Thursday, April 17, 2008

Opus Dei Pope #2 - Benedict XVI praise the most corrupt crop of Bishops in Washington, DC

Obviously the Opus Dei Pope #2 still doesn't get it and will die not getting it. He is praising the very corrupt crop of Cardinals and Bishops who covered-up and perpetuated the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army. The Opus Dei and their number 2 pope are living in a different planet at the Vatican amidst pomp and daily pageantry. Survivors of US clergy abuse just disclosed 19 Bishops pedophiles and are demanding the United Nations to investigate the Vatican and the Pope for violating the charter of Children's Rights.

Justice does not reside within the Church but rather within the secular world. It was secular lawyers that got some justice for the countless American victims of clergy sexual abuse. It was always Benedict XVI then Cardinal Ratzinger and the Opus Dei who for more than 27 years covered-up this most heinous crime agianst American children in the 20th century.

Victims - Attackers - Responsible Leader

Pearl Harbor - 3,000 victims - 170 planes - Admiral Yamamoto

WTC & 9/11 attacks - 5,000 victims - 19 Muslims - Osama bin Laden

USA Priest Pedophilia - 12,000 victims - 5,448 priests - John Paul II & Benedict XVI & Opus Dei (the new Catholic Trinity)


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Washington Post

Pope Praises U.S. Bishops' 'Efforts to Heal' After Abuse Scandals

By Alan Cooperman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 17, 2008; Page A10

While flying from Rome to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI told reporters aboard Shepherd One, his Alitalia airliner, that he was "deeply ashamed" of pedophilia in the priesthood. But in more extensive remarks yesterday, he said sexual abuse of children is found "in every sector of society" and suggested that U.S. bishops can take pride in being part of the solution.

"Your efforts to heal and protect are bearing great fruit not only for those directly under your pastoral care, but for all of society," Benedict told 300 U.S. bishops at an evening prayer service at the Basilica of the National Shrine.

The pope's remarks renewed debate over a contention that has sometimes been made by U.S. Catholic leaders -- that the Church does not have more of a problem with sexual abuse than do public schools or youth groups and that the Church has just been more forthright in confronting it.

Sex abuse victims rebutted that argument, saying the essence of the scandal is not that priests molested children, but that for years bishops covered up the crimes, moving predators among parishes without notifying police, the public or pastors.

"This was the first time the pope has publicly looked directly into the faces of the men responsible for the coverup of sex crimes in churches all across this country," said Peter J. Isely of Milwaukee, who was abused in a Wisconsin seminary in the mid-1970s. "Instead of reprimanding them, he praised them, which is . . . the exact opposite of what the vast majority of American Catholics feel about their bishops."

Benedict said sex abuse was sometimes handled badly by the Church hierarchy. But he also said the scandal should be seen "within the wider context of sexual mores," including pornography and violence in popular culture.

"We need to reassess urgently the values underpinning society, so that a sound moral formation can be offered to young people and adults alike," the pope said. "All have a part to play in this task -- not only parents, religious leaders, teachers and catechists, but the media and entertainment industries, as well."

Monsignor Steve Rossetti, a priest and psychologist, hailed the pope's remarks as "a challenge to society -- if you're really committed to dealing with this problem, you've got to do it throughout society, not just in the church."

Four years ago, a study commissioned by the U.S. bishops found that about 5,000 U.S. priests, or 4 percent of all who have served since 1950, have been credibly accused of abusing minors.

"That study demonstrated to me that the problem is really no greater in the Catholic Church than anywhere else," said Rossetti, who heads the St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, which treats priests for psychological problems.

Rossetti said no comparable figures are available for the percentage of abusers in other walks of life, such as schoolteachers and scoutmasters. But he said that "anyone working in the field would say it's got to be at least 4 percent of adult males in the United States, and that's another point in favor of the church. At least we came up with some numbers."

Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, a psychologist in Charlotte who works with sex abuse victims, called the pope's comments "depressing."

