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AND BACK TO WESTMINSTER.

A Priest in Westminster writes:

“History was made at the Cathedral yesterday as it was the first time a female bishop (the Lord Bishop of London, no less) processed and was seated in the sanctuary.

The usual nonsense went on with Mother Wragg being shown in to her place of honour as if she was the Queen.

She seems to have buried the hatchet with the Irish nun sitting beside her with smile on her face like the cat thats got the cream.

She’s Mother Clement, Cormac Murphy O’Connor’s trusted confident and right hand woman!

She, and her fellow sisters were unceremoniously booted out of Archbishop’s House when Sir Elsie and Lady Wragg moved in.

They didn’t speak for years. I think Clement (also known as “the Grim Reaper” – she deals with sick and dying priests) was very hurt when she found out that Mother Wragg was going around telling anyone who would listen how “dirty” Archbishop’s House was, and how she had to strip all the rooms and throw out the linen, curtains, etc.

Talking of Archbishop’s House, it must be getting a tight squeeze in there these days…Not only does Mother Wragg live in, but her two sisters, a retired Abbot friend of Elsie’s from his Birmingham days, and their carer.

Its become known among the priests as the “Nursing Home on Ambroeden Avenue!” The priests all pity the secretary who has to wheel them around the streets in the evenings.

Honestly you couldn’t make it up.”

PAT SAYS:

Thank you Father for the information, photographs and update.

It’s interesting that Elsie allowed a female bishop to sit in the cathedral sanctuary.

Also, interesting information on the two fueding nuns.

Wragg is an unfortunate surname.

And that poor stoutish priest, sandwiched in between the two nuns in the small car looks awful.

Why did Elsie not hire a people carrier?

He probably wanted Francis to see him in a small modest car?

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MC CARRICK ACCUSED OF ABUSING SEVEN MORE BOYS AND MANY MORE SEMINARIANS!

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks to reporters in Hyattsville, Md., about sexual misconduct allegations against a local priest in 2002. (Sarah L. Voisin/TWP)

By Michelle Boorstein Oct. 17, 2019

Theodore McCarrick, a former D.C. archbishop and cardinal who was defrocked this year amid allegations that he sexually abused two minors and sexually harassed seminarians, is facing new accusations that he abused at least seven boys from about 1970 until 1990, according to three sources, including a person with direct knowledge of the claims U.S. church officials sent to the Vatican in January.

In addition, six allegations of sexual abuse by seminarians and former seminarians also were sent to Rome, according to this last person.

In an interview, an accuser told The Washington Post that many of the boys knew one another. They often would travel together with McCarrick on fundraising trips to churches and the homes of donors nationwide, where the abuse allegedly would occur. The accuser and his family met McCarrick at a church function when the man was a young child.

As adults, some would speak about their alleged abuse to one another in the barest of terms.

It wasn’t until late last year, however, after allegations involving two other boys became public, that the man said he and other accusers contacted officials. The Washington Post does not identify victims of sexual assault or abuse without their permission.

‘What difference does it make to McCarrick?’ Critics question the value of defrocking.

The man said he and other victims since last year have cooperated with church and civil investigators as well as Vatican officials. After that, he said, he wanted to move on. He was driven, however, to speak out following a recent interview McCarrick gave to Slate in which the onetime fundraising and diplomatic church star denied wrongdoing.

In a September article, McCarrick said he is “not as bad as they paint me. I do not believe that I did the things that they accused me of.”

The reporter told him that “it sounded like he thought it was possible — that saying he didn’t ‘believe’ he had done those things, or that he doesn’t remember them, makes it sound as if he’s leaving it an open question. No, he said.”

McCarrick, 89, is unlikely to face criminal prosecution for his alleged abuse and harassment of the youth and seminarian cases first reported in the summer of 2018. Those allegations relate to crimes that would be beyond the statutes of limitation in the United States, where they are said to have occurred.

McCarrick’s attorney, Barry Coburn, declined to comment on the new accusations.

The victim said the group of accusers of which he is part have communicated with civil officials, including the New York County district attorney. A spokeswoman there declined to comment on the status of any ongoing inquiries. The archdiocese of Newark and the diocese of Metuchen, N.J., also declined to comment on investigations of McCarrick, which they characterized as continuing.

The man said McCarrick’s interview with Slate spurred him to write an essay. “He attempted to discredit the victims of his sexual abuse while creating further division and confusion within our church,” he said.

The essay described how the childhood acquaintances steeled themselves after decades to report the alleged abuse to church and civil officials. Some call themselves “the Nathans,” the man said, citing a prophet who in the Bible called out David for adultery and abusing power.

(Pope Francis in a sermon last Christmas called for “new Nathans to help so many Davids rouse themselves from a hypocritical and perverse life … victims, carefully selected by their predators, often prefer silence and live in fear of shame and the terror of rejection.”)

The essay details “fundraising-related overnight trips between the years 1970 and 1990 that, as fate would have it, all resulted in McCarrick sharing a bed with a young Catholic boy.”

The man said he was speaking out about the extent of McCarrick’s alleged abuse in hopes that it will focus Catholic attention on the former D.C. and New Jersey archbishop rather than raging divisions in the faith.

“For me, this is not an attack on our Church. This is not about Conservative vs Liberal. This is not about Straight vs Gay. This is not about Benedict vs. Francis. In my view, those arguments are a distraction. For me, this is about our humanity. This is about the criminal, sexual abuse of minors,” he wrote.

