28 April, 2010

New York Times acknowledges: lawyer steered coverage of abuse story

As I've been saying!

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : New York Times acknowledges: lawyer steered coverage of abuse story

Pope hopes English translation of Missal will be 'springboard for a renewal' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Does it strike anyone as odd that the Church is proceeding with potentially disquieting changes to the Liturgy in these difficult times? As one who lived the changes that followed Vatican II, I can attest that it was a challenge to the belief of many. The changes were poorly understood and implemented then and there's no evidence to indicate that the Church do any better now.

If major issues can be told to be patient in their desire for change, being frequently reminded that the mind of the Church slowly evolves in her understanding over many years, why the rush on this file? The benefit will be outstripped by the additional insult to the faith practice of many who will find 'this' change OK, when other issues are not, inconsistent and incomprehensible. I understand the theological argument; most laity will not. The consequences could be devastating.

What's the rush?

Pope hopes English translation of Missal will be 'springboard for a renewal' :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

AP claims pope will apologize for abuse by priests, and I get a little impatient « CatholicVoteAction.org

AP claims pope will apologize for abuse by priests, and I get a little impatient « CatholicVoteAction.org

Using Catholic 'tools' to begin to move on past these rocky shores! Here's a response to Mary G. who asks why we just can't 'move-on' from the Sex Abuse Scandals

Mary G:  AMEN...AMEN...AMEN! Why do you think it is that our leaders don't seem to want to do just that? I earlier posted a blog post from Deacon Greg Kandra (http://blog.beliefnet.com/deaconsbench/2010/04/a-deacons-proposal-for-public-penance.html ) calling for clerics of all ranks (either in a Diocese, Province, Country or universally) to participate in a mass of atonement on the closing Sunday of the 'Year of the Priest'. This would allow all of us to prostrate ourselves in penance before God, and in solidarity with the faithful to acknowledge our failures and sins. Then to ask for forgiveness.

I've been arguing that it is necessary for clergy to practice the same regimen of confession as any Catholic should.

1. First we should examine ourselves (institutionally and personally) in preparation for confessing. This would involve bringing in an outside expert to review any records of allegations received, to ensure that the universal protocol has been faithfully and fully implemented.

2. Confess their sins before a priest: in this case, the common priesthood of the faithful at masses celebrated on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

3. In penance, the clergy would prostrate themselves in front of God, with the assembled laity kneeling in prayer with them.

4. Then we try to move forward with a renewed sense of compassion, with trust that any future issues will be dealt with promptly and appropriately.

I harbor no illusions that this in itself will miraculously or magically make things better! As Catholics we recognize and understand the power of sign and symbol. Such a gathering would be a very 'Catholic' response to any crisis through the application of these spiritual and psychological tools. Perhaps it is this omission in the Church's response to date which continues to keep the 'barque of Peter' grounded on these rocky shores.

Fr. Tim

Benedict not to blame - On Faith at washingtonpost.com

Catholic America: Benedict not to blame - On Faith at washingtonpost.com

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Cardinal Levada decries media bias, defends Pope in PBS interview

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Cardinal Levada decries media bias, defends Pope in PBS interview

27 April, 2010

A gallery of stunning Hubble images from new book - Boing Boing

A gallery of stunning Hubble images from new book - Boing Boing

An invitation to join in a prayer for healing

H/T to Michael Brandon (Freedom Through Truth) for this delightful post by an American (religious?) who blogs to offer and inspire prayer as the remedy for the sex abuse scandals.

She does not diminish the evil, nor the steps needed to erase it from the Church. Nor does she condemn the media for (most of) their reporting. She recognizes the harm and the good being done through their exposing rot within the 'wood' in parts of 'Peter's barque'. This is a necessary step in any effective repair: to determine the extent of the corruption and then apply the necessary remedy to bring about healing.

Thus she prays for healing: for the victims, the church and in the world.

Here is a prayer she invites all to join:
PRAYER FOR HEALING

Lord Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, go back into my memory as I sleep. Every hurt that has ever been done to me, heal that hurt. Every hurt that I have ever caused another person, heal that hurt. All the relationships that have been damaged in my whole life that I am not aware of , heal those relationships. But, O Lord, if there is anything that I need to do, If I need to go to a person because he or she is still suffering from my hand, bring to my awareness that person. I choose to forgive, and I ask to be forgiven. Remove whatever bitterness may be in my heart, Lord, and fill the empty spaces with your love. Amen. 

found at Daily Word of Life: Catholic Prayers http://www.daily-word-of-life.com/catholic_prayers.htm

Catholic Church needs total reform - Eureka Street

An interesting perspective from an unexpected source! An Australian Roman Catholic Bishop calls for a sweeping review of the structures and cultures of the Church to eliminate the distortion of practice caused by an abuse of power.

Catholic Church needs total reform - Eureka Street

26 April, 2010

Future Pope Tried to Get Fuller Inquiry in Abuse Case - NYTimes.com

Future Pope Tried to Get Fuller Inquiry in Abuse Case - NYTimes.com

Priests honoured at dinner - The Daily Observer - Ontario, CA

A Tribute Dinner offered for the Clergy of my Diocese was part of the world wide "Year of the Priest" celebrations. It was a joint venture of the Diocesan Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Woman's Leagues, and it was very much appreciated by the clergy in attendance. Although the planning for this event preceded the recent revelations of documents demonstrating that our Diocesan administration of the day failed to follow its own stated policy in dealing with such allegations, denying victims who remained mute for many years, satisfied with assurances that their predator was under tight supervision - something that proved not to be true. It has not been pleasant to minister in what for a week was in the current cross hairs of the international media, and these days were certainly challenging for Pembroke's priests. The serendipity of events which brought this dinner quickly on the heels of these trials was a blessing for all the Diocesan family who celebrated together.

Thank you ladies and gentlemen all! 'Thanks' as well to God, whose providence was manifested in the confluence of these two events, infusing again His church with sufficient grace to remain faithful in her mission. This gift was made clear once again to lay and clergy alike, as they shared a pleasant dinner together last Friday.

Fr. Tim Moyle, Diocese of Pembroke

Priests honoured at dinner - The Daily Observer - Ontario, CA

Sexual Abuse and Forgiveness

Freedom Through Truth: Sexual Abuse and Forgiveness

Too important to miss! Please read this story.

Too important to miss! Please read this story.

A refreshing voice in these turbulent times

NOTE:

The statement “10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia” has no basis in fact!

In his original speech Mr. Miller cites a July/August 2002 Sojourners article by Rose Marie Berger in which she misinterprets statements from Penn. State Prof. Philip Jenkins regarding sexual abuse by Protestant ministers.

In the original article Berger writes…
“Philip Jenkins concludes in his book “Pedophiles and Priests” that while 1.7 percent of Catholic clergy have been found guilty of pedophilia (specifically of boys), 10 percent of Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia.” (This quote is used in Miller’s speech)

To which Philip Jenkins responds (Sept/Oct 2002)…
“I regret to say that the statement is baloney. I never said it, and it’s not true!… Every time this ten percent statement appears attributed to me, I try to debunk it, but these things have a life of their own. I have no idea what the actual proportion of pedophile protestant clergy is, but I would be amazed if it was more than a fraction of one percent.”

Sojourner Article… http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&issue=soj0207&article=020741d

Sojourners apologized to its readers for passing on erroneous information and revised the article, removing the incorrect and defamatory information. But not before Sam Miller got a hold of it!

