Don Ariel S. Levi di Gualdo, a priest of the Diocese of Rome, has given an interview to Catholica which has been published under the title ‘Questions about a lobby’ in which he discusses the current situation of a Church that protects a powerful clique of corrupt gay priests and punishes and marginalises the innocent faithful. Fr Ariel Gualdo talks about his book E Satana si fece trino, (And Satan became trinity) referring to the satanic trinity of relativism, individualism, disobedience.
‘Don Ariel – In this book, I explain that we did have the Second Vatican Council, but, in practice, during the following years, we returned to the period that preceded the Council of Trent, with its corruption and alarming internal struggles for power. After abundant discourses ad nauseum about dialogue, collegiality – for nearly half a century now – new forms of clericalism and authoritarianism have emerged. The progressive champions of dialogue and collegiality use aggression and coercion against anyone who thinks outside of the “ religiously correct.” It is always possible to make light of the dogmas of the Faith, to deconstruct them according to an anthropological logic, but woe to those who dare place in doubt the “sacred” and “infallible” character of the magisterium exercised by some theologians imbued by Hegel and the theology of Karl Rahner – thoughts that lead them alongside modernism and heterodoxies of every type: that [type of] man will be banned from this united and powerful “clique” in the Roman Curia as well as from the Pontifical Universities.
To this we need to add that from the 1970s onwards, there has been the insertion of homosexual ecclesiastics in which the number, by cooptation, has increased considerably over the years. Today these constitute a veritable lobby – mafia-style – powerful and ready to destroy whoever stands in their way. Processes in the inversion of values have emerged – good becomes bad, virtue is changed into vice, and vice-versa. They have gone as far as transforming sound doctrine into heterodoxy when one of these ecclesiastics is denounced to the authorities, with proof and testimonies to support it; given that the condemnation of one alone would be enough to place the whole system in danger. We have seen then, in many cases, the innocent punished and marginalized and the culprits of grave moral conduct, protected. When it was seen opportune to expel someone from the Roman Curia, they were welcomed and protected by bishops in those dioceses where circles of influence have been installed, surrounded prevalently by homosexuals. Once again, corrupt as this system is, it is not possible to act in any other way, since if one culprit is punished, he would vindicate himself by dragging down all of the other members of this mafia: it is necessary therefore, to protect him despite the costs.
The overall impression is that of incoherence in the governing of the Church: this appears to demonstrate the promotion of some prelates.’
Catholica - In your opinion, what are the causes that limit authority in such a coercive way?
Don Ariel - It is paradoxical that under the pontificate of the “theologian Pope” we have seen an increase in nominations, to key positions in Church government, of individuals who are in total contradiction to what the theological premises of Benedict XVI represent: prelates of dubious theology or of insignificant profile with respect to the present challenges, such as that of the new evangelization. A common trait characterizes them: behind the façade of humility – the prevalence, not of the Church, but of their own person. In the decades to come, I do not know how the pontificate of ‘the splendid doctrine’ will be judged, but by the facts [it is] contradicted with the presence of these people. Nevertheless, at present, I ask myself how [is it possible] that the hidden influence ( puppeteers) of a few, has become so powerful to end up reducing our Peter, navigator without a crew, in a barque tossed by waves and tempest gales, to such impotence?
Protect the Pope comment: Though Don Ariel di Gualdo is speaking about the Holy See and the diocese of Rome the challenge for faithful and loyal Catholics everywhere is how do we live, work, pray, raise and catechizes children, in a Church that protects a powerful clique of corrupt gay priests and punishes and marginalises the innocent? Through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit we have to hope that the Church can be reformed, but if Don Ariel di Gualdo’s analysis is correct who will lead this reform?