Tuesday, 17 September 2013

SEXUAL ABUSE GOES RIGHT TO THE TOP OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

SEXUAL ABUSE GOES RIGHT TO THE TOP OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Prosecutors began a criminal investigation Wednesday into the Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, a day after a local church representative said the pope had recalled the envoy because of child abuse allegations.
ARCHBISHOP WESOLOWSKI



THE REPORT BELOW WAS CARRIED BY SPANISH CNN YESTERDAY:

"We have formally opened an investigation," Dominican Attorney General Francisco Dominguez Brito told reporters. "Here we have to work with two legal aspects, first national laws and also international laws in his status as a diplomat, which implies other mechanisms of investigation and judgment."
The Vatican confirmed Wednesday that Jozef Wesolowski had been removed from his post and that an investigation is under way but did not say what allegations were made.
Wesolowski had been an apostolic nuncio, the Vatican's official representative in the Dominican Republic.
But the pope pulled him from the post last month after an internal church report connected him with child abuse and pedophilia, according to Monsignor Agripino Nunez Collado, the rector of a Catholic university and spokesman for the church in the country
"It is a situation that really shames and hurts the conscience of all Catholics," he told reporters . "Really when there are these kinds of situations, justice must be done."
The former nuncio's whereabouts were unclear Wednesday, and he could not be reached for comment.
The situation goes beyond the authority of Dominican church officials, Nunez said, because Wesolowski was the Vatican's envoy there.
"It was a surprise for me. It is an unprecedented case," Nunez said. "An ambassador of the Holy See, that it reaches that level."
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi confirmed Wesolowski's removal and that "an investigation is on-going regarding the accusations moved toward him."
The church's sexual abuse guidelines allow local dioceses to make the initial decisions on the removal of accused priests. Papal nuncios, however, are appointed and supervised by the Vatican.
Before he was elected pope, Francis said that he supports a "zero tolerance" approach to clergy sexual abuse.
In 2012, when Francis was still Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, he said that when he was asked for advice by another bishop, "I told him to take away the priests' licenses, not to allow them to exercise the priesthood any more, and to begin a canonical trial in that diocese's court."
For years, the Catholic Church has faced calls for reform in the wake of scandals involving the sexual abuse of children by priests and allegations of corruption.
Shortly after his election to the papacy, Francis told a senior Vatican official to “act decisively” against sexual abuse and carry out "due proceedings against the guilty."

In July, the pope made it a crime to abuse children sexually or physically on Vatican grounds. The acts were already crimes under church law, but are now specifically outlawed within the Vatican city-state, which is home to hundreds of people.

THE ABOVE REPORTS HIGHLIGHTS THE FACT THAT SEXUAL ABUSE OF ALL KINDS - INCLUDING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IS NOT CONFINED TO SIMPLE PRIESTS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - AND THAT IT GOES RIGHT TO THE TOP OF THE CHURCH.

IN RECENT MONTHS CARDINAL KEITH O'BRIEN WAS REMOVED AS ARCHBISHOP OF EDINBURGH BY THE VATICAN AFTER IT EMERGED THAT HE HAD BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSING STUDENT PRIESTS AND YOUNG PRIESTS OVER A PERIOD OF DECADES. 
CARDINAL KEITH O'BRIEN (RIGHT)
HOWEVER O'BRIEN STILL REMAINS A CARDINAL AND IS LIVING A LIFE OF LUXURY AT A MONASTERY IN TOME - SOME PUNISHMENT !!!!!

IN 2003 THE ARCHBISHOP OF VIENNA, AUSTRIA, HAD TO RESIGN AFTER ADMITTING SEXUAL ABUSE - AGAIN OF STUDENT PRIESTS:
CARDINAL GROER
IT IS WELL KNOWN AMONG STUDENTS AND PRIESTS WHO STUDIED IN ROME THAT THE HAS IT'S FAIR SHARE OF ABUSING CARDINALS, BISHOPS, MONSIGNORS AND PRIESTS.

I HAVE SPOKEN PERSONALLY TO SEMINARIANS THAT WERE USED FOR SEX BY SENIOR VATICAN CLERICS.

THERE ARE ALSO A NUMBER OF FORMER SEMINARIANS IN ROME WHO HAVE LEFT THE SEMINARY AND ARE NOW ACTING AS PAID ESCORTS TO VATICAN BISHOPS AS WELL AS VISITING BISHOPS. THEY ARE NORMALLY TAKEN FOR DINNER BY THE PRELATE IN HIGH END ROMAN RESTAURANTS AND THEN GO AND SLEEP OVERNIGHT WITH THE PRELATE. APART FROM DINNER AND ACCOMODATION THE GOING RATE IS CURRENTLY EURO 500.  VERY OFTEN THERE ARE EXPENSIVE GIFTS GIVEN ALSO RANGING FROM JEWELLERY TO EXPENSIVE LAPTOPS. 

ONE OF THE BETTER KNOWN "EPISCOPAL ESCORTS" IS FROM THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC AND IS, DUE TO AGE, QUICKLY COMING TO THE END OF CAREER. BUT - HE IS FINANCIALLY SECURE FOR LIFE. 








