Memoir - Peter Confeggi

Memoir of a Sodomite Cleric

9 February 2023

5.5 MINS

A troubling memoir reveals the degradation within the ranks of Australian Catholic clergy.

Late in 2022, a group of faithful Catholics gathered in a Sydney church to pray the rosary. Some were parishioners, others had come from afar; all were there for the single purpose of making reparation for the evil thing which was happening in a hall on the church grounds: a homosexual priest was promoting his book with the blessing of the local parish priest.

The parish is Sacred Heart Westmead, and the parish priest is Fr Walter Fogarty. Father Fogarty’s response to seeing Catholics acting the way they have always acted in times of crisis was to act the way enemies of the Church have always acted, by persecuting the innocent. He called the police to have the faithful removed from his church. The book launch continued and it is safe to say that Fr Fogarty knew he was in little danger of being reprimanded, since his parish is under the jurisdiction of Bishop Long — notorious for his protection of aberrant clergy and for his own promotion of the homosexual agenda.

Scandalous

The book in question is called Memoir of a Reluctant Cleric, and was written by Fr Peter Confeggi, a former Franciscan. Confeggi retired in 2019 and wrote his memoirs during the COVID lockdowns. The book had been officially launched earlier in Tasmania, Confeggi’s current home, and this was done from an Anglican church. Apparently, the Archbishop of Hobart had prohibited the launch from taking place on Catholic church property. The date of that launch was September 8th, a day full of meaning for faithful Catholics, but also for those who enjoy mocking the Faith.

With its lists of names of nuns and priests deemed to be approved by Peter Confeggi, it would make a helpful handbook for any Australian religious seeking to make contacts in the vice-ridden world of the Catholic homosexual network. Orthodox priests and prelates are singled out for extended analysis by Confeggi — a warning to fellow sodomites of parishes and dioceses to be avoided.

By far, the most scandalous theme throughout Confeggi’s Memoir is his promotion of aberrant sexual behaviour. He relates how, during a mid-life crisis, he “named and addressed his own sexuality,” [Memoir, p. 59] and goes on to explain how he has “found many gay and lesbian laity, religious and clergy in education, counselling and pastoral care who… have had to fly under the radar because of their sexual orientation and private lives…”

Confeggi attributes the inability of these people to out themselves as homosexual, not because of God’s objective prohibition on sexual sin, but rather due to the “ultra-right waiting to purge Catholic institutions in the name of freedom of religion.” [Memoir, p. 60.]

Memoir - Confeggi and Bp Long

Peter Confeggi looks on while Bishop Vincent Long reads from the Koran at Blacktown Mosque. [Memoir, p 71.]

However, as might be expected, Fr Confeggi’s crimes are not limited to his endorsement of homosexuality. He is a proponent of a religious indifferentism that extends to inviting Muslims to read the Koran inside the church prior to Midnight Mass [Memoir, p. 70] and organising parish tours of the local mosque. Confeggi is also a big supporter of women’s ordination, and mentions his friendship with a female Episcopalian “priest” whom he met while studying in Paris. [Memoir, p. 47]

Occult Undertones

The choice of cover for Confeggi’s book is an intriguing one: woven fabric of little artistic merit is shown in closeup, and the subtitle, “Weaving his world with the Word”, accompanies the main title. “The Word”, according to proponents of 19th-century esoteric religions, was a false Christ, whom they believed had the power to divinise human beings.

Confeggi’s use of the woven fabric could merely indicate the aesthetics of an elderly priest, yet it also supports the idea that there is an occult meaning hidden in the cover design. Handcrafts such as weaving are popular among Wiccans and Pagans, and are sometimes incorporated into their spells and rituals. Although it may be mere coincidence, Confeggi himself mentions his fondness of New Age practices such as the Enneagram, as well as an appreciation of Carl Jung.

The term “weaving” is repeated in Confeggi’s account of himself presiding over John Marsden’s funeral. Marsden, a notorious homosexual, had, as a seminarian, taught Confeggi to serve the Mass. Confeggi writes that planning for the funeral could have “formed the basis for a doctoral thesis,” [Memoir, p. 68] then goes on to use the curious language, “… the pages of funeral planning had to be brought to ritual.” [ibid.] Later, Confeggi adds that he  “… continued saying that John was far more than his sexual orientation and proceeded to weave the Word with some of John’s life experiences.” [ibid.] Confeggi’s comments are less like the terminology of a Catholic priest and more like the language of a New Age practitioner.

