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WHAT ARE YOU THE IRISH JESUITS PLAYING AT WHEN IT COMES TO SAFEGUARDING?

BLOG FRI / SAT 31ST AND 1ST

AN OPEN LETTER TO IRISH JESUIT PROVINCIAL LEONARD MALONEY – WHO REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE OR REPLY TO LETTERS AND EMAILS.

Dear Leonard,

I am writing this open letter to you because you do not acknowledge private emails and Ms Fox says she checks the blog everyday.

Jesuits are renowned for being highly educated men. But education does not, automatically bring good manners with it. My father used to say: “If nature play not her part, in vain is labour. I regard your refusal to acknowledge emails, especially from alleged victims of sexual abuse, to be an example of extreme bad manners.

Saoirse Fox

In recent times you and your safeguarding person, Ms Saoirse Fox, have received 4 complaints from:

Dublin J – an ex Maynooth seminarian.

Dublin N – a young Dublin layman

Dublin P – a young Dublin layman.

Birmingham M – a recently left Jesuit novice.

All alleged complaints refer to Fr Paul Prior – currently a Jesuit Novice.

Ms Fox did confirm to Dublin J that a complaint against Prior by Birmingham M is being is being investigated currently.

Ms Fox told Dublin J that she has never heard of Dublin N or Dublin P.

But Dublin N has sent me a copy of an email he received, yesterday, from Ms Fox!

Here are emails between Dublin J, Dublin N and Ms Fox?

EMAIL FROM SAOIRSE FOX TO DUBLIN P

Various questions arise;

1. Are the Jesuits acting in good faith on these matters and abiding by best practice procedures

2. On the basis of the emails above, is Ms Fox speaking out of the two sides of her mouth or has someone hijacked Ms Fox’s email or identity?

3. Does Dublin N and Dublin P really exist or is someone engaging in mind games?

4. Dublin J believes that mind games are being played and he believes that Fr Prior could be behind them? Dublin J says he experienced Fr Prior playing mind games while in Maynooth?

5. What did Ms Fox mean when she said to Dublin J “I do not want to get involved with whatever is going on here”. What is going on here?

In any event, Leonard, these are most serious matters and in my opinion, you have the duty to issue a statement clearing up these issues.

I do not have much hope that you will do that 😥

St. Ignatius, pray for us!

Yours sincerely

+ Pat Buckley.

UPDATES

Email today from Joe Sheridan to Leonard Maloney
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Joe Sheridan <joesheridan79@yahoo.ie>
Fri 31/01/2020 11:17
You; lamoloney@jesuitlink.ie; Saoirse Fox

Dear Fr Moloney,

If I do not receive a response from you today with regard to what you intend to do regarding emails sent from your Child Safeguarding Manager’s, Saoirse Fox’s, email address to individuals whom Ms Fox claims to have no knowledge of – I will be providing all the relevant email correspondence previously provided to you to An Garda Siochana.

Yours sincerely,

Joe Sheridan

MY EMAIL TODAY TO SAOIRSE FOX
Pat Buckley
Fri 31/01/2020 12:21
Saoirse Fox

Dear Saoirse,

Various emails have been sent from your address to complainants H and P.

But you told Joe Sheridan you never heard of a H or P.

Has your email account being hacked or your personal identity stolen?

+ Pat Buckley

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MOVEMENT FROM THE JESUITS

The former seminarian Joe Sheridan has, this afternoon, received a solicitors letter from the Irish Jesuits solicitor confirming that are taking all the allegations seriously and promising a thorough investigation.

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LIE DETECTORS FOR PAEDOPHILES – A GOOD OR BAD IDEA?

Telegraph Reporters

Lie detectors have been used to send 160 sex offenders back to prison, Ministry of Justice figures have revealed.

Probation officers have sent paedophiles and convicted sex offenders back behind bars after flagging up concerns about their behaviour or the answers they gave to the polygraph tests.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) started using lie detectors on convicted sex offenders in August 2014 and around 50 people are tested on the machines every month.

Officials have the power to send sex offenders back to prison if the results of the cross examination on the lie detectors trigger concerns for public safety.

The £4,000 machines are hooked up to monitor the breathing, blood pressure and heart rate of offenders as they are asked a string of questions from trained inquisitors.

Since the high-tech machines have been introduced the MoJ have revealed 166 sex offenders who took polygraph tests have been returned to prison.

Details released by the MoJ show that of the first batch of offenders sent back behind bars last year there were people convicted of child sex offences, child grooming, rape and child pornography offences.

One case heard how one offender who was released on condition they didn’t use the internet was found by the test to be lying about not having logged on since his release.

Police then raided his home and found indecent images of children, which were downloaded from the internet, stored on hard drives hidden at his address.

The man was charged with more offences and sent back to prison. A spokesman for the Centre for Crime Prevention, said: “The length of time sex offenders spend in prison has increased by 50% in the last ten years, but these figures show a frightening number continue to be released while they are still a real threat to the public.

“We still have some way to go in toughening up sentences. It is very good news if technology is helping to detect some of them and return them to prison.”
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “Public protection is our numberNews

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Why giving polygraph tests to sex offenders is a terrible idea

Chris French The Guardian

Polygraphs are notoriously unreliable and easy to fool, and sooner or later sex offenders will discover the truth about them

It was recently announced that the government is keen to introduce mandatory polygraph testing for rapists and other serious sex offenders when they are released from prison, in the hope that this will reduce re-offending rates and thus protect the public.

