IN A VOTE CARRIED ALMOST UNANIMOUSLY BISHOPS PROMISED THAT THE CHURCH’S DAYS OF CONCEALMENT AND INACTION WERE OVER. CHURCH LEADERS VOTED TO REMOVE ANY PRIEST WHO HAD EVER ABUSED A MINOR AND SET UP CIVILIAN REVIEW BOARDS TO INVESTIGATE CLERGY MISCONDUCT CLAIMS.
Sadly this vote was taken not in 2018 but in 2002 at a Dallas gathering of bishops. Little it seems has changed. While they imposed new standards that led to the removal of hundreds of priests, the bishops in Dallas specifically excluded themselves from the landmark child protection measures. They contended that only the pope had authority to discipline them, saying peer pressure and public or private shaming euphemistically called “fraternal correction”would ensure their good conduct. Clearly they were wrong.
Such attempts to maintain internal control through the hierarchical process lie at the very heart of the scandals now engulfing the church.
When a vote was taken at the recent Baltimore bishops conference to recommend the Vatican make public the entire file of the disgraced Cardinal McCarrick, Cardinal Cupich took the floor stating that the bishops should vote down any such measure. Cupich a close supporter of Pope Francis, presented an alternative plan, in line with Vatican policies which would maintain the status quo ensuring any allegation against a bishop would be investigated through the Vaticans’ internal procedures. The surprise proposal is alleged to have been a collaboration with Cardinal Weurl whose resignation the pope was recently forced to accept, due to his alleged involvement in covering up the prolific sexual abuse of McCarrick. Continue reading →
POPE FRANCIS INTERVENES TO STOP BISHOPS VOTING ON NEW CHILD ABUSE POLICIES AT US CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS
Many bishops see urgent reform as the only way to save the church in light of repeated scandals involving sexual abuse by priests. The agenda at the Bishops bi annual conference held in Baltimore on November 12th 2018, included proposals for a code of conduct for bishops and a lay panel to investigate claims of misconduct or negligence by bishops. These were the proposals.
A full investigation into how bishops allowed McCarrick to be promoted
Archbishop Carlo Viganò’s claims of a homosexual network acting within the hierarchy
Opening of confidential channels for reporting complaints against bishops
Under canon law, only the Pope can hold bishops accountable and this proposal was apparently perceived as a threat by Francis who intervened to delay the vote.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the USCCB, appeared bemused as he announced that the Holy See had insisted at the 11th hour that the bishops should not vote on their own proposals. Instead they must wait until after February when Pope Francis meets at the Vatican with the heads of bishops’ conferences from around the world. Skeptics view this as a further means of delaying long needed action.Continue reading →
In August 2018 Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released his grand jury report which found more than 1,000 cases of child abuse by more than 300 priests through “wholesale institutional failure that endangered the welfare of children” in all six Pennsylvania dioceses were investigated, including Pittsburgh. The report offered “a window into the conduct” of bishops “and the crimes they permitted to occur on their watch”. It included Cardinal Wuerl’s involvement (mentioned more than 160 times) in covering up his role in allegedly concealing sexual abuse and transferring various homosexual predator clergy. Weurl denied the accusations, however the Attorney General insisted “Cardinal Wuerl is not telling the truth.’
When the scandal involving Cardinal Theodore McCarrick erupted in 2018, Weurl denied any knowledge or involvement in a cover up. As bishop of Pittsburgh for 18 years, it is inconceivable that he was unaware of the notorious behaviour of his predecessor. Wuerl was accused by former papal diplomat Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, of knowing about allegations that McCarrick had sexually abused seminarians but made emphatic denials. “[He] lies shamelessly,” says Vigano, “I myself brought up the subject with Cardinal Wuerl on several occasions”. Archbishop Vigano also stated that Pope Francis had personally lifted sanctions imposing ‘house arrest’ against McCarrick by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, before elevating him to the College of Cardinals. Continue reading →
Perhaps the most shocking aspect of the following videos is the willingness of parents to subject their children to questionable aggressive behaviour by some priests which would never be accepted in secular life. Parents standing by as their infant is slapped by the priest or obediently queuing in line with their children at the altar to receive the priests ‘blessing in the form of what can only be described as physical assault. Their deference to the priests in question demonstrates the effectiveness of religious indoctrination and goes some way to explaining how the sexual abuse by clergy could have continued unchallenged for so long.
The recent video of the baptism of a baby where an elderly priest slapped the baby has to be seen to be believed and understandably went viral.
The elderly French priest described the assault on French radio as ‘not that severe…somewhere between a caress and a slap’ saying that he was ‘just trying to calm the child down.’ Surprisingly, the parents of the child have accepted his apology for his ‘clumsiness‘. His bishop has suspended him from all baptisms and marriage celebrations, describing the incident as ‘a loss of coolness that can be explained but not excused’. stating that ‘a baptism can be long and the baby was crying a lot’...‘it is regrettable but understandable and great age certainly played a part’.Continue reading →
Language is social – It is the tool that conveys traditions and values related to group identity, a means of expressing our thoughts, feelings and intentions to those we are talking to. Used respectfully it enriches and enables, used negatively it can demean and even demonize both individuals and social groups.‘Transliteration’ is a particular form used to emphasise something important that a writer or speaker would like to express. It can be framed to be inclusive, i.e. encompassing divergent views or groups, or be divisive, promoting disagreement or open hostility. It requires a certain skill. President Trump is no orator and is limited to hyperbole, devoid of diplomacy and nuance, using the basic principles of repetition, simplistic ideas and short phrases known to appeal to voters’ emotions, rather than their intellects. This approach encourages the listener’s imagination, transporting them to a scenario in tune with their beliefs, when this is fear based, deep seated emotions are ignited. Energy is magnified by the numbers present, political rallies providing the perfect environment to whip up passions, creating a perfect storm. Continue reading →
A timely reminder of the power of words at a time when President Trumps rhetoric is causing great concern worldwide with many questioning the part this plays in inciting violence.
