Monsignor Eugene Clark
There’s a saying religious folks use to keep each other from getting too high and mighty. In fact, Jesus first said it to a group of townsfolk all hot to stone a woman accused of adultery. When Jesus said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone,” the mob backed off. It’s one of the many teachings of Jesus that right-wingers who call themselves Christian seem to frequently, and conveniently, forget.
This week’s Creep, and Division I Stone Casting Champ, is Monsignor Eugene Clark, former rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Clark has made a career out of flinging stones with one hand while, well, banging his secretary with the other (metaphorically of course). But hey, when you’re a Catholic Priest, you live by rules which can be summed up in layman’s terms using MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”
MC Hammer, incidentally, is now a preacher. But I digress…
Clark resigned from his post after it was revealed he was having an affair with his married secretary. Though Clark denies this, the woman’s husband caught the pair on video entering a motel together.
Of course, since the Catholic Church sees priests as infallible, all the video really proves is that technology is evil.
But according to Clark, so are gays. In fact, Clark has quite the anti-gay reputation. He blamed the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal on homosexuals and has accused Hollywood of being gay owned and operated to advance the “homosexual agenda.”
According to 365Gay.com, Clark told Catholic radio listeners in 1999 that gays are “the enemy of Christian marriage and Christian falling in love and all the tenderness that goes with that.”
In all seriousness, I ask gay readers, why did you make this man have an affair? Why must you continue to force straight men to have sex with married women? Will you not rest until all families are torn asunder? For shame, gays, for shame…
William Donohue, the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and one of the main players at Aug. 14’s right-wing court-bashing revival Justice Sunday II, was quoted in the New York Times as saying that Clark was innocent until proven guilty, but, “The next time somebody gets a lecture from a priest on the necessity of sexual restraint, their first reaction might be one of cynicism.”
Donohue’s ability to say that with a straight face would be Academy Award worthy, if, of course, Hollywood wasn’t run by queers.
In an Aug. 15 editorial on Newsday.com, Sheryl McCarthy wrote, “Clark was a grandstanding, judgmental, self-righteous man … preaching one thing and apparently doing another. When the Bullies of Morality are brought down by their own vices, they deserve whatever public flogging they get.”
Dignity USA, a group of gay and lesbian Catholics, is demanding an apology from Clark for using gays as scapegoats all these years.
In other words, gay Catholics are looking at Clark and proudly saying, “I know you are, but what am I?”