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PRIESTS – NOW AND THEN.

I wanted to be a priest from the age of 4.

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?

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FATHER JOHN PAUL LYTTLE – “I AM AN ALTER CHRISTUS (ANOTHER CHRIST) WALKING THE HOSPITAL CORRIDORS”.

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SEXUAL HERESIES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH


A.W.Richard Sipe

This is one of the saddest essays I have ever committed to paper.
It may be called my last Roman Catholic will and testament.
Most of the time we concede authority to a church to declare what
teaching is heretical because it deviates from established norms.
Over the centuries that judgment has been the basis for dissident
churches to form and incorporate their own institutional system of
faith and morals. Some reform movements remain within the
institution, challenging established custom or practice they deem
deviate from earliest Christian ideals.
The history of Christianity is the history of “heresy”. The criterion has
been the deviation or conformity with Roman Catholic orthodoxy and
authority: Montanist , Donatist, Albigenses, Anabaptist, Quietism, and
Protestantism, etc. have all waged doctrinal war against issues of
Catholic faith and morals and consolidated their adherents into rival
sects or religious faith. (*Ronald Knox)
What if the church that one believes in is teaching false or aberrant
doctrine or morals, but there is no real impetus to establish a new
institution or church? What if one lacks motivation, energy or desires
to reform the institution?
Currently that is the Catholic Situation. Abandonment of practice or
affiliation is the most common solution of U.S. Catholics to their faith
dilemma. Men and women brought up and even well educated in
Catholic doctrine and practice have simply walked away from
affiliation

One-third of Roman Catholics in the U.S. consider themselves “ex
Catholics”. (*Pew 2015) Disaffection with mainline Christian faiths
and Evangelicals is also recorded.
Reasons for disillusion among all Christians may share elements in
common, but RC interests need to take a look at the beam in its eye.

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One major reason for this Catholic Situation concerns sex and the
false, unbelievable teaching about human sexuality that church
authority insists is official.

FALSE TEACHING RC

MASTURBATION

moral doctrine teaches masturbation is
intrinsically evil. This position is indefensible. Despite the pastoral
rationales employed to make discussions seem reasonable the basic
stance of church teaching is based on an erroneous understanding
of Natural Law. Wasting the seed was the argument against, self￾abuse or pollution as masturbation was labeled and condemned.
Some of the rulings from Vatican offices about masturbation are
comic and ridiculous. For instance, their logic of its inherent evil
forbids masturbation even in obtaining a specimen for medical
reasons.
Their solution: a man must have intercourse with his wife wearing a
condom that is perforated with a pinhole. Thus he can collect his
semen for study and preserve the integrity of sex.
A physician can perform a prostatic manipulation to obtain a
specimen from the single man.
According to this logic rape is a more moral—natural—act than
masturbation.

BIRTH CONTROL

The church uses this same mistaken understanding of natural law as
a basis to claim that artificial birth control (pills, IUD, or 10 other
options) is also intrinsically evil. This prohibition includes any use of a
condom—even to protect from the possibility of the spread of HIV
infection.
Any and all sexual activity outside of a valid marriage is also
ruled a grave sin. This extends to serious occasions of sin. Courtship
and preparation for marriage become a moral farce under such
strictures.
The same prohibition applies to widowed or divorced men and women

SEXUAL PLEASURE

Roman Catholic teaching about sex is dominated and obsessed with
concern over sexual pleasure. While in seminary training there were
unending discussions about nocturnal emissions. Was it a grave sin if
one awoke enough during the event to enjoy it? Parallel endless
questions about the gravity of “French kissing” and “how far” an
unmarried couple could go without committing a mortal sin dominated
RC sex education talks.
Priests teach sin resides in pleasure. Orgasms have to be controlled
at all costs, even at the sacrifice of reason, justice and honesty. Who
is in control of sin and forgiveness? Clergy, of course, in the eyes of
the Church.
The reality and quality of human relationships are discounted or
diminished.

HOMOSEXUALITY

Homosexual sex and love fall under the same church interdict of
intrinsic evil—an “inclination to an intrinsic evil”. That stance renders
the homosexually or lesbian oriented person more defective than
other humans saddled merely with original sin.
Certainly there is a long tradition of naming homosexuality “against
nature”. We now know enough now about human sexual nature that
for some men and women same-sex love, association, and sexual
exchange is natural and should be judged and governed by the same
social and responsible behavior as men and woman who have a
heterosexual orientation and relationship.
The hypocrisy of Vatican teaching about homosexual orientation and
behavior is so blatant that any thinking and informed person knows of
its existence and its frequent occurrence and preponderance among
the hierarchy of the RC Church.
A concomitant psychological problem among the RC hierarchy
(based in hypocrisy) is their sociopathy. The institution supports,
advances, rewards and protects leaders who blatantly and/or secretly
act out their characterological pathology with men, women, money or power

A well-regarded priest suggested that one solution would be for 100
celibately observant homosexual priests to identify themselves
publically. (Fr. Thomas Resse, S.J. at Santa Clara U., 2012)
He is correct. It will take public declarations to save and reform the
Catholic priesthood and to insure its integrity.
Freud’s (1935 letter) mature view of homosexuality is far more
reliable than any scriptural arguments used as a basis for disdain or
persecution:
“May I question you why you avoid it? Homosexuality is assuredly no
advantage, but it is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no
degradation; it cannot be classified as an illness; we consider it to be
a variation of the sexual function.…Many highly respectable
individuals of ancient and modern times have been homosexuals,
several of the greatest men among them. (Plato, Michelangelo,
Leonardo da Vinci, etc). It is a great injustice to persecute
homosexuality as a crime–and a cruelty, too.”
I add from my study of history and psychology that some of the most
notable saints—women and men—in the Catholic Church roster were
either homosexual or bisexual in orientation. Even if at their time they
could not name that entity they were unstintingly honest with
themselves. Saints are not hypocrites.

