Friday, April 30, 2010
Clergy sex abuse: The movie
By William Wan
As the clerical abuse scandal continues to spread across Europe and South America, this Interesting tidbit came across the wire this morning: The group of Boston Globe reporters who reported the story on the U.S. scandals in 2002 just inked a deal with movie producers.
According to Deadline New York, the film being developed would be in the vein of All the President's Men ... (Read the whole story At Under God Blog, Washington Post/Newsweek )
A reader emailed:
"Because of all the parental sexual abuse that occurs in the US. If the US entangled itself in the UN effort half the population would be in court defending themselves. Look at the figures in reliable studies on this topic. They make the Catholic Church look like kindergarten."
I answered, No, that answer does not work. Parents are not a corporate entity that protected pedophiles for decades to maintain profits. The crime was not in the pedophilia, it was in the corporate protection of pedophiles.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
First answer so far re Today's Post on AlterNet:
As for your question as to why the US is not a signatory party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, it's simple:
MK-Ultra and Project Monarch.
The CIA experimented on kids using trauma-based mind control. May still be doing so.
Whereas the Vatican mainly uses just the good ol' Catholic mindfuck.
On AlterNet now, To Read click title here:
Under UN Criminal Code, Lawsuit Charges Cardinals Mahony in L.A. Rivera in Mexico City, for Catholic Priest Pedophile Crimes
(“These Crimes Require International Court Jurisdiction,” reads Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial filed April 20, 2010, in U.S. Federal Court for the Central District in Los Angeles. Jeff Anderson in Minnesota and his team at Kiesel Boucher Larson lawfirm in Los Angeles filed suit regarding a pedophile priest who traveled back and forth between Mexico and Southern California, leaving behind victims in both countries. Quotes from lawsuit document below elaborate on this creative application of international law to pursue guilty parties in Catholic Church hierarchy eventually all the way to the Vatican:)
“Because the sexual abuse, fraud, and cover-up present extraordinary circumstances and violate the law of nations and enforceable international norms rendering it appropriate for special treatment by this Court.” (Under Alien Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. Paragraph 1350 )
“To protect the child from all forms of physical of mental violence, injury or abuse… including sexual abuse.”
RE WHY A FEDERAL CASE:
ARGUMENTS from Complaint filed April 20, 2010
Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Violates the Law of Nations and Enforceable International Norms
Paragraph 66: Sexually abusing a child and conspiring to conceal and coverup sexual abuse violates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Articles 19 and 34. Specifically these articles state:
1. Calls for protections of children:
“From all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including:
“Including sexual abuse.
FROM Kay Ebeling, The City of Angels Is Everywhere
It begins on video below at 10:15 on the time code, explanation of lawsuit from Wisconsin against Vatican.
They don't let you embed the video here, but you can watch it on today's webcast online here
OR READ about it here:
Attorney Uncovers Docs Implicating Vatican in Sexual Abuse Coverup We speak with St. Paul-based attorney...
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
From Herald Australia:
SENIOR Australian Catholic Church figures tried to secretly force a notorious Hunter pedophile priest from the priesthood, in full knowledge of the criminal nature of allegations against him, the "grave problems for the community" his behaviour represented and without reporting him to police.
Documents obtained by The Herald show two bishops, Leo Clarke and Michael Malone, and a future archbishop, Philip Wilson, had roles in an attempted "speedy" laicisation, or defrocking, of Father Denis McAlinden in October 1995, in which he was assured by Bishop Clarke that "your good name will be protected by the confidential nature of the process".
This was despite the Church having evidence of the priest's sexual abuse of children over many years.
Read the whole story at: Secrets of the bishops: How Hunter church leaders failed to report pedophile priest
VIDEO: Federal Charges on Two Cardinals Filed in L.A. Federal Court, Using 1789 Alien Torts Act: Crimes by American (Mahony) in Mexico (with Rivera)
(Video below illustrates article to be posted on AlterNet April 29, 2010, in the afternoon.)
JEFF ANDERSON: The human rights law jurisdiction gives us the opportunity to file here, it is for the most grievous violation of human rights. Included and specified in the international law is torture, genocide, slavery, and systematic child rape, and that's what this is.
MIKE FINNEGAN: Rivera communicated this priest traveling for family and health reasons, admitting later that those words are code words to warn Mahony that this priest was a problem priest.
