This Post is a Work in Progress
I’ll be updating this over the next few days. For the moment, it’s mainly links and headers spelling trouble for the Church institutional – which means a good house cleaning is in order. Yes, others are doing far better than I in keeping up with all of this. My duties are different.
What do I think about it all?
The Church Institutional is a house of cards that going to be collapsing. It’s all very clear.
We’re beyond the tipping point. The continued scandals and corruption have hit pretty hard, and frankly, I’m angry
The Church has MANY, many excellent Priests and Bishops. But rot and filth do exist.
Many have risen to power on the backs of the poor. Others just work the system to rise to power. I know of one who was schooled by Cardinal McCarrick and it wasn’t pretty.
Personally, I’ve mistakenly allowed recent developments to affect almost every area of my life – it’s brought up a lot of issues from the past, and experiences in the Faith, which caused me confusion; and I’ve allowed it to affect my prayer life, and some of my actions.
I’ve shut down in ways, to pray in the confusion. And I’ve found some healing, and am giving my life over to prayer and penance, as weak-willed as I can be in that regard.
But it’s not about me is it, it’s about the salvation of souls. It’s about the Church, it’s about Jesus Christ alive in our midst, in our hearts, minds, bodies and souls; the spirit of the living God within us.
Take Me Down Memory Lane
Catholics have been through a lot the last few decades. Every generation is taught something different, efforts at continuity are mocked, and everything the current generation has been taught is now being reversed – we’re being told we’re wrong to believe in what the Church has always taught – “it’s evolving”.
Some are evolving beyond Jesus Christ. Really? Let me know how that goes.
Here’s what’s going to happen:
- The US Bishops will face RICO charges
- RICO charges are brought by the Federal Government against organizations which engage in corrupt acts, and in which the leaders have conspired in the corruption.
- The US Conference of Catholic Bishops met recently to decide if they – the bishops – should be held to the same standards of accountability to which priests are held. Of course, everyone else in the sane universe with any sense of morality also adheres to standards of human decency.
- They decided not to vote on whether they should have any standards or accountability.
- The Vatican intervened and asked the US Bishop to postpone their vote, which is why they decided not to vote.
- The Bishops of France and Italy voted for standards of accountability – no intervention.
- Cardinal Cupich and Cardinal Wuerl are on the committee – the Congregation – which instructed the Bishops not to vote, but to wait until after the Synod on Sexual Abuse in February.
- Interestingly, Praedicate Evangelium (“Preach the Gospel”) – the new and major document on the reform of the governance of the church – is supposed to go into effect in February. It’s all about “synodality’, local governance (such as no Vatican interventions in national concerns,) more women in charge and more laity.
- Meanwhile the laity – who are rightly angry – are being told to shut up.
- Because the Vatican intervened in a national matter, they’ve exposed themselves to charges from the USA of violating diplomatic immunity in matters of national governance of the Church. It’s very non-synodal of them.
- As such, they may very well be included in any forthcoming lawsuits and criminal charges. The biggest hindrance from lawsuits against the Vatican in 2010 was the argument that the Vatican did not intervene in national governance matters.
Sex abuse, racketeering, coverups. What else could happen?
- Given the headlines over the years, the corruption in the Vatican is high.
- Financial scandals abound – money laundering, embezzlement, huge cash transfers for personal interest.
- With the Vatican intervention into national affairs, it’s all now an international matter. Which is apropos as the corruption is worldwide and it’s an international matter anyway.
- International money laundering, theft, child abuse, sexual abuse, human trafficking, aiding and abetting an international organization which propagated abuse of minors and adolescents, and vulnerable adults.
- And the doors to an investigation are now legally open.
Here are some links and resources in a blogroll, tumblr kind of presentation. I’m old fashioned that way.
Child/Teen/Vulnerable Adult Sexual Abuse in the USA and elsewhere
Sex abuse crisis at highest levels of U.S. Catholic church to dominate agenda at bishops’ meeting in Baltimore
The sex abuse crisis rocking the Catholic church is on the front burner at a “momentous” U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops gathering in Baltimore. The meeting comes amid a resurging crisis that’s reached the highest levels of the U.S. church in areas including Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released on Tuesday the highly anticipated grand jury investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in six state dioceses. The 884-page document, which has been partially redacted, is regarded as the most comprehensive report on clergy sex abusers in a single state.
