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La lettera di una vittima di abuso al sacerdote Papa Francesco in Italiano
Note an English Version of this Letter to Pope Francis shall be published in a blog right after this one.
Hey Papa Francesco, come ci si sente di annunciare da soli il rappresentante di Gesù e di Dio, mentre la protezione di tutti i pedofili Pimp i Cardinali, gli Arcivescovi, i vescovi e arcivescovi coperta gli stupri di massa e gli abusi dei bambini? Pensi che quello che affermano di rappresentare, Gesù non sarebbe la stessa cosa? Pensi che il Papa Francesco che Gesù ha voluto difendere e proteggere e difendere chi ha fatto questo? Pensi che Gesù li chiamerà Santo?
Il Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica Romana parla di stupro come segue: PARTE TERZA: LA VITA IN CRISTO; PARTE SECONDA: I DIECI COMANDAMENTI, CAPITOLO DUE: “AMERAI IL PROSSIMO TUO COME TE STESSO”, ALL’ARTICOLO 6, IL SESTO COMANDAMENTO, i reati contro la castità: 2356 Lo stupro è forzato violazione dell’intimità sessuale di una persona. Non lesioni alla giustizia e alla carità. Stupro ferisce profondamente il rispetto, la libertà e l’integrità fisica e morale di ogni persona ha il diritto.
Credi che il Papa Francesco, che gli stupri e torture di centinaia di migliaia di bambini in tutto il mondo, perpetrati su di loro con la propria dei sacerdoti della Chiesa Cattolica Romana, è in conformità con i dettami del proprio Catechismo, o le parole del vostro Gesù?
Credi che il Papa Francesco, che tutti i bambini e gli adolescenti, che sono state violentate, torturate, ridotto in schiavitù, brutalizzata, utilizzato come esperimenti medici e sterilizzazione forzata, in istituzioni cattoliche, come la Maddalena e Buon Pastore lavanderie industriali, case come Venezia e Bindoon, le donne”s;s e Bambinio’s Case come Taum e la prima nazione industriale nelle scuole, in linea con i dettami del catechismo e Gesù Cristo?
Lei ci aveva chiesto di non troppo tempo fa per accettare le scuse e perdonare voi e la vostra chiesa per quello che è stato fatto per noi. Ma come si può perdonare voi e la vostra chiesa? Per essere perdonato, secondo la bibbia e gli insegnamenti, è necessario pentirsi di tutti i vostri peccati e crimini.
Tuttavia, come pure quelli di noi che sono state violentate e le nostre anime rubato da noi e che si sono suicidati a causa di esso, può dare a lui il perdono, o qualcuno di noi danneggiati, quando si rifiuta di pulire la casa di tutti i Cardinali, i Vescovi e Arcivescovi Metropoliti che coperto questi male crimini, ancora seduto nelle posizioni che sono?
Come Paul Anthony Carson, che dopo aver visto il sacerdote che lo stupro camminare per la strada e poi tornare a casa e appendere stesso, essendo trovato dai suoi genitori, perdonare?
Come Emma Foster, che è stata violentata da Padre Kevin O’Donnell, mentre in una scuola primaria che si sono suicidati perché, perdonare?
Come Daniel Neill, che si sono suicidati a causa del suo stupratore sacerdote, Joseph Gallagher, perdonare?
Come possono i 30 ragazzi violentata nel corso della scuola primaria Sant’Alipio, che si è suicidato lo perdono per i loro stupri?
Come Lou Pirona, Bill Zeller, David M. Jarobe Jr,Kathleen McGonigle, Eric Patterson, Bobby Thompson, Paul Tafolla, Daniel Romney, Gilbert Rodriguez, Eduardo Ramon Boehland, O coloro che per il campanello è suonato 170 volte nella Chiesa del Salvatore sul Wilshire Boulevard, che si sono suicidati negli Stati Uniti, o una qualsiasi delle altre vittime, in tutto il mondo, Che sono state violentate, torturate, brutalizzata dai vostri sacerdoti, religiosi, monache e suore della vostra chiesa, che si è suicidato, perdonare e la vostra chiesa Papa Francesco?
Essi non sono morti, di marciume nelle loro tombe, perché non solo i loro stupri da parte dei sacerdoti e fratelli, della Chiesa Cattolica Romana, ma a causa dei continui attacchi contro di noi le vittime e i superstiti, per la vostra Chiesa, il Cardinali, Vescovi e Arcivescovi, da tali persone dementi come Bill Donohue della Lega Cattolica, E da quelli che siedono nei banchi della Chiesa. Siamo stati bollati come bugiardi, cercatori d’oro in cerca di una paga da la vostra chiesa. Ci è stato detto per non sentire il nostro stupratore di fronte, mentre ci sono stupri, ciò significa che non solo ha voluto essere violentate, per noi è stato un piacere essere violentate e sono gli omosessuali a causa di esso. O che abbiamo conquistato il nostro stupratore. O come uno dei vostri sacerdoti, Padre Richard Ross che ha detto di avere alcuna simpatia per qualsiasi vittima, che non potevano fermare ciò che stava succedendo, e come vorrebbe prendere le vittime in una stanza e batterli con una mazza da baseball per mostrare loro che cosa vero dolore e sofferenza.
Perché noi, o chiunque perdoni Papa Francesco e la chiesa? Perché dovremmo o chiunque perdona tutti i Cardinali, come Timothy Dolan, Donald Wuerl, George Pell, Roger Mahony, Raymond Burke, Bernard Law, O di Arcivescovi e Vescovi, che hanno coperto e protetto questi degenerare gli stupratori, i torturatori e i violentatori di bambini, che li di parrocchia in parrocchia, attraverso le linee statali e internazionali, per evitare di essere scoperti, arrestare e perseguire penalmente?
Come possiamo noi, o perché perdonare tutti, quando si usa la vostra Chiesa gli avvocati, per la lotta contro noi in tutte le fasi del progetto e negare la nostra giustizia, con lo statuto delle limitazioni per il nostro caso respinto quando cerchiamo giustizia per il male i crimini commessi contro di noi, dai vostri sacerdoti e gli altri della Chiesa Cattolica Romana? O i Cardinali, gli Arcivescovi e Vescovi, con i cattolici romani in questa legislatura, di lotta dente e chiodo qualsiasi modifica dello statuto delle limitazioni, o l’apertura di una finestra per le vittime a farsi avanti e chiedere giustizia?
Il Cardinale Timothy Dolan, ha mostrato a noi come la chiesa sente davvero verso di noi, soprattutto quando si cercano giustizia per i crimini commessi contro di noi, la vostra chiesa. Quando New York ha superato il matrimonio tra persone dello stesso sesso, il Cardinale Dolan gridò come si sentiva tradito dallo Stato di New York per farlo. Eppure, nello stesso spirito, egli gridò e disse quanto segue sopra New York vuole cambiare la durata DI UN ANNO di prescrizione contro lo stupro e abusi: Ha dichiarato che ha voluto un anno di prescrizione contro lo stupro a essere mantenuta perché se la chiesa ha citato, “gli autori non soffrono. Non vi è alcun onere. Che cosa soffre sono i servizi e i ministeri dell’apostolato che stiamo facendo ora. Perché dove i soldi? Perciò i vescovi di 30 anni fa che presumibilmente può essere riassegnato i tossicodipendenti, non soffre. Sono morti. Per questo motivo, le persone che soffrono sono coloro che vengono serviti proprio ora dalla chiesa. Riteniamo che un terribilmente ingiusto onere.”
Notare che Papa Francesco? Leggere le sue parole e metta al posto delle vittime. Non una parola sui nostri oneri ingiusti, non una parola sul nostro dolore e della sofferenza. Non una parola circa il male degli orrori che abbiamo dovuto subire a causa della nostra vita, orrori che hanno provocato molti di noi, il suicidio.
E il Cardinale Dolan ha mentito nella sua dichiarazione. La maggior parte di queste Cardinali, Vescovi e Arcivescovi che hanno coperto i crimini contro i bambini, non sono morti, sono ancora vivo, protetto e difeso a tutti i costi la vostra chiesa. Il Cardinale Bernard Law, George Pell, Timothy Dolan, Roger Mahony, Donald Wuerl, e molti altri, sono in realtà ancora viva. Tutti loro hanno partecipato a queste imprese, che hanno partecipato al movimento pericoloso preti pedofili, per evitare il rilevamento e l’arresto per i loro crimini contro noi.
Lei, Santo Padre Francesco, è colpevole di questi stessi crimini. In relazione all’arcivescovo Jozef Wesolowski e altri. Si, il Santo Padre Francesco, era al corrente di ciò che l Arcivescovo Wesolowski aveva fatto per i bambini nella Repubblica Dominicana. Si sapeva che era a pagamento i bambini di strada di avere rapporti sessuali con lui, e di immagini pornografiche. Lei, Santo Padre Francesco, aveva portato in Vaticano a Roma, sapendo che una volta che avete fatto? E’ stato poi protetto sotto l’immunità sovrana del Concilio Vaticano ii, che in tal modo si evita che il suo arresto e la persecuzione penale di lui da parte dei funzionari della Repubblica Dominicana.
Lei, Santo Padre Francesco, sapeva che non era un pericolo per i bambini e gli altri, ma voi non lo mise in una cella nella prigione quando si aveva richiamato in Vaticano.E mentre Wesolowski aveva la sua libertà, per oltre un anno e mezzo, ha continuato i suoi crimini contro i bambini. Ha continuato a pagare i bambini per il sesso, ha continuato a prendere immagini pornografiche e video dei suoi atti criminali contro i bambini, ed è stato dimostrato che alcuni di questi bambini muore una morte orribile a causa di esso.
UN dossier accusa Wesolowski di abuso sessuale dei minori è stato inviato al Santo Padre Francesco “nel mese di luglio” 2013 Santo Domingo il Cardinale Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez. Il papa ha trovato le informazioni sufficientemente credibile per chiudere Wesolowski il 21 Agosto tramite lettera riservata. Ma il papa non ha mai riportato Wesolowski alle autorità civili né reso pubbliche le informazioni.
Tutti i prelati devono rendere credibili le accuse pubblico come un avvertimento per evitare il contatto con gli imputati. Inoltre, tutte le altre vittime dovrebbero essere incoraggiati a contattare un’autorità di perseguimento penale forse che l’inchiesta più semplice, di apprensione e di repressione più certe. Il gruppo, rete dei sopravvissuti di tali abusi di sacerdoti (SNAP), definisce l’inosservanza di tali provvedimenti come un “cover up”.
Wesolowski lasciato il paese di fronte a una TV locale programma trasmesso un documentario sul 31 agosto. È stato riportato nel gennaio 2014 che Wesolowski “è ora in grado di vivere a Roma ed è protetto da estradizione dall immunità diplomatica.” “Per me è stata una sorpresa vedere Wesolowski a piedi lungo Via della Scrofa a Roma, “Santo Domingo Vescovo Ausiliare Víctor Masalles twitter il 24 giugno 2014.
Imbarazzato, il Concilio Vaticano ii ha annunciato il 27 giugno che era stato Wesolowski laicized (spretato) “negli ultimi giorni … misure saranno adottate in modo egli è in una precisa posizione limitata, senza alcuna libertà di movimento,” ha detto portavoce vaticano, p. Federico Lombardi, senza specificare in che modo questo possa essere realizzato. La stampa ha riportato questo come prova del papa’s “tolleranza zero” per lo sfruttamento sessuale dei bambini.
22 Novembre 2014: Wesolowski era visto “camminare tranquillamente all’interno della Città del Vaticano…in apparente libertà” e si presume che vi vivono ancora agli arresti domiciliari. Questo ci dimostra che p. Federico Lombardi ha mentito, come di consueto con la Chiesa Cattolica Romana per quanto riguarda i pedofili
Defrocking significa un chierico è cotta senza essere denunciato alla polizia. La sanzione più grave a disposizione del papa scomunica. Papa Francesco scomunica un sacerdote australiano per sostenere le donne del coordinamento e matrimonio tra persone dello stesso sesso. Anche lui scomunicato i leader del gruppo di laici, siamo Chiesa, per celebrare la messa nella loro casa.
Ma, avete escludessimo arcivescovo Jozef Wesolowski, Papa Francesco? No ma non l’ha fatto. È evidente a noi vittime dei crimini della vostra chiesa contro di noi, che troverà un sacerdote dicendo: “le donne dovrebbero essere coordinati tra loro, e chi sostiene matrimonio tra persone dello stesso sesso, o un gruppo di laici di massa nelle loro case, più degni di scomunica, di un pedofilo, che ha pagato i bambini per il sesso, violentate, o posseduto oltre 100.000 bambini immagini pornografiche e video di bambini porno sul proprio computer.
