This 96-year-old man ‘ruined many lives’ and used his position in society to cover up his secret… and he got away with it for decades
He was described in court as ‘a predatory paedophile’ who used his position as a Catholic priest to groom and subsequently abuse children for some 27 year
By Lynda Roughley and Helen Johnson Manchester Evening News 29 JUL 2020
Father John Kevin Murphy has been jailed again for child sex offences (Image: Lynda Roughley)
A 96-year-old former Catholic priest was jailed today for sexually abusing six boys more than 30 years ago. All but one of Father John Kevin Murphy’s victims came forward to police after seeing media reports about him being imprisoned in 2017 for molesting other boys.
Liverpool Crown Court heard he had been ordained as a priest in 1962 and served in a number of parishes in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire until he retired.
He was described in court as ‘a predatory paedophile’ who used his position as a Catholic priest to groom and subsequently abuse children for some 27 years
The six victims, who were aged between eight and 16 at the times of the offences, were molested while he took them on swimming lessons and also while visiting the homes of their devout Catholic parents.
Some felt unable to speak out because they knew it would devastate their parents.
One victim, who broke down while reading his impact statement, told the judge how he has a deep-seated anger towards his parents because “their devotion to their religion blinded them in the face of a monster using his job as a priest to abuse me and other children.”
Frail Murphy, who sat in the dock wearing a face mask and with his head bowed throughout the hour and a half long hearing, was jailed for five years. Murphy, of Hillside Crescent, Horwich, Bolton, had pleaded guilty to 32 offences involving indecent assault and indecency. Judge Anil Murray, who had jailed him for three years in December 2017 for the previous offences, told the defendant today, “Your offending has had a devastating impact on your victims for decades and they are still really seriously affected by what you did.”
He said examples of this included loss of confidence, nightmares, loss of faith in the Catholic church and feelings of shame.
“It is no exaggeration to say you ruined many lives.”
The judge said: “You were a priest at the time and you used your position of standing in society to commit these offences and cover them up. “Because of your position in the church you were greatly trusted and respected, possibly revered, and you abused that trust.”
He said that Murphy claimed in his pre-sentence report not being able to recall committing the offences or having an attraction to males.
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Judge Murray added: “You say you have no memory of these offences. I’m afraid I cannot accept that especially in the light of the evidence of a psychologist who said you do not present with any significant neurological impairment.
“I cannot therefore accept your expression of remorse as genuine.
“You were effectively living a lie and using your good character and standing in society to commit these offences and got away with it for so long.
Murphy, who formerly served in the Army and RAF, was given an extended licence for 12 months and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Arthur Gibson, for the prosecution, had told the court that one of the victims involved in the earlier case appeared on television after Murphy was jailed and the interview and newspaper reports were seen by the others who then came forward.
By coincidence the sixth victim, who had “wrestled with the effect of the abuse throughout his life” had also decided to speak to the police.
The abuse of the victims, some of them altar boys, occurred at swimming baths in Liverpool and Leigh, on camping trips and at the homes of the victims in Liverpool, Whiston and Ashton-in-Makerfield.
One told how he had been horrified when years later Murphy helped at his mother’s funeral mass and he consequently felt unable to visit her grave for ten years.
Lee Bonner, defending, said: “He is deeply sorry for the pain, harm and distress which his past conduct has caused.”
He said that Murphy, formerly of Maghull, Merseyside, is frail and has various health problems including diabetes and a heart condition.
“Now as a very elderly man he will pay quite properly the price for his actions as a much younger man.”
He has had the prospect of a jail sentence hanging over him since January when he entered his guilty pleas and has been largely housebound and isolated in the intervening period.
What an awful story.
A 96 year old priest being sent to prison for the sexual abuse of at least 16 victims.
Our first thoughts, as always, must be with the victims / survivors.
We wish them whatever healing they can, with the help of God, and others they can achieve.
Sexual abuse affects different people differently – but it is ALWAYS a wound.
I was sexually abused by a young neighbour at the age of 6.
It certainly overshadowed the first part of my life.
But it was greatly helped and even transformed by the counselling and therapy I engaged in.
I have ministered to a lot of victims and survivors.
I have also ministered to a small number of abusers.
In this Aug. 26, 2018 file photo, People gather to protest at the site of the former Tuam home for unmarried mothers in County Galway, Ireland. The Vatican has indicated its support for a campaign to exhume the bodies of hundreds of babies who were buried on the grounds of a Catholic-run Irish home for unwed mothers to give them a proper Christian burial. The Vatican’s ambassador to Ireland,
Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, said in a July 15, 2020 letter to the amateur Irish historian behind the campaign that he shared the views of the archbishop of Tuam, Ireland, Michael Neary, who has said it was a “priority” for him to re-inter the bodies in consecrated ground. (Credit: Niall Carson/PA via AP.)
ROME — The Vatican has indicated its support for a campaign to provide a proper Christian burial for hundreds of babies and toddlers by first exhuming their bodies from the grounds of a Catholic-run Irish home for unwed mothers.
The Vatican’s ambassador to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, said in a July 15 letter to the amateur Irish historian behind the campaign that he shared the views of the archbishop of Tuam, Ireland, Michael Neary.
Neary has said it was a “priority” for him to re-inter the babies’ bodies in consecrated ground. If the Irish government refuses to authorize the exhumations, Neary promised to bless the ground where they were originally buried.
Historian Catherine Corless has been campaigning since 2014 to give the babies a dignified burial after she tracked down the death certificates for nearly 800 children who died at the home in the town of Tuam, north of Galway, but couldn’t find corresponding burial records.
Excavations of the site in 2017 showed “significant quantities of human remains” in a 20-chamber underground structure near a decommissioned sewage tank. DNA analysis confirmed the ages of the dead children ranged from 35 weeks gestation to 3 years and were buried chiefly in the 1950s. The Tuam home, which was run by the Sisters of Bon Secours order of Catholic nuns, closed in 1961. Based on Corless’ research, the Irish government instituted a commission of inquiry in 2015 into the Tuam facility and several other mother and baby homes where unwed mothers, orphans and children whose parents couldn’t care for them were housed.
This June 4, 2014 file photo shows the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland. The Vatican has indicated its support for a campaign to exhume the bodies of hundreds of babies who were buried on the grounds of a Catholic-run Irish home for unwed mothers to give them a proper Christian burial.
The Vatican’s ambassador to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, said in a July 15, 2020 letter to the amateur Irish historian behind the campaign that he shared the views of the archbishop of Tuam, Ireland, Michael Neary, who has said it was a “priority” for him to re-inter the bodies in consecrated ground.(Credit: Niall Carson/PA via AP.)
It was part of a process of reckoning in overwhelmingly Catholic Ireland to come to terms with a history of abuses in Catholic-run institutions, including the shunning and shaming of unwed mothers, many of whom were pressured into giving up babies for adoption.
