World's oldest and largest rape conspiracy still at it.

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Vatican office struggles to keep up with clergy abuse cases

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican office responsible for processing clergy sex abuse complaints has seen a record 1,000 cases reported from around the world this year, including from countries it had not heard from before — suggesting that the worst may be yet to come in a crisis that has plagued the Roman Catholic Church.

Nearly two decades after the Vatican assumed responsibility for reviewing all cases of abuse, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is today overwhelmed, struggling with a skeleton staff that hasn’t grown at pace to meet the four-fold increase in the number of cases arriving in 2019 compared to a decade ago.

“I know cloning is against Catholic teaching, but if I could actually clone my officials and have them work three shifts a day or work seven days a week,” they might make the necessary headway, said Monsignor John Kennedy, the head of the congregation’s discipline section, which processes the cases.

“We’re effectively seeing a tsunami of cases at the moment, particularly from countries where we never heard from (before),” Kennedy said, referring to allegations of abuse that occurred for the most part years or decades ago. Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Italy and Poland have joined the U.S. among the countries with the most cases arriving at the congregation, known as the CDF.

Kennedy spoke to The Associated Press and allowed an AP photographer and video journalists into the CDF’s inner chambers -- the first time in the tribunal’s history that visual news media have been given access. Even the Vatican’s most secretive institution now feels the need to show some transparency as the church hierarchy seeks to rebuild trust with rank-and-file Catholics who have grown disillusioned with decades of clergy abuse and cover-up.

Pope Francis took a step toward showing greater transparency with his decision this week to abolish the so-called “pontifical secret” that governs the processing of abuse cases to increase cooperation with civil law enforcement.
https://apnews.com/6e99b1ddf64d5fd7ff85fe065d699e7b

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175 children abused by Mexican branch of Catholic Church: report

At least 175 children were sexually assaulted by priests belonging to an ultra-conservative Mexican branch of the Roman Catholic Church, according to an internal report published Saturday.

The founder of the Legionaries of Christ, Marcial Maciel, abused as many as 60 children, with a total of 33 priests or deacons acknowledged to have committed sexual assaults against minors since 1941, the document says.

The findings of the report — written by a commission created in June by the director general of the group, Eduardo Robles-Gil — spans from the group’s founding in 1941 until December 16, 2019.

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Maciel, who died in 2008, was ordered to retire to a life of prayer and penitence by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 after facing years of allegations that he had sexually abused boys and young men. He never faced his accusers.
https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/175-ch ... ch-report/
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Pastor sentenced to over 1,000 years for sex abuse

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama youth evangelist was sentenced Friday to more than 1,000 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple child-sex charges.

Al.com reports that a judge handed down the maximum sentence on every count to Paul Edward Acton Bowen. Bowen had pleaded guilty in Etowah County to 28 counts involving six boys between the ages of 13 and 16.

The 39-year-old Bowen faced charges that include sexual abuse, sodomy, enticing a child for sex and traveling to meet a child for sexual abuse. He still faces other charges in the Birmingham area.

Victims and family members wept as the judge slowly read out the maximum sentence and fine on every count, the newspaper reported.

The shackled minister apologized to his own family and victims in the courtroom.

“The shame and guilt I feel is overwhelming and has been for a long time,” he said. “My heart was never wanting to hurt anybody but my mind was not well.”

He had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disorder.
https://apnews.com/db1b7637f6177029aa04885a6018c7c2
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:01 am A Protestant.

See what happens when you don't a a big organization to protect you.
Indeed, but even then:
Teenager, 19, kills 'paedophile priest who abused him' by ramming a crucifix down his throat and suffocating him in France
  • Alexandre V. attacked 91-year-old Catholic priest at his home in Agnetz, Oise
  • Roger Matassoli is accused of abusing the victim and his father
  • Alleged to have abused at least four boys from 1960-2000
  • Attacker has been charged with torture, murder and resisting arrest
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... hroat.html

I'm sorry for the young dude, but the crucifix, wow!
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Disgraced former cardinal McCarrick gave more than $600,000 in church funds to powerful clerics, records show

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Starting in 2001, McCarrick sent checks totaling more than $600,000 to clerics in Rome and elsewhere, including Vatican bureaucrats, papal advisers and two popes, according to church ledgers and former church officials.

Several of the more than 100 recipients were directly involved in assessing misconduct claims against McCarrick, documents and interviews show. It was not until 2018 that McCarrick was removed from public ministry amid allegations of misconduct decades earlier with a 16-year-old altar boy, and this year he became the first cardinal known to be defrocked for sexual abuse.

The checks were drawn from a little-known account at the Archdiocese of Washington, where McCarrick began serving as archbishop in 2001. The "Archbishop's Special Fund" enabled him to raise money from wealthy Catholic donors and to spend it as he chose, with little oversight, according to the former officials.

