Read our new blog: Pope Francis the CON Christ. Pretender & Impostor of Jesus. Merlin hoax CANNOT CLONE JESUS or dogs http://pope-francis-con-christ.blogspot.ca/
Our latest related article about New Jersey "Bling" Bishop Myers http://pope-francis-con-christ.blogspot.ca/2014/02/new-jersey-bling-bishop-myers-wants-100.html
Christ is like oxygen - free, available and equal to all
Christ is not caged in pure gold tabernacles or in the 150 Million dollars diamond studded chapel of Mother Angelica of EWTN, read more
Diamond Bride Mother Angelica
Ex-Jesuit Gov.Jerry Brown vetoes SB131,invokes Roman law, perpetuates cover-up of 20th Century JP2 Army who stabs the heart of Jesus’ mother
OC Diocese buys Crystal Cathedral as flesh-factory of Christ... for wealthy God-flesh-eating Catholics
Eve and Benedict XVI blame the Devil. Analysis of Pope’s homily in Year for Priests -sorcerers of Christ’s flesh and blood
The Catholic Church is not the world’s moral authority. The Vatican Titanic is sunken deep in the ocean of moral bankruptcy
Abolish Vatican Concordat in Dominican Republic and bring pimping Vatican Ambassador - pedophile Papal Nuncio to secular justice (not religious Vatican pseudo-justice)
Germany“Bling” Bishop’s 42 million Euros palace renovations…15 thousand Euros bathtub? Vatican Holy Shit!
WTC & 9/11 attacks - 3,000 victims - 19 Muslims - Osama bin Laden
JP2 Army – 100,000 victims - 6,100 pedophile priests (Los Angeles, Boston, etc)- John Paul II & Benedict XVI & Opus Dei, the new Vatican Trinity
Amnesty International Report Vatican “Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment” on tens of thousands of children sexually abused by priests in Ireland http://popecrimes.blogspot.com/2011/09/amnesty-international-report-vatican.html
The black belt means she is pregnant
READ more here about the pregnancy of Our Lady http://stella0maris.blogspot.ca/2010/01/magisterium-benedict-versus-holy-mary.html
BLACK MAGIC OF EUCHARIST
1-MINUTE black magic of the cloning of Christ by sinful Vatican pope and priests
See Benedict XVI to beatify John Paul II is “brought to nothing” by St. Paul http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2009/11/benedict-xvi-to-beatify-john-paul-ii-is.html
Sacrament of Confession protects criminals and persecutes their victims http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2012/11/sacrament-of-confession-protects.html
Vatican bank Bishop∕accountant caught money laundering €20M and it surpasses the Da Vinci Code intrigue. Vatican greedy Mammon never sleeps and never stops http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2013/06/vatican-greedy-mammon-vatican-banks.html
The Vatican and Rome are no longer synonymous.
The Vatican Catholics, not Roman Catholics.
The Vatican and Rome are no longer synonymous.
The Pope has no authority in Rome.
The Pope is not Roman. Catholics are not Roman.
The Pope has no power in Rome.
The Vatican is not part of Rome.
The Pope is not a citizen of Rome.
The allegiance of Catholics is to the Pope and the Vatican or the Magisterium… The allegiance of Catholics is NOT to Rome; therefore, it is fallacious to call them “Roman Catholics”.
Vatican Last Tsar Benedict XVI and Pope Francis has no papal authority over Rome; therefore, Catholics are not Roman.
The Vatican must start paying taxes for its staggering business properties in Rome starting in 2013. To keep calling them as “Roman Catholics” is to keep feeding the voracious Vatican Mammon, read here http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2011/03/vatican-billions-holy-mass-tourism-for.html. .
The Pope and the Vatican have no political authority and no influence in Rome or in Italian Parliament.
The false (old) statement is, Catholics are “Roman Catholics” of the “Roman Catholic Church”.
