A number of years ago, about four in the afternoon, I went into an RC parish church to say a quiet prayer.
I was impressed to see a teenage boy, in his school uniform, in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, praying earnestly. You dont see many teenagers doing that these days.
When the young man finished his prayers he passed by my pew and we exchanged a friendly greeting.
I told him I was impressed to see him there praying. He answered: “I’m hoping to be accepted for the priesthood in the diocese Father. Would you say a prayer that I will be accepted and be a good priest”?
I assured him that I would and kept my promise.
A year or two later I saw that he had been accepted for the diocese in question and was sent to Maynooth.
I spoke about him to his former curate who told me was a wonderfully sincere young man and from a very devout family.
He went into Maynooth full of prayerfulness and with the idealism that resides in a pure heart.
Within a year everything had changed. He began featuring in reports of the Maynooth seminarians who were active on Grindr.
He had a new gay Maynooth nickname. Let’s call him “Lusty Leo”.
He had become a full blown member of the Maynooth Gay Circle.
He was a very good looking first year – a “chicken”, as they call it in gay parlance.
The older “Chicken Hawks” spotted him a mile away and got their claws into him straight away.
He was introduced to heavy drinking and poppers. Very quickly, the hawks had him literally “de-briefed”.
Before he knew it he was head over heels into the sauna lifestyle.
He slept (stayed awake) with many other seminarians.
These seminarians quickly brought him to the attention of their older, clerical sugar daddies.
The sugar daddies wined and dined the new chicken, bough him expensive gifts of clothing and cologne, brought him on hotel stay overs and on holidays.
They lavished money on him.
Soon he was their captive.
Things went from bad to worse and in a whole complicated series of events he found himself out of seminary and back at home.
One or two of his old clerical friends keep in touch with him and still meet him and support him
But he is not only losing his boyish good looks more sadly he has lost his innocence, and perhaps his faith.
He is no longer found praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
Jesus described himself as the Vine and us as the branches.
Jesus talked about pruning, but he never mentioned PHS – maybe it was not around in first century Palestine?
PHS is plasmopara homosexualitatis suapte – avid homosexuality pathogen.
Its equivalent plasmopara heterosexualitis suapte is to be found in the world but has now became a rarity in RC clerical circles.
It is a destructive fungus that attacks Jesus’ vines, destroying the fruit on the vine and rending the fruit sour and poisonous.
Vines infected with PHS cannot be made into the wine Jesus spoke of – the New Wine we will drink with him in his Kingdom.
The liquid made with PHS infected grapes can only be made into the type of bitter vinegar on a sponge the soldiers held up to Jesus to drink on Calvary.
In the last few days on the blog we have been discussing the growth and spread of predatory homosexuality that is now in all our seminaries and dioceses.
This is widespread PHS.
It is destroying the vineyards of the Lord on earth.
“JOIN THE CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD AND SEE THE HOLE WORLD”.
Sadly the Roman Catholic priesthood is now the biggest club in the world for sexually active bishops, priests and seminarians.
There’s more casual sex available in the RC priesthoid than their is available in the Red Light districts of cities like Amsterdam.
And no matter what your particular kink is, you will find an answer for it in every diocese and seminary in the world – from “Vanilla” to BDSM.
And, all of this happening in a church whose catechism says that homosexuality is seriously disordered and a grave sin!
Do they mean it’s only disordered and sinful for non clerics?
Presently we have;
Seminarians being considered for diaconate and priesthood who are having sex like rabbits.
Seminarians and priests – and probably bishops – looking anonymous gay sex on apps like Grindr.
Seminarians and young priests acting as rent boys for senior clergy.
Seminarians and seminary staff having sex.
The presence of poppers and drugs in seminaries.
Priests attempting to seduce young men in their parishes.
Bishops appointing priest secretaries on the basis of their looks and sexual orientation.
Active and non active gay bishops allowing ordinations to take place because they have the hots for the ordinands.
Diocesan cliques of gay priests.
Seminarians expelled from seminaries over gay sex activities been taken on by bishops and being sent to new seminaries.