Lei, Santo Padre Francesco, si è rivelato a noi, le vittime e per chi lotta per noi, che si sono appena come il resto. Di proteggere e difendere chi lo stupro dei bambini, invece di stare in piedi per loro, invece di stare in piedi per le vittime. Di proteggere e difendere i pedofili, e il pedofilo, come Papa Emerito Bendict XVI, i Cardinali, gli Arcivescovi e Vescovi che hanno coperto i crimini, ed è come al solito su questo argomento
Il Comitato dell’ONU contro la Tortura “trovato che il gran numero di violenze sessuali all’interno della Chiesa Cattolica sono ammontate a torture e trattamenti crudeli, inumani e degradanti”. Dopo che alcuni funzionari del Vaticano furono chiamati a Ginevra nel maggio 2014. per rispondere a domande difficili come per questo che il papa ritiene che la sua responsabilità per proteggere i bambini contro la tortura applicata solo sul Concilio Vaticano ii, la commissione ha presentato la sua relazione.
I membri “ha ordinato il Vaticano a mano sul file contenente i dettagli di commesso abuso sessuale accuse alle forze di polizia intorno al mondo, … di utilizzare la sua autorità sulla Chiesa Cattolica Romana nel mondo al fine di garantire che tutte le accuse di abusi clericali sono passati alla autorità laiche e di imporre sanzioni “significativa” su qualsiasi i funzionari della Chiesa che non è in grado di farlo.” Con l’eccezione di un paio di in scena eventi PR, il papa ha rifiutato di prendere una qualsiasi di queste misure.
Il Vaticano aveva pubblicato un “Rapporto Preliminare” preparatori per l’audizione. “In nessuna parte della Santa Sede [il nome della Chiesa il governo globale] Relazione Iniziale ai sensi della Convenzione non si fa alcuna menzione della diffusa e sistemica stupri e violenze sessuali perpetrate dal clero Cattolico contro centinaia di migliaia di bambini e adulti vulnerabili nel mondo. Non si parla di atti che hanno portato ad un sorprendente e quantità incalcolabile di danni nel mondo – profonda e duratura sofferenza fisica e mentale – con poca o nessuna responsabilità e l’accesso al ricorso …[T] Concilio Vaticano ii ha sempre minimizzato i danni causati dalle azioni del clero, sia attraverso la diretta sugli atti di violenza sessuale ed i funzionari della Chiesa” le azioni che seguono, come cover-up e vittima di colpa. … La Santa Sede la relazione iniziale di questo comitato è di per sé la prova di minimizzazione di questi reati e i danni.
Il Comitato contro la Tortura relazione è venuto “dopo gli alti funzionari hanno cercato di distanza del Vaticano legalmente dalla grande Chiesa … dicendo: “i sacerdoti non erano legalmente legata al Vaticano ma cadde sotto giurisdizioni nazionali. Ma il comitato insiste sul fatto che i dipendenti della Santa Sede, tra cui rappresentanti del papa nel mondo e i loro collaboratori, hanno la responsabilità di monitorare il comportamento di tutti sotto il loro controllo effettivo”.
Le seguenti facce e dichiarazione risulta, Papa Francesco, che si sono appena come il resto, quando giunge il momento di alzarsi per i pedofili, chi lo stupro dei bambini, dalla chiesa. Come non si prende veramente cura un bit circa le vittime, ma la difesa e la protezione della vostra chiesa e la pedofilia.
Come arcivescovo di Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio “rifiutato di incontrarsi con le vittime, e ha trascorso gran parte di silenzio sulla questione del clero abusi sessuali, ad eccezione di un sorprendente negazione che aveva affrontato un abusivo sacerdote. La sua azione era noto solo alla commissione un dietro le quinte relazione ai giudici che cercavano esonero di penalmente condannato sacerdote dal contesto la credibilità del sacerdote’s vittime.”
Poi, un mese e il giorno dopo che si era eletto Papa, è stato nominato un gruppo di Cardinali, di cui come arrivati C9, per essere il vostro consiglieri più vicini. E chi sono i membri del C9 consulenti?
Il Cardinale George Pell, arcivescovo e creatore del “Melbourne Risposta”, un sistema “progettato per controllare le vittime e proteggere la Chiesa … Pell destinati a ridurre al minimo i crimini, nascondere la verità, manipolare e a intimidire le vittime. … Alcuni parenti dei bambini maltrattati hanno chiesto al cardinale di una “mente psicopatica.” Pell conosce personalmente centinaia di persone coinvolte – le vittime e le loro famiglie, nonché gli autori. … Era un autorità ad alto livello nella Chiesa Cattolica quando la corte ha iniziato negli anni 1990 e le prime Cattolica figura in Australia fino a quando entrava a Roma. … [H]e è stato il leader di un sistema che tutela i reo e non innocenti. … [H]e l’uomo fu in carica nel corso di molti anni di questo scandalo. Egli, pertanto, può essere ritenuto responsabile e responsabile.”
Il Cardinale Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa: Errazuriz nazionale aveva fatto notizia per proteggere p. Fernando Karadima, la “peggior scandalo” della Chiesa cilena. “Power è il vero punto del caso. [Degli abusi sessuali contro i bambini] non sono possibili senza una rete di politici, sociali e religiosi potenza operante per 50 anni”, ha dichiarato analista politico Ascanio Cavallo, preside della scuola di giornalismo dell’Università Adolfo Ibáñez. I funzionari della Chiesa avevano avvertito già nel 1984 circa Karadima “comportamenti scorretti.” Il primo noto per raggiungere Errazuriz erano nel 2003. Nel 2006, un sacerdote nominato dalla Errázuriz allo scopo di studiare i reclami segnalati al cardinale che egli credeva “gli accusatori a essere credibile. Secondo la corte testimonianza civile nel 2011 in una denuncia presentata contro Karadima, i funzionari della Chiesa, tra cui Errázuriz, ha cercato di vergogna accusatori in caduta rivendicazioni, rifiutato di incontrarsi con loro e non è riuscito a effettuare indagini formali per anni. UN giudice ha respinto la causa penale contro Karadima nel novembre 2011. perché lo statuto delle limitazioni erano scaduti ma anche determinato che le accuse erano “veritiero e affidabile.
E quando Papa Francesco nominato Errázuriz al C9 consulenti, una delle vittime ha dichiarato che questo appuntamento: “un peccato e una vergogna.” Il 15 settembre 2013, Errázuriz detto che l’arcidiocesi non aveva la competenza per la loro “grande dolore”
Sì, il Santo Padre Francesco, ancora una volta, non abbiamo dalla bocca di uno dei propri consulenti, che coperto di preti pedofili, che la vostra chiesa non ha alcuna responsabilità per la loro enorme dolore.” Ma, Papa Francesco, che è poi la responsabilità per l’enorme dolore e sofferenza, di oneri ingiusti e l’orrore le vittime di stupri commessi contro di loro dai sacerdoti della Chiesa Cattolica Romana? È che le stesse vittime? Perché sembra che quando si tratta di questa vostra chiesa.
Quindi Papa Francesco, quando il Comitato delle Nazioni Unite sui diritti del fanciullo (CRC)richiesto, per informazioni dettagliate su tutti i casi di abusi sessuali su bambini commessi da membri del clero, religiosi o nun” per gli ultimi quindici anni e 1 novembre come un termine per la risposta. Le domande sono state inviate per la preparazione di un audizione pubblica prevista per il mese di gennaio. Che cosa dire e fare di questa richiesta?
Primo, un po’ di storia. Come uno dei firmatari della Convenzione sui Diritti del Bambino del 1989, la Chiesa è stata quindici anni di ritardo nella consegna di un report che descrive se avesse agito per “proteggere il fanciullo contro ogni forma di violenza fisica o psichica” come la convenzione richiede. Inoltre, il questionario ha cercato di stabilire se “gli autori dei reati a sfondo sessuale” è stato permesso di rimanere in contatto con i bambini, che un’azione legale contro di loro e se segnalazione di presunto abuso è obbligatoria. Esso ha anche incluso le query di sostegno per le vittime e gli incidenti in cui i ricorrenti erano stati ridotti al silenzio.
E qual è stata la tua risposta e il Sant’Uffizio per questo? Lei, Santo Padre Francesco e il Vaticano warnedthat potrebbe tirare fuori della Convenzione sui Diritti del Bambino, se spinto troppo duro sulla questione. In una relazione del proprio pubblicato sul sito web DELLE NAZIONI UNITE lo scorso ottobre, la Santa Sede ha ricordato il CRC delle riserve sulla giurisdizione legale e altre questioni, in quando ha firmato il patto globale. Ha detto i nuovi “interpretazione” dare motivi “per la cessazione o revoca” dal trattato.
E poi che cosa ha fatto Papa Francesco? Il 11 luglio 2013, il pontefice ha emanato una legge civile criminalizzare le perdite del Vaticano informazioni per la stampa e la violenza sessuale contro i bambini, compresa la pornografia infantile. I crimini sono punibili con un massimo di otto e dodici anni di carcere, rispettivamente. La legge applicabile all’interno dello Stato della Città del Vaticano e per i dipendenti della Santa Sede nella sua proprietà extraterritoriale e ambasciate.
Come hai fatto a rispondere al CRC Papa Francesco? Il 4 dicembre, il che indica che non è stata la pratica del suo governo di “fornire informazioni in merito ai casi specifici a meno che non venga richiesto da un altro paese come parte di un’azione legale” e “che il Vaticano può fornire informazioni solo sulle note e sui presunti crimini sessuali che hanno avvenuto in Vaticano.”
Quindi Papa Francesco, come un affronto alle facce delle vittime, che cosa ha fatto? Il 16 gennaio 2014, giorno in cui il CRC delle audizioni sono state per iniziare a Ginevra, Papa Francesco ha dimostrato ancora il disprezzo per le vittime della vostra Chiesa per celebrare la messa, seguita da un incontro privato, con il Cardinale Roger Mahony, arcivescovo emerito di Los Angeles. Il Washington Post (tra gli altri) aveva condannato Mahony noto per proteggere i tossicodipendenti, affermando che egli’s “fortunato a non essere in prigione” e che “il suo costante rilievo riflette la cultura dell’impunità nella Chiesa Cattolica un decennio dopo la sua tolleranza e la complicità della violenza contro i minori è stato esposto. “Dopo il colloquio privato con lei, Mahony blog “il tema dello scandalo non è venuto.”
Lo stesso giorno, Lombardi ha detto che la Chiesa ha sviluppato “una serie di iniziative e direttive”, che sono “molto utili” con le altre comunità. Egli ha anche criticato l’ipotesi che i vescovi o i superiori dei religiosi e delle religiose agire come rappresentanti o delegati del Papa.” Egli ha detto questa credenza è “assolutamente priva di fondamento.” Invece, le autorità civili dei paesi che hanno firmato la convenzione DELLE NAZIONI UNITE è direttamente responsabile della sua attuazione e per l’esecuzione delle leggi che tutelano i bambini.
Il panel ONU Vaticano ha chiesto ai rappresentanti di risposte alle domande che essi avevano inviato in luglio. Mentre i media americani sbandierano una dichiarazione fatta da uno dei funzionari del Vaticano che egli “viene”, la stampa estera non era troppo servile:
Germania Deutsche Welle: Vaticano risposta ;non odore test per la gente comune;
Venezuela, El Nacional: il Vaticano all’ONU oggi eluso con informazioni dettagliate su questioni relative all’abuso sessuale di minori da parte del clero in un esercizio retorico che tenta di dimostrare di avere la determinazione di impedire nuovi reati
Spagna, El Pais: il Vaticano ancora non si assume nessuna responsabilità per gli abusi sessuali
4. BishopAccountability.org notato quattro momenti significativi dell’audizione:
1. Per la prima volta, il Concilio Vaticano ii ha dovuto ammettere pubblicamente che ancora non prevedono l’indicazione di crimini sessuali alle autorità civili. Non fare questo passo quando i sacerdoti sono spretato.
2. La Santa Sede ha rifiutato di fornire i dati richiesti il 1º luglio.
3. Il Vaticano ritiene che l’obbligo del singolo autore e non la Chiesa, per risarcire le vittime
4. Gli ordini religiosi, che comprendono un terzo a metà del mondo&# 039 ;s Catholic chierici, ancora non sono costretti dalla Santa Sede a creare politiche abuso. (Papa Benedetto XVI ha ordinato i vescovi del mondo per farlo a partire dal 2011. L’ordine è stato ampiamente ignorato, anche dal cardinale arcivescovo di Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio.)
Quindi, il Santo Padre Francesco, ora mostrano come il Vaticano, te stesso e per gli altri bocchini per la vostra chiesa, ha svolto il guardare da un’altra parte gioco di sotterfugi e inganni. Di biasimare gli altri, dicendo: “ehi, guarda che cosa stanno facendo, perché con noi?
Delegato Vaticano alle NAZIONI UNITE, Arcivescovo Silvano Tomasi, ha risposto in un’intervista “Allo stesso tempo dobbiamo tenere in mente che anche se ci sono tanti milioni, quaranta milioni di casi di abuso di un anno per quanto riguarda i bambini, purtroppo in alcuni casi riguardano anche il personale.” Tomasi ha inoltre suggerito che il comitato DELLE NAZIONI UNITE potrebbe essere stato influenzato da “alcune ONG che supportano l’omosessualità, matrimonio tra omosessuali e altre questioni probabilmente ha presentato le proprie opinioni e rinforzo alla fine [il comitato] linea di pensiero in qualche modo.”
