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A 2004 study revealed Papal Rome had spent $1 billion settling lawsuits and observed "the end [was] nowhere in sight"!
What do the facts reveal about the paedophile clergy of Papal Rome in the UK?!
A 2004 study by John Jay College found 11,757 allegations of sexual abuse involving 5,148 priests, and the report only pertained to about half of the priests in the U.S. By then, the Catholic Church had already spent $1 billion settling lawsuits and providing "treatment" for its filthy priests, and the report observed that "the end is nowhere in sight."
Settlements in the Boston, Massachusetts suits were estimated to be up to $100 million. In some cases insurance companies baulked at meeting the cost of large settlements, claiming the actions were deliberate and therefore not covered by insurance. Considering the moronic way in which these Papal authorities handled the obvious abuse of totally vulnerable children anyone should be able to understand their position - which is on a par with the UK taxi-driver who decided to build up a store of petrol in plastic wheelie-bins when there was a fuel storage. Not surprisingly this invalidated his house-insurance - even if the police hadn't forced the whole street in which he lived to evacuate their houses while they removed the petrol after this excellent plastic solvent had leaked through the bins then poured through the floorboards, alerting neighbours to his lunatic behaviour!
When Law stated that they lacked 'the expertise to understand paedophilia and ephebophilia' he stated a very real truth about one part of the problems of the Papal Roman Catholic Cult. The insurance problem caused additional financial damage to the Archdiocese which also lost income as a result of members leaving when they recognised the extent of the child abuse. In June 2004, much of the land around the Archdiocese of Boston headquarters was sold to Boston College, in part to raise money for legal costs associated with this scandal.
Law had submitted his resignation to the Vatican and Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation on December 13, 2002. In a statement and apology Cardinal Law stated: "To all those who have suffered from my shortcomings and mistakes I both apologize and from them beg forgiveness". Nonetheless, he remained cardinal, which is a separate appointment, and participated in the 2005 papal conclave - doubtlessly fitting punishments for a man of his inabilities.
Bishop Richard Lennon's appointment as apostolic administrator of the Boston archdiocese, following the resignation of Cardinal Law, brought criticism from some sex-abuse victims' groups - criticism that increased after Lennon's appearance in the Frontline Documentary "Hand of God" which deals with the history of a Salem, Massachusetts, sex scandal and its effects on the film maker's own family. Lennon closed the Salem parish despite the fact it was not losing money for the Church. Then, when the filmmaker attempted to film the administrative building where his brother reported his own sexual abuse, Lennon exited the building, shoved the camera, declared he "won't feel bad about this" after being told why the filmmaker wants to film the building's exterior, attempted to avoid any discussion of the sex scandal by refusing to talk about anything other than the Church's private property rights, and responded to the film maker's claim that "he doesn't care" by calling the filmmaker a "sad little man." Yet another example of the utter lack of genuine compassion for the victims of these disgraceful perverts but, no doubt, Lennon would have been able to perform better in a controlled environment of his own choosing!
Bishop Sean O'Malley was appointed Archbishop of Boston on July 1, 2003, having already dealt with sexual abuse scandals in the dioceses of Palm Beach and Fall River. He had served in Fall River for ten years and was appointed bishop of Palm Beach in Florida, on September 3, 2002 and given the task of quelling the scandal. In Palm Beach, where two prior bishops admitted they were guilty of sexual abuse, Bishop O'Malley immediately apologised to victims and took immediate steps to crack down on abuse.
In August, 2003, the Associated Press reported: "The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has offered $55 million to settle more than 500 clergy sex abuse lawsuits, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press. A recent report from the State Attorney General estimated that more than 1,000 children were abused over 6 decades. The resolution to this case has been illusive since the abuse crisis exploded. The crisis forced Cardinal Bernard Law to step down as Archbishop in December, apologizing for the Church's failure to protect children and punish priests."
Of course, the offer of $55 million was never going to be accepted by lawyers in the USA and the settlements reached a much higher figure - by September 2003, the Archdiocese settled most of the abuse-related claims for $85 million! As noted earlier, in June 2004, the archbishop's residence and the chancery in Brighton and surrounding lands were sold to Boston College, in part to defray costs associated with abuse cases and the offices of the Archdiocese were moved to Braintree, Massachusetts (Saint John's Seminary remains on that property). O'Malley served the Diocese of Palm Beach for less than a year before being appointed to return to Massachusetts to succeed Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston and deal with the scandalous deception caused by Law's appalling mis-handling of the sexual abuse by his 'priests'.
But this was merely the beginning of a long trail of uncovering the massive abuse in his jurisdiction and, on August 25, 2011, Cardinal Seán O'Malley released a list of 159 names of priests who had been accused of sexually abusing a minor. The publication mentioned that 250 priests in the archdiocese had been accused but 69 names were omitted because they were either deceased, weren't active ministers, had not been publicly accused, or were dismissed or left prior to canonical proceedings. An additional 22 names were omitted because the accusations could not be substantiated; nine of these priests were still in active ministry.
Sexual abusers in the Boston archdiocese include 'Father' Joseph Birmingham who was only belatedly exposed when, in 1987, after at least 23 years of child molesting (during which time he was hidden by being moved from one parish after another), the mother of an altar boy at St. Anns wrote to Cardinal Law asking if Birmingham had a history of molesting children. Law wrote back: "I contacted Father Birmingham. ... He assured me there is absolutely no factual basis to your concern regarding your son and him. From my knowledge of Father Birmingham and my relationship with him, I feel he would tell me the truth and I believe he is speaking the truth in this matter." Such a pathetic response speaks volumes for Papal Rome who follow the same pattern of all cults in taking the word of leaders without seriously challenging them or seeking real evidence that will exonerate or condemn the accused rather than following the clear Scriptural guidelines found in the Pastoral Epistles in the New Testament (Titus and 1 and 2 Timothy) which protect the whole church!
As a result of this paedophilic sexual abuse, the Archdiocese of Boston lost millions of dollars in fines and settlements and also funded the legal defence of accused priests, slipping into massive financial deficits. The Archdiocese closed sixty-five parishes before Cardinal Law was forced to step down from service after more than fifty priests responded to the scandal by signing a letter declaring no confidence in him and requesting his resignation - something that had never before (knowingly!) occurred in the history of the Roman Catholic Church in America.
Paul Desilets, a retired Quebec priest, was indicted on 27 counts of indecent assault and battery dating back to his time as a parish priest in Bellingham, Massachusetts, between 1978 and 1984 and, as a result of this exposure, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts sought extradition.
Robert V. Gale was sentenced to 4.5-5 years in prison in 2004 after pleading guilty to repeatedly raping a boy in Waltham during the 1980s. That his superiors in the cult knew about his actions but still did not deal with him in a Scriptural manner, or under the laws of the USA, is proven by the knowledge that Gale had been treated in 1987 following years of abusing children and yet Papal Rome allowed him to begin a restricted ministry around 1992 while living at St. Monica's in South Boston and studying at the University of Massachusetts. Cardinal Law had the ultimate authority and permitted Gale to remain at St. Monica's until an adolescent reported that Gale abused him in his room/office in the rectory just a few months after Law's decision was made!
