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Who’s behind the ‘migrant caravan’ invasion? – George Soros and the telltale Star of David

On yesterday’s post about the invasion by young, military-age Honduran and Guatemalan men, which the hate-America MSM deceptively call a “migrant caravan”, FOTM readers observed that those “poor impoverished people are adorned in more expensive clothing than I wear”. Alma asks what the media refuse to ask:

“Who’s footing the bill? They are wearing clean clothing, they don’t look fatigued from walking, they are not famished, the children are clean. Where are they sleeping. Who’s providing breakfast, lunch, dinner?”

Sharp-eyed Courtney Tubbs of The Goldwater spotted a tell-tale clue in a Canadian propaganda “news” video:

Beginning at the 3:19 mark in the video, young male migrants invaders scramble onto an open-bed truck. The truck has a white cab.

At the 3:21 mark is a fleeting glimpse of a blue insignia on the cab — a Star of David.

From Wikipedia:

The Star of David (✡), known in Hebrew as the Shield of David . . . a generally recognized symbol of modern Jewish identity and Judaism . . . . Its shape is that of a hexagram, the compound of two equilateral triangles . . . . The symbol became representative of the worldwide Zionist community, and later the broader Jewish community, after it was chosen as the central symbol on a flag at the First Zionist Congress in 1897.

Why is a Jewish truck providing transportation for the Central American migrants invaders, whose ultimate objective is to illegally cross the Mexican-U.S. border into America?

The truck with the Star of David is the visual evidence confirming Jamie White’s Infowars report on October 20, 2018:

The UN and billionaire globalist George Soros are the driving forces behind the massive migrant caravan marching to the U.S. southern border, according to reports.

As with the previous caravan that sprung up last spring, the open borders group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, which is connected to Soros’ Open Society Foundation, is involved with organizing the caravan of 4,000, and the leader of the group was arrested Thursday for attacking Mexican immigration agents….

Pueblos Sin Fronteras is but one of several Soros groups financially and logistically supporting the caravan.

The caravan is organized by a group called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, [b]ut the effort is supported by the coalition CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, which includes Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLIN), the American Immigration Council (AIC), the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services (RICELS) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – thus the acronym CARA,” WND reported in April.

At least three of the four groups are funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.

Even President Trump called out the caravan’s questionable origins, noting the convenient timing for Democrats just weeks before the midterm elections.

“We’re starting to find out, and I won’t say 100 percent, I’ll put a little tiny question mark at the end … but a lot of money has been passing through people to come up and try to get to the border by election day,” Trump said during a Montana rally Thursday.

“They wanted that caravan, and there are those who say that caravan didn’t just happen,” he added.

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~Eowyn

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DOJ begins criminal investigation of Pennsylvania pedophile priests

The sexual abuse of minors is not just immoral and a grave sin, it is a criminal offense.

In the wake of the August 14 release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury’s report on the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 child victims by over 300 predator priests, and the coverup of those crimes by bishops, including Cardinal Donald Wuerl (who was Bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006) — which is a conspiracy — some U.S. dioceses have either made public or announced they will make public the names of pedophile priests.

But not the Diocese of Fresno in California where the bishop dithers.

As reported by the Fresno Bee, October 17, 2018, Bishop Armando X. Ochoa is “working” with a review board to “determine” what information the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno “may” release about area priests accused of sexual misconduct, including “the possibility” of publicly identifying those priests by name.

Bishop Ochoa can dither all he wants, but soon it’ll no longer be his option.

On Oct. 18, the U.S. Department of Justice served subpoenas for “documentation and files” to 6 of Pennsylvania’s 8 dioceses in a state-wide move by federal authorities to investigate sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.

A senior Church official told CNA the investigation concerns the federal crimes of transporting minors across state lines to abuse them, and the production or distribution of illegal (child) pornography, including electronically.

There are speculations that a federal investigation might focus on charges related to institutional cover-ups or conspiracy, perhaps seeking to build a case under the federal RICO laws meant for dealing with organized crime.

