Religion may help some people cope with the Covid-19 virus, but even people as high as the head priest can’t do much but console and support – and suggest bans of common human conditions. Reuters: Banish ‘self-centredness’, pope tells the world as it faces coronavirus The pope’s Easter “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the […]
This head Pedophile Pimp, Pope Francis? Should be dragged out of the Vatican, along with all the rest of his fellow Pedophile Pimp Cardinals, Bishops and Archbishops who covered up for their disgusting pedophiles, protecting them over the children of the church, and by their actions of protecting these pedophiles? These Pedophile Pimps committed Crimes Against Humanity and Crimes Against the Children of the World. And they all should be put on their knees in St Peter’s Square and a bullet put in the back of the heads of each and every one of them. If we put down rabid dogs who bite out children? How much more should we put to death scumbag Pedophile Pimps and Pedophiles of the Unholy Roman Catholic Cult of Pedophile Pimps, Pedophiles and the Pew Polishers who all love, defend and protect them and proclaim them all Holy Men of God, while they continue to offer their children to be sacrificed on the altars of Roman Catholic pedophiles and pedo pimps.
Our local bus goes to the local Roman Catholic Church parking lot to pick up and drop off people. Well on Wednesday we are going through and all those rich Roman Catholics were blocking off the bus to walk over to a table to pick up their Palm Leaves. They all thought their shit did not stink and hey, you little peons on the bus can wait for us uppity rich Catholics.
We on the bus were all voting for the bus driver to take their foot off the brake and run over one particularly stuck up rich privileged woman who thought her shit did not stink and looked at us in the bus as she walked her ass slowly to the table and then back to her big, black SUV that she had blocked the bus with.
Dumb ass bitch thinks their shit does not stink while they attend a church where two priests were busted for raping over 400 kids in our town and local areas and these same scum defended these pedo priests and their church over their own children who were victims of their pedo priests.
Fuck them all.
How about all the children and teens betrayed by your Pedophile Pimps still in power whom if they cared more about the victims and survivors over the reputation of the church and protected the victims over the pedophile rapists? Would not have been raped.
How about all the victims and survivors denied justice by your Church hiding behind statute of limitations, bankruptcy and sovereign immunity laws to get away with their crimes?
What about all the accused victims and survivors, accused as liars and gold diggers out looking to get a payday from the church, by pew polishers and defenders of the Church? Accused of being homosexuals because they did not punch out their rapist pedophile male priests by the leaders and pew polishers of the Church? Accused of being a seducer of their rapist pedo priests by the leaders and pew polishers of the church?
Or how about all the victims and survivors forsaken? Like the thousands of victims rotting in their graves because they committed suicide? Or the skeletal remains of infants and children thrown away like garbage in the septic tank of the Taum Irelands Woman’s and Children’s Homes or all the other forgotten and forsaken mass unmarked graves at these Homes? Or the forgotten and forsaken hundreds of thousands of victims and survivors of the Roman Catholic Industrial Schools and Homes, their Magdalene and Good Shepherd Laundries and their Women’s and Children’s Homes. Who live their lives in daily horrors, whose perpetrators of the crimes against them are called holy men and women of god, while they are insulted, denigrated, defamed by the leaders and pew polishers of the Church?
Or all the victims and survivors stuck in alcoholism and drug addiction to forget the demons of the church who ruined their lives? Existing on disability that barely keeps them alive, while all those who committed these crimes against them? Are even given a life wage. And when they die? Are even proclaimed Saints, while the victims and survivors with the courage and guts and balls to speak out about the crimes committed against them? Demand justice? Are branded the evil, satanic demons out to destroy the church, or who do nothing but lie and hate the church. We hear this all the time from the Defenders and the Leaders and the Pew Polishers of the Unholy Roman Catholic Cult of Pedophile Pimps, Pedophiles, Child Enslavers and Child Murderers and the Pew Polishers who get down on their knees before them, offering their own children as a sacrifice on the altar of pedophilia, while condemning their own children and even throwing them out of the house if they become a victim of these pedos.
Forgotten and forsaken are the hundreds of thousands of victims and survivors denied justice for the crimes committed against them by the pedo pervert priests, brothers, nuns and sisters, by the church hiding behind the statute of limitations or sovereign immunity laws to get away with their Crimes Against Humanity and the Children of the World.
And then? The Roman Catholics get pissed at any victim or survivor who DARES speak out against them, demanding true justice. Or state that if we put rabid dogs down who bite children? How much more should we put to death those scumbag Pedo Pimps and Pedo priests who did a whole lot more than bite children.
NO, victims and survivors are supposed to do all to their rapists, their pedophiles, the church who protected them and attacked us when we came out, to be more “Christian” to them than they are “Christian” to us. It is we victims and survivors who are supposed to forgive our rapists, the leaders who protected them, and attacked us, and made us the demons, and the pew polishers who defended the church over us and attacked us for DARING to speak out.
No, it is we who are supposed to turn the other cheek, to pray for those who raped us, tortured us, brutalized us, beat us, enslaved us, and murdered us. It is we who are supposed to once again? Believe in a god and a Jesus and a Church that raped us, tortured us, brutalized us, beat us, enslaved us and murdered us, and the pew polishers and all the leaders? Then play the Satanic scapegoat games of it either being homosexuals, or atheists, or demons invading their churches doing this. BULLSHIT. Oh yeah, and hey, they should not pay for their crimes against us and if we fight that? That just means we all are haters of the RCC and are just again? Gold diggers out looking for a payday from the church.
So fuck their god, fuck their Jesus, fuck their Palm Sunday, fuck their Easter. Each and every day?
ALL ROMAN CATHOLICS? PROVE THE COMPLETE AND UTTER LIE AND HYPOCRISY OF THEIR DEMONIC CULT OF PEDOPHILE PIMPS, PEDOPHILES AND THE PEW POLISHERS WHO LOVE AND DEFEND THEM AS HOLY MEN OF GOD WHILE ATTACKING US RAPED, BEATEN, ENSLAVED AND MURDERED BY THEIR UNHOLY MEN OF GOD.
The U.S. Catholic Church spent $10.6 million on lobbyists to prevent victims of clerical sex abuse from suing for damages.
According to a new report, the money was doled out from 2011 through 2018 in eight northeastern states where bills to reform statute of limitations laws were either in the works or being considered.
“This report lays out what we have known all along — that the Catholic Church refuses to take responsibility for the decades of abuse that took place knowingly under its watch,” said attorney Stephen Weiss, who works for one of the law firms that commissioned the study.