Many, many bishops turning a blind eye to the strange goings on among their seminarians and priests.
I have often said that the RCC was the Roman Empire Mk 11. And now we see the existence of the sexual anarchy in the RCC that played a major role in destroying the first Roman empire.
Sexual anarchy is not good for any human being, group of human beings or for society.
Sex is a wonderful gift from God but all gifts come with their accompanying obligations.
Sex is primarily a gift that allows us to show love, affection, attraction in a special way.
But sex should not be about hurting, using or abusing.
When that priest and seminarian had sex on the Kildorrery altar God was hurt. The believing community that gathers there was hurt. Christianity was abused and belittled by those who have set themselves up as the champions of Catholic Christianity.
When Catholic bishops “force” young priests and seminarians to do them sexual favours they are using and abusing those young men. They are using their position in the Christian Community to prey on the “vulnerable”.
When seminarians and priests engage in orgiastic sex with each other they are betraying their faith, their vocation and the community they serve – and the community who pay for their lives and in return expect authenticity and standards from them.
They are saying to the community: “Give us your money. Give you your respect. Put us on your pedestals, acknowledge us as “Alter Christus”, live as we tell you to live – but when it comes to expecting certain standards from us – fuck off”!
The RCC priesthood and episcopate is now full of gay sex addicts.
Put addicts in charge of your organisation and what do you get ?
You get anarchy, destruction and a tsunami of human misery!
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Diocese of St. Cloud will pay sexual abuse victims $22.5 million and file for bankruptcy, according to a settlement agreement. Terms of the agreement were announced Tuesday.
Some 70 victims say they were abused by 41 priests in cases that date back to the 1950s.
Attorney Jeff Anderson negotiated the settlement agreement and said it gives validation to the victims, some of whom Anderson first represented in lawsuits filed in the 1980s, the Star Tribune reported.
“Every single survivor with whom we worked has felt some measure of recovery of power by having come forward to share secrets,” said Anderson.
“We believe they have made the community safer because of it, and they have been a part of a massive cleanup of a massive coverup in the Diocese of St. Cloud. It has been a journey born of great tribulation.”
St. Cloud Bishop Donald Kettler said in a statement that he apologized on “behalf of the Church for the harm they (victims) suffered.” Kettler said he hoped the settlement will help heal the victims of abuse. If the bankruptcy plan is approved, the St. Cloud Diocese will become the fifth of Minnesota’s six dioceses to settle its clergy abuse claims and declare bankruptcy.
Bishop Donald Kettler, Photo by WJON.com’s Jim Maurice
A day after a Sartell man filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of St. Cloud, Bishop Donald Kettler has released the names of those accused of sexual abuse of minors.
The move comes as other Minnesota Catholic Dioceses and the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul are dealing with similar disclosures or lawsuits to release similar lists of clergy members.
In a new release issued today, Kettler said:
When I became Bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud, I immediately began connecting with the people, familiarizing myself with policies and reviewing important documents that I am responsible for as Bishop. It is my intent to continue to provide a pastoral response to such abuse. I hope that the release of these names will provide validation to those victims.
According to the Bishop’s release, at least seven of the clergy members are still living. Four of them in Collegeville, one in St. Cloud, one in the Twin Cities, and one in New York.
Twenty-one others have died. And the status of five other clergy members are unknown.
Here is the list of clergy:
Robert Blumeyer, OSB (Order of Saint Benedict): St. Augustine, St. Cloud; St. Benedict’s, Avon; St. Catherine, Farming. Deceased
Michael Brennan, TOR (Third Order Regular of Saint Francis): Our Lady of the Angels Boarding School, Belle Prairie. Status Unknown
Anthony Canu, TOR: Our Lady of the Angels Boarding School, Belle Prairie. Status Unknown
Cosmos Dalheimer, OSB: St. Mary’s, St. Cloud; St. Benedict’s Monastery and College, St. Joseph; St. Augustine, St. Cloud; St. Joseph, St. Joseph; St. Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud. Deceased
John Eccleston: Sacred Heart, Staples; St. Edward’s, Henning; Ave Maria, Wheaton; Chaplain St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Deceased
Richard Eckroth, OSB: St. Benedict High School, St. Joseph; St. Augustine, St. Cloud; Seven Dolors, Albany; St. Raphael’s Convent, St. Cloud; St. Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud. Currently residing in Collegeville, MN.
