Desperately Jesuitical

July-August 2002

Another flake (as above) who just doesn’t get it is Fr. James Keenan, S.J., who teaches moral theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He’s oh so worried that the “scapegoat” for the priestly sex scandals — scandals that overwhelmingly involve homosexual priests — will be “gay priests.” Writing in the liberal Catholic Tablet of Britain (May 11), he throws a hissy fit about the pending investigation of U.S. seminaries resulting from the priestly sex scandals, which he fears will zero in on all the homosexuals and dissenters there. Those pushing the investigation, he stews, think they’ve “found the problem: gay sex. They now propose to censure any moral theologian who has anything positive to say about it, and to screen out any seminarian who may be inclined to it.”

Keenan lets us know he’s an unabashed dissenter — he favors having priestesses and doesn’t regard homosexuality as a disorder — but he doesn’t tell us whether or not he’s a fag.

He lets us know “how well God works within [gay priests].” He tries to deflect attention away from the homosexuals in the seminaries and priesthood, and desperately claims that “the problem [of priestly sex abuse] is not the abusing priests’ homosexuality, but rather their immaturity and their abuse of power…. The molestation and raping of children are not primarily sexual acts; they are violent acts of power…. We in the priesthood, from seminarians to the Pope himself, need to learn more about power, about sharing power….”


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New Oxford Notes: July-August 2002

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