Predator Priests

Part 3 of 6 in the series Creeps

Ritualistic child abuse is the most hideous of all child abuse. The basic objective is premeditated – to systematically and methodically torture and terrorize children until they are forced to dissociate.

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
– Christ Jesus, The Bible; Matthew 18.6, Mark 9.42, Luke 17.2

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The 2004 Los Angeles Times article “Vatican Aware of Abuse for Centuries, Study Says” notes a report “by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles… [which] said Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other bishops didn’t realize until 1985 that sexual abuse by clergy was “more than a matter of tragic but isolated incidents.” The article continues:

But a North Carolina priest and two former monks who live in Southern California say they have scoured ancient Vatican records and forgotten Latin texts to show just the opposite: that the church has recognized the problem of abuse by priests for at least 1,700 years and has failed to address it successfully.

“The contention that the present scandal is isolated to this era is completely debunked by the Roman Catholic Church’s own documents,” concluded Father Thomas P. Doyle and former monks Richard Sipe and Patrick Wall in their 375-page report, “Canonical History of Clerical Sexual Abuse” 1 [later published as Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church’s 2,000-Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse].

 
 

After the Catholic Church abuse scandal began in 2001, Cardinal Bernard F. Law of the Boston diocese resigned in 2002 “amid a Boston Globe investigation reporting allegations of more than ninety clergy perpetrators under his authority. That number [grew to more than 200], according to BishopAccountability.org, an online archive on the church crisis.2 Pope John Paul II then promoted Cardinal Bernard Law to be a “pastor of the historic basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, with an estimated $12,000 monthly salary, according to the New York Times.” It should be noted that in the Vatican City, “the age of consent is 12.” 3

Pope John Paul II’s successor Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger then came under fire the week after becoming pontif:

Pope Benedict XVI faced claims [23 April 2005] he had ‘obstructed justice’ after it emerged he issued an order ensuring the church’s investigations into child sex abuse claims be carried out in secret. The order was made in a confidential letter, obtained by The Observer, which was sent to every Catholic bishop in May 2001. It asserted the church’s right to hold its inquiries behind closed doors and keep the evidence confidential for up to 10 years after the victims reached adulthood.…

Lawyers acting for abuse victims claim it was designed to prevent the allegations from becoming public knowledge or being investigated by the police.… The letter, ‘concerning very grave sins’, was sent from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that once presided over the Inquisition and was overseen by Ratzinger.… Ratzinger’s letter states that the church can claim jurisdiction in cases where abuse has been ‘perpetrated with a minor by a cleric’.4

The Associated Press reported in 2002 that “until recently, lawsuits by alleged victims usually were settled quietly out of court, and police and prosecutors often were content to give church officials leeway to handle discipline internally, lawyers said.” The article continues:

“In the past there was a minimum level of scrutiny to anything the church did because it was presumably acting in the best interests of people,” said the Rev. Raymond C. O’Brien, a Catholic University law professor and a parish priest.… “Prosecutions prior to the mid-80s were virtually unheard of,” said Stephen Rubino, a New Jersey lawyer who has brought more than 200 lawsuits seeking damages from the church over alleged abuse. “Law enforcement kept their hands off. Nobody wanted to get involved with churchmen committing crimes,” Rubino said.… “The sexual abuse scandal now has changed everything,” O’Brien said.5

Former monk Richard Sipe estimates that six percent of Catholic priests have sexually abused children.6 “In 2004-FEB, CNN was able to view a draft copy of a survey prepared by the church,” according to the ReligiousTolerance.org website. “It reveals that 4,450 of the 110,000 Roman Catholic clergy (4%) who served between 1950 and 2002 have been accused of molesting minors. This has resulted in 11,000 individual abuse claims filed against Catholic clergy during that interval.” 7

Thomas Fox, writing in the National Catholic Reporter, estimates that the average pedophile priest molests 285 victims.8 The 2002 Zogby International/Le Moyne Contemporary Catholic Trends Poll Report found that one in 11 American Catholics say they have “personal knowledge” of child sexual abuse by a priest.9

The AmericanCatholic.org website reports of the research study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice published in 2004 discovering that:

No action was taken against a priest in 10 percent of the allegations, and in 6 percent of the allegations the priests were reprimanded and returned to ministry. Other actions included suspending priests involved in 29 percent of the allegations and placing priests involved in 24 percent of the allegations on administrative leave.