The victim declined to give details about McCarrick’s system with the network of boys but said the ex-cardinal was able to get away with it because of his natural gifts: “He was charming. He was self-effacing. He was completely disarming. And he ran that game on everyone. He ran it on his colleagues, donors and on young boys. Everyone around this guy is just a different shade of victim.”

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McCarrick was laicized — or reverted to the status of a layperson — in February, the most significant abuse-related punishment given to a Catholic cardinal in modern history. The Vatican was unspecific about the number of victims, saying in a short statement that a church process found him guilty of two charges — soliciting sex during confession and committing “sins” with minors and adults with the aggravating factor the abuse of power.”

By then, several current and former seminarians had come forward to allege that McCarrick had sexually harassed them. Two sexual abuse allegations against McCarrick were also known — that of an unnamed former altar boy whose complaint in 2018 of abuse a decade earlier led to McCarrick’s initial suspension and that of James Grein, a Virginia man whose family was close to the former cardinal and who said he was abused for many years, starting at age 11.

The New Yorker in April quoted an official with a New York archdiocesan church restitution program as saying they had received seven complaints against McCarrick.

Since McCarrick was defrocked, the Vatican has not commented on its broader investigation of his career, in particular how he moved to the very top of the Catholic Church despite rumors and complaints of misconduct. Pope Francis on Oct. 6, 2018, pledged a “thorough” study of Vatican archives related to McCarrick and said the church would “make known the conclusions.” This month a Vatican spokesman declined to comment on the inquiry, saying only that “the work is in progress.”

The accuser who spoke to The Post is one of five men represented by the same attorney, Kevin Mulhearn. He said he was aware of at least seven other accusers. Camille Biros, a member of the independent reconciliation and compensation board set up by the New York archdiocese, said she was aware of at least seven boys. The source with direct knowledge of all the claims U.S. church officials sent to the Vatican says the number of boys is at least 10. That person spoke on the condition of anonymity because canon law forbids unauthorized people to speak about internal cases or even to acknowledge that the cases exist.

The Catholic Church is among secular and religious institutions nationwide reckoning in a new way with old allegations of sexual abuse. More than a dozen states — including New York and New Jersey, where McCarrick began his career — significantly extended statutes of limitation for filing lawsuits over abuse. More than a dozen attorneys general are investigating the church’s handling of the cases.

Dioceses in multiple states, including New York, have begun a streamlined process — an independent, out-of-court program to hear and process claims of abuse, and to pay compensation.

The McCarrick case remains open. The person close to the U.S. church’s investigation said a complaint of youth abuse against McCarrick also was reported to police in Ireland. The man who spoke to The Post wrote in his essay of “many” boys on trips alone with McCarrick, and said “the Nathans” had testified about “hundreds of Church-related or fundraising-related overnight trips.”

GORGEOUS UPDATE?

A priest in Munster has told the blog that Gorgeous has now moved to Cork and throug the influence of priests he knows ther is continuing his hospital chaplain trainig and ministry.

I do not know if this move has any connection with the new bishop of Cork, Fintan Gavin, who was up until recently a Dublin priests and worked with Diarmuid Martin in Archbishop’s House?

Michael certainly gets around and seems to have influential priest friends in many places.

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CCMS / DOWN AND CONNOR SCHOOL CRISIS UPDATE

THIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL CRISIS WITH VERY SINISTER MACHINATIONS IS THE BIGGEST STORY THIS BLOG HAS COVERED.

IT COULD TAKE WEEKS FOR THE STORY TO UNFOLD BUT IN THE MEANTIME PEOPLE ARE IN REAL PHYSICAL DANGER!

“Dear Bishop Pat,
Thank you for meeting me this morning at your home in Larne. Here is the email that you asked me to send to you to highlight the situation regarding my sibling who is in a current dispute along with other teachers, a situation that you have raised in recent days in your blog.
For much of their professional career my sibling has taught within the school that you speak of. For many years my sibling loved their job, the school and the area in which they have worked. Over the years I have read the cards from parents and children alike in which they have appreciated their kindness, professionalism and joy in teaching.
There was never an issue or any dispute with my sibling. They thrived in the classroom and their passion and vocation for education consumed their life.
This all changed two year ago when a negative culture emerged within the school. My sibling and other teachers were subjected to horrific practices. In the end they were called out on strike by their union. This decision to strike was a very difficult decision to make and went against the grain of every professional instinct that my sibling holds dear. In the end they followed the directive of their union. They were the first school in Northern Ireland, I believe in 25 years, to have gone on strike outside a national dispute, and this in itself reveals the seriousness of issues the union were addressing within the school.
I would like your readers to know that this issue, which I first raised with you on Wednesday in Belfast, is not about a common in house (School Matter) regarding school politics etc….
When they were on strike something happened. You know what it is Pat, but to protect my sibling I will keep the details confidential. The events that happened at first were not noticed, but after several months the truth came out.
The truth forced my sibling and other teachers onto the sick.
I cannot speak for the other teachers, but the mental impact upon my sibling has had a detrimental impact on their mental health. I don’t know what a nervous breakdown looks like but I believe my sibling has had one. What happed on that picket line has left my sibling living in fear. I stress the word FEAR. They are now a shadow of their former selves.
No one, with the exception of their union, has stopped to ask if they are ok. No one from the schools board of governors has been in contact. No one from the catholic church has been in contact.
My sibling’s Occupational Health doctor stated that this the worst situation she had ever heard in over 10 years of referrals.
My sibling is receiving counselling and therapy to deal with the aftermath of what has happened.
My sibling is meeting regularly with their GP and local practice nurse.
My sibling did nothing wrong. A great scandalous wrong had been done to them.
My sibling is being forced down to half pay and risks losing their home and is talking about food banks to make ends meet.
My sibling is being told that they don’t have to go down to half pay and could return  to the school, but they know that this will be end of them.
My sibling and the other teachers are asking for two things – For their income to be protected and for a timely transfer away from an environment that has destroyed them.
This is a scandal that I cannot sit back and watch. In life there is right and wrong. A great wrong was done and it is being compounded by CCMS and the Board Of Governors.
Bishop Treanor, you have the power to end this. You have the power to do the right thing. In the name of Jesus I beg for you to intervene and to end this once and for all. The situation for my sibling cannot continue. End this the proper way for them and the other teachers involved”.