While the priest may have included some hints about the arcane, he omits some of the details of the funeral which are on the public record: that included in Marsden’s coffin were “… his rosary beads, a couple of bottles of whisky, a phial of amyl nitrate (the gay community’s drug of choice) and a marijuana joint.”

Rotten

Another character of interest found in Confeggi’s book is the late Fr Gerry Iverson. Fr Iverson and Confeggi were long-time friends and even holidayed together overseas. Fr Iverson features in a whistle-blower book by the ex-priest, Kevin Lee, who, before his tragic death in 2013, tried to expose predator priests. Lee had been a seminarian at Manly Seminary when Fr Iverson was rector, and the overt homosexuality he witnessed there — one area of the seminary was known as “the AIDS wing” — was one of the experiences which led him to write his book.

Throughout his book, Lee stressed that over and over, his attempts to convince church leadership not to tolerate sodomite seminarians and priests were unsuccessful. Lee was so devastated that he eventually gave up the priesthood for a woman. Lee relates that when he and two other seminarians confronted Fr Iverson over the rampant homosexuality they had witnessed, his response was,

“I don’t think the fact that a person is a homosexual, or has a homosexual orientation is a reason to exclude them from the priesthood …. In fact, I have many homosexual friends who are priests and they make excellent pastorally sensitive leaders in their communities.”

In Chapter 12 of the book, Lee related an incident in which an inebriated homosexual seminarian confided to him that he and Iverson were “very close” and that the seminarian “knew too much” to be ejected from the seminary.

Fr Iverson lived with Fr Confeggi during his final phase of Parkinson’s disease, dying at a  nearby Catholic nursing home. Confeggi relates that he “had the privilege of resting alongside him the night he died.” [Memoir, p. 77]

It is legitimate to ask how and why Peter Confeggi and priests of his ilk are, as self-identifying homosexuals, able to continue in public ministry. Their freedom to flout Church teaching with impunity stands in contrast to those conservative priests who are removed from their parishes and effectively “cancelled” for merely promoting Catholic orthodoxy.

The faithful who have raised objections to Fr Confeggi’s continued status as a priest in good standing have found that they don’t have anywhere to turn. Bishop Long appears intent on protecting these immoral priests. In May last year, members of the Parramatta Diocese submitted a request to Rome, asking for Bishop Long and his associates to be removed for their anti-Christian stance on homosexuality, as well as for their attempts at introducing a sexualised, anti-Catholic curriculum into Parramatta’s schools; for their bullying of devoted priests and for financial corruption.

Rome has given no reply, nor has any Australian bishop publicly commented on one of their confreres being censured by the faithful. It is difficult to attribute a charitable motive to this state of affairs. The other bishops can hardly be unaware of the levels of heterodoxy evident in the Parramatta diocese nor can they fail to know of the vast numbers of sodomite clergy within their ranks.

Holy Spirit Church Mt Druitt

Peter Confeggi was responsible for designing the “Risen Christ” sculpture and leadlight windows at Holy Spirit Church, Mt Druitt.

As autobiographies like Fr Confeggi’s Memoir show, dissident priests are quite open about their disdain for the true teaching of Christ. These priests are in great need of our prayers, as are our bishops, whose role it is to teach, govern and sanctify and who, it would seem, have abandoned that role.

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Originally published at Family Life International.

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6 Comments

  1. Warwick Marsh 9 February 2023 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Thank you Kathy for your truthful and brave article. The truth is painful but it needs to be told!!!!!!!!

  2. Kaylene Emery 9 February 2023 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    The abomination that we are all , now living is a consequence of our silence or our compliance, it is wilful ignorance even if it comes from a primal place of = I cant bare to know this !

    This apostasy has happened on our watch and as such it is the responsibility of the Church, the faithful and all who love Him and follow His word, to be silent no longer.

    he Australian Church’s and all who sail in her is guilty of abandoning our children, each other and Jesus Christ to homosexual predation .
    Our children have been and are being groomed. The very neurones in their brains are being changed via the sexualisation of their being.
    We have at least fifty years of knowing what we did not want to know – recorded in our own experience .
    There are more of us than there are of them and its time to withdraw our uniformed consent .

