Showing posts with label Priests. Show all posts
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April 13, 2015

Pope Names Chilean Bishop Accused of Sex Abuse Cover Ups

 Chilean bishop accused of covering up for the country’s most notorious molester. 

Four members of Pope Francis’ sex abuse advisory commission traveled to Rome on Sunday to voice their concerns in person about Francis’ appointment of a Chilean bishop accused of covering up for the country’s most notorious molester.

The four met with Francis’ point man on abuse, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who agreed to relay their concerns to the pope about the appointment of Juan Barros as bishop of Osorno in southern Chile, the commission members said in a statement.

Victims of Chile’s most notorious abuser, the Rev. Fernando Karadima, say Barros knew of and even witnessed Karadima’s abuse decades ago. Barros was a protege of the charismatic Karadima, who was sanctioned by the Vatican in 2011 for sexually abusing minors.
Commission member Marie Collins said that if Barros doesn’t appreciate that Karadima’s behavior then was inappropriate, “then he doesn’t understand child abuse.”
“And if he doesn’t understand child abuse,” she continued, “there’s a child protection concern about him being in charge of a diocese.”

In the statement, the four commission members said the process of appointing bishops must take into account their understanding of how children must be protected.
“In the light of the fact that sexual abuse is so common, the ability of a bishop to enact effective policies, and to carefully monitor compliance is essential,” the statement said.
Barros, the former chaplain of Chile’s armed forces, has faced unprecedented popular and ecclesial opposition ever since he was named in January. More than 1,300 church members in Osorno, some 30 diocesan priests and 51 of Chile’s 120 members of Parliament sent letters to Francis urging him to rescind the appointment.

Barros has denied wrongdoing and insisted he didn’t know about the abuse until reading 2010 news reports. The Vatican has defended the appointment by saying there were no “objective reasons” to scuttle it.
Yet it’s unclear how effectively he can lead. Already, a recent meeting between Barros and angry parishioners fell apart when Barros showed up with two body guards and police dogs, security measures taken after his installation ceremony was marred by violent protests inside the cathedral.

October 18, 2014

My kind of Priests in Chile, they wont shut up about gay human rights



This is a background story posted a few months ago and it us the prologue of the story playing in Chile of three gay friendly priests that believe in human rights not just for the Vatican or the poor but for all human beings including gays. They have been giving the government and Vatican a tough time because they don’t shut off easily, as a matter of time no body can shut them up. I am Adam Gonzalez and I invite you to read this story and go down to the current story of today.

Media storm erupts following alleged accusations against ‘unruly’ Chilean priests for ‘radical’ stances on gay rights, abortion and universal education.

Chileans have rallied around three popular priests following allegations that leaders of the Chilean Catholic Church sent the Vatican a report demanding they be investigated. Photo via Flickr.
Chileans have rallied around three popular priests following allegations that leaders of the Chilean Catholic Church sent the Vatican a report demanding they be investigated. Photo via Flickr.
Chileans have rallied around three popular priests following allegations that leaders of the Chilean Catholic Church sent the Vatican a report demanding they be investigated for diverging from Catholic doctrine in their “radical” treatment of various social issues.
A Sunday report by La Tercera cast a spotlight on the Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, for supposedly sending a report to the Vatican last week accusing priests Mariano Puga, Felipe Berríos and José Aldunate of advocating same-sex partnerships, among other counter-doctrine measures. This comes at a critical time for the Catholic Church, which on Monday released a document challenging its community of worshipers to find a “fraternal space” for homosexuals and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples.
Ezzati denied such a document was sent to the Vatican in a press release on Monday.
“The Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, has neither accused nor denounced the priests to the Holy See’s Congregation on Faith Doctrine. What the Archbishop has done is respond to a request by the Apostolic Nunciature in Chile to send it various declarations made by the three priests that have appeared in Chilean media,” the press release stated.
Puga also went on record saying that such allegations were false and that he was “in communication with Ezzati.”
Likewise, Aldunate refused to stoke the fire and told CNN Chile he thought the issue was insignificant and that the Vatican would not respond to the alleged document.
“I don’t think this is important. Things will fade away. There is nothing else to discuss,” Aldunate said.
Despite the priests’ unworried attitudes, various groups have leapt to their defense.
The Movement for Integration and Homosexual Freedom (Movilh) sent out a letter to the Vatican saying that the priests haven’t said anything that the Pope hasn’t already said and invited people to speak up too.
“We hope that many other organizations that value and appreciate Berríos, Aldunate and Puga’s work will send their own letters of support to the Vatican,” the organization stated in a press release.
The Secretary General of the Socialist Party (PS), Carola Rivero, confronted Ezzati telling him to “practice what he preaches” by being especial sensitivity to the poor and marginalized; something Puga, Berríos and Aldunate are well known for.
“José Aldunate, Felipe Berríos and Mariano Puga are admired and recognized by many Chileans, among them the poorest,” Rivero said.
Ezzati is well known for spearheading the Chilean Catholic Church’s most conservative faction. In the ongoing Synod of Bishops — an ecclesiastical council — Ezzati went on record saying that some of the Catholic Church’s greatest challenges today included honosexuality, divorce and children born out of wedlock. During last year’s Episcopal Conference in Chile, he also condemned abortion under all circumstances.
He has also been accused of turning a blind eye when a Catholic priest was convicted of molesting a child.
By Amanda Ruttlant
  The Santiago Times