“Statute of limitations reforms give survivors more time to obtain some measure of closure on the atrocities committed against them,” attorney Gerald Williams added. “The church has yet to implement meaningful reforms, and by working to prevent these laws from passing, the church is clearly demonstrating that it does not stand with survivors.”
In Pennsylvania, where currently victims of child sex abuse can come forward with criminal allegations until the age of 50 and can file civil claims until age 30, the church spent $5,322,979 to keep those limitations in place, according to the report, “Church Influencing State: How the Catholic Church Spent Millions Against Survivors of Clergy Abuse.”
The report was commissioned by Seeger Weiss LLP, Williams Cedar LLC, Abraham Watkins and the Simpson Tuegel Law Firm, which collectively represent 300 survivors of clergy sex abuse nationwide. The data in the report was obtained from public filings in the individual states.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro, whose blockbuster grand jury report last year identified 301 “predator priests” in six dioceses who were alleged to have abused more than 1,000 children, has been leading the charge to lift those statutes of limitations.
“The extensive lobbying by the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania against the reforms recommended by the Grand Jury proves what I have said all along: the Church cannot be trusted to police itself,” Shapiro said. “It’s reprehensible that the Church continues to spend significant sums of money fighting these reforms, instead of protecting and supporting the victims of clergy sexual abuse.”
The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops did not return an NBC News request for comment.
In New York, the church spent $2,912,772 in what ultimately was a failed bid to prevent the passage of the Child Victims Act, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law on Feb. 14. It allows child sexual abuse victims to sue their abuser or institutions until age 55. Previously the cutoff was age 23.
Of that money, 80 percent went to the Catholic Conference Policy Group Inc., which was tasked with lobbying on “statute of limitations, legislative issues and liability issues,” the report found.
“I think it’s incredibly troubling that parishioners who on Sundays contributed to the church collections may have been inadvertently funding lobbying efforts against victims of sex abuse seeking legal redress,” New York State Sen. Brad Hoylman, who championed the Child Victims Act, said. “Three million dollars that went for lobbying could have done a lot of good elsewhere, including soup kitchens, after-school programs for children, support for seniors. In my district, a Catholic school that is closing might perhaps have stayed open if that money had been used for better causes.”
In an email to NBC News, Dennis Poust, a spokesman for the New York State Catholic Conference, said: “All of our lobbying activity is reported as required by law to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics and has always been publicly available.”
“As far as the Child Victims Act, while we did raise concerns about the one-year look back, ultimately when sponsors amended the bill at our request to provide an opportunity for recourse to survivors in public institutions, the Catholic Conference dropped its opposition this year,” he wrote.
When asked for comment, New York Diocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling referred NBC News to Poust.
In Connecticut, where advocates for victims of priest sex abuse are presently pushing for the elimination of statutes of limitations for major sex crimes, the church spent $875,261, according to the report.
The report also said the church spent $633,458 in New Jersey where Gov. Phil Murphy last month signed legislation that allows child victims to sue up until they turn 55 or “within seven years of their first realization that the abuse caused them harm,” according to The Associated Press.
During that time period, the church spent $537,551 in Massachusetts, $124,260 in Maine, and $61,961 in Rhode Island.
“That is completely inaccurate,” said James Driscoll, executive director of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference. “I have no idea where the writer of this report came up with this figure. They never checked with me for any input before they wrote this report.”
And in New Hampshire, where legislation to lift or amend the statute of limitations has yet to be introduced, the church has spent $134,345, according to the report.
Tom Bebbington, a spokesman for the Diocese of Manchester, said it “advocates before the state legislature on issues of importance for the good of all citizens including abortion, assisted suicide, education, preventing human trafficking, and repeal of the death penalty.”
“The services of lobbying professionals were used during the time period of this report for advocacy on all of these issues and more, but no lobbyist was engaged to advocate on behalf of the Diocese on statute of limitations legislation,” he insisted.
David Clohessy, the former director of the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said church funds should never be used to fight clerical abuse victims.
“It’s appalling that parishioners’ donations are used to keep child sex crimes — and those who committed and concealed them — covered up,” said Clohessy. “There’s no better indication of how bishops think and act than where they put their flocks’ funds. And there are few more egregious and reckless ways to spend churchgoers’ contributions than to put their kids at risk by fighting secular reforms that help expose predators.”
Asked if he believes the church was willing to spend that kind of money on lobbyists because it feared payouts for victims would cost 10 times more, Weiss said that appears to be the case.
“The church made the soulless decision to spend 10 million of its dollars to evade its responsibility to those harmed by clergy abuse, rather that use those funds toward the healing process,” he said. “Clearly these expenditures were aimed at protecting the church’s financial interests, not at doing the right thing.”
These disgusting trodlogytes for the Pedophiles of Bob Jones University love to unmercifully attack the victims of the disgusting pedophiles of the Bob Jones University. They love attacking anyone who DARES help defend and support the victims of their Bob Jones University Pedophiles.
Psycho Sally and her BJU Rapist and Pedophile Defending Crew says none of any of this happened. They attack the victims as liars and go after them in unmerciful and vile and evil ways. They think their gang of creeps can bully the victims of Bob Jones University’s rapists and pedophiles into silence or anyone who dares to help them. I got news for Psycho Sally and her crew. She met someone who has absolutely no fear of punk assed bullies like her or her crew. Or any pedophile or rapist or defenders of pedophiles and rapists cause all they are? Are the lowest form of sub-human shitstain trodogytes on the face of the planet and deserve to be eliminated off the face of the planet so they harm no one ever again.
NO MERCY should be given to ANY rapist or pedophiles, especially religions ones. They never give mercy to their victims or survivors do they? Well then they deserve what they sow back and shown and given absolutely no mercy. A death penalty punishment should be automatic for pedophiles and rapists. They are vermin who deserve to be wiped off the face of the earth and if we put dogs to death for biting children? How much more should we put these rabid religious dogs who rape children or others to death?
So here is another edition exposing the vile evil den of rapists and pedophiles at Bob Jones University.
Raised in a conservative Mennonite home in rural Ohio, Katie Landry was a sheltered kid. She hadn’t even held hands with a boy when, at age 19, she says her supervisor at her summer job raped her. Two years later, and desperate for help, she reported the abuse to the dean of students at her college.
