| UN slams Vatican for protecting priests over child abuse!

UN slams Vatican for protecting priests over child abuse ~ BBC.

The UN has denounced the Vatican for “systematically” adopting policies allowing priests to sexually abuse thousands of children.

The UN watchdog for children’s rights said the Holy See must “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers.

It heavily criticised the Vatican’s attitudes towards homosexuality, contraception and abortion.

The Vatican has set up a commission to fight child abuse in the Church.

It is expected to issue a statement on the report later on Wednesday.

The committee’s recommendations are non-binding and there is no enforcement mechanism.

‘Offenders’ mobility’In its report, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) said the Holy See should open its files on members of the clergy who “concealed their crimes” so that they can be held accountable.

General view of Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on 8 April 2007.Vatican officials were questioned in December over why the Holy See would not open its files on priests known to be child abusers

Catholic Church abuse scandals

  • Germany – A priest, named only as Andreas L, admitted in 2012 to 280 counts of sexual abuse involving three boys over a decade
  • United States – Revelations about abuses in the 1990s by two Boston priests, Paul Shanley and John Geoghan, caused public outrage
  • Belgium – The bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, resigned in April 2010 after admitting that he had sexually abused a boy for years
  • Italy – The Catholic Church in Italy admitted in 2010 that about 100 cases of paedophile priests had been reported over 10 years
  • Ireland – A report in 2009 found that sexual and psychological abuse was “endemic” in Catholic-run industrial schools and orphanages for most of the 20th century

The committee said it was gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed.

In the report, the committee expressed its “deepest concern about child sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic churches who operate under the authority of the Holy See, with clerics having been involved in the sexual abuse of tens of thousands of children worldwide”.

It also lambasted the “practice of offenders’ mobility”, referring to the transfer of child abusers from parish to parish within countries, and sometimes abroad.

The committee said this practice places “children in many countries at high risk of sexual abuse, as dozens of child sexual offenders are reported to be still in contact with children”.

It comes after Vatican officials were questioned in public last month over why they would not release data and what they were doing to prevent future abuse.

In December, the Vatican refused a UN request for data on abuse, on the grounds that it only released such information if requested to do so by another country as part of legal proceedings.

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| Pope Francis has a clear priority: Stop and prevent the sexual abuse of young boys!

Pope Francis has a clear priority: stop and prevent the sexual abuse of young boys ~ GEOFFREY ROBERTSON QC, The Independent.


Years of molestation by priests remains an appalling stain on the Vatican!


As the world absorbs the news of the appointment of the new Pope, it is time to ask how the next Supreme Leader of the Catholic Church can meet its most urgent challenge, of stopping its priests sexually molesting small boys.

There have been, on a realistic estimate, over 100,000 such victims since 1981 when Joseph Ratzinger became head of the Vatican office which declined to defrock paedophiles and instead approved their removal to other parishes and other countries.

These widespread and systematic sexual assaults can collectively be described as a crime against humanity. The church cannot atone just by paying compensation. Unless the new Pope installs a policy that minimises danger to children, he, like Benedict, will become complicit in ongoing but avoidable abuse.

Zero tolerance

First, and most obviously, there must be zero tolerance for paedophile priests. They must be automatically defrocked as soon as their Bishop learns of their crime. There must be no delay, and certainly no appeal to the Vatican – it was there that Ratzinger’s preference for avoiding scandal permitted so many paedophiles to be forgiven, and then to re-offend. There is ample evidence now, from Ireland, America and Europe, that the Vatican has conspired to thwart prosecutors and protect clerical criminals.

The Pope is the source of Canon law, which directs that allegations of child molestation be investigated in utter secrecy, by a “trial” loaded in favour of clerics who if found guilty are “punished” for the most part by orders for prayer and penitence. This must be changed, by recognition that child molestation is a serious offence which cannot be dealt with in a secret ecclesiastical procedure.

