ARGENTINA GRIPPED BY ABUSE CRISIS

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ROME – As the home country of Pope Francis, Argentina is of obvious relevance to the global Church, especially the ins and outs of its local Catholic scene. Three things developing right now worth keeping an eye on: The clerical sexual abuse crisis; a fight between church and state over the remains of a Gaucho saint; and buzz over a papal visit.

On Sunday, La Nación, Argentina’s biggest daily newspaper, ran a series of articles revealing the closest thing to a comprehensive investigation into the extent of the clerical sexual abuse crisis locally.
There are some 5,600 priests in Argentina, and according to the newspaper, in the past 20 years there have been 63 credible allegations of sexual abuse. In 17 of those cases there’s a criminal conviction, and in 22 there’s an ongoing trial. The rest of the cases never made it to court.
Bishop Sergio Buenanueva, of San Francisco, Cordoba, serves as coordinator of the Pastoral Council for the Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Adults of Argentina’s bishops’ conference. Speaking with La Nación, he said that they don’t have a registry of cases yet, but that he could confirm that “there are certainly no fewer” than those compiled by the paper.
He also said that the clerical sexual abuse crisis is one of the “gravest” the institution has faced in modern times.
“Today, most of our work is on prevention,” he said. Despite believing that it’s necessary, he said the Church in Argentina doesn’t yet have a registry of abusive clergy. They’re working on one, he said, as it’s one of the goals of the commission he coordinates.
According to Buenanueva, the crisis raises two main issues: On the one hand, the abuses themselves “are the most terrible thing.” Beyond that lies a “sick system within the Church that covered up or that didn’t favor the abuses coming to light and ended up favoring the criminal.”
“How can it be that we lost sight that the good we had to defend wasn’t the good image of the Church, but the well being of a person that Christ has placed at the center of our mission?” he said.
Attention to clerical abuse in Argentina has increased in part due to the case of Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, who was appointed by Francis to the northern diocese of Oran and later brought to Rome and given a Vatican position by the pontiff.
Will he or won’t he?
Since the beginning of his pontificate, the looming question for many Argentinians is when Francis will come back home. If nothing else, the pope has a family reason to go back: his only living sister, Maria Elena, is too sick to fly, and the last time the two saw one another was in 2013.
For the past six years Francis has avoided going to Argentina, choosing to go to virtually every other country in the region.

When the Argentine bishops made their traditional pilgrimage to Rome for the ad limina visit in May, all three groups asked Francis about this, and all told reporters that the pope was planning a visit. A big question mark, however, remained: “When?”
In recent days, local bishops have spoken about it in a scattered way, with one going so far as to say that the date was already set for April of next year, when the Catholic Church will mark the 500th anniversary of the first Mass on Argentine soil.
The Vatican maintains a “no comment” policy on papal trips before they’re officially announced, and Bishop Joaquin Gimeno Lahoz of the diocese of Rivadavia, the man who announced the date, quickly had to backtrack, saying simply “the pope wants to come.”
Bishops who spoke with Crux confirmed that Francis revealed that there had been plans for a trip in 2017, but that for some undisclosed reason, it “fell through the cracks.”
One source said the Argentine bishops went back home with a “greater optimism” over a possible papal visit, but that there’s no indication a date has been chosen.
However, when the last of the three groups that came to Rome was speaking with those responsible at the Secretariat of State, they asked that if Francis was going to go next year, the announcement should come no later than August. 2019 is a national election year in Argentina, and seeing that the country is heavily divided, the two main presidential runners might try to take credit if the visit succeeds.
Primaries will be held in August.
The fight over a Gaucho saint
Giuseppe Gabriele del Rosario Brochero, known simply as Cura Brochero or the “Cura Gaucho,” was declared a saint by Francis in 2016. It’s only fitting that it would be history’s first pope from Argentina to recognize the first saint who was born and died in Argentina, after spending his life ministering to the poor in the Cordoba mountainous region.
Yet two years after the milestone, two towns in Cordoba are disputing which has the rights to his remains: The place where he was born, and where he died. The municipality of Villa Santa Rosa, where the saint was born, claims its intention is to fulfill the will of Brochero, which contradicts what the local bishops say.
The “territorial” dispute has heated up in recent weeks, and the metropolitan Archbishop Carlos José Ñáñez weighed in saying the move is a no go.
“The will of San Jose Gabriel to stay definitively in the Villa del Transito, today Villa Cura Brochero, is very clear,” Ñáñez said, saying that the Argentine Church is called to respect his last wishes, quoting the saint: “I’ve been able to see that I will always live in the heart of the Western region, seeing that the life of the death is in the memory of the living ones.”
Argentina’s military Bishop Santiago Olivera, former prelate of the diocese of Villa Cura Brochero, and one of the people responsible for promoting the sainthood cause, said that he’s “in complete disagreement with the proposal” to move the remains.
“The will of Brochero, without a doubt, was to stay [where he died], as a seed in the land where his ministry was,” Olivera said.