The commission is only looking into burial arrangements at the homes. It said in its most recent interim report more than a year ago that it still couldn’t understand why the babies and young children buried outside the one in Tuam were handled in such an “inappropriate manner.” The commission said local Galway authorities bore “particular responsibility” since they owned the home.
Seeking to nudge the government to finally honor the Tuam children and bring closure to their relatives, Corless wrote last month to the Vatican ambassador asking his views. She had been heartened by Pope Francis’ horror when he learned about the Tuam burials during his 2018 visit to Ireland.
“My query to you is, as papal nuncio, do you think it proper in the name of Jesus to allow these little souls (they are all baptized) to be left in a sewage tank, or do you agree that they be exhumed and given a Christian burial?” Corless wrote Okolo on July 13.
Okolo noted in his reply letter two days later, which Corless provided to The Associated Press, that the final report of the government’s commission of inquiry is pending.
But he quoted Neary, who previously said “it remains a priority for me, in cooperation with the families of the deceased, to seek to obtain a dignified re-internment of the remains of the children in consecrated grounds in Tuam.” Neary reaffirmed that position as recently as last month, but has also said that if the government chooses to leave the bodies where they are, he would bless the ground.
“I share his views,” Okolo wrote Corless. “It is my conviction that through sincere love, a calm mind, clear-sightedness and mutual understanding, everyone concerned can cooperate to rectify the mistakes of the past.”
Pope Francis himself has urged the church in Ireland to do whatever it can to make reparations for the Tuam burials, which he learned about first-hand from the country’s then-minister for children, Katherine Zappone, with whom he met during his 2018 visit.
In a letter to the pope that she hand-delivered Aug. 27, 2018, Zappone said the Tuam babies were owed the “dignity and respect” that had been denied them in death, and noted the option of exhuming their remains and performing DNA tests on them. She urged the church to “contribute substantially” to whatever decision is taken by the government.
Francis was clearly moved by her appeal, and told Irish Jesuits later that day that he wanted the Irish church to “put an end to this.” “I don’t mean simply turn the page, but seek out a cure, reparation, all that is necessary to heal the wounds and give life back to so many people,” he told the priests.
Francis later wrote to Zappone assuring her of his concern and praying “in particular that efforts made by the government and by the local churches and religious congregations will help face responsibly this tragic chapter in Ireland’s history.”
While Zappone announced later in 2018 that the site would indeed be exhumed, the commission’s final report has been delayed, Zappone is no longer minister and to date the burial site remains intact. The Irish government has estimated that the cost of exhuming the site would cost between 6 million and 13 million euros; the Bon Secours Sisters have offered to pay 2.5 million euros, Irish news reports have said, quoting Zappone.
Fuck the Vatican!
This “Vatican support” fills me with just anger.
The Irish people and the Irish government dont need the Vatican’s support, approval or permission to rescue the bodies of the 600 + children that were buried in a septic tank by the Vatican’s vicious vestal virgins.
And may God forgive us for ever allowing them to imprison those babies in their concentration camps in the first place.
What the Irish Government should do is to make the Irish branch of the RCC pay all the expenses associated with all the forensic work done, the decent rebuttals and the fitting memorials.
I was delighted when Enda Kenny sent the papal noncio packing.
That should have stayed permanent.
These people tortured generations of Irish people with their dominance.
Our Brit colonisers were bad. They plundered our land our language and our freedom.
But our Roman colonisers stole and destroyed our souls and even threatened to steal our eternities.
And all the while they were raping our women, children and even our young men.
In very different ways, the Roman’s were the Irish Nazis, the Irish Facists etc.
Why they are tolerated in anyway in modern Ireland I cannot understand.
But it is comforting, and just, to see them shrivveling into a rump of what they once were.
There is justice !
There is Karma !
There is a God in Heaven !
I hope those creeps Neary and Okolo will have sufficient decency to stay away from the reburials.
But knowing how they work the Irish bishops will try and have their dirty paws all over it 🤮
I have never met Paul Tighe. Nor do I crave meeting with him 🙂
My opinions about him come from watching him on the media talking – like the short piece above.
He appears to me to be an upper middle class Dublin Catholic.
I suspect that he is ambitious.
I get the feeling that he wants to climb the Vatican greasy pole.
For that to happen I suspect that he does not want to replace Diarmuid Martin in Dublin.
Why would the likes of Tighe want to swap his prestigious desk job in Rome to inherit all the problems DM is leaving behind in Dublin – a disillusioned clergy, disappearing vocations, dwindling congregations, an increasingly secular Ireland and God knows how much debt and other troubles.
It’s much nicer to have a plush and posh life in Rome being a Vatican mouthpiece, living in a comfortable city apartment, wining and dining in the best hosteleries, being an international guest speaker travelling business class and being an expert in how the RCC can use modern tech to promote its propaganda.
One might have high hopes of being an archbishop and cardinal?
Why do people like Paul Tighe wabt to be priests?
They are not pastors.
Tighe reminds me of the quip I once heard a retreat master give:
“He went out to do good – and he did well”. 😄
A COMMENT ON YESTERDAY’S BLOG
Diarmuid has no time for priests. He is a pure careerist whose ambitions lay elsewhere,. Dublin was never something he wanted – he said so so many times. He feigns warmth while with someone but behind the smile is a cold calculating heart interested only in himself. He’s leaving Dublin in a mess. He has surrounded himself with spineless men incapable of speaking up to him – the sooner he goes the better.
Tighe in Rome is too much in the mould of his patron he should stay there. He is devoid of personality and has no pastoral qualities. He would be the kiss of death for Dublin.
JUST STARTED DIGITALISING MY OLD VHS TAPES.
HERE IS THE RTE DOCUMENTARY FROM 1985 REGARDING MY DISPUTE WITH CALY DALY.
The above 1959 interview with the famous psychologist and psychiatrist is fascinating.
I firmly believe that EVERYONE would be a better, happier and more balanced person if they engaged in counselling and psychotherapy.
And I can say this based on personal experience of having voluntarily placed myself in psychotherapy over a 5 year period in my late 30s and early 40s.
The therapist I chose was/ is from the psychological school called psychosynthesis
( PSYCHOSYNTHESIS is an approach to psychology that expands the boundaries of the field by identifying that a deeper center of identity, which is the postulate of the Self.
It considers each individual unique in terms of purpose in life and places value on the exploration of human potential.
The approach combines spiritual development with psychological healing by including the life journey of an individual or his unique path to self-realization.
The integrative framework of psychosynthesis is based on Sigmund Freud’s theory of the unconscious and addresses psychological distress and intra-psychic and interpersonal conflicts. )
During the above interview Jung talks about becoming aware of his own individual consciousness at the age of 11. He describes it as coming out of a mist and stepping into clarity.
The difference between the self I was before therapy and after therapy was the same. I stepped out of a mist into the clear light of day.
It also gave me a total new freedom that I had never experienced before. After therapy I really knew what it felt like to have the freedom of a son of God.
Henry David Thoreau famously stated in Walden that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
If that is true, what a horrible truth it is!
