Who committed the most grievous sins against Catholic children: Naked Mother Eve or Holy Father Benedict XVI all covered in white Emperor’s Clothes? It is said that the Devil can appear in a human form dressed in white regalia. Eve ate (bit) only one apple but Benedict XVI as Cardinal Ratzinger, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith condoned and covered-up the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army who committed the "Priestly Sodomy of Biblical Protportions" for over 26 years
Benedict XVI was quoted in many Catholic headlines for his few words on the clergy sexual abuse scandal: "It was to be expected
that this new radiance of the priesthood would not be pleasing to the 'enemy' ... And so it happened
that, in this very year of joy for the Sacrament of the priesthood, the sins of priests came to light
- particularly the abuse of the little ones. ...” Benedict XVI preached before 15,000 priests at St. Peter’s Square on June 11, 2010 to close the Year for Priests. The Vatican Bank’s highest paid reporter John L. Allen Jr as Pied Piper for Benedict XVI immediately identifies the ‘enemy’ in his headline, “Pope sees the Devil behind timing of sex abuse crisis”, see http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/06/john-l-allen-jr-deceptions-call-vatican.html
. In the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army, we pointed out how Benedict insulted the victims with the condescending and demeaning words of “little ones” for now-adult victims who were battered with decades of ‘Priestly Sodomy of Biblical Proportions’
. Calling victims “little ones” shows how out-of-touch and grossly insensitive Benedict really is. But what else can he feel dressed in his Zeffirelli Emperor’s Clothes regalia surrounded by majestic frescoes at the Vatican Palace and heiled by throngs of adoring priests and Catholic fans? In spite of meeting a few victims and shedding a few crocodile tears, he remains arrogant and refuses to see that all authentic victims always speak of how their youthful innocence was stolen from them. Really, there is nothing “little” or sweet- innocent about these long-suffering victims and calling them “little ones” is an unremorseful affront to them.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden '?" The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.' "The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate… Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" And the woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
(Eve, Garden of Eden, Genesis 2: 1-6, 13)
Mother Eve blamed the Devil for her disobedience to God and she was punished for her sins and was driven out of the Garden of Eden. But Holy Father Benedict XVI is craftier than Eve because he blames the Devil for his personal sins which he did not commit alone but with the entire bodies of Catholic Cardinals and Bishops. So Benedict conveniently blames the Devil for collective sins of the “Priestly Sodomy of Biblical Proportions” committed by the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army -- which he personally condoned and covered-up as Head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for 26 years during the longest papacy of John Paul II http://jp2m.blogspot.com/
. And Benedict is craftier than Eve because, together with his cohorts in crime, he is still living at the Vatican Paradise, living in the lap of luxury and wielding infallible power with diplomatic immunity as the last theocratic ruler on earth with a trillion dollars Vatican bank to sustain him for life, with our own criminal Cardinal Bernard Law as his drinking pal. But his days are numbered because Our Lady will fulfill her Third Secret of Fatima and burn the Vatican into dust, see From Fatima, Jacinta would throw the first stone at John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army to defend her little brothers and sisters http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2010/04/from-fatima-jacinta-would-throw-first.html
Analysis of Benedict XVI’s homily in Year for Priests
Benedict XVI said at the first two paragraphs of his homily (our comments are in parenthesis)
…the Year for Priests which we have celebrated on the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the death of the holy Curè of Ars, the model of priestly ministry
in our world, is now coming to an end. We have let the Curé of Ars guide us to a renewed appreciation of the grandeur and beauty of the priestly ministry
(Comment: Benedict uses an old 150 year old model, the Curé of Ars, who was known for his bitter temper and who yelled and sent parishioners away feeling depressed, dejected and disconsolate because in the Confessional, he threatened them all with the fires of Hell for their sins, even their venial sins. The Curé of Ars is the antithesis of the healthy psychology we have today. About “the grandeur and beauty of the priestly ministry” that is deceptive advertising because priests today are ALL potential pedophiles who live in their own unrealistic and in-human spiritual bubble just like Fr. Marcial Maciel did and Boston’s criminal Cardinal Bernard Law do today see http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2010/03/zenitorg-should-shut-down-its-operated.html
The priest is not a mere office-holder
, like those which every society needs
in order to carry out certain functions.
