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More Magical Moments With Our Bishops

THE USCCB'S 'MINISTRY TO PERSONS WITH HOMOSEXUAL INCLINATION'

By Randy Engel | March 2007
Randy Engel is author of The Rite of Sodomy: Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church. The book is available online at www.riteofsodomy.com; by mail from NEP, P.O. Box 356, Export, PA 15632; or by phone at 724- 327-7379.

Magicians practice sleight of hand or misdirection as part of their stock-in-trade. So does the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The adoption of the USCCB document “Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care” at the bishops’ annual fall meeting held in Baltimore from November 13-16, 2006, is a case in point.

How the USCCB was able to pull off yet another amazing feat of prestidigitation on behalf of the Homosexual Collective within the U.S. Church is the main theme of this article. But first, some background on the origins and content of the bishops’ Guidelines.

While much of the background on the Guidelines remains shrouded in bureaucratic mystery, we do know that the document on homosexual ministries originated with the USCCB Committee on Doctrine sometime in late 2002.

“Gay”-friendly Archbishop William Levada of San Francisco, the modern city of Sodom, was elected Chairman of the Committee on Doctrine at the November 2002 meeting of the USCCB. He is credited with being the main architect of the Guidelines and with shepherding them successfully through the intricate labyrinth of the bishops’ bureaucracy. Although Levada resigned his office in August 2005 to accept his new appointment to the Roman Curia as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he continued to exercise control over the final content and direction of the Guidelines from behind the scenes.

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