E poi è venuto fuori con questa dichiarazione Papa Francesco, sapendo che era una menzogna, perché la chiesa è stata tutt’altro che si muove con trasparenza e responsabilità. Il solo organizzativa, il Concilio Vaticano ii e la Chiesa Cattolica Romana ha dimostrato con le vostre azioni, è che si sta per proteggere la vostra chiesa a tutti i costi.
Il 5 marzo, nel 2014, il Papa, ha affermato che, per quanto riguarda la tortura sessuale dei bambini, “Le statistiche sul fenomeno della violenza contro i bambini sono sconvolgenti, ma anche dimostrano chiaramente che la grande maggioranza degli abusi provengono dal proprio ambiente familiare e da persone che sono vicino. La Chiesa Cattolica è forse l’unico ente pubblico che si muove con trasparenza e responsabilità. Nessun altro ha fatto di più. E ancora, la Chiesa è l’unico essere attaccati”.
Se le parole del Santo Padre Francesco e il resto erano verità? Quindi queste persone come il Cardinale Bernard Law, George Pell Timothy Dolan, Roger Mahony, Donald Wuerl e agli altri che lo hanno coperto questi crimini contro i bambini, che hanno contribuito a perpetuare questi crimini contro i bambini, che hanno protetto i pedofili sui figli, sarebbe stato scomunicato e alle autorità di perseguimento penale.
Se le parole del Santo Padre Francesco erano verità, quindi non vi ha ricordato l’arcivescovo Jozef Wesolowski nuovamente in Vaticano, in modo che egli potesse essere protetta da parte delle autorità della Repubblica Dominicana. Si avrebbe girato su di lui per la repressione dei crimini contro i bambini che ha commesso, invece di permettere che lui immunità sovrana per portarlo al Vaticano per essere protetti.
Se le tue parole sono verità, il Santo Padre Francesco, quindi non sarebbe possibile avere caricato il vostro C9 comitato consultivo con pedofili noti magnaccia, come George Pell e altri, contro il quale, non ci sono prove schiaccianti contro di loro hanno partecipato alla copertura di stupri e gli abusi di bambini.
Se le tue parole sono verità Papa Francesco, quindi la chiesa NON sarebbe negare alle vittime di questi crimini giustizia. La chiesa e gli avvocati di acquistare NON sarebbe ci nega le vittime giustizia utilizzando i termini di prescrizione contro di noi. Né contro qualsiasi modifica dello statuto delle limitazioni, o l’apertura di una finestra per le vittime a farsi avanti e chiedere giustizia per i crimini commessi contro di noi.
Se le tue parole sono verità Papa Francesco, non si sarà in grado di garantire che le vittime, di essere vittime, dagli attacchi fatto contro di noi.
NON sarebbe possibile che Bill Donohue, della Catholic League di attaccare noi vittime come lui, ci offende, demonizzare, diffamare. Tutto il male che ha detto contro di noi vittime, è uno che merita scomunica. Lei, Santo Padre Francesco, si chiama Bill Donohue, per la sua proclamazione come vittime sono niente ma bugiardi, cercatori d’oro, alla ricerca di un giorno di paga della chiesa. Per il suo confronto l’orrore, il terrore, la sofferenza e il dolore di noi vittime, che sono state brutalmente violentate, dei vostri sacerdoti, non solo dei nostri corpi, ma delle nostre anime, le nostre menti e i nostri cuori, per il suo essere uno schiaffo sul polso da una suora quando ha agito.
Per la sua menzogna sulla vittima, prclaiming lui come parte di un farmaco pista omicidio, come il dipartimento di polizia oggetto, quando la vittima, infatti, ha testimoniato in un farmaco omicidio, mettendo la sua vita a grandi rischi in questo modo. E a causa di Bill Donohue le azioni e le parole, che vittima ora è in pericolo di vita, dopo aver ricevuto minacce di morte e altre minacce, nonché essere battuti per la sua difesa e fa bene a testimoniare in un farmaco pista omicidio. La vittima è ora citano Bill Donohue e la Lega Cattolica per diffamazione e altre azioni civili e ancora, il Papa Francesco non è mai intervenuto per porre fine a Bill Donohue e i suoi attacchi contro le vittime del sacerdote lo stupro.
Se si stava parlando la verità Papa Francesco, poi, quando i Comitati delle Nazioni Unite sui diritti del fanciullo, e per la tortura, ha chiesto alla Santa Sede di abolire il segreto pontificio per le accuse di abusi sessuali su bambini, e al fine di diritto canonico obbligatoria la comunicazione all’autorità civile. Poi nel settembre del 2014, non si ha respinto la richiesta e gli ho detto che è fatto per motivi che le segnalazioni obbligatorie potrebbe interferire con la sovranità degli Stati indipendenti. Obbligo di segnalazione interferire con tale sovranità se una legge statale vietata reporting del clero abuso sessuale dei bambini alla polizia. Lo Stato non esiste.
Ma il Vaticano … illustra la sua reale intenzione di interferire nella sovranità degli Stati indipendenti, vietando reporting una volta procedimenti canonici, anche quando la legge civile richiede la comunicazione.
De facto il privilegio del clero con l’uso di segretezza, rendendo clero immune da procedimenti giudiziari civili per lo sfruttamento sessuale dei bambini, è stato istituito nel 1922 dal Papa Pio XI, ed è stato proseguito e ampliato da cinque dei suoi successori. Purtroppo, sembra che lei, Santo Padre Francesco hanno dato ogni indicazione di aggiunta alla lista, come il settimo papa.
Se si stava parlando la verità, il Santo Padre Francesco, quindi non sarebbe possibile avere nominato Juan Barros Madrid, Vescovo di Osorno, Cile. Non ottenere il suggerimento, il Papa Francesco, che il giorno in cui Barros è stato installato come Vescovo, tra polizia e centinaia di parrocchiani, vestito di nero di lutto denunciato Barros, che tutti sapevano che Barros aveva fatto e invece di sostenere lui, non si dovrebbe mai avere in lui un Vescovo?
Se si sta parlando verità Papa Francesco, quindi perché si ignora l Arcivescovo Chomali? Sappiamo, in un’intervista pubblicata 26 marzo, l’Arcivescovo di Concepcion descritti i dettagli di un incontro che ha avuto con Papa Francesco il 6 marzo. “Arcivescovo Chomali ha spiegato che egli donò al Papa Francesco “documenti con informazioni dettagliate sulle conseguenze della nomina aveva fatto. Tutta la documentazione che ho citato a lui, sia attraverso la nunziatura apostolica o l’ambasciata cilena presso la Santa Sede. È stato molto aggiornato sul Vescovo Barros” situazione, e di fatto a pochi giorni prima aveva parlato con lui. Con fermezza e convinzione mi disse che aveva analizzato tutti i dati relativi al passato e che non vi era alcuna ragione obiettiva che il Vescovo Barros non deve essere installato come vescovo diocesano.”
No, Papa Francesco, non dire la verità, per la le azioni parlano più delle parole. Si parla un buon PR parlare, ma le altre parole e azioni non corrispondono con il PR che vi inviamo. Sì, il Santo Padre Francesco, sono di fatto, chiamando a due facce, bugiardo e ciarlatano. Dico la verità quando dico questo. Qualcosa voi e il resto del pedofilo, non può iniziare anche a fare.
Lei, Santo Padre Francesco, mi fanno schifo insieme a tutti i pedofili Pimp Papi, Cardinali, Vescovi e Arcivescovi. Per voi sono come tutti loro, che sono un degenerato in mio libro, si sono responsabili per gli stupri, torture, schiavitù, abusi e altri crimini contro i bambini, come tutto il resto. Lei, Santo Padre Francesco, sono santo uomo di Dio, e non è neanche un rappresentante di Gesù Cristo sulla terra. Si sono ammalati e ritorto, è una, come un criminale come tutto il resto dei colleghi pedofili sfruttatori.
Si, il Santo Padre Francesco sono una delle più basse forme di vita sul pianeta. Anche il contenuto di un dependance è più di quanto voi, e merita molto di più rispetto al boot. Proteggi il tuo culto dei pedofili pedofili e sfruttatori, come il resto di loro.
Non è santo uomo di Dio, voi, insieme a Papa Benedetto XVI, emerito, O i seguenti Cardinali: Adam Maida, Agostino Vallini, Angelo Scola, Angelo Sodano, Anthony Bevilacqua, Bernard Law, Dominik Duka, Donald Wuerl, Franc Rode, Francis George, Francisco Javier Errazurtz Ossa, George Pell, Humberto Mederios, John Cody, John Krol, Joseph Bernardin, Juan Cipriani, Justin Rigali, Keith O’Brien, Leonardo Sandri, Marc Ouellet, Norberto Rivera, Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, Partick O’Malley, Peter Turkson, Raymond Burke, Richard Cushing, Roger Mahony, Sean Brady, Silvio Oddi, Tarcisio Bertone, Thomas Winning, Timothy Dolan, Vinko Puljic, Wilfred Fox Napier, William Levada, Hans Hermann Groer, Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Francis Spellman, Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, Luis Antonio Tagle, Eduardo Martínez Somalo, Desmond Connell, E molti altr; Gli Arcivescovi: Andre Richard, Anthony Sablan, Charles J Chaput, Denis Hart, Diarmuid Martin, Ernest Leger, Frank Little, Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Harry Flynn, Jerome Hanus, Jerome Listecki, John Charles McQuaid, John Clay Neinstedt, John Meyers, John Roach, Jose Horacio Gomez, Josef Wesolowski, Luciano Storero, Mario Conti, Peter Gerety, Peter Sartain, Pio Laghi, Rembert Weakland, Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, Robert Carlson, Silvano Tomasi, Theodore McCarrick, Valery Vienneau, William Cousins, Urban J. Vehr, Blase Cupich, Paul Richard Gallagher, José Luis Mollaghan, Francisco Javier Martínez, E molti altr; E i seguenti vescovi: A.J. Quinn, Andrew Cozzens, Anthony O’Connell, Antonio Sarto, Bill Wright, Carl Mengeling, Christopher Foster, David M O’Connell, David Zubik, Donald Kettler, Edward Cullen, Eugene Laroque, Gabino Miranda, George H. Guilfoyle, George Leo Thomas, Gerard Frey, Henry Kennedy, Howard Hubbard, James Garland, James Hoeppner, James Kavanagh, James Murray, James Timlin, John B McCormack, John Doerfler, John Magee, Joseph Cistone, Joseph Devine, Joseph Imesch, Joseph V Adamec, Kieran Thomas Conry, Kenneth Povish, Laurence Glenn, Leo Clarke, Louis E. Gelineau, Marco Antonio Ordenes, Michael Bransfield, Michael Jarrell, Michael John Brown, Michael Malone, Patrick Cooney, Patrick Cotter, Peter Conners, Raphael Michael Fliss, Raymond Lahey, Richard Sklba, Robert C. Evans, Robert E. Mulvee, Robert Finn, Robert Rose, Rogello Livieres, Seamus Hegarty, Thomas Curry, Thomas Daily, Thomas J. Tobin, Vincent Leonard, William Lynn, Wilton Gregory, Wojeciech Polak, Pierre Pican, Willie Walsh, William Murphy, Daniel Patrick Reilly, Ronald Mulkearns, Juan Barros Madrid, Gabino Miranda Melgarejo, Arturo Mandin Bastes, Jozef De Kesel, Rogelio Livieres, Christopher Coyne, Ronald Gainer, John Doerfler, Brendan Comiskey, Donal Murray, Jim Moriarty, Raphoe Philip Boyce, Dermot O’ Mahony, Edward Daly, Seamus Hegarty, Eamon Casey, Joseph Duffy, Daniel A. Cronin, E molti altr……… Voi tutti colpevoli di crimini contro l’umanità e per i bambini di tutto il mondo.
Lei, Santo Padre Francesco, Papa Emerito Benedetto XVI, tutti i suddetti Cardinali, Vescovi e Arcivescovi, colpevoli, davanti al vostro Dio e Gesù Cristo, che voi proclamate a seguire, da rappresentanti di questa terra, attraverso la Chiesa Cattolica Romana, di efferati crimini contro i bambini di tutto il mondo.
Lei, Santo Padre Francesco ci chiede di perdonare. Perché mai si dovrebbe? Perché qualcuno dovrebbe perdonare voi o la vostra chiesa e ciò che tutti voi avete fatto?
NESSUNO DI VOI SONO VERAMENTE PENTITO DI TUTTI I CRIMINI E I MALI VOI E LA VOSTRA CHIESA HA FATTO CONTRO DI NOI!!!!QUINDI, NON SI PUÒ, E NEPPURE IL PROPRIO DIO E GESÙ CRISTO perdona, A MENO CHE L’UTENTE VERAMENTE E sinceramente pentiti DI TUTTO QUESTO MALE CHE AVETE FATTO PER I BAMBINI, NEL CORSO DEI SECOLI DI QUELLO CHE AVETE FATTO PER LORO. PER ESSERE perdonato, così fate anche voi DEVONO PENTIRSI, VISTO CHE NON L’HANNO FATTO, NON HA DIRITTO DI CHIEDERE A CHI DI NOI NON PERDONO…..LE VITTIME CHE HANNO ATTRAVERSATO QUESTO ORRORE, NÉ IL SUO DIO E GESÙ CHE TUTTI PROCLAMANO DI ESSERE RAPPRESENTANTI DI!!!
