MARIE COLLINS, the child abuse survivor and campaigner has spoken out about the total inadequacy and shortcomings of the new Vatican penalties for the abuse of children and vulnerable adults by clerics.
Marie condemned the Vatican for not including a NO ZERO TOLERANCE and NO MANDATORY REPORTING.
She went on to say that the Vatican still saw women and children as being “TEMPTRESSES”.
According to the new rules an offending priest CAN be punished.
But it still left to the local bishop to punish or not and decide the punishment.
This says Marie Collins amounts to NO CHANGE.
It also excuses priests who offended IN THE HEAT OF PASSION!
The document also equates CHILD ABUSE with ADULTERY!
Apparently the bishops of England and Wales asked the Vatican not to use tgis language.
TheVatican ignored them!
The Vatican excused it as TRADITIONAL LANGUAGE!
“As a survivor of abuse as a child it bothers me that I’m still being lumped in under ” thou shalt not commit adultery”.
There is only one way to sort the Vatican out:
1. Italy must renounce the 1929 Mussolini concard with the Vatican and bring it back under Italian and European law.
2. The international community should regard the Vatican as a rogue state and as an axis of evil.
3. Interpol and the Hague should investigate the Vatican as a criminal abuser of human rights and the rights of the child.
4. Take the pope out of the Vatican in handcuffs and march him and others off to be put on trial in a similar way to the Nazis in 1945.
Drugs called antiretrovirals are a virtual “cure” for HIV / AIDS – turning the once terminal illness into a chronic health matter.
There are peoole in their 80s with HIV livng perfectly normal lives today.
These people, like others, will die of heart disease, strokes or cancer.
Sadly, many, including health professionals are ignorant of the vast progress made in this area.
A look at where we are 40 years into the HIV epidemic.
May 17, 2021By Liz Highleyman POZ
1981: The first medical report of AIDS is published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 1983: French researchers discover the retrovirus that causes AIDS. 1985: The first HIV antibody test is approved. 1987: The FDA approves the first antiretroviral drug, AZT (Retrovir). 1992: The FDA implements an accelerated approval process for experimental drugs. 1994: The ACTG 076 study shows that AZT prevents mother-to-child HIV transmission.
1995: The FDA approves the first protease inhibitor, Invirase (saquinavir). 1996: The first HIV viral load test is approved. 1996: The FDA approves the first NNRTI, Viramune (nelfinavir). 1997: The FDA approves Combivir (AZT plus lamivudine), the first coformulation of two HIV drugs.
1998: The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issues its first antiretroviral treatment guidelines. 2001: The FDA approves tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), the first nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor. 2002: The Global Fund is launched to provide HIV treatment to low-income countries. 2003: The United States launches the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPAR) to fight HIV in low-income countries. 2006:The FDA approves Atripla, the first single-tablet regimen. 2006: The SMART study shows that treatment interruptions lead to worse outcomes. 2007: The FDA approves the first integrase inhibitor, Isentress (raltegravir). 2010: The iPrEx study shows that Truvada (TDF/emtricitabine) reduces HIV risk for gay and bi men. 2011: The HPTN 052 trial shows that antiretroviral treatment reduces the risk of HIV transmission. 2012: DHHS guidelines recommend HIV treatment for all. 2012: The FDA approves Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). 2015: The START trial shows the benefits of early HIV treatment. 2015: The World Health Organization recommends universal treatment for people living with HIV. 2018: The FDA approves Trogarzo (ibalizumab) for people with multidrug-resistant HIV. 2020: The FDA approves the first HIV attachment inhibitor, Rukobia (fostemsavir). 2021: The FDA approves Cabenuva (cabotegravir/rilpivirine), the first long-acting injectable regimen.
THE GREAT PROGRESS
There can be little doubt that the drugs used to treat HIV have advanced enormously over the past 25 years. What some may not realize is just how much antiretroviral therapy has improved since 1996, when the first triple-drug therapy changed the very course of the AIDS pandemic.
Most importantly, with optimal treatment, a person newly infected with HIV can expect to enjoy a normal to near-normal life expectancy. According to research published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, a 20-year-old who tests positive for HIV today could very well live into their 70s and beyond.
Antiretroviral drugs are one of the major scientific breakthroughs of modern medicine, transforming a disease that one thought to be a death sentence into a chronically managed condition.
Recently one of the HIV doctors in N. Ireland told that 25% of people with it dont know they have it.
