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YORK, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: A rainbow flag is seen as thousands of people attend the York Pride parade on June 9, 2018 in York, England. The parade made its way through the streets of the city centre before reaching the Knavesmire area of the city where live music entertained the crowds. York Pride aims to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues both in the UK and abroad and seeks to promote equality and eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine, August 3, 2018

The gaying of the Church is perhaps the most diabolical attack the Devil has ever launched against the Catholic Faith.

First, there is the massive damage done to the Church: the thousands of victims, the hundreds of millions in payouts, the bankruptcy of dioceses, and the cratering of ecclesial credibility.

And yet, in our society is there a more sympathetic group than gays? Is there a more favored group? So sympathetic are they, so eager are we to cover their sins and cower before them, that when the long Lent came and more than 80 percent of the victims were young men, we were eager to claim these homosexual assaults weren’t homosexual at all but pedophile, which we were quickly told has nothing to do with homosexuality.

Then consider that in order for the Church to regain her moral authority, in order to fight this terrible scourge, made even worse by recent revelations, the Church must turn on this most favored group and receive even more hatred and scorn for it.

Cardinal McCarrick’s crimes are at least something of a gift since no one can claim this was merely pedophilia. It was homosexual predation like practically all the others.

If you wonder how a Prince of the Church spent decades sexually assaulting boys and young men not only with impunity but with high honors and acclaim, look no further than this gaying of the Church. An authority on this is one Joseph Sciambra who has painstakingly chronicled this fetid sea in which the likes of Cardinal McCarrick swim.

When he was just beginning his gay life many years ago, Sciambra went to Catholic priests who did not try to dissuade him but rather confirmed him in his disordered desires. This helped to set Sciambra on a years-long path of sexual degradation. Nothing has changed since those days. In fact, according to Sciambra, it has gotten worse. There are now priests openly promoting the gay lifestyle, usually under the guise of gay-friendly outreach at the parish level.

Sciambra ranks the gay-friendliest dioceses: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Newark, Atlanta, Lexington, and Memphis. He gives “dishonorable mention” to Baltimore, Boston, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle.

A few months ago, Sciambra reported on a drag performer named Jay Malsky who for the past five years has run the homo/trans ministry at St. Francis de Sales Church in New York City. Sciambra posted a picture of the guy, wearing red sparkly shoes, handing out Communion during Mass. Sciambra ran a second picture of him all dolled up.

Sciambra quotes Malsky’s Facebook timeline that featured a crude drawing of an erect penis, “This is my boyfriend’s fat di*k. Ever since I was in middle school, kids teased me about loving fat di*k but I’m like whatever what I do with these fat di*ks is my biz not yours. #bodypositive #sexpositive.”

Everyone knows.

Then there is the homo/trans ministry called “Out at St. Paul,” which is located at the Paulist Father’s motherhouse, St. Paul the Apostle Parish in New York City. Sciambra reports this “ministry” hosted its “Winter Social” at a notorious gay bar called Rise in Hell’s Kitchen that is regularly listed as being among the best gay bars in New York and hosts “elaborate weekly drag shows” where the bartenders “wear nothing except jock-straps.” In March of last year, this same group held their “Spring Social” at a bar called “Bottom’s Up,” and they don’t mean their glasses.

Yet another homo/trans outreach, this one located at St. Francis of Assisi Church near Penn Station in New York, hosted its Mardi Gras party at Rise.

Jesuit priest James Martin has spoken many times at “Out at St. Paul” events and considers it an example of a “vibrant” homo/trans outreach.

Sciambra says there are several gay-friendly parishes in New York including my old parish, Blessed Sacrament on the Upper West Side. Blessed Sacrament hosted a Halloween dance party that featured heretical gay speakers including Carl Siciliano of the Ali Forney Center who says the Catechism is “homophobic” and who has spoken in favor of homosexual sex acts. The homo/trans ministry at Blessed Sacrament is headed by a man named John Gasdaska who “married” his boyfriend two years ago.

Everyone knows.

Scimabra reported on a homo/trans ministry leader named John Huân Vû in San Jose, California whose as an LGBT Ministry Leader, Young Adult Ministry Leader, Mass Coordinator, Eucharistic Minister, and Lector at St. Julie Billart Catholic Church. Vû married his boyfriend, Greg Ripa, in 2014. Vû also appeared in the movie “Owning Your Faith” produced by the gay-enthusiastic St. Paul the Apostle Church in New York.

Everyone knows.

The Archdiocese of Atlanta has allowed the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to march in the upcoming “Pride” parade that will inevitably feature naked or near-naked men feigning anal and oral sex. The Shrine also hosts a regular potluck dinner for homo/trans couples.

These stories can be told from coast to coast, and from border to border, and it has all happened with the express support and even encouragement of pastors and bishops. Think back to when Cardinal McCarrick started his craven life of crime. There were very few, if any, gay-affirming parishes. Maybe in San Francisco. However, even there they were probably sotto voce. These days, they shout it from the rooftops. How much easier it is now for gay priests and bishops to practice their predilections. How much easier it is now to ensnare young men into such a life.

There is talk of investigations. I suggest they be run only by laymen and only by laymen with no connections to the hierarchical Church. The investigations must be staffed by professional investigators, former FBI agents, or former detectives.

They must be ruthless and fearless. They must cast a wide net. Any pastor of a gay-affirming parish must be scrutinized, as well as any bishop who allows such places in his diocese. This fetid sea, i.e.,these places, did not come about by accident. They are prima facie evidence not of building bridges, but of the kind of moral corruption that has brought us to this moment.

What we need is a New Inquisition. Nothing less will do. Souls hang in the balance.

Editor’s note: Pictured above is a rainbow flag held by “gay pride” marchers walking passed the York Cathedral on June 9, 2018 in England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)