McCarrick sent Pope John Paul II $90,000 from 2001 to 2005. Pope Benedict XVI received $291,000, most of it a single check for $250,000 in May 2005, a month after he was elevated to succeed the late John Paul.

Representatives of the former popes declined to comment or said they had no information about those specific checks. A former personal secretary to John Paul said donations to the pope were forwarded to the secretary of state, the second most powerful post at the Vatican. Experts cautioned that such gifts may also have been directed to papal charities.

A Vatican spokesman declined to comment. In statements, Vatican clerics who received checks described them as customary gifts among Catholic leaders during the Christmas season or as a gesture of appreciation for their service. They said the gifts from McCarrick were directed to charity or used for other proper purposes.

The gifts "never had any effect on the Cardinal's decision-making as an official of the Holy See," said a spokesman for Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, a high-ranking cleric who received $6,500 from McCarrick in the 2000s, the ledgers show.

The checks from McCarrick's fund add a new dimension to a scandal over how he rose to the highest levels of the U.S. Catholic Church and remained there despite complaints of misconduct that reached the Vatican as early as 2000. A Post investigation earlier this year found that another cleric, a McCarrick ally who was a bishop in West Virginia, also gave cash gifts to influential clergy in the United States and at the Vatican while facing allegations of sexual misconduct and financial abuses.
https://www.grandforksherald.com/news/w ... cords-show

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More details about the Legion of Christ here: https://apnews.com/e23d4e965a0b84cad18bef11d9b5d825


Pennsylvania Dioceses Offer $84 Million to More Than 500 Clergy Abuse Victims

Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses have paid nearly $84 million to 564 victims of sexual abuse, a tally that’s sure to grow substantially in the new year as compensation fund administrators work through a backlog of claims, according to an Associated Press review.

Seven of the state’s eight dioceses launched victim compensation funds in the wake of a landmark grand jury report on sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. The funds were open to claims for a limited time this year. They are independently administered, though each diocese set its own rules on eligibility.

To date, the average payout across all seven dioceses has exceeded $148,000 — a fraction of what some adult victims of childhood abuse might have expected from a jury had they been permitted to take their claims to court. Under state law, victims of past abuse only have until age 30 to sue.
https://time.com/5755572/pennsylvania-d ... pensation/
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Catholic Church Shields $2 Billion in Assets to Limit Abuse Payouts

Dioceses are aggressively moving and reclassifying holdings to shrink the value of their bankruptcy estates.

https://i.imgur.com/qdz9qSY.jpg
Ownership of these churches in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe was transferred to the parishes. As a result, the churches are excluded from the bankruptcy estate available to clergy abuse victims.
Photographer: William LeGoullon for Bloomberg Businessweek
For most of the 20th century, the Catholic Church in the U.S. minimized the damage wrought by pedophile priests by covering up the abuse. When the bishop of the Davenport, Iowa, diocese was told in the mid-1950s that one of his priests was sexually abusing boys at a local YMCA, he kept it secret. “It is consoling to know that no general notoriety has arisen, and I pray none may result,” he wrote to a priest, capturing the strategy of the era.

Cover-ups worked when victims and their families could be intimidated or shamed into silence. But in the 1980s and ’90s, victims started filing civil lawsuits against the dioceses where the alleged incidents took place. Church leaders across the country kept these suits quiet by settling out of court and demanding nondisclosure agreements in return. Church leaders paid out about $750 million from the early ’80s through 2002, according to BishopAccountability.org, a nonprofit that tracks clergy sex abuse.

The veil of secrecy on these transactions was pierced when the Boston Globe published its investigations into church sex abuse in 2002, sparking public outrage at how clergy had protected their own. From 1950 to 2002, 4,392 priests were accused of abuse, according to a study by John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The pace of lawsuits escalated as public awareness grew, and besieged church leaders looked to a new option: bankruptcy. When a church district that’s been sued files for Chapter 11 and then reaches a bankruptcy settlement, a percentage of its assets are divvied up by victims. Like Fortune 500 executives—and more recently the Sacklers, the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP—church leaders see bankruptcy as an attractive solution because it provides a controlled process for settling a large number of lawsuits while holding on to as many assets as possible.

Another benefit is secrecy. Lawsuits and trials lead to testimony and publicity. Bankruptcy ensures a quieter mass settlement that forces an end to existing lawsuits and blocks new ones. “It provides a clean slate,” says Robert Kugler, a lawyer who represented abuse victims in the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese. Dioceses have gone this route more than 20 times since 2004, when the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., declared itself insolvent.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features ... se-victims

I was hoping they would be sued into the stone age. :x
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:44 pm
“Spain faces a critical situation, a true emergency for our future,” Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera of Valencia told Catholics in a pastoral letter. He asked that special prayers and Masses be said in Spain “as long as this uncertain future remains unclarified.”

