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From the Vatican to Sicily, France, India, Australia and Mexico – A Spotlight Should be on Pope Francis Enabling Clerical Sex Abuse
From the Vatican to Sicily, France, India, Australia and Mexico – A Spotlight Should be on Pope Francis Enabling Clerical Sex Abuse
Posted on February 18, 2016 by Betty Clermon
From the Link: https://opentabernacle.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/from-the-vatican-to-sicily-france-india-australia-and-mexico-a-spotlight-should-be-on-pope-francis-enabling-clerical-sex-abuse/
In the last two weeks, global events show that Pope Francis is enabling the clerical sex abuse of children by appointing, promoting and refusing to remove bishops with terrible histories of aiding and abetting abuse and by refusing to make meaningful change.
On Feb. 4, clerical sex abuse survivor and member of the pope’s commission on sex abuse, Peter Saunders, arranged for the movie, Spotlight, to be screened for members of the commission. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, the movie is about the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigations into the cover up by Catholic officials of serial pedophile priests.
Two days later, Saunders was booted off the commission. Saunders had been an outspoken critic of Pope Francis’ appointment of a Chilean bishop accused not only of covering up for the most notorious pedophile priest in that country, but also of witnessing the sex abuse. Additionally, Saunders had called the pope’s financial tsar, Cardinal George Pell, “almost sociopathic” for his brutal treatment of victims in Australia.
“On child abuse, I now fear, there is little or no sincerity on his (Francis’) part to effectively make change,” said Saunders, who was abused by two priests as a child. “There needs to be a turning out of all these people who have got very, very grim records – either they are abusers or they are known to have protected abusers or have enabled an abuser or made excuses for abusers.”
Saunders says a call he made for more openness and transparency at a meeting last week was rejected.
“I was shot down in flames,” he said, “The commission said that they need to remain secret and it was surprising how many times that word was used – not ‘confidential’ but ‘secret’ – the word has connotations with abuse because the whole nasty, vile world of the rape and sexual abuse of children exists because it is secret; it happens behind closed doors,” he said.
Eliminating secrecy is exactly what the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has been calling on the Church to do for decades. This is what the pope and his men have refused to do. Catholic officials must open their secret files and make all the hidden documents public. The names of all Church employees with credible accusations of child sex abuse made public. There are still sexual predators assaulting children under the protection of the Church.
Prelates with “grim records” know there’ll be no “turning out” by the pope. Some have even been appointed and promoted.
Sicily – Cardinal Paolo Romeo, as archbishop of Palermo, said it was “not my place” to report Fr. Roberto Elice for abusing minors. Romeo “knew about the abuse against three children for three years.” On Feb. 2 Italian police arrested Elice who had left the parish “only a few weeks ago” where the abuse took place.
With no objection from Pope Francis, in April 2014 the Italian Bishops’ Conference stated their official policy was that “bishops have no official obligation to report the sexual abuse of children to any legal authorities outside of the Catholic Church.” Romeo followed that policy.
France – “In the coming days, complaints will be filed against [Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon] for failure to report pedophilia.” On Feb. 11, three weeks after Fr. Bernard Preynat’s indictment for “aggravated sexual assault of minors,” the cardinal acknowledged he was informed of the sexual abuse of four boys by Preynat in 2007-2008. Yet he chose to keep him in ministry until May 2015. The number of victims in Lyon willing to come forward could rise to 45.
Cardinal Barbarin’s resignation is “not on the agenda” according to the archdiocese.
The Lyon victims will also be “filing complaints against Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller and Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, respectively prefect and secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, to whom Cardinal Barbarin had referred this matter.”
On Jan. 29, Pope Francis thanked the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, headed by German Cardinal Müller, for “its efforts and responsibility” in dealing with cases of child sex abuse by clergy. Pope Francis promoted Müller to cardinal in October 2013 even though, as bishop of Regensberg, Müller’s appointment of Fr. Peter Kramer, an already-convicted child sex abuser, as pastor, was well-known.
In a January report: “A former official in the Diocese of Regensburg accused Müller, of systematically covering up sexual abuse cases during his decade as bishop of the Bavarian diocese.” The then-Bishop Müller introduced “The Regensburg System” which prevented such abuse cases from becoming public.
India – Fr. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul was charged in Minnesota with sexually abusing two teenage girls. He fled the U.S. but was arrested by Interpol in 2012 and extradited back to the U.S. where he was convicted last year. “Following a plea deal, Roseau County district court sentenced him to a year in jail but he was released anddeported to India in June 2015 on account of time served while awaiting trial.”
