one of my research projects I chose to do a qualitative research project of the recorded verbal accounts of survivors of the Holocaust, 50 years after the event. It was a difficult research project, because I could not make sense of one of the accounts of the survivors.

For example, one survivor was describing what it was like riding the train to AUSCHWITZ, but he was describing how he was trying to make conversation with a girl on the train. I listened and wrote out this one account almost 30 times but I just was not getting it. I could not understand how this man could be talking about wanting to make conversation with this girl on the same train to AUSCHWITZ!?! Photo

Because I had taught high school religion classes for nearly 20 years, it hit me hard, like a flash of lightning. Instantly, all the pieces came together, so fast. Though this survivor was in his late 60’s when he gave his account of his story on audiotape, he was remembering the events that took place, but naturally they were recounted through the mind of a teenager, the age he was on the train to AUSCHWITZ. That is why the dialogue wasn’t making any sense. I was thinking of him as an old man because the voice on the audiotape was the voice of a 68-year-old. As shocking as a bomb going off, all the different aspects of the psychological developmental stages of a teenager kicked in. I realized only too fully that he was just a young normal teenager on that train!!! And so was the girl he was trying to make conversation, and their moms and dads were there with them!!! There was no way to pretend I did not realize what I discovered. It kept hitting me: this is not some script from a movie or TV miniseries on the Holocaust. No; as much as I wished it were. The reality of this horror hit me all at once, on so many different levels of consciousness: what an unbelievable horror it was!!! How could we treat human beings like this! I remember when the realization of the magnitude of this horror first hit me, like an instant reflex. I threw down the transcript I was holding as if it were a blazing hot poker. It kept hitting me over and over again that this is not a movie script or some kind of play – this really happened! It really happened! Oh, my God, how could this have happened!?!!!

My supervisor told me at the time that I was traumatized by the oral content. Qualitative research is an attempt to understand the complexity of emotions, the kinds of emotions, and the degree of intensity involved. Our emotions are what allow us to connect with other human beings. We identify with the non-verbal quality of emotions more immediately and strongly than with the words used to express them. The non-verbal qualities include tone of voice, eye contact, facial expression, body posture, and gestures, all of which express emotions. Emotions are why we can connect with people through time, across cultures, and individually. It is the expression of human emotions in the arts that makes some works of art timeless, because they continually speak to all people through the ages.

And when I heard what Pope Benedict XVI said about homosexuals and transgendered human beings at Christmas 2008, I felt that same trauma all over again. Because in some way, somehow, he was conveying in a non-verbal manner the horror of the Holocaust, in what appears to be a traumatized, trance-like, accepted social norm from that period of time dictating that some people just don’t count, aren’t important, and can be easily disposed of. And if you rock the boat, you could be next to be disposed of.

I truly have to believe that a person in his position would not be doing this consciously or intentionally. The horror of the Holocaust is like an atomic bomb with fallout so extensive that it spreads over a radius of more than 150 miles. The horror of the Holocaust began in 1933 and ended in 1945. The psychological fallout would have been far more extensive and more deadly, especially when it is not identified as such.

It hit me the way it did when I realized that the research I was doing about a Holocaust survivor, a man 68 years old telling his story, who was remembering what it was like to be on the train to AUSCHWITZ, from the perspective of a young teenage boy who just wanted to talk to a girl. It seemed like the same kind of horror, a tacit assumption that some people don't count and can be disposed of without remorse. Could it be that Benedict XVI is unconsciously repeating Hitler's crime against humanity by taking on a long-accepted social attitude from that period of time?

The question I asked myself was: what would it have been like for someone growing up gay during the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933 -1945Photo

What would be the severity of the psychological effects on a boy who grew up to be gay in Germany during the time of Hitler’s NAZI PERSECUTION OF HOMOSEXUALS 1933 -1945? During the Nazi regime, homosexuals were publicly defamed and falsely accused for the major social problems of that time, which was done to incite massive public hatred and hostility directed against homosexuals. Homosexuals were used for medical experiments, physically mutilated, brutally tortured and exterminated.