John Geoghan (1935-2003) was accused of sexual abuse involving more than 130 children and charges were first brought in Cambridge, Massachusetts, concerning accusations of a molestation that took place in 1991. Geoghan was finally defrocked in 1998 and then found guilty in January 2002 of indecent assault and battery after grabbing the buttocks of a 10-year-old boy in a swimming pool at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club in 1991. He received a nine to ten year prison sentence after his trial, which included testimony from the victim and psychiatrist Dr. Edward Messner, who treated Geoghan for his sexual fantasies about children from 1994 to 1996, and from Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes, who testified that he banned Geoghan from the swimming club after a complaint that he had been proselytizing and indulging in prurient conversations (i.e. he was trying to seduce children into joining him in his perversions!). Is it possible that Hughes might have been slightly more discerning about the problems of a supposed 'priest' of any age, never mind his not inconsiderable age, indulging in such acts?!
After initially agreeing to, and then withdrawing from a $30 million settlement with 86 of Geoghan's victims, the Boston archdiocese settled with them for $10 million, and continued to negotiate with lawyers for other victims. The most recent settlement proposed was $65 million for 542 victims after the damning revelation that the archdiocese had transferred Geoghan from parish to parish despite warnings of his behaviour, a practice that they admitted repeating with other priests when allegations of sexual abuse were made. This pattern has been found to be a regular practice by Papal Rome worldwide and initial figures showed that between 2001-2010 the 'Holy See' (the central governing body of the Catholic Church) have had to respond to sex abuse allegations concerning about 3,000 priests dating back over the last fifty years!
Two other cases were charged against Geoghan in Boston's Suffolk County. One case was dropped without prejudice when the victim decided not to testify. In the second case, two rape charges were dismissed by a judge after hotly contested arguments because the statute of limitations had run out. The Commonwealth's appeal of that ruling was active at the time of Geoghan's death, and remaining charges of indecent assault in that case were still pending at that time.
On August 23, 2003, while in protective custody at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Centre in Shirley, Massachusetts, Geoghan was strangled and stomped to death in his cell by Joseph Druce, a self-described white supremacist and inmate serving a sentence of life without possibility of parole for killing a man who allegedly made a sexual pass after picking Druce up hitchhiking. An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be "ligature strangulation and blunt chest trauma." There have been questions raised about the wisdom and propriety of placing these two men in the same unit, since prison officials had been warned by another inmate that Druce had made threats directed at Geoghan.
In February 2002, 'Rev.' Robert A. Ward was accused of molesting an altar boy in Boston 1970. Records show that the archdiocese knew at least as early as 1995 that the pastor used cocaine and had been treated for drug abuse. The records also show that in 1999 Ward admitted to downloading child pornography from the internet, a discovery made when a technician repaired Ward's computer and noticed the sexually explicit material. Ward was suspended by the Archdiocese of Boston in February 2002 and defrocked by the Vatican in 2005.
The Catholic diocese of Palm Beach was rocked by revelations of sexual abuse against Joseph Keith Symons, who resigned in 1998 after admitting he molested five boys while he was a pastor. Symons' successor Anthony O'Connell resigned in 2002 after admitting to molesting an underage seminarian. When faced with the allegation, O'Connell held a press conference to admit his wrongdoing and publicly apologized to the man.
In 2002, 'Most Rev.' Thomas Daily (former Bishop of Palm Beach) was criticized for his past involvement in cases of priests accused of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston and he acknowledged his "profound regret" over some of his decisions in the Boston Archdiocese.The Boston Globe - see:
ran the story detailing Law's utterly incompetent dealings with this abuse in 2002.
In his first public comments after being named as Pope John Paul II's choice, Bishop Sean O'Malley criticised previous archdiocese leaders for their handling of paedophile priests and admitted that the sums of money required to settle the abuse lawsuits were "staggering" but no amount could compensate for the damage caused by abuse. "He did lead the Fall River diocese in the aftermath of serial predator priest James Porter (who offended against more than one hundred victims starting in the 1960s - and was found guilty of 28!). But one case does not make a track record," said Ann Hagen Webb, New England co-ordinator of the lay victims group, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). But Frank Fitzpatrick, one of Porter's victims, said he hadn't been satisfied with his dealings with Bishop O'Malley: "He's slick. He's good public relations. But as far as deep inside, he's not really going to solve the problem. The reason is, he's just there to quiet things down".
Porter started both training for the priesthood and molesting children at a young age and abused his earliest known victim in 1953, the summer before he entered seminary. He was then ordained in 1959 and became a priest of the diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, and assigned to St. Mary's parochial grammar school in North Attleboro, Massachusetts in April 1960 and put in charge of the altar boys. Complaints of sexual abuse, ranging from fondling to rape, quickly surfaced against him, but no action was taken. In 1964, Porter was arrested for molesting a 13-year-old boy and sent to a mental institution for 13 months. Once released, he was quickly reassigned to another parish, the first of many such reassignments over the years. He was shuffled into two more parishes before more accusations piled up and he was hospitalized again in 1967, this time to a hospital run by fellow priests who practiced holistic psychotherapy upon its patients, many of whom were clergy members suffering from psychological problems. Porter's "problem" was not unique among the hospital's patients and two of them were later imprisoned for abusing, between them, hundreds of children. Porter was released after a few months, once again declared cured, and given probationary assignments in parishes in Texas, New Mexico and Minnesota, all of which included access to children. Complaints surfaced by the dozen against Porter, but none of them resulted in disciplinary action beyond his being moved from post to post. In 1973, Porter wrote a letter to Pope Paul VI requesting to be released from the priesthood, in which he admitted molesting children across five states; the Pope granted his request and, in 1974, Porter gave up his priesthood, married, and eventually settled in Minnesota with his wife and four children.
In 1990, Frank Fitzpatrick went public with accusations that Porter had molested him as a child in the '60s. Over the next two years, Fitzpatrick contacted the state police, the FBI, and the media, resulting in over 200 people coming forward and making charges of sexual abuse against Porter. A 1992 segment on Porter's crimes on the ABC TV news magazine Primetime Live, hosted by Diane Sawyer, sparked national attention and he was arrested, tried and convicted of sexually abusing his children's babysitter in 1984. He served four months of a six-month prison sentence before his conviction was overturned by the Minnesota Supreme Court. But by 1993, dozens of lawsuits had cropped up against Porter in Minnesota, Texas and New Mexico. In Minnesota alone he was charged with over 200 counts of sexual abuse and Porter's lawyer struck a plea bargain so he was sentenced to 18-20 years in prison with the possibility of parole, with counselling, after six years. Fortunately for the morons who agreed this 'sentence' parole was consistently denied and Porter eventually died at the age of 70, on February 11, 2005, of cancer at New England Medical Centre in Boston, where he had been transferred the month before from a Massachusetts hospital. He had 'finished' his prison sentence in 2004, but was being held pending a civil commitment hearing!
O'Malley's successor in Palm Beach was Bishop Gerald Barbarito, formerly bishop of Ogdensburg, New York.
A short while later the Watertown Daily Times (January 6, 2004) reported that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg had removed eight priests from ministry since the nation's bishops in June 2002 approved a zero-tolerance stance on child sexual abuse by clerics. Acknowledgement that this many priests had been removed was included for the first time in a letter from Monsignor Robert L. Lawler, diocesan administrator, to all of the diocese's parishes. Lawler had been the administrator since early September after the Bishop, Gerald M. Barbarito, left the diocese to become bishop of the Palm Beach diocese and Lawler apologized to the victims of sexual abuse by the clergy, and to the victims' families:
"Again, I cannot express enough my sorrow that even one child was subjected to sexual abuse by a member of the clergy. It simply should never happen, and is a grave violation of the sacred trust placed in us by the Lord and by the faithful."