But it is true, that at various times of our lives we all have painful “issues”.
Sometimes we can resolve those issues on our own.
At other times, we need some help with our issues
The secret is to be wise enough to know when we need help and practical and courageous enough to ask for it.
As psychosynthesis combines psychological healing and spiritual development my time in therapy was also a time of spiritual growth.
I also engaged in Primal Therapy with Dr Frank Lake.
Frank Lake (6 June 1914 – 10 May 1982) was one of the pioneers of pastoral counselling in the United Kingdom.
In 1962, he founded the Clinical Theology Association with the primary aim to make clergy more effective in understanding and accepting the psychological origins of their parishioners’ personal difficulties.
However, the training seminars in pastoral counselling, which he began in 1958, eventually enlisted professional and lay people in various fields from various denominations. Many thousands of people attended the seminars.
A PRAYER PLEASE
Please remember a prayer and a thought for Belfast trauma and orthopaedic surgeon Kyle McDonald (38) who passed away suddenly in his sleep the other day leaving a young wife and two babies. (Not Covid related.) RIP.
By Shawn Boburg and Robert O’Harrow Jr. WASHINGTON POST.
In the years before his removal from ministry, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick secretly gave nearly $1 million to a controversial group of Catholic missionaries and supported leniency for its founder after the Vatican punished him for sexual wrongdoing, internal church documents show.
From 2004 to 2017, McCarrick sent the Institute of the Incarnate Word dozens of checks — some as large as $50,000 — from a charitable account he controlled at the Archdiocese of Washington, according to ledgers obtained by The Washington Post.
During those years, Carlos Buela, who founded the group decades ago in Argentina, repeatedly defied Vatican sanctions for alleged sexual misconduct with seminarians, according to a confidential Vatican order. The group “systematically obstructed” Vatican efforts to oversee its activities, the document shows.
On Feb. 16, the Vatican announced it had defrocked ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick after finding him guilty of sexual abuse while in the priesthood. (Reuters)
A Post examination found that the financial and personal ties between McCarrick and Buela’s group were far more extensive than previously known. At a time when the Catholic Church is facing questions about the motives behind financial gifts from clerics accused of sexual misconduct, the examination reveals a highly unusual flow of money from one accused church leader to a group led by another. The church declined to explain the purpose of the gifts.
In the early 2000s, McCarrick aided Incarnate Word as it expanded into the United States, and in 2005 he gave the group control of church-owned property to open a small seminary just outside Washington. A letter expressing gratitude for the gift illustrates the high regard Incarnate Word members had for the Washington archbishop.
“You have been a true father to our religious family, looking out for us and guiding us,” an Incarnate Word leader wrote to McCarrick and copied to Buela. “Once more Your Eminence, I sincerely wish to thank you.”
McCarrick, who was once one of the most recognizable figures in the U.S. Catholic Church, last year became the first cardinal known to be defrocked for sexual abuse, over incidents that occurred decades earlier. The Vatican is finalizing a long-promised report examining how he rose to the highest levels of the U.S. Catholic Church and remained there despite complaints of misconduct that reached the Vatican as early as 2000.
In December, The Post reported that over nearly two decades McCarrick sent more than $600,000 from the “Archbishop’s Special Fund” to senior clerics in Rome and elsewhere, including Vatican bureaucrats, papal advisers and two popes. Some of the recipients were responsible for assessing sexual abuse claims against him.
Ousted Cardinal McCarrick gave more than $600,000 to fellow clerics, including two popes, records show
The Archdiocese of Washington declined to provide details about the nearly $1 million in contributions to the institute, the largest single recipient of money from McCarrick’s fund. A spokeswoman, Paula Gwynn Grant, said McCarrick himself raised the money for the fund — more than $6 million in tax-deductible contributions, the ledgers show — and he spent it as he chose. “Therefore, any information needed about these donations, including the specific amount, must be asked of Mr. McCarrick,” Grant said.
Grant said the archdiocese knows of no complaints or allegations from Incarnate Word members about McCarrick.
McCarrick recently moved from a Kansas friary, where he had been living since 2018, to an undisclosed location. Through his attorney, he declined to comment.
In response to questions, the Vatican said in a statement that it has issued multiple orders to Buela because of his “laxity in carrying out the provisions” imposed on him in 2010 for inappropriate conduct with seminarians. Buela was ultimately ordered to a monastery in Spain in 2016, the statement said. Buela has denied wrongdoing.
The Vatican also disclosed for the first time that it recently named a cardinal to examine “the Institute’s issues and reorganization.”
More than three dozen Incarnate Word officials did not respond to requests for comment in recent weeks. Efforts to reach Buela, who remains a priest, were not successful.
Buela formed the institute in Argentina in 1984 to spread conservative Catholic ideas in line with an earlier era. The group said it was committed to the “evangelization of culture,” and its teachings often decried the evils of modern society.
The institute grew quickly, in part as a result of campaigns to recruit young people and its willingness to assume responsibility for parishes in economically distressed areas. It formed a related group for women, called the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, and an organization for lay people called Third Order.
On its website, Incarnate Word claims to have priests, monks and seminarians in 88 dioceses in 38 countries.
From the start, Incarnate Word was controversial in Argentina. The country’s Catholic leaders worried that Buela placed too much emphasis on “ultraconservative Catholic” tenets, according to Verónica Giménez Béliveau, an Argentine sociologist who has studied the group.
The organization also was sympathetic to Argentina’s military junta of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and it believed the church was “being invaded by Marxists,” said Giménez Béliveau, who interviewed Buela as part of her research.
As his group grew, Buela instilled the notion that it was oppressed by mainline factions in the church, routinely claiming that dark forces in the Vatican were aimed at thwarting its mission, according to interviews with current and former members.
Six current and former members of Incarnate Word said McCarrick was celebrated internally for using his influence to protect the group.
They said multiple members had warned church officials about alleged sexual encounters between Buela and seminarians. They also complained to church officials that institute leaders stifled internal criticism and punished dissenters.
“You cannot dissent or disagree. Everything is black and white. You’re with us or against us,” said Raul Monfort, who left Incarnate Word and the priesthood in 2001. “They act like a cult.”
Other senior clerics in Argentina in the late 1990s asked Pope John Paul II to shut down the group’s seminaries, according to Página 12, a newspaper in Buenos Aires. Among the most prominent critics was Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who in 2013 became Pope Francis. He and other senior clerics refused to ordain Incarnate Word seminarians for at least three years starting in the late 1990s.
At the time, the group was expanding to parishes in the United States with large Spanish-speaking congregations, including in San Jose and New York City. Giménez Béliveau said Incarnate Word leaders told her McCarrick was instrumental in that expansion. “They couldn’t have been there without McCarrick’s help,” she said.
In Massachusetts, they were welcomed to Fall River by then-Bishop Sean O’Malley, now a cardinal and archbishop of Boston. Not long after the group sent priests to Fall River, O’Malley began hearing reports that Buela had sexually abused seminarians in Argentina, O’Malley spokesman Terrence Donilon said in a statement.