NEW SEMINARIANS STUDYING IN ROME ARE OFTEN INTRODUCED INTO THE GAY SEX LIFE IN THEIR ROMAN SEMINARIES. 





THE IRISH COLLEGE USED TO HAVE IT'S CROCHET CLUB








WHILE THE VENERABLE ENGLISH COLLEGE HAD THE DUVET MARTYRS -





A PLAY ON THE TERM DOUAY MARTYRS.   





POPE FRANCIS HAS BEEN DOING A LOT OF TALKING ABOUT CRACKING DOWN ON ALL OF THIS. 





"FRANK" NOW NEEDS TO PUT HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH IS.








LET'S SEE WHAT HE DOES WITH ARCHBISHOP WESOLOWSKI. POPE FRANCIS SHOULD  STRIP HIM OF HIS SO CALLED "DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY" AND SEND HIM STRAIGHT BACK TO FACE JUSTICE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WHERE HE EXPLOITED LITTLE BOYS.





LET'S SEE WHAT HE DOES WITH CARDINAL KEITH O BRIEN. INSTEAD OF A LIFE OF LUXURY IN A ROMAN MONASTERY HAVING HIS EVERY MEED MET BY NUNS HE SHOULD BE STRIPPED OF HIS CARDINAL'S RED HAT. HIS VICTIMS IN SCOTLAND DESERVE AT LEAST THAT MUCH.

























4 comments:

  1. I remember when I was a student in Rome (not in the Venerable English College - affectionately also know as the Venereal EC !) we were very cautious about the VEC students. They were, well, let's say, they didn't present as sufficiently manly and robust. Too many long flowing multicoloured scarves and profuse bell bottom trousers. It was the 70's !

    Seriously, though, there is no doubt that many seminarians took a rather relaxed attitude to enforced celibacy, and in the various Colleges there was a noticeable degree of sexual activity. In which I engaged myself, I have to say.

    I think the tenor of the time was that young men were prepared to give themselves to a life of ministry and service, without the expectation of making much money or having a glittering career of power and privilege (except for those who saw their way in to the various Vatican congregations or diplomatic service for whom career was a considerable driver). However, when it came to celibacy, I think most of us thought that it was just a requirement too much, and that in order to achieve the major intention of giving ministry and service, one just had to sidestep the celibacy issue and plough a furrow as best one could.

    I don't think that this sort of behaviour was abusive. I for one never came across anyone trying anything on me without my consent. I had a rector who could get a bit feisty and give one a overly affectionate squeeze every now and again, but that was harmless (although I'm sure today somebody would get on their high horse about it and complain).

    As for Wesowloski, Groer, O'Brien et al, I think that they will have been conflicted people juggling a variety of demons of their own. I would have no difficulty with them engaging in consensual adult relationships which gave them some affective and emotional life which would help them to be more grounded and integrated and to carry out their ministry.

    But, if truth be told, it probably would have been better for them if they had just stayed priests and got on with life, rather than allowing themselves to be elevated to become Bishops and Cardinals. I feel this especially about O'Brien who, knowing what I know, had a history of nefarious activity before he was appointed Bishop. He really should have declined. He was walking himself in to great trouble. But, his hubris let him delude himself that he would be able to manage it.

    The difficulty with these gentlemen is that they appear to have used their status and power to constrain less equal young men to do what they wanted them to do. That is abusive. And it is for that reason that they should quietly stand aside, and if there is a legal or criminal aspect to their behaviour to have the courage to face that.

    At the same time, I am not in favour of a witch hunt. Nor am I in favour of making examples of them. As I've said, if there is a legal or criminal case to answer, then let that take its course. But, if there isn't, then let them live out their lives quietly and simply. It won't be much fun for them, they will have lost their reputations, their status, privilege and power. That will hurt them greatly. That seems to me to be punishment enough.

    As for the Roman Episcopal Escorts - well, I never saw that, though as a poor seminarian I might have been glad of the extra 10,000 lire or so for services rendered !

    My final - an serious point - is that the people we are talking about are the product (perhaps even victims) of a system that constrains them in to an unnatural life of enforced celibacy, with all the consequences that has for wholeness, integration and health. No wonder questionable and abusive behaviour is the result.

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    1. BLOGGER,

      THANK YOU FOR A VERY COMPASSIONATE AND WELL THOUGHT BLOG.

      I FIND IT HARD TO DISAGREE WITH MUCH THAT YOU SAID

      PAT

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  2. I was a student in the Irish College Rome from 1981-1987. The now cardinal Sean Brady was vice rector. I personaly never saw or was aware of any untowardly sexual exploits by students or staff. I have a vague recollection of a priest called Ciaran Whiteford mentioning something folk having apartments out town in the past. Mind you this a recollection I can not substantiate. Kieran Whiteford was ordained for Down & Connor approx 1985/1986 If anybody knows him why not ask him to elaborate. Sean

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  3. Heres a thought..The Vatican should withdraw its rite to be an independant city state & hand control to the Italian Government(God help us) & pay proper taxes etc. I believe as a concession the Vatican should hold on to the privilage of being able to have emessaries in different countries. These postings where possible should be linked to the various Italian Embassies. Sean

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