Papa Francesco, proclamare di rappresentare sulla terra, come Vicario di Cristo, allora la sua parola vale molto di più a voi e il resto del Cardinali, Arcivescovi e Vescovi, ancor più di quanto non vale anche per il resto di noi. Per VOI si suppone di essere santi uomini di dio, e i responsabili di ciò che si proclamano l’unica vera chiesa di Gesù Cristo.
Beh, quella di annunciare a rappresentare, Papa Francesco, Gesù ha detto nella bibbia, il libro CHE tutti proclamano di essere la vera parola del vero Dio, il seguente:Marco 9:42:42 “chiunque scandalizzerà uno di questi piccoli che credono, sarebbe stato meglio per lui, con una pesante macina appesa al collo, era stato gettato in mare. E in Luca 17, 1-2: 1 Egli disse ai suoi discepoli: “è inevitabile che gli ostacoli, ma guai a colui per colpa del quale avviene lo scandalo! 2 “sarebbe meglio per lui che gli si metta una macina appesa al collo e venga gettato nel mare, piuttosto che uno di questi piccoli.
Sembra che, il Santo Padre Francesco, che voi e il resto del pedofilo papponi dovrebbe investire in una società che rende forte e robusta corda e fa un sacco di macine in pietra. Se io fossi in te? Vorrei iniziare a unire le corde intorno al collo e collegamento a macine e trovare una grande porzione di mare per lanciare i vostri corpi. Che deve essere molto meglio di avere a che fare con quelli che si proclamano di rappresentare Gesù Cristo è per le vostre anime una volta davanti a lui a mio parere.
In chiusura il Papa Francesco, perché noi che sono state violentate, torturate, brutalizzata, ridotto in schiavitù, e distrutti dalla vostra chiesa e la sua i pedofili e i tossicodipendenti, hanno il coraggio di dire apertamente contro tutti i crimini commessi contro di noi e chiedere giustizia, siamo bollati come bigotti, odiatori, e peggio ancora. Ci è stato detto, ancora una volta, perché non osiamo parlare, che tutti noi siamo legati per l’inferno.
Molti di noi hanno già fatto il nostro tempo all’inferno se Papa Francesco. I nostri dolori e le sofferenze, i nostri incubi, i nostri orrori ci hanno inviato all’inferno e non pochi di noi sono venuti dall’altra parte, molto più forte, che le vittime si erano una volta. Ci sono attualmente I SUPERSTITI.
Sebbene alcuni di noi non ha, il nostro dolore e sofferenza, orrore e proseguire il trattamento del male contro di noi, la Chiesa Cattolica Romana, alcuni di essi a soffiare le cervella, o farsi impiccare, o suicidio in altri modi.
E alcuni sono ancora nascosti nell’ombra, ha paura di uscire e parlare, circa i crimini commessi contro di loro, per i sacerdoti, fratelli, suore e sorelle e tutti gli altri della vostra chiesa. Chi ancora tace, perché avete paura, si temono gli stupratori e la mente le torture cui sono stati posti da loro, mentre essi erano violentate e brutalizzata, realizzare questo Papa Francesco!!!
Abbiamo il forte superstiti sono MOLTI. Noi non abbiamo paura, né la chiesa, né i Cardinali, gli Arcivescovi e Vescovi. Noi non abbiamo paura del pew lucidatrici, che insultano e offendono e ci minacciano. Noi non abbiamo paura Bill Donohue della Lega Cattolica o chiunque altro si attacca.
Dobbiamo insistere e parlare, che si terrà a tutti voi i vostri crimini. Avremo occasione di parlare ed esporre ovunque andiamo, quando siamo chiamati a farlo. Ci batteremo per le vittime, che sono ancora, ancora troppo aver paura di parlare. Dobbiamo difenderli, noi, contro di voi e gli altri dirigenti e tutti coloro che attaccano e difendono la chiesa per tutti i crimini commessi contro di noi.
Continueremo a chiedere giustizia. Continueremo a chiedere l’arresto e l’azione penale nei confronti di tutti e di ciascuno di voi, che coperto questi crimini contro di noi, che protetto e difeso i pedofili, gli autori di noi, e vinceremo contro di voi tutti. Non si può pensare, si potrebbe pensare che la Chiesa Cattolica Romana è intoccabile, che non si possono fare tutti i crimini contro l’umanità e per i bambini di tutto il mondo.
In un certo senso, si potrebbe essere giusto, che non c’è giustizia sistema sarà in grado di farci pagare per i crimini, ma che è, di fatto cambiando e credo che presto le Nazioni Unite possano far sentire la loro voce e sarà perseguibile da parte loro.
Ma poi, un giorno, si dovrà stare davanti al giudice ULTIMO, quelli che tutti proclamano a seguire e rappresentare su questo piano di esistenza. E credo che quando si? Sono sicuro che lei aveva legato una enorme macina intorno al collo e gettato voi stessi nel profondo del mare, rispetto al pene si affaccia davanti al giudice si chiama Dio e Gesù Cristo.
CREDO, che vi mostrerà più misericordia, inviando direttamente al 9° livello di Dante Inferno, a tutti voi in noi, i sopravvissuti del male, il codice di procedura penale culto della pedofilia, preti pedofili, le Suore e tutti abusivi il parrocchiano Pew Lucidatrici della Chiesa Cattolica Romana
We arrest, we try, we convict and we imprison and execute, people whom rape children and murder children. This is the supposed norm of what we do to those whom prey on children. Yet we allow one religious organization, to rape children, to murder children, to destroy children with impunity, without going after them, without arresting them, without prosecuting them, without imprisoning them or executing them in the most horrible and gruesome fashion we can think of, because when you rape or murder a child, this is exactly what you deserve….but hey…the
UNHOLY, ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF PEDOPHILE PIMP LEADERS, PEDOPHILE PRIESTS, PSYCHO ABUSIVE NUNS, AND FREAK PARISHIONERS WHOM LOVE THESE PEOPLE WHOM RAPE AND MURDER THEIR OWN CHILDREN ARE ABOVE THE FUCKING LAW.
We have overwhelming, concrete, irrefutable proof, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that if this evidence was heard by a jury, these scumbags would be convicted of their crimes….that the leaders of the Unholy Roman Catholic Church of Pedophiles…have moved rapist priests from parish to parish, state to state, country to country and are STILL DOING THIS TO THIS VERY DAY.
We have overwhelming, concrete, irrefutable proof, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that if this evidence was heard by a jury, these scumbags would be convicted of their crimes, that these leaders and others of the Roman Catholic Church have in fact murdered children. We have the bodies and the graves to prove it. Yet again, the Unholy Roman Catholic Church seems to be above the law and not one of these evil leaders have every been arrested nor prosecuted for their crimes.
IT IS TIME, FOR ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE, THE GOOD, DECENT, HONEST, MORAL PEOPLE OF THE WORLD TO GATHER TOGETHER AND JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIE NETWORK….SAY WE ARE MAD AS HELL AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANY LONGER!!!
WE NEED REAL PEOPLE TO FINALLY SAY…ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, WE WILL NOT ALLOW ONE MORE OF OUR CHILDREN TO BE RAPED, TO BE ABUSED, TO BE MURDERED BY THESE SCUM OF THE UNHOLY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.
WE AS A PEOPLE, NEED TO COME TOGETHER, TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM THESE EVIL, SOULESS, MONSTERS WHOM HIDE BEHIND RELIGIOUS ROBES….AND WE MUST DESTROY THEM AS A PEOPLE. WE MUST TAKE A STAND.
WE MUST STAND UP FOR OUR CHILDREN…WE MUST PLACE THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN FIRST, ABOVE THESE RELIGIOUS, SADISTIC, PSYCHOTIC FREAKS. WE MUST DESTROY COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY THESE PEOPLE OF SATAN, WHOM DESTROY LIVES.
ONLY UNTIL WE HAVE CARDINALS SUCH AS TIMOTHY DOLAN, BERNARD LAW, JUSTIN RIGALI, ROGER MAHONY, DOLAND WUERL, POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT AND ALL THE OTHERS, THEIR BODIES ROTTING WHILE SWINGING ON ROPES, HANGED IN FRONT OF THEIR VATICAN AND IN ST PETERS SQUARE FOR ALL TO SEE….THAT WE WILL NO LONGER PUT UP WITH THEIR POPES, CARDINALS, BISHOPS, ARCHBISHOPS, PRIESTS AND NUNS…RAPING OUR CHILDREN, MURDERING OUR CHILDREN AND THINKING THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW BECAUSE THEY ARE THE LEADERS OF THIS PSYCHOTIC RELIGIOUS SECT.
WE EXECUTE CHILD RAPISTS AND MURDERERS ALL THE TIME, WE IMPRISON FOR LIFE EVIL, SOULESS, MORALESS, SCUMBAGS LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME.
WELL IT IS TIME TO START DOING THE SAME THING WITH THE PEDOPHILE PIMPS, PRIESTS, NUNS AND THE SCUM OF THE UNHOLY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.
Victims: Pope Benedict Protects Accused Pedophile Bishops
By BRIAN ROSS , RHONDA SCHWARTZ and ANNA SCHECTER April 15, 2008
From the link: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4656143
Even as he told reporters on his flight to America that he was “deeply ashamed” over the church sex abuse scandal, Pope Benedict was accused by victims of protecting some 19 bishops accused of sexually abusing children.
“As a Catholic, I have to sadly conclude that he is not serious about ridding the church of corrupt bishops,” said Anne Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, a group tracking public records involving the bishops.
According to the group, of the 19 bishops “credibly accused of abusing children,” none has lost his title, been publicly censured by the Vatican or referred for criminal prosecutions.
“The sexual corruption in the Catholic church starts at the very top,” said Doyle.
Pope Benedict told reporters on his flight this morning from Rome to Washington, D.C., he would do everything possible to avoid a repeat of the scandal. “We will absolutely exclude pedophiles from the sacred ministry,” he said, according to Reuters.
While the church has moved to expel accused priests, critics say the higher-ranking bishops have been given favored treatment. “The attitude of the bishops towards the victims and the families of sexual abuse and predatory clergy is drop dead,” said Michael Wegs, of Marion, Iowa, one of nine former high schools students who said they were abused at a seminary in Missouri by former Palm Beach, Fla. Bishop Anthony J. O’Connell.
When the allegations were made public, Bishop O’Connell admitted at least two cases of abuse and was allowed to resign. He now lives on the beautiful, sprawling grounds of the Trappists Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina.
“He deserves to be in jail,” said Wegs, his accuser. “I don’t think there is any justice because he is allowed to travel, go where he please. He’s still a bishop, and he’s living among priests in the hierarchical structure; he is a top dog despite the fact that he’s a sexual predator.” Wegs says O’Connell has failed to even apologize to his victims.
Bishop O’Connell did not return phone calls from ABCNews.com seeking comment, but church officials say he and other bishops have been punished appropriately. “You cannot put on clerical attire, and you cannot service in a public way in ministry,” said Austin, Texas Bishop Gregory Aymond, chair of the U.S. Bishop’s Committee on Protection of Children and Young People.
“That is a very, very significant consequence, and I would say a significant penalty,” said Bishop Aymond, who conceded the accused bishops maintain their title. “Priests and bishops remain priests and bishops forever, regardless of what happens to them or what they do,” said Bishop Aymond.
But victims groups and church critics say the pope can and should do much more to punish the bishops and finally resolve the scandal.
Before he became pope, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he was in charge of monitoring cases of pedophile priests and was directly involved in deciding what punishment, if any, would be administered to priests and bishops.
“Priests who abuse children can be removed from the priesthood, but they do not remove bishops, they do not remove cardinals,” said author Jason Berry who has been tracking the sex abuse scandal and produced a documentary film on the subject, “Vows of Silence,” which premiered in New Orleans last night. “The problem is the power structure. There is no accountability,” said Berry.
Berry says the pope’s decision to have the Los Angeles archbishop, Cardinal Roger Mahoney, accompany him on his trip proves the point. “Why would you want someone in your entourage” like Roger Mahoney, asked Berry.
“This man has overseen a great many cases in which priests were moved from parish to parish. His diocese has paid over $660 million in settlements. And yet this cardinal has refused to release the files on these priests who have abused children,” Berry said.
Cardinal Mahoney did not return calls from ABC News seeking comment.
Lawyers Question New York Cardinal in Milwaukee Suits
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN Published: February 20, 2013
A week before Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is set to leave New York for Rome, where his name is being floated as a candidate for pope, he was questioned in Manhattan for three hours on Wednesday behind closed doors in a legal deposition concerning the sexual abuse of children by priests.
The lawyers deposing Cardinal Dolan represent hundreds of people who say they were sexually molested by priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which he led for seven years before his appointment as archbishop of New York in 2009. The lawyers want to know when Cardinal Dolan, as archbishop of Milwaukee, learned of allegations against certain priests, and how quickly he made those allegations public.
Cardinal Dolan is one of two American cardinals who are being deposed in sexual abuse lawsuits this week, and who plan to travel to Rome next week in advance of the proceedings to elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who announced last week that he was resigning Feb. 28.
