BOMBSHELL: EX-PRIEST AT FOREFRONT OF PUSHING BIRTH CONTROL IN CANADA ADMITS GAY LIFESTYLE

Bombshell: Ex-Priest at Forefront of Pushing Birth Control in Canada Admits Gay Lifestyle

Ex-Fr. Gregory Baum helped pave the way for the infamous Winnipeg Statement

[Gregory Baum was originally Jewish before becoming a Catholic and then a priest but later a neo-Modernist, crypto-sodomite and ex-priest (in that order)]

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant • February 16, 2017

MONTREAL – A new book by a priest who led the vanguard of dissent on birth control in Canada reveals for the first time his decades living as an active homosexual. Father Gregory Baum, a laicized priest married to a former nun for 30 years, admits in his forthcoming autobiography The Oil Has Not Run Dry that his wife did not mind the fact that he had a gay priest-lover on the side.

“Shirley did not mind that, when we moved to Montreal in 1986, I met Normand, a former priest, with whom I fell in love,” Baum writes in Chapter 32. “My love for Normand has never changed: his presence delights me to this day. While Normand is gay and welcomed my sexual embrace when we were younger (I was sixty-three when I met him, he was forty-six), he did not love me as I did him: He simply regards me as a great friend for who [sic] he makes room in his life. I fully accept this.”

Baum served as a theological consultant, or peritus, at Vatican Two, and led the vanguard of dissent against Church teaching on contraception in Canada, helping to pave the way for the infamous Winnipeg Statement.

In 1964, Baum contributed to a book titled Contraception and Holiness, which was presented as “a balanced and perceptive declaration of Christian dissent.” In 1966, the Toronto Globe and Mail published an interview with Baum titled “Catholics May Use Contraceptives Now.” And in 1967, the same paper quoted the now-laicized priest as saying that even if the Pope were to declare contraception impermissible, the Holy Father’s judgment would be irrelevant.

Pope Paul VI signed Humanae Vitae on the Feast of St. James, July 25, 1968, re-affirming the Church’s perennial teaching forbidding the use of contraception. Several days later, newspapers across Canada printed numerous comments criticizing the encyclical, including Baum himself, with his claim that Catholics had the right to dissent.

In the following months, he traveled and spoke in Canada and the United States promoting his views and publishing articles one after the other with the following titles: “Catholics May Follow Their Conscience,” “The Right to Dissent” and “The New Encyclical on Contraception.”

He went on to become theological adviser on the Winnipeg Statement, the official declaration of dissent by the Canadian Bishops’ Conference that rejected Humanae Vitae in favor of primacy of “conscience” on the question of birth control.

Baum admits in his new book that he did not want to disclose his homosexuality during those days as he thought it would distract from his theological influence.

“I did not profess my own homosexuality in public because such an act of honesty would have reduced my influence as a critical theologian,” he explains. “I was eager to be heard as a theologian trusting in God as salvator mundi and committed to social justice, liberation theology, and global solidarity.”

“Yet, since I no longer agreed with the Church’s official sexual ethics and was exploring my sexuality in non-conformist ways, I thought that resigning from the priesthood was the right thing to do,” he goes on.

In Chapter 14, he admits to being “the first Catholic theologian who publicly defended the ethical status of homosexual love,” after he wrote a positive statement on behalf of Dignity, a dissident “Catholic” activist group promoting the LGBT agenda.

In Chapter 32, he talks about his first gay experience. “I was forty years old when I had my first sexual encounter with a man,” he writes. “I met him in a restaurant in London. This was exciting and at the same time disappointing, for I knew what love was and what I really wanted was to share my life with a partner.”

“Looking back I began to realize that my vow of celibacy had not been a meaningful religious commitment but simply a promise to bracket my homosexuality, to refuse to explore its meaning and power,” he continues.