"On the one hand, he's correct that sexual abuse is a problem found throughout society. He's even right that clergy abuse represents a relatively small percentage of all sexual abuse cases -- about 45 percent are abused by family members, 45 percent by other people they know and 10 percent by strangers," she said. "But as usual, the hierarchy of the church is completely missing the boat, because the hierarchy in fact enabled abuse."

O'Dea was one of four lay people invited by the U.S. bishops to address them in 2002 in Dallas, where they adopted a charter calling for the permanent removal of abusers.

She noted that aboard Shepherd One, Benedict said the Church must prevent pedophiles from entering seminaries. The idea that the Church can keep sex abusers out of the priesthood is "absurd, because there is no known test . . . that will allow them to do that," she said.

"The central problem has never been sexual abuse by priests," O'Dea said. "The issue has been when a child or a parent reports abuse, what is the response?"


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SNAP Press Release
Giving Voice to Victims


For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, April 16

Clergy sex abuse victims cite worst US Cardinals

Pope will meet with them today in Washington DC

Group wants him to publicly censure at least one of them

New list outlines recent examples of 'recklessness, secrecy & deceit'

Houston, Chicago, Boston, LA and New York archdioceses are named

At a sidewalk news conference today in Washington DC, leaders of a suppport group for clergy sex abuse victims are releasing what they call a list of 'America's worst Cardinals' regarding the clergy molestation and cover up scandal.

Using publicly documented sources, SNAP leaders outline "troubling cases of very recent cover-ups and failures," undertaken since US bishops adopted an allegedly binding national child sex policy that mandates 'openness' in clergy sex cases.

The list includes the heads of the Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Boston and New York archdioceses.

"It's important for the Pope to understand that it's not just especially recalcitrant bishops or inexperience bishops who are still being corrupt," said Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP's outreach director. "Even now, just a few short years after promising to reform themselves, some of the most powerful and well-educated American Catholic officials continue to act recklessly, secretively and deceitfully in child sex abuse cases."

In one case, a cardinal let a school principal keep working at a school during a police investigation (Los Angeles). In another case, a cardinal withheld a credible child abuse report from the police and parishioners for two months (Houston). In a third case, national church officials have found a cardinal in violation of the US bishops national child molestation policy two years in a row, for refusing to offer abuse training to all the kids in his archdiocese (Boston).

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A copy of SNAP's fact sheet is below. It is being sent later today to the Papal Nuncio in Washington DC.

FACT SHEET – America’s worst 5 Catholic Cardinals on child sex abuse & cover-ups

NOTE: This list focuses largely on the Cardinals’ admitted, proven, and alleged misdeeds within the past six years, AFTER the US bishops pledged to respond more quickly, openly and compassionately to clergy child molestation.

(For decades, however, these highly-educated men knew that child sex crimes were illegal, wrong and hurtful.)

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago

-- In August 2005, Fr. Daniel McCormack was questioned by the police because of abuse allegations. Two months later, the Chicago lay review board recommended that George suspend McCormack. George refused, kept silent and let his chancellor promote McCormack. Three months later, police arrested McCormack again. During those last few months of his active parish ministry in Chicago’s inner city, McCormack molested at least three boys, the district attorney said. (One of the children, prosecutors say, had been assaulted “on an almost daily” basis.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/09/national/09priest.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

McCormack has pled guilty to child molestation.

Later, records obtained by victims’ attorneys showed that in 1999, a school principal reported accusations against McCormack to archdiocesan officials. Nothing was done.

