Pope's First Year of Papacy Has Been a Failure on Child Abuse


thezombiemessia:

But surely the pope’s such a nice guy!? Right? He, like, totally washed a woman’s feet…and, umm…gave some homeless guy a bit of cash?

Hey, we should give him a break, it’s not like he’s the head of the most powerful religious institution on the planet, right?

Oh…ummm…well, it’s not like he can just change the views of every Catholic over night, like that time they did with what happens to unbaptised children when they die…oh…

Yeah…he’s, umm…a totally nice guy but only when we compare him to other popes…

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Bergoglio, in short, was digging in over-manured soil. Before the gormless acclaim him as a liberal, they should expect him to meet minimum standards. His church opposes civil gay marriage and maintains that homosexual sex is a sin.

If he were serious about stopping discrimination, he would reverse both those dogmas. He might also welcome the use of condoms because they emancipate women and protect against Aids, and co-operate with police investigations into the rape of children by clerics and compensate their victims.

To date, there is no sign of him doing any of the above. For despite all you have read, the pope remains what he has always been: a Catholic.


I know the internet went wild a little while ago about his ‘who am I to judge’ spiel about homosexuals, but I, a queer person, read it with a raised brow, not believing a word of it. It sounded to me like lip service to get people off his back. The above comment sums it up pretty succinctly for me.

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Pope Francis Kidnapping Controversy: Jorge Mario Bergoglio Accused Of Involvement In 1976 Abductions 
Argentine Cardinal Named in Kidnap Lawsuit
I’m not saying he did, but there is a lot of talk going on about this already. There ae people coming from all sides, to either say he’s guilty of condeming these two men to imprisonment, or saying he had nothing to do with it.
I’m not sure yet. But these are two of the articles about it for you to read.
Mooglets

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Pope Francis Kidnapping Controversy: Jorge Mario Bergoglio Accused Of Involvement In 1976 Abductions

Argentine Cardinal Named in Kidnap Lawsuit

I’m not saying he did, but there is a lot of talk going on about this already. There ae people coming from all sides, to either say he’s guilty of condeming these two men to imprisonment, or saying he had nothing to do with it.

I’m not sure yet. But these are two of the articles about it for you to read.

Mooglets

Pope Evades Criminal Charges by Hiding in Vatican


Late breaking news on the real reason why Pope Benedict XVI quit the job as Pope is centered around the fact that he was going to be charged for crimes against humanity by shielding pedophile priests in the RC church.

A statement given to Reuters reveals that the Church has decided to grant Joseph Ratzinger immunity against any and all charges involving his protection of known sex offenders.

As a high ranking member of the Catholic Church, Ratzinger knew priests who habitually were reported as sex offenders with children and shipped them to other parishes where they continued raping children.

Even after becoming a Pope as well he protected priests by denying criminal charges. 

When he was an archbishop, J. Ratzinger knowingly and willingly protected the criminal priests and thereby avoiding legal and lawful charges against them. Now the church is willfully breaking the law by giving him sanctuary against the law.

In a statement to the press today, the Vatican announced that:


It will give Joseph Ratzinger, formerly Pope Benedict XVI a permanent residency in the Vatican, which gives him legal immunity to any charges against him.

The entire world is wondering why a Pope would consider such drastic action as quitting while still in the papacy, since historically Pope’s usually die in office.

In a report the church officials indicate they are offering Ratzinger legal protection in connection with any charges that he may have protected known sexual abusers in the priesthood around the world.  The Church sources indicates:

“His continued presence in the Vatican is necessary, otherwise he might be defenseless”. By this statement we gather that if Ratzinger steps outside the Vatican perimeter he could be legally arrested and brought to trial for his criminal cover ups. The Roman Catholic Church is basically admitting the former Pope is guilty, they know it and further more they are giving him cover against the authorities. 

My bolding. 

Fuck the Pope. Fuck the Vatican.

~Mooglets

Pope or Hitler?


This is a response to the Pope’s claim that the Nazi movement was atheist. When it was nothing of the sort.

Even in our own lifetime, we can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live. I also recall the regime’s attitude to Christian pastors and religious who spoke the truth in love, opposed the Nazis and paid for that opposition with their lives. As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the twentieth century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society and thus to a “reductive vision of the person and his destiny”

Quotes are from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler’s_religious_beliefshttp://www.nobeliefs.com/hitler.htm

The point of this is not to imply that the Pope is or ever was a Nazi but instead to simply imply that he is either purposely trying to associate atheism with Nazism or he is a complete idiot.