The Diocese of Ooty had suspended Jeyapaul in 2010. It was reported Feb. 11 that Jeyapaul’s suspension was lifted after consultations with the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith
Rev. Sebastian Selvanathan, a spokesman for the Diocese of Ooty, said Jeyapaul’swhereabouts is unknown.
The attorney who represented the girls, Jeff Anderson, said, “The Vatican must be held accountable. … This is on the pope.”
Australia – Comedian-musician Tim Minchin introduced a new song Feb. 16 on television. Titled, “Come Home Cardinal Pell,” Minchin called him a “pompous buffoon”, “a coward” and “scum.” Pell, the former Melbourne and Sydney archbishop and Ballarat priest, claimed to be too ill to travel from Rome to Australia to testify before the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse in person. Instead, he will appear on video from the Vatican.
Pell will have to answer charges that he attempted to bribe a victim, dismissed a victim’s complaint, knew about Australia’s worst predator priest, Gerald Ridsdale, and did nothing, and was complicit in moving Ridsdale from parish to parish.
Prior to being elevated to Prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy by Pope Francis, Pell’s only previous financial expertise was cheating sex abuse victims out of an adequate compensation known as his “Melbourne response” and “Ellis defense” where Pell “instructed his lawyers to crush this victim.”
A group of victims had a goal of raising $55,000 to fly some victims and counselors to Rome to witness Pell give his video evidence. Thanks to Minchin’s song, $90,000 was raised in one day.
John Haldane, a papal adviser to the Vatican, said he was moved after hearing a “compelling, human argument” of the father of two sexual-abuse victims in which the father made the case for victims travelling to Rome. “This would,” he said, “create the conditions for the existential reality of that suffering to be present in the room at the same time in which he (Pell) was giving evidence.”
Yesterday, lawyers representing the Church’s sex abuse victims applied to the Royal Commission for permission to appear along with Pell in Rome. If granted, “it would go some way to mitigate what is publicly perceived to be a judicial and psychologicalimbalance of power, and unfair concession granted to the domineering Cardinal Pell.”
Mexico – Pope Francis refused requests from clerical sex abuse victims to meet with them while he was in Mexico this past week.
Victim’s advocate and former priest, Alberto Athie, pointed out that while the pope chastises others for corruption, “the clerical pedophilia should be viewed as systemic like organized crime, which stops a criminal in isolation but does not affect the criminal structure.”
Athié said that clerical pedophilia has left more than a thousand victims in Mexico and there are at least five archbishops responsible for covering up pedophile priests: three of the Archdiocese of San Luis Potosi; Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City and some of his auxiliary bishops, and the Archdiocese of Oaxaca. Pope Francis is awareof several of these cases, Athie said.
Outraged by the presence of Cardinal Norberto Rivera with Pope Francis on his arrival in Mexico, Juan Carlos Cruz Chellew, victim of clerical sexual abuse, said he is very disappointed in the pope. Rivera is a symbol that the pope does not consider the victims of priestly pedophilia to be important, said Cruz , because the cardinal has protected Mexican priests and abusers.
“The clerical pedophilia continues in the world with Francis,” said Athie. “The pope is very skilled with words and gestures, but changes of substance fail to happen.”
Yesterday, on his flight back to Rome from Mexico, Pope Francis said that a bishop who transfers a known pedophile should resign – once again giving the green light to prelates around the world that they will not be removed from office for even the most egregious offense. He also announced an additional official would be added to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the creation of an additional tribunal when not one person or group in the Vatican has yet taken a meaningful action to address this ongoing, systemic, global tragedy.
PRIEST ABUSE VICTIMS GO ON HUNGER STRIKE
By Frank J LaFerriere and Giuseppe De Gregorio
I received this posting today in my group Rape Victims of the Catholic Church on Facebook. I am sharing it here with the permission of the author Giuseppe De Gregorio. It is in both Italian and in English.
Al 7° giorno di sciopero della fame di Diego Esposito, vittima del prete pedofilo napoletano don Silverio Mura, abbiamo scritto a Papa Francesco.
le scrivo mentre il sig. Diego Esposito è al settimo giorno di sciopero della fame, per avere verità e giustizia sugli abusi subiti dal prete pedofilo dell’Arcidiocesi di Napoli, don Silverio Mura. Sono il suo legale e sono anche io in sciopero della fame, come altre vittime e loro sostenitori, assistiti dalla Rete l’Abuso.