[There was a] drop-off in reported incidents after 1985.… Robert Bennett, National Review Board member, said… that it was in part due to bishops becoming alarmed about the situation in the 1980s and ’90s and starting to take preventive measures.10

“The scandals have cost the Church billions of dollars in settlements and driven prominent dioceses into bankruptcy,” notes NBC News.11

“A Catholic order has agreed to pay $166 million to nearly 500 survivors of sexual abuse at Jesuit-run reservation boarding schools,” reported the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in March 2011. “Attorneys for the abuse victims – nearly all Native Americans and Alaskan Natives abused at the mission schools in Washington and around the Northwest – described the settlement as the largest in U.S. history.” The article continues:

In a statement, the attorneys said the Society of Jesus’ Oregon Province and its insurer agreed to make the payment and issue a written apology to the victims, who were sexually and psychologically abused from the 1940s through the 1990s. The abuse was alleged to have taken place at Jesuit operated mission schools and boarding schools on Indian reservations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Montana.12

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According to an Associated Press release, The Kansas City Star reported in January 2000 that “Roman Catholic priests in the United States are dying from AIDS-related illnesses at a rate four times higher than the general population, and the cause is often concealed on their death certificates.” 14 Further research by The Star “found that the AIDS-related death rate among priests ‘exceeds earlier estimates.'” 15 Judy L. Thomas writes in her article “Catholic Priests Are Dying of AIDS, Often In Silence” for The Bible Study that “other statistics and experts suggest that those estimates are too conservative.… [A.W. Richard Sipe] who has spent more than 30 years studying sexuality issues in the church, thinks that about 750 priests nationwide have died of such illnesses. That would translate into an AIDS-related death rate eight times that of the general population.” 16 The Kansas City Star also reported that “the Rev. John Keenan, who runs Trinity House, an outpatient clinic in Chicago for priests, said he believes most priests with AIDS contracted the disease through same-sex relations. He said he treated one priest who had infected eight other priests.” 17

“‘Weltbild,’ Germany’s largest media company…happens to belong 100% to the Catholic Church,” reports the Worldcrunch website:

The 2,500 erotic books in their online catalogue, including those from Blue Panther Books, an erotic book publisher owned by Weltbild, are only one example. Their titles include: “Anwaltshure” (Lawyer’s Whore), “Vögelbar” (F—kable) and “Schlampen-Internat” (Sluts’ Boarding School).

The Church also owns a 50% share in publishing company Droemer Knaur which produces pornographic books, and so indirectly is also a publisher of pornographic material, titles including “Nimm mich hier und nimm mich jetzt!” (Take Me Here, Take Me Now!), and “Sag Luder zu mir!” (Call Me Slut!).18

As explained by E.G. White in America in Prophecy, VICARIUS FILII DEI are the words inscribed on the Pope’s miter. In Latin, as well as Greek and Hebron translations, summing together the letters which hold numeric value equals 666, referred to in The Bible at Revelation 13.18 as the number of the beast.19 Other ancient authorities read six hundred and sixteen.20

“A source within the Vatican announced today [4 June 2013] that Tarcisio Bertone, the most powerful official in the Roman Curia and one of five Cardinals convicted by a Common Law Court of Justice last February [2013], has prepared his letter of resignation,” reports the Vatican Crimes website:

Cardinal Bertone has been the effective “king maker” at the papacy for many years, and helped force Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, from office on February 11 just days after an arrest warrant was to be issued against Ratzinger.

According to the Vatican insider,

“Bertone knows that if he’s arrested while in office, all of the Vatican archives and his records are subject to seizure, and they can never let that happen. Once he’s resigned, he can do like Ratzinger and claim immunity from prosecution as a ‘private citizen’, something the Lateran Treaty allows. These guys understand the power of the common law court arrest warrant, even if others don’t.” 21


Related links

1 William Lobdell, “Vatican Aware of Abuse for Centuries, Study Says; Authors use church’s own documents to make their case. Critics say money is the motive,” Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2004, at http://articles.latimes.com/2004/jun/20/local/me-priests20 (retrieved: 1 July 2013).