A solidarity movement in support of three liberal Catholic priests has trended on social media in Chile this week.
It started with a message to the Pope that was meant to be private. On Sunday, the La Tercera newspaper reported that a Chilean archbishop and cardinal, Ricardo Ezzati, sent a secret complaint to the Vatican against three priests - Felipe Berríos, Mariano Puga and José Aldunate. All three are well-known in the country for regularly criticising the leaders of the Chilean Catholic Church, and for speaking out in favour of gay rights and abortion rights. The priests actions are being examined by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, according to reports. 
The word "Ezzati" started trending on Twitter on Sunday, when the newspaper report was published, and was used more than 10,000 times that day on the platform. Others got involved using Facebook. The majority of the social media comments seem to be from Chileans speaking in support of the three priests. "Ezzati defends the doctrine. His antagonists defend humanity", tweeted. "If Ezzati dares to complain about Berríos, Puga and Aldunate to the Vatican, sensible Catholics should complain about Ezzati," tweeted Pablo Simonetti, a novelist and prominent campaigner in the gay rights movement in Chile.
On Tuesday, a statement from the Archdioceses of Santiago tried to clarify the situation. Archbishop Ezzati didn't make a complaint to the Vatican, it said, but was simply responding to a request for more information. Regardless, supporters of the three priests created an online petitioncalling for "a transparent process", and demanding "open dialogue" with Church leaders.
Luis Larrain, head of Chilean gay rights campaign group Iguales, who had jokingly called for one of the priests to be appointed archbishop, spoke to BBC Trending. He says Arhcbishop Ezzati's intervention was "annoying, because we were trying to open channels for discussion with the Church". He fears that these events could undermine that dialogue, he says. Many have now called for a demonstration against Ezzati's decision in front of Santiago Cathedral today. Chile is a predominantly Catholic country, and is socially conservative - for example it forbids, and penalises, any kind of abortion. A 2011 study reported that 52% of Chileans supported same sex unions.
Reporting by Constanza Hola Chamy

February 6, 2014

Pope is Pressure to Take Care of Priests’ Who Abused Children and UN Rebuke

The pic above is the Pope in Madrid and I love posting it because of the kiss in going on with spaniard men as the pope drives on by