Il sig. Esposito le ha scritto due anni fa per denunciare la giustizia negata dalle istituzioni ecclesiastiche. Aveva denunciato dal 2010, in più occasioni, all’Arcidiocesi di Napoli, gli abusi subiti più di 20 anni prima.
Ricevette una lettera del suo segretario, mons. Becciu, in cui si chiedeva di pregare per lei, Papa Francesco, nell’attesa che il caso fosse sottoposto agli organi competenti. Intanto don Mura insegnava ai bambini delle scuole medie, ignari, come i loro genitori.
La Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede iniziò le indagini che durano da due anni senza che sappiamo nulla del suo esito, senza sapere se il prete sarà processato.
Lei ha annunciato l’istituzione di un organo giudicante i vescovi che si sono macchiati di gravi negligenze, che non si è mai insediato, impedendoci di sollevare il caso di 6 anni di vana attesa di giustizia da parte dell’Arcidiocesi di Napoli.
Lei ha proclamato un Giubileo della Misericordia. Misericordia che non ha il sig. Esposito, che, dopo aver minacciato il suicidio, ha perso il lavoro perché la Curia di Napoli lo ha segnalato alla pubblica sicurezza.
Il sig. Esposito, padre di famiglia, era l’unico sostegno economico alla propria famiglia, prima di perdere il lavoro.
Noi non le chiediamo niente altro che dia seguito a suoi annunci, ossia che finalmente alle vittime sia data la possibilità di sapere la verità sui peggiori crimini che possa compiere un sacerdote. Chiediamo che i loro responsabili siano giudicati, siano puniti, se responsabili, sia loro impedito di avvicinare minori. Chiediamo la riparazione delle malefatte perché non c’è perdono senza giustizia. Non basta invocare preghiere per ottenerlo.
Durante questo sciopero della fame, nella nostra richiesta di dialogo, abbiamo anche scritto al card. Muller, Prefetto della Congregazione, senza aver risposta.
Noi pratichiamo la non violenza, armati solo del nostro corpo, della nostra sofferenza, della fame di verità e giustizia, della consapevolezza che il dolore non si spegne e non sarai mai placato se chi ha il potere della verità e giustizia se ne laverà le mani, come Ponzio Pilato.
La nostra dignità non ce la toglierà nessuna negligenza. Le lascio i nostri saluti.
Capua 24 gennaio 2016, nel settimo giorno di sciopero della fame del sig. Diego Esposito.
Avv. Sergio Cavaliere.
On The 7th day of hunger strike of Diego Esposito, victim of the priest pedophile napoletano don silverio walls, we wrote to Pope Francis.
I write while Mr. Diego Esposito is at the seventh day of hunger strike, for truth and justice on the abuse suffered by the pedophile priest of the archdiocese of Naples, Don Silverio Walls. I’m his legal and I am on a hunger strike, as other victims and their supporters, assisted by the network the abuse.
Mr. Esposito has written two years ago to denounce the justice denied by the ecclesiastical institutions. He reported from 2010, on several occasions, to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Naples, the abuse suffered more than 20 years before.
Received a letter from his secretary, mons. Becciu, asking to pray for her, Pope Francis, in the expectation that the case was submitted to the competent bodies. Meanwhile, don walls taught to the children of the middle schools, unaware, as their parents.
The congregation for the doctrine of the faith began the investigations that last for two years without that we know nothing of its outcome, not knowing if the priest will be tried.
She announced the establishment of a body judgmental bishops who are guilty of gross negligence, which has never established ineffective, and to raise the case of 6 years of vain expectation of justice on the part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Naples.
She has declared a jubilee of mercy. Mercy that has no mr. Esposito, who, after threatening suicide, he lost his job because the curia of Naples has pointed this out to the public safety.
Mr. Esposito, Father of the family, it was the only economic support to his family, before I lose my job.
We don’t we ask nothing more than to follow up its announcements, namely that finally to victims is given the opportunity to know the truth about the worst crimes that can make a priest. We ask that their leaders are judged, should be punished, if those responsible, is prevented from doing their bring minors. We call for the repair of misdeeds because there is no forgiveness without justice. It is not enough to invoke prayers to get it.
During this hunger strike, in our request of dialogue, we have also written to the card. Muller, prefect of the congregation, without response.
We practice non-violence, armed with only of our body, of our suffering, the hungry for truth and justice, of the awareness that the pain it won’t turn off and you’ll never be appeased if who has the power of truth and justice will wash your hands , like Pontius Pilate.
Our dignity, I can’t take any negligence. I’ll leave our greetings.