2 Op cit.

3 “New software could rid the web of child porn; SOLUTIONS: Removing,” The Sunday Herald, 19 January 2003, BNET, at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4156/is_20030119/ai_n9627320/ (retrieved: 28 April 2011).

4 “Pope ‘obstructed’ sex abuse inquiry; Confidential letter reveals Ratzinger ordered bishops to keep allegations secret,” The Observer, at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/apr/24/children.childprotection (retrieved: 30 May 2011).

5 Anne Gearan (The Associated Press), “Lawsuits, criminal prosecutions combine to take legal matters out of church’s long-trusted hands,” Boston Herald.com, 26 May 2002, at http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_regional/ap_church05262002.htm (retrieved: circa 2002); See also HighBeam Research at http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-53232392.html (retrieved: 28 April 2011).

6 Jim Walker Reviews, Thomas P. Doyle, A.W.R. Sipe, Patrick J. Wall, Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church’s 2,000-Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse (Volt Press, Copyright 2006), at http://www.nobeliefs.com/Doyle.htm (retrieved: 28 April 2011).

7 “Child and youth sexual abuse by clergy: An Overview,” ReligiousTolerance.org, at http://www.religioustolerance.org/clergy_sex6.htm (retrieved: 28 April 2011).

8 Thomas C. Fox, “Sex and power issues expand clergy-lay rift,” National Catholic Reporter, 1992-NOV-13, Pages 17 to 19.x, cited at http://www.religioustolerance.org/clergy_sex6.htm (retrieved: 28 April 2011).

9 2002 Zogby International/Le Moyne Contemporary Catholic Trends Poll, at http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=552 (retrieved: March 2006).

10 “The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States,” John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2004, at http://www.usccb.org/nrb/johnjaystudy/ (retrieved: 29 April 2011).

11 Kevin Murphy (Reuters), “St. Louis priest charged with having child porn,” NBC News, 24 April 2013, at http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/24/17902200-st-louis-priest-charged-with-having-child-porn (retrieved: 25 April 2013).

12 Levi Pulkkinen, “Northwest native abuse survivors secure $166 million settlement from church,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 24 March 2011, at http://www.seattlepi.com/default/article/Northwest-native-abuse-survivors-secure-166-1306701.php (retrieved: 10 May 2011).

13 [redacted]

14 The Associated Press, “Report: Priests hit hard by hidden AIDS epidemic,” Act Up: AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, 31 January 2000, at http://www.actupny.org/YELL/catholicpriests.html (retrieved: 29 April 2011).

15 “New Study Finds Catholic Priests Dying From AIDS at Higher Than Expected Rate,” November 2000, at http://www.actupny.org/YELL/catholicpriests.html (retrieved: 29 April 2011).

16 “Catholic Priests Are Dying of AIDS, Often In Silence,” BibleTopics.com, at http://www.bibletopics.com/BIBLESTUDY/74.htm (retrieved: 29 April 2011).

17 “Hidden AIDS epidemic.”

18 “Catholic Church makes a fortune in the German porn business,” 29 October 2011, WorldCrunch.com, at http://worldcrunch.com/catholic-church-makes-fortune-german-porn-business/culture-society/catholic-church-makes-a-fortune-in-the-german-porn-business/c3s3995/ (retrieved: 14 August 2012).

19 E.G. White, America in Prophecy (Jemison, AL: Inspiration Books East, Inc., 1988), pp. 556-557.

20 Revelation 13.18, fn, The Bible, Revised Standard Version, (Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., 1980), p. 1080.

21 “Vatican Secretary of State Bertone Set to Resign, to Avoid Arrest While in Office,” VaticanCrimes.us, 4 June 2013, at http://www.vaticancrimes.us/2013/06/vatican-secretary-of-state-set-to.html (retrieved: 4 June 2013).

See also

“Pope Francis asks for forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests, says sanctions ‘must be imposed’,” ABC, 12 April 2014, at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-11/pope-francis-asks-for-forgiveness-for-child-sex-abuse-by-priests/5385588 (retrieved: 12 April 2014).

Philip Pullella, “Top Vatican bank managers resign amid cash-smuggling scandal,” NBC World News, 1 July 2013, at http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/01/19236486-top-vatican-bank-managers-resign-amid-cash-smuggling-scandal?lite (retrieved: 1 July 2013).