The other American is Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles. He is expected to be deposed on Saturday in Los Angeles, and he has been under fire since the court-ordered release last month of 12,000 pages of internal church files revealing his role in shielding accused priests from the law.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, Joseph Zwilling, said that Cardinal Dolan had cooperated fully with the deposition.
“Today Cardinal Dolan had the long-awaited opportunity to talk about his decision nine years ago in Milwaukee to publicize the names of priests who had abused children and how he responded to the tragedy of past clergy sexual abuse of minors, during the time he was privileged to serve as Archbishop of Milwaukee,” Mr. Zwilling said in a statement. “He has indicated over the past two years that he was eager to cooperate in whatever way he could, and he was looking forward to talking about the good work and progress that took place to ensure the protection of children and pastoral outreach to victims.”
Cardinal Dolan has been much discussed as a possible candidate for pope. The cardinal, who is the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is a charismatic figure at ease in parishes as well as in morning talk show studios, and he left a strong impression in the Vatican last year with speeches promoting what the church calls the “new evangelization.”
But in New York, he has been dogged by the legal cases in Milwaukee. His successor, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, had the archdiocese declare bankruptcy in 2011, saying that it would be the best way to compensate all the victims and for the church to move forward. Milwaukee was the eighth Catholic diocese in the United States to seek bankruptcy protection because of abuse lawsuits.
In the Milwaukee Archdiocese, 575 people have filed claims saying that they were abused, over many decades, by Catholic clergymen. About 70 said they were victims of the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy, who, church records show, admitted having molested deaf students at a boarding school outside Milwaukee, said Jeff Anderson, a lawyer in St. Paul who represents 350 of the 575 plaintiffs.
Bankruptcy negotiations fell apart last year when the archdiocese argued that many of the 575 cases were invalid. Frank LoCocco, the lawyer for the Milwaukee Archdiocese and Cardinal Dolan, said the cases were beyond Wisconsin’s statute of limitations, or the plaintiffs had already received settlements, or the accused were not employed by the archdiocese.
Lawyers for the victims argue that previous archbishops, including Cardinal Dolan, intentionally stalled and kept allegations quiet so that the cases would fall beyond the statute.
Mr. Anderson, who questioned Cardinal Dolan on Wednesday, said he had already deposed a former Milwaukee archbishop, Rembert G. Weakland, and Auxiliary Bishop Richard J. Sklba.
“The deposition of Cardinal Dolan is necessary to show that there’s been a longstanding pattern and practice to keep secrets and keep the survivors from knowing that there had been a fraud committed,” Mr. Anderson said.
The Milwaukee Archdiocese said recently that it had spent $9 million in legal fees. Creditors accuse the archdiocese, under Archbishop Dolan, of shielding $55 million in a cemetery trust. The archdiocese argued that those assets had been set aside for Catholic burials by Archbishop Dolan’s predecessors.
Cardinals Dolan and Mahony quizzed on child abuse
21 February 2013 Last updated at 14:38 ET
From the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21539070
Two US cardinals due to go to Rome to help elect a new pope are being questioned about cases of child abuse by priests under their supervision.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan testified about his release of names of accused clergy members in his former archdiocese.
Cardinal Roger Mahony will be questioned on Saturday about a Mexican priest accused of abusing 26 children.
Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly said last week he would retire, becoming the first pontiff to do so since 1415.
Cardinal Dolan, 62, also the Archbishop of New York and president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, has been seen as a long-shot candidate for the papacy.
His deposition came during a bankruptcy trial filed in 2011 by Cardinal Dolan’s successor to the archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, over abuse claims from nearly 500 people.
The scandal has seen the removal of several church officials, including another former archbishop.
A spokesman for Cardinal Dolan said he was eager to co-operate with lawyers on the trial.
“He has indicated over the past two years that he was eager to co-operate in whatever way he could,” said spokesman Joseph Zwilling.
The plaintiffs have said the evidence given by Cardinal Dolan would help them to establish when church officials first became aware of the abuse allegations and victims.
Current Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki has said the church is seeking bankruptcy protection so it can continue to operate, while still compensating victims.
It is the eighth US diocese to take such action.
A spokesman said Cardinal Dolan’s decision to make public the names of suspected abusers was part of a wider effort to begin the healing process.
But the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is asking for the cardinal’s testimony to be made public.
Cardinal Dolan “did a lot of creative maneuvering of priest sex offenders and creative accounting of church money,” said Peter Isley, a director of the group.
Calls to withdraw
Meanwhile, Cardinal Mahony is due to provide evidence in a separate case over visiting Mexican priest Reverend Nicolas Aguilar Rivera.
Police believe he abused 26 children in 1987 and fled to Mexico a year later when parents complained.
He has been removed from the priesthood and is still a fugitive.
In recent weeks, the archdiocese of Los Angeles has released thousands of documents concerning over 120 accused clergy members.
The papers showed Cardinal Mahony and other church officials protected some of those accused and made no effort to warn churchgoers about the risk to their children.
There are mounting calls for Cardinal Mahony to withdraw from the conclave. But in blog and Twitter posts the cardinal has indicated he intends to go to Rome.
Should Sex-Abuse-Scandal Cardinals Be Allowed to Vote for New Pope?
by Barbie Latza Nadeau Feb 21, 2013 1:25 PM EST
As the conclave for new pope nears, Catholics are calling for cardinals embroiled in sex-abuse scandals to abstain from voting.
Can he who has sinned cast a vote for the next pope? Apparently so. But a growing number of the Vatican’s cardinal electors are being questioned over their knowledge of past sex-abuse scandals, calling into question their ethical right to vote in the next conclave.
In less than a week, the majority of the 117-strong College of Cardinals is expected to descend upon Rome to prepare for the conclave in which they will elect a replacement for Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned February 11. But as the Vatican prepares for the pageantry of the occasion, survivors of the church’s sex scandals and everyday Catholics are raising concerns about whether it is appropriate for certain cardinals to be allowed to dictate the church’s future. “In our view, it’s very safe to assume that almost every one of the prelates who’ll pick the pope … have ignored, concealed, or enabled child sex crimes,” Zach Hiner, a spokesman for SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), tells The Daily Beast.
While many cardinals have been stained by the extensive clergy sex scandals, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles Roger M. Mahony has become a poster priest for the corrupt cardinals of this conclave. Mahony was effectively let go as head of America’s largest diocese in January by his Vatican-endorsed replacement, Archbishop José Gomez, when a California court released 120,000 pages of internal church documents sequestered during investigations of 120 predatory priests in the Los Angeles diocese. The documents show that Mahony was directly involved in moving known pedophiles between parishes in an attempt to conceal their crimes. “I find these files to be brutal and painful reading. The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil,” said Gomez in a statement when he fired his predecessor. More than $600,000 has been paid in lawsuits to victims in the Los Angeles diocese.
This Saturday Mahony will appear in a Los Angeles court to give a deposition in a criminal case involving a Mexican priest who is accused of raping 29 children over just nine months in 1987. The priest is on the lam in Mexico with multiple arrest warrants for child abuse against him, and he has been defrocked in absentia. But Mahony allegedly covered for the priest and obstructed justice when parents of the reported victims complained to the police. He is currently not facing charges, but he will be questioned under oath. Then, according to his Twitter feed, he plans to head to Rome—unless someone stops him. “Countdown to the papal conclave has begun,” he tweeted. “Your prayers needed that we elect the best Pope for today and tomorrow’s church.”
Since Benedict’s resignation, a not-so-subtle storm has been brewing outside Vatican City calling for Mahony to stay in California. Signs have been posted (and quickly removed) along the perimeter walls of Saint Peter’s Square warning that cardinals, like Mahony, who have been embroiled in the sex-abuse scandals are coming to town. Even the ultraconservative Italian magazine Famiglia Cristiana, which is distributed for free in many Catholic churches each Sunday, has been weighing in on the topic. The influential magazine conducted an online survey among its faithful readers about whether Mahony should be allowed to participate in the election of the next pope (the overwhelming response was no). They then ran a damning op-ed piece called “Cardinal in Court” in which they called on Catholics to voice their opinions about the case. The American-based group Catholics United has also launched an online petition to urge Mahony to stay home. Italian Cardinal Velasio De Paolis suggested in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica that perhaps the right approach was if Mahony “could be advised not to take part only through a private intervention by someone with great authority”—which could mean the pope himself. Barbara Blaine of SNAP echoed that sentiment in a statement this week: “We hope that high ranking Vatican officials will instead preclude Mahony from attending the conclave and voting for the new Pope. His sordid record covering up child sex crimes should be considered a stain on the church and unworthy of a papal elector.”
Mahony’s may be the worst case, but he is certainly not the only cardinal elector stained by the church’s American sex-abuse scandals. On Wednesday the archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, spent three hours answering questions under oath about pedophile priests under his clerical management during his time as the head of the Milwaukee diocese in Wisconsin from 2002 to 2009. While there, he allegedly used church money to pay “a handful” of predatory priests more than $20,000 to leave the priesthood quietly, a claim he originally denied until bankruptcy documents seemed to indicate that the payments were made.
Dolan, who has not been charged with any crime, will also head to Rome next week to prepare for the conclave. His name has been circulated as a potential pope, though that was before his deposition was made public this week. He is certainly not a favorite among the church abuse victims’ groups. “Dolan has been particularly adept at evading responsibility for his wrongdoing in clergy sex cases, having moved twice since the scandal started gaining international attention more than a decade ago, and having worked, three times, in states with especially archaic child-abuse laws that favor defendants,” says David Clohessy, head of SNAP. “Civil justice can expose predators and their enablers, but only criminal justice can imprison and deter them. So while these depositions represent progress, it’s crucial to remember that the best way to prevent and discourage future crimes and cover-ups is for secular authorities to investigate, charge, and convict Catholic officials who hide and enable heinous crimes against kids.”
The question of just who will vote in the conclave could prove pivotal in whether the church will be seen as addressing its dark history of well-documented abuse. If Mahony is somehow dissuaded from attending, many believe that it would send a message that the church is taking a different stance on abuse going forward and that this College of Cardinals will elect a pope who has as clean a record on the issue as possible.
Next Pope & Only Some Cardinals Are Immune For Abuse Crimes
By Jerry Slevin, a retired Catholic and Harvard “schooled” international lawyer
Tens of thousands of survivors of priest rape worldwide, and many millions of other people, surely think it outrageous that either the Pope or any Cardinal is immune from prosecution for child endangerment. Nevertheless, the next Pope and Cardinals at the Vatican are likely immune, as Cardinal Law well knew when he fled Boston for the Vatican.
Philly’s Cardinal Bevilacqua lacked immunity, but died last year before his likely imminent indictment. His successor, Cardinal Rigali, appears to remain at risk as the civil case against him proceeds. Their top subordinate, Monsignor Lynn, today sits in prison for following the cover-up orders of his Cardinal.
Los Angeles prosecutors, recently emboldened by an evidentially “Vatican blessed” public shaming of Cardinal Mahoney, are feverishly combing through recently released files apparently trying to find some basis to prosecute Cardinal Mahoney.
Neither Cardinal Rigali nor Ireland’s Cardinal Brady have been publicly shamed, so far at least, for their well reported abuse cover-up misdeeds, nor has convicted Opus Dei Bishop Finn, a St. Louis protégé like Cardinal Dolan of the Vatican clique’s longtime colleague, Cardinal Rigali.
It appears that, for the immune Vatican clique, there are different shaming standards depending on which Cardinal misbehaves. Apparently, Cardinals like Mahoney, who may be disapproved of politically by key plutocratic Republican Vatican contributors, are at a higher risk of public shaming. If this arbitrary process fails to make some Cardinals anxious, they should have a serious talk soon with their criminal lawyers.
Overall, few Cardinals outside the Vatican are likely legally immune from local prosecution for child endangerment. Most Cardinals must now worry if they face potential prosecution whether the next Pope will offer them the “Cardinal Law shield” or the “Cardinal Mahoney shaft”. Hierarchical “hardball”, to be sure!
Moreover, neither the Pope nor any Cardinal is immune from prosecution for crimes against humanity by the mother who is currently serving as Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. She has been involved recently in a major conviction of a senior political leader for aiding and abetting crimes against humanity. The Pope and Cardinals Sodano, Bertone and Levada are currently the subject of a criminal complaint filed for crimes against humanity allegedly for the worldwide cover-up of priest rapes of innocent children. The Pope’s resignation has likely reduced the political resistance to this case proceeding, possibly with the addition as criminal defendants of other Vatican Cardinals who may have played a role in covering-up or in suppressing canonical judicial investigations under the “omerta” approach.
The octogenarian Vatican clique is now trying to ram through quickly a subservient new Pope who will do their bidding for their few remaining years, leaving younger Cardinals, Bishops and worldwide Catholics to fend for themselves thereafter. Cardinals are now being stampeded to vote early. Will all Cardinals be so shortsighted to fall for this? Will at least one-third of them slow the election process down and still salvage the Church (and themselves) instead? There is a way they can do this as described below.
All Cardinals, if only in their own self-interest, need to act now to begin to fix the Church first before it is too late, especially before a complicit new Pope is installed for life to protect the Vatican clique. Prosecutors are increasingly moving into the Church, while Catholics are steadily moving out, and all will continue to do so if the Church is not fixed promptly.
