Christian victims tell People’s Tribunal about arrests on false charges by highly communalized Karnataka police
Sangh Parivar hoodlums had free hand in assault on pastors, demolishing churches during 2012-2013: Uttara Canara worst impacted.
BENGULURU, (April 19, 2013) — More than 70 Christian Pastors told a People Tribunal in Bengaluru city today how a highly communalized Karnataka police arrested them and kept them confined in police stations or jails on false charges in league with hoodlums of the Sangh Parivar. Women too were also not spared. The Women victims broke down as they narrated the violence against them.
The victims remained in confinement from overnight to several days, the distinguished jury consisting of eminent social activists heard in the Tribunal organized by the All India Christian Council to assess the victimization and persecution of Christian pastors and attacks on churches. It was quite clear from the narrations that Uttara Canara was the foci of the anti-Christian violence, but incidents of persecution were reported from every one of the 30 districts of the state during 2012 and in the first three months of 2013.
The “Peoples Hearing on Persecution of Christians in Karnataka” was held at the Institute of Agriculture Technologists in the city. The Jury consisted of Mrs Brinda Adige, the celebrated Founder member of Global Concerns India, Advocate Omkar KB, and Mr K L Ashok, general secretary of Komu Souhardha Vedhike [Communal Harmony Front].and Mr. Mohamed Rafi Ahmed,General Secretay Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity.
The Public Hearing comes in the wake of the statement by former Karnataka High court judge Michael Saldanha that Karnataka had witnessed 1,000 cases of persecution of Christians in three years between 2010 and 2012 – an average of more than 300 a year. This was the situation in 2012 also. Most of the victims remain in great fear. Of the 200 persons requested to come to the hearing, only 80 agreed to come. But all of them were afraid of what would happen to them if they spoke in public at the hearing. Many asked the Christian Council how they would be protected if anything happened to them after they gave their evidence.
From the statements of the victim, it is clear that the police have been heavily penetrated and politicized under the BJP rule of Mr. B S Yediyurappa and of his successors, while local thugs and Sangh activists across the state have been encouraged to take the law into their own hands. Many villages show a sharp increase in intolerance, encouraged by the inaction of police forces. Incidents of intolerance included Sangh Parivar members goading villagers to stop construction of churches, demolition of existing structures and stopping people from preaching or peacefully distributing literature. Witnesses identified their attackers as belonging to RSS, the Bajrangdal and some local frontal organizations.
Justice was procured only after the victims approached the local and higher courts. The High Court had to intervene in one case to allow the construction of a religious structure.
The victims were, in essence, of three kinds – those who were imprisoned, those who had their churches destroyed, and those who were physically assaulted and beaten up by mobs.
Speaking on behalf of the jury Advocate Omkar said it was clear the machinery of the state was used by the radical political elements to harass the Christian community and specially the pastors and religious leaders. There was a well-organized anti-Christian violence in 2008. It seems there is still a strong nexus between the police, the local village chiefs, tehsildhars against the community at the behest of the Sangh Parivar. “The state is also fully culpable he added”. Advocate Omkar said the protectors had become the attackers.
Mr. K. Ashok called upon the community to make common cause with the civil society and progressive forces in asserting fundamental rights including freedom of faith. He also called for legal literacy in the community.
Mohamed Rafi Ahmed said it was heart rending to hear the tales of horror and the many incidents of police complicity the Bajrangdal and others. The Government must take notice of it. India has a secular constitution and it is the right of every citizen to practice, profess and propagate his faith. He asked the victims to stand for firm and pursue justice with the perseverance
The All India Christian Council expressed its deep regret at the inaction of the State Government and the State Minority Commission in coming to the rescue of the persecuted Christians. The Council demanded that the Governor and Chief Minister send out categorical instructions to every police station to take notice of such incidents of violence and take stern action the aggressors.
The Council has also demanded a single-window redress system by the State Director General of Police to listen to complaints because local police station are not recording the incidents, said Dr. John Dayal, Member, National Integration Council and Secretary General of All India Christian Council.
The testimonies have been recorded and are available for the press and the government. Copies will be sent to the concerned departments and a copy will be sent to the Chief Justice of Karnataka.