A fuller investigation revealed that, since 1950, 56 people, 37 of whom were minors at the time, made sexual-abuse allegations against 35 clergymen. The diocese determined that the allegations against 23 of the priests - or 2.9 percent of the priests who have served in the diocese in the past 53 years - were credible! In addition to the eight priests removed from ministry, five priests had previously retired, three died, four had left the ministry in prior years and three had transferred to other dioceses, but were no longer in ministry. Since 1950, the north country diocese has paid more than $1.6 million to deal with sexual abuse allegations against priests, including $209,000 spent on settlement payments to victims and another $1.49 million was paid for items such as victim counselling and treatment programs for clergy. The money came from insurance, a special-care fund and priests' bequests to the diocese. None of the money has come from gifts to the annual Bishop's Fund or any other specified collections, Lawler said. One of the settlements was reached a year earlier and involved lawsuits from four women who claimed Liam O'Doherty sexually abused them in the 1980s and '90s while he was a priest assigned to St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Sackets Harbor and the now-closed St. Michael's Catholic Church in Antwerp. In their lawsuits, the women sought $17 million from the diocese but settled for $180,000 (O'Doherty had been removed from ministry before 2002).
The diocese conducted a review of its records as part of the requirements of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which the nation's bishops approved overwhelmingly in 2002 as a result of the paedophile-priests scandal that exposed Papal Rome to its core. Citing privacy issues, the diocese refused to identify any of the accused priests, maintaining that stance despite the charter including an article that requires each diocese to "develop a communications policy that reflects a commitment to transparency and openness." Should anyone be surprised at the hypocrisy of Papal Rome? Shortly after the charter's approval, Bishop Barbarito removed four priests from ministry (who years earlier had been accused of the sexual abuse of minors!):
David E. Wisniewski, pastor of St. Peter's Church in Lowville, St. Thomas Church in Greig, St. Mary's Church in Glenfield and St. Hedwig's Church in Houseville; Robert M. Shurtleff, pastor of St. Mary's Church in Clayton and St. John the Evangelist Church in LaFargeville; Clark S. White, pastor of St. Patrick's Church in Brasher Falls and St. Lawrence's Church in North Lawrence; Theodore M. Gillette, pastor of St. Paul's Church in Black River and St. Rita's Church in Deferiet.
In July, the Watertown Daily Times reported that a fifth priest - the Rev. Paul F. Worczak, former pastor of St. Andrew's Church, Norwood - was removed after a victim came forward with allegations of sexual abuse that took place 30 years earlier.
Incredibly, considering the extent of Papal Rome's posturing 'transparency', the diocese then refused to confirm or deny the circumstances of the removal of these priests!
Diocesan officials said they believed all of the predatory priests had been removed from ministry ("One never knows what you're going to find out, but as far as we know, we seem to have finished our business," said Sister Jennifer L. Votraw, diocesan director of communications). But no investigations into sexual abuse of a minor by a member of the clergy were continuing: "Most of the reports came from allegations in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, so to the best of our knowledge, God willing, there are no allegations of teens now being abused," Sister Jennifer said.
The diocese also instituted the "Protecting God's Children" program, in which all priests and any church employee or volunteer who works with children must participate and was to include criminal background checks for all current and future employees or volunteers who work with children. "We can't stop predators from being predators, but we can stop them from getting to our children," Sister Jennifer said. Since we have witnessed no evidence of these predators having a criminal record before they became Papal Roman Catholic priests, while abundant evidence reveals that the arrogant cult attempted to 'cure' these perverts using non-Christian psychobabble techniques and also hid them and protected them in the most blatant manner, we can easily see that this is foolishly naive nonsense!
To his eternal shame Bishop Gerald Barbarito had repeatedly pledged to remove from the ministry any priests found to have abused a child and to help abuse victims - but he had gone against Scripture and claimed there was no need to publicly name accused priests.
Barbarito arrived in the Palm Beach Diocese in 2003, following the two consecutive bishops who resigned amid allegations of their sexual involvement with boys and young men and who were followed by the brief tenure of Bishop Sean O'Malley, who spent only nine months in the diocese before being reassigned to Boston, the epicenter of the nationwide priest-sex abuse scandal. O'Malley (who had been appointed Archbishop of Boston on July 1, 2003) was named a cardinal in 2006, replacing Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, who resigned in the midst of the sex scandal and was subsequently reassigned to the Vatican.
Out of the colossal damages - in excess of a billion dollars - paid out by Papal Rome in the United States in out-of-court settlements, the Santa Fe, New Mexico, Archdiocese was brought to the brink of bankruptcy after about 50 lawsuits were brought against it ("More than 45 priests are believed to have [sexually] abused some 200 people over a 30-year period" - reported the National Catholic Reporter, January 7, 1994, p9). In 1994, the Archdiocese of Chicago admitted that it expected to pay out more than the $2.8 million dollars it had paid for settlements in 1993.
The Franciscan Boy's seminary in Santa Barbara, California, was shut down because of the sexual involvement of the majority of its priests with students. Across the United States, women who brought paternity suits were paid child support by the Church "in return for their agreement to maintain silence about the fatherhood" (ibid., p3). In the Santa Fe Archdiocese cases, the 12 insurance companies which held liability coverage, including Lloyds of London, refused to pay claims and argued that "they should not have to pay out because diocesan officials continue[d] to give parish assignment to priests with a history of sexual abuse" (Our Sunday Visitor, February 27, 1994, p3).
St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota, was the scene during August 12-13, 1993, of a ground-breaking conference on "Sexual Trauma and the Church" sponsored by two Benedictines, Abbot Timothy Kelly and Br. Dietrich Reinhart, President of St. John's University. 'Protestants' were involved as well! Dominated by the search for psychological rather that spiritual solutions, participants include psychologists and psychiatrists such as Jesuit Fr. James Gill, psychiatrist and editor of 'Human Development'.
Conferees noted that accurate numbers of sexual-abuse cases are not available because of the widespread suppression of such information by Papal Rome. One canon lawyer, Fr. Thomas Doyle, co-author of the 1985 Doyle-Moulton-Peterson report on abuse in the clergy, estimated that in 1990 about 3000 of the 50,000 priests in America (6%!) were "currently involved sexually with minors" and estimated that "four times as many priests (24%!) involve themselves sexually with adults and twice the number of priests involve themselves with adult men (12%!) as those involved with children" (ibid., September 17, 1993, p6-7).
The situation is out of hand in Papal Rome, and it has been for centuries. Over 160 years ago William Hogan wrote - after leaving the priesthood:
"I am sorry to say, from my knowledge of them, since my infancy to the present moment, that there is not a more corrupt, licentious body of men in the world" (William Hogan, Esq., Popery As It Was and As It Is, Hartford, 1854, p37).
In 2006 there was another form of scandalous behaviour when two priests were accused of misappropriating $8.6 million from a Delray Beach parish during a 40 year period and the criminal case was heard in Palm Beach Circuit Court.
Father Edward Paquette was removed from the Diocese of Fall River and stripped of his priestly faculties in 1963 after accusations of "improper behaviour" with young boys, but resurfaced a year later as a priest in Indiana and then in Vermont - in line with the obviously approved method of shuffling their perverts around to hide their crimes which the 'infallible Popes' obviously knew about! Pope Benedict XVI was under massive pressure and now officially removed Paquette from the priesthood.