President Obama’s new Catholic chief of staff just said on Meet The Press, in effect, that the Church will do fine if it does the right things. And what if it continues to do some bad things as is obscenely reported almost daily in the international media? President Obama and a U.S. Presidential investigation commission, similar to Australia PM Julia Gillard’s new commission, would have the clout to compel much of the fix needed. President Obama has condemned institutional child sexual abuse. Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori continue to try to derail Obamacare with their absurd “Taco Bell” ploy.
Will Cardinals instead try to fix the Church themselves now or just continue the risk of sitting in prison cells, as some of them very well may be doing soon, wishing they had fixed it when they could have? Philly’s Monsignor Lynn, former top subordinate to Cardinals Rigali and Bevilacqua now in jail for child endangerment, proves this risk is real. Make sure you ask Cardinal Rigali about this at the conclave next month.
Here’s what smart Cardinals can and should do. They need to block by a one-third vote any papal candidate that will not agree publicly now to take the following three actions:
(1) Serve only a three year term subject to re-election thereafter. Pope Benedict just proved by resigning that the papacy is not a lifelong position.
(2) Appoint now a special committee to identify and recommend within nine months needed structural and pastoral changes, as described in my April 2010 Washington Post web column you should read now that tried to warn Pope Benedict three years ago about what he was facing, that he foolishly failed to acknowledge, and which is linked here at:
(3) Implement the needed changes so identified at a worldwide council held away from Rome within six months of receipt of the special committee’s recommendations as described in my Washington Post column.
Alternatively, Cardinals can give the Vatican clique their blank papal proxies, then hire expensive criminal lawyers and pray for a miracle. How do they really think God will respond?
Pertinently, among some of the relevant guidelines generally ascribed to Jesus are that he was opposed to a self-important, excessively scrupulous and overly indulgent religious hierarchy and that he thought children should be protected from harm. These points have neither been consistently understood nor respected in the Vatican for decades, even for centuries. The “Good News”, or the Gospels, have often been disregarded by the Catholic hierarchy where a Renaissance culture of opulence and celibate incomprehension of children still predominate today.
Where in the Gospels did Jesus say predatory priests are to be protected before innocent children, like the Vatican has done for decades, if not centuries? Where did Jesus instruct his followers to wear $30,000 outfits paid for by donations like Cardinal Burke reportedly does? Where did Jesus tell his followers to launder money like Cardinals reportedly do through the Vatican Bank?
If, as Benedict has clearly indicated, a Pope should go if he is unable to perform his duties, should he be removed if he is unwilling to perform or performs badly? Should there be term limits or maximum age limits? Of course, the only logical answer is yes to all of these related questions. But the Vatican is run by power politics, not logic, or even spiritual values for that matter. Some Vatican Cardinal will likely leak soon the real reasons Benedict is retiring. Benedict will meet soon with top Italian leaders who seem to be benefiting in their own election contests from the media attention on the Pope. Is an immunity deal in the air? In any event, the real story should be our soon.
It is time to restore Catholic leadership to the consensual approach that Jesus and early Catholics followed for over three centuries until Roman Emperors converted the Catholic Bishops, including the Pope, into an imperial bureaucracy dominated by a Vatican clique that dictated ruthlessly for 1,700 years, and still dictates, top-down to Catholics seemingly to fill the clique’s coffers. It seems significant that key Vatican powers, Pope Benedict and Cardinal Sodano, were both born in 1927 and spent their formative years under totalitarian dictators, Hitler and Mussolini, respectively. This is well reflected in their hierarchical approach, but they seem to forget that the Fuhrer and Il Duce eventually got their gruesome rewards, mainly at the hands of constitutional democracies. The Vatican no longer has powerful European monarchs or opportunistic dictators to protect it and plutocrats flee weakness quickly. The Holy Roman Emperor’s phone has been disconnected for almost a century.
Catholics will not likely in their lifetimes have a better opportunity than in connection with the papal election to reform the Church, and at the same time to protect children as Jesus commanded. It is time to restore the consensual church management structure that the overwhelming vote of Vatican II Cardinals and Bishops contemplated would be adopted a half century ago before a minority of Cardinals like Ottaviani, Wotyla, Ratzinger, Sodano, Bertone, Levada, Rigali, Mahoney, Law, Burke, Bevilacqua, Brady, et al., subverted its implementation.
Pope John XXIII issued in 1962 the main secrecy order on priest child sex abuse. But he also realized that accountability had to be restored to save the Church. He took the first step by trying to get the Vatican Cardinals to share power with the worldwide bishops. He died soon thereafter and the Vatican Cardinals’ clique rejected power sharing craftily. Since then, they have installed compliant Popes who like the papal prestige and are happy to do the clique’s bidding. But the democratic rule of law has run out of patience with clerical child abusers and Popes no longer have any effective political power, as the re-election of President Obama and papal political setbacks in the Philippines, Australia, the United Kingdom, France and elsewhere just proved.
The International Sheriff appears to be on his way to Rome and the Pope cannot hide for long with Gorgeous Georg in a refurbished convent. Some of his own Cardinals, or his butler, may likely help nail him, it appears. The Vatican clique’s unending stream of blunders, the latest including (1) appointing Cardinal Law’s former canon lawyer as chief Vatican prosecutor of predatory priests, (2) appointing as part-time Vatican Bank “chief” a German investment banker, who is reportedly also overseeing a major arms dealer, and (3) the selectively and gratuitously shaming of Cardinal Mahoney publicly.
But at this point does any of this matter to most Catholics worldwide? While it may seem overly pessimistic to say so soon that the next Pope will likely fail too, it is just being realistic; and yet there is also room for much optimism. The papal resignation is tantamount to an admission of failure and will lead to de-mystification of the papacy quickly. Pope Benedict XVI, soon to again be non-Pontiff, Joseph Ratzinger, and his Vatican clique led by Cardinal Sodano et al., have already set the stage for the next failure.
The sudden call for a quick election conclave substantially diminishes any chance of a real opposition being mounted by non-Vatican Cardinals. Since the Pope apparently knew for some time he would resign, the suddenness seems well planned. Ratzinger will soon be living a few hundred yards away from the new Pope in his refurbished retirement base, hardly a monastery.
Ratzinger and Sodano already likely know who will be the next Pope and one would be foolish to bet against them. Perhaps Cardinals might save some money by just mailing in blank proxies to Sodano.
The reason for some optimism is that the Vatican clique’s apparent raw power grab will now just accelerate the sinking of the Vatican Titanic that much sooner. Even overly trusting Catholics will see through the clerical charade. Various prosecutors and survivors lawyers can now be expected to be able to reach Ratzinger, who may lose his legal immunity in a few weeks. Once the rule of international law starts pulling hard directly on papal threads, the Vatican hierarchy can expect to be quickly uncovered and forced to initiate reforms, perhaps after some senior officials face prosecution, which is likely not too far off.
For example, longtime Vatican Cardinal Rigali is still at risk of prosecution in Philadelphia where his predecessor, Cardinal Bevilacqua, last year apparently escaped a likely imminent criminal indictment for child endangerment by dying first! Their hapless senior aide, Monsignor Lynn, took the fall so far and is in prison.
Yes, Cardinals apparently will now go to Rome, but they could have demanded first that a conference be convened soon, before any election occurs, to be held far away from Rome to address seriously and comprehensively the Church’s major problems, which are just getting worse with the recent decades of papal inattention and will continue to get worse if Ratzinger and Sodano elect their man.
Catholics are not and should not be waiting on Cardinals. Australian and Irish Catholics have already gotten their governments to act. Now many from different faiths and no faith all across the USA, and even worldwide, including some of those harmed by the abuse of the deaf victims in Milwaukee, have already signed my petition calling on President Obama to step up. They have indicated they have had enough with the domination of local prosecutors and legislators by the Catholic hierarchy and its well paid apologists and lawyers.
More signatures, including yours, will help accelerate the establishment of the U.S. national investigation commission, especially important now when the Vatican may be at a turning point.
We all have a moral obligation to protect children and signing a petition is a simple, yet potentially effective, way towards meeting that obligation. Please take a minute and sign it at:
Please, as well, ask those you respect and who value children to sign it also. If you are active in a U.S. advocacy group, ask your leadership to support the petition. Similarly reticent progressive Catholic voices, like the National Catholic Reporter and Commonweal, seem reluctant to press for the positive prospects of President Obama establishing a U.S. national investigation commission. They need now to take a stand.
What are they all waiting for? Blogging, writing, debating and prayer, however admirable and well intentioned, have to date barely influenced the Vatican clique and their subservient U.S. Bishops on reforms and will likely do little more in the future, certainly in the near term as more children are raped by priests, while duped Catholics continue to contribute enabling complicit bishops to protect priest pedophiles and predators perpetually.
I have separately proposed that President Obama consider appointing First Lady, Michelle Obama, to chair the new Obama commission. She is well respected as a Harvard lawyer and devoted mother. She would be an ideal choice with her established credibility if she were willing to accept the appointment.
The First Lady of the USA could consult with another effective former practicing lawyer, Julia Gillard, Australia’s Prime Minister, who just established a national investigation commission that already has the Catholic hierarchy and the Vatican running for cover.
Prime Minister Gillard recently disclosed that the tipping points in her decision to call for a national commission were the numerous disclosures that the Catholic Bishops, as part of their cover-up, moved predatory priests to avoid prosecution to other states and even other countries, where the predators continued their sexual abuse of more trusting and innocent children. The multistate and multinational dimensions of the crimes against children apparently convinced Prime Minister Gillard she had to take action at the Federal level. This moving of predatory priests interstate and across national borders has, of course, happened repeatedly in the USA as well, necessitating a Federal response in the USA as well.
If the First Lady would oversee this, President Obama would still be able to focus on his many other priorities, including resisting the Vatican’s and its plutocratic Republican contributors’ unrelenting and opportunistic efforts to derail Obamacare over contraception insurance and immigration reform over gay marriage.
U.S. voters recently made clear their rejection of the Vatican’s lobbying efforts to deny marriage equality for gay U.S citizens. Now the Vatican appears to be trying to deny it for gay immigrants. As to the Vatican’s relentless and futile anti-contraception crusade, 79 year old conservative Cologne Cardinal Meisner, recently approved a “morning after” pill of the type that, only a few months ago, many U.S. Bishops were condemning President Obama for helping U.S. women gain affordable access to. Does the Vatican understand how contraceptive pills work? Does the Vatican understand that President Obama has been re-elected?
If there tragically were not over 200 million “unplanned” children living miserably in countries where Vatican lobbying effectively denied their parents access to affordable contraception, a dispute among octogenarian celibates over permissible forms of contraception would make good political satire! But sadly, the Vatican’s anti-contraceptive efforts, apparently mainly to please the Vatican’s plutocratic Republican donors by keeping family planning wedge issues in political play, will very likely only fail again, while these efforts continue nevertheless to burden families and children.
Does the right hand talk to the left among Cardinals and the Vatican clique? Do the unprecedented, selective and well orchestrated shaming by an Opus Dei Archbishop of Cardinal Mahoney, and the unexpected support from Cardinal Meisner for contraception that is reportedly starting to stir up German Bishops, indicate a Cardinals’ revolt is brewing. Will this revolt affect the papal elections next month? We may soon find out.
Please click on to the black text at the top of this column for my analysis of related topics. In particular, for more analysis of the powerful political influence of the Catholic hierarchy here, please see my remarks at
For more analysis of how the emerging divisions among Cardinals might have changed the papal election process, please see my remarks at
Finally, I hope some of you will consider linking this statement to your comments at appropriate websites, such as at:
(1) National Catholic Reporter ( http://ncronline.org ) and of
(2) Commonweal ( http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/ ).
Pope will have security, immunity by remaining in the Vatican
By Philip Pullella
VATICAN CITY | Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:59pm EST
(Reuters) – Pope Benedict’s decision to live in the Vatican after he resigns will provide him with security and privacy. It will also offer legal protection from any attempt to prosecute him in connection with sexual abuse cases around the world, Church sources and legal experts say.
“His continued presence in the Vatican is necessary, otherwise he might be defenseless. He wouldn’t have his immunity, his prerogatives, his security, if he is anywhere else,” said one Vatican official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“It is absolutely necessary” that he stays in the Vatican, said the source, adding that Benedict should have a “dignified existence” in his remaining years.
Vatican sources said officials had three main considerations in deciding that Benedict should live in a convent in the Vatican after he resigns on February 28.
Vatican police, who already know the pope and his habits, will be able to guarantee his privacy and security and not have to entrust it to a foreign police force, which would be necessary if he moved to another country.
“I see a big problem if he would go anywhere else. I’m thinking in terms of his personal security, his safety. We don’t have a secret service that can devote huge resources (like they do) to ex-presidents,” the official said.
Another consideration was that if the pope did move permanently to another country, living in seclusion in a monastery in his native Germany, for example, the location might become a place of pilgrimage.
This could be complicated for the Church, particularly in the unlikely event that the next pope makes decisions that may displease conservatives, who could then go to Benedict’s place of residence to pay tribute to him.
