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Viganò Claims: Ratzinger's Secretary For Two Decades Was A Practicing Homosexual

Archbishop Carlo Viganò accuses the German born retired Curia Bishop Josef Clemens, 74, of being an active homosexual (LifeSiteNews.com, May 25).

Between 1984-2003, Clemens was Cardinal Ratzinger's personal secretary who then appointed him Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and consecrated him a bishop in 2004.

Before the consecration, Viganò - then the delegate for Pontifical Representations - asked Berlin Nuncio Giovanni Lajolo routinely for information about Clemens. Lajolo replied that there were strong suspicions that Clemens was an active homosexual and it was advised against making him a bishop.

Viganò says that Ratzinger wanted the promotion despite knowing about this. When Ratzinger exchanged Clemens with Gänswein in 2003, there was “quite a fight" between the two, Viganò recalls.

LifeSiteNews.com refers to "anonymous sources" stating that Ratzinger turned to Cologne Cardinal Meisner (+2017) asking him to take Clemens into his diocese but Meisner allegedly answered, "No, because of homo[sexuality]." Supposedly, Meisner wanted to offer Clemens a therapy who declined.

Other anonymous sources told LifeSiteNews.com that the fact that Clemens "was and is an active homosexual is well known among us here in Rome,” and that he is “well known for his tendencies among German-speaking colleagues in Rome who at times make jokes about his earlier profession as a hairdresser.”

Clemens denied to LifeSiteNews.com saying that this claim “is an untruth.” Questioned about the immorality of homosexual acts of a priest he explained that “this is known to a moral theologian who wrote his doctoral thesis in moral theology.”

The context of LifeSiteNews.com’s accusation is Clemens' visitation at the very wealthy Augustinian Abbey Klosterneuburg near Vienna (2020-2022) where he was sent as Papal Delegate to investigate allegations of homosex abuse.

Picture: Msgr. Josef Clemens © wikicommons, CC BY-SA, #newsOrfkmpgcja

Aaron-Jozef
Het Rooms Katholieke geloof heeft als basis, wie ben ik en waarom ben ik hier op aarde en de Tien Geboden, beiden laten geen ruimte voor homoseksualiteit en zeker niet voor priesters. Conclusie, de organisatie van de Rooms Katholieke kerk is een grote club van homoseksuele en daarom moest tijdens het Tweede Vaticaanse Concilie het Universele Tridentijnse Rooms Katholieke geloof worden afgeschaft.…More
Het Rooms Katholieke geloof heeft als basis, wie ben ik en waarom ben ik hier op aarde en de Tien Geboden, beiden laten geen ruimte voor homoseksualiteit en zeker niet voor priesters. Conclusie, de organisatie van de Rooms Katholieke kerk is een grote club van homoseksuele en daarom moest tijdens het Tweede Vaticaanse Concilie het Universele Tridentijnse Rooms Katholieke geloof worden afgeschaft. En vervangen door het Protestantse Katholieke geloof,, want mag je gerust homoseksueel zijn.
Ultraviolet
The title "Archbishop" effectively serves as immunity from the libel-lawsuits that would hound anyone else making such noise.
aderito
How can these clergy live a lie like that ,where the life they represent which it should be a life of chastity a life of a true apostle ,its not the life they live, behind close doors ,how many people trusted this bishop with their personal life's now they feel betrayed ,it's a shame a disgrace
Jeffrey Ade
They are communists, pure and simple!
Seidenspinner
Seneca: The greatest man is he who chooses right with the most invincible resolution; who resists to sorest temptation from within and without; who bears the heaviest burdens cheerfully; who is calmest in storms, and most fearless under menaces and frowns; whose reliance on truth, on virtue, and on God is most unfaltering.
Johannes Apostolus
Link???
John A Cassani
I hope that he is not saying that because he is a moral theologian and that he knows the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, that he therefore follows it. There is quite a difference between knowing the good and doing the good, as any good moral theologian will attest.