Secret gay society in Vatican poses security threat for Pope Francis: Ex-Swiss Guard

Secret gay society in Vatican poses security threat for Pope Francis: Ex-Swiss Guard

Elmar Mader headed the Swiss Guard, known for its distinctive red, orange and blue Renaissance-style uniforms, between 2002 and 2008.

In an interview with the Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag, Mader said his position gave him insights into the presence of gay people at the heart of the Catholic Church.

“I cannot refute the claim that there is a network of homosexuals. My experiences would indicate the existence of such a thing,” the 50-year-old said, according to a translation provided by the Guardian.

Since the 16th century, members of the Swiss Guard have sworn to protect the Pope with their lives.

The troop consists of unmarried Swiss men between the ages of 19 and 30, RNS reports.

Mader said the all-male environment of the Roman Curia was a “like a magnet” for gay men.

 

“A working environment in which the great majority of men are unmarried is per se a draw for homosexuals, whether they consciously seek it out or unconsciously follow an urge,” Mader said.

 

While Mader claimed that he doesn’t have a problem with homosexuality, he expressed a fear that gay people are “more loyal to each other than to other people or institutions.”

As a result, he said he would never promote a gay man in the ranks of the Guard, believing it would cause security problems at the Vatican.

Mader’s comments came on the heels of another claim by an unnamed former Swiss Guard who said he had been targeted more than 20 times by people within the Vatican looking for sexual favors.

The guard was reportedly fondled by clergy members and received intimate invitations from bishops and cardinals.

 

The guard said that one of the requests came during a dinner in Rome. “As the spinach and steak were served, the priest said to me: ‘And you are the dessert’,” the man is quoted as saying in Schweiz am Sonntag.

Rumors of a “gay lobby” inside the Catholic Church have been circulating ever since the final months of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy.

During an interview last year, Pope Francis joked that although people talk about a gay lobby, he’s never seen it on a Vatican identity card.

He went further to say that if gay people in the church “accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them?”

Despite the softening in tone, Francis hasn’t strayed far from church teachings about homosexuality.

Since the church considers homosexual acts to be immoral, it preaches a “love the sinner, hate the sin” attitude and asks gay people to practice abstinence.

Italian gay rights advocates were critical of Mader’s comments.

“Along with all gay people in the armed forces, I would advise Mader to become better informed,” said Aurelio Mancuso, chairman of Equality.

“Statistically, gays are the least violent group in human society so if the Pope were really surrounded by homosexuals, he could sleep easy,” said Franco Grillini, chairman of Gaynet.

http://mumbailaity.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/secret-gay-society-in-vatican-poses-security-threat-for-pope-francis-ex-swiss-guard/

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Polish archives show KGB smear campaign against bishop who was Solidarity chaplain

Polish archives show KGB smear campaign against bishop who was Solidarity chaplain

https://i2.wp.com/image2.findagrave.com/photos250/photos/2013/27/104306960_135941057979.jpgNewly released documents from the archives of Poland’s former Communist regime show that secret police conducted a campaign to destroy the reputation of the late Archbishop Ignacy Tokarczuk of Przemysl, the chaplain of the Solidarity movement. 

Polish police cooperated with the Soviet agency, the KGB, to produce false documents that purportedly showed the archbishop, as a young priest, had cooperated with the Gestapo to identify Communists who were then tortured and killed by the Nazi regime. 

The forged documents were used as the basis for a sensational report, published in a Sicilian magazine that was subsequently shown to be controlled by the KGB. 

After the publication of the false charges in 1980, Archbishop Tokarczuk came under intense public criticism, and the Polish government opened an investigation into his past conduct. 

The archbishop eventually weathered the storm, and held his post until he resigned in 1993 at the age of 75. He died in 2012.

http://mumbailaity.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/polish-archives-show-kgb-smear-campaign-against-bishop-who-was-solidarity-chaplain/

ROLLING STONE LIKES THE POPE

ROLLING STONE LIKES THE POPE

Bill Donohue comments on the Feb. 13th cover story in Rolling Stone:

The lengthy piece by Mark Binelli on Pope Francis is respectful, though hardly without flaws. Like so many of the pope’s new fans, Binelli’s bouquets come at the price of exaggerating the Holy Father’s uniqueness, and unfairly characterizing his predecessors.

