PETERSBURG, Ill. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Stephen Brady, founder and president of newly revived activist group Roman Catholic Faithful (RCF), is speaking out on the Church crisis.
In an exclusive interview with Church Militant last week, Brady discussed homosexual clergy, cowardly bishops and RCF's plans to expose the rot in the archdiocese of Chicago.
He described the sex abuse crisis as principally "a homosexual issue," while faulting "good bishops" for their decades of silence on sexual sin.
"The good bishops, the orthodox — they've got to stand up, they've got to stop respecting man more than they do God," Brady said. "It's as if they fear man's law more than they do God's law, so you have to question whether or not they believe in damnation and Hell and what the Church teaches in that sense."
"God bless the former papal nuncio that stood up," he added, praising fugitive whistleblower Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò. "If every good bishop had the courage he had, he would have so many soldiers behind him, fighting!"
When asked by Voris why he thinks so few bishops are willing to stand up for Catholic truth, Brady replied: "I think their faith is weak, for one thing."
He also suggested that luxury has bred an aversion to suffering among some members of the hierarchy: "[O]bviously, they're living a lavish lifestyle, some of them, as a bishop, as a cardinal, and I think they fear losing that."
"But," he added, "it's beyond my understanding as to why they won't stand up if they truly believe and accept the Catholic faith, and the fact that you have to carry your cross just as Christ did if you want to follow Christ."
I did have a bishop who said I could never mention his name, gave me some private phone numbers and some information I could use in fighting some of these fights, but still, his exact words were, "Steve, I've got to sit next to these people sometimes" — he meant the conferences in Washington, D.C. or wherever they held them. So again, it's sad that they don't seem to have that drive and motivation. It's just like you and me here — it should be two bishops here, standing up and saying, "Come to us; we'll tell you who will do something, who won't," but I think if they did that, the powers that be would strip them of their authority and just throw them out into the street.
"The Catholic Church has become nothing more than a billion-dollar bank for the homosexual movement to use," Brady reflected. "They can't believe in the Catholic faith, because they couldn't believe in the Catholic faith and in the teaching of the Church and the fact that mortal sin and Hell exist and do what they do?"
"There are a lot of priests and bishops, we know, that don't accept the Catholic Church — they're imposters, and they need to be run out and exposed," he continued. "The cardinal in Chicago, in my opinion, is one of them."
Brady explained the importance of flushing out corruption in the archdiocese of Chicago.
"Chicago is such a big hub of the entire country," he said. "Chicago, as Malachi Martin told me — so much money to the Vatican from this country comes through Chicago, and ... the big scandal with the Vatican Bank years ago started with Chicago priests."
"Chicago plays a big role," he said, pointing to its impact on other U.S. dioceses. "I hate to put it this way, but if you bring down Chicago, which we will do ... the rest may get in line."
To illustrate Chicago's influence on his own diocese, Brady recounted Roman Catholic Faithful's campaign against former Springfield Bp. Daniel Ryan, a notorious homosexual predator.
"It's just like when we brought down Bp. Ryan," he said. "I say that in a loving way because nobody loved Bp. Ryan enough to tell him the truth. Nobody loved that man [enough] to save his soul."
Illustrating Chicago's influence on Springfield, Brady continued:
Bishop Ryan was known as a sexual abuser when he was a priest at Joliet before he was ever sent to Springfield. So here comes the hierarchical end of it. When you're promoted to the rank of bishop, a morality report has to be sent in to the papal nuncio. People have to verify your moral standing. He was publicly known as an alcoholic — I mean, that can happen to anybody, but you don't belong being a bishop if you've got an alcohol problem. He was publicly known as a predatory homosexual back in Joliet when he was chancellor. So that just showed us back then how corrupt the hierarchy already was, and it all stemmed from Chicago and their influence on the entire country.
Brady and his team are launching a broad campaign to identify and uproot corruption in Chicago.
"We're going to be contacting every priest within the archdiocese of Chicago," he said. "We're going to go to every gay community hangout that we can. ... We want to contact these people — we're not condoning the lifestyle, but they deserve the truth too ... a lot of them were victims, as well."
Brady explained that once RCF talks to Chicago clergy and laity who "know where the skeletons are buried," Cdl. Blase Cupich himself will be investigated.
"We're going to do a background — and I want the cardinal to know this — we're going to do a background on the cardinal," Brady pledged. "He's going to have a background check he's never had before."
Steven Brady may be the man to take down Chicago, but he has made then aware. Not Good. I am frightened for him. Video Included.
Pizzagate related because this is about the clerical sexual abuse of children and the priests that committed the crimes.