The patent hypocrisy of clerical sexual practice and behavior in
contrast to the teaching and control church authority impose on other
members of the Christian community is unsustainable to hordes of
Catholic people. The situation is evidence based.

CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS

c clerical training and
structure. In short, the culture produces, encourages, fosters and
protects a certain element among its membership who abuse—often
with impunity and rationalized as no real offence or a minor sin at
most. “Father is only human” or “Everyone sins” are commonly heard
excuses in clerical circles.
Well-publicized efforts at preventing clergy abuse and protecting
children—even the current Vatican Commission—will inevitably come
to nothing if the structure and function of clerical culture remain
unchanged—unreformed.
Highly touted efforts by U.S. bishops to protect minors from abuse by
clergy so far are essentially window dressings rather than reforms.

CELIBATE VIOLATION


Many years ago a major religious superior who had just retuned from
his required visit to Rome said: “The organization to which I belong is
corrupt from the top down.”It has taken me a long time, much study
and devotion to submit to his judgment.

DENIGRATION OF WOMEN

is an antique attitude and a current
reality in the culture and operation of the RC Church. Nuns even
when I was a boy were treated like slave labor. Their compensation
was minimal. When I was a boy their full time teaching (and labor like
scrubbing the church floor on their hands and knees) received $25.00
a month.
It might be argued that their station has improved over the decades,
but the evidence that religious women lack a status equal to men is
so obvious it needs no argument. Until women have a status, respect and authority equal to men within the institution the RC church will not
be the Church of Jesus Christ where “There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female;
for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then
you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise”
Those who use Scripture to justify teaching on the “inherent”
connection between sex and sin should remember that there is more
scriptural justification for slavery and stoning of adulterous women
(not men) than onanism and sodomy.
I do not leave the Catholic Church. Were I Jewish I could not leave
my birth right. But I cannot embrace or propagate the moral tenets its
authority insists are essential for membership.
I join St. Paul and all of Christ’s followers who are free of the laws of
the modern Scribes and Pharisees. I reject the Roman Catholic
Church’s sexual heresies.
I love my brothers and sisters who are still bound to the institutions
that are shackled to that authority, but are internally conscience-free
for their particular reasons and circumstance.
I am one with those who are part of a Church but state: Here I stand,
I can no other. June 15, 2015

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IS FATHER JOHN PAUL LYTTLE IN HIDING IN THE PARISH OF FAREHAM AND PORTCHESTER?

A Portsmouth source has informed me that, yesterday John Paul Lyttle concelebrated Mass in Fareham and Portchester with the parish priest there- Fr John Cooke.

Has Bishop Egan arranged this?

Or has Fr John Cooke taken it upon himself to shelter the priest after a young male parishioner in Reading said Lyttle tried to seduce him.

What is the connection between Lyttle and Cooke?

Were they in a seminary together?

WILL STEPHEN WILSON BE ORDAINED A DEACON FOR ARMAGH NEXT MONTH?

Many clergy and others are wondering if Amy Martin will give the go ahead for Stephen Wilson to be ordained a deacon next month.

Eamon Martin has received correspondence on this matter.

The word is that the president of Maynooth Fanny Mullaney is pushing for the diaconate ordination.

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Polish paedophile film mars John Paul II centenary

After the film “Hide and Seek” was seen by almost 80,000 people on YouTube, Polish archbishop Wojciech Polak called on the Vatican to “launch proceedings” into the cases in question.

Polish archbishop refers child abuse negligence case to Vatican

Joanna Plucinska and Alicja Ptak

Bishop Edward Janiak attends an event in Wroclaw, Poland May 12, 2006. In an unprecedented move in religious Poland, the Catholic primate on Saturday notified the Vatican of a Polish bishop accused of helping shield priests who were known to sexually abuse children after a film was released depicting his actions. Picture taken May 12, 2006. Pawel Koziol/Agencja Gazeta via

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FILE PHOTO: Archbishop Wojciech Polak speaks with media representatives after extraordinary sitting of Polish bishops, at the Polish Episcopate headquarters in Warsaw, Poland May 22, 2019. Agencja Gazeta/Slawomir Kaminski/via

WARSAW (Reuters) – The Polish Catholic Church’s most senior archbishop notified the Vatican on Saturday of a Polish bishop accused of shielding priests known to have sexually abused children.
The referral, unprecedented in the deeply religious country, will test procedures introduced by the Vatican last year to hold to account bishops accused of turning a blind eye to child sex abuse.

The Vatican is now expected to assign an investigator to the case.

