Catholic Church

Catholic Church takes responsibility for child abuse. Just Talk or will there be Justice?

Long term readers of Whaleoil will know that I have no love for the Roman Catholic Church.  Their despicable history of child abuse and the subsequent organised cover up of this abuse has been a global phenomenon.

Pope after Pope has made some high level PR speeches, but in the end the matter was always swept under the rug, with offenders moved, to other countries if needed, instead of handed over to the local Police.

By selecting the current Pope, the Vatican may have picked the first honest Pope in history.  But does he have the courage and administrative support to made a difference?

Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday (local time) for the “evil” committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis.

The Argentine-born pontiff said the Church, which last month named a high-level group on the scandal including an abuse victim, had to take an stronger stand on a scandal that has haunted it for more than two decades, and indicated there would be repercussions for perpetrators.

“I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil that some priests – quite a few in number, (although) obviously not compared to the number of all priests – to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children,” he told members of the International Catholic Child Bureau.

“The church is aware of this … personal, moral damage carried out by men of the church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem, and to the sanctions that must be imposed.

“On the contrary, we have to be even stronger. Because you cannot interfere with children,” Francis said in unscripted comments as he addressed the children’s rights body.

Indications are that this Pope may actually do  more than talk.  It will be interesting to see the actual outcome of this apparent shift in policy.  Unless priests are handed over to the local authorities and the Church assists by providing access to all information and other staff for interviews and court appearances, a great opportunity to lance this boil will be wasted.   Read more »

Evil Trifecta: Child sex abuse, Catholics and teachers

I continue to wonder why this continues to be exposed n Australia, and somehow New Zealand seems immune.

So far.

A Catholic principal encouraged a parent to let the school deal with child sex abuse complaints against a teacher rather than police, an inquiry has heard.

The father, known as KQ, says his daughter, known as KA, told him she had been touched on her breast by her teacher at a Queensland primary school in September 2007.

KQ has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that he had immediately called the principal to report the allegations.

A few days later KQ and his daughter had a meeting at the school with the principal and a student protection officer.

KQ says they told him there were two ways to deal with his daughter’s complaint – to treat it as an informal complaint and for the school to handle it internally, or make a formal complaint in writing and call in child protection officers and police.

KQ told the inquiry he was unsure how serious the complaint against the teacher was, and that the principal gave him the impression it would be easier to deal with informally.

“I expected the school would look after things,” KQ told the inquiry, which is sitting in Brisbane.

“I did not know they had a duty to tell police.

The Catholic Church  may have a standing order for brushing sexual abuse under the carpet, but being teachers, additional laws come into play.   Read more »

384 ratbag priests defrocked for abuse

Over the past two years 384 ratbag pedo and abusing priests have been de-frocked by the Catholic Church.

The Vatican defrocked 260 priests for the sexual abuse of children in 2011 and 124 more in 2012 after the scandal exploded in Europe and beyond and bishops forwarded hundreds of cases to the Vatican, according to statistics compiled by The Associated Press.  Read more »

This Pope is turning out to be cracker

The election of Francis as Pope is proving to be a smart choice by the conclave. He is moving to address so many of the issues the Catholic Church has performed poorly in.

One such area is the legacy of silence over boy-buggering priests. Not any more.

In his first concrete step to address the clerical sexual-abuse problem in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis will establish a commission to advise him on protecting children from pedophile priests and on how to counsel victims, the Vatican said Thursday.

The announcement was a forthright acknowledgment by the Vatican of the enduring problem of abusive priests, and fit with Francis’ pattern of willingness to set a new tone in the governance of the church nine months into his tenure.  Read more »

These catholic ratbags are slow learners

The head of the Catholic Church in Poland has blamed kids for the predations of the pervert pedo priests.

These boy buggering bastards just never learn.

The leader of Poland’s Catholic Church has come under a wave of condemnation by appearing to suggest that children are partly to blame for being sexually abused by priests.

Archbishop Jozef Michalik, head of Poland’s influential Episcopate, was commenting this month on revelations about Polish pedophile priests. A child from a troubled family, Michalik told reporters, “seeks closeness with others and may get lost and may get the other person involved, too.”   Read more »

Right, lets sort out the boy buggering next

A ratbag bishop has been given the arse for pissing church money up against a wall by building expensive and elaborate apartments.

