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Catholic Church shamed by Irish abuse report

May 20th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Catholic Church shamed by Irish abuse report

DUBLIN (AP) - After a nine-year investigation, a commission published a damning report Wednesday on decades of rapes, humiliation and beatings at Catholic Church-run reform schools for Ireland’s castaway children.

The 2,600-page report painted the most detailed and damning portrait yet of church-administered abuse in a country grown weary of revelations about child molestation by priests.

The investigation of the tax-supported schools uncovered previously secret Vatican records that demonstrated church knowledge of pedophiles in their ranks all the way back to the 1930s.

Wednesday’s five-volume report on the probe - which was resisted by Catholic religious orders - concluded that church officials shielded their orders’ pedophiles from arrest amid a culture of self-serving secrecy.

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I have written about this before and many took it as me taking a cheap shot, and looking for a reason to bash the Catholic Church. Pedophilia in the Catholic Church is a reality. It has been for a very long time! I it would be safe to say that it goes back a lot further than the 1930’s if the truth we known.

It’s not just the priests, there are nuns that have a penchant for altar boys and teen-aged Catholic girls too. It was my experience that priests seemed to prefer the altar boys, but I suppose there were some that liked girls too. The people I speak of, the ones that I know that were molested, or in some cases, almost molested, were not in the care OF the Catholic Church as were the children of the Church-run reform schools of Ireland. For some strange reason, and to the best of my knowledge, there has always been a strain of perversion running just below the surface of mainstream Catholicism.

The Catholic religious orders that ran more than 50 workhouse-style reform schools from the late 19th century until the mid-1990s offered public words of apology, shame and regret Wednesday. But when questioned, their leaders indicated they would continue to protect the identities of clergy accused of abuse - men and women who were never reported to police, and were instead permitted to change jobs and keep harming children.

Again, I have got to say, this IS, to the best of MY knowledge, the status quo within the Catholic Church. Castigate the accuser, defend the accused, pay off the accuser, move the accused to another parish, deny that the incident ever happened, and the beat goes on!

I know, 1st hand, the shame and disgust, the lost trust, the utter shock that was felt when a Catholic priest made an advance towards me when I was 17 years old. I know what it’s like to be threatened because I hit the SOB so hard I cracked his jaw. I know, 1st hand, of nuns that were *party girls* away from the convent. A change of clothes, a quick application of makeup, a hair-do, and voila, Sister So-and-So becomes a rather fetching, and very needy bar patron on the prowl.

I know, 1st hand, of a nun that got pregnant, and was sent to the Mother House to have the child. It was my understanding that the child was then adopted by a very wealthy Catholic family, all of this hidden from the public eye. Not too well hidden actually, it was common knowledge but it was polite to talk about it.

This particular nun was an M.S./R.N., a Masters in Nursing, quite well educated and a certified psychiatric nursing supervisor. She ran the psychiatric unit of a very prominent Catholic hospital in my home town. She was dating, on the sly of course, one of the most respected orthopaedic surgeons in town, he practiced at that particular hospital.

The scandal was awesome, especially when you think of this, it happened in the early to mid 1970’s, and you just didn’t discuss the fact that *father* liked the young boys and *sister* liked whatever she could get.

If you DID discuss it, if you had the guts to take it public, you were called a liar, a blasphemer, you were told that you were speaking the words of Satan and were threatened with excommunication from the Church and legal proceedings. You were the next best thing to a heretic! You were made to feel that YOU were the one that had done wrong. If you were one of their victims you were told it was OK, everyone did it, you just had to keep quiet about it. Any lie was acceptable as long as it was kept quiet and the Church was not shown in a bad light.

That was almost 40 years ago. Maybe the Catholic Church has changed, maybe they have actually cracked down on the predators, pedophiles and perverts in their ranks, maybe not. Maybe they are still keeping it hidden from the public eye as they shuffle the perverts from parish to parish where they are still free to molest our youngsters, corrupt their morals, destroy their faith and steal their innocence.

