Several videos surfaced Thursday
featuring Fr. John Hollowell preaching to schoolchildren against
In the six videos, the chaplain of
Indianapolis' Cardinal Ritter High School is seen instructing teenage
students that God isn't cool with sexually active gay people.
“Homosexuality,” Hollowell says,
“if it's okay in God's eyes, then the Bible is completely useless.
Old and New Testament in multiple places say homosexual acts are an
'abomination,' a grave offense against God. The Catholic Church
upholds that teaching as well. So you have two options: God is cool
with homosexuality, homosexual acts, I should say … or what the
Bible and the Church say about it is correct? Okay? There's no
middle ground on that issue.”
In another video, Hollowell suggests
that a household headed by a gay couple is an “unhealthy
atmosphere” for children.
“You don't need to use the language
of sin in order to say 'look, the state should not be putting adopted
children with couples who are acting on their homosexual
attractions.' You don't need sin for that because our society
already does that. Our society already does not put people into
situations where there is sex going on that society deems to be not
good. … If porn was being filmed in a home, we would pull the child
out of that environment. If sex was occurring in the home which was
bondage or S&M type sexuality, the CPS would pull the child out
of that environment.”
In blogging about the videos, the
website Equality Matters labeled the speeches an example of “anti-gay
indoctrination,” adding that such messages contribute to the high
rates of suicide among LGBT teens.