PAT SAYS

I want my readers to fully understand that this dispute is not a run of the mill school problem.

In my 49 years in the church I have never come across such a massive injustice and scandal.

Its like a chapter from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Quite literally spies are involved!!! I mean that!

There are “ghosts” in this situation. People working in the dark corridors of power – people who do not want their names mentioned or photographs displayed.

Here are the moral questions these “holy ghosts” should be asking:

  1. Is it morally right that these teachers are being cut down to half pay?
  2. Is it morally right that in this day and age teachers should be going to food banks to feed their children?
  3. Is it morally right that they could lose their homes?
  4. Is it morally right that their professional reputations should be destroyed?
  5. Is it morally right that they are suffering from PTSD – Post Traumatic Strees Disorder and in trauma therapy?

Hey you “Holy Ghosts; Yes, I’m talking to you. You know who you are! There are two ways to sort out this massive scandal – the right way and the wrong way.

If you have any Christian charity you will do the right thing.

And finally, can I ask you to read and reread the Edmund Rice Schools Trust charter (taken from the world wide webb)

Nurturing faith, Christian spirituality and Gospel-based values;
Promoting partnership;
Excelling in teaching and learning;
Creating a caring school community;
Inspiring transformational leadership.

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“MONK WHO RAPED ME MAY BE MY FATHER” WITNESS TELLS UK ABUSE INQUIRY.

By Press Association

Thursday, October 17, 2019

A former pupil at a Catholic boarding school in Scotland has told how he was raped by a monk who he suspects to be his father.

The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had a statement about his time at St Columba’s in Largs, North Ayrshire, read to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry on Thursday.

The man, now in his 50s, claims to have suffered a serious sexual assault at the hands of a monk before enrolling at the school.

He told how his family had a strong connection with the Marist order, which ran the establishment, and they had gone on a trip to Middlesbrough with a religious brother.

The witness, who was then aged seven, said: “It was then that he betrayed my trust, (he) took me up to his room.

“He had been drinking heavily, he made me carry out acts of a sexual nature on him.

“I was naked from the waist down, he then raped me.”

It was heard he attended the school in the 1960s and 1970s and feared being sexually assaulted again during his first two years there, but this did not happen.

He also told how he believed his mother had been having sex with the same monk.
The witness said: “I have suspicions my mother had a relationship with (him) and he was my biological father.

“When I was 12, I thought he was visiting my mother for sex.

“Why else would he be there?”
Meanwhile, another victim told how sexual abuse at the hands of a former teacher became “normalised”, happening several times a week.

The witness was first admitted to the establishment in 1978 and stayed until 1982.

The inquiry heard the witness had his bed sprayed with water by the man during the night and was then made to go into the former teacher’s bedroom.

He said: “I remember having to take my clothes off and I think on that occasion he made me stay in there and had to sleep on the edge of the bed in front of him.”
That was the first time he suffered sexual assault, he said.

But the witness claimed the abuse went on throughout his time at the boarding school, being made to perform acts on another boy as well.

He added: “It was constant, I’m not saying every day, but a number of times a week.
“It just seemed to be something that was part of life at the school.”

The witness also spoke of being told about the death of schoolboy Aldo Moroni, after hearing wailing from a pupil in the building.

He said: “There was a boy screaming upstairs, like he was in pain.

“Some of us started to go upstairs, a lad started shouting at the boys to get back down the stairs.

“Within a number of days, we were told he was dead.”

The inquiry, before judge Lady Smith in Edinburgh, continues on Tuesday.

PAT SAYS

Another tragic case in the tsunami of Roman Catholic Clerical and Religious Abusers.

The order involved in this one was a Marist – dedicated to Mary’s virginity etc!!!

This boy was raped by a monk he thinks was also his dad!

There is every imaginable perversion present among RC clergy and religious.

It shows that the RCC is guided by the spirit of darkness and not the spirit of light.

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THE MASSIVE CCMS SCHOOL PROBLEM

I promised readers I would keep them informed about the current CCMS school problem.

I have not heard back from the CCMS or Father Noel Treanor.

I’m giving them a bit of time before publishing more of the story – which will stunning the Catholic, Republican and Nationalist communities.

Watch this space!

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JESUS – LAMB OR LION?

When many comment makers on this blog blog about Jesus they invariably talk about his humility, his gentleness, his compassion and his submission to his father6will.

And of course, there is that side to Jesus – the lamb side – Jesus the Lamb of God.

People are always lecturing me to become like the lamb of God and to practice his compassion and forgiveness to all – especially to priests, clergy and hierarchy.

