The respected National Catholic Register has published an article by Edward Pentin, journalist par excellence, which reads in part:
The Pope acknowledged the presence of a homosexual network of priests at the Vatican during a private conversation with leaders of a Latin American confederation of religious in June 2013. In the context of saying he found reform of the Roman Curia difficult, the Pope said: "The 'gay lobby' is mentioned, and it is true, it is there … We need to see what we can do."
He alluded to it again a month later, telling reporters on the plane back from Rio de Janeiro that “you must distinguish between the fact of a person being gay and the fact of someone forming a lobby, because not all lobbies are good. This one is not good.”
A homosexual lobby was also suspected to have been influential on both Synods on the Family when controversial passages relating to homosexuals made their way into the interim report during the 2014 meeting despite being hardly discussed, and external lobby groups sought to pressure the participants.
There was also a common perception that the Communion for remarried divorcees issue, which dominated both synods, was a “Trojan horse” to allow Church recognition of same-sex relationships and other extra-marital unions.
So then, a senior cardinal of the Holy Roman Church has made it clear that there are individuals who have attempted to co-opt or corrupt the Church's message, i.e., the Church's call to conversion in Christ and the call to newness of life.
[SIDEBAR] It may be prudent to recall Synod pressers during which time disproportionate attention was given by official Synod media representatives to certain subjects that were not as important to discussions as some in the Synod and Synod media corp would like us to believe. Were it not for timely and substantive briefs (Tweets, etc.) by faithful Synod Fathers countering the highly biased press releases issued by Synod media representatives, perceptions about the content of the discussions taking place would likely have been skewed to such a degree that correction of the misrepresentations of Synod discussions would have been nearly useless after the fact.
“(Y)ou must distinguish between the fact of a person being gay (same-sex-attracted or SSA) and the fact of someone forming a lobby".
Some members of the priesthood may be right to be worried about their jobs.
In all likelihood, individuals belonging to the network identified by Cardinal Maradiaga and who continue to actively promote dissent from Church teaching will be excused from service as soon as 1) all or most of the obstinate have been identified and 2) replacements can be found who behave in a manner consistent with that of a truly faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. It's not enough to pull up weeds by the stems. The entire root must be pulled out and dealt with in order to prevent the weed from growing back and choking out plants that bear good fruit.
The alchemy of turning silence, which is golden, into lead.
Thus far the response from the drive-by media regarding Cardinal Maradiaga's controversial comments has been rather muted. Are liberal media pundits merely taking a little extra time to sharpen the lead of their pencils before challenging Cardinal Maradiaga's exposé? Are the media speculating about Pope Francis' next move and pondering how to best shape the narrative to fit their version of the 'Francis Effect'?
The restorative actions to enhance the reform of the Curia to be taken by the Holy Father under the advisement of the Council of Nine will probably be seen as precedent setting and will therefore gradually extend to all dioceses.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.