Sylvester Gall: St. Joseph, Pierz; St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud; Chaplain, St. Raphael, St. Cloud; St. John the Baptist, Swanville; St. Nicholas, Belle River; St. Nicholas, St. Nicholas; St. Andrew, Elk River; St. Michael’s, Motley; St. John Nepomuk, Lastrup. Deceased.
William Garding: St. Mary’s, Melrose; St. Paul’s, Sauk Centre; St. John the Baptist, Bluffton; Holy Cross, Butler; Assumption, Menagha; Director, Cemetary Office, St. Cloud. Deceased
Raoul Gauthier: Chaplain, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sauk Centre. Deceased
Thomas Gillespie, OSB: St. Boniface, Cold Spring; St. Joseph, St. Joseph; St. Raphael’s Convent, St. Cloud; St. Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud; St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph. Currently residing in Collegeville, MN
Stanislaus Goryczka: Holy Cross, Harding (Pulaski); St. Edward’s Elmdale; Our Lady of Lourdes, Little Falls. Deceased
Francis Hoefgen, OSB: St. Bonface, Cold Spring; St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph. Laicized. Address unknown
Othmar Hohmann, OSB: Immaculate Conception, New Munich; St. Boniface, Cold Spring; St. Joseph, St. Joseph. Deceased
Raymond Jacques: St. Peter and Paul, Sauk Centre; Assumption, Morris; St. Anne’s, Kimball. Deceased
Val Klimek: St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud; Spiritual Director, Cathedral High School; St. Columbkill, St. Wendel; St. Lawrence, Duelm; Director, Catholic Charities; Holy Trinity, Royalton; Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Rockville. Deceased
Reginald Krakowski, TOR: Local Superior, St. Louis Monastery, St. Cloud; Cathedral High School. Current Status Unknown
Joseph Kremer: Sacred Heart, Sauk Rapids; Staff, St. John’s Seminary/Diocese of St. Cloud; St. Michael’s, Spring Hill; Holy Spirit, St.Cloud. Deceased
Richard Kujawa: St. Mary’s, Breckenridge; St. Joseph, Bertha; St. Edward’s, Henning; Sacred Heart, Flensburg; St. Mary’s, Melrose; St. Hubert, Blue Grass; Our Lady of the Assumption, Menagha. Deceased
Henry Lutgen: St. Mary’s, Alexandria; Superintendent, St. Cloud Children’s Home; Director, Catholic Charities. Deceased
Brennan Maiers, OSB: St. Joseph, St. Joseph; St. Boniface, Cold Spring; St. Raphael’s Convent, St. Cloud; St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph; St. Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud. Currently residing in Collegeville, MN
James Mohm: St. Joseph, Pierz; St. Joseph, Brushvale; St. James, Maine; Immaculate Conception, Osakis. Deceased
Donald Rieder: St. Mary’s, Alexandria; St. James, Randall; St. Anne’s, Kimball; Assumption, Morris; St. Agnes, Roscoe; St. Louis, Paynesville; Chaplain, St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Little Falls; St. Stanislaus, Sobieski; St. John Cantius, St. Cloud. Deceased
Francisco Schulte, OSB: St. Boniface, Cold Spring. Collegeville, MN
Robert Smith: Holy Angels, St. Cloud; Holy Family, Belle Prairie; Our Lady of Victory, Fergus Falls; St. Leonard’s, Pelican Rapids; St. Paul’s, Sauk Centre; Chaplain, Poor Clare Sisters, Sauk Rapids; Holy Cross, North Prairie; St. Stanislaus, Sobieski. Deceased
Peter Snyers: Immaculate Conception, Rice; St. Mary’s, Breckenridge; St. Kathyrn’s, Ogilvie; St. Louis, Foreston; Assumption, Eden Valley; St. Hedwig’s and St. Mary’s, Holdingford; St. John Cantius, St. Cloud. Deceased
Allan Speiser: St. Ann’s, Wadena; Sacred Heart, Sauk Rapids; Holy Angels, St. Cloud; Chaplain, St. Raphael’s, St. Cloud; Cathedral High School, St. Cloud; St. Anthony, St. Anthony; St. Nicholas, St. Nicholas; Immaculate Conception, Becker; St. Francis Xavier, Sartell; St. John Nepomuk, Lake Reno; Our Lady of the Runestone, Kensington; Holy Cross, Butler; St. John the Baptist, Bluffton; Holy Spirit, St. Cloud; St. Francis, St. Francis. Deceased
James Thoennes: St. Anthony’s, St. Cloud; St. Mary’s, Melrose; St. Joseph, Waite Park; St. John’s, Foley; St. Anne’s, Kimball; Sacred Heart, Dent; St. Leonard’s, Pelican Rapids; St. Joseph, Bertha; St. Edward’s. Henning; Chaplain, St. Mary’s Villa, Pierz. Currently residing in St. Cloud, MN
Roger Vaughn, OSC (Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross (Crosiers)) : St. Peter’s, St. Cloud. Currently residing in New York.