“He goes, ‘Well, there’s always a sin under other sin. There’s a root sin,’” Landry remembers. “And he said, ‘We have to find the sin in your life that caused your rape.’ And I just ran.“
Landry ended up dropping out of college, and didn’t tell anyone else for five years.
Her college was Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., the flagship campus of American fundamentalism, which teaches a literal interpretation of the Bible and separation from the world. Last year, BJU hired a watchdog group to investigate how it may have failed victims of sexual abuse. The so-called “fortress of faith,” one of the most closed-off Christian colleges in America, was finally opening itself up.
In an America Tonight investigation, five former students detailed similar and scarring treatment at the hands of BJU faculty. They spoke of a larger culture that heaped on shame and pushed them to silence — one focused on purity and reputation, and insistent on unquestioning obedience. But most damaging was how, through the language of Scripture, victims say they were told that their sins had brought on their rapes, that their trauma meant they were fighting God and that healing came from forgiving their rapists.
The women interviewed for this article attended BJU during the course of three different decades – from the early 1990s to the 2010s – and none of them have fully recovered.
I. Root sin
In 2004, Landry worked over the summer for an ambulance company in Columbus, Ohio. One night, she was counting supplies in the back of an ambulance, when she says she felt the prick of a needle.
“I just couldn’t move and he came over and he took my clothes off,” she remembered. “I could still speak, so I was telling him, ‘No.’ And he raped me and my eyes filled with tears, but I couldn’t brush the tears away.”
Told that he “would do worse” to her 9-year-old sister if she didn’t come back, Landry said she had five more shifts, and was raped three more times, before she left for her freshman year at BJU.
Landry didn’t know the word rape; she only knew adultery, and liked the man’s wife, she said. Afraid of her attacker and deeply ashamed, she said she failed most her classes first semester, and kept her assaults a secret until her junior year.
“I just needed help,” she said. “I needed help really bad.”
Landry said she was referred to Jim Berg, then the dean of students. After she shared her story, she said Berg asked whether she’d been drinking or smoking pot and if she’d been “impure.” When he brought up her “root sin,” she said she raced out of the building.
“He just confirmed my worst nightmare,” Landry said. “It was something I had done. It was something about me. It was my fault.”
A page from the book, “Becoming an Effective Christian Counselor,” in the section on incest.BJU Press
BJU practices, preaches and instructs a version of Christian counseling that rejects “secular psychology.” In the school’s worldview, almost all mental problems – beyond the medical – are the result of sin. As explained in the 1996 book, “Becoming an Effective Christian Counselor,” “most people in mental hospitals are not sick; they are sinful.”
Written by Walter Fremont, who was the dean of education at BJU for 37 years, and his wife Trudy Fremont, a former BJU professor, the book specifically addresses incest and rape, advising counselors to emphasize that blame lies with the abuser. But the authors also make clear that being sexually assaulted is no excuse for the sinful feelings of discontentment, hate, fear, and especially, bitterness – unresolved anger that “in reality is rebellion and bitterness against God.”
In a 2009 BJU chapel service, former adjunct professor Rand Hummel recounts how he instructed a young woman to ask her abuser – her stepdad – for forgiveness for her bitterness, and that afterwards, he received a letter from her saying, “Finally, for the first time in my teenage life, I can smile.”
After asking her rapist for forgiveness on the instruction of her BJU counselor, Sarah didn’t smile. The man was a family member, who had abused her for several years as a child.
“I didn’t even know what sex was at that point,” she said. “All I knew was that it hurt and that I didn’t like it.”
When she started at BJU in the late 2000s, Sarah said she was haunted by flashbacks, nightmares and a deep fear of men, and was excited to finally get help. She was referred to Pat Berg, a professor of counseling at BJU and the wife of Jim Berg.
“I would say that the impact of the two years of counseling I had with her is that I felt like I had been raped all over again,” she said.
In their many sessions, Sarah said Berg fixated on her “sin,” and then blamed her when she failed to “get better.” She said Berg told her that she needed to repent of any pleasure she experienced during her abuse. Since BJU doesn’t recognize psychiatric concepts like post-traumatic stress disorder, she said she was also told that she was choosing her trauma symptoms.
“I remember her looking at me and saying, ‘You know that the nightmares are your own fault, because you’re choosing to replay pornographic thoughts in your mind,’” she said.
According to emails, Berg also advised Sarah to call her rapist and ask for forgiveness. Sarah said Berg told her that if she didn’t forgive, God wouldn’t be able to “use her.”
But talking to her rapist didn’t make Sarah feel better.
“Picking up that phone that day and calling him was one of the most gut-wrenchingly hard things that I ever had to do,” she said. “It didn’t bring me closure. Instead, it was like sticking a knife inside me and twisting it harder.”
Suicidal and overwhelmed by flashbacks and nightmares, Sarah said she kept going to counseling because “she was so desperate for some ray of light.” But instead, she said Berg told her that if she’d asked God’s forgiveness, she should be fine, and Sarah “walked out of her office for the last time with no hope.”
Through a BJU spokesman, Pat Berg said Sarah’s allegations were “patently false.” BJU wouldn’t respond to any of the other claims until the results of the independent investigation are released. Jim Berg has yet to respond to requests for an interview.
Writing through the university Facebook’s account, a school representative said, “We certainly encourage victims to report any illegal activity to applicable law enforcement agencies as these types of criminals may strike again.” None of the former students interviewed said that they were ever told their abuse was a crime.
This response to rape reports isn’t unique to BJU, according to Peter Janci of the Portland law firm O’Donnell Clark & Crew. In the dozens of sex abuse cases he’s brought against religious organizations, Janci says he’s found this type of victim-blaming reaction to be “all too common.”
“We’ve only hit the tip of the iceberg of the issue of sexual exploitation in Protestant churches,” said Janci, who grew up in an evangelical home. “They haven’t been held accountable.”
The method of counseling at BJU ends up punishing victims far more than their abusers, according to Julia , a former BJU student, who was also counseled by Jim Berg.
“[The offenders] are able to quickly move on. They say they’re sorry, they’re repentant, so they go right back,” she said. “As the victims continue to struggle in the aftermath, we are the ones seen to be in sin. Struggling with fear, confusion, anger, talking about what happened, or any other reaction to trauma is seen as sin. We are expected to repent of those sins and live as though nothing happened.”
Twenty years ago, Julia received counseling from Jim Berg for an eating disorder. Growing up in a ministry, she was familiar with fundamentalist views on sexual abuse, and so never brought up the abuse she says she experienced as a child.