A pilot study has been carried out in the East and West Midlands suggesting that the routine use of such testing would lead to offenders being more honest with their offender managers. Offenders undergoing polygraph testing made twice as many “clinically significant disclosures” as a control sample. CSDs were defined as “new information that the offender discloses, which leads to a change in how they are managed, supervised, or risk assessed, or to a change in the treatment intervention that they receive.” Examples included disclosures relating to increased access to children or contact with other known sex offenders.

It seems, however, that these encouraging results were based not upon the ability of the test to detect when offenders are lying, but instead upon the offenders’ belief that the test was capable of doing so. This raises serious issues regarding the wisdom of rolling out such a scheme on a mandatory basis across England and Wales.

Polygraphs are often wrongly referred to as “lie detectors”. In fact, all that polygraphs do is measure various psychophysiological indices of arousal, such as skin conductance, blood pressure and respiration. It is assumed that most of us, when we lie, become more emotionally aroused. Polygraph operators claim to be able to detect such tell-tale signs of arousal and use them to determine whether a person is telling the truth or lying.

There are several different techniques used in this context, but most rely upon the notion that liars will be more aroused when answering “relevant” questions compared with when they answer “control” questions, due to their fear that they will be detected.

Studies have shown that in general polygraph tests correctly identify about 85% of guilty individuals. This may appear to be impressive at first sight but it is necessary to take into account the proportion of innocent individuals who are wrongly classified as guilty. According to a report by the British Psychological Society in 2004, reviews suggest that between 12% and 47% of innocent individuals are also classified as lying.

Innocent people may be more aroused by the relevant questions than the control questions for a variety reasons. For example, suppose the suspect did not commit the crime in question but was engaged in some activity at the time that, although perfectly legal, he or she was ashamed of. Alternatively, it may simply be that the suspect is terrified that he or she will not be believed despite their innocence.

It is clear from the results of the pilot study that it was the sex offenders’ belief that the polygraph would detect deception that led to the increase in disclosures. Not only did most of the these disclosures take place during the polygraph session as opposed to during routine supervision, but they actually took place during the pre-polygraph interview before the test itself was carried out.

Indeed, a previous experiment by the lead author of this pilot study, Theresa Gannon, clearly showed similar effects among a group of child molesters. Those who were connected up to a convincing, albeit fake, “lie detector” gave more honest responses on a questionnaire than those who were not connected.

It is clear that offenders only have to spend five minutes on Google to realise that experts generally agree that polygraph testing is in fact not a reliable technique for detecting deception. If such testing becomes mandatory, it is inevitable that this truth about polygraphs will become widely known among offenders. From then on, any effect that unfounded belief in the effectiveness of the technique had in terms of increasing disclosures is likely to disappear.

To make matters worse, techniques exist to beat the test. Once the underlying rationale of the test is understood, steps can be taken to either augment the psychophysiological response to control questions (eg via self-induced physical or mental pain) or else reduce the response to relevant questions (eg using mental training, such as meditation).

Vaughan Bell described the case of Floyd “Buzz” Fay, who was wrongly convicted of murder on the basis of polygraph testing. During his time in prison, Buzz found out as much as he could about the polygraph and used his knowledge to train other prisoners to beat the test. After a mere 15 minutes of instruction, 23 of 27 inmates were able to beat the test. It is highly likely that a sex offender who was motivated to beat the test and thus give the impression of being low risk would easily be able to do so.

There is another reason to be cautious about the results of this pilot testing, one that was noted by the authors themselves. In their words, “It is possible that polygraph offender managers may have felt more motivated or ‘expected’ to provide large numbers of CSDs compared to comparison offender managers.”
By its nature, the design of this study could not be double- or even single-blind and it is highly likely that this would have had an effect on the results. In other words, the managers’ body language and interpretation of offenders’ responses could have been subconsciously skewed.

The authors of the report estimated that polygraph testing would cost between £400 and £937.30 for each additional disclosure that resulted. Obviously, any intervention that might reduce offending is worthy of serious consideration. But we should be cautious about implementing an intervention that might only be effective for the short time it would take before the truth about polygraphs becomes common knowledge among offenders.

Perhaps even more worrying is the prospect that a motivated high-risk offender could probably beat the polygraph from the outset after just a little bit of background research.

PAT SAYS

On the one hand, anything that prevents or punishes child abuse seems to be a very good thing.

On the other hand convicting people on unreliable grounds is not good.

Perhaps lie detectors can play a role, but not a definitive role.

What do readers think?

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FATHER DES WILSON’S PLAY – HOW TO READ THE IRISH NEWS WITHOUT BOKIN.

THE RECENTLY DECEASED FR DES WILSON WROTE A VERY FUNNY PLAY CALLED “HOW TO READ THE IRISH NEWS WITH BOKIN” (gagging or vomiting)

The play describes a competion to which three competitors have reached the final. They have to read The Irish News without bokin.

The first competitor only goes a page or two and then bokes.

The second competitor get a bit further and then bokes.

To everyone’s surprise the last one reads the whole newspaper without bokin and is the winner.

He goes up to collect his prize which turns out to be a year”s subscription to The Irish News – and then he bokes 😊

The Irish News was set up in 1891 by the Roman Catholic Irish bishops and priests to compete against the other newspapers who were supporting Charles Stewart Parnell to remain as the political leader of Ireland in spite of the fact that he had just come through a very scandalous divorce case in which he was involved.