The Christian News Report (March 25, 2010) reported: "Some 200 deaf boys were molested by a priest who was never defrocked by the Catholic Church. The New York Times reports that Vatican officials, including Pope Benedict XVI were a part of the decision. The situation become public because of a lawsuit that revealed correspondence between Wisconsin Bishops and the future pope Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Five men are suing the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The letters show Ratzinger was more concerned about protecting the church from scandal than the welfare of the children. He and other officials did not alert the authorities or even discipline the priests involved in sexual abuse while he served as the Vatican's chief doctrinal enforcer. The abuser was American priest Lawrence C. Murphy who served at Wisconsin's St. John's School for the Deaf from 1950 to 1974. He first taught classes and became effective at raising money for deaf causes and was eventually promoted to run the school in 1963 - even though church officials already knew he sexually abused children. A group of deaf former students spent decades trying to get something changed, even handing out fliers outside the Milwaukee cathedral. Eventually, an internal investigation of Murphy showed he was not remorseful and he appealed to Ratzinger for leniency. Murphy died at the age of 72, buried in his priestly garments."
None of this changes the fact that, in the United States, about 12,000 abuse cases came to light in just a few decades and the media began accusing the pope himself of having covered up the scandals - the attorney of one abuse victim even wanted to force the pontiff to appear in court. Many Catholics who suffered as a result of the perverted sexual urges of their priests 30 years ago have long given up hope that the pope will show any remorse at all. David Clohessy, the national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), accused the pope of ignoring the suffering of the victims in these words: "Actions, not words, protect innocent kids and heal wounded victims".
178 Catholic Bishops were named as defendants in an unprecedented civil child sex abuse lawsuit brought by the family of a murdered Wisconsin man. The following Bishops were served with the lawsuit:
Edwin O'Brien, Archdiocese for the Military Services, U.S.A.
Roger Schweitz, Archdiocese of Anchorage (AK)
Gerald Kicanas, Diocese of Tucson (AZ)
Allen Vigneron, Diocese of Oakland (CA)
Donald Wuerl, Archdiocese of Washington (DC)
Gerald Barbarito, Diocese of Palm Beach (FL)
Clarence Silva, Diocese of Honolulu (HI)
William Higi, Diocese of Lafayette (IN)
Alexander Sample, Diocese of Marquette (MI)
James A. Murray, Diocese of Kalamazoo (MI)
Dennis Schnurr, Diocese of Duluth (MN)
Raymond Burke, Archdiocese of St. Louis (MO)
John Myers, Archdiocese of Newark (NJ)
Ricardo Ramirez, Diocese of Lord and Saviour Cruces (NM)
Edward Cardinal Egan, Archdiocese of New York (NY)
Michael Burbridge, Diocese of Raleigh (NC)
Frederick Campbell, Diocese of Columbus (OH)
Leonard Blair, Diocese of Toledo (OH)
Msgr. Robert Siffrin, Diocese of Youngstown (OH)
Donald Trautman, Diocese of Erie (PA)
Edward Cullen, Diocese of Allentown (PA)
Paul Swain, Diocese of Sioux Falls (SD)
James Tamayo, Diocese of Laredo (TX)
Msgr. J. Terrence Fitzgerald, Diocese of Salt Lake City (UT)
William Skylstad, Diocese of Spokane (WA), who was served as Bishop of Spokane and again as president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
The lawsuit, which sought no monetary damages, was filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court, Wisconsin (Court File No.06CV581) and asked a state judge to force all of America's Catholic bishops and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to disclose the names of roughly 5,000 proven, admitted and credibly accused abusive priests in the US. The suit is being brought by the family of Daniel O'Connell of Wisconsin, who, along with a co-worker, was shot and killed in February 2002 by a suspected paedophile priest who also owned guns and pornography. After a two year police investigation a judicial hearing determined that the crimes were committed by Father Ryan Erickson of the Diocese of Superior (WI). O'Connell had uncovered information about the priest molesting children. After police interrogated him about the murders, Erickson committed suicide in December 2004. Further investigation revealed that Superior church officials had been aware of Erickson's erratic and questionable behavior and ordained him anyway.
The O'Connell family vowed to "make something good" come from the double murders and push for a five point reform plan to prevent future abuse. But in numerous attempts to work with the Catholic leaders the O'Connells found little support or response, and they reluctantly filed this suit. After considerable research and meeting with experts and victims across the country, the family concluded that church officials had made only minimal reforms and were not abiding by their own policies on abuse.
The family also created a website - http://www.crusadeagainstclergyabuse.com - to further educate the public about the clergy sexual abuse crisis - and there you can find more detailed information about the murders committed by this foul Papal Roman Catholic predator.
How the Word of God describes the real punishment for Rome's evil clergy - in Hell!
In July, 2014, Pope Francis met British victims of clerical sex abuse to beg forgiveness for the 'sacrilegious' crimes committed by 'sons and daughters of the church who betrayed their mission'. He told six victims, including two Britons and two from Ireland, that the church would 'weep' for its 'grave sin' and must make amends through reparations for the suffering it has caused. The individual meetings - lasting more than three hours in total - follow two damning UNITED NATIONS reports on the Vatican this year which said the church had 'systematically' adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades. Despite his reforms, Francis has been accused of lacking answers when questioned about the scandal and, at a Mass for the victims, he promised that bishops who cover up abuse or fail to report it will be held accountable.
More recently, in the United Kingdom, paedophile priest Francis Paul Cullen, who abused seven children, including altar boys over a 34-year period, was another pervert of Papal Rome who eventually chose to plead guilty to 21 charges and was jailed for 15 years. Cullen committed offences between 1957 and 1991 on children aged between six and 14 and was extradited to the UK in 2013 following 22 years on the run in Tenerife. Judge Jonathan Gosling told the former Roman Catholic priest: "You took full advantage of your position, and the trust in which you were held, to satisfy your perverted lust. It is impossible to reconcile the fact that you were administering the sacraments of the Catholic church - baptism, confession, communion, confirmation - at the same time as you were indulging yourself with these children, some of whom served you on the altar at which you celebrated. To say that you were a disgrace to your cloth understates your activity. This was gross hypocrisy. In a sentence, your entire life was a lie."
Cullen was due to deny the charges at the crown court in Derby, but changed his plea to guilty on what would have been the first day of his trial and then admitted 15 counts of indecent assault, five of indecency with a child and one of attempted buggery. The crimes, committed against five altar boys and two young girls whose relatives had connections with the Catholic church, took place while Cullen was a serving priest in Mackworth and Buxton, both in Derbyshire, and Hyson Green in Nottingham. Four altar boys were abused while Cullen was practising in Mackworth, Derbyshire, between the 1950s and 1970s. In the 1980s, he abused two girls after he moved to work in Buxton, Derbyshire, and then went on to abuse another altar boy in the early 1990s after he moved to Nottinghamshire. The clergyman fled to Tenerife in 1991 while facing charges of sexual assault brought by Nottinghamshire police. Prosecutor Sarah Knight told the court that Cullen had been a "well-liked and respected" clergyman whom families trusted and children "idolised". They were unaware of the "predatory paedophile" lurking behind the mask, Knight told the court. The court heard that many of the altar boys were invited to have tea and cake with Cullen at his home where he then abused them. Others were attacked after 'mass' or in his caravan on Cub Scout trips that he ran. The court heard that Cullen even travelled to Ireland to visit one victim while he was on holiday. The judge concluded: "You were also welcomed into the parents' homes. They could never have guessed that in truth you were a predatory paedophile - a term which was at that time unknown to the vocabulary. You were, in reality, cunning, devious, arrogant - in the word of one of your victims, 'despicable'."