“I ask priests, nuns, parents and educators to not be led by the false logic of shielding the Church, effectively hiding sexual abusers,” Poland’s Primate Wojciech Polak said in a statement published on Saturday.

“There is no place among the clergy to sexually abuse minors. We do not allow for the hiding of these crimes.”

The case came to prominence after a film by brothers Tomasz and Marek Sekielski, released on Saturday, showed how bishop Edward Janiak, based in the city of Kalisz, failed to take action against priests who were known to have abused children.

Janiak, who is still practicing, has not commented directly on the allegations. He did not respond to a request for comment by Reuters.

In Janiak’s defence, the Kalisz curia said the parents of one of the alleged victims portrayed in the film did not follow the right procedure.
“The recording in the film doesn’t show the whole conversation. It doesn’t show the part where we say that the parents should’ve expressed their concerns to the prosecutor immediately,” it said in a statement.

The Sekielski brothers released another film last year that suggested that known paedophiles were deliberately shifted between parishes. The film has over 23 million views on YouTube.

Victims of sexual abuse have long called for measures to make it easier to report alleged cover-ups by the Church.

Poland’s Catholic Church, an institution with close ties to the ruling nationalist Law and Justice party, has faced accusations in the past of shielding priests who abuse children.

A Church official told Reuters that Janiak’s referral was partly the result of the Vatican’s new procedure.

“I believe that this is just a facade,” said Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska, a co-author of a map marking child sexual abuse by priests around Poland.

“For the last year, the Catholic Episcopate has known that there are bishops who covered up paedophilia cases, and yet none of them have been dismissed.”

Poland faces tension between liberals who feel the Church wields too much power and conservatives who see the Catholic faith as a key element of national identity that must be protected.

A Polish documentary on child abuse by Catholic clerics put a damper Saturday on centenary celebrations of the venerated late Pope John Paul II’s birth. 
After the film “Hide and Seek” was seen by almost 80,000 people on YouTube, Polish archbishop Wojciech Polak called on the Vatican to “launch proceedings” into the cases in question.

It is the second documentary by Tomasz Sekielski on child abuse within the church, and focuses in detail on two brothers who are alleged victims of a priest who was protected by a bishop.

“The film ‘Hide and Seek’ which I have just seen, shows that protection standards for children and adolescents in the Church were not respected,” Polak said in a video broadcast by the Catholic news agency KAI.

The archbishop added that he had asked the Vatican to launch proceedings under the auspices of an Apostolic Letter issued by Pope Francis in March 2019 on the protection of minors and vulnerable persons.

In May 2019, Sekielski released “Tell No One”, a similar documentary that has been viewed almost 23.5 million times on YouTube and sparked a national discussion of sex abuse by Catholic clergy.
The issue then faded however, and neither film explores a lack of action by Saint John Paul II, who was pope from 1978 to 2005 and who is widely venerated in his native Poland.

Sekielski has already said however that he will release a third documentary on the “role of John Paul II in the dissimulation of crimes committed by priests.” 

Poland has scheduled church services, events and online concerts to celebrate the birth of John Paul II, born Karol Wojtyła on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, southern Poland

PAT SAYS

We are only beginning to see the avalanche of abuse that will explode in Catholic Poland.

One of the worst specimens Catholic Poland ever produced was John Pole 11.

He was a cover up merchant par excellence.

The fact that this stuff is coming out on his 100th birthday is absolute KARMA.

Tom Dooley and the Wild Colonial Boy would make better saints than this Polish cowboy!

AFTER WATCHING THE FILM

I watched the film right through today.

It describes another Ireland, another USA, another Australia etc.

It’s the usual

1. Widespread abuse by priests.

2. Widespread cover up by bishops.

3. Wide failure of Catholic civil authorities failing to robustly tackle the RCC.

The victims are right. The Polish bishops and priests are destroying the church from within.

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Polish paedophile film mars John Paul II centenary

After the film “Hide and Seek” was seen by almost 80,000 people on YouTube, Polish archbishop Wojciech Polak called on the Vatican to “launch proceedings” into the cases in question.

Polish archbishop refers child abuse negligence case to Vatican

Joanna Plucinska and Alicja Ptak

Bishop Edward Janiak attends an event in Wroclaw, Poland May 12, 2006. In an unprecedented move in religious Poland, the Catholic primate on Saturday notified the Vatican of a Polish bishop accused of helping shield priests who were known to sexually abuse children after a film was released depicting his actions. Picture taken May 12, 2006. Pawel Koziol/Agencja Gazeta via

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FILE PHOTO: Archbishop Wojciech Polak speaks with media representatives after extraordinary sitting of Polish bishops, at the Polish Episcopate headquarters in Warsaw, Poland May 22, 2019. Agencja Gazeta/Slawomir Kaminski/via

WARSAW (Reuters) – The Polish Catholic Church’s most senior archbishop notified the Vatican on Saturday of a Polish bishop accused of shielding priests known to have sexually abused children.
The referral, unprecedented in the deeply religious country, will test procedures introduced by the Vatican last year to hold to account bishops accused of turning a blind eye to child sex abuse.

The Vatican is now expected to assign an investigator to the case.

“I ask priests, nuns, parents and educators to not be led by the false logic of shielding the Church, effectively hiding sexual abusers,” Poland’s Primate Wojciech Polak said in a statement published on Saturday.