The news of a federal investigation in Pennsylvania raises the possibility that similar probes could also be launched in other states. In the meanwhile, state-led investigations into clerical sexual abuse are currently underway in several states including Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, Missouri, and New York. (Catholic News Agency)

~Eowyn

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Pro-abort feminists throw fire bombs at Argentina church

In Argentina, the right to life is constitutionally protected from “its conception until natural death”. Abortion is illegal unless the life of the mother is threatened by pregnancy.

On Sunday night, October 14, 2018, Hell descended on Trelew, a city about 700 miles south of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as pro-abort feminists, some baring their breasts, threw Molotov cocktails at a Catholic church and the City Hall. 

Inés San Martin reports for Crux that 50,000 pro-abort women attended the National Encounter of Women, shouting “Abort your heterosexuality,” “Death to the macho” and “Lesbianize yourself” slogans. The Encounter ended in a march through downtown Trelew, with violent protesters throwing Molotov cocktails and scrawling graffiti on storefronts, privately-owned homes and churches.

It was reported earlier that day that a gas station had been temporarily closed for selling gas in plastic bottles to demonstrators.

Ten people were arrested. But by Monday afternoon the demonstrators had been released, although videos show the women throwing incendiary devices, stones and other objects at the Church of Our Lady Auxiliadora and various public buildings.

According to tweets from people on the ground, there were people praying inside the church that was being firebombed.

Y mientras tanto en #trelew en el #enm les garpamos la gimnasia revolucionaria de todos los años a las mismas locas de siempre pic.twitter.com/OT5UV8KXlR

– Malvinas Argentinas (@Abogadatrucha) October 15, 2018

The three-day National Encounter of Women, held in different locations each year, includes workshops and cultural activities for women and “transgenders”. The 70 workshops this year included such topics as Fat Activism, Women and Cannabis, and Women and Bisexuality.

The National Encounter of Women often ends with a rally demanding “free, legal, and safe abortion” and legalization of prostitution. In recent years, the rallies have featured a small yet significant group of demonstrators who throw bottles full of gas into Catholic buildings and leave walls filled with profanities.

Last year, at the National Encounter of Women in Resistencia, topless women with their faces covered assaulted the local cathedral while chanting “Take your rosaries out of our ovaries,” and “To the Catholic, apostolic, Roman Church, that wants to place itself in our bed, we say that we want to be whores, transvestites and lesbians. Legal abortion in any place.” The women used stones, tampons and pads with red paint, paint balloons, and even their own feces as projectiles. They also set trash cans on fire and painted the walls of the nearby buildings near city hall.

This year’s event was particularly significant as it comes only months after Argentina’s Congress voted against a bill that would have legalized abortion on demand until week 14. After the vote, participants in a pro-abortion rally ended by rioting, with pockets of women attacking several churches that are in the neighboring area of Argentina’s Congress.

In stark contrast, on May 20, 2018, 3.5 million pro-lifers held peaceful rallies in 117 Argentine cities against the bill to liberalize abortion.

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H/t Big Lug

~Eowyn

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The ‘We Are Serious About Pedophilia!’ Caption Contest

This is the 185th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

About the pic: After the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on pedophile priests, Pope Francis meets with the executive committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to discuss what to do, September 13, 2018. The members of the executive committee are Archbishop Jose Gomez, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield. (Source: The Catholic Sun)

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

“We are yukking it up because we take pedophilia really, really seriously! We really, really do!”

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~Eowyn

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CA Catholic church to install hideous 40-ft $2M statue of Mary to welcome illegal border-crossers and refugees

The Catholic Church is a fifth column that actively works to undermine the United States from within.

Simply put, illegal “immigration” is against the law. But the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on the US-Mexico border in San Ysidro, California, plans to install a hideous 40-ft. statue of Mary, the mother of Jesus, “as a symbol intended to welcome immigrants and refugees headed to the U.S.”.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that the statue, named “Welcome the Stranger”, is designed by artist Jim Bliesner who says the statue is inspired by Mary, who had fled with her family to Egypt as a refugee soon after the birth of Jesus, and that “it will stand as a beacon of hope and encouragement for people engaged in the struggle of the migrant.”