Capua 24 January 2016, in the seventh day of hunger strike of Mr. Diego Esposito.
Avv. Sergio Knight.
Added information from Giuseppe De Gregorio
I wrote two letters . The first on January 20 to Cardinal Muller and the second on January 25 at Papa Francesco . Father Silverio Walls . The Washington Post wrote a report about this story . Anthony Faiola .
‘I’ve been frozen out by the Church for warning police about paedophile’
An Irish priest who called police in Florida after a colleague showed child porn images to a 14-year-old boy says he has been “frozen out” by the Catholic Church over his stance
By Greg Harkin | 26 January 2016
From the Irish Independent.
From the link: ‘I’ve been frozen out by the Church for warning police about paedophile’
Fr John A Gallagher (48) is living in a friend’s home after locks at his parochial house were changed and he was placed on medical leave by his bishop in the Diocese of Palm Beach.
He claims he was told by a church official to put a paedophile priest on a plane rather than cooperate with police. A local police chief, so concerned at the Irish cleric’s treatment, wrote to church leaders to complain about how the whistle-blower is being treated.
Fr Gallagher broke his year-long silence over the affair to tell the Irish Independent that the priest from India at the centre of the abuse scandal is a danger to children. He has written to bishops and cardinals about the case – as well as Vatican officials – and has, so far, been unable to get a satisfactory response.
The astonishing case began in January last year when Fr Jose Palimattom – who had been at the parish of the Holy Name of Jesus Christ Catholic Church in West Palm Beach for just four weeks – approached a 14-year-old boy after Mass.
He showed the teenager up to 40 images of naked boys. Police believe he was in the first stages of grooming his victim.
Later that night, Palimattom sent the boy a message on Facebook which read: “Good night. Sweet dreams.”
However the teenager told a friend, who reported it to the church choirmaster, who immediately told Fr Gallagher.
The priest, from Strabane, Co Tyrone, says he was told that night by a church official in Florida: “We need to make him go away, put him on a plane.”
In documents filed to the Vatican by a specialist canon lawyer on behalf of Fr Gallagher, the priest claimed he was instructed “do not keep written notes” by the same church official.
The legal document was sent to Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome. Fr Gallagher disregarded the instruction to put Palimattom on a plane to Bangalore and instead interviewed him. A retired police officer, who took notes at the meeting, told the Irish Independent that the Indian priest not only admitted showing nude pictures of boys to the local teenager, but also admitted he had sexually assaulted young boys in India before arriving in the US.
It was a confession he would repeat to detectives of the West Palm Beach Police, and Palimattom was later convicted on a felony charge of showing obscene material to a child.
Fr Gallagher said he immediately called the Sheriff’s Department of the West Palm Beach Police, following rules set down by the Church after hundreds of child sex abuse scandals. He says he began to feel “the wrath” of the Church.
“It was made clear to me that what I had done (co-operating with the police) wasn’t what I should have done,” he told the Irish Independent.
“It was a very distressing time for me and the parish. We had a special Mass and I told the congregation what had happened. I told them it was now in the hands of the rightful authorities, the police.” In late April, he says, he was called to a meeting by the Bishop of Palm Beach, Gerald Barbarito, where he thought he was going to be promoted.
Instead he was told to continue in his role for another year. However, the following day the decision was reversed.
“He told me I was being demoted,” said Fr Gallagher.
“No reason was given. He said if I didn’t wish to be demoted and moved to another parish, I should leave the priesthood.”
Less than four weeks later, Fr Gallagher was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack. Six days later he asked Sr Ann Monahan to retrieve files on the Palimattom scandal from his office at the Holy Name of Jesus Christ Church.
She managed to do this, but when she returned later, she was stopped by church officials and the keys to the building were taken off her.
“I was told to leave. When I protested, I was told ‘You’re fired’,” Sr Monahan (84) told the Irish Independent.
Fr Gallagher got out of hospital to find his parochial house locks had been changed. “I was in shock,” he said, “I was now homeless.”
A letter seen by the Irish Independent from the bishop to his priest suggested he needed “treatment” for his mental health and an all-expenses paid trip was offered to a clinic in Pennsylvania. Fr Gallagher refused to go and has been on paid leave since.
Detective Debi Phillips, in a memo to the Chief Deputy of Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, wrote: “Reverend Gallagher and his staff provided timely evidence that was needed to arrest and ultimately convict Jose Palimattom for the felony charge of Showing Obscene Material to a Child.”
Despite numerous emails and phone calls to the Palm Beach Diocese by the Irish Independent, there has been no response from the Church to the allegations.