O’Malley notified the Vatican’s ambassador in Washington and church officials in Rome and Argentina at some point in the 1990s, Donilon said. At the time, O’Malley became convinced that Buela “should be expelled” from the priesthood, Donilon said.
It is not clear how McCarrick and Buela first met. In a letter to an Incarnate Word seminarian, McCarrick said he traveled to Argentina every few years in the 2000s. The Post obtained the letter.
In 2004, three years after he became cardinal in Washington, McCarrick invited Incarnate Word to place priests at a parish in suburban Mount Rainier, Md., according to church records. That same year, McCarrick gave Incarnate Word a donation of $10,000, the first of more than 80 checks.
In 2005, he gave Incarnate Word the property in nearby Chillum, Md., to launch a small seminary.
McCarrick retired the following year, but he continued to raise and spend money through the fund at the archdiocese.
He gave lavish contributions to Incarnate Word, donating more than $200,000 from 2006 through 2009, a time when Buela was facing growing pressure inside the Vatican for alleged sexual wrongdoing.
In 2009, McCarrick led a celebration of Incarnate Word’s 25th anniversary at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, according to an Incarnate Word newsletter. He spoke of “the abundant growth that our religious family has experienced,” according to the newsletter.
At the time, the Vatican was investigating sexual misconduct claims against Buela. Church officials in 2010 privately approved sanctions against him, citing the “quantity of witnesses and the logic and coherence of their statements,” according to a translation of a Vatican decree. The decree, handed down in January 2010 but never released publicly, contains no details of Buela’s alleged misconduct but describes it as “morally inappropriate behaviors with the Institute’s young people.”
Buela forcefully asserted his innocence, arguing the allegations were fabricated as part of a plan coordinated by bishops in Argentina to destabilize the institute, according to the decree.
His claim was found to lack merit, the Vatican decree states. The decree also alleges that the work of three Vatican commissioners sent to examine Incarnate Word was “systematically obstructed.”
He was ordered to step aside and live under close supervision in a monastery in France “until further notice,” the decree states.
Incarnate Word publicly described Buela’s departure that month as a retirement, without mentioning the allegations against him.
Later in 2010, McCarrick traveled to Rome and met with a top Vatican official about Incarnate Word and Buela. McCarrick cited the meeting in a follow-up letter to the official days later.
“On behalf of so many of our American Bishops — those who are so grateful to God for the presence of the Institute of the Incarnate Word in their dioceses — I thank you for your care of this important and most apostolic community,” McCarrick wrote on April 20, 2010, to Cardinal Franc Rode, the official in charge of religious orders and institutes.
McCarrick wrote that he was pleased to hear that Incarnate Word’s governance structure would not be altered as a result of the turmoil and that punishment for Buela, who he referred to as “Father General,” might be eased.
“I was also very happy to learn that the decisions concerning Father General may allow both the shortening of the period of time for his residing in a monastic setting” as well as a change in location, McCarrick wrote on Archdiocese of Washington letterhead.
Behind the scenes, McCarrick himself was facing allegations of sexual misconduct with seminarians. By 2007, church officials in New Jersey had privately paid legal settlements totaling $180,000 to two former seminarians in the Diocese of Metuchen. The seminarians claimed that McCarrick touched them inappropriately in the 1980s, when he was bishop there.
In 2010, McCarrick moved to the Incarnate Word seminary in suburban Washington. He lived in one of five houses Incarnate Word purchased in Chillum. He generally lived with two seminarians and a priest secretary, who were assigned to him by the group, according to interviews with current and former Incarnate Word members.
In its statement, the archdiocese acknowledged that McCarrick lived in the Incarnate Word house and that the archdiocese paid the group to provide McCarrick with a priest as a personal assistant. The archdiocese declined to specify the dates he lived at the house or the address of the home, citing security reasons.
Buela, meanwhile, remained active as a leader and inspiration despite the sanctions, according to correspondence among church officials.
Buela was to have “no interference in the government and management of the Institute,” a Vatican cardinal wrote in a May 15, 2013, letter to a bishop in Argentina who had raised concerns about Buela’s ongoing involvement.
The Vatican intervened again in 2016, after Francis received reports that Buela was still directly involved with Incarnate Word. Among other things, Buela had created his own website on which he was promoting himself as the founder of the group and posting videos about his teachings.
The Vatican ordered him to another monastery, this time in Spain, and prohibited him from making public statements or appearing in public.
“Fr. Carlos Buela is absolutely forbidden from having relations with IVE members,” states an April 2016 decree by Francis, using the acronym for the Spanish-language name of the group.
With that decree, the Vatican’s previous findings about Buela’s conduct were announced publicly for the first time, and officials said it involved only adults. The Vatican had substantiated allegations against Buela that involved “actions in sexual matters which harmed religious and seminarians of the Institute,” church officials announced.
McCarrick continued to give money to the group — more than $73,000 from January 2016 to October 2017, the internal ledgers show. McCarrick was removed from public ministry in 2018 amid allegations of misconduct decades earlier with a 16-year-old altar boy, and he was defrocked last February.
Incarnate Word continues to extol Buela on multiple websites as its founder, with no mention of the sanctions for alleged sexual misconduct.
Stefano Pitrelli in Rome and Dalton Bennett in Washington contributed to this report.
It seems that McCarrick had his fingers into every aspect of sexual abuse everywhere in the worldwide RCC.
And he poured big sums of money into the accounts of abusers of all kinds.
This particular abuser priest just happens to be from Argentina – Pope Francis’ bailewick?
I wonder if there is any connection to be drawn there?
We know that McCarrick and Argi Frank are close.
Frank lifted Benedict’s restrictions on McCarrick.
Argi Frank sent McCarrick to do the China deal for him.
The Chinese government must have been over the moon when McCarrick arrived.
I wonder how many Chinese “chickens” did McCarrick gobble up during his China trips?
McCarrick covered up his 50 year abuse career by splashing millions of dollars on all kinds of shady people.
McCarrick was basically using church money to buy himself, and others, boys and young men.
McCarrick is a perfect example of all that’s wrong with the RCC clergy and hierarchy.
Guo Wengui accused Beijing of silencing the Vatican on religious matters
The exiled billionaire alleged China started to pay the Holy See from 2014
The dissident said countries including Italy and Australia were also muzzled
He made the bombshell claims on a US show hosted by an ex-Trump adviser
An exiled billionaire has accused the Chinese government of giving the Vatican £1.6billion every year in bribes to prevent it from criticising Beijing’s sweeping clampdown on religions.
Fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui claimed in a podcast that the Communist Party had been paying the Holy See generously since 2014 because Beijing ‘wanted the Vatican to shut up about China’s religion policies.’
US-based Guo, 52, said in the interview that the Communist country had also spent large sums to muzzle other countries – including Italy and Australia – from voicing concerns.
