The Vatican, the papacy and the Catholic Church must no longer be recognized as an independent state. The Pope must cease to be recognized as a head of state and must only be a religious leader. The Vatican Bank is corrupt, the Pope is heartless just as theology and John Paul II were heartless and together they made the immoral Fr. Marcial Maciel and the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army thrive, see our related article in the John Paul II Millstone website: http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2010/05/theology-and-john-paul-ii-are-heartless.html
The Belgian Police must have more reasons than raiding the Archbishop’s Palace and Catholic Headquarters in Belgium and getting boxes of files of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests in Belgium. Today they interrogated Cardinal Godfried Danneels. Amidst the boxes, the Belgian Police discovered a documents and photographs of notorious child sex killer Marc Dutroux — documents which Cardinal Danneels was not supposed to have. The Catholic Church must no longer be treated as ‘special’ or the clergy as ‘above the law’ because they are not really closer to God than us the laity and they have brought upon themselves their own downfall with the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army.
Below are updates news on the Belgian Catholic Church crisis.
September 11 = 5,000 victims. Belgian Catholic Church = 5,000 victims. John Paul II the Great Pedophile Priests Army keeps marching on in Europe !! http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2010/06/september-11-5000-victims-belgian.html
Cardinal Bertone, stop fooling us with the “Communist” trump card; the Belgian Police raid proves that you Vatican Princes are not ‘above the law’! http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2010/06/cardinal-bertone-stop-fooling-us-with.html
From our sister weblog: Benedict XVI Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler
Baloney, Benedict XVI, you ask us to "love priests in spite of their weaknesses" -- you mean pedophiliac weaknesses and "put priests above the laity" http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/07/baloney-benedict-xvi-you-ask-us-to-love.html
No, Benedict XVI, you are not forgiven. No, Archbishop Hart of Australia, your apology is rejected http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/07/no-benedict-xvi-you-are-not-forgiven-no.html
Belgian Bishops Ignored Parents on Grossly Sexually Explicit Catholic ‘Catechism'
By Hilary White
Tuesday July 6, 2010
BRUSSELS, July 6, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A possible cover-up by the Belgian Catholic hierarchy of a vast scandal of sex abuse of minors by priests and bishops is likely to be less shocking to a group of parents who spent years trying, with no success, to have a graphically sexually explicit “catechism” textbook withdrawn from Catholic schools.
On June 24, the very day police were raiding the offices of the Archdiocese of Brussels and the home of Cardinal Godfreed Danneels, an article appeared in the Brussels Journal detailing the cardinal’s opposition to efforts to stop the catechism that had been written and approved by Belgian Catholic authorities.
Alexandra Colen, a Catholic member of the Belgian parliament, wrote that because of this “perverted little catechism,” “Hundreds of children who were not raped physically were molested spiritually during the catechism lessons.”
Intended to be used for religious education classes in Catholic schools, the text, a portion of which has been obtained by LifeSiteNews.com (LSN), includes a drawing of a naked infant girl, captioned to show her saying she welcomed stroking of her genitals and “I like to take my knickers off with friends,” and “I want to be in the room when mum and dad have sex.” The illustration also shows a naked little boy and girl “playing doctor.” The little boy says, “Look, my willy is big.”
Colen told LifeSiteNews.com in an interview that apart from the section with the drawing, “A lot of the text itself was either ambiguous or subversive” on Catholic teaching. The text, she said, discusses the Ten Commandments, and uses them as a starting point to discuss masturbation and tell the children they “shouldn’t feel guilty.”
“It talks about oral sex, terms we never used with the children at home.” The worst of it is, she said, is that the text “pretends to be Catholic teaching.”
“The lessons themselves are perverted. [The students] weren’t learning anything about the Catholic religion.”
In 1997, when Colen discovered the text among her 13-year-old daughter’s school books, she launched a campaign to have it removed from Catholic schools. She sent a letter to Cardinal Danneels insisting that the text be withdrawn, saying it “breeds pedophiles.”
“When I see this drawing and its message, I get the distinct impression that this catechism textbook is designed intentionally to make 13 and 14 year olds believe that toddlers enjoy genital stimulation,” she wrote.
