By Gibbons J. Cooney
On June 6, Pope Francis lamented the existence of what he called “the gay lobby” in the Vatican. The announcement was not really news—the existence of such a mafia had been assumed for some time. Still, Pope Francis statement, especially following other revelations on the same subject around the time of Pope Benedict’s departure, drew much needed attention. But the Holy Father need look no further than his own order of priests, the Society of Jesus, for direct confirmation of what he called the “stream of corruption.”
This week from June 20-27, a retreat for men is being held in Spain. The retreat will be led by two Jesuit priests. It will be held in “…a self-catering retreat/holiday home run by the Jesuits which we will have to ourselves.” A description of the retreat may be found at spanishretreats.org.uk. It is titled Liberation. A Retreat for Men in Calpe, Costa Blanca, Spain, June 20-27., led by Father Donal Godfrey, S. J.
CalCatholic readers will be familiar with Father Godfrey. Until September of 2010, Godfrey served as the executive director of university ministry at the Jesuit University of San Francisco. He was demoted from the position of executive director right around the time that CalCatholic reported on his long-time association with Patrick Mulcahey.
CalCatholic revealed that Mulcahey, whom Godfrey singled out for special praise in the introduction to his book, Gays and Grays: the story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, had been keeping a “slave” and was giving workshops on the master/slave lifestyle. Godfrey still serves as an associate director of ministry at USF.
The retreat webpage begins with a short description of Godfrey’s work: “Donal is an Irish Jesuit priest who has been working for the last six years in California, USA. He is currently working as a chaplain in the Jesuit University of San Francisco; a job which involves training the Chaplaincy Team in Ignatian Spirituality. Donal is a regular celebrant at the popular Castro Church of Most Holy Redeemer and has been heard leading a service there on Radio 4’s Sunday Service. He has written a book on the parish ministry, Gays and Grays. As university chaplain, Donal spends much of his time mentoring students and staff. Donal loves this aspect of his work and has reflected on the task of a effective mentor, particular in relation to work with people who are in some way marginalised such as those who are immigrant or gay.”
The webpage goes on to describes the retreat program: “A retreat is a safe place to open yourself to healing the wounds of the past and allow new life and freedom to flood in. Feel nurtured by an accepting retreat community; receive the healing love of God. Learn how to better use your talents for the good. Donal and David (Father David Birchall, S.J.) will lead the group through prayer, reflections, and sharing to help us better understand and appropriate the inner liberation God desires for each of us as children of God…..
“By taking a look at the interaction between the individual conscience and the teaching authority of the Church and Scripture we shall consider how best we can live our call to exercise the freedom of the Children of God. This will focus specifically on the area of sexuality….Although both retreat leaders are Catholic priests, this retreat is open to men of any Christian denomination or of no church affiliation. We shall be dealing with issues of sexuality and spirituality and so we are open to all regardless of sexual orientation. However, a respect for difference is vital in a retreat that seeks to be a safe place for all however you might describe your faith or sexuality.”
Under the Making Friends section, the webpage says: “These retreats in Calpe have been running for a number of years and have always been an enjoyable experience with friendly and welcoming groups of people. We have found that there has always been an openness and acceptance of others. You can be yourself in the group sharing your faith and other areas of life such as sexuality.”
There’s a lot of sexuality there. The retreat program also includes “bodywork,” whatever that means. 2013 will not be the first year Father Godfrey has led a retreat for the group in Spain. According to a December 6, 2011 post on the British Quest Gay Catholic website Father David Birchall (who will assist Godfrey at the retreat) relates that Father Godfrey led a similar retreat called Clear as your Conscience on June 13-20, 2012. In the same post, Father Birchall also described the retreat’s new Jesuit House location: “After a dalliance with a retreat house in Mallorca run by nuns we have now taken residence in a sea-front house which the group has to itself.” Sounds like the presence of nuns cramped the retreatants’ style.
