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Michael S. Rose. GOODBYE, GOOD MEN - How Liberals Brought Corruption into the Catholic Church. A Book Review

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GOODBYE, GOOD MEN - How Liberals Brought Corruption into the Catholic Church - by Michael S. Rose.
Published by Regnery Publishing Inc. 276 pp.
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Catholics in both the USA and here in Britain have been left reeling in the recent past by the number of clerical sex scandals which have been eagerly dwelt upon by the popular press. Initially, the usual reaction is one of disbelief plus a conviction that gross exaggeration has been employed. The evidence is, however, incontrovertible; the sexual scandals of paedo­philia and gross sexual misconduct are bad enough, but the discovery of long-term cover-up tactics and the paying out of huge sums to victims increases the enormity of the situation. The facts are undeniable and many souls have suffered irreparable damage in consequence
Michael S Rose, the author spent two years in researching and writing this book and accord­ing to no less an authority than Dr. Alice von Hildebrand. Goodbye, Good Men holds the key to a phenomenon which, to many, is also an enigma. "Why are so many seminaries empty?" She pays tribute to the author for having the courage to give the fearful but incontestable answer: "because vice has penetrated into many of them, and those who do not condone vice are excluded". This judgement is also echoed in the Pope's letter to priests of Holy Thursday in which he refers to "the mystery of evil (iniquity) at work in the world."
A priest reader states that the author's 'careful prose' provides an answer to the question "How can such things be?" and that the account although unbelievable is sadly, time. During the course of his researches, the author interviewed more than 150 people, mainly in America, some of whom asked to remain anonymous (for obvious reasons).
Of the thirteen chapters, eleven trace the stage by stage deliberately planned undermining of vocations aimed at the dismantling and ulti­mate destruction of the Catholic priesthood as it has hitherto existed, plus the creation and publicisation of a "vocations crisis". Arch­bishop Elden Curtiss of Omaha, Nebraska refers to this so-called crisis as being "precipi­tated by people who want to change the Church's agenda—who do not support ortho­dox candidates... and who actually discourage viable candidates from seeking priesthood and vowed religious life as the Church defines these ministries". This statement made head­lines because it exposes the "ground plan" and the Archbishop avows that he is "personally aware of certain vocations directors, teams and valuation boards who turn away candidates who do not support the possibility of ordaining women, who defend the Church's teaching about artificial birth control or who exhibit strong piety to devotions such as the Rosary. The so-called shortage is thereby exposed for what it is—ideological discrimination.
The first three chapters detail the methods used to crush a real vocation and the "screening out" of worthy candidates during the application period, when the aspirant is faced with obsta­cles irrelevant to his suitability for the priest­hood. Many such interviewers have stated baldly "We have enough priests with an Old Church philosophy... we are looking for priests who have a vision of what the New Church should look like". Although the vocations director is usually a priest, he is often "assisted" by a liberal, radical feminist nun. "If you didn't get past Sister, you didn't get into the seminary" stated three applicants when questioned. Personal testimonies are given by "survivors" who successfully negotiated the aforementioned tests but who were then sub­jected to intrusive, searching enquiries into their "sexual health and attitudes". Such psy­chological warfare was also waged against those applying to join a diocesan deacon training programme for example after being interviewed, one such applicant received a letter signed by two laywomen and nuns who advised him to "update his theology" and seek a spiritual director. A list was enclosed which contained twenty-five names, twenty-two of these were women. Chapter four details dis­crimination of homosexual politics against healthy, heterosexual seminarians who are sub­jected to psychological evaluation which probes deeply into sexual and emotional his­tory and views on homosexuality, with the hidden intent to see whether the candidate is "rigid" (i.e. follows the Church's teaching) or is "flexible". The examining psychologist may not be Catholic, or maybe not even a Christian. According to Dr. William Coulson, former associate of Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow purveyors of the Human Potential Movement, "such people are not merely non believers, they believe in something totally different from what most people believe in". Blatant homo­sexual practices flourished in many seminaries, one of which was dubbed the "Pink Palace", and there are hair-raising testimonies from orthodox seminarians who were subjected to persecution of all types if they did not "conform".