PAT SAYS

It looks as if Francis’ home country is as bad as everywhere else, if not worse, when it comes to abuse.

As Francis spent all his life there as a priest, bishop, archbishop and cardinal, the state of the church in Argentina is at least, part of his fault.

There are some who say he has not been back to his own country because he has own scandals to hide.

Francis’ problem is that his local media and the international media are digging, digging, digging.

It’s only a matter of time before his skeletons fall out of that dark Argentinian cupboard.

There is also his role in the disappearance of two fellow Jesuits?

Ouch!

34 thoughts on “ARGENTINA GRIPPED BY ABUSE CRISIS

  1. He media in the West will let Francis off the hook because he is one of them.

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    1. And you are not one of Pope Francis’ fans – so you want to see him hanged, drawn and quartered.

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  2. Pat, your supposed concern for truth would be more convincing if you ditched your vindictive, vengeful, sneering contempt for all before you. On this Feast of Pentecost I pray that the Holy Spirit will cleanse you of your defilements as I will pray that the Church likewise be cleansed of its refinements. Your language of sneering delight and contempt for Pope Francis is very sinful and totally against the Holy Spirit. Be cleansed Pat. Be cleansed of your hatred.

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    1. You call it hatred to distract from the truth.

      I call.it challenge.

      Simple.

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      1. Quite so, Pat. Augustine prioritized Hope among the virtues. Hope has two beautiful daughters: Anger that things are as they are, and Courage to change.

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      2. 11.09: Poir Patsy, delusional as ever. Thinks he’s infallible. Thinks he’s the sole possessor of truth. Laughable. Derisory. Delusional. You have a baggage load of hatred and vengeance to dump. Go to a cliff edge and let them go.

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  3. Bishop Peter Doyle plans start calling Priests Monday over what has been said in this blog .
    He has a list of suspects .

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    1. 10.09 Bishop Peter Doyle is far too busy to get involved in gossip as he is planning his retirement and so does not care.
      He is busy with his big new Cathedral project leaving a Great asset to the Diocese and he has been a born leader however he was back because he spoke out about Cormack.
      He has no engagements on his web site next week so maybe on annual leave.

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    2. Bishop Doyle must be doing something right if he is disturbing people like you.

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  4. The Situation excellently summarized by Bishop Sergio Buenaneueva obtains everywhere owing to the culture of clerical entitlement. The question is how the Church is responding to change the toxic clericalism he describes so clearly. Francis appears to agree with his colleague, but in practice what is he or any bishop doing to change? The institution is the problem not the solution. As we see in Africa for example the clergy jump to claim the privileges – and more some – they observe in the West, so they too are the problem not the answer. Parishioners are concerned about the “expenses” of an African priest running a parish in Somerset which he won’t even discuss with the Parish Council. Declan Lang visited, was feted and treated with due deference and nothing happened. Sean O’Malley was appointed in 2002 to clean up Boston, yet only last year had to leave Rome in a hurry to “sort out” or not the usual problems of heavy drinking and sexual conduct unfitting to the “clerical status” among staff and students in his own seminary. This blog demonstrates day in day out that you can set up as many commissions as you like but the system is unfit for purpose. We should remember that Jesus was a Jew who had never even heard of the Catholic Church.

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    1. Maybe it’s the human race which is not fit for purpose @10.29. Our broken humanity is everywhere. Wouldn’t it have been easier if the Lord had made us all angels.

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      1. Quite so: that’s why we have accountability.

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  5. He can call me. I’ll tell him to get a life, calm down, and that all his bluster will only make things worse. Best retain a calm dignity and let it all wash over you. Vincent and Carmel should do the same.

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  6. 63 credible allegations in 20 years, out of 5,600 priests…..lol 😆
    Where did the newspaper get those figures from? How many more were/are covered up and who was involved?
    You’d have to wonder. Tip of the caca iceberg, no doubt.