Regrettably, Miller’s speech has spread like wildfire within the Catholic community by way of the internet and e-mail. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of websites, blogs, forums, facebook pages, and news services that have posted it.

Thanks to Rev. Rob Pollock for this information. Keep it in mind as you read the column from Mr. Miller.   Fr. Tim


Be Proud to be a Catholic

By Sam Miller, prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman

Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States (and Canada too), namely the Catholic Church?

Do you know - the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to your Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars.

Your graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%, all at a cost to you. To the rest of the Americans it's free. The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. With an enrollment of 700,000 students. The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people - not just Catholics - in the United States today.

But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage.

Let me give you some figures that you as Catholics should know and remember. For example,

• 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church ,

• 41.8 % of clergywomen reported unwanted sexual behavior;

• 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed.

Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia. 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic Problem.

A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving.

The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests (and Bishops who concealed their crimes) that have probably been totally weeded out by now. Walk with your shoulders high and you head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States (and Canada too!).Then remember what Jeremiah said:

'Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls'.
Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions.

Be proud that you're a Catholic.

Be Yourself   . . . . .    Everyone Else Is Taken”

25 April, 2010

Probability Theory

COOL! A stimulating and amazing presentation of a common logical fallacy that most seem oblivious to:

"If A... then B" is not the same as saying "If B... then A".

Chances Are - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor - Promises the Pill Could Never Keep - NYTimes.com

Fascinating!

Op-Ed Contributor - Promises the Pill Could Never Keep - NYTimes.com

Contact with aliens could spell disaster for humans, says Stephen Hawking

THE X-FILES WERE RIGHT!!!!

Contact with aliens could spell disaster for humans, says Stephen Hawking

Pope's U.K. visit not in jeopardy after memo gaffe: Vatican

As predicted (he says shamelessly)!

Pope's U.K. visit not in jeopardy after memo gaffe: Vatican

Pope warns about dangers of internet | Irish Examiner

Pope warns about dangers of internet | Irish Examiner

The Anchoress | A First Things Blog

'The Permanent Scandal of the Vatican' by Jody Bottom of First Things is highly recommended by the Archoress, herself an excellent opinion to read at all times. Read her opinion of the article for a concise presentation of the essence of his argument.


The Anchoress | A First Things Blog

Pope 'could cancel UK visit' over 'offensive' Foreign Office memo - Telegraph

The Pope is bigger than this. I predict that the visit will go ahead, with no embarrassing moments. Yet, it's not difficult to understand why nerves might be a bit frayed given the extensive list of insults. If the British now how to do anything, it's the national capacity to maintain 'a stiff upper lip'.


Pope 'could cancel UK visit' over 'offensive' Foreign Office memo - Telegraph

Good Shepherd Sunday - April 25, 2010

Good Shepherd Sunday - April 25, 2010

Abuse of a ‘boy’ or a ‘young man’? » GetReligion

A FASCINATING EXPOSE of the New York Times manipulation of information to deliberately make the Roman Catholic Church as evil as possible. It's hard to reconcile this report with the Op-Ed piece from this weekend's NYT that was previously posted on this blog.

When you see how this manipulation takes place, you will recognize that hand of a master propagandist at work!


Abuse of a ‘boy’ or a ‘young man’? » GetReligion

U.K. apologizes to Pope over abortion, condom jokes - CTV News

If humor, like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I wonder what this suggests about the attitude of the 'holders' mind who thought this 'humorous' enough to write it into a Foreign Office memo?


U.K. apologizes to Pope over abortion, condom jokes - CTV News

24 April, 2010

Questioning the Pope - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com

The Public Editor - Questioning the Pope - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com

Greek crisis a catalyst for developed economies to cut budget deficits: Flaherty

Greek crisis a catalyst for developed economies to cut budget deficits: Flaherty

“Pope asks Bloggers to Give Internet a Soul” « CatholicVoteAction.org

“Pope asks Bloggers to Give Internet a Soul” « CatholicVoteAction.org

Pope replaces George Bush as the man some people love to hate - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie

David Quinn: Pope replaces George Bush as the man some people love to hate - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie

Vatican Seeks ‘Transparency’ in Cases - NYTimes.com

Vatican Seeks ‘Transparency’ in Cases - NYTimes.com

Getting to the roots of the sex abuse scandal « SoCon Or Bust

Fr. Richard Neuhaus used to often say when asked what was at the root of the Church's sex abuse scandal that there were three reasons: "infidelity, infidelity, infidelity".

Here's someone whose making the same argument- not quite as succinctly!

Getting to the roots of the sex abuse scandal « SoCon Or Bust

Saudi Arabia is not a men's club - Full Comment

Barbara Kay points out the inappropriate comparison by Maureen Dowd of Saudi Arabia and the Roman Catholic Church


Barbara Kay: Saudi Arabia is not a men's club - Full Comment

20 April, 2010

From the Dioceseof Whitehorse

Op-Ed Columnist - Riders on the Storm - NYTimes.com

An interesting essay from David Brooks of the NYT on the effect of the internet on the public's consciousness of world events and issues. I think Marshall McLuhan would agree with him.

Op-Ed Columnist - Riders on the Storm - NYTimes.com

Was Something Different in the 60s and 70s? « The American Catholic

GOOD QUESTION!! It may actually shed some light into the corners so that we can why the the Church is in such trouble.


Was Something Different in the 60s and 70s? « The American Catholic

A Second Victimization ? or a thin skin?

A Second Victimization « The American Catholic

The 'nap' seen round the world!

Pope Benedict nod's off at recent mass! Truthfully it's not hard to understand. After a weekend of masses, driven all over the Island of Malta to give or listen to numerous speeches, all under the 30 lbs of vestments... and all at the age of 83 yrs!
I'd take a nap as well!

Ten Pro-Life Wedges To Bring Down Abortion « SoCon Or Bust

Ten Pro-Life Wedges To Bring Down Abortion « SoCon Or Bust

Bank of Canada sets stage for rate hike

The 'Rubber' hits the 'Road' on more axises than just the level of faith and politics. Economic factors are a big part of life as well, and it's at least as important as these issues that I have habitually been blogging.

I think it's time for that to change.

Beginning today I'm going to begin using a few Financial RRS feeds so that I can post articles that reflect this reality. I claim no expertise on the questions and facts they raise beyond a rudimentary understanding of economics, but I know that some folks that cruise this corner of the internet are experts in such matters. Perhaps they could offer some relevant commentary or responses to questions? (ML... are you listening?)

Feel free to discuss to your hearts content!

Fr. Tim

Bank of Canada sets stage for rate hike

Debunking Adoption Myths

Commentary: Debunking Adoption Myths

Sexual abuse and the Catholic Church : The New Yorker

Sexual abuse and the Catholic Church : The New Yorker

Religious Persecution International

This kind of put's the common experience of being 'persecuted' into perspective. These are example of REAL persecution!

The American Spectator : Religious Persecution International

12 Myths about our Catholic faith!

Top 15 Misconceptions About Catholics « The American Catholic

A decent read for anyone who is feeling challenged in their faith these days.


Top 15 Misconceptions About Catholics « The American Catholic

18 April, 2010

Archbishop Tom Collins (Toronto) addresses the Sex Abuse Scandals in Canada. Watch the video!

