Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Benedict XVI in Church Abuse History: A Proper Perspective

When Benedict XVI went to New York he was greeted by two different groups in two opposing and different ways: The OD Opus Dei welcomed him with chants and with 2 huge banners and protected him "like a baby in his mother's womb" while SNAP Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests greeted him with non-stop protests, demonstrations and a call to the UN United Nations to investigate the Pope and the Vatican for violating the Charter of Rights of Children. Why such dichotomy of welcome to Benedict XVI? The answer is simple, Opus Dei and SNAP were treating Benedict the way he has treated them respectively for the past 27 years.

Opus Dei websites versus SNAP Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

Go to any Opus Dei website and you see only praises for the Pope and John Paul II who gave Opus Dei the Vatican, all its wealth and powers during the past 27 years, and forever. That is why we dub Benedict XVI as Opus Dei Pope #2. Even the Jesuits were not allowed to visit any other room at the Vatican Palace except one Hall where their pictures were taken and the Sistine Chapel like any tourists. The Opus Dei is the new Goliath of the 21st Century. Go to the small website of SNAP and you'll see the endless daily struggle of victims of pedophile-priests and their call for the Bishops to stop covering-up these priests-criminals and to get rid of these holy-predators.

Opus Dei's "father" versus SNAP's "criminal"

To demonstrate our point of the dichotomy between Opus Dei and SNAP, here is an article by an Opus Dei member that describes the Opus Dei's King Herod welcome for Benedict. Following it is SNAP's letter to the United Nations to investigate Benedict as a criminal. Yes, Opus Dei welcome Benedict as a "father" while SNAP welcome him as a "criminal", the innocent versus the guilty! After SNAP's letter are articles of the British The Guardian who see the American media as the Pope's personal media spinner. Thanks to Europeans, again, from Rome's La Sapienza to England, The Guardian reminds us in America and the world of the Pope's true guilty role in the crime of Priest-Pedophilia.

Pope Gets Pass on Church Abuse History
Media overlook Benedict's record of downplaying the issue

The Guardian Pope 'obstructed' sex abuse inquiry
Confidential letter reveals Ratzinger ordered bishops to keep allegations secret

The Guardian Vatican told bishops to cover up sex abuse
Expulsion threat in secret documents. Read the 1962 Vatican document (PDF file)

All these are posted below in full for scholars' and readers' convenience


NY Welcomes Pope Benedict XVI

Opus Dei Awakens to Pope's Visit

© Susan Gosine
Apr 13, 2008

Protest, chants and cheers for Pope's visit. Thousands of police officers deployed to keep Pope Benedict safe during his three-day visit to New York City.

New Yorkers are gearing up for the first visit of Pope Benedict XV1 next week. Opus Dei is preparing two giant banners, millions of faithful are expected to flock to the city and the NYPD and Secret Service are pooling all their resources to ensure the visit passes without incident. And New York City Catholic teachers are planning to greet the Pope with picket lines and chants.

The Opus Dei Headquarters in New York is practicing chants, cheers and songs to perform for the pope. The group hopes to attract his attention with two 30-foot banners. One will portray the New York City skyline with the words "Omnes cum Petro," calling on all Christians to see the pope as the head of the church. It was taken from the opening of an Opus Dei prayer. The second banner will portray the pope's coat of arms splayed across an American flag with the words "Gratias tibi Benedictus XV1" ("Thank you, Pope Benedict"). (Bold emphasis added)

The New York City Police Department will deploy thousands of officers to form a tight security net around the pope to ensure his safety. The bullet proof Pope mobile will be surrounded by armed plain clothes and uniformed officers with thousands others interspersed throughout the city and in the throngs. Snipers will be positioned on roof tops and national security helicopters will patrol the air space over the city. Streets will be blocked and traffic diverted. Subway services and buses will be affected. Bags and backpacks will be searched. Manholes and garbage will bins checked. Every measure will be taken to ensure that Pope Benedict XV1 will be safe as a babe in its mother's womb while visiting New York City.


Catholic advertising of Opus Dei, the new Illuminati replacing the Jesuits (if ever the Jesuits were one)

Opus Dei is a personal prelature founded in 1928 by St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer in Madrid, Spain. Its principle aim is to help people come closer to God in their work and everyday lives. It has 88,000 members worldwide, 3,000 in the United States.

Opus Dei officials expected approximately 250 high school boys from the New York City area to participate in their activities when the pope arrives, along with 50 from Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Washington, and about 10 people from Guatemala. Plans called for daily Mass, prayer and a party.

Two Opus Dei priests, Fathers Robert Brisson and Javier Garcia, both administrators for the prelature on the national level, were scheduled to serve as television commentators during the pope's Yankee Stadium Mass. {Of course, Mother Angelica the Diamond Bride carried all the papal Masses and activities live in EWTN}


SNAP's protests

For Immediate Release:
Monday, April 14, 2008

Clergy abuse victims want UN to investigate Vatican

Pope violates international charter on children, they say

At least twice, Holy See has failed to submit required reports

Pontiff's one report ignored church's own clergy sex crimes & cover ups, SNAP says

Thousands of predator clergy pose current threat to children worldwide, group believes


At a news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will call on the United Nations to launch a investigation into the role of Pope Benedict and Vatican officials in the widespread cover-up of sex crimes against children. Victims also want the U.N. to take action for the Pope's refusal to submit required reports as a signatory of the U.N. Charter on the Protection of the Rights of Children.


Monday, April 14, 1:30


In New York City, Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, One United Nations Plaza, 44th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue) (The Governor's Room, 2nd floor)


Several clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters, including a Chicago woman who heads a self-help support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (


On Friday, April 18, Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to speak before the United Nations yet the Vatican continues to violate a major UN Charter on the Protection of the Rights of Children, of which the Vatican is a signatory.

The widespread sexual abuse of children and the cover up of child sex crimes by church officials poses a major global human rights threat to children. In the U.S. alone, nearly 6,000 sex offender clergy have been acknowledged by church officials to have sexually assaulted children. If this number holds worldwide, there are likely 20,000 sex offender clerics around the globe.

In a letter being sent to UN officials today, leaders of SNAP are calling on the United Nations to launch a full-scale, global investigation into the commission and cover up of sex crimes against children by Catholic clergy, bishops and church officials around the world.

Victims are concerned that Pope Benedict, who will undoubtedly chastise nations this week for human rights violations, is administering a world wide institution in which human rights violations against children are an historic, ongoing and daily occurrence.

Under his leadership in the Vatican for the last 27 years - as Pope and formerly as head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith - thousands of predator priests have raped, sodomized and sexually brutalized thousands of children.

Countless church officials who kept silent about the crimes - or actively concealed them – have neither lost their jobs or faced reprimand by the Pope.

National and international criminal authorities have had little, if any, cooperation from church officials in stemming the tide of child sex crimes by clerics, or have been notified when church officials transfer known pedophiles across international boundaries.

Clergy sex abuse victims list 'America's worst Cardinals'

Group cites 5 prelates who are mishandling child molestation

SNAP wants Pope to "show he means business" by censuring "at least one of them"

The cases show that "church cover ups and reckless continue," self help group says

Heads of Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Boston archdioceses are criticized


At sidewalk news conferences, while holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims will

-- disclose a list of what they call 'America's five worst Cardinals' (in terms of the sex abuse & cover–up scandal ),

-- outline recent incidents by each that show their continuing recklessness, secrecy and duplicity, and

-- publicly urge the Pope to chastise just one of them for the recent misdeeds.


Wednesday, April 16, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.


Outside the Guy Mason Recreation Center & Park (202-282-2180), 3600 Calvert NW (corner of Observatory Circle) in Washington DC


A handful of women and men who were molested as kids by Catholic clergy and who head a nationwide a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (


Today, at 1:00 p.m., Pope Benedict meets with roughly 16 US Cardinals. A few blocks away, victims will hold 5 large signs, with color photos of (and fact sheets about) the five current US Cardinals who, they feel, have mishandled or are severely mishandling recent child sex abuse cases.

SNAP's focus is less on the cardinals' overall track record on child molestation and cover ups, but rather highlights the prelates' misdeeds since 2002, when the US bishops adopted an allegedly binding national sex abuse policy.

The list includes Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston, Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, and Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston.

George is cited for ignoring the 2005 advice of his lay review board to suspend a young accused pedophile priest, Fr. Daniel McCormack, who'd been recently arrested because of abuse allegations. George kept McCormack in active parish ministry despite repeated reports of McCormack's suspected abuse (going back to his seminary days). Months later, prosecutors say he molested several boys, one "on an almost daily basis" until he was arrested against in 2006.

O'Malley is cited because last month, church officials disclosed that his archdiocese (the epicenter of the US abuse crisis) is in serious violation of the national sex abuse policy for the second year in a row. One in five Boston Catholic kids are not getting the sex abuse prevention training that was promised for each child by O'Malley and his peers six years ago.

The Pope/Cardinals meeting is at the Vatican Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue (in the residence across from the US Naval Observatory). There is free parking at this location.


The Europeans see the Pope differently from the Americans, they are more truthful and realistic.

The 67 Professors and students and La Sapienza University in Rome protested the Pope's speech and visit on their oepning day of school last January and the Pope cancelled his visit and speech. All road leads to Rome indeed because those Romans can see the Wolf within the Pope while the Americans the Land of Shrek has embraced the Shark Pope. And now, kudos to the British who set the record straight about the track record of Benedict XVI role in the 27-year criminal cover-up of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army as this article explains to us.

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Media Advisory

Pope Gets Pass on Church Abuse History
Media overlook Benedict's record of downplaying the issue


During his recent visit to the U.S., Pope Benedict's crusade against child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy garnered much approving ink. The Washington Post (4/21/08) credited him with "directly confront[ing] the clergy sex-abuse crisis," while the New York Times 4/19/08) said he "has persistently addressed the scandal of child sexual abuse by priests." In all, hundreds of stories were published on the subject.

But has Benedict "persistently addressed" the scandal? Not according to London's Observer newspaper. The Observer reported (8/17/03 , 4/24/05full articles below)) that in 2001, Benedict, then known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, sent a confidential letter to church bishops invoking a 1962 doctrine threatening automatic excommunication for any Catholic official who discussed abuse cases outside the church's legal system. At the time, Ratzinger headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office responsible for investigating abuse claims.

In 1994, according to sources quoted by the Observer, Ratzinger personally dismissed charges of sex abuse against Father Marcial Maciel, the head of an influential conservative seminary in Mexico, and a personal confidant to then-Pope John Paul II. Maciel was accused of abusing several children over decades. According to the paper, Ratzinger dismissed the case, telling a reporter at the time, "One can't put on trial such a close friend of the pope."