Steve Bannon (pictured), a former Trump strategist, spoke to the Chinese fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui in an interview on Bannon’s self-launched radio show ‘The War Room’ on June 20.
The billionaire’s comment comes after China faced widespread criticism over its crackdown on the country’s religious groups, particularly the ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims.
Guo, who is known for his criticism against the Communist Party, made his bombshell claims on June 20 during an interview with The War Room, an American podcast hosted by an ex-Trump adviser, Steve Bannon.
The highly wanted dissident said that the Chinese Communist Party had been allocating £1.6billion each year to gain influence over the Vatican in the past six years.
‘[They] want Vatican to shut up and follow the CCP about the religion polices,’ Guo said on the radio show. ‘That is disaster.’
The Chinese dissident also claimed that the Chinese government was paying the Holy See with $100million (£80million) before 2014, without specifying when those payments initially started. ‘CCP knows, if the Vatican tells the truth about Chinese Christians and Catholics, CCP is die,’ Guo said.
‘CCP is so worried, so they give two billion [dollars] to the Vatican, 1.5 billion [dollars] to Australia, 100million [dollars] to Italy,’ he added.
Guo has developed a relationship with Bannon – who has also been an outspoken critic of the Chinese Communist Party.
The two announced their plans to set up a $100million investigation into Chinese corruption in November, the New York Times reported.
Guo’s interview comes as China has been heavily criticised by other countries and humanitarian groups over its policy against Muslims and other religious groups.
UN experts and activists have claimed that at least one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are held in the detention centres in the region. Former detainees claimed that Muslims were forced to eat pork and speak Mandarin in those internment camps.
After initially denying their existence, China acknowledged that it had opened ‘vocational education centres’ in Xinjiang aimed at preventing extremism by teaching Mandarin and job skills.
Who are the Chinese Muslims?
Muslims are not a new presence in China. Most of China’s Muslim communities, including the Hui, Uighurs and Kazakhs, have lived in China for more than 1,000 years, according to fact tank Pew Research Center.
The largest concentrations of Muslims today are in the western provinces of Xinjiang, Ningxia, Qinghai and Gansu.
A substantial number of Muslims live in the cities of Beijing, Xi’an, Tianjin and Shanghai.
Chinese Muslim men take part in gathering for the celebration of the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha, or the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice, at the Niu Jie mosque in Beijing, China
They make up about two per cent of the 1.4 billion population in China. However, as the country is so populous, its Muslim population is expected to be the 19th largest in the world in 2030.
The Muslim population in China is projected to increase from 23.3 million in 2010 to nearly 30 million in 2030.
Those who grow up and live in places dominated by the Han Chinese have little knowledge about Islam – or religions in general – thus view it as a threat.
Beijing’s policymakers are predominately Han.
At the same time, radical Muslim Uighurs have killed hundreds in recent years, causing China to implement even more extreme measures to quash potential separatist movements.
Uighurs in particular have long been used to heavy-handed curbs on dress, religious practice and travel after a series of deadly riots in 2009 in Urumqi, according to the Financial Times.
Schoolchildren were banned from fasting during Ramadan and attending religious events while parents were banned from giving newborns Muslim names such as ‘Mohammed’ and ‘Jihad’.
Certain symbols of Islam, such as beards and the veil, were also forbidden. Women with face-covering veils are sometimes not allowed on buses. Unauthorised pilgrimages to Mecca were also restricted.
Judas got his 30 pieces of silver.
Here is the Vatican getting £ 1.6 billion a year for letting the Chinese Government choose bishops and keeping stum about the Chinese Government’s murderous human rights record with regard to it’s own citizens, the people of Hong Kong, Catholics, Christian’s and Muslims.
Of course Francis himself colluded with the junta in his native Argentina, including in the killing of two Jesuits, and God knows how many others?
This is not just playing horrible politics with horrible people.
Staying silent in front of the torture and mass killing is nothing short of EVIL and SATANIC.
Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong is a voice crying in the wilderness and has also been betrayed by the Vatican and the 200 cardinals he wrote to about Chinese atrocities.
I terms of evil, there is no real difference between the likes of Islamic terrorists and the Vatican.
The Vatican too, is a centre of religion based terrorism.
There has to be a HELL. And it.must be full of religious murders and their enablers?
Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who is charged in a new lawsuit of sexually abusing teenagers in his New Jersey beach house decades ago.AP
By Ted Sherman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
He is known only as “Doe 14.”
Raised in a devout Catholic family, he attended St. Francis Xavier in Newark and Essex Catholic in East Orange in the Archdiocese of Newark, participating in church and youth activities.
And by the time he was a teenager, his lawyers say he was being groomed for a role in what they called a “sex ring” involving then-Bishop Theodore McCarrick, the 90-year-old now defrocked and disgraced former cardinal who was cast out of the ministry last year over decades-old sexual abuse allegations.
In a lawsuit, they charged other priests served as “procurers” to bring victims to McCarrick at his beach house on the Jersey Shore, where he “assigned sleeping arrangements, choosing his victims from the boys, seminarians and clerics present at the beach house,” and that they were paired with adult clerics.
The lawsuit does not say if McCarrick asked the other priests to bring boys to the beach house.
In a press conference on Wednesday, attorneys for the now 53-year-old victim serving as the plaintiff in the lawsuit detailed a sordid, predatory scheme of sexual abuse involving McCarrick and other members of the clergy involving at least seven children, including Doe 14, that they said played out over dozens of years.
Jeff Anderson, who represents Doe 14, said priests and others under the control of McCarrick engaged in “open and obvious criminal sexual conduct” that was kept cloaked by the church.
“That continued for 50 years until McCarrick, having been publicly exposed, was ultimately defrocked,” declared Anderson.
In their court papers filed Tuesday night in New Jersey Superior Court in Middlesex County, the unnamed victim filed suit against the Diocese of Metuchen, where McCarrick served as bishop, the Archdiocese of Newark, where he was the archbishop, and the schools, high schools and parish schools Doe 14 had attended while growing up in New Jersey.
According to the lawsuit, much of what allegedly transpired occurred at a Sea Girt beach house that has been the focus of other complaints involving charges of abuse by McCarrick of seminarian students, who he allegedly would bring down to the Jersey Shore.
“McCarrick would creep into this kid’s bed and engage in criminal sexual behavior and whisper, ‘It’s okay,’” said Anderson.
Asked about the charges, attorney Barry Coburn, who represents McCarrick, said only, “no comment at this time.”
The Newark Archdiocese also declined comment.
“It would be inappropriate to discuss or comment on matters in litigation,” said spokeswoman Maria Margiotta. “The Archdiocese of Newark remains fully committed to transparency and to our long-standing programs to protect the faithful and will continue to work with victims, their legal representatives and law enforcement authorities in an ongoing effort to resolve allegations and bring closure to victims.”
