From a reader:
Christ has given me the heavy cross of same sex attractions to carry (I’m 26). Today I confessed matter regarding same sex activity and I was [get this] told by the Priest that I should get a Boyfriend and settle down with him, [Total fail.] he told me he knows of homosexual couples active in the church and that they receive communion, times have changed and attitudes towards homosexuals have as well. The Priest was in his late seventies. [And he had better get worried about standing befor God and receiving a horrible judgment for his failure to teach the truth and for confusing the faithful.]
So I have another Priest who I wont go to confession to due to his lack of orthodoxy. I have informed the Archbishop … of being told similar advice in the past and he doesn’t want to know the name of the Priest, although he did apologise to me for it.
Who is the proper authority in the Church that I should write to, to inform them of this kind of nonsense?
I now know why the scandal in Ireland took place.
The problem with writing to the Holy See about something like this is that it is a matter of the internal forum, that is, the priest cannot talk about it since it is a matter of the confessional and therefore under the Seal.
When you write to a dicastery of the Holy See, you really need to present something concrete they can work with. Best are actual church bulletins, photos, written documents, recordings of talks, sermons, etc.
You took steps to inform the local Archbishop. That was the best thing to do. At this point there isn’t much else unless you start hearing from other people similar problems about what he is saying in the confessional.
The office of the Holy See that would deal with this sort of thing would have to be the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. If there were any aspect of the case that would require the aid of another Congregation, they would take care of that.
Again, just saying to them that you heard this in confession isn’t going to help much. Even if they did contact the bishop or priest, the priest is bound by the Seal and could very rightly refuse to speak about the situation one way or another.
In the mean time, I apologize for that jackass move of his and pray that you will not be discouraged both in your personal spiritual warfare and suffering.