The letter, dated January 4, was circulated just before Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez formally took office at the head of a coalition government, the first since Spain’s 1978 restoration of democracy. Sanchez had been caretaker prime minister since early 2019.

Cardinal Cañizares said his warnings were not “rhetoric or sterile drama,” but a call for the church to “testify to Christ in words and deeds” and help “build a new mentality and a new Spain.”

Another archbishop said he was asking Mary to “save Spain.”

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Hey! At least he's asking Mary and not some generalissimo. :coolspecs:


Maybe "Mary" is the generalissimos tranny name.

By making such assumptions you are betraying your hetero-normative patriarchal whoosis.
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Witness wrote: Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:16 am
Catholic Church Shields $2 Billion in Assets to Limit Abuse Payouts

Dioceses are aggressively moving and reclassifying holdings to shrink the value of their bankruptcy estates.

Ownership of these churches in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe was transferred to the parishes. As a result, the churches are excluded from the bankruptcy estate available to clergy abuse victims.
Photographer: William LeGoullon for Bloomberg Businessweek
For most of the 20th century, the Catholic Church in the U.S. minimized the damage wrought by pedophile priests by covering up the abuse. When the bishop of the Davenport, Iowa, diocese was told in the mid-1950s that one of his priests was sexually abusing boys at a local YMCA, he kept it secret. “It is consoling to know that no general notoriety has arisen, and I pray none may result,” he wrote to a priest, capturing the strategy of the era.

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Another benefit is secrecy. Lawsuits and trials lead to testimony and publicity. Bankruptcy ensures a quieter mass settlement that forces an end to existing lawsuits and blocks new ones. “It provides a clean slate,” says Robert Kugler, a lawyer who represented abuse victims in the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese. Dioceses have gone this route more than 20 times since 2004, when the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., declared itself insolvent.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features ... se-victims

I was hoping they would be sued into the stone age. :x
And how can they get away with that?
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ed wrote: Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:56 pm And how can they get away with that?
I'd like to know too – but you're the Murican.
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For something different:
Jerusalem rabbi arrested for 'holding women in slavery'

Israeli police have arrested a rabbi who is suspected of holding around 50 women and children in conditions of slavery.

The arrest follows a raid on a complex in Jerusalem, where the alleged victims are believed to have been kept isolated from their families.

The women had been punished in various ways and had money stolen from them, police said.

The suspect, in his 60s, has denied doing anything wrong.

He was detained in an ultra-Orthodox district in central Jerusalem on suspicion of running a "closed community" where women and children "worked under conditions of slavery", police said in a statement.

He and eight female accomplices are suspected of isolating the women in a residential complex, along with children up to the age of five, it added.

"We know that the women and children were there for several months inside the home," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld is quoted as saying by the Associated Press. "We know that he took their money away from them and was holding them against their will."
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-51098770
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Friendship with Prince Charles made paedophile bishop Peter Ball 'impregnable'

BBC2 documentary shows how establishment figures rallied round cleric

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The disgraced paedophile bishop Peter Ball made himself apparently “impregnable” by cultivating friendships with Prince Charles and other senior establishment figures who later rushed to support him when he was accused of sexual abuse, according to a BBC documentary.

Ball, the former bishop of both Lewes and Gloucester who died last year, boasted of his role as “counsellor to royalty”, Cliff James, one of his victims, says in the programme. He cultivated friendships with Margaret Thatcher, peers of the realm, senior judges and headmasters of leading public schools.

The former bishop was investigated by police in the early 1990s, which resulted in a police caution. In 2015, he was convicted of sexual offences against 17 teenagers and young men and jailed for 32 months. He was released in February 2017 after serving half his sentence.

The second episode of the BBC’s two-part documentary, to be broadcast on Tuesday evening, draws on the testimonies of survivors and material and evidence given to the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA), which conducted a case study into how the Church of England handled allegations against Ball.

James said Ball boasted of his connections. “He kept mentioning his friendship with Prince Charles in a flippant way, [as] anyone would talk about a friend – but he’s talking about Prince Charles,” he said.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... mpregnable

How can they be so mean to the Royal Family™? :x
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Man removed from priesthood over child sex abuse reemployed in diocese a month later

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A former priest accused of molesting and raping an altar boy under his care was re-employed in the Poznań diocese, according to Gazeta Wyborcza.

Local priests, including Archbishop of Poznań Stanisław Gądecki – who is also the head of the Polish Episcopal Conference, the central organ of the Catholic church in Poland – have also failed to assist the investigation into accusations, reports the newspaper.

Last month, the former priest, known as Krzysztof G. for legal reasons, was officially charged with sexual abuse of Szymon Bączkowski on at least several dozen occasions between 2001 and 2013, starting from when the boy was in his early teens.