After ignoring numerous letters and requests for meetings, Danneels refused to receive a delegation of parents who had resorted to demonstrating outside his residence, later telling press, “I shall not be pressured.” But the media coverage resulted in a flood of interest from concerned parents who had similar stories to tell of their children’s Catholic schools. Those parents told Colen that, "There were schools where children were taught to put condoms over artificial penises and where they had to watch videos showing techniques of masturbation and copulation," she wrote in the Journal.
Colen said that it only then became clear to her and the other parents that the same corruption was to be found throughout the Belgian Catholic school system.
The group’s efforts to bring the catechism to the attention of other members of the Belgian hierarchy went nowhere. The Bishop of Antwerp, Paul Van den Berghe, the Episcopal supervisor for education, at first told a delegation that he would investigate, but five days later publicly retracted that promise. Efforts to reach the Papal Nuncio, the ambassador of the Vatican and a close friend of Danneels, were also rebuffed.
“When I had exhausted all possibilities and it was clear that the Belgian church did not want to hear the parents, I decided to sever all ties with the Catholic education system,” Colen wrote. She and other parents began homeschooling their children, and Colen sent letters detailing her experiences to cardinals around the world and at the Vatican.
The letters, which have been obtained by LSN, received much more favorable responses. Mgr. Clemens, Cardinal Ratzinger’s personal secretary at the Congregation of the Faith in Rome wrote, “Please be assured that this Dicastery will give your report all due consideration.” The Canadian Cardinal Gagnon said he appreciated “the just battle which you are conducting.” “The matter which you raised is very important,” wrote Cardinal Arinze from Rome.
Colen also received favorable responses from Cardinals Meisner of Cologne, Wamala of Uganda, Vidal of the Philippines, Williams of New Zealand, Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo, O’Connor of New York and Pio Laghi, Prefect for the Congregation for Catholic Education. Many of these promised to write to Danneels or help in other ways.
Colen also points out that the disgraced Bishop Roger Vangheluwe was responsible for the Catholic University of Leuven and the Seminary of Bruges, where the catechism’s editors were professors. In April, Vangheluwe resigned as bishop of Bruges after admitting to having sexually abused his own nephew throughout his clerical career.
“Today,” Colen wrote, in light of the news of state-sponsored investigation into episcopal cover-ups of child abuse “this case, that dates from 12 years ago, assumes a new and ominous significance.”
She told LSN, “At the time, we said, how is it possible that the bishops allow this. But then we heard about Msgr. Vangheluwe and we realised they weren’t just ‘allowing’. It is from the top down.”
Colen told LSN that although Belgium has both state-sponsored public and Catholic schools, about 80 percent of children attend the Church schools. The damage done to Belgium’s children and to society by such material in schools, she said, is “therefore enormous.”
Reverend Kevin J. Gray accused of stealing $1.5m from parish for male escorts, hotels
A ROMAN Catholic Priest was charged with stealing $1.3 million from his parish over seven years to pay for male escorts, hotels, meals and clothing.
Reverend Kevin J. Gray, 64, turned himself in to authorities today and is scheduled to be arraigned later in the day at Connecticut's Waterbury Superior Court, the Hartford Courant reported.
The Hartford Archdiocese said it discovered unauthorised payments made using funds from the Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon parish during a routine review. The archdiocese referred the matter to police in May.
Gray’s alleged theft began in January 2003. He reportedly failed to comply with the requirements that parishes work with a financial council on fiscal matters and issue annual financial reports to the archdiocese.
Gray has been described as a popular priest in Waterbury and was placed on medical leave in April.
Reverend John P. Gatzak, director of communications for the Hartford Archdiocese, said in a statement that the archdiocese is “deeply saddened by the events which have recently had such a profound effect on Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon parish."
Police have alleged Gray spent money on luxury hotels and expensive clothing labels as well as paying the college tuition and rent of two men he met.
Priest nabbed in prostitution ring
* By staff writers
* April 14, 2010 9:12AM
A MASSACHUSETTS priest was placed on leave after he was arrested in a New Hampshire prostitution sting.
Reverend William Ventura, the parochial vicar at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Chelmsford, was one of eight people who responded to a listing on Craigslist with the intent of paying for sex, the Nashua Police Department told The Boston Herald.
Rev Ventura and the other men who were caught were charged with a misdemeanor count of attempting to solicit an adult, police said.
The Boston Archdiocese said Rev Ventura had accepted a voluntary leave of absence, The Boston Herald reported.