The RC bishops and priests were the first shareholders in The Irish News.

As part of an MSSc taught masters degree in 1989 I in QUB I did a 30,000 essay studying how the Irish RC Hierarchy collaborated with The Irish News control church dissidents.

Available on Amazon Kindle for free. ** It has some formatting issues but is all there.

Excerpt

The bishops wrote

CONTANTS OF BOOK

The Irish News has traditionally under the control of the RCC and the non violent Irish Nationalists.

It’s current owner is a Knight of Columbanus and a Cathbot, Jim Fitzpatrick a good friend to Down and Connor bishops.

My own history with The Irish News is one of being blocked, censored and refused a right of reply.

In 2013 I wrote a letter to the Letters Page and wrote a blog about what happened:

IRISH NEWS NEWSPAPER BELFAST PUBLISHES EDITED VERSION OF MY LETTER.

THE “IRISH NEWS” NEWSPAPER, BELFAST HAS TODAY, JUNE 28TH 2013, PUBLISHED AN EDITED VERSION OF MY LETTER SENT TO THEM ON JUNE 17TH ABOUT PRIESTLY SUICIDES. THEY REMOVED 3 SECTIONS OF MY LETTER – (1) THE SECTION ABOUT PRIESTLY CELIBACY NOT WORKING; (2) THE SECTION ABOUT THE “CLERICALISM” CONDEMNED BY POPE FRANCIS AND (3) THE SECTION ABOUT BISHOPS, INCLUDING BISHOP NOEL TREANOR BEING ALOOF AND UNAVAILABLE TO PRIESTS. WHY WERE THOSE SECTIONS REMOVED? IS IT BECAUSE THE PART ABOUT CELIBACY NOT WORKING WHO ANGER BELFAST PRIESTS? AND IS THE IRISH NEWS NOT WILLING TO ALLOW CRITICISM OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS?
OR IS THE NEWSPAPERS EDITOR, NOEL DORAN, AFRAID OF HIS PROPRIETOR JIM FITZPATRICK – THE RIGHT WING WEALTHY BELFAST CATHOLIC?

NOEL, I AM ONLY A POWERLESS DISSIDENT BISHOP WHO HAS NO POWER TO BRING YOU TO BOOK. YOU ARE THE EDITOR OF A NEWSPAPER THAT CAN RUBBISH ME WHEN YOU WANT AND YOU ARE BACKED BY YOUR MILLIONAIRE OWNER.

BELOW ARE THE SECTIONS REMOVED AND CENSORED:
1.Most seminarians and young priests are initially dedicated to the life of celibacy. If they make it through the seminary without being propositioned or seduced by another seminarian or priest they are fortunate. However when they mature a little they are confronted with their own very normal sexual urges accompanied by loneliness and they become hopelessly trapped. The majority of priests eventually leave the priesthood, lead a double life in secret or succumb to psychotic loneliness, depression, anxiety or to various addictions. Whatever way they try to cope they are internally conflicted and lose a sense of integrity and wholeness. Also Is it an accident that there are a greater number of gay men in the Catholic priesthood than there are in society as a whole. Being secretly gay puts huge pressures on priests.
2.The “clerical club” in the seminary and later in the diocese is a cruel and unforgiving environment. Among seminarians you will find the same bullies as you find in secular life. Priests are afraid to be vulnerable before other priests. They are afraid to being judged and thought weak. When they are in a crisis they often cannot bring themselves to talk to another priest about their crisis.
3.Bishops are supposed to be “fathers” to their priests. But many bishops are aloof and cold and unapproachable. How many priests have their bishop’s private mobile number? Could they call him and go to him at 3 am if they are on the very edge? Could Matt Wallace have done that? In any event how can you talk to a bishop about your struggles or weaknesses when it is he who has the power to discipline you, take away your life as you know it, or even report you to the police.
Bishop Pat Buckley 28.6.2013

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THREE MORE VATICAN ALTAR BOYS SEXUALLY ABUSED.

The Guardian

Three more former altar boys have claimed they were sexually abused by two priests in the Vatican, as the child abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic church zeroed in for a second time on its headquarters.

The allegations of abuse in the Vatican’s youth seminary, to be set out in an Italian TV show on Sunday, date back to the 1980s and 1990s when the boys were aged between 10 and 14.

The accusations come two months after the Vatican said it would seek to indict Fr Gabriele Martinelli (28) for allegedly abusing several altar boys in 2012 when he trained at the St Pius X youth seminary. That move was prompted by the Italian show Le Iene’s first investigation into the school in 2017.

The Vatican said in September that an indictment was also being sought against a former rector at the youth seminary, Fr Enrico Radice, who was accused of aiding and abetting the alleged crimes.

The Catholic church has faced thousands of child sexual abuse allegations from around the world but Le Iene’s investigation in 2017 was the first time claims of paedophilia within the Vatican’s walls were exposed.

“We decided to keep digging as we had the feeling that the previous cases were not isolated,” said Gaetano Pecoraro, one of the two authors of the investigation. “There were more victims and more priests involved in sexual abuse within the Vatican.”

In the latest investigation, three former altar boys who served at papal masses claimed they were sexual abused by two priests, one a teacher.