“You’re worthless if you’ve been abused,” she said. “I knew enough to never, ever, ever, ever mention what had happened.”
Berg said her eating disorder was “a lifestyle of sin,” and Julia graduated believing “God has spit me out,” she said. Seven months later, she says a co-worker and Bob Jones ministry student raped her. She thought of him as “the tool that God used to punish me.”
Within a week, she said Berg found the man responsible and expelled him, but three semesters later, he was allowed to come back. When she expressed her fear to an administrator, Julia said she was asked whether she would really want to prevent a “Godly man” from getting an education that would allow him to “serve the Lord.”
A couple years ago, Julia found out that her alleged rapist was in Christian ministry in another country, and was wracked with guilt that she never reported him.
“He’s a sex offender and he’s in ministry,” she said, “and what if he hurts somebody else?”
At the request of BJU, the nonprofit Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) is currently investigating the university for how it’s handled sexual abuse. More than 100 people have come forward to GRACE investigators, and the report is due out in the next few months. Boz Tchividjian, the head of GRACE, believes Christian organizations across the country have failed victims in similar ways, and that the Protestant world could in fact be “worse” than the Catholic Church.
After graduating BJU, Sarah took matters into her own hands and reported her rapist to the police. He was recently convicted of sexual battery of a minor under the age of 12.
“If you would have told me that dark day when I walked out of [Pat Berg’s] office with no hope, that one day my rapist would be convicted and sentenced to prison, that I would be living a stable, successful life and that I would be healing from my abuse, I would never have been able to believe you,” she said. “But those are the miracles that I have seen my God do.”
Last year, Landry, now 31, moved to New Orleans, and started a tour business of the city’s historic madams and brothels. She still has dark days, but says she has no anger toward BJU, or regrets about going there. She remembers in particular her Bible teacher telling the class about the Greek word “metanoia”: It’s translated as “repentance,” which suggests anguish; but more accurately, it means to completely change the way you think about something.
“I’m going to use the language that Bob Jones University should definitely understand here, when I say, I want you to repent, I want you to metanoia of your leadership,” she said. “I want you to repent, I want you to metanoia of covering up and protecting men who have sexually abused young women and children – and many. I want you to repent, I want you to metanoia this rape culture mentality that you have bought into and tried to sprinkle God over.”
1. Sarah asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation.
2. Julia asked to remain anonymous out of concern that she might negatively impact the GRACE investigation.
“My pastor was my rapist.” An Alabama pastor is accused of raping, torturing, and sexually abusing multiple children, including the rape of a 9-year-old girl on her father’s grave.
AL.com reports Mack Charles Andrews, a pastor at the conservative United Pentecostal Church, First United Pentecostal Church in Thomasville, Alabama, is accused of sexually torturing, abusing, and raping multiple underage victims.
One of Andrews’ victims spoke about the abuse using the pseudonym “Jane” to conceal her identity. Jane reports Andrews allegedly started “grooming” her for sexual abuse when she was only 7.
Jane says she lost her virginity to her pastor on her father’s grave when she was just 9 years old, and explains how Andrews used religious superstition to terrorize her:
He told me if I didn’t say anything, he would come back and put flowers on the grave. If I did, he said demons would come and get me from my bed.
AL.com reports Jane was subjected to sexual torture prior to the rape, noting Andrews allegedly violated her with drumsticks, pens, letter openers, a figurine and even a flashlight, “grooming” her for future sexual abuse.
Jane reports the heinous abuse began when she was only 7 years old and was part of the “grooming process” to prepare her for the rape she would endure two years later. Jane said Andrews “started grooming these girls early,” before stating:
A 7-year-old girl isn’t ready to take a full grown man.
Raw Story reports the abuse allegedly went on for years. Jane told authorities her abuse at the hands of Andrews lasted 5 years (from age 7-12) until she left the church.
Jane said she doesn’t know how many victims exist but believes it was a great many. Describing the conservative United Pentecostal Church, a church that forbids girls from wearing make-up or pants and requires females to wear floor length dresses, Jane said:
It was like a cult. He was the leader, and we were the sacrifices. I think there were a lot of people who were ashamed to come forward.
Pastor Andrews was originally arrested on Oct. 3, 2013 on multiple counts of rape, sexual abuse, attempted rape, sodomy and sexual torture, according to court records.
In January 1990, Andrews allegedly raped another girl, then 13, another warrant states. Andrews allegedly attempted to rape another 13-year-old girl in March 1990, yet another record states. In summer of 1994, Andrews allegedly sexually abused a 16-year-old girl.
Andrews, who has been in jail for the last two years, was in court yesterday, Sept. 22, for a settlement docket, but he did not enter into a plea settlement.
However, at the request of Andrews’ attorney, Clarke County Judge Robert Montgomery issued a gag order on the case. Andrews attorney requested a gag order on all involved in the case including alleged victims, and also requested the order cover social media outlets such as Facebook.
Trial is set for the week of Nov. 16. If convicted, Andrews faces life in prison.
UPDATE: Andrews pleaded guilty to raping, sexually abusing and sodomizing multiple young girls beginning in the 1980s and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Why am I doing this? By now if you have gone to some of the links I have posted in my blog to other blogs I have done? Like Voices From the Grave: Suicide Victims of the Roman Catholic Church? Then you would know who I am.
As a fighter for victims of rape and pedophilia FOR OVER 14 YEARS NOW, and a survivor of such a brutal crime, by disgusting Christians? I actually met a victim from the Bob Jones University. She had contacted me after she talked to another advocate for people who were raped or had pedo crimes committed against them by Christians and runs her own blog.
This woman had come under viscious, vile attacks by this Psycho Sally and her Bob Jones University Pedophile and Rape Defending Crew. I will not get into those details, all one has to do is go to this Trailer Park Trash Troglodyte for Bob Jones University Pedophiles and Rapists and read some of their shit and you will see? The stories of the victims who were either raped at Bob Jones University or by their various pastors of their Bob Jones lines of Fundie Churches, and trust me, they are BAD? Is proven right by this disgusting blog attacking a victim and most of all?
A BRAVE SURVIVOR OF SOME HORRORS DONE TO HER BY A PASTOR OF BOB JONES UNIVERSITY WOULD MAKE YOU PUKE.
SUFFICE IT TO SAY MY LAST TIME I REALLY GOT TO TALK TO HER? SHE WAS ONCE AGAIN? UNITED WITH HER REAL BIRTH FAMILY WHO HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR HER FOR A LONG TIME AND SHE ACTUALLY? HAD A SMILE ON HER FACE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME.
