From Matthew B. O’Brien at First Things:
The sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church is not just about sex. Nor is it just about clericalism. It’s also about money. The controversy over the Papal Foundation’s $25 million grant reveals how sexual abuse, its cover-up, and money are intertwined…
Wuerl’s control over the Papal Foundation’s grant-making gave him outsize influence in the cash-strapped Vatican, just as it had for Theodore McCarrick before him. “The Papal Foundation was a huge point of leverage for [McCarrick] in terms of going to Rome,” according to Steve Schneck, a longtime McCarrick collaborator from Catholic University of America. The Papal Foundation apparently gave Wuerl leverage as well. More.
Reality check: This is a long, messy story but if you skim through it, you will gain some insight into an often overlooked relationship between sex abuse and money in the Church decline drama.
See also: Controversial Cardinal Pell verdict continues to raise doubts
Former Pope Benedict XVI has blamed the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal on the 1960s sexual revolution, growing secularization and weak church laws that protected priests in an essay published Thursday.
“Among the freedoms that the Revolution of 1968 sought to fight for was this all-out sexual freedom … Part of the physiognomy of the Revolution of ’68 was that pedophilia was then also diagnosed as allowed and appropriate,” he wrote in the 6,000-word essay for Klerusblatt, a German monthly magazine for clergy.
Don’t call him wrong. Damn Hippies.
How the Left Took Things Too Far
Germany’s left has its own tales of abuse. One of the goals of the German 1968 movement was the sexual liberation of children. For some, this meant overcoming all sexual inhibitions, creating a climate in which even pedophilia was considered progressive.
Germany’s secret paedophilia experiment
Under the ‘Kentler Experiment’ of the 1970s, Berlin welfare authorities handed over homeless teenagers to known paedophiles
England: How paedophiles infiltrated the left and hijacked the fight for civil rights
Pope Francis has watched the Catholic Church’s reputation plunge under his watch as allegations of sexual assault pile up throughout the world, but he continues to act as a moral authority regardless. Francis is now spreading a popular leftist conspiracy theory that the “fake news” threatens to rip apart the fabric of our society.
Amid metastasizing sex scandals and growing secularism, believers try to revive parishes in struggling communities.
Catholicism has entered a dark period in America. The Church’s disgraceful handling of sexual-abuse scandals—with shocking new reports routinely emerging—plays a direct role in shrinking congregations and closed churches, especially in the Rust Belt. These revelations have shown an institution that protected its power while victimizing or dismissing the powerless. Already confronting dwindling vocations, aging priests, and fewer active members, the Church in America is challenged as never before, on a path to irrelevancy and disrepute. If counted as a denomination, ex-Catholics would make up the country’s second-largest religious affiliation.
The entire board of a Vatican women’s magazine that blew the whistle on the sexual abuse of nuns by Catholic priests resigned en masse on Tuesday, citing editorial interference.
The magazine, Women Church World, said last month that the abuse of nuns around the world had led to many having to have abortions or giving birth to children who were not recognised by the priests who fathered them.
It prompted a startling admission a few days later from Pope Francis, who said that the sexual abuse of nuns by priests was a problem and recounted one case in which nuns had been kept as “sex slaves” in a religious order in France.
Will robot priests be programmed not to molest?
It might not be the first place you imagine when you think about robots.
But in the Renaissance splendour of the Vatican, thousands of miles from Silicon Valley, scientists, ethicists and theologians gather to discuss the future of robotics.
The ideas go to the heart of what it means to be human and could define future generations on the planet.
The workshop, Roboethics: Humans, Machines and Health was hosted by The Pontifical Academy for Life.
Catholic churches in France are being targeted with arson attacks, vandalism, desecration of holy statues, and the destruction of the Eucharist. The attacks have been happening since the beginning of the year.
