Given all we now know about the cover-up of clerical sexual abuse by Rome it's difficult to see what is significant about the Pope's meeting with a small number of victims in Malta. I appreciate that it may have been meaningful to those who chose to meet the Pope, but it hardly represents a major breakthrough in addressing the global scandals engulfing the Roman Catholic church.
One might have expected that such meetings, as part of a meaningful engagement with victims, would have been an essential component of an appropriate response to abuse by priests. They are at odds with the ongoing denial of the Vatican of its responsibility for the cover-up of crimes against children and its use of sovereign immunity to block efforts to hold it to account before civil courts.
The perversity of blaming everyone else, including at times the victims themselves for the crimes and cover-ups of the church in a ridiculous attempt to dodge accountability, whilst expressing concern for victims seems lost on the Vatican. Read more – by Colm O'Gorman – The Independent
Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) & Marriage Equality -> Restores “Hope of Love” To Children In Early Childhood - read more
Watergate Cover-Up For Covert Operations, Washington Post – read more
The truth is that child abuse and cover-up are not primarily about religion or sex. They are about power - The Irish Times – read more
Bishop urges EU leaders to criticise Vatican 'stupidity' - ANDREW RETTMAN – Euobserver – read more
"The Truth Is These Are Not Very Bright Guys, And Things Got Out Of Hand." Watergate ----- Bishop urges EU leaders to criticise Vatican 'stupidity' - ANDREW RETTMAN – Euobserver – read more
"Unconditional obedience is owed to God alone" Galatians 2:11 - Church in worst credibility crisis since Reformation, theologian tells bishops – by HANS KÜNG – The Irish Times – read more
Happy Easter! 2010 - Sad Easter! - Benedict XVI - Cover-ups – Defense Orchestration – Kids Are Being Hurt!!! – read more
Priest says he was pressurised into taking blame for pope – by PADDY AGNEW, DEREK SCALLY and PATSY McGARRY – The Irish Times – Read more
Priest says he was bullied into taking fall for Pope in abuse scandal - The Local – Germany’s News In English – read more
A Church In Crisis – The Daily Dish – by Andrew Sullivan – The Atlantic – read more
Facts About Homosexuality and Child Molestation – read more
Galileo & Benedict XVI & Homosexuality & Natural Law – read more
It's The Gays' Fault - The Daily Dish - By Andrew Sullivan - The Atlantic – read more
The Catholic Church Sex Scandal Is Not a "Homosexual" Problem - by Michael A. Jones – read more
Ignorance About Human Sexuality Is Harmful To Children
The Science Of Sexual Orientation - 60 Minutes – 2006 - CBS News - Read more – video clip
Sexual Attraction and Orientation – Kids Health – read more
Transgender Children – read more
SEX, LIES, & GENDER – The Story of the Intersex Soldier - Explorer / National Geographic Channel – read more
Prayers for Bobby – video clip
Dr. Caitlin Ryan - Family Acceptance Project™ - Reducing Risk and Promoting Well-Being for LGBT Youth: The Critical Role of Family Support – Read more
Sexual orientation is less about sex and more about love, being one with another human being. Attachment Theory - LOVE and RELIGION – read more
Continuum of Human Sexuality - The Kinsey Scale – read more
Marriage Equality -> Restores “Hope of Love” To Children In Early Childhood – read more
Auschwitz - Christmas 2008 - Brokeback Mountain - read more
Kids Are Being Hurt!!!
It's not the sex. It's the cover-up – by Matt Gurney, NP Editor, April 15, 2010 – National Post – read more
A 'Failed Papacy'? How Benedict XVI Got Into This Mess – by David Gibson – Politics Daily – read more
Tony Blair tells the Pope: you're wrong on homosexuality – April 8, 2009 – Times Online – read more
Abuse coverup reports hardly unfair to pope – by BILL GOUVEIA - Attleboro Sun Chronicle – read more
Ratzinger, Hurley, Maida & Accomplices – The child sexual abuse cover-ups are only the tip of the iceberg. “Kids Are Being Hurt!!!” – read more
Vatican -> WATERGATE (AGAIN)? - No “Checks and Balances” Kids Are Being Hurt!!! – by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz – read more
Flagrant Disregard For All Of Humanity –> Being Publicly Demonstrated by Benedict XVI and hierarchy - Failure to Accept Responsibility for Decades of Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups – read more
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Refutes Vatican Official's Statement on Pedophilia and Sexual Orientation – read more
France Condemns Vatican for Blaming Abuse on Gay Priests – Voice of America – read more
It's Not About Homosexuality: Blaming the Wrong People for the Sexual Abuse Crisis – by Rev. James Martin, S.J. – The Huffington Post - read more
'Pope Benedict, the world is watching and waiting' | National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, March 30, 2010 – read more
Kids Are Being Hurt!!!
“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.” Erik Erikson
…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
Protect children and the entire world will be safe.
Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children. Kids Are Being Hurt!!!