Skip to comments.[Cath Cauc] Chicago cathedral hosts gay ‘meet-up’ group led by ‘gay’ priest-masseur
Posted on 10/13/2018 8:21:38 AM PDT by ebb tide
CHICAGO, October 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) A Chicago priest who advertises on the internet as a gay masseur who does man to man bodywork says he has permission to host an openly homosexual group at his Catholic priory.
Openly homosexual Fr. Michael Guimon is a member of the Friars Servants of Mary or Servites and head of the priory at Our Lady of Sorrows National Basilica. Hes also the Servites formation director and senior care minister, with specialties of spiritual companion and massage therapist.
Profile pic of Fr. Michael Guimon at Chicago Meetup website for Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer and Questioning Men." Meetup.com
Fr. Guimon hosts the homosexual monthly meetup Rainbow Warriors in Our Lady of Sorrows monastery, evidently with his order's blessing.
And he appears to be thriving on Chicagos online homosexual meetup scene.
Fr. Guimon is listed on the Gay Body Workers website as a professional masseur who does Man to Man Body Work, and is signed up as both member and organizer Michael G. on the Mankind Pride of Chicago Meetup website for Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer and Questioning Men.
Moreover, Guimons profiles on the site (here and here) list the many homosexual meetups hes involved with, although after LifeSiteNews contacted him, one of these has been set to private.
Screen shot of Fr. Michael Guimon's profile page at gaybodyworkers.ning.com.
The meetups include: Men Cuddling Men (Chicago), The Body Electric School Chicago, CANS Chicago Area Naturists Sons, Chicago Social Activities for Gay Guys 40+, Gay Guys Do! a gay mens group to get out & do good, North Side Gay Game Night, Gay Chicago Singles Event, Nude Yoga Chicago, Chicago Gays Unite, MORE for Gay Men.
Cupichs double standard on homosexuality
Fr. Guimon lives in the same archdiocese as Fr. Paul Kalchik, who was recently removed from his parish after he privately burned a rainbow-and-cross banner against the wishes of Chicago archbishop Cardinal Blase Cupich.
Fr. Kalchik, who maintains that a previous pastor of his parish died in the rectory attached to a sex-machine, remains in hiding after being threatened with commitment to a psychiatric hospital for defying Cupich and destroying the rainbow banner that once hung behind the altar as an act of exorcism.
Indeed, the treatment of the two priests brings into sharp relief a double standard in Chicago under Cupichs leadership.
Known for his LGBT sympathies, Cupichs group at the current youth synod is the only one to call for recognition of other types of families. Cupich also said at the 2015 synod on the family that homosexual persons can decide for themselves if they can receive Holy Communion, a position he reiterated to ABC News.
LifeSiteNews contacted the Archdiocese of Chicago to ask if it endorsed Fr. Guimons activities. Communications director Anne Maselli responded by email that she would get back, but she had not by deadline.
LifeSiteNews also made multiple attempts by phone and email to contact Servite provincial superior Fr. John Fontana to verify if the Servites endorsed Fr. Guimons activities, but did not hear back by deadline.
LifeSiteNews also called Fr. Chris Krymski, pastor of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, but did not hear back by deadline.
After LifeSiteNews contacted the archdiocese and the order, the Rainbow Warrior Facebook page disappeared, and the ManKindPride meetup site listing Our Lady of Sorrows as the groups meeting site now lists it as meeting elsewhere.
Rainbow Warriors is the homosexual offshoot of the ManKind Project, which seeks to redefine what masculinity is in todays world, Guimon told LifeSiteNews in a telephone interview.
The monthly meeting is a place where men are not afraid of being judged, afraid of being told youre no good, youre worthless, youre a disorder, and where the main topic is how we have to put up with the shame that society puts on us as gay men, he said.
But according to the now-scrubbed Rainbow Warrior Facebook page, where Guimons name and phone number appeared, the men discuss much more.
They talk about how to meet other GBTQQ men for friendship and romantic relationships, to navigating the difficulties of using social media and apps such as Grindr, where men often post false pictures or simply want to have casual sex rather than more intimate relationships.