I LOVE THAT SURVIVOR LIKE I LOVE ALL THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS I HAVE EVER WORKED WITH IN MY LONG YEARS OF DOING THIS. AND I WILL ALWAYS STAND FOR HER. HER BRAVERY AND COURAGE IN THE FACE OF THE DISGUSTING, VILE AND EVIL THINGS THESE SCUM FROM THE BOB JONES UNIVERSITY PSYCHOTIC DEFENDERS OF THEIR RAPISTS AND PEDOPHILES? SHE SAID TO ME TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT I HELPED HER SO MUCH, BUT IN RETURN? SHE HELPED ME AND OTHERS BY HER COURAGE AND BRAVERY FOR US TO KEEP FIGHTING AND EXPOSING THIS AND STANDING UP TO IT AND DEMANDING JUSTICE FOR ALL THESE CRIMES AGAINST ALL OF US.
AND? THESE ACTIONS OF PSYCHO SALLY AND HER BOB JONES UNIVERSITY RAPE AND PEDOPHILE DEFENDING CREW? SHOULD BE CONDEMNED BY ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS AND ALL DECENT AND RIGHT THINKING AND MORAL HUMAN BEINGS IN THE WORLD.
AND THERE ARE MORE OF US GOOD PEOPLE, EVEN US ATHEISTS, THAN THERE ARE OF THESE KINDS OF SCUMBAG SHITSTAINS ON THE UNDERWEAR OF HUMANITY LIKE PSYCHO SALLY.
Once again? The WhoIs data for this disgusting, psychotic shitstain on the underwear of humanity? Psycho Sally’s blog defending the Bob Jones University Pedophiles and attacking the victims and supporters of the Bob Jones University Pedophile Crew.
This is the WhoIs information for this disgusting shitstains blog.
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Thousands of people watched in the campus chapel, and countless more tuned in to a live Web feed earlier this month as Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit addressed the school’s handling of sexual assault reports.
Like many of those with ties to BJU, a private school in Greenville, South Carolina, nicknamed the “fortress of faith,” Julia had been waiting decades for this moment.
After watching the video for just a few minutes, she vomited.
“I couldn’t stop throwing up,” said Julia (not her real name), who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity so as not to be linked to her alleged rapist. “It shocked me. There was nothing in me that prepared me for the response that came.”
Three months before Pettit’s speech, Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE), an independent Christian organization, released the results of a nearly two-year investigation, detailing how the school — over four decades — heaped shame on rape victims, urged them not to go to the police and even counseled them to repent for their own abuse.
BJU leaders commissioned the report voluntarily after a scandal about one of the school’s trustees allegedly making a teen rape victim confess her “sin” before his church’s congregation.
The probe was unprecedented in the world of higher education and sharply divided the wider school community, which stretches to churches around the country and ministries around the world. BJU’s response was considered less of a test for colleges on the issue of sexual violence and more of a test for American Christianity’s most conservative wing.
In its response, the school doubled down on the biblical counseling that many victims found so devastating. Two sexual assault victims on the task force that drafted the report’s recommendations later wrote an open letter to Bob Jones, saying their “hope was shattered by BJU’s official response.”
According to a current student, many faculty members are extremely upset — although they can’t express it publicly for fear of losing their jobs.
There were a few firm reforms. Incoming students and faculty members now receive an hour of abuse awareness training, and all BJU employees are designated as mandatory reporters of child abuse.
The school says there will be further changes, including a review of its student culture, which many graduates say is so oppressively rule-focused that you are afraid to admit a problem at all for fear of being seen as a failed Christian.
Moral or medical problem?
Many sexual assault victims pinpoint Bob Jones’ philosophy of biblical counseling as the greatest source of harm. In BJU’s brand of pastoral care, all mental issues — such as ADHD, depression and trauma — are considered spiritual fights with God. The result: Abuse victims whose issues weren’t resolved through prayer or religious study were told they were sinning and needed to repent.
Julia said she never told her counselor, Jim Berg, then the dean of students, about the abuse she experienced as a child years before she arrived on campus. Instead, she sought help for an eating disorder.
She says he labeled her struggle “a lifestyle of sin,” and she graduated thinking “God has spit me out,” she said. When a BJU ministry student raped her several months later, she believed he was “the tool that God used to punish me.”
Sarah, a recent graduate and abuse victim, who also asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation, said her Bob Jones counselor told her, “You know that the nightmares are your own fault, because you’re choosing to replay pornographic thoughts in your mind.”
“I would say that the impact of the two years of counseling I had with her is that I felt like I had been raped all over again,” Sarah said. ‘Look at me and tell me I’m not to blame. Tell me it wasn’t sin in my life. Tell me that and tell me you understand that and tell me you’re sorry for that.’
Katie Landry former BJU student
GRACE urged Bob Jones to strike these teachings from sermons and curricula, bar certain individuals from counseling and outsource the counseling of abuse victims to licensed trauma professionals. None of the counselors at Bob Jones are licensed.
But BJU hasn’t done any of that.
“God’s inerrant and authoritative word is completely sufficient to address any problem believers face in their spiritual life,” Pettit stated in his address. “We are and will continue to be totally committed to a philosophy of biblical counseling at BJU.”
“I feel Bob Jones has gone decades backwards, not forwards,” Sarah said. “They are reinforcing the very policies and counseling standards that caused the damage.”
The university did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
But BJU Vice President Marshall Franklin has been in regular touch with several sexual abuse victims who attended the school. Julia said he explained to her that BJU couldn’t budge on issues of doctrine and that it had a fundamentalist constituency to serve.
BJU’s hard-line spiritual approach to counseling has become increasingly controversial in the university’s ranks.
“I literally shook. I was so upset by the things he was teaching,” said one recent BJU graduate about her counseling class. She said she has a family member who struggles with psychological issues and asked to remain anonymous because she’s still in good standing with the university.
“The secular is bad at seeing everything as a medical issue and not a moral issue,” she continued. “But just because the world is wrong doesn’t mean we can go to the opposite extreme and call it right.”
While Pettit’s pronouncements seemed unmovable, the school’s more detailed response, posted on its website, offered an inch.
“We recognize there currently may be limits to our ability to deal with certain aspects of trauma present in some cases of sexual abuse/assault,” it reads, adding that students have the option of pursuing help off campus.
For Katie Landry, it’s an unconvincing concession. She dropped out of BJU in 2004 after she says Berg told her to “find the sin in your life that caused your rape.”