Adding insult to injury, five high ranking church officials closely involved in this fiasco have since been promoted.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2008/01_02/2008_01_24_Hogan_TheCardinal.htm

The female veteran school principal (who was the only archdiocesan staffer to call the police) has, however, been fired. Church authorities refuse to say why.

http://reform-network.net/?p=606

-- While the McCormack case has received some attention, George has displayed shocking callousness, recklessness and secrecy in other, post-2002 cases. Perhaps most notably, within months of the adoption of the so-called ‘reforms’ in Dallas, George knowingly and secretly let a convicted predator priest (Fr. Kenneth Martin) work in the archdiocese and live, part-time, with George in George’s mansion.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news5/2003_03_02_Falsani_PriestsCase.htm

Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles

• In 2005 or 2006, LA church and school officials were questioned by police about current child sex abuse allegations against John Malburg. Malburg was a Catholic high school principal from a politically prominent family. The archdiocese didn't suspend him. They told no one about the investigation. Six months later, Malburg was arrested and criminally charged. Parents asked church officials "Why didn't you tell us? Why didn't you suspend him?" Cardinal Mahony's PR man told the LA Times "Law enforcement told us to keep quiet." The next day, in the LA Times, prosecutors said they never made any such request.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/11_12/2006_11_19_NBC4_ArchdioceseChurch.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news5/2006_11_17_Hong_CorruptionTarget.htm

• In just nine months, police say, Fr. Nicholas Aguilar Rivera, sexually assaulted at least 26 boys in Los Angeles.

In August 2007, long-secret church records about Aguilar were publicly disclosed. According to the New York Times, the documents showed that then-Msgr. Thomas Curry “tipped off” the accused pedophile priest who then fled to Mexico to avoid criminal prosecution.(An LA district attorney said Curry “facilitated” Aguilar’s flight.) Aguilar went on to molest kids in Mexico later.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/09_10/2006_10_21_McKinley_AccusedPriests.htm

Curry is now one of Mahony’s auxiliary bishops. Despite public pleas to discipline Curry, or at least speak out about Curry’s irresponsible secrecy, Mahony said and did nothing.

• For years, Mahony stayed secretly let an admitted child molesting cleric live in his archdiocese (in a picturesque religious complex overlooking the ocean), despite the cleric’s being wanted on criminal charges in Canada. In 2005, when SNAP and others demanded that Mahony and his colleagues turn Franciscan friar Gerald Chumik to law enforcement, he let Chumik move from Santa Barbara Mission Church in Santa Barbara to Missouri.

For 14 years, Chumik has been a fugitive from his native Canada.

SNAP leaders believe this needlessly put children at risk and is a clear violation of the much-touted Dallas Charter which all American bishops adopted in June of 2002.

• Elected district attorneys rarely feud in public with powerful religious figures. But in October 2005, (more than three years after Mahony pledged “openness” about child sex abuse and cover ups), Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said “Three years ago, I urged Cardinal Mahony to provide the fullest possible disclosure of evidence of sexual abuse by clergy. Despite two court rulings ordering full disclosure, Cardinal Mahony continues to claim ‘confidentiality privileges’ that no court has recognized.”

http://da.co.la.ca.us/mr/archive/2005/101205a.htm?zoom_highlight=clergy

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston

• In November 2007, a victim reported having been sexually abused by Fr. Stephen Horn between 1989 and 1993. DiNardo found him credible and suspended Horn. The Cardinal, however, kept the allegation and his determination secret from parishioners, police and the public for two months, despite US bishops’ repeated pledges to act quickly and openly with credibly sex abuse allegations. Finally, in mid-January, DiNardo disclosed his action. (The delay gave Horn, a credibly accused molester, ample opportunity to fabricate alibis, destroy evidence, intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, or even flee the country, as some pedophile priests have done.)

Part of DiNardo’s secrecy and delay occurred in the weeks between when the Pope announced that DiNardo would be named a Cardinal (October 2007) and when DiNardo was promoted amid much pageantry (November 24). Some Houston Catholics have speculated that DiNardo didn’t want the news of Horn’s crimes to ‘rain on (DiNardo’s) parade’

Weeks ago, SNAP wrote DiNardo, urging him to explain and apologize for his secrecy. SNAP has urged the cardinal to visit parishes where Horn worked and emphatically beg victims and witnesses to come forward, get help and call the police. He has not responded to either the letter or the request.