Allegations must be reported to the police. The Vatican pretends that it made this change in 2011, when new “guidelines” were issued reminding Bishops to co-operate with law enforcement authorities, but only when local law requires it (and many countries still do not have laws compelling the reporting of child abuse).

These “guidelines” are not incorporated into Canon law: Bishops are not told to hand evidence over to the police, and priests are not required to inform on brothers whom they know (often through confession) to be molesting children. There is no duty to suspend a suspected priest.

Even in countries where local Bishops have bowed to political pressure and announced that public prosecutors will be told of sex abuse allegations, there is always a qualification: “Only if the victim consents”. It is all too easy for young victims and trusting parents to be counseled that the victim’s best interests lie in allowing the church to deal with the matter “in its own way” without involving the police.

So criminal priests escape prosecution because officials, in order to protect the reputation of their church, pressure and persuade families to have complaints dealt with in secret under Canon law processes.

Papal courage

Abolishing the role of the Vatican and of Canon law in covering up for paedophile priests, will take some papal courage, but will be relatively easy beside the radical changes necessary to stop the abuse from happening in the first place.

The reform most often suggested is to abandon celibacy. This would not be doctrinally difficult – Christ’s disciples appear to have been married, and the rule was a dogma introduced in the 11th century and almost abolished by 16th century reformers.

But marriage does not “cure” paedophilia. Moreover, many abusive priests are not paedophiles: their disordered personality can often be ascribed to conditions that would prevent them from forming satisfactory heterosexual relationships. Essentially, abuse happens because they are too weak or emotionally immature to resist the temptation.

That temptation arises because the church indoctrinates children at their earliest rational age – usually at seven – that the priest is the agent of God. Communion is an awesome miracle performed by the God-priest, and then the impressionable and nervous child is made to confess his sins and seek forgiveness from God, represented again by the priest.

Father Tom Doyle explains the phenomenon of children’s unflinching obedience to priests’ sexual requests as induced by “reverential fear” – the victims have such emotional and psychological dependence on the abuser that they unquestioningly obey – and do not tell for many years afterwards.

It follows that the only reform that would tackle the evil of clerical sexual abuse at its source would be to raise the age, from seven to (say) 13, at which children are first given communion and confession, which inculcates their reverence for the priesthood.

Pity the children

Other churches (and the Jewish faith) leave indoctrination and spiritual commitment rituals until teenage-hood: by this stage, young people are much more capable of resisting sexual advances, and have more courage to report them.

Could a Pope ever contemplate this reform? The Jesuits say, “give me the boy at seven”, and now we know what that has meant for so many boys. The Vatican newspaper, worried that indoctrination at seven is not producing sufficient life-time allegiance, has been arguing that the age of first communions and confession be reduced to five.

If the new Pope cannot bring himself to deliver small children from the spiritual hold of the priest, then Parliaments may have to step in to protect children of tender age from immersion in religious rituals.

Geoffrey Robertson QC is author of “The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuses” (Penguin 2010)

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| The Papal Hall of Sexual Shame – The Ten Most Deviant Popes!

The Papal Hall of Sexual Shame – The Ten Most Deviant Popes ~ American Live Wire.

This list of the ten most deviant popes of all time would not be possible without a sordid history of popes gone wild, and the fact that there were no camera phones, video recorders, or zoom lenses for most of recorded history – popes would have behaved like holy men if celebrity paparazzi  were able to zoom a lens into the Vatican from half a mile away!

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Deviant popes image from Flickr.

In the beginning, priests and popes could have sex – celibacy was not a requirement to be ordained. However, sometime back in the Dark Ages, 1139, to be exact, all that changed after one of the Church’s many Councils. From that year forward, ordination was only possible for those who took a vow of celibacy. Of course, if the past fifty years is any indication, that vow has been forgotten far too many times by too many priests. Though popes in these modern times seem to be sexual saints, those old school popes knew how to party like rock stars…and well, pedophile priests.