“That would be very problematic,” another Vatican official said.
The final key consideration is the pope’s potential exposure to legal claims over the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandals.
In 2010, for example, Benedict was named as a defendant in a law suit alleging that he failed to take action as a cardinal in 1995 when he was allegedly told about a priest who had abused boys at a U.S. school for the deaf decades earlier. The lawyers withdrew the case last year and the Vatican said it was a major victory that proved the pope could not be held liable for the actions of abusive priests.
Benedict is currently not named specifically in any other case. The Vatican does not expect any more but is not ruling out the possibility.
“(If he lived anywhere else) then we might have those crazies who are filing lawsuits, or some magistrate might arrest him like other (former) heads of state have been for alleged acts while he was head of state,” one source said.
Another official said: “While this was not the main consideration, it certainly is a corollary, a natural result.”
After he resigns, Benedict will no longer be the sovereign monarch of the State of Vatican City, which is surrounded by Rome, but will retain Vatican citizenship and residency.
That would continue to provide him immunity under the provisions of the Lateran Pacts while he is in the Vatican and even if he makes jaunts into Italy as a Vatican citizen.
The 1929 Lateran Pacts between Italy and the Holy See, which established Vatican City as a sovereign state, said Vatican City would be “invariably and in every event considered as neutral and inviolable territory”.
There have been repeated calls for Benedict’s arrest over sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
When Benedict went to Britain in 2010, British author and atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins asked authorities to arrest the pope to face questions over the Church’s child abuse scandal.
Dawkins and the late British-American journalist Christopher Hitchens commissioned lawyers to explore ways of taking legal action against the pope. Their efforts came to nothing because the pope was a head of state and so enjoyed diplomatic immunity.
In 2011, victims of sexual abuse by the clergy asked the International Criminal Court to investigate the pope and three Vatican officials over sexual abuse.
The New York-based rights group Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and another group, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), filed a complaint with the ICC alleging that Vatican officials committed crimes against humanity because they tolerated and enabled sex crimes.
The ICC has not taken up the case but has never said why. It generally does not comment on why it does not take up cases.
NOT LIKE A CEO
The Vatican has consistently said that a pope cannot be held accountable for cases of abuse committed by others because priests are employees of individual dioceses around the world and not direct employees of the Vatican. It says the head of the church cannot be compared to the CEO of a company.
Victims groups have said Benedict, particularly in his previous job at the head of the Vatican’s doctrinal department, turned a blind eye to the overall policies of local Churches, which moved abusers from parish to parish instead of defrocking them and handing them over to authorities.
The Vatican has denied this. The pope has apologized for abuse in the Church, has met with abuse victims on many of his trips, and ordered a major investigation into abuse in Ireland.
But groups representing some of the victims say the Pope will leave office with a stain on his legacy because he was in positions of power in the Vatican for more than three decades, first as a cardinal and then as pope, and should have done more.
The scandals began years before the then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope in 2005 but the issue has overshadowed his papacy from the beginning, as more and more cases came to light in dioceses across the world.
As recently as last month, the former archbishop of Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahoney, was stripped by his successor of all public and administrative duties after a thousands of pages of files detailing abuse in the 1980s were made public.
Mahoney, who was archbishop of Los Angeles from 1985 until 2011, has apologized for “mistakes” he made as archbishop, saying he had not been equipped to deal with the problem of sexual misconduct involving children. The pope was not named in that case.
In 2007, the Los Angeles archdiocese, which serves 4 million Catholics, reached a $660 million civil settlement with more than 500 victims of child molestation, the biggest agreement of its kind in the United States.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the pope “gave the fight against sexual abuse a new impulse, ensuring that new rules were put in place to prevent future abuse and to listen to victims. That was a great merit of his papacy and for that we will be grateful”.
(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Additional reporting by Robin Pomeroy; Edited by Simon Robinson and Giles Elgood)
Upon hearing the infamous Head Pedophile Pimp of the Unholy Roman Catholic Church Pope Benedict XVI was resigning I shouted for joy. Why?
Well now because he has resigned, he has in fact opened his sorry Pedophile Priest Loving Ass to prosecution for his cover ups of priest rape while he was the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
I sincerely hope this piece of dog dung who should have been put into prison a long time ago along with the likes of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Justin Rigali, Roger Mahoney, Bernard Law, Anthony Bevilacqua, William Leveda and many others who covered up the rape and torture of children where they could be gang raped on a daily basis by the inmates in the shower. I would love to see this scum bent over, taking it up his shitter by some big, black bubba in the shower while the Bubba is telling him to squeal like a pig. I would love for all of these Cardinals mentioned to endure the same exact thing. I would love it if Bill Donohue, Pig Faced President of the Catholic League was put into prison so he can find out what real pain and suffering is like when he too is bent over and taken up his fat ass.
L.A. Priest Blamed for Legacy of Pain
Ten, including relatives, say the Jesuit molested them. He denies it and has not been charged.
During 16 years at Loyola High School, Father Jerold Lindner was admired as an energetic teacher exceptionally devoted to his students. Superiors lauded him as the model of “a Christian educator.” A colleague in the English department nominated him as “chairman for life.”
Others outside the school say they knew a different Lindner. Ten men and women portray the Jesuit as a molester who haunted their childhoods, abusing them on Sundays after Mass, during holiday gatherings and on Catholic family camping trips — nearly always while wearing his clerical collar.
These encounters allegedly began in the 1950s, continued through the 1970s, when Lindner was entering the priesthood, and persisted into the 1980s, while he was teaching at Loyola High, a private, all-boys prep school west of downtown Los Angeles.
Jesuit leaders say they first learned about Lindner’s past a decade ago, when his brother told them that the priest had sexually abused three nieces, a nephew and a younger sibling. After sending Lindner for a psychiatric evaluation, Jesuit superiors deemed the allegations not credible and put him back in the classroom.
Fresh charges surfaced in 1997, when two brothers asserted in a lawsuit that Lindner sodomized them years earlier during weekend retreats in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Jesuits then removed the priest from Loyola and negotiated a secret $625,000 settlement with the brothers. As before, Lindner’s superiors did not inform law enforcement authorities, parents or teachers about the allegations.
In a sworn deposition, Lindner denied ever abusing anyone. In a statement to The Times, he said: “I have devoted my life to helping people, and I insist that the accusations against me are not true.” He said the Catholic sex-abuse crisis has “created an atmosphere where people like me are presumed guilty until proven innocent.”
Lindner, 58, has never been criminally charged, and Loyola officials say they know of no allegations that he molested students or other members of the high school community. He is under investigation by L.A. County sheriff’s detectives and the district attorney’s office.
The priest’s accusers depict a man who began molesting when he was a child and continued to do so even as he soldiered through the rigorous Jesuit rituals of indoctrination. Family members and victims kept quiet and sometimes defended the priest, a Times investigation found.
Lindner’s superiors, when confronted with explosive accusations, tried to keep them “internal to the Society of Jesus,” as one Loyola administrator put it in a memo.
In interviews and legal documents, the 10 men and women have said they were molested while growing up in Los Angeles County, the San Francisco Bay Area and suburban Phoenix. Eight agreed to be identified by name in this article.
Several said Lindner ordered them to lie still while he sexually abused them. Afterward, they said, he called them “dirty” and threatened to harm them if they told anyone.
Four of Lindner’s accusers said they were so traumatized that they tried to commit suicide as teenagers. Others reported suffering failed marriages, depression, flashbacks and a loss of faith.
Many said they had remained silent until now because of a deep sense of shame and because they feared retaliation by Lindner. The alleged victims said they are angry — at the priest and at the Jesuits.
“We all want him behind bars, where he belongs,” said Tamara Roehm, 35, of Lancaster, one of Lindner’s nieces.
The priest’s mother, 80, said recently that the accounts of victims within her own family had persuaded her that Lindner preyed on young people.
“I know that Jerry needs help, and so do his victims,” Isabelle Lindner said in an interview at her Phoenix-area home. “If he wasn’t a priest and didn’t have the Jesuits standing behind him, I think he would be in jail.”
Lindner now lives in the Bay Area town of Los Gatos at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, a picturesque retreat overlooking the Santa Clara Valley.
The Jesuits say they have barred him from teaching or ministering to the public, but he is free to travel and tutor seminarians and has collected a living allowance from the order.
In preparing this report, The Times reviewed internal Jesuit records, numerous letters Lindner wrote over two decades, and documents related to the lawsuit by the two brothers, including a sworn deposition of Lindner on June 10, 1998.
Loyola High administrators last month informed parents and alumni of the allegations against Lindner for the first time. They took the step after learning The Times was preparing an article on the priest.
In a Nov. 18 letter to parents and alumni, Father Robert T. Walsh, Loyola’s president, said administrators learned of sexual-abuse accusations against Lindner in 1997 and “immediately relieved him of his teaching and school duties.” The letter made no mention of the 1992 allegations. Walsh and other Loyola officials declined to answer questions about Lindner.
A top-ranking Jesuit said no one at the high school noticed any inappropriate behavior by the priest.
“We never had complaints at Loyola High,” said Father Thomas H. Smolich, who as head of the California Province oversees Jesuits in four Western states and Hawaii. “If you look at Jerry’s professional career there, it is very successful.”
Smolich, who began his six-year term as provincial in 1999, acknowledged that the Jesuits did not notify authorities of the accusations against Lindner in 1992 or in 1997. He said that he could provide no explanation and that Jesuit records shed no light on the matter.
“There are things I wish we had done differently,” Smolich said. “If the allegations were reported today, we would contact appropriate law enforcement authorities and respond pastorally to victims.”
Jerold William Lindner was born Nov. 16, 1944, in Columbus, Ohio, into a devout Catholic family. Priests and nuns were frequent visitors to the home.
Before entering elementary school, Jerold announced that he wanted to be a priest, his mother recalled. She said his interest in the clergy never waned.
The family moved to Arizona when Jerold was 6. He served as an altar boy, joined the Boy Scouts and became an avid chess player. A gifted student, he ranked in the top four of his 115-student class during several semesters at Brophy College Preparatory, the all-boys Jesuit high school in Phoenix. Years later, he scored in the “very superior” range on an IQ test.
Members of Lindner’s family said fellow students picked on him. As a freshman, he was forced to kneel on the hot asphalt at school for hours and suffered severe burns. He often came home with stains on his white school shirts, the result of classmates pelting him with oranges.
After graduating from Brophy in June 1962, Lindner applied to become a Jesuit. The Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius Loyola and is the largest religious order in the Roman Catholic Church, with about 21,000 members worldwide. Candidates undergo years of rigorous training, and members of the society must observe strict vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Lindner’s application was rejected by the order, according to members of his family. They said the Jesuits told him he needed to broaden his life. So he took a job as a courier for a title company, became leader of a Boy Scout troop in Phoenix and dated for the first time.
He reapplied to the Jesuits a year later and was turned down again, this time with the suggestion that he move out of his parents’ home, family members said.
Lindner enrolled at Loyola University in Los Angeles, a Jesuit institution, in the fall of 1963. He was accepted for Jesuit training the following June and sent to the Sacred Heart Novitiate in Los Gatos for two years to study the order’s traditions, rules and expectations.
Early on, Jesuit leaders detected psychological problems.
After Lindner returned to Loyola University in 1968 to earn his bachelor’s degree in English, a routine evaluation found that he “needs emotional and psychological maturing and stabilizing.”
In the early 1970s, he sought therapy for “depression and poor self-image” on the advice of his Jesuit spiritual advisor and suffered “bouts of panic attacks,” say personnel records and psychiatric reports.
Lindner’s aberrant behavior dated to childhood, his mother said. She said she caught her son, at age 10, inappropriately touching his 5-year-old sister in bed. Over the years, she has defended her son and rejected allegations from relatives that he abused them. She now says she has come to believe the accusations.
The sister, Kathy McEntire, also once defended her brother, but now says he sexually abused her for years.
“It started with me,” said McEntire, 53, struggling to fight back tears at her kitchen table in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.
She alleged that Lindner knelt beside her bed at night and molested her, a practice she said continued until she was about 9. “He got bolder and bolder over time, as he figured out what he could get away with,” she said.
Assigned to Teach
In 1969, the Jesuits sent Lindner to earn a master’s degree in English at St. Louis University in Missouri, where he was active in an urban Boy Scout troop. The next year, he was assigned to teach at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco.
He stayed in the Bay Area more than a decade, enrolling at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley in 1973 and being ordained as a priest in 1976. He returned to St. Ignatius and taught English there from 1976 to 1982. He was also Scoutmaster for an Oakland troop and accompanied boys on weekend camping and ski trips.
During these years, Lindner allegedly molested six children, according to sworn testimony and interviews.
One of them was McEntire’s son, Trevor. He said Lindner molested him on about 20 occasions, beginning when he was 5, during family visits to the Jesuit residence in Berkeley and when the priest made holiday trips to Arizona. He said the abuse lasted until he was 9.
“He touched me a lot,” Trevor McEntire, now 32, said of his uncle. “I tolerated it, because I didn’t know any better. I kind of blame myself for not telling anybody.”