In the programme, seen by the Guardian, one of the victims alleges that one of the priests, who was managing the school’s communal showers, tried to remove his bathrobe. “He wanted to undress me,” the victim alleges. “I tried to wriggle away. I was 13 years old. I fell to the ground and asked him ‘what are you doing?’. I then got up and ran away.”

All three boarded at the youth seminary. The second victim alleges he was abused at the Casa Santa Marta, where many priests stay, by a priest at the youth seminary when he was 10 or 11 years old. “He asked me to go upstairs to his room, made me sit on his legs, began to stroke my thigh and then put a hand on my private parts,” he told Le Iene. The priest allegedly persisted with the abuse and after the boy refused the advances he stopped.

The victims, now aged between 37 and 40, came together a few years ago to share their stories. The third victim made similar allegations but chose not to go into detail for the programme. The three claimed that a fourth former altar boy suffered worse sexual abuse than they did, but when he was contacted by Le Iene he refused to talk.

The allegations were corroborated by several people who claimed to have witnessed some of the abuse.

Le Iene managed to trace one of the accused priests. The man, whose face is blurred in the programme, appears to be frightened by the journalists’ visit. After he hears the accusations made against him in the audio interviews, he responds: “No, it’s not possible. I can’t remember ? I’m not saying they’re lying, I’m saying they have misunderstood.”

The Vatican said in a statement that if new elements emerged during the judicial proceedings it had begun in the Martinelli case “involving further offences by the accused or by others, the judicial authorities of the state of the Vatican City will proceed with the opening of a new file of documents and, following preliminary investigation, with a new request for a trial.”

PAT SAYS

It’s still happening.

And at the very centre.

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SPIRITS AND SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES.

CATHERINE, A BLOG READERS, ASKED ME THE OTHER DAY IF I HAD EXPERIENCES OF SPIRITS AND THE SPIRIT WORLD. I SAID I HAD.

The one closest to my heart concerns my mother Jo.

She died on the 3rd August 2006.

On the 3rd August 2007, a year later, and her annisvery I had 4 friends in the house for dinner. They were musicians and we were finished our meal, having a few drinks and they were playing their instruments.

None of the 4 had ever met my mother.

At 10.40 pm one of them looked out the window and said to me: “Pat, theres a woman at the door looking for you:. The door security light had come on. I looked out the window and firstly thought it was my sister who looks quite like my Mum. Them I realised it was my mother.

When we got to the door she had moved back from the door and was standing beside a Chinese Lantern tree in the garden. She was dressed as she was in the above photo. She smiled and waved at me and then was gone.

At 11.20, 40 minutes later the very same sequence of events happened.

Of course I was taken aback but realised she had come to me on her anniversary to let me know she was happy. All my four friends, who as I said had never met her witnessed this.

I still feel her presence in the house and occasionally I get a whiff of one of her two favourite perfumes.

I believe that the”real” and the spirit world are wrapped around each other and divided as if by a flimsy lace curtain.

Sometimes, for some reason, a little breeze blows and we get a glimpse of the spirit world.

I have had other such experiences some very positive, some very negative and some just neutral.

ISLAMIC PRAYER FOR THE DEAD

O God, forgive our living and our dead, those who are present among us and those who are absent, our young and our old, our males and our females. O God, whoever You keep alive, keep him alive in Islam, and whoever You cause to die, cause him to die with faith. O God, do not deprive us of the reward and do not cause us to go astray after this. O God, forgive him and have mercy on him, keep him safe and sound and forgive him, honor his rest and ease his entrance; wash him with water and snow and hail, and cleanse him of sin as a white garment is cleansed of dirt. O God, give him a home better than his home and a family better than his family. O God, admit him to Paradise and protect him from the torment of the grave and the torment of Hell-fire; make his grave spacious and fill it with light.”

O God, if he was a doer of good, then increase his good deeds, and if he was a wrongdoer, then overlook his bad deeds. O God, forgive him and give him the steadiness to say the right thing.

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HALF OF ALL DUTCH PARISHES ARE CLOSED AND MORE TO CLOSE!

Catholic newspaper warned churches will continue to close in the Netherlands, where half of all Catholic parishes have already been dissolved amid plummeting church participation.

“It’s never good to panic, but there are grave concerns about the way things are going here,” said Peter Doorakkers, an editor at the Katholiek Nieuwsblad weekly.

“It’s been hoped people would draw the obvious conclusion – that if you want your church to stay open, you don’t just need to support it financially, you also have to attend it more. But if you look at the numbers at Mass now and average ages, it’s obvious more churches will close in the near future.”

The newspaper said the Catholic population of the Netherlands had fallen by a fifth in 15 years, with just 5% of the country’s 3.7 million registered Catholics still attending Mass, while 55% of parishes had closed.

However, it said research suggested Dutch society had not yet reached “peak secularisation” and warned that, with up to 80% of Church funds devoted to maintaining buildings, the “biggest wave of church closures” was still to come.

Katholiek Nieuwsblad said in an editorial it had hoped to show the disappearance of Catholic parishes had “far-reaching consequences” for local communities, but conceded that many former parish functions had instead been “effortlessly and silently taken over” by other social organisations. While some closures had been painful, most village communities had “recovered surprisingly quickly”.

However, its findings had “touched an open nerve”, prompting extensive responses from readers, the newspaper said.

PAT SAYS

55% of Dutch churches and parishes closed. That is a staggering figure.

We are always behind happenings in the Netherlands. We will soon see lots of churches being sold off in Ireland.

