Liberals who blame celibacy for the Catholic Church’s pedophilia scandals are missing the real cause: seminaries that actively encourage homosexuality, moral laxity, and theological dissent all in the name of post-Vatican II “renewal.” In Goodbye, Good Men, Michael S. Rose demonstrates that such seminaries are by no means rare. All over the country, gay priests and liberal nuns energetically recruit for the priesthood gay men and others of questionable moral character – while turning away heterosexual orthodox men.

Rose fearlessly names names to tell the whole shocking story and the “Pink Palaces” of gay debauchery that many seminaries have become is just the beginning! Rose introduces you to the lesbian witch who attended classes with Catholic seminarians – in deference to whom the faculty carefully avoided mentioning the Church’s teachings on sexual morality; the seminarian who was scolded for owning a cassock and refusing to read Playboy; and the seminary administrators and novice masters who took no action against gay sexual harassment of non-gay seminarians.

Each more appalling than the last, the stories document much more than just a few isolated cases of laxity: they betray a deeply rooted agenda by gays and dissenters to do nothing less than take over the Church. To do so, they’ve created the Church’s “priest shortage” by running serious Catholics out of the seminaries – leaving only deviants.

Nor is this problem restricted to Catholics! The assault on Christian orthodoxy and masculine authority – as well as the aggressive promotion of the gay agenda – that Rose documents in this book are proceeding apace in Protestant denominations too. That makes Goodbye, Good Men essential reading not only for Catholics who want to save their Church, but for everyone who wants to defend Christianity from assault by those who would subvert its message from within. A few of the appalling facts that Michael Rose reveals:

  • Seminarians and professors who have actually been threatened with physical violence if they did not accept the gay agenda and openly, actively gay seminarians
  • “Troublemakers”: the facts about how seminarians have been dismissed from seminaries for accepting the Church’s teachings on sexual morality
  • Catholic seminary professors who systematically taught that Catholic doctrines were false – and penalized those who defended them
  • The seminary where students wore pink silk and paraded around like the cast of La Cage Aux Folles
  • Weekend entertainment: the seminary where students were driven to a nearby large city every Friday night so that they could cruise the gay bars
  • The seminarian who was told to attend a psychiatric course because he openly resisted gay intimidation and efforts to have homosexuality accepted at his seminary
  • Academic standards: the seminarian who was told, “If you can’t say with certainty that masturbation is a positive good, then you are not suitable for ordination to the Catholic priesthood”
  • The seminary that tried to convince one student’s parents that he needed psychiatric help – because he worked in Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign!
  • The seminarian who garnered excellent evaluations from his professors for being “tolerant, flexible, and liberal-minded” – right up until the day he was arrested for corrupting the morals of a minor

“Anyone, Catholic or non-Catholic, who wants to understand the causes of the current scandals in the Church couldn’t find a better explanation than that contained within the pages of Goodbye, Good Men.” — Phil Brennan,

“American Catholics have been left reeling by recent clergy sex scandals, and have wondered how things could have gotten so bad. Goodbye, Good Men has the shocking answers. Rose presents evidence that the destruction of the Catholicism in America has primarily been an inside job carried out by unchaste gay priests, feminist nuns and theological dissenters in control of the institutional Church — and he names names. Goodbye, Good Men could not have come at a better time for the American Church which is in desperate need of authentic reform. At last, someone has written the blockbuster book orthodox Catholics have been hoping and praying for.” — Rod Dreher, National Review

Goodbye, Good Men investigates the training of priests over the past decades and shows how a shortage has been artificially created by keeping good candidates our and admitting effete and unorthodox ones. The scandals of homosexual priests and bishops now testing the faith and loyalty of American Catholics have their origin in the situation Rose describes in the this book. I would recommend it to all bishops, but any bishop unaware of what Rose has written is guilty of culpable ignorance.” — Ralph McInerny, Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, and author of What Went Wrong with Vatican II

“Michael S. Rose has put his finger on the dark secret behind the vocations crisis: it is ‘artificial and contrived.'” — E. Michael Jones, Ph.D., author, Libido Dominandi

“This book holds the key to a phenomenon which, to many, is also an enigma: Why are so many seminaries empty?.” — Alice von Hildebrand, Ph.D., author, Soul of a Lion