A fun and interesting little device. 

Have a go. 

~Mooglets

Why is the Government consulting the Vatican on national policy?


A large delegation of Government Ministers is to visit the Vatican next week to consult about British Government policy with the Pope. Among the six ministers going to Rome are Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport; Alan Duncan, the Minister for International Development; and Greg Barker, the Energy and Climate Change Minister.

The delegation will be led by Baroness Warsi who will lecture at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy on the subject of the place of religion in modern political discourse.

The British delegation will reportedly discuss climate change, arms proliferation, religious tolerance, interfaith dialogue and the crisis in Somalia and the Horn of Africa with the Pope and Vatican officials.

The Daily Telegraph reports a “Vatican observer” as saying:

"It’s a very strong delegation and it’s a way of showing that the relationship with the Holy See didn’t end in a blaze of fireworks when the Pope’s visit finished. It’s one of the most comprehensive British visits ever in terms of the range of interests represented."

The politicians will be accompanied by the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols.

Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, said: “What on earth is a delegation of senior British politicians doing consulting the last theocracy in Europe on our Government policy? We are a democratic nation and we didn’t vote for the Pope – so why are we involving him in policy-making? Polls show that very few people in this country agree with his teachings – and that includes Catholics.

"This is an extremely undesirable development. The Government should be challenging the Vatican’s assumed and suspect power, not indulging it."

National Secular Society

What the bloody fuck? 

Why the hell is my Government talking to the bloody Vatican about such important fucking issues? No, seriously, WHY?

Ugh. 

~Mooglets

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Bless this tweet. 

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Bless this tweet. 

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Gay marriage a threat to humanity’s future: Pope


Pope Benedict said Monday that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined “the future of humanity itself.”

The pope made some of his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican in which he touched on some economic and social issues facing the world today.

He told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of children needed proper “settings” and that “pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman.”

"This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself," he said.

The Vatican and Catholic officials around the world have protested against moves to legalize gay marriage in Europe and other developed parts of the world.

One leading opponent of gay marriage in the United States is New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, whom the pope will elevate to cardinal next month.

Dolan fought against gay marriage before it became legal in New York state last June, and in September he sent a letter to President Barack Obama criticizing his administration’s decision not to support a federal ban on gay marriage.

In that letter Dolan, who holds the powerful post of president of the U.S. Bishops Conference, said such a policy could “precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions.”

The Roman Catholic Church, which has some 1.3 billion members worldwide, teaches that while homosexual tendencies are not sinful, homosexual acts are, and that children should grow up in a traditional family with a mother and a father.

"The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and states; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue," Benedict told the diplomats.

Gay marriage is legal in a number of European countries, including Spain and the Netherlands.

Some Churches that have allowed gay marriage, women priests, gay clergy and gay bishops have been losing members to Catholicism, and the Vatican has taken steps to facilitate their conversion.

In 2009, Benedict decreed that Anglicans who leave their Church, many because they feel it has become too liberal, can find a home in Catholicism in a parallel hierarchy that allows them to keep some of their traditions.

The Vatican has since set up “ordinariates,” structures similar to dioceses, in Britain and the United States to oversee ex-Anglicans who have converted and be a point of contact for those wishing to do so.

Reuters 

Yet more despicable evidence that the Vatican is unwilling to grow up.

Also, that Pope Benedict hasn’t done his history. Marriage has only recently become a religious thing, old boy, please get your head around that. Before religion got it’s hands on marriage, it was predominantly a loveless legal contract between families. 

If you want to talk about ‘traditional marriages’ - how far back do you want to go? To the 50’s, perhaps? Where it was legal to rape your spouse? To the 1800’s where women had little to no say in their marriages, and if they ended up pregnant out of wedlock, they were shunned by society as a whole? Even earlier? To when pre-pubescent girls could be married off, specifically for land, goods and money? When as soon as they started menstruating, they were considered eligible to produce heirs?

And which particular cultures ‘traditional marriage’ do you want to fall back on? White, Christian Europeans aren’t the only ones who have marriage, you know. So?

And when it comes to children, the sex, gender, age, skin-colour, creed or what have you, makes no difference. If the child is brought up in a stable and loving environment, be that with a mother and father, two mothers, two fathers, a single parent, their grandparents, their elder siblings, cousins, Foster carers, non-binary carers/parents, mixed-orientation carers/parents - whatever - the child will be fine. 

It is stability and nurturing that children need. Not one mother, one father, married in a religious setting. 

