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CHILEAN COURT ORDERS CHURCH TO PAY 3 VICTIMS 150,000 EACH.

Chilean court orders Catholic Church to compensate victims
In this May 2, 2018, photo, Juan Carlos Cruz, from left, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo, attend a news conference at the Foreign Press Assn. in Rome after meeting Pope Francis in Vatican City. (Domenico Stinellis / Associated Press)

An appeals court in Chile ruled Wednesday that the Roman Catholic Church must pay compensation to three victims of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, the country’s most notorious pedophile priest.

The court in the Chilean capital said that the church must pay about $150,000 each to Juan Carlos Cruz, Jose Andres Murillo and James Hamilton for “moral damage.” It also overturned a lower-court ruling that found no proof of a church cover-up.

The ruling could prompt hundreds of other people who have reported clerical sexual abuses or cover-ups by the Chilean Catholic Church to seek compensation.

“This helps all of us who have lived through this horror, and that’s why we’re happy,” Cruz said on Twitter.

The office of the Santiago Archbishopric said in a statement that it was in “consent” with the court’s decision, and that it “hoped that the ruling will contribute to the process of reparation of the pain suffered by Fernando Karadima’s victims.”

The ruling said that church officials had harmed victims by dismissing their complaints of abuse rather than investigating them.

The Vatican in 2011 sentenced Karadima, a powerful preacher close to Chile’s elite, to a lifetime of penance and prayer for his sex crimes, and Pope Francis defrocked him last year.

During a 2018 trip to Chile, Francis initially dismissed allegations that a bishop had covered up Karadima’s crimes, but the pope later acknowledged “grave errors in judgment” and asked all active Chilean bishops to offer their resignations.

Chilean abuse survivors had long accused Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati and his predecessor in the Chilean capital, Cardinal Javier Errazuriz, of protecting predator priests and discrediting victims.

The ruling on Wednesday named them both. The pope removed Errazuriz last year from his informal Cabinet and he replaced Ezzati on Saturday.

Part of the evidence that led to the ruling included a 2009 letter from Errazuriz to the apostolic nunciature that showed that he was aware of the abuse.

The scandal first erupted in 2009 when victims publicly accused Karadima of molesting them for years. Errazuriz initially shelved an investigation.

PAT SAYS

Finally, justice for these three long suffering victims, who have shown great courage and perseverance.

Even Pope Francis regarded them as liars, so anxious was he to support his bishop friend who covered up for their abuser.

There are only two things that the RCs don’t like:

1. Widespread exposure of their dark, dark deeds.

2. Having their wealth taken from them by the courts.

But both are set to continue – continuing international exposure and wealth being removed from them by national and international courts.

Add to this dwindling numbers in the pews.

This week the Irish Times carried statistics stating that church attendance has dropped in Ireland from 90% in the 1970s to 30% today.

In another 10 years that will be well below 10%.

I predict that in time to come Italy will overturn the 1929 Concordat and the “holy see” will be a neighbourhood of the City of Rome.

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POPE FRANIS PULLS HAND AWAY FROM PILGRIMS.

WHY IS POPE FRANCIS PULLING HIS HAND AWAY FROM PILGRIMS WHO WANT TO KISS HIS RING?

Is it because he is getting fed up of people?

Is it because at  heart he is nasty and mean?

Is it because he has arthritis and his hand is sore?

Is it because he is beginning to suffer from dementia or a mental disorder?

Or is it because he wants to de-mystify the papacy and point to the pope as a servant and not a master?

One thing is sure – his actions are confusing and hurting people and an explanation is needed from Francis himself.

Kissing the pope’s ring (and in the past bishop’s) is a very old custom.

In fact, here in Rome this week, I have had my ring kissed several times. I normally respond by kissing the hands of those who kiss mine – to show mutual affection and respect.

This in is line with Christian teaching that each human being we meet is an alter Christus – another Christ.

If Francis does not want people to kiss his ring he should a public announcement about it and give his reasons.

Or, if he feels that strong about it, he could stop wearing a ring altogether.


 

DERRY DEACON REPRIMANDED AFTER INSULTING ANGLICAN HOLY ORDERS

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DEACON DECLAN MC GEEHAN – DERRY

A DERRY BLOG READER WRITES

Dear Bishop Buckley

I emailed you last week about Derry Deacon Declan McGeehan’s comment on Twitter about his view that Anglican priests were “null and void”. He reposted a tweet by the Archbishop of Canterbury who celebrated 25 years of ordination of women to priesthood, and Deacon McGeehan tweeted that Pope Leo XIII was right, Anglican orders are null and void.

I sent an email to the Bishop of Derry, Bishop Donal McKeown saying I saw the tweet and I gave him my concerns over these types of comments, especially since Bishop McKeown and Father Paul Farren have a close friendship with the Church of Ireland Archdeacon Robert Miller. Father Farren even co-wrote a book with Arcdeacon Miller.

Bishop Donal McKeown replied to me, thanking me for pointing this out and that he would take this matter further.

Well today I see Deacon McGeehan’s Twitter account is no more. It is gone, wiped. “Null and void” I will use the term.

DEAR READER,

Thank you for your email and the information you provide.

It was very fundamentalist and non-ecumenical for the deacon to be insulting another church’s business and reputation.

You were quite right to complain to the bishop.

If McGeehan thinks like that, it raises questions about his suitability for ordination.