Michael Weber: Holy Spirit, St. Cloud as transitional deacon. Currently residing in Twin Cities, MN
William Wey: St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud; St. Donatus, Brooten; Immaculate Conception, Sedan; St. Gall, Tintah; Sacred Heart, Dent; St. Peter, Dumont; St. Patrick, Collis. Deceased
Adelbert Wolski, TOR: Cathedral High School. Current Status Unknown
Vincent Yzermanns: St. Boniface, Melrose; St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud; St. John the Baptist, Swanville; Editor, Saint Cloud Visitor; St. Nicholas, St. Nicholas; St. Rose, St. Rosa; St. Anthony, St. Anthony. Deceased
Francis Zilkowski: Chancellor, Diocese of Saint Cloud; St. Louis, Foreston; Sacred Heart, Flensburg; Our Lady of Lourdes, Little Falls; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Opole. Deceased
Bishop Kettler says he hopes the release of names will help victims.
It is my hope that the release of these names will provide validation to those victims who have been sexually abused and have already come forward. I pray it will also give strength to those who have remained silent and allow them to come forward.
The release also encourages anyone who may have been sexually-abused to contact a victim’s advocate.
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Many, even those with no particular interest in Roman Catholicism, are watching the religious politics to see who will replace DM in Dublin.
Favourites include Paul Tighe in Rome, Leahy in Limerick and Nulty in Kildare.
In my view, something interesting happened recently when DM withdrew Ciaran O’Carroll from the Irish College in Rome and made him Vicar for Clergy in Dublin.
Diarmuid, Tighe and O’Carroll are all friends.
Tighe and O’Carroll holiday together.
I think it is possible that O’Carroll might get Dermos job.
If he doesn’t, I think he will be made an auxiliary to the new archbishop.
Tighe is now 62 and an ideal age for Dublin with 13 years to serve.
But I’m told Tighe likes Rome and would prefer to go further there?
Leahy is pastoral enough, a Dublin priest and a good theologian.
Nulty is a light weight run about..
I’ve heard Phonsie’s name mentioned. He has Opus Dei connections. He’s basically a neurotic borderline psychotic personality. But it would not be the first time a looney climbed the RCC ladder.
An outsider, I think, in the Jesuit provincial Leonard Maloney. The pope is a Jesuit and met Maloney in Dublin. Mind you Maloney made a dog’s dinner of the recent Paul Prior Jesuit allegations. But reward for incompetent is right up there in the RCC.
The appointment is very important for the Dublin priests who have not felt cared for by DM. I accept this as being a fact but cannot understand it as DM is very human and compassionate to others. What was behind DM’s poor relationship with the Dublin priests.
Who ever gets Dublin will be of interest to those of us who are RCC watchers from the sociological and humourous points of view.
But it will make no difference to the cancerous decline in Irish Catholicis. The RCC has already lost most of the battles and indeed the entire war.
