Daily Archives: August 13, 2011
Shocking, but beautiful, blog post from Rorate Caeli.
The post opens with these rather stunning words from the late Blessed John Paul II, the Not-So-Great:
“As the third millennium of the redemption draws near, God is preparing a great springtime for Christianity, and we can already see its first signs.”
John Paul II
December 7, 1990
One can only assume that in 1990 the tale of the upcoming “springtime” might have been believed, assuming adequate effort, from the most inveterate optimists. I do remember, though, that at least in the West church attendance numbers and more in general the grip of the Church on society were already on the waning, and had been for many years already. The involuntarily amusing statement of the late Pontiff is therefore to us rather a caution against uncalled-for optimism born out of wishful thinking, and a serious reminder about how many things have to be set right.
Rorate Caeli publishes a long list of scandals, all involving clergy or church personnel, happened in one week. Rather shocking stuff. They involve sexual abuses, mostly of homosexual nature, perpetrated by those who in the years of Pope John Paul II found it so easy to infiltrate the Church. The list gives one pain only by reading, but there you are:
1. In Colombia:
A Colombian court has ordered the Catholic Church here to pay the parents of two children abused by a priest $240,000, a first in this devoutly Catholic country, church officials said.
The priest, Luis Enrique Duque Valencia, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for abusing two boys, ages 7 and 11, who he had taken in along with their families because they had been driven from their homes by war.
Also in Spanish (tip: Secretum meum mihi).
2. In Illinois:
BELLEVILLE, Ill. – A clergy sex abuse case with misconduct dating back to the 1970s finally ended Wednesday when James Wisniewski’s attorney was handed checks totaling $6.3 million.
Though the case during trial shed a disturbing light on how disgraced priest Raymond Kownacki was assigned to minister at different parishes, it brought little resolution to a set of uncertainties facing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville.
3. In Co. Donegal, Ireland:
A new report is expected to reveal how 20 priests abused hundreds of children in a Co Donegal diocese over 40 years.
The report from the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church, into abuse in Raphoe, will be published later this month.
The contents of this report follow an audit of the diocese of Raphoe by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic church.
4. In Brazil (in Portuguese; tip: reader):
“In deposition, priest says he feared falling in love for former altar server. … When Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa, 82, arrived at the Children and Youth Courthouse … he was asked if this was the way he thought he would celebrate his 60 years of priesthood, amidst judicial proceedings for abuse and sexual exploitation of minors.
“A closer proximity to the young man began only in July 2007, when Fabiano turned 18 and got a watch from monsignor, ‘so that he would not get late for his appointments.’ .”
5. In Victoria, Australia:
A Christian Brother has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for sexually abusing young boys at a series of Victorian schools.
Seventy-year-old Robert Best taught at schools in Ballarat, Box Hill and Geelong between the 1960s and the 1980s.
He has been convicted in the Victorian County Court of abusing 11 boys, mainly aged between eight and 11.
Best stood in the dock without emotion as he was sentenced to 14 years and nine months in prison, with a minimum term of 11 years.
6. Well, this is certainly caused by the celibate priesthood. Oh, wait (in Plymouth, England):
“A child protection official for the Catholic Church has been caught with 4,000 pictures [omitted] .
“Father-of-four Christopher Jarvis was arrested after uploading pictures of [omitted] to a website.”
It is clear that whilst the Pope was having strange dreams about the “Great Springtime”, Great Sodomy Time had begun. As I have pointed out to in the past, sodomy and ancillary perversions entered from the main entrance, with all the honours, and the expectation of a new Church in tune with a new world. Apparently, the “Great Springtime” was in the menu, too.
This frankly reminds one of the official speeches of the Soviet regime, circa 1983: if I refuse to acknowledge the problem, perhaps it’ll go away.
One cannot but remain breathless, twenty years later, at the degree of naiveté reigning in the Vatican corridors in those years.
As you might have noticed, the blog post about Ms. Zagano has been taken offline.
I obviously continue to stay behind every word that I have written.
On the other hand, Father Z suggested that I take it down, thinking that the strong words therein contained may be used by the (well…) lady as a further instrument of propaganda against him.
As the blog post was written specifically in defence of Father Z, I will gladly let him be the judge of what is the better way to react to attacks moved against him.