On Friday, 26 September 2014, it was reported that a former Catholic archbishop has been arrested for alleged child abuse, in the first ever arrest for the crime on Vatican soil. Jozef Wesolowski, from Poland, was accused of sexually abusing children while he was papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic. He was placed under house arrest to be tried by a Vatican criminal court and to face up to 12 years in prison with possible extradition to the Dominican Republic to face trial there as well. The 66-year-old was recalled to Rome in 2013 after the archbishop of Santo Domingo alerted Pope Francis to the allegations. Wesolowski was 'defrocked' by a Catholic Church tribunal, leaving him open to criminal prosecution, after he was detained on the 'express orders' of Pope Francis, who had vowed to take a hard line on child sex abuse cases within the church.
It is clear that the reports of sexual perversion, child abuse, rapes, lies and cover-ups have reached epidemic proportions in Papal Rome. The years of clerical abuse which have been hidden for centuries, but have surfaced in recent years, are doubtlessly the tip of the iceberg. More and more reports of moral corruption within the "Holy" Catholic Church have come to the surface and the authority, public trust and financial resources of Rome have diminished. Pope John Paul II said this "grave scandal" was casting "a dark shadow of suspicion" on all priests and, inevitably, many Catholics throughout the world began questioning their faith which is mainly built on appearances rather than the Word of God. Those whose trust has been mistakenly placed in the priesthood have had their confidence shattered. Only if Catholics look for some light in the midst of this dark depravity will they find the One who will never forsake them, the Lord Jesus Christ who came "as light into the world, that everyone who believes in [Him] shall not remain in darkness" (John 12:46).
The Bishops and Cardinals of Papal Rome have made these vile crimes even more despicable by covering up the sins and crimes of paedophile priests. In a shameless lack of concern for other potential victims, the Roman hierarchy reassigned its predator priests to other parishes to prey on other young boys and, in some cases, even paid the abused victims to keep quiet!
The gross immorality and deception within 'the clergy' strikes at the very heart of the claims of Papal Rome. Consider the statements from the Catechism of the Catholic Church concerning 'priests':
They "are called by God... chosen and consecrated by the sacrament of Holy Orders...an 'icon' of Christ" (1142);
"The priest...is truly made like the high Priest and possesses the authority to act in the power and place of the person of Christ himself'" (1548);
They "are signed with a special character" and are configured "to Christ by a special grace of the Holy Spirit...[to] serve as Christ's instrument for his Church" (1563, 1581);
"The priest continues the work of redemption on earth. If we really understood the priest on earth, we would die not of fright but of love" (1589).
How the Word of God describes genuine priests of God - and their holy behaviour!
Any serious student of the Bible who has carefully read the Book of Hebrews (it is in the New Testament for the information of the average Papal Roman Catholic who might read this!) will instantly recognise the laughable falseness of these statements from the 'Catechism'! And it also reveals how believing in the false 'tradition' of Papal Rome can cause their brain-washed and ignorant followers to put their un-Scriptural 'priests' on such pedestals that they have been allowed to behave like 'little gods' and abuse children, treating them like toys for their own perverted pleasure. Papal Rome should tremble at these words from the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:6; Mark 9:42; Luke 17:2):
'But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea'.
The reason it would be better for these men than these horrendous outcomes (of hanging/drowning) is that Eternity in Hell for these 'priestly men' - where they will receive the exact punishment they deserve - will continue with no chance of escape - ever.
It is inevitable that the victims and their families will be full of anger towards the 'priests' of Papal Rome - even Papal Roman Catholics used to toeing-the-line of a cult lead by 'infallible popes' who exposed themselves as the arrogant anti-Christ's that they are when they instructed:
"Every cleric must obey the Pope, even if he commands what is evil; for no one may judge the Pope." Pope Innocent III (1198-1216)
"The First See [Rome/papacy] is judged by no one. It is the right of the Roman Pontiff himself alone to judge...those who hold the highest civil office in a state. ... There is neither appeal nor recourse against a decision or decree of the Roman Pontiff." (Code of Canon Law)
The average Papal Roman Catholic will not even know of such claims, or recognise that this same arrogance has led to the vile abuse of their children. Anyone believing that the 'popes' would not have heard of these sexual perverts masquerading as 'holy men' through their normal chains of command cannot excuse these men from knowing about these offences if they really had the 'infallible' qualities they claim!
How Papal Rome's monstrous, abusive, paedophile scandals had their origin in their seminaries!
It will be much easier for the gullible to accept that their priests are ungodly, un-Biblical and unworthy of the power, authority and trust given to them. If only they had believed in the Word of God which clearly reveals that the only earthly priesthood we see in the New Testament is the royal priesthood, made up of all who believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:9) - and consists of both men and women! Papal Roman Catholics would be wise to search the Scriptures in these times of great turmoil and deception. They will find that many traditions and teachings of their church do not come from God's Word and many, in fact, stand opposed to the Word of God.
One such tradition of Papal Rome is described in Scripture as 'a doctrine of demons' - the forbidding of people to marry (1 Timothy 4:1-3):
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
In yet another example of Papal Rome changing her mind on important issues and thus demonstrating even to herself that she is not infallible we find her guilty of all these clear indications that they are controlled by demons! That they 'speak hypocritical lies' is obvious to all but the utterly brain-washed and/or possessed! It used to be a mortal sin in Papal Rome to eat meat on Friday - but that is no longer the rule. Forbidding their false priests to marry is undoubtedly another clear indication of demonic control and many believe that this doctrine is the primary cause for the sexual sins of the priesthood - but it has done more than most will admit by welcoming men who have no interest in marrying mature women but a clear paedophilic interest in using their position in Papal Rome to abuse children and young adults!
Logically, since Rome claims (falsely!) that their priests are successors of the apostles, they should have the right to marry (1 Corinthians 9:5) and Papal Rome should disencumber their 'priests' who cannot control their sexual appetite by obeying Paul's exhortation: "let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn" (1 Corinthians 7:9). Papal Rome should also look to God's word for the utterly clear qualifications of true leaders of the church who are titled 'overseers' (aka 'elders, pastors, bishops!') for, explicitly, they should be married, heterosexual, family men with good reputations:
"An overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he may not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil" (1 Timothy. 3:2-7)
Paul explains why these character qualifications are important:
"For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers... who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families" (Titus 1:10-11)
As long as the Papal Roman Catholic Church rejects the authority of God's word and remains an authority unto itself, it will continue to bring shame to the name of Christ and tribulation to its people. Remember that Papal Rome fits all the definitions of a 'Christian cult' and not the clear definitions of a 'Christian church'. Strictly speaking, from a Biblical and etymological viewpoint, a 'Christian church' should be called 'Christian ekklesia' (ref. Matthew 16:18; 18:17; Acts 5:11; 7:38; 8:1-3) - and we will never call Papal Rome an 'ekklesia' for 'church' is derived from a word that relates to exactly what these deceivers are - pagan! Some try to argue that the word 'church' is probably derived from the Greek kuriakon [i.e., "the Lord's house" - related to kuriakos, meaning 'belonging to the Lord ('Jehovah' or Jesus), e.g. kuriakos deipnon - 'Lord's supper' in 1 Corinthians 11:20], which was used by ancient authors for the place of worship. But the derivation is more likely derived from kirk (derived from a large variety of European language sources and still used in Scotland to describe Christian ekklesia), the Latin circus, circulus, and the Greek kuklos - because the congregations were gathered in circles - and therefore probably from pagan sources. The Greek word ekklesia originally meant an assembly called out by the magistrate, or by legitimate authority, and it was in this sense that the word was adapted and applied by the writers of the New Testament to the Christian congregation.
