MILITARY FAITH

MILITARY FAITH

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 31, 2018

Father Oko: Homosexuals lack a ‘warrior mentality’

[What galls me about this situation is that most of those solicited or molested by a military chaplain or a priest or bishop in a position of authority in a seminary (such as a professor, spiritual director,  confessor or rector) or elsewhere are physically mature men (not gangly youths) and thus do not threaten or actually use physical violence (such a punch in the face or kick in the groin) against their soliciters or perpetrators.  I know that there is canonical and military discipline for assaulting a priest or officer but that any punishment or trial for such an offense would reveal the reason for such an assault and might lead to the punishment or removal of the priest or officer threatened or actually assaulted.  Also I realize that the situation could “go the other way,” ruining a seminarian’s career to pursue a priestly vocation or study elsewhere (seminary or diocese) or dishonorable discharge and/or other punishment for a military man.  Any comment from military men on AQ? – AQ Tom]

Saint Ignatius of Loyola had the Christ-like ability to confront evil, which made him a good soldier and a good priest.

The founder of the Jesuits was a courageous soldier, who eventually used this virtue in fighting spiritual evil as a soldier of Christ. Today, this warrior mentality is lacking in homosexuals, who are allowed to enter the secular military and the priesthood.

Polish priest Fr. Dariusz Oko, who published With the Pope Against the Homoheresy in 2012, told Michael Voris in 2016 that homosexuals won’t become soldiers of Christ. Father Oko explained that men with homosexual tendencies reject this “warrior mentality” needed in confronting evil and defending the good. He added, “[T]hey will not emulate our Lord as the warrior, as the counter symbol to the prevailing evil.”

Oddly enough, the Vatican issued guidelines in 2016 that allow seminarians with a so-called “transitory problem” of “homosexual tendencies” to remain in the seminary. The new guidelines upheld the 2005 prohibition against forming seminarians with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” but walked back the 2008 guidelines to now allow in seminaries men with a “transitory problem” of “homosexual tendencies.”

The 2016 guidelines state:

[T]he Church … 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.” … Different, however, would be the case in which one were dealing with homosexual tendencies that were only the expression of a transitory problem — for example, that of an adolescence not yet superseded. … [S]uch tendencies must be clearly overcome at least three years before ordination to the diaconate.

The same problem accelerated in the U.S. military under the Obama administration. Social engineering by the Pentagon under President Barack Obama allowed not only openly homosexuals into the armed forces but also so-called transgenders.

In identifying the problem caused by admitting homosexuals into the military, congressmen used similar language to that used by Fr. Oko in describing the core issue in allowing gay men into the ranks of the priesthood. Calling out this problem in 2017, California Congressman Duncan Hunter criticized Obama’s social engineering of the military, including his decision to lift the ban on transgenders, as having the effect of cutting down on “the warrior mentality.”

“Having transgender operations paid for by the U.S. taxpayer is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of because it doesn’t do anything to help America project power or to fight and win its wars,” Hunter remarked. “Nothing. There’s no upside to it whatsoever.”

The ongoing problem involving homosexual clerics — that’s once again being made evident with former Cdl. Theodore McCarrick — has led Catholics to actually tell the military that they should learn from the Catholic Church not to allow homosexuals into their ranks.

Watch the panel discuss why active gays should not be soldiers or priests in The Download—Military Faith.

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