Victim in Malta: Pope had 'tears in his eyes' | National Catholic Reporter

Victim in Malta: Pope had 'tears in his eyes' | National Catholic Reporter

Pope leads open-air Mass in Malta for thousands

The Associated Press: Pope leads open-air Mass in Malta for thousands

Pope meets with sex abuse victims in Malta - CTV News

"Pope Benedict XVI met with a group of clerical abuse victims Sunday and promised them the Catholic Church would implement "effective measures" to protect young people in the future.

The Vatican said Benedict expressed his "shame and sorrow" at the pain the men and their families suffered and prayed with them during the meeting at the Vatican's embassy in Malta."

Together with the issuing of the clarification of the universal 'one strike' policy that the Pope issued last week (which calls for MANDATORY reporting of any allegation to civil authorities, we can see that B16 is serious when he states that the Church is changing the way it handles these scandalous activities on the part of a few priests and bishops.

Sadly the story goes on to say:

"Victims' advocacy groups have demanded that the Vatican take concrete steps to protect children and remove abusive priests, saying the pope's expressions to date of solidarity and shame are meaningless unless actual action is taken."

I say 'sadly' because these victims advocacy groups such as SNAP have allowed themselves to become beholden to their single largest source of income... the couple of law firms that are driving these suits on a contingency fee basis. SNAP and others are obliged to castigate and reject anything that the Vatican puts forward as a solution lest they diminish the size of the settlements - which would threaten their funding!

Read the complete story by clicking on the link below.


Pope meets with sex abuse victims in Malta - CTV News

Setting the Record Straight | Register Exclusives | NCRegister.com

An example of humility that MANY, MANY (ALL?) leaders in the Church should emulate.

Fr. Tim

Setting the Record Straight | Register Exclusives | NCRegister.com

17 April, 2010

Richard Dawkins, evolve thyself - Full Comment

"Dawkins of course knows that won’t happen. British judges almost always refuse to deal with crimes that, if they existed, happened outside the U.K.’s jurisdiction. It would take a mountain of evidence to produce anything like the “universal jurisdiction” warrant from a Spanish court that led to Augusto Pinochet’s arrest in London in 1998. Pinochet was charged with mass murder while dictator of Chile, a rather more impressive crime than the cover-up that the Pope’s critics believe they have exposed. Anyway, as a head of state, the Pope has immunity under international law.

So the arrest is a publicity stunt to denigrate the Pope and his Church. Dawkins more or less admitted that when he wrote on his blog the other day: “I am optimistic that we shall raise public consciousness to the point where the British government will find it very awkward indeed to go ahead with the Pope’s visit.”


Read the full column!


Robert Fulford: Richard Dawkins, evolve thyself - Full Comment

Blogosphere is morphing

This is what I am hoping to accomplish with the blog... and explains why I now am soliciting donations to obtain editorial and writing services for "Where the Rubber Hits the Road".

Fr. Tim Moyle

Blogosphere is morphing

Pope in Malta: Church 'wounded by our sins' | National Catholic Reporter

Pope in Malta: Church 'wounded by our sins' | National Catholic Reporter

The latest push for the legalization of Euthanasia in Canada - please take heed! Contact your MP immediately!!

Pastor, STE ANNEMATTAWA ON  P0H 1V0
Pembroke, ON

Due to the urgency of this issue, we have not had enough time to translate this message into French.
Please excuse this email if you have received more than one copy.
Dear Pastors,
[Note: You can listen-in live Online to Fr. Tom Lynch being interviewed by Pastor Mark Koehler of Radio 91.3 FM, Hanover on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 3 p.m. Pastor Mark and Fr. Tom are sure to cover the issue of Euthanasia and Bill C-384. Click Here!]
According to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, it is extremely likely that Bill C-384 will proceed to second reading on Tuesday, April 20 with a critical vote on Wednesday, April 21st.
We urge everyone to call or E-mail their Member of Parliament (or all Members of Parliament) right away urging them to vote against this Bill. Should this Bill pass legislation it will legalize euthanasia in Canada.
Alex Schadenberg, EPC's executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has said, “We must soundly defeat Bill C-384 to discourage other MP's from also attempting to legalize euthanasia in Canada. I'm concerned that if euthanasia or assisted suicide were legalized in Canada that it would become the ultimate form of elder abuse and people with disabilities would often experience subtle pressures to ‘choose’ to die. Please vote against Bill C-384.”

To E-mail your Member of Parliament, or all Members of Parliament, Please Click Here!
 
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has sample letters for reference
here.

Contact the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition with any questions at:
info@epcc.ca
Please spread the word by E-mailing this note to all your family and friends.
Michael Vande WielPriests for Life Canada, Operations Manager

No more excuses in church abuse scandal - The Daily Observer - Ontario, CA

An editorial from the Pembroke Daily Observer on the sex abuse scandals. A voice from the current 'ground zero' calling for the Church to act with justice.

No more excuses in church abuse scandal - The Daily Observer - Ontario, CA

Sociologist compares today's crisis to Nazi smear campaign | National Catholic Reporter

Sociologist compares today's crisis to Nazi smear campaign | National Catholic Reporter

Jurgen Habermas: A Secular Atheist Changes His Mind on Religion in the Public Sphere - Historical Christian

Jurgen Habermas: A Secular Atheist Changes His Mind on Religion in the Public Sphere - Historical Christian

Peggy Noonan: How to Save the Catholic Church - WSJ.com

Peggy Noonan: How to Save the Catholic Church - WSJ.com

New Vatican web site offers resources on sex-abuse issue

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : New Vatican web site offers resources on sex-abuse issue

Vatican PR gaffes hamper Pope's teaching: John Allen

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Vatican PR gaffes hamper Pope's teaching: John Allen

15 April, 2010

Another Ottawa Senator done for the season (sigh)

http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/story.html?id=2911080

"This Pain is Grace, Because It Is Renewal": Off-the-Cuff, the Pope Speaks

Whispers in the Loggia: "This Pain is Grace, Because It Is Renewal": Off-the-Cuff, the Pope Speaks

Church crisis is not just about raped children - Full Comment

Jonathan Kay: Church crisis is not just about raped children - Full Comment

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart : April 14, 2010 : (04/14/10) Clip 1 of 4

Humor & wisdom all at once!

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart : April 14, 2010 : (04/14/10) Clip 1 of 4

It's Not About Sexual Abuse

Freedom Through Truth: It's Not About Sexual Abuse

Dawkins Downfall ("Arrest The Pope" Edition)

The Moral Consequences of Episcopal Sin | First Things

The Moral Consequences of Episcopal Sin | First Things

Pope in homily addresses “attacks of the world”, says “penance is a grace” « CatholicVoteAction.org

Pope in homily addresses “attacks of the world”, says “penance is a grace” « CatholicVoteAction.org

The fairy tale of sick celibacy

Super article that addresses the issue of whether or not there is a connection between celibacy and pedophilia or other deviant sexualities. If your truly interested in studying the truth about this issue (I do not claim that it is unquestionably correct - although it certainly fits with my experience) it is well worth the read. It's a short piece!

The fairy tale of sick celibacy

Fr. Raymond deSouza takes on Christopher Hitchens!

Fr. Raymond deSouza takes on Christopher Hitchens!


http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=60ab942b-97f5-43b7-ab89-49d3067e3ca4

14 April, 2010

Senators strike first - The Globe and Mail

Yippee!!