The true (new) statement is, Catholics are “Vatican Catholics” of the “Vatican Catholic Church”.But the Vatican cling-on to Rome and use its Roman Coliseum to latch-on to the fame of the gladiators and the Hail Caesars as the Pope copy-cat the powers of Caesars which Forbes described Benedict XVI as the 5th Most Powerful Person in the world, read here Forbes delusion of Vatican Last Tsar Benedict XVI powers http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2012/12/forbes-delusion-of-vatican-last-tsar.html.
The narcissism and grandiosity of John Paul II, Cardinal Bernard Law, Benedict XVI, and Bishop Roger Vangheluwe are nauseating and despicable http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2011/04/narcissism-and-grandiosity-of-john-paul.html
John Allen will come out as foremost Vatican Pied Piper at his best list of possible pope candidates, read more about him here John L. Allen Jr. Pied Piper of John Paul II deceives Catholics with his essay Fast-Track Saint in Newsweek -- with Vatican lunacy & Satanic timeline http://jp2army.blogspot.com/2011/05/john-lallen-jrthe-pied-piper-of-john.html
and here John L. Allen Jr the Devil's twin the 21st century deceiving Catholics and the world
We do not pray the robotic Rosary or the Divine Mercy.Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe inspires us that she cannot stand these Catholic robotic prayers that remind Her so much of John Paul II who spent years on the fabrication of the new Luminous Mysteries but at the same time he covered-up 27 years of heinous crimes of his JP2 Army – John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army – the largest numbers who are in California.
The 5 new Mysteries of Light written by John Paul II proved the “JP2 Mysteries of Darkness” during his 27 years papacy wherein he said nothing and did nothing to protect children and to stop thousands of pedophile priests.John Paul II is the most traveled pope but it was all for his narcissistic self glory as John Paul II “the Great” and now we are seeing that the JP2 Army tsunami really infested the whole world as far as Australia. And now the Polish Papal Nuncio in the Dominican Republic was quietly sacked after families discover he has been pimping young prebucent boys, see news below.
Read our related article, Rosary could not defeat JP2 Army John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army in the 20th Century ... unlike the Battle of Lepanto in the 16th Century
Christ like oxygen is free, available and equal to all – reference Quebec Charter of Values http://filipina-nannies-caregivers.blogspot.ca/2013/05/why-filipinos-support-quebec-charter-of.html
Jesus is greater than religion
Jesus > Religion
Crossroads Christian Communications
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 - Program #hunt-9489
Jeff Anderson and Associates
JEFFREY R. ANDERSON
It’s Halloween and you should be scared in Minnesota. There are dozens of credibly accused clerical offenders of children whose names are only known to the Catholic bishops and kept secret. You don’t know who they are, and you don’t know where they are. What we do know is that they could harm our children and that the hierarchs in Minnesota from Duluth to St. Cloud to New Ulm, to Winona and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis know and have already determined the clerical offenders to be “credibly accused” of abuse of minors. But with only the desire to protect themselves, the Catholic hierarchs in Minnesota continue to worry more about their reputation than the well-being of the children. I wish we could say this was just a Halloween hazard, but this is a hazard that has been ongoing for a long time and will continue until these names are disclosed and made known to the communities in which these people are living and working. Our firm is working vigorously with survivors to force the disclosure of these names and of these lists across the state. Until they do, there is every reason to be scared on Halloween and on every day until there is a full and open disclosure.
Former Promoter of Justice for Congregation of the Faith Addresses Canon Law Society about Abuse Situation: For Whom Is Canon Law Designed?UNITED STATES
William D. Lindsey
In my previous posting, I referred to a report Fr. Thomas Reese has published at National Catholic Reporter regarding Bishop Charles Scicluna's recent address to the Canon Law Society of America. Scicluna was previously the Promoter of Justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican. In that capacity, he was, as Reese notes, roughly the equivalent of the Vatican's "chief prosecutor" for cases of clerical abuse in the Catholic church.
