Showing posts with label Religion and Sex. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Religion and Sex. Show all posts

October 8, 2019

Very Religious Orthodox Jewish Man Had a Second Life Hosting Sex Parties From His Village Apt.

Avraham Adler is not a mensch.
The 33-year-old, who is accused by outraged neighbors and his landlord of hosting sex parties in his East Village apartment, is leading a “double or triple life” as an ultra-Orthodox Jew with a pregnant wife and three kids in suburban New Jersey.
“I want a divorce,” an angry Shana Adler told The Post Thursday outside the couple’s modest three-bedroom home in Clifton, New Jersey. “He is not supporting us whatsoever. He’s cut us off completely. My friends are paying our bills.”
Shana Adler said she doesn’t know what her husband is up to in the four-story townhouse at 189 East 7th St., where the allegedly randy tenant has been charging $60 a pop for sex-filled soirees featuring spankings and group foreplay, according to a lawsuit against him.
His wife claims his multiple “girlfriends” call her and “feel bad about the double life they’re leading.”
The wife found out about gal pals “Nicole” and “Alexa” a “few months” ago and then kicked Avraham out of their Jersey digs “for a lot of things I don’t want in the paper.”
The former Shana Berman said she met Adler through friends. They married in 2011. She declined to fill in the blanks about their road to ruin.

Enlarge Image189 East Seventh St.
189 East Seventh St.Helayne Seidman

Avraham Adler’s alleged behavior belies his claim to a Post reporter of being a “deep man of faith.”
He is a former student from Yeshiva Gedola of Passaic. The Adlers worshiped at “multiple congregations” in New Jersey, his wife said. Avraham once told a newspaper he’s so religious that he wouldn’t carry his car keys on the Sabbath.
He’s no holy man, said a Manhattan neighbor who slammed Adler as “a stain.”
Adler blocks a fire hydrant with his car and brings cops to the East 7th Street building “a few times a week” because of his parties and girlfriend disputes, the neighbor fumed.
The NYPD said it has gotten “a pretty significant number of calls” for 189 E. Seventh St. since April 1.
Adler admitted he parks in front of the hydrant, snarking, “If I pay the fees [fines], why is it anybody’s problem?”
He denies he’s breaking his marriage vows or shunning his religion. “I’m going through a separation and possibly a divorce,” he said outside the apartment Wednesday.
A video obtained by The Post shows Adler raging at Nicole, who is holding her luggage and bags, in the vestibule of a building. 
Adler claims he doesn’t date Nicole or Alexa.
On Friday, a Manhattan Supreme Court justice ordered Adler to stop the parties.
Back in the burbs, Shana Adler wasn’t wearing her wedding ring on Thursday. “You couldn’t pay me to wear it,” she seethed. “You got any good pawn shops to recommend?”

June 20, 2019

Southern Baptist Pastor Stephen Bratton Charged With Capital Murder

Two months ago, when he was still a Southern Baptist pastor, Stephen Bratton testified in favor of a Texas bill that could have allowed women who get abortions to be charged with homicide, a crime punishable by death in the Lone Star State.
On Friday, the 43-year-old was charged with continuous sex abuse of a child. He stands accused of molesting a teenage relative for two years, including “sexual intercourse multiple times a day or several times a week,” a Harris County deputy said this weekend, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Bratton posted a $50,000 bond on Saturday, the Chronicle reported. The Associated Press could not locate a phone number for Bratton, nor find his attorney, on Sunday. 
The charges against Bratton also come just a week after Southern Baptist leaders gathered in Birmingham, Alabama, to discuss sex abuse reform after recent reports found hundreds of clergy and staff were accused of sexual misconduct over the past 20 years. The pastors voted to form a committee to examine allegations that churches failed to adequately deal with claims of sex abuse, and to make it clear that the Southern Baptist Convention can expel churches for mishandling such claims. 
Bratton confessed to his wife and clergy members about the abuse last month, and resigned from his job at a Houston-area church. He has since been excommunicated, one of Bratton’s co-pastors, Aaron Wright, told the Chronicle. 
“This person’s life is in such a contradiction to the faith that we see no evidence that they are a Christian,” Wright said.
The Texas state Legislature ultimately did not vote on the anti-abortion measure Bratton testified in favor of, but this year marked the first time that Texas had heard public testimony on a bill that could leave women criminally liable for getting abortions, the Washington Post reported. More than 400 “witnesses” reportedly registered their approval for the bill.
"Whoever authorizes or commits murder is guilty," Bratton testified during the hearing, according to the Associated Press. "They're guilty already in a court that is far more weighty than what is here in Texas.
Cover: This undated photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office shows former Grace Family Baptist Church pastor Stephen Bratton, 43. The former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years. (Harris County Sheriff's Office via AP)