One victory down... 15 more to come... and then it's party-time in Ottawa!

Senators strike first - The Globe and Mail

A tale of two battles

Here is the original article from the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) in which the author states that if it was correct to invade Afghanistan because of 9/11, and Iraq for allegedly possessing WMD, then the Vatican should be bombed and the Pope 'chased through the sewers until his body is ridden with bullets'.

Nice guy, eh?

ABC The Drum Unleashed - A tale of two battles

If the Vatican isn’t a sovereign state, can we bomb it?

WOW!!! The Economist Magazine publishes an article in which they quote an Australian columnist who suggests 'carpet bombing' the Vatican! No joke! Read the article for yourselves and ask if the Vatican is simply being 'called out' over its handling of these sex abuse cases... or is really under attack.

If the Vatican isn’t a sovereign state, can we bomb it?

Church using water pistol to battle major blaze - Nova Scotia News - TheChronicleHerald.ca

A very well presented argument calling for the Church hierarchy to do MORE to address these scandals.

Church using water pistol to battle major blaze - Nova Scotia News - TheChronicleHerald.ca

Journalists abandon standards to attack the Pope

Print an Article: Journalists abandon standards to attack the Pope

13 April, 2010

What Do We Learn from the Main Stream Media Coverage of the Pope?

Freedom Through Truth: What Do We Learn from the Main Stream Media Coverage of the Pope?

The Church Adrift - NYTimes.com

I.H.T. Op-Ed Contributor - The Church Adrift - NYTimes.com

Faith shaken by sex abuse scandal

Canadian mother writes about her love of Church and her fears for her children in the face of the most recent Canadian news accounts. Excellent Letter! Short, sweet and to the point.

Faith shaken by sex abuse scandal

A way out of this mess for the Canadian Church?

If the Vatican has been paying for Public and Media Relations services, it should sue for breach of contract! I can hardly remember a time when one organization has been so resolutely fixed in the cross-hairs of such critical media coverage for such an extended period of time.

We've reached the point where it is evident that ripping this bandage off the Church 'bit by bit' is having horrendous consequences that have warped any attempted strategy into the media version of Chinese Water torture.

Would it be any worse if the Church were to open itself to a complete audit and disclosure of all reports of alleged offenses and offenders currently known by any Bishop or Diocesan administration?

This need not be a 'public' event. Organizations such as the Children's Aid Societies have effectively investigated all claims of any form of child abuse for many decades and are eminently qualified to confidentially determine the truth in a manner that protects the innocent and brings offenders to the appropriate legal authorities. Inviting these experts to examine all relevant Church files may be an effective first step in winning back souls washed away by a seemingly endless set of waves of media reports of unctuous acts by clerics of different ranks and office IN YEARS PAST!

Somehow the Church has been unable to get this particular detail into the public record, that these are not crimes which have been hidden or unknown from the public square . They have been part of the public record  for over 30 years. So, why are they now provoking such a fever pitch of condemnation and castigation of the Roman Catholic Church and its Pope?

To those of us old enough to have lived through the days of Watergate, Richard Nixon and the media firestorm of that time, today's attacks on the Pope are eerily all too familiar. The constancy of the media drumbeat of bad news stories - beginning with the public revelation of a handful of offenders, to now where journalists have literally 'followed the money' up the chain of command to the very foot of the Chair of Peter.  Repeated scurrilous attempts to ensnare Benedict XVI through the use of re-cycled cases to pollute again the well of public opinion.

No doubt about it: if the Vatican is  paying someone to help them present a positive image to the world through the global media...  it's entitled to its money back!

Fr. Tim

The most disgusting editorial cartoon yet!

Is this not the most blasphemous cartoon yet?
Nothing is sacred anymore!!

12 April, 2010

2 million Canadians know someone sexually assaulted by priest: Poll

Oh My God! Please may this be an exaggeration or an aberrant poll result. If true, it demonstrates the immense challenge that faces today's priests as we seek to repair the damage that has been wrought upon our parishes. We are all in great need of prayer!


2 million Canadians know someone sexually assaulted by priest: Poll

A WONDERFUL gift to LIFT my spirits on a day spent battling in these trying times.

God is indeed VERY good. On this day-off spent responding in various forums and to friends and parishioners regarding the horrific revelations of the past few days, the breeder of my canine companion decided to send along a few 'puppy' shots that I can add to my photo library. I'm happy to share them with you here.

He's as handsome today as he was then, although he has adapted to a shorter hair style now than in earlier days. I'll post some current pictures after his next grooming, but here are the gifts I received today. Enjoy.
 These pictures were taken when he was 10 weeks old


This was what he looked like when he first came to live with me...(lot's of brushing)



...and here's what he looks like after his last grooming


The Frustratingly Poor Quality of Press Coverage

The Frustratingly Poor Quality of Press Coverage

The whole world now knows about Father Stephen Kiesle of Oakland, the priest who tied up young boys and molested them sexually and whose request to be defrocked came before then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The press is swarming with assertions that, as the Washington Post headlined its story, "Future pope balked at defrocking priest." This, we are led to believe, is the smoking gun. Raztinger signed the letter in 1985. That is HIS signature. Case closed. Here are the documents.
In talking to reporters, I raised the question: Why was this case in front of Ratzinger in the first place. It does not make sense. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was given jurisdiction over cases of the "graviora delicta" of sexual abuse only in 2001. Before that time, it is a bit unclear who had immediate jurisdiction in Rome, although one point – which I also made to reporters – went unmentioned then and in all the reporting about the future Pope’s role in handling sex abuse cases, namely, the local bishop has the authority to remove a priest from the clerical state. Recourse to Rome is necessary only to dispense a priest from his vow of celibacy, so that he can subsequently be married in the Church.....

Click here to read more...


America Magazine

Richard Dawkins planning to have Pope Benedict arrested over 'crimes against humanity' - Telegraph

That will certainly be something to see him try. Picture the Queen beating off him with her purse if he tries when the Pope visits Buckingham Palace. It'll make the nightly news alright! Another success in Dawkin's campaign of self promotion!

P L E A S E..... Somethings are just too far outside the realm of reality to actually believe.

And Dawkin's thinks that 'believers' are foolish!

Richard Dawkins planning to have Pope Benedict arrested over 'crimes against humanity' - Telegraph

Another Long Lent | First Things

The truth seems to have gotten out, if slowly and incompletely: the single most influential figure in reshaping the Roman Curia’s attitude toward these scandals and the Church’s legal practice in dealing with them, was Joseph Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI.

The plaintiff’s bar cannot concede this, for to do so would be to destroy the narrative it has been selling to the world media; Ratzinger’s enemies cannot concede this, for they have never been able to find good in him; and European secularists cannot concede this, for in their minds the Church is, in principle, irreformably corrupt—Voltaire’s L’infame. But those willing to look at facts and evidence have begun to understand just how crucial a role Ratzinger played in ensuring that 2010 did not automatically become 2002 redivivus....

Click here to read the rest.

Another Long Lent | First Things

A moment of your time please for a personal request - it only takes a few seconds at most... and it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED by many!!

PLEASE visit and respond to the request I make on my facebook account. It would be greatly appreciated by all priests... but especially we here in the latest Canadian 'ground zero' of the sex abuse scandals. A Google search of just the names of the principals in this current revelation of prior knowledge brings 1870 news stories on this condemnatory piece of correspondence. WE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY need your support. Please at least take the few seconds needed to register your 'liking' the idea of praying for priests in Pembroke and around the world.