Currently there are 25 churches for sale by the Church of England.

As a Christian and a priest I regret the loss of faith.

But if course, especially in the case of the RCC it is the clergy who are to blame for peoples loss of faith with their financial and sexual corruption

And, of course, Hoolland and Ireland needed to be freed from the control of the clergy.

Ireland was priest ridden. There will eventually be as few priests in Ireland as there are corn rakes.

*Beautiful Message written in arabic language*

அரபு மொழியில் காணப்பட்ட
அற்புதமான மகாவாக்கியங்கள்.
لكن
تذكر ان ما تصنعه الْيوم لنف jbسك ستكسبه في الغد سالبا او موجبا
لكن تذكر أيضا ان الحياة عبر
قال تعالى
فَاعْتَبِرُوا يَا أُولِي الْأَبْصَارِ
وايضاً قال
فَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ يَا أُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا
A rich man looked through his window and saw a poor man picking something from his dustbin … He said, Thank GOD I’m not poor;

The poor man looked around and saw a naked man misbehaving on the street … He said, Thank GOD I’m not mad;

The mad man looked ahead and saw an ambulance carrying a patient … He said, Thank GOD am not sick;

Then a sick person in hospital saw a trolley taking a dead body to the mortuary … He said, Thank GOD I’m not dead;

Only a dead person cannot thank God;

Why don’t you thank GOD today for all your blessings and for the gift of life … for another beautiful day;

*What is LIFE*?
To understand life better, you have to go to 3 locations:

*1. Hospital*
*2. Prison*
*3. Cemetery*

At the Hospital, you will understand that nothing is more beautiful than HEALTH.

In the Prison, you’ll see that FREEDOM is the most precious thing

At the Cemetery, you will realize that life is worth nothing. The ground that we walk today will be our roof tomorrow.

Sad Truth* : We all come with *Nothing* and we will go with *Nothing* … Let us, therefore, remain humble and be thankful & grateful to God at all times for everything.

🙏🙏🙏

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VATICAN OPENS HOME IN ROME FOR EXPELLED NUNS SOME OF WHOM HAD TO GO INTO PROSTITUTION.

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican women’s magazine is blaming the drastic drop in the number of nuns worldwide in part on their wretched working conditions and the sexual abuse and abuses of power they suffer at the hands of priests and their own superiors.

“Women Church World” dedicated its February issue to the burnout, trauma and exploitation experienced by religious sisters and how the church is realizing it must change its ways if it wants to attract new vocations.

The magazine published Thursday revealed that Pope Francis had authorized the creation of a special home in Rome for nuns who were kicked out of their orders and all but left on the street, some forced into prostitution to survive.

“There are some really tough cases, in which the superiors withheld the identity documents of the sisters who wanted to leave the convent, or who were kicked out,” the head of the Vatican’s religious orders congregation, Cardinal Joao Braz di Aviz, told the magazine.

“There were also cases of prostitution to be able to provide for themselves,” he said. “These are ex-nuns!”

“We are dealing with people who are wounded, and for whom we have to rebuild trust. We have to change this attitude of rejection, the temptation to ignore these people and say ‘you’re not our problem anymore.””

“All of this must absolutely change,” he said.
The Catholic Church has seen a continuing free fall in the number of nuns around the world, as elderly sisters die and fewer young ones take their place. Vatican statistics from 2016 show the number of sisters was down 10,885 from the previous year to 659,445 globally. Ten years prior, there were 753,400 nuns around the world, meaning the Catholic Church shed nearly 100,000 sisters in the span of a decade.
European nuns regularly fare the worst, Latin American numbers are stable and the numbers are rising in Asia and Africa.

The magazine has made headlines in the past with articles exposing the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and the slave-like conditions sisters are often forced to work under, without contracts and doing menial jobs like cleaning for cardinals.

The drop in their numbers has resulted in the closure of convents around Europe, and the ensuing battle between the remaining sisters and diocesan bishops or the Vatican for control of their assets.

Braz insisted the assets don’t belong to the sisters themselves, but the entire church, and called for a new culture of exchange, so that “five nuns aren’t managing an enormous patrimony” while other orders go broke.

Braz acknowledged the problem of nuns being sexually abused by priests and bishops. But he said in recent times, his office has also heard from nuns who were abused by other nuns — including one congregation with nine cases.

There were also cases of gross abuses of power.

“We’ve had cases, not many thank goodness, of superiors who once they were elected refused to step down. They went around all the rules,” he was quoted as saying. “And in the communities there are sisters who tend to blindly obey, without saying what they think.”

The international umbrella group of nuns has begun speaking out more forcefully about the abuses of nuns and has formed a commission with its male counterpart to take better care of their members.

PAT SAYS

What’s the world coming to

Nuns doing prostitution.

Priests in gay saunas.

Seminarians having sex on altars.

Mind you, there has always been problems in convents with bullying and bitching.

But is gets more than serious when nuns are being flung out on the street, made homeless and have to resort to prostitution to get by.

Through widespread education and the global media the people now know what’s going on in dioceses, presbyteries and convents.

And it all pretty putrid.

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PAUL PRIOR PAPERS FORWARDED TO ROME

The papal nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Okolo has forwarded complaints against Father Paul Prior to Rome.

Because Father Prior is now in the Jesuit Order the complaint has been sent to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apistolic Life.

The Jesuits promised to set up an investigation into the complaints of four men during January.

