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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.

Note: As of January 1, 2019, the Vatican has still not responded to Vigano’s letter. (Source)

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)
  • The latest (Jan. 2, 2019): A man who says he was sexually abused by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick testified on behalf of a Vatican investigation that he was repeatedly groped and assaulted during confession.

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.

Update: On December 11, 2018 in Australia, Cardinal Pell was convicted by a unanimous jury on all charges he sexually abused two choir boys there in the late ’90s. Pell is the Vatican’s third most powerful official as its finance chief, and is the highest Vatican official to ever go on trial for sex abuse. (Daily Beast)

(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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Exorcists: Demon-possessed 'can take on the look of a reptile or snake'

David Icke, 64, is an English writer, public speaker, and former sports broadcaster. Since the 1990s, Icke has made a name for himself as a professional conspiracy theorist with over 20 books, numeorous DVDs, and lectures in over 25 countries speaking for up to 10 hours to audiences across the political spectrum. He calls himself a “full time investigator into who and what is really controlling the world.”
At the heart of Icke’s theories is the idea that many prominent figures belong to the Babylonian Brotherhood — a group of shapeshifting reptilian humanoids who are propelling humanity toward a global New World Order fascist state. The humanoids are descendants of reptilians from the constellation Draco, a race of gods known as the Anunnaki in the Babylonian creation myth, Enûma Eliš, who live in tunnels and caverns inside the earth, walk on two legs and can shapeshift from reptilian to human form.
Icke maintains that the reptilian Anunnaki have crossbred with human beings, the breeding lines chosen for political reasons. There have been three successive reptilian-human hybrids, the third of which controls the world today and includes such prominent figures as Queen Elizabeth II, George H.W. and George W. Bush. It is said that the hybrids sometimes give themselves away when their eyes momentarily reveal their true reptilian, non-human nature.
I used to snicker at Icke’s notion of Reptilians until I came across a documentary made by Stephen Fry, 58, an openly-homosexual English actor who portrayed the corrupt master of Laketown in parts 2 and 3 of Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy. (Fry’s father is English, a physicist; his mother is Jewish, but Fry was not raised in a religious family. Fry has attempted suicide on a number of occasions, most recently in 2012. An atheist and “humanist,” he is against organized religions, especially the Catholic Church. In 2015, Fry married a stand-up comedian named Elliott Spencer.)
In 2006, Fry made an Emmy Award-winning documentary on manic-depression; he claims to be bi-polar. Beginning at the 49:55 mark, the camera comes in for a close-up of Fry’s face. Watch his left eye.
At the 50:06 mark, he closes, then opens both eyes. Look at his left eye at the 50:07 mark!

Here’s a screenshot at the 50:07 mark. What human eye has an inverted- triangle pupil and chartreuse-colored iris?
Stephen Fry's reptilian left eye
Fry then quickly blinks his left eye, as if something was caught in his eye and he’s trying to blink it away. The eye then returns to its former grey-blue color and round pupil.
Several weeks ago, the subject of Reptilians came up again when I published a post on UFOlogist Stephen Greer’s bizarre double row of lower teeth (see below), which prompted a YouTube video claiming that Greer is a Reptilian. (see “The stuff of nightmares: UFOlogist Dr. Stephen Greer has a double row of lower teeth“)
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I was beginning to freak out until I discovered that there’s a dental condition called hyperdontia that explains Greer’s teeth.
That being said, there was still something about Greer, besides his teeth, that makes me uneasy — his penchant to smile too much; his hyper-muscularity; his mouth; the thin upper lip; the shape of his head . . . .
Then, on a tip from FOTM’s joandarc, I discovered this —
Exorcists say that the demon-possessed sometimes take on the appearance of a reptile.

(1) Fr. Gary Thomas

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Father Gary Thomas is the official exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose, California. In 2005, for 3½ months, Fr. Thomas received training in exorcism in Rome under veteran Italian exorcist Fr. Carmine De Filippis. Thomas’ apprenticeship is the subject of the 2010 book, The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Bagli, as well as the 2011 Hollywood movie based on the book, The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins.
In a 2012 interview with Patrick Coffin for Catholic Answers, Fr. Thomas said this about the demon-possessed:

Sometimes their whole body language, including their face, can take on the look of a reptile or a snake, and I’ve had that happen a number of times.”