For further details, please contact,
Rev. Kumar Swamy, National Secretary for Public Affairs aicc, 09980917316
Rev Anand Kumar, State coordinator aicc 9739810548
and Dr John Dayal, Secretary General, aicc, 09811021072
Wrong then, wrong now: the bishops’ top adviser on sexual abuse
“Just as the banishment of lepers was fueled by medieval myths, the hysteria surrounding child sexual abusers is exacerbated by myths about those who suffer from sexual deviancies. Child molesters incarnate our deepest childhood fears… Our myths about child molesters come more from the projections of what lies within our own inner psyches than from the truth about who these men are.”
Does that quotation suggest that the author is motivated primarily by a desire to protect children from sexual abuse? Would it surprise you to learn that the author was–and to this day remains–one of the most influential voices advising Catholic Church leaders on the handling of sex-abuse cases?
The quotation comes from a 1995 article by Msgr. Stephen Rossetti in America magazine, with the revealing title: “The Mark of Cain: Reintegrating Pedophiles.”
”Reintegrating Pedophiles” was, in a sense, Msgr. Rossetti’s job from 1996 through 2006, when he served as director of the St. Luke Institute, the most prominent of the facilities treating American priests accused of abusing children. When the sex-abuse scandal erupted in the US, we learned that dozens of priests were released from such facilities and returned to ministry, only to molest children once again. Today, looking back regretfully on their decisions, many bishops explain that when they returned abusive priests to active ministry, they were following the best advice given by experts—experts like Msgr. Rossetti.
“Generally speaking, the results of treatment of priests and religious who have sexually abused children are excellent,” Msgr. Rossetti wrote reassuringly in 1994. “Pessimism about the effectiveness of treatment is simply not warranted.”
Nearly a decade later, having paid more than $3 billion to settle lawsuits brought by sex-abuse victims who persuaded courts that the bishops should have known better, do you think the American hierarchy should still be listening to that advice, or even to that adviser? Well, they are.
Msgr. Rossetti was a key adviser to the US bishops in 2002, when they developed the “Dallas Charter.” He helped develop the “VIRTUS” program that has been adopted in many dioceses as an abuse-prevention system. As the American bishops have come to be seen (rightly or wrongly) as models for Church leadership on the sex-abuse question, Msgr. Rossetti’s fame has spread abroad. In 2003 he address an international symposium in Rome sponsored by the Pontifical Academy for Life. Last year he was a featured speaker at a symposium on sexual abuse organized by the Gregorian University in Rome, and attended by bishops and religious superiors from all over the world.
If the American bishops recognize that they were listening to the wrong sort of advice when they mishandled sex-abuse complaints in the past, why are they still listening to the same adviser now?
“Can the recovering perpetrator of child abuse ever minister again?” asked Msgr. Rossetti in his 1994 book, Slayer of the Soul. Answering his own question, he said that most of the molesters who had been treated at St. Luke’s “are productively engaged in some form of ministry.” He added, however: “It is usual to have some strictures imposed which honor public sensibilities as well as to help the individual steer clear of risk situations.”
Notice the reasons cited for those restrictions imposed on the molesters: first to “honor public sensibilities”—that is, to avoid PR problems—and then to “help the individual” avoid further transgressions. Conspicuously absent is an expression of concern about the young people who might be endangered by the presence of a predator.
To his credit, during his term as director of St. Luke’s, Msgr. Rossetti was recommending that if a priest was found to have abused children, he should never again be cleared for unrestricted ministry. So abusers were returned to their diocese with a warning label, as it were. But only diocesan officials saw that warning label; parishioners were not informed. If the priest was assigned to supervised ministry, but his supervisor was lax (perhaps because he was under the guidance of a pastor who was himself ignorant of the troubled priest’s background), he might easily find occasions to be alone with children again.
By 2009 Msgr. Rossetti was saying that of the 339 priest-abusers treated at St. Luke’s under his direction, just over 6% had been found to abuse children again. That rate of recidivism, he reports, was far better than the rates achieved by other treatment centers. Still it meant that 21 priests who had been identified as abusers were let loose to abuse children again. We don’t know how many children they abused, nor whether there were other repeat abusers, beyond those 21, whose transgressions have gone unreported.