In 2006, Benedict asked the 86-year-old Maciel to retire, following a new investigation that began shortly before Ratzinger ascended to the papacy. Citing speculation about why Ratzinger reopened the Maciel case, the Observer (8/24/05) reported:

"His reasons for revisiting the case, though, remain unclear. One theory is that Ratzinger learned that confidential evidence will soon spill into the public domain and that he has decided to act ahead of this. Others suggest that he initiated the investigation for political reasons, to help boost his chances of being elected pope."

In the years immediately before he became pope, Ratzinger dismissed media coverage of the abuse scandal as anti-church bigotry (Zenit, 12/3/02), saying, "I am personally convinced that the constant presence in the press of the sins of Catholic priests, especially in the United States, is a planned campaign." His reputation on the issue was so well known that it prompted media speculation that, as pope, Ratzinger would not distinguish himself on the abuse issue. As the Los Angeles Times editorialized (5/26/05) shortly after Ratzinger was elected pope:

"The new pope is unlikely to bring more transparency to the issue. Three years ago, he said the whole scandal was a 'planned campaign' by the news media to discredit the church. All the more reason why detailed disclosure is necessary, and why it may be up to local church leaders -- and the local church faithful -- to make it happen."

If the entire scandal was simply an organized media campaign to hurt the church, the media conspiracy was certainly falling down on the job during April's papal visit. Though these stories have all been reported in one form or another in the U.S. press, during a papal visit that featured a crusade against child sex abuse as a major theme, the information was virtually impossible to find in reporting about Benedict's new crusade.

Which suggests, contrary to Cardinal Ratzinger's claim, that journalists would sooner make use of the memory hole than publish accurate information that might embarrass the pope or his church. (bold emphasis added)


The Guardian UK

Vatican told bishops to cover up sex abuse
Expulsion threat in secret documents

Read the 1962 Vatican document (PDF file)

Antony Barnett, public affairs editor The Observer, Sunday August 17 2003 Article historyAbout this articleClose This article appeared in the Observer on Sunday August 17 2003 . It was last updated at 01:27 on August 17 2003. The Vatican instructed Catholic bishops around the world to cover up cases of sexual abuse or risk being thrown out of the Church.
The Observer has obtained a 40-year-old confidential document from the secret Vatican archive which lawyers are calling a 'blueprint for deception and concealment'. One British lawyer acting for Church child abuse victims has described it as 'explosive'.

The 69-page Latin document bearing the seal of Pope John XXIII was sent to every bishop in the world. The instructions outline a policy of 'strictest' secrecy in dealing with allegations of sexual abuse and threatens those who speak out with excommunication.

They also call for the victim to take an oath of secrecy at the time of making a complaint to Church officials. It states that the instructions are to 'be diligently stored in the secret archives of the Curia [Vatican] as strictly confidential. Nor is it to be published nor added to with any commentaries.'

The document, which has been confirmed as genuine by the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, is called 'Crimine solicitationies', which translates as 'instruction on proceeding in cases of solicitation'.

It focuses on sexual abuse initiated as part of the confessional relationship between a priest and a member of his congregation. But the instructions also cover what it calls the 'worst crime', described as an obscene act perpetrated by a cleric with 'youths of either sex or with brute animals (bestiality)'.

Bishops are instructed to pursue these cases 'in the most secretive way... restrained by a perpetual silence... and everyone... is to observe the strictest secret which is commonly regarded as a secret of the Holy Office... under the penalty of excommunication'.

Texan lawyer Daniel Shea uncovered the document as part of his work for victims of abuse from Catholic priests in the US. He has handed it over to US authorities, urging them to launch a federal investigation into the clergy's alleged cover-up of sexual abuse.

He said: 'These instructions went out to every bishop around the globe and would certainly have applied in Britain. It proves there was an international conspiracy by the Church to hush up sexual abuse issues. It is a devious attempt to conceal criminal conduct and is a blueprint for deception and concealment.'

British lawyer Richard Scorer, who acts for children abused by Catholic priests in the UK, echoes this view and has described the document as 'explosive'.

He said: 'We always suspected that the Catholic Church systematically covered up abuse and tried to silence victims. This document appears to prove it. Threatening excommunication to anybody who speaks out shows the lengths the most senior figures in the Vatican were prepared to go to prevent the information getting out to the public domain.'

Scorer pointed out that as the documents dates back to 1962 it rides roughshod over the Catholic Church's claim that the issue of sexual abuse was a modern phenomenon.

He claims the discovery of the document will raise fresh questions about the actions of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Murphy-O'Connor has been accused of covering up allegations of child abuse when he was Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. Instead of reporting to the police allegations of abuse against Michael Hill, a priest in his charge, he moved him to another position where he was later convicted for abusing nine children.

Although Murphy-O'Connor has apologised publicly for his mistake, Scorer claims the secret Vatican document raises the question about whether his failure to report Hill was due to him following this instruction from Rome.

Scorer, who acts for some of Hill's victims, said: 'I want to know whether Murphy-O'Connor knew of these Vatican instructions and, if so, did he apply it. If not, can he tell us why not?'

A spokesman for the Catholic Church denied that the secret Vatican orders were part of any organised cover-up and claims lawyers are taking the document 'out of context' and 'distorting it'.

He said: 'This document is about the Church's internal disciplinary procedures should a priest be accused of using confession to solicit sex. It does not forbid victims to report civil crimes. The confidentiality talked about is aimed to protect the accused as applies in court procedures today. It also takes into consideration the special nature of the secrecy involved in the act of confession.' He also said that in 1983 the Catholic Church in England and Wales introduced its own code dealing with sexual abuse, which would have superseded the 1962 instructions. Asked whether Murphy-O'Connor was aware of the Vatican edict, he replied: 'He's never mentioned it to me.'

Lawyers point to a letter the Vatican sent to bishops in May 2001 clearly stating the 1962 instruction was in force until then. The letter is signed by Cardinal Ratzinger, the most powerful man in Rome beside the Pope and who heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - the office which ran the Inquisition in the Middle Ages.

Rev Thomas Doyle, a US Air Force chaplain in Germany and a specialist in Church law, has studied the document. He told The Observer: 'It is certainly an indication of the pathological obsession with secrecy in the Catholic Church, but in itself it is not a smoking gun.

'If, however, this document actually has been the foundation of a continuous policy to cover clergy crimes at all costs, then we have quite another issue. There are too many authenticated reports of victims having been seriously intimidated into silence by Church authorities to assert that such intimidation is the exception and not the norm.

'If this document has been used as a justification for this intimidation then we possibly have what some commentators have alleged, namely, a blueprint for a cover-up. This is obviously a big "if" which requires concrete proof.'

Additional research by Jason Rodrigues

The Guardian UK

Pope 'obstructed' sex abuse inquiry
Confidential letter reveals Ratzinger ordered bishops to keep allegations secret

Jamie Doward, religious affairs correspondent The Observer, Sunday April 24 2005 Article historyAbout this articleClose This article appeared in the Observer on Sunday April 24 2005 . It was last updated at 09:58 on April 25 2005. Pope Benedict XVI faced claims last night he had 'obstructed justice' after it emerged he issued an order ensuring the church's investigations into child sex abuse claims be carried out in secret.
The order was made in a confidential letter, obtained by The Observer, which was sent to every Catholic bishop in May 2001.

It asserted the church's right to hold its inquiries behind closed doors and keep the evidence confidential for up to 10 years after the victims reached adulthood. The letter was signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected as John Paul II's successor last week.

Lawyers acting for abuse victims claim it was designed to prevent the allegations from becoming public knowledge or being investigated by the police. They accuse Ratzinger of committing a 'clear obstruction of justice'.

The letter, 'concerning very grave sins', was sent from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that once presided over the Inquisition and was overseen by Ratzinger.

It spells out to bishops the church's position on a number of matters ranging from celebrating the eucharist with a non-Catholic to sexual abuse by a cleric 'with a minor below the age of 18 years'. Ratzinger's letter states that the church can claim jurisdiction in cases where abuse has been 'perpetrated with a minor by a cleric'.

The letter states that the church's jurisdiction 'begins to run from the day when the minor has completed the 18th year of age' and lasts for 10 years.

It orders that 'preliminary investigations' into any claims of abuse should be sent to Ratzinger's office, which has the option of referring them back to private tribunals in which the 'functions of judge, promoter of justice, notary and legal representative can validly be performed for these cases only by priests'.

'Cases of this kind are subject to the pontifical secret,' Ratzinger's letter concludes. Breaching the pontifical secret at any time while the 10-year jurisdiction order is operating carries penalties, including the threat of excommunication.

The letter is referred to in documents relating to a lawsuit filed earlier this year against a church in Texas and Ratzinger on behalf of two alleged abuse victims. By sending the letter, lawyers acting for the alleged victims claim the cardinal conspired to obstruct justice.

Daniel Shea, the lawyer for the two alleged victims who discovered the letter, said: 'It speaks for itself. You have to ask: why do you not start the clock ticking until the kid turns 18? It's an obstruction of justice.'

Father John Beal, professor of canon law at the Catholic University of America, gave an oral deposition under oath on 8 April last year in which he admitted to Shea that the letter extended the church's jurisdiction and control over sexual assault crimes.

The Ratzinger letter was co-signed by Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone who gave an interview two years ago in which he hinted at the church's opposition to allowing outside agencies to investigate abuse claims.

'In my opinion, the demand that a bishop be obligated to contact the police in order to denounce a priest who has admitted the offence of paedophilia is unfounded,' Bertone said.

Shea criticised the order that abuse allegations should be investigated only in secret tribunals. 'They are imposing procedures and secrecy on these cases. If law enforcement agencies find out about the case, they can deal with it. But you can't investigate a case if you never find out about it. If you can manage to keep it secret for 18 years plus 10 the priest will get away with it,' Shea added.

A spokeswoman in the Vatican press office declined to comment when told about the contents of the letter. 'This is not a public document, so we would not talk about it,' she said.


The Guardian UK

The Pope, the letter and the child sex claim

A series of paedophile allegations against a senior papal confidant are haunting Benedict XVI. How he deals with them will be his first major test, writes Jamie Doward

Jamie Doward
The Observer,
Sunday April 24 2005

This article appeared in the Observer on Sunday April 24 2005 . It was last updated at 09:58 on April 25 2005.

Of all the matters lurking in the overflowing in-tray of the new Pope Benedict XVI, the long-running and emotive issue of paedophile priests is the most damaging - not just to the church, but to his own personal standing.

The new pontiff has been accused of failing to investigate a series of abuse claims made against one of his predecessor's closest supporters - a failure which has come to be seen as typical of the Catholic Church's determination to keep a lid on the scandal of priests who breach their position of trust.

The story goes back to the Nineties when the new Pope - then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office responsible for investigating abuse claims.

One of the most high-profile of such claims was made by Professor José Barba Martin, a 68-year-old professor of humanities at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. He is one of nine former members of the Rome-based Legion of Christ who allege they were abused by the religious order's powerful founder, Marcial Maciel.