The Vatican has suspended a scandal-tainted German Catholic cleric dubbed the “bling bishop” for his luxury lifestyle.

“The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst,” the Vatican said in a statement.

“The Holy Father has been continuously and objectively informed of the situation,” it said.  Read more »

Had to happen, half their priests are gay

The tide is turning in the United States over marriage equality…so much so that some conservative catholics are becoming vocal. Joseph Bottum is one such catholic, conservative, moral crusader who has changed his tune.

Which is why “The Things We Share: A Catholic’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage,” an essay by Joseph Bottum, published Friday on the Web site of Commonweal magazine, is something new in this debate.

Mr. Bottum, 54, is a serious Christian. He attended Roman Catholic high school, college and graduate school. His erudite writing for conservative magazines like National Review and The Weekly Standard is laced with references to church history and theology and to Christian writers like G. K. Chesterton and W. H. Auden. He fiercely opposes abortion, and for five years, until 2010, he was editor in chief of First Things, a key opinion journal for religious conservatives.

In his large Victorian house here 50 miles from Mount Rushmore, a crucifix hangs in the hallway. At lunch, he crossed himself before we sat down. Mr. Bottum is the kind of man who, when he casually says “Thomas,” you know that he means Aquinas, the 13th-century Catholic philosopher.

Not five years ago, he condemned backers of gay marriage as amoral. Yet in his new long and challenging essay, Mr. Bottum argues, in effect, that he was wrong and that fellow conservative Catholics are misinterpreting their tradition, in particular Aquinas’s “natural law” theology.

Aquinas considered heterosexual, monogamous union the highest form of marriage, but Mr. Bottum believes that he was actually less interested in strict legal precepts than in an enchanted vision of the world — a vision that, Mr. Bottum now says, is better served by supporting same-sex marriage.

So Mr. Bottum’s change of heart is noteworthy. He makes several arguments. The first is pragmatic.   Read more »

Did god say anything about buggering little boys?

Apparently god spoke to Benedict and told him to resign…and so he did. It is almost like the Nuremberg defence isn’t it? …”I was ordered to”.

It’s a pity god didn’t speak to him and tell him to sort out the pederast priests.

Former Pope Benedict has said he resigned after “God told me to” during what he called a “mystical experience”, a Catholic news agency reported.  Read more »

Ratbag Pedo Scout Leader probed by Commission

The Royal Commission into child sex abuse has kicked off in Australia. They are looking into systemic child abuse in organisation like the Catholic Church and Scouts Australia.

One of the first cases they are looking at is that of Steve Larkins, a creepy, pedo ratbag ex-Scout Leader.

Steven Larkins was a 25-year-old scout leader when he got into bed with an 11-year-old boy and indecently assaulted him in 1992.

But the danger he presented to children persisted for another 20 years before he was convicted of fraud, possessing child pornography and abusing two boy scouts.

Larkins is now in jail, but his misdeeds will be the focus of the first public hearings of the Royal Commission into child sex abuse to be held in Sydney from September 16.

By the time Larkins was charged, he had parental responsibility for 19 Aboriginal children in the Hunter region.

The Vatican doesn’t really have a no poofters rule

The Catholic Church is vehemently opposed to homosexuality, they opposed gay marriage, but it doesn’t mean they really have a “no poofters” rule….it just means they are a bunch of sanctimonious hypocrites and cover things up when it suits them…just like usual.

Pope Francis will fly out of Rome on Monday, leaving behind the latest controversy to engulf the Holy See – a slew of gay sex claims, denied by the pope’s spokesman, against the man Francis chose to be his representative at the Vatican “bank”.

On 15 June, the pope appointed Monsignor Battista Ricca, an Italian cleric and former Vatican diplomat, to be “prelate” of the bank, formally known as the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR). As such, Ricca is entitled to attend meetings of both the bodies that oversee the scandal-ridden IOR’s operations – its board and a five-strong commission of cardinals. The prelate can also demand to see any document he cares to inspect.

According to the latest edition of the weekly news magazine L’Espresso, Ricca has a past punctuated with scandal. Its report, which the pope’s spokesman branded as “not trustworthy”, claimed Ricca lived more or less openly with a Swiss army officer while at the Holy See’s nunciature (embassy) in Uruguay. It said he arrived with his lover and, while running the post between nuncios, provided him with both accommodation and a job.   Read more »