“There is no place among the clergy to sexually abuse minors. We do not allow for the hiding of these crimes.”

The case came to prominence after a film by brothers Tomasz and Marek Sekielski, released on Saturday, showed how bishop Edward Janiak, based in the city of Kalisz, failed to take action against priests who were known to have abused children.

Janiak, who is still practicing, has not commented directly on the allegations. He did not respond to a request for comment by Reuters.

In Janiak’s defence, the Kalisz curia said the parents of one of the alleged victims portrayed in the film did not follow the right procedure.
“The recording in the film doesn’t show the whole conversation. It doesn’t show the part where we say that the parents should’ve expressed their concerns to the prosecutor immediately,” it said in a statement.

The Sekielski brothers released another film last year that suggested that known paedophiles were deliberately shifted between parishes. The film has over 23 million views on YouTube.

Victims of sexual abuse have long called for measures to make it easier to report alleged cover-ups by the Church.

Poland’s Catholic Church, an institution with close ties to the ruling nationalist Law and Justice party, has faced accusations in the past of shielding priests who abuse children.

A Church official told Reuters that Janiak’s referral was partly the result of the Vatican’s new procedure.

“I believe that this is just a facade,” said Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska, a co-author of a map marking child sexual abuse by priests around Poland.

“For the last year, the Catholic Episcopate has known that there are bishops who covered up paedophilia cases, and yet none of them have been dismissed.”

Poland faces tension between liberals who feel the Church wields too much power and conservatives who see the Catholic faith as a key element of national identity that must be protected.

A Polish documentary on child abuse by Catholic clerics put a damper Saturday on centenary celebrations of the venerated late Pope John Paul II’s birth. 
After the film “Hide and Seek” was seen by almost 80,000 people on YouTube, Polish archbishop Wojciech Polak called on the Vatican to “launch proceedings” into the cases in question.

It is the second documentary by Tomasz Sekielski on child abuse within the church, and focuses in detail on two brothers who are alleged victims of a priest who was protected by a bishop.

“The film ‘Hide and Seek’ which I have just seen, shows that protection standards for children and adolescents in the Church were not respected,” Polak said in a video broadcast by the Catholic news agency KAI.

The archbishop added that he had asked the Vatican to launch proceedings under the auspices of an Apostolic Letter issued by Pope Francis in March 2019 on the protection of minors and vulnerable persons.

In May 2019, Sekielski released “Tell No One”, a similar documentary that has been viewed almost 23.5 million times on YouTube and sparked a national discussion of sex abuse by Catholic clergy.
The issue then faded however, and neither film explores a lack of action by Saint John Paul II, who was pope from 1978 to 2005 and who is widely venerated in his native Poland.

Sekielski has already said however that he will release a third documentary on the “role of John Paul II in the dissimulation of crimes committed by priests.” 

Poland has scheduled church services, events and online concerts to celebrate the birth of John Paul II, born Karol Wojtyła on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, southern Poland.

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FRANCIS’ ACTION AGAINST BISHOPS PROCEDURE NOT FIR FOR PURPOSE

Assessment of Vos Estis Lux Mundi on Its First Anniversary — Statement by Anne Barrett Doyle, Co-Director, BishopAccountability.org (781-439-5208 cell)

May 9, 2020 –  A year ago, Pope Francis enacted new procedures for investigating bishops accused of abuse or of covering up clergy sex crimes.

Last Thursday, on May 7, one year to the day since Vos Estis Lux Mundi was promulgated, we learned of what might be its first removal of a complicit bishop.

two-line announcement in the Vatican’s daily bulletin noted that the Pope had accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph R. Binzer from the office of the auxiliary of the Cincinnati archdiocese. The lay Catholic online publication Crux cites an unidentified Vatican source as confirming that Binzer had been subject to an investigation under the norms of Vos Estis. This raises the possibility that Binzer was found guilty of violating Vos Estis’ norms pertaining to reporting or cover-up or both. We can’t be sure, however; neither the Pope nor his proxies have made any comment. 

Assuming that Binzer indeed is the first complicit bishop to be removed under Vos Estis, some might point to the case as a sign that Vos Estis is working. Seen differently, it reveals serious flaws in the Pope’s plan. 

Despite repeatedly concealing allegations against a priest now slated to be tried for child rape, Binzer remains not only an archdiocesan priest, but a bishop, with the prestige and financial benefits that status entails.

Is this what passes for ‘accountability’ under the Pope’s new law? An opaque process, Vatican control, papal silence, and the softest of landings for an official who twice ignored allegations against a priest?

This looks less like progress than business as usual. Yet Vos Estis was touted by Vatican spokespeople and commentators as “landmark” and “revolutionary.” Archbishop Charles Scicluna called it a “watershed,” adding that “the silence, omertà and cover-ups can now become a thing of the past.”

An end to cover-up is unlikely, given Vos Estis’ insularity from start to finish. Few recent papal decrees underscore as clearly the subordinate status of laypeople. Vos Estis requires every decision-maker in the accountability process to be at the level of bishop or higher. No priests, and certainly no laypeople, are permitted to have an authoritative role. Vos Estis even prevented the USCCB from initiating a permanent lay commission to review allegations against bishops. 