Maciel, 84, set up the ultra-conservative order in 1941. Today it has around 500 priests and 2,500 seminarians in 20 countries. It may be small, but its influence is significant. Maciel, who stood down as the order's head in January because of his age, was a confidant of Pope John Paul II, who praised him as an 'efficacious guide to youth'. For decades, Barba Martin kept silent about the abuse claims which are strenuously denied by Maciel and the Legion of Christ. It says the accusers are 'attempting to tar the Vatican... with the stain of these false allegations.'

But, in December 1994, Barba Martin saw an advertisement in a newspaper in Mexico City celebrating Maciel's half a century as a priest and picturing him with John Paul II, and decided to act. At first Barba Martin and other former members of the Legion attempted to raise their allegations with the Vatican, their case becoming a cause célèbre among groups trying to expose abuse within the church, and what they saw as the efforts of its senior hierarchy to cover it up.

'We are modest instruments of history. We have to play our own part to produce a possible change,' Barba Martin told The Observer. 'The problem of sexual abuse within the church has been "cloned" to second and third generations. It has become an epidemic situation.'

The nine filed their case before the Vatican's courts, and persuaded intermediaries to carry a letter to Ratzinger outlining abuse allegations against Maciel. According to one of the intermediaries, Father Alberto Athie, when confronted with the allegations Ratzinger simply said Maciel had brought many 'benefits' to the church and that it was a 'touchy problem'. The Vatican denies Athie's claim.

On 24 December 1999, Ratzinger's secretary, Father Gianfranco Girotti, wrote to the men saying that their claims - many allegedly corroborated by each other's detailed testimonies - had been examined but, for the time being, the Vatican considered the matter closed. In a last-ditch attempt to persuade Ratzinger to change his mind, another letter was despatched to him in 2002 through an intermediary. It went unanswered.

For support groups campaigning on behalf of abuse victims, Ratzinger's apparent reluctance to investigate the claims against Maciel was a crushing blow, but one that did not surprise critics of the new Pope.

Ratzinger's role in protecting the church against scandal became apparent four years ago. In May 2001, he sent a confidential letter to every bishop in the Catholic church reminding them of the strict penalties facing those who referred allegations of sexual abuse against priests to outside authorities.

The letter referred to a confidential Vatican document drawn up in 1962 instructing bishops on how to deal with allegations of sexual abuse between a priest and a child arising out of a confessional.

It urged them to investigate such allegations 'in the most secretive way... restrained by a perpetual silence... and everyone... is to observe the strictest secret which is commonly regarded as a secret of the Holy Office... under the penalty of excommunication'.

'What really bothers me about this document is the way it suggests that what happens in the confessional should stay in the confessional,' said Carmen Durso, a Boston lawyer who has represented scores of American victims abused by priests.

'In the cases I've dealt with, the paedophiles frequently use the confessional to try and initiate contact with youngsters.' Ratzinger also oversaw the creation of Essential Norms, a 2002 document that reaffirmed the church's right to retain its authority over abuse allegations.

Ratzinger went as far as to slap the wrist of a reporter who dared to ask him about the Maciel investigations. 'One can't put on trial such a close friend of the Pope as Marcial Maciel,' Ratzinger said on another occasion.

Campaigners say Ratzinger's actions show he was prepared to use every means possible to ensure that abuse allegations were not investigated by authorities outside the church.

'We know that in the past few decades the church has tried to keep the abuse issue hidden,' said Mary Grant, a director of a support group of men and women called Snap: the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

The organisation is now seeking an urgent meeting between alleged victims and the new pontiff. 'Ratzinger himself has preferred to dismiss the allegations as a media creation rather than address them,' added Grant.

But a report by the Catholic Church itself estimated that some 4,450 of the Roman Catholic clergy who served between 1950 and 2002 have faced credible accusations of abuse.

Another study, produced last year by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, reported that there had been 10,667 victims of abuse over the last 50 years in the US alone. Campaign groups say the true figure may be significantly higher, especially in developing countries, where priests known to have committed abuse in the west were quietly despatched by bishops desperate to avoid scandal. In addition, abuse claims in developing countries are more likely to have gone unreported, while deference to priests is such that their actions can go unchecked.

Inevitably, lawyers have had a field day as a trickle of early abuse claims that surfaced in the Eighties became a flood in the Nineties. Already it is estimated the church has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars globally to settle claims. Snap estimates that anything between $400 million and $1.3 billion has been paid to victims, and that the final estimate could be as high as $5bn.

The Catholic church's reputation has been damaged worldwide. In the US a 16-month investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General's office concluded in 2003 that Roman Catholic priests and church staff in the Boston archdiocese molested more than 1,000 children over six decades.

Last February, Dr Kathleen McChesney of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops warned that many more cases were yet to come to light in the US. 'In 2004 at least 1,092 allegations of sexual abuse were made against at least 756 Catholic priests and deacons in the United States,' McChesney said.

Two years ago the Irish government revealed that the bill to compensate victims of sexual abuse by clergy could total €1bn.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, leader of the Catholic church in England and Wales, was forced to appoint child protection representatives in every parish in a bid to quash criticism that it had ignored abuse claims. Between 1995 and 2001, 21 Catholic priests were convicted of sexually abusing children in England and Wales. Murphy O'Connor himself was attacked for failing to report allegations against Michael Hill, a priest in his charge when he was Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. Hill was convicted of abusing nine children.

Now, with a new Pope in the Vatican, the hope for the abuse victims is that the church will start to investigate their allegations. 'I have mixed feelings about Cardinal Ratzinger becoming Pope,' said Barbara Blaine, founder and president of Snap. 'He has been so slow to deal with the Maciel case, but then if he brings the qualities that earned him his reputation as a papal enforcer to addressing the sex abuse scandal, that will be a good thing.'

In what is likely to be seen in some quarters as a clear sign that the Vatican believes it must now confront the abuse scandal, The Observer has learnt that, earlier this month, shortly before he was elected Pope, Ratzinger despatched special envoys to several cities across the globe to take testimonies from Maciel's alleged victims in confidence.

His reasons for revisiting the case, though, remain unclear. One theory is that Ratzinger learnt that confidential evidence will soon spill into the public domain and that he has decided to act ahead of this. Others suggest that he initiated the investigation for political reasons, to help boost his chances of being elected Pope.

What is irrefutable though is that, shortly after he was elected the spiritual head of more than one billion Catholics last week, Ratzinger approached Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago. The last time the two men talked, George raised the abuse crisis with Ratzinger and pressed him to intervene.

In perfect English, the new Pope assured George that he remembered their last conversation and would 'attend' to the matter. The reign of Benedict XVI may well be judged on whether he holds true to his word.


Comment of frig1 that hits the bull's-eye of Benedict XVI's hypocrisy:

Well, how nice to proclaim that the Pope has the "right" to insist that no pedophile serve as a priest. Until forced to something about this sexual perversity the Catholic Church spent a good deal of time and lots of its money protecting their priestly offenders. While the Church should always lead the way in eliminating such abuses in society, it has instead used payoffs and transfers to cover up these sins of the priesthood. It wasn't until the scandal in the United States that the Pope even went pubic in an intentional way about this issue. Basically, his hand was forced. What has he said or done or recommended about this abuse when he was a cardinal, or a bishop, or a priest himself? (Bold emphasis added)



Opus Dei Pope #2-Benedict XVI stomped Barbara Blaine & David Clohessy & SNAP protesters & victims of Priest-Pedophilia --- like Dust in the Wind

John Paul II Octopus Dei leash on Andrew Greeley

John Paul II, VOTF, Diamond Bride Mother Angelica

John Paul II & VOTF Voice of the Faithful & Tom Doyle's letter to VOTF

John Paul II Christmas gift to Totus Tuus Mary

John Paul II and the Vatican Billions:BOYCOTT JPII memorabilia

Opus Dei Pope #2-Benedict XVI the Wolf within the Shepherd

Opus Dei Pope #2-Benedict XVI red shoes versus sandals of Christ

Opus Dei Pope #2 - Benedict XVI effeminate voice is GAY Pope

Monday, April 28, 2008

Opus Dei Pope #2-Benedict XVI celebrates US trip at the Vatican

Book of the names of victims of Priest Pedophilia presented to the Pope "to try to humanize him" which proves Benedict XVI is really out of touch with reality (like King Herod was) from his grand Vatican palace. If Cardinal O'Mailey tried to "humanize the Pope" with this book, it proves that Benedict XVI is truly inhuman and inhumane and he is not a real Vicar of his red shoes do not resemble the sandals of the feet of Christ. (More comments on this book below.)
The deceased, many of whom died from suicide or drug overdose, are remembered with a gold cross next to their name.
(John Souza Photography)

Dust in the Wind - theme song of SNAP & survivors of Priest-Pedophilia

The Pedophile Cross of Pope Benedict XVI

After King Herod ordered the killings of 14,000 Little Boys for his self-glory and to make sure he would not have any competitor as King of Jerusalem, he celebrated and feasted with his cronies. He and his friends could "stomach" the murders of babies because they were living in a lavish palace and could not hear the cries nor taste the tears of mothers and fathers who lost their boys - for the sake of his glory. Like Herod the same is true of Benedict XVI living in the lavish Vatican Palace with his cronies who do everything for the Opus Dei WORLD DOMINATION AGENDA and the SELF-GLORY of the Pope. Benedict as Cardinal Ratzinger and the Opus Dei covered-up for 27 years "the Feast of Pedophilia" of more than 12,000 American little boys (and girls, still counting) by more than 5,445 John Paul II Pedophile Priets Army. Like Herod, Benedict XVI and John Paul II and the Opus Dei live in the lavish Vatican and are thousands of miles and years away from the "American 27 Years of Priests-Pedophilia". For the sake of the glory of John Paul II whom they are in a hurry to canonize, these American victims were ignored and suppressed in the Vatican for 27 years by Benedict XVI and the Opus Dei.

And now Opus Dei will make sure SNAP and the survivors are nothing but Dust in the Wind (theme song of SNAP) Below is an article by an Opus Dei member who speaks of the 2 huge NY banner for the Pope "Thank you, Benedict" - well of course Opus Dei can thank him because he used all his energy to build the Prelature of Opus Dei and now only serve the Opus Dei WORLD DOMINATION AGENDA meanwhile for 27 years he let 12,000 American boys suffer under his pedophilia-altar.

So what if King Herod was welcomed with pomp and ceremony everywhere he went like Benedict was welcomed in America - they both are criminals within their hidden heart and mind. And both are heads of state controlling the journalists and current historians to portray them as "Great": John Paul II the Great vis-a-vis King Herod the Great, Benedict XVI the Great ala King Herod the Great. It is pathetic that the same Bible quoting journalists like John Allen and the Jesuits of America Magazine cannot apply the facts of King Herod as "history repeats itself" in Benedict XVI. Benedict XVI is the King Herod of the 21st Century.