THANK YOU. Fr. Tim

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The Vatican Information service joins the blogosphere!

The Vatican Information service joins the blogosphere!

http://www.visnews-en.blogspot.com/

Fr. Real Ouellette addresses the sex abuse scandal in our diocese: Homily of Sunday, April 11, 2010 - Vinton - Padrereal2002 - AllMyBlog

Homily of Sunday, April 11, 2010 - Vinton - Padrereal2002 - AllMyBlog

Coverage of Pembroke Diocese reaction

If ever there was a time for the laity to come to the spiritual aid of their clergy, it's now! It's time for all Catholics to bend their knees in supplication for their priests who have faithfully offered their lives to the Church and to her 'Eternal Spouse', Jesus Christ.


Sincerely folks, I ask you to pray for all victims of predator priests. I ask you as well to pray also for the clergy of our diocese. The very fact that the Charles Gibson, Diocesan lawyer was interviewed in preparation of this CTV media report, should have been clue enough of the need of the Diocesan spokesperson to deal with the media at weekend masses at the Cathedral. TV cameras also greeted those entering and leaving the other Pembroke parishes as well. At the very least, local clergy should have been alerted of the likelihood of the media's presence and instructed in how they should be dealt with.  Alas, no one thought of these details. The priests of the Cathedral were left on their own in addressing parishioners regarding the media's presence, even if not to the the '800 lbs gorilla' that brought them to the church's front steps in the first place.


We priests are most certainly suffering for inactions for which our religious Superiors (past and present) in their failing to understand the deleterious effects this time of trial has had upon the faithful; lay and clergy. We do not ask for a opportunity to express ourselves in a 'care & share' encounter with our spiritual fathers - but we need them to act swiftly and efficiency in responding to these sad affairs. I point out that it took the Globe & Mail (and the New York Times) less than 30 minutes to refute the Diocesan press release in providing additional quotes from the complainant in this legal battle stating that at no time did the Diocese ever suggest or offer to assist in bringing this matter to the Police. Evidently his law firm is extremely efficient in their media strategy. The Church most certainly cannot claim to be anywhere near as efficient.


To chose the decent path need not stand in opposition to legal counsel, so long as it is efficiently and effectively presented. The Church need not abandon the latter to achieve that former. Hopefully we will as a Diocesan family find that way... eventually.


Watch for yourself and come to your own conclusions... Then 'pray, pray, pray' for all clergy, from the lowest to the most exalted that we be guided by Gods' Spirit and our religious Superiors.



Fr. Tim



http://watch.ctv.ca/news/clip287670#clip287670

George Carlin (NOT! ...Larry Miller) 'wisdom' in life, offered with a wry smile

George Carlin (oops...Larry Miller)

Absolutely Brilliant


IF YOU DON'T READ THIS TO THE VERY END, YOU HAVE LOST A DAY IN YOUR LIFE.

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

"How old are you?"  "I'm four and a half!"  You're never thirty-six and a half.  You're four and a half, going on five!  That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back.  You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

"How old are you?"  "I'm gonna be 16!"  You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . . YOU BECOME 21.  YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30.  Oooohh, what happened there?  Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out.  There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling.  What's wrong?  What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40.  Whoa!  Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50

And your dreams are gone.

But wait!!!  You MAKE it to 60.  You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime.  And it doesn't end there.  Into the 90's, you start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens.  If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again.  "I'm 100 and a half!"

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height.  Let the doctors worry about them.  That is why you pay "them!"

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning.  Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever.  Never let the brain idle.  "An idle mind is the devil's workshop."  And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud.  Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen.  Endure, grieve, and move on.  The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.  Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.  Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health:  If it is good, preserve it.  If it is unstable, improve it.  If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9 Don't take guilt trips.  Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Have a wonderful day!!!!!!!

Vatican publishes protocol for Dioceses to follow in responding to sexual abuse allegations against priests ('One Strike' Policy)- from Zenit.org

CDF GUIDELINES ON SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

VATICAN CITY, 12 APR 2010 (VIS) - Today the Vatican website, under the section called "Focus", published a guide to understanding the procedures of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on sexual abuse allegations towards minors.

Guide to Understanding Basic CDF Procedures concerning Sexual Abuse Allegations

The applicable law is the Motu Proprio "Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela" (MP SST) of 30 April 2001 together with the 1983 Code of Canon Law. This is an introductory guide which may be helpful to lay persons and non-canonists.

A: Preliminary Procedures

The local diocese investigates every allegation of sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric.
If the allegation has a semblance of truth the case is referred to the CDF. The local bishop transmits all the necessary information to the CDF and expresses his opinion on the procedures to be followed and the measures to be adopted in the short and long term.

Civil law concerning reporting of crimes to the appropriate authorities should always be followed.

During the preliminary stage and until the case is concluded, the bishop may impose precautionary measures to safeguard the community, including the victims. Indeed, the local bishop always retains power to protect children by restricting the activities of any priest in his diocese. This is part of his ordinary authority, which he is encouraged to exercise to whatever extent is necessary to assure that children do not come to harm, and this power can be exercised at the bishop's discretion before, during and after any canonical proceeding.

B: Procedures authorized by the CDF

The CDF studies the case presented by the local bishop and also asks for supplementary information where necessary.
The CDF has a number of options:

B1 Penal Processes

The CDF may authorize the local bishop to conduct a judicial penal trial before a local Church tribunal. Any appeal in such cases would eventually be lodged to a tribunal of the CDF.

The CDF may authorize the local bishop to conduct an administrative penal process before a delegate of the local bishop assisted by two assessors. The accused priest is called to respond to the accusations and to review the evidence. The accused has a right to present recourse to the CDF against a decree condemning him to a canonical penalty. The decision of the Cardinals members of the CDF is final.

Should the cleric be judged guilty, both judicial and administrative penal processes can condemn a cleric to a number of canonical penalties, the most serious of which is dismissal from the clerical state. The question of damages can also be treated directly during these procedures.

B2 Cases referred directly to the Holy Father

In very grave cases where a civil criminal trial has found the cleric guilty of sexual abuse of minors or where the evidence is overwhelming, the CDF may choose to take the case directly to the Holy Father with the request that the Pope issue a decree of "ex officio" dismissal from the clerical state. There is no canonical remedy against such a papal decree.

The CDF also brings to the Holy Father requests by accused priests who, cognizant of their crimes, ask to be dispensed from the obligation of the priesthood and want to return to the lay state. The Holy Father grants these requests for the good of the Church ("pro bono Ecclesiae").

B3 Disciplinary Measures

In cases where the accused priest has admitted to his crimes and has accepted to live a life of prayer and penance, the CDF authorizes the local bishop to issue a decree prohibiting or restricting the public ministry of such a priest. Such decrees are imposed through a penal precept which would entail a canonical penalty for a violation of the conditions of the decree, not excluding dismissal from the clerical state. Administrative recourse to the CDF is possible against such decrees. The decision of the CDF is final.

C. Revision of MP SST

For some time the CDF has undertaken a revision of some of the articles of "Motu Proprio Sacramentorum Sanctitatis tutela", in order to update the said Motu Proprio of 2001 in the light of special faculties granted to the CDF by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. The proposed modifications under discussion will not change the above-mentioned procedures (A, B1-B3).

