Tuesday, 7 February 2017

'Shocking' scale of Catholic Church child sex crimes revealed.


More than 1,250 Catholic priests accused of child sex abuse in Australia with few allegations pursued in cover-up drive.

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Furness, right, said many abused children suffered during their adult lives [Jeremy Piper/EPA]
About seven percent of Catholic priests in Australia were accused of sexually abusing children between 1950 and 2010, but few allegations were investigated, an inquiry in Sydney has heard.
The scathing figures, released as hearings began on Monday over the allegations dating back decades, were compiled with the cooperation of the church as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The commission, Australia's highest level of inquiry, reported 4,444 alleged incidents of sexual abuse by Catholic priests between 1980 and 2015.
The inquiry also heard that 1,265 priests and religious brothers and nuns had been accused during a 60-year period ending 2010.
"These numbers are shocking. They are tragic and they are indefensible," Franklin Sullivan, head of the church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council, told the commission in Sydney.
"As Catholics, we hang our heads in shame," he added, holding back tears as he described the "massive failure on the part of the Catholic Church in Australia to protect children from abusers".
As Catholics, we hang our heads in shame
Francis Sullivan, Truth, Justice and Healing Council
 Andrew Thomas, reporting from Sydney, said this is the first time "overall figures have been put on the extent of reports of sexual abuse - and they are alarming.
"The average age of an abused boy was 11 and a half; for girls, it was just 10 and a half."
Senior counsel, Gail Furness, told the commission that 90 percent of the alleged perpetrators were male, while the average time between when the alleged abuse occurred and when a claim was made was 33 years
Furness said the accounts of the experiences of the survivors in numerous hearings "were depressingly similar".
"Children were ignored or, worse, punished. Allegations were not investigated. Priests and religious [figures] were moved. The parishes or communities to which they were moved knew nothing of their past. Documents were not kept or they were destroyed," she said.
"Secrecy prevailed, as did cover-ups. Many children suffered and continue, as adults, to suffer from their experiences in some Catholic institutions."

'Dreadful crimes against children'

Joan Katherine Isaacs, an abuse survivor, called the data "gut-wrenching".
"There are just so many children who have been so damaged over tens of years because of the Catholic church, and because of the extent of their cover-ups," Isaacs told reporters outside the hearing.
"I just wanted to come to be witness to the exposure of these dreadful crimes against children."
Six of Australia's seven archbishops, and leaders of other Catholic orders, are being questioned by the commission for the final hearing.
The worst-offending institutions were the orders of brothers who often run schools and homes for the most vulnerable children.
The church surveyed 10 religious institutions and 75 church authorities to uncover the abuse data on priests, non-ordained brothers and sisters, and other church personnel employed between 1950 and 2009.
Prosecutions have been launched in 27 of the 309 abuse cases the commission has referred to Australian police, with 75 more being investigated, it says.
Last year, Australia's most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell said the church had made "enormous mistakes" and "catastrophic" choices by refusing to believe abused children, shuffling abusive priests from parish to parish and over-relying on counselling of priests to solve the problem.
Two members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors set up by Pope Francis were invited to give evidence via video link, but instead opted to provide written evidence on the group's work, the commission was told.
Church sexual abuse broke into the open in 2002, when it was discovered that US bishops in the Boston area moved abusers from parish to parish instead of defrocking them.
Similar scandals have since been discovered around the world and tens of millions of dollars have been paid in compensation.
The Dublin actor, Gabriel Byrne, who trained in a seminary for five years where he was sexually abused, has said the Catholic Church is a “force for evil” that once drew inspiration from Hitler’s Nazis. 

The 62-year-old actor said he remains unrepentant on his views of organized religion and added that his unhappy memories of a strict religious upbringing led him to the decision to not raise his two children as Catholics.
The Bible say's that Rome is built on the seven hills, which of course is the Vatican which is also known as Mystery Babylon the Whore.
As for "Mystery," that name imprinted on the woman's forehead is the perfect designation for Vatican City. Mystery is at the very heart of Roman Catholicism, from the words "Mysterium fide" pronounced at the alleged transformation of the bread and wine into the literal body and blood of Christ to the enigmatic apparitions of Mary around the world. Every sacrament, from baptism to extreme unction, manifests the mysterious power which the faithful must believe the priests wield, but for which there is no visible evidence. Rome's new Catechism explains that liturgy "aims to initiate souls into the mystery of Christ (It is 'mystagogy.')" and that all of the Church's liturgy is "mystery."3
Who Is the Whore?
The first thing we are told about the woman is that she is a "whore" (Revelation 17:1), that earthly kings "have committed fornication" with her (verse 2), and that "all the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication" (verse 3). Why would a city be called a whore and be accused of having committed fornication with kings? Such an indictment would never be made of London or Moscow or Paris—or any other ordinary city. It wouldn't make sense.
Fornication and adultery are used in the Bible in both the physical and the spiritual sense. Of Jerusalem God said, "How is the faithful city become a harlot!" (Isaiah 1:21). Israel, whom God had set apart from all other peoples to be holy for His purposes, had entered into unholy, adulterous alliances with the idol-worshiping nations about her. She had "committed adultery with stones and with stocks [idols]" (Jeremiah 3:9); "and with their idols have they committed adultery" (Ezekiel 23:37). The entire chapter of Ezekiel 16 explains lsrael's spiritual adultery in detail, both with heathen nations and with their false gods, as do many other passages.

So there you have it, the Catholic Church is evil and it will fall at the end of day's, let us not forget that, it was Rome that crucified Jesus. It was Jesus who called the people of the Church hypocrites and a brood of vipers, he was talking of the Church leaders who dressed in their finery's, just like the Pope and the Catholic leaders dress in today in 2017. The Church of Rome in the day's of Jesus, later became the Catholic Church, so it has a lt to answer for.