The Doe 14 complaint charged that boys were also selected and abused not only by McCarrick, but by other priests and clergy at the beach house, who were named in the court papers.
Gerald Ruane, Michael Walters and John Laferrera, allegedly abused Doe 14, the lawsuit claimed. All three were listed last year by the Newark Archdiocese as having credible accusations of sex abuse made against them. Ruane was listed as deceased, and the others had previously removed from ministry.
Brother Andrew Thomas Hewitt, the former Essex Catholic principal, was also accused of abusing the boy from 1981 to 1983, and named as well in a list of those accused of sexual abuse. He is now dead as well.
Also accused of “unpermitted sexual contact” when the plaintiff was 11 years old was a former priest named Anthony Nardino. He had not been publicly accused before, but was said to have left the ministry as well. Church officials did not respond to questions about him.
McCarrick, once the most recognized Catholic leader in New Jersey and a major voice on national issues for the church, has already been repeatedly accused of sexual abuse in earlier court filings.
Last year, James Grein stepped forward with a lawsuit under a new law that gives people more time to sue their alleged abusers and the institutions that protected them. He charged McCarrick sexually abused him for 20 years, even after he told Pope John Paul II during a visit to the Vatican about the abuse.
In a separate lawsuit, John Bellocchio, a former Catholic schoolteacher and principal, alleged in a lawsuit that McCarrick sexually assaulted him when he was the archbishop of Newark.
Even before any of those allegations came to light, church officials in New Jersey later revealed that McCarrick had previously been accused of sexual misconduct with three adults during his time in the state. Two of those cases resulted in secret legal settlements, according to the Archdiocese of Newark.
The settlements included $80,000 paid to a former priest turned lawyer from New Jersey who said McCarrick, known as “Uncle Ted,” would invite young seminarians and priests to the house in Sea Girt, where they would be expected to share a bed with McCarrick.
All that time, McCarrick continued his ascendancy in the church hierarchy, picked by Pope John Paul II as Washington’s archbishop in late 2000. A year later, he was made a cardinal.
The cardinal’s downfall began after a former altar server went to the Archdiocese of New York after hearing that a panel was considering settlements for alleged victims, to report how he had been abused as a teenager while being measured by McCarrick for a special cassock for Christmas Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
He told them that McCarrick, then a monsignor, unzipped the teenager’s pants while measuring him for the garment and was later cornered in a bathroom.
The allegation led to McCarrick being removed from public ministry and later forced to resign from the College of Cardinals. A subsequent Vatican investigation ended with his being laicized, or dismissed from the clerical state — considered one the harshest forms of punishment that can be issued by the church.
McCarrick has never admitted to any wrongdoing.
The more we hear about McCarrick the more disturbing the story gets.
McCarrick wanted younger men, even youths who had not reached the age of consent.
He seems to have had a number of people, including priests, who supplied him with victims.
Mc Carrick was a :chicken hawk”.
And he appears to have had, in his circle, clerical and lay “feeders” who supplied him with “fresh meat”.
This is not the story if a man who was a lover of some kind, but a man looking boys and younger men who had a voracious appetite for young male flesh.
The fact that Pope Francis is still sitting on the Vatican report into McCarrick is a clear sign that the Vatican’s priority is not the victims but the church’s reputation and wealth.
MUSLIM CALL TO PRAYER IN IRISH CATHOLIC CHURCH.
What was this priest hoping to achieve by having a Muslim making a Muslim call to prayer in a rural Irish Catholic church?
It smacks to me of unthinking clerical gimmerickery?
It seems to me like clerical
Why doesn’t Fr Farragher just sell the church to the Muslims to make into a mosque?
One culture within the Catholic Church needing major reform is that surrounding the practice of the Latin Mass.
In a previous era, the Latin Mass was merely a uniform and standard way of celebrating the liturgy in the United States. In the wake of much needed reforms instituted by the Second Vatican Council, the Latin Mass has become a rallying point for change-resistant sects within the church.
The ultra-conservatism practiced by these Latin Mass groups is radical and narrow-minded. They utilize the Latin Mass structure to wield control over believers — particularly women, who are reduced to a state of discriminatory subjugation in Latin rites.
The stubbornly resistant, anti-modern practices of these Latin Mass adherents border on cultism.
The Latin Mass fosters clericalist structures in the church. The liturgy — spoken in an ancient language no longer in modern vernacular usage — places all power in the hands of the priest. The priest keeps his back turned to the people for most of the ceremony. Aside from making occasional responses, the congregation plays no active part in worship. All people inside the church are expected to kneel on cue at various points. The priest is at the center of the spectacle. He is separated from the people he is supposed to serve by an altar rail — a barrier that gives him privileges. To receive the Eucharist, people must kneel at his feet.
Instead of a unifying form of worship, the Latin Mass has become an instrument of oppression and a gathering point for Catholic fundamentalists.
Meanwhile, the Latin tradition oppresses women. Women are expected — indeed, in some cases commanded — to wear skirts instead of trousers, cover themselves with long clothing and wear veils over their heads. No such rules exist for the men. It is discrimination, and therefore the Latin Mass actively endorses sexism. Instead of a unifying form of worship, the Latin Mass has become an instrument of oppression and a gathering point for Catholic fundamentalists.
In most cases, it is useless to politely disagree with people in the Latin Mass sect. Their attitude creates blindness — not only to true faith, but to their own behavior. They treat others with pride and animosity, but their conscience fails to kick in because they are convinced their way is holy and other ways are not.
Anyone who may accuse me of not knowing what I’m talking about — a favorite indictment of the Latin Mass ideologues — would be wrong. My opinion is based on facts and personal experiences.
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I grew up in a household of challenged but growing faith, which grew stronger over time. My parents were divorced. My mother was a fallen-away Catholic who hadn’t been to church in over 30 years. In the branches of my family tree were relatives who might best be described as atheists, and others of a more traditional Christian type. My mother decided to return to the Catholic Church when I was young. From an early age, I believed in Christ and considered myself a Catholic — other relatives tried in vain to convert me to atheism while I was still in elementary school.
Maybe this sounds like the beginning of a happy story of faith and discovery. It was not. My family’s journey into the Catholic Church was a long, tumultuous and unpleasant road punctuated by a series of awful mistreatments by Catholic clergy, religious, schools and parishioners. (It’s a miracle that I’m still Catholic and became a Catholic journalist.)
The Latin Mass rears its veiled head in this unholy history at several points. The last Masses my mother remembered attending took place before the Second Vatican Council, so naturally she started going to Latin Masses when she returned to the church because they were familiar. The church was going to welcome us, she thought. The treatment we got was slightly shy of the Spanish Inquisition.
Needless to say, anything in the church looking remotely female was completely veiled. The people had the humor of a gallows crowd and the pastor, arrayed in lavish vestments, was more like a Renaissance baron. After over an hour spent every Sunday drowning in incense smoke and getting sneered at, we did not feel any closer to God.
“You should come to the Latin Mass instead and wear a veil. Women look the most beautiful in church when they are veiled,” he tried to persuade.