AND the Vatican Endorses It.
"Cash has always been a thorny subject for the devout. How can one be rich and pious? Yet the wealthy may be able to sleep more soundly following the creation this
week of Europe's first Christian equity index.
"The Stoxx Europe Christian Index is the brainchild of a German investment firm that has spotted a gap in the market to provide a list of companies that the faithful can happily invest in without feeling like they are sinning at the same time.
"They have no links to gambling, pornography or birth control (but pollution is OK). Jerome Taylor on a new portfolio of companies aimed at religious investors
"Christians were also encouraging thoughtful business dealings long before socially responsible investment (SRI) funds became a standard feature of financing in the late 1990s. Christian-led opposition to the slave movement could be seen as the first example of a socially responsible investment protest. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, devoted reams of sermons on ethical business practices.
"His advice was to shy away from aggressive expansion that might hurt a rival and told his followers to avoid industries which harmed the health of ordinary workers. One wonders what he would make of today's market leaders."
From The Independent:
Greed is God: The Genesis of the Christian share index
Oh, Come On, Levada! Vatican Knew in 1950s It Had a Pedophile Priest Problem. Read Proof in Documents Here
“I didn’t known about it,” said Cardinal William Levada on PBS last night and then the interviewer let him rehash talking points Church leaders have repeated in interviews for years about the handling of pedophiles: There’s predators in public schools too, they say, besides, it was the 1960s and free love invaded the Church. And my favorite excuse: American news media is biased against Catholics. When in reality corporate news outlets shiver in fear of offending Catholics and in many cities news media took part in the cover-up by agreeing not to report the crimes, as the scandal first began to break.
Truth is Servants of the Paracletes in New Mexico started dealing with pedophile priests in the 1950s. Bishops and monsignors all the way to the Pope corresponded about the problem, as documents linked below show.
Truth is the pattern of crime was the same in every archdiocese in the country and, now we are finding out, all over the world. Pedophile Catholic priests preyed on parish children while monsignors and bishops looked the other way. Yet every news outlet reports it as truth when every bishop gives the same answer, “I had no idea pedophilia was going on.”
Information we link below shows that as far back as the 1950s, the Church knew, all the way to the Pope, that it had a pedophile problem.
The documents about Servants of the Paracletes been available at City of Angels since June 2008. \
Click headline here:
Oh, Come On, Levada! Vatican Knew in 1950s It Had a Pedophile Priest Problem. Read Proof in Documents Here
to continue reading.
From Kay Ebeling, The City of Angels Is Everywhere
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
In Email: Why not join Mothers of Lost Children in a vigil at the White House on Mothers' Day? These are safe, loving mothers whose children have been placed with batterers and molesters by family courts across the nation.
From Inquirer Dot Net
You can see through this: THE POPE has called for an end to the digital divide, or something.
Pope Benedict said that the times in which we are living have seen a huge widening of the frontiers of communication. The new media of this new age points to a more "egalitarian and pluralistic" forum. But, he went on to say, it also opens a new hole, the "digital divide" between haves and have-nots.
All good stuff, and fair comment. But then his Holiness gets a bit medieval about the Internet. He said that this Internet thing "exacerbates tensions between nations and within nations themselves". And it increases the "dangers of ... intellectual and moral relativism", which can lead to "multiple forms of degradation and humiliation" of the essence of a person, and to the "pollution of the spirit".
Odd really, we would have thought that you could say the same thing about organised religion. However it looks like his Holiness thinks that the Internet is responsible...
Continue Reading at Pope Unhappy With Transparency of Internet Age at The Inquirer Dot Net.
When Bishop Explains Policy on Lying Under Oath, How Do We Know He Is Telling the Truth? Re: Deposition of William Levada
On AlterNet now:
(He’s Number Two at the Vatican, in Ratzinger’s old job, in fact he says he's the Pope's long time friend. Yet Cardinal William Levada can barely answer a question when asked what the Catholic Church knew and when in the pedophile epidemic among its priests. The archbishop also won’t answer whether Catholic hierarchy are obliged to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth or not, even when under oath, if it would harm the Church, a policy known in the Vatican as “Mental Reservation.” This story begins with quotes from Jan 2006 deposition of Levada in San Francisco by attorneys from Portland, Oregon:)
MR. CLARK: I want to ask you about the concept of mental reservation.
Mr. LENA: I’m going to direct the witness not to answer. SOME DISCUSSION THEN;
Q: Is it a concept with which you’re familiar?
ARCHBISHOP WILLIAM LEVADA (A): Vaguely. It’s not current in my, in my lexicon.
Q: The reason for my question, Bishop, is before we began, you took an oath to tell the truth today. And without meaning to be offensive, i need to ask you, is there anything about that oath and the concept of mental reservation that would allow you, in your own mind, to answer any question today with anything other than the complete truth.
A: I have not read this deposition of mental reservation. Would you like to read me to read t?
Q; No. I’m asking you, based on your understanding of the concept of mental reservation, is there anything about your concept- your understanding of that concept or doctrine that would in any way affect any of the answers that you give me today or the oath that you took?
Mr. LENA: The question is compound.
Mr. CLARK: Q: Is there anything about your understanding of mental reservation that would in any way interfere with the oath that you just gave?
To read whole story, click headline below or next few hours it is on Page One of AlterNet under SoapBox. From Kay Ebeling, The City Of Angels Is Everywhere.
Here is entire story on AlterNet:
When Bishop Explains Policy on Lying Under Oath, How Do We Know He Is Telling the Truth? Re: Deposition of William Levada
UPDATE April 27 2PM: This photo got mis ID'd somewhere along the Ethernet and by the time I saw it, I did not know that it is supposed to be Credited to: Noel Donnellon, Cinematographer in the UK.
"Notorious pedophile priest Father Oliver O'Grady is back in his old haunts in Ireland a free man after fleeing Rotterdam in Holland, where it was discovered that he was working with children and in a local Catholic church, calling himself 'Brother Francis.'" (Read about it at: Irish Central
Photo (INCCORECTLY IS REPORTED ONLINE AS COMING) by way of merchants who spotted O'Grady and sent the images to Amy Berg.
O'Grady in the picture seems to be adopting the persona of Hannibal Lechter, strolling his tropical paradise after escaping the FBI...
Setting himself up as a criminal celebrity is what I see. Watch, the world is so warped right now, this guy probably has fan sites.
Monday, April 26, 2010
In 2005, a federal judge in a Texas sex-abuse case ruled that the pope is immune from prosecution as the sovereign leader of Vatican City.
Not so fast, said the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals more recently.
If lawyers can prove that the offending priest is a direct employee of the pope, the Vatican may be vulnerable. Since the United Nations doesn't officially recognize Vatican City as a state, some lawyers make the long-shot argument that the pope lacks soverign immunity. From Suing The Pope: A Guide
Re Act from 1789 on which Jeff Anderson bases his Federal Case against Cardinals Norberto Rivera and Roger Mahony
The United States Supreme Court case directly addressed the ATS (Alien Torts Act) in the 2004 case Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain.
The Sosa Court upheld the ATS applies to actions committed abroad that violate contemporary customary international law, but held that the recognition of new causes of action should be subject to "vigilant doorkeeping."
"Actions committed abroad that violate customary international law."
I mean, it doesn't specifically say thou shalt not bugger a six year old in the Ten Commandments, does it?
Sunday, April 25, 2010
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The Four Corners of Earth, Each Diocese Acted Same Way, Must Have Been 'Central Command' says Sinead O'Connor to Rachel Maddow
From Friday April 23, 2010, Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.
Oliver O'Grady Busted Working w/Children at Abuse Shelter for Women and as Church Deacon Under False Name in Rotterdam
UPDATE Amy Berg in Huffington Post Mon Apr. 26:
"A Dutch television station broadcast Deliver Us From Evil, my 2006 documentary about the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. A few days earlier, the subject of my film, notorious pedophile Oliver O'Grady, was contacted by Dutch police officers, tipped off by his neighbors who had seen an advertisement for the film. Over the course of his 30-year career as a Catholic priest in California, O'Grady abused hundreds of children and is now living on the lam in Europe. O'Grady quickly disguised himself and fled, taking a train from Rotterdam to Schtipol. He managed to catch the last plane out of Amsterdam on Aer Lingus at 20:45. Ironically, had the film aired a few days later, he likely would have been stuck in Holland due to the volcanic eruption the following day.
