Pope Francis is rehabilitating a highly controversial, divisive and heterodox Slovakian archbishop who was sacked by Pope Benedict XVI after an apostolic visitation in 2012.
Faithful clerics in Slovakia fear that the rehabilitation could include the offer of a cardinalate to the disgraced Róbert Bezák, former archbishop of Trnava, who is reported to have been at the center of an extensive homosexual clergy network.
Bezák, former provincial of the Redemptorists in Slovakia, turned his diocese into a “kind of homosexual capital in the Slovak Church,” notes Fr. Dariusz Oko, Polish theologian and whistleblower on the gay clerical lobby.
Reports suggest that Bezák frequented gay gyms and saunas and that he was responsible for creating a network of homosexual priests and ordaining seminarians who had been rejected by other seminaries because of their unorthodox attitudes or open homosexual inclinations.
“When others started to argue against it, Bezák had the support of many from a homosexual background in the Church,” wrote Oko, author of the journal article “With the Pope Against Homoheresy” (Mit dem Papst gegen Homohäresie), which contributed to Bezák’s removal.
Oko listed Bezák along with sexual predators like ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Bp. Gustavo Zanchetta and Fr. Marcial Maciel, noting that Pope Benedict XVI “forced many bishops to resign because of their involvement in various types of homosexual guilt.”
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