Could a prudent counselor have foreseen that abusive priests should not be returned even to supervised ministry? Yes; in fact one prudent counselor did. In the 1950s, Father Gerald Fitzgerald founded the Servants of the Paraclete to serve troubled priests. Father Fitzgerald soon began advising anyone who would listen that a priest who abuses children should be removed from ministry permanently, and preferably placed in a monastery or other remote location, far away from potential victims. Somehow that wise advice was silenced as the years passed, and instead the American bishops began to listen more carefully to therapists from institutions like St. Luke’s, who took their psychological cues from secular training rather than Thomistic tutors. Even the Servants of the Paraclete forgot their founder’s advice.
In 2009, when the National Catholic Reporter questioned him about Father Fitzgerald’s approach, Msgr. Rossetti said that until recently he had “never heard of this guy.” What a remarkable admission! Father Fitzgerald was a pioneer in his field, treating American Catholic priests at a time when others would not acknowledge the problem. Yet just one generation later, working in that same field, Msgr. Rossetti was not even aware of his predecessor’s work!
What happened, between the 1960s and the 1990s, that caused American Catholic leaders to forget Father Fitzgerald and turn instead to Msgr. Rossetti? The answer to that question might furnish the material for a doctoral dissertation in psychology. But an important part of the problem, I fear, is that few if any Catholic universities today boast psychology departments staffed by professors who still retain an interest in the distinctively Catholic approach that nourished the thought of Father Fitzgerald.
Meanwhile, until that important dissertation is written, let me ask another question. Having learned such painful lessons from their errors, why aren’t Church leaders urgently looking today for Father Fitzgerald’s intellectual heirs, rather than continuing to rely on the adviser who told them that in handling abusive priests: “Pessimism about the effectiveness of treatment is simply not warranted?”
BISHOP PERCY(FOREIGN TRIPS)
When someone wants to collect a form for admission will the same nuns/priest allow them to jump the queue?
As regards Mother Thresa if the gas connection is for a home which is open to all then in such a case I dont see anything wrong.
As regards bestowing favours in time of need the question is , is the need justified? If it is not justified then why should it be given depriving others?
Just check out the number of times certain priests travel abroad and the general answer given is that a friend gave them the ticket.God alone knows who gave them the ticket.
Taken from http://www.haindavakeralam.com/HKPage.aspx?PageID=8801
I attended the Press Conference, held today (12th June 2009) at 3.30 p.m. at the Shanmukhananda Hall, King Circle, Mumbai, addressed by Kanchi Shankaracharya Swamiji and the Archbishop of Mumbai, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, subsequent to the Inter-Religious Dialogue held at the same venue.
After their Press Briefing, when question time arrived, I put a question to Cardinal Oswald Gracias:
“In the Indian Community Bible released by Mumbai Catholic Church, you have included hundreds of verses from Vedas and Upanishads. Does this not amount to stealing the intellectual property of Hindus?”.
The answer given by the Cardinal was “I am not aware of this”
Now look at the press reports published by Mumbai newspapers datelined July 09, 2008, reproduced below:
Mumbai, July 09, 2008: The Catholic Church has released a special Bible for India, one that has reference to Indian scriptures, uses Indian cultural and religious themes, and will appeal to the new generation.
The liberative knowledge of the spirit (atman) is to be attained through ‘seeing, listening, reflecting and meditating’ This verse from the hoary Brihadaranyaka Upanishad explains chapter 51 of the Book of Isaiah, in The New Community Bible (Catholic Edition) for India.
Christened the ‘Indian Bible’, the book is the culmination of a significant 18-year long experiment by the local Catholic Church to adapt the Bible for the Indian community.
Thus, apart from using Indian cultural and religious themes in the narrative, the book also uses English that is familiar to Indians, unlike the older editions of the holy book.
This Indianised bible also dipicts Virgin Mary in a sari and Joseph clad in a loincloth and turban.
Having himself released the Book – The New Community Bible – the Cardinal had the temerity to say that he was not aware of it, in the presence of about 30 journalists and photographers. If this is not a blatant lie, what is it?
My subsequent question was:
“Does that mean that Bible was written by human beings, and has nothing to do with Jesus Christ?”