As I read what Scicluna has to say about how canon law addresses abuse cases, I'm struck by the following:
1. The emphasis of Scicluna's reading of canon law (and this reflects the emphasis of canon law itself) is far and away skewed in the direction of protecting the rights and serving the needs of clerics--while the rights and needs of lay Catholics, and notably of lay Catholics abused by clerics, are only distantly addressed by canon law.
2. Scicluna notes that canon law envisages three ends in any process considering the guilt of a cleric: these are "reparation of scandal, restitution of justice and the conversion of the accused." Only the second of these ends can in any way be said to address the needs of those abused by priests, and it does so only in a glancing way.
3. What's very clear in Scicluna's presentation is that canon law itself sees the primary problems in an abuse case as tamping down all reports that can lead to scandal and as "converting" the priest himself. Canon law has almost no room at all for considering the needs of lay Catholics who have been sexually abused by a priest, or for addressing the hurts and mending the injuries done to those who have been abused.
Middle Ages Vatican condemns New Age American Nuns: The Celestine Prophecy come true! Sisters in Crisis book mocks LCWR Sisters in ChristUNITED STATES
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils...
Below we cite an excerpt from the book The Celestine Prophecy that describes what is going on before our eyes in the USA today - between the Medieval Vatican and its obsolete doctrines and irrelevant dogmas - and the New Age American nuns who have evolved with the American people. The Machiavellian strategy of all male despots and male autocrats including and specially the Vatican is to suppress, kill, mock, banish or silence their members who disobey or disagree with their totalitarian obsolete decrees because these members consequently and effectively expose their monarchical deceits and crimes. With its Dark Ages doctrines, the Middles Ages Vatican is fearful of the New Age American nuns who are more in numbers than the dying breed of Catholic priests because these nuns have first-hand influence on the populace while the Vatican and its princes of Bishops and Cardinals are far-flung in Rome or are living in the lap of luxury in their Episcopalian palaces out-of-touch with reality away from its people. So the way they control these nuns is by final condemnations, destructions of their reputations and excommunication or banishments - exactly as the Celestine Prophecy describes.
There are certain times in an artists life that are used as milestones. I’m about to achieve one. My horror short, “Ave Maria“, will screen at the Interiora Horror Film Festival in Rome, Italy.
“Ave Maria” has already had its share of success and good fortune with film festivals having already screened at the Leamington Underground Cinema Film Festival in the UK, the Pawtucket film Festival in Rhode Island, the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego, CA and Rock and Shock in Worcester, MA – which was also a milestone.
It is also still scheduled to screen at Germany After Dark Film Festival in Gronau, Germany and Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival in Buffalo, NY. All accomplishments I’m very proud of. But Rome…
It’s no secret but I’m often told I need to remind people that I am a survivor of clergy sexual abuse by a ring of Catholic priests in the Diocese of Worcester, MA. Survivor, victim etc. All words I can’t stand. But such was may path. And it has shaped the statements I make as an artist.
On November 2nd I’ll make a statement in Rome. It seems that, at least here in America all of these crimes are forgotten. People think it is over and done with. So much so that the likes of Cardinal Dolan of NY get to yuk it up with Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report or get a special seat at the dinner table with men who would be presidents, or at least wanted to be.
People forget that while serving in Milwaukee he paid sexually abusive priests up to $20 thousand dollars to leave, and inevitably abuse kids elsewhere instead of reporting these crimes to the police and then, with approval from Rome, hid assets from victims/survivors as he filed bankruptcy for the Diocese. The Diocese wasn’t actually financially bankrupt. But it was morally.
Nothing has changed but the spin. Those in power are not held accountable and are still celebrated. If we are to believe the press that under Pope Francis things will be different, remember who voted him into power. Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Mahony, Cardinal George, etc. It does not serve in their best interest to elect someone who will hold them accountable for the covering up crimes of sexual abuse of children and protecting the criminal. It was this group of men who voted in Francis, not the Holy Spirit.
