The Vatican has not yet commented on its latest sex scandal in which a chorister was sacked after accidentally being discovered procuring men as sex mates for at least one member of Pope Benedict’s inner circle.
Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness, was caught by police on a wiretap allegedly negotiating with Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, a 29-year-old Vatican chorister, over the specific physical details of men he wanted brought to him. Transcripts in the possession of the Guardian suggest that numerous men may have been procured for Balducci, at least one of whom was studying for the priesthood. via The Guardian
We passed on this story yesterday because neither the Catholic Church nor this website condemns homosexuality, although the Catholic church states unequivocally: “Under no circumstances can they (homosexual acts) be approved.”
I’m more concerned about American bishops defining the terms of health care and reproductive rights of women in this country, than yet another Catholic sex scandal. The bishops are busy guys this weekend, according to Politico.
The Roman Catholic bishops signaled Thursday that if agreement is reached with House leaders on anti-abortion language, the church would work to get the votes needed to protect the provisions in the Senate — and thereby advance the shared goal with Democrats of health care reform. via Politico
If I read this article correctly, the Catholic bishops are literally saying that they will strong-arm the Senate to muscle through their abortion language. Presumably they will threaten enough Senators with re-election problems, to get them to agree with Rep. Stupak’s alleged ‘higher principles’ around abortion language in the health care bill.
My concern about Angelo Balducci escalated, when I read today that he’s also a senior adviser to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the department that oversees the Roman Catholic Church’s worldwide missionary activities.
I can’t say enough about the good works of Nicholas D Kristof, but the relationship of religion and women remains a tough one for him to balance.
Last week Kristof praised the work of World Vision, a charity I, too, have supported. The head of World Vision in the United States, Richard Stearns, says the organization bans the use of aid as a lure to religious conversion. I hope so.
Kristof wrote a balanced, factual column about the good and bad of missionaries, hitting all the important points that people like me expect him to address.
Writing about the 10 missionaries in Haiti, based on their own mission statements on their websites, and now reading a Vatican title — ‘Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples’ to describe the Roman Catholic Church’s worldwide missionary activities — the handwriting is on the wall about the goal of much missionary work.
This is a battle for converts, money and pie chart statistics. Too often, poor people are the pawns.
With all the morality lessons issued to women from Rome, and with Rep. Stupak’s insistence that his faith calls on him to embrace higher principles, it seems fair to share the news that the Vatican’s chief adviser to its worldwide missionary activities is involved in a homosexual sex scandal.