Krzysztof G. is accused of leading the boy into the woods, plying him with alcohol, hitting him and raping him. The prosecution claims that he initially exploited his power over the altar boy, and in later years his financial difficulties and ensuing drinking problems.

Krzysztof G. was removed from the priesthood in October 2018 after being found guilty by an internal church investigation, reports TVN24. At the time, the Poznań diocese heralded the step as a model reaction to sex-abuse accusations and an example of the church’s efforts to purge itself of the problem.

But just one month later, the former priest was employed by Archbishop Gądecki as an archivist. This came to light when the prosecutor’s office asked him to give his workplace.

According to diocese spokesman Maciej Szczepaniak, this employment was only intended as short-term assistance to the former priest while he searched for another job. Yet Krzysztof G. continued to work for the diocese for over a year.
https://notesfrompoland.com/2020/01/15/ ... l-diocese/
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"When two sleep together, they warm one another; but how will one alone get warm?" :mrgreen:
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Vatican orders sex abuse investigation of Brooklyn bishop who happened to investigate Buffalo Diocese

NEW YORK (AP) — The Vatican has ordered an investigation of a sexual abuse allegation against a Brooklyn bishop who was previously named by Pope Francis to investigate the church’s response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo.

The Archdiocese of New York says Cardinal Timothy Dolan received instructions on Jan. 7 to begin an investigation of allegations that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio molested a child while he was a priest in New Jersey in the mid-1970s.

DiMarzio has denied the allegation. An attorney notified church officials in November that he was preparing a lawsuit on behalf of the alleged victim.

Pope Francis tapped DiMarzio in October to investigate the Buffalo Diocese’s response to clergy sexual abuse.
https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/bu ... -demarzio/
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Everything went downhill when they ditched Latin for mass. :(



Which reminds me of (think I already posted that, but it bears repeating):


Tempest In A Stoup
Tempest in a stoup
The supprem pontiff with
The bishops, the archbishops,
Are making a hell of a mess.

They don't know what they're missing,
All of these damn bigots,
Without latin, without latin,
The mass bothers us.
At the liturgic feast,
No more great fanfare, suddenly,
Without latin, without latin,
No more magic mystery.
The rite that bewitchs us
Turns out to be trivial then,
Without latin, without latin,
And the faithfuls doesn't give a darn.
Oh most Holy Mary mother of1
God, say to these fucking
Monks that they're hassling us
Without latin.

I'm not the only one, damnit!
Since these rules are applied
Who goes to the Sunday
Service only when it rains.

They don't know what they're missing,
All of these damn bigots,
Without latin, without latin,
The mass bothers us.
By waiving the Occult,
They'll have to give up
(Without latin, without latin)
The contribution to parish costs.
At the spring season,
Swiss, beadle, sacristan,
Without latin, without latin,
Will cut church2
Oh most Holy Mary mother of
God, say to these fucking
Monks that they're hassling us
Without latin.

These birds3 are crazy,
These crows who saw, trim, slice
The safe and good old branch
Of the cross on which they are perched.

They don't know what they're missing,
All of these damn bigots,
Without latin, without latin,
The mass bothers us.
The wine of the holy chalice
Goes down the drain4,
Without latin, without latin
And its virtues are weakening.
In Lourdes, Sète5 or Parma,
Just as in Quimper-Corentin,
The presbytery without latin
Has lost its charms.
Oh most Holy Mary mother of
God, say to these fucking
Monks that they're hassling us
Without latin.

Chorus :
They don't know what they're missing,
All of these damn bigots,
Without latin, without latin,
The mass bothers us.
The wine of the holy chalice
Goes down the drain,
Without latin, without latin
And its virtues are weakening.
In Lourdes, Sète or Parma,
Just as in Quimper-Corentin,
The presbytery without latin
Has lost its charms.
Oh most Holy Mary mother of
God, say to these fucking
Monks that they're hassling us
Without latin.


1.
Here Brassens makes an elision of the second "e" of "mère" and insists on the "e" of "de", so this way "Marie mère de" (Mary, mother of) sounds exactly like "Marie, merde" (Mary, shit). I thought it was important to show the mischief of this singer.
2.
This is difficult to translate : in France, to say "to play hooky, to play truant, to cut class", we have this funny expression : "faire l'école buissonnière", litterally "to go to the school of bushes". Here, Brassens plays with the expression (like he often does) : "faire l'église buissonnière" would mean "to go to the church of bushes"
3.
In France "drôle d'oiseau" (strange bird), or even just "oiseau" is a common stylistic device meaning "weirdo, funny-looking guy"; in addition, the mitre of the bishops looks like a bill and makes them look like giant weird birds, and I think Brassens noticed that.
4.
"Partir/Se changer en eau de boudin" (To go away/to change in pudding water)=to vanish or to turn out badly. In French it's funny because the wine in the chalice is supposed to be the blood of the christ, and pudding is made with pork blood too.
5.
Brassens is born in Sète, a city in the south of France
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/temp%C3% ... stoup.html
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"Disordered relationship."