Victims - Attackers - Responsible Leaders

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 Roman Catholic Trinity!)

The Pedophile Cross of Pope Benedict XVI


Here is a survivors's testimony to how he "feels offended and insulted by Benedict XVI's apology. Following it, we also quote several articles of Opus Dei media spinner in full swing -- to glorify Benedict the Great like King Herod the Great. Their Opus Dei job is to paint Benedict XVI trip as "triumphant trip to America" the cost of 12,000 American little boys and girls all hidden in his papal-pedophiliac-belly.

Pope must address sex criminals in church

Monday, April 28, 2008
By Charles L. Bailey Jr. Baldwinsville

As an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse by a Catholic priest, I don't know if I'm more deeply hurt or offended by the pope's visit. As head of the Catholic Church, he should talk less and do more about his offending bishops and priests.

For Pope Benedict to say he is "ashamed" by the sex scandal is an insult to us survivors. To say he feels bad about the damage to the church is very offensive. What about the damage to the children? Meeting with a few survivors doesn't cut it.

He should have met with the National Leadership of SNAP, the Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests. SNAP followed proper channels to meet with the pope in advance of his visit, but received no response.

It is past time for the pope to address these men as what they are. They are criminals, felony criminals at that. In every other sect of society it is a felony crime to rape a child, as I was raped.

The charter for the protection of children states: "Complete openness and transparency" with regard to the sex abuse scandal. How can our bishop have a list of 49 suspected priests, going back to 1950, and be able to keep it secret? If a school district had a list of 49 suspect teachers, wouldn't there be public outrage and demand for the names? Why is our bishop allowed to keep such secrets?

The abuse is documented by Father Doyle, Sipe and Wall in their new book, "Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes The Catholic Church's 2,000-year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse."

Pope Benedict has kept the most notorious of all American bishops in handling the clergy sexual abuse on the job in the literal and figurative center of Catholic power. That's Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, whom the Vatican plucked for a prominent position in Rome after Law resigned over public outcry because of his cover-ups of predator priests.

Pope Benedict, since becoming pope, hasn't disciplined or spoken out against a single U.S. bishop who failed to enforce the 2002 policy on child sexual abuse. Among these bishops is Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. George's failure to heed warnings about pedophile priest Daniel McCormack led to more children being abused between 2004 and 2005. McCormack was arrested in 2006 and sent to jail.

Pope Benedict ignored the Dallas Morning News report on "Runaway Priests" about several proven, admitted and some credibly accused U.S. pedophile priests who fled the country to where? To Rome, where they live and work in and around the Vatican.

Pope Benedict hasn't disciplined or spoken out against diocese or religious orders, including St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., which allows a convicted clergy sex offender to repeatedly lead retreats on its grounds, and misleads the public about its so-called monitoring of predator monks. In fact, the pope just welcomed the abbot and others from the abbey to the Vatican a few weeks back to promote a Bible the abbey publishes.

Cardinal Ratzinger ignored repeated complaints from eight Legion of Christ seminarians who came forward in 1998 to say the order's founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado, sexually abused them. As cardinal, he slapped ABC-TV investigative reporter Brian Ross on the wrist (literally) for even asking a question about the case. (In 2006, Pope Benedict "invited" Maciel to live a "life of prayer and penance" but prohibited a church trial, much less turn him over the police). For articles, go to

Charles L. Bailey Jr. lives in Baldwinsville.


Book presented to the Pope "to try to humanize him" which shows that his apologies were hollow words to damage control the Church and it was all for show like pompous Pontius Pilate who said: I wash my hands...and I leave this man's (Christ) fate in your hands.

Our Comment on this book: The problem with this kind of nicely written book is it looks like one of those decorative book possessions at the Vatican archives, it does not show any of the beastly pain and priestly pedophiliac activities of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army whom Benedict XVI covered-up for 27 years. So, Benedict will not be "humanized" by it but will only think this is another "nice book" part of his papal trip trinkets (to be put away in the basement of the Vatican or as a prop for papal apology propaganda).

(John Souza Photography)

In book crafted for pope, a list, a legacy

Boston Globe

By Michael Paulson
Globe Staff / April 28, 2008

The book has no title, no author, no explanatory words - just a few quotes from The Bible, and page after page of first names.

Robert Jeffrey Michael Michael Kim Curtis

Richard Scott John Steven Peter Michael

Jackie Robert Wayne Stephen Paul Linda

Much ink has been spilled over the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the last six years, but this work is different: a hand-painted list of 1,476 men and women who have reported being sexually abused by a Catholic priest, deacon, or nun in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the book of names the Archdiocese of Boston gave to Pope Benedict XVI was an unusual effort to humanize a crisis of unimaginable scale, in this case for a pontiff who had once minimized the scope of abuse within the church. Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston presented the book at the historic Washington meeting between the pontiff and five abuse victims from Boston on April 17, midway through a papal trip to the United States during which Benedict spoke out four times about the pain and damage caused by clergy sexual abuse.

O'Malley later described the book as "a symbolic way of helping the Holy Father to experience the dimensions of the problem." ("Symbolic"? Benedict is living out-side-of-this Planet, victims and survivors are committing suicide and are "living-in-Hell" because of their years of sexual abuse by pedophile-priests covered-up by Benedict for 27 years! Oh "Symbolic" as the Pope dance with his GAY live-in lover at the Vatican to the tune of Dust in the Wind)

"We were trying to find a way that we could make present all of those who have been so hurt," said Barbara Thorp, the social worker who heads the archdiocese's victims' outreach efforts. "It isn't just 'the sexual abuse crisis,' but these are real people, with individual lives, and we felt a great responsibility to carry them with us in some tangible way." (bold emphasis added)


"When the pope saw it, I think the realization of how huge this has been really hit him," Johnston said. "It helped him to realize there were real people, individuals, who were hurt by this."


The following are Octopus Dei machine media spinners, world-class journalists, liars at their best!

Pre Benedict trip: Opus Dei ensure the Herod's welcome of Benedict XVI in America:


NY Welcomes Pope Benedict XVI
Opus Dei Awakens to Pope's Visit

© Susan Gosine
Apr 13, 2008

Protest, chants and cheers for Pope's visit. Thousands of police officers deployed to keep Pope Benedict safe during his three-day visit to New York City.

New Yorkers are gearing up for the first visit of Pope Benedict XV1 next week. Opus Dei is preparing two giant banners, millions of faithful are expected to flock to the city and the NYPD and Secret Service are pooling all their resources to ensure the visit passes without incident. And New York City Catholic teachers are planning to greet the Pope with picket lines and chants.

The Opus Dei Headquarters in New York is practicing chants, cheers and songs to perform for the pope. The group hopes to attract his attention with two 30-foot banners. One will portray the New York City skyline with the words "Omnes cum Petro," calling on all Christians to see the pope as the head of the church. It was taken from the opening of an Opus Dei prayer. The second banner will portray the pope's coat of arms splayed across an American flag with the words "Gratias tibi Benedictus XV1" ("Thank you, Pope Benedict").

The New York City Police Department will deploy thousands of officers to form a tight security net around the pope to ensure his safety. The bullet proof Pope mobile will be surrounded by armed plain clothes and uniformed officers with thousands others interspersed throughout the city and in the throngs. Snipers will be positioned on roof tops and national security helicopters will patrol the air space over the city. Streets will be blocked and traffic diverted. Subway services and buses will be affected. Bags and backpacks will be searched. Manholes and garbage will bins checked. Every measure will be taken to ensure that Pope Benedict XV1 will be safe as a babe in its mother's womb while visiting New York City.


Post Benedict XVI trip -- full media spin in Opus Dei owned-media magazines and newspapers: Newsweek, the NY Times, the UK Tablet. Read on the reign of the beast Octopus Dei at its zenit-power dictating the lies and deception of journalists-liars par excellence!


The End of the Caricature
Americans got to see the real Pope Benedict, not the cartoon Rottweiler.


April 25, 2008

By George Weigel

Forty-eight hours into his visit to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI had done something remarkable: he had successfully buried the cartoon Joseph Ratzinger, a nasty caricature created decades earlier by his theological enemies and subsequently marketed to the world press. From his first moments at Andrews Air Force Base, however, it was clear that this was no hard-edged theological enforcer, no Rottweiler. Instead of the cartoon Ratzinger, America was introduced to a modest, friendly man, a grandfatherly Bavarian with exquisite manners and a shock of unruly white hair, full of affection and admiration for the United States.

Nor was Ratzinger's cartoon image the only thing crumbling on the brilliant spring morning of April 16, when President George W. Bush formally welcomed the pope to America. Forty-five years before, a White House fearful of the political backlash from anti-Catholic prejudice insisted that a brief meeting in Rome between President Kennedy and Pope Paul VI be described as informal and unofficial. Now an evangelical Texas Methodist pulled out all the ceremonial stops to welcome the Bishop of Rome on the south lawn of the White House—and the Bishop of Rome, a former American POW, could be seen singing the refrain of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" along with the U.S. Army choir. It all seemed a very long way indeed from the days when the Know Nothings bludgeoned the marble sent by Pope Pius IX for the Washington Monument and threw the fragments into the Potomac. What historian Arthur Schlesinger Sr., used to call the deepest prejudice in American history—anti-Catholicism—was largely a thing of the past, save in the fever swamps where ancient bigotries and hatreds fester.

The transformation of the papal image was complete when Benedict XVI surprised everyone (including many senior churchmen) by meeting privately for conversation and prayer with five Boston-area victims of clergy sexual abuse. On the flight to America the pope had forthrightly seized control of this issue, speaking of his own "shame" over the behavior of priests who had abused the young; he later acknowledged the parallel and related disgrace of bishops who had failed in their duty to protect the flock. Still, it took that meeting with those who had suffered at the hands of something both they and he loved—the Catholic Church—to drive home the point that Benedict XVI was not just a friendly scholar. By meeting, praying and even crying with those who had been deeply hurt, Benedict made unmistakably plain what those who had known him already knew: that he is a man with a pastor's heart and a true priest's compassion.


Voyage of discovery

The Tablet

By Robert Mickens

Tens of millions across the United States were entranced by the visit of the Pope of 'faith and reason' to their country and engaged by his frankness, especially over the matter of clerical sexual abuse. But there was as much unsaid as spoken

. . .

But image was only part of the allure. Benedict XVI won points from nearly everyone for expressing "deep shame" over the clerical sex-abuse scandal and, even more dramatically, for meeting several of the victims - a private encounter that the Franciscan Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston helped arrange. The Pope admitted that the sex-abuse problem was "sometimes very badly handled" by the US bishops, though he later said they were now dealing with it "effectively".

