Pope lies?

Let me start out by saying that Pope Francis isn’t my favorite so anything I may say against him must be taken with a grain of salt.

That said a letter about sexual misconduct by now Bishop Juan Barros and “Rev” Fernando Kardima being hand delivered to the pontiff by Sean Cardinal O’Malley could have been misplaced.  I was not there so can only speculate.  I imagine that the pope’s secretary was with him.  The letter could not have been read at that very second.  It was probably handed over to the secretary who put it somewhere.  Where?  So it is feasible that Pope Francis never read it.  It’s also feasible that the secretary read it then trashed it for his own reasons.

Now for the grain of salt… For the pontiff to actually lie about something that has been so devastating to the Universal Church does not bode well for him as a person, priest or pontiff. Because of the seriousness of the issue it is not akin to saying, “No, those pants don’t make you look fat.” when they actually do.  Saying that there is no proof or complaints against Bishop Juan Barros when there actually is proof or a complaint is disingenuous, yes a lie. Of course it is not a lie if you never read or got the letter.

However this development does not in anyway excuse the pontiff’s remark in Chili about Bishop Barros and the calumny charge leveled at those abused. It was not a, “merciful”, remark by the pope so makes him seem like a phony and it further hurt victims and then further angered them.

How long has this priest sexual scandal been going on now?  The Church can not make miss-step after miss-step and expect healing.  All the talk in the world about immigration and climate change, (actually not even Catholic issues), will not hide the fact that some priests molested kids and the Universal Church is still making excuses, lying and dragging her feet instead of trying to rectify the pain that this has caused world wide.

So, what is the answer? To be better informed about this issue, to be genuinely sorry because words are cheap, to start making bishops accountable and to cease saying bonehead things regarding this issue.

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Pope Francis apologizes for his vile words in Chile to those affected by priest sexual abuse

Once the bell is rung it cannot be un-rung.

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Another miss-step by Pope Francis regarding priest sexual abuse

I fear.  Should I fear? Should I be very afraid?  Pope Francis must know that he sets the attitudes of others in the hierarchy of the Church concerning the treatment of the victims of clergy sexual abuse. In Chile he was vicious, unnecessarily cruel in his words regarding accusers of Bishop Barros covering up abuse by those abused by Fr. Karadima. Calumny, really.  Saying accusers who had been found to be credible in their accusations of Fr. Karadima who say Barros watched and then covered up, calling them liars and calling them calumnious…wow.  According to Merriam Webster on-line dictionary “calumny the act of uttering false charges or misrepresentations maliciously calculated to harm another’s reputation”.  Remember the abuse charges were found to be credible.  Was the response by Pope Francis loving…NO! Merciful…NO! Compassionate, Understanding, Empathetic…NO, NO and NO again!  And that really does frighten me.

Let’s face facts, no abuse by priests is ever handled well by the Church. Sexual abuse hasn’t even been handled consistently by the Church at this time or by this pontiff.  What is that saying to bishops, priests and laypeople around the world?  It signals that those who have endured abuse, and their loved ones, do not matter. Their pain does not matter. The difficulties that they have succumbed to or overcome do not matter.

Well into this scandal I have been at gatherings of priests who still say that the victims are only in this for the money and that they are probably not even telling the truth.  Where is my money then?  Why would a victim put themselves through this, being called liars, being called people guilty of calumny, people who just want money?  At this same conference the bishop was blaming journalist.  Journalists are a lot of things but they were not the ones covering up the crime and sin that is sexual abuse.

I hope other victims of the Church, (the sexually abused, their families and loved ones, the ongoing cover-up, evil and hurtful words by the pontiff and other bishops, priests and laypeople), cling to God.  God gives us the truth in this world of lies.  Cling to Him and fear not.


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Cardinal Law’s death

It has been a while since former Boston Archbishop Bernard Cardinal Law passed over the threshold of the corporeal world into eternity.  Heaven? Hell? What exactly did he know?  Was he sorry for the victimization of children in his archdiocese?  We will never know…but God does…

That leads me to another question. Does the current crop of bishops and their sycophants believe in the eschaton, the four last things, death, judgement, heaven or hell? Doesn’t that bother them?  I’m not just talking of the bishops in the USA but bishops all over the world.

Sadly the way in which the clergy sexual abuse scandal was handled and continues to be handled  is representative of the way all things, (how shall I put this), distasteful are handled. First there is silence, then denial and threats, then blame, then vague promises that are occasionally kept, ending with silence.  And as per-usual there are many innocent persons hurt along the way.

Do you know how hard, sometimes unbearably hard, it is to work in an atmosphere where right is considered wrong and wrong is considered right, to work for people in the Church who are weak and or deceitful, people who think it is okay to bully the laity and clergy alike, to lie and threaten?  It can be exasperating as well as exhausting.

I have an idea, it’s pretty radical and you may want to sit down before reading any further; follow the rules of Jesus.  What a concept.  In the case of the clergy sexual abuse scandal priests should be living celibate lives, prayerful lives.  Weakness, sin and concupiscence are a part of us so are a part of life.  That’s not an excuse to act upon them.  We are better than that, we have been redeemed.  We are made in the image and likeness of God and are children of God. All of us need to start living like that.  That is the only way we will triumph over sexual abuse, bullying, bad leadership…sin. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, don’t be carried away by all kinds of strange teaching.