  3. Kaylene Emery 9 February 2023 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    ‘IN A TIME OF DECEIT, TELLING THE TRUTH IS A REVOLUTIONARY ACT.”
    GEORGE ORWELL
    FROM HIS NOVEL 1984
    I believe this quote is well worth repeating . And I forgot to say thank you to you Kathy…saying it now, and may God continue to bless you and those you love.
    See you in the trenches….the company is amazing .

  4. RITA McCORMICK 22 November 2023 at 9:21 am - Reply

    WHAT AN INCREDIBLE PIECE OF EVIL AND VICIOUSNESS! HOW DARE YOU JUDGE ANOTHER HUMAN IN SUCH A WAY. ONLY CHRIST HAS THAT RIGHT. ONLY HE, AS GOD, CAN SEE INTO THE RECESSES OF OUR HEARTS. I WOULD JUDGE YOU HAVE NEVER MET FATHER OR EXPLORED HIS WORK WITH HIS FLOCKS. I KNEW HIM FOR MANY YEARS. HIS GENTLE AND COMPASSIONIST TREATMENT WITH ME BROUGHT ME BACK TO A TRULY FORGIVING GOD. HE SAVED MY SOUL. THERE ARE MANY OTHERS WHO ARE GRATEFUL FOR HIS KNOWLEDGE OF HUMANITY AND HAVE REAPED THE BENEFITS.
    I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU OF OUR WONDERFUL LORD’S LOVE OF SINNERS AND HIS CLOSE CONNECTION WITH THEM IN THE GOSPELS. HE DESPISED THE SELF-RIGHTIOUS OF THE TEMPLE. THE WORD ‘HYPOCRITES’ IS REPEATED MANY TIMES.THEY CONSIDERED THEMSELVES SUPERIOR TO OTHERS IN THEIR INTERPRETATION OF GOD’S TEACHINGS.
    IN YOUR ARTICLE YOU HAVE TAKEN WORDS AND ACTIONS AND TWISTED THEM TO SUIT YOUR AGENDA OFTEN THEY ARE ONLY BASED ON SUPPOSITIONS WITHOUT PROOF. THIS IS COMPLETELY DISHONEST AND IS BEING USED TO BUILD HATE TOWARDS THE SUBJECT. YOU,TOO, WILL HAVE TO FACE DIVINE JUDGEMENT ON WHAT HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT A BELOVED PRIEST WHO SPENT HIS LIFE WORKING FOR HIS GOD.
    I ALSO ABHOR YOUR WRITINGS ABOUT THE BISHOP AND THE CHURCH IN PARAMATTA. THE DIOCESE EXPRESSES THE HUMANITARIUM FACE OF CHRIST. IT ENVELOPES THE LOVE OF CHRIST FOR HIS PEOPLE. YOUR FORM OF BELIEF ONLY DETERS PEOPLES’ FAITH. .’LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF’? I DON’T THINK SO.

    PLEASE EXCUSE CAPITALS- I AM NEARLY BLIND

  5. RITA McCORMICK 22 November 2023 at 9:49 am - Reply

    WHERE IS MY COMMENT? DO YOU ONLY PRINT THINGS THAT ARE IN ACCORD WITH YOUR VIEWS?
    ARE YOU SO UNCERTAIN OF YOUR VIEWS YOU CANNOT ALLOW QUESTIONNING?

    • Jean Seah 23 November 2023 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      Dear Rita,

      Comments from new readers are not approved automatically, but go through the spam filter and a vetting process which may take some hours or days depending on my schedule. I am currently travelling overseas.

      We encourage you to post your comments on where the article was originally first published at Family Life International [https://www.fli.org.au/memoir-of-a-sodomite-cleric/]. Kathy Clubb is far more likely to read your comments at that site than ours.

      Our site is a Christian News Site and we believe in the Holy Scriptures as our foundation. We do not favour one church above another, but seek to include the varying different viewpoints of the different churches that hold to the Holy Scriptures.

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