Michael Parenti, “Pedophiles and Popes: Doing the Vatican Shuffle, Protecting the Perpetrators,” GlobalResearch.ca, 13 May 2010, at http://www.globalresearch.ca/pedophiles-and-popes-doing-the-vatican-shuffle-protecting-the-perpetrators/19153 (retrieved: 18 February 2015).

Tony Perrottet, “The Vatican Hall of Shame,” TheSmartSet.com, at http://thesmartset.com/article/article05111001.aspx (retrieved: 7 February 2013).

“Popes Gone Wild: What the Catholic Church Would Rather You Forget,” HubPages, at http://theophanes.hubpages.com/hub/Popes-Gone-Wild-What-the-Catholic-Church-Would-Rather-You-Forget (retrieved: 7 February 2013).

“Catholic sex abuse cases,” Wikipedia.org, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_sex_abuse_cases (retrieved: 7 February 2009).

“Sexual abuse by clergy: A ‘perfect panic’,” ReligiousTolerance.org, at http://www.religioustolerance.org/clergy_sex.htm (retrieved: 7 February 2009).

“What Percentage of Priests Abuse And Whom Do They Victimize?” ReligiousTolerance.org, at http://www.religioustolerance.org/clergy_sex8.htm (retrieved: 7 February 2009).

“A Report on the Crisis in the Catholic Church in the United States,” BishopAccountability.org, at http://www.bishop-accountability.org/usccb/causesandcontext/report-2004-02-27.htm (retrieved: March 2006).

John Amato, “Pope Benedict declares pedophilia was ‘normal’ back in the ’70s,” CrooksAndLiars.com, at http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/pope-benedict-declares-pedophilia-was-n (retrieved: 2 January 2011).

Kevin J. Crosby, “Child Sexual Abuse,” SkewsMe.com, at http://www.skewsme.com/abuse.html” (retrieved: 7 February 2009).

“Pope accused of crimes against humanity,” The Telegraph, 13 February 2013, at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/the-pope/8760103/Pope-accused-of-crimes-against-humanity.html (retrieved: 13 February 2013).

Related videos

“CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE [Banned Discovery Channel Documentary],” ZeroEightyFour video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY-F5JoHoho (retrieved: November 2014). (Show video)

“Catholic Church Scandal: Vatican behind “Operation Peter Pan”- trafficking 14,000 children,” Kate Brown video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUBhEkpCjA0 (retrieved: 1 March 2013). (Show video)

“Deliver Us From Evil [trailer],” ZOMGjesus video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scW90Q6Z_OM (retrieved: 5 October 2011). (Show video)

“Deliver Us From Evil Goons,” Deliver Us From Evil (2006), Best Documentary Award at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, video at Google Video, http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7745088455537169028 (retrieved: 2 January 2011). (Show video)

“Spain Baby Market: Catholic Church’s Baby Trafficking Schemes Exposed [BBC Documentary] 1-2,” Vatican Crimes Exposed video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVy4vsy6rfY (retrieved: 11 January 2013). (Show video)

“Spain Baby Market: Catholic Church’s Baby Trafficking Schemes Exposed [BBC Documentary] 2-2,” Vatican Crimes Exposed video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ao43VfKaxg (retrieved: 11 January 2013). (Show video)

“CNN Investigates Sex Abuse in the Ultra-Orthodox Community,” SFJNews video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yzDcz1YYwM (retrieved: 18 February 2015). (Show video)

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2 Comments

  • Ruth McPherson
    March 17, 2012 - 4:55 am | Permalink

    I want to thank and encourage people like yourself who stand up to these awful religious institutions. I have slowly come to realize how so many church organizations are such a farce!
    This is a little off the subject…but just a couple of days ago I sent a message to Glen Becks website asking very simply why Fox news is so staunchly Catholic in its staffing. Well, 2 people that I guess were screening messages simply ripped me apart for even asking such a question. They called me everything from non christian to antisemitic. When they found out I was Baptist the said I must be affiliated with Westborough Baptist…my original question was never addressed. I was really shaken by the attack but realized that a mask had come off! I used to watch FOx almost exclusively but no more! I realized that they are really standing for censorship when it comes to speaking out against the Unholy Catholic Church! I also pointed out to them that noncatholic Christians outnumber them 2-1 in America. This statement was never addressed…
    only more personal attacks.

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