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  7. The Catholic Church is so far from Christ it would not know truth if it bit it on the arse !

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    1. 12 41: A most ridiculous statement. Utter hyperbole. How close are you to Christ I wonder? Those who make such definitive judgments are very often found wanting in integrity, truth, decency or justice.

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      1. But the Church in the person of types such as Bishop Paprocki does make such definitive judgments on others. Good you make the case for compassion, but make sure you apply it to people who are trying to live with integrity – and not just to get the clergy off the hook.

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  8. In the light of the brutality meted out by clerics such as Bishop Paprocki to various “scape-goat” groups such as gays, what action do you think was taken against the Principal and Vice-Principal – both Religious and “best friends” ( Ho! Ho! ) – who embezzled €450.000 euros from their Catholic school in Torrance near LA to blow in casinos in Las Vegas?

    https://www.thesun.ie/news/3505115/two-nuns-used-400000-stolen-from-a-school-they-ran-to-fund-las-vegas-gambling-sprees/

    Were they prosecuted, debarred from communion, expelled from their order, or faced any sanctions whatsoever? Of course not, they live a feather-bedded retirement in their Californian convent with everything provided and nothing to worry about until the day they die. Thank you for your service, sisters!

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    1. Yup! No surprise there. The Roman Whore looks after her own, often with the help of confessional states, like Ireland (less so these days) and Poland (very much so these days).
      Eamon Casey comes to mind here, along with the Irish police and prosecution service.

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      1. 3.47: The supreme WHORE, MAGS, has wakened from her drunken hangover. Bitch of all bitches. What a skeleton she must be! 🐴🐴🐴🐴🐴🤣🤣🤣😅😅

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    2. 1.51: Jealousy and spite will get you nowhere!! Ha, ha…there have been many stories here in Ireland of similar in lay run schools!!!! Horrendous wherever it happens. Don’t paint all religious the same because of the failure of a few….

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      1. A familiar distraction: the crimes of the Church are down to the “jealousy and spite” of those who point them out. Of course! Do you also blame the victims of clerical abuse for traducing the good name of the Church – because that has been the traditional approach, which is why this blog is necessary? Jealousy and spite indeed! You people just don’t get it, which is why you will never be trusted again! AND where is there a comparable situation of a lay Head syphoning off nearly 0.5 Million to gamble away?

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      2. Which lay run schools in Ireland or elsewhere have experienced similar levels of embezzlement? You are suggesting that, given a chance, the laity would do exactly what clerics such as Bishop Bransfield and these sisters have done – get their hands in the till.

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      3. ‘The failure of a few’…It’s the failure of an institution.
        It was widespread cover up. It was international institutional cover-up policy from Rome.
        It’s not simply clericalism but also moral corruption by a large numbers of clerics and hierarchs.
        They don’t seem to practice what the preach and claim to hold sacred.
        Shameful and scandalous.
        And the many in priesthood and religious life knew it was going on but kept their mouths shut.
        Moral cowards doing the work of the devil! 👿

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  9. ” No engagements ” is often the time when the Bishop deals with problems such as this blog or confidential things ” ! Best Doyle , Vincent and Carmel keep quiet before more comes out about them including certain photos ! If Doyle calls me it will be a very short conversation !

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  10. Brian D’Arcy has been given the OBE.

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    1. OBE wan kinobi

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  11. Honest question for you, Bishop Pat. Given that you have been previously elected to public office, and have served as a priest, bishop, author, counsellor, journalist and politician, would you consider standing in the next general election as a member for the Brexit card. I think you would have a credible chance of winning. The are currently accepting applications and you have nothing to lose.

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    1. He’s too old, we need younger queers.

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  12. Argentina? I am sure there is enough gossip and tittle-tattle closer to home, Bp Pat, to fill our mouths. For example, the Elsie and Carmel set-up, and Leonora, apparently, singlehandedly ruining St Andrews and Edinburgh.

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  13. Pat do you think if Cardinal Brady made an appearance with Panty bliss The media would never touch him again regarding covering up? Seemed to have worked well for Gerry Adams.

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  14. Pat does the LGBTP movement only recruit through kidnap and brainwashing? They can’t reproduce.

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    1. The heteros kindly and obligingly do that for them.
      Odd that ‘bent’ should come from ‘straight’.😕

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    2. A reminder at 10:10 pm of what decency and integrity are up against.

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