In a piece praising the new law, canon law expert Kurt Martens observed that Vos Estis re-affirms the hierarchical structure of the Catholic church and so “reminds us what it means to be truly Catholic.”

“Independent review boards for bishops go against this fundamental principle of Catholic ecclesiology, and would set our Catholic Church on a slow but sure course towards fragmentation and, ultimately, Protestantism,” Martens wrote.

Canon lawyer Edward Peters noted that Vos Estis reflects the fact that “the ecclesiological obstacles to authoritative ‘lay involvement’ in episcopal disciplinary matters are formidable and, in my view, ultimately insurmountable.”

 “Christ founded his Church on popes and bishops, and He knew what He was about when He did so; the solution to the clergy sexual abuse, and to the hierarchic failings related to that abuse, must be found within that structure, not a new one,” Peters explains.

Active Vos Estis investigations

If Binzer was indeed a Vos Estis case, it’s the only one that, to our knowledge, has been concluded. We are tracking five other bishop investigations that are ongoing. Two have been verified as Vos Estis cases by the Vatican; two are possible Vos Estis cases; and a fifth is a potential Vos Estis case, with an investigation that’s been requested but not yet authorized by the Vatican.

What’s known of the cases so far does not inspire trust in the Vos Estis process. The cases exhibit inappropriate fraternal loyalty, Vatican stalling, and a lack of transparency. 

Cardinal Dolan after being tasked with investigating the bishop of Brooklyn: “I love the guy”
In January, the Vatican directed New York archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan to investigate an allegation that Brooklyn bishop Nicholas DiMarzio had sexually abused an altar boy in the 1970s. Dolan made no effort to appear impartial. On his radio show in February, he discussed the challenge of investigating his friend and neighbor. “I love the guy, he’s a good friend, he’s never had an accusation against him his whole life,” Dolan said. “But in November, somebody made an accusation from way, way, way, way, back — 48 years or so ago — and, as much as Bishop DiMarzio said ‘This is preposterous, this is ridiculous, this is unjust,’ darn it, we have to take it seriously.”

Polish cardinals publicly support bishop accused of sexually abusing a girl
In Poland, in another active Vos Estis case, Krakow’s auxiliary bishop Jan Szkodoń is being investigated by the church for alleged sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl. Two of Poland’s most prominent churchmen went public to voice their support — for their colleague, not the victim. Warsaw archbishop Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz expressed “great empathy” for Szkodoń, saying that the accusation “doesn’t fit.” Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, former archbishop of Krakow, powerful ally of Pope John Paul II and protector of Father Maciel and Cardinal Groër, released a statement saying that he sees the accused bishop as “a priest of deep inner life, prayer and sensitivity to man… The allegations … hurt many people for whom Bishop Jan is an authority, father and friend.”

Still no Vatican ruling on Crookston bishop despite his admission under oath to mishandling cases. 
Last September, controversial Crookston bishop Michael Hoeppner became subject to what reportedly was the first Vos Estis investigation for cover-up, after Vatican officials green-lighted Archbishop Bernard Hebda’s request to launch a probe. Hebda sent the Vatican his report on Hoeppner in November, around the time that Hoeppner’s deposition in a civil case was made public as part of a settlement. In the deposition, Hoeppner admits to mishandling priests accused of child sexual abuse. Despite his admission and other strong evidence, along with growing public demand for his removal, Hoeppner remains in office. In February, the Vatican directed Hebda to investigate further. It still has given no word on when a ruling will be issued. 

In New Zealand, laity is given no details about accused bishop’s removal
The people of the Palmerstown North diocese in New Zealand know only that Bishop Charles Drennan had to resign due to “unacceptable” sexual behavior with a young woman. They’ve been told nothing else about the bishop’s wrongdoing, his current whereabouts or his future standing with the church. 

The Vatican ignores deadline for responding to request for Nienstedt investigation.
Vos Estis stipulates that the Vatican must respond within 30 days to an archbishop’s request for an investigation. It’s been nine months since St. Paul MN archbishop Bernard Hebda asked the Congregation for Bishops to allow him to investigate the actions of his predecessor, the disgraced archbishop John Nienstedt. Hebda has received no response. We know of the stalled case only because the archdiocese’s court-appointed ombud decided to go public. Former prosecutor Thomas Johnson told the online publication Crux that the Vatican’s delay is “unacceptable” and “risks undercutting the trust and transparency that the [Vos Estis] protocols were intended to help restore, particularly among victim survivors.”

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About BishopAccountability.org

Founded in 2003 and based in Waltham, Massachusetts, BishopAccountability.org is a large online archive of documents, reports, and news articles documenting the global abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church. An independent non-profit, it is not a victims’ advocacy group and is not affiliated with any church, reform, or victims’ organization. Its online priest database tracks more than 6,500 U.S. clergy who have been accused publicly of sexually abusing minors.

Contact for BishopAccountability.org

Anne Barrett Doyle, Co-Director, barrett.doyle@comcast.net, 781-439-5208 cell
Terence McKiernan, Founder and Co-Director, mckiernan1@comcast.net, 508-479-9304

PAT SAYS

Francis punishment for cover up bishops is early retirement to a luxury villa with full pension rights?

How is that a PUNISHMENT for cover up?