The $2 million statue will go up on the hilltop parking lot of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. The project is spearheaded by nonprofit San Diego Organizing Project, and already has $1 million from the California Endowment, a private health foundation. On October 5, “community members” convened to kick off a crowdfunding campaign to raise another $1 million to build the statue by early 2019.

Bishop Robert McElroy, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, said the monument and its location will send a strong message about the border: “It is a symbol and powerful reminder that for us, for us as people of faith, for us as America, the border represents not a line of separation, but a line that unites us to Latin America.”

McElroy said the statue will be a reminder that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants who contributed to “help build America.” It also will represent hope for a brighter future for the waves of immigrants and refuges who one day will begin “an arduous journey” to the U.S.

In a 2017 interview with America: The Jesuit Review, the Catholic magazine that withdrew its endorsement of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, McElroy said “in the Diocese of San Diego we have 200,000 Catholics who are undocumented. We simply can’t stand by and watch them get deported.”

According to Church Militant, Bishop McElroy was told of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual predation as early as July 2016, but remained silent.

Richard Sipe, the renowned expert in clerical sex abuse who passed away on August 10, 2018, published his private correspondence with McElroy proving that the bishop had been made aware of McCarrick’s sexual harassment of seminarians.

In a letter dated July 28, 2016, which was “hand delivered” to Bishop McElroy on August 30, Sipe wrote:

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been reported by numerous seminarians and priests of sexual advances and activity. A settlement with one priest was effected by Stephen Rubino, Esq….

Priests or seminarians who speak up about a sexually active superior are threatened with the loss of everything — employment, status, etc. Those who report are greeted with disbelief or even derision if they know but were not personally involved. If they were a partner in the sexual activity and “come out” they become a pariah and labeled a traitor.

I have interviewed twelve seminarians and priests who attest to propositions, harassment, or sex with McCarrick, who has stated, “I do not like to sleep alone.”

One priest incardinated in McCarrick’s Archdiocese of Newark was taken to bed for sex and was told, “this is how priests do it in the U.S.” None so far has found the ability to speak openly at the risk of reputation and retaliation.

The system protects its impenetrability with intimidation, secrecy and threat. Clergy and laity are complicit.

In spite of these detailed allegations about McCarrick’s homosexual predation, McElroy said and did nothing, offering no response to Sipe.

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Leading Catholic magazine retracts endorsement of Judge Kavanaugh

A leading Catholic magazine, America: The Jesuit Review, has withdrawn its endorsement of embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh — a devout lifelong Catholic with a flawless legal and judicial record, who had been vetted and investigated by the FBI six times.

On September 27, 2018, after the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Kavanaugh/Blasey Ford hearing, America published a piece titled, “The Editors: It is time for the Kavanaugh nomination to be withdrawn,” stating that whereas the magazine’s editors previously had endorsed Judge Kavanaugh based on his strong textualist viewpoint and solid “legal credentials,” the allegations against him have led the editors to withdraw their endorsement.

The reason is that although the editors “have no special insight into who is telling the truth” and “even if the credibility of the allegation has not been established beyond a reasonable doubt,” nevertheless, in the judgment of the magazine’s editors, “this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country.”

According to The Conservative Brief, Sam Sawyer, a member of America’s editorial board and the Society of Jesus, told Vox that the decision to rescind Kavanaugh’s endorsement reflected, among other moral and constitutional concerns, a wider interest in ensuring that abuse victims are taken seriously because the Church has a “particular sensitivity to what’s going on in the wider society with the #MeToo movement.”

Put simply, America magazine has caved into the bullying tactics of the Left and, by so doing, is helping to ensure that the Left, having been successful, will continue to deploy underhanded tactics in the future.