Pope Francis recently said the church is unduly obsessed with condemning abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. He then excommunicates a priest in Australia who is pro-gay marriage. I think the old adage actions speaks louder than words applies here. How many pedophile priests has he excommunicated? Zero. It’s all the same.
In “Ave Maria” we strip bare other abuses and crimes of the churches past. To show that this pattern has existed for centuries and won’t change, regardless of PR spin.
And then cut their balls off.
I’ll see you in Rome!
Does Pope Francis Understand What “Reform” Means ?
The optimistic hopes of many Catholics about the upcoming meetings next week of Pope Francis and his eight man Cardinals’ reform committee are beginning to fade. Various new Vatican reports, leaks, etc., are playing down the meetings as very preliminary, only advisory and mostly secret. So what else is new?
Pope Francis has little time left to reform the Catholic Church. He cannot afford to procrastinate, in my considered view as an international lawyer. If he fails now , he also will likely be compelled to resign like his predecessor, ex-Pope Benedict, ignominousily had to. The Vatican’s “house of cards”, as Francis realistically described it, will then probably collapse. If that happens, Cardinal Rigali’s Secretary, Monsignor Lynn, may have some hierarchical company in prison before his sentence is completed. It’s that bad. Some hierarchs from outside Pennsylvania will likely find accomodations at their local jails.
Francis must promptly make the Church’s leaders accountable to the faithful, the Gospels and civil law, especially with respect to protecting defenseless children. He must initiate and enforce specific and effective policies to do this, before government prosecutors from Australia, Ireland, the Dominican Republic, the USA, Peru, Chile, Argentina, the Phillipines, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, or from dozens of other countries, do so for him.
Prosecutors dictated to Kansas City’s criminal, but continuing, Bishop Finn the specific policies he must follow, as nearby Federal prosecutors buried Finn’s protected pedophile priest with a 50 year prison term. Prosecutors eventually can be expected to dictate to other bishops and even to Francis himself, no matter what Francis may be advised otherwise. Government regulators are already dictating to Francis how he must manage the hierarchy’s finances. Government lawyers can, and I expect soon will, dictate to him how he must manage the hierarchy’s approach to predatory priests, if Francis fails to get effective control of the bishops’ flawed approach first. Priests may not be the pope’s “employees”; but bishops are another story.
The Hartford Courant
By DANIELA ALTIMARI, email@example.com
The Hartford Courant
10:06 p.m. EDT, October 29, 2013
BLOOMFIELD — A decade ago in his first year as bishop of Toledo, Ohio, Leonard P. Blair faced a number of flashpoints: priest sex abuse scandals, parish mergers and closings and the arrest of one of the diocese's priests in the murder of a nun decades earlier.
But Blair, appointed Tuesday as the fifth archbishop of Hartford, said the best way for the Catholic Church to heal from the "very sad, tragic things that have happened in recent years" is to be faithful to its mission, stay close to Christ and address people's material and spiritual needs.
"I am very struck by Pope Francis' image of the church being a field hospital for the wounded in today's world," Blair said. "There are so many people that are hurting, spiritually as well as materially."
The archbishop-designate joined Hartford church officials at a mid-morning press conference at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, about three hours after the Vatican formally announced his appointment to lead the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford. He was introduced by the man he will succeed, Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, who, at 76, has passed the retirement age for archbishops.
Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
Por Daniel Coronell
OPINIÓNUno de los anuncios del padre Jaime, cuando asumió su curul, fue que tramitaría una ley para castigar con 25 años a los curas pederastas. Tres años después no ha presentado el proyecto.