The overall effect of his repeated references to the abuse crisis throughout his time in the United States was a sign for many Catholics that "the Pope gets it". Before the visit many wondered if he really did. Even leaders of Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), the group that has been most critical of church authorities for the way they have handled this issue, voiced appreciation for the Pope's words and gestures, while also demanding further action be taken against bishops who reassigned the abusing priests.

. . .

Understandably, perhaps, few people were willing to recall the major role Cardinal Ratzinger played during the post-conciliar period and how it may have contributed to, or healed, the divisions in the Church he spoke about. Neither did anyone publicly cite the tensions in the 1980s between the once-robust US bishops' conference and the Vatican - including the then Ratzinger-led Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - or that those tensions were resolved by the appointment of bishops more docile to Rome. Whether this was owing to collective amnesia or just a desire for a more serene period in the Church, the long-standing neuralgic issues such liturgical reform, women's ministry, contraception, human sexuality and lay authority were never seriously discussed during the papal visit. It would be a mistake to think these have been resolved. As one seasoned New York priest said: "It was like having your father-in-law over for a visit. You hide all the mess and then, after he leaves, you bring it all out again."

Pope Benedict and the Lasting Impact of His U.S. Trip


April 26, 2008

By Peter Steinfels

Pope Benedict XVI has come and gone. To a population that knew little about him, he almost certainly left a favorable impression. Once the afterglow fades, however, what will remain?

There are a variety of categories, of course, for sorting through the messages and images. But here are two useful ones: the God crisis and the church crisis.

. . .

The pope certainly addressed the personal dimension. He exhorted the bishops to be "engaging and imaginative." He worried out loud about the state of the liturgy and whether preaching had "lost its salt." He underlined the need for more priests. He urged the healing of divisions in Catholic ranks. He called on all Catholics to take their beliefs into public life. Most of all, in meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests, he offered a model of pastoral sensitivity.

Benedict's conversion


April 16, 2008

By David Gibson

While Pope Benedict voiced his revulsion at the sexual abuse scandal for the first time yesterday, it is important to understand that the genesis of his statements went back to a meeting that took place more than four years ago, not with other bishops, but with leaders of the lay review board set up to keep an eye on how the American hierarchy was complying with their own guidelines.

The National Lay Review Board, as it is known, had a rocky start, as the first head, former Oklahoma governor Frank Keating (now a Catholic advisor to John McCain) was sent packing after comparing the bishops to the Mafia--always a fast way to the bad side of the episcopacy.

A well-respected Chicago jurist, Anne Burke, was then named to lead the blue-ribbon panel of 13 lay leaders, and while she was more politic in public, she found it tough going as she tried to arrange meetings with various bishops about the issue. She got nowhere, and in frustration, Burke and other board members started calling and faxing various Vatican offices asking if they could fly over, at their own expense, to meet with them. A few offices responded, among them the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, headed by Cardinal Joseph Raztinger.

In January 2004, Burke and several other board members met with Ratzinger and his aides in his offices, for a full two-and-a-half hours. They set out the scope and depth of the scandal, which Ratzinger (and other Vatican officials) said they had not known. The U.S. bishops, Burke said, weren't giving the Vatican the full story. Ratzinger listened attentively, and at the end of the meeting stood up and promised the lay leaders he would get back to them. His time and response was something that one of the cardinal's top aides told Burke was very unusual.

"Cardinal Ratzinger was far more open to meeting with members of the national review board than our own bishops and cardinals," Burke later told Newsday [see The New Pope, by Carol Eisenberg, April 21, 2005]. Burke said Ratzinger was very engaged in the topic, beyond the fact that his department was charged with dealing with most cases to determine whether a priest should be defrocked, or "laicized" in church terms. "He took in everything we had to say and answered our questions. And we pulled no punches: We told him what was going on in terms of the extent of the actual abuse by the priests and about our dismay with the U.S. church hierarchy."

Victims of abuse recall meeting with pope


April 23, 2008

By Patricia Rice

Olan Horne, 48, a survivor of clerical sex abuse, believes that Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States marks a turning point in the way victims of sexual abuse are treated in the Catholic Church.

"I saw it in his face, heard his voice. He understands," said Horne, one of six survivors who met Thursday with the pope. He spoke with the St. Louis Beacon from his Massachusetts university food service office.

Benedict himself brought the shameful issue up last week at three masses at Washington Nationals and Yankee stadiums and at St. Patrick's Cathedral, at a New York seminary campus and at a press conference aboard his plane Shepherd One. He also discussed the issue with the bishops in Washington.


Opus Dei Pope #2-Benedict XVI stomped Barbara Blaine & David Clohessy & SNAP protesters & victims of Priest-Pedophilia --- like Dust in the Wind

John Paul II Octopus Dei leash on Andrew Greeley

John Paul II, VOTF, Diamond Bride Mother Angelica

John Paul II & VOTF Voice of the Faithful & Tom Doyle's letter to VOTF

John Paul II Christmas gift to Totus Tuus Mary

John Paul II and the Vatican Billions:BOYCOTT JPII memorabilia

Opus Dei Pope #2-Benedict XVI the Wolf within the Shepherd

Opus Dei Pope #2-Benedict XVI red shoes versus sandals of Christ

Opus Dei Pope #2 - Benedict XVI effeminate voice is GAY Pope

Friday, April 25, 2008

Opus Dei Pope #2-Benedict XVI the Wolf within the Shepherd

Opus Dei Pope #2-Benedict XVI is the Wolf within the Shepherd and the classic Wolf in white Sheep's Clothing. Like the Big Bad Wolf all he shows is his face and his hands and he is covered from head to toe by haute couture Zeffirelli props to deceive the 1.1 billion Catholics. Even children are deceived by him because he is like fictitious Shrek. He has a media empire to prop up his deceptions like these ones we show below Opus Dei media spinners and journalists who are liars par excellence - John Allen of ncr, the Jesuits of America Magazine, Cardinal Mahony the Master of Deceit and the editor of Philadelphia Enquirer with their inordinate adulation of the Pope, and hundreds more worldwide.

"I am against homosexuality, but for pedophilia" said by John Paul II and Benedict XVi (image by Danish Cartoonist)

Opus Dei Pope #2-Benedict XVI the Pope of Pedophilia

BBC Documentary of Benedict XVI who covered-up the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army for 27 years.

Let us always remember:

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 - 5,448 priests - John Paul II + Benedict XVI + Opus Dei (the new Roman Catholic Trinity!)

It is amazing how the the Opus Dei Pope #2-Benedict XVI physically resembles a wolf with his wolverine eyes. Benedict XVI is indeed the Shark Pope who sounds and speak as a GAY but he is being covered-up and praised as a "Shepherd" by Opus Dei media spinners -- Opus Dei-Pinocchio John Allen of National Catholic Register and the Jesuit-Elephants of America Magazine, Jesuit Elephants tied by the Octopus Dei-leash.

We featured the Octopus Dei-lies of John Allen at the Jesuit General Congregation in Rome and this man from Arizona also exposed more John Allen media spin.
These journalists - liars at their best - compare the Shark Pope and Wolf pope to a "Shepherd like St. Peter". They are all in denial that Benedict XVI is the very same Cardinal Ratzinger who was the Criminal-Pope who led the crime of cover-up of the more than 5,485 pedophiles of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army . They are all in media spin to make SNAP and all survivors like Dust in the Wind in the Church Crimes archives.

One of the survivors said the Pope's words of apology and 25 minutes meeting with survivors "did nothing" - see "No Progress" below.

Really, 25 minutes for 27 years of cover-up is like one-minute for one-year of abuse. John Paul II was pope for 26 years and he and Ratzinger and the Opus Dei were so busy cooking up saints in the Vatican-saint-factory and suppressing all victims. They fired the real prophet Tom Doyle and recently had Bishop Burke forbid him to speak in St. Louis. It was the secular lawyers who brought some Justice to these victims with a $2 Billion pay-off from the Church.

No Progress

Mark Serrano has been central in the battle with the Catholic church since the sexual abuse scandal erupted publicly six years ago. Serrano was among the first to talk about the years he was sexually abused as a child at St. Joseph Church by the former pastor, Hanley. He remains a strong advocate for abuse survivors and is one of the leading voices of SNAP.

"There is one man on the face of the earth who can make a real difference," said Serrano, who lives in Virginia. "This week, that man let us down. Everyone I know sees the meeting as a public relations stunt with no meaning."

Serrano said SNAP had been pressing for a meeting with the pope and several months ago wrote for such a meeting on behalf of the 7,000 abuse survivors in the U.S. Instead, Serrano said, the pope met with a select group and did not inform SNAP in advance of the meeting.

"I take nothing away from those who met with him," Serrano said. "But for the pope to come to America for the first time in three years, when the American Catholic church has endured one of the worst scandals in its history and for the pope to address the crisis two or three times and meet with a select group of survivors doesn't result in a safer environment for a single child on earth."

"It did nothing," Serrano said.


These are some of the biggest tentacles of the Opus Dei media spinners who serve the WORLD DOMINATION AGENDA of Opus Dei: National Catholic Reporter with Pinocchio John Allen, America Magazine the Jesuit of New York. The Jesuits have some of the worst priest-pedophiles in history!

NY Welcomes Pope Benedict XVI
Opus Dei Awakens to Pope’s Visit

© Susan Gosine
Apr 13, 2008

Protest, chants and cheers for Pope's visit. Thousands of police officers deployed to keep Pope Benedict safe during his three-day visit to New York City.

New Yorkers are gearing up for the first visit of Pope Benedict XV1 next week. Opus Dei is preparing two giant banners, millions of faithful are expected to flock to the city and the NYPD and Secret Service are pooling all their resources to ensure the visit passes without incident. And New York City Catholic teachers are planning to greet the Pope with picket lines and chants.

The Opus Dei Headquarters in New York is practicing chants, cheers and songs to perform for the pope. The group hopes to attract his attention with two 30-foot banners. One will portray the New York City skyline with the words “Omnes cum Petro,” calling on all Christians to see the pope as the head of the church. It was taken from the opening of an Opus Dei prayer. The second banner will portray the pope’s coat of arms splayed across an American flag with the words “Gratias tibi Benedictus XV1” (“Thank you, Pope Benedict”).

The New York City Police Department will deploy thousands of officers to form a tight security net around the pope to ensure his safety. The bullet proof Pope mobile will be surrounded by armed plain clothes and uniformed officers with thousands others interspersed throughout the city and in the throngs. Snipers will be positioned on roof tops and national security helicopters will patrol the air space over the city. Streets will be blocked and traffic diverted. Subway services and buses will be affected. Bags and backpacks will be searched. Manholes and garbage will bins checked. Every measure will be taken to ensure that Pope Benedict XV1 will be safe as a babe in its mother’s womb while visiting New York City

The Octopus Dei media journalists-liars par excellence!

