The Sacrament of Penance and/or ‘forgiveness’ is fine for venial sins but not for mortal sins. And the worst mortal sin in the latter half of the 20th century is the most heinous crime against children committed by the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army (JPIIPPA). The Sacrament of Penance (also known as forgiveness) may spiritually forgive the pedophile priests, but humanly and morally speaking, it does absolutely nothing for the victims because it does not monetarily compensate them, it cannot heal them and most of all it brings no justice and no jail time to their predators, the criminal pedophile priests. Benedict XVI in his letter to Ireland called for pedophile priests to “to put themselves collectively in a state of penance and purification”, that ‘state’ subtly referring to the Sacrament of Confession which is useless in the secularism’s system of justice. See ‘Forgiveness’ is a gizmo of injustice to victims of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army. To Vaticanista chiesa.espresso Sandro Magister, Baloney! http://jp2army.blogspot.com/2010/03/forgiveness-is-gizmo-of-injustice-to.html
John Paul II must never be called a “saint” by American lips and in American soil (and in the world) in this generation and all generations to come because he failed to defend and protect one single American child among the tens of thousands victims of his John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army, aptly named after him because he had the longest papacy to do something to stop it but he didn’t simply because he was callous, indifferent and cold-hearted towards children. He was only concerned with his narcissistic legacy as John Paul II the Great, produced and managed by the Opus Dei at the Vatican. See the John Paul II Millstone , John Paul II Titanic Ship hit not only by American iceberg of priest pedophilia, also Irish iceberg, German iceberg, Austrian...Canadian icebergs.... http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2010/03/john-paul-ii-titanic-ship-hit-not-only.html
When it comes to justice, secularism trumps Catholicism. That’s right, secularism that is godless, without doctrines, without dogmas, without catechism, without reverential religious rituals, secularism which Benedict XVI hates to his core, has more justice than the Catholic Church with an infallible Pope and Catholic Catechism which were used in the system of cover-up of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army sins by the Catholic Church.
Ironically, it was the secular government and secular lawyers who brought justice to the American victims of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army and made the American Catholic Church pay 2.2 billion dollars in compensation to victims, and some jail time to a few pedophile priests. The American Cardinals and Bishops continue to fight to keep the records of 6,000 pedophile priests confidential; Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles hides hundreds of them and protect them from going to jail.
The Seat of Power of the Pope and Cardinals and Bishops and priests really is the Sacrament of the Eucharist, which includes the Sacrament of Priesthood and Sacrament of Penance. But the reality is, the Pope and priests do not have power to forgive and the Sacrament of Penance which they use as a means of injustice especially to victims. Benedict XVI’s Pastoral Letter to the people of Ireland will not bring justice and will not heal any of the tens of thousands victims. See It is time for the French Revolution at the Vatican: Benedict XVI must resign, Cardinal Bernard Law et al must resign …Shut-down the Vatican http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/03/it-is-time-for-french-revolution-at.html
The reality is, the Pope and priests do not have power to reincarnate the flesh of Christ in the flour host. We expose Benedict XVI has no power to say « Let there be God » in the Eucharist just like he has no power to say « Let there be light » in Genesis http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2009/12/benedict-xvi-has-no-power-to-say-let.html
We showed with pictures that Benedict XVI and priests cannot reincarnate Christ’s flesh in a 9 seconds of formula because it took the Blessed Mary 9-months pregnancy of Jesus - see Magisterium Benedict VERSUS Holy Mary: Priests' transubstantiation instant reincarnation of Christ VERSUS Mary’s 9 months pregnancy& child birth http://stella0maris.blogspot.com/
You go, Ireland! Make Benedict XVI pay 1 billion euro for his crimes as ‘ General Ratzinger of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army in Ireland’ http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/02/you-go-ireland-make-benedict-xvi-pay-1.html
See John Allen the Pied Piper of Benedict XVI toots “Will Ratzinger's past trump Benedict's present?” http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/03/john-allen-pied-piper-of-benedict-xvi_25.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, the new Vatican Trinity
See American litigation against Benedict XVI-Cardinal Ratzinger the head of a Global Web of Childhood Sexual Abuse http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/02/american-litigation-against-benedict.html
NEW: Hundred of cases reported in Austria http://austrianindependent.com/news/General_News/2010-03-30/1860/Hundreds_of_cases_of_clerical_abuse_reported
Hundreds of cases of clerical abuse reported
There have been 566 reports of various kinds of abuse by clergy at the Catholic Church’s ombudsman’s offices this year, it was reported today (Tues).