Are you Sure you Want to Cancel? Action Cannot be Undone.
During a holy hour Monday morning, two survivors of clerical sexual abuse spoke to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops about their experiences, and their hopes for the future of the Church. One survivor, Luis Torres, asked the bishops to make changes to ecclesial policies and culture that might ensure that sexual abuse or coercion by anyone in the Church, including bishops, is put to an end.
Vatican tells U.S. bishops not to vote on proposals to tackle sexual abuse, spurns outside investigations
November 12 BALTIMORE – The Vatican stymied a plan by America’s Catholic leaders to confront sexual abuse, insisting in a surprise directive on Monday morning that U.S. bishops postpone their efforts to hold bishops more responsible in the abuse cases that have scourged the church. Bishops attending the annual meeting of the U.S.
Vatican Cancels US Bishops’ Vote on Sex-Abuse Reform Measures The instruction to delay consideration of a new ‘Code of Conduct’ for bishops, creation of a lay-led investigative body came directly from the Holy See, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo told USCCB meeting. BALTIMORE – Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S.
The Vatican barred Roman Catholic bishops in the U.S. from taking action to confront sex abuse, frustrating church leaders from across the country gathered in Baltimore for their annual meeting aimed at addressing the crisis.
Racketeering and RICO
In 1970, Congress gifted prosecutors with the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, intended to give crime fighters a powerful weapon to take down organized crime. It became known as RICO, and at first, prosecutors were unsure what to make of it.
Dorothy Cummings McLean WASHINGTON, D.C., November 16, 2018 ( LifeSiteNews) – A class action suit has been launched against the Vatican and the American Catholic bishops, citing a federal anti-racketeering law known as RICO. Six American survivors of child sexual assault filed a civil suit on November 13 against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Holy See.
Doors are Open ~ International Racketeering
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) intended to vote on two measures responding to the ongoing sex abuse crisis in its annual fall meeting, which concluded in Baltimore on Wednesday. A last-minute intervention, however, from the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops instructed the USCCB to stand down and to await a meeting of global episcopal conference leadership convoked by Pope Francis for February.
800K Children in the U.S. Missing Each Year – International Tribunal Exposes Pedophilia Problem – Victims Testify of Child Sex Trafficking and Satanic Ritual Abuse
800,000 children a year in the United States go missing, many of them being sexually trafficked through pedophilia networks where the children suffer unimaginable horrors such as Satanic ritual abuse. This number is comprised of documented cases of children gone missing, and does not include children who are born and bred into pedophilia networks and have no birth certificates, or undocumented immigrant children who come across the borders.
International Racketeering and Abuse
Vatican Diplomat in Holy See’s DC Embassy Investigated for Child Pornography Vatican announces that the senior official has been recalled to Rome after U.S. authorities cited possible ‘violation of child-pornography laws.’ A priest working in the apostolic nunciature in Washington, D.C., has been recalled to the Vatican after U.S.
The German Catholic Church was forced to confront decades of sexual abuse allegations with the presentation of a large-scale investigation at the autumn full assembly of the German Bishops’ Conference in Fulda. The scope of abuse against minors, revealed in the study presented in a press conference on Tuesday, has prompted senior clergy members to call for extensive church reforms, such as allowing bishops and priests and marry.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Pope Francis’ role in Argentina’s most famous case of priestly sex abuse is coming under renewed scrutiny as he faces the greatest crisis of his papacy over the Catholic Church’s troubled legacy of cover-up and allegations he himself sided with the accused.
Cardinal George Pell, the third most senior official at the Vatican, was charged with multiple “historical” sexual assaults in his native Australia, and ordered to appear in a Melbourne court next month. Ninety minutes after the charges were announced, the Catholic archdiocese of Sydney released a statement that Pell would “return to Australia as soon as possible to clear his name.”