The story behind the pope's meeting with sex abuse victims; Cardinal O'Malley interview

National Catholic Reporter

All Things Catholic by John L. Allen, Jr.
Friday, April 25, 2008 - Vol. 7, No. 32

Prior to Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States, some handlers worried that the American media would impose the sexual abuse crisis as the trip's dominant storyline. As it turns out, those fears were misplaced -- the media didn't impose the crisis upon the pope, he imposed it on us.

During a papal trip, the Vatican press corps gathers early each day, usually around 5 a.m., to receive advance copies of that day's speeches. Saturday morning in New York, waiting outside the room where the speeches would be handed out, I bumped into a prominent Italian vaticanista who actually grumbled that it would have been better if the pope had given one substantial speech on the crisis, rather than scattering his references across several days. This journalist said he had come prepared to write about several topics, but as it was, four of his five stories so far had led with the sexual abuse crisis -- because, he said, the pope himself kept bringing it up.

Certainly Benedict's five public references to the crisis, beginning with his lengthy answer to my question aboard the papal plane on April 15, were destined to keep the story in the headlines. Yet his most dramatic gesture actually came off-camera, in a private encounter with five survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests. That session took place on Thursday, April 17, in the chapel of the nunciature, or Vatican embassy, in Washington, D.C.

As obvious and long overdue a step as that meeting may seem to some, this was one of those moments in history that could just as easily not have happened. In light of opposition from both the Vatican and some quarters of the American hierarchy, insiders insist that the meeting was a personal decision of Pope Benedict XVI, not a mere formality placed on his schedule by advisors.(This is an excerpt from John Allen the Vaticanista Opus Dei LIAR numero uno!)


This article below is from the Jesuits of New York covering up for their Jesuit Pedophile brother of Alaska who molested an entire village of little boys -- he left no little boy unmolested by him,. Way to go Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius!

The Jesuit editors say "With his gentle voice and peaceful demeanor, Benedict did not fail to offer a prophetic word to the world." The truth of the matter is Benedict XVI has the most GAYISH voice among all world leaders. He is GAY inside and therefore he speaks as a GAY. See how the Jesuits manipulate words to cover-up the GAY "morally intrinsic evil" voice and GAY body of their "Pastor and Shepherd". Christ said "what comes out in the mouth springs from the heart" and the Pope's heart is GAY as he lives 24/7 with his GAY private secretary. Benedict XVI does not have a "gentle voice" but has an authentic GAY voice and GAY demeanors because he is abona fide GAY! He is as effeminate as it can get. Get Real Jesuit-elephants! Benedict XVI is GAY Pope the Wolf hidden within the Shepherd!

Notice in this article below how the Jesuits Opus Dei media-spin with their Jesuit words of deceit arsenals and make the pope appear like a "Shepherd" when the fact is he is and was a wolf for over 27 years and he should be put to jail with Cardinal Law and all the Cardinals and Bishops who covered-up the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army!

Pastor and Prophet


By The editors | MAY 5, 2008

The enduring impression Pope Benedict XVI left with most Americans following his recent visit to Washington, D.C., and New York was of a pastor ministering to his flock. In repeated gestures, from meeting with the victims of sexual abuse to blessing the disabled and speaking with the survivors of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he showed his desire to heal those who are wounded and broken.

His numerous comments on sexual abuse by members of the clergy demonstrated awareness of the depth of the hurt to victims and their families as well as to the American Catholic Church as a whole. From his confession of shame to reporters during the flight to the United States to his spontaneous acknowledgment of his own human weakness at the Mass at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he signaled that like Peter, he is an ordinary Christian who struggles to be a disciple.

Though commentators have often depicted his German heritage as a source of rigidity and heavyhandedness, Benedict’s Bavarian Gemütlichkeit revealed itself with a relaxed smile, and it projected warm joy throughout his public appearances. His natural graciousness enabled him to look those he encountered in the eyes and to listen to them attentively. Though he is known to prefer more traditional liturgical styles himself, he appeared to relish the multilingual, multiethnic liturgical events prepared for him, which are so characteristic of the United States today. His prayer at ground zero was a gem of quiet commemoration, and the visit to the Park East Synagogue on the eve of Passover was a gesture of undiminished goodwill toward the Jewish community.

Just as he came to heal, Pope Benedict also came to unify. His homilies and addresses allowed no gloating by one church faction over another. In addressing the bishops, for instance, he balanced pro-life issues with social justice concerns. “Is it consistent,” he asked, “to profess our beliefs in church on Sunday, and then during the week to promote business practices or medical procedures contrary to those beliefs? Is it consistent for practicing Catholics to ignore or exploit the poor and marginalized, to promote sexual behavior contrary to Catholic moral teaching, or to adopt positions that contradict the right to life of the human being from conception to natural death?” Though Pope Benedict’s critique of American culture—of individualism, secularism, materialism and the cult of untrammeled freedom—was clear, his reproof was consistently gentle: questioning rather than condemning, edifying rather than hectoring.

With his gentle voice and peaceful demeanor, Benedict did not fail to offer a prophetic word to the world. At the United Nations General Assembly, he upheld the necessity of the organization for the defense of human rights and gave new prominence to “the duty to protect,” that is, the responsibility of the international community to intervene when a government either fails to protect its own people or is itself guilty of violating their rights. He made clear that the United Nations serves human solidarity by making the strong responsible for defending the weak.

Pope Benedict also extrapolated a seldom discussed teaching of Pope John XXIII in the encyclical Pacem in Terris—that the legitimacy of governments depends on their respect for and defense of the rights of their people. It is not “intervention,” he argued, that should be interpreted as “a limitation on sovereignty,” but rather “nonintervention” that causes harm out of indifference to the victims of oppression. With international missions foundering in long-lasting conflicts like those in Congo and Sudan, however, the pope’s remarks place the burden on the international community to build the capacity to deal with major humanitarian emergencies.

While Pope Benedict showed appreciation for American culture, especially for the flowering of liberty, and for U.S. Catholics, he also laid bare our temptations and failings. He spoke to young people about the “callousness of heart” that leads to “drug and substance abuse, homelessness, poverty, racism, violence and degradation—especially of girls and women.” He also warned against relativism, “which, in disregarding truth, pursues what is false and wrong,” leading to “addiction, to moral or intellectual confusion, to hurt, to a loss of self-respect, even to despair....”

This portrait is unflattering. Americans may find it hard to look in the mirror Benedict held up to us. We may want to avert our eyes. But the challenge of the visit is to learn from Pope Benedict’s criticism as well as his praise, take it to heart and find new ways to redeem the shadow side of our American character. For, as he reminded us, with our eyes fixed on the saints whose lives enable us to “soar freely along the limitless expanse of the horizon of Christian discipleship,” we too can live the Gospel life in 21st-century America.


This is from the evil-fox Cardinal Mahony , the "Master of Cunning and Deceit" whom we have featured in depth at the John Paul II Millstone. This Cardinal should be in jail for covering up the most number of Pedophiles Priests in America.

Reflection: The Pope's Pastoral Visit

The Tidings

By Cardinal Roger M. Mahony

Pope Benedict XVI came as our Pastor and as our Shepherd, and he spoke to us of our most human joys and sorrows, our hopes and our failures. He came in the name of Jesus Christ and he reminded us "to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus" [Hebrews 12:2].

Our Holy Father did not hesitate to lift up for us challenges and difficulties which our Church was facing here in the United States, but he never left us alone with our failures and problems. He stood with us, acknowledged the shame of sinful behavior, and urged us forward in the name of our Risen Lord.

He openly spoke of the scourge of sexual misconduct on the part of clergy over these past decades, he visited with victims of that abuse, he reminded us of our immigrant roots and urged us to be present to today's immigrant peoples and their plight, he spent quiet prayerful time at Ground Zero, he met with those young people suffering with physical disabilities, he spoke of the futility of violence and war, and he did not hesitate to alert us to the conflict between the Gospel of Jesus and our contemporary society.

Time and again he led us back to our friendship with Jesus Christ, and urged us to recognize the presence, love, and mercy of Jesus surrounding us.

For me personally, the two most memorable moments of grace with our Holy Father were ones shrouded in quiet prayer, silence and few public words: his meeting with victims of sexual abuse in Washington, D.C., and his visit to Ground Zero in New York. Both of these events had the dignity of silence, the depth of sadness, and the promise of hope-filled prayer - and both captured deeply the most wounded parts of our Church and of our country.

Yes, the great outdoor Masses were inspiring, the meetings with ecumenical and interfaith leaders were moving, and the gathering with young people and seminarians was memorable. But the power of those times of quiet healing moved me more deeply than all the rest of the Holy Father's many public appearances.

At first, I didn't know why. After all, concelebrating Mass with the Pope and tens of thousands of people was surely uplifting and a source of joy for us all. Slowly the realization became real: those times of quiet healing grace were exactly what I needed at this time in my own journey of faith. My own mistakes and failures over the years had continued to burden me - a weight that I failed to realize was holding me down.

The gentle and quiet manner of Pope Benedict touched me in the most vulnerable depths of my soul. I felt uplifted by our Shepherd and my heavy burdens somehow seemed lighter. How did our Holy Father accomplish this? Through his consistent call to faithful discipleship in Jesus Christ, and his reassurance that we are truly saved by hope in our loving God! His recent Encyclical Letter, Spe Salvi [Saved by Hope], continues to point us forward and upward on our journeys. He does not allow us to remain mired in our sins and faults, but instead, kept repeating the call to "true freedom" in Jesus who has come as "the way, the truth, and the life" for each one of us.

I return to Los Angeles a different disciple of Jesus than when I left a week ago. Thank you, Lord, for sending us not only the Vicar of Christ and the Successor of Peter, but also a brother and friend who knows Jesus personally and gave us six extraordinary days of grace and hope!


Another Opus Dei media spinner. The Pope covered-up priest-pedophiles for 27 years and now suddenly he is "solving it". No, it was secular lawyers and SNAP who solved it and the Pope is too late in apologizing. His words are hollow like if Osama ben Laden would apologize and he would be hailed as Muslim Prophet for 9/11.

This article is Octopus Dei DECEPTION at its ZENITH! This journalist-liar writes of the Pope as if he was a demi-god.

Back Channels: Benedict issues lofty call to eliminate evil of abuse

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Kevin Ferris
Editor of the Editorial Page

Pope Benedict XVI didn't raise just the issue of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. He raised the bar on how to respond to the crisis.

There was no 10-point to-do list. Instead, appropriately, he took the discussion to a higher level. The question is, can he and his church live up to his words and deeds?

First, of course, was the condemnation. In his meeting with bishops, he called the sexual abuse of minors a "deep shame" that has caused "enormous pain." He spoke of "clerics [who] have betrayed their priestly obligations and duties by such gravely immoral behavior." He mentioned the need to "eliminate this evil." (Octopus Dei DECEPTION at its zenith!)