Get the fuck over yourselves Catholics - and other conservative religions.

The world is starting to grow up and realise that people come in all shapes, sizes, colours, genders and sexualities. You are lagging very far behind indeed. If you persist in this bigoted, backward way of viewing the world, you are going to find yourselves in a hell of a lot of trouble - of your own making, even!

~Mooglets

Pope: sex abuse ‘scourge’ for all society


VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI insisted on Saturday that all of society’s institutions and not just the Catholic churchmust be held to “exacting” standards in their response to sex abuse of children, and defended the church’s efforts to confront the problem.

Benedict acknowledged in remarks to visiting U.S. bishops during an audience at the Vatican that pedophilia was a “scourge” for society, and that decades of scandals over clergy abusing children had left Catholics in the United States bewildered.

"It is my hope that the Church’s conscientious efforts to confront this reality will help the broader community to recognize the causes, true extent and devastating consequences of sexual abuse, and to respond effectively to this scourge which affects every level of society,” he said.

"By the same token, just as the church is rightly held to exacting standards in this regard, all other institutions, without exception, should be held to the same standards," the pope said.

An official of a U.S. group advocating for victims of clergy abuse lamented that Benedict, with his remarks, was setting a “terrible example” for bishops.

"No public figure talks more about child safety but does little to actually make children safer than Pope Benedict," David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, told The Associated Press in an emailed statement.

"The pope would have us believe that this crisis is about sex abuse. It isn’t. It is about covering up sex abuse," Clohessy said. "And while child sex crimes happen in every institution, in no institution are they ignored or concealed as consistently as in the Catholic church.”

The pedophile scandal has exploded in recent decades in the United States, but similar clergy sex abuse revelations have tainted the church in many other countries, including Mexico, Ireland, and several other European nations, including Italy.

But the most high-profile sex abuse case in the United States at the moment doesn’t involve the church. Penn State university’s former defensive football coordinator Jerry Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing eight boys, and the fallout has led to the firing of longtime coach Joe Paterno and the departure of university president Graham Spanier.

College football in the U.S. is highly popular. The scandal has shaken the reputation of a college program that long had prided itself on integrity.

An advocacy group for those who have been sexually abused cited the Penn State scandal in its scathing criticism of the pope.

"It takes hubris for Pope Benedict to tell his bishops that the Catholic Church has led in the fight against sexual abuse of children,” said Kristine Ward, chair of the National Survivor Advocates Coalition. “Issuing self-satisfied pats on the back while children remain in danger only further diminishes the church’s credibility and deepens the laryngitis in its moral voice.”

"The church to this day, while waving a moral flag, hasn’t even come close to the Penn State Board of Trustees response — no bishop has been fired," Ward said in a statement.

Benedict didn’t address accusations by many victims and their advocates that church leaders, including at the office in the Vatican that Benedict headed before becoming pontiff, systematically tried to cover up the scandals, and that they have rarely been held accountable for that.

Investigations, often by civil authorities, revealed that church hierarchy frequently transferred pedophile priests from one parish to another.

Benedict told the bishops that his papal pilgrimage to the United States in 2008 “was intended to encourage the Catholics of America in the wake of the scandal and disorientation caused by the sexual abuse crisis of recent decades.”

Echoing sentiment he has expressed in occasional meetings with victims of the abuse on trips abroad, Benedict added: “I wish to acknowledge personally the suffering inflicted on the victims and the honest efforts made to ensure both the safety of our children and to deal appropriately and transparently with allegations as they arise.”

Benedict seemed to be reflecting some churchmen’s contentions that the church has wrongly been singled out as villains for the abuse, a view that angered victims’ advocates.

"The pope is again setting a terrible example for the world’s bishops, echoing the claim by some of them that the church hierarchy is somehow being picked on by the public, the press and their parishioners," Clohessy said .

Despite criticism over U.S. bishops’ handling of the abuse scandals, Benedict exhorted the churchmen to be moral compasses for U.S. society. The bishops, in Rome for consultations with the pope that are scheduled every five years, were urged to speak out “humbly yet insistently in defense of moral truth.”

Benedict lamented what he called efforts to stop the church from speaking out publicly.

Earlier this month, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops vowed to defend their religious liberty in the face of growing acceptance of gay marriage and what they called attempts by secularists to marginalize faith.

In Illinois, for example, government officials ceased working with Catholic charities on adoptions and foster-care placement because the religious agencies refuse to recognize a new civil union law. Illinois bishops are suing the state.