October 20, 2018

Feds Investigating on Sex Probe Against Child Sex Abuse Cases on Pennsylvania Church


 St Mary's Church in PA. Where Police is investigating child sex abuse

The Department of Justice has launched an investigation of child sex abuse within Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church, sending subpoenas to dioceses across the state seeking private files and records to explore the possibility that priests and bishops violated federal law in cases that go back decades, NPR has learned.
In what is thought to be the first-ever such inquiry into the church's clergy sex-abuse scandal, authorities have issued subpoenas to look into possible violations of the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations statute, also known as RICO, according to a person close to the investigation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.  
The source did not elaborate on what other potential federal crimes could be part of the inquiry, which could take years and is now only in its early stages. 
RICO has historically been used to dismantle organized-crime syndicates. 
Officials at six of Pennsylvania's eight dioceses — Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Scranton and Harrisburg — have confirmed to NPR that they have recently received and are currently complying with federal subpoenas for information. The two remaining dioceses did not return requests for comment.  
Supporters of those who have been victimized by church leaders applauded federal prosecutors for initiating a criminal investigation into one of the state's most powerful institutions.  
"There is a consensus rising, which is this just has to stop. And it won't stop if prosecutors just sit on their hands," said Marci Hamilton, University of Pennsylvania professor who also runs Child USA, a group that advocates for victims of child sex abuse. "The federal government has been silent on these issues to date, and it's high time they got to work."
The federal investigation follows a sweeping grand jury report released in August by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office that found that more than 1,000 minors were abused by some 300 priests across Pennsylvania over a 70-year period.
A dozen other states have also opened investigations into clergy sex abuse.
Fallout from the Pennsylvania report has included Catholic schools that honored now-disgraced clergy being renamed and the archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl, resigning after being accused of covering up sexual abuse during his time as bishop of Pittsburgh.
Numerous other church officials, the report found, participated in a systemic cover-up of the abuse that included shuffling priests around to other parishes and, in some cases, obstructing police investigations. However, because some of the allegations are decades old, many of the accused are now deceased. 
Because of Pennsylvania's statute of limitations, just two of the priests named in the report were charged as a result of the state-led investigation.
Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, says that the federal statute of limitations could allow more time to prosecute individuals who are now out of reach under state laws.
"This could bring the full force of the federal government to bear. It's potentially enormous," he said.
The subpoenas were first reported by The Associated Press, which said investigators sought to examine organizational charts, insurance coverage, clergy assignments and confidential documents stored in what has become known as the church's "Secret Archives." 
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania William McSwain authorized the subpoenas. A spokeswoman for McSwain declined to comment.
A Justice Department representative in Washington, D.C., would neither confirm nor deny the existence of the investigation.
Legal experts said accruing enough evidence to build a RICO case against the Roman Catholic Church — basically treating the influential institution as a crime syndicate — will be a burdensome task. 
Child USA's Hamilton, for one, said she thinks using federal RICO as a weapon against the church would be a stretch, since the 1970 law is not designed to deal with problems such as sex abuse and other personal injury cases. Instead, she said, most RICO cases involve financial crimes. "I hope that they can find a way to make it fit, but it will be challenging," she said.
However, Hamilton said a federal statute called the Mann Act, which prohibits moving people across state lines for the purpose of illegal sex acts, could be a more promising legal avenue. 
"As we know, there have been plenty of priests who took children across state lines," she said.
Tobias, the law professor who specializes in federal courts, said whatever comes of the investigation, the issuing of the subpoenas has likely sent a jolt across the country. If the inquiry of the Pennsylvania church results in criminal charges, it could be used as a road map for federal prosecutors hoping to pursue abusers in other states. 
"Pennsylvania might be the first state where the federal government does this," Tobias said. "But then they build on the lessons they've learned there, as DOJ often does when they have a national issue, and go to the other states and use that template again."