Binelli likes it that Francis smiles a lot in public, but anyone who is objective would extend the same compliment to both Pope Benedict XVI and Blessed Pope John Paul II. Francis is praised for saying “go without fear.” Yet “Be Not Afraid” was John Paul’s signature statement. The new pope is applauded for reaching out to liberation theologian Gustavo Gutiérrez, yet a bolder move was made when Benedict invited dissident theologian Hans Küng to meet with him. Francis wins points for kissing the feet of AIDS patients, yet such acts of kindness are hardly unique—the late Cardinal John O’Connor emptied their bed pans.

Binelli says that Francis “still considers abortion an evil.” Still? I bet the pope “still” regards all forms of unjust killing to be evil. Binelli is so excited by the pope’s words, “Who am I to judge?”, that he mentions them twice. But like so many others, he fails to cite what the pope really said: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” The pope’s qualifiers should tell Binelli something.

To build Francis up, the others must be knocked down. John Paul was a “reactionary,” and Benedict was a “dour academic” who had a “disastrous papacy.” It’s amusing to read that bad-guy Benedict described homosexuality as an “intrinsic moral evil,” as if good-guy Francis thinks otherwise. Binelli should reread his closing remark where he rightly quotes Francis as saying that his positions on gay marriage and abortion are “That of the Church.”

Binelli says “petrified Catholic traditionalists” objected to priests who “actually took up arms” in Latin America in the 1980s. But if liberal Catholics are truly horrified by violence, why didn’t they feel the same way?

http://www.catholicleague.org/rolling-stone-likes-pope/

Retired Handcross priest charged with historic sex offences

Retired Handcross priest charged with historic sex offences

Vickery House, 68, of Brighton Road, Handcross, was charged today, (Tuesday January 28), on the authority of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), following an investigation by detectives from Sussex Police over the past 18 months.

House faces a total of eight charges of indecent assault between 1970 and 1986.

Two of the charges relate to a boy then aged 15 in Devon, while the other six relate to men in East Sussex aged between 17 and 34.

House was arrested in November 2012, and has been on police bail since while further enquiries were made and a report was submitted to the CPS.

He is due to appear on bail at Brighton Magistrates Court on Thursday February 27.

http://www.westsussextoday.co.uk/news/county-news/crime/retired-handcross-priest-charged-with-historic-sex-offences-1-5839366

DA Appeals Release of Disgraced Priest

DA Appeals Release of Disgraced Priest

Philadelphia prosecutors have urged Pennsylvania’s highest court to restore the conviction of a Roman Catholic church official in a high-profile child endangerment case.

Monsignor William Lynn, 63, the former secretary for clergy in Philadelphia, had been convicted of endangering children by transferring an abusive priest in the 1990s to a new parish, where he abused an altar boy.

Lynn was the first U.S. church supervisor charged for his handling of sex abuse complaints against clergy. Prosecutors warned that people across the country are watching to see if the case holds up.

But an appeals court threw out his case last month, saying Lynn should never have been charged because the law only applied to those directly responsible for the child victim. Lynn was freed after 18 months in prison and remains on house arrest at a rectory.

However, prosecutors appealed that Superior Court ruling Monday to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/DA-Appeals-Release-of-Disgraced-Priest-242446741.html

Appeals Court Upholds 35-Year Sentence For Former Chattanooga Priest

Appeals Court Upholds 35-Year Sentence For Former Chattanooga Priest

A 35-year sentence for a former Chattanooga priest has been upheld by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

William Casey served at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chattanooga from 1969 to 1972.

In 2011, he was found guilty after a trial by jury of one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of aggravated rape. The charges stemmed from conduct that occurred in 1979 and 1980, while the victim attended a school associated with the church. 

