Cardinal Gregory in 2002: ‘It Is an Ongoing Struggle to Make Sure the Catholic Priesthood is Not Dominated by Homosexual Men’

Then-Bishop Wilton Gregory of Belleville, Ill., said during a conference of Catholic bishops held in Rome in 2002 that I was “an ongoing struggle” for the church to make sure that the Catholic priesthood was not dominated by homosexuals.

Cardinal Gregory is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C.

In 2002, he was president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The conference Gregory attended in Rome in 2002, as reported by the Boston Globe, was “an extraordinary two-day meeting in which 12 American cardinals and two prominent bishops met with some of the highest officials in the Vatican to draft binding and unified standards on how the Catholic Church in the United States will investigate allegations of sexual abuse by priests.”

In its report on the conference, the Boston Globe reported the following:

“Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit told reporters yesterday that behavioral scientists think ‘it’s not truly a pedophilia-type problem but a homosexual-type problem,’ and that bishops need to ‘cope with and address’ the extent of a homosexual presence in Catholic seminaries.

“Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of Bellville, Ill., president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and a participant in the meeting, said, ‘It is an ongoing struggle to make sure that the Catholic priesthood is not dominated by homosexual men.’”


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