Safeguarding should be absolutely separate from the RCC.

State agencies should do safeguarding, not he RCC mafia.

SUNDAY MASS FROM THE ORATORY 12 NOON

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PAT’S HOMILY FOR 6TH SUNDAY IN EASTER

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A HOME EUCHARIST FOR COVID 19.

This lovely lady was in isolation and missed the Echarist.So rather than just complain, she took action and celebrated her own Eucharist.And what a simple, authentic and meaningful Eucharist it was.And Jesus was Really Present

DAY CARDINAL O FIAICH AND MY DAD GOT DRUNK IN LOURDES

The two boyos

My dad was a life long opponent of compulsory Irish language in Ireland.

Cardinal O’Fiaich was an ardent supporter of compulsor Irish.

As a result my dad disliked O Fiaich greatly.

In Ireland at the time if you failed Irish in your Leaving Cert you failed all subjects.

But in the mid 1980s I brought my dad on pilgrimage to Lourdes.

One day we were walking in Lourdes and out of the blue my dad said:

“Here’s this old bastard O’Fiaich coming. I’m going to let him know what I think of him”.

Before I could say anything we were standing talking to O’Fiaich who invited us both to come for a coffee or drink.

I said I was off to hear Confessions so O’Fiaich brought my dad to a cafe with him.

Over 5 hours later O’Fiaich and my dad arrived at our hotel together holding each other up.

After that O’Fiaich was the best thing since the sliced

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CATHOLICISM WITHOUT PRIESTS?

WHAT I WRITE TODAY COMES WITH NO CLAIM OF INFALLIBILITY. IT IS MEANT TO PROVOKE DEBATE.

YESTERDAY  A COMMENTATOR RAISED THE INTERESTING QUESTION OF HAVING A CATHOLICISM WITHOUT PRIESTS.

Is that possible?

Yes it is.

Is it desirable?

Let’s discuss it.

In the beginning of the Christian Church there were no priests or bishops.

There were apostles, disciples and “others”.

The early Christians continued to do their worshipping of God in the Jewish temple, and probably occasionally in Jewish synagogues.

They met in each other’s homes for the breaking of the bread in memory of Jesus, as instructed by Jesus.

I believe that the person who “presided” at that breaking of bread varied – an apostle, a disciple, an “other”.

As the Christian community grew, a natural deveopment of “structures” happened. I’m sure most of the men at least had jobs to go to and I’m sure the women were busy as wives and mothers etc.

The appostles felt called to full time service of the Word so “deacons” were appointed to look after the orphans and widows – the community’s outreach work.

It is interesting to remember that in the early church people were appointed to positions by the community after people were nominated, the community prayed and then drew lots. This happened in the case of Mattias who was chosen to succeed Judas as an apostle.

Gradually “elders” emerged whom we could regard as the early expression of a “priesthood”.

As communities grew and new communities formed a senior elder emerged in communities who were called “overseers” or “episcopi”.

At this stage there was no formal priesthood – although as we see in the appointment of deacons etc prayers were said over the chosen and sometimes there was a laying on of hands.

With a couple of exceptions the Apostles were never the overseer or episcopi. The Apostles were the servants of the whole church and not just in charge of one community.

The role of overseer or episcopi eventually became the role of bishop. The Apostles were apostles and not bishops. In that sense it is wrong to call current bishops “successors of the apostles”. They are not. They are the successors of the senior elders in local churches.

The early church did adopt many of the formalities of the synagogues.

When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Emperor the Christian community also adopted some empire structures – with eventually the pope becoming the emperor of the West.

Over time the episcopacy became part of the ecclesiastical / political establishment with bishops being local ascendancy overlords as well as bishops.

This was a clear case of trying to serve Caesar as well as Christ. It does not work.

Alongside of all of this was the development of the theology of the Sacraments.

In the beginning of the Church the early believers did have an appreciation that certain actions were “holy” and brought God’s grace.

The seven sacraments did develop over time and the understanding we have now of Sacraments became finally crystallised in the 16th century.

There is nothing necessarily wrong with “development” in theology and practice – as long as the development stays within the spirit of the original practice, as is according to the mind of Christ.

The problem we have in our Catholic Church of today is a result, not of the existence of deacons, priests and bishops, but is the development of ministry into clericalism and hierarchicalism.

It is about the abuse of power and authority.

It is about service turning into overlordism.

It is about the cult if the priest as a cleric.

It is about the cult of the bishop as hierarch.

It is about the cult of Rome as empire.

It is about the cult of pope as Supreme Pontiff.

The modern church needs to return and discover the early New Testament church.

In that church there were deacons, elders and episcopi elected after community prayer.

There were “Holy Acts” celebrated in the community.

The deacons  elders and episcopi were not clerics or hierarchs, were elected by the whole community after prayer and were servants – washers of feet.

Most of them were married. Many were parents. Many had day jobs. Some of them were women too.

Can we have Catholicism without priests / clerics.

Yes we can.

And we  need to address the great HERESY in this area.

The heresy that says that priests are ontologically changed creatures  – and, in a common misconception,  as such are superior to the laity who are “the lowest form of church life”.