Father Thomas Rosica, former English language assistant to the Holy See Press Office and CEO of Salt and Light Television in Canada, also rumored to be a homosexual, fawned over Fr. Baum in an interview on his show Witness, saying “Gregory, we’ve known each other for a long time. … I’ve certainly admired very much your theology, your writings, but also your love of the Church, your love of Christ, and you help to keep alive not only the spirit of the Second Vatican Council but the authentic teaching of the Council.”

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2 comments on “BOMBSHELL: EX-PRIEST AT FOREFRONT OF PUSHING BIRTH CONTROL IN CANADA ADMITS GAY LIFESTYLE

  1. Major player at Vatican II confesses to concealing homosexual sex life

    John-Henry Westen

    February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — 93-year-old Gregory Baum, a famed Canadian Catholic ex-priest, has in his latest book revealed that he secretly led an active homosexual life for decades.

    Baum, who was a peritus or expert at the Second Vatican Council, reportedly composed the first draft of the conciliar document Nostra aetate, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions. Baum advocated for the elimination of the Church’s efforts to encourage Jews to recognize Christ as the Messiah and has since pushed social justice and liberation theology.

    The influential cleric reveals candidly in The Oil Has Not Run Dry: The Story of My Theological Pathway, “I did not profess my own homosexuality in public because such an act of honesty would have reduced my influence as a critical theologian.” “I was eager to be heard as a theologian trusting in God as salvator mundi and committed to social justice, liberation theology, and global solidarity.”

    Baum was also influential in the Catholic Church in Canada despite his openly heretical positions on sexuality, which he published in various journals. His public dissent from the 1968 declaration of the Church maintaining the ban on contraception — Humanae Vitae — was instrumental in the Canadian bishops’ own dissent from the encyclical of Pope Paul VI. As the foremost expert on the Canadian bishops’ dissent, Monsignor Vincent Foy has written, “If it had not been for the black shadow of Baum over Winnipeg, his influence over some Bishops, the Canadian theological establishment and pressure groups, the Winnipeg Statement of the Canadian Bishops on Humanae Vitae would not have refused to endorse the teaching of the encyclical as it did.”

    In his new book, Baum writes, “I was 40 years old when I had my first sexual encounter with a man. I met him in a restaurant in London. This was exciting and at the same time disappointing, for I knew what love was and what I really wanted was to share my life with a partner.”

    He says he considered resigning from the priesthood but didn’t go through with the formality, rather choosing to announce it in the national newspaper. He later married a divorced ex-nun who he says “did not mind that, when we moved to Montreal in 1986, I met Normand, a former priest, with whom I fell in love.” Normand, he explains, “is gay and welcomed my sexual embrace.”

    Dr. Michael Higgins, the vice president for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, in a tribute to Baum published in Commonweal in 2011 noted his key role during Vatican Council II. “The council was the making of Gregory Baum,” he wrote. “He served in various capacities on the commissions charged with preparing documents. … Beginning his work in November 1960, he concluded it with the council’s end in December 1965, an apprenticeship that culminated in his writing the first draft of Nostra aetate.”

    Noted Toronto Catholic priest, and now Vatican consultant, Fr. Thomas Rosica, hosted a controversial appearance by Baum at the Catholic Newman Centre of the University of Toronto in 1996 and in 2012 made him a featured guest on his Canadian Catholic TV station Salt and Light Television.

    Fr. Rosica, during the fawning interview with Baum, professed to having known Baum for a long time. “I’ve certainly admired very much your theology, your writings but also your love of the Church, your love of Christ, and you helped to keep alive not only the spirit of the Second Vatican Council but also the authentic teaching of the Council,” Fr. Rosica said of Baum.

    “You remain a faithful, deeply devoted Catholic, love Jesus, the Church, the Eucharist,” he added.

    Monsignor Foy, on the other hand, considers Baum as having “done more than any person to harm the Church in Canada.”

  2. All I want to do now is vomit. But I suspect this freak is not the only one who was a periti at the Vatican II DISASTER. I have another in mind but I will keep that to myself.

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