A special place in Hell must be reserved for the popes on this list as they pursued women, men, beasts, and sometimes all three. Though some popes appeared to be pure evil because of their murderous ways, this list only sorts through the 265 Popes for their sexual achievements. Though there are many wings in the Vatican Hall of Shame, here are the deviant popes who populate the Vatican Hall of Shame – Pervert Wing.


Ten Most Deviant Popes of All Time


10. Pope Benedict IX (1032-1048)

Benedict was just your garden variety pedophile who had his fun with young boys in the Lateran palace. Would have fit in well during the past few decades.


9..  Pope John XII (955 – 964)

Pope John was a randy fellow who envisioned his place in the church a bit differently than most of us, if we were elected to be the ruler of the Church. He turned the Lateran palace into brothel, stole church offerings, raped female pilgrims, and supposedly died after being beaten by a jealous husband.


8.  Pope John X (914-928)

Pope John deserves a big high five because he hit the sexual lottery by fornicating with both a mother and her daughter – probably not at the same time, but still a damn good story to tell down at the local Pope pub.


7.  Pope Julius II ( 1503-1513)

Julius was a stud – he had three illegitimate daughters and was accused by the Council of Pisa in 1511 of being “a sodomite covered with shameful ulcers. He is considered by those who consider such things, to be the first pope to contract what was called the “French disease”, or, what we called syphilis, though it wasn’t the French who gave it to him, it was the male prostitutes in Rome. Though accusations of his extreme perverted behavior may have just been harsh rumors spread by his enemies, he undoubtedly failed the celibacy test and deserves to be on this list of naughty popes.


6.  Pope Boniface VIII (1294-1303)

Another lucky guy who scored the mother-daughter combo, he is also remembered as a wicked pedophile. He supposedly declared that having sex with young boys was no more sinful than rubbing one hand against another. I think a few priests in the modern era tried to use that excuse; perhaps it worked since so many of them escaped prosecution. Besides his sexual proclivities, he also massacred an entire town – guess he didn’t get laid that day; he had to release his tension somehow!


5.  Pope Sixtus IV (1471-1484)

Not only was he sexually active, he was also a hypocrite.  He had six illegitimate sons, and in his best hillbilly impression, one of those was with his sister. However, he also charged priests for having mistresses and levied a Church tax on prostitutes. Some historians have argued that taxes on mistresses and prostitutes only increased the amount of homosexuality in the Church. Let’s see, if Congress taxed you for sleeping with the opposite sex, would that turn you gay?  Most people would vehemently say no, but perhaps it might depend on how much the tax is.


4. Pope Benedict IX (off an on between 1032 and 1048)

He was an all around kind of deviate. He was accused of participating in rapes, orgies, bestiality, homosexual acts, and even murders.  His perverted life prompted Saint Peter Damian to pen a treatise against sex and homosexuality. Though it was believed that he was primarily attracted to the men, he resigned in the middle of his pope years to pursue marriage. Guess he couldn’t decide which team he was on.


3. Pope John Paul II (1978 – 2005)

It is doubtful John Paul did anything remotely perverted, but he is on this list of ten most deviant popes of all time for things he ignored and things he condemned. He publicly condemned gay marriage and all forms of birth control, while failing to condemn pedophile priests. He only began to defrock a few of the perverted, criminal priests after intense public pressure came his way, but his actions told the world that being gay or wearing a condom was worse than violating young boys.


2. Pope John XII (955-963)

One writer called him the “Christian Caligula” and it is rumored that he turned the Vatican into a whorehouse.  Though the palace sounds like it was a much more happening place in the 10th century than it is today, no camera phones were around to verify these claims. Legend has it that he slept with his two sisters – blood relatives, not the kind in habits who once used rulers to smack the hands of mischievous Catholic school children. Rumors of how he died may provide some proof that he was a horny guy – he was rumored to have either died after being stricken by paralysis during sexual intercourse, or to have been killed by a jealous husband during the act of adultery.


