Saturday, February 27, 2010
Benedict XVI condemns abuse of children by priests 3 DECADES LATE…Cardinal Ratzinger Pope B16 is a pathological liar http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/02/benedict-xvi-condemns-abuse-of-children.html
Catholics can emulate Jews [who hunted down Nazi officers] by hunting down pedophile priests’ officers Benedict XVI & Bishops into the World Court http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/02/catholics-can-emulate-jews-who-hunted.html
What do we Catholics got to lose if Benedict XVI was brought to World Court for his crimes as the Hitler-Pope of pedophile priests? http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/02/what-do-we-catholics-got-to-lose-if.html
Compare the CRIMES and their VICTIMS in America
Victims - Attackers - Responsible Leaders
Pearl Harbor - 3,000 victims - 170 planes - Admiral Yamamoto
WTC & 9/11 attacks - 5,000 victims - 19 Muslims - Osama bin Laden
USA Priest Pedophilia - 12,000 victims - 6,000 priests - John Paul II,
Benedict XVI & Opus Dei (Vatican Trinity)
Dutch Catholic Church faces child sex abuse scandal
Published on : 26 February 2010 - 3:24pm | By Robert Chesal (Photo: St. Agatha, Erfgoedcentrum Nederlands Kloosterleven, Archief Salesianen van Don Bosco)
"There was a knock at the door. I tried to scream but I couldn’t utter a sound." Janne Geraets, now 57, suffered repeated sexual abuse from the age of 11 at the hands of a priest at the Roman Catholic school where he was a boarder.
Amid the high-profile child sexual abuse scandals in the United States and other European countries, the reputation of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands has remained unsullied. But a joint investigation by Radio Netherlands Worldwide and NRC Handelsblad reveals that this is unjustified.
Lured out of bed
Janne Geraets’ ordeal began in 1964, at the Don Rua monastery in the town of 's-Heerenberg in the east of the Netherlands. He was being trained by the Salesian Fathers of Don Bosco, in the hope of one day becoming a missionary. After a party, one of the priests lured Janne to the infirmary under the pretext of giving him medicine to ease his sore throat. "All of a sudden he was right up against me. He unzipped his trousers and forced my hand inside. I was in a state of utter confusion."
After the incident, Janne returned to bed. But the next morning he was summoned by the same priest. "I remember how my heart was pounding as I knocked on the door. He opened it and said 'That should never have happened'. He gave me absolution; he pardoned my sin. That confused me even more."
Janne Geraets was summoned to that same room again and again. "He would lie on his couch and put me on top of him, riding back and forth. I remember a knock at the door on one occasion. I tried to scream, but no sound came out. I wanted to yell 'this isn’t right, this isn’t allowed'. But there was no one to turn to. You’re too afraid to say anything. You think you are the dirty one and that they’ll throw you out of school."
Slideshow: images of Don Rua monastery. Story continues below.
At the boarding school in ’s-Heerenberg, 80 to 100 boys between the ages of 12 and 18 slept in four large dormitories. "Sometimes you knew for sure: there’s something going on between that boy and that priest. And that other priest has a number of boys up in his room. It happened on a large scale. Several of the priests were involved.”
Janne Geraets thinks that not all of the contact was involuntary. “Some priests were more popular than others. You could tell because more boys visited them." The priest who abused Janne is now 98 years old. "Everything I held sacred turned out to be a façade," says Janne. "It was a huge blow to my self-confidence."
Too little, too late
Sexual abuse of children by priests has been brought to light in a number of countries, but the recent apologies from the Vatican are “too little too late”. At least, that is the opinion of Yvo van Kuijck, former chairman of the independent Assessment and Advisory Committee (Beoordelings- en Adviescommissie, BAC) which cooperates with Hulp & Recht, the Netherlands’ hotline for reporting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
Since it was set up in 1995, the hotline has received almost 300 reports of sexual abuse. “It has taken too long for the Church to apologise and take action. (…) The Dutch bishops adopted the same ‘wait and see’ approach. I didn’t get the impression that dealing with sexual abuse was a priority for them."
