At the height of the sex abuse scandal in August 2018, Bishop Morlino issued the most stinging rebuke of homosexuality in the priesthood up to that point. Morlino frankly admitted that “It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord.” His Excellency called on the Church to have a “hatred of wickedness” and to root out sin everywhere in the Church.