Would this child, as an adult, in a severe dissociated state of mind from his own homosexual feelings (Harry Stack Sullivan MD, Dissociative Processes, Clinical Studies on Psychiatry (1956)), unconsciously perpetuate the terrifying horror of the insensitivity he had experienced growing up? If he found himself in a position of authority would he recreate the same social and political environment of violence and terror for homosexuals that he experienced, as a child who grew up to be gay, during the NAZI PERSECUTION OF HOMOSEXUALS? Photo

I think in truth on a much deeper level I was frightened, really frightened, to hear Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas remarks against homosexuals and transgendered human beings and even more frightened by the silence from the larger global community of human beings. What is so frightening is, even if there is agreement that one person does not matter or is not important, in truth then no one matters. Therefore, when I thought about your blog and what you did on October 5, 2008, I felt more reassured, I felt hope, and I felt comforted. NOW, isn’t that the true meaning of Christmas?

God Bless you,

Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

AUSCHWITZ -- CHRISTMAS 2008 -- A flashback far more severe than in --- BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – December 26, 2008 – Reposting

A Polish zoo has been condemned by
politicians for acquiring a 
"gay"elephant called Ninio 
who refuses to mate with 
female companions. Photo


FREEDOM of CONSCIENCE - Proposing a Renewed Catholic Understanding of the Sexual Person - August 2, 2012 - 
By Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler, 
authors of SEXUAL ETHICS




For whoever wants to save their life will lose it,
but whoever loses their life 
for me will find it.
Matthew 16:25

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, 
and yet lose or forfeit their very self?
Luke 9:25 

Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me 
is not worthy of me;… Whoever does not take up their cross 
and follow me is not worthy of me.
Matthew 10:36-38

…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me 
to stumble, it would be better for him to have 
a heavy millstone hung around his neck, 
and to be drowned in the 
depth of the sea.
Matthew 18:6


Pope Francis 

Updated links added - April 18,2014
Good Friday 

 "Detach the Commandments from the 
Heart of God"
Closed Thinking - No Dialogue

Pope Francis at Mass: Be vigilant of dictatorship of thought
April 10, 2014

..."It is a closed way of thinking that is not open to dialogue, to the possibility that there is something else, the possibility that God speaks to us, tells us about His journey, as he did to the prophets. These people did not listen to the prophets and did not listen to Jesus. It is something greater than a mere stubbornness. No, it is more: it is the idolatry of their own way of thinking. 'I think this, it has to be this way, and nothing more'. These people had a narrow line of thought and wanted to impose this way of thinking on the people of God, Jesus rebukes them for this: ' You burden the people with many commandments and you do not touch them with your finger'"...

"There is no possibility of dialogue, there is no possibility to open up to new things which God brings with the prophets. They killed the prophets, these people; they close the door to the promise of God. When this phenomenon of narrow thinking enters human history, how many misfortunes. We all saw in the last century, the dictatorships of narrow thought , which ended up killing a lot of people, but when they believed they were the overlords, no other form of though was allowed. This is the way they think”...

...Even today there is a dictatorship of a narrow line of thought and this dictatorship is the same as these people: it takes up stones to stone the freedom of the people, the freedom of the people, their freedom of conscience, the relationship of the people with God.Today Jesus is Crucified once again”...
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Pope Francis

Sanctioning Bishops 

Pope Francis' strongest statement yet on sex abuse
April 11, 2014

[Pope] Francis made the off-the-cuff remarks after coming under criticism from victims' advocacy groups for a perceived lack of attention to the sexual abuse scandal and ongoing demands that he sanction bishops who covered up for pedophiles...

"The church is aware of this damage," he continued. "We don't want to take a step back in dealing with this problem and the sanctions that must be imposed. On the contrary, I think we must be even stronger! You don't play around with the lives of children."
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Pope Francis 

Updated links added - March 19, 2014

Slander, Gossip - Kills 

Pope Francis - “Slander...Gossip can also kill, because it kills the reputation of the person” 
February 16, 2014 
Vatican City...Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus message emphasized the importance of avoiding all forms of slander in living a Christian life...