From Australian country towns, to schools in Ireland and cities across the US, the Catholic Church has faced an avalanche of child sexual abuse accusations in the last few decades. Recent high-profile cases and harrowing testimony given to public inquiries have kept the issue in the headlines.
DUBLIN (Reuters) – Pope Francis travels to Ireland this week for the first papal visit in almost 40 years and since a series of clerical sex abuse scandals rocked the church’s standing in a once staunchly Roman Catholic country. There have been a series of reports into allegations of abuse by priests and members of religious orders.
Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis on Friday, after a three-day emergency summit at the Vatican to discuss Chile’s sex abuse scandal.
ROME-“Giuseppe” was born to impoverished parents outside of Verona in northern Italy with a congenital birth defect that left him deaf and mute. When it became clear that his parents could not provide for him-much less communicate with him-they brought him to the local Catholic church, which enrolled him in their Antonio Provolo Institute for deaf and mute children.
BUENOS AIRES – Hundreds of spectators stood through the chilly night in the city’s Plaza de Mayo, the iconic park in front of the Catholic cathedral and government palace, to watch a live Vatican transmission of the ascension of the Argentine pope, Francis.
How to Not Say the Right Thing
“The Pope has a bigger agenda. He’s got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the church. We’re not going down a rabbit hole on this.” Cardinal Blase Cupich
That’s a headline from the satire site Babylon Bee from a couple of weeks ago. Here’s Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich today in an interview with Chicago’s NBC station: “The Pope has a bigger agenda. He’s got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the church.
“The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I’ll speak. There is not one shred of proof against him. [About those claiming abuse coverup] ~~~> It’s all slander. Is that clear?” So said Pope Francis to a Chilean reporter in Santiago, on the last day of his visit to Chile in January 2018. He was responding to the victims of child sexual abuse by the Chilean Friar Fernando Karadima, something his protégé, newly-instated Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, had helped cover up in the 1980s.
“The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I’ll speak. There is not one shred of proof against him. It’s all slander. Is that clear?” So said Pope Francis to a Chilean reporter in Santiago, on the last day of his visit to Chile in January 2018.
Archbishop Claims that he didn’t know that Sex with Children was a Crime
During a deposition about sex crimes against children, Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis, Missouri, claimed that he couldn’t remember when he realized that a priest having sex with a child was a crime.
The Roman Catholic Church is on the verge of an internal civil war. The battleground is between those who would liberalize the traditional definition of immoral sexual behavior for its clergy, and those who want to restore the conservative values of the Catholic faith as it has been known for more than a thousand years.
The U.S. government alerted the Holy See of its suspicions through diplomatic channels.
A Most Horrifying Video of the Deaf Orphanage
We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage
Millions of American children were placed in orphanages. Some didn’t make it out alive. Posted on August 27, 2018, at 6:40 a.m. ET It was a late summer afternoon, Sally Dale recalled, when the boy was thrown through the fourth-floor window. “He kind of hit, and- ” she placed both hands palm-down before her.
Follow the Money
“He must honestly state when he first learned about the crimes committed by McCarrick, who abused his authority with seminarians and priests. In any case, the Pope learned about it from me on June 23, 2013 and continued to cover him,” Vigano wrote.
Calls on pontiff to “resign” after Ireland meeting with victims of clergy sexual abuse.
VatiLeaks, as the scandal came to be known, dragged the fusty institution into the wild WikiLeaks era. It exposed the church bureaucracy’s entrenched opposition to Benedict’s fledgling effort to carve out a legacy as a reformer against the backdrop of a global child sex abuse scandal and the continued dwindling of his flock.
Guests at the going-away party for Carlo Maria Viganò couldn’t understand why the archbishop looked so forlorn. Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Viganò ambassador to the United States, a plum post where he would settle into a stately mansion on Massachusetts Avenue, across the street from the vice president’s residence.
The code of silence in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) that has protected pedophile priests for decades is being breeched by a few courageous whistleblowing Catholic clergy. These brave men have become willing to speak the truth at great risk to their careers and even to their very lives.
Fr. Joseph Moreno was silenced with a gunshot, in 2012, after collecting evidence for 20 years about sexual assaults committed by clergy in the Buffalo, New York Diocese.