His answer was: “It was spoken by the God and written by people”.
Love for the poor is incompatible with immoderate love of riches or their selfish use.
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2445
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have killed the righteous man; he does not resist you.238
Apr 24 (2 days ago)
you are a senior member of the clergy,could you tell me the names of the members of the archdiocesan finance committee,so we can know who all approved the sale of church properties in mumbai.
ALSO BISHOP I AM INTRESTED IN BUYING LAND/FSI IN MUMBAI CITY AT RS 2000 A FOOT,
SAME RATE AT WHICH BUILDER BOUGHT THE LAND
I AM AWARE YOU WORK FOR THE POOR AND DOWNTRODDEN SO I WILL USE THIS LAND TO HELP THE POOR
Why is the Catholic directory not on website?
Nowadays nobody carries large books around.
If I were a cardinal, I would have posted it on the web FREE of cost as a service to the community.
Apr 24 (2 days ago)
What are we talking about.
I have been asking Our Dear Cardinal Oswald Gracias and my Parish priest Fr Vernon Aguier about a room at the Sacred heart Church property that was given out of turn to One Mrs Muriel Brangaza. Also a room at the same residential bldg that is being used for commercial purpose. Please bear in mind that This building “Roselands” was build years ago for the less privileged catholics.
We get no answer from The Bishop or Our Dear Cardinal, who will be soon one of the advisers to Pope Francis. They are aware it will open a can of worms where there is involvement of the higher Clergy to allocate out of turn and disregard the wait-list.
I am still waiting.
This email is sent to Our Dear cardinal and Bp Percy. Can any one of them respond please. No they will not.
They in fact both know what I am saying as I have discussed this issue with Our Dear Cardinal when I had a meeting with him.
Holy Father, please be informed.
Apostolic Nuncio- for record, You never reply to any email.
Apr 24 (2 days ago)
is this the lady known to a bishop?
Was she allotted the flat on the instructions of a Bishop?
Will you expose the Bishops name?
did this lady get the flat based on ready reckoner rates?
I have a church flat and I have paid 40% more than market value(based on ready reckoner)
I have a registered agreement to show what I have paid
also Gordon as per the cardinals guidelines you don’t go by a waitlist but flats go to the highest bidder among other factors.
Also in the history of Marie Nagar I am the only individual to pay 40% more than ready reckoner rates.
If any priest wants to see the document I will meet him and show the document?
also i dont use influence to get out of turn allotments for railway tickets or use my influence
for my friend to get two flats in marie nagar.
8:41 PM (15 hours ago)
You are missing the point,. is it justifiable for a bishop to use his clout on the parish priest to allot a flat to his rich relative thereby making her richer.
YES IF THE BISHOP WOULD HELP HIS POOR RELATIVE WHILE HELPING OTHER POOR PEOPLE
PLEASE DO NOT CONFUSE ISSUES.
9:18 AM (2 hours ago)
I suppose you are referring to Bishop Percy though I am not sure.
It is not justifiable for a bishop to misuse his position to make his relatives richer. If any relative has become rich at the expense of the church unjustly, they should compensate the church.
However as you said, it is justifiable for a bishop to help his poor relatives though some laity may view it as nepotism.
Hope my answers clarify your doubts regarding my position.
George Fernandes donates 4,000 books to St Aloysius College
The library at St Aloysius College, Mangalore, has a reason to boast now. With the college being gifted with approximately 4,000 books which were part of the personal library of former defence minister George Fernandes, the college library has literally become rich.
It was just a fortnight ago, that the family of George Fernandes donated books of his personal collection to the college library. The generosity shown by Fernandes to donate the books to his alma-mater has come as a blessing in disguise to the college. The books are neatly placed in the reference section of the library and is open for reference to students as well as the general public. They are divided under various sub-heads including books on India, defence, religion, sociology, political science, economics, language and literature, biography, history and geography, Gandhian studies and thought, parliament proceedings and miscellaneous. The highest number of books are in language and literature section with the number reaching 751.
The language and literature section again has books in various languages like English, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani and Tulu, reflecting the love of the two time defence minister from Mangalore, towards local languages too. However, the most significant among all the sections, is the books on parliamentary proceedings. There are 247 books on Indian parliamentary proceedings beginning from the books published in 1932, which will help the students and researchers in political science to a great deal. There are also some rare books on Indian martyrs and the book on Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, St Aloysius College Chief Librarian George Rodrigues told Deccan Herald.