“This book is not to be missed by anyone who cares about the Catholic faith.” — Donna Steichen, author, Ungodly Rage: The Hidden Face of Catholic Feminism

“For those of us who were in seminaries in the 1970s and the 1980s, this book has a sure and certain ring of truth to it. Anyone who is appalled by the current scandals in the priesthood, anyone who has been saddened for years by the visible weakening of the vigor of the Catholic Church in our country, will find in Michael S. Rose’s careful prose an important part of the answer to the question, ‘How can these things be?’ The tale Rose tells in his book is unbelievable — but it is true.” — Reverend Joseph F. Wilson, Diocese of Brooklyn

“Few books in the past thirty years have shed more light on the continuing crisis in the Catholic Church.” — James Hitchcock, Professor of History, St. Louis University

The “lavender Mafia” in action
Excerpts from Goodbye, Good Men

Seminarians who accept the Church’s teaching on sexual morality have not only been dismissed from seminary as “troublemakers,” they have also been threatened by classmates and faculty, especially in religious houses, that if they did not submit to homosexuality — to espouse and defend homosexual acts, if not take part in them — their priestly careers would be in jeopardy.

In his mid-thirties, James Thesiger attended a Midwestern seminary. From the time he first arrived there he found that his orthodox views of the Church were not wanted. He was even accused many times of leading the younger seminarians away from what the formation staff was trying to instill in them.

During the second year of his seminary studies, he was visited late one night by three of these younger seminarians, who looked up to Thesiger as somewhat of an older brother and role model. Taken off guard, Thesiger was frightened by what they had to relate. “They began to describe how the College Director had been forcing them into sexual situations and how they had begun to wish they were dead,” he recalled.

Having a background of social work, Thesiger erred on the side of the seminarians and spoke to them as any counselor would, he said, about empowerment of rape victims. “My main instruction to them was they had a right to say, ‘no.'” He also advised that none of them inform the director that they had spoken to him about the sexual abuse because it would mean “vocational death” to them all.

Eventually, however, one of the young seminarians let the information slip. “From that time on, my life became a living hell at the seminary,” he recalled. Thesiger soon asked his diocese if he could transfer to another seminary. At first they seemed happy enough to accommodate. However, when Thesiger received his final evaluation it was “terrible.”

“I had always received glowing evaluations in my prior reports,” he explained. Thesiger figured that since the College Director knew of Thesiger’s knowledge of his sexual abuse of several seminarians, he had decided to sabotage Thesiger’s vocation. The “vocational death” he had predicted some months before came to pass, at least for him. Once his diocese reviewed the seminary’s evaluation of Thesiger, written by the College Director, they decided they could no longer endorse him as a seminarian. “I received a two-paragraph letter stating this decision,” he lamented.

Although Thesiger still feels called to the priesthood, now when he begins to think about applying to another diocese he gets “panic attacks,” wondering if he’ll have to endure all this again.

The psychological evaluation that is mandatory for each seminarian is equally remarkable. A psychologist, who may not be Catholic or even Christian, probes the sexual and emotional history of a young man, often getting into a line of questioning that seems a tad perverted from the average man’s perspective. (Anything goes, it seems, when psychology is involved.)  It is not uncommon for the psychologist to inquire about the applicant’s beliefs on issues of homosexuality. Whereas one might understand this line of questioning if it is undertaken with an eye to root out those inclined to homosexuality or those who are involved in the “gay lifestyle,” the intent is more often a search to discover if the applicant is able to accept the practice of homosexuality in today’s society or, more to the point, in his study and work environment. If the psychologist isn’t looking for an approbation of immoral acts, he at least would like to discover that the applicant is “open-minded” in this regard.

And what if he’s not? The orthodox applicant may well state Church teaching on homosexuality — e.g., “love the sinner, hate the sin,” or “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered and contrary to the natural law.”  But when he does, the psychologist is liable to report that the applicant has an “unhealthy sexuality,” is “sexually immature,” or has ‘sexual hang-ups.” The applicant who is “openminded,” on the other hand, is deemed healthy and mature with an “integrated sexuality.”