August 16, 2018

1356 Page Grand Jury Report, 300 Predator Priests, 1000 Abused Children and How The Church Hid the Whole Thing

Follow up from Yesterday

REUTERS/Jim Young 
  • A grand jury in Pennsylvania released a 1,300-word report Tuesday detailing allegations about the Roman Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse of nearly 1,000 children by 300 "predator priests."
  • The report details what investigators described in the report as a "a playbook for concealing the truth" that was used by officials to cover up 70 years of abuse of children by 300 Roman Catholic priests.
  • Across files from six dioceses, special agents identified several patterns using special language and illegitimate investigations to downplay accusations and protect the priests.

A grand jury in Pennsylvania released a 1,300-page report Tuesday detailing allegations that the Roman Catholic Church spent decades covering up sexual abuse claims against 300 "predator priests" who are said to have targeted nearly 1,000 children. 
The report covers 70 years of alleged abuse and the lengths that church officials went to cover up the accusations, using what investigators described in the report as a "a playbook for concealing the truth." 
Special agents identified several common practices across the files from the six dioceses they investigated that kept the accusations within the church, and avoided recording any criminal identifications in the documents. 
The report lays out what it said were mechanisms for shielding accused priests from legitimate punishment, including: 
  • Using euphemisms for the sexual assaults. "Never say 'rape'; say 'inappropriate contact' or 'boundary issues.'" 
  • Choosing fellow clergy members, not unbiased professionals to "ask inadequate questions and then make credibility determinations about the colleagues with whom they live and work." 
  • "For an appearance of integrity, send priests for 'evaluation' at church -run psychiatric treatment centers," as the priest's diagnosis would be mostly based on his own "'self -reports,' regardless of whether the priest had actually engaged in sexual contact with a child." 
  • To completely conceal any wrongdoing even if the priest is removed, "don't say why. Tell his parishioners that he is on "sick leave," or suffering from 'nervous exhaustion.' Or say nothing at all." 
  • "Even if a priest is raping children, keep providing him housing and living expenses, although he may be using these resources to facilitate more sexual assaults." 
  • If a predator's conduct becomes known to the community, don't remove him from the priesthood to ensure that no more children will be victimized. Instead, transfer him to a new location where no one will know he is a child abuser." 
  • "Finally and above all, don't tell the police," though sexual abuse of minors is a universally punishable crime, "don't treat it that way; handle it like a personnel matter, 'in house,'" the text said, according to the report. 
The report goes on to list 300 cases of individual priests from Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Scranton, Erie and Greensburg dioceses with names and graphic details from their accusers.  Some of the accused priests protested the report after it was announced, saying it would unfairly damage their reputations. Some information in the document is redacted, but the court released it in full. 
For decades, the Catholic Church has been hit with sexual abuse allegations in parishes worldwide. Pope Francis has recently accepted a number of resignations from church officials in Chile and Argentina as a result. 
The Pope admitted in 2017 the Catholic Church was "a bit late" in realizing the damage done by predatory priests who had been accused of raping and molesting children, and was only made worse by the decades-long practice of moving pedophiles around rather than punishing and removing them.

Read the full report below: 

March 3, 2018

PETA Vegan Commercial Cancelled by St.Pat's Day Parade Because The Man in Pic Was Too Sexy

PETA go vegan campaign nixed in Savannah and Butte for being too “sexually suggestive”.

For St. Patrick’s Day, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) tried to place an ad featuring a shirtless man with a four-leaf clover in his mouth alongside the words “Kiss Me, I’m Vegan. Go Vegan and Get Really Lucky This St. Patrick’s Day” in Savannah and Butte, Montana, which boast among the largest March 17 parades.
However, the ads were rejected as too sexy and for looking “like something from a nightclub” in Savannah and Butte, Montana, one of the United States’ most Irish cities, also rejected PETA’s ad for being too “sexually suggestive”. 
Instead, the group will run the ad on the parade route in Manchester, New Hampshire, another city with a high percentage of people of Irish descent, at 19.4 percent, starting on March 5.
The full St. Patrick's Day PETA advertisement.
The full St. Patrick's Day PETA advertisement.
PETA also tried to place it at bus shelters around Savannah, but the city’s transit company never responded to the inquiry.
“With their proven healthy hearts, sizzling physiques, and increased stamina, vegans easily score that pot of gold at the end of the bedroom rainbow,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s signs may be sexy, but they send a wholesome message that nothing is more attractive than compassion.”
PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”, notes that in today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries there are still widespread abuses. e their risk of suffering from heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and impotence.
The ad follows PETA’s recent online dating experiments in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia, which all proved that women using Tinder swipe right significantly more often for vegan prospects than for meat-eating ones. 
Who made the decision that the man above is too sexy for an ad to help fund St Patrick's Day Parade?  I will bet my last underwear it was not a woman. It's always men! It is always men that feel weird looking at pictures of good looking other men somehow crosses the bar. What bar and who set the bar? The bar is between a man's legs. Let me explain.

