The Lepanto Institute has just released an explosive report on the Salesians, claiming that the religious order promotes the solitary sin in its missions.
The Solitary Sin: Gateway to all sordid sins. It is an obstacle to friendship, to communion, to relationship. It is the gateway to the abuse of women, esp. through porn, which dominates the “American lifestyle.” Itself a vice of effeminacy among men, it is the gateway to all unnatural vices.
Some renegade priests are claiming that the Solitary Sin is not sin, or at least not grave sin. False. It is the constant and universal teaching of the Church that the Solitary Sin is gravely evil. It is one of the “unmentionable” sins in the Scriptures.
It may be that the Solitary Sin underlies all sorts of cooperatively performed sexual sins. The Solitary Sin and pornography together.
In today’s confusion in morals, together with an idolatry of health, the Solitary Sin seems to be medicine’s prescribed remedy for restlessness. Not virtue but sin is the prescription. Sin that leads to more sin. For once the appetite is set on pleasure as its end – which is what happens in each and every act of the solitary sin – it craves more and more. Just as, once the appetite is set on justice, truth, and God’s Glory as its end – which is what happens when one repents of sin through the grace of God and an act of love towards God which implies love of neighbor – one is satisfied with nothing less than God.
Let us be clear: Everyone has a battle to fight, a war. Death and life are at stake. Our hearts are the field. What will we choose? The path of life, arduous to be sure, but sweet and full of an invigorating peace? Or the path of death, easy to be sure and ready to hand, but bitter and full of self-hatred, division within one’s house, being-lost-ness, self-outside-self-ness, anger, and enervating anxious remorse?
In the refrain of the great Advent Hymn: “Old man: Therefore, repent.”