BUT there is another side to Jesus – the Jesus who is the Lion of God.

A lion is known for his power his roar, his anger, his ferociousness, his prowl and his ability to pull apart and anhiliate.

Jesus, as the Lion of God, expresses his anger, power, condemnation and judgementalness.

And Jesus calls each of us to have within us the qualities of both the lamb and lion of God.

We have an immature and imperfect spirituality when we only have the lamb of God within us or only the lion of God.

A Christ centred spirituality and faith when we have both the lamb and lion in us.

The lamb part of Jesus expressed itself in Jesus with his approach to the poor, the oppressed, the sick, the blind, the dead, the crippled etc.

But when it came to dealing with other types – the religious and political hierarchies of his day Jesus became the Lion of God.

He called Herod a fox.

He called the Pharisees a brood of vipers and whitened sepulchres.

And the moment in his ministry we see him as the Raging Lion of God, was when he entered the Temple consumed with the righteous anger of God and overturned the tables of the corrupt and sought to whip out the hypocrites.

This Lion of God is the one we need today to explode upon the RC institution, with its clergy and hierarchy, and upturn their tables of corruption and to whip the clerical aabusers of all kinds and the Pharisaic hierarchy that keeps all the rottenness covered up.

Corruption does not need forgiveness first. It needs the fire that Jesus claimed to set upon the earth.

Abuse does not need compassion first. It needs to be whipped out of the Temple.

So let these mealy mouthed callers for the humility and forgiveness approach towards the RCC be called out for what they are – enablers and co-abusers.

Instead, let us make way for the Lion of God and offer him our cooperation in his cleansing mission.

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MAJOR CRISIS IN A CATHOLIC CHURCH RUN SCHOOL

Today when I was in Belfast for my annual optician visit I was approached by a relative of a catholic teacher. She told me one of the most horrific stories I have ever heard coming out of a Catholic Council for Maintained School (CCMS). As someone formally involved in the Catholic School System I stunned by what I was told.

The story concerns the ill-treatment of devoted catholic teachers who have given their lives to catholic education. At this time I cannot name the school or the people involved but that may change. But I am going to bed tonight very concerned about the mental health and well being of these teachers and the effects this is having them and on their families.

From what I have heard a great wrong was done and a great injustice is continuing to be perpetrated. It is my intention to write to Bishop Noel Treanor about this matter for it is an injustice. that needs to be put right and properly.

The effects of this great wrong on these teachers has had such a serious effect that they have been placed on medical sick pay for the last six months, and to make matters worse these teachers are having their pay cut in half? How is this morally right when these teachers have done no wrong?

The relative told me that these teachers are receiving trauma counselling in the aftermath of disgraceful events that happened to them. The woman who told me this story was crying and was in great distress about their relative and is coming to see me in the next few days with more information.

If this case results in a tragedy whose hands will have the blood on them?

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NARCISSISM A HALLMARK OF RELIGIOUS ABUSERS.

Friday, October 11th Patheos

It’s a Friday evening at Kennedy School, a pub in Northeast Portland. Revelers lift their glasses and guffaw.

But in a quiet back room, two dozen spiritually serious people have gathered quietly. They are grappling with the feeling that they have been manipulated and conned by leaders they saw as conduits to God.

The Spiritual Abuse Forum for Education, SAFE, is a Portland-area support group for those who have suffered mind control, financial swindling and overbearing manipulation by religious leaders.

In the Kennedy School crowd, mostly made up of people in their 30s and 40s, is Julie Anne Smith. A former Catholic, Smith began speaking out about what she saw as spiritual abuse at Beaverton Grace Bible Church.

In 2008, when a church employee was fired, Smith confronted the pastor because she felt the dismissal was unjust. The pastor responded by ordering Smith to recant her complaints, which did not sit well with her. Smith left the church and began posting Google reviews about what she saw as abuse, including alleged sexual assault. She called the church “creepy” and unsafe.

The enraged pastor sued Smith and others for defamation, but the lawsuit was thrown out.

Personality disorders

On this night at Kennedy School, the group is hearing from Kent Burtner, a local expert on spiritual grifters who says Smith’s story is typical in many ways. Burtner, a former Dominican friar, spent years leading Portland’s Cult Resource Center and still counsels people who have escaped abusive religious movements.

“In these groups, your mind and choices are abused, relationships are abused, finances are abused,” said Burtner, who attends St. James Church in Molalla and St. Therese Church in Northeast Portland.

Many abusive faith groups now don’t look like the large cults of the 1970s and 1980s, but instead are small fringe churches with pastors who are accountable to no one.

Burtner, a counselor who helped more than 1,000 people affected by religious abuse, said the manipulative movements usually are the result of narcissism in leadership. Jonestown, where 918 people committed suicide in 1978 at the behest of their spiritual leader, is an extreme example, but mind control happens in smaller ways all the time in churches, Burtner said.

Abusive leaders often start by controlling communication. Burtner reminded listeners that Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a cult leader in the 1980s in north central Oregon, blocked newspapers from coming to members.

“These leaders want to be the only source of information,” Burtner said. “They might even say media is evil.”

If members have challenging questions or doubts, leaders deflect the inquiries repeatedly until no one asks anymore.

Some abusive pastors even try to close down anger or other emotions. Burtner calls this “the ultimate dehumanization.”

By contrast, doubt and questions are welcomed in legitimate religions like mainline Catholicism. Medieval theologians in Catholic Europe, Burtner told listeners, insisted that doubt was acceptable because it got the Christian thinking.