Ironically, it is the apostle Peter (the first pope, according to the false teaching of Papal Rome) who warns us of these rebellious 'church' leaders. Peter said they will "despise authority" and "introduce destructive heresies" and he identified them as false prophets "who indulge in the flesh and its corrupt desires," who "never cease from sin and who entice unstable souls." Peter also foretold that "many will follow them" even though they continue to revel in their deception and malign the way of truth (2 Peter 2:1-2; 10-14) - and Jesus warned that both the blind guides and the blind men they lead will both fall into the pit (Matthew 15:14).
As Papal Rome has proved, the sin of homosexuality is manifested in many religious people who did not honour God and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image, as Paul was inspired to write:
Romans 1:21-28 - "God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonoured among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator ... For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions ... the men abandoned the natural function ... and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not becoming"
In light of these Scriptures, it is no wonder Papal Rome has tolerated, condoned, encouraged and covered-up homosexuality as well as paedophilia and other forms of abuse within its priesthood. Scripture warns:
"Cursed be the one who does the Lord's work negligently" (Jer. 48:10).
The only way to gain control over homosexual sin is through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit which comes from believing the Gospel (Romans 1:16). Jesus Christ came to set sinners free from the power of sin but the gospel of Papal Rome is a fake gospel and consequently has no power over sin - all its adherents can do is mimic an appearance of a 'holy religion' - as man envisions it, but not as God has commanded.
How Papal Rome's paedophile clergy - just disappeared!
The fruits of the monstrous cult of Papal Rome has been evident from its earliest days and the comparatively recent abusive, paedophile scandals can be found to have their origin at the very grass roots - their seminaries! 'Goodbye! Good Men', written by Michael S. Rose, is a frightening account of the corruption of Roman Catholic seminaries. He exposes the abuses that he claims have driven 'honourable men' (if Papal Rome really has any men deserving of such a title) out of the seminaries and given preferential treatment to homosexuals. Rose reports that seminarians are now taught that the Bible is not to be taken seriously, that one religion is as good as the next, that the pope is not infallible, that the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is just an old pre-Vatican II myth, that Christ wasn't divine, that God is a woman, that Mass is nothing more than a meal, that women should be ordained priests, that homosexuality is normal and that contraception is morally acceptable! So the net result is that Papal Rome's seminarians are taught to retain some old heresies and just add a few more! 'Honourable men'? - it is many a year since they existed anywhere near the Cult of Papal Rome!
Another book, The Changing Face of the Priesthood, written by the rector of St. Mary's Seminary in Cleveland, Father Donald B. Cozzens, warns that the priesthood is becoming a gay profession, in part due to the disproportionate number of homosexually-oriented persons on seminary faculties. Cozzens claims that this has resulted in, "an intense and often threatening atmosphere" such that "certain seminaries have earned nicknames such as 'Notre Flame' (for Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans) and 'Theological Closet' (for Theological College at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.)." The writer claims heterosexual students are being persecuted by the gay sub-culture and anyone who reports homosexual behaviour by classmates, or resists homosexual advances, could be expelled. (ref. articles by Phil Brennan, NewsMax.com)
Victims of predators within Papal Rome are not likely to be treated with counselling from the Word of God because Papal Rome went after occult psychiatry many years ago. The dreadful experiences suffered at the hands of Papal Rome can only be healed and purged by true belief in the Biblical Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, but these victims need to know the true Gospel to trust Him and be converted (John 12:40). But the majority of these victims have put their faith in man and his religion and not in God.
The Bible warns us never to put our trust "in mortal men in whom there is no salvation" (Psalm 146:3) and "Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind ... and whose heart turns away from the Lord" (Jeremiah 17:5). Victims of abuse should not run from God, but "take refuge in the Lord" (Psalm 118:8), for the Lord redeems the soul of his servants and none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned (Psalm 34:22).
Why does Papal Rome think it can deal with paedophilia and adultery - but retain 'celibacy'?
How ironic it appears to people with genuine Christian beliefs to find that, after the child abuse accusations avalanched in the early part of this century, Papal Catholic priests usually simply vanished! Fifteen or more years after the clergy sex abuse scandal first exploded in the United States, Papal Rome has settled lawsuits, issued reports and overhauled guidelines and policies. But even when the same abusive priesthood was found equally guilty in Europe, and further afield, and Papal Rome issued new guidelines on how to handle sex abuse cases, the same thing remained glaringly absent in nearly every case: the accused priests.
Even though the vast majority were discovered to have been removed from ministry long ago and barred from celebrating Mass in public, administering the sacraments, wearing their clerical collars or presenting themselves as priests, church officials made the astonishing claim that they had no way to monitor where the men disappeared to! Incredibly, they claimed not to keep official data on how many were defrocked, stripped of their priestly status, imprisoned, placed on sex-offender lists, were sent to 'work' somewhere else - or even how many were dead!
How could so many 'priests' vanish from public view? Even if they 'took' early retirement Papal Rome would have their details - pensioners don't disappear from the secular world because they still have to deal with boring details, e.g. taxes, and there is no reason to believe Papal Rome is above these rules - unless you are familiar with the way they have bent 'normal' rules for centuries. As we now know, the perpetrators were transferred to other parishes or hidden away in other ways by their superiors, as we have already seen in the Boston cases. Papal Rome has covered itself so effectively that independently compiling data about what happened to these evil 'priests' is nearly impossible. Reports by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops revealed that (at least) 5,768 priests were accused from 1950 to 2009. Although the church viewed most of the allegations to be credible, the vast majority were never 'proved' because of the way in which their crimes were covered up and, as a result, many of the priests were never publicly identified. Since a comprehensive list of names does not exist - and because of the dreadful un-Christian behaviour and blatantly immoral cover-up by Papal Rome - victims groups often disagree with church officials on who should be included and therefore keep their own lists.
How has Papal Rome dealt with this appalling situation since they found they could no longer continue their evil charade?
On April 23, 2002, FoxNews.com presented this headline:
"Pope: Church has no place for predators," Dateline: Vatican City
Where does the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI fit in all this?
'The Pope spoke out about the Catholic Church sex scandal Tuesday and told American Cardinals that the abuse is a crime and there is no place in the Church for pedophiles. "The abuse which has caused this crisis is by every standard wrong and rightly considered a crime by society. It is also an appalling sin in the eyes of God," Pope John Paul II said at the start of the two day meeting: "People need to know that there is no place in the priesthood and religious life for those who would harm the young." Twelve cardinals and two bishops from the United States met with Vatican officials in Rome to find ways to stem the scandal that has shaken the confidence of the faithful, led to the resignation of one bishop, and cost the church millions of dollars in legal settlements. Church officials have been accused of covering up misconduct by priests, in some cases by moving known abusers from job to job. The Pope's remarks appear to indicate that the church would put up no impediments to cooperation with authorities investigating crimes. Cardinal Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles said the Americans would meet Tuesday night and work out a list of formal proposals for the U. S. church that should lead to a specific communiqué at the end of the meeting. "One cardinal has proposed creating a nation-wide panel of prominent Catholic laymen and women to make sure we have the best possible standards," Mahoney said before adding: "The Pope made the strongest language I've seen about what we call at home zero tolerance for abusive priests. The Pope made it very clear that there is no place in the priesthood for anyone who abuses minors". But Chicago's Archbishop George said the issues wasn't entirely clear because the Pope spoke of the possibility of Christian conversion, that radical decision to turn away from sin and back to God. Detroit Cardinal Adam Maida said that while in the past sexual abuse was seen as a sin; today we view it as a crime and. He said reports of abuse in his archdiocese were taken to civil authorities for investigation. Maida declared: 'That's the way to handle it...We need to root out the priests or other people who would take advantage of our young people'. Another issue to be decided was whether homosexuals should be excluded from the priesthood as suggested recently by the Pope's spokesman Joachim Navarro-Valls. Bishop Wilton Gregory, the head of the U. S. Conference of Bishops who participated in the meeting said 'it is an ongoing struggle to make sure that the Catholic priesthood is not dominated by homosexual men. The church officially does not forbid homosexually oriented priests but it requires that all priests maintain celibacy'. Maida, referring to the sex scandal, said: "I think what the behavioural scientists are telling us, the sociologists, it's not truly a pedophilia-type problem, but a homosexual problem.'