(Comment: This papal statement is an affront and blatant insult to all doctors (especially Doctors without Borders), engineers, nurses, office workers, computer analysts, firefighters, policemen, ordinary mothers and fathers who work to raise and feed their children, all who work certain functions to make the world running to serve 6 billion people. This theocratic position of Benedict XVI must end once and for all -- so we never have to hear this kind of insult again where Benedict XVI puts priest “above” secular society and above everyone else, especially “above” the law. This is the crux of the “reverence for priests” because the priest is the representative of God and the face of God
as we will see in his lengthy speech which we will not go into because we can write a book about it. This “priest is not a mere office-holder” is an appalling insult to all people on earth because all people “carry out functions which every society needs”—but he insinuates that the priest is “above all people”.
This “not a mere office-holder “is also the reason why John Paul II refused or made it almost impossible for priests to leave the priesthood and get laicized because priests are supposed to be “above the laity” and they are to be wizards of God’s flesh for life.)
Instead, he does something which no human being can do
of his own power: in Christ’s name he speaks the words which absolve us of our sins and in this way he changes, starting with God, our entire life.
(Comment: This is the “quickie forgiveness” of sins
in the Sacrament of Confession which we have been warning our readers and the world about - see “Sins and crimes are not the same. Sinners and criminals are not one and the same” - see http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/05/sins-and-crimes-are-not-synonymous.html
. Sinners blame the Devil and the Original sin of Eve. Therefore, Benedict XVI, the late Pope John Paul II and Opus Dei will never accept responsibility for their decades of systemic condone and cover-up of the ‘Priestly Sodomy of Biblical Proportions’ committed by the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army.
Over the offerings of bread and wine he speaks Christ’s words of thanksgiving, which are words of transubstantiation – words which make Christ himself present, the Risen One, his Body and Blood
(Comment: Benedict XVI says priests are the unique [wizards and sorcerers] of Christ’s flesh and blood
. This “transubstantiation” is the wizardry of priests who claim to be able to play Gods by performing the incantation of the “transubstantiation formula”
and as sorcerers, they can make the instant re-incarnation of Christ
in the bread and wine -- this is worse than Harry Potter magic
, a book which the Vatican condemns and Opus Dei puts in their Forbidden Books Index. The Pope and priests cannot re-incarnate a dead dog, a dead fish, a dead cat, so how on earth can they re-incarnate the flesh of the Risen Christ who is God the Son?
They claim and proclaim this power by brainwashing Catholics and the world with deceptive ceremonies like this spectacular gathering at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Right from the beginning, Benedict XVI wasted no time and he immediately speaks of 3 sacraments: priesthood, confession and Eucharist – but we have pointed out that these are all totally useless in our justice system. See When it comes to justice, secularism trumps Catholicism. Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist & Priesthood are worthless in our justice system http://jp2army.blogspot.com/2010/03/when-it-comes-to-justice-secularism.html
The priesthood, then, is not simply “office” but sacrament
(Comment: Benedict XVI puts down the ordinary work of laity as “office”
and puts priesthood as “sacrament” above the “simply” office work of the laity. He preaches to the world that the priests are not common men but sacrament men. This special status of “not simply ‘office” harbours priests to commit grave sins and puts them “above the law” where they are feared for their exclusive powers in the “’sacraments”.)
God makes use of us poor men in order to be, through us, present to all men and women, and to act on their behalf.
(Comment: Benedict speaks with false humility
when he says “us poor men” when he is sitting in the trillion dollars Chair of St. Peter and the Vatican Bank holds the billions of dollars of collections from the 1.1 billion Catholics and investors. There is nothing “poor” about priests, materially, psychologically, physically, sexually and spiritually. They have financial security which ordinary lay people do not have
. They claim unparallel powers over mankind in that they alone have the exclusive power to forgive sins and reincarnate God’s flesh in 9-seconds. They can sodomize altar boys in the secrecy of the universal Catholic Church sacristies and rectories worldwide.
This audacity of God who entrusts himself to human beings
– who, conscious of our weaknesses, nonetheless considers men capable of acting and being present in his stead – this audacity of God is the true grandeur concealed in the word “priesthood”. That God thinks that we are capable of this; that in this way he calls men to his service and thus from within binds himself to them:
(Comment: Benedict XVI speaks for God, like Satan spoke for God
. Satan spoke for God: The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 2:4-5) Benedict XVI spoke for God: “This audacity of God who entrusts himself to human beings… considers men capable of acting and being present in his stead - this audacity of God… [who] thinks that we are capable of this…” How dare Benedict preach that God would entrust himself only to priests but not to children and women and ordinary men???