As you might imagine, after the film aired in Holland, residents of O'Grady's community in Rotterdam were outraged and contacted me and two of the advocates featured in the film, attorneys John Manly and Jeff Anderson. After I spoke to one Rotterdam family, I discovered to my dismay that O'Grady had been masquerading himself as "Brother Francis" and had been volunteering at their local parish. Needless to say, the community was terrified and is still in a state of panic and shock. Another family told me they had been very close friends with O'Grady and had even traveled with him along with their nine-month-old child."
(Read it in total: Deliver Us From Evil: A Letter to the Catholic Church )
ORIGINAL POST BEGAN HERE:
Irish pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady who abused children for many years in America has been discovered helping out as a church deacon in Rotterdam under an assumed name and working a shelter for abused women and their children. Notorious Irish pedophile priest discovered working with kids in Holland
The defrocked priest referred to himself as 'Brother Francis' in Rotterdam. He was thought to be living in Ireland but had recently disappeared. He was found by the Sunday Tribune newspaper.
"The parishioners attending the Church of the Holy Heart, Christ Our Redeemer, had no knowledge about the man once described as one of the most dangerous pedophiles ever. The newspaper reported he was also working at a fast food restaurant where he helped organize children's parties," reports Irish Central in story linked above.
"25/04/2010 - 10:01:02 The convicted paedophile priest spent time living in the Netherlands where he helped out at a shelter for vulnerable women and their children, according to newspaper reports.A Sunday Tribune article says that Oliver O'Grady acted as a church deacon assisting mass." Read more at: Breaking News Ireland
Priest convicted of child sex abuse volunteered in Dutch church
Radio Netherlands - April 26, 2010
An Irish priest who was convicted for sex offences against children has been working as a volunteer at a church in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. ...
Comment Posted this AM:
What Lena says here is a rehashing of old Church attorney statements, not relevant to this case. (CofA NOTE: Lena, the attorney defending the Pope in U.S. Courts, must have recently hired a publicist).
Anderson deserves every dime he gets for his work, it's not publicity, it's perseverance and tenacity. Once you see evil, if you don't confront it, you are abetting the evil. Read City of Angels at http://cityofangels8.blogspot.com for the total truth on the pedophile priest epidemic in the Catholic Church. No matter who it hurts, these storires are true.
Anderson's work is relentless pursuit of the truth. Take off your blinders.
Posted at a blog with the audacity to publish this article on Anderson and call itself "freedom through truth" (Monday AM NOTE: The "truth" post is taken down. It said Anderson is a publicity hound.)
MONDAY MORNING POST NOTE:
Why would a man Anderson's age spend 18 hours a day working at something, why be so adamant to spend every minute trying of the cherished last years of your life to get the truth out to the world about something you discovered as an attorney?
For publicity? Like he's planning a comeback soon, or a reality TV show when he's 80 yers old?
Pay attention, people. Start reading the "publicity" to see what this man is so passionately trying to tell the world.
(Kay. 4:42 AM Monday morning)
Appalling and Gross Towards Humanity and Children is Bishop of Nottingham. Letter from John Brown in Australia
You can support survivors by making a comment directly to David Milliband after he was reported as being "appalled" by the frank statements of someone appointed to make a range of suggestions. In the true spirit of hypocrisy the author has once again been sacrificed for the sake of the denial of the catholic church in regards the realities of the exploitation and the sexual abuse of children. (John Brown of Australia is responding to: Foreign Office apologises for Pope 'condom' memo story at the BBC.)
For my part I believe Mr Milliband has considered first and foremost his religious ideals which naturally would be one of shock when faced with the reality of the crimes committed against children.
Mr Milliband is suitable religiously shocked, however his political weight in our secular world is at odds with both his own religious beliefs and the ideals of a society that aspires to live by the ideals of equality, democracy justice and the rile of law.
Mr Milliband can take any personal position he chooses, however if he takes the position that this indicates it simply means that Mr Millibands sense of justice is biased through his religious beliefs and as such this impedes his ability to provide a fair and honest representation of the the people. Rather My Milliband has chosen to take the side of and uphold the denial of the catholic church in the face of insurmountable and undeniable evidence.
This denial and subsequent abeyance to the perpetrators of the worlds most heinous criminal activity at the hands of the leading light of Christianity simply says that Mr Milliband and and others of his ilk would prefer to live in a society which payed obedience to a broken religion rather than providing appropriate safeguards and protection for children and the vulnerable. In other words Mr Milliband is unable to see the crimes for the sin of disclosing the truth about the global clergy abuse crisis.
Could someone also indicate to the bishop of Nottingham that it is simply despicable and in the most gross manner possible for a human being for him to state that he felt that this was "appalling manners".
The appalling aspect to this is simply that in one instance the author and the rest of humanity must have to bear with his ignorance.
Perhaps you could also inform him that it has been through a history of such appalling ignorance that society has come to arrive at the beginning of what will no doubt be years and years of ongoing disclosures of crimes against both girls and boys - children - the future of our society, children by the hundreds of thousands sexually raped and denied justice and the bishop of Nottingham finds it appalling manners that someone should attempt to speak their truth.
The truth is that when we have a bishop such as the bishop of Nottingham promoting the abuse of the human rights of women children, the vulnerable and the abused and sexually assaulted and those others harmed for the sake of a broken and corrupt religion and his own denial then it is time for the bishop of Nottingham to get himself an education as to deny the existence and the rights of those of us who have been abused is a greater crime than that of denying the holocaust and perhaps even that the earth is flat as the reality of his statement is truly appalling.
Appalling and gross towards humanity and its children.
Fortunately today even children are able to out think the bishop in regards human rights and justice and they see him for waht he is. A promoter of the abuse of the human rights of those who do not agree with his ignorant understandings.
The bishop of Nottingham owes society an apology for ignorance and stupidity.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Sorry, this is from Houston Fox affiliate:
SANTA FE, Texas - He is a pedophile priest accused of molesting an estimated 100 children in Louisiana. The trial of Gilbert Gauthe in 1985 was the first in U.S. history where details of a priest's sexual abuse were made widely public.
On Friday, Gauthe walked out of a Galveston County jail and took up residence in Santa Fe, Texas. The crimes committed by the former priest have been the subject of countless stories and even a movie. Anyone can imagine the reaction of residents in the quiet neighborhood in which he will now live...
Former Convicted Priest Relased from Jail
Updated: Friday, 23 Apr 2010, 6:20 PM CDTPublished : Friday, 23 Apr 2010, 5:26 PM CDT
"And now he is back, living in Santa Fe, Texas, according to his sex offender registry. Right next door to a woman who babysits her six young grandchildren every week." (Reports: Chattahbox )
"In his initial case, Gauthe was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but released after nine for good behavior. Ten months later, he was arrested in Texas for molesting a 3-year-old boy.
"In 2008, he was living in an RV in Galveston Island State Park when La Marque police took him in for failure to register.
The DPS said parents should protect their children by always keeping tabs on who has access to them and make sure they know about good touching and bad touching. And, never rely on a list or database to protect children. Reported by Click2Houston.com.
From Newsweek May 3, 2010:
"His Holiness is also an alleged head of state. The so-called Vatican City, a political nonentity covering about 0.17 square miles of Rome, was created by Benito Mussolini in 1929 as part of his sweetheart deal between fascism and the papacy. It is the last survival of the political architecture of the Axis powers. Its bogus claim to statehood is now being used to give asylum to men like Cardinal Bernard Law.
"This is a question of crime—organized crime, by the way—and therefore of punishment. Or perhaps you would rather see the shade of Mussolini thrown protectively over the Vicar."
From: Bring the Pope to Justice
By Christopher Hitchens in Newsweek online now.
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Send Shoes to Skip, Call Radio Blah-Blah Monday Night: More Action for Justice in Epidemic of Pedophile Priests
A developing art exhibit refers to Mark Twain’s quote: “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes," as well as a recent protest in Ireland over the epidemic of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church, and the artist needs a thousand children's shoes to complete the instlallation. And Jaime Romo, PhD, will be on a radio call-in show that streams online Monday evening.
From Boston, Skip Shea asks that people send him children's shoes, for an exhibit that takes it initial tour through Massachusetts June 2010.
After a protest in Ireland last Easter where children's shoes were placed on church altars and hung outside the cathedral in Dublin, photos of the hanging shoes went all over the globe, coming from Indymedia Ireland. It inspired Skip Shea, a performance artist, actor, and adult victim of pedophile priest activist in Boston, to do an American version of the idea.
"It will be a peaceful exhibit, placing one thousand shoes in rows with a path leading to the middle and a simple statement. Each shoe represents another 1200 victims worldwide of Roman Catholic sexual abuse.