Call me cynical, but what surprises me is that America magazine actually had endorsed Judge Kavanaugh to begin with, given Wikipedia‘s description of the magazine:

America is a national weekly magazine published by the Jesuits of the United States and headquartered in midtown Manhattan….

The publication was founded in 1909 in New York City and the Jesuits still maintain and publish the weekly magazine…. With its Jesuit affiliation, America has been described by The Washington Post as “a favourite of Catholic liberal intellectuals“.[1]

Under the leadership of [former editor in chief Thomas] Reese from 1998 to 2005, the magazine has been known for publishing articles and opinion pieces taking positions contrary to official Catholic teaching or discipline on matters such as homosexuality, priestly celibacy, birth control, and the abortion debate….

In 2009, under the leadership of Drew Christiansen, the editorial board gave support to an invitation for U.S. President Barack Obama to receive an honorary degree at the [Catholic] University of Notre Dame, which was controversial after directives from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops discouraged pro-choice politicians and activists from being honored at Catholic universities.

America‘s retraction of its endorsement speaks more about the magazine and the Catholic Church than about Judge Kavanaugh.

There’s a petition for Catholics in support of Judge Kavanaugh. Go here!

See also our posts on Kavanaugh’s nomination:

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: ‘Whoever is not against us is for us’

Mark 9:38-42

At that time, John said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”
Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ,
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea….”

The above passage from Mark 9 precisely addresses two of the many things that afflict the Catholic Church today.

The first is the clergy’s pedophilia and child sex abuse, and their superiors’ enabling of those criminal acts. See “Catholic Church in Crisis: Pedophile cardinal; Pennsylvania priests abused 1k children; homoerotic church service”.

Fr. Gary Thomas, the exorcist portrayed in the movie The Rite, calls the pedophile priests scandal “demonic” and predicts worse is yet to come, which brings us to the second thing in the passage from Mark 9 which afflicts the Church today — the clergy’s allergy to any mention of devils and demons.

Although priests are supposed to address the Gospel reading of the day in their homilies, how many priests today will actually make mention of demons, demonic possession, and that Jesus had given them authority to drive out demons? In my experience of many years, homilies that actually do that number but a handful.

The pusillanimous avoidance of all mention of devil, demons, and Hell by too many priests and ministers may account for why Americans increasingly no longer believe in the devil.

A 2013 Harris Poll found that Christian beliefs had declined:

  • Although a majority (74%) of U.S. adults still said they believed in God, that’s down from the 82% who had expressed such a belief in earlier years.
  • 68% believed that Jesus is God or the Son of God, down from 72%.
  • 65% believed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, down from 70%.
  • Only 58% believed in the devil and Hell, down from 62%, which implies that those who believe that Jesus is God but do not believe in the devil or Hell must think Jesus either lies or is a fantacist. In either case, whether Jesus lies about the existence of demons or that he believes in and promotes a fantasy, then Jesus cannot be God.

“The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist. (La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu’il n’existe pas.)” -Charles Baudelaire’s Le Joueur généreux, 1864. How can we armor ourselves against the Devil if we don’t even believe he exists? No wonder Americans increasingly are debauched and depraved. (See “Satanism as a new political movement in America”)

As for Jesus’ instruction that “Whoever is not against us is for us,” it calls to mind a recent exchange I had with a reader on my post, “One-world-government Walter Cronkite: ‘I’m glad to sit at the right hand of Satan“.

In my post, I quoted from a speech that Cronkite gave on October 19, 1999, at the United Nations, in which he espoused a one-world government, which he maintained had been obstructed by “a handful of willful senators” who “pander to and are supported by the Christian Coalition and the rest of the religious right wing.” Then Cronkite said:

“Their leader, Pat Robertson, has written in a book a few years ago that we should have a world government but only when the Messiah arrives. (Derisive laughs from the audience.) He (Robertson) wrote, ‘Any attempt to achieve world order before that time must be the work of the devil.’ Well, join me. I’m glad to sit here at the right hand of Satan.” (Audience applause)

The reader suggested that Cronkite and Hollywood celebrities who speak “casually about ‘sitting at Satan’s right hand’ and such statements” are either joking or “spiritually ignorant” in that they “don’t really know what they’re saying” and don’t actually believe in Satan or in God.