Father Birchall made a bit of news in 2003 when the British Catholic Herald reported on a website he had set up, which was also called Clear as your Conscience. According to the Herald, Father Birchall’s website featured a picture of “two adolescent boys kissing full on the mouth.” Father Birchall defense of the picture: “It’s not as if they’re naked on it. They’re fully clad folk and, as far as I can gather, they’re over 18.” The website also included links to other sites which “advertised instant access to explicit gay pornography and offered information on locations for homosexual ‘cruising.’” The website’s “reflections” openly repudiated Catholic teaching on homosexuality and offered advice on how best to undermine the Church: “The website encouraged sexually active gays to put themselves forward as candidates for the priesthood, arguing that ‘the place where most influence can be put on an institution is from the inside.’” Following the Herald’s coverage, Father David Smolira, then-provincial of the British Jesuits, ordered the site taken down.
Interestingly, the Herald apparently tried to scrub the story from its website. The story appeared on page 3 of the February 21, 2003 issue. The entire third page of the online version of that issue has been removed. But the Herald must have forgotten about the online digitized version of the physical paper, which contained the story, and which can be downloaded.
Its time these homo-sex pederasts so called priests meet the same fate as the Templars….
You are right Canisius…the “gay” filth merchants, that scandalously parade around in a “roman collar”, need to be defrocked and laicized as soon as possible, that goes for “ALL” the gay bishops, sporting mitre and crozier…poisoning the faithful with modernism and heresy for far too long! These filthy sodomites need to be expunged…these are vermin, that give scandal by their very presence!
I doubt any of that will happen, as I have posted on another story its time for the laity to take control and to physically remove this vermin….but I am beginning to think that its for me to go to the SSPX or the Eastern Church….I just cannot take this anymore
Lovely Christian language canisius
I am really confused by all this. How can our Pope be so ignorant of this? I want answers…I want to hold someone accountable and don’t know where to begin. God have mercy.
A “Gay Retreat” ??? These corrupted “priests” need to be returned to lay status and right now. The idea that they dare to be so public about their perversion should be a warning sign to everyone. It’s tolerated. I’d like to know why, wouldn’t you ?
I couldn’t read it all it made me sick
Look at the picture of the speedoed, bronzed, semi-nude retreatant!…He’s cruising for “hook-up’s”!…this is bestial, demonic and another example of “the smoke entering the church”… Pope Francis needs to clean house and FAST!
Don’t hold your breath. There is a reason the homo/apostate/heretical cardinals elected Cardinal Bergoglio. If you’ve noticed, he is not real big on liturgical or theological orthodoxy. He sees Church doctrine and law as a impediment. Let us pray for Pope Francis. +JMJ+
Adamantine, please! Custody of the eyes!
Bishops do your own job within your own Diocese – you have the authority per Code of Canon Law to remove heretical and schismatic priests from practicing within the boundaries of your Diocese.
On the internet see:
” SPECIAL REPORT: Gay Clergy & The Catholic Media 06-18 ” by ChurchMilitantTV.
More disgusting news from the gay Mafia. If this were more generally known, the pews would be emptier than they already are. Why is nothing being done about these frauds behind a Roman collar? Where are the bishops? Collecting signatures for “comprehensive amnesty” for criminal alien invaders, or collecting funds for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development? I am so disturbed I no longer know whom I can trust. This must change or the Catholic Church will collapse down to a pitiable but faithful remnant. We are approaching the end times indeed. God have mercy!
You have to trust Jesus. God is in charge and if you are sickened just think how sick all in heaven are, because they see the sin of the whole world. The darkness will not overcome the light, but I fear it is going to get worse before God acts in a major way. All of the earth is crying out for justice, when will we. In His mercy God will not allow His children to continue to spiral down to complete darkness.
You are correct, men’s bathing suits can be just as soul corrupting as bikinis. That is why I no longer go to any public “swimming” places.
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
Pray so that you will be part of the Remnant!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
Anton God bless you….hang in there and it is good that you have contempt for the world.
