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POPE SUPPORTING CRIMINAL CARDINALS, BISHOPS AND CLERGY

About two weeks into his pontificate in March 2013, Pope Francis uttered a phrase that would quickly become one of his greatest hits in his canon of quotes: “This I ask you: be shepherds, with the ‘odor of the sheep.’ “
Francis spoke those words to thousands of clerics who had gathered at the Vatican for the annual chrism Mass, a liturgy traditionally held on the morning of Holy Thursday that celebrates the holiness of the priesthood.
The phrase became a common refrain for any progressive Catholic testifying to the promise of Francis’ pontificate.
But the metaphor never sat well with me. Sure, Francis was suggesting that members of the clergy not stay aloof and removed from the people they serve. But what did it say about the laity? Are we a lost, unwashed and simple herd who were utterly dependent on our priests and bishops for guidance?

The metaphor of the Good Shepherd works great for Jesus. He is, Christians believe, fully divine, the Light of the World, the Alpha and the Omega. But the analogy strains to the breaking point under the weight of our all too human, fallible, and sometimes even criminal priests and bishops.

Francis, who has had many choice words for the culture of clericalism, betrayed his own clericalism in this metaphor. He suggested that there was something superior, something set apart, about priests and bishops.
Never has Francis’ clerical disposition been on clearer display than in the way he has dealt with Australian Cardinal George Pell, who was found guilty on Wednesday, Dec. 12, on five charges of “historical child sexual offenses.”
Within the first month of his pontificate, Francis had tapped Pell to serve on a new Council of Cardinals, nine advisers known informally as the “C9” or the pope’s “kitchen cabinet.” In 2014, Francis appointed Pell to a five-year term as prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, a dicastery of the Roman Curia that has authority over all of the economic affairs of the Holy See and the Vatican City State.
But by early 2016, reports swirled that Pell was being investigated for sexually abusing children as a priest and later as an archbishop. In October 2016, three Australian police flew to Italy to interview Pell, who refused to return to Australia for questioning due to “ill health.”
In June 2017, Francis granted Pell’s request for a leave of absence from his responsibilities to the Secretariat for the Economy so that he could return to Australia to defend himself against the charges.
After a pretrial in May 2018, an Australian court ordered Pell to stand for two trials for multiple charges of the sexual abuse of minors: one for events in Melbourne in the 1990s and one for events in Ballarat in the 1970s. This week’s conviction was for Pell’s abuses in Melbourne. His second trial will take place in March 2019.
Amid these years of questioning, charges and trials, Francis has chosen to remain silent and keep Pell in his positions on the C9 and in the Curia.
According to Gerard O’Connell, Vatican correspondent for America magazine, “Francis applied the principle of law known as ‘in dubio pro reo’ (‘doubt favors the accused’), insisting that a person is to be considered innocent until proven guilty. The pope did not remove Cardinal Pell from his Vatican posts then because he believed to do so would be equivalent to an admission of guilt.”

Pope Francis leads a meeting of the Council of Cardinals at the Vatican in February 2017. At right is Cardinal George Pell and Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa is second from right. (CNS/L’Osservatore Romano, handout)

Unlike in the U.S. church, where a credible accusation is enough to get a priest removed from ministry, in Francis’ view even a shred of doubt about the guilt of a prelate is enough to keep him in power.
This isn’t the first time that Francis has favored an accused member of his kitchen cabinet. Francis also kept Chilean Cardinal Francisco Errázuriz Ossa on the C9. He was accused of covering up for abusive priests while archbishop of Santiago, including the notorious predator Fernando Karadima, who was sentenced to a life of prayer and penance in 2011 and finally defrocked in September 2018.
Errázuriz was Karadima’s “most powerful defender,” according to a 2015 NCR article by Soli Salgado.
The article goes on to state, “The accusations against Errázuriz asserted that the cardinal was fully aware yet chose to ignore the abuse as early as 2003.”
“I am the first to try and punish someone with these types of accusations,” Francis said about Errázuriz at the time. “But in this case there is no proof — on the contrary. I say this from the heart. Do not be fooled by those who only look for fuss, who look for scandal.”
The Karadima case would come back to haunt Francis in January 2018 when he vigorously defended Bishop Juan Barros, who Karadima’s victims say witnessed the abuse. Francis made Barros a bishop in 2015.
“The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I will speak,” Francis said at the time. “There is not one piece of evidence against him. It is calumny. Is that clear?”
Though Francis would later apologize to Karadima’s victims for essentially calling them liars, this was another clear case of the pope privileging abusive clerics over the abused laity.
Even amid all of this rot in his kitchen cabinet, Francis kept Errázuriz and Pell in their privileged places, waiting for civil authorities to decide their guilt or innocence before he saw fit to remove these men from their privileged positions.