Like a relationship with an invisible Sky Daddy who created us all in a state of illness and then ordered us all to get better and worship Him 24/7/360plusfucking5 is not a disordered relationship.

What a disordered cunt. His Eminence, The Disordered Cunt Cardinal Burke.
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Trying to be woke:
Bishops Showcase ‘Non-Binary’ Youth at Opening of German Synodal Path

FRANKFURT, Germany (ChurchMilitant.com) - Dramatically defying Pope Francis' conservative stance on gender ideology, the German bishops have caused a sensation by inviting a person identifying as "non-binary" to address the opening assembly of the controversial "synodal path."

But the politically correct attempt at including a gender non-conforming speaker backfired on the bishops.

Mara Klein, who began her brief speech by identifying herself as "non-heterosexual" and "non-binary," almost immediately lashed out at the bishops, labelling them "an association of perpetrators" of sexual abuse in the Church.

"I hope we feel uncomfortable. We have every reason to be," the 23-year-old woman from the diocese of Magdeburg told the 230 delegates meeting on the first day of the synod in Frankfurt on Jan. 31.

"As a young person in our Church, I feel uncomfortable standing here and knowing all those in the structure has caused the results, which the MHG study only emphasized again, are gathered around me," Klein said, referring to a 2014–2018 study by academics at the universities of Mannheim, Heidelberg and Gießenby which found that 3,677 children and juveniles fell victim to sexual abuse perpetrated by 1,670 clerics between 1946 and 2014.

"I am against a polarization of clergy and laity, but I want to emphasize that we are dealing here with a massive structural sin. Show us that you can break out of it. I'm still standing here, and it's hard for me, because I believe that we can break out of it," she said.
https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/art ... nodal-path

Serves them well. Back to the roots, mass in Latin and brimstone for all heretics! :x
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Not the Church:
Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy. Hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits are now on hold

The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy, according to a court document filed in Delaware bankruptcy court early Tuesday.
The youth organization, which celebrated its 110th anniversary February 8, listed liabilities of between $100 million and $500 million and estimated assets of $1 billion to $10 billion.
The bankruptcy filing comes at a time when the organization faces hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, thousands of alleged abuse victims and dwindling membership numbers. As a result of the filing, all civil litigation against the organization is suspended.

Paul Mones, a Los Angeles-based attorney representing "hundreds of sexual abuse victims in individual lawsuits," called the organization's bankruptcy filing a "tragedy."
"These young boys took an oath. They pledged to be obedient, pledged to support the Scouts and pledged to be honorable. Many of them are extremely angry that that's not what happened to them and the Boy Scouts of America did not step up in the way they should have," Mones said.
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/18/us/b ... bankruptcy
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Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

MILAN (AP) — The cardinal’s response was not what Yolanda Martínez had expected — or could abide.

Her son had been sexually abused by a priest of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. And now she was calling Cardinal Valasio De Paolis -- the Vatican official appointed by the pope to lead the Legion and to clean it up -- to report the settlement the group was offering, and to express her outrage.

The terms: Martínez’s family would receive 15,000 euros ($16,300) from the order. But in return, her son would have to recant the testimony he gave to Milan prosecutors that the priest had repeatedly assaulted him when he was a 12-year-old student at the order’s youth seminary in northern Italy. He would have to lie.

The cardinal did not seem shocked. He did not share her indignation.

Instead, he chuckled. He said she shouldn’t sign the deal, but should try to work out another agreement without attorneys: “Lawyers complicate things. Even Scripture says that among Christians we should find agreement.”

The conversation between the aggrieved mother and Pope Benedict XVI’s personal envoy was wiretapped. The tape — as well as the six-page settlement proposal — are key pieces of evidence in a criminal trial opening next month in Milan. Prosecutors allege that Legion lawyers and priests tried to obstruct justice, and extort Martínez’s family by offering them money to recant testimony to prosecutors in hopes of quashing a criminal investigation into the abusive priest, Vladimir Reséndiz Gutiérrez.
https://apnews.com/8d0cb3ef1cfa0be61378b949811d8c17
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Chichester vicar jailed for 'this is what God wants' abuse

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A former vicar who sexually abused a woman and a girl, who he told "it was what God wanted", has been jailed for eight years.

Meirion Griffiths, 81, was convicted of four counts of indecent assault last month following a six-day retrial.

He had moved to Perth in Australia from Chichester, in West Sussex, but was extradited to the UK to face justice.

