From Ireland To U.S., The Roman Catholic Child Sex Abuse Scandal Seems Endless


Those solemn men in robes who tell women what to do with their wombs but have proven beyond a doubt that they are incapable of telling their priests what they can’t do with their willies, are still at it. I speak, of course, of that bastion of hypocrisy and perversion — the Roman Catholic Church.

Herewith a round-up:

VATICAN URGED IRISH CHURCH TO LAY OFF

My late father’s side of the family is devoutly Irish Roman Catholic, and while my father quietly renounced the church after leaving home at age 18, much of my childhood was informed by Masses, prayers before dinner at my paternal grandmother’s house and the religious imagery on the otherwise bare walls of her modest row home. All of this makes the reality that the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland is dying all the more extraordinary.

Nearly 88 percent of all Irish are Catholic and numbers on how many of them are leaving the church are unreliable, but there is no doubt that the church is dying there thanks to a Vatican-sanctioned wickedness that has continued under the unwatchful eye of Pope Benedict XVI. It is difficult to be shocked anymore over the sex abuse scandal that has roiled Ireland for years involving hundreds of priests who abused thousands of children in a Catholic-run childcare network and, of course, were protected by the church.

But a new government report is a jaw dropper: Even after supposedly tougher Vatican guidelines were put in place in 1996 requiring that the police be notified about all child abuse allegations, two-thirds of such cases were kept from authorities by the archdiocese from 1996 to 2007 because, it seems, of a secret Vatican letter that urged treating the guidelines as non-binding.

“The rape and torture of children were downplayed or managed to uphold instead, the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and ‘reputation,” said Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the Irish prime minister. “It is difficult to read the report . . . and avoid despair.”

It is the first time that there has been direct evidence that the Vatican deliberately attempted to thwart law enforcement inquiries into the abuse, and the response from the Vatican to the report and letter was predictably unapologetic. Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the report was “somewhat unfortunate and disingenuous” and claimed there was nothing in the letter that could be interpreted as encouraging a cover-up.

There have been calls for the Irish government to expel the papal nuncio, but a government minister has ruled that out in the service of keeping diplomatic channels open.

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF IN PHILADELPHIA

Closer to home, Cardinal Justin Rigali has finally stepped aside as head of the Philadelphia Catholic Archdiocese amidst a lingering sex abuse scandal that came to a head in February when a grand jury found that there had been a horrifying range of crimes, including rape, committed by priests and that high-rankling archdiocesan officials had sought to cover them up. A grand jury had issued similar findings in 2005, but little was done.

Cardinal Rigali had asserted early in the year that there were no priests in active ministry who had been accused of abuse, but then reversed field and suspended 21 of them in one day, prompting criticism that he should have alerted prosecutors sooner.

The cardinal’s successor as the head of the region’s 1.5 million Catholics is Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, a pop-off who has spoken out in favor of denying communion to Catholic officeholders who support abortion and gay rights. He also criticized the University of Notre Dame, a Catholic institution, for granting President Obama an honorary degree in 2009 because of his stance on abortion.

MIAMI VICE

John C. Favalora likes attractive young men to sit on his lap and allegedly treats them to trips in the Florida Keys. He was, until recently, part owner of a company that makes “all natural” erection-inducing beverages. He’s also the Archbishop Emeritus of Miami.

Favalora, who was the most powerful Catholic official in Southern Florida from 1994 until last year, stands accused of cultivating what one group of Catholics describes as a corrupt “homosexual superculture” in the 195 churches, schools, missions, seminaries, and universities that make up the Miami Archdiocese.

If their allegations are to true, for 16 years Favalora ran his organization like the Mafia don, rewarding his favorite homosexual sons and forgiving their many indiscretions. These allegedly include rampant sex, embezzlement, alcoholism, and the railroading of chaste priests among them—while punishing those who tried to complained.

11 Comments

  1. This is the same old Catholic Church. It’s been a corrupt institution with no moral authority for 2,000 years. The only difference is the Church has lost much of it’s power and it’s sins are now being exposed.

  2. Don’t forget its left-wing activism that crosses legal as well as moral and political lines in past and present years (anti-US-Western nukes, “liberation theology,” anti-Reagan “sanctuary” activism, still such a notoriety, the contemporary form that’s like liberal Dem activism. Cardinal Mahony was (and still is) notorious.

    http://cliniclegal.org/blog/11.....immigrants

    Just flirting with (sign-em-up-as-Dems) amnesty in 2010 (to the extent that many liberal activists were disappointed or upset) got the Dems in trouble and contributed slightly (and additionally) to the 2010 election results.

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/b.....y-campaign

    It’s not just those activist black Baptist churches at it, you know.