Two years ago, dissatisfied with the attitude taken by the Dutch bishops, Yvo van Kuijck, now vice-president of the District Court in Arnhem, resigned along with the entire Assessment and Advisory Committee. Priests guilty of abuse in one parish were simply transferred to another parish where they were free to find new victims. "Not only is that unprofessional, it’s inconceivable."
Listen to a Newsline interview with the author, Robert Chesal
Girls as well as boys
Leonie Cramwinckel-Bloch was 15 years old and in her fourth year at secondary school in Doetinchem when she went on a school skiing trip. Her class was supervised by the English teacher, another Salesian father from the nearby monastery in 's-Heerenberg. It was December 1970. Leonie, who is now 54, says the priest sexually assaulted her, fondling her genitals on more than one occasion. She didn’t dare tell anyone.
"But I knew that he was wrong. Looking back, I was surprised by how easy and self-evident it was for him. That made me realise that it couldn’t have been the first time." Back at school, she steered clear of the priest and only told her parents a few years later. The priest in question has since died.
There were other cases of abuse outside the monastery. Another Salesian father, now 72, taught maths in ’s-Heerenberg during the 1960s. He later became the parish priest at Saint Martin’s in Hoogland near Amersfoort. But in 1994, the archbishop of Utrecht suspended him following accusations of sexual harassment involving a young boy.
In a response, the priest says that there was little substance to the accusations. "We were in the sauna at a sports centre. The boy saw me naked. Nothing more. A man sitting next to me had an erection. But I didn’t touch the boy. It was a long time ago. I don’t think it’s right to stir all this up again." Wim Flapper, former provincial head of the Salesians of Don Bosco, admits that the order did not try to get to the bottom of this incident. He says of the priest in Hoogland “He received psychotherapy. We took care of that. But we did not investigate whether there were other victims.”
Cause for investigation
Now that three priests from the same institution have been subject to accusations, former chairman of the Assessment and Advisory Committee, Yvo van Kuijck, sees cause for further investigation. Although it is no longer his responsibility, he believes that it is in the interests of the church to look into the matter. "If it’s a structural problem at an institution, then there is every reason to take a good look at what’s going on. The victims can still report abuse to the Hulp & Recht hotline. Even cases where the culprit has died are investigated."
Johan Marsman, now 68, ran the farm for the Salesians in ’s-Heerenberg during the 1960s. He has written a book about the Don Rua monastery. He is aware that the priests had relationships with the boys. "Under the previous head Wim Flapper, nearly 15 years ago, a meeting was organised for former students and the abuse was discussed. He expressed his regret and conceded that mistakes had been made." Johan says most of the former students no longer want to talk about the incidents. He himself left the monastery in 1968.
When asked whether the priests at Don Rua had relationships with ‘favourite boys’, Johan Marsman nods. "Yes, I’ve heard that." He says the situation at Don Rua was not unique. "It happened everywhere, especially at the boarding schools. But it cannot be excused."
Trail to the top
In the period that Janne Geraets was abused at the Don Rua boarding school, the current Bishop of Rotterdam, Ad van Luyn, was working there as a teacher. In the 1970s, Bishop Van Luyn was provincial head of the Salesians. Since 2008 he has chaired the Netherlands Synod of Bishops.
Ad van Luyn declines to discuss "past issues". Through a spokesman, he explains that "matters relating to the congregation are the responsibility of the current father superior, even if they relate to previous governors."
Father Herman Spronck, currently the most senior Salesian in the Netherlands, denies all knowledge of abuse in ’s-Heerenberg, and refers all inquiries to his predecessors. He is not opposed to an investigation and is keen to emphasise that sexual abuse goes against the vow taken by the Fathers of Don Bosco. “At Don Bosco, the inviolable sanctity of youth is key to our system of education.”
Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
- Italiano: Piccola Signora in Rosa - Schema Amigurumi (PDF)
- Deutsch: Kleine Pink Lady - Amigurumi Häkelanleitung
- Español: Señorita Rosa - Esquema de amigurumi (PDF)
- Français: Petite Dame Rose - Patron d’Amigurumi Gratuit
- 3.00 mm hook
- 4 ply yarn (cream, pink, dark pink and red)
- Mohair yarn (light pink for hair)
- Black embroidery floss
- Polyester fiberfill
- Two 4 mm black beads for eyes or other eyes as desired
- Tapestry needle
- Sewing needle and
- thread for attaching eyes
Rnd 3: (Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st) around, changing to pink in last 2 loops of last st. Stuff. (24)
With pink, leave 6 inch (15 cm) of yarn at beginning, ch 10, leave 6 inch (15 cm), fasten off. (10)
Sew ears on middle of strap. Put hair band on.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Click here to go to the Pink Little Lady Pattern (it's actually the post right before this one)
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I especially like the POW Charm Necklace and the Medium Multicolor earrings. They make me want to make some jewelry myself again. If I only had more time.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The pattern price on Amazon varies per country: from 9.19$ in Spain to 5.99$ in the U.S. The VAT and other Amazon charges differ per country. It's an experiment. The Kindle is clearly a reading devide: the text of the pattern is very good readable. The photos are in black and white. I did not include all photos: it is an easy pattern and photos are not really needed. The text is very clear. Will upload a few free patterns in the coming week to Amazon.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
- 3.00 mm hook
- 4 ply yarn (white, pink, blue, black and yellow)
- Polyester fiberfill
- Tapestry needle
- Black embroidery floss
This pattern is perhaps still available in:
- Portuguese (Português) (This translation is on the blog of Erika)
- Dutch (Nederlands) (This translation on the blog of Charlotte)
Samantha (SykoSam on Ravelry) made this beautiful Kitty:
Friday, February 12, 2010
Happy Birthday President Abraham Lincoln
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."
-- March 4, 1865 - Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other."
-- June 16, 1858 - House Divided Speech in Springfield, Illinois
President Abraham Lincoln is remembered as the most popular president within American history. This is of no surprise. Although a man of humble beginnings, his legacy is one which is rich with core values of integrity, honesty, persistence, humility, compassion, and the pursuit of honorable goals. This led to his historic role in preserving the Union and ending slavery in 1863, by presidential order through the Emancipation Proclamation.
For the part he played in freeing the slaves, on his birthday in 1900, Republican James Weldon Johnson wrote "Lift Every Voice”, which has become the Black National Anthem. Also to commemorate the life and deeds of this great man, on his birthday, nine years later in 1909, the NAACP was founded by an interracial group of abolitionists and Republicans. The NAACP was created as a way to advance the work of President Lincoln, to further ensure the freedom of Blacks who had been freed from the fetters of American’s institution of slavery.
President Lincoln’s legacy is not one of dividing the nation along partisan, racial or any other lines. His ultimate goals were preservation of the union and to preserve the freedom of the people to have a government , governed by the people. We all can learn a lesson from Lincoln when it comes to issues of partisan politics and race. Perhaps when we do, we will be able to lay down the sword and come to the table to reason together, so that the “best” interest of the people can be served.
We also can learn from President Lincoln the lesson of freedom and justice for people of all races.
At Gettysburg he gave us a new resolve and a new birth, which we must rebirth within the hearts and souls of all Americans.
"That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
For this we thank him and say, …..Happy Birthday President Lincoln!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Available translations: German
Row 2: Ch 1, (2 sc in next st) 2 times, sc in next st, (2 sc in next st) 4 times, sc in next st, (2 sc in next st) 2 times, sl st in first st. (18)
Ear (make 2):
Sew ears on head.
(Note of translator: In my own K and J Dolls patterns I describe with text and pictures how to do the hair. This is a translation and I did not want to alter the original design. E-mail me if you have questions about the hair.)
Copyright 2010 pattern and design: Jaimai, All rights reserved. Copyright 2010 translation from Thai into English and of the English text: Sayjai Thawornsupacharoen, All rights reserved. English pattern first published on the blog of K and J Dolls (kandjdolls.blogspot.com) with permission of designer. This pattern may not be published, distributed, altered, put on other websites or translated without explicit written permission of Jaimai and Sayjai.