By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
VATICAN OUTSIDER (L‘Outsider del Vaticano) – June 19, 2013: A lot of information is coming out of Italy, about “Pope” Francis and the ongoing crisis at the Vatican. Some of this information is available only in Italian. But this Cuban-born writer in the U.S.A., reads between the lines– which explains the title, Mambo Italiano.
Someone has to say the truth…
During the last few days, various blogs have been circulating information about a multilingual website (which will NOT be featured on this commentary) that appears to act as a social hub for homosexual priests. According to reports, the existence of this website has been recently exposed by an Italian vaticanista named Vittorio Messori.
Mr. Messori’s reporting of this website is appreciated, as a means of further exposing what is taking place in the Vatican– or at the very least, what this type of immoral environment leads to; however, readers of the information in English may have missed the way in which Mr. Messori reported the information in Italian– which in my estimation, falls short of a denouncement of the presence of homosexuals in the Vatican and in the Church.
Here are three excerpts (which I have translated as a courtesy to the reader) of an interview with Mr. Messori, regarding the “gay lobby”– published by Vatican Insider:
«Il problema non è tanto o soltanto quello della “lobby”, ma il fatto che un ecclesiastico con la doppia vita è ricattabile…».
TRANSLATION: The problem is not so much, or only, that of a [gay] “lobby,” but the fact that a prelate with a double-life is blackmailable.
«… anche se bisogna sempre distinguere la tendenza dalla pratica».
TRANSLATION: … although it is necessary to always distinguish between tendency and practice.
«Eppure molti ecclesiastici, in Vaticano come nella Chiesa, si mostrano intransigenti verso l’omosessualità…»
TRANSLATION: Yet, many in the clergy, in the Vatican as well as in the Church, show intransigence towards homosexuality…
[Vittorio Messori’s answer]:
«Rispondo a questa considerazione con una battuta intrisa di saggezza popolare: se vuoi sapere qual è il problema di una persona, vedi che cosa gli dà più fastidio negli altri. Ovviamente non è una regola sempre valida e mi guardo bene dal giudicare in questo modo chi interviene su questi temi. Ma credo che certe reazioni particolarmente accese contro i gay possano talvolta essere segno di un’omosessualità nascosta o repressa».
TRANSLATION: I answer this consideration with a joke steeped in popular wisdom: if you want to know a person’s problem, observe what bothers that person about others. Obviously, it is not a rule that is always valid and I know better than to judge in this way those who act on this issue. But I believe that certain reactions particularly fired against gays can sometimes be a sign of hidden or repressed homosexuality.
EXCERPT #1: Mr. Messori appears to miss the point: the problem IS the presence of homosexuals as priests and prelates in the Church, in violation of God’s laws, which are the basis of sacred Roman Catholic Church laws. The fact that they can be blackmailed is secondary in gravity.
EXCERPT #2: Mr. Messori, who has interviewed Ratzinger in the past, appears to not have read his rules, dated August 31, 2005:
“Deep-seated homosexual tendencies, which are found in a number of men and women, are also objectively disordered and, for those same people, often constitute a trial. Such persons must be accepted with respect and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. They are called to fulfil God’s will in their lives and to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter.”
“In the light of such teaching, this Dicastery, in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called “gay culture”.”
EXCERPT #3: There is no “wisdom” in Mr. Messori’s quoted joke, since he uses it as a way to turn the focus away from THE issue of homosexuals in the clergy and in the Vatican– and focuses instead on those who are trying to stop this grave violation.
One expects better from an experienced vaticanista.
Furthermore, if reactions fired against evil can sometimes be a sign of hidden or repressed tendencies– then I would be considered a repressed Communist, because I never miss a chance to combat socialism– which is Phase One of communism.
*- Mambo is a Cuban rhythm. Mambo Italiano is a song featured in a scene from Pane, amore e… an Italian film (1955)– which combines the Cuban Mambo rhythm with Italian words.
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