Still looking for help in all the wrong places

Still looking for help in all the wrong places

A relatively decent wire story on new priests being ordained and how the Scandal affected them had one disturbing glitch. We hear a lot from them about how their faith was unaffected, how they were disappointed in the priests who abused and the leaders who abetted them, but then there’s this:

At St. John’s, seminarians held discussions and participated in a weekend workshop on healthy male sexual identity with a featured speaker from the St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Md., a rehabilitation facility for psychological and spiritual disorders.

St. Luke’s is the place that declared guys like John Geoghan “cured,” where the place was allowed to empty on a certain weekend so the patients could attend a gay pride parade, where they were subjected to pornography in order to de-sensitize them, and so on. In other words, St. Luke’s was at the heart of the problem, and is certainly not the cure. The place has never demonstrated that they have reformed (and they haven’t), so why this continuing trust? And I had been hearing that St. John’s has come a long way with reform under Archbishop O’Malley. If they’re turning to St. Luke’s for help, I’m not so sure.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli