How bad is the present situation in Bergoglian Rome?
So bad that even the Jesuit periodical America Magazine is publishing reports that paint Francis as a liar.
At issue is the case of Bishop Juan Barros, who, after serving for eleven years as Bishop of the Chilean Military, was appointed by Francis to lead the Diocese of Osorno, Chile in 2015.
When news of Barros’ appointment to Osorno was first made public, a number of sex abuse victims objected; alleging that he, as a priest, was present when Fr. Fernando Karadima homosexually abused minors and yet did nothing to stop, much less report, him.
Even members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors that Francis created in 2014 publicly expressed shock that he would make such an appointment in spite of such serious allegations.
NOTE: Barros denies having any knowledge of Karadima’s abuse of minors, and although it is being reported that Barros isn’t being accused of personally engaging in any such activity, he is being accused (see the report in America Magazine) of engaging in homosexual acts with Karadima in the presence of minors, which by any measure is sexual abuse of said minors.
Fast forward to Francis’ in-flight press conference of 21 January from Chile to Rome.
When a reporter attempted to ask about the allegations against Bishop Barros, Francis cut her off, curtly interjecting:
No one has come forward, they haven’t provided any evidence for a judgment. This is all a bit vague, it’s something that can’t be accepted. You, in all good will, tell me that there are victims, but I haven’t seen any, because they haven’t come forward. It’s true that Barros was a member of the group of young people there; I’m not sure when Barros entered the seminary, but he’s been a bishop now for twenty-four or twenty-three years, and must have been a priest for fifteen years… For many years: he entered [the seminary] when he was very young. He says he saw nothing. He was part of the group, but then he took another path. We have to be clear about this: anyone who accuses without evidence, pertinaciously, this is slander.
Earlier in the press conference, Francis said:
I don’t have the evidence needed to convict. And if I were to convict without evidence and without moral certitude, I would myself commit the offense of judicial misconduct.
In this, a couple of things stand out.
One, Francis is spinning this matter into a debate about whether or not the “evidence needed to convict” Barros (not Karadima, who was found guilty in 2011 after a canonical investigation) exists.
This is not the issue.
Sure, the victims of Karadima would probably like very much to see Barros “convicted” in some sort of judicial proceeding, but that’s not what they or members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors were seeking; rather, all indications are they were simply trying to overturn his appointment as Bishop of Osorno where he would have oversight of parishes, schools and countless youth.
During his time as Bishop of the Chilean Military, it appears that Barros was flying under the radar.
So why was Francis so determined to make him the Ordinary of Osorno, in spite of so many allegations, when surely there were other men available for the appointment?
We’ll come back to this.
Secondly, the key phrase in Francis’ in-flight presser concerns his claim is that “no one has come forward.”
As detailed in the AP report published in America Magazine (which I encourage you to read for yourself), however, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who heads the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, personally handed a letter to Francis in 2015 from Juan Carlos Cruz, one of Karadima’s victims, detailing how Barros was not only present during the abuse, but also engaged in homosexual acts with Karadima in the presence of minors.
About Francis’ claims to the contrary, Mr. Cruz said:
“I was upset, and at the same time I couldn’t believe that someone so high up like the pope himself could lie about this.”
Is Barros truly guilty as charged?
Thankfully, we don’t have to make that call, and guess what? Neither does Francis.
So why was Francis so determined to make Barros the Ordinary of Osorno, and why is he is so determined to defend him now?
Though Francis speaks as if he is simply attempting to treat Barros justly according to the “evidence” in hand, this is nothing more than a smoke screen; in no way is Barros due the position in question as a matter of justice.
Though one cannot make a subjective judgment concerning why Francis does what he does, what we can say with objective certainty is that wherever one finds lies, spin jobs and cover-ups, there is the hand of Satan.
Francis’ trip to Chile was rather telling in this regard.
Readers will recall how he took part in the “impromptu” so-called marriage of two airline personnel; only for us to later discover that the entire thing was planned months in advance. (#FAKENEWS)
Bottom line, folks, with every passing day it is becoming more and more obvious that the Evil One has a faithful vicar in Francis; whether willing or unwitting.
So much so that even the editors of America Magazine appear to be waking up.
“Bottom line, folks, with every passing day it is becoming more and more obvious that the Evil One has a faithful vicar in Francis; whether willing or unwitting.”
Yes it does ,Louie . Reports are he is sending ArchBishop Scicluna to Chili as “the Vatican “sex abuse expert”to sort out the situation after the backlash in the Press for accusing the victims of calumny who said Barros covered up the crimes.