The problem with abusive religious movements is not really about theology, but about the leader’s personality disorder, Burtner said. What’s more, abusive religious leaders often manipulate theology to validate the abuse. That, says Burtner, leaves church members not knowing what is real.

Burtner called his study of abusive religions “a vision of hell.”

“Church abuse happens when a religious leader uses his or her spiritual position to control, manipulate or dominate a person or group of persons,” said Ronald Enroth, a retired professor of sociology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Enroth spent decades studying manipulative religious movements. In his past two books, he turned his attention to abusive sects that claim to be within the sphere of Christianity.

“The leaders of these groups employ control-oriented autocratic leadership,” Enroth said. “I’m not saying they do it insincerely but they use their position as prophet, pastor, elder, priest or whatever they may call themselves to manipulate and control people’s lives. It is spiritual intimidation.”

‘The meat grinder’

The Rev. Ken Garrett, an evangelical pastor, began the SAFE support group, which meets monthly. “It’s mostly to provide information,” said Garrett, who wrote a dissertation on spiritual abuse. “We are not a fix-it group. We are filling toolboxes for people.”

Garrett, pastor of Grace Church in Southwest Portland, says about 3% of people in churches have had experiences with leaders inappropriately controlling their sexual behavior, their money, their interpretation of Scripture or whom they befriend and marry.

“There is a tremendous amount of abuse that goes on in Christian organizations,” said Garrett.

Most abusive churches are small, but the leader feels elite. Garrett recalls one pastor who, before he strode out to preach each Sunday, ordered an aide to kneel and tie his expensive shoes.

Garrett, a former Army paratrooper, himself spent a dozen years in the grip of a manipulative pastor at what was then called the Southeast Bible Church in Portland.

“It really ran me and my family through the meat grinder,” Garrett said of the experience, which he escaped 20 years ago. “In a lot of ways, we are still recovering.”

Pastor Michael Sperou, who spent time in the Oregon State Penitentiary for sexually abusing children, sought to manipulate the Southeast Bible Church congregation in many ways, Garrett said. In a 2015 trial for abuse, it emerged that Sperou required church members to give him money. For his 40th birthday, for example, he demanded that the church collect $4,000 for him.

“We see with these guys a deep hunger for affirmation,” Garrett said. “When they don’t get the praise, they’re happy to settle for people fearing them.”

‘I don’t know that I can ever be repaired’

Even as criminal conviction for Sperou neared, dozens of church members came to court to support him and denounce witnesses like Garrett.

Jennifer Olajuyin, one of seven women who said she was abused by Sperou when she was a girl, was disowned by her parents.

When Olajuyin was 4, her family joined Southeast Bible Church. The little community seemed ideal at first — a cluster of houses with a shared yard and a trampoline, with plenty of children.

But Olajuyin said Sperou was a narcissist who kept shifting the rules. Once, he gave teenage Olajuyin $20 as a gift then publicly shamed her for spending it on pizza instead of on gifts for other people. He told her there was no room in the community for individual needs and wants. Olajuyin, by nature an introvert, was forced constantly to mingle in big groups and suffered. When she sought solitude in her room, Sperou had the door taken off its hinges.

“There was constant judgment, criticism of what you were doing,” Olajuyin said.

Sperou told Olajuyin she was sinful to her core and selfish and could not trust her own thoughts and feelings. He ordered her not to date outside the church community.

Olajuyin knew she was supposed to be in awe of the man’s every word, but his preaching bored her.

She stayed until she was 21, when the problems became clear to her, including the leader’s sexual abuse of girls. Olajuyin, now 36, refused to give details but was part of a suit alleging abuse.

Even with all the pain, it was difficult to exit.

“I felt like I didn’t have an identity when I came out,” Olajuyin said. “I don’t know that I can ever be repaired.”

She is no longer religious.

To get what they want

“Spiritual abuse is a horrific way of manipulation and deceit,” Garrett said during the SAFE meeting. “They want to get something — money, sex, power. It’s pretty brutal. We always walk out of abuse with shame,” Garrett said.

The SAFE group has grown since Garrett posted it on meetup.com. About 30 people come on a usual evening and range in age from the 20s to the 60s.

One woman in the crowd on this night piped up about her own memory: “For us, it was our church or no church at all.” She choked up and reached for the comforting hand of her husband.

A man in the audience said that abusive religious leaders see people who are “all in” and target them for easy manipulation.

People in such communities can fall into a trance and begin to believe in the leader’s self-proclaimed powers, said Garrett, who refused job promotions to please his pastor. Then Sperou rebuffed Garrett’s attempts to strike out on his own as a pastor.

Abusive leaders tend to be anxious, envious, defensive and temperamental, Garrett said. “These leaders don’t feel what other people are feeling. They are performing to get what they want.”

Perceived persecution is a defining characteristic of those who lead manipulative religious groups, said Enroth. “They think the rest of the world, including pointy-headed professors like me, are out to get them.”

• Kent Burtner, local Catholic counselor and expert on spiritual abuse.