The victims of this evil, he told the bishops, must be a high priority: "It is your God-given responsibility as pastors to bind up the wounds caused by every breach of trust, to foster healing, to promote reconciliation, and to reach out with loving concern to those so seriously wronged."

He led by example, holding an emotional meeting with victims the next day. There were tears, prayers and blunt talk. "I told him that he has a cancer growing in his ministry and needs to do something about it," Bernie McDaid told CBS News after the meeting.

Benedict was rightly applauded both for this meeting and for his outspokenness on the issue during his U.S. visit. But victims, their advocates and others were also right to immediately raise questions:

Along with counseling and other outreach efforts, would the church act more forcefully against priests who abused children? Or the bishops and cardinals who both enabled and covered up the crimes for decades? Would the church be more forthcoming about the cover-ups, to help ensure they can't happen again? Would it stop fighting efforts to let survivors seek civil redress, which could provide a fuller picture of the abuse and what the pope called the church's "very badly handled" response?

Benedict is aware that appropriate action by the church can do more than help victims of priests. He told the bishops, "By acknowledging and confronting the problem when it occurs in an ecclesial setting, you can give a lead to others, since this scourge is found not only within your dioceses, but in every sector of society. It calls for a determined, collective response."

Again, the pope didn't tell bishops how to act, but it will be hard to ignore his words as they weigh a response to legislation that could benefit society at large but hurt dioceses financially. It will be even harder if the church reconsiders its own statute of limitations on sexual abuse allegations, a possibility raised by a top Vatican official, Cardinal William J. Levada, in an interview last week with the New York Times.

Some of Benedict's most poignant statements came at a meeting with seminarians in Yonkers, N.Y., in which he never specifically mentioned sexual abuse. He was urging young people to follow the path of U.S. saints, pointing out the difference that loving actions can have in the lives of others as compared with the devastating, far-reaching consequences of evil acts.

"What happens when people, especially the most vulnerable, encounter a clenched fist of repression or manipulation rather than a hand of hope? . . . Here, the dreams and longings that young people pursue can so easily be shattered or destroyed. . . . While the causes of these problems are complex, all have in common a poisoned attitude of mind which results in people being treated as objects - a callousness of heart takes hold which first ignores, then ridicules, the God-given dignity of every human being. Such tragedies also point to what might have been and what could be, were there other hands - your hands - reaching out."

And there, at St. Joseph Seminary, he urged a path for young people to follow:

"Look about you with Christ's eyes, listen with his ears, feel and think with his heart and mind. Are you ready to give all as he did for truth and justice? . . . We must respond with a renewed social action that stems from the universal love that knows no bounds. In this way, we ensure that our works of mercy and justice become hope in action for others."

That's a high calling, and certainly Benedict himself knows the difficulty of achieving such a standard amid the pressures and responsibilities of daily life. Nevertheless, his words, his actions and his message of hope suggest that he is ready to lead and help his church meet the challenge.

Read the pope's U.S. speeches and homilies at

Benedict XVI the Wolf within the Shepherd.


BRAVO Bill Maher

Bill Maher called Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi and the head of a "child-abusing religious cult"...

If you listen to Maher, the pope is just a doddering old man in a white dress and funny hat who heads an international network of pedophiles, homophobes and misogynists.

Bill Maher was sure he could spew his filthy vitriol the week before Benedict made his first official visit to the United States because he knew he'd have the support of every person with a religious grudge.

Victims of sexual abuse were in his corner because they believe the church is still run by pedophiles, even though the percentage of abusive clergy pales in comparison to the anonymous innocent, and most of the documented cases occurred decades ago. Gays and lesbians cheered because they see the pope as a vicar of bigotry, mistaking the condemnation of sin as condemnation of the sinner.


Yes, Maher's Catholic Rant Was Unfair

As for Maher, he called Catholicism "a child-abusing religious cult . . . the Bear Stearns of organized pedophilia" and claimed that "if the pope, instead of a religious figure, was the CEO of a chain of nationwide day care centers who had thousands of employees who had been caught molesting children and then covering it up, he would have been in jail."


The people's taxes pay for the cost of the deceptions of the Big Bad Wolf Pope Benedict XVI

The secret costs of papal visits

National Secular Society (United Kingdom)
25 April 2008
By Muriel Fraser

In Australia protests are mounting against the unknown bill for the papal trip planned for July. As a visiting head of state, Benedict XVI will have his accommodation and (the massive) security paid for by his hosts, but the Australian taxpayers are not allowed to know what it will cost them. In preparation for the Pope’s visit to Australia, the premier of New South Wales had a financial statement drawn up which he says proves how advantageous this will be. However, Premier Morris Iemma, who happens to be Catholic, then promptly exempted this report from the Freedom of Information Act, claiming it would be against the public interest to disclose it. (Courier-Mail, 10.4.2008)

Occasionally, however, some of these carefully-guarded figures do come out. Two years ago, on the occasion of Benedict’s first papal trip, the president of the Bavarian Police Union, Harald Schneider, got a look at the cost of the Pope’s security. This led Schneider to remark that it would have been cheaper if the German taxpayers had given every Catholic pilgrim who wanted it, a round-trip ticket to go and see the Pope in Rome. (Mittelbayerische Zeitung, 1.2.2006).

Of course, in the end both the Australian and the German taxpayers can afford to subsidise the pope. But unfortunately, papal trips are not confined to lands like these. The much-travelled John Paul II visited 129 different countries, few of them as wealthy as Australia and Germany. In 1990, for instance, he made a “state visit” to Tanzania. At that time the former nun, Maria Lauda/Majella Lenzen, was working in a Tanzanian hospital. (She was later expelled from the Sisters of the Precious Blood for distributing condoms to prostitutes.) As she relates, “Suddenly the order came for every villager to pay 1000 Tanzanian shillings for the necessary security measures. That’s a month’s wages for a family. But, in order to save face, almost everyone paid up. Even when they had to incur large debts”. (Bild, 4.2.2000)


These are articles from the secular media who see and say things as they are and do not LIE and media spin for Octopus Dei.

The Pope Has Come, but Not Change

By Jorge Ramos
Dos Mundos
April 24, 2008

The only reason the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States attracted any attention is that it was his first as pope -- nothing more. There are no changes and no new debates to be engaged in. After all, Joseph Ratzinger is known for defending the Roman Catholic Church's most traditional values. He travels a lot, but he doesn't change.

"Remember, the Catholic Church is not in a continuous process of change," said Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahoney in a recent interview.

That's true.

And perhaps that might explain why so many Catholics in the United States are leaving the church. According to a Pew Research Center study on religion in America, three out of nine people raised as Catholics have deserted the Church. And where do they go? The majority leave for Christian congregations with more modern practices that allow pastors to marry, women to have greater access to the same positions as men, and human sexuality to be accepted with fewer restrictions.

The Catholic Church, for instance, continues to ban the use of condoms. They're not accepted as birth control methods even for married couples, nor even to avoid contracting AIDS. And Benedict XVI, who was the prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and whose task was to set the moral tone for the Catholic Church worldwide -- will not be the pope who approves the use of prophylactics.

"The Pope has said many times that it is more important to change mentality and respect the dignity of each individual," Mahoney said, "especially with regard to women."

But it is difficult to get this message across in a country where young people start having sex at age 15 or 16.

Mahoney, who oversees America's largest diocese, knows that.

"It is very difficult to follow Jesus Christ; to follow his teachings. But everything is focused on respect for each person's dignity."

It's not surprising that Benedict XVI has decided to visit Washington and New York, but not Los Angeles. It was in the latter city where most of the sexual abuse cases against children and minors took place. The Los Angeles Archdiocese spent $660 million to settle 508 sexual abuse cases, facing near bankruptcy. Most of the incidents occurred during the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

Popes do not grant interviews to the press. Nor do they equivocate. Or at least that is what the defenders of papal infallibility believe. But the reality is that it would have been extremely difficult for Benedict XVI to visit Los Angeles without being grilled by the press on this subject.

Ratzinger was one of the principal officials in the Catholic Church when it was the Vatican's policy to handle the sexual abuse complaints internally and in secret. Pedophile priests weren't reported to the police. Many cases ended tragically, and guilty priests remained unpunished with the church simply transferring them to a different parish.

"Why did the Catholic Church hide the criminals?" I asked Mahoney.

"There were a lot of problems in those three decades, and we do not know why," responed the spiritual leader of more than three million. Then, he added: "We have taken many steps to protect everyone in the Catholic Church."

Ratzinger does not enjoy high popularity in the United States. Only 52 out of 100 Americans have a favorable opinion of him, according to a poll taken last month by the Pew Research Center. On the other hand, 76 percent of Americans had positive views about John Paul II (in June, 1996).

Perhaps it's a matter of age. John Paul II was elected pope when he was 58 years old. Benedict XVI -- who was described by Mahoney as "very intelligent but always humble" -- began his papacy at 78. And save exceptional cases, men that age, whatever their religion, generally don't change the principles that have guided them throughout their lives.

That is why Benedict XVI will not be the pope of change. And, if his attire is any indication, it is more likely he will ratify the values of the past. The pope customarily wears capes that for decades have not been used even in the Vatican itself.

The pope's mission, Mahoney reminded me toward the end of our talk, is to take the Gospel – not radical changes -- to today's world. Agreed. However, I am still perplexed by the traveler who arrives in a new country and expects everyone around him to change ... except himself.

Pope's Apologies for Pedophile Priests Are Too Little, Too Late. Nothing Will Change

By Sandy Sand
OpEd News
April 22, 2008

While some Catholics are hopeful that Benedict "Arnold" XVI's acknowledgement of crimes committed against children by pedophile priests will bring about change, others are doubtful.

Doubtful wins.

Just as Benedict chose to close his eyes to U.S. torture policies and other crimes committed against humanity during his visit here, his blind-eye policy to pedophile priests and subsequence apology are anti-everything people of sanity and reason hold dear.

There will be no changes and the abuse and cover-ups will continue as long as the pope continues to give Bernard Law sanctuary in Rome and Roger Mahoney is running around free in Los Angeles along with every priest who committed child abuse or covered up for these criminals, including the pope, who is still protecting them.

There will be no change as long as Catholics continue to support these vile criminals with their financial contributions.

There will be no change as long as Catholics flock by the thousands to see and hear the pope, kiss his skirt and the rings on his malevolent fingers that protected guilty priests and did not protect the church's children — leaving their innocent souls to perish in the parishes.

The will be no change as long as glassy-eyed mothers with babes in arms allow those same stained, be-ringed fingers touch the heads of their children.

The sight of one such mother doing just that was revolting beyond description. After the unholy blessing she went before the television cameras, teary-eyed and quivering with exaltation, because that evil man touched her child's head and bestowed his "blessings" on him.