Catechism of the Catholic Church – Sin
1849 Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. It has been defined as “an utterance, a deed, or a desire contrary to the eternal law.”121
1850 Sin is an offense against God: “Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in your sight.”122 Sin sets itself against God’s love for us and turns our hearts away from it. Like the first sin, it is disobedience, a revolt against God through the will to become “like gods,”123 knowing and determining good and evil. Sin is thus “love of oneself even to contempt of God.”124 In this proud self- exaltation, sin is diametrically opposed to the obedience of Jesus, which achieves our salvation.125
1851 It is precisely in the Passion, when the mercy of Christ is about to vanquish it, that sin most clearly manifests its violence and its many forms: unbelief, murderous hatred, shunning and mockery by the leaders and the people, Pilate’s cowardice and the cruelty of the soldiers, Judas’ betrayal – so bitter to Jesus, Peter’s denial and the disciples’ flight. However, at the very hour of darkness, the hour of the prince of this world,126 the sacrifice of Christ secretly becomes the source from which the forgiveness of our sins will pour forth inexhaustibly.
I am sure the retreat will not be boring!!!
Going to hell is no joking matter. Please retrieve your mind out of the lowest depths of the gutter. Don’t be a fool. We know not the hour. This very night you could be called to give an accounting of how you lived your life. Will you play Russian Roulette with your soul right down to the very last second? Very risky business.
TEM:sodomite supporter still finds humor in lost souls…….
Leave it to you, a sodomite living in sin and dragging his whole family in potential eternity in HELL to make such a stupid comment for such a serious soul destroying subject!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
He is not gay.
No one is gay these days, Heronymous anonymous. In another age, another time people could be merry and bright and gay. If homosexuals are gay then hate is love and truth is a lie etc. Madison Ave cardboard creatures living superficial lives…no realness, no authenticity, all lies, lies, lies, barbarians calling themselves priests, pagans disguised as Christians. Liars all, and their father is the father of lies. The hordes of locusts before the end of the age, obsessed with disgusting and vile acts…reprobates all. They’re not going to cause ME to leave my beloved Church…I am going to honor my baptismal promises and stay true to my Lord, and these evil blights disguised as priests and bishops, like the weeds and tares they are, will be winnowed out eventually.
Pray for our Pope Francis. He has got his work cut out for him. Our Church and its leaders need our prayer support. The Evil One has embedded himself in everything that is good. God Help Us all.
Prayers need to be matched with action, the Pope MUST LEAD on this…..
Amen. Stay the course, faithful in prayer, keeping our eyes on Jesus, asking for an infilling of the Holy Spirit that we may all someday be with our Father in Heaven. I believe that with all my heart. Don’t be discouraged, and remember our brothers and sisters who have passed the test in the past and remained faithful. We don’t even know what testing is…yet.
Since a bunch of these deviants will be gathered together in one place, what a wonderful opportunity to round them up and purge a part of the Church.
Pope Francis, here is the perfect opportunity to put your Swiss Guards to work!
Why in heavens name are these men still allowed to parade themselves as Catholic’s and Priests? Why is the Holy Father or any Faithful Bishop afraid of them?
Heavenly Father, please give our Pope and our good Bishops the knowledge, courage and strength to teach and discipline as required by purging your Church of evil-doers, as directed by St. Paul. 1 Cor 5:9-13.
Pope Benedict said our Church would be getting smaller. We all want it to become holy, so that we can all set the proper examples to bring Souls to You.
Oh, and Heavenly Father, please let all Church leaders understand when they commit sins of Scandal. Schism, Heresy, Sacrilege, and Omission.
As a Faithful,lifelong Catholic,catechized by his mother and having had the privilege of being an altarBOY for a decade,taught by TRUE Brides of Christ and who has made every effort to raise good CATHOLIC children into good CATHOLIC adults I DEMAND that this FILTH be uprooted and every tendril of the Smoke of Satan be expunged from Christ’s Church.I am so FURIOUS with these wolves in sheeps’ clothing.
Because of the clergy’s disobedience and neglect in protecting the Church and proclaiming the TRUTH THAT NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR we in the Church are feeling God’s wrath and we will be punished through white and red Martyrdom.If it takes MY blood to expunge this evil and disinfect the Body of Christ on this earth-AMEN !!!!!
