Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Vatican accused of sex scandal cover-up – March 5, 2013 - Cardinal Keith O’Brien

The Vatican has been accused of having covered up the sexual misconduct of Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, for five months.

The scandal came into limelight after the British paper the Observer revealed that three priests and a former priest in Scotland had complained to Vatican’s ambassador to Britain, nuncio Antonio Mennini, about allegations of O’Brien’s inappropriate behavior against them about 30 years ago…
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DreamWorks to Make Film About Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandals – Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize winning documentary of cover-ups child sexual abuse by the Boston archdiocese - April 4, 2013
          The decades-old scandal that had influenced even the recent election of Pope Francis as leader of the 1.2-billion strong Roman Catholic Church will soon be seen in cinemas around the world…
[Other films]
          Hand of God (2006) - An investigation of how the Boston archdiocese mishandled its probe on Fr Joseph Birmingham, accused of molesting a boy named Joseph. It implicated Bishop John McCormack of Manchester and Cardinal Bernard Law, former Archbishop of Boston.
          Sex Crimes and the Vatican (2006) - A documentary on how Pope Benedict covered up sex abuse cases as doctrine enforcer in Vatican under Pope John Paul II. Besides the pope emeritus, the film implicated retired Bishop Brendan Comiskey of Fern, Ireland.
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Cardinal Bernard Law - A HISTORY OF SECRECY, COVERUPS IN BOSTON ARCHDIOCESE - The Boston Globe – 2002
Church documents, official testimony, and victim interviews gathered over the past year paint an extraordinary picture of secrecy and deception in the Boston Archdiocese; a culture in which top church officials coddled abusive priests and permitted them to molest again, while stonewalling or paying off the victims of that abuse.
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Cardinal Law resigns – December 14, 2002 - The Boston Globe

Abuse in the Catholic Church - The Boston Globe – 2002 – 2004

MEA MAXIMA CULPA: Silence in the House of God – Film - 9/13/12
…the Church’s code of secrecy and disavowal of accountability… an arrogant, unfeeling institution that sees its authority as absolute; that invokes canon law in order to hush up scandals and excommunicate those who would bring the truth to light; and that shows greater mercy toward its perpetrators than toward those who suffered at their hands…Benedict XVI is the Single Most Knowledgeable Figure on the Church's History of Sexual Abuse - done far too little for victims or to bring violators to justice…
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Vatican told bishops to cover up sex abuse – August 6, 2003
The Vatican instructed Catholic bishops around the world to cover up cases of sexual abuse or risk being thrown out of the Church.
The Observer has obtained a 40-year-old confidential document from the secret Vatican archive which lawyers are calling a 'blueprint for deception and concealment'. One British lawyer acting for Church child abuse victims has described it as 'explosive'…
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Pope [Benedict XVI] 'obstructed' sex abuse inquiry – April 24, 2005
Confidential letter reveals Ratzinger ordered bishops to keep allegations secret
          Pope Benedict XVI faced claims last night he had 'obstructed justice' after it emerged he issued an order ensuring the church's investigations into child sex abuse claims be carried out in secret.
          The order was made in a confidential letter, obtained by The Observer, which was sent to every Catholic bishop in May 2001.
          It asserted the church's right to hold its inquiries behind closed doors and keep the evidence confidential for up to 10 years after the victims reached adulthood. The letter was signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected as John Paul II's successor last week.
          Lawyers acting for abuse victims claim it was designed to prevent the allegations from becoming public knowledge or being investigated by the police. They accuse Ratzinger of committing a 'clear obstruction of justice'…
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1997 letter from the - Vatican Told Irish Bishops Not to Report Abuse – January 19, 2011
…The letter undermines persistent Vatican claims, particularly when seeking to defend itself in U.S. lawsuits, that the church in Rome never instructed local bishops to withhold evidence or suspicion of crimes from police. It instead emphasizes the church's right to handle all child-abuse allegations, and determine punishments, in house rather than hand that power to civil authorities…
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Worldwide system of covering up cases of sexual crimes engineered by Benedict XVI - Hans Küng – 41810

Sex Crimes Cover-Up By Vatican? – February 11, 2009
CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales has uncovered a church document kept secret for 40 years…
The confidential Vatican document, obtained by CBS News, lays out a church policy that calls for absolute secrecy when it comes to sexual abuse by priests - anyone who speaks out could be thrown out of the church

New Catholic Sex Abuse Findings: Gay Priests Are Not the Problem – 111809

UN Human Rights Council calls Vatican to account - covering up child abuse and allowing it to continue – 92209

Vatican condemned at United Nations for child abuse -31610

Benedict XVI’s 30 years Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups

Ireland - Killing the Secrecy Exposing - Benedict XVI & Roman Curia - Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups - 90611

VATICAN CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE CONFERENCE - fails to address to the root cause of the global child sexual abuse cases - “...which have shown up systematic cover-ups of known abusers by the Catholic hierarchy going back decades.” Victim Marie Collins “the only abuse victim to have been invited” told bishops “Apologising for the actions of the abusive priests is not enough. There must be acknowledgement and accountability for the harm and destruction that has been done to the life of victims and their families by the often DELIBERATE COVER UP and mishandling of cases by their SUPERIORS." 020712

With Vatican's Backing, Catholics Address Sex Abuse  - February 10, 2012

VATICAN CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE CONFERENCE – “To be sure, "reform" by Vatican standards is far removed from the root-and-branch overhaul extolled by some critics.” Benedict XVI did not attend the Vatican conference. “The Vatican has an unparalleled knack for rewriting history...” 021012

Pope To Irish: Child Abuse By Clergy A 'Mystery' That Shook Faith – June 17, 2012
          …For more than a decade, advocates for those abused by clergy have been demanding that church leaders in Ireland and at the Vatican accept blame for protecting pedophile priests…
          In Ireland, the United States and many other countries, bishops and other church leaders have been accused of systematically covering up pedophile priests, often by shuffling them from parish to parish without telling the faithful about the abuse…
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Pope Francis - DON’T CALL IT LOVE! – Unless - Acts decisively on - SYSTEMIC COVERUPS - Child Sexual Abuse Cases - by Vatican’s CURIA & CARDINALS & BISHOPS – “LOVE does not rejoice in WRONGDOING, but rejoices in the TRUTH”

Victims' groups cool to Pope Francis's first comments on abuse scandal – April 5, 2013

Pope Francis says he will act ‘with determination’ against sex abuse cases in church – April 5, 2013

Dolan and Cordileone: Please don’t call it love – April 5, 2013

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

How Pope Francis can reform the Vatican Curia – March 25, 2013

…the papacy is operating like the absolute monarchies of the 17th century where the monarch held the legislative, executive and judicial powers. Modern governments recognize the need for a separation of powers. Agencies like the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith should not make the rules, and then act as police, prosecutor, judge, jury and executor in dealing with theologians. This is not due process in the modern sense.

The role of the synod of bishops also needs to be strengthened in providing input on policy and supervision of the Curia. No political theory today would leave everything to the executive without a role for a legislature…
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