)Benedict XVI manipulates the Devil as scapegoat for priests’ sins
1) Benedict XVI blames the Devil, just like Eve did, for his crimes and the ‘Priestly Sodomy of Biblical Proportions’ committed by the JPIIPPA John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army. In his homily, he never accepted responsibility for any of these crimes when in fact he is the most responsible leader who concocted with the Opus Dei the cover-up of JPIIPPA so that John Paul II can leave a legacy as “John Paul II the Great”. For someone who claims to be “The Conscience” of our Age (see Benedict XVI the FAULTY Conscience of our age http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2007_09_01_archive.html
) his conscience is powerless before the Devil.
2) Benedict XVI uses the Devil and Devil’s warfare with God as his main strategy. The priests are therefore the puppets of the Devil in his continuing battle with God.
Benedict said: “It was to be expected that this new radiance of the priesthood would not be pleasing to the 'enemy, he would have rather preferred to see it disappear, so that God would ultimately be driven out of the world.”
“So that God would ultimately be driven out of the world”? This is complete bullshit theology – Benedict gives so much power to the Devil over God who created this world! And he attributes powers of Satan to control priests to sin. Double Devil powers! Benedict XVI needs a lobotomy. As “The conscience” of this Age http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2007_09_01_archive.html
he has the faultiest conscience of all.
Benedict speaks about "the audacity of God" in trusting men to be priests but at the same time he preaches of the power of ‘the enemy’ Satan.
And the Devil can drive God out of his own creation?
Is this why these above-ordinary priests must keep on re-incarnating and reproducing Christ’s flesh and blood so that God will stay in this world and not be driven away by Satan? (Bullshit)
Benedict XVI’s theology is all crap just like his apology is all crap.
See our article in March 2010 - Who’s responsible & to blame: The Devil or Benedict XVI-Cardinal Ratzinger? Satan as scapegoat for Vatican's chaotic sex scandals http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/03/whos-responsible-to-blame-devil-or.html
The Devil made pedophile priests do it
3) Benedict XVI and all priests sorcerers claim to be the most powerful men on earth
because they can command God the Christ to reincarnate in 9-seconds in the Eucharist or Mass… but they also claim to be totally helpless and are mere victims of the Devil
when it comes to the “Priestly Sodomy of Biblical Proportions”.
So, who exactly is Benedict XVI’s most powerful God?
God the Trinity or God the Devil? It is the Devil
because as Cardinal Ratzinger, he and the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army obeyed him. Just like Eve obeyed the Serpent and ate the fruit, so did Benedict XVI obeyed the Devil and condoned and covered-up priests pedophiles for decades.
Benedict claims that the Devil is more powerful than all these “sacrament” priests and more powerful than the God the Creator whom he wants (and can) kick out of this world! Listen, people, the Devil is the most powerful person in the universe!!! You got it from Benedict horse’s mouth
So what did the Devil tell Fr. Marcial Maciel and the 6,000 Pedophile Priests in the USA
(alone not counting the thousands in other countries)? And what did the Devil tell John Paul II, the Opus Dei and Cardinal Ratzinger as Head
of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for over a quarter of a century? “Oh, that’s a small statistics; ignore it and cover-it up”? See the reasons why Opus Dei covered-up the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army http://jp2army.blogspot.com/This Chair of Peter
which give the capacity to Benedict XVI and all Popes to keep on lying to the world (with bullshit theology) and blaming the Devil for all of Vatican crimes against humanity
they have committed for over 2,000 years must be stopped once and for all. We must work for the following. If WE do not do it…then WHO willFirst
, we must refuse to believe and refuse to obey Benedict and priests’ claims of priestly powers of transubstantiation in the Eucharist. (It is God who creates and commands man, not vice versa. Priests have no power to say, Let there be rain, and it rained; they cannot say, Let there be light, and there was light. Priests have no power to say, Let there be Christ’s flesh, and Christ obeyed. God is not a stupid God who obeys sinful men, or he is not God at all.) Second
, we must refuse to see “priests not simply ‘office’ but sacrament”. Priests are ordinary mortals who simply studied a bunch of theology books that are totally heartless like John Paul II and they harbour and commit the very sins they claim to forgive. See the Homosexual colonization of the Catholic Church http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/05/benedict-xvi-campaigns-against.htmlThird
, the Vatican must be removed of its status as a state with the Pope as its political Head of State, so that he will no longer have any diplomatic immunity. But of course, the trillion dollars Vatican Bank and the investments of all corrupt political Heads of states are at stake here, so the corrupt politicians will want to keep Benedict as a Head of state in order to maintain their blood money in the Vatican Bank, like they do in the Swiss Bank. So the wheel of corruption goes on like Benedict‘s upcoming trip to England, diplomatic immunity, diplomatic transfer of corrupt money like Cardinal Mahony’s annual 1 billion deposit to the Vatican Bank, tax-free, corrupt leaders visiting the Vatican Palace for a photo-op with Benedict while carrying caseloads of money in their diplomatic immunity airplanes to give to the Pope and the Vatican Bank. The Vatican Bank, now controlled by the Opus Dei, is the wealthiest single institution on the planet, more wealthy than Bill Gates and all billionaires combined.