Vienna archdiocese has had the highest number, 174, followed by Innsbruck diocese with 115. More than half of them can no longer be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations.
Cases of sexual abuse constitute 27 per cent of these, cases of violence 26 per cent. More than half of them require further investigation, according to the media.
The rising number of reports has caused Vienna Archbishop Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, the titular head of the Austrian Catholic Church and chairman of the Austrian Bishops Conference, to react.
He announced during a TV interview on Sunday that former Styrian People’s Party (ÖVP) Governor Waltraud Klasnic would head a commission dealing with victims of Catholic Church abuse, but the news was met with harsh criticism.
Parish priest Rudolf Schermann, who publishes Catholic magazine Kirche In, said yesterday: "I would have preferred an objective atheist." Schermann said no one could expect independent work from Klasnic since she had "strong links" to the Catholic Church.
Social Democratic (SPÖ) juridical issues spokesman Hannes Jarolim branded Klasnic’s nomination "unacceptable. She is not objective in this matter and is not a lawyer," Jarolim said yesterday.
Various hotlines set up by independent platforms to give victims of violence and sexual abuse by Catholic Church clergy a chance to talk about what they experienced have received hundreds of calls over the past few weeks.
A recent Integral Institut poll found 69 per cent of Austrians said the church was lacking in credibility, while another survey revealed that around one million Austrians were seriously considering leaving the Church.
More than 53,000 people left the Catholic Church in Austria in 2009, the highest in the country’s history. Analysts have said that recent developments could result in a new record number this year.
Victims of sex abuse to sue Vatican
The Times (United Kingdom)
Tony Allen-Mills in New York and John Follain in Rome
NEW revelations about Pope Benedict XVI’s alleged role in covering up accusations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy have exposed the Vatican to the risk of lawsuits brought by victims around the world.
Mounting anger at the Catholic Church’s failure to act on predatory priests in the US, Europe and Mexico has plunged the papacy into an institutional crisis described by an American Catholic newspaper last week as “the largest in centuries”.
Yesterday the Vatican denounced the “aggressive persistence” of critics who were attempting to “involve the Holy Father personally in the matter of abuse”. A spokesman told Vatican Radio that the Pope’s record was “above discussion”.
Pope 'is at centre of Vatican abuse cover-up', says Hans Küng
Roger Boyes, BerlinOne of Europe’s leading theological thinkers has accused the Pope of being complicit in a Vatican cover-up of child abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church.
“No one in the whole of the Catholic Church knows as much about abuse cases – knowledge that is ex officio, derived from his office,” Hans Küng said in an interview with Swiss television.
Professor Küng – a long-standing critic of the Vatican – said that the Pope’s involvement in hiding clerical molestation of children dated back at least to his 24 years as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome .
“This Vatican authority has for a long time centralised [information about] all abuse cases so that they can be concealed, classified as top secret,” the 82-year old Swiss theologian said.
He has been a close observer of Joseph Ratzinger – now Pope Benedict XVI – since they were theology professors at the University of Tübingen in the 1960s. Both were theological advisers to the Second Vatican Council, which concluded in 1965.