A classic cartoon explains the problem with anonymous internet comments! Still true today! ... but not 'where the rubber hits the road!'



From the start, Internet users have taken for granted that the territory was both a free-for-all and a digital disguise, allowing them to revel in their power to address the world while keeping their identities concealed.

A New Yorker cartoon from 1993, during the Web’s infancy, with one mutt saying to another, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog,” became an emblem of that freedom. For years, it was the magazine’s most reproduced cartoon.

When news sites, after years of hanging back, embraced the idea of allowing readers to post comments, the near-universal assumption was that anyone could weigh in and remain anonymous. But now, that idea is under attack from several directions, and journalists, more than ever, are questioning whether anonymity should be a given on news sites.... click here to read the rest of the NYT article.

Op-Ed Columnist - John Paul II and Benedict XVI - The Better Pope? - NYTimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist - John Paul II and Benedict XVI - The Better Pope? - NYTimes.com

11 April, 2010

The 'Red Hat' Club

Inspired I assume, by the Newsweek cover... but funny never the less, eh?

Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan - CTV News

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and perpetual light shine upon him.

May the soul of Tyler Todd, rest in peace.


Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan - CTV News

More shameful attacks on the pope, and the Catholic response « CatholicVoteAction.org

Newsweek takes its swipe at the Catholic Church by using the Madonna Image on its cover. It mocks the popular evangelical Christian saying, "Would Would Mary Do?," in an attempt to exploit the traditional RC Marian piety to turn Catholics away from their church. Believe me... once a person becomes convinced that the Church is irrelevant in one's relationship with God, she loses the generations majority of that follow.

Why will the leaders of the Church not realize that they are facing another "reformation" moment?  Only this time, instead of breaking-up over the interpretation of scripture, the Church confronts the wholesale abandonment of the practice of the faith by a community rejecting the institutional authority of the Church in the wake of these waves of scandals resonating throughout the media.

Bad habits are hard things to break once they set in. If many of the 'faithful few' who still participate in the spiritual life of their parish, spend two or three months 'on vacation' from the Church... a significant percentage are at risk of not returning. The faithful and the Church stands to lose tremendous numbers throughout Canada and the World if it continues to mishandle this essential dossier.

The 'well' of grace, earned by tens of generations of Catholics is indeed immense; it is not bottom-less. It is possible to render this spiritual water 'toxic' to many, whose understand and practice are not as strong as perhaps their priests and bishops would hope. The bitter opprobrium of successive revelations turns is sickening their stomachs. It may be that many will chose not to drink from the chalice again any time soon... if ever.

It's one thing if people just drift away for a few weeks to accommodate hockey tournaments, vacations and other of life's 'special events'. They almost always return.

It's another thing again if they walk out the door in anger or disgust. Living along the Ottawa River, the Church should recognize that there is a gross difference between 'drifting off' and 'pushing off into the current'. The tide is running strong against the Church these days. Soul's who 'push off' might well be lost to the Church, swept away on a current of 'moral indignation'.

Pope Benedict XVI predicted these 'dark' days back in his early years as Cardinal Prefect of the CDF. I publicly stated that the Church would be 'purified' and reduced to a 'remnant' in the days before Christ's return. This does not mean that we should do everything within our power to save as many souls as possible.

More shameful attacks on the pope, and the Catholic response « CatholicVoteAction.org

John Allen Jr. Gets It | Register Exclusives | NCRegister.com

John Allen Jr. Gets It | Register Exclusives | NCRegister.com

PRAYER FOR POPE BENEDICT XVI

Join in a novena for Pope Benedict!

H/T to Michael Brandon from 'Freedom Through Truth Blog'.

Freedom Through Truth: PRAYER FOR POPE BENEDICT XVI

“Associated Press” Disgraces Itself With Attack on Pope « SoCon Or Bust

“Associated Press” Disgraces Itself With Attack on Pope « SoCon Or Bust

10 April, 2010

Bishop Tonnos 'knew nothing' of abuse: statement

TheSpec.com - Local - Bishop Tonnos 'knew nothing' of abuse: statement

Pope Handled Priest Case Quickly, Lawyer Says - NYTimes.com

Pope Handled Priest Case Quickly, Lawyer Says - NYTimes.com

Secrets of the Catholic Church

From the National Law Review. Here's a snippet:

The Catholic Church must deal with the recent, unfulfilled promise of Pope Benedict XVI that it will never again hide the sins of pastoral administrators. His admirable condemnation of past misconduct and his allusion to extending the statute of limitations for claims against offending priests are appropriate first steps. TWO NECESSARY CHANGES
Without two changes in the Church's practices — its absolute rule about the pastoral privilege by which confidential confessions are invariably protected and its resort to confidentiality agreements in settling complaints of priests' misconduct — his admonitions will prove illusory. The Vatican's secrecy policies have impeded attempts to expose and punish wrongdoings by priests....
There are two secrecy problems that need to be addressed, and redressed. First, the confidentiality of the confessional, intrinsic to Church doctrine, while benign in most situations, also has led to terrible injustices....
To read more, click on the link below

The ONE ESSENTIAL point that this article proposes is absolutely a non-starter for the Church: the violation of the seal of the confessional. The author tries to minimize the importance of the Seal and posits that it is simply a reflection of a culture of silence. He is absolutely wrong.

The seal of Confession does not contribute to the tendency of the Church to deal with sexual predators. It exists only to preserve the integrity of the sacrament - ensuring that any sinner can have the capacity to bring even the gravest matter before God without fearing that his/her transgression will ever become public. It respects the right of anyone to turn to God to confess and receive His forgiveness and allows the presence of a priest to help to confess fully and completely.

As a social worker and as a priest, I know very well that the seal of the confessional has been responsible for assisting many souls to find peace that they could not attain via psychotherapy.

I posted this article not to suggest that the Seal should be compromised in any way, but simply to point out that the scandals are bringing forth many forces that albeit well intentioned are threatening the Church and its adherents. It is just a further manifestation of evil effects that the infidelity of priests and the stupidity of Bishops have wrought upon the Church.

H/T to Mary G. for pointing out the need for this explanation
Secrets of the Catholic Church

Kiesle case is no smoking gun

OSV Daily Take: Kiesle case is no smoking gun

Squandering what's left of their credibility

Conrad Black opines on the USA MSM.

Squandering what's left of their credibility

Beliefs - A Psychologist Steeped in Treatment of Sexually Active Priests - NYTimes.com

Beliefs - A Psychologist Steeped in Treatment of Sexually Active Priests - NYTimes.com

09 April, 2010

A Reposting of: "It's time to clean up this mess"

Rotterdam Bishop Ad van Luyn has called for an independent investigation into the sexual exploitation of children by priests, after 200 alleged victims contacted help services. His call follows the publication of the Dublin Inquiry into the Irish Church scandals, and the revelation of allegations of misconduct in Germany and even within the ranks of the Vatican itself.

Catholics in North America are all too familiar with these scandals. Repeated media reports that clerics have violated their religious obligation to celibacy and chastity have sorely tested the belief of many. Even the Bishops have not withstood the scrutiny of inquiry for they have been found culpable in the victimization of the Church’s most precious gifts - the trust of its members and the welfare of its members; actions which have brought untold suffering and confusion into the hearts and minds of many.