1.  Pope Alexander VI (1492 – 1503)

Though we have no photos, video tapes, recorded phone messages, or tweets from any of these Popes or the paparazzi who followed them, Alexander most likely deserves his place as Numero Uno Sexual Deviant, at the top of the list of ten most deviant popes of all time. Though he conquered much of Italy by force, his real claim to fame is his lust and affinity for all things sexual. He had a sexual relationship with his daughter (and perhaps had a son with her), and threw extravagant parties, which often turned into orgies.  He once threw a party called the Joust of the Whores, where several women were brought in to strip for his posse; in the spirit of generosity, he offered prizes of clothes and jewelry to the stud who could fornicate with the most women that night.  In a portent of the future of the Church, some of his parties often culminated in young boys jumping out of cakes. Yes, – they were naked. But, in an attempt to prove what a heterosexual stud he was, he fathered at least seven illegitimate children. Historians believe he presided over more orgies than masses – now why can’t we have a pope like him today – more people would be going to church and confession!


Popes Gone Wild: What the Catholic Church Would Rather You Forget ~ 

The man pictured above is the poster boy for Catholic debauchery. His name was Pope Alexander VI. He wasn’t the first, nor the last, of a string of simply sinful popes. In fact if he had a trading card the back might read something like this:

“Achievements: Successfully started the world’s first recorded crime family, sired at least four bastard children, hosted orgies within the walls of the Vatican, and shunned the poor in favor of flamboyant decadence.

Good Qualities: Severe loyalty to kith and kin (even to the point of almost plunging Italy into all out war just so his bastard children could have the life he wanted for them. Awe.)

Scandals: Still being accused of breaking up his daughter’s marriage in favor if an incestuous relationship with himself, whispered to be involved in a few choice assassinations, and oh yes, there was that whole mistress and string of wild Vatican orgy parties…

God’s Judgment: Death by slow intestinal bleeding.”

Charming guy that pope Alexander VI. Rumor has it his entire bastard clan were murderous and drunk on power. And so the love spread, long after his death. Just the fact he wasn’t stabbed or poisoned is a small miracle in itself. I’m just using him to illustrate a point. The papacy is full of scandals, rife for the pages of Catholic Inquirer.

