AUSTRALIA: The Pope may be retreating from his crackdown on paedophile priests as Vatican bureaucrats do all they can to undermine reform efforts, a senior Australian Catholic official has warned.
The Catholic Church in Australia could end up as a “marginalised rump” unless there is real change to an institutional culture hell-bent on self-protection and self-preservation, Truth Justice and Healing Council CEO Francis Sullivan says.
Sullivan, who has led the Australian church’s response to the four-year child sex abuse royal commission, points to very disturbing recent developments in Rome including reports Pope Francis is starting to go light on some paedophile priests.
“You have to seriously wonder whether this isn’t the Pope backsliding on what has been a strong and determined crackdown on offending priests and the circumstances that allowed abuse to take place,” he said.
Pope Francis has told bishops around the world to adhere to a zero tolerance policy for clergy who sexually abuse children but has reportedly reduced sanctions against some offending priests.
Sullivan said another concerning development is Irish clerical abuse survivor and advocate Marie Collins’ resignation from the Vatican’s child protection commission, citing resistance from the Vatican. ’’Together these two developments paint a picture of the Vatican establishment, its bureaucrats and courtiers, doing all they can to either undermine the Pope or driving an agenda that is about maintaining the status quo and protecting the institution.”
It is a very dangerous time for the Catholic Church in Australia, Sullivan said.
“If the church in Australia doesn’t see continuous, concerted change from our leaders driven and hacked by an active and demanding Catholic community, then our church as a religion will become a marginalised rump, stripped of credibility and relevance, left to preach to an ever ageing congregation with eyes on an ever dimming hereafter.”
A total of 1880 priests, religious brothers and sisters, and lay people have been identified as alleged perpetrators in abuse claims made to the Australian Catholic Church by 4445 victims.
March 30, 2014
by James Jacob Prasch
In the aftermath of the Vatican 'Rat Line' when the Roman CatholicÂ church hid Nazi war criminals in convents and monasteriesÂ and smuggled them away from justice into hiding in pro fascist PeronistÂ countries in South America (the Vatican ardently refuses to open these records fromÂ its secret archives) , Pope John XXIII promoted Jesuit theologianÂ Â Michael Schmaus to cardinal calling Schmaus "The Theologian of Munich". Indeed he was . It was Schmaus who authored the treatise ' Empire and State' furnishing the Roman CatholicÂ theological basis for Roman Catholic support ofÂ Hitler & The Nazi Party rising to power in coalition withÂ the Zentrum, the Roman Catholic party of Bavaria headed by privy chamberlain to the pope Hans Von Pappen. Von Pappen was responsible in World War I for the Black Tom terrorist attack in New York harbor, at that time the largest terror attack to have ever taken place on US soil. Von Pappen was convicted at Nurmberg but never hung due to the probableÂ interventionÂ of Pope Pius XII.
by James Jacob PraschÂ
Jan 23, 2014Â
The history of treachery, immorality, corruption and murder that has defined the Roman papacy for centuries has ranged from the Bourga and Medici popes of the Middle Ages to the Ambrosiano bank scandals of the present age. As the 'Criminale Solicitacciones' instruction first issued by Pope John xxxiii and reissued by Cardinal Radzinger cum Pope Benedict under the direction of Carol Wojtyla cum John Paul II shows the Vatican instructed the cover up of pedophile sex criminal priests & nuns at the expense of not protecting the Roman Catholic children whose lives were being destroyed by their sex pervert clergy. Indeed the document indicates, even reveals, that the Vatican was aware that their priests and nuns were having sex with animals. The American Bush administration pushed to have the civil prosecution stopped by the Justice Department and courts of Ratzinger for political reasons to do with diplomacy without reference to the legal merits of the case.
Written by Justin Dodd
July 17th 2013
VATICAN CITY — Few eyebrows were raised last week whenÂ Pope Francis brought the Vatican"s legal system up to date by criminalizing leaks of official information and formalizing laws against sex crimes. But now that the laws have been made public, a closer look revealed that the pope has made it illegal to report sex crimes against children.
March 14, 2013Â
by John HayworthÂ
The First PlumblineÂ
Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, Bishop of Buenos Aires since 1998, and former head of the Argentine Jesuit Order, has just been elected as the new Pope of the Catholic Church.Â He will be known as Pope Francis I.
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February 11, 2013
Joseph Radzinger, aliasÃ‚Â Benedict XVI, formerly known as "The Rottweiler" fromÃ‚Â his role as attack dog for his predecessor Carol Wojtyla alias John Paul II under whose auspices he issued theÃ‚Â Criminale SolicitaccionesÃ‚Â instruction of Pope John XXIII has resigned. The uncoveredÃ‚Â instruction orderingÃ‚Â the protection of pedophile sex criminal priests and nuns at the expense of not protecting the little children they were molesting and threatening the littleÃ‚Â victims with hell if they did not keep their being raped secret did not result inÃ‚Â a RICO prosecution in the USA despite 177 out 179 AmericanÃ‚Â dioceses and their bishops andÃ‚Â archÃ‚Â bishops being found liable for massiveÃ‚Â damages inÃ‚Â court. The Bush Administration squashed civil litigations against Radzinger on political grounds that as a head of state the pope is immune from any judicial or prosecutorial proceedings byÃ‚Â International convention. Similar efforts in the UK to have citizen's arrests of Radzinger during his papalÃ‚Â visit of 2010 were stopped by the British government, thus this gangster who orchestrated an international campaign to shield dangerous child molesters was never brought to justice for obstruction or aidingÃ‚Â and abetting fugitives from justice. The systematic rapeÃ‚Â and sodomizing ofÃ‚Â small children by Roman Catholic clergy under the protection of the church hierarchy stemmed from Australia andÃ‚Â New Zealand to the USA and Canada, to Great Britain, to GermanyÃ‚Â and beyond,Ã‚Â but was found most prolific in Roman Catholic countries such as Ireland, Austria, French speaking Africa,Ã‚Â and Brazil.
Monday, Jan 21, 2013
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Confidential personnel records are now offering a glimpse into the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. They detail a pattern of cover-ups within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. For years, victims have been clamoring to get their hands on these documents.
A collection of articles from 2011 (20 articles)
April 5, 2011
By Francis X. Rocca
Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the early resignation of an "emotionally drained" bishop in Australia whose diocese has been the focus of several prominent sex-abuse scandals.