AND

1. Let The Vatican overturn the 1929 concordat and be bound by Italian laws.

2. Decentralise The Vatican and give all power back to the national churches.

3. Let the pope simply become the bishop of Rome.

4. Let the Patriarch of Jerusalem be the first among equals.

5. Have optional celibacy for all.

6. Allow women to be deacons  priests and bishops.

7. Run the church by the New Testament and not on canon law.

In the best of churches you will always have people who want to dominate. Keeping churches small and positions rotating helps counteract this human inclination.

The Basic Christian Communities that evolved in South America is a possible model of reformation.

Maybe the Church needs New Testament type “priests” rather than clerical priests?

A PINT OF PRIESTHOOD !!!!!

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SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH – A DECADE OF CRISIS 2002 – 2013.



Santa Clara University May 11, 2012



A RADICAL LOOK AT TODAY AND TOMORROW
Thomas P. Doyle, J.C.D., C.A.D.C.

I want to begin by sharing the nature of my involvement in the phenomenon of sexual abuse by Catholic Clergy.  I chose the word “phenomenon” intentionally because I do not believe any of the commonly used descriptors — “crisis,” “scandal,” “problem,” come even close to naming what this has been and what it is today.

My name is Tom Doyle.  I was ordained a Dominican priest in 1970, forty two years ago.  I received my doctorate in Canon Law in 1978.  I first became involved in the issue of sexual abuse of minors when I had a position at the Vatican embassy in Washington.  My initial experiences involved not former Father Gilbert Gauthe from Louisiana, but two bishops, both of whom are now deceased.  The year was 1982 but my most intense involvement, shared with Fr. Dr. Michael Peterson and attorney Ray Mouton, began in 1984 and has not ended.

I would like to begin by stating my conclusion.  Since 2002 the revelations of widespread sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy and religious men and women have spread to Europe, Latin America and to some Asian countries.  In the US the Catholic bishops have created a number of programs and policies and have aggressively implemented their “Zero Tolerance” policy.  In spite of these policies and the expensive public relations efforts they have implemented, the attitude of the bishops as a collective group has not only not changed but it has gotten worse.  Their disdain for the victims has become more and more obvious.

The true measure of their understanding of the horrific nature of the issue and their commitment to change is not the programs, policies, documents or speeches they generate but their unqualified attitude of compassion toward the victims and this is scandalously lacking. The bishops simply don’t get it or if they do get it, they don’t care.

I have been directly and intimately involved in most dimensions of this travesty.  I have been asked by accused priests to help with canonical and fraternal support. I have given workshops and seminars to groups of diocesan and religious priests.  I have been an expert witness and a consultant in over a thousand civil and criminal cases throughout the United States, in Canada, Ireland, England, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand.  I have been a consultant to or expert witness for several of the grand jury investigations in the U.S. including the Philadelphia grand juries of 2005 and 2011 and most recently I testified at the criminal trial in Philadelphia.  I have served as a consultant or expert witness for the government commissions in Ireland beginning with the Ferns Commission and for the Cornwall Inquiry in Canada.

The real truth about what has happened and what continues to happen is not found in any reports or so-called audits provided by church sources but in the documents obtained from dioceses and religious orders by victims’ attorneys or surrendered in the course of grand jury or similar official investigations. In 2010 I was asked to address the special commission of the Belgian parliament.  Over these 30 years I have met and spoken with thousands of persons involved in one way or another.

I am sharing all of this for no other reason than to illustrate the extent of my experience and the context from which I make the remarks that follow.

The most important experiences I have ever had as a Christian and as a priest have been the times spent with victims of sexual violation and spiritual betrayal by Catholic priests and bishops.  With nearly every victim I have had the privilege of knowing, by far the most painful moment for me has been when I have apologized for what we, the clergy, have done to them.  Without exception, every man and woman has told me that it was the first time anyone from the clergy has done so.  It is not a matter of  parroting meaningless  phrases such as “I’m sorry for your suffering” or “I apologize for the pain you have endured,” or “I regret if mistakes were made” as the pope and some bishops have phrased it.  For me the only honest way to express this important sentiment has been to say, “I am deeply sorry for what we have done to you and deeply ashamed  that we, the clergy, have hurt you in such a profoundly shameful manner.”

The most heart-breaking moments have been the many times I have been with parents who have shared with me the indescribable pain they experienced when they learned that their little boy or little girl had been sexually violated by a Catholic cleric.

These experiences that have changed my life and have reached to the core of my being.  These are the experiences that should have been the norm for the bishops but sadly, they have been the very rare exception. 

In spite of the assurances from Church officials that the worst is behind us, this is clearly delusion and not reality.  Until the primary focus shifts from the hierarchy, to the victims, there will be no fundamental honesty in the Church’s response and nothing will change.  Until the security of creating policies and programs aimed at protecting the children of the future is superseded by the risk of  reaching out with honest, unqualified compassion to the victims of today, there will be no true healing and no authentic movement forward.  Until the efforts to blame the secular culture, the media, the sexual revolution, anti-Catholicism, victims’ lawyers, Woodstock or Janis Joplin are abandoned and replaced with a fearless,  probing examination of the clerical culture and the hierarchical exercise of power, the collective hope that this terrible nightmare will someday be “the worry of a distant past” will never happen.

