Vatican

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 »

Vatican: little jurisdiction to sanction pedophile priests

This Associated Press piece makes your skin crawl

The Vatican has come under blistering criticism from a UN committee for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal, facing its most intense public grilling to date over allegations that it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims.

The Vatican insisted it had little jurisdiction to sanction pedophile priests around the globe, saying it was for local law enforcement to do so. But officials conceded that more needs to be done and promised to build on progress already made to become a model for others, given the scale of the problem and the role the Holy See plays in the international community.

“The Holy See gets it,” Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the Vatican’s former sex crimes prosecutor, told the committee. “Let’s not say too late or not. But there are certain things that need to be done differently.”

Like delay, delay, delay so that the majority of the filthy bastards are dead?   Read more »

But will he stop boy buggering?

The Pope isn’t going to live in luxury apparently..but the questions remain about whether or not he will do anything about the boy buggering inside the Catholic Church:

Pope Francis has announced he will be staying in the Vatican’s guesthouse, rather than moving into the vast palace used as the official papal residence.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the new pontiff would remain in the 120-room guesthouse among other members of the clergy “until further notice”.

“He is trying out this type of simple living with other priests,” Father Lombardi said, without saying when, or even if, the Pope would move into the papal residence.

“This morning he let his fellow cardinals know that he will keep living with them for a certain period of time.”

Bye Bye, Pope (Warning: Course Language)

Vatican will be run by two popes. A co-papal arrangement, if you like

via dish.andrewsullivan.com

via dish.andrewsullivan.com

Andrew Sullivan writes

The damage Benedict XVI has done to the Catholic church and the papacy may be far from over. All I can say about yesterday’s developments is that they seem potentially disastrous and also indicative to me of something truly weird going on underneath all of this.

Benedict XVI has claimed that his almost unprecedented resignation came about simply because of his physical infirmity in the face of what appears to be a growing vortex of sexual and financial scandal inside the Vatican. He said he would quietly disappear to serve the church through prayer and meditation. But we now realize he’s going nowhere. He’s staying in the Vatican’s walls, and retaining the honorific “His Holiness.” He will keep white robes. His full title will be Pope Emeritus. Far from wearing clerical black, returning to the title of Bishop of Rome, and disappearing into a monastery in Bavaria, he’s going to be a shadow Pope in the Vatican. And this, we are told, was his decision:   Read more »

Forget about the cats Gareth it is buses you need to worry about

via the tipline

Its the buses that are taking out all the Kiwi. This one has accounted for 75 alone, and the bugger is proud of it too:

Buses kill Kiwis

Clearly we need to ban all buses to protect our native environment. And don’t get me started on trains – if they are not taking out native species then it’s defenseless women in wheel chairs. Ban them.  Read more »

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Ricky Gervais 1 – Catholic Church 0

Like him or loath him, he’s made a success of his brand of humour.

Here he is on Twitter

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Gay Sex scandal at Vatican

The Vatican has been hit by a gay sex scandal. Why it has taken this long is beyond me.

The Vatican was today rocked by a sex scandal reaching into Pope Benedict’s household after a chorister was sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting.

Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness, was caught by police on a wiretap allegedly negotiating with Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, a 29-year-old Vatican chorister, over the specific physical details of men he wanted brought to him. Transcripts in the possession of the Guardian suggest that numerous men may have been procured for Balducci, at least one of whom was studying for the priesthood.

The explosive claims about Balducci’s private life have caused grave embarrassment to the Vatican, which has yet to publicly comment on the affair.

[snigger]

In January this year, the Carabinieri recorded an exchange in which Balducci and Ehiem discuss a seminarian, or student for the priesthood. Balducci is said to have asked: “Listen, have you spoken with the seminarian by any chance?” Ehiem says he is “probably at mass or something”. On 11 January, Ehiem calls again to recommend “a colleague, a friend” of the seminarian because the latter is unavailable. He says the colleague is “better, taller, a bit taller than you”. Later, Ehiem asks: “Can I send [him] around straight away?”

He asks where Balducci is. The adviser says: “Up at the seminary … where the cardinal lives.” Ehiem replies: “He could get there within half an hour … the time it takes to catch a taxi and get there.”

[snort]

And DPF thinks links to Goat Sex and Penguin Sex get him traffic.

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