Ed Langlois, Of the Catholic Sentinel

Signs of abusive leaders

• Always want to be the “alpha dog.” Such leaders create a narrative to substantiate why they should be in charge of everything and fantasize about more power.
• Have trouble with other leaders.
• Are image driven and care deeply how they are viewed.
• Think they are smarter and more attractive than everyone else.
• Create a narrative about being persecuted by the world.
Sources: Rev. Ken Garrett and Kent Burtner

Rev. Ken Garrett, pastor of Grace Church in Southwest Portland, escaped an abusive pastor two decades ago. He began a support group for those who have suffered spiritual abuse. (Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel)

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POLITICIAN WANTS CATHOLIC CHURCHES TO ERECT SIGNS OUTSIDE THEIR CHURCHES WARNING THAT THE BUILDINGS ARE DANGEROUS FOR CHILDREN.

By K Thor Jensen Newsweek.

Melbourne City Council member Nic Frances Gilley has introduced a proposal to require Catholic churches to comply with the province of Victoria’s new mandatory abuse reporting laws or have signs posted outside warning parents that the houses of worship might pose a danger to children.

NIC GILLEY

The Age reports that Gilley is requesting the state “write to all churches and places of worship requesting assurances that all staff and associates will abide by the law of mandatory reporting,” and if they do not provide those assurances the state should erect appropriate signage.

In September, Victoria passed the Children Legislation Amendment Act 2019, which added religious leaders to the list of individuals who are legally mandated to report child abuse to the authorities when they learn about it. That list already included police, teachers, nurses, midwives and other occupations.

Many Catholic leaders are protesting the law because it includes abuse admitted within the space of the confessional. In July, the Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary released a statement pushing back against it, saying that “Any political action or legislative initiative aimed at breaking the inviolability of the sacramental seal would constitute an unacceptable offence against the (freedom of the Church).”

Gilley said it was the government’s responsibility to “clearly advise people of the risks of using such institutions.”

Councilor Gilley has a personal stake in this conversation. He was an Anglican priest for 23 years, rising to the position of executive director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. He left the church in 2008, penning an open letter in which he revealed that he was sexually abused as a child.

Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp supports the resolution. She told Radio 3AW “Our main aim is to make sure we have safe places, particularly for children, throughout our city.”

In August, Melbourne’s Catholic Archbishop Peter Comensoli told ABC Radio that he would choose to go to jail rather than break the “seal” of the confessional booth. He would encourage a person who confessed to child abuse to report themselves to police but would not take action on anything said inside.

Mother of two sexual assault victims Chrissie Foster had stern words for church leadership, telling The Age, “Archbishop Comensoli says quite proudly that he’d rather go to jail than break the seal of confession. He’s chosen to protect paedophiles instead of children. That’s business as usual for the church.”

Sexual assault in the church is a charged issue in Victoria. In 2018, Cardinal George Pell was convicted of five charges of sexual assault on two boys, becoming the most senior official of the church to be jailed for abuse. His conviction helped survivors push for more stringent reporting laws.
The council will vote on Gilley’s proposal Tuesday.

PATS SAYS

If the law of the land says that priests have to report sexual abuse in confession – then that’s what they have to do or go to court and jail.

The Australian law of the land operates in Australia, not RCC canon law.

It’s the church’s own fault for mishandling of clerical sexual abuse.

The Catholic Church and the term Paedophilia have now come to mean the same thing

There should also be obligatory sign posts outside Catholic seminaries saying

THIS INSTITUTION IS A SEXUAL, PHYSICAL AND MORAL DANGER TO YOUNG MEN.

The RCC is now regarded as a sexual and corruption mafia.

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THE CHURCH WANTS MY SON TO CONSIDER THE PRIESTHOOD? WILL HE BE SAFE IN THE SEMINARY?

FAITH IN FOCUS America. The Jesuit Review.

Colleen Duggan

Every summer, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, where I reside and attend church, offers a Quo Vadis (“Where are you going?” in Latin) discernment retreat.

High school boys gather at a local Catholic college with seminarians, priests and others for fellowship, prayer and guided discussions to help young men explore God’s potential call to the priesthood.

The four days are filled with opportunities for Mass, adoration, Liturgy of the Hours and confession.

During recreational time, the boys along with the seminarians and priests play sports, hike, talk and eat good food.

I have six children, three of them boys, and after much prayer and discernment, my husband and I decided not to send our 15-year-old son, who has already said he would consider the beautiful vocation of priesthood, to Quo Vadis this year.

My husband and I desire to support and encourage vocations. I come from a family that has produced several, including a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia in Nashville and a diocesan priest.

We daily pray for the good clergy who have served our family, and we ask God to send more workers into the vineyard. I recognize the great need in dioceses across the United States for an increase in vocations, especially within my own, where priests are retiring at a faster rate than men are being

My husband and I are saddened my son missed this unique experience for Catholic high school boys.

But after last summer’s revelations of systemic sexual abuse and its cover-up within the highest levels of the church—the McCarrick scandal, followed by the Pennsylvania grand jury report and the resignation of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield in West Virginia—I do not feel confident that the bishops can answer the same question they want my son to consider: Quo vadis? Where are you going? And why should we, why should my son, follow you?

I do not feel confident that the bishops can answer the same question they want my son to consider: Quo vadis? Where are you going?

Archbishop William E. Lori has written about the measures he has taken to ensure accountability for abusers and to foster greater lay involvement in the archdiocese following the first round of the sexual abuse crisis in 2002.

Some of his reforms include establishing rigorous vetting systems for seminarians, clergy and lay employees who interact with minors; overseeing the development of programs to help children recognize inappropriate adult advances; ensuring the immediate referral of accusations to the police; implementing a lay review board; and establishing protocol to notify affected parishes of credibly accused clergy. The number of abuse cases has reduced drastically since the diocese implemented these safety measures, a fact that cannot be overlooked in our current church climate.