The new archbishop of Dublin will simply co-chair the handling of the fallout from RCC implosion alongside Her Grace of Armagh.
Blog Readers have been asking me about the countries in which the blog is read.
These are the countries.
Figures vary from 2000 + a day at the top of the list to 1 reader in the very lower countries.
UK IRELAND USA INDONESIA GERMANY FRANCE ITALY BELGIUM CANADA JAPAN SIGNAPORE SPAIN NORWAY AUSTRALIA SLOVAKIA LUXEMBOURG JERSEY SWEDEN PHOLIPPINES NETHERLANDS VATICAN CITY MALAYSIA AUSTRIA SWITZERLAND CHINA GUADELOUPE SOUTH AFRICA NEW ZEALAND MALTA EU INDIA SAUDI ARABIA DENMARK SOUTH KOREA GUERNSEY NIGERIA SLOVENIA UNITED ARAB EMIRATES CZECH REPUBLIC BRAZIL POLAND MEXICO MARTINIQUE KENYA GREECE BANGLADESH THAILAND RUSSIA PORTUGAL UGANDA ROMANIA SYRIA FINLAND BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA TURKEY GEORGIA PAKISTAN ISLE OF MAN IRAQ ISTAEL GHANA MOZAMBIQUE MAURITIUS LEBANON BAHRAIN PERI HONG KONG PANAMA CAMBODIA MYANMAR ARGENTINA UKRAINE TANZANIA BELARUS JAMAICA
Abuse victims NORTHERN IRELAND – data breach could cost £2.5m in damages
A serious data breach involving victims of historical institutional abuse could potentially result in compensation claims running into millions of pounds, a legal source has said. Concerns were raised after the details of 250 people, including abuse victims, were leaked on Friday in an email error from the office of Brendan McAllister. A victims’ group and several political leaders have already called on Mr McAllister, the interim Advocate for Victims and Survivors of Historical Institutional Abuse, to step down immediately.
it’s very unfortunate that victims data has been accidentally released.
It does seem like a resigning matter to me.
The leak will cause a lot of distress to some and less to others- especially those who have already been open about their abuse.
Posted by Janet E. Smith on Thursday May 21st, 2020 at 1:58 PM
COMMENTARY: Bishops and dioceses must answer the phone calls of victims, meet with them, hear their stories and empathize with them. That is not too much to ask.
Victims of sexual abuse by clergy frequently have told me that the way they were treated by bishops has hurt them more than the abuse did.
Virtually every bishop has made the announcement that he is dedicated to helping victims who have been sexually abused by priests and that he has put considerable resources toward that effort.
Unfortunately, from what I have heard from too many victims, some bishops are quite adept at virtue-signaling and at making empty promises.
Examples of the unresponsiveness of dioceses to victims are available in nearly every documentary on the sex-abuse crisis. One of the first and most devastating I watched was The Keepers on Netflix, which explores the unsolved murder of a religious sister who taught at an all-girls high school in Baltimore in the late 1960s. The series holds that the sister was killed because she suspected that the priest/principal was repeatedly abusing one of the students and was preparing a report for the archdiocese. Some 20 years later, when the woman who was abused by the priest reported it to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, officials were sympathetic but claimed that they could not verify her story. The woman’s nine siblings sent about 1,000 postcards to other women who had studied at the same high school during the tenure of the priest/principal and asked if they had anything to report about sexual abuse during their time there. Dozens came forward then, and even more came forward after the documentary. Why could not the diocese have done such an investigation? (The Archdiocese of Baltimore defends itself here.) That event was decades ago, but the pattern of behavior remains all too common.
One reason Siobhan O’Connor of Buffalo, New York, shifted from the role of loyal secretary to Bishop Richard Malone to whistleblower who helped effect the bishop’s resignation is that she discovered the phone line on which victims were to report abuse went to an answering machine in a warehouse and was listened to by no one.
When she started taking the calls of victims and looking at the files of the accused priests, she realized that Bishop Malone’s promises of support for victims were flat-out lies; there were multiple accusations in files that had never been addressed. And then she found a large binder with accusations against priests in a broom closet — clearly out of reach of anyone trying to verify accusations.