Jesus’ reminder that “Whoever is not against is for us” tells us that those like Cronkite who mock Christ and Christians are not “for us”, but are against us, no matter their feigned jocularity. We should, therefore, regard them with wariness and caution.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!

~Eowyn

See also “Invoking the name of Jesus Christ repels demons/alien abduction“.

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Oregon taxpayers to provide $1M legal defense fund for illegal aliens

From Fox News: The Portland City Council approved a $500,000 grant for potential deportees’ legal services, and Multnomah County is matching that amount.

A city official told Fox 12 that the funding, which is being called the “Universal Representation Project,” is for illegal immigrants aliens and refugees who may not be able to afford an attorney during legal proceedings.

The grant money will go to Catholic Charities of Oregon, which will use the funds to hire attorneys and paralegals to represent potential deportees.

The Oregonian reported that the $500,000 from Portland will be drawn from the city general fund, which primarily pays for police, fire and parks operations.

On “Fox & Friends” on Sunday, former ICE supervisor Jason Piccolo said this move makes absolutely no sense.

He noted that the Justice Department already provides a legal orientation program that gives lawyers training so they can represent illegal immigrants aliens pro bono.

“Every time an alien is encountered and arrested by ICE or through the Border Patrol, they’re provided a list of legal services, pro bono,” Piccolo said. “So, using taxpayer-funded money does not make any sense.”

Piccolo argued that this is just a political move that’s being made for the anti-President Trump, anti-ICE optics.

“Anything that counters President Trump is what the Democrats are going to do,” he said.

Portland city commissioner Chloe Eudaly has defended the legal funding, saying:

“Providing access to legal services is about protecting everyone’s constitutional right to due process (unless you’re Brett Kavanaugh). This is one of the most fundamental components of our democracy and every American regardless of immigration status should be proud to defend this value.”

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Catholic Church in Crisis: Pedophile cardinal; Pennsylvania priests abused 1k children; homoerotic church service

Mark Taylor, the Florida fireman who predicted the presidency of Donald John Trump on April 28, 2011, wrote in “All Roads Lead to Rome,” January 25, 2018:

The Spirit of God says, “The Pope and the Vatican…are not furthering my kingdom but are aiding the kingdom of darkness…. This will be the last Pope, for what I the Lord God am about to do. I will expose this Pope and all those under his command for all the corruption he and the Vatican have been involved in for centuries…. This Pope, the Vatican and all its leadership, will come crumbling down. I will pull back the veil to show how deep and dark the deception has been. You whisper in your inner chambers ‘we answer to no one. No one is above us; No one can hold us accountable.’ I the Lord God see it all and the time has come when I will now hold you accountable for your darkness. This exposure will be of such magnitude that the people will say. ‘What do we do now? Where do we go now? We want nothing to do with this. We have no religion now.’ Millions will walk away from their religion, as this will affect other religions as well.”

“The church is facing a crisis that it hasn’t faced perhaps since the Middle Ages,” said Joan Mann Thomas, chair of the parish council at St. Anselm Parish in Ross, California.

Thomas was not exaggerating.

On August 22, 2018, Archbishop Carlo Viganò, former Apostolic Nuncio (the Vatican’s ambassador) to the United States, called for the resignation of Pope Francis for protecting pedophile Cardinal and former Archbishop of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick.

McCarrick is but one of the triggers of the Catholic Church in crisis. The subjects of this post, the first of a series of posts on the crisis of the Catholic Church, are:

  1. Cardinal McCarrick.
  2. Pennsylvania pedophile priests.
  3. Homoerotic church service in Germany.

(1) The Pedophile Cardinal

On July 28, 2018, after shielding Cardinal McCarrick, Pope Francis “accepted” the former Archbishop of Washington, DC’s offer to resign from the College of Cardinals, and ordered the cardinal’s suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, pending “accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.”