Or they discuss dealing with loneliness, managing their use of pornography, developing spirituality outside of traditional religious institutions, and uncovering the gifts they can offer the broader culture.
Thats also the description on the MKP meetup page of the group hosted by Michael G.
Guimon disclaimed knowledge of the Facebook page, but seemed to suggest no topic should be out-of-bounds.
Did you ever hear confessions? No Catholic group ever talks about pornography? No Catholic group every talks about, you know, whatever else you were talking about, he told LifeSiteNews.
Were talking, were discussing. I mean, you cant talk about any of this stuff, only in confession? added Fr. Guimon.
However, Rainbow Warriors is not a Catholic group, he conceded, nor is it like Courage, which supports same-sex attracted persons to live chastely.
Well, thats another opinion, Guimon said cryptically when LifeSiteNews mentioned Courage.
I mean, if youre gay, and you want to get married, how do you live a chaste life?
Guimon stopped short of saying he supports homosexual marriage, but said the whole issue of being gay in todays church is an ongoing conversation in the Church today.
Your scope is very narrow, he added. A lot of Catholic theologians, a lot of Catholic people are really weary of Courage, because we know that you cannot change orientation.
He dismissed the idea anyone would be taken aback that such a group meets in a Catholic priory.
Oh, come on, come on. Is it really shocking to you? Guimon said.
As for his membership in homosexual, as well as gay nudist meetups where, he says, many of the men are married thats more of a pastoral thing, said Guimon.
What I have discovered, its an opportunity for gay men to be able to talk to a priest about these issues, he told LifeSiteNews. I am able to listen to their questions, and be able to share information with them.
Moreover, I have many gifts as a gay man that society needs today, said Guimon, an admitted fan of pro-LGBT Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin, who he sees as trying to help people live life instead of condemning them.
Thats what Pope Francis is trying to do, he added.
Guimon -- who asked LifeSiteNews not to use homosexual, use gay, noted that gay people are very collaborative, gay people can help heterosexual men learn how to relate with women gay men are very spiritual.
He also insisted hes been a good priest for the last 50 years.
Is there a problem with priests that are gay or straight, as long as were celibate? Guimon asked.
Ive been provincial, Ive been many things, Ive been a pastor, Ive been a hospital administrator, Ive worked with dying people. Have you worked with dying people? Do you know what it is like to have cancer? Do you what its like to have lost somebody? he added.
I know what the Church teaches on homosexuality, responded LifeSiteNews.
I dont care about the Church teaching at the moment, Im asking you some very important questions, Guimon countered.
Theyre very personal, theyre very fundamental, theyre very human and very Catholic, Christian questions Youre stuck on sexuality, dear, you are really stuck, you are focused on, life is more than that, and Im a priest and I minister to people, I dont minister to things.
The homosexual priest was intimately connected with the case of former Servite priest Michael Bland, whose 2002 testimony to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops of his sexual abuse by a Servite was instrumental in bishops adopting the Dallas Charter to protect minors.
Guimon who said he came out at age 60 was also adamant his homosexuality did not affect his judgment in Bland's case.
Ordained a Servite in 1987, Bland alleged in 1994 that then-Servite superior Fr. John Huels sexually molested him as a 15-year-old in New Jersey.
Guimon, who was second-in-command to Huels and completing a four-year assignment in Rome at the time, heard Blands complaint.
Michael called me, Guimon told LifeSiteNews. I invited him to Rome I facilitated the whole thing with Michael and John.
Guimon told Huels -- who admitted to the abuse -- that he had to go to treatment, he had to resign. Guimon was elected provincial in his stead and facilitated the whole thing until it was finished.
As well as resigning, Huels was barred from working with minors, but did not leave the priesthood or the order. Rather, in 1997, he began teaching canon law at Saint Pauls University in Ottawa.
When Fr. Huels name and place of employment became public in 2002 because of Blands testimony, he took a leave from Saint Pauls, where he was vice dean of canon law, citing severe depression.