Bullet points will show just how un-Scriptural, dishonest, immoral, and illogical Papal Rome really is:
this has not been going on for a few years but since the beginning of this evil cult;ekklesia (true fellowship of Christ!) indulges in the evil of celibacy, either today or in the history of the world;
historians have named 'celibate popes' who were the sons of 'celibate popes'!;
it is not just paedophilia or homosexuality;
it is only comparatively recently that women in France and Ireland asked for an audience with the Pope because they gave birth to children by 'celibate priests' and were unable to tell their children the names of their fathers;
these women were pleading for Papal Rome to stop celibacy because it fails - it is a delusion;
celibacy is forced on people who want to be a priest in Papal Rome;
celibacy is not normal but un-natural and un-Biblical;
Peter, the man Papal Rome claims was the first Pope, had a wife - as we have proven;
apart from some Buddhist monks and monks in the Eastern Orthodox Church (whose 'priests' can marry), past pagan religions, and the few through history who have mimicked these past cults', it is only Papal Rome which practices the evils of celibacy!
Papal Rome has insisted upon celibacy even though many popes, among them Sergius III (904-11), John X (914-28), John XII (955-63), Benedict V (964), Innocent VIII (1484-92), Urban VIII (1623-44), and Innocent X (1644-55), as well as millions of cardinals, bishops, archbishops, monks, and priests throughout history, have repeatedly violated such vows. In addition to their many sins as false representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ Celibacy, celibacy has made the clergy of Papal Rome who engage in fornication guilty of making harlots out of those with whom they secretly co-habit and thus they prove that Rome is truly "the mother of harlots"! Sadly, the innocent and naive who are deceived by these lying men do not deserve to be labelled in such a manner - unless they insist on clinging to this false, anti-Christ cult!
The hypocrisy of Papal Rome was repeatedly exposed by the quotes to FoxNews. The cult officially does not forbid homosexually oriented priests but requires that all priests maintain celibacy. But it also claims that they need to ensure that their priesthood is not dominated by homosexual men while they have admitted that some of their seminaries acknowledge that 70% of those training are homosexuals! Not only do they effectively refute the claim that homosexual behaviour is normal, because it is a matter of genetics, but how do they explain how such a high percentage migrate to the same seminary? The plain truth is that the actions of Papal Rome in demanding celibacy is contrary to the Word of God and forces men to forgo normal sexual relations with a woman and then also creates a false situation which concentrates them in an all-male seminary. Papal Rome condoned the actions of their 'priests' for many years by covering up their actions, either by moving them from parish to parish or by other actions which includes hiding them outside of the church.
Papal Rome's downfall has been made more certain by the age of the Internet when people are easily able to share experiences and information with others all over the world in a matter of minutes. When people compare notes they can easily confirm that their suffering is not unique and has been part of others lives too! 'Unfortunately' for Papal Rome the world is also in the age when people do not just speak out - they also sue! The main cause is enforced celibacy coupled with fake spirituality.
From 2002 until his election as Pope, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger was Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such, the primus inter pares (a first among equals) among the Cardinals and "a major figure on the Vatican stage for a quarter of a century" with an influence "second to none when it came to setting church priorities and directions" as one of John Paul II's closest confidants (Walsh, Mary Ann, From Pope John Paul II to Benedict XVI: an inside look at the end of an era, the beginning of a new one, and the future of the church, Rowman & Littlefield, p135, 2005; ISBN 1-58051-202-X).
Ratzinger was originally a liberal theologian, but was said to have adopted conservative views in later years and his prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values. When he became Pope Benedict he revived a number of traditions, including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position and he was considered the main intellectual force in the Church.
Ratzinger's predecessor, John Paul II, was accused of ignoring the abuse of over 2,000 children during his 26-year papacy by blocking a probe into a cardinal who molested thousands of boys for decades (Pope John Paul ignored abuse of 2,000 boys, Times of India, Apr 4, 2010, 11.47 AM IST). The report dealt with the vile behaviour of Cardinal Hans Hermann Groër, an Austrian friend of John Paul's, who abused an estimated 2,000 boys over decades but never faced any sanction from Rome. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Groër's successor, criticised the handling of that scandal and other abuse cases and held a special service in St Stephen's cathedral in Vienna which he entitled "Admitting our guilt". Schönborn also admitted that Cardinal Ratzinger, prior to becoming Pope Benedict, had tried to investigate the abuses as head of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith when he made this statement:
"I have known Pope Benedict personally during 37 years of amiable acquaintance and I can say with certainty that he made entirely clear efforts not to cover things up but to tackle and investigate them. This was not always met with approval in the Vatican".
Who had the power to cover-up in such a manner other than the 'infallible' John Paul II?
Confidential Vatican document proves Papal Rome's policy called for absolute secrecy over sexual abuse by priests!
The Groër affair became public in 1995 when former pupils of a Catholic school accused him of sexual abuse and the resultant outcry led to him being replaced and made the prior of a convent. He was never punished and issued only a vague apology in 1998 before retreating to a nunnery where he lived until his death in 2003. In the usual traditions of Papal Rome some of his victims were offered "hush money" by the church.
Papal teaching means the abused knows they will be 'damned to hell' if they tell anyone about the abuse they suffered!
Another report by CBS News.com (August 6, 2003) carried the headline: "Sex Crimes Cover-up by Vatican?" Again, the report revealed the same details of Papal Roman Catholic priests in the USA abusing children in parish after parish while their superiors covered it all up. But CBS also exposed how the orders for the cover-up were written in Rome at the highest levels of the Vatican:
"CBS News correspondent Vince Gonzales has uncovered a church document kept secret for 40 years. The confidential Vatican document obtained by CBS News lays out a church policy that calls for absolute secrecy when it comes to sexual abuse by priests. Anyone who speaks out could be thrown out of the Church. The policy was written in 1962 by Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani. The document, once stored in the secret archives of the Vatican, focuses on crimes initiated as part of the confessional relationship and what it calls 'the worst crime - sexual assault committed by a priest, or attempted by him with youths of either sex, or with brute animals.' Bishops are instructed to pursue these cases in the most secretive way, restrained by a perpetual silence, and everyone, including the alleged victim, is to observe the strictest secrecy, which is commonly regarded as 'a secret of the holy office,' under the penalty of excommunication.
"Larry Drivon, a lawyer who represents alleged victims, said, 'This document is significant because it's a blueprint for deception.' Drivon said the document proves what he has alleged on behalf of victims and priest-abuse lawsuits - that the church engaged in Mafia-style behaviour, racketeering. 'It's an instruction manual on how to deceive and how to protect pedophiles,' Dryven said, 'and exactly how to avoid the truth coming out.'