En medio de la pobreza se las arreglaba para ser feliz. Cuenta Francisco que sus problemas arrancaron cuando ya había cumplido 13 años. Su mamá, acosada por las necesidades, fue a pedir ayuda a una institución de la Iglesia en San José del Guaviare. El director de la Pastoral Social en el pueblo era un amable sacerdote llamado Jaime Alonso Vásquez Bustamante.
Según Francisco, el padre Jaime y su hermano, el también cura Carlos Fernando Vásquez Bustamante, han abusado de él por 16 años.
Todo empezó cuando el padre Jaime convenció a la mamá de Francisco para que el niño fuera a ayudarle en la oficina en las tardes, después de las clases. Pronto se integró a un grupo de acólitos que trabajaba para el religioso en la iglesia del Divino Niño.
Una de esas tardes, de acuerdo con la narración de Francisco, el padre Jaime le pidió que le ayudara a mover unas cajas de una habitación. Antes le ofreció un jugo que lo hizo sentir mareado. En la habitación no había cajas. El padre Jaime le dijo a Francisco que quería confesarlo. No hace falta entrar en detalles. Según Francisco, ese día el padre lo violó por primera vez.
El niño llegó llorando a su casa. Sangrando. No sabía si él era la víctima o el culpable. Si ese adulto, amable hasta hace unas horas, cumplía la voluntad de Dios o se aprovechaba de su inocencia. Incapaz de contar la verdad y ocultando la sangre, le dijo a su mamá que se había peleado con otros niños y que el padre Jaime lo había regañado.
El sacerdote y congresista Jaime Alonso Vásquez Bustamante está en la boca del lobo. En su última columna, Daniel Coronell narra la historia de un joven que asegura que ha sido violado durante 16 años por dos sacerdotes de San José del Guaviare, uno de los cuales es el representante a la Cámara y el otro es su hermano Carlos Fernando.
Francisco Javier Bohórquez Franco, el joven que ahora tiene 29 años, asegura que denunció al sacerdote ante la Fiscalía y entregó pruebas de las presuntas relaciones sexuales no consensuadas, que se realizaban desde que él tenía 13 años, como le explicó a Coronell.
Este lunes, el representante dio la cara. En una extensa entrevista en BluRadio, el congresista Vásquez indicó él es simplemente un amigo al que acude Francisco Javier cuando este tiene necesidades.
“Ha habido una amistad que cuando nos llama se le ha escuchado. Muchas veces no lo he atendido, pero él es muy insistente. Ha llegado como adulto, entonces que no diga nada como menor de edad. Estoy seguro de que él no tiene ninguna prueba de abuso sexual y de violación”, afirmó el religioso.
Durante la inuguración del VI Congreso Nacional de Reconciliación, organizado por la Iglesia Católica de Colombia, el arzobispo de Bogotá, monseñor Rubén Salazar se refirió a las denuncias presentadas en contra del representante a la Cámara por Guaviare y sacerdote católico, Jaime Alonso Vásquez Bustamante por supuesto abuso sexual contra un menor residente en la capital de ese departamento.
La denuncia fue presentada ente la Fiscalía por Francisco Javier Bohórquez, de 29 años de edad, quien afirma que, desde que tenía trece años, había sido abusado por el entonces sacerdote Jaime Alonso Vásquez y su hermano, el también sacerdote, Carlos Fernando Vázquez Bustamante.
Según la víctima, la razón por la que no denunciaba nada ante su familia fueron las amenazas que el representante Vázquez le hacía, para que guardara silencio.
El Nuevo Herald
BY BY CESAR GARCIA
[Summary: Gardinal Ruben Salazar, president of the Columbia Episcopal Conference, said Monday that the Catholic Church has a zero tolerance policy for child abuse. In cases of clergy sexual abuse, the church has intervened immediately to punish the guilty, he said. Neither the cardinal nor the CEC keeps track of how many of the 8,000 Colombian priests have been the subject of abuse complaints.