Kathy McEntire said her son told her only recently about the abuse. She said it was devastating to learn that the same man she accuses of molesting her more than 40 years ago had allegedly violated her son. “I’m just coming to grips with this,” she said. “I am so sick and disgusted I can’t stand it,” she said.
Lindner met other alleged victims while volunteering as a spiritual advisor for the Christian Family Movement, a worldwide lay organization of Catholic couples. Lindner said Mass in private homes, heard confessions, attended monthly parent meetings and accompanied families on weekend retreats.
The two brothers who sued the Jesuits said Lindner sexually assaulted them during Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend camp-outs in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1975, when they were 5 and 7.
The alleged assaults are detailed in reports by Lynn E. Ponton, a professor of psychiatry at UC San Francisco and expert in sexual abuse who was retained by the brothers’ lawyer.
Ponton said the brothers told her that Lindner sodomized them and forced them to perform oral sex on four occasions in the woods. In one incident, the priest allegedly abused the two boys in a tent.
One of them, Will Lynch of San Francisco, now 35, said in an interview that Lindner coerced him to enter the tent by threatening to harm his younger brother. “Even at age 7, I knew it was wrong. I didn’t want to be there,” Lynch said. “When he grabbed me, I remember thinking, ‘I’m not getting out of this.’ ”
Lynch’s brother declined to be interviewed.
In the deposition, Lindner confirmed attending weekend camp-outs but said he had no recollection of meeting the brothers.
Will Lynch said the abuse had shattering effects. He had nightmares for years, suffered from depression and alcohol abuse, and twice attempted suicide, he said. “Many times I thought of driving down to L.A. and confronting Father Jerry,” he said. “I wanted to exorcise all of the rage and anger and bitterness he put into me…. You can’t put into words what this guy did to me. He stole my innocence and destroyed my life.”
Two women who accuse Lindner of molesting them when they were girls in the Bay Area also said they have had difficulty recovering. Both described the alleged molestations in sworn depositions as part of the Lynches’ suit and in interviews with The Times.
Krista Nemechek, a 32-year-old special education teacher in the Bay Area, said she was 7 when Lindner grabbed her in a bedroom of an Oakland home during a 1977 social gathering.
“I was wearing a dress,” Nemechek said. “He put me in this almost vise-grip of a hug. He pulled me so I was facing him, then he rubbed his hands up and down me. I remember him kissing me really passionately [and] moaning a little bit…. It just didn’t feel right in any way.”
In his deposition, Lindner said he had no recollection of Nemechek or the alleged incident.
Nemechek said the episode haunted her through adolescence. “I know he hurt a lot of people,” she said. “More than anything that happened to me, the hardest part is realizing that I could have done something.”
Debbie Lukas, 36, recalled meeting Lindner when he said Mass at her parents’ house in Oakland. Then 8, she “lit up” at the attention the priest showered on her, she said.
When she was 10, Lukas said, Lindner began making suggestive remarks and forcing deep, full-mouth kisses on her. One evening after dinner, she said, Lindner caught her alone in the basement of her home. She recalled hearing her mother’s footsteps on the kitchen floor above while the priest sexually assaulted her.
“He pushed me down on the bed. I was struggling to get away from him…. He was a big guy,” Lukas said. “I remember him covering my mouth. I could hardly breathe.”
Asked about Lukas’ allegation, Lindner said in his deposition: “I don’t remember doing this. I don’t think I did it.”
Lukas said she was despondent for years and still feels uncomfortable in her parents’ house. “I’ve had this torture all my life,” said Lukas, who runs an herbal-products business in Oregon. “I don’t trust authority. I don’t believe in God anymore…. It has shaped the foundation of who I am.”
Another of Lindner’s nephews says the priest molested him over several nights at a family reunion in Arizona during the 1979 Christmas season. The boy was 11 years old at the time.
“He was French-kissing me,” said the nephew, who spoke on condition that he not be named. “He was holding me tight, and he fondled me. It happened every night.”
In 1982, after eight years at St. Ignatius High, Lindner transferred to Loyola High and was named chairman of the English department.
Founded in 1865, Loyola is L.A.’s oldest Catholic school, occupying ivy-covered buildings on Venice Boulevard near Koreatown. Among the most competitive prep schools in the area, it has 1,096 students and 84 faculty and staff members.
At Loyola, Lindner expressed a preference for working with younger students. An evaluation stated: “Fr. Lindner was quite honest about his wish to teach frosh rather than seniors.”
In 1983, he wrote an acquaintance: “I am tutoring frosh — I don’t teach them, but I know about 110 of them now. I have a ‘hit’ list with their names and photos (a way to get to know their names). They are fun.”
Lindner organized numerous after-school activities that gradually became known as “Lindner clubs.” They included archery, backgammon, chess, Knights of FRP (a fantasy role-playing group) and remote-control car racing.
Loyola administrators praised his devotion to students. “I want to point out particularly that many of the students in your clubs would have no other avenue into the mainstream of the Loyola community were it not for your energy, ingenuity and organization,” Father Gordon Bennett, then the principal, wrote in October 1984.
Lindner served as an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 1193 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, near the Loyola campus.
And he reached out to a boy and girl he had met years earlier through the Christian Family Movement.
One of them was Debbie Lukas. Lindner sent the teenager romantic letters, calling her “my California beauty” and “the flame tree of my life” and mentioning that the residence hall at Loyola had “a place to put people up … (even you).”
Lindner also contacted Lukas’ mother, Mary Louise Taylor, and suggested that her 12-year-old son spend a weekend with him on the campus.
“I was so shocked,” said Taylor, adding that she declined.
In his deposition, Lindner described the invitation as “a joke.”
Visiting His Brother
Lindner’s move to Loyola made it easier to visit his older brother, Larry, then an LAPD patrol officer who lived in Lancaster with his family. During these visits, Father Lindner allegedly molested three nieces.
“He would hold your face, stare at you and then stick his tongue in your mouth,” said one niece, Susan Edens, now 32, who still lives in Lancaster. “I used to hate him coming over to our house, because I hated that kiss. It was horrid.”
Her sister, Tamara Roehm, said Jerold Lindner did the same thing to her many times.
Larry Lindner’s youngest daughter, Tiffany Swindler, said the priest sodomized her on three occasions when she was between 5 and 7.
“He was meaner the second time,” said Swindler, now 27. “He yelled a lot. He grabbed my hair harder than normal.” Afterward, she said, Father Lindner called her “dirty” and told her: “Bad things happen to little girls who open their mouths.”
Swindler and her father said that the priest molested the girl for the final time around Easter 1984. In separate interviews, they said Larry Lindner walked into the living room to find the priest playing with Tiffany while sexually aroused.
“I threw him out of my house,” Larry Lindner said. He urged his brother to seek treatment but did not report him to authorities.
“I trusted him,” Larry Lindner said. “I told him, ‘I’m not going to ruin your life or ruin your career. Just go get help.’ … I should have had him arrested right there. But he’s still my brother, and I did what I thought a brother should do.”
Larry Lindner said that until recently he was not aware of Swindler’s allegations that the priest had sodomized her.
Swindler said the abuse ceased when she was 8 but never stopped haunting her. She said she became sexually active at 11 and endured three broken marriages. Recently, she began undergoing therapy for depression.
“I hate him,” Swindler said of her uncle. “I hate the way he ruined my life.”
Larry Lindner retired from the LAPD in 1986, and the family moved to Oregon. In January 1992, his wife found Tiffany crying on the floor of their home after suffering flashbacks about the priest.
Larry Lindner said his daughter’s anguish made him so angry that he called Jesuit superiors to report his brother’s history of alleged sexual misconduct. Loyola’s then-principal, Father Eugene Growney, posted a memo on Feb. 3, 1992, informing the high school faculty and staff that Jerold Lindner had been placed on leave “for reasons internal to the Society of Jesus.”
The Jesuits sent Lindner to St. Luke Institute in Maryland, a psychiatric center where Catholic clergymen accused of sexual abuse are evaluated and treated. Before going, Lindner solicited letters of support from family members. His mother and two sisters submitted five letters on his behalf to Jesuit superiors.
Isabelle Linder wrote that Larry Lindner could not be believed. “Father, they are all lies!” she said.
Kathy McEntire also supported Father Lindner. “I have been informed that one of the lies being made against my brother is that he also molested me when I was in fourth or fifth grade,” she wrote. “I can assure you that in no way is this true.”
Both women said in separate interviews that they knowingly provided false information in the letters. The mother said she was trying to help her son. McEntire said she wrote her letters under duress. “Mom said if all of us did not come forward … his career would be destroyed and he would get kicked out of the church,” she said.
A confidential St. Luke report that cleared the way for Lindner to return to teaching made several references to the family letters. The report said an examination of Lindner, who told the St. Luke staff that he had never abused anyone, found no sexual disorders or “significant risk factors.”
“We see no reason why Father Lindner should not return to his usual activities,” the report said. The psychiatrists at St. Luke closed with a recommendation that Lindner go on a low-fat diet.
Richard Sipe — a former Benedictine monk and expert on sexuality in the clergy who has served as a St. Luke board member — reviewed the eight-page report at The Times’ request. He described it as “deficient and biased,” and said: “They did not provide any kind of sexual history. They did not do any investigation. They simply took his word.”
The president of St. Luke, Father Stephen J. Rossetti, said he could not comment on Lindner’s case but that in general it is difficult to determine through psychological evaluation if someone is a molester. “We are doing a clinical evaluation based on the information we have, and it’s not easy work,” he said.
Lindner returned to Loyola High in fall 1992. He said in his deposition that Jesuit superiors and Loyola administrators never discussed his brother’s accusations with him. He resumed his teaching duties and continued to receive plaudits.
“I cannot begin to thank you enough for your phenomenal generosity and commitment,” Father Walsh wrote on Nov. 8, 1992, weeks after Lindner’s return.
Students dedicated the 1993 yearbook to Lindner, lauding him as “one of the most active and popular teachers at Loyola.”
From 1992 through 1995, he escorted Loyola students on three summer trips to Europe. In late 1996, he boasted in letters to friends that 33 Loyola students had signed up for the 1997 European tour, making it the largest ever.
Lindner later wrote to say that “an unspecified illness” forced him to miss the 1997 trip because foreign travel was “not medically recommended.” In fact, he was barred from the trip because new allegations of sexual abuse had surfaced.
The Lynch brothers, breaking their silence after two decades, filed their suit against the Society of Jesus in April 1997.
Their lawyer, Michael D. Meadows, said he had to pressure the Jesuits to remove Lindner from the classroom. “There was still the same reflexive response of circle the wagons, protect the priest and the institution, and ignore the interests of the kids,” he said.
Lindner was relieved of his teaching duties in late May 1997 and sent back to St. Luke that September. He spent nearly nine months there, receiving medical and psychological treatment for depression and low self-esteem brought on by “the trauma of these allegations,” a Jesuit superior said in a deposition.
In May 1998, Lindner returned to the Jesuit residence at Loyola on condition that he no longer teach.
In the deposition, he said he agreed to the restriction to spare the school a controversy. “It could possibly put the school in a bad light with publicity if this went public,” he said.
Lindner continued to serve with the Boy Scouts at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, near Loyola, records show. Father Dennis P. O’Neil, then pastor of the church, said he was never told about Lindner’s past. “I never heard a thing,” said O’Neil, now auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of San Bernardino.
In October 1998, the Society of Jesus reached a confidential settlement with the Lynch brothers. Documents show that the Jesuits paid $625,000. Among the conditions was a prohibition against publicizing the allegations. “There was no admission to anything, no attempt to apologize,” Will Lynch said. “The Jesuits’ attitude was, ‘Let’s settle this out.’ The only issue was how much.”
At Christmas 1999, Lindner visited his family in Arizona. His younger sister, McEntire, said she confronted him about the pain he had inflicted on his victims, herself included.
According to McEntire, Lindner acknowledged that he “may have crossed the line” in his conduct with one niece and with one nephew. He expressed no regret and offered no apologies, she said.
Freedom to Travel
Since he stopped teaching at Loyola, Lindner has enjoyed the freedom to travel and work as a language tutor with few restrictions. He earned a master’s degree in linguistics at San Jose State and spent several months in Paris immersing himself in French culture. He moved to the Jesuit residence in Culver City last year, teaching English to seminarians from developing countries.
In the fall of 2001, Lindner began teaching English as a second language at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The director of the program, Tony Costanzo, said the Jesuits never informed him of Lindner’s background. “Had I known that, I definitely would not have hired him,” he said.
Lindner was transferred to Sacred Heart in Los Gatos this August. At least five registered sex offenders have resided at the Jesuit center in recent years, including a priest and brother who were recently convicted of sexually abusing two mentally retarded men. In September, the Jesuits agreed to a settlement that will pay the two victims $7.5 million each.
The center is within walking distance of downtown Los Gatos, an upscale village in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Last month, anonymously posted fliers bearing a photo of Lindner appeared in the shopping district. “Warning,” they said. “Pedophile in our community.
Lindner is living under a set of written restrictions laid down by the order, said Smolich, the Jesuit provincial superior. He said Lindner is barred from teaching or ministering to children and cannot say Mass or hear confession in church.
“The world has changed in the last nine months,” Smolich said. “For Jerry’s sake and the public’s sake, we can’t be too careful.”