I know of victims who have repeatedly attempted to schedule a meeting with a bishop only to have their many emails and calls go unanswered. Often they are answered only when a lawyer or distinguished Catholic makes the contact for them. How many victims simply become discouraged and disappear? Not only is the injustice to them not addressed, it is magnified — the victims are revictimized — and a true counting of the extent of abuse is made impossible.
I recently heard from an ex-nun who had been sexually abused by her religious superior nearly two decades ago. When she contacted the diocese where the abuse occurred to ask for an appointment to speak with the bishop, the secretary who answered said, “That is not our protocol. The bishop does not meet with adult victims.”
There was no expression of sorrow about the sexual abuse the caller was reporting. The victim got the same response when speaking with the priest assigned to deal with victims. She was devastated that, after having spent months getting up her courage to tell her story, she was so summarily dismissed. Eventually, due to the interventions of a few others, the bishop relented and called the victim.
What could be the reason for such a protocol? Are there just simply too many victims? If so, meet with them in groups, but meet with them! And train your staff to respond with compassion to those who call.
The Case of Peter
In another case, a man I’ll call “Peter” told me that he and his four siblings (three brothers, one sister) were all sexually abused by the same Detroit priest some 50 years ago, both in the rectory and at their home. None of them knew the others had been abused until recently.
Peter told me that when he wrote the Archdiocese of Detroit to report his abuse in September 2018, it took more than two and a half months for him to get a reply in November 2018. When the diocesan “advocate” finally called the man, she acknowledged that there had been several accusations against the same priest and assured him that the deceased priest’s name, Father Jan Tyminski, would be included on the list of credibly accused priests on the archdiocesan website. It took many emails and a public Facebook post to finally get Father Tyminski’s name posted and a press release issued May 17, 2019. However, the press release was inaccurate. It mentioned only one credible accusation, although the archdiocese knew there had been several. In spite of promises that a correction would be made immediately and after repeated requests from Peter that it be done, no correction has been made.
In the meantime, Peter told me, he had learned that his sister had made complaints about Father Tyminski back in 1995, 1998 and 2002 — with no results. Finally, on Aug. 12, 2019, Peter was able to meet with Archbishop Allen Vigneron to express his dissatisfaction with how his siblings’ reports of abuse by Father Tyminski had been handled. He said he took a picture of his mother with him to the meeting and put it on the table in front of him and explained that he wanted Archbishop Vigneron to meet another victim — his mother, who only learned in the last year of her life of the abuse and went to her death blaming herself.
Peter told me he gave a set of requests to Archbishop Vigneron and asked to be given a timeline for addressing the problems he listed. He said he has not heard from the archdiocese since. He said his registered letter stating he had decided to go public with his experience unless he heard something has gone unanswered.
Peter has posted the whole story of his ugly treatment on a new website, “Victim Voices,” which will feature testimonies both from those satisfied about the treatment they received from the Archdiocese of Detroit and those who are dissatisfied. One hopes supporters of victims in other dioceses will provide a similar opportunity for victims to tell their stories.
There are good stories, though only a few have come to my attention. The ex-nun of whom I spoke earlier had a tremendously healing meeting with the current superiors in the order wherein the abuse occurred. They responded with alacrity to her request to meet with them and gave her a truly warm, loving and compassionate hearing, along with sincere expressions of horror and empathetic tears and diligent follow-up. They responded as loving, decent human beings, not as threatened bureaucrats.
Bishop Biegler’s Example
The efforts made by Bishop Steven Biegler of Cheyenne, Wyoming, are so different from how most bishops have behaved that it almost defies belief. He took laudable steps to get testimony from victims of a previous bishop, Bishop Joseph Hart, whose record of abuse went back several decades. Bishop Hart’s actions were among the cases that cost the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, where he had served as a priest, $20 million.