It is highly unlikely that the abuses within the Catholic Church and conspiracies of silence about them are confined to Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia — “Horseplay,” a term used to denote child rape, is, says Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro, part of a sinister glossary of euphemisms by which the Catholic Church’s bureaucracy obfuscates in documents the Church’s “pattern of abuse” and conspiracy of silence “that goes all the way to the Vatican.” “Benevolent bishops” are those who allow predatory priests, shuffled from other dioceses, to continue as priests.
The Catholic Herald has learned that a bishop currently under investigation for sexual misconduct and financial mismanagement, including claims he had naked selfies and gay pornography on his phone, is on retreat with Pope Francis and other senior members of the Roman Curia.
The bishop is Gustavo Zanchetta, emeritus of Orán, Argentina, and currently Assessor to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA). The bishop confirmed by phone to the Herald that he was on retreat.
A priest who slept with 13 parishioners, attended orgies and even acted as a confessor to a TV showgirl has been welcomed back into the Catholic Church after spending a year living in a ‘reserved way’ among the poor.
Father Roberto Cavazzana, 43, attracted a legion of followers, including many women, with his charismatic sermons in the village of Carbonara di Rovolon near Venice, Italy.
People from nearby towns flocked to hear him speak and he even gave spiritual guidance to TV presenter Belen Rodriguez in 2017.
This isn’t helping.
French cardinal was convicted of covering up child sexual abuse by one of his priests and given a six-month suspended prison sentence by a Lyon court on Thursday.
Philippe Barbarin, the Archbishop of Lyon, was found guilty of failing to report allegations that the priest was abusing boy scouts. Barbarin, 68, once seen as a possible future pope, is the highest-profile Roman Catholic cleric in France to become embroiled in a child abuse case.
He stood trial with five former aides in a case that attracted huge media attention in France after clerical abuse scandals in Australia, the United States, Ireland and Chile. The former aides were found not guilty.
The fun never ends does it?
Pope Francis has said the Roman Catholic Church will open up its archives on Pius XII, who was Pope during World War Two.
Pius, who was Pope from 1939 to 1958, has been accused of tolerating the rise of Nazi Germany and of not doing enough to protect Jews during the Holocaust.
The Vatican says he worked behind the scenes to try to protect Jews.
Jewish groups, which have been calling for full access to the archives for years, have welcomed the move.
The Vatican has said it will wait for the appeal process to end before considering action against George Pell, an Australian cardinal found guilty of sexually assaulting two altar boys.
Pell, the Holy See’s third most senior figure after the Pope, was found guilty on five charges of sexually abusing two boys under 16 shortly after he conducted Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne 22 years ago. He faces 50 years in prison, and plans to appeal the verdict.
“It is painful news that, we are well aware, has shocked many people, not just in Australia,” Alessandro Gisotti, the Vatican spokesman, said.
From Terry Jeffrey at Townhall:
“To us, a terrifying scenario is unfolding, the sellout of our church!” Zen said then. “There is no essential freedom but the semblance of freedom. Not reconstituted unity, but forced cohabitation in the cage. From the point of view of the faith, we cannot see any gain.”
“Aren’t the gentlemen in the Vatican saying that the purpose of an agreement is to favor the evangelization of the great nation?” said Zen. “Let them remember that Communist power is not eternal! If today they go along with the regime, tomorrow the church will not be welcome for the rebuilding of the new China.”
And Pope Francis will never be remembered — as St. John Paul II shall always be — as a pope who brought freedom to millions by speaking truth to power. More.
Reality check: It’s far from clear that today’s Vatican is interested in evangelization in the way that Pope St. JPII was. Converts have often suffered a lot and tend to expect higher standards than the Vaticanistas plan to live by. A church in fashionable decline would better meet their needs.
See also: Pope warns Catholics, don’t expect too much from sex abuse summit
Pope Francis on Sunday vowed to tackle every single case of sexual abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Church, comparing paedophilia to “human sacrifice”.
The Pope pledged to confront abusers with “the wrath of God,” end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this “brazen, aggressive and destructive evil.”
But his public address to the Church’s top bishops at the end of a landmark summit in the Vatican on tackling clerical assault of minors threatened to disappoint victims.