Fourth, Cardinals and bishops, priests must be viewed as any regular workers on this earth, subject to secular laws and to secular justice, so that they will also stand trial and be jailed for their crimes, such as the pedophile crimes. Cardinal Mahony should resign in disgrace like Cardinal Bernard Law did here in Boston. (But with his billions of dollars, he has already bought all Los Angeles priests’ souls. It’s incredible that not one LA priest ask him to resign, so different from the collective priests here in Boston who demanded Cardinal Bernard Law to resign and they succeeded) Fifth
, Cardinal Bernard Law
must step down as Archpriest of St. Mary Major in Rome and retire and die in disgrace as he deserves for his condone and cover-up of more than 100 pedophile priests in our city of Boston.
, the late Pope John Paul II must never be called a “saint”
by children of this generation and all generations to come because he was cruel and heartless and he did not defend one child from one pedophile priest among the hundreds of thousands of children and tens of thousands of pedophile priests during his longest 27 years of papacy. John Paul II was the responsible leader of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army who committed “Priestly Sodomy of Biblical Proportions”.
, there must be a Catholic Registry of Pedophile Priests to list all alleged pedophiles to warn parents and children to keep away from them and not invite them to their homes. This is not a smear campaign against priests, pedophile or not, their status as the “representative of God’ visiting our homes are over
. They are ordinary office workers who are sorcerers of the flesh and blood of Christ. Once they are not wearing their magical albs and not performing wizardry at the altar, they are ALL potential pedophile priests and potential criminals just like any human beings. As Benedict said in his homily, the Devil is more powerful than priests and so we must be wary of them who are the “Devil’s puppets of sins”.
Compare the CRIMES and their VICTIMS in America
Victims - Attackers - Responsible Leaders
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 - 6,000 priests - John Paul II & Benedict XVI & Opus Dei, the new Vatican Trinity
See our related article
Vatican segue Benedict XVI sex abuse scandals into the Devil, celibacy and role of women. Who’s biting the Vatican bait of deception? http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/03/vatican-segue-benedict-xvi-sex-abuse.html
Sins and crimes are not synonymous. Sinners and criminals are not one and the same http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/05/sins-and-crimes-are-not-synonymous.html
Apology is not enough; Benedict XVI & Cardinals and Bishops who covered-them up must spend jail time and pay million$$$ of Euro to victims http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/03/apology-is-not-enough-benedict-xvi.html The John Paul II Millstone
Reasons why priest pedophilia is eternal: John Paul II the Great “Saint”, “The Conscience” of the ‘Age of Benedict XVI’, “Holy Father” Marcial Maciel http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2010/06/reasons-why-priest-pedophilia-is.html The John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army
Opus Dei fabricate “The Age of Benedict XVI” in Rome http://jp2army.blogspot.com/2010/06/opus-dei-fabricate-age-of-benedict-xvi.html
Benedict XVI asks for ‘quickie forgiveness’ from “little ones” who were battered for years by ‘Priestly Sodomy of Biblical Proportions’ http://jp2army.blogspot.com/2010/06/benedict-xvi-asks-for-quickie.html
Bible Study Tools http://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/genesis/2.html
---------------Note Bene: John L. Allen Jr is the highest paid journalist on earth, 6-digits paid by NCR and 7-digits paid by the Vatican trillion dollars Bank.
