Pope Francis – How To Suck At Damage Control


Pope Francis entered the Vatican with assurances of zero tolerance for sexual abuse within the Catholic church. Last month Francis realized a unsettling truth – talk is cheap, without tangible action blind faith has limits. When all the starch in a Pope’s hat isn’t enough to deflect sexual abuse scandal, the church is forced to react. In this case – 80 Chilean priests credibly accused or convicted of sex crimes, found Francis on a damage control flight to Santiago.

Pope Francis sucks at damage control. Oblivious to disgust simmering in bellies of Chilean faithful, Francis punctuated sympathy for abuse victims with praise for stoic clergy. In a display of hubris akin to Trump Tweets, Francis expressed –

“Pain too for the suffering of ecclesial communities, and pain for you brothers and sisters, who after working so hard, have seen the harm that has led to suspicion and questioning; in some or many of you this has been a source of doubt, fear or lack of confidence.” He said at times, some had even been insulted in the metro and that by wearing clerical attire they had “paid a heavy price.”

“Even been insulted in the metro” Francis? Did you just preface insult with even? Even, as in oh the unfathomable horror? Even, as in how dare anyone bruise egos of pious clergy? Even as outrageous reason to dispatch empathy for the “heavy price” Vatican soldiers “paid”? Even is not effective damage control. By the end of his first day in Chile, public disgust for all things Holy culminated in three Catholic churches torched and burned to the ground.

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate mass at O'Higgins Park in Santiago on Tuesday. Three churches were set on fire during the first full day of the pontiff's historic visit.

Gag worthy disgust over “even been insulted in the metro” becomes clear once I explain what drives good Catholics to burn churches. Ponder Rev. Fernando Karadima, notorious Santiago sexual predator “forced” to retire in 2011 then sanctioned by the Vatican to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for sexual molestation of children. Wealthy, connected, elderly Karadima slithered away, his victims did not.

Enter Juan Barros, appointed Bishop of Osorno, Chile by Pope Francis in January 2015 despite considerable objection from local priests and leading Chilean Bishops. April 2015, members of the Pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors dispatched a delegation to Rome – purpose, to hand deliver a letter to Francis, an eight page victim impact statement written by Juan Carlos Cruz detailing abuse by Karadima. Abuse Cruz said Karadima protege Barros witnessed and condoned.

The delegation met Francis’ top advisor Cardinal Sean O’Malley, placed the letter in O’Malley’s hand on the promise O’Malley would personally deliver it to Pope Frances. “And at a later date, he assured us that that had been done.” – then commission member Marie Collins.Later in 2015 Frances visited Philadelphia, coincidentally home of abuse victim Cruz. Cardinal O’Malley contacted Cruz shortly after the Popemobile left Philly, O’Malley assured Cruz his letter was delivered to Francis.

From a Time article written by Nicole Winfield and Eva Vergara / AP – a good read at http://time.com/5133127/pope-francis-chile-sexual-abuse-coverup/

“Holy Father, I write you this letter because I’m tired of fighting, of crying and suffering,” Cruz wrote in Francis’ native Spanish. “Our story is well known and there’s no need to repeat it, except to tell you of the horror of having lived this abuse and how I wanted to kill myself.”

Cruz and other survivors had for years denounced the cover-up of Karadima’s crimes, but were dismissed as liars by the Chilean church hierarchy and the Vatican’s own ambassador in Santiago, who refused their repeated requests to meet before and after Barros was appointed.

After Francis’ comments backing the Chilean hierarchy caused such an outcry in Chile, he was forced last week to do an about-face: The Vatican announced it was sending in its most respected sex-crimes investigator to take testimony from Cruz and others about Barros.

In the letter to the pope, Cruz begs for Francis to listen to him and make good on his pledge of “zero tolerance.”

“Holy Father, it’s bad enough that we suffered such tremendous pain and anguish from the sexual and psychological abuse, but the terrible mistreatment we received from our pastors is almost worse,” he wrote.

Cruz goes on to detail in explicit terms the homo-eroticized nature of the circle of priests and young boys around Karadima, the charismatic preacher whose El Bosque community in the well-to-do Santiago neighborhood of Providencia produced dozens of priestly vocations and five bishops, including Barros.

He described how Karadima would kiss Barros and fondle his genitals, and do the same with younger priests and teens, and how young priests and seminarians would fight to sit next to Karadima at the table to receive his affections.

“More difficult and tough was when we were in Karadima’s room and Juan Barros — if he wasn’t kissing Karadima — would watch when Karadima would touch us — the minors — and make us kiss him, saying: ‘Put your mouth near mine and stick out your tongue.’ He would stick his out and kiss us with his tongue,” Cruz told the pope. “Juan Barros was a witness to all this innumerable times, not just with me but with others as well.”

“Juan Barros covered up everything that I have told you,” he added.

