A German court has just sentenced Professor (Father) Dariusz Oko to a fine of ca. $5600.00 or four months in jail. His transgression: the priest published a scholarly article on pedophilia in the Catholic Church in a German academic journal, Theologisches in 2012. Its editor-in-chief, Father Manfred Hauke, was also punished by the court.
What’s going on? Oko has been in the forefront of fighting the so-called Lavender Mafia, which, according to him, enables sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church.
Here in the United States, one of its most prominent members is former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick aka “Uncle Ted.”
In his article “On the Need to Limit Homosexual Cliques in the Church,” Oko charged that the activities of the Lavender Mafia is “an obvious logical, ethical, and dogmatic contradiction to the very essence of the Church and her teaching.”
That enraged a fellow Catholic priest, Father Wolfgang Rothe, who sued. Rothe is an open supporter of the LGBT movement, including gay unions.
Accordingly, he blessed same sex couples in his church against explicit orders from the Vatican to the contrary. Rothe took offense at Oko’s strong language, but also against linking homosexuality and pedophilia.
Oko not only boasts of solid academic credentials, but his work against pedophiles in the Catholic Church has been thorough.
It boosted the Polish Episcopate’s self-cleansing campaign against sexual abuse in the Church.
A Polish Catholic ecclesiastical committee found that most vile acts committed by clergymen against children were targeting boys, not girls. Further, at least twenty-four bishops covered up pedophilic crimes.
Instead of bringing justice to the victims, defrocking the perpetrators, and handing them over to law, some hierarchs simply transferred the offenders to other posts. This is the same vile mechanism that the faithful experienced in the U.S.
But now, not only the sexual predators but also their enablers have been justly exposed and punished in Poland. Even before that, Father Oko shared his outrage with fellow Catholics in German Federal Republic.
Germany has seen its share of pedophilic scandals both in and out of the Catholic Church.
Historically speaking, from the 19th century, German pedophiles have been in the forefront of the push to legalize underage sex in Europe. This drive was an integral part of a subculture within a larger phenomenon we call today as “the gay liberation movement.”
In Weimar Germany, children were quite literarily on the menu in restaurants-cum-brothels in Berlin. During the cultural revolution of the 1960s and in its wake, sexual liberation included pedophilic fantasies.
In his 1975 book The Great Bazar, the revolution’s icon, Danny Cohn-Bendit, bragged about his time as a progressive kindergarten teacher involving several illicit acts with children.
In Berlin’s alternative family “Kommune-2” sexual abuse of children occurred as a matter of “anti-capitalist” ideology. As late as the mid-1980s the German Green Party (Cohn-Bendit’s outfit) attempted to hold a referendum on lowering the age of consent – a byword for pedophilia.
Now, some of the German radicals even talk about legalizing incest.
Such fantasies tend to translate themselves into practice.
In 2013, an outrageous scandal broke out when the prosecutors announced that the German municipal authorities throughout the nation quite knowingly farmed out children to pedophiles who doubled as social workers, civic volunteers, or adoptive parents.
The “experiment” went on for thirty years. Prominent psychology professor Helmut Kentler was the mastermind and one of the predators.
This summer another ignominy erupted when a government-approved summer camp for kids was revealed to be a pedophile grooming center, which had operated for decades and involved “tens of thousands of suspects.”
And soon after, the police in Bavaria busted a huge internet child porn ring with at least 1,600 pedophiles involved globally. A year before, in a separate case, 30,000 suspects were identified. Their victims included infants.
Incidentally, Germany is not alone. I remember similar progressive debates in Denmark in the 1970s. And progressive acts followed. In fact, such sentiments were voiced by a small, well-organized minority everywhere in Western Europe.
Now they have spread everywhere, including the Intermarium, lands between the Black, Baltic, and Adriatic Seas.
The Oko case is not just a question of academic freedom. It is also a matter of public health.
You cannot diagnose an affliction properly without researching and writing about it freely.
It’s also for the sake of the kids. And the Catholic Church.
Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is Professor of History at the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school of statecraft in Washington D.C.; expert on East-Central Europe's Three Seas region; author, among others, of "Intermarium: The Land Between The Baltic and Black Seas." Read Marek Jan Chodakiewicz's Reports — More Here.
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