When Bishop Biegler came to Cheyenne, he learned of the charges against Bishop Hart and flew to New York to hear from one of the victims who had attempted for nearly two decades to convince law enforcement and Church officials that he had been abused by Bishop Hart. Moreover, Crux reported, “not only had Biegler believed [the victim], he had taken action — hiring outside investigators to examine claims against Hart, which they found to be credible, barring him from public ministry, and making multiple trips to the Vatican to lobby for swift adjudication.” He also forbade Bishop Hart to attend his installation ceremony.
I don’t know of any other bishop who has acted so boldly in respect to abuse, especially abuse by a fellow bishop.
Unfortunately, the economic devastation many dioceses are experiencing for multiple reasons — declining numbers of Catholics, parish and school closures, past payments to abuse victims, and the effect of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown — may lead to the filing of bankruptcy by many dioceses, and that in turn will make it even harder for victims to get even token compensation for the horrendous life-changing harm they have experienced.
Let us at least hope that bishops and dioceses will learn to answer the phone calls of victims, meet with them, hear their stories and empathize with them. That is not too much to ask.
Janet E. Smith, Ph.D., is a retired professor of moral theologybwho speaks and writes on life issues and the corruption in the Church.
One of the most damning aspects of the whole RCC abuse saga is the way bishops have treated victims / survivors.
I stead of treating victims as just would – disgraceful bishops have called in lawyers to cynically protect them and their monies.
Such bishops are ” anti Christs” – behaving in the opposite way to Christ.
Such bishops should be thrown into prison by the civil authorities.
Basic Christian communities (English term for comunidades eclesiales de base, communautés de base ; also known as mini-parishes, life-communions, neighborhood churches, and grass-roots communities) are relatively small (in comparison with parishes), homogeneous groups of Christians who share common interests, values, and objectives; who search to emphasize primary, inter-personal, ongoing relationships; and who view themselves as ecclesial entities.
Basic Christian communities are the form in which growing numbers of concerned peoples are structuring themselves as an alternative or a complement to the parish model of Church.
Their common interests, their possibly living in the same area, and their limited numbers (from 8 to 40, some would say 100) allow members to develop close personal relationships.
Generally these groups seek some concerted impact on the world and undertake apostolic options as a group.
The rhythm of sacramental life varies according to group discernment and the availability of a priest or deacon.
The purpose of basic Christian communities is not to be parish societies that provide services to the parish, to be study groups, or to be movements infusing church life with one special quality; but rather to hold their own identity as an ecclesial unit.
Such factors as discontent, the unavailability of a priest, impersonalism, and the great distances between the members of some rural parishes have been catalysts for the origin of some basic Christian communities.
Among the positive features of these communities are: the experience of authentic community and close supportive relationships beyond the family; effective community supports and challenges to the members towards more meaningful service; a setting in which faith is deepened by the critique of the interaction between reading the Gospel and the struggle to live as Christians; promotion of involvement in contemporary society; rapid development of many and varied ministries or services among the members; and a questioning of the parish as the only model for Church.
In the late 20th century basic Christian communities became a major element of the pastoral practice of significant segments of the Catholic and Protestant Churches over the world. They are a cornerstone of much Latin American pastoral work. In many areas of Africa and Asia they are likewise a key for pastoral development.
For many of us the RC church is a failure and a lost cause. How could we ever trust it again?
But those of us who believe in Jesus and want to follow him know that part of that must be done in community. Only hermits are Christian loners – and most of us do not have the gifts (or neurosis ) for the life of a hermit.
Personally, as a Christian, I have need for community and community prayer, as well as for being alone and solitary prayer.
I am also convinced about the Sacraments – even though I am well aware they were a development.
So how can I be a Christian, have access to community prayer and Sacraments without having to buy in to things like hierarchy, canon law, clericalism and all the corruption and abuse I see in the church into which I was born?
And, I feel no call to be a Protestant of any kind
I do think that BASIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES are the way forward. In one sense, that is what we have had here in Larne since 1986 – a catholic community, with sacraments, that has no canon law but responds to those who need us as best we can, while making many mistakes as well.
I think a BCC should consist of between 20 and 40 people – small enough for everyone to know each other and build relationships.
It should avoid completely having any “leaders” and all matters should be based on the decision of the members, with a willingness by all to accept the majority opinion – but keeping a community welcome for dissent and dissenters.