"'The idea that this is some sort of blueprint to keep this secret is simply wrong,' said Monsignor Francis Maniscalco, spokesman for the U.S. Conference of Bishops. The conference said the document is being taken out of context - that it's a church law that deals only with religious crimes and sins, and that the secrecy is meant to protect the faithful from scandal. 'This is a system of law which is complete in itself and is not telling the bishops in any way about how to handle these crimes when they are considered as civil crimes,' Maniscalco said.
"But Richard Sipe, a former priest who has written about sex abuse and secrecy in the Church, said the document sends a chilling message. 'This is the code for how you must deal with sex by priests - you keep it secret at all costs,' Sipe said. 'And that's what's happened. It's happened in every diocese in this country. According to Church records, the document was a bedrock of Catholic sex-abuse policy until America's bishops met last summer and drafted new policies to address the crisis in the Church."
"Belgian Catholic Church Needs More Time"
This reveals the evil, dissembling nature of Papal Rome. When their spokesman talks about 'a system of law' he is tacitly revealing the truth about Roman Catholicism while trying not to admit that those who put their lives into the hands of this evil cult are putting themselves into bondage to the popes. And the clear statement:
'Bishops are instructed to pursue these cases in the most secretive way, restrained by a perpetual silence, and everyone, including the alleged victim, is to observe the strictest secrecy, which is commonly regarded as 'a secret of the holy office,' under the penalty of excommunication' means that a young child who has been abused is literally threatened with excommunication. By the strict, literal, teachings of the Papal Roman Catholic Church this means the abused is told they will be 'damned to hell' if they tell anyone about the abuse they suffered. This is the incredible evil of Papal Rome!
As Papal Rome's own historians have revealed, just a few centuries ago the popes held emperors and empires in fear and bondage by this threat of excommunication because, in those days, everyone who had never discovered the real truth of Christianity (found in the Bible alone) believed that being cast out of the Church meant you were consigned to Hell, for 'there was no salvation outside the Church' - and, of course, this is the same mantra that Papal Roman Catholics parrot to us in their e-mails - to this day!
Even modest research reveals that the early popes did not even try hard to hide their lives with concubines and lovers - or the fact that they also married and even presided over the marriage of their children in St. Peters! This went on for centuries but the pretence of celibacy was progressively covered up until comparatively recent times. Even Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI would not compromise on the pretence of celibacy and the illusion that it somehow elevates 'priests' and aids them in their role in the church. But another reason for this false tradition is the fact that, without a family relying on them, when they die they don't pass on their property to children but to the Church of Rome.
The title of an article in The London Telegraph, Sept. 13, 2010, read:
There are just as many sexual scandals involving 'Protestants' and Jews?
"A report, by a special independent commission, last week uncovered 475 cases of sex abuse committed by at least 91 priests, other clergy or church workers in every congregation in Belgium. At least 13 victims committed suicide following abuse carried out over four decades, the investigation found. Archbishop Andre-Mutien Leonard, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium, admitted that the report 'and the suffering it contains make us shiver.' 'We want to draw the necessary lessons from the mistakes of the past,' he said. But Archbishop Leonard pleaded for extra time after, he said, 'a feeling of anger and powerlessness' had gripped the Church in the wake of the allegations, the resignation of a bishop and police raids on Catholic buildings earlier in the summer. 'The challenge is so big and touches on so many emotions, it seems impossible to us to present a new proposal in all its details,' he said. The Archbishop promised that in future any abusers would be kicked out of the priesthood but gave no details about how the church would work with police and victims when crimes are reported. He insisted that it was up to the Vatican, not the Belgium church, to punish Roger Vangheluwe, the former bishop of Bruges, who resigned in April after confessing to having abused his nephew and to then having tried to pay off the boy's family."
What was the result of the serious abuse by this 'bishop'?
This is the essence of the Wikipedia article:
'On 23 April 2010 Pope Benedict XVI accepted Vangheluwe's resignation after his admission that he had repeatedly sexually abused his nephew for 13 years, starting when the boy was just 5 years old. The abuse began when Vangheluwe was a priest and continued after he was made a bishop. His is the first episcopal resignation in Belgium relating to the sexual abuse of minors. ...Vangheluwe's resignation was announced at a press conference by Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard. Leonard said that Vangheluwe's resignation shows that the Catholic Church in Belgium wants to "turn over a leaf from a not very distant past." .... When asked during a university lecture on 19 April 2010 how pedophilia should best be discussed in class, Vangheluwe replied: "I think you need to be well informed about these things. In a way, it's not a tougher subject than many others. Yes, it's embarrassing, it's scandalous. But then again, so are many other things [...] Also, there have been some articles that imply that pedophilia is nowhere so little prevalent as in the Church [...]". ... As late as 21 April 2010, Vangheluwe had written a column in a regional edition of the Flemish Catholic weekly Kerk en Leven ("Church and Life"), saying that "at present we suffer from the scandals that batter the Church: everywhere there are stories of priests abusing children. It's horrible to see these things surface, and they hurt us deeply. Nevertheless, this shouldn't blind us from the fact that the majority of priests lead exemplary lives and represent a support to many. (...) They aspire to imitate Jesus." ... On 26 April 2010, it was reported that Vangheluwe had retired to Westvleteren Abbey ... with a state pension of about US$3,600 a month. ... On 12 September 2010, The Huffington Post reported that Vangheluwe would immediately leave the abbey and had stated that "as of today, I will contemplate my life and future somewhere hidden, outside the bishopry of Bruges." ... On 4 April 2011, the Reuters news service reported that prosecution of Vangheluwe is not possible because the crimes occurred too long ago. ... On 12 April 2011 it was announced that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ruled that Vangheluwe had to leave Belgium and undergo spiritual and psychological treatment. The statement said that "evidently he is not allowed any public exercise of priestly and episcopal ministry. The psychological treatment is provided by the Congregation to obtain additional information useful for diagnosis and prognosis, to come to a final decision, which remains the responsibility of the congregation itself, and to be approved by the Holy Father (i.e., the Pope). This decision will of course take into account the different aspects of the issue, beginning with the suffering of the victims and the needs of justice. The process is still ongoing and therefore the decision taken so far by the Congregation is interlocutor and not final.". ... On 14 April 2011, Vangheluwe gave an interview to Flemish TV-station VT4. In the interview, he admitted to abusing another nephew. He also stated that he did not see himself as a pedophile. The interview caused indignation in Belgium. ... On 24 April 2011 (Easter), Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard strongly condemned the interview, stating it was "bad timing" because the Vatican had insisted that Vangheluwe remained silent. Leonard further called the interview "shocking".'
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For those who join the ignorant in believing that every other 'church' or 'religion' must be as guilty as the Papal Roman Catholic cult in systematically abusing children, we suggest they begin by searching Wikipedia and summarise the number of abusers in all categories to see how others compare with the fairly brief examples given here!
We remind you again that true Christians were never associated with the Papal Roman Catholic cult and its many offshoots, such as Anglicanism, but kept themselves separated just as the Christians of the earlier centuries did as the popes tried to exterminate them.
There have been sexual scandals involving 'evangelicals' in the USA, such as Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart (both of whom are recognised as heretical cult leaders by TCE) and adultery where pastors are involved with members of their flock and even divorce their wives (probably in every denomination of 'Protestant churches' ), but these consist of only a small fraction compared with those exposed in Papal Rome and with no evidence of the extensive paedophilia that is thoroughly proven amongst the priests and bishops of the Papal Roman Catholic Church.
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