His latest remarks came as legislator Jaime Alonso Vazquez, who was a priest, has been accused of child sexual abuse. Vasquez is now a legislator. According to journalist Daniel Coronell in the latest edition of Semana magazine, Vazquez before coming to Congress in 2010 is alleged to have molested a child under age 13 when he was a priest in the late 1990s in San Jose de Guaviare. The community is in the south of Colombia. He has denied the allegation. The alleged victim, now 29, recently went to the attorney general with the allegation.]
BY POR CESAR GARCIA
BOGOTA, Colombia -- La Iglesia Católica colombiana tiene tolerancia cero con la pederastia, destacó el lunes el cardenal Rubén Salazar, presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal Colombiana, al conocerse una nueva denuncia sobre un presunto abuso sexual.
"La posición de la Iglesia es perfectamente clara: es tolerancia cero y por lo tanto en casos concretos de abusos sexuales de parte de sacerdotes, la Iglesia inmediatamente ha intervenido para iniciar procesos que lleguen al castigo del culpable", dijo el cardenal a la prensa durante un foro multisectorial sobre reconciliación nacional.
Ni el cardenal ni la CEC llevan un registro de cuántos de los 8.000 curas colombianos han sido objeto de denuncias de abusos.
El más reciente señalamiento surgió en contra del legislador Jaime Alonso Vásquez, quien fue sacerdote y está suspendido debido a su participación en política.
Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody
Earlier this year I wrote that the credibly of the new Pope may depend on how he lives up to his claim of having a zero tolerance policy regarding child sex abuse
What measure of tolerance shall we say that the Pope is giving to Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted over a year ago of failing to report suspected child abuse by a priest under his authority and still leads the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri? A federal judge deemed the child porn charges of which pedophile priest Fr. Shawn Ratigan was convicted to be so serious that he sentenced Ratigan to 50 years in prison.
I am one of those Catholics who has been cheered by the new pope’s refreshing tone and his embracing of tolerance and humility. Indeed, his recent comments about the Church’s recent obsession with culture war issues may have pulled the rug out from under the Republican Party Auxiliary we generally call the Catholic Right. His recent statements clearly indicate that he may lead the Church to an approach to economic and social justice that transcends Roman Catholicism and embraces the entire world.
But the longer he waits to act on the problem of sex abuse in the Church, the greater the risk that the good will he had earned, and the hope he has given to many millions of Catholics (and non-Catholics) will be lost.
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
September 30, 2013
Dear Archbishop Nienstedt:
You and your top staff have acted recklessly, callously, deceptively and secretively in the case of Fr. Curtis Wehmeyer. These hurtful acts cannot be “un-done.” But you can – and should – act now to prevent more irresponsible and harmful behavior by your staff in the future, by
---disciplining at least three church employees over how they handled Fr. Wehmeyer and
---holding an open meeting to answer questions from parishioners and the public about this case.
In your heart of hearts, Archbishop, we believe you know that Fr. Kevin McDonough, Deacon John Vomastek and Greta Sawyer have all acted in ways that protect Fr. Wehmeyer, themselves and you, ways that were and are at best in appropriate and at worst very damaging to innocent children, wounded victims and trusting parishioners.
Fr. McDonough knew of Fr. Wehmeyer’s sexual misdeeds in 2004. Yet in 2011, he urged that the allegations against Fr. Wehmeyer be kept secret (despite years of bishops’ pledges to be “open” in clergy sex cases). And in 2012, when police knew about the accusations, before they arrived, McDonough - along with Deacon John Vomastek - took one of Fr. Wehmeyer’s computers.
We believe this could amount to tampering with evidence. But regardless of whether either man is criminally charged, you know it’s wrong for church staff to take evidence in a criminal case.
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 29 2013
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com )
Archbishop John Neinstedt’s new abuse “task force” is a farce. We’ve felt so from the outset. Now it’s clear.
We call on members of that panel to end their complicity in this charade and resign in protest now.