The community emphasis should be on everyone developing a deep personal relationship with Jesus through prayer, Scripture study and spiritual and human sharing.
The community should have an absolutely deep rooted commitment to personal and social justice and should be involved in justice campaigns affecting the greater community in its area. A BCC should, at heart be anti establishment or non establishment – as Jesus was.
BCC’s AND THE SACRAMENTS
If the BCC is not under the control of the RCC it will either not supply them with the Sacraments or even go out of it’s way to stop them having the Sacraments.
A BCC cannot always depend on their being a benevolent priest coming to their aid – and such a priest would find himself being in trouble with his bishop or religious superior. So they have two choices:
PERFORM THEIR OWN SACRAMENTS – which of course the RCC would seem “invalid” – but in God’s eyes would be perfectly valid and grace giving.
OR AVAIL OF THE SERVICIES OF INDEPENDENT CATHOLIC BISHOPS AND PRIESTS.
That would be a decision for each BCC.
I think the BCC road is a word very worth considering by any Christian or group of Christian’s.
5.5 Who and how many can be invited as guests to the Council? 243
5.6 Who can vote at the Plenary Council? 246
5.7 Plenary Council agenda 249
5.8 Liturgy at the Plenary Council 252
5.9 How will voting at the Plenary Council take place? 253
5.10 Writing the legislation 257
5.11 Recommendations 258
Some discussion questions 262
Appendices 271 1. Open Letter to Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Bishops of Australia (August 2011) 272 2. Open Letter to the Bishops of Australia – ‘Please Listen and Act Now’ (May 2017) 275 3. A Model Catholic Charter of Rights and Responsibilities of Christ’s Faithful 278
Its wonderful that the Australian Catholics are putting so much effort into reform.
But they are up against the Vatican, the Hierarcht and the Clerical establishment.
People with power never relinquish it easily.
We need a PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION to achieve RCC reform.
From the age of 8 my parish was Mother of Divine Grace Ballygal, Dublin.
The first PP was Fr John Pierce, later Canon Pierce of Rathmines Parish.
Pierce was a very well turned out and dignified looking man with a reputation for being holy and a little fussy – but a really good man.
Our curates were Fr Joe Collins,(1924 – 1979) a Kerry man, and Fr Michael Lambe.
Of the two Fr. Collins was the most spiritual but both curates did trojan work building a completely new parish.
I was greatly modified by Frs Pierce and Collins and particularly wanted to be a priest like Joe Collins who combined prayerfulness and community action.
Father Collins later went on to be PP of Donaghamede in Dublin and was the founder of the now famous Father Collins Park – an environmental project 40 years ahead of it’s time.
None of these priests ever talked about “alter Christus” or ontological change. They were good human beings bent on serving God and others.
When I went into Clonliffe Seminary it was generally a place of good behaviour, prayer and study.
I was aware of a very small number ( 2 – 3) out of 120 who were actively gay – but in the discreetest possible way.
I had absolutely no sexual encounters of any kind in Clonliffe – 1970 – 1973 and when I was asked to leave in 1973 for “immaturity” reasons the college president BishopJoseph Carroll said that “morally he is above reproach”. I know this now after Diarmuid Martin gave me copies of my file.
In St John’s Waterford with 60 seminarians I only knew of 1 who messed about in a homosexual way.
I was modified by the priests there too – especially Monsignor John Shine and Father Tony Hayes the Rosminian.
How we have we, in 50 years, got to the stage where seminaries are now gay whore houses – with both priests and seminarians involved.
What kind of system has produced Paul Prior, Michael Lomasney, Chris Derwin, Rory Coyle, McCamley, Gorgeous, King Puck, JP Lyttle, etc, etc.
And why are these men so into seeing themselves as “alter Christus” and ontologically changed?
Jesus never got up to what they are getting up to.
Is the alter Christus thing a cover for something else? – the carnal masquerading as the pure?
Is it an actual mocking of spiritual realities?
Can readers please help?
What has gone wrong in the last 40 / 50 years to turn generally good men into orgiasts?