There are a lot of modern day Catholics that will deny that ANY of this ever happened, they will deny my story, they will deny the story of the former residents of the Irish homes, they will deny ALL of it. But there are some of us that know the REAL truth. There are some of us that will continue to speak that truth too!

And they do their deeds in the name of Christ! The Vatican KNOWS, many members of the Church KNOW, and yet to this very day, it is still buried, shuffled and hidden away as if it never happened!

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Archbishop: No Communion for Biden

August 25th, 2008 . by TexasFred

Archbishop: No Communion for Biden

The Catholic archbishop of Denver says that presumptive Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. should not take Communion because of his pro-choice stance.

In an e-mail sent Sunday to an Associated Press reporter, Archbishop Charles Chaput called the Delaware senator’s support for abortion rights “seriously wrong.”

Sen. Joe Biden, the vice presidential half of the soon-to-be-official Democratic ticket buys a cup of coffee while making a surprise appearance Monday Aug. 25, 2008 at the Amtrak train station in Wilmington, Del., he has used for years to commute to his day job in the U.S. Senate.

“I certainly presume his good will and integrity,” the archbishop continued, “and I presume that his integrity will lead him to refrain from presenting himself for Communion if he supports a false ‘right’ to abortion.”

The archbishop also told the wire service he’d like to speak privately with the senator.

Sen. Biden did take Communion Sunday at his home parish, St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Greenville, Del.

The debate among Catholics over who should and should not take Communion was a major issue during Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 run for the presidency when more than a dozen bishops publicly asked the senator not to present himself at altars in their dioceses.

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The ONLY thing I can agree with the Catholic Church on is their stance against abortion.

But quite frankly, I don’t understand their hypocrisy either. They stand against abortion because it IS wrong, and I applaud that stance, yet they refuse to OUT the pedophiles of the Catholic Church.

Maybe the reason they hate abortion so much is because it deprives them of more *potential* victims. Just sayin’… :?

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Ex-Diplomat: Sex With Teens OK in Brazil, Congo

July 11th, 2008 . by TexasFred

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — An ex-diplomat convicted of having sex with teenage girls in the Congo and Brazil and taping the encounters is asking a judge for leniency, claiming that cultural differences in those countries make sex with girls more acceptable.

Gons G. Nachman, 42, pleaded guilty in April to possessing child pornography after admitting that he had sex with 14- to 17-year-old girls while serving as a consular officer in Brazil and Congo and documenting the encounters in pictures and videos.

The judge has agreed to delay Nachman’s sentencing until Aug. 22 so that he can be examined by noted forensic psychologist Stanton Samenow. Defense attorney Stephen Stine said in court papers that a psychological examination might show that cultural differences led Nachman to believe that sexual contact with teenage girls was acceptable, and that should have an impact on what kind of sentence he receives.

Prosecutors rejected the notion that Nachman’s victims somehow deserve less protection because they were not born or raised in America.

“Children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Brazil have the same inherent value as children in the United States,” prosecutor Ron Walutes wrote in court papers.

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It’s about time someone took this guy to task, a child molester, in ANY nation, is still nothing more than a child molester, and Gons G. Nachman is a pedophile, by ANY definition.

Said noted forensic psychologist Stanton Samenow may have a different take on this, I don’t know what his leanings are, but there should be NO grey area to consider, child molestation, in any nation, is child molestation. Nachman is guilty of that offense. And of doing so while representing this nation in an official capacity.

Regardless of the cultural differences between those nations and ours, I would be willing to bet that this wasn’t consensual, I am fairly certain that these were acts of white slavery, prostitution. And most likely the girls involved were forced into these acts, whether by a pimp, or their financial status, perhaps in an attempt to support their families.

And the reasons for these girls engaging in sexual acts with Nachman, no matter the root cause, these acts are wrong and an American diplomat should know that.

If Nachman were to be exonerated, how long do you suppose it would be before his confidence rose to a point where he would try to establish some type of sexual relationship with an underage girl again? Suppose the girls were even younger next time? Suppose that the next time, they were American girls?

And there will be a next time!

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