His saga began when he assisted a seminary student in raising a complaint to the RCC hierarchy regarding a pedophile sex crime that the student witnessed.
The young seminary student saw the immediate results of a priest having sexually assaulted a 6-year-old boy when the boy came out of the priest’s office.
The boy had been forced to perform oral sex on the priest. The child came out of the priest’s office with semen on his face, in his hair, and on his clothing.
The seminary student was eventually driven out of the seminary for reporting the crime to the RCC hierarchy.
Apparently, he also had evidence on how local police, judges, and politicians cooperated with the culture of sexual abuse in the Buffalo diocese. Fr. Moreno prepared a dossier and had scheduled a meeting in Washington, D.C., where he was going to deliver his evidence to Archbishop Viganò, mentioned above.
This event triggered Fr. Moreno to begin gathering evidence about Catholic clergy sex crimes when he realized that the 1992 child molestation complaint was being ignored by the RCC hierarchy.
In addition to the molestation that Fr. Moreno recorded, he compiled information about the local seminary’s program to recruit homosexual priests from Columbia, South America. The evidence he gathered would have brought the Catholic Church under severe scrutiny for covering up homosexual and pedophile activity in the priesthood.
Apparently, he also had evidence on how local police, judges, and politicians cooperated with the culture of sexual abuse in the Buffalo diocese.
Fr. Moreno prepared a dossier and had scheduled a meeting in Washington, D.C., where he was going to deliver his evidence to Archbishop Viganò, mentioned above.
Fr. Moreno never made it to Washington D.C. He was found dead in his easy chair with gunshot wounds to his head a few days before his scheduled trip.
Why did Pope Benedict XVI resign? Did you know that the controversy around Archbishop Viganò goes back to 2010 and eventually led to the production of 300 page Dossier report on money laundering and Vatican Cardinals dressed in drag?
The Papal Foundation – Another $25 Million
March 26, 2018; National Catholic Reporter Pope Francis has cancelled the annual meeting of the Papal Foundation, which includes an audience with the pope in Rome. There has been a schism over a significant grant request, a grant of $25 million to fund Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI), a hospital in Rome.
Matthew O’Brien publishes a really important piece in First Things today, about the dodgy connections between Cardinal Ted McCarrick and the Papal Foundation charity. I urge anyone interested in the scandal to read this. It’s vital stuff.
The FFI – Another $30 Million
The Knights of Malta – Another #30 Million
(Image source) In our extensive summary of the toppling of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta by Rome, we examined the curious reports of an estate left by a wealthy Frenchman that should have resulted in a bequest of millions to …
Germany’s mass-selling newspaper has reported that the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta, Baron Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, accepted a 30 million Swiss franc donation ($31 million) on behalf of the Order from what Bild calls “a dubious trust” in Geneva. Boeselager denies any wrongdoing.
A Favorite is Impuned
An Italian media outlet has reported allegations of financial mismanagement on the part of Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, although no formal allegations or charges have been raised against the cardinal to date.
Fatima Perspectives #1219 To the surprise of absolutely no one who has paid any attention to Church affairs over the past 50 years, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has finally been exposed to the general public as the homosexual predator he always was. The Diocese of Metuchen, where McCarrick was the bishop from 1982 to 1986, had …
An Old Favorite was Impuned
Boston Roman Catholic Cardinal Bernard F Law acknowledges in videotaped deposition that he allowed priests accused of sexually abusing children, even those who admitted abuse, to return to parish ministry without informing parishioners; testified as defendant in lawsuit against Rev Paul R Shanley; says parishioners were not informed of allegations
International Money Laundering
From running on donations to becoming an international holding company, the Catholic Church’s financial past is littered with secrets. So much that author Gerald Posner wrote hundreds of pages chronicling the institution’s financial scandals in his new book, God’s Bankers.
A former president of the Vatican bank has been ordered to stand trial on charges of embezzlement and money laundering, the Vatican has said, making him the highest-ranking Holy See financial official to be indicted on charges tying him to losses of more than $61 million from real estate sales.
