There are two soul destroying aspects to abuse of any kind.
1. There is the abuse itself.
2. There is the cover up of abuse by bad authorities.
We have seen this millions of times in the RCC – priests abusing people – and bishops covering up for the abusers.
This week we this dynamic in the case of JOHN PAUL LYTTLE – and the covering up of his bishop PHYLIS EGAN.
John Paul got a young man in his Reading parish semi drunk / drunk by giving him wine.
He then tried to seduce the young man by getting him to stay overnight (the PP was away).
He sexualised the conversation with the young man by announcing: “I wank. I watch porn. I’m always horney”.
When the young man realised where Power Bottom Lyttle was going he immediately left the presbytery.
Apart from having endured an attempted seduction by his priest- the young man was further hurt by having his faith undermined.
He wrote to Phylis Egan and told the supreme pastor of his diocese that he daith had been undermined.
What did Pastor Egan do?
1. He refused to acknowledge the injured party’s letter.
2. He refused to answer him.
3. He handed the matter over to an office worker to reply – a Heather Hauschild, Chief Operating Officer of Support and Administration who dismissed the faith aspect and told the victim the matter was over!!!
So now, John Paul can now go back to another parish and do it all over again.
And all will live happy ever after!
MY KIND OF BISHOP
Pere Casaldàliga was born on 16 February 1928 in Balsareny, Catalonia, Spain, and grew up on his family’s cattle ranch. He joined the Claretians, entering in the Claretian Seminary of Vic at the age of nine. He was ordained a priest in Barcelona on 31 May 1952.
Casaldàliga moved to Brazil as a missionary in 1968.On 27 April 1970, Pope Paul VI named him Apostolic Administrator of the Territorial Prelature of São Félix. On 27 August 1971, Pope Paul named him prelate of that jurisdiction and titular bishop of Altava. He received his episcopal consecration on 23 October from Fernando Gomes dos Santos, Archbishop of Goiânia.
In the 1970s, the military regime ruling Brazil tried without success to force Casaldàliga to leave the country. His advocacy for indigenous peoples and peasants resulted in repeated death threats, and in 1976 a priest was killed standing alongside him at a march protesting the mistreatment of female prisoners. In the 1980s, he refused to make the required ad limina visits to Rome that bishops normally make every five years. He said he feared not being able to re-enter Brazil and said “The visits were bureaucratic and formal and did not lead to proper dialogue.”
Casaldàliga co-founded the Conselho Indigenista Missionário [pt] in 1972, an organ of the Episcopal Conference of Brazil that fights for the right to cultural diversity of indigenous peoples to strengthen its autonomy.
In 1986, Casaldàliga founded a pilgrimage, Romería de los Mártires, held every five years. It centers on the site where Jesuit João Bosco Bernier was killed at Casaldáliga’s side on 11 October 1976, the Sanctuary of the Martyrs of the “Caminhada”.
Liberation theology movement and friction with the VaticanEdit
In June 1988, as part of a Vatican effort to place restrictions on the liberation theology movement and following its 1985 silencing of Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff, Casaldáliga was called to Rome to be examined by Cardinals Joseph Ratzinger and Bernadin Gantin on his theological writings and pastoral activity.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and the Congregation of Bishops produced a statement for him to sign as an acknowledgment of his errors. The statement decreed that he would not add political content to processions, would accept restrictions on his theological work, and only say Mass or preach outside of Brazil, especially in Nicaragua, with permission from the local bishop. He did not sign it.
He summarized his views: “My attitude is a reflection of the view of the church in many regions of the world… I have criticized the Curia over the way bishops are chosen, over the minimal space given to women, over its distrust of liberation theology and bishops’ conferences, over its excessive centralism. This does not mean a break with Rome. Within the family of the church and through dialogue, we need to open up more space.”
Pope John Paul II accepted Casaldàliga’s resignation on 2 February 2005. Anticipating the appointment of his successor, he objected that it would happen without the people of the prelature being consulted. In retirement he continued to live in São Félix do Araguaia, and work as an ordinary priest under his successors.
When the CDF criticized the work of theologian Jon Sobrino of El Salvador in 2007, Casaldáliga responded with an open letter asking that the Church confirm its “real commitment to the service of God’s poor” and acknowledge “the link between faith and politics”. He had Parkinson’s disease since at least 2012 he referred to it as “Brother Parkinson”.
In 2015, Pope Francis consulted Casaldàliga, among others, during the writing of the encyclical Laudato si’
Casaldàliga was the target of death threats, and even assassination attempts, throughout his life. In 1993 Amnesty International showed concern for the safety of Bishop Casaldàliga when landowners hired gunmen to kill him.
In December 2012, Casaldàliga had to flee his home, and the Federal Police hid him for two months after he received death threats from landowners from the region when he helped the Xavante people regain their land.
On 4 August 2020, Casaldàliga was admitted to the hospital for respiratory problems, being very weak due to his advanced state of Parkinson’s disease. He tested negative for COVID-19.
Casaldàliga died on 8 August 2020, in Batatais, in the state of São Paulo.