“Look at me and tell me I’m not to blame,” she said of Pettit’s speech. “Tell me it wasn’t sin in my life. Tell me that and tell me you understand that, and tell me you’re sorry for that.”
In an example of how the investigation has divided the wider fundamentalist community, Landry’s mother, father, sister and brother-in-law left the Ohio church they attended for 17 years, after the pastor allegedly refused to even read the GRACE report.
Policies and people
A campus culture that GRACE described as “showcase Christianity,” coupled with militaristic discipline, has been a suffocating one for many Bob Jones students, especially those grappling with the aftershocks of abuse.
“People ask you questions, like, ‘You seem exceptionally sad.’ ‘Why are you sleeping so much?’ ‘You cry out in the middle of the night because you’re having nightmares, what’s wrong with you?'” said one former BJU student who was a faculty member for more than a decade in the 1980s and ’90s and asked not to be identified because she has family and friends associated with BJU. “Girls got turned in because somebody noticed a symptom of trauma, and then, of course, they got routed up to Mr. Berg.”
Lydia, who asked to be identified by only her first name, was raped as a freshman over the 2008 winter break at Bob Jones. She sought help and was directed Berg, who sent her to meet with a dorm counselor, a BJU graduate student. The counselor told “America Tonight” that there was no confidentiality; she was told to keep the higher-ups in the loop. Within a couple months, Lydia was expelled in the middle of the night with no explanation.
She believes she had become an irritation to the school administration.
“It should have been expected that I would feel stressed out and trapped and alone and emotional about it,” Lydia told “America Tonight” in 2013. “And they sent me back to the place with the person who attacked me, to be alone all day.” ‘I believe in my heart that we have always loved our students, but we have not always disciplined with love.’
Steve Pettit president, BJU
“A part of our culture placed too much emphasis on policies and not enough emphasis on people,” said Pettit in his address. “I believe in my heart that we have always loved our students, but we have not always disciplined with love.”
This culture has been changing slowly for a decade, propelled by the Internet, which exposed students to ideas outside the fundamentalist worldview. The campus handbook is still anchored in the 1950s, with an emphasis on obedience, alongside rules about handholding (banned if you’re unmarried) and music (no rock, jazz or hip-hop beats). But at a recent talent show, students performed the soft rock song “Ocean (Where Feet May Fail)” by the Christian band Hillsong United, and it was extremely well received.
A rat-out culture used to be encouraged on campus, but now snitches are a minority, according to a current student. In the last few years, student movements like Do Right BJU have sprung up, advocating for change and openness.
And on a campus where individuals have long been hesitant to speak up, a student petition declaring their empathy for victims of abuse garnered 392 signatures in the lead-up to Bob Jones’ response.
In a powerful sign of the changing times, the administration embraced the petition, with Pettit praising it on the chapel stage.
Overall, though, the university president’s language was carefully hedged, clearly geared to the Bob Jones loyalists who have felt scorched by the GRACE report and the national attention it has received.
“I wanted substance, and I felt like I walked away with mist,” said Ryan Ferguson, a popular Greenville pastor and former BJU student. “What would have happened if someone had sat down and said, ‘Case No. 5074, we wronged you. Case no. 5045, we wronged you.’ What would have happened in our town? To the faith community?”
But he said he was impressed that when he reached out to Pettit’s office, the president agreed to meet him in person.
According to some of the victims who poured their heartache into the GRACE investigation, however, the school’s response felt like just another insult. And this time they felt they had exhausted all recourse. Many used the word “hopeless.”
“I feel like we were pawns in a game I don’t understand,” Julia said.
Since 1950 alone? To the present? Over one hundred thousand Christian priests and pastors have been busted for pedophile crimes. Some of these diseased scum have victim counts in the hundreds. Some have raped infants as young as six months.
Even with this being fully exposed? These disgusting Christians? Just will NOT STOP raping kids. And? If they do get caught? They might get lucky to face charges if they do not hide behind the statutes of limitations. But? Typically? If they do get any prison time? It is barely a slap on the wrist.
And these? Are just the Christian priests and pastors being busted for pedophile crimes. This does not include all the Christian school teachers, gym coaches, politicians, police officers, etc who also been busted for raping children. Even Christian parents have been busted for raping their own children.
This is so rampant in the Christian religion, and despite all the warnings, all the exposure, all the crap that has been reported about this?
Each and every day? We have new reports, not historical ones of 20 years or more ago, of these degenerate, disgusting pedo priests and pastors are being busted and exposed each day. We cannot go one week without reporting on at least a dozen new cases of these perverted Christians raping kids.
Time to put to death Christian pedophiles
If you go around as a group and rape kids and then? Get practically no punishment? Then there is absolutely no incentive to stop your actions of your group. If your group has been exposed for protecting child rapists and scumbag child porn producers? And attacking the victims? Then we know? YOU do not care, as a group, the harm that your scumbag pedophiles are doing to children and it will always be business as usual.
So? We truly have to incentivize these scumbag shitstains on the underwear of humanity Christians.
If they can demand brutal death penalty punishments for lgbts, or we atheists? Then we? Should be able to demand a brutal, death penalty punishment for all their disgusting pedophiles and pedophile pimps.
So? I am taking the twisted troglodyte Matthew McLaughlin’s Sodomite Suppression Act ballot initiative he filed in California where he wanted Christians to have the right to walk up to anyone they deemed as lgbt and pull out a gun and blow their heads off or kill them by any means convienent to save us all from the wrath of their sky daddy.
The Christian Pedophile Suppression Act
Children are our most precious of all humans. They are innocent. They cannot protect themselves from adults and the harm adults do to them. This is why Children must be especially protected against harm caused to them by adults. Especially? Those Christian adults.
Far too many Christian priests and pastors and others? Have proven? They cannot be trusted around our children. Far too many of these Christian priests and pastors have raped children, some with victim counts in the hundreds. This has gone on far too long.
Far too many leaders of these Christian denominations have been proven that they will protect their pedophiles, to protect the reputation of their churches, over the protection of the children their pedophiles rape and torture.
Far too many Christians in the pulpits? Seem to willingly sacrifice their children on the altar of pedophile rape in these churches. They also love to stand up and defend their cults of pedophiles, just like we have constantly seen in the Roman Catholic Church. They defend and protect their Pedophile Pimp leaders and sing praises of how these are actually? Holy men of god and we have no right to call them out, demand they be defrocked, be ex-communicated, be arrested and prosecuted for their crimes of being scum who protected their pedophiles.