One must wonder if she ever considered that those same hands gave hundreds of priest a papal pass; a get out of jail free card for unspeakable crimes against children. That this same man will do it again, and that innocent babe in her arms may be the victim of yet another pedophile priest. Obviously she didn't or she never would have gone within a million miles of the man.

The will be no change as long as Los Angeles residents — from the rich and powerful to the most humble — continue to flock to Mahoney's grossly ugly Taj Mahal built to the specifications of his ego in downtown L.A.; built with the money earned off the sweat of their backs for his glorification.

There will be no change as long as those same people, especially the rich and powerful like the mayor, line up at every opportunity to be photographed with Mahoney, whose oh, too clever lawyers plied every trick in their legal books to avoid turning over church records to the district attorney, leaving Mahoney and all the pedophile priests free to avoid showing up for their reservations at the gray bar hotel.

All of that left many Angelinos suspicious of the D.A.'s legal abilities and wondering if he did everything he could do, and if he didn't, why didn't he?

No, there will be no change.

Pope Benedict "Arnold" XVI flew home to the Vatican surely smiling a tight-lipped sneering grin of a smile all the way, knowing he once again pulled the wool over the sheep's eyes.

Before the popejet's wheels touch the ground all the fake promises, all the insincere apologies were more than likely to have been scuttled into the Atlantic to sleep with the fishes — never to be heard from again.

There's nothing anybody can about any of this except be revolted by watching this man get away with murdering souls and destroying lives.

He's your pope and the cardinals are your leaders.

If you choose to forgive and forget, as they will forget all their promises to change, you have no one but yourselves to blame when it happens again, and an entire new generation of children — your children — are victimized.

Washington Post:,CST-NWS-crime22.article


Victim of abuse thinks little of pope's apology
By Jeffery Kurz , Record-Journal staff

CHESHIRE - When Pope Benedict XVI visited the United States for the first time, he expressed remorse over the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the American church. The pope met with a handful of victims and, during Mass at Washington's Nationals Park before 50,000 people, said "no words of mine could describe the pain and harm inflicted by such abuse."

Though surprised that the pope so directly spoke about the issue, Jim Hackett remains unimpressed. The 44-year old computer programmer, who lives in Cheshire, went public in 2005 with his story of being sexually abused three times by the same priest in 1976, when he was an altar boy and middle school student at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hamden.

Hackett considers the pope's comments public relations "spin."

"Now he's saying he's sorry, again," said Hackett. "They're trained to be consoling."

Hackett was among 43 victims sharing $22 million in a settlement of abuse claims with the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The pope's words ring hollow because the church continues to work to prevent abuse claims from coming forward, he said.

"Now that it's out there, how are they going to protect their image?" he said. "The only way to do that is to say we're going to handle this. To come out and say he's sorry about it is disingenuous."

Hackett, who was included in a victims' photography exhibit at a SoHo art gallery during the pope's visit, waited three decades before going public with his story.

In an e-mail message following an interview at a Cheshire restaurant, he explained why he felt it was ultimately necessary to speak out.

"I think it is important for people to understand, not only that these things are happening and being covered up by those who purport to be a moral compass for society, but, also people need to understand what a lasting effect the abuse has on the victims," he wrote.

"Victims are subjected to a lifetime of internal strife that causes low self esteem, and in many cases self-destructive behavior often resulting in alcoholism, drug abuse, and even suicide."

Since the pope's visit, victims from across the nation have been calling in for the first time to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said Beth McCabe, co-leader of the organization's Connecticut chapter, which has about 75 members.

"What's really interesting to me is that every single survivor I talk to, they think they are the only ones," said McCabe, a 59-year-old Canton resident who was abused by a priest when she was growing up in Long Island.

"It is just such a betrayal," McCabe said. "Survivors are dealing with it on a sexual level, an emotional level, and most importantly on a spiritual level. We were taught they were God's messengers."

The pope's comments were "a small step that is coming way too late," McCabe said. "Yes, it's good he said those things, but it's taken the church so long to acknowledge the pain and suffering of the survivors, and there's a lot of cynicism from the survivors."

"Unless there's some very concrete action that follows, his words will be meaningless," she said.

Hackett describes himself today as "a struggling Catholic." He and his wife and two daughters no longer attend church services.

"I believe in God and the Bible and what it says about how you should behave," he said.

Hackett was in the seventh grade when the first abuse occurred. Before he was molested, he was an excellent student; afterward, he struggled, with C's and D's, he said.

"I'm lying in bed at night pissed off at the world, thinking about how I'm going to bash this guy's head in," he recalled. "It definitely takes the zest for life right out of you."

Even though his parents complained to the school, the priest was allowed to stay on. The priest was Hackett's gym teacher in the eighth grade.

"It would have been difficult enough if he had disappeared from my life after I'd turned him in," Hackett said.

The Rev. Louis Paturzo, whom Hackett accused of molesting him, was stripped of his priestly faculties following the settlement, according to published reports.

It wasn't until he was about 18 that Hackett said he felt like he could get on with his life.

"As years went by I'd still go to Mass, but I'd still be thinking about that," said Hackett, referring to the sexual abuse that had taken place in the back of the altar.

When friends of his were killed in an accident, Hackett said he wanted to pray for them, but found himself too haunted by the memory of his experience. "My faith was tainted by that," he said.

For years, Hackett kept the experience mostly to himself. He had been considering filing an anonymous, or John Doe, complaint against the church when in 2002 he watched an account of the priest scandal on television news. The memories flooded back, "and I thought, should I come out?" Hackett said.

"Not from the perspective of what happened to me, but of little kids," he said.

"I decided at that point I wanted to come out," he said. He contacted the Bridgeport firm of Tremont & Shelton, which was handling cases of clergy sex abuse victims. The settlement with the Archdiocese of Hartford was reached in October 2005.

"My whole thing was getting the story out there," he said. "I didn't want the money."

In a statement released when the settlement was reached, Hackett said: "While I am grateful that the diocese has offered this compensation, I want to make it perfectly clear that no amount of money can replace what was taken from me at the hands of a child molester who wore a Roman collar and called himself, 'Father.' No financial compensation can even begin to make up for the horror that I endured and the subsequent feelings of loneliness and rage that are all too common for the victims of such atrocities against children."

Tremont & Shelton has represented more than 100 victims since the firm started handling church abuse cases in 1993. Many of the priests involved in settlements are still within the church, said Cindy Robinson, a Tremont & Shelton attorney.

Many victims are unable to be as articulate as Hackett when it comes to talking about what happened to them, Robinson said. "There are many people who will never have a whole life," she said.

"It takes a lot of courage to come out and talk to the media the way he has," she said.

In his e-mail message, Hackett wrote: "every time a story is published about survivors of abuse, more victims come forward seeking help in attaining the empowerment that I have been fortunate enough to finally find within myself."

During his five-day visit to the U.S., the pope said it's important "that those who have suffered be given loving pastoral attention."

"The pope said he expected churches to reach out to victims," said McCabe. "They, quite frankly, treat us as lepers."

"None of us will ever, ever get over this," she said.

The Archdiocese of Hartford did not respond to requests for comment for this story.

The Connecticut chapter of the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests is on the Internet, at

Regional Commentary
Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted on Wed, Apr. 23, 2008


By Maureen Paul Turlish

Pope Benedict XVI last week lamented his "deep shame" over the clergy sex-abuse scandal, decrying the "enormous pain" that individuals and communities have suffered from "gravely immoral behavior" by priests. He vowed to "do what is possible so this cannot happen again in the future."

Do what is possible?

Not one bishop has been removed from office because of his own complicity, collusion or cover-up of the church's continuing sexual-abuse problems. Nor has anyone been forced to resign for violating Canon Law or criminal or civil laws.

Even when the Archdiocese of Boston imploded in 2002, church authorities were quick to say former Archbishop Bernard Law's resignation had nothing to do with his leadership style.

Do what is possible?

Some bishops in their own dioceses continue to fight the release of records, even the names and locations of known predators, in their episcopal jurisdictions. The Portland, Oregon, Archdiocese has been dribbling records out to the public as recently as last week while the Archdiocese of Los Angeles continues to oppose releasing its thousands of files.

Rest assured that the institutional church's loud protestations of commitment to victims of sexual abuse in the future offer neither absolution nor justice for the sins and the crimes of the past.

The "scandal" that attaches to the church's sexual abuse problems is that there was, in fact, a cover-up of unimaginable proportions that aided and abetted the continued sexual abuse and molestation of thousands of children, as well as young men, women and vulnerable adults.

Do what is possible?

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has hailed diocesan programs across the country celebrating this month as Child Abuse Awareness Month. "We can never rest when it comes to protecting children and teenagers," said Bishop Gregory Aymond, chairman of the conference's Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People.

However, Catholic conferences and church lobbyists in such states as Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Colorado and Ohio have been ruthless in their opposition to the complete removal of statutes of limitation regarding the sexual abuse of minors.

Superior Court Judge Robert B. Young ruled last Wednesday that Delaware's Child Victims Act does not violate the state constitution, based on the fact that federal courts already have set a precedent for upholding similar laws. The act was passed in 2007 to eliminate the civil statute of limitations for child-sexual abuse and to allow a two-year window during which previously barred suits could be filed.

Removing statutes of limitations is the single most effective method of holding sexual predators - and any possibly complicit or enabling individuals or institutions - accountable along with the inclusion of "window legislation" such as Delaware's to bring forth previously time-barred cases of abuse.

I love my church, and together with Pope Benedict XVI I am ashamed, deeply ashamed of what has been done to children in God's name. I fully expect my church leadership to initiate actions that more faithfully follow their words.

This is possible.

Anything less is "sounding brass and tinkling cymbals" (1 Corinthians 13:1-2) because words without action remain hollow.
Sister Maureen Paul Turlish of Delaware is a victims' advocate and educator.

Benedict XVI th's Words Mean NOTHING for daily verified coverage on why no laity should be donating for any reason, until many HUNDREDS of aid and abetting and pedophile enabling Bishops & Cardinals, are each removed from office, each canonically censored, and each placed under life time house arrest, like Marciel, founder and proven pedophile of the Mexican Cult-Like Legion of Christ was, or alternatively, each are irrevocably EXCOMMUNICATED (and this is a mild punishment considering what these EVIL miters and red hats each really deserve).

Saluti e tutti e ciao,

Albino Lucani
JP I, Reporting From Heaven, Where There Is NO SIGN Of JP II, who appointed 99f these pedophile enabling clerics.
Albino Lucani, Holy See, Vatican City


Bill Maher in YouTube on the Pope as the cult leader of THOUSANDS of Pedophile Priests and if he were a CEO of daycares around the world with pedophile caretakers - he'd be in jail by now. Right on Bill!

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