More Papal Oopsies

  • Pope Stephen VI was probably the perpetrator of the most bizarre event in papal history. After being elected to be pope he had his predecessor exhumed from his grave, brought into court, and tried for various crimes. The corpse was unsurprisingly found guilty as sin and his three blessing fingers were hacked off as punishment. He was then reburied before he was dug up once again in order to be thrown into the Tiber. Forgiveness anyone?
  • Pope John XII didn’t even have a good start. He was said to have been born to a fourteen year old mother, sired by a man who was both his father and grandfather. Never one to shun tradition he continued this Oedipal cycle of dysfunction and also took his mother on as a lover. He was only eighteen when he became pope and only twenty-seven when he left it, by way of death. Rumor has it he was murdered during a jealous rage when the husband of one of his mistresses walked in on them in bed. This would indeed be a fitting end to a pope who was such a womanizer he was have said to have violated virgins and widows alike and had so many women filing in and out of the Vatican that everyone said it had been turned into a brothel. Sex wasn’t his only downfall though; he was rumored to have murdered several people and was fond of hacking off his enemies limbs. Far from being a saint I think this pope was trying to reach a new record of depravity.
  • Pope Benedict IX: Depending on what sources you believe Pope Benedict IX was given the papacy anywhere between eleven and twenty years of age. St. Peter Damian accused him of routinely screwing other men and his four legged friends amongst other crimes. Apparently that wasn’t even scratching the surface when it came to grievances thrust into his direction. Bishop Benno of Piacenza accused him of committing, “many vile adulteries and murders.” He was also accused of rape and murder by his eventual successor before he decided to be the first and only pope to bring the free market to the papacy, selling his position to his Godfather John Gratian.
  • Pope Boniface VIII decided to take the free market a bit further and was accused of simony (that’s accepting cash for appointing religious positions) in Dante’s infamous Divine Comedy. Though he was alive at the time he showed an uncharacteristic apathy and didn’t order Dante tortured, maimed, or killed. Lucky Dante!
  • Pope Urban II cowed France into attacking the Muslim world, throwing the region into five hundred years of religious warfare, which as you can see by the current day turned out remarkably well…
  • Pope Urban VI is best remembered for his gratuitously violent nature. Like any true psychopath he was said to have complained when his enemies didn’t “scream loud enough” under torture. God apparently likes screaming more then He likes hymns.
  • Pope John XXII was the first to persecute “witches.” Although he was the richest man in the entire world at the time he was still not happy with his lot in life. He deemed that all the “witches” and “heretics” could be accused after death and that all their land should be seized.
  • Pope Sixtus IV authorized the Spanish Inquisition and all it’s various forms of torture to gently convince the Jews, Moors, and Heretics that Catholic love and compassion were the way to God. While all this was going on it’s rumored that Pope Sixtus IV was busy fathering children with his eldest sister and carrying on several bisexual relationships. Not surprisingly he was also said to have suffered from syphilis. God’s wrath? Maybe for him.
  • Pope Gregory XII burned John Huss of Bohemia at the stake after declaring his safety from such a fate. His crime? He spoke out against papal corruption. The pope’s response? “When dealing with heretics, one is not obligated to keep his word.”
  • Pope John XXIII reigned for five years (1410-1415) before he pissed off so many other Catholics that he was striped of his title and declared anti-pope. So what was so bad about this mobsteresque pope? For one he decided to terrorize the students at the University of Bologna by demanding they pay a price to be protected from violent thugs who just happened to be under his order. That’s not what earned him his anti-pope title though, that had to be credited to the accusations of murder, rape, sodomy, incest, and piracy.
  • Pope Urban XIII struck up a friendship with a young Galileo which is probably what spared his life later on when the pope tried him for heresy. Galileo was sentenced to life imprisonment which was later changed into house arrest. He died nine years later still under house arrest for claiming that a spherical earth revolved around the sun. This decree of heresy was not lifted until 350 years later.
  • Pius XII reputation comes from his lack of action rather then from anything he did personally. He was the pope during Hitler’s reign of terror and didn’t so much as speak one direct harsh word about the man who was slaughtering millions. Hitler was Catholic after all and never antagonized the papacy (which is apparently the one way to get excommunicated.) His continuing refusal to say anything against the Nazi party lasted throughout the war with lame excuses being put forth behind the reasoning as to why this was. He claimed he would not decry any individual atrocities publicly and when faced with the Holocaust he merely claimed there wasn’t enough evidence it was actually happening. Perhaps he was afraid of pissing off a people who could easily kill him. But then again, for someone who is supposed to be the closest man to God his moral senses should have outweighed any thought of self-preservation. After all Jesus didn’t seem particularly keen on pussyfooting around the corrupt people of his era. Catholicism and Christianity love martyrs!
  • Pope John Paul II Publicly condemned all forms of birth control and gay marriage, his only reaction to the pedophile priest scandals was merely to issue a feeble apology for 2000 years worth of pedophile church swapping, record burying, and secret payoffs to families for not denouncing the church publicly. He never condemned the behavior and only started defrocking priests when the masses started to put intense pressure on him to do so. Even so not that many priests were let go compared to what are likely out there. Apparently pedophilia is a more forgivable sin then birth control.
  • Pope Benedict XVI – Our current pope was in all the papers when the media realized he was part of the Hitler Youth. Now I get comments like, “That wasn’t a voluntary position” but that just doesn’t cut it when you’re talking about the man who is supposed to be closest to God. If he were really that holy he would have been a martyr, not a pope.