Far too many Christians? Do not give a damn about the victims and survivors of their pedophile priests and pastors. They do not care that thousands of victims have committed suicide, due to what happened to them and their coming under viscious, vile attacks by Christians when they do speak out about what happened to them. I know. I have faced this many times. I have had Roman Catholics tell me? I deserve to be raped again, or that I deserve to be beaten to death for “lying” about their church. I have had Bob Jones University pedophile defenders vilely attack me for defending and helping their pedo victims. I have had Southern Baptist punks threatening me, for exposing their Southern Baptist pedophile pukes.
Far too many victims and survivors? Go through this on a daily basis by Christians attacking them? For their having the courage and guts to speak about the horrors and evil perpetrated upon them by the Christian priest or pastor who raped them and their pew polishing congregants standing up and defending their pedophile scum over the victim of that pedophile scum.
Time for a Christian Pedophile Suppression Act
Children should in fact? Be protected above all others. Children cannot fight back against an adult raping them. Especially a Christian pedophile cause they are now at two levels, they had to fight off their pedophile and the sick and twisted theolgical shit that Christian pedophile uses to control their victims.
NO Christian should receive a slap on the wrist for raping a child. No Christian should receive a slap on the wrist or no punishment for their protecting their pedophiles.
ALL CHRISTIAN PEDOPHILES EXPOSED? ALL CHRISTIAN PEDOPHILE PIMPS EXPOSED? DESERVE A DEATH PENALTY PUNISHMENT. OF THE WORST POSSIBLE KIND
IF A CHRISTIAN PRIEST OR PASTOR IS EXPOSED AS BEING A DISGUSTING PEDOPHILE? IF A CHRISTIAN LEADER IS EXPOSED FOR BEING A PEDOPHILE PIMP? THEY SHOULD BE PUT TO DEATH IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER, USING THE CHRISTIAN TORTURE TOOLS OF THEIR INQUISITIONAL PERIOD.
First up? The Rat Torture
We strip these motherfuckers. We bind them to a table. We place a starving rat on their junk, we place a cage over the rat and a bowl of hot coals on top of the cage. Then? We let the rat eat their junk. The very instrument they raped a child with? Should be torn off of them.
Next up? The Judas Chair
What could be more appropriate? The Judas Chair. Covered in spikes designed to penetrate the skin, but close over the wound so the pedophile does not bleed out while they are in the chair. We leave them in it for a while to think of how much a bunch of Judas’s they were to the innocent children they raped and brutalized. Then? We do how Christians used to do it, place a large bucket of coal under the seat. As it heats up? The Christian pedophile attempts to escape it, ripping off huge chunks of their vile flesh as they do. I mean if this was good enough for Christians to do to those they tortured during their Inquisitions? It is good enough to use on their Christian pedophiles.
Drawing and Quartering
We then? Draw and quarter these Christian pedophile scumbags and their Christian pedophile pimp scumbags. We then? Put their damn heads on pikes before their churches with the following warnings.
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO ANY CHRISTIAN PRIEST, PASTOR WHO RAPES A CHILD OR ANY LEADER WHO PROTECTS ONE OF THEIR PEDOPHILES.
These Christian pedophiles and their Christian pedophile pimps? Gave no mercy to their victims. They even denied a whole lot of them? Justice. And far too many of them? Have gotten away with their Crimes Against Humanity and their Crimes Against the Children of the World.
And again? Far too many of their victims? Have committed suicide and? These scumbags should be charged with First Degree Murder for their victims who committed suicide.
These Christian pedophiles and their Pedophile Pimps? All deserve to be put to brutal deaths. They have harmed far too many children in the last 70 years alone. MILLIONS of children. And? They truly refuse to stop. Or do any true and contructive ways of making it stop. They also continue to fight against any changes to statutes of limitations that allow victims and survivors to receive justice. They hide their Pedophile Pimp leaders behind sovereign immunity laws to get away with their crimes.
TIME FOR ALL THIS TO TRULY STOP.
Children deserve to be protected AT ALL COSTS. A Christian priest or pastor? Should NEVER be allowed to get away with their crimes against children and suffer the ultimate penalty if they do.
There should ne NO statutes of limitations against child rape or child abuse. There should be NO sovereign immunity laws for these pedophile pimp leaders to hide behind. This is pure evil and wrong.
So? It is far past time? To demand brutal, death penalty punishments for Christian pedophiles and their pedophile pimps. Maybe if we do so? If we put a few thousand of their disgusting, degenerate pedophiles and pedophile pimps to brutal deaths? Then? They will get the hint to stop raping our children. Cause they sure seemed to have not learned any other way.
Boy are these some psychotic Mental Midget Morons, but what do you expect from twisted troglodyte Russian, Dick Sucking, Farm Animal Fucking, Sister and Mommy raping, shitstains on the underwear of humanity ChristoTaliban fascist pigs like these?
And? As all these Cocksuckers for ChristoTalibans want to sow unto others? So should they reap.
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – The Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville released a report Friday that documents priests who have been accused of sexual abuse dating to the 1930s.
The report, prepared by a former federal prosecutor, names 22 priests ordained between 1932 and 1985 who were described as being credibly accused of past abuse. All 22 are either deceased, were removed from ministry or are in prison. The archdiocese says there were 12 more priests who had been accused but there was incomplete information. Eleven of those priests have died.
Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said the report could expand if new victims come forward.
“Our primary purpose today is healing,” Kurtz said at a news conference Friday in Louisville. “Healing of people who are victims, survivors, many of whom I’ve spoken directly to, and who have told me that having a report and a list of credibly accused priests will provide validation for something that has been part of their life, often for many decades.”
The report also listed 13 members of religious orders who have been accused of sexual abuse of minors. The archdiocese said it has limited records on those priests, and those reports are referred to the religious order for a response. The report also named former Lexington Bishop J. Kendrick Williams, who was accused of abuse and resigned in 2002.
The Louisville archdiocese report said three former priests, Louis Miller, Arthur Wood and Daniel Clark, were responsible for more than 170 reported cases.
Jeff Koenig, a member of the Louisville chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a victim advocacy organization, called the report “inadequate.” Koenig said he hoped that other victims would come forward, noting that not all the abuse happened decades ago.
“Let’s stop playing this game of, ‘oh, this was a long time ago,’” Koenig said. One of the priests on the list, Stephen Pohl, worked at a Catholic elementary school in Louisville and was convicted of possessing child pornography in 2016.