Rules, also, were a strange issue. For example, the color red was forbidden to be worn in the church. A confessor there hit one of my family members with a “permanent daily penance”— a rosary every day, forever, to atone for an alleged life of iniquity. After some while of this torture, my mother spoke with a different priest about the unbearable situation. He advised her that genuine Catholic faith did not forbid wearing certain colors or allow priests to inflict a “lifetime penance” for sins. Immediately we stopped going to Mass at that parish.
But it wasn’t the last time I would run into Latin Masses — or the Latin Mass sectarians, present today in many Catholic organizations.
After almost leaving the church as a teenager, I chose to stay Catholic by practicing my faith as a free agent — belonging to no parish, attending different churches for Sunday Mass. On one instance, a priest noticed I was showing up semi-regularly and approached me with a persuasive speech to convert me to the Latin Mass faction — disguising discrimination as encouragement. “You should come to the Latin Mass instead and wear a veil. Women look the most beautiful in church when they are veiled,” he tried to persuade. “The long veils are the best kind — the really long ones, past the shoulders. I recommend that for you — you have such pretty red hair, but it would even look nicer if you wore a veil over it. I think the long kind would be best for you.” Most disturbing about this conversation was his effort to make repression sound positive. Of course it made no sense that my hair would somehow look better if people couldn’t see it. Indignant, I asked him to explain why he thought I should consider covering my head.
“Because it’s respectful,” he replied solemnly.
When asked why it was disrespectful to show the hair that God gave me — and why men in church did not have to cover their hair — he was not able to answer. He reacted badly because I challenged his authority. Anyway, I had no intention of listening. I knew I was free to take my belief in God elsewhere. I never returned to that church afterwards.
The priest’s attitude towards veiling women is typical of Latin Mass cultists. They seem to believe that women look better in church when people can’t see them. They try to sell the veil to girls as a symbol of feminine piety. They hold that covering up and hiding yourself is beautiful although such a practice is the very opposite of natural beauty. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how pretty, lacy or colorful the veils may seem to potential wearers — the veils are meant to conceal female beauty and prevent people from noticing women. By promoting the veil, Latin Mass fundamentalists rob women of freedom, while trying to make it seem like a liberating choice. Their attitude is not much different from religious extremists in the Middle East and Asia.
Given such practices, it should come as no surprise that a contingent of men active within the sectarian Latin Mass environment have sexist worldviews. These types believe they are superior to women simply because they are male.
I cite two examples to support my view. One occasion that remains burned into my memory was when I attended Mass at a Catholic university. It was a busy Sunday and my schedule demanded I attend Mass at a particular time. I did not know it was a Latin Mass until I stumbled over the doorstep. The atmosphere was typically medieval. I was surprised to recognize some people there. One of them was a professor who was known to be a chauvinistic person. When I saw his wife, I was shocked — and suddenly realized the ugly extent of his prejudices. His wife was a mere ghost of a woman. She was covered from head to foot. Her dress was so long that it dragged on the floor. Even her entire neck and her hands were covered. She kept her head bowed and always walked behind her husband. She carried a rosary and looked physically weak — almost ill.
The professor, by contrast, looked swaggering and hearty. He strutted around and chatted with others in church as she followed him like a pale shadow. Seeing this, I believed I had witnessed a very dark side to the professor’s spirituality. His religion was a mechanism of abusive control.
My second example concerns a younger Catholic age group — many of whom are apparently falling victim to the ultra-traditional Latin Mass ideology promoted in Catholic activity groups and on college campuses. A female acquaintance of mine, about my age, decided to brave the Catholic dating scene — a recipe for disaster, in my personal opinion. Among the stories I heard from her were of traditional Catholic males shopping for wives, asking her and other girls, “Are you willing to be veiled?” before agreeing to date them. These men did not want to associate with women whom they couldn’t religiously dominate.
Men she met in this traditional Catholic peer group would interview girls about theology before deciding to spend time with them — they were arrogant and believed they were somehow morally superior to the women. Instead of standing up for her own dignity, she decided to cave into the pressure — go to traditional services and start wearing veils. I still don’t understand why she wanted to associate with that group, or why she decided to give in to oppression.
It is very unfortunate that younger generations of Catholics seeking to deepen their faith are getting sucked into this vortex of toxic, traditional radicalism. I saw many young families at a Latin Mass recently when I was invited to attend a speaking engagement at a traditional church. I happened to arrive before Mass was quite over — having nowhere else to go before the event, and wishing to receive Communion, I decided to sit in on the Mass. Unsurprisingly I found myself surrounded by veiled women who entertained themselves in between kneeling bouts by casting disapproving glances at my leggings and earrings.
Looking around, I was astonished to see many college-aged men and women among the crowd. The priests seemed to be in their 30s. Clearly these people were too young to remember times before Vatican II. Yet something had drawn them here. Parental influence? Doubtful. It seemed to be a shared spirit of ultra-conservatism. I found it frightening to reflect on how the closed, Latin Mass mindset had managed to replicate itself over time and spread like a virus.
Unsurprisingly, while there I had another memorably bad experience. I asked to receive Communion in the hands. Most traditional-type priests I’d encountered in my lifetime would give me the Eucharist in the hands. Not this pastor. He literally made a scene at the altar and jerked the Eucharist away from me when I reached out to receive it — as if my hands would contaminate the very Jesus who, according to the Catholic faith, seeks Communion with my soul. I seriously considered walking out of the church at that point, but decided to receive the Eucharist instead since I wanted to pray. After Mass I gave the priests a piece of my mind.
I reminded him that, as a priest, he was supposed to be of service and value my feedback as a believer.
Clericalism defined the response I received. When I informed an assisting priest that the pastor had been very rude to me at the altar and asked that my views be relayed, he replied: “I won’t throw our pastor under the bus. He’s the pastor. I refuse to tell him to correct his behavior,” the priest said. I reminded him that, as a priest, he was supposed to be of service and value my feedback as a believer. The priest took a step back and looked at me in astonishment, as if the notion of service had never occurred to him. “Very well. I’ll tell the pastor what you said,” he said condescendingly. “But I don’t think he did anything wrong.”
His attitude was a trademark example of the culture within the Catholic Church that encourages abuse. His first reaction was to default to absolute loyalty to his pastor, then dismiss my views. When pressed further, he flat-out denied all wrongdoing. To clericalists, complainers are always the problem — not those who belong to the herd, and certainly not clergy.
With feudalistic rigidity, the priest argued in defense of his pastor against the traditions of the “novus ordo”—a derogatory term used by Latin Mass cultists to denote regular English-language Masses. He said the Masses I regularly attended were invented “only 40 years ago” — as if that devalued them somehow —and insisted they were only “allowed to exist, but not standardly recommended.” He claimed the church only allowed Communion in the hands “in extreme cases.” Of course, I know this is not true. He capped his radical fundamentalist arguments by saying the Latin Mass is a solemn rite equal to Byzantine and Coptic rites and that rules cannot be changed for anyone. He accused me of being “rude” by expecting them “to change their rites.”