The United States Bishops have taken one crucial step that, to date, has not been implemented by their northern brothers in Canada: an independent audit or investigation of their handling of these scandals. Their Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the USCCB in June 2002 in Dallas, Tx. for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse.

The Charter directs action in all the following matters:
-creating a safe environment for children and young people
-healing and reconciliation of victims and survivors
-making prompt and effective response to allegations
-cooperating with civil authorities
-disciplining offenders
-providing for means of accountability for the future to ensure the problem continues to be effectively dealt with through a national Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection and a National Review Board.

It is this last point, the creation of a National Review Board, staffed and led by independent professionals and investigators, that has become the mechanism by which American Catholics can access the truth of these scandals and seek the assurance that such matters are now dealt with in a manner that respects the principles of justice and compassion.

Canada needs such an instrument to provide the same for its Catholic faithful.

There are many recent examples where truth commissions or investigations have dealt with larger and more contentious issues in other societies. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission headed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu helped South Africa to begin to move past the horrors of its apartheid era.3 Rwanda has walked a similar path in the wake of its ethnic genocide begin the process of societal healing4. If the probing light of truth can help to sterilize those societies of the evil they endured, then surely it is possible for the same to happen for the Church and its alienated members... and society at large.

Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have identified these scandals as the manifestation of evil within the entire faith community. Benedict has gone even further in openly criticizing the Irish Bishops for their mishandling of these scandals. Clearly it is of the papal mind that such acts need to be cauterized with the application of transparent justice in which the Church, in all humility, must face the consequences of its misdeeds and do more than simply publicly apologizing and promising to do better.

Too often in the wake of these revelations, the church has responded with a strategy that is guided by the counsel of its legal advisors in a vain attempt to protect the goods of the Church. This has resulted in the squandering of its true capital, the faith of its members and the morale of its priests. Perhaps it is time for all Bishops to be reminded that what is ‘legal’ is not always the 'moral' or 'proper' course to follow, especially for a body which claims moral authority in today’s societal debates.

It is easy, from the perspective of these ecclesial fathers, to face such an examination with a measure of trepidation and fear. Nevertheless it is past time for them to overcome their hesitation and accept that they have been rendered impotent in the eyes of most, in claiming the moral authority to deal with these matters internally. Only the sanitizing effect of an outside investigation can now bring the healing that Canadian Catholics need and desire. In short, the benefits will now far outweigh the costs to both the institution of the Church and to the faith of Canadians of all persuasions and faith.

It is time for the Church in Canada to ask for, and cooperate with, an independent investigation into its actions by an appropriate outside body. The faithful, both lay and clergy require no less if they are to overcome the injuries sustained over the past 20+ years of scandal and shame. It is time to do what is necessary to reclaim its moral authority.

Today’s Catholics are demanding nothing less.

Reform Catholic Church policy, critics say - Holy Post

A column from Charles Lewis of the National Post. Mr. Lewis has been a fairly impartial if perhaps even supportive of the RC Church. His voice should not be ignored. He has earned the benefit of the doubt as to his intentions. I have called for very much of the same thing on this blog: I have shared it as well with virtually every friend I have within the RC Church in my attempt to sell the idea. To date, I have been seen as being an 'alarmist'; a 'chicken little' running around claiming the sky was falling. "We've dealt with the issue effectively here in Canada" I was told. "We don't need to follow the American model - it's too extreme for us" was the consensus opinion of those who reviewed my suggestion. I was even cautioned that to propose such a structure publicly would result in my possible suspension by my Bishop, should he decide to take offense at my 'overstepping' my position as priest. Well I posted it on my blog anyway... and I will post it again. My prayer is that this time, with cogent and articulate voices such as Charles Lewis (and hopefully other) adding their voices to the chorus, the Bishops will find the song for responsible change more pleasing to their ears.

Fr. Tim Moyle
Diocese of Pembroke

Reform Catholic Church policy, critics say - Holy Post

Vatican, Canadian church officials tried to keep sex scandal secret - The Globe and Mail

Vatican, Canadian church officials tried to keep sex scandal secret - The Globe and Mail

It's wrong to point finger at Pope in sex abuse scandals

It's wrong to point finger at Pope in sex abuse scandals

Judges grapple with Canada's legal test for hatred

Judges grapple with Canada's legal test for hatred

Cardinal Prefect [NOT RATZINGER!], Canadian hierarchy knew of abuse, covered it

Another priests' take on the Bernard Prince Scandal.

What Does The Prayer Really Say?»Blog Archive » Cardinal Prefect [NOT RATZINGER!], Canadian hierarchy knew of abuse, covered it

On Free Will, Grace and Sin « Vox Nova

On Free Will, Grace and Sin « Vox Nova

That didn't take long! Pembroke Bishop releases press statement that has been disputed in the NYT within an hour!

Taken from NYT website. Click on the title to read the entire NYT story.

In its statement, the Pembroke diocese said the victim ''was encouraged to refer the allegations to the civil authorities'' in accordance with Canadian church protocols, but ''his decision at the time was not to do so.''

However, the victim in a response to the diocese's statement e-mailed to The Associated Press disputed its account.

''At no point in my meetings with the diocese did they encourage me to call the police,'' he said. ''At no point did they offer to call the police on my behalf.'' The victim said that Windle never attended any meetings with him and church officials at the time.

Vatican to Introduce “Zero Tolerance” Rules on Clerical Sex Abuse: Reports

Vatican to Introduce “Zero Tolerance” Rules on Clerical Sex Abuse: Reports

The End of History and the Last Pope

The American Spectator : The End of History and the Last Pope

Cardinal prefect, Canadian hierarchy knew of Vatican official’s abuse

For the first time in my career as a priest, I am embarrassed to belong to the Pembroke Diocese. Bishop Windle has (posthumously) dealt a horrific blow to the Church by not following the policy set by the Canadian Bishops. Our current Bishop gathered the priests together a few weeks ago and told us this would not happen; that there was no foreknowledge of Prince's crimes. So, either he spoke without knowing what the truth was (hardly instills confidence) or he lied to his priests (even worse!!) Life is NOT good these days.


Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Cardinal prefect, Canadian hierarchy knew of Vatican official’s abuse

Sane Conservatism: Ann Coulter isn't the only one who doesn't have freedom of speech at Canadian Universities

Sane Conservatism: Ann Coulter isn't the only one who doesn't have freedom of speech at Canadian Universities

Vatican Outlines Path to Restoring Faith in Church - NYTimes.com

Vatican Outlines Path to Restoring Faith in Church - NYTimes.com

Priests Commit No More Abuse Than Other Males - Newsweek.com

Priests Commit No More Abuse Than Other Males - Newsweek.com

08 April, 2010

UN Judge: Pope Should be Prosecuted at International Criminal Court for "Crimes against Humanity"

A ham-fisted attempt to keep the Pope from going to Great Britain?


UN Judge: Pope Should be Prosecuted at International Criminal Court for "Crimes against Humanity"

In Defense of the Pope | First Things

In Defense of the Pope | First Things

The Pope and the press - latest offering from Fr. Raymond deSouza

The Pope and the press

Roseanne Barr: Church-going Catholics 'Should Lose Custody' of Their Kids | NewsBusters.org

Why does Roseanne Barr even merit media coverage for her opinion? It's just ANOTHER illustration of using this scandal for personal gain - just as many are guilty of the same. "Justice for victims" becomes secondary to contingency fees for lawyers and publicity for washed-up former 'stars' like Barr or Sinead O'Connor.