Sentencing him, the judge at Portsmouth Crown Court said Griffiths' actions were an "enormous breach of trust".

Judge Roger Hetherington described the effects on the two "highly-impressionable, naive and innocent" victims as "devastating".

Griffiths was a Church of England vicar at St Pancras Church in Chichester at the time of the offences.

He was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault against teenager Julie Macfarlane - who has waived her right to anonymity - during the mid-1970s, one of them involving multiple occasions.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-51591194
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Study identifies 16 child sex abuse rings in Victorian Catholic Church

A three-year research project into paedophile Catholic clerics in Victoria has identified 16 child sex abuse networks operating over six decades involving 99 priests and Christian Brothers.

The investigation found that clergy paedophile rings shared patterns of behaviour with criminal gangs, the Mafia, terrorist cells, corrupt police, drug dealers, money launderers and price-fixing cartels.

The research showed their abuse was facilitated and reinforced by church hierarchy, including five successive archbishops of Melbourne from Daniel Mannix, appointed in 1917, through to George Pell (himself appealing against a conviction for child sex abuse) in 2001.

The researcher, Sally Muytjens, spent more than three years investigating "dark networks" of paedophile clergy in Victorian dioceses. She published the research late last year, receiving a doctorate from Queensland University of Technology.

Muytjens’ research found the largest and most active dark networks were at schools including St Alipius in Ballarat and Salesian College, Rupertswood, and orphanages including St Vincent de Paul’s in South Melbourne and St Augustine’s in Geelong.

One of the worst offenders, convicted paedophile and former Christian Brother Edward "Ted" Dowlan, was active in five of the 16 dark networks, she found.

Her study also identified Christian Brother Rex Francis Elmer as a member of two paedophile networks. The Sunday Age last week revealed that Elmer taught at Catholic schools in regional Victoria and Africa for decades after his order first knew he had abused children at a Melbourne orphanage.

In her thesis, Muytjens used a research method called social network analysis, which can reveal hidden patterns and ties between members of groups and provide insights into how they operate.

Using SNA enabled her to identify connections between clergy perpetrators and specific locations in Victoria from 1939 until 2000, unearthing what she described as a pervasive “sexual underworld” that had the potential to destroy Victorian dioceses.
https://www.theage.com.au/national/vict ... 54158.html
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Colombia’s Catholic Church suspends 15 priests for sexual abuse

Colombia’s Catholic Church has suspended 15 priests accused of sex abuse, according to the spokesman of Archdiocese of Villavicencio, in the centre of the country.

“Fifteen priests from the archdiocese have been suspended as a precautionary measure (…) since they are the subject of a preliminary investigation,” Spokesperson Carlos Villabon is quoted by the French news agency AFP as saying.

The fifteen were accused in a complaint dated 14 February and filed by an adult male Colombian, the archdiocese said in a press release. The plaintiff, who was not identified by name, accused the priests of committing “acts contrary to sexual morality.”

The Office of the Public Prosecutor has been informed of the facts “and we have placed ourselves entirely at their disposal to collaborate with the investigation,” the church said in the press release.

The Colombian church said it had followed the broad guidelines issued by Pope Francis, advocating “zero tolerance for sexual attacks by members of the clergy.”
https://www.brusselstimes.com/news-cont ... sex-abuse/
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Vatican sends top 2 sex crimes investigators to Mexico

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is sending its top two sex crimes investigators to Mexico on a fact-finding and assistance mission as the Catholic hierarchy in the world’s second-largest Catholic country begins to reckon with decades of clergy sex abuse and cover-up.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Monsignor Jordi Bertomeu teamed up in 2018 to investigate the Chilean church and its wretched record of protecting pedophile priests — a bombshell expose that resulted in every active Chilean bishop offering to resign.

Their new mission to Mexico, due to take place March 20-27, was announced Monday in Mexico and at the Vatican. Officials stressed it was not an investigation per se but an assistance mission to help the Mexican church combat abuse.
https://apnews.com/0d0dc276465c3769368032687fabed13

They look straight out of some comedy movie. :mrgreen:
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US bishop resigns; didn’t speak up on priest accused of rape

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in Cincinnati has resigned after not going to his superiors with concerns about a priest who now is set to be tried on charges that he raped a boy.

Pope Francis recently accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer, the Vatican announced Thursday. The announcement gave no details.

But the Archdiocese of Cincinnati noted that Binzer had already been removed as director of priest personnel “after he failed to bring past concerns about Father Geoffrey Drew’s conduct to the attention of Archbishop Dennis Schnurr” and the priests’ personnel board.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in Cincinnati has resigned after not going to his superiors with concerns about a priest who now is set to be tried on charges that he raped a boy.

Pope Francis recently accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer, the Vatican announced Thursday. The announcement gave no details.