It was only after Pell was found guilty on Wednesday that the Vatican decided to announce that both Errázuriz and Pell would no longer be serving on the C9. But even the announcement made it sound as if the pope was simply reorganizing his council, rather than suggesting that they had been removed due to any criminal or nefarious or sexually violent activities.
In fact, Greg Burke, director of the Holy See Press Office, said that Francis had written to the men in October thanking them for their service.
Will Pell keep his post in the Curia?
“That’s a good question,” said Burke, when asked at a briefing on Wednesday, just hours after Pell’s conviction.
“The Holy See has the utmost respect for the Australian judicial authorities. We are aware there is a suppression order in place and we respect that order,” he added.
Burke was referring to an Australian court orderforbidding the media from publishing news about Pell’s trial as a way to maintain impartiality.
But isn’t being convicted of sexual abuse in one trial while awaiting a second trial on the same charges — two details that have been made public — enough to get one kicked out of the Curia? Apparently not in the Vatican’s world of radical clerical privilege.
The bigger question is, why wasn’t Pell removed the moment he was asked to stand trial, if not even earlier? It should never have taken this long, and it did because of Francis’ approach to privileging the abuser.
In one of his many diatribes again clericalism, Francis said in a homily in December 2016:

There is that spirit of clericalism in the church, that we feel: Clerics feel superior; clerics distance themselves from the people. … [It happens] when the cleric doesn’t have time to listen to those who are suffering. … The evil of clericalism is a really awful thing; it is a new edition of this ancient evil.

Francis’ strategy of favoring the accused reeks of clericalism. It gives the clergy an odor of superiority and brazenly ignores the cries of those who have suffered horrific abuses. The next time Francis points a finger at the evils of clericalism, one hopes he’ll notice the evils of Barros, Pell and Errázuriz, among many other prelates, pointing right back at him.

PAT SAYS:

St this stage Pope Francis seems to be more part of the problem than pary of the solution.

On Mccarrick, he not only lifted Benadicts sanctions on him, but allowed him to prosper.

McCarrick should have been laicised and thrown out. Instead Francis is allowing him to live in comfort.

Pell is another case. If his conviction stands he too should be sent packing from the clerical state.

Francis proved himself a clerical supporter in Chile, doubting the victims.

Francis is obviously part of the clerical caca.

He is not to be trusted or listened to.

67 replies on “POPE SUPPORTING CRIMINAL CARDINALS, BISHOPS AND CLERGY”

I have been making precisely these (or similar) points about Pope Francis for quite some time. It is why I refer to him as, in turns, ‘His Oiliness’ and the ‘oily Latino’.
Francis is a deceiver, playing the Press and the world to his liking. Fortunately, he isn’t notably intelligent, and soon trips himself up.
On one level, it’s amusing; on another, it proves that moral rottenness runs right through the institutional Roman Catholic Church, all the way to its core, the papacy. 😆

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Mad Magna Caca at 12:16am!!!

Yes we know you have, same auld rants again an again you’re the BORE of Ulster!
Evviva Maria!

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12:30;
Bella, has finally crept out of his crypt for our edification! 😇
If Bella considers Magna the bore of Ulster,
then Bella has to be the bore of Ireland and the British Isles! 😁

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Unfortunately, Pope Francis seems to be seriously compromised and apparently was centrally involved in a serious cover up while an Archbishop in Argentina.
He’s now a ‘lame duck’ Pope. The irony of the ‘smell of the sheep’ metaphor is that some of the ‘Shepherds’ reek! 😎

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Yes. There’s a difference between smelling of sheep and smelling of sheep shit.