The ruling says, “On appeal, the defendant claims that the trial court erred by refusing to dismiss his indictment because forcing him to stand trial more than thirty years after the crimes were committed violated his due process rights under the federal and state constitutions. However, reviewing these facts in light of the relevant test governing unconstitutional “preaccusatorial” delay set forth in State v. Gray, 917 S.W.2d 668 (Tenn. 1996), we hold that the thirty-two year delay in the defendant’s prosecution did not violate the constitutional rights of the defendant. The defendant also claims that the trial court committed errors with respect to myriad evidentiary and procedural matters relating to his motion to dismiss. 

“Upon review, we conclude that the defendant has failed to establish entitlement to relief on any of these claims. Finally, the defendant claims that the trial court erred by failing to give special jury instructions concerning the need to corroborate the testimony of the victim of a sex crime, as if the victim were the defendant’s criminal accomplice. However, in State v. Collier, 2013 Tenn. LEXIS 636 (Tenn. Aug. 12, 2013), our supreme court recently overruled all of the cases on which the defendant relies, and no ex post facto concerns prohibit this court from relying on Collier to deny the defendant’s claim. Consequently, the judgments of the trial court are affirmed.”

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/1/28/268400/Appeals-Court-Upholds-35-Year-Sentence.aspx

Special tribunal finds priest guilty of offenses against the Sixth Commandment

Special tribunal finds priest guilty of offenses against the Sixth Commandment

A special tribunal has notified the Diocese of Phoenix that it has found Fr. John Spaulding guilty of sins against the Sixth Commandment with a minor, stemming from four accusations of sexual abuse against the priest.

Fr. John Spaulding

The judgment was reached by an independent panel of three judges from around the country. The panel was convened at the direction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome and tasked with the responsibility of investigating abuse allegations against Fr. Spaulding. The three-judge panel was made up of priests from around the country with doctorates in canon law.

The special tribunal recommended that Fr. Spaulding be dismissed from the clerical state, a process commonly known as “laicization.” Fr. Spaulding has the right to appeal and has a canon lawyer representing him throughout the court process.

As a result of the judgment, the penalty of laicization would become effective upon finalization of the case by the CDF, following the completion of any appeal made by Fr. Spaulding and confirmation by the Holy See. Fr. Spaulding would no longer be permitted to function in any way as a priest of the Church and could not identify himself as a Catholic priest.

In June 2011, Fr. Spaulding was placed on administrative leave from St. Timothy Parish in Mesa following an investigation and determination that an allegation against him of sexual misconduct with a minor was credible, meaning that the allegation appeared to have a semblance of truth and therefore warranted direction from the Holy See.

 

The accusation dated back over 25 years. In July and August of that same year, three additional claims were made, alleging that Fr. Spaulding engaged in sexual misconduct with three other individuals when they were minors in the 1970s and 1980s. In each case, the accusers were encouraged to contact law enforcement.

Since his incardination into the Phoenix Diocese in 1971, Fr. Spaulding served at a number of parishes, including Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Glendale, Christ the King Parish in Mesa, Santa Teresita Parish in El Mirage, St. Louis the King Parish in Glendale, St. Raphael Parish in Glendale, St. Helen Parish in Glendale, St. Maria Goretti Parish in Scottsdale, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Phoenix, St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in Cave Creek, and St. Timothy Parish in Mesa.

http://www.catholicsun.org/2014/01/28/special-tribunal-finds-priest-guilty-of-offenses-against-the-sixth-commandment/

Philly District Attorney files appeal of Monsignor William Lynn’s overturned conviction

Philly District Attorney files appeal of Monsignor William Lynn’s overturned conviction

District Attorney Seth Williams has filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the overturned conviction of Monsignor William Lynn.

In the 35-page appeal, Williams argued “the Superior Court erred in holding that a church official who systemically reassigned pedophile priests in a manner that risked further sexual abuse of children did not endanger the welfare of children.”

“If, as the Superior Court held, it was legally impossible for defendant to endanger the welfare of children in his individual capacity, the evidence was sufficient to prove his guilt as an accomplice,” Williams argued in the appeal.