• When he was a bishop in Sioux City Iowa, DiNardo similarly mishandled the Fr. George McFadden case in Iowa, only disclosing the allegations against this predator priest long afterwards.)

Beginning in the 1990s (and likely longer), Sioux City church officials knew of repeated charges of child molestation against McFadden, an admitted abuser, dating back into the 1960s. (DiNardo was Sioux City bishop starting in 1997.) For at least five years (and even later), DiNardo had the chance to disclose McFadden's hurtful actions to police, prosecutors, parishioners, and the public, and to keep McFadden from other vulnerable children. He stayed silent.

According to the Des Moines Register, "The confessed child molester continued to hear confession and say Mass daily over the past decade at the Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City's largest Catholic church.)

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news/2002_06_23_Rood_ChurchSecrecy.htm

McFadden is accused of abusing more than 25 girls and boys in dozens of civil lawsuits. Despite his alleged 'treatment' and 'retirement' in the 1990s, he continued to function as priest until 2002.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news5/2008_01_14_Kever_PriestRemoved.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2008/01_02/2008_01_14_Quinn_ChurchOfficials.htm

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston

• Last month church officials disclosed that, for the second year in a row, O’Malley is in violation of the US bishops' child sex abuse prevention policy.

Much in the policy is meaningless public relations, SNAP is convinced. But O’Malley’s breaking one of the proven, practical requirements that help prevent abuse: training kids how to avoid or stop being victimized.

Roughly one in five Boston Catholic children is not receiving this training. Every child is supposed to receive it.

Worse, O’Malley tries to dodge responsibility for this clear, egregious refusal by blaming pastors and parishioners.

But O’Malley’s had six years to persuade colleagues to weaken the national abuse policy, devise alternative programs, or get on board (and get his employees on board). He’s done none of these three steps.

Nor has he disciplined a single individual for flaunting this national requirement.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2008/03_04/2008_04_11_Hamm_AbuseVictims.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/03_04/2006_03_10_Levenson_88Victims.htm

• In a 2006 case with disturbing parallels to many of the hundreds of Boston pedophile priest cases, O’Malley moved very slowly and gingerly against a prominent Catholic hospital official who faces multiple allegations of sexually harassing employees.

A high ranking human resources official at the hospital “accused O'Malley of improperly interceding in the investigation to help (the accused), giving him advance notice of the probe, providing him with an adviser, and telling of the reprimand before consulting with the board,” according to the Boston Globe.

The cardinal's actions ''have made a mockery of the investigation. It is nothing short of shameful," she wrote.

“Perhaps most troubling" was what she called the ''near absence" of concern for the women complainants that she said was shown by the church hierarchy

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/05/21/omalley_reprimands_caritas_chief/

Cardinal Edward Egan of New York

-- Less than two months ago, the New York Post reported “The former principal of a prestigious Catholic high school who resigned amid allegations of inappropriate images on his work computer was allowed to stay on the job for nearly five months after a priest wrote the New York Archdiocese accusing him of serious misconduct.”

http://www.nypost.com/seven/02282008/news/regionalnews/diocese_let_school_big_slide_99632.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/28/nyregion/28hayes.html

-- In 2003, Egan became the first US prelate to refuse to say mass for the devoutly Catholic, hand-picked, distinguished lay panel chosen by bishops to look at the church’s child sex abuse crisis. According to the New York Times, Egan also “interfered with” and prevented the US bishops’ ‘watchdog’ on clergy sex cases from speaking in his archdiocese.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 17 years and have more than 8,000 members across the country. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

CONTACT
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP national director 314 566 9790 cell
Peter Isely of Milwaukee, SNAP board chair emeritus 414 429 7259 cell
Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP president 312 399 4747 cell
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP 314 503 0003 cell

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