Most Roman Catholic clergy stink, especially the whoremongers in pointy hats. 😆

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Another well-balanced and entirely objective offering today from the totally unprejudiced and fair mind of Pat Buckley. 🙄

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11:31;
Do you realize the Church
is being called an International organized criminal organization that would make the mafia blush?
What Pat Buckley is saying is benevolent in comparison to what’s been said about the Church in America.

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Yes 11:41, an awful lot of craziness and hysteria about -isn’t there? Especially in America. The world is mad and always has been.

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11:31 is another apologist for institutionalised corruption and evil.
The Roman Whore lies in her self-made gutter, her own, putrid soil surrounding her. 😆

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12:44;
If the world is mad the clerical world is chronically catatonic!
We have an abundance of clerical craziness and corruption in the British isles and Ireland.
The current treatment is elective mutism;
prognosis very poor!
Irruption and exposure imminent ! 🤪😜🙃

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There is something deeply troubling and deeply worrying about individuals, who, under the cloak of religion, and under the guise of serving the mission of Jesus Christ, think they can commit crime, cover up crime and avoid accountability related to criminal activity. That, and the idea that they consider themselves privileged, their interests takes precedence, and that they possess spiritual power and authority, is a seriously seriously toxic mix that has, as we are gradually discovering, caused mayhem.
The Catholic Church will ever be the same again.

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Another classic clerical type, Archbishop John Nienstadt, has only now had his faculties suspended in his former diocese of Minneapolis. All the usual stuff, of course, though naturally he had campaigned hard against unsuitable candidates for the priesthood – such as himself? – and had spent hundreds of thousands of the diocese’s money on DVDs preaching against the evils of gay marriage. How many more of these creeps are there? A hell of a lot is the all too obvious answer. Watch this space!

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Bellarmine; Magna Carta; Cool Dude… what next? Miss Piggy or Kermit the Frog, Squinting Windows, Bishoppat or All Mixed Up (which would describe many) ???The pseudonyms are magical…inspiring brilliance….not exactly.

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2.17: Indeed, little to concern me on this blog – except you Cool Dude! How about that for perception? What useful things are you concerned with outside the inordinate amount of time you spend on this blog??

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Anonymous at 1:43pm
I’m sure you are Miss Piggy, you sound like her, a bit screachy. You certainly don’t inspire brilliance, not with that puerile comment.
Evviva Maria!

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IMHO I think Pell’s dubious appointment as “treasurer” was just a ploy by the Vatican designed to get him out of Australia as they knew the authorities and the media were on to him.

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@ 5:03;
Rev Anonymous , I’m right! There’s very little to concern you, if you’d go to the bother of counting comments, criticise pseudonyms and bother checking into this blog.
You sound a wee bit of a contradiction? Why check this blog if there’s little or nothing to concern you on it?
I’m equally concerned about you too; are you at a loose end; time on your hands due to inclement weather and can’t escape to the golf course; or just keeping an eye on potential scandals for who knows who…! Mind yourself! 😎

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6.18: Lighten up. You are easy to wind up – suggesting that you are all strung up! I’m not a cleric – but I know how to be serious, how to be mischievous……laughing all the way at commentators – idlers, looking for gossip. Now, I better return to my work…

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6:52;
I’d have my doubts about you buddy.
Are you sure you’re not a clerical idler looking for scandal and gossip.
What do you work at…? 😎

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The legislation being used to do a thorough investigation of the church in the US is the same legislation used to crack the Mafia.
The deniers on here need to wake up and smell the stink.
You are defending an international criminal organisation.

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6:27
It’s only a matter of time before similar action is taken by the civil authorities this side of the Atlantic.
The church authorities, much of the time, don’t even apply canon law to their misfits.

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It seems the police raided a gents public toilet over the Weekend in Coleraine. A few men arrested including a Priest but nobody here knows who he is yet. By all accounts he seemed to hang around the toilets quite a lot over the last few years.

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Bishop Treanor was written to many times about this priest public toilet offender and he chose to ignore it. He won’t ignore it now that charges are being brought by the police and a court appearance. Why would anyone have group sex in a toilet let alone a priest. I think Pat you are probably aware of the priest in question.