Bishops have also pressed federal officials for broader religious exception to U.S. President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, which mandates that private insurers to pay for contraception.

"Despite attempts to still the church’s voice in the public square, many people of good will continue to look to her for wisdom, insight and sound guidance in this far-reaching crisis," Benedict said, citing what he called a "growing sense of dislocation and insecurity" in the face of economic woes.

But he acknowledged that some of the bishops’ own flock are turning away from the church, which he blamed on effects of a “secularized culture.” Many U.S. Catholics shun Sunday Mass attendance or disregard such Vatican positions against contraception and divorce.

From Yahoo!News

Oh, I’m sorry, Pope ol’boy, are we holding you to a standard you don’t want to be held to? Are you suddenly saying you aren’t a representative for God, then? Are you saying, now, that all this time, all of your morals are on an exact and equal level as every single other human on the planet? 

Because that’s not what I get from you and your nose-in-the-air attitude. 

When an organisation that claims to be morally superior, claims to be representative of the great ‘creator’ thing, that holds sway over millions of people the whole world over - I don’t believe that organisation, but I do start holding that organisation to account when it fucks the hell up by not only allowing pedophilia to continue unabated within it’s walls, but actively hides the fact that it is doing it, and even moves pedophiles about from location to location so they have more and more victims. 

Start actually being fucking morally superior, rather than fucking pretending to it, whilst harbouring the vilest of people within your bosom. 

HEY, ASSHOLE, THESE VICTIMS WERE AND ARE CHILDREN, SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONGST US. AND YOU NOT ONLY HARBOURED THEIR ABUSERS, YOU ACTIVELY FUCKING PROTECTED THEM FROM PROSECUTION, MOVED THEM AROUND TO KEEP THEM HIDDEN - WHILST AT THE SAME TIME ALLOWING THEM UNFETTERED ACCESS TO MORE VICTIMS - AND THEN TRIED TO CLAIM INNOCENCE OF THE ABOVE.

YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET AWAY WITH THIS. MAN UP. OWN UP. STOP THE FUCKING PITY PARTY.

~Mooglets

Pope Benedict XVI Suggests Pedophilia Was Acceptable in 1970s


In his traditional Christmas address yesterday to cardinals and officials working in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI claimed that pedophilia wasn’t considered an absolute evil as recently as the 1970s and that child pornography is increasingly considered “normal” by society.

"In the 1970s, pedophilia was theorized as something fully in conformity with man and even with children," the Pope said.

"It was maintained - even within the realm of Catholic theology - that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a ‘better than’ and a ‘worse than’. Nothing is good or bad in itself."

The Pope said abuse revelations in 2010 reached “an unimaginable dimension” which brought “humiliation” on the Church.

The Pope called on senior clerics “to repair as much as possible the injustices that occurred” and to help victims heal through a better presentation of the Christian message.

"We cannot remain silent about the context of these times in which these events have come to light," he said, citing the growth of child pornography "that seems in some way to be considered more and more normal by society" he said.

Pope Benedict also said sex tourism in the Third World was “threatening an entire generation”.

"Catholics should be embarrassed to hear their Pope talk again and again about abuse while doing little or nothing to stop it and to mischaracterize this heinous crisis," said Barbara Blaine, the head of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,

"It is fundamentally disturbing to watch a brilliant man so conveniently misdiagnose a horrific scandal."

"The Pope insists on talking about a vague ‘broader context’ he can’t control, while ignoring the clear ‘broader context’ he can influence - the long-standing and unhealthy culture of a rigid, secretive, all-male Church hierarchy fixated on self-preservation at all costs. This is the ‘context’ that matters."

From Opposingviews

No words. Seriously.

~Mooglets

Pope orders inquiry into child sex abuse at West London school


The Vatican has ordered an inquiry into claims of decades of sexual abuse at a London abbey and school.

Monks and teachers at Ealing Abbey and neighbouring St Benedict’s independent school in west London have been accused of abuse from the 1960s until 2009. Last year the Times revealed four decades of abuse by Father David Pearce, a priest at Ealing Abbey and former headmaster of St Benedict’s junior school.

After the revelations about Fr Pearce, allegations of abuse were made against other former priests and teachers at St Benedict’s — and other schools — over the decades as further victims came forward, prompting police to begin a fresh inquiry.

The Catholic hierarchy in England regularly insists that it has very strong child protection policies. The Vatican has come under fire after it emerged the results of the inquiry will not automatically be made public.