Jesus offers the example of the fifth commandment, “do not kill,” and goes on to add, “but I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be guilty before the court.”

“With this, Jesus reminds us that even words can kill!” explained the Pope. “When it is said that someone has the ‘tongue of a serpent,’ what does it mean? That his words kill.”

“Therefore, not only must one not make an attempt on the life of others, but one must not even pour on him the poison of anger and hit him with slander, nor speak ill of him. And here we arrive at gossip. Gossip can also kill, because it kills the reputation of the person,” stressed the Pontiff...
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Slander - the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation:
• a false and malicious spoken statement:

Pope Francis warns cardinals against gossip, court intrigue
February 23, 2014 
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In a forceful message to more than 100 scarlet-clad cardinals arrayed before him, Pope Francis on Sunday (Feb. 23) warned them that they are “not a royal court” and told them to avoid “habits and ways of acting typical of a court: intrigue, gossip, cliques, favoritism and preferences.”

...Every cardinal, like every Christian, he said, is “God’s temple.”

“This temple of ours is defiled if we neglect our duties towards our neighbor,” Francis said. “Whenever the least of our brothers and sistersfinds a place in our hearts, it is God himself who finds a place there. When that brother or sister is shut out, it is God himself who is not being welcomed.”

“A heart without love is like a deconsecrated church, a building withdrawn from God’s service and given over to another use.”
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Pope Francis
Casuistry & Ideology

Pope Francis - “the signs” by which we can recognize “a person who knows what we are to believe but who does not have faith”...
February 21, 2014
...This “is casuistry,” the Pope said. And “casuistry is precisely the place to which all those people go who believe they have faith” but only have a knowledge of its content. Thus, “when we find a Christian” who only asks “if it is licit to do this and if the Church could do that,” it either means “that they do not have faith, or that it is too weak”.

The second sign is ideology. We cannot be “Christians who think of the faith as a system of ideas, as an ideology,” Pope Francis said. It is a risk that “also existed in Jesus' time” and was set forth by by the gnostics. “The Apostle James says that ideologues of the faith are the Antichrist”. Thus, the Pope explained, “those who fall into casuistry or ideology are Christians who know doctrine but who lack faith. Like the demons, with the difference that the demons tremble, whereas these do not: they live in peace”...
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Pope: Professing the faith without good works is just spouting hot air
February 21, 2014
...Christians can be this way, too, he said, seeing the faith "as a system of ideas." But in reality, such people are what James considered them to be, "the anti-Christ, ideologues of the faith," the pope said.

"Having faith isn't having knowledge," the pope said. Instead, it is "receiving God's message" as brought by Christ.

There can be people who know very little or nothing about doctrine, "but have lots of faith" because rather than embracing "abstract truths," they embrace the living Christ, the pope said.

"Faith and witness are indissoluble," he said. "Faith is an encounter with Jesus Christ, with God," and always leads to witnessing...
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casuistry - the use of clever but unsound reasoning, esp. in relation to moral questions; sophistry.
• the resolving of moral problems by the application of theoretical rules to particular instances.
Sophistry - the use of fallacious arguments, esp. with the intention of deceiving. 

ideology - a system of ideas and ideals, esp. one that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy: the ideology of republicanism.
• the ideas and manner of thinking characteristic of a group, social class, or individual: a critique of bourgeois ideology.

Pope Francis: Not Faith based on casuistry or ideology - fine no peace 
February 21, 2014
...Pope Francis...authentic faith, “is not [merely] to possess knowledge.” Rather, “[to have faith means] receiving the message of God,” brought by Christ. The Holy Father went on to say that, in the Gospel, there are two telltale signs of those, who, “know what is to be believed, but do not have faith.” The first sign is a tendency to “casuistry”, represented by those who asked Jesus if it was lawful to pay taxes, or which of the seven brothers of the husband would have to marry the widowed woman. The second sign is a commitment to “ideology”:

“Christians who think of faith as a system of ideas, ideologically: there were such as these even in Jesus’ own day. The Apostle John says of them, that they were the antichrist, the ideologues of faith, of whatsoever [ideological] stamp they might have been. At that time there were the Gnostics, but there will [always] be many – and thus, those who fall intocasuistry or those who fall into ideology are Christians who know the doctrine, but without faith, like demons. The difference is that the demons tremble, these Christians, no: they live peacefully.”...
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Fight Any Discrimination

Pope Francis charges cardinals to oppose ‘any discrimination’
February 22, 2014
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis created his first batch of new cardinals on Saturday (Feb. 22) and used the ceremony to launch a new appeal for peace amid the violence racking so many countries.