He also left the Servites and sought laicization from the priesthood.
However, he returned to Saint Pauls as a layman in 2005 to teach canon law, a position he kept until September, when Bland wrote Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa.
In the wake of the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church, Prendergast acted swiftly, writing to Bland within four days that Huels had been removed from his post, National Catholic Reporter reported.
I can assure you that we are striving to do justice for those who have been harmed by abuse and to bring about healing, Prendergast wrote to Bland. Be assured of my prayers for you and all who have been victimized by clergy.
Bland has consistently maintained the Servites asked him to reconcile with Huels, but he refused to do so, and left the order and the priesthood in 1996.
When Guimon dealt with Blands accusation 24 years ago, reconciliation was in my conversation with Michael, yes, but you cant reconcile with youre in so much pain, he told LifeSiteNews.
I mean, that would be the goal eventually in life, to come to an understanding that what happened was not correct, was not the thing to do, its horrendous, okay? he said.
I would hope reconciliation would take place. Thats the message of the Gospel, to bring people together again, no matter what has happened.
For respectful communications:
Cardinal Blase Cupich
Archdiocese of Chicago
835 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL USA 60611-2030
Fr. John Fontana
Servite Provincial Center
Our Lady of Sorrows Monastery
3121 W Jackson Blvd,
Chicago, IL 60612, USA
Servite general superior
Fr. Souriraj (Souri) M. Arulananda Samy
Casa generalizia OSM,
Piazza San Marcello 5
00187 Rome RM, Italy
Ive worked with dying people. Have you worked with dying people? Do you know what it is like to have cancer? Do you what its like to have lost somebody?
Yes, yes, yes. Never felt it gave me permission to commit grave sin.
OK, so catholic church officials are promoting gayness, in spite of the church’s official position that gay is not right.
However, the pope said to a gay man “God made you that way” and he has never condemned the gay cardinal sex orgy that took place in the Vatican.
So the official catholic church is no better than the episcopals and all the others that openly have gay clergy.
It’s hypocritical to practice gay crap and maintain that church doctrine forbids it.
Cupich has to go, but he’s probably safe with Francis. Funny how in a world in which a Tweet can get someone fired instantly, the Catholic Church’s system of justice seems to move along at a glacial pace.
As a former Episcopalian and current Catholic, I can tell you that the difference is huge, and the reason is exactly what you say is "hypocritical", but which is, in fact, the key distinguishing characteristic.
Catholic doctrine says "gay crap" is sinful and disordered. Episcopalian doctrine accepts "gay crap" as legitimate and acceptable. The fact that a small minority of Catholics openly ignore the doctrine and advocate sinful and disordered activities is not even remotely comparable to a church that accepts such activities as legitimate.
Cardinal Blase Cupich should turn Fr. Michael Guimon into Mr. Michael Guimon. That is what should be done with people like him doing something wrong. Until the Pope and the Cardinals get some guts and boot the queer priests out of the priesthood, this nonsense will continue.
SICK!! SERVITES sounds like PERVERTS!!! WHY the HELL isn’t he DE-FROCKED???? SAME WITH CUPICH!!!
Is it truly a “small minority”?
I haven't seen anything to indicate otherwise.
Please add me to the ping list.
Not small. Just look at a list of Cardinals. And they are the cream of the crop. The pope himself seems to refrain from appointing anyone who is normal.
The priesthood may be permanently ruined. Virtually all in it or joining are losers, that is gay — or straight but mediocre, socially inept, not too bright. The priesthood is the haven, the hiding place, for gays (and incompetent straights) to form their own inner sanctum safe from demands of “real” life.
Of course stellar priests are here and there. We have some good priests. But not in numbers and “organized” like lavender mafia.
Prayers up for Holy Mother Church.
And I just learned that the priest that converted me 20 years ago is now being accused of inappropriate behavior with a minor.
What a shock! Hope somehow it’s a mistake, or if not, hang ‘em high.
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