Funny thing was Pope Benedict sent Scicluna to sort out the Legion crimes and he took testimonies from those injured by the Legion and Regnum Christi. After their Constitutions were printed online they had to change some of their practices but the Legion and it’s lay RC group remained and since then we have seen more cases of abuse coming out .
Plenty of suspicions come to mind regarding what Bishop Barros has over PF that has bought his favour. Maybe your Argentinian readers who are well aware of his activities in Buenos Aires could put flesh on them.
Bear in mind folks what the victims are saying …this Barros was PRESENT during the abuse…as in, present in the room and watching. Think about that for a minute if you can stomach it. Sometimes we miss the level of depravity being described. .
Not to worry, my dear friends. I’m sure our good Churchmen will issue another Dubia and all of this nonsense will be corrected very soon.
That is the question that Argentinian’s could speak to. There is no way to keep a lid on that kind of activity, and let’s face it, what we are seeing is a Church where you pretty much have to be a homosexual to get a promotion, so, there you go. I am not sure to whom it matters, maybe just ourselves.
I believe that there is pretty much nothing that could be found out about this pope, nor much that he could do, that would result in any type of large scale call for his “retirement” or abdication. If he has a homosexual past (or present) the media would love him all the more, as would the LGBT, the Novus Ordo Churchgoers, and many progressive talking heads such as Crux. He could kick puppies and knock the canes out from under old ladies, and nobody will bat an eye.
We are still seeing him covered for by once faithful priests, bloggers, and commenters, who refuse to hold him accountable for any of the innumerable ways he has spit on Catholicism and Catholics. They’ll never hold him accountable, it might cost them, so, no.
Only God can do anything about this man.
I’m with you. I’ve witnessed the devastation of the results of a homosexual predation on a young person. It causes such confusion, and of course it is a disordered assault. When someone is molested by the opposite sex, it is a terrible thing, but if one can say anything that negates horrific damage, at least it is in the scope of “natural” relations, however vile and evil such an assault is. When someone is molested or seduced by someone of the same sex, it results in chaotic confusion, because even a child knows this is wrong, and wrong on many levels. These predators often select boys that have absent fathers, it is one of the most disgusting aspects of pederasts, they find orphaned boys, boys in foster care, boys they know will be missing a male influence in their lives, and they take advantage of THAT. That child, boy, young man, man, will always have that memory, the conflict of an experience that disrupts normal sexual development. And this nightmare can impact their entire life, including what should be normal development, concept of self, sexual identity, relations with their mate, etc. It is often devastating, and life long. Many active homosexuals were themselves molested as boys or young men. Pederasts often try to molest boys before eight years old, in order to gain “recruits”. “If it’s not by eight, it’s too late”, is the sickening mantra. The organization, known around the world, NAMBLA (National Man/Boy Love Association) exists, and they are not ashamed of their satanic motives and interest in advancing the cause of the acceptance of the sexual molestation of boys and young men. Would it surprise anyone to find out they have made great strides in this area and are gaining tolerance in some quarters? They are.
This sickness in our church, is simply one that we cannot ignore. Like the bodies of little babies, the numbers of these victims of OUR priests and OUR Bishops are too many to ignore any longer. That that person that sits in the Chair of Peter has apparently covered for it, and even insulted the victims of it, has made it impossible for us to continue to look the other way.
Read “The Sex Abuse Case Against Fr Anthony Cipolla” by Randy Engel that Louie kindly posted Pts 1,2 and 3 to see how long lasting and how traumatic pederasty can be . We both know the mother and the men who were abused and what touched me was that the youngest would run in his parents bedroom night after night for a long time just to make sure they were still alive as the perp threatened him with their lives for telling on him. Then for years they asked their mother if it was her fault or theirs for being abused and trusting the priest. How this ripped at her heart emotionally and caused physical damage from the prolonged stress to her heart only her physicians and a mother can know. This is why we have the icon of Our Lady of Sorrows.
All we hear about is that certain Prelates would have us feel more compassion for their sodomite brethren ?
With all do respect to the priesthood but they are the very ones whose sins cry out to heaven.
Man, that is sick. Your statement about the boy who’d check to see if his parents were still alive. Of all the descriptions, that one helps me to understand what these shocking accounts of the perverts actions could not.
I remember when (around 2,000) the big priest scandal broke. They started all kind of safety checks, precautions, training, etc. And they continually post in Church papers what to do if abuse is suspected. All on the side of caution, to protect innocent children…..
and then this pope turns it all around to ‘protect the accused Bishop Barros’ rather than the children. Sick. Sick. Sick.
It is inconceivable to me that a man in his position (pope) could be so stupid as to be used by his cohorts, as some believe. He HAS to be just as guilty, if not more so.