Still, the average lay Catholic, myself included, knew nothing of the depth of the scandal before last summer. We are still, even one year later, reeling from the revelations. Efforts to reform the clerical culture within the seminaries and the church at large that directly or indirectly enabled sexual predators have been incremental and slow going at best. Much of what I have heard from the church over the course of the last year in letters, newspaper columns and online articles amounts to: “Yes, but here is what we have done to protect people since 2002, and here is how these measures have worked.”

My trust in the institutional church has been broken and will take a great deal of time to rebuild.

While I am glad safety measures exist and are indeed effective, the fact is my trust in the institutional church has been broken and will take a great deal of time to rebuild. I believe, however, there are some basic things the hierarchy can do to help parents like me. It would have helped, for instance, if before returning to business as usual—and Quo Vadis definitely falls into that category as a business as usual—the bishops had met with parents to address concerns about safety and faith formation, especially if the bishops want parents to entrust their children into the church’s hands for four days.

To be fair, the vocations director did hold a meeting with parents after the revelations last summer, but that is not enough, at least not for me. The bishops need to show up, to build rapport and to repeatedly engage in difficult conversations.

Trust is not built on policy and paperwork.

What is required of the bishops at this point in time is one-on-one connection and ongoing discussion with parents in the pews. The shepherds must be with their sheep, listening and tending to the concerns of their people, especially if the they are asking families to encourage vocations. This perhaps will require a shift in how they understand their role as the head of the diocese, but it is what is needed if the hierarchy wants to gain a modicum of trust with parents like me.

The bishops need to show up, to build rapport and to repeatedly engage in difficult conversations. Trust is not built on policy and paperwork.

I believe the laity, too, are called to a new way of behaving and thinking. In families where generations of abuse have existed, at least one family member must change their behavior in order to stop the cycle of abuse.

This requires them to do something different—move out, cut ties or report abuse to the authorities. A survivor cannot simply do what the family has always done.

In the same way, if lay Catholics want to end the cycle of abuse, the power plays and the toleration for illicit lifestyles among some of the clergy, as well as ensure proper spiritual formation for all Catholics, we need to do something different this time. We must start asking tough questions of the bishops, and we must not stop asking questions until we are satisfied with answers.

Why should we consider Quo Vadis for our boys, especially given the egregious history of sexual abuse in the church? How are the bishops regularly communicating the measures they have taken to protect children and to offer the best spiritual formation possible to the parents? How can the bishops ensure the spiritual formation the boys receive at Quo Vadis is orthodox and rightly ordered? What is different between last summer and now that should persuade us to entrust our sons to an institution that has failed us in its handling of sexual abuse from the top down?

If we want the scandals in the church to stop, the laity must refuse to be content with the status quo.

“But what about vocations?” a good friend asked me when I expressed my concerns about the Quo Vadis retreat. To which I say: We must not fear losing priests because we ask the right questions of our bishops. The Scriptures remind us that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. I believe there will always be a holy remnant—good men and women willing to live and die serving Jesus Christ’s Catholic Church. I believe Jesus Christ himself will provide the priests we need.

But I also believe he needs participation from laypeople. In this moment, he asks for our help; he asks us to refuse to participate in potential abuse by allowing things to be done as they have always been done. To end the history of abuse in the Catholic Church, the laity must continue to ask—over and over again—the same question the diocese asks our sons: Quo vadis? Where are you going?

And we must demand they give a satisfactory answer.

PAT SAYS

A powerful piece by a devout Catholic and parent.

The answer:

Her son would not be safe in a Catholic seminary at the present time.

If he handsome he will be eye candy.

Other seminarians and priests will try all they can to get into his trousers.

If he reciprocates they will turn him into a gay sex addict without morals or boundaries.

If he is straight and does nor reciprocate, they will harass him to the point of nervous breakdown and he will leave a very broken young man.

Would any caring and responsible parent leabe a paedophile to babysit their children?

I think not.

Then let no responsible parent allow their son into Maynooth, The Irish College, Allen Hall, Wonersh etc.

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DOES POPE FRANCIS THINK THAT JESUS WAS NOT GOD?

Abp Viganò urges Pope to personally answer claims he doesn’t believe in divinity of Christ

Diane Montana Follow Diane

ARCHBISHOP VIGANO

ROME, October 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Following the Vatican’s second attempt to deny claims by atheist Italian journalist, Eugenio Scalfari, that Pope Francis told him he doesn’t believe in Christ’s divinity, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is urging the Pope himself to give a “clear answer.”

In comments to LifeSiteNews after Thursday’s synod press briefing and denial of Scalfari’s claim, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò said: “Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no.’”

“Why doesn’t the Pope use the language of simple people, while he invites people ‘Cher jaleo,’ to create chaos, confusion and division. Is this the mission of the Pope? Hacer jaleo.”

At the end of Thursday’s synod briefing, the Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communications, Paolo Ruffini, insisted that the Pope “never said what Scalfari wrote.”

“Both what was reported in quotation marks as well as the free reconstruction and interpretation by Mr. Scalfari — the conversation dates back more than two years — cannot be considered a faithful account of what the Pope said and [what he said] can instead be found in all of his magisterium and that of the Church about Jesus, true God and true Man,” said Ruffini.

LifeSite asked Archbishop Viganò: “In what sense was Ruffini’s further clarification insufficient, given that he explicitly referred to Jesus as “true God and true Man?”