There are one of two things I wanted to do when I finished school. One was joining the police force or joining the navy. I new family friends who'd joined both and they seemed happy. Joining the police was a long process and I had gone through all of it but now there was a budget crisis in New York City and the academy was closed for an indefinite amount of time. As a matter of fact, they were paying civil servants to retire and those that were new were being laid off. I was told the wait could be a year or two. I had gone through all the steps and had a high enough score that I knew I would be in once they started calling again. I figured instead, to join the navy. I took the written test and after that, I was scheduled for a full day of physical testing along with about 50 other young men. The navy wanted to do all the testing on that day and if passed then get the orders to ship out to the Great Lakes right away. The test included everything from being inside a vacuum tank to test you for a whole battery of issues from your reflexes to hearing. It was done in groups and we were in underwear and white t-shirts. It was just like the movies I thought but I was worry and it was not about the tests.

Before going to the Dr. and have him hold your balls while you coughed, you needed to stand naked in front of the instructor. He will ask you to hold them up and then to turn around and bend over. I don't know what they were testing you for but in mind, it was to see if you were attracted to other men. Talk through the vines also indicated I was right.  The instructor had a pointer stick and would walk in front of all of us (the talk was he would wakU if you got hard).

The problem  was it was done in groups of about two dozens all single line in front of the instructor. These were young, mostly most developed men. They will be called one by one and they would have to bend over while everyone else watch. I started getting a hard on. It was sweat time for me. I tried thinking of the saddest things happening to people in my family and somehow it woked and I did not have to go through the embarrasment of being hard in front of so many supposedly straight men. After that I knew the Navy was not for me because I was sure I liked men by now and I would be found out in confinement with other men, in the shower, changing. I could picture being thrown overboard with a big bat attached to my buns with the words "battie" inscribed in blood to attract the sharks. The navy was not for me at this time, maybe it was a phase.

I think the reason this type of"men'get offended by good looking men is because it will cause them to get excited for those sexy men and that wil probably will cause them to confess to the priest of how they felt. To avoid all that they take the easy way out. If in power like those that canceled the PETA ad will not allow it. They can't even excuse it.

I am not a psychology major but simply looking at these occurrences that make no sense, the only reason is sexual because the men judging these pictures say it's sexual when no body else says so, they are fearful of their own reaction and the reaction of those that are in between these thoughts.
Today with the knowledge that we have about sexuality and about sexual orientation it is amazing that older men are still stuck with the old ideas of sex and sexual orientation and what constitutes vile and bad taste.  I am here to tell them the bad taste comes from them.

January 2, 2018

Homoerotic Vatican Crip With The Hottest Jesus Showing How The Body Should be kept?

A near-naked man, which is part of the crib at St Peter’s Square, caused a stir
A near-naked man, which is part of the crib at St Peter’s Square, caused a stirPINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/GETTY
Conservative traditionalists have criticised this year’s Vatican Nativity scene as covert propaganda by the gay lobby, describing one almost naked figure as homoerotic.
The St Peter’s Square crib supposedly depicts the seven corporal works of mercy — Catholic acts of penance and charity that include clothing the naked. But traditionalists have suggested that it is a subversive diorama, with the muscular figure in need of clothing described on social media as languid and “vaguely homoerotic”.
A photo of the crib is understood to have been rejected by Facebook for breaching its policy on sexually provocative images. One observer remarked of the figure: “That guy’s been in the gym two hours a day, six days a week.” 

August 23, 2017

(Here is The Tape) Bishop Takes Care of student's woody and Vice versa

This is a Follow up on the story in which the Romanian Bishop is fired after this tape was made public. The tape only shows the shades of the action(occurrence). The Bishop was having sex with a student on his Seminary. These are hard times for religion and not being able to be honest about what a human being needs instead of describing bodily, psychological and even spiritual needs as sins or worse demonic. 