The Vatican bank is like the Swiss Bank that is independent from the World Bank and keeps its clients confidential and untraceable. John Allen’s millions of dollars salaries are deposited in the Vatican Bank that is why he must defend the Pope who is the CEO of the Vatican Bank. Look at how he acts as the Pied Piper for Benedict XVI, John Allen mentions the Devil’s name for Benedict XVI who says “the enemy”… Pope sees the Devil behind timing of sex abuse crisis
National Catholic Reporter
By JOHN L. ALLEN JR.
Since the Catholic sexual abuse crisis erupted a decade ago, there have been numerous attempts to explain its causes, from a lack of fidelity to an over-emphasis on celibacy and clerical privilege. This morning in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI pointed to a deeper unseen force lurking behind the crisis, especially its timing: the Devil.
It’s no accident, the pope implied, that precisely as the Catholic church was celebrating a “Year for Priests” in 2009-2010, the sexual abuse crisis once again took on massive global proportions.
“It was to be expected that this new radiance of the priesthood would not be pleasing to the ‘enemy,’” Benedict XVI said. “He would have rather preferred to see it disappear, so that God would ultimately be driven out of the world.”
Posted in Abuse Tracker June 11, 2010 See our related article on Chiesa --‘Forgiveness’ is a gizmo of injustice to victims of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army. To Vaticanista chiesa.espresso Sandro Magister, Baloney! http://jp2army.blogspot.com/2010/03/forgiveness-is-gizmo-of-injustice-to.htmlYear for Priests. "It was to be expected that the 'enemy' wouldn't like
A tally of twelve months under constant fire. What the pope wanted, and what happened instead, with the explosion of the scandal of pedophilia. In the concluding homily, Joseph Ratzinger teaches Catholic priests how to walk towards the light in the "dark valley"
by Benedict XVI
(Homily of the Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, celebrated by the pope in Saint Peter's Square with thousands of priests from all over the world, Friday, June 11, 2010, at the conclusion of the Year for Priests.)
Dear brothers in the priestly ministry, dear brothers and sisters, the Year for Priests which we have celebrated on the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the death of the holy Curè of Ars, the model of priestly ministry in our world, is now coming to an end. We have let the Curé of Ars guide us to a renewed appreciation of the grandeur and beauty of the priestly ministry. The priest is not a mere office-holder, like those which every society needs in order to carry out certain functions. Instead, he does something which no human being can do of his own power: in Christ’s name he speaks the words which absolve us of our sins and in this way he changes, starting with God, our entire life. Over the offerings of bread and wine he speaks Christ’s words of thanksgiving, which are words of transubstantiation – words which make Christ himself present, the Risen One, his Body and Blood – words which thus transform the elements of the world, which open the world to God and unite it to him.
The priesthood, then, is not simply “office” but sacrament: God makes use of us poor men in order to be, through us, present to all men and women, and to act on their behalf. This audacity of God who entrusts himself to human beings – who, conscious of our weaknesses, nonetheless considers men capable of acting and being present in his stead – this audacity of God is the true grandeur concealed in the word “priesthood”. That God thinks that we are capable of this; that in this way he calls men to his service and thus from within binds himself to them: this is what we wanted to reflect upon and appreciate anew over the course of the past year. We wanted to reawaken our joy at how close God is to us, and our gratitude for the fact that he entrusts himself to our infirmities; that he guides and sustains us daily.
In this way we also wanted to demonstrate once again to young people that this vocation, this fellowship of service for God and with God, does exist – and that God is indeed waiting for us to say “yes”. Together with the whole Church we wanted to make clear once again that we have to ask God for this vocation. We have to beg for workers for God’s harvest, and this petition to God is, at the same time, his own way of knocking on the hearts of young people who consider themselves able to do what God considers them able to do.