“In the sense that Christians expect a clear answer from the Pope himself. The thing is too important; it is essential: Yes, I believe that Christ is the Son of God made Man, the only Savior and Lord,” Archbishop Viganò replied.

“All Christians await this clarification from him, not from others, and by virtue of their baptism have the right to have this response.”

While the further clarification from Ruffini is widely seen as a step in the right direction, both high-ranking clergy and ordinary Catholics are asking the same question: why does it take over two tries and over twenty four hours to clarify a matter regarding a truth as central to the Christian faith as the divinity of Jesus Christ? And why does Pope Francis, who has granted Scalfari several interviews over the years, not himself confirm the brethren in the faith and distance himself from a man who is sowing confusion?

A priest in Rome pointed out that the confusion generated by Scalfari, who is numbered among the Pope’s favored interviewers, is compounded given the “Document on Human Fraternity” that Pope Francis signed with a Grand Imam Ahmad el-Tayebin February, and which states: “The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom.”

He argued that if the Pope states that all religions are willed by God in the same manner as sex, race or color, Catholics begin to question the truth of the divinely revealed truth that Jesus Christ is the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, the Incarnate Word and only Savior of the world.

American Capuchin priest and scholar Father Thomas Weinandy echoed this view in a recent article for The Catholic Thing titled, “Pope Francis and Schism.” The Abu Dhabi statement, he said, “directly contradicts the will of the Father and so undermines the primacy of Jesus Christ his Son as the definitive Lord and universal Savior.”

Pope Francis has granted the 95-year-old Scalfari (who doesn’t use a tape recorder) several interviews since the beginning of his pontificate, with similar and predictable effect. In March 2018, Scalfari claimed the Pope told him that hell does not exist. La Repubblica, an Italian daily which Scalfari founded, claimed that Francis has told him the souls of those who do not go to heaven are annihiliated. Annihilationism is a heresy according to the Catholic Church.

At the time, the Vatican disputed the claim, insisting the Pope does believe that hell exists and that “no quotation of the article should be considered a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.”

PAT SAYS

I have never doubted that Jesus, at the same time, was 100% god and 100% man.

I believe this was achieved by the absolute power if God, for whom nothing is impossible.

This means, for me, that Jesus’s divine nature was capable of not allowing his 100% human nature to be affected by his divine nature.

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CARDINAL SAYS CHURCH NEEDS TO EXIT CLERICAL ABUSE SCANDALS AND THAT DIARMUID MARTIN SHOULD STOP APOLOGISING

Sarah Mac Donald The Tablet

‘We need to find a way of exiting this experience otherwise it will suffocate us,’ said Turkson

The Church needs to “find a way of exiting” the negativity of the abuse scandals “otherwise it will suffocate us”, according to a senior cleric who is based in Rome.

The Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, Cardinal Peter Turkson, also criticised Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin for apologising “too much”.

In his keynote address to the Autumn conference of the Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI) at the Emmaus Centre in Dublin, Cardinal Turkson recognised the abuse crisis as one of four “signs of the times”.

He told 155 participants from over 50 congregations, societies of apostolic life and affiliated lay groups that he understood something of the impact of the scandals on the local church in Ireland from the two world events, the International Eucharistic Congress in 2012 and the World Meeting of Families in 2018, which he attended.

He recalled how at IEC2012 Archbishop Martin gave an apology at every event he addressed. “At one point I thought it was too much. I thought he was making this huge cloud hang over everything,” he said.

At WMF2018, the Ghanaian prelate said he recognised the scandals, the pain of the victims and he agreed with Pope Francis’ messages to victims. “Now we need to find a way of exiting this experience otherwise it will suffocate us,” he warned.

Asked about Cardinal Turkson’s comment, Sr Liz Murphy, Secretary General of AMRI, told The Tablet: “It can be difficult for someone who has not lived through the past 20 years in Ireland to understand fully the effects of the abuse scandals. I believe he was challenging us to move forward and to be vigilant of all forms of abuse today.”

Elsewhere in his address on Mission Today in our Common Home, Cardinal Turkson identified the ecological crisis and climate change as further signs of the times: “This is a sign of the times that invites us to a particular form of mission that we can carry out by hearing the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor,” he said.

Other signs of the times he highlighted were the growing inequality in communities between the rich and the poor and a throwaway culture that sees so many abandoned and discarded as well as the threat of war to global security.

Speaking about the Extraordinary Month of Mission, he said Pope Francis was urging the faithful not to let fear over a lack of resources or fear about a challenging situation inhibit them as missionaries.

“We sin against mission when we fail to spread joy, when we think of ourselves as victims. In the world and in the Church, we sin against mission when we become slaves to the fears that immobilise us,” he said.

PAT SAYS

Is Turkson blind?

Sexual abuse and rampant homosexuality is the current fruits of the RCC.

The hierarchy and clergy have stolen the joy of faith and spirituality.

There’s nothing left except darkness, evil and the stench of decay.

Diarmuid Martin is a serial apologiser.

It’s all he can do.

Their sorrow should be eternal.

Maybe it will be.

But at least DM seems haunted by the abuse mmountain.

At least he recognises that it is the RCC final exiit.

PAUL BRITE IS PAUL BRITE

Cynical comment makers have been trying to undermine the ex seminarian who spoke our yesterday about abusive Wonersh Seminary.

Here Paul publishes his Wonersh credentials to prove who he is.

Let the cynical and wormish RCC defenders of worm – ish collapse in the face of Paul’s honesty and integrity.