Salt for their Wounds
St. Luke Institute & Fr. Rosetti
One of the problems with the bishops is the
"experts" on whom they rely. This month in the Diocese of Arlington,
Bishop Paul Loverde is bringing in Fr. Steve Rosetti, head of the St.
Luke Institute, to conduct a MANDATORY workshop for priests. While the
article below was written in 1997 there
is little indication that things at St. Luke have changed. Recently a
priest (who was sent to St. Luke for evaluation) told me about another
test they do which involves stretching all the orifices of the body. I
will not be any more explicit than that. No sensible Catholic needs any
more description to call it an abomination.
But consider also this excerpt from a 2002 article in the Baltimore Sun.
"When priests arrive at St. Luke, their initial evaluations include
a battery of psychological, personality and intelligence tests. They also
typically undergo CAT scans of the brain and are attached to a device
designed to measure arousal in men when they are shown pornographic photographs.
"That device, called a penile plethysmograph, is one of the most
controversial parts of St. Luke's approach, and some priests subjected
to it call the experience humiliating.
"Dr. Fred S. Berlin, founder of the Baltimore-based National Institute
for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma, said the arousal
measurements, as well as sometimes confrontational counseling sessions,
are important components of the program.
"'The idea is not for these guys in treatment to be comfortable,'
said Berlin, who worked with St. Luke as it began its sexual offender
program in the early 1980s."
Fred Berlin is a proponent of Kinsey's discredited sexual theories and
another "expert" upon whom the bishops have relied. With the
exception of a few orthodox bishops and dioceses, these are the kinds
of psychologists who have the ears of our shepherds --- which is one reason
that Dr. Judith Reisman has suggested the bishops sue their advisors for
We urge Arlington Catholics to protest to Bishop Loverde about his plan
to expose our clergy to Fr. Steve Rosetti and the homosexual propaganda
of St. Luke Institute. They are the likely source of the ridiculous statement
made recently by our Victim Assistance Coordinator that the sex abuse
scandal wasn't about homosexuality, that the abusers weren't homosexual
and that "children are safer with homosexuals than heterosexuals."
I heard that same nonsense spouted by former St. Luke head Fr. Canice
Connors when I attended the child abuse seminar back in the 80s. He was
introduced by Fr. Rippy and proceeded to tell the hundreds of us gathered
in O'Connell High School's Theatre that heterosexuals, not homosexuals,
were abusers. I knew at the time he was presenting a false picture --
that the NUMBER of heterosexual abuse cases was greater, but that homosexuals
commit a much higher PERCENTAGE of the crimes. In fact, homosexuals commit
about 37% of sexual abuse cases while representing only about 2% of the
population. So clearly, they are a much greater threat to children. But
those meetings offered no opportunity for questions or challenge. You
can contact Bishop Loverde at 200 N. Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22203, Phone
(703) 841-2516, FAX (703) 524-5028. If you do and get a response please
forward it to me.
Mary Ann Kreitzer
Salt for Their Wounds, by
Leslie Payne Too many troubled Catholic priests are being assigned
to "treatment centers" where unlicensed psychologists encourage
them to flout Church teaching. Worse, they are denied an opportunity for
genuine help with their emotional problems.