Although McCarrick’s pedophilia had been known for some time, Pope Francis  covered up for McCarrick, ignored the sanctions that Pope Benedict XVI had imposed on McCarrick, and even made McCarrick a trusted counselor in U.S. clerical appointments, including the promotion of far-Left bishops such as Blase Cupich of Chicago and Joseph Tobin of Newark to the College of Cardinals. (The Remnant)

Accusations of 88-year-old Cardinal McCarrick’s sexual abuse include:

  • Fondling an 11-year-old boy over 40 years ago when McCarrick was a priest in Manhattan, New York. The victim, now a mature man, says the sexually abusive relationship continued for two more decades. (NY Post)
  • Groping and having sex with seminarians: Six priests of the Archdiocese of Newark said that when then-Archbishop of Newark McCarrick visited the seminary, he “would often place his hand on seminarians while talking with them, or on their thighs while seated near them.” One of the priests said McCarrick “had a type: tall, slim, intelligent – but no smokers” and that McCarrick would invite young men to stay at his house on the shore or spend the night in the cathedral rectory in central Newark. Another priest, who was an aide to New York Cardinal Terence Cooke in the early 1970s, said McCarrick’s “reputation” was already well-established by that time, and that a classmate of McCarrick, the dean of a theology school, knew about the rumors and spoke about them with the other faculty and theologians very openly.” So well-known was McCarrick’s reputation that when he was a “standing joke” that when McCarrick visited the seminary, they had to “hide the handsome ones” before he arrived. Another priest, who worked in close proximity to then-Archbishop McCarrick in the chancery, said “Priests would tell me ‘he’s sleeping with them’ all the time, but I couldn’t believe it – they seemed like perfectly normal guys.” Seminarians and priests from ordination classes spanning 30 years during the terms of McCarrick and his successor, Archbishop John Myers, said there was an active homosexual subculture of priest and seminarians within Newark’s Immaculate Conception Seminary. (Catholic News Agency)

Despite McCarrick’s well-known reputation of groping and “sleeping with” seminarians, the Vatican promoted him to the cardinalate and to archbishop of Washington, DC, in 2001.

On August 31, 2018, Catholic News Service, the news agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, published a 2006 letter from then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, which confirms that the Vatican had received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of McCarrick. Sandri’s letter lends credibility to accusations of a cover-up of McCarrick’s deeds at the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church. (New York Post)

Two other cardinals have also be accused of sexual misconduct: Australian Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis’ closest advisers; and Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who is accused by former seminarians in 2013 of sexual misconduct. Two years after the first revelations came out, Francis accepted O’Brien’s resignation after the Vatican’s top abuse prosecutor conducted a full investigation.

(2) Pennsylvania Pedophile Priests and the Bishops Who Enabled Them

In 2016, Pennsylvania’s 40th Statewide Grand Jury began an investigation into allegations of child sex crimes by Catholic priests across the dioceses of Harrisburg, Allentown, Pittsburgh, Erie, Scranton and Greensburg. The six dioceses account for 54 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

In June 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that large portions of the grand jury’s report would be released to the public. But about two dozen current and former clergy named in the report succeeded in blocking its release, claiming it would violate their rights to due process and reputation. On July 27, Pa. Chief Justice Thomas Saylor ordered an interim report be released, with identifying information about those clergy petitioners redacted. (Penn Live)

On August 14, 2018, the 1,356-page, redacted version of the long-awaited grand jury report was released. You can read the report here. Below is a summary of the grand jury’s findings:

  • The grand jury heard the testimony of dozens of witnesses, and subpoenaed and reviewed half a million pages of internal diocesan documents.
  • The grand jury found “credible allegations” against over 300 predator priests, and identified more than 1,000 child victims from the church’s own records. “We believe that the real number — of children whose records were lost, or who were afraid ever to come forward — is in the thousands.
  • Most of the victims were boys; but there were girls too. Some were teens; many were pre-pubescent. Some were manipulated with alcohol or pornography. Some were made to masturbate their assailants, or were groped by them. Some were raped orally, some vaginally, some anally. But all of them were brushed aside, in every part of the state, by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institution above all.
  • Secrecy: In every diocese, abuse complaints were kept locked up in a “secret archive” because the church’s Code of Canon Law specifically requires the diocese to maintain such an archive.