Francis focused his remarks on the plight of Christians, but in an extemporaneous addition to his prepared text he also called on the church “to fight any discrimination” and “exclusion.”

...Francis’ off-the-cuff reference on Saturday to fighting exclusion and “any discrimination” was also notable in that bishops in Africa in particular have beendivided over supporting or opposing efforts in some countries to pass especially harsh laws against gays.

In Nigeria, the law was welcomed by top Catholic leaders even though it prompted a wave of violence against gays after it passed...
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Pope Francis - Condemn Every Form of Violence Perpetrated in the Name of Religious Belief
February 21, 2014


Pope Francis

Need better bishops 

Pope Francis: The church needs better bishops; go find them 
February 27, 2014
VATICAN CITY — In another strongly worded message to the Catholic hierarchy, Pope Francis on Thursday (Feb. 27) told the Vatican body that vets nominees for bishops that they need to find him better candidates to send to dioceses around the world.

“To choose such ministers we all need to raise our sights, to move to a higher level,” Francis told the Congregation for Bishops, the critical department of the Roman Curia that acts as a clearinghouse for bishop nominees. “We can’t do anything less, and we can’t be content with the bare minimum.”

...“The church doesn’t need apologists for their own agendas or crusaders for their own battles,” he added, “but humble and faithful sowers of the truth.”
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Need Bishops 
The courage to die for people

Bishops need not be crusaders, but pastors, Francis says 
February 27, 2014
...In a nearly 3,000-word text to the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, Francis tells the office they should not look for bishops based on any "preferences, likes, or trends" and likewise should not seek prelates who are mainly concerned with doctrinal matters...

Francis' words Thursday, made during the congregation's weekly meeting, mostly reaffirm themes the pope has touched on over the past year when speaking of the role of bishops around the world.

But they are also quite direct in parts, seemingly at one point evenreprimanding the congregation for its choices so far with a remark that "perhaps it is we who do not turn enough the fields to look" for the right bishops...

"The bishop is first and foremost a martyr of the risen one," the pope states. "His life and his ministry must make credible the resurrection."

"The courage to die, the generosity of offering their own lives and to be consumed by the flock are inscribed in the "DNA" of the episcopate," he continues. "Renunciation and sacrifice are akin to the Episcopal mission."

..."Perhaps it is we who do not turn enough for the fields to look for them," the pope states. "Perhaps we need the warning of Samuel, "Do not sit down to eat before he comes here." "It is this holy restlessness that I would like this congregation to live."
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Pope Francis
Gay Civil Unions 

Pope Francis Says Church Must Examine Civil Unions
March 5, 2014
Pope Francis called on the Catholic Church and its leaders to explore civil unions and how they provide for the economic security and well-being of same-sex couples, according to an interview with an Italian newspaper today.

Speaking to Corriere della Sera, the 77-year-old Argentine pontiff said that some governments legalize civil unions “to regularize different situations of living together,” citing the need to provide stronger economic conditions, including access to health care, for a variety of couples.

“We have to look at the different cases and evaluate them in their variety,” he said, according to a translation from Vatican Insider.

Contrary to published reports, the pope did not endorse the notion of civil unions, but instead admitted that new realities must be examined...
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Pope Francis: Church could support civil unions
March 5, 2014 

«Benedetto XVI non è una statua Partecipa alla vita della Chiesa» 
5 marzo 2014 

On Gay Unions, a Pragmatist Before He Was a Pope 
March 19, 2013
BUENOS AIRES — The very idea was anathema to many of the bishops in the room.