Posted in Abuse Tracker June 11. 2010Pope: While Church focused on goods of priesthood, Satan tried to tarnish priests
Catholic News Agency
Vatican City, Jun 11, 2010
(CNA/EWTN News).- At the closing Mass of the Year for Priests on Thursday, Pope Benedict reviewed the purpose of the year, saying that he wanted the universal Church to appreciate and reflect on the priesthood, which shows the “audacity of God who entrusts himself to human beings.” Because the Church focused on the good of the priesthood, the Devil reacted by inspiring the timing of the recent revelations of clerical sex abuse within the Church, the Pope said.
“It was to be expected that this new radiance of the priesthood would not be pleasing to the 'enemy,'” the Pontiff explained, “he would have rather preferred to see it disappear, so that God would ultimately be driven out of the world.”
“And so it happened that, in this very year of joy for the sacrament of the priesthood, the sins of priests came to light – particularly the abuse of the little ones, in which the priesthood, whose task is to manifest God’s concern for our good, turns into its very opposite.”
Posted in Abuse Tracker June 11, 2010Pope promises action on abuse -- but what?
Posted at: Friday, June 11, 2010
Author: Austen Ivereigh
It wasn't anything new, exactly, and a lot less than I had speculated he might do, but Pope Benedict's heartfelt words this morning before a sea of 15,000 priests in white albs in St Peter's Square was still pretty powerful stuff. Speaking at the close of the Year of Priests, on the 150th anniversary of the death of the Curé d'Ars, whose chalice he used for the consecration of the wine, he said:
"It was to be expected that this new radiance of the priesthood would not be pleasing to the 'enemy'; he would have rather preferred to see it disappear, so that God would ultimately be driven out of the world. And so it happened that, in this very year of joy for the Sacrament of the priesthood, the sins of priests came to light - particularly the abuse of the little ones. ... We too insistently beg forgiveness from God and from the persons involved, while promising to do everything possible to ensure that such abuse will never occur again; and that in admitting men to priestly ministry and in their formation we will do everything we can to weigh the authenticity of their vocation and make every effort to accompany priests along their journey".Grassroots Group Urges Catholics to Re-direct Peter’s Pence Collection Donations on Sunday June 27
Send the Bishops a Message
Frank Douglas, (520) 579-9575 (home), (520) 404-2489 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org
Dick Regan, (607) 368-0463 (cell), email@example.com
Kristine Ward, (937) 272-0308, kristineward@ hotmail.com
Steve Sheehan, (617) 783-6336, Sheehan1777@aol.com
The pope’s response to the clergy sex abuse crisis has been woefully inadequate, lacks a sense of urgency, is long on words and symbols, but short on substantive actions. In brief, the pope’s response is unacceptable. The Peter’s Pence collection provides Catholics a unique opportunity to cast a NO vote of confidence on Pope Benedict’s abuse crisis performance.
The grassroots group Send the Bishops a Message urges all United States Catholics to prayerfully and thoughtfully consider re-directing the donations that they would ordinarily earmark for the Peter’s Pence collection on Sunday June 27 (http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2010/10-108.shtml) to a non-church charity of their choice . For those who would like to donate to non-profit organizations that provide direct help to survivors of clergy sexual abuse, the group recommends that they choose the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) (https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/SNAP/OnlineGiving.htm and/or Road to Recovery International (http://www.road-to-recovery.org/page/support-road-recovery).
This is the right time for action, the right time to Send a Message to the pope. If you eat at a restaurant and the service is awful, you have three choices: 1) you can leave the usual tip—and the waiter has no incentive to change his/her ways; 2) you can leave no tip which enables delusional thinking such as "They probably forgot;” or 3) you can leave a penny (or two) so that there can be no doubt about your dissatisfaction with the service.
Posted Abuse Tracker June 13, 2010 at 4:52 PM
June 14, 2010The Hidden Wealth of the Catholic Church
By Anna Catherin Loll and Peter Wensierski
The Catholic Church in Germany, already struggling to cope with the sex abuse scandal, has been hit by revelations of theft, opaque accounting and extravagance. While the grassroots faithful are being forced to make cutbacks, some bishops enjoy the trappings of the church's considerable hidden wealth.
Shortly before Pentecost, Pastor S. received an unexpected early morning visit, not from the Holy Ghost, but from the police.