  3. Thanks Shaun. Enda Kenny has more cojones than any president of any country thus far in this … there’s not a good enough word for it Shaun. Schmerzenreich comes close… rich in sorrow, meant in the most grief-stricken way. Chaput was our AB, and many are glad to be rid of him and many are crying because they will miss him. He is an ultra-right GOP republican… read his book at library: Render unto Caesar. His biggest harm was he publically prevented a little child from being enrolled in a catholic school last year because her parents are lesbian mothers. Because the immigrants from Mex and Central America are the next ‘uneducated’ and needy population, he has provided programs for them: they are the current money base for the church. It’s no liberation theology or anything else. It is business. Ratzinger was in charge during the years of charges of sexual intrusions on minors. It is on his head. Seriously. Here is an article I wrote on the matter in June 2002, “A Slaughter of Innocence” (it was uploaded to U.S. Catholic’s new website in 2010). I’m afraid it is a little over the top about proper conduct and sincerity for the victims. I was red hot mad. Now, I’m only hot mad. Millions of us across the world are. Very similar to what we see in Congress right now, lots of posturing at the top and sides, lots of NON-eyewitnesses and postulators, lots of self-preservation, and no care and regard for the people foremost.

    http://www.uscatholic.org/chur.....-innocence

  4. I think people should ban together and hire private investigators to follow Catholic clergy, (and maybe even others), where ever they, whatever they do, 24/7, wearing a habit or not. Be a sure way to find truth with this never ending saga of horror and filth. Separate the wheat from the chaff it would.

  5. Dr. Estes-

    I follow this also and with great interest.

    After reading your, “Slaughter of Innocence”, I wonder if the proper people are reading you? One can hardly expect a Bishop to read your learned words if they won’t even finish a simple memo describing and pointing out a pedophile priest within their own Diocese. I really don’t think they care at all. I think sexual intrigue of all sorts is pandemic among the Catholic clergy. Makes me shudder when I see one of them.

    http://findarticles.com/p/arti.....n57791390/

  6. I’m an atheist who considers himself a not douchebag angry kid kind of atheist that we are so often portrayed as. But as I get older I find it hard to not get furious when I think of Jesus’ teachings and how badly the Catholic church seems to have missed the point of them. My family on my father’s side is VERY Catholic and so I’m fairly in tune with how it works. It amazes me they can make a connection between the life Jesus led, the things he taught, and the massive money and power of the institution of the Roman Catholic Church. Most roman catholics I know are very conservative, favor the death penalty, and are quite obsessed with money, not very forgiving, and not very compassionate to the poor.

    But all that pales next to the outrage of them actually being a protector of child abusers and going very far out of their way to protect their own at the expense of children. What can you say? I guess its better than it was in the middle ages, but its still pretty rotten.

  7. I think religious bigotry and racial bigotry have the exact same moral status.

  8. slamfu-

    The Catholic church is regimented. I think regimentation destroys the human spirit. Actually I find most Catholics don’t know their own catechism very well. Apparently choosing to follow the, “regimentation”, as a daily substitute. Nonetheless, the Catholic faithful are no better or worse than any other faith. Or non faith.

    It’s just that it would seem that the institutional regimentation of the Catholic Church, would serve to prevent such horrible acts far more often than more decentralized faiths. But that does not seem the case.

  9. “It’s just that it would seem that the institutional regimentation of the Catholic Church, would serve to prevent such horrible acts far more often than more decentralized faiths.”

    Actually, it’s not that surprising when you understand the dynamics of large organizations. In any group, when a scandal is discovered, the people usually get angry and try to get rid of the person (or get them to change, but in child-abuse cases, that’s not likely). In the past, the Catholic church would try to silence the outrage and remove that person — to another church.

    All large organizations learn to control the message. At one medium-sized company, we were told that all media contact had to go through one person, and were trained on how to handle the media during possible conflicts. That control, however, can be used to keep down both clumsy messages, and legitimate whistle-blowing.

  10. Prof-

    I’m talking about faith. The application of faith. The practice of faith. The mystery of faith. Which supplants, (or is supposed to), worldly tendencies among the faithful. IMO, regimentation can cause an ignoring, or, otherwise a trivialization of our direct communication with God, once established. Whereas Catholics appear to believe that regimentation is a discipline of rather mindless obedience to clergy, church and thus to God. Considering these never ending sexual scandals associated with Catholic, (but not entirely Catholic), clergy, one tends to consider technique in remaining close to good, which is God.

    I’m not sure how faith would apply to group behavior within a business.

  11. My father is Presbyterian minister, who has seen, all too closely, the politics of their leadership. It’s safe to say that all organizations, regardless of their purpose, are subject to human nature. Obviously, no one would tolerate that kind of behavior on Christian grounds.

    I guess that’s why I prefer non-denominational churches.

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