Professor Küng’s clinching piece of documentary evidence against his old university colleague is contained in a diocesal letter, dated March 18, 2001, on child abuse, “De delictis gravioribus” (“about serious offences”). Signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the document establishes guidelines for dealing with priests suspected of abuse:
“In tribunals established by ordinaries or hierarchs, the functions of judge, promoter of justice, notary and legal representative can validly be performed for these cases only by priests. When the trial in the tribunal is finished in any fashion, all the acts of the case are to be transmitted ex officio as soon as possible to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith," it says.
Professor Küng argues that the Pope is acting hypocritically by calling bishops to order because for the past ten years such offences have been officially regulated behind closed doors.
“He cannot now wag his finger at the bishops and say 'you did not do enough!' He gave the instructions himself – as boss of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and again as Pope.”
The Vatican has argued that it is a serious misunderstanding to cast the 2001 document as part of the Church’s supposed “culture of silence”.
A German church official tried to play down Professor Küng’s utterances, arguing in essence that the theologian has "form” with the Pope.
After their stint in Tübingen together, Hans Küng and Joseph Ratzinger went separate ways: Professor Ratzinger, upset at the radical questioning of doctrine during the 1968 student disturbances, moved to the more conservative Regensburg; Professor Küng began openly to question the infallibility of the Pope and urge a discussion about the celibacy of priests.
In 1979 the Vatican stripped him of his right to teach Catholic theology.
But Professor Küng remains a morally powerful figure in Europe – even Tony Blair came to Tübingen to pay his respects – and his highlighting of the 2001 document has fed into a public debate in Germany about how much the Pope knows personally about the abuse cases.
Only 17 per cent of Germans still trust the Catholic Church, according to a study by the FORSA sampling institute. At the end of January, 29 per cent of Germans trusted the Church and 38 per cent trusted the Bavarian-born Pope Benedict.
“Abuse: what did the Pope know?” was the front page headline of Der Tagesspiegel on Thursday – next to a picture of the 2001 document.
It is clear that the Pope certainly knew about the practice of transferring paedophile priests form parish to parish.
As Archbishop Ratzinger, head of the Diocesan Council of Munich, he presided over a meeting on January 15, 1980 that discussed the case of Father Peter Hullermann.
Father Hullermann had forced an 11-year-old to have oral sex and had assaulted three other children. The parents had been persuaded not to press charges and the police had not been informed. Instead he was supposed to be moved out of the diocese of Essen, to Archbishop Ratzinger’s territory in southern Germany.
Archbishop Ratzinger formally approved the transfer and ordered him to undergo therapy. Again, the police were not informed. Within a fortnight however the chaplain was taking on pastoral duties again. Whether the Archbishop knew of this is unclear.
Advice from Father Hullermann's therapist that the priest should not be allowed to work with children, and should be under close supervision, was ignored by the Archbishop's staff.
Over the next two decades, Father Hullermann persistently re-offended. Only once did it come to court: in 1986 he was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence. By this time, Cardinal Ratzinger was established in Rome and presumably was not following the details of Father Hullermann’s career.
Informally, on his regular visits to his brother Georg – choirmaster of the Regensburger Domspatzen – he may have heard reports of abuse. Georg Ratzinger himself says that he had “heard stories” about the boarding school in Etterzhausen that prepared children for the choir. No action was taken.
Through the 1990s, a pattern seems to have established itself in both Cardinal Ratzinger's Vatican department, but also in the dioceses: priests who abused children had sinned, were required to repent and needed help and solidarity from within the Church.
Open trial and imprisonment would hurt the church as an institution. The option of defrocking an offending priest was also only rarely applied. This week's revelations about an American priest who molested up to 200 deaf pupils falls into this category: proceedings leading to a canonical trial against the priest were broken off after he applied for leniency to Cardinal Ratzinger in 1996.
But by 2001 enough accounts of priestly abuse worldwide were reaching Rome to justify the drafting of a diocesal letter and the definition of child abuse as a grave offence.