Corneliu Barladeanu 
The tape obtained through Gay Star News

August 19, 2017

Romanian Orthodox Bishop Fired After Tape Revealed Sex with Male Student

The statement was issued at the end of a two-day Holy Synod where a sex scandal was discussed for the first time in its 92-year history. May be that was the problem; They shoud discuss gay sexuality more often, more more often!

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) A Romanian bishop who was seen on video engaging in sexual acts with a male student resigned Friday, the Romanian Orthodox Church said.

The patriarchy said the Bishop of Husi, Corneliu Barladeanu, 51, had decided to step down “for the peace and good of the church.” He maintains his innocence and has not made any public comment.

The statement was issued at the end of a two-day Holy Synod where a sex scandal was discussed for the first time in its 92-year history.

There has been public furor in Romania over Barladeanu and another scandal involving a priest who had sex with a male student as believers are demanding more accountability from the church.

Outrage was heightened as the two cases involved homosexual acts. The church, however, insisted the bishop would have been similarly chastised if the alleged sexual misdemeanors involved a woman.

Barladeanu will no longer hold an official position, but he will remain a monk. Orthodox bishops are monks.

The statement said the resignation was the best outcome, because an investigation would last months and would “prolong the situation of uncertainty of the bishopry of Husi” in northeast Romania.

But church critic and political analyst Stelian Tanase said the church to which more than 85 percent of Romanians belong should have issued a stronger statement. “I think that the Synod should have come out with a strong decision to condemn such shameful practices for servants of the church.... Instead they preferred a cover up. ”

The church also blamed “an aggressive campaign of some media outlets aimed against the Romanian Orthodox Church, often with the complicity of some errant priests.”

It added that “all believers ... should respect the discipline of the church and permanently renew their spiritual lives.”
Nicolae Dumitrache in Bucharest, Romania also contributed to this report.

March 4, 2017

Mass Grave of Children Found at Catholic Orphanage in Ireland

A mass grave containing the remains of babies and young children has been discovered at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland, government-appointed investigators announced Friday in a finding that offered the first conclusive proof following a historians efforts to trace the fates of nearly 800 children who perished there.
 A result of pro life politics of the Church. Give it when this happened, there was very little,
 a little girl, a marriage woman, rape victim or dating virgin could do of an unwanted pregnancy. When you deprive people of what comes naturally or what could happen by accident, sexual abuse, it has some strange and desperate consequences.
The judge-led Mother and Baby Homes Commission said excavations since November at the site of the former Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway, had found an underground structure divided into 20 chambers containing "significant quantities of human remains."
The commission said DNA analysis of selected remains confirmed the ages of the dead ranged from 35 weeks to 3 years old and were buried chiefly in the 1950s, when the overcrowded facility was one of more than a dozen in Ireland offering shelter to orphans, unwed mothers and their children. The Tuam home closed in 1961.
 Friday's findings provided the first proof after decades of suspicions that the vast majority of children who died at the home had been interred on the site in unmarked graves. That was a common, but ill-documented practice at such Catholic-run facilities amid high child mortality rates in early 20th century Ireland.
The government in 2014 formed the investigation after a local Tuam historian, Catherine Corless, tracked down death certificates for nearly 800 children who had died as residents of the facility — but could find a burial record for only one child.
"Everything pointed to this area being a mass grave," said Corless, who recalled how local boys playing in the field had reported seeing a pile of bones in a hidden underground chamber there in the mid-1970s.
The government's commissioner for children, Katherine Zappone, said Friday's findings were "sad and disturbing." She pledged that the children's descendants would be consulted on providing proper burials and other memorials.
"We will honor their memory and make sure that we take the right actions now to treat their remains appropriately," Zappone said.
The report found that the dead children may have been placed in underground chambers originally used to hold sewage. Corless said she found records stating that the sewage systems were used until 1937, when the home was connected to a modern water supply.
A decommissioned septic tank had been "filled with rubble and debris and then covered with top soil" and did not appear to contain remains, the report said. But excavators found children's remains inside a neighboring connected structure that may have been used to contain sewage or waste water.
The commission's finding that most of the remains date to the 1950s corroborates Corless' collection of death certificates. It also dispels a popular argument that bones seen at the site might predate the orphanage's opening, when the building was a workhouse for the adult poor, or even be from people who died in the mid-19th century Great Famine.
Labour Party lawmaker Joan Burton said the Tuam orphanage's dead may have been interred "without normal funeral rights, and maybe even without their wider families having been made aware." She called on the Catholic Church to provide more assistance to investigators.
The investigators, who are examining the treatment of children at a long-closed network of 14 Mother and Baby Homes, said they still were trying to identify "who was responsible for the disposal of human remains in this way."
The Bon Secours Sisters order of nuns, which ran the home until its closure, said in a statement that all its records, including of potential burials, had been handed to state authorities in 1961. It pledged to cooperate with the continuing investigation.
Corless criticized the Bon Secours response as "the usual maddening nonsense. They must apologize and take responsibility for what happened there."
She called on the nuns to promise explicitly to help the state organize proper marked burial places for every dead child once each set of remains could be identified.
“That's the least that can be done for them at this late stage," she said.
Pic: Fox World