The complainants have not yet been informed of the outcome.

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PRIEST CONFESSED 1,500 TIMES TO ABUSING CHILDREN VICTIM SAYS. MANDATORY REPORTING COULD HAVE SAVED HIM.

BY KYM ABC NEWS

Greg says paedophile priest Michael McArdle’s offending was known to the church.

A former altar boy who was allegedly sexually abused by a serial paedophile priest says he could have been spared if the Catholic Church enforced mandatory reporting of crimes admitted in the confessional.

By the time Father Michael McArdle allegedly targeted the then-12-year-old for oral sex, he had already been molesting children for a decade.

The abuse lasted for several months at the sacristy and presbytery of the Holy Rosary Church in Bundaberg, as well as during an overnight school camp, legal documents allege.

“It’s always in the back of your mind,” Greg* said.

“A couple of years ago I had a mental breakdown, I wanted to kill myself.
“But I’ve come through it — I think.”

Greg launched legal action in August against the Diocese of Rockhampton for the mental toll the abuse has taken on him, with his lawyers lodging a notice of claim for the civil suit.

Maurice Blackburn lawyer Jed McNamara, who is representing Greg, said an affidavit filed by McArdle in 2004 revealed he confessed 1,500 times to 30 different priests over a 25-year period.
McArdle, who resigned from the priesthood in 2000, was jailed in 2004 for six years for 62 indecent dealing charges against 14 boys and two girls over a 22-year period from 1965 in regional Catholic parishes across Queensland.

PHOTO Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge says lifting the confessional seal would do little to save young people.

ABC NEWS: LINCOLN ROTHALL

Mr McNamara said his client would be seeking to negotiate a settlement of the case for the psychological injury he suffered.

“If there were not recommendations (from the royal commission) for reporting of abuse then that enabled that abuse to reoccur and reoccur and reoccur — case in point, McArdle,” he said.

“For the better part of a decade before he abused my client … [McArdle] would confess, would be absolved, would go back out, would repeat that offending behaviour, would go back to confession and the cycle continued.”

PHOTO Lawyer Jed McNamara, Queensland head of abuse law at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, is representing a client who has launched legal action against the Diocese of Rockhampton.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended mandatory reporting to police of child abuse admitted in the confessional, leading to Queensland’s drafting of the proposed Child Sexual Offences Reform Bill.

It is currently being considered by the state’s Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee before being returned to Parliament for a vote.

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has criticised the attempt at reform, saying lifting the confessional seal and enforcing mandatory reporting would do little to save young people.

Greg, however, disagrees.

“If somebody had stepped in way back then and got him out of the system earlier, it would have been a different life and I’m sure it would have been better,” he said.

“These are kids’ lives we’re dealing with and you only get one shot at life and if you can have a good start it makes all the difference.”

At times suffering depression and anxiety, Greg also turned to alcohol to cope.

Jobs have been hard to pin down, so too have romantic relationships.
“If that hadn’t have happened, where would I be now?

“I would be in a better position as far as life goes.”

PHOTO Archbishop Mark Coleridge has criticised the attempt to enforce mandatory reporting by priests.

AAP: CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE BRISBANE/PETER CASAMENTO

Archbishop Coleridge is on an overseas holiday and unavailable for comment but his spokesperson directed the ABC to his submission to the committee considering the state legislation.

“The royal commission heard from a panel of six experienced priests with a combined history of more than 150 years as pastors,” Archbishop Coleridge wrote.
“The royal commission asked these priests if they had ever had someone confess a crime during the sacrament of penance.

“They told the royal commission that this had never happened.

“There are publicised examples of convicted priests claiming that they confessed their child abuse regularly.
“However, it must be noted that someone can confess very generally (for instance, ‘I broke the Sixth Commandment’,) without providing further detail.

“Perhaps former priests who have been found guilty of child abuse should not be so readily believed by media when they claim to have confessed their abuse when much of their life has been a lie.”

Queensland’s Transport Minister Mark Bailey tweeted this week over the Archbishop’s stance:

“I’m deeply disturbed the Brisbane Archbishop opposes new laws requiring priests to report child sexual abuse just like doctors/teachers/nurses,” he wrote.

“The secrecy, cover-ups, abuse must stop via stronger laws in Qld backing the royal commission recommendations.”
*Name withheld for legal reasons.

PAT SAYS

Priests are should be forced by civil laws to report child abuse they hear in Confession.

Other people, like doctors and therapists have that duty.

And their patients and clients are told that they have that duty.

A notice can be placed on a Confessional;

PLEASE BE AWARE

THAT PRIESTS ARE NOW MANDATED

TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE DISCUSSED IN CONFESSION.

Those who disagree argue that a priest is not mandated to report other criminal actions durin they hear in confession.

But there two important points:

1. Child abuse has been a pandemic.

2. The RC church has hidden all these crimes from the civil authorities.

Anyway, most Catholics today dont believe that confession to a priest is vital for God’s forgiveness.

Once we ask God’s forgiveness in prayer we are instantly forgiven.

And the anyway, the RCC used the Confessional to keep us trapped in lifelong guilt.

Having said that, I have had some wonderful experiences in Confession as a confessor and a penitent.

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DOWN AND CONNOR AND GAMBLING PRIESTS IN GENERAL.

ON TUESDAY THE DIOCESE OF DOWN AND CONNOR BURIED RETIRED PARISH PRIEST, FATHER CONLETH BYRNE.