But the Archdiocese of Cincinnati noted that Binzer had already been removed as director of priest personnel “after he failed to bring past concerns about Father Geoffrey Drew’s conduct to the attention of Archbishop Dennis Schnurr” and the priests’ personnel board.

Drew is accused of raping the boy in the 1980s and 1990s, years before he was ordained as a priest and while he was music director at a suburban Cincinnati parish. Drew has pleaded not guilty to nine counts of rape. His trial was scheduled for October.

“I am deeply sorry for my role in addressing the concerns raised about Father Drew, which has had a negative impact on the trust and faith of the people of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati,” the archdiocese quoted Binzer as saying. “In April, having studied this matter since last summer, the Holy See informed me that it agreed with this assessment.”

Binzer, a Cincinnati native, was ordained as a priest on June 4, 1994, and later served as chancellor of the archdiocese for eight years before being ordained a bishop. He was installed as auxiliary bishop in 2011. Binzer remains a priest in the archdiocese.
https://apnews.com/857cc4d8a611bcf3b15597268d212a52
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Australian pedophile priest sentenced to more jail time

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian pedophile priest was sentenced to more jail time Thursday after admitting to crimes against another four boys in the 1970s.

In all, Gerald Ridsdale is known to have abused at least 69 children. He has been behind bars since 1994 after he was sentenced to 34 years.

He had been eligible for parole in 2022. But Victorian County Court Judge Gerard Mullaly on Thursday extended Ridsdale’s non-parole period by another two years, by which time Ridsdale will be 90 years old.
https://apnews.com/0232ceb1e8ed50c719415e86353370be
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Vatican sends top 2 sex crimes investigators to Mexico

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is sending its top two sex crimes investigators to Mexico on a fact-finding and assistance mission as the Catholic hierarchy in the world’s second-largest Catholic country begins to reckon with decades of clergy sex abuse and cover-up.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Monsignor Jordi Bertomeu teamed up in 2018 to investigate the Chilean church and its wretched record of protecting pedophile priests — a bombshell expose that resulted in every active Chilean bishop offering to resign.

Their new mission to Mexico, due to take place March 20-27, was announced Monday in Mexico and at the Vatican. Officials stressed it was not an investigation per se but an assistance mission to help the Mexican church combat abuse.
https://apnews.com/0d0dc276465c3769368032687fabed13

They look straight out of some comedy movie. :mrgreen:

"All The Popes Men."
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Pastor who raped daughter, 14, gets light prison sentence because he is a man of God

A pastor facing life in prison for raping his 14-year-old daughter was shown mercy by a judge who was impressed by his alleged religious faith.

David Richards, 41, was sentenced to 12 years in jail on Thursday in Knox County Tennessee for raping his adoptive daughter – 60 years less than the maximum term sought by prosecutors.

As he handed down the lenient sentence, Judge Steve Sword cited Richard’s work as a pastor and the Bible study he began in jail as mitigating factors.

Richards was found guilty of rape, incest, and sexual battery by an authority figure for abusing his daughter, Amber Richards, for two years beginning when she was 14, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Victims of sexual crimes are not typically identified in court, but Amber chose to testify publicly after her adoptive father was convicted in February.
https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/13/pastor-r ... d-9515582/
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Polish priests defy bishop amid pedophilia scandal

Priests in the Polish diocese of Kalisz have refused to sign letters of loyalty to their bishop after a child abuse cover-up. More and more Catholics in Poland are calling on the Church to properly investigate crimes.

The documentary "Hide and Seek" by Marek and Tomasz Sekielski, which was watched by almost 7 million people on YouTube within a week, continues to make waves in Poland.

The film tells the story of two brothers who were sexually abused by a priest in the diocese of Kalisz in central Poland in the 1990s. They were 7 and 13 years old at the time. The documentary makes it clear that the local bishop, Edward Janiak, knew about the abuse and swept the scandal under the carpet. The filmmakers uncovered dozens of other cases in the diocese as well.

After the film's premiere, the diocese's council of priests, which acts as an advisory body to the bishop, was called upon to sign letters of loyalty to him. But the members of the council refused. They stated that they first wanted to wait for the results of a Vatican investigation, launched after Poland's Catholic primate, Wojciech Polak, had informed the authorities there of the abuse accusations.

Priestly resistance

The letters of loyalty from the priests' council would have been important to investigators as evidence of support for the bishop, who is accused of trying to cover up the scandal. The fact that the priests are refusing to back their bishop in this way is unusual, the Polish theologian and ex-Jesuit Stanislaw Obirek told DW.

"These priests have shown great courage, which is a rarity in the hierarchical church structure," he said. In his opinion, their actions could contribute to getting the bishop suspended.