Argentina was on the verge of approving gay marriage, and the Roman Catholic Church was desperate to stop that from happening. It would lead tens of thousands of its followers in protest on the streets of Buenos Aires and publicly condemn the proposed law, a direct threat to church teaching, as the work of the devil.

But behind the scenes, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who led the public charge against the measure, spoke out in a heated meeting of bishops in 2010 and advocated a highly unorthodox solution: that the church in Argentina support the idea of civil unions for gay couples.

The concession inflamed the gathering — and offers a telling insight into the leadership style he may now bring to the papacy.

Few would suggest that Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, is anything but a stalwart who fully embraces the church’s positions on core social issues. But as he faced one of the most acute tests of his tenure as head of Argentina’s church, he showed another side as well, supporters and critics say: that of a deal maker willing to compromise and court opposing sides in the debate, detractors included...
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Pope Francis

Weapons Industry - “War Profiteering”

Pope Francis blasts arms dealers, decries indifference to war
February 25, 2014 

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Tuesday (Feb. 25) lashed out at public indifference to the many wars raging around the globe, with especially harsh words for arms makers who he said profit from the violence and suffering.

“Think of the starving children in the refugee camps. Just think of them: this is fruit of war!” Francis said at the daily Mass he celebrates in the chapel of the Vatican guesthouse where he lives.

“And if you want,” he continued, “think of the great dining halls, of the parties thrown by the bosses of the weapons industry that makes the arms that wind up (in those camps). A sick child, starving, in a refugee camp — and the great parties, the fine life for those who manufacture weapons.”...
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SEXUAL ORIENTATION is less about sex and more about LOVE, being one with another human being. Attachment Theory - - LOVE & RELIGION - Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

Nothing in life is more precious than the intimate relationships we have with love ones. Healthy love relationships delight us give us confidence to take on challenges and support us in difficult times.

Being a priest and a clinical psychotherapist one hears many very different sides of human sexuality, which are under the seal of confession or is professionally confidential. Besides my own extensive search and struggles for knowledge and understanding of human sexuality, in truth, one learns that clarity about human sexuality is not absolutely established or clearly defined there is much confusion, if people would be honest. This confusion seems to create a considerable amount of self-doubt and unrest. In addition, not discussing sex openly to learn more about the truth of human sexuality only generates more anxiety, tension and separates people. However, for the sake of our children it needs to be intelligently, exhaustively and openly studied and explained. 

Sexual orientation is an enduring emotional, romantic, sexual, or affectional attraction toward others. It is easily distinguished from other components of sexuality including
biological sex, gender identity (the psychological sense of being male or female), and the social gender role (adherence to cultural norms for feminine and masculine behavior)...

Sexual orientation is different from sexual behavior because it refers to feelings and self-concept... 

From science we learn not the precise moment that a person’s sexual orientation is set whether heterosexual or homosexual, except that it is set very early in life either just before birth or very soon after birth (Jack Drescher, MD)...

Attachment theory  has been researched by John Bowlby M .D.  and Mary Ainsworth Ph.D.  observing infants beginning at about 10 months of age discovering the significance of the formation of early childhood attachments having lasting effects throughout a person's life.

Attachment is an emotional bond to another person. Psychiatrist, John Bowlby was the first attachment theorist, describing attachment as a "lasting psychological connectedness between human beings" (Bowlby, 1969, p.194).

Nothing in life is more precious than the intimate relationships we have with love ones. Healthy love relationships delight us give us confidence to take on challenges and support us in difficult times...
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Injustice anywhere is a
threat to
Justice everywhere
Martin Luther King

The Nobel Peace Prize 1964
Martin Luther King Jr.

What you cannot do is accept injustice.
From Hitler – or anyone.
You must make the injustice visible
– be prepared to die like a
 soldier to do so.
Mahatma Gandhi

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, 
well considered and yet fervent public conviction that 
the most deadly of all 
possible sins 
is the mutilation of 
a child’s spirit.” 

…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children.

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

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