Here’s a theory. That’s all it is: a theory. But if I had the investigative resources, I would be looking into it. I learned this week that under John Paul II, there were three people who always showed up at the Vatican with lots of money: Father Marcial Maciel, Cardinal Bernard Law, and Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who was made a cardinal by JP2.
John-Henry Westen ROME, February 20, 2018 ( LifeSiteNews) – Leaked documents obtained by LifeSiteNews connect the Pope himself to a new Vatican financial scandal and raise serious questions about his global reputation as the ” pope for the poor.”
Vatican prosecutors have indicted a former president of the Vatican bank and his lawyer for embezzlement and money laundering, the latest move in a long-term cleanup of the historically scandal-plagued institution.
ROME-In 2015, the Council of Europe’s financial-evaluation arm Moneyval laid down the law for the Vatican Bank, telling the rather unholy financiers who had been accused of abetting money laundering for years that it isn’t enough to just smoke out suspicious account holders and freeze assets.
Vatican prosecutors have indicted a former president of the Vatican bank and his lawyer for embezzlement and money laundering, the latest move in a long-term cleanup of the historically scandal-plagued institution.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican was shaken by a corruption scandal Thursday after an Italian television investigation said a former top official had been transferred against his will after complaining about irregularities in awarding contracts.
ROME – The leaders of the Sistine Chapel Choir have landed in the cross hairs of an investigation by Vatican prosecutors into possible money laundering, fraud and embezzlement. The Vatican announced that Pope Francis had authorized an “investigation into some economic-administrative aspects” of the choral ensemble, the world’s oldest.
Strange Bedfellows that keep Popping Up
Local mafia in southern Italy have allegedly been siphoning off state funds destined for the country’s largest migrant center since 2009. A charity run by Father Edoardo Scordio operates the center, and he was among those arrested in connection to the scheme.
Last week, 170 law enforcement officials raided the lender in connection with suspected money laundering
ROME – The Italian authorities have arrested 46 members of the Sicilian Mafia, including top leaders in the Palermo area, as part of a sweeping international operation spanning Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The Italian arrests were announced on Tuesday, nipping in the bud an attempt to re-establish a ruling mob council for the province.
Italy’s National Anti-Mafia Directorate (DNA) arrested 68 members of organized crime families across Italy on Wednesday, with help from Eurojust – the EU’s judicial agency – and police from Britain, the Netherlands, Serbia and Switzerland. Those arrested were members of the country’s three major crime syndicates: Sicily’s Cosa Nostra, Calabria’s ‘Ndrangheta and Apulia’s Sacra Corona Unita (SCU).
La police italienne arrête le chef de la mafia sicilienne https://t.co/JtTk8KWPfs
On June 28 this year, Italian police arrested a silver-haired priest, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, in Rome. The cleric, nicknamed Monsignor Cinquecento after the €500 bills he habitually carried around with him, was charged with fraud and corruption, together with a former secret service agent and a financial broker.
The current nuncio to Washington cannot stand having been driven out of Rome. And he is reacting against his archenemy, Cardinal Bertone. He has many supporters in the curia. And the pope is getting caught in the fray
Mysteries, the Mafia, and Vatican Conspiracies: The Strange Death of Roberto Calvi | Mysterious Universe
Mysterious deaths and conspiracies go hand in hand, it seems. There are always theories swirling about these strange passings that point to insidious machinations beyond our control or understanding. One very remarkable such case of conspiracy and mystery is the death of a wealthy Italian banker, whose strange demise would become embroiled with talk of mafia dealings, Vatican conspiracies, and the workings of ancient secret societies.
A Final Video
The Wild and the Wooly
It’s always worthwhile to toss in some random links here and there.
The evil influence of Satan was evident in the highest ranks of the Catholic hierarchy, with “cardinals who do not believe in Jesus and bishops who are linked to the demon,” Father Amorth said.
The Pope’s Audience Hall is a building designed to look exactly like a reptile. In essence, the Pope speaks to his audience from the head of a reptile. Why? When I first realized the true magnitude of what the Pope’s Audience Hall design reveals, I was shocked.