I feel it necessary to point out — lest readers be confused by his illogicality — that the Byzantine and Coptic rites originate in the traditions of distinct Catholic churches in foreign countries. The Latin Mass, by contrast, is merely an extinct model of tradition practiced in the United States and other countries, and was never a separate church nor imported from a foreign country. Therefore the Latin Mass can be compared to Coptic and Byzantine churches as much as apples can be compared to oranges. No ancient Romans or native Latin speakers will be disenfranchised by changes made to the Latin Mass — just hardliners unable to let go of their particular ideology.
What I gained from this experience was a deeper recognition of how the Latin Mass foments the clericalist culture within the Catholic Church that Pope Francis is actively working to change. In his homily earlier last month, Pope Francis warned Catholics against hypocrisy. He described hypocrisy as “appearing one way, but acting in another,” and said that a hypocritical attitude “always kills.”
Jesus did not tolerate hypocrisy, according to Pope Francis, but enjoyed unmasking it. “A Christian who does not know how to accuse himself is not a good Christian,” the pope said.
The intolerant atmosphere of the Latin Mass stands in stark contrast to Pope Francis’s description of what the Catholic Church is supposed to be. “The church is not a fortress, but a tent capable of expanding and offering access to everyone,” said Pope Francis. “The church is ‘going out’ or it is not church, either it is walking, always widening its room so that all may enter or else it is not church.” Compassion defines true Catholicism. Radical traditionalists who cling to the pomp, ceremony and narrow-minded rituals of outdated Latin practices would do well to follow the advice of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 9: “Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ “ [Zita Ballinger Fletcher has reported extensively on Germany’s Catholic Church for Catholic News Service.]
This is a hard hitting article.
But we must think about the points Ms Fletcher is making and ask if she is right or wrong.
Personally, I believe, the Extraordinary Form is NOT in keeping with the thinking and theology of Vatican 11.
And, that is bad for the church as a whole.
The Novus Ordo Mass has much, much more in common with the Breaking of the Bread conducted by Jesus Himself and later by the early church.
When the English Jesuit George Tyrrell was branded a “modernist” by Cardinal Mercier in 1908 he responded by writing a book called MEDIEVALISM.
He was making the point that Catholic Christianity cannot be reduced to the thinking or practices of the Medieval period in the church.
And that’s where the Latin Mass people have gone wrong – in that they are equating the whole theology of the Eucharist for what passed in medieval times – the time when ordinary people were poor and ignorant and the world especially the church, was under the feudal system.
Fletcher makes her point well that the Latin Mass movement smacks of cultism, sexism and clericalism.
Personally, I think Benedict made a grave error by making the Extraordinary Form so prevalent.
I would not ask for the Extraordinary Form to be banned – but it should be restricted.
The Novus Ordo Mass in the Mass of the Vatican 11 era.
And it best expresses the theology of the Vatican 11 period.
Is clinging to the Latin Mass not a little like the Amish insisting on horse and carriages instead of motor cars?
Could the Latin Mass folk be worshipping the idol of Medievalism and not God Himself?
A retired Vatican diplomat accused of sexual assault while in office is due to appear before the Paris criminal court in November.
Archbishop Luigi Ventura resigned as nuncio to France in December 2019 at the age of 75. He had served in the post 10 years.
Ventura was accused of inappropriately touching a young male staffer of Paris City Hall in January 2019.
It was confirmed to CNA on July 23 by Vincent Plumas, deputy prosecutor and press manager of the office of the public prosecutor of Paris, that Ventura “should appear before the Paris Criminal Court for acts of sexual assault on November 10.” The Vatican revoked Ventura’s diplomatic immunity in July 2019, paving the way for a trial in French courts.
Ventura has been living in Rome since September last year, according to French news agency I. Media.
He was first accused in early 2019 of inappropriately touching a staffer at a January 17, 2019, reception for the New Year address of Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo. The accusation was then investigated by Parisian authorities for several months.
After the initial allegation was made against Ventura, he faced a second accusation of sexual misconduct against an adult male relating to his time in Canada in 2008. He has denied the allegations.
Ventura was apostolic nuncio to Canada from 2001 to 2009.
Christian Vachon, who was 32 at the time of the alleged incident, claims Ventura touched his buttocks at least twice during a banquet held at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, near Quebec.
Ventura was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Brescia in 1969. He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1978 and was stationed in Brazil, Bolivia, and the UK. From 1984 to 1995 he was appointed to serve at the Secretariat of State in the Section for Relations with States.
After his episcopal consecration in 1995, Ventura served as nuncio to Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chile, and Canada. He was appointed apostolic nuncio to France in September 2009.
Ventura is a very foolish man.
After being caught in Canada 12 years ago you would think he would have learned to keep his hands to himself?
The problem, of course, was that he regarded himself as untouchable, with his diplomatic immunity.
If he has touched up young men twice, you’ll find he has done it 22 + times.
The good thing is that France, once “The Eldest Daughter of the Church” is no longer under the influence of the RCC and are charging him.
And Francis, has wisely removed his diplomatic immunity from him – so that the French can have him.
All the old Catholic countries are now willing to tackle crime and wrong doing by senior RCC figures.
Ventura is obviously a gay man who never came to terms with his homosexuality.
None of us have the right to impose unwanted touching on others.
This report is my Church Militant. Ignore the interviewer and listen to the facts
This interview is very important for the following reasobs:
1. It announces that McCarrick will be held liable in the civil courts for his actions.
2. He will be deposed this month, hopefully in public.
3. He my have to use up his vast off shore savings to pay his victim.
It shows Feancis in a very bad light – for sitting on The Vatican McCarrick report.
THE INTRODUCTION OF SAME SEX RELIGIOUS MARRIAGES IN NORTHERN IRELAND.
Yesterday I as the nominating person of The Oratory Society received a letter from the Northern Ireland Registrar General asking if The Oratory wished to celebrate government recognised religious same sex marriages in Northern Ireland.
Of course, I replied saying that indeed we did.
So, from September, The Oratory priests will be able to celebrate same sex marriages that are fully legal in Northern Ireland.
I doubt if very many churches in Northern Ireland will be agreeing to celebrate same sex marriages.
The RCC will not do them.
I cant see the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterians or the Methodists doing them.
We will certainly not see them happening in the Paisleyite Free Presbyteruan Church.
I cant see the Baptists and the other free churches doing them.
I know that some of the Unitarians aka The Non Subscribing Presbyterian Churches will do them – especially All Souls Belfast where the very gay friendly minister Chris Hudson is minister will do them.
I have been doing Same Sex Blessings for 34 years now.
It will be good that those ceremonies will now be legal in Northern Ireland.
Obviously, no church or priest / minister will be forced to perform same sex weddings.
What do readers think of the introduction of same sex religious marriage in Northern Ireland?