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  • Miriam Westen posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic News WorldCatholic News World 1 day, 7 hours ago

  • Miriam Westen posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic News WorldCatholic News World 1 day, 7 hours ago

  • Miriam Westen posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic News WorldCatholic News World 1 day, 7 hours ago

  • Miriam Westen posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic News WorldCatholic News World 1 day, 7 hours ago

  • “To be a voice for victims of clerical sexual abuse, Father Brendan McGuire realized he had to come to terms with the abuse he suffered at the hands of a priest when he was 18. It was a secret he had held for 35 years.
    He told the story of his abuse in a homily delivered at five weekend Masses Sept. 8-9 at Holy Spirit Church in San Jose, California, where he is pastor…”

  • “…it was specifically because #Müller had strictly tried to abide by the Church’s standing rules concerning the punishment of clerical sex offenders that Pope Francis had him dismissed. Most prominently, Müller had told Francis not to reinstate the serial child abuser Don Mauro #Inzoli . ‘…A certain group of people accused the Congregation of too much severity and a lack of mercy…only 20% ended with a laicization, the rest received other punishments (but that was already too much for some of the papal confidants… Three competent employees and exemplary priests were dismissed [from the CDF] without notice and without reason. One could not accuse them of too much laxity, on the contrary! The sexual abuse of mainly homophilic offenders is not rooted in the Church’s sexual morality nor in the celibacy of the priests, but, rather, in the laxity of morals and in the violation of God’s Commandments and the failure to live celibacy…”

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  • “I don’t know how many other Father Grahams are out there – members of the Catholic clergy falsely accused of abuse – but I suspect there are some, perhaps even in Minnesota. If so, let them take heart from the way the justice system worked for Fr. Graham.”

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Catholic News WorldCatholic News World 1 week ago

    “Cardinal Daniel #DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has been accused by two alleged victims of clerical abuse of failing to remove their priest abuser from ministry. The alleged perpetrator, Father Manuel LaRosa-Lopez, was arrested in Conroe, Texas on Tuesday on four counts of indecency with a child pursuant to an investigation launched in August of 2018. The charges relate to abuse accusations dating back nearly two decades. Despite archdiocesan awareness of accusations of inappropriate conduct with minors, LaRosa-Lopez was still in active ministry…” #scandal

  • While we were ‘waiting for the next shoe to drop’: “20 of 39 #Dutch cardinals, bishops and auxiliaries ‘covered up #sexualAbuse , allowing perpetrators to cause many more victims’, report says… Most of the accused clerics have since died… They are the latest in a slew of assault allegations against the Catholic church spanning several continents. People in Australia, Europe, and North and South America have charged they were sexually abused by clergymen and lay people…In August, Pope Francis declined to comment on a claim that he ignored sexual abuse allegations against a senior clergyman in the US. On Wednesday, the German Catholic church said it was it was “dismayed and ashamed” by decades of alleged child sex abuse by priests…” (Numerous criminal investigations show that the great majority of offenders were ordained during or shortly after the ‘Spirit of Vatican II’ collapse of Catholic seminaries in the 1960s. Dr. Peter #Kwasniewski has referred to this as the era of “self-loathing Catholicism”.)

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  • “…with some hailing a diplomatic coup by the Vatican that draws China closer to the West and others warning of an important defeat for the principle of religious freedom…some U.S. diplomats, are concerned the pope is conceding a strong influence over church leadership to an avowedly atheist authoritarian regime… The two sides are close to signing even though China’s government has recently intensified a crackdown on Christians and other religious groups, through measures including closing churches and removing religious symbols…The deal is thus expected to stir criticism of the pope already under fire from within and outside the church for his handling of clerical sexual abuse…The Vatican had hoped to sign the deal in the spring, but needed several more months to overcome resistance from some Chinese Catholics…Both parties have agreed that the text of the agreement won’t be published even after it is signed…”

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    • What happens when Pope Francis requests the re-assignment of these Bishops? I have not heard any critical analysis of this eventuality in such a landmark deal. Ideas?

      • Both parties have agreed that the text of the agreement won’t be published even after it is signed–so who knows??

        • Then the Pope would be authorizing a schismatic sect of Bishops and forcing those who remain faithful to Rome out at the same time?
          Accepting reassignment, (not, the surgery, let’s hope) on the request of the Pope would come with the territory, I believe.
          So, that was my question. What do these central committee raised stock fish do when they start to swim alongside the fish from the open “See?”

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  • “A report on #sexualAbuse inside the Catholic Church in #Germany details 3,677 abuses cases by clergy between 1946 and 2014… more than half of the victims were 13 or younger and most were boys. Every sixth case involved rape and at least 1,670 clergy were involved… actual numbers of victims was likely much higher…researchers were not allowed to look at the original church files but had to provide questionnaires to the dioceses, which then provided the information. In their conclusions, the researchers write that there was evidence that some files were manipulated or destroyed, many cases were not brought to justice, and that sometimes abuse suspects – primarily priests – were simply moved to other dioceses without the congregations being informed about their past…”

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