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From a balcony, protesters dressed as clerics gesture and display a banner saying: ‘I love pedophilia.’ (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press)

Escalating protest in Chile didn’t stop Francis from feigning zero sex abuse tolerance, it didn’t occur to Francis steadfast defense of Barros presented a problem. Surely the pope knew abuse victim Cruz wasn’t content to suffer in silence, that 2 years past hand delivered Vatican mail Cruz shared his letter with many eyes. All Francis had to do was defrock Barros. Toss the faithful a bone, make a gesture, how hard is that?

Unwavering Francis left Chile without apology for calling accusations against Barros slander. On the plane home, confronted by reporters, the pope said: “You, in all good will, tell me that there are victims, but I haven’t seen any, because they haven’t come forward.” Excuse me Francis, are you playing the plausible deniability card? What fresh hell is this. Pardon me, I need time to recover from a laughing fit.

 

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Evangelical Hurricane


Common sense knows lesbians aren’t responsible for Hurricane Harvey. Radio preacher Rick Wiles begs to differ,suggesting Houston is underwater because it “boasted of its LGBT devotion”. Enter my favorite nincompoop Ann Coulter, who tweeted – I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor,” “But that is more credible than ‘climate change.’ ”

Right Wing Watch reported Pastor Kevin Swanson’s caution on hurricane Irma –  the storm path would be altered by God if the Supreme Court quickly made abortion and gay marriage illegal.

Rush Limbaugh doesn’t blame hurricane season on God, however he fingers “liberal media hype” – “There is a desire to advance this climate change agenda, and hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it,” he argued, claiming that “hurricanes are always forecast to hit major population centers.”

Twenty years ago religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said Orlando should beware of hurricanes for allowing the Gay Days celebration. Robertson said the widespread practice of homosexuality “will bring about terrorist bombs, it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor.”

Jim Bakker deserves mention, his tenacious resolve to profit from God is staggering. Not for a post Harvey assertion “this flood is from God”, but for saying so while pitching “Tasty Pantry”, a line of dehydrated survival food sold to sustain the faithful during the coming apocalypse.

I shudder to think how many people take natural disaster as Gods wrath. How many buy nonsense of climate change conspiracy or fail to understand the significance of 79 degrees Fahrenheit – when surface water in the Atlantic reaches 79 degrees it evaporates at the rate of 180 tons an hour, water vapor rises forming massive clouds of low pressure. Caught in rotational force, clouds rotate pushing away high atmospheric pressure, feeding on energy of continuous evaporation a hurricane is born of warm ocean water, not God.

Stop this Biblical nonsense.

The Pope Is Fuming


The Catholic Church rarely crosses my mind, there are vastly more important issues to dwell on, but every so often a Vatican news ticker begs pondering. The headline tonight on Vice read “”Police Broke Up A Drug Fueled Vatican Priest Orgy”. Do tell .

I was hooked at “Monsignor The Pope is reportedly “fuming” after cops allegedly busted up a Vatican based, drug fueled, gay sex orgy in the apartment of a high-ranking priest.”

According to Vice, Italian media site Il Fanto Quotidiano was first to detail shenanigans at an apartment owned by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A apartment inhabited by one of the Pope’s key advisors, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio. The apartment, also known as Palace of the Holy Office was reportedly raided following complaints by neighbors of odd behavior and “comings and goings” of visitors.

Police arrested Luigi Capozzi, an aide to Cardinal Coccopalmerio and reported party planner. Although arrested, Monsignor Capozzi hasn’t been charged. Vice did claim Capozzi was taken to hospital until such time as he could detox from drugs consumed at the soiree, it’s unclear if charges will ever be filed or if Rome will make it all go away. Il Fatto Quotidiano suggests Cardinal Coccopalmerio will likely face accelerated retirement in the wake of Capozzi’s arrest. Either way, the Pope is pissed.

Can’t you hear the “how could you be so careless” papal admonishments? The Pope has every right to fume. Long gone are glory days of do as I say, not as I do. Who do these sexually frustrated pedophiles think they are? Calling bullshit on numskulls doesn’t get much easier than this.

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/ywgpa5/police-broke-up-a-drug-fueled-vatican-priest-orgy

Ponder Ancient Muslim Tolerance


Posted almost three years ago in reaction to anti Muslim sentiment, exasperation couldn’t begin to fathom where we find ourselves today. Religious intolerance will be the death of us all.

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I doubt many could fathom a world of religious tolerance under Islam. Ancient history lends itself to images of holy war, crusades and religious oppression.

Sultan Mehmed II conquered Constantinople in 1453 – a crushing blow in favour of the Ottoman Empire – orchestrated by a 21 year old visionary. According to Sharia law, non-Muslims were guaranteed freedom and protection from persecution. Once Ottoman rule was established, it made little sense to squabble over religious differences.

The Arabic word for “nation” is millet. The Ottoman Empire allowed each “millet” or religious group to elect leaders and practice freely as a “nation” under Ottoman protection. Each “millet” was free to enforce their own rules – Islamic law did not apply to non-Muslim “nations”.Criminal acts within a “millet” were dealt with under religious laws of that nation. The only time Islamic law applied was when crimes involved people of two separate nations or was perpetrated…

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