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Church’s glacial movement regarding abuse.

This was my blog title on 07/07/2014

Francis pledged `’not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not,” and promised that bishops `’will be held accountable.”
Posted on July 7, 2014

Still waiting.

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Mt 18: 15-20…was God serious?

Gospel Mt 18:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
so that ‘every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church.
If he refuses to listen even to the church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Amen, I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again, amen, I say to you,
if two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”

That is the gospel for Sunday, September 10 2017.  I have a problem with it. Not the gospel itself that was given to us be Christ but by the way it is implemented, or not really implemented, by the Church.

Since this is a blog about priest abuse, sexual abuse being primary, the Church’s lack of implementation of this gospel…words and ideals from Jesus Christ…God… is a smack in the face to all Catholics and is especially heinous to those of us that have been abused by clergy.

Here is an old tune that I keep singing, when people went to the hierarchy about their child being molested by a priest they were ignored, offered blood money to keep silent, threatened by bishops, or told it would be handled and the priest was moved to a different parish or another diocese, (bishops helping bishops, is what they called it).  When the number of those who were abused hit critical mass and lawyers were asked to step in, then and only then was something done.  That’s probably because money was involved.  The slander, manipulation and lies of the men in charge ramped up considerably.  (For the record I made no money off of my own tragedy and molestation.)

This current pope, Pope Francis, has at least acknowledged the monstrous evil that has been the molestation of minors and the cover-ups that has reached its evil tentacles world wide.  But talk is cheap…cheaper than law suits.

The correct things were said. The founding of a committee to address the scandal was lauded as a giant step. Two abuse survivors were named to the committee.  Peter Saunders had been highly critical of the Vatican’s slow progress in taking measures to protect children and to punish all of the bishops who covered up for priests. He has been asked to take a leave of absence from the committee. Another abuse survivor, Marie Collins, resigned out right from the committee because of the resistance of Vatican Officials to implement changes.  Pope Francis himself reinstated an Italian priest who had been defrocked in 2012 after being convicted of child sex abuse, only to again remove him from ministry.

If everyone did what God has said then priests would not abuse and if they did abuse the hierarchy would address it immediately. “If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.”  What happens when the Church won’t listen???   This.



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Cocaine fueled gay orgy at Vatican apartment


High-ranking priest caught in cocaine-fueled gay orgy in Vatican apartment. Really. My first thought is how can he afford cocaine? My next thought is; Does he not know that as a priest he promised celibacy, (no marriage), which implies chastity, (no sex). Then I thought; where does he get the energy? The answer to that may be the cocaine.

How does all of this play into the sexual scandal of minors in the Church?  It’s an attitude.  Sad to say that the prevailing attitude of the a lot of men in the Church is, ‘do as I say not as I do’.  Wasn’t that the standard operating principle of the Pharisees?  If the moral authority that comes from God alone is not the operating principle in the Church by her own churchmen then its no wonder that there was and is an ongoing sexual abuse crises in the Church.  It also explains the attitude, “Who are they to preach to me about morality.” Remember that moral authority comes from God and not sinful man.  Doesn’t anybody take God’s word seriously any more?  When did God become subservient to man and mans desires? Isn’t anyone afraid of eternal damnation and hell?

It is reasonable to think that if people do not follow God in the small things, like chastity, they are not going to follow him in the bigger things.  The use of cocaine and a gay orgy are personal sins  by sinful men, (Never forget we are all sinful), and the participants had a choice.  The sexual abuse that was thrust upon so many children starts as a personal sin but crosses the line of “personal” when unwilling, underage kids were/are brought into the mix. Where was their choice to not be manipulated and sexually used?

It is also reasonable to think that if the commands of God are being ignored and as a result kids are being molested, (used sexually), it is perfectly reasonable to expect churchmen to lie about it and to try to cover it up.  Is God happy about that? I do not think so, yet he allows it. I don’t understand that but then again I am not God.

Except none of that is reasonable, it is irrational and demonic. And it is not ever something that in any way, shape or form pleases God. The devastating aftermath on the lives of those abused and on their families is permanent even if we allow God into the pain and brokenness to write straight with those horribly crooked lines.  Trusting others seems to be the sacrificial lamb universally effecting all of those who suffer all kinds of abuse from anyone. We trusted and look what it got us. It is hard to trust again.

Yes, the shift from the mystical life of God in the Church and our belief in all that is mystical has been replaced by a hedonism for the here and now.  Eternal life is not thought about, doing what feels good seems to be all that matters. That, of course, is at the sacrifice of the mystical Body of Christ and nary a thought is given to our eternal life yet to come. Eternal…forever…

The personal sin of the monsignor who threw the cocaine driven gay orgy can be easily forgiven if he asks God for forgiveness and changes his life. The corporate sin of the Church has crept into so many corners and crevasses of the Church, in so many dioceses and archdioceses of the Church and seems to be the mindset of so many clergy, men and women who work for the Church.   A request from God for the forgiveness for the sin of abuse will have to come from all of those corners and crevasses of the Church, from all those dioceses and archdioceses and from the many clergy, men and women who work for the Church.  (That is not to mention the lay people who refused to step in and step up.) It is that wide-spread.  It has become that invasive.  Only God can fix the mess that has become his Church.

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