Sad, sad, sad!


Roseanne Barr: Church-going Catholics 'Should Lose Custody' of Their Kids | NewsBusters.org

07 April, 2010

Op-Ed Columnist - The Church’s Judas Moment - NYTimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist - The Church’s Judas Moment - NYTimes.com

In Defense of Archbishop Gomez's Handling of Abuse Scandals

The Sacred Page: In Defense of Archbishop Gomez's Handling of Abuse Scandals

Freedom Through Truth: The goal: Destroy religious belief

Freedom Through Truth: The goal: Destroy religious belief

What Can the Catholic Church Learn From Married Priests? | First Things

What Can the Catholic Church Learn From Married Priests? | First Things

Editorial: Criticism of Pope's Handling of Abuse Crisis Reveals Division and Cultural Collision - International News - Catholic Online

Editorial: Criticism of Pope's Handling of Abuse Crisis Reveals Division and Cultural Collision - International News - Catholic Online

Sex abuse scandal means more vigorous background checks for future cardinals and pope - chicagotribune.com

Sex abuse scandal means more vigorous background checks for future cardinals and pope - chicagotribune.com

Pope Benedict XVI and Clerical Sex Abuse

Opus Dei - NEWS - Pope Benedict XVI and Clerical Sex Abuse

CBS 'Sunday Morning' Goes After Catholic Church on Easter Sunday | NewsBusters.org

CBS 'Sunday Morning' Goes After Catholic Church on Easter Sunday | NewsBusters.org

06 April, 2010

Memo From Rome - Sexual Abuse Crisis Puts Strain on Vatican Management - NYTimes.com

Memo From Rome - Sexual Abuse Crisis Puts Strain on Vatican Management - NYTimes.com

Powerful, Simple one minute prolife video

Ian Hunter: A crisis of faith, and a golden opportunity - Full Comment

Ian Hunter: A crisis of faith, and a golden opportunity - Full Comment

The fruits of this virtual form of evangelization: Participation in a comment thread engendered this comment in response to traditional 'litany' of Church sins

"Congratulations on a well thought out critique of the evils of the Church, circa middle-age to present. It certainly highlights a lot of the misgivings and tragedies that secularists, such as you, have branded into your psyche. You identify "Thousands and thousands of innocent children...attacked and abused by hundreds of (clergy) world-wide." It's undeniable that sexual abuse has been what many Catholics believe to be the greatest stain yet to blot the image of the Church. No doubt, secularists would argue more. You do, however, avoid acknowledging the fact that this same Church has also sheltered, fed, medically treated, taught and shepherded millions of indigent children and adults All Over The World for hundreds of years. Just recently, this same Church- composed of religious and laity- raised millions for Haitian relief. Did I say millions? Ah, such humanism. Of course, as a historian, you're aware that Humanism arose in the Church. Unfortunately, it was hijacked and converted into a much different package by men who professed greater knowledge and greater humanity, although, the jury's still out on both counts. Actually, their perceived brilliance makes it hard to discern all the different concepts and arcane versions that arose. Catholicism, however, a living, breathing organism of men and women, religious and laity, that will continue to keep you in the depths of vituperativeness and vitriol because it will right itself and play further havoc with the minds of secularists like you. We'll continue to sin, as one of Jesus's hand-picked apostles did, but maybe to a different degree. Crusades? For the Church, they're history, especially since secularists, led by Obama, have taken over the reins of the "infidel." I know that's secretly eating away at your loins."

Click here to read the original article and comments on the Philadelphia Inquirer.

'Offensive' Easter crucifixion re-enactment shut down, Archbishop regrets ignorance of holiday - Holy Post

'Offensive' Easter crucifixion re-enactment shut down, Archbishop regrets ignorance of holiday - Holy Post

Clericalism and the Liturgy | National Catholic Reporter

Clericalism and the Liturgy | National Catholic Reporter

Changes made to help keep the 'Rubber on the Road' and running smoothly.

Fellow Traveler's & Visitors to this way-stop on the virtual highway,

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Diocese of Pembroke
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How much did the Pope know? - World - Macleans.ca

The current scandals, as presented by a Canadian media perspective.

"It’s the Pope, Catholicism’s ultimate authority, who is at the centre of the storm. His reputation is under such ferocious attack that even the National Catholic Reporter, a source of balanced perspective on the sex abuse scandal, has called on Benedict to “directly answer questions, in a credible forum,” about his role in the saga. “We now face the largest institutional crisis in centuries, possibly in Church history,” the paper said. “How this crisis is handled by Benedict, what he says and does, how he responds and what remedies he seeks, will likely determine the future health of our Church for decades, if not centuries, to come. It is time, past time really, for direct answers to difficult questions. It is time to tell the truth.”


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Myth of the 'gay lifestyle' justifies bias - CNN.com

Posters such as Martin have defended the rights of the GBLT community to the full benefits of our society. His method of doing so is civil, intelligent and persuasive. At its root, Martin's position is grounded in the firm conviction that we are all equal due, not to our 'accidents', but by our 'substance' (expressed Thomistic-ally). I have been persuaded that the GBLT community certainly suffers the prejudices and abuse of many who either are wrong in an honest belief, or are 'frightened' and 'threatened' by others 'different' from them in society. Irrespective of the genesis, both results are hurtful and harmful to God's children. Citizens/souls such as Martin need not ask our 'permission' to live as they choose. Further, if the social sciences demonstrate conclusively that the restriction placed upon them in many jurisdictions is unwarranted (marital/family rights being first among these) and rooted in prejudice, they should be erased from the civil law post-haste!

The Church is absolutely within its rights to determine what is right or wrong as regards its adherents, but that is as far as its influence should extend. If Easter teaches us anything, it is that God loves us. Everyone, everywhere deserves to be seen through His witness and offer to each other the essential gift that we as Christians believe we have won through the triumph of the empty tomb over the cross: the triumph of love over death.

Here is an article posted on the CNN website. It's written from the perspective of the 'stay at home/domestic engineer' partner of a modern nuclear family, a gay marriage. I recommend it as ESSENTIAL READING for anyone who sincerely strives to (at the very least) understand the positives of their opponents arguments. Be warned though... I walked into this exploration of religious and secular values convinced of the rightness of the Church demanding that its definitions of such legally expressed concepts as 'marriage' and 'family' be the law of the land... it was 'God's will, expressed in law. Now I am not so confident in this belief.

Don't get me wrong... I do not question the Church's theology on the issue. I believe that it is a true expression of God's will, and I live my life in accordance to this belief. I am simply coming to realize that, as I have the right to make these personal decisions without restriction from the state, so too should every person have the same ... (IF - I'm all the where there yet, Marty) it is clear that such a decision will not have a deleterious impact on society at large. We were taught for over a millennium that the breakdown of the Greek and Roman Empires were preceded by a precipitous decline in moral and sexual values; a harbinger of civilizational collapse. It's hard for me get past why this was held to be a historical and moral axiom. Is this 'inner instinct' that pre-positions us with a negative opinion of the homosexual lifestyle (ergo subjecting gays seemingly everywhere to have experienced persecution and discrimination at the hands of heterosexual communities) there for a reason? It's universality throughout the species is reason enough to be cautious before redefining these basic rules of our society.

Fr. Tim



Myth of the 'gay lifestyle' justifies bias - CNN.com

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