Neinstedt claims his “task force” – headed by Fr. Reginald Whitt, a priest and lawyer who was hand-picked by Neinstedt - will somehow be “independent.” A new letter, however, has already been disproven this claim.
Last week, Neinstedt publicly said:
“The Task Force will have unprecedented authority to examine any and all issues associated with clergy sexual abuse."
And last week, Whitt privately said:
“Access to these files will be within my control and limited only to what is necessary for the task force to be able to make an informed decision.”
So Catholic officials shout “independent move” in public while maintaining control in private.
We have seen the same pattern over and over again in diocese across the country and saw the same pattern at the national church level a decade ago.
In 2002, America’s bishops claimed they adopted a “tough” abuse policy. But as the limelight faded, Vatican officials quietly gutted much of it.
Time and time again, Catholic officials say almost anything to get themselves out of a jam. Then, as public attention begins to wane, they quietly backpedal. And soon it’s “business as usual” again.
[Commissions of Investigation and Procedural Fairness - Association of Catholic Priests]
[Murphy Report - via BishopAccountability.org]
By PATRICK COUNIHAN, IrishCentral Staff Writer
Ireland’s Association of Catholic Priests is to release a damning report into the findings of the tribunal set up to examine the church’s reaction to clerical sex abuse.
An ACP review of the Murphy commission report into the Catholic church’s handling of clerical sex abuse cases in Ireland says it ‘fell far short’ of meeting the requirements of natural and constitutional justice.
The review commissioned by the ACP says that the ‘practices and procedures’ of the Murphy commission left a lot to be desired where Catholic clergy called before it were concerned.
The Irish Times reports that the ACP review says the Murphy commission ‘veered off the tight rails imposed by the 2004 Commissions of Investigation Act and wandered into an adversarial arena that concentrated, to an alarming degree, on naming and shaming those clerics whom the Commission found wanting in child protection at that time.'
Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER and TONY KENNEDY , Star Tribune staff writers Updated: October 30, 2013
The case of a West St. Paul second-grader in the 1980s is the 18th in Minnesota since state law changed to allow more time for such suits.
A Catholic priest who served churches in St. Paul, West St. Paul and Hopkins was accused in a lawsuit Tuesday of abusing a girl in West St. Paul, bringing to 18 the number of suits filed against Minnesota Catholic clergy and leaders since May.
The lawsuit against the Rev. Robert Thurner, 87, and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis also alleges that the archbishop of St. Louis — former Twin Cities auxiliary bishop Robert Carlson — was among church officials who were informed that Thurner had sexually abused another child before he was transferred to the girl’s church in 1983.
The lawsuit comes as the archdiocese reels from recent allegations of sexual misconduct among its clergy and lack of disciplinary action in the chancery. On Wednesday, archdiocese priests will gather for an all-day meeting that is expected to include discussion of the sexual abuse issue.
According to the latest complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court, Thurner admitted to archdiocese authorities in 1982 that he bought liquor for a 16-year-old boy and sexually abused him.
Carlson and former Twin Cities Archbishop John Roach were among four top archdiocese leaders who were privy to the admission, archdiocese internal memos indicate.
ST. LOUIS (MO)
[lawsuit and documents]
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson has been named in a civil lawsuit filed in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. accusing him of covering up a child sex abuse case when he was an assistant to a St. Paul archbishop in the 1980s.
The lawsuit claims Fr. Carlson was one of four top officials at the Twin Cities diocese who knew that Fr. Robert Thurner had admitted buying liquor for a 16-year old boy and then sexually abusing him.
“Instead of reporting it to law enforcement as he was required to do, he made a choice to conceal it and allow Thurner to go to other parishes,” Jeff Anderson, an attorney for the plaintiff in the case, alleges.