Every diocese adopted the same strategy on pedophile priests:

  1. Use evasive euphemisms to describe the sexual assaults in diocese documents, e.g., “inappropriate contact” and “boundary issues” instead of  “rape”.
  2. Don’t conduct genuine investigations with properly trained personnel, but assign fellow clergy members to ask inadequate questions and then make credibility determinations about the colleagues with whom they live and work.
  3. Send priests for “evaluation” at church-run, wholly-inadequate psychiatric treatment centers where experts “diagnose” whether the priest was a pedophile based largely on the priest’s “self-reports,” but ignore whether the priest had actually engaged in sexual contact with a child.
  4. When a priest does have to be removed, don’t say why. Instead, tell his parishioners that he is on “sick leave,” or suffering from “nervous exhaustion,” or say nothing at all.
  5. Even if a priest is raping children, keep providing him housing and living expenses.
  6. If a predator’s conduct becomes known to the community, instead of removing him from the priesthood to ensure that no more children will be victimized, transfer him to a new location where no one will know he is a pedophile.
  7. Above all, don’t tell the police. Although child sexual abuse, even short of actual penetration, is a crime, don’t treat it as a crime. Instead, handle it “in house” as a personnel matter.

Some especially egregious cases:

  • In the Diocese of Allentown, confronted about an abuse complaint, a priest admitted, “Please help me. I sexually molested a boy.” But the diocese concluded that “the experience will not necessarily be a horrendous trauma” for the victim, and that the boy’s family should just be given “an opportunity to ventilate.” The priest was left in unrestricted ministry for several more years.
  • In the Diocese of Erie, despite a priest’s admission to assaulting at least a dozen young boys, the bishop wrote to thank him for “all that you have done for God’s people…. The Lord, who sees in private, will reward.”
  • Another priest confessed to anal and oral rape of at least 15 boys, as young as seven years old. The bishop later met with the abuser to commend him as “a person of candor and sincerity,” and to compliment him “for the progress he has made” in controlling his “addiction.” When the abuser was finally removed from the priesthood years later, the bishop ordered the parish not to say why.
  • Another priest, grooming his middle school students for oral sex, taught them how Mary had to “bite off the cord” and “lick” Jesus clean after he was born. The diocese finally removed him from ministry after 15 years and numerous additional reports of abuse.
  • One priest raped a seven-year -old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she’d had her tonsils out.
  • Another priest made a nine-year -old give him oral sex, then rinsed out the boy’s mouth with holy water “to purify him.”
  • One boy drank some “juice” at his priest’s house, and woke up the next morning bleeding from his rectum, unable to remember anything from the night before.
  • Another priest, who finally decided to quit after years of child abuse complaints, asked for, and received, a letter of reference for his next job — at Walt Disney World.

Although, because of the church’s coverup, almost every instance of abuse the grand jury found is too old to be prosecuted and many of the priests are dead, “presentments” — written notices that a crime occurred — have been issued against two priests in the Greensburg and Erie dioceses, respectively, who sexually assaulted children within the last decade. There may be more indictments in the future because the grand jury is continuing its investigation.

It is noteworthy that the Catholic Church neither denies nor disputes the veracity of the grand jury report. See the official responses by the Vatican and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Exorcist Fr. Gary Thomas calls the Church’s pedophile priests scandal “demonic” and predicts worse is yet to come.

(3) Priest hosts homoerotic service in church

LifeSiteNews reports, July 23, 2018, that a newly ordained priest, Fr. Fabian Ploneczka, 33, of the Rottenburg-Stuttgart diocese, celebrated his first Mass on Sunday at his home church of St. Moritz in Augsburg, featuring a homoerotic dance.