Father Byrne has been living in a monastery since a lady in his parish managed to persuade him to hand over £ 145,000 of parish money to her.

He also gave her £ 45,000 of his own money.

The media report at the time:

Published: 08:35Thursday 11 April 2013 Newsletter

“PARISHIONERS in Loughinisland yesterday told of their “shock and sadness” after their 78-year-old former priest pleaded guilty to fraud earlier this week.

Fr Conleth Byrne, now retired, informed police he paid around £145,000 of parish funds to Marie Hanna from Ballycastle over a 19-month period out of “charity” after she begged him for financial help, a court was told.

He pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position just before his trial was due to begin at Downpatrick Crown Court on Tuesday”

Father Byrne was highly respected and loved in all the parishes he served in.

His actions, so late in life, were totally out of character as far as we know.

Another Down and Connor priest told me yesterday that Father Byrne was always a very big gambler on horses? I had never heard this before.

This priest often witnessed Conleth in the company of another D&C priest, Fr George McLaverty putting large bets on horses at race meetings.

The biggest priest gambler I knew was Fr Fr Vincent McKinley the administrator of St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast, when I was there from 1978 to 1983. He had a telephone account with a bookie and lost up to £ 2,000 on some Saturdays. £ 2,000 was a lot of money in the late 70s.

£ 2,000 in 1978 is worth £ 10,000 today.

A lot of money for anyone, especially a priest, to lose in one day!
Does any reader have any opinions about priests and big gambling problems?

I’m sure some clerical addiction is connected in some way with celibacy and lonely living?

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10 YEARS AFTER “REFORM” LEGIONARIES IN NEW ABUSE CRISIS.

By MARIA VERZA and NICOLE WINFIELD AP

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The administrator of the elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where the priest from the Legion of Christ religious order would sexually abuse them.

“As some were reading the Bible, he would rape the others in front of them, little girls aged 6 to 8 or 9,” said one of his victims, Ana Lucia Salazar, now a 36-year-old Mexican television host and mother of three.

“Afterward, nothing was the same, nothing went back to the way it was,” she said through tears at her home in Mexico City.

Salazar’s horrific story, which has been corroborated by other victims and the Legion itself, has sparked a new credibility crisis for the once-influential order, 10 years after the Holy See took it over after determining that its founder was a pedophile.

But more importantly, it has called into question the Vatican reform itself: The papal envoy who ran the Legion starting in 2010 learned about the case nearly a decade ago and refused to punish or even investigate the priest or the superiors who covered up his crimes, many of whom are still in power and ministry today.

The scandal is not the story line the Legion was hoping for as it opens its general chapter Monday in Rome, a weeks-long gathering to choose new leaders and approve policy decisions going forward.

The assembly was supposed to have shown off the Legion embarking fully on its own after 10 years of Vatican-mandated reform. The Holy See imposed structural changes after revelations that the Legion’s late founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, sexually abused at least 60 seminarians, fathered at least three children and built a secretive, cult-like order to cater to his whims and hide his double life.

The Cancun scandal, though, has exposed that the Vatican reform failed to address one key area: to punish known historic abusers and the people who covered for them, and change the culture of cover-up that enabled the crimes.

From the outset, the late papal envoy who ran the Legion, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, refused to hold complicit Legion superiors accountable or investigate past abusers.

“De Paolis said there would be no witch hunt, explicitly, and the consequence is that abuse and its cover-up have remained unpunished,” said the Rev. Christian Borgogno, a former Legion priest who co-founded the “Legioleaks” Facebook group where Salazar first went public in May. Borgogno said De Paolis’ decision to leave in place Legion superiors, many of whom were close to Maciel, “made reform impossible.”

“The only way out was to foster charismatic leaders, and they were even repressed,” he told AP. “That’s the main reason why many of us left.”

Salazar, whose story has made headlines in Mexico, goes further: “What I want is for the pope to get radicalized,” she said. “There’s only one position, to be on the side of the violated children,” not a religious order that has among its priests “villains, delinquents, rapists, accomplices and victimizers.”

“The Legion of Christ has no reason to exist,” she said, echoing calls from even within the church that the Vatican should have suppressed the order 10 years ago. “It’s like taking apart a cartel; you have to remove the ringleaders and dismantle it.”

Legion spokesman the Rev. Aaron Smith argued that the Legion’s leadership had indeed changed over the past decade, noting that 11 priests are participating in the 2020 general chapter for the first time, and that most of the 66 participants are new to the assembly since the Vatican reform began. More than a dozen others, however, belong to Maciel’s old guard.
Smith said the power structure of the Maciel era had been dismantled, with more decentralized authority and systems of checks and balances put in place.

“It would be practically impossible today to have actions like the ones which occurred during Maciel’s tenure to go undetected,” he said in emailed responses to questions, after declining an on-camera interview.

The scandal has struck the Legion at its core — Mexico — and cast a discrediting light where it hurts most: the Legion’s prestigious private schools, which cater to Mexico’s elite and are the order’s main source of income. Former Legion priests say the scandal is a devastating blow that they long warned about, since a loss of credibility among wealthy Mexicans would deprive the Legion of its key base.

Already, the Mexican bishops conference has ended its silence about the Legion to denounce the newly revealed abuse and the Legion’s failure to provide “a specific act of justice or reparation for the victims” even after it acknowledged the crimes, vowed more transparency and pointed to its child protection policies in place now.