Obirek, currently a journalist and professor at Warsaw University, left the Jesuit order in 2005 because, he said, the church hierarchy had silenced him for his criticism of Pope John Paul II. Since then, he has been even more unsparing in his criticism of the Catholic Church.
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Meanwhile . . . Satan has no interest in molesting your kids.

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Bishop booked for allegedly raping church visitor to ‘cast out demons' [Jamaica]

A 56-year- old bishop and businessman from St Catherine has been charged with rape and another crime following allegations that he tricked a female visitor to his church to have sex with him, claiming that the act was necessary to cast demons out of the woman.

The police said the clergyman, Winston Campbell, was charged with rape and obtaining money by false pretence after he allegedly also tricked the female into paying him $2,500 to cover costs associated with the arrangements for the act.

The police said the pastor was charged following a question-and-answer session with investigators.

Reports are that the now accused churchman met the now complainant who was a visitor to the Faith Works Church of God in St Catherine that is led by Campbell.

The police said they received reports that the pastor convinced the woman that someone had set demons to hurt her, and that he would need to help her before she dies.

The bishop reportedly took the woman to the Annex Motel in the parish, where he told her that he would need to insert a liquid through a condom into her vagina for the demons to be forced out of her body.

Bishop Campbell then allegedly placed a condom on his penis with the liquid inside, after which he punctured the condom and inserted his member inside the woman, all the time convincing her that she would be healed by the overall act.

The clergyman then reportedly took $2,500.00 from the complainant, supposedly to cover the cost of purchasing items towards her ‘healing’.
https://www.loopjamaica.com/content/bis ... out-demons
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Three priests accused of abusing a Binghamton boy in the 1970’s

A lawsuit filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse alleges a gross pattern of heinous sexual crimes against a Binghamton boy by 3 priests at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic Central High School in the 1970’s.

The suit, filed by attorneys at Hinman, Howard and Kattel under the state’s Child Victims Act look-back window, accuses the priest at Saint Thomas and a teacher and an administrator at Catholic Central of repeatedly raping, sodomizing and sexually abusing the boy from the time he was 10 until he graduated at age 18.

Attorneys say the victim, who is now 61 years-old, suffered severe physical and psychological abuse leading to PTSD, anxiety, severe depression and chronic migraines.

NewsChannel 34 does not identify victims of sexual abuse.

The accused are former priests Robert Kloster who was the rector at Saint Thomas, David Pichette, who was a teacher at Catholic Central, and Thomas Zedar who served as the school’s principal and later the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in Broome County.

The graphic abuse is laid out in a lawsuit that was filed in federal court in February.

It alleges that the abuse began in 1969 when the plaintiff served as the lone altar boy for daily afternoon mass at Saint Thomas.
https://www.binghamtonhomepage.com/loca ... the-1970s/
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Some news from the competition:
Imam of Jamia Masjid in Model Town S block raped students for 15 years

LAHORE: The imam of Jamia Masjid in Model Town S block of Lahore has been accused of sexual abuse of children by a student at the mosque who says the cleric has been abusing the students for the last 15 years.
Qari Tahir Shah, who was the imam at a mosque & running a madrassa in Model Town, Lahore for 15 yrs, booked for raping his students. He was seen doing that in a viral video. The mullah & his accomplice are now on the run. This is what’s happening in many madrassas across country pic.twitter.com/figq3fdG7F

— Bilal Farooqi (@bilalfqi) June 21, 2020
https://dailytimes.com.pk/630400/imam-o ... -15-years/
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Ohio priest indicted on charges of child pornography and juvenile sex trafficking, US attorney says

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An Ohio priest who allegedly pretended to be a woman on social media to entice minor male victims has been indicted on child pornography, child exploitation and juvenile sex trafficking charges, a US attorney announced.
Robert D. McWilliams, 40, is charged with sex trafficking of a minor, sexual exploitation of children and transportation of child pornography among other charges, according to a news release from the US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
"Posing as a female, McWilliams allegedly enticed the minor male victims to send sexually explicit photographs and videos, sometimes threatening to expose embarrassing information McWilliams already knew about the victims if they did not send such images," according to the news release.
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/03/us/o ... index.html
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↑ Beat me to it. Let them die.
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Former Cardinal McCarrick accused of participating in beach house ‘sex ring,’ lawyers allege

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Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who is charged in a new lawsuit of sexually abusing teenagers in his New Jersey beach house decades ago.
https://www.nj.com/crime/2020/07/former ... llege.html
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↑ Is there also an esoteric doctrine taught only in the Deep Church™? :P
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:00 am
Witness wrote: Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:57 am ↑ Is there also an esoteric doctrine taught only in the Deep Church™? :P
I'm pretty sure "heresy" covers that one. :)
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So I was alluding to the Secret True Teachings Of The Church™, not the exoteric Catholicism peddled to the masses. Wouldn't that make a nice conspiracy theory?
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Now that's mean.