Pope Francis’ top ‘reform’ cardinal slams seminarians for exposing homosexuality inside seminary

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, July 26, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – One of the Vatican’s most influential cardinals, already suspected of looking the other way while gay relationships were conducted in his personal residence, has now admonished fifty seminarians for speaking out against their seminary’s rampant homosexual subculture.  

“Instead of praising the seminarians,” tweeted Ed Pentin, the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) who broke the story, Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga “accused them of being “gossipers” who wish to portray their fellow seminarians in a bad light.”

“When their letter was read out to bishops, the cardinal “immediately started attacking the letter’s authors,” he added.

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Instead of praising the seminarians ++Maradiaga accused them of being “gossipers” who wish to portray their fellow seminarians in a bad light. When their letter was read out to bishops, the cardinal “immediately started attacking the letter’s authors” http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/honduran-seminarians-allege-widespread-homosexual-misconduct 

Honduran Seminarians Allege Widespread Homosexual Misconduct

But to date, Cardinal Maradiaga has not responded publicly to the allegations regarding his archdiocesan seminary.


Maradiaga is the leader of Pope Francis’ Council of Nine cardinals and was entrusted with the Pope’s Vatican reforms.

The concerned seminarians said in their joint letter that they could not “hide any more the magnitude of this problem in the seminary,” according to NCR, which obtained a copy of the letter.  

“We are living and experiencing a time of tension in our house because of gravely immoral situations, above all of an active homosexuality inside the seminary that has been a taboo all this time,” continued the young men’s letter, “and by covering up and penalizing this situation the problem has grown in strength, turning into, as one priest said not so long ago, an ‘epidemic in the seminary.’”

Their letter seeks systemic changes for the seminary, including demanding that the school’s formators follow magisterial teaching on homosexuality and that their seminarians who engage in gay romantic or sexual behavior be ousted.  

“Not everyone who wants to can be a priest!” they said. “The ministry is a gift that should be lived and received from the conviction of the Gospel and radical and jealous love.”

The NCR report offers other stunning glimpses inside the troubled Honduran seminary:

“Heterosexual seminarians are scandalized and really depressed,” one of the seminarians who drafted the letter told the Register.

“Many are thinking about leaving the seminary,” the seminarian said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of a fear of reprisals. “I fear that many will leave.”

The report continues:

Part of the impetus for the letter to bishops was that a seminarian from the Honduran Diocese of Santa Rosa de Copán tried but failed to take his own life in April, after he had discovered his male lover in the seminary was in another relationship.

The Register has obtained a copy of the seminarian’s suicide note. “I am going to my Father’s house,” the handwritten letter reads. “I never believed that my friend, my brother, the one that I trusted everything and which I gave too many things,” would have “betrayed me that way.”

The Register also obtained graphic photographic evidence of homosexual pornography, exchanged on WhatsApp between seminarians who did not sign the letter, as well as other obscene messages. The exchanges have been verified as authentic by computer specialists at the Catholic University of Honduras who searched computer memory and handed the exchanges to the country’s bishops.

Upon hearing the contents of the letter, both Cardinal Maradiaga and Honduran bishops’ conference president, Bishop Angel Garachana Pérez, reportedly lashed out against the letter’s authors.  

Cardinal Maradiaga “looks out for the guilty but doesn’t realize that over half the seminarians are homosexuals,” according to a source who spoke to NCR.

The developing archdiocesan seminary scandal comes on the heels of another homosexual scandal concerning one of Cardinal Maradiaga’s close colleagues, Auxiliary Bishop Juan José Pineda Fasquelle, which came to light last year.

Pineda was known to have a “string of intimate male friends” on whom he lavished gifts, going so far as to give his first assistant, a Mexican named Erick Cravioto Fajardo, a downtown apartment.

But for years, Cravioto lived in a room adjacent to the Cardinal’s quarters at the archbishop’s residence, Villa Iris, where Bishop Pineda also had living quarters.

“Cravioto’s room was ‘right next to the cardinal,’ who knew ‘perfectly well that Pineda spent hours and hours with him and never said anything, never did anything,’” according to an earlier Register report.

The cardinal reportedly dismissed Bishop Pineda’s relationship with Cravioto and “made excuses for it all,”  according to the Register’s Honduran source.

Pope Francis accepted Bishop Pineda’s resignation last week.  

Polish priest Fr. Dariusz Oko exposed in 2012 what he called a “huge homosexual underground in the Church” where actively homosexual seminarians, priests, and bishops “shield one another by offering mutual support.”

“They build informal relationships reminding of a clique or even mafia, aim at holding particularly those positions which offer power and money,” he wrote.

“When they achieve a decision-making position, they try to promote and advance mostly those whose nature is similar to theirs, or at least who are known to be too weak to oppose them. This way, leading positions in the Church may be held by people suffering from deep internal wounds,” he added.

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  1. 125gardener says:

    Thank you for the good word, Abyssum. In the light of day, I think that all the castigation of ‘rigidity’ from the voices at the Vatican were precursors to this situation of dismantling Pope Benedict ‘s procedures and silencing any Canon Lawyers from following the letter of the age old law. His ‘advisors’ and council functionaries are circling their wagons around the elephant that is the obvious solution under Canon Law, it seems. Meanwhile, the flock is fed with unchecked abomination and the word mercy, rather than God pleasing truth. Pity the loss of goodness and beauty for so many.

  2. abyssum says:

    Bravo, 125gardener !!!
    +Rene Henry Gracida

  3. 125gardener says:

    We are to think that Jesus said He would be with us always, that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that we should follow Him. We are to think that these ‘leaders’ are described in the Bible in many places and ways. We are to think that these people are not serving God. We are to think that they’ve had a hand in the loss of innocence and purity that deranges our current culture – worldwide. We are to think that the Catholic Church is still one, holy, catholic and apostolic place above and beyond the ones ‘taking places’ at the ‘table’. We are to think that we should pray for the souls of the members and the children, past and present.

  4. aabroadnz says:

    What we are to think is what we already know, that the Catholic clergy is a cesspit of homosexual perversion, as told to us by St Peter Damian centuries ago, by the Polish priest decade(s) ago, and by Randy Engels more recently. Those few who are untainted, must stand up and declare from the rooftops that they pledge to rid the Church of this pestilence. They must disavow it, condemn it, and “drain the swamp”. Any clergy member who “comes out” as gay (as some have, to cheers from their congregation) must simply be laicised immediately. Those who support the gay agenda must be suspended, pending investigation that they are not actually homosexual themselves. Homosexuality is an awful, awful perversion, and it cannot be tolerated in the clergy. I have not ever understood how anyone can talk at all approvingly of homosexuality. To even think of what they do to each others’ bodies makes me physically sick. That is why there is something psychologically wrong with any clergy that defend the practice – including the likes of Cardinal Dolan and his infamous “Bravo!” regarding a sportsman “coming out”. We are not talking of a tame personal preference, like a penchant for pistachio ice cream, we are talking about a grievous, mortal sin. The Church needs to get serious, and get active, publically removing the problem.

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