Late last month, a three-judge panel reversed the priest’s conviction and ordered the Archdiocese official to be freed on bail while a ruling by a higher state court weighed whether an official overseeing someone convicted of sexual abuse could in turn be tried under Pennsylvania’s child-endangerment laws.

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It ruled that prosecutors and the Common Pleas judge in the case — the first in the United States in which a church supervisor was convicted of sexual abuse — had misapplied the child-endangerment laws.

Lynn was freed on $200,000 bail earlier this month after the Archdiocese helped pay for his release.

Lynn’s attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, said while the appeal isn’t surprising, its substance is beguiling.

“What was really unexpected is that they absolutely — for lack of a better word — completely misstate what the Superior Court did,” Bergstrom said. “It’s just an unrelenting diatribe of the evils of the Catholic Church and non or it formed a basis of a charge or basis of conviction.”

Bergstrom said he would file a response to the appeal within 14 days.

As has been Williams’ modus operandi since Common Pleas Judge Teresa Sarmina allowed for Lynn’s release, he didn’t mince words in the appeal.

“The message sent by the Superior Court’s published opinion in this high-profile case is therefore a dismal one – victims of child sexual abuse at the hands of pedophile priests who reluctantly come forward may do so in vain. This Court should not allow that message to stand unreviewed,” the appeal states.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/Philly_District_Attorney_files_appeal_of_Monsignor_William_Lynns_overturned_conviction.html#icPXqQpyu1WeF612.99

PA–Philly DA appeals priest case to PA Supreme Court

PA–Philly DA appeals priest case to PA Supreme Court

We are grateful that Philadelphia prosecutors are following through with their work to protect kids by trying to get Msgr. William Lynn back behind bars. 

Yesterday, the DA’s office formally asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to hear its appeal of the Superior Court’s reversal of Msgr. Lynn’s conviction. We hope the justices respond favorably and put the physical safety of vulnerable kids and the emotional well-being of wounded adult ahead of one wrongdoer’s freedom. 

Deterring those who would protect and enable child molesters – that’s the issue here. Pennsylvania lawmakers aren’t doing this. They repeatedly refuse to open a civil “window” that would expose – and deter – adults who hide child sex crimes (thus ensuring that more such crimes happen).

And Catholic officials aren’t doing this (as evidenced by their refusal to even denounce Msgr. Lynn and by Archbishop Charles Chaput’s willingness to bail Msgr. Lynn out and house him at a Catholic parish).

Because of this refusal – by church officials and Pennsylvania’s lawmakers – it’s especially important that Pennsylvania’s highest court takes action to protect kids, discourage crimes and continue letting police, prosecutors and victims use the justice system to go after those who commit and conceal sexual violence against the most vulnerable.

Virtually no one in the history of the Philadelphia Catholic archdiocese knows more about child molesting clerics than Msgr. Lynn does. He could have been a force for good. Instead, he was a force for evil.

Had Msgr. Lynn shown even a scintilla of courage or compassion, Lynn could have blown the whistle on this horrific, extensive and devastating cover up. Instead, he opted to protect his career and his bosses’ reputations.

Surely our laws can hold him responsible for his decade or more of reckless, callous and deceitful decisions, made day after day after day.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

 http://www.snapnetwork.org/pa_philly_da_appeals_priest_case_to_pa_supreme_court

IRELAND- European court rules for Irish child sex abuse victim

IRELAND- European court rules for Irish child sex abuse victim

Being involved in the struggle for children’s safety for 25 years, we have learned two things. First, every individual and institution that endangered kids and protected predators must be exposed and punished, if ever child sex crimes and cover ups are to be stopped. And second, when one or two or three avenues for justice are closed to victims, we must be more persistent and creative about seeking help elsewhere, even if it means going to international bodies like the European Court of Human Rights.

When secular authorities, like religious figures, ignore or hide crimes against kids, they must be held responsible, no matter where or when the wrongdoing occurred. Long after World War II, law enforcement agencies track down and prosecute war crimes, because as civilized people, we want to send a strong signal that those who would torture others will be pursued forever.

The same persistence must be shown against those who would hurt kids and help others hurt kids.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ireland_european_court_rules_for_irish_child_sex_abuse_victim