That’s sad and serious.
Those people are a danger to themselves and a danger to others.
Everyone should get checked.
And if you are UNDECTABLE (meaning that the tests cannot fetect any HIV in your blood) you are also UNTRANSMITTABLE (unable to pass HIV on to others) which is wonderful.
BORIS JOHNSON was able to be married in a full Roman Catholic marriage in Westminster Cathedral because the RC does not recognise the marriages of a baptised Catholic outside a Catholic church.
Johnson was baptised a Catholic but later joined the Church of England and was confirmed there.
This is all “How many angels can fit on the head of a needle” claptrap.
The RC did not get much involved in marriages until the 12 th century.
And when it did get involved it did so to control men and women and their sex life and bodies.
A typical nonsense of canon law is called the Petrine Privilege.
Petrine privilege, also known as the privilege of the faith or favor of the faith, is a ground recognized in Catholic canon law allowing for dissolution by the Pope of a valid natural marriage between a baptized and a non-baptized person for the sake of the salvation of the soul of someone who is thus enabled to marry in the Church.
In essence, it is an extension to marriages between a baptised and a non-baptized person of the logic of the Pauline privilege, the latter being dissolution of a marriage between two non-baptized persons to enable one of them, on becoming a Christian, to enter a Christian marriage.
According to Canon 1150 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, the privilege of the faith “possesses the favor of law.” In other words, whenever it is possible that the privilege is applicable, the law favors its granting. Nevertheless, dissolution of a marriage in favor of the faith, which is seen as having a biblical precedent in Jews putting away their non-Jewish wives recounted in Ezra 10:1–14, is rarely used.
Boris does not strike me as a man who is overly interested in religion at all.
I imagine he went through the Catholic ceremony for his partner’s sake as she takes her religion more seriously.
Mind you, I don’t think either of them will be practising the RC method of contraception – THE RHYTHM METHOD 🤯
As my father used to say “Where would you get a jazz band at three in the morning”. 🤣
MY ADVICE TO COUPLES
When I meet couples who want to marry and have a “complication” like a divorce I tell them not to waste their time on annulments.
I advise them to look after all their responsibilities from the first marriage, especially with regard to children.
I then tell them to get a civil divorce and advise them that they can marry “in the eyes of God” and in the eyes of the law of the land.
I tell them it does not matter a jot what a pope or bishop or priest thinks.
Its what God thinks that matters.
And, as God is LOVE he is very pleased with every genuine expression of love between his children – whether that is someone who made a mistake before – or two men or two women who love each other.
And why should supposedly celibate men, who spend their evenings in gay saunas, dictate to genuine couples grappling with the challenges of life, family, finances etc?
Fintan Monahan, the RC bishop of Kilaloe, is refusing to give Ger Fitzgerald’s former mistress a proper answer about how he has handled the situation and how he is going to prevent the priest targetting other women in the future.
Her has had an unknown number of women in his life since his time in the seminary.
He told Yvonne little bits about a number of other women he had been with.
I don’t know if he came clean with Fintan Monahan about these matters. I suspect he has not.
We know he initially denied his affair with Yvonne but when she produced six months of recorded information to Fintan he admitted the Yvonne matter.
It seems that instead of taking disciplinary action against Ger, Fintan allowed him off the hook by allowing him to take a voluntary sabbatical.
Why does a relatively new priest get a sabbatical.
Many priests never take one.
Im 45 years ordained and Ive never had one – nor do I feel the need of one.
Ger should have been sent somewhere to seek and accept advice and direction and to face the question as to whether or not he is capable or willing to be celibate.
Having secret affairs with women in parishes is never a satisfactory situation and nearly always leads to people being hurt and to scandal.
As you will see in the emails below, Fintan has not properly addressed the Ger situation either with Ger or Yvonne.
It is the old story of bishops not veong honest and open with those hurt by prirsts and the church.
I have heard that you have convened a canonical inquiry into the actions and behaviour of Ger Fitzgerald.
I wish to formally request that I be allowed to give evidence to that inquiry.
cc Archbishop Okolo. Papal nuncio to Ireland.
I acknowledge your email.
At our meeting, you told me very little and I have no idea what the outcome of the investigation was.
Is Ger suspended? Is he on a leave of absence? Is he on a voluntary sabbatical?
And more importantly, what safeguards have you put in place to protect other women in the future from Ger’s predatory sexual behaviour?
Cc Papal Nuncio.