Having listened to over a dozen first hand complaints and being in the company of way more than a few “disordered” clerics perhaps now it can be understood why we are cautious just whom we receive the Sacrament of Penance from.
I cannot imagine how many Randy Engel has heard from in her research. I do know many people owe her a debt of gratitude and have thanked her including seminarians.
That is why I laughed when I read the Pope sent ArchBishop Scicluna as his sex abuse expert to Chili to investigate. I do not care how much compassion he expressed.
No one can appreciate the impact sexual child abuse has on the innocent victims OR on the parents, most especially their mothers, unless they are a parent themselves and again, especially the mother imbued with a God given natural sense of empathy and sympathy along with responsibility to protect a child.
No wonder Mrs Collins, a clerical child sex abuse victim herself, quit the so called Pontifical Commission on child sexual abuse. I believe the commission is now defunct and was doomed from it’s inception. The single male clerical understanding to grasp the depth of the life long pain and it’s collateral damage to the family involved is limited. The $$$ loss in payouts and scandal impact to the institution is foremost.
Thanks for the article and sticking with it.
One significant thing missing from Cardinal Bergoglio’s horrific comments and false allegation regarding “no evidence”—missed since the story broke on the AP and Drudge yesterday—is that there is evidence in addition to the eyewitness reports. Evidence that underlays the discipline the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) tried to impose on Barros. But the Bishop—knowing no doubt he had coverage and support from the Anti-Pope—weaseled out of. That was the kerflufle over Anti-Pope Francis’ letter that overruled the penalty of year of silent penance for Barros that the CDF determined apt. That’s not because the guy was clean. Rather, it’s apparently another scandalous case of sodomfolk priests—like Don Mercedes Inzoli—who rape boys yet walk if they’re ‘Friends of Francis.’
As to Ms Milan’s point over what Faux-Pope is hiding, that may well be there. See Gustavo Vera. On the other hand, Card. Bergoglio May just appoint and protect those whom he can blackmail and hence more easily manipulate and control.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. And we for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
Christopher P. Benischek
I remember all that, and earlier. It took a while, but finally I figured out it was all window dressing. They put little tiny band-aids on a gaping wound and hoped nobody would notice. I noticed. Making “safe environments”, feh, what does that mean when you leave the predators in place? Does a good farmer put a sweet fence around his sheep and leave the wolf inside it? There’d be no point. He takes care of the wolf and builds the fence, then he puts a trustworthy big dog outside to guard. The church put up a tiny fence of popsicle sticks and brought in more wolves. If the sheep complain, lamb chops.
I’ve been reading some of Cardinal Belarmine’s sermons and one on the Sacrament of Penance and on confession where in part, he said:
” There now remains satisfaction, of which our forefathers, most learned mn, had much higher ideas than many of us now seem to possess. For as they seriously remembered, that satisfaction can more easily be made to God on earth than it can in purgatory, they imposed many long and severe penances. Thus, for instance, as regards the duration, some penances continued for seven, or fifteen, or thirty years: some even during a whole life. Then with regard to the nature of the penances, most frequent fasts and long prayers were enjoined: besides, the bath, the riding, fine garments, games, and theatrical amusements, were forbidden: in fine, almost the whole life of the penitents was spent in sorrow and mourning. (I say that we do need to spend more time in sorrow and mourning for any sin we commit as sin separates from God’s love.)
In the tenth council of Toledo we read, that a bishop named Fotamius, who had been guilty of some sin of impurity, had of his own accord, shut himself up in a prison, and there did penance for nine months: and afterwards, that he acknowledged his sin to the council of bishops in writing, and begged for penance. We are told, however, that the council decreed he should spend the rest of his life in penance, telling him at te same time, they treated him more mercifully than the ancient laws allowed.
These are the sorts of actions that would constitute an “evil pope”. Terrible actions indeed. However we know that Francis’ issues lie much deeper than grave sins.
I read that article Sweep! I remember (back when I was in the NO and teaching “CCD,” being a “Lector” and a “Eucharistic Minister” in the Diocese of Pittsburgh) when they started with all that child clearance crap for us parishioners and made a big deal about this phone number we were to call if we had any knowledge of abuse like we were under pain excommunication. It was the epitome of blame shifting! They tried to be oh so diligent and outraged about all the abuse by making all of us parishioners the scape goat by intimidating us and making us feel guilty for everything they were doing! It made me feel like it was my fault for not seeing that any of this happened. It is just sickening when I think back on it! May God have mercy on their souls.
The secular press is catching on:
This was reported in Newsweek, Associated Press and Huffington Post.