For the authorities, the words of the Gospel of Luke came true on that morning: He who seeks finds. More than €131,000 ($158,000) were hidden in various places in the rooms of the Catholic priest, tucked in between his laundry or attached to the bottom of drawers. The reverend was arrested on the spot. After several weeks in custody, Hans S., 76, is now back at the monastery, waiting for his trial.Protesters Take Stand Against Cardinal Law
Dozens of protesters took to the sidewalks outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston Sunday morning to voice their opinions on Cardinal Bernard Law.
Law resigned as Boston's archbishop in 2003 following the clergy sex abuse crisis. Area Catholics said he knew of sexual misconduct and covered it up. He was transferred to Rome after his resignation where the last eight years he has been the archbishop emeritus of Boston and archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.
Members of National Survivor Advocates Coalition, Speak Truth To Power and People of Conscience picketed outside the Cathedral Sunday while a special mass to honor couples celebrating their gold and silver wedding anniversaries was going on.
Posted Abuse Tracker at June 13, 2010 4:48 PM
Note that the Our Sunday Visitor is secretly owned and operated by the Opus Dei
Author: Pope Being Unfairly Blamed for Abuse Scandal
“I don’t believe Pope Benedict is culpable,” Erlandson told Newsmax.TV. “I believe he’s in fact the right man for the job.”
The Pope may be the person most knowledgeable about all the abuse cases worldwide reported to the Vatican starting in 2001, he says.
And Benedict’s not shying away from the situation. “He’s not only talking the talk, he’s walking the walk,” Erlandson said.
“He’s been addressing the issue forthrightly and has issued numerous apologies. He has met with victims. He has accepted resignations of bishops. He has encouraged local churches to face up to this problem.”
Put that all together, and you have good leadership, Erlandson says.
“One of the ironies of this controversy is that some would look at him to be the fall guy, when he may be the one who can lead us out of this morass.”
The Pontiff has made clear that the truth most be told, even when it puts Catholicism in a bad light. “That signal is being sent to bishops, priests and the laity around the world,” Erlandson says.
And that’s not an easy task. “Contrary to stereotypes about the Catholic Church, the Pope doesn’t just snap his fingers, and Catholics ask how high they should jump. But he’s providing the leadership,” he said.
Erlandson says the urge to blame the Pope stems from three factors.
First, “Americans tend to want to find someone at the top and figure out should that person be fired. They want to have accountability.”
Second, people who are trying to sue the Vatican want to tie it to cases in the United States. Finally, “There are Catholics who have an agenda at work who feel the church has either been too lax or too conservative.” So they’re blaming the crisis on Benedict too.
Erlandson seeks to put the sexual abuse scandal in context with numbers.
There were only six cases reported of alleged clergy sex abuse last year, according to outside auditors, though going back 50 years, there are 11,000 cases being studied regarding more than 4,000 priests.
“Reportedly there are 200,000 cases of sexual abuse a year in the U.S. This is a problem not just for the Catholic church, but for the larger society,” Erlandson said.
He doesn’t see Catholic churches as a cradle for pedophiles or homosexuality. “Pedophilia is a problem wherever you look in society,” he said.
“It’s not linked to homosexuality or celibacy. I don’t believe the church is a haven for this kind of activity. It’s a significant problem in our schools and other religious denominations too.”
As for the media, in some ways it’s done a great job of covering the scandal, Erlandson says. But some opinion pieces are biased. “A lot of people are getting their licks in. That’s where there’s some exploitation going on.”
The scandal is damaging the church greatly, but it’s an ordeal that will only make it stronger, he says.
“Terrible mistakes were made, there were cover-ups, crimes that weren’t dealt with adequately,” Erlandson said. “We’re paying a high price for that and we have to. But I think we’ll get through this.”
The church has faced worst crises, he says.
“We’ve had many other crises, and unfortunately many of them were self-inflicted, but we do get beyond them and find ways to renew and reform ourselves.”
Sinead O'Connor No Longer Alone In Church Protest
June 20, 2010
In a 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live, Sinead O'Connor sang an a cappella version of the Bob Marley song "War," but substituted the word "racism" with "child abuse" in protest of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. What she did at the end of the song shocked viewers: She held up a picture of Pope John Paul II and ripped it in two.
Eighteen years later, amid continuing revelations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, O'Connor's anger is matched by the public worldwide. A Facebook page has even been started called "Apologize to Sinead O'Connor NOW."
O'Connor spoke recently with NPR's Guy Raz about ripping up the photo and how she feels about the church today.
Dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of victims of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army