The letter was, on the one hand, an affirmation of existing practice: that is, internal disciplining of errant priests. And on the other hand, a clear centralisation of information in Rome.
The Vatican wanted not only an overview but also control. Yet critics say that no significant action was taken on the accumulated information. It should have been plain, at least from 2001, that Irish paedophile priests were being moved to US parishes.
That information must have been available to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. And to its head, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
Comment on the Pope's coming visit to England:
Re the pope's state visit -- it will cost a lot of money, the man has apparently covered up child abuse and has definitely made inflammatory statements, his visit should be revoked. It should never have been countenanced in the first place. He should resign and our Prime Minister should make it clear that he is not welcome. Why has the Vatican got a say in the United Nations??? When did the Vatican last send soldiers to face danger in the cause of making the world a better place.
John Paul II must never be called a saint in America, in Ireland, in Germany, in the Netherlands, in Austria, his John Paul II the Great Titanic Ship has been hit by many pedophile priests icebergs. John Paul II had no charity for the tens of thousands of poor suffering children victims of his John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army - See John Paul II did not have the charity of Mother Teresa http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2009/11/john-paul-ii-did-not-have-charity-of.html
Benedict honors John Paul 5 years after death
Pope Benedict XVI arrives for a memorial Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, Monday, March 29, 20
VATICAN CITY (AP)— Pope Benedict XVI is commemorating the fifth anniversary of the death of John Paul II with a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Many pilgrims from Poland, the late pontiff’s homeland, joined Benedict in prayer Monday evening.
The 84-year-old John Paul died on April 2, 2005, after battling Parkinson’s disease. The commemoration was held a few days earlier because April 2 this year falls on Good Friday, when Benedict will preside over Lenten services at the Vatican and at the Colosseum in Rome.
Immediately after John Paul’s death, faithful were clamoring for his sainthood. But this anniversary comes amid some doubts that a miracle needed for his saint-making will stand up to scrutiny. And there have been questions about John Paul’s record in combatting pedophile priests.
British protesters demand Pope quits over abuse
An anti-Pope protester dressed as a religious leader knees amongst protesters with their banners as they demonstrate outside Westminster Cathedral in London in a demonstration calling for the Pope Benedict XVI to resign, Sunday.
LONDON (AP)— British protesters called on Pope Benedict XVI to resign Sunday as they staged a demonstration over the Catholic Church’s handling of clerical sex abuse cases.
Demonstrators gathered outside Westminster Cathedral to call for action over the scandal, carrying placards displaying messages including "Pope? Nope!" and "Don’t Turn a Blind Eye," though fewer than 50 people joined the rally.
Revelations of the sexual abuse of children by priests at Catholic institutions have swept across Europe, including in the pope’s native Germany.
Benedict has been criticized over a case dating to his tenure as archbishop of Munich, and his actions when head of the Vatican office responsible for disciplining priests.
"The buck stops with him and he should resign," human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said at the London rally. "The pope has played a direct personal role in covering up sex abuse."
However, Benedict won support from Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols who insisted the pope wouldn’t — and shouldn’t — quit.
"The pope will not resign, frankly there is no strong reason for him to do so," he told BBC television. "In fact, it is the other way around. He is the one above all else in Rome that has tackled this thing head on."
Austrian church abuse hot lines log 566 reports
VIENNA — Austria’s Catholic Church says its abuse hot lines have received 566 calls or e-mails this year.
The head of the abuse reporting center linked to the Vienna archdiocese says most of the complaints — 174 in total — were logged by his center.
The statistics carried by the Kathpress Catholic news agency also show that 115 were received by the Innsbruck diocese, 78 were logged in Linz and 63 in Graz-Seckau.
Johannes Wancata said Tuesday it was unclear how many of the reports would turn out to be concrete abuse claims, but that all would be followed up diligently.
Austria is among several European countries hit by an ongoing wave of church abuse claims in recent weeks.