With respect to Tom Plante and Kathleen McChesney, I do not agree with their statement at the beginning of chapter One that the “crisis” began on January 6, 2002 in Boston.  It was and is not a crisis and it did not began in Boston. 

The sexual violation of minors and adults by clerics of every rank has been a tragic part of the Catholic Church from the first century.  The scandalous evidence of this is found in the Church’s own official documentation.  The tragic chapter of this saga written in our own era did not begin in 2002 or in 1984.  Those were moments of revelation and exposure of a culture that had been hidden not too far beneath the Church’s surface.  The difference between the present and the past is this:  whereas in prior centuries the institutional Church maintained control over the response to waves of revelation, in our era it is not the pope and bishops who are shaping the continuing history of clergy sexual abuse and hierarchical coverup, but the victims.

What we have seen publicly exposed since the fall of 1984 has not been a
“crisis” of sexual abuse by clergy.  A crisis is a happening with a beginning and an end that is responded to either effectively or clumsily by the relevant powers.  This has been the revelation of the dark and toxic dimension of the institutional Catholic Church.  The focus has been on the sexual violation  by Catholic deacons, priests, bishops and cardinals as well as men and women religious.
  
But this tragedy is not fundamentally about sex.  It is about the abysmal and treacherous abuse of  power — ecclesiastical power, church power, power that has been given by the Creator only to do good but power that has been selfishly perverted by those to whom it has been entrusted and which has brought some of the most despicable harm imaginable to the most innocent and vulnerable members of Christ’s Church.  The harm has been sexual, emotional and physical but I believe that in the end, the most devastating harm has been the assault on the spirit.

A fundamental flaw inherent in every dimension of response has been the concept of the Church reflected in the response.  The image that consistently comes through from the papal speeches to the scripted apologies of bishops to the various protection programs, is the traditional though seriously flawed image of the Church as institution, governed by the hierarchy, all celibate male clerics, none of whom have ever experienced parenthood.  The persistent struggle of the pope and the bishops to maintain control over this nightmare that never ends is painfully obvious:  a struggle to exonerate themselves, a struggle to direct and determine every aspect of the response and above all, a struggle to maintain some semblance of superiority over the victims.  We are constantly reminded of the grave harm done to the Church and of the hope that someday the image and integrity of the Church will be restored.   We are constantly reminded that the bishops acted as they did out of a misguided belief that they were acting for the good of the Church.  But the good of the Church has been their good and not the good of the victims or even the Christian community.

The fundamental fault from the earliest centuries to the present has been the failure to respond not as a papal monarchy, but as what the church really is, The People of God.

We are constantly reminded of the many ways that dioceses and religious orders have worked to protect the children of today and tomorrow.  The National Review Board, the diocesan review boards, the child protection offices, the background screening protocols, the mandatory awareness programs — are more than simply commendable but are a remarkable movement to change the meaning and reality of child safety in our society.  But none of these endeavors would have happened had they not been forced upon the institutional Church by the victims, the media, the courts and the angry public.
 
There is however a dark side to the self-congratulatory picture painted by today’s hierarchy.  Efforts to change state laws to ensure justice and healing to all victims and to put more perpetrators out of commission are vigorously and sometimes viciously opposed by the bishops in every State where such legislation has been introduced, and this opposition comes at the cost of millions of dollars donated by the remaining faithful.  The excuses given for this organized sabotage are so self-serving they are not worth mentioning.  The true reason is the fear of even more exposure and the appearance of more victims.

In spite of messages of compassion directed at victims and in spite of Pope Benedict’s direct orders to the bishops to do all in their power to heal, victims who have the courage to go to court are most often subjected to embarrassing, humiliating, brutalizing and revictimizing treatment not only by the lawyers hired by the bishops but often by their public relations firms and by clerics themselves.  
The victims will not be told by the institution that enabled their abusers what efforts they may use in their attempts to heal.  They go to court, contrary to the libelous remarks of some, especially the apparent unofficial mouthpiece of at least the archbishop of New York, Bill Donohue, not because they and their lawyers want to bleed the Church of its money but because the civil courts have been the only venue that has consistently provided justice and validation of the terror suffered by these men and women.  In reality a massive drain is the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on defense lawyers to fight victims and the equally exorbitant amounts spent on public relations firms hired to create the illusion that the Church is doing what it was founded to do.

The most recent egregious example of this hypocrisy has been directed at the main source of hope and recovery for countless victims; the concerted attempts to destroy SNAP and defame its leaders for no other reason than the fact that they have had the courage to stand up to and challenge the integrity of the institutional Church.

The recent John Jay study on causes and contexts provided important data that placed the sexual abuse from one chronological period into a broader sociocultural context but this study didn’t come close to examining the true causes.  These causes are in the sacrosanct domain the institutional Church goes to every length to protect but it is the domain where we will begin to find the answers:  the clerical sub-culture and the narcissistic hierarchical elite that has allowed this nightmare to happen and has failed to comprehend the profound depth of the damage done, not to the Church as institution, but to the most important persons among God’s people, the victims.
 
This dark and toxic side of the Church will only began to fade when popes, bishops, priests, religious and laity  understand that when we say “Church” we refer not to the hierarchy, the government or the power structure, but those harmed, abused, marginalized and rejected by a Church that that forgot that before all else it is the People of God.