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Oh really, haven’t the PSNI got better things to do than raid a gents’ toilet ??!! Like, worry about paramilitary groups, terrorism, punishment shootings, even dangerous speeding on the roads or bicyclist ridden got the pavement ? Really, talk about fiddling while Rome burns. It’s just transference stuff. Chose a location, an issue, a person that people can get all moralistic about, and go for them. Low hanging, easy fruit. Those arrested were undoubtedly consensual, having a bit of fun, and probably doing nobody else any harm. Except those who make it their business to get outraged ! I really thought this stuff was past history. Evidently not in NI. But then NI is so behind both the real UK (NI isn’t really British, come on !) and the Republic Oh, lots there to get various constituencies going and huffing and puffing !

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A number of years ago 20 men from Larne were caught in a public toilet here. I got the Chief Constable to let them off with a caution. The oldest was 94.

The problem was that children were witnessing what they were doing.

I’m sure you don’t approve of that,?

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The PSNI do have better things to do Sir/Madam. When it becomes a persistent problem we have a duty to investigate as is the case in this particular incidence. If we didn’t act on complaints received we would be accused also of failing in our duty to the public. This is a case of public indecency which can’t be ignored. It might not seem as serious crime but it is crime nonetheless.

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Oh and another thing, as usual the comments are down on a Monday, all those priests having a day off after their exertions on Sunday.
Isn’t the WiFi working on the golf course or in the sauna?

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Who introduced this ‘priest on duty’ crap in a parish. The PP on call full time one week and the CC on another week nonsense. I thought priests were on duty all of the time I never heard such rubbish.

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7.39: Pat, 20 years ago that acti ity was illegal, disgusting and filthy. And you eaded for them to be let off?? ENABLER OF ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR…..You can never accuse anyone again of being an enabler of abuse after playing the “good samaritan” on behalf of perverts. You fool.

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7.18: You dope. The concept of being on duty is to ensure a priest is available for funerals, urgent sick calls, nursing home duties and other pastoral responsibilities – for those who still avail of pastoral care. (But then such is alien to your mind!). Surely a noble ideal, if not totally irrelevant in today’s secular society. Why do some soulless idiots like you always find something to crib about? You should simply mind your own business. Undoubtedly you’re a wonderful, shining light in your community – that of atheism!

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As a priest, I regard being on duty, as being available 24/7 for the needs of those I am pastorally responsible for.

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Oh, 7:18, you are evidently very touchy about this business. Calm down. Have another G&T, go for a round of golf, have a wank while watching some (legal) porn, have a whiskey, go spend some parish money on some trinket for yourself – in other words, indulge your clerical needs !

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7.40: Think you’re the one that needs to call down, have a g & t and play with yourself to release your angst!! The contributor at 7.18 is most definitely not a cleric. Surely you can discern this? Your comment is ignorant and offensive.

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hi
I don’t really understand the level of personal invective displayed here
priest s in Ireland raped small boys ( I know I was one of them) but to even suggest this is true brings out crazies.
it does not dimish for a second the work of good priests
I have tried for 20 years to engage with the church ( primarily to stop other young boys being raped) and they just offer me money; I don’t need money

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r 9:09;
I hope you are keeping well.
Look after yourself. Trying to prevent others being raped is an honorable, noble and very Christian endeavor. 😎

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Who’d want to p or poo in a pot that’s been defiled. Fair point I would be extremely careful with regard any child wanting to use a public loo.

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Not Boycey Philip

I knew a saintly Monk who blessed a hotel room if he had to sleep in it.
Told me, you’d never know what when on in the room.
Public toilets; don’t go near em. You’d never knew who you’d meet. Right Boycey?

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7.39: Pat, you actually asked the pokice to let these perverts go free with a caution? I can’t believe you were so complicit in enabling their perversions go unpunished. You, who lecture the rest of us about irresponsibilities around child protection and abuse? Are you sure you weren’t one of the 20 men????Hypocrisy of the worst kind.

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FYI
Dougalls gone AWOL, Jacks back on the drink and I’m going out of my tree.
If anyone bumps into Dougall tell him to come home pronto.
Ted.

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