The credit goes to three people for playing a major role in deciding to donate the books to Aloysius library. They are, his wife Laila Kabir, his trusted right hand Freddy D’Sa and Mangalore based advocate Clarence Pais.
It was Freddy D’sa who informed Clarence about the plan of Fernandes family to donate the books from his library to a Catholic institution in Mangalore. Though initially, the names of a Bishop run institution and Milagres college cropped up, later it was decided to donate the books to SAC library as the college administration positively responded to the idea.
Soon, the books were transported from Delhi to Mangalore and were accommodated in the college library. The book section was formally inaugurated on March 11 in the presence of Fredrick D’Sa and Clarence Pais.
Librarian George Rodrigues said that the college has plans to open a research centre on social science under the name of George Fernandes in the coming days, as a gesture of gratitude for the generous donor.
Living in harmony.
A section of the audience at the inauguration of Souharda Nagar II near Moodbidri on Saturday.
Conceived, and developed by local businessman Eric Correa’s Souharda Foundation, each house – a one bedroom-hall-kitchen independent house measuring 450 square feet – and costing Rs. 3.05 lakh to construct, were given free of cost to economically-backward persons.
“For eight years we have been living in a small rented house. We could never think about owning a house like this,” said Safiya Aleem, whose husband works as an autorickshaw driver in Moodbidri. Her family was allotted one of the 32 houses in Souharda Nagar II, around eight kilometres from Moodbidri, officially on Saturday.
A total of 31 families, or over 140 persons, will be given houses free of cost in the first phase of the project (one house will be kept as a site office). The foundation had donated 34 houses to impoverished families for their Souharda Nagar I project which was completed in January 2012.
While that was predominately funded by Mr. Correa, the second project saw donations coming from real estate businessmen Ronald Colaco and Roshan Monteiro, among others. Construction on the second phase will start soon, in which another 32 houses will be donated.
“We received over 500 applications. Based on income, number of members in their family and selecting those who could not afford a house, we narrowed it to around 70 people who were called for an interview,” said Titus Noronha, one of the trustees of the foundation.
Ior: Cuts to the cardinals’ ”earnings”
After hitting Vatican employees, pope Francis’ “spending review” strikes the five commissioners who oversee the Vatican bank and whose work costs 25 thousand euro per year
GIACOMO GALEAZZI Taken from Vatican Insider
No more bonuses for the Cardinals who watch over the Vatican bank. Each Cardinal already has a “salary” of five thousand euro per month. This money used to be called “piatto cardinalizio” now the name has been modernized to ” Cardinals’ cheque.” All the cardinals of the Curia receive the same amount. The other cardinals take their pay from the dioceses of which they are bishops. But there is an exception. The five IOR commissioners have so far benefited of an additional allowance of up to 2100€ per month.
The “spending review” of Pope Bergoglio extends also to the College of Cardinals. After cutting the 4,000 Vatican employees’ allowances for the papal election, Francis’ decision to “break with tradition” in the field economic resources’ management has once again been made in the name of austerity. The Pope has decided to cancel the fee that is usually paid to the five cardinals who make up the Board of Supervisors of the IOR. The decision was made to coincide with the meeting of the Committee to approve the 2012 budget. The “cuts” amount to 25,000 euro per annum, per cardinal. Because of the economic crisis, The Holy See is implementing a strategy of “spending reviews” and thrifty resources’ management, in order to prevent the precipitation of budgets further into the red. Speaking of the 2012 accounts, the president of APSA, Calcagno, admitted: “Last year we survived, it could have been much worse.”
Meanwhile, in a letter to his former fellow bishops in Argentina who are meeting in plenary session at the shrine of Pilar, Francis apologized for his absence “due to recent commitments that hold me back.” In the refectory he sits each time in a different place and at the end of Mass he prays sitting at the back of the chapel. He makes his own coffee and offers it to the Swiss Guards who watch over his room.
The Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi announced that yesterday Pope Francis had decided that, for his election, instead of giving the traditional bonus to Vatican Employees, he would make” a donation to some charities and charitable organizations, by drawing on the funds available for the Pope’s charity work, as a sign of the Church’s attention to the many people in difficulty”. “In the past – said the priest – to mark the beginning of a pontificate, Vatican employees have been granted a bonus ” but, he added, “under the present circumstances, given the difficult economic situation, it did not seem neither possible nor appropriate to burden the balance sheets of Vatican institutions with a considerable and unexpected extra expenditure. “
There are approximately 4,000 Vatican employees; in 2005, for the election of Benedict XVI, they received about 1,500 Euros each. The pope’s current decisions appear in line with the understated style of his papacy. Francis has from the start defined himself as the Bishop of Rome, rather than the pope, and as such he celebrated Mass when taking possession of the basilica of St. John Lateran, the cathedral of Rome and of the world. This epithet can have a positive bearing on ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue. Humble people to serve the last. “Let us never forget that the real power is in the service of others and that even the Pope in order to exercise his power needs to enter more and more into that service that finds its bright summit on the cross,” said Francis.
.”Do not fear goodness, do not fear tenderness,” urged Francis in his homily at the pontificate’s inaugural Mass. And the tenderness of spirit that inspires the pope’s gestures is something that all the faithful who have already had occasion to meet him have remarked upon.
Cardinal Wuerl stands in solidarity with DC priest
During his homily at a Mass with George Washington University students, Cardinal Wuerl expressed support for the campus’ priest, who has faced hostility for upholding Church teaching on sexuality.
“I want to offer a word of support and encouragement to your chaplain, Father Greg Shaffer…and to stand in solidarity with a good priest,” the archbishop of Washington said April 14.
His remarks come as two gay students said the Newman Center chaplain had told individuals who came to him for counseling that if they experience same-sex attraction, they should remain celibate.
Asserting that this was anti-gay behavior, the two students have launched a campaign to force Fr. Shaffer off the campus of the private university.
Cardinal Wuerl reflected on the duty of bishops and priests to “feed Jesus’ flock,” and considered to whom “Jesus’ flock” refers.
Christ’s flock are those who freely choose to follow Christ and be a part of his Church, the cardinal said, and that those who choose not to follow Christ are not forced to do so.
“We propose the ways of the kingdom of God in terms that the world can understand and examine, in terms they may freely accept or reject.”
When Christ himself was faced with those who would not follow his teachings, he “did not respond by changing the teaching,” Cardinal Wuerl noted.
“Even when they said to him you need to be current, you need to be contemporary, you need to be politically correct, you need to be with the times, Jesus did not say, ‘Oh, then, I will change my teaching.’”
Christ continues to offer unchanging truths today, which cannot be changed to “conform with any particular cultural demand,” he said.
“Yet, there are those who claim that voices for the Gospel should be silenced, that we should be silenced. There are those who say there is no room for any other view but their own.”
Cardinal Wuerl said that this experience is not new to the Church, and she has always bore the brunt of “narrow-minded discrimination and blind bigotry.”
He urged a need to preserve and protect religious liberty in the face of attempts to silence priests lest they “be allowed to engage in dialogue with our culture.”
Just because there are forces in society wishing to change marriage and to deny the dignity of human life and natural law, that “does not mean that the rest of us no longer have a place in this society,” the archbishop stated.
“Our response must be the response of Jesus Christ, the response of his Church, a response rooted in love.”
Cardinal Wuerl reminded those at the Mass that those striving to live the Church’s teachings are not perfect, and that “we must be inclusive, we must recognize the bonds of mutual charity and we must continue to reach out to all of those brothers and sisters who come to Mass to be with us.”
But, he added, “we must be allowed to do so freely.”
He said the Church’s place is to “welcome everyone…while at the same time upholding a moral law by which we are all obliged to live.”
“There has to be room enough in America in a society as large, as free and pluralistic as ours to make space for all of us,” he said, appealing for “tolerance and respect among all people.”
Members of the Newman Center and nearby St. Stephen, Martyr parish have voiced support for Fr. Shaffer.
“Thank you for standing up for the freedom to speak our faith and thank you for standing up for your chaplain,” Cardinal Wuerl concluded. “God bless him and all of you.”