By Brian Lambert
Another day, another lawsuit filed against the archdiocese. Madeleine Baran of MPR reports: “A Minnesota woman sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis [Tuesday] for allegedly failing to protect her from an abusive priest. The woman said she was sexually abused by the Rev. Robert Thurner at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West St. Paul when she was seven to eight years old. She is not named in the complaint, which was brought under a new state law that gives victims more time to sue. … Internal church documents released by attorneys representing the woman show top church leaders knew in 1982 that Thurner had sexually abused a minor. … The lawsuit filed today seeks damages and asks a judge to unseal a list of 33 priests accused of abuse. Lawyers for the archdiocese had provided the names in an earlier Ramsey County civil case, but a judge ordered the names be kept private.”
by Anne Sheridan
Published on the 29 October 2013
A FORMER rector of the Redemptorists in Limerick and a best-selling author believes his “days of being an active priest are over” - unless “the unpredictable” nature of Pope Francis turns in his favour.
Fr Tony Flannery has been barred from his ministry by the Vatican over his written views on women priests, contraception, celibacy and homosexuality.
The 66-year-old has been a Redemptorist priest for over forty years and was rector at Mount Saint Alphonsus in Limerick for six years. Speaking at the Limerick signing of his book Question of Conscience, he said his future as a ministering priest lies in the hands of the Pope.
“I have been forbidden to administer as a priest for the last 18 months, and the conditions that they have laid down for me to come back are such that I cannot accept, as I have laid out in my book. I don’t see the circumstances arising where I will ever come back into ministry again. The one proviso is that it’s a bit unpredictable what Pope Francis will do. Maybe there’s a glimmer of hope but I’d say that’s about all. The likelihood is that my days of being an active priest are over,” he said.
As rumors of a powerful “gay lobby” within the Vatican make headlines and a new Pope promises reform, Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Joseph Gross interviews dozens of current and former priests, gay monks, veteran Vatican journalists, Italian aristocrats, and gay men at Roman gyms, bars, nightclubs, sex clubs, and restaurants and finds that “to be gay in the Vatican is no guarantee of success, mark of belonging, or shortcut to erotic intrigue. Most basically it is a sentence of isolation,” a life “in a closet that has no door.”
According to Gross’s piece in the December issue of Vanity Fair (on stands today), a significant number of gay clerics at the Vatican are in positions of great authority, but they inhabit a secretive netherworld because homosexuality is officially condemned. The principal requirement of their power and priesthood is silence about who they really are—at least in public. According to Gross, “Clerics inhabit this silence in a variety of ways. A few keep their sexuality entirely private and adhere to the vow of celibacy. Many others quietly let themselves be known as gay to a limited degree … sometimes they remain celibate and sometimes they do not. A third way, perhaps the least common but certainly the most visible, involves living a double life.
Gross goes on to describe the codes and signals by which gay priests navigate life in the Vatican. “Camp is perhaps the most powerful and pervasive” code, with ironic, effeminate self-mockery allowing priests to “exercise some limited rebellion against their own isolation and invisibility.” One former gay priest describes clerical camp to Gross as “a natural way of expressing [gay identity] while celibate.” Yet in the Church, as in Italian society, Gross writes, “the right appearance—la bella figura—is all.... Parties celebrating appointment to the Vatican and other high Church offices can be lavish … with many clerics in attendance being ‘gay men wearing everything handmade, perfect, queer as it comes,’” as a prominent figure in the Roman art world tells Gross. Still, Gross finds an every-man-for-himself dynamic in Rome’s gay clerical culture: gay clerics often fail to help one another, says a gay former seminarian who was robbed one night in a park while numerous men stood by, because solidarity entails the risk of being outed.
If a gay clergy member makes a connection, it’s possible to use your monastery cell for sexual assignations, as long as you don’t make much noise. “You can sneak people in, no problem,” one gay monk tells Gross, “but try to avoid consistent patterns of movement.” That said, a former monk tells Gross that “no one has sex” with other residents of his own monastery, “because it is like a Big Brother house. Everyone knows everything.”
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