The archbishop of Monterrey — a Legion stronghold — denounced the group’s “criminal silence” and treatment of victims, and led recent calls from Mexican bishops for an end to the statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases. It was a remarkable turnabout, given that Mexico’s Catholic hierarchy long supported the Legion and benefited from the once-wealthy order’s largesse.

Even the Vatican’s ambassador to Mexico, Monsignor Franco Coppola, broke the Holy See’s tradition of diplomatic discretion to publicly criticize the Legion’s handling of the case and call for the Vatican to investigate the “web of cover-up” behind it. That too was remarkable, given that the Vatican itself has been implicated in the Maciel cover-up.

Coppola also echoed calls from victims and the archdiocese of Monterrey for the Legion superiors implicated in the cover-up to at least stand down from the general chapter, calling it a “great gesture of humility” that to date none has accepted.

Smith, the Legion spokesman, said the order couldn’t ask the priests to step aside, but that they could if they chose to.

Asked about the criticism from the Mexican hierarchy, Smith said the Legion welcomed the input as it seeks to improve its handling of past cases of abuse and prevention efforts going forward.

He said the general chapter would evaluate current child protection practices, ensure proper outreach to victims, and could mandate a continuation of the investigation into the cover-up and other cases of abuse of power by Legion superiors.

However, victims see such promises as nothing more than lip service, and dismissed the letters they received from the leadership after the scandal broke promising reparations and change. The Legion hasn’t yet settled all requests for financial compensation from eight of Maciel’s original victims, who made formal requests in 2018.

Salazar’s case is particularly grave since her parents went to the bishop, himself a Legionary, to denounce the priest, Fernando Martínez Suárez, as soon as Salazar told them in late 1992 that he had digitally raped her. Then aged 8, she had been jumping on her parents’ bed one night when she revealed that Martínez would sit her on his lap, pull her panties aside, penetrate her and masturbate himself.

“My mother says that while I was jumping, it seemed like I was a butterfly, as if I were lifting the weight off, as if I were flying,” Salazar said.

But Martínez had friends, chief among them Maciel, who it turns out had sexually abused him. Martínez was one of nearly a dozen Legion priests who were childhood victims of the founder and went onto molest other minors, a multi-generational chain of abuse that the Legion acknowledged last month.
Last week, the Legion announced that Martínez had asked to be defrocked, after an outside investigation determined he molested at least six girls in Cancun and that a series of Legion leaders, from the original bishop who took Salazar’s complaint to De Paolis himself, decided against reporting him to police or even the Vatican. Martinez had been transferred from Cancun to a seminary in Spain, with no formal restrictions imposed after the Legion received the first reports.

De Paolis, one of the Vatican’s top canon lawyers, then essentially became part of the cover-up: He had learned of the case between 2011-2013 when he was asked to take action against Martinez since no proper investigation had ever been conducted. But at the moment in which Martinez could have finally been brought to justice, De Paolis settled on inaction since no other complaints had been received, according to the investigation by the Praesidium firm. Martinez was subsequently transferred to Rome in 2016.

The current Legion superior, the Rev. Eduardo Robles Gil, apologized to Salazar for how her case was handled originally and all the subsequent “deficiencies.”
“I could have remedied it starting in 2014, but I followed the decisions that were taken about abuse cases from previous decades, and we didn’t reexamine it,” he wrote her in November.

He forwarded a letter from Martínez to Salazar, in which her abuser begged her forgiveness “for the grave harm I caused you.” He termed his behavior “faults” that were the result of an “uncontrolled sexuality.”

Salazar was deeply offended by the way the letters diminished the crimes and cover-up. “It was revictimizing to me, humiliating, disgusting.”

After Salazar came forward, other Martínez victims broke their silence.
Their stories were no surprise to Beatriz Sánchez, an English teacher at Cancun’s Colegio Cumbres in the early 1990s who heard about the rapes after discovering a group of his victims whispering — and weeping — in the bathroom.

“When one approached me she said: ‘Miss, each time Father is doing it harder with the littlest ones and we don’t want this to happen to them, please help us,’” Sanchez told AP.

She urged them to write it down — and then was promptly fired when she reported him to Martinez’s then-superior, the Rev. Eloy Bedia, who is one of the Legionaries attending the Rome meeting.

After Salazar went public, the school official who used to take the girls out of class to offer them up to Martinez was fired from her job at another Legion school.

One of the young victims was Biani López-Antúnez, whose mother had also reported the abuse to the Legion in 1993.
Irma Hassey said she hadn’t pried for details when her daughter first revealed Martinez’s abuse as a child, not wanting to hurt her further, and only learned the full extent in November.

Now, she said, she realizes with horror that for two years “I was leaving my daughter at the door of a rapist.”

Winfield reported from the Vatican.

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PAT SAYS

The Legionaries cannot be reformed and they should immediately be suppressed with members allowed to transfer to a diocese, another religious order or return to civvy street.

They are the foundation and brainchild of a serial paedophile, a drug addict, a money launderer and a megalomaniac.

They were given years to reform and that failed.

They should not be abolished

Their monies should be used by Rome to compensate abuse victims.

The greatest shame in the Legionaries history is their protection by John Paul in return for millions for Poland.

This fact alone should have prevented JP’s canonisation.

In canonising John Paul they canonized an abuse enabler and co abuser.

I’m sure the Good Lord sorted him out at the Pearly Gates.