August 3, 2016

National Seminary in Ireland is Twirling in Gay Sex

The Priests of Tomorrow which will become very critical of Gays are getting acquainted of how it feels to have gay sex with your peers.
St Patrick’s from St Joseph;s square in Maynooth, Ireland


In Dublin the head of Ireland’s biggest Catholic diocese said Tuesday he had moved trainee priests from the country’s leading seminary over allegations of homosexual activity among students and staff, including the use of the Grindr dating app.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said the "poisonous" atmosphere caused by the claims at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth – also known as the National Seminary for Ireland – had led him to transfer students to the Irish College in Rome.

An anonymous letter emerged in May, alleging homosexual activity among some students and teachers. Authorities issued a statement promising to "thoroughly deal" with such behavior.

"A culture of anonymous letters is poisonous and until that is cleared up I would be happier to send my students elsewhere," the archbishop told RTE, Ireland's national broadcaster.

The archbishop said the use of Grindr would be inappropriate for seminarians "not just because they are training to be celibate priests but because an app like that is something that would be fostering promiscuous sexuality which is certainly not in any way the mature vision of sexuality that one would expect priests to understand."

Thanks to GPS technology, users of the Grindr app, generally gay men seeking sex, are able to locate and view photos and brief profiles of other users in their immediate vicinity and arrange to meet them.

The archbishop said he had tried to communicate with the author or authors of the anonymous online letters and blogs, offering to appoint a confidential expert to help verify the claims.

However, his initiative has been met only by more anonymous letters.

It is believed whistleblowers are reluctant to come forward because others have been expelled for making such allegations.

"The authorities at Maynooth feel we have to find ways in which people will come forward with solid, hard evidence which can be used to follow up allegations," Archbishop Martin said.

Hugh Connolly, the President of St. Patrick's College, told RTE he was aware of the allegations and was "very worried" about the alleged use of Grindr in particular.

But "natural justice" demanded the production of strong evidence before any action could be taken, he added.

Archbishop Martin also appeared to question if Maynooth was still fit to train modern-day clergy, suggesting it could be better done outside the "closed, strange world of seminaries."

St. Patrick's College, situated at Maynooth, Co Kildare, is a university town 24 kilometers (15 miles) from Dublin.

The seminary was formed in 1795 and at the height of Catholic Church power in Ireland trained around 500 young men for the priesthood.

This number has dwindled to around 55 and there are now concerns that it could face closure if bishops believe priest could be trained better elsewhere.

Agence France Presse

May 30, 2016

Strict Prominent SeminarianAccused of Having Sex with Students

                                                                         Monsignor Tony Anatrella during a conference in Lille (Nord, France).

(RNS) For years, seminaries and monasteries around France sent students and novices to Monsignor Tony Anatrella, a prominent French priest and therapist who has written disparagingly of gays, if their superiors decided the young men were struggling with homosexuality.

Now Anatrella, who argues that gay men cannot be ordained as priests, is facing mounting allegations that he himself had sex with male clients under his care, a scandal that could have repercussions all the way to the Vatican, where the priest is still regularly consulted on matters of sexuality.

The reports about Anatrella that have emerged in recent weeks also landed just as the Catholic Church in France has been embroiled in a crisis over charges that senior churchmen shielded priests even after they received reports that the clerics had molested children.

Anatrella stoked that furor earlier this year when it was revealed that he told new bishops at a Vatican-sponsored course that they are not obligated to report a suspected abuser to authorities even in countries where the law requires such reporting.

The Vatican quickly said that Anatrella’s remarks did not change church policy on reporting, and Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, head of Pope Francis’ new Commission for the Protection of Minors, issued a statement saying that beyond the requirements of civil law, all members of the church “have a moral and ethical responsibility to report suspected abuse to the civil authorities who are charged with protecting our society.”