(2) Ed and Lorraine Warren

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Ed and Lorraine Warren were a well-known husband-and-wife demonologist and exorcism team for over 40 years. In the 1980 book on the Warrens, The Demonologist, Gerald Daniel Brittle wrote (on page 115):

Ed speaks of the demonic spirit showing itself only rarely in preternatural form. What does the demonic spirit look like? The question is an uncomfortable one for him to answer.
“Although the spirit can project itself in any form it chooses,” says Ed, “Its appearance is an abomination, a monstrosity. To see what is really behind the phenomena is not something to be desired. To actually see the demonic is to feel ruin. What shows is something distinctly preternatural in appearance: something real enough as you can see it, but yet something not of this world.”
But what does it ultimately look like?
“Ultimately,” Ed answers with great reluctance, “it is not human. It is inhuman. It has scales. It looks…like a reptile. That’s it,” he cautions, “I won’t complete the rest of the image.”

(3) Fr. Francisco Sedano

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Fr. Francisco Lopez Sedano, 80, the national coordinator emeritus of exorcism for the Archdiocese of Mexico who has conducted at least 6,000 exorcisms in 40 years of service, said he has observed possessed persons who “began to shout, to bark like a dog, to scream or writhe and who squirmed like a snake on the ground. There are a thousand forms.” (Catholic News Agency)

Of late, there are many accounts of a worldwide increase in demonic possession and demand for exorcists. Father Thomas concurs:

“It would seem there are many more people today who have dabbled—or more than dabbled—in idolatry and paganism who are both Catholic and non-Catholic than twenty, twenty-five years ago. Benedict XVI said, ‘As faith diminishes, superstition increases.’ And I would say, as a kind of corollary, ‘As faith diminishes, darkness increases.’ Because we’re all spiritual beings, we’re all searching for meaning; and if we don’t find meaning in ways that the Church would promote, we’ll go search for ourselves. And because of our flawed nature, oftentimes we’re drawn to things that, down the road, can do more harm than good.”

According to Fr. Thomas and other exorcists I’ve read, there are different levels of demonic activity. From mild to intense, the levels are:

  • Infestation: Demonic infestation refers more to a thing or object, than to humans. A demon or even a disembodied spirit can attach itself to a house. It could be because a satanic ritual was performed there, or a satanic cult existed there for a long time.
  • Oppression: Demonic oppression is a physical attack on the person. It can be kind of depression, where the person is filled with anxiety and very often there’s a sense of despair or despondency.
  • Obsession: The person is overcome with or obsessed with the idea of Satan being in their life. In both oppression and obsession, the afflicted person can function “where you wouldn’t necessarily be able to detect anything demonic going on unless they disclose certain things to you.” According to Fr. Thomas, a curse done by a competent practitioner of the occult or the satanic could create an oppression or an obsession. In cases of oppression or obsession, the exorcist has “to go in and break the curse before you can remove the demon.”
  • Possession: Sometimes called “involuntary possession,” demonic possession is “the most extraordinary and the rarest degree,” wherein the person’s will is compromised and their functionality is limited, to the extent that they may not even be able to take care of their own physical needs or make decisions on their own. Fr. Thomas said he had witnessed only a few cases of full possession — “a couple of them in Rome and one here” in the U.S.
  • Complete or “voluntary” possession: Also known as “integration,” this is when the person accepts the demon and so does not want the attention of exorcists. Fr. Malachi Martin called this “perfect possession” — a frightening phenomenon about which little is written, except this account.

According to Fr. Thomas, the following are the “classic” signs of demonic possession:

  • Rolling of the eyes.
  • An aversion to the sacred, such as to the crucifix, the Eucharist, or a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mother because, in the words of Fr. Thomas, she is “the first disciple, the first to say ‘yes’ in the Gospels … the carrier of the Word. From the point of view of an exorcist, Satan and the demons hate the Blessed Mother in a very different kind of way than they hate Christ. And very often the Hail Mary can be more powerful than the prayers of the rite of exorcism.”
  • A sensation of burning when the person comes into contact with holy water or a crucifix.
  • Knowledge of hidden things that the person has no reason to know, either about the exorcist or a situation or the future.
  • Ability to speak in a language they have no competency in.
  • Inordinate strength.
  • A change in the voice.
  • Very extreme facial contortions that are not just some strange thing the person does with their mouth or tongue, but “a physiognomic change” — “almost a temporary bone structure shift” — such as taking “on the look of a reptile or a snake”. Fr. Thomas said: “I know that seems off the charts, but I’ve actually seen that in people’s faces, where there is a change in the contour of their face. I wish I could describe it better, but I’ve seen that happen a number of times.”
  • “Animation of legs and arms during the [exorcism] prayers, where they’re using their limbs to either intimidate me or put their hands in the form of fists with every intention of using them to injure me or the people around them.”

Fr. Thomas said 80% of the people who come to him have been sexual abuse victims, usually as a child, and that traumas, including attempted suicide, as well as the wide availability of pornography on the Internet, “open doorways to the demonic”.

See also “Psychiatrist says demonic possession is real”.

~Eowyn

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