Keith Porteous Wood, NSS Executive Director, said: “The procedures in place now completely lack independence and are bound to lead to this kind of problem. Complainants should be able to contact directly someone completely independent of the Church. Until this happens, the problem will continue. The lack of transparency also shows how the Vatican continues to act behind closed doors and think of its own reputation before the victims. “

Peter Saunders of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said the inquiry was a public relations exercise and akin to “putting Dracula in charge of a blood bank”. Graham Wilmer, who heads the Lantern Project and says he was abused by a priest as a teenager, commented: “We can’t trust them. What effectively has happened is nothing.”

Police are trying to find Father Laurence Soper, former Abbot of Ealing Abbey, who jumped bail before he could be charged with child abuse offences. He has disappeared from the headquarters of the Benedictine order in Rome, where he was treasurer of the Benedictine Confederation.

From National Secular Society

The questions that the Catholic Church wishes it had never asked


On the anniversary of the Pope’s visit to Britain, the Catholic Church has been trying to spin it as having been a grand success that brought Catholics flocking back to church and had a profound effect on the religious attitudes of the population at large. In short, we’re a better and more moral country because of the pope’s little outing.

In fact, 29% of those who were questioned said they couldn’t remember hearing or seeing anything about the visit. 6% of those who say they did recall that the visit happened say they can’t remember a thing about it.

Except that, according to an opinion poll commissioned by the Catholic Church itself, hardly anyone remembers that it actually happened. And 91% said it made no difference to their moral outlook at all. Strangely, the Church doesn’t seem anxious to draw attention to the results of this poll, which was carried out by Opinion Research Business among 2,049 adults.

Of the individual events — meeting the Queen, speaking in Parliament, meeting the Prime Minister — typically only 1% — or less — of those who had any memory of the visit recalled them. (A few were up to 5%.)

The biggest proportion of those who recalled anything about the visit (albeit only 11%) remembered the NSS’s campaign about the enormous cost of the jamboree to the taxpayer.

And as for the impact it had – 91% of respondents said the pope’s visit made no difference whatsoever to their personal or spiritual values.

Asked for their opinion of the pope, 41% said that it was “unfavourable” or “very unfavourable”; only 25% said it was “favourable” or “very favourable”.

Other questions asked:

  • “How favourable is your opinion of the Catholic Church?”

Favourable/very favourable 21%

Unfavourable/very unfavourable 59%

  • I am satisfied with the Pope’s apology for the child abuse scandal

Strongly Agree/Agree: 24%

Strongly Disagree/Disagree: 58%

  • The right steps are being taken to avoid a repeat of the child abuse scandal

Strongly Agree/Agree: 21%

Strongly Disagree/Disagree: 45%

  • Catholic Church is out of touch with today’s society

Strongly Agree/Agree: 70%

Strongly Disagree/Disagree: 15%

  • The Catholic Church is, on balance, a force for good

Strongly Agree/Agree: 32%

Strongly Disagree/Disagree: 43%

  • The pope’s visit was good for Britain

Strongly Agree/Agree: 32%

Strongly Disagree/Disagree: 37%

  • Religion is on balance a force for good

Strongly Agree/Agree: 51%

Strongly Disagree/Disagree: 30%

  • To which religious group do you belong?

Christian 53%; None 36%; Muslim 2%; Hindu 1%; Jew 1%; Sikh 1%; Buddhist 1%

  • The UK should guard against aggressive forms of secularism

Strongly Agree/Agree: 62%

Strongly Disagree/Disagree: 16%

[NSS comment: no definition of ‘aggressive secularism’ was given]

  • “There is a place for God, religion and virtue in public life”

Strongly Agree/Agree 58%

Strongly Disagree/Disagree 25%

[NSS comment: by throwing “virtue” into the mix, they got the answer they wanted. Who would say that there was no room for virtue in public life?]

  • Religious people should not have to keep their religious views to themselves because of political correctness

Strongly Agree/Agree: 67%

Strongly Disagree/Disagree: 18%

[NSS comment: throwing the ill-defined bogeyman of ‘political correctness’ into the question renders the answer meaningless]

From National Secular Society

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Thoroughly interesting. Nice to see they bias the questions, to get their intended result, as well. 

~Mooglets

Disillusioned German Catholics: The Pope's Difficult Visit to His Homeland


When Joseph Ratzinger became pope in 2005, Catholics in Germany joyfully celebrated the first German pope in almost 500 years. Since then, the euphoria has turned to disappointment and disillusionment. Benedict XVI’s visit to Germany this week will do little to heal the deep divide between conservatives and reformers in the German Church.