According to the Augsburger Allgemeine, the worship service included the premiere of a ballet entitled “Jeremiah: Passion of the Prophet”, featuring ballet dancer Clemens Fröhlich of Munich and a narrated libretto written by Ploneczka himself. Observers said the dancer performed dressed only in tight, skin-colored underpants.

According to an account in Kath.net:

The whole church became a dance floor, even the altar area. There the dancer took the Gospel in his hand, stepped almost naked to the ambo, and lolled suggestively in front of the altar.

A young man, naked to his waist, interrupted the service by shouting that everyone should undress. Some of the attendees, among whom were children, left early. Worshipers told kath.net the service in a consecrated church was clearly homophile and homoerotic.

Afterwards, Fr. Thomas Steiger of Tübingen, a pastor and radio personality, gave a talk on the “eroticism of the faith,” speaking of “a sensual love for Jesus.”

This series on Catholic Church in Crisis will continue tomorrow.

~Eowyn

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Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

InfantJesus_JohnBaptistJohn the Baptist (right) with child Jesus, painting in the 1600s by Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo

Today, June 24th, the universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Martyr, and Forerunner Prophet to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is important to remember that John the Baptist was related to Our Lord Jesus. When the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary, Our Lady, that she would be the Mother of the Savior, he also told her that her cousin, Elizabeth, who was past child bearing age, would bear a son and that she must visit her, telling her that “nothing is impossible with God.” The child born to Elizabeth was John the Baptist. Mary did visit Elizabeth who greeted her with, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

If anyone “tells it like it is,” it is John the Baptist. He was not afraid to confront Herod and Herodias, reminding them that it was a sin for them to be together since Herodias’ husband was still alive. He shouted this fact to these self-proclaimed royals and the Jewish people knew that John was telling the truth. He warned them to repent for the coming of the Lord is near.

John lived the life of an ascetic in the desert, eating locusts and honey and whatever else the desert provided. John knew that his purpose in life was to prepare the way of the Lord. He encouraged those who came to listen to him to repent, to amend their lives and to be baptized. But John acknowledged to the people that One would come who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire, that he was not even worthy to carry his sandals. I think one of the most important communications from John is, that “He must increase; I must decrease.” (John 3:30) This is something we all must do; we must die to ourselves and let the Triune God increase, being a Light that shines to others of His presence.

Our Lord Jesus Christ came to John to be baptized and John was utterly amazed saying, “I need to be baptized by you.” (Matthew 3:14). Nevertheless, Jesus insisted that he needed baptism from him saying, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” (Matthew 3:15) Jesus set this example to the Jewish people fulfilling what good Jews should do with their lives – repent and amend their lives.

John had many disciples coming from all over the area to be baptized. But John always deferred to the coming of the Messiah, and that it was the Lord whom they must follow. John lived an austere life in complete discipline and penance, for he knew that he must “Prepare the Way of the Lord,” and that no other trappings could have any import in his life or his purpose.

Although the Church honors St. Stephen as the first Christian martyr, I believe that St. John the Baptist was the first martyr for Our Lord Jesus Christ. Because St. John confronted Herod and Herodias with their sin, he was put in Herod’s prison to suffer. Herodias took her revenge upon St. John. Herodias’ daughter danced for Herod, wherein Herod told her before she danced that he would grant her any wish or privilege she desired if she danced for him, “unto the half of his kingdom.” After she danced, her request was to have the head of St. John the Baptist delivered to her on a platter. Accordingly, St. John was martyred, being the final Prophet preparing God’s people for the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Dear St. John the Baptist, we face terrible “in your face evil” in the world at this time. Please help us to fight this evil and to be loving soldiers of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to not be afraid to call evil, evil, and good, good as you did to Herod and Herodias. We ask that you help us to speak plainly and boldly, acknowledging Our Lord Jesus Christ both in word and in deed. St. John the Baptist, pray for us!

Respectfully,

Joan

Sources: Holy Scriptures

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