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis came under new pressure Wednesday to punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests when a U.N. human rights panel accused the Vatican of systematically protecting its reputation instead of looking out for the safety of children.
In a scathing report that thrilled victims and stunned the Vatican, the United Nations committee said the Holy See maintained a "code of silence" that enabled priests to sexually abuse tens of thousands of children worldwide over decades with impunity.
Among other things, the panel called on the Vatican to immediately remove all priests known or suspected to be child molesters, open its archives on abusers and the bishops who covered up for them, and turn the abuse cases over to law enforcement authorities for investigation and prosecution.
The committee largely brushed aside the Vatican's claims that it has already instituted new safeguards, and it accused the Roman Catholic Church of still harboring criminals.
"The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by, and the impunity of, the perpetrators," the panel said.
The stinging language surprised the Vatican and put it in damage-control mode, with officials strongly defending the church and accusing the committee of allowing itself to be swayed by pro-gay ideologues. The Vatican, which defended itself at a U.N. committee hearing last month, said the panel ignored the measures the Holy See has already taken to protect children.
"I'm tempted to say that the text was probably written ahead of time," said the Vatican's U.N. ambassador, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi.
Nevertheless, the report puts pressure on Francis to take decisive action after a year in which he has largely let the abuse portfolio fall by the wayside as he tackled other pressing issues, such as reforming the Vatican bureaucracy.
The Vatican announced in December that the new pope would create a commission to study how to prevent abuse and help victims, but no firm details about its makeup or scope have been released since.
And critically, the Vatican has yet to sanction any bishop for having covered up for an abusive priest, even though more than a decade has passed since the scandal exploded in the U.S. and countless law enforcement investigations around the world made it clear the role bishops played.
Vatican officials have suggested that under Francis, this might soon change.
The report was issued by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, an 18-member panel that includes academics, sociologists and child development specialists from around the globe.
Its job is to monitor compliance with the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, a treaty the Vatican ratified in 1990. The treaty calls for signatories to protect children from harm. Only three countries have failed to ratify it: the U.S., Somalia and South Sudan.
Last month, the Vatican was subjected to a blistering daylong grilling by the U.N. committee, which then produced its final observations on Wednesday.
"The committee expresses serious concern that in dealing with child victims of different forms of abuse, the Holy See has systematically placed preservation of the reputation of the church and the alleged offender over the protection of child victims," the report concluded.
At a news conference in Geneva, committee chairwoman Kirsten Sandberg ticked off some of the core findings: that bishops moved pedophile priests from parish to parish rather than reporting them to police, that known abusers are still in contact with children, and that the Vatican has never required bishops to report abusers to police.
"This report gives hope to the hundreds of thousands of deeply wounded and still suffering clergy sex abuse victims across the world," said Barbara Blaine, president of the main U.S. victims group, SNAP.
"Now it's up to secular officials to follow the U.N.'s lead and step in to safeguard the vulnerable because Catholic officials are either incapable or unwilling to do so."
Critically, the committee rejected the Vatican's longstanding argument that it doesn't control bishops or their abusive priests.
The panel essentially held the Vatican responsible for every priest, parish and Catholic school in the world, calling on it to pay compensation to all victims of sexual abuse worldwide, and also to those who labored in Ireland's notorious Magdalene Laundries, the church-run workhouses where young women were subject to slave labor and often had their out-of-wedlock babies taken from them.
While the Vatican itself didn't raise an objection to that aspect of the report, other church advocates did.
"I think that the U.N. report describes a monolithic church that does not exist in fact," said Nicholas Cafardi, a U.S. canon lawyer and former chairman of the U.S. bishops' lay review board that monitored clerical abuse. "The pope in Rome cannot control and is certainly not responsible for what happens throughout the Catholic world."
The committee disagreed.
Benyam Mezmur, a committee member and Ethiopian academic on children's legal rights, cited among other things a letter from a Vatican cardinal advising Irish bishops to refrain from any policy requiring they report pedophiles to police.
"They keep saying they don't have the authority, but in the meantime we have had instances of the Holy See trying to influence bishops," he said in an interview. "You cannot have it both ways. Either you have influence or you don't."
The committee's recommendations are non-binding and there is no enforcement mechanism. But it asked the Vatican to comply and report back by 2017.
The recommendations extended far beyond child sexual abuse in ways that conflict with church teachings.
For example, the committee urged the Vatican to amend canon law to allow abortions on children in some circumstances, such as to protect the life of the young mother. It asked the Holy See to ensure that sex education, including access to information about contraception, is mandatory in Catholic schools. And it called on the Vatican to condemn discrimination against homosexual children or youngsters raised by gay couples.
Tomasi accused the committee of adopting a pro-gay "ideological line."
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