Yet the allegations that Anatrella himself has engaged in sexual misconduct – accusations that were first broached a decade ago – pose a much greater threat to the priest.

So far, European media have relayed accusations from as many as four men – only one of whom agreed to be identified by his real name – who say that Anatrella engaged in various sex acts with them during counseling sessions in his Paris office, with the activity allegedly occurring up until a few years ago.

“You’re not gay, you just think that you are,” Anatrella reportedly told Daniel Lamarca, who was a 23-year-old seminarian when he first went to Anatrella in 1987.

According to Dutch Catholic journalist Hendro Munsterman, who first reported Lamarca’s story in Nederlands Dagblad, Anatrella told Lamarca he could rid him of his “pseudo-homosexuality” and sought to do so by performing sex acts on Lamarca.

“I know details about Anatrella’s body that could only be known to someone who has seen him naked,” Lamarca told Nederlands Dagblad.

Lamarca said that in 2001 he reported these episodes to the archbishop of Paris at the time, the late Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger. But Lamarca said nothing was done.

Then, in 2006, he told a liberal lay-run Catholic periodical, Golias, about Anatrella’s behavior; Lamarca’s was one of three accusations to surface that year, but because they involved adults and wound up being their word against Anatrella’s, civil authorities did not pursue the allegations.

The church also apparently took no action. Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois had succeeded Lustiger by that point, and he reportedly sent an email to all his priests expressing his support for Anatrella. Accusations from other ex-patients did not change the cardinal’s opinion and he spoke of a “gay lobby” working against Anatrella.

In recent weeks, another ex-seminarian, who goes by a pseudonym in the articles, told French outlets that he was counseled by Anatrella for 14 years, from 1997 to 2011, and that after the first few years Anatrella began “special sessions” that included episodes of mutual masturbation.

It is unclear how many of these accounts may also be the same ones that surfaced in 2006.

Anatrella has so far not responded to the latest allegations.

On May 13, the Archdiocese of Paris released a statement acknowledging that in 2014, the current archbishop, Vingt-Trois, received a written complaint, via a priest, from a patient of Anatrella’s who also made allegations of sexual exploitation. But the archdiocese said that because the complainant would not reveal his identity, the church could not pursue the matter.

In addition, the Paris archdiocese said that it received reports of other allegations regarding Anatrella late last month, also by way of a priest. “Because he could not act on the basis of anonymous third-party statements, the cardinal asked the priest to encourage the accusers to make personal contact (with the archdiocese) and lodge a formal complaint,” said the church statement.

The statement went on to say that “any person who has been a victim of sexual aggression (or their parents in the case of minors)” should personally contact the archdiocese to report it. “They will be received and listened to, counseled on what to do next, and urged to file a complaint with the judicial authorities,” it said.

Any person knowing “facts that justify a complaint or denunciation” should also report them to civil authorities, it added.

While Anatrella has been a familiar figure for decades in France, his controversial views gained wider attention in 2005 when he reportedly helped the Vatican, then headed by Pope Benedict XVI, a theological conservative, craft guidelines aimed at keeping gay men out of the priesthood.

Anatrella at the time also wrote a lengthy article in the Vatican daily, L’Osservatore Romano, stating that homosexuality was “like an incompleteness and a profound immaturity of human sexuality.”

According to a report from Catholic News Service, Anatrella wrote that gays are “narcissists” and said homosexuality is “a problem in the psychic organization” of a person’s sexuality. He said that for theological reasons the Catholic Church can only ordain “men mature in their masculine identity.”

On a practical level as well, he wrote, many of the sex scandals in the church happened because gay men, even if they vowed to remain sexually chaste, were ordained as priests and could not remain chaste.

Anatrella also provided a long list of warning signs that should alert seminary staff to the possibility that a seminarian is gay.

Among the signs he listed were students who had trouble relating to their fathers or who tended to isolate themselves, and those found viewing pornography on the Internet and who often saw themselves as victims.

Anatrella remains a consultant to the pontifical councils for the family and for health care ministry; in February, he was the main organizer of a major conference on priestly celibacy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

French church leaders who have been on the defensive over reports that many of them failed to report priests who abused minors are set to announce new policies to protect children early in June.

By Tom Heneghan is a Paris-based correspondent David Gibson who is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.

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