I have merely listed a few personalities in this article. If you dig deep enough you could probably find incriminating accusations about most of the popes to serve through history. In the end I fail to see how any of the men ever elected pope could possibly be closer to God then the rest of the human population when their short comings are so pathetically enormous. Very few of them seem to have any idea what Jesus was talking about with the whole love, compassion, and forgiveness thing and between them all they’ve probably violated every commandment.


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| Ungodly racket! For any new Pope: the challenge of the Vatican Bank!

For any new Pope: the challenge of the Vatican Bank ~ Jon Snow, Channel 4 News.

Nothing so defines the mystery and suspicion that lies at the heart of the Catholic church than the Vatican Bank. For all its secrecy and lack of transparency, you might think St Peter had set it up himself.  In reality it was set up in 1942. Today it symbolises one of the core practical challenges for any incoming Pope.
Since the bank’s foundation, it has seen suicide, unexplained death, allegations of money laundering for the Mafia, and seen priests and several of its own directors investigated by US and Italian fraud and organised crime police.

When I was based here in the late 1970s, an American archbishop led the Vatican Bank, Paul Marcinkus. I met him several times. He exuded an eery air of arrogance and self satisfaction.

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As far back as 1973, Marcinkus was questioned by a US federal prosecutor – William Aronwald, and the head of the US organised crime and racketeering section of the US Department of Justice. As head of the Vatican Bank, the US authorities wanted to know what Marcinkus knew about fake bonds totalling $14.5m, which had been delivered to the Vatican Bank in 1971. They had uncovered a  demand on Vatican headed notepaper for $990m of the stuff.

A freelance journalist, Mino Pecorelli, whom I had met and talked to about the bank, and who had been investigating Marcinkus himself, was found dead in mysterious circumstances in 1979.

It was at this point that the US authorities gave up on the bank, having failed to penetrate its extreme secrecy. But then in 1982, the body of Roberto Calvi, head of the collapsed Banco Ambrosiano, was found hanging from London’s Blackfriars Bridge. Once again the Vatican Bank and Marcinkus were in the frame. It transpired that surprisingly this grand cleric had been an overseas director of the bank located in an office in the Bahamas. Italian police tracked activity involving Banco Ambrosiano to both the Mafia and a masonic lodge in Italy. The Vatican Bank denied any involvement but still paid out $25om to Banco Ambrosiano’s creditors.

Marsinkus died seven years ago, his secrets went to the grave with him.

Ironically, it was the birth of the euro, and Italy’s decision to join in 1999, that forced the Vatican Bank’s hand. They had to join too. Assorted EU officials have described the intense difficulty in persuading the bank to comply with EU anti-money laundering regulations.

The truth is that during the Cold War the Vatican Bank had proved a convenient conduit for laundering money to anti-communist movements beyond the Iron Curtain. There was a culture of international permissiveness where the bank was concerned.

It was only in 2009 that the Vatican Bank finally signed up to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice for the settling of disputes involving their compliance with EU rules. The bank’s director told reporters that it did so in order to be able to continue issuing euros emblazoned with the image of the Pope.

But the trouble with the bank continued. The Bank of Italy this year put a block on Deutsche Bank Italy from managing any financial activities on behalf of the Vatican Bank. This was because the Vatican had failed to meet another deadline for signing further compliance agreements with Brussels.

Interestingly, one of Pope Benedict’s last acts was to remove the bank’s Italian director and replace him with an outsider – a German aristocrat. The previous incumbent had come under huge pressure after a case with the Italian authorities in which 20m euros had been impounded by magistrates concerned with its origins. The cash has now been released.

But talk to anyone in this town, and no-one is convinced that a bank, designed to hold the donations and gifts of the faithful, is yet complying with the highest spiritual and temporal aspirations of Catholic worshippers.

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