Kurtz said the Louisville archdiocese felt compelled to have a transparent reporting of accused priests in the wake a Pennsylvania state grand jury investigation that identified nearly 300 “predator priests” going back seven decades.
Many of the priests named in the report were part of a 2003 lawsuit against the Louisville archdiocese that ended with a $25 million settlement for 243 victims. Mark Miller, a former U.S. Attorney and state prosecutor in Louisville, compiled the report over three months.
An Associated Press report last month said Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children that was spurred by the Pennsylvania investigation.
The conviction of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin for failing to report a known pedophile priest to police deepens the crisis confronting an already discredited Catholic Church hierarchy. The verdict handed down by magistrates Thursday shows the church’s once-untouchable “princes” increasingly are judged accountable for priests who abuse children and the superiors who allowed the abuse to continue.
After centuries of impunity, cardinals from Chile to Australia and points in between are facing justice in both the Vatican and government courts for their own sexual misdeeds or for having shielded abusers under their watch.
Here is a look at cases implicating Catholic cardinals, members of the exclusive club of prelates that advises the pope and eventually elects his successor.
Australia — Cardinal George Pell
In December, the Vatican’s former finance minister was convicted in his native Australia of sexually abusing two boys in the 1990s.
Pell was convicted of orally raping a 13-year-old choirboy and indecently dealing with the boy and his 13-year-old friend in 1996 and 1997, months after the 77-year-old cardinal became archbishop of Melbourne.
Pell has denied wrongdoing and planned to appeal. He is scheduled to be sentenced next week.
Each of his five convictions carries a potential 10-year maximum sentence.
After his conviction, the Vatican said its sex crimes office had opened an investigation and confirmed the Sydney archbishop restricted Pell’s ministry after the cardinal returned to Australia to face trial.
United States — ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick
Francis last month defrocked the onetime leader of the American church after an internal investigation determined McCarrick sexually molested children and adult men; some of the molestation took place during confession. It was the first time a cardinal had been defrocked over the scandal.
One of McCarrick’s victims has filed a police report and spoken to prosecutors in New York City, but it is unclear if any criminal charges can be brought given so much time has passed since the abuse occurred.
The McCarrick scandal has implicated high-ranking churchmen in both the United States and at the Vatican since it was apparently an open secret he slept with adult seminarians.
Chile — Cardinals Javier Errazuriz and Riccardo Ezzati
The current and former archbishops of Santiago are under investigation by Chilean prosecutors for allegedly covering up for abusive priests.
Errazuriz, who retired as Santiago archbishop in 2010, was recently forced to resign from Francis’s kitchen cabinet after the depth of his cover-up was exposed last year.
His successor, Ezzati, was sued this week by a man who accused him of protecting a priest who allegedly drugged and raped him in the Santiago cathedral. The victim first filed a complaint with Ezzati in 2015. Ezzati issued a church sentence against the priest last year.
Prosecutors have overseen raids of church offices around the country. Ezzati and Errazuriz have so far refused to answer questions in the investigation.
Francis secured offers of resignation from every active Chilean bishop last year as part of Vatican efforts to clean up the Chilean church.
Scotland — Cardinal Keith O’Brien
O’Brien, once the highest-ranking Catholic leader in Britain, recused himself from the 2013 conclave that elected Francis pope after unidentified priests alleged in British newspaper reports that he acted inappropriately toward them.
The priests said they had complained to church authorities about O’Brien’s conduct but never received a response. None of the men were thought to have been minors when the alleged inappropriate behavior took place.
In 2015, Francis accepted O’Brien’s resignation after he relinquished the rights and privileges of being a cardinal. The decision was reached after the Vatican sent its top sex crimes investigator to Scotland to look into the allegations.
O’Brien was allowed to retain the title of cardinal and he died a cardinal in 2018.
Belgium — Cardinal Godfried Danneels
The retired head of Belgium’s Catholic Church has been under fire since 2010, when he was caught on tape suggesting that a victim of a serial predator bishop keep quiet until the man retired.
Two weeks after Danneels met with the victim, Bishop Roger Vangheluwe of Bruges resigned and expressed sorrow for having long abused his nephew, both as a priest and after becoming a bishop.
Danneels had told the victim it would do him no good going public, and he urged him to forgive his uncle.
Francis has been criticized for having included Danneels, considered a key supporter in his 2013 election, in important church meetings since the scandal.
United States — Cardinal Bernard Law
Law resigned in disgrace as archbishop of Boston in 2002 following revelations he hid clergy abuse involving dozens of priests who raped and sexually molested children, the scandal chronicled by the Boston Globe that led to the reckoning in the U.S. church.
More than any other prelate, he epitomized the Catholic Church’s failure to protect children from pedophile priests and its arrogance in safeguarding its own reputation at all costs.
St. John Paul II’s decision to promote Law to head St. Mary Major basilica in 2004 reinforced the impression the Vatican still hadn’t grasped the scale of the child abuse problem, the trauma it caused its victims, and the moral credibility the church had lost as a result.
At Law’s Vatican funeral last year, Francis prayed for a merciful final judgment.
Austria — Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer
Groer was allowed to retire on schedule as archbishop of Vienna in 1995 despite multiple allegations he sexually abused young boys at a seminary. He died in 2003 without ever facing civil or canonical justice.
His successor as Vienna archbishop, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, in 2010 accused the Vatican secretary of state at the time of the scandal, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, of being behind a cover-up and blocking a Vatican investigation of Groer’s crimes.
The same year, the Vatican gave Schoenborn a rare dressing down for his comments about Sodano, reminding him that only the pope can level accusations against a cardinal.
Vatican — Cardinal Angelo Sodano
As the powerful Vatican secretary of state under John Paul, Sodano has long been held in part responsible for the Vatican’s refusal to take action against pedophile priests.
More than anyone, he has been blamed for blocking a church investigation into the 20th century Catholic Church’s most notorious predator, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ religious order.
Francis recently referred to how then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – the future Pope Benedict XVI – initially failed to secure a sanction against Maciel, a veiled reference to the weight Cardinal Sodano wielded on the decisions of Ratzinger’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
“He (Ratzinger) went with all his files. And when he returned he told his secretary, ‘Put them in the archive. The other side won,’” Francis said. “But then, once he became pope, the first thing he said was ‘Bring me the files from the archive,’ and he started.”
Eventually, the Vatican under Benedict sanctioned Maciel to a lifetime of penance and prayer for his crimes.