Apart from these issues of grave sexual immorality, the greatest and most insidious stumbling block for the orthodox seminarian is that of heterodoxy—open or subtle dissent from official Church teaching. According to a former seminarian it was not possible to give the Church's answer as to the nature of Original Sin, the answer had to be what the lecturer claimed it to be. Psychological "screws" were also applied to seminarians over Marian and Eucharistic devotion and external acts of piety such as kneeling after Holy Communion were challenged. Methods of dissuasion were planned meticulously and the dynamic closely paralleled the brainwashing strategies employed in Communist re-education centres. One survivor of the system, making the above comparison stated that his persever­ance through twelve years of seminary was through reading Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Gu­lag Archipelago. He further claimed that what he witnessed was "a real persecution plus systematic extermination of orthodoxy and manly piety so as to artificially create a climate for married and women clergy." According to another there seemed to be a heavy reliance on psychology to bring the troublemakers (ortho­dox) into line. The testimony of seminarians who were subjected to such sustained torment makes chilling reading.
The personal testimonies of two priests, Fr. William Hinds and Fr. John Trigilio are given in the eighth and ninth chapters Fr. Hinds, ordained in 1987 had the foresight to save hundreds of pages of documentary evidence from his seminary days which documented his "inquisitorial nightmare" part of which was to undergo ten sessions of psychotherapy with Dr. Joseph Wicker, psychologist and Worshipful Master of the local Masonic Lodge! Fr John Trigilio, who now hosts the "Web of Faith" programme on Mother Angelica's EWTN TV network, followed his path to ordination from the age of fourteen "spanning three seminaries, three dioceses and a host of rejections from others". Fr. Hinds commented that had he been twenty-four instead of forty-four, he would probably not have survived such intimidation. The reader will at this stage wonder why such a deplorable state of affairs flourished unchal­lenged despite the shoals of letters written by concerned priests and laity to Rome requesting action against failing seminaries. Hopes were raised with the establishment of a Vatican visitation scheme dubbed the "Marshall Scheme" after Bishop Marshall, the coordinator. Sadly this proved to be a damp squib, the investigators seemingly did not wish to find out too much and the erring faculties put on a show of piety, wearing long-discarded clericals, prominently displaying orthodox literature and thereby earning themselves glowing reports.
In Chapter 11, the author refers to the desire of many highly visible and vocal priests and nuns to "re-envision the Catholic priesthood". Arch­bishop Curtiss referred to the "death-wish" for the male, celibate priesthood desired by propo­nents who quote "the Spirit of Vatican II" invoking possible indications from the Holy Spirit to substantiate their claim when this is in total contradiction to what the Council stated. Clerical celibacy since the sixties has become a complicated issue linked to the issues of homosexuality and the ordination of women. The author details the catastrophic effects of experimentation with humanistic psychology and the philosophy of the Human Potential Movement pioneered by Rogers and Maslow in the 1970s, with its wholesale undermining of both Church and society at large. He demon­strates that it was this bad philosophy plus loss of faith and absence of prayer life that caused sexual misconduct and not celibacy. The author then gives a brief historical overview of the growth and development of the seminary as defined by the Council of Trent and influenced by St Ignatius of Loyola and St Charles Borromeo and quoting from the Directory for the Life and Ministry of Priests (1994) explain­ing what a priest does, and what he is, from Pope Leo XIII to John Paul II. Finally, after exposing the problem and its causes, the author demonstrates that the solution lies in a return to orthodoxy as it is this that attracts good men to dedicate themselves to the sacrificial life of the priesthood. The vocations are "out there" as is demonstrated by the flourishing orthodox seminaries of Nebraska and Denver.
Goodbye, Good Men is a riveting and compel­ling book showing the sources of the "moral meltdown" and those responsible for it.

Monica Flynn

(ACW REVIEW and Newsletter, № 58, September 2003).

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