ELOQUENCE AND DIGNITY OF EXPRESSION PERSUADES AND CONVINCES, ELEVATING BOTH THE SPEAKER AND THOSE WHO HEAR THE WORDS.
Words have power, the voice expresses the Will and can be used as a tool to inspire or as a weapon to wound. Religions and spiritual movements draw upon ancient traditions incorporating a formula of collective repetitive prayer, chanting and singing to strengthen and unify followers. Examples being the catholic Rosary, Buddhist chants and Islamic prayers recited collectively 5 times daily.
There is an exact formula used throughout time by those who wish to empower or manipulate their followers by reinforcing and heightening their beliefs. Vocal expression can empower and unify or inflame and divide, certain factors induce momentum and the effect is magnified by intention and numbers. Powerful delivery charged with emotion can be expected to inspire action for that is its purpose.
WHEN NEIGHBOURS COMPLAINED TO THE SWISS GENDARMERIE OF THE NOISE FROM ADJACENT VATICAN APARTMENTS, THEY ATTENDED AND FOUND A COCAINE FUELLED HOMOSEXUAL ORGY TAKING PLACE HOSTED BY CATHOLIC CLERGY
The apartment in question was once occupied by Cardinal Ratzinger prior to his election as Pope Benedict. The current resident is Monsignor Luigi Capozzi, secretary to Cardinal Coccopalmerio, Italian media has reported that Pope Francis had been made aware of Capozzi’s predilections before allocating the apartment. Three priests and a high ranking cleric within the Curia have individually stated that Cardinal Coccopalmerio 80, was present at the orgy when gendarmes entered but was instructed by the gendarmerie to leave immediately before arrests were made.
“Our laws don’t require us to tell you…we answer to God”
SCANDALS INVOLVING FINANCIAL ABUSES AT THE VATICAN BANK HAVE BEEN WELL AIRED FOR DECADES. POWER ABUSE TAKES MANY FORMS AND THE LINKS BETWEEN MONEY, POWER AND SEXUAL ABUSE ARE NOW BEING REVEALED.
TheInstitute for the Works of Religion(IOR) commonly known as theVatican Bank, is in effect a privately held firm run by a CEO who reports to a committee of cardinals and the Pope. It is housed in a medieval fortress in Vatican City. The bank was founded by Pope Pius XII in June 1942 “to provide for the safekeeping and administration of movable and immovable property transferred or entrusted to it’. The pope is the ruler of both the Holy See and the Vatican City State. The purpose of the IOR is stated to be: ‘to serve the global mission of the Catholic Church by way of protecting and growing its customer’s assets through specialised financial services to the Catholic Church worldwide’
THE BANK HAS BEEN ROCKED BY SUCCESSIVE FINANCIAL SCANDALS FOR DECADES. A culture of secrecy and untraceable cash transfers made the Vatican Bank one of the world’s most notorious financial institutions. Since much of its money comes from collection plates, the IOR handles unusually large amounts of cash; money is sent covertly to churches and voluntary groups in poor countries and failed states without functioning banking systems. Religious orders who own 85% of the bank’s funds had deposited around $3.1bn for safekeeping in 2013. They received around 1% in interest, however money invested in government bonds at an average of 3.3% generated profits of more than $70m for the bank. Continue reading →
The Pontifical Swiss Guard (also known as the Papal Swiss Guard) serves as the de facto military unit of the Vatican with responsibility for the security of the Pope. An ecclesiastical state, Vatican City is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church. With its 110 acres it is the world’s smallest fully independent nation-state. Sovereignty is exercised by the Pope as the head of the Roman Catholic Church, he has absolute executive, legislative and judicial powers within the city. Vatican City has its own telephone system, post office, fire brigade, a radio station, its own banking system, an astronomical observatory, and a pharmacy. In addition Vatican City has its own police force known as the Gendarmerie Corps of Vatican City State which augments the Pontifical Swiss Guard during the Pope’s appearances,
While the Swiss Guards may appear to be no more than a quaint spear carrying medieval remnant, they are in fact an elite force of hand picked warriors selected for their courage and loyalty to the Pope. Those who pass the rigorous selection process are sworn in by the Pope himself on May 6th each year.Continue reading →
IS POPE FRANCIS A BENEVOLENT REFORMER TRYING TO DRAG THE CATHOLIC CHURCH INTO THE 21st CENTURY OR THE LAST POPE, PROPHESIED FOR CENTURIES, WHO WILL PRESIDE OVER THE FALL OF A CORRUPT CHURCH IN THE ‘END TIMES’?
For many, Francis is the long awaited ‘man of the people’ the personification of humility, taking the name in honour of St Francis of Assisi, the saint who rejected wealth for a life of poverty and simplicity. From the outset Francis demonstrated his intention to align with the poor by eschewing the trappings of the papacy; carrying his own bags and paying his own bills, favouring fiats and fords as opposed to the papal mercedes and choosing to live in a modest apartment rather than the papal palace. This along with initial promises to clean up the Vatican Bank, long mired in scandal and corruption, his statement that there would be zero tolerance of clerical abuse and his anticipated reform of the Curia were enthusiastically welcomed. A rock star persona rivalling even that of the much loved Pope John Paul ll resulted..Continue reading →