Gordon God bless you for your comments.
Again I will state, nothing will come of this! Do you really think Rome does not know about this and all that is going on in the Church? Come on guys get with it, writing to Rome, petitioning bishops, they are all in on it don’t you get it yet?????? Pope Jorge can care less he won’t even call himself Pope! As he has said and it is fact call me “Jorge” were his exact words. Gotta take the Church back ourselves stop whining to Rome or bishops a complete waste of your time and energy!!!
“Pope Jorge” ?!?
Somebody needs a time out for disrespecting the Holy Father.
If you don’t even care about the Petrine Office, you have really gone astray.
Just like Martin Luther?
Where is the Bishop?
The seminary in camarillo was a hotbed of homosexuality for yeeeears…in fact it was almost a prerequisite that you were a flaming queen, prior to acceptance…if you were a straight young man, who was traditional in his faith, you were spurned and shunned, if accepted at all!…they only wanted liberal queen’s they could mold into “fine young modernist’s”…just flaming away…sick…
Goodness! I am at this retreat and I can say with absolute certainty that the only filth is what is going on in the mind of Gibbons J Clooney and the minds of those who have commented above. The real sin is to write about your own assumptions as if they are the realities of someone else’s life. What appalling presumption!
Sin is being disobedient to the teaching of Christ, and His Church.
On the Vatican web site please read: ” LETTER to the BISHOPS of the CATHOLIC CHURCH on the PASTORAL CARE of HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS”.
It includes: ” 15. We encourage the Bishops, then, to provide pastoral care in full accord with the teaching of the Church for homosexual persons of their dioceses.
No authentic pastoral programme will include organizations in which homosexual persons associate with each other without clearly stating that homosexual activity is immoral.
A truly pastoral approach will appreciate the need for homosexual persons to avoid the near occasions of sin. “
You are still making assumptions since you do not actually know the content of this retreat. Your assumptions are offensive since you are projecting the contents of your own imaginations onto the lives of other people of whom you have no knowledge whatsoever. You are not treating me with any dignity but condemning me out of your own presumption.
It is sad to see that most of the comments on this story directly contravene the comments policy! There is offensive, libellous and less-than-civil language in almost all of them.
As I was reading the actual description of the retreat as quoted in the story, I was thinking. “How wonderful!” This is a retreat I would be interested in attending. Integration of the self as a spiritual and sexual being is something we all need. God bless the Jesuits who are leading it, and those who are taking part.
Thank you Peter!
Wow, Mr. Weeks, you managed to use all the buzz words…but you forgot diversity and humility, otherwise you’re spot on with all the trendy vocabulary that we all know so well, as it is part of our daily drill in keeping au courant. If you don’t mind, being a woman approaching her seventh decade, even the thought of taking part in such meretricious persiflage shivvers me’ timbers, mate.
Have to say guys ( the original poster and comments aligned to his views) you are so wrong. As a person on this retreat I have gained some very God given insights as we engaged in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatious. I am very thankful to Donal and David for their superb facilitation. May I suggest you may find some benefit in attending such a retreat – i feel a need to pray for you
Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are wonderful. Those of us who watch EWTN have been able to participate many times, and download all the materials for free.
I hope those who attended were also encouraged to read/refresh themselves on the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition”, Code of Canon Law, and GIRM. And the need to teach, correct and discipline the flocks.
Including stopping Sacrilege, Scandal, Heresy, Schism, Relativism and Confusion via Canon 915 and 1399.
Some (but not all) of the USCCB Committee statements have left much to be desired regarding accurate teachings of the Church.
Damian don’t wont or need your prayers…
Oh, so it wasn’t some kind of orgy? Or a meeting of the gay lobby on how to take over the church?
Anonymous are you serious? That is not what people are saying. Why do you go to one extreme to another? It doesn’t have to be…..but just a deceitful pinch of acceptance or misleading homosexuality is enough to send one to hell.