Catholic Church

The Evolution of Marriage

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When Gay marriage was being debated marriage itself came under the spotlight. All of a sudden we were asking ourselves..

What is marriage?

Is marriage about children?

Is marriage a religious institution or a secular one?

I wondered about the origins of marriage, the purpose of marriage and how it has evolved from the past to what we recognise as marriage now.

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Why is it always boys?

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Father Adian Kay – via Marlborough Express

Here we go.  After years of suggesting New Zealand has it’s own problems, but questioning why we somehow appear to have no Catholic boy buggering going on at all, here’s the tip of the ice berg getting a nudge

Catholic parish priest Father Aidan Kay has been removed from duties after being charged with indecent assault.

The Blenheim-based priest is expected to be in court Tuesday. Read more »

UK move to making covering up of abuse a criminal offence

There are moves in the UK to make the covering up of abuse a criminal offence.

That should make school principals and the Catholic Church extremely nervous.

No doubt in New Zealand we will here from the likes of Hone Harawira and Ranginui Walker how such a law would be racist against Maori, delivered breathlessly to a fawning media without even a hint of irony.

The man leading a review into how the Home Office handled historical allegations of child abuse has said people who cover up such crimes should be prosecuted.

NSPCC chief Peter Wanless also said there should be a duty on institutions like hospitals, children’s homes and boarding schools to report abuse.   Read more »

Yo, Catholics! Are you sorry for being Catholics?

The other day, David Cunliffe was ashamed to be a man, he was “Sorry I am a man”, because men… are involved in hurting women and children.  (And other men, but let’s not go there – FOCUS).

This collective responsibility for something is foreign to me, so I thought I’d explore it further.

If you are Catholic (and a man, actually), read this story, and then answer the poll question after the story.  An AP story reports:

Pope Francis, in his strongest words ever on the sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic clerics, told victims on Monday that the abuse was ”camouflaged with a complicity” and begged forgiveness.

In the homily of a Mass with six victims of abuse, he said the Catholic Church must ”must weep and make reparation” for what it did to victims and begged forgiveness for what he said had become ”a sacrilegious cult” that profaned God.

Pope Francis begged forgiveness from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors – but another victim called the gathering nothing more than ”a PR event.”

The Vatican quoted Francis as expressing personal ”sorrow” in his homily at a private Mass with six victims for the ”sins and grave crimes” of clerical sex abuse against them.

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.”

”I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves,” the pope said.

”This led to even greater suffering on the part of those who were abused and it endangered other minors who were at risk,” the pope said, according to the English translation of his homily, which was delivered in Spanish.

Francis noted the abuse caused some victims to resort to addictions, or even suicide.

”These deaths of these so beloved children of God weigh upon the heart and my conscience and that of the whole church,” he said.

Do you feel any sort of responsibility for this at all?    As a man?  Or a Catholic?  Do you?    Read more »

That’s nice, but how about stopping buggering little boys

The Catholic Church is getting down with the kids…ok not in the traditional catholic priest manner of getting down with the kids, instructing followers to use “digital smiles” in text messages, emails, tweets and Facebook postings to spread the “joy of the gospel” online.

I would have thought addressing the long standing issue of pedo priests would have been more important…but there you go. :)

It might seem far removed from some of its more sombre instructions to the faithful over the centuries.

But the Roman Catholic Church has issued advice to its followers on how to use the internet – and given an unlikely stamp of ecclesiastical approval to the use of the humble smiley face.

In a new 10 Commandments for the internet age, Catholics are being urged to make use of “digital smiles” in postings on Twitter and Facebook as well as emails and text messages.

The guidelines follow a call from Pope Francis for Catholics to take the church’s message out “into digital highways”.

In an echo of the original 10 Commandments, the instructions warn the faithful never to “bear false witness on the internet”.

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The Cauldron at 1600

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Listen in to Larry Williams Drive show this afternoon at 1600 for the Cauldron.

On air will be Josie Pagani, Barry Soper, Pan Corkery and me, along with our host Larry Williams.

Our topics are likely to include:

- Wash up of budget
- Migrants -Labour and NZ First intention to cap numbers
- Dotcom split – future, Internet Party, Mana
- Stuff poll on Key and Cunliffe
- Problem Gambling Foundation taking Ministry Health to court
- Catholic Church and gays !

You can tune in using normal methods or listen online via iHeart Radio.

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Catholic Church will accept celibate gays

Because that’s always worked so well in the past.   Beying gay is a sin.  Boy buggering, not so much.

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Here’s bishop Pat Dunn showing how to be gay catholicly.   Michelle Duff reports   Read more »

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 »