This last email from Fintan is really a two fingered response:
Chilean Jesuits Recognize 64 Cases Of Sexual Abuse
AFP – Agence France Presse. May 25 2021.
The Jesuit congregation of Chile has acknowledged that its priests sexually abused 64 people, including 34 children, between 2005 and 2020, according to a report from the Catholic order obtained by AFP Tuesday.
Eleven Jesuit priests were found guilty following an internal investigation of “abusive situations with a sexual connotation” involving underage victims, according to the report by the Society of Jesus, known colloquially as the Jesuits.
Of the perpetrators, “five have died, three are currently under strict professional supervision plans, and another three are no longer part of the Society of Jesus,” said the order.
The Jesuit order said that since 2018 it has been providing authorities background to the abuse allegations.
It added that 31 of the victims have received financial compensation.
Amongst those found guilty was Renato Poblete, the late former Jesuit leader who allegedly abused four minors and 19 adults over four decades from 1960.
Poblete, who died in 2010, spent almost 20 years as the head of the Hogar de Cristo, the country’s largest foundation for the homeless.
He was first accused of abuse in 2019, after which the Jesuit congregation asked for forgiveness.
The Chilean Catholic Church has been embroiled in sexual abuse scandals since 2010 when pedophile priest Fernando Karadima was first accused of molesting boys.
A Vatican canonical court found him guilty in 2011 and in 2018 he was defrocked by Pope Francis.
His case helped expose a culture of sexual abuse within the Church in Chile.
Here comes another RC sex scandal.
This time involving the Jesuits – Pope Francis’ own order.
And once again the perpetrator is dead meaning the victims will not see justice being served.
But at least the Jesuits are acknowledging this one and I hope that means something to the victims.
Hopefully they will get counselling and compensation too.
Everyone knows about my fallout with the RCC and my total disillusionment with it, but by the grace of God, and it alone, to date, I have never had either:
1. A crisis of faith.
2. A crisis of vocation.
One of my prayers has always been: “O Lord, let me go into my coffin as a priest”.
Of course, I am constantly struggling with the thoughts of how God works – particularly how he allows people to suffer and how he allows mind boggling natural disasters.
But then, as a limited human being how could I hope to understand God and his ways?
I am a catholic Christian and as such I believe firmly in:
The existence of God.
The Bible – properly read and interpreted.
The Seven Sacraments.
The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
These things and my relationship with God have given my life deep meaning for many decades now.
Most of the time, I like others, travel the humdrum road of life.
Occasionally, I have felt the presence of God permeating me and at such times I am confirmed in both my faith and vocation.
I believe God to be the epitome of Good.
I believe Satan to be the epitome of Evil.
From the beginning of time we Christians believe, there has been a struggle between Good and Evil and during our lifetimes we are caught up in that struggle – internally and externally.
The life of faith is a joy to those with faith.
To those without faith, it is unfathomable.
And its got nothing to do with intelligence.
In fact, its got more to do with simplicity and childlikeness.
Its about approaching life with more of the heart rather than the head.
Our Rome Correspondent Writes
Not only did Roche bankrupt the Leed’s diocese as bishop with his endless vanity projects, he also was involved in some financial shenanigans when he was private secretary to Bishop Gordan Wheeler – who doted upon his flaxen haired Yorkshire lad!
To have been removed from your diocese once may be considered unfortunate, but twice… Well, it did him no harm. The first time he had to “go away” he was sent to Rome to study for a Licence in Spirituality at the Gregorian University. This is hardly a course for theological high flyers.
The Degree’s themselves are readily available in the university WC, above the toilet paper dispensers with the notice “STL in Spirituality – Please Take One”. Roche never completed the course, let alone obtain the qualification (though he uses the letters after his name), as he was swept off his feet in his first few months in the Eternal City and appointed Spiritual Director [sic] of the Venerable English College.
You see Arfur bewitched the then idiot rector Edna Toffee Loo… and the rest as they say is history. Or is it? Well his friendship with onetime Cardiff priest Fr JJ hasn’t done him any harm and the Red Biretta awaits. Pope Bergolio won’t hear a word against him and so his appointment is assured. By the way it’s worth nothing that the financial mess that he caused twice in Leeds wasn’t cleared up by current Bishop Stock.
That was done by the excellent John Wilson, now archbishop of Southwark and my tip to succeed Vinnie. Mark my words the chubby young prelate is the one to put your money on.