"I need to collect 1000 shoes to complete the installation."
The title Putting On The Shoes, comes from the Mark Twain quote, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”
Shea says, "It can also refer to the notion that the viewer can walk a mile in my shoes."
"It's based on the recent protest in Ireland where one thousand pairs of children’s shoes of all sizes were tied to the railings outside the cathedral representing the victims of Roman Catholic abuse.
"I am a survivor of Roman Catholic Sexual abuse."
TO SEND SKIP SHOES:
Here is story about the original Easter Sunday protest in Ireland:
Symbolic Protest - Indymedia Ireland
17 posts - 14 authors - Children's shoes tied to the railings of the Pro-Cathedral ... Protest at the National Seminary of Ireland
CALL IN TO RADIO BLAH-BLAH
Adult Victim/ Survivor/ Therapist from San Diego, Jaime Romo, sends this email:
I'll be a guest on a new radio talk show, Monday, April 26, from 6:25- 7:50 p.m. PST discussing healing related to sexual abuse, spiritual redevelopment, the state of Religious Authority Sexual Abuse and much more. It is a show that discusses current events and issues that have to do with sex, gender, and politics."
If you have any questions for Dr. Rose, feel free to call in during the program at (760) 736-8375
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Above Irish protest at Dublin cathedral April 4, 2010. Children's shoes hang on the fence outside, images from Indymedia Ireland..
The Plaintiff Attorney referred to in the L.A. Times blog below is, of course, Jeff Anderson, of St. Paul, MN, former public defender, digging up obscure Acts from 1789 to get the international scope of these crimes out in the open, so the world can find a way to prosecute these guys globally. In this Times blog piece, he sites the 1789 act, but when I read the complaint it did not mention the 300 year old act. The Complaint DOES cite the UN International Criminal Code and Chile Rights Act.
City of Angels Needs A Staff of Reporters and Proofreaders to Keep Up with all this stuff: This is copy and pasted directly from L.A. Times Plaza Blog
City of Angels Needs A Staff of Reporters and Proofreaders to Keep Up with all this stuff: This is copy and pasted directly from L.A. Times Plaza Blog
An unnamed Mexican man filed suit in federal court in Los Angeles this week against two of the most well-known and influential Catholic cardinals in North America: L.A.'s Roger Mahony and Mexico City's Norberto Rivera Carrera. Using an obscure law that enables foreigners to seek justice in the United States against human rights abuses committed elsewhere, plaintiff "Juan Doe" alleges that Mahony and Rivera ignored claims of sexual abuse against Father Nicolas Aguilar Rivera for more than 20 years.
The cardinals shuffled Aguilar between parishes in Mexico and Southern California while allegations piled up that he had abused dozens of boys, the suit says.
From The L.A. Times:
The Mexican-born Aguilar first came to the attention of police in late 1986, after he was beaten by several attackers. Authorities speculated that the attack was in retaliation for his alleged abuse of young boys during overnight stays at the rectory in the Diocese of Tehuacan, Mexico. A month later, then-Bishop Rivera wrote to Mahony to offer Aguilar for placement in a Los Angeles ministry, with a coded reference to the priest being problematic, the lawsuit alleges.
The suit was filed under the Alien Tort Claims Act, which was enacted in 1789. Legal experts have cast doubt on the viability of the suit, but the plaintiff's attorney says international law should cover sexual abuse in such claims. Reporter Carol J. Williams offers more details, with video, in this post.
The whereabouts of Aguilar, now defrocked, are unknown. Rivera on Thursday dismissed the suit as the work of "opportunists." Tod M. Tamberg, Mahony's spokesman in L.A., called the allegations "preposterous and without foundation."
NORBERTO RIVERA CARRERA
is the Archbishop of Mexico. The Perpetrator here is:
FATHER NICHOLAS AGUILAR RIVERA
The Victim (Unnamed here but named elsewwhere) also has Rivera in his name
Watch City of Angels confuse those two in upcoming months, please, we need staff, fact checkers, editors, reporters...
For a start, read:
Alien Tort Statute - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In September 1997, 13 Burmese villagers filed suit against Unocal and their parent company, the Union Oil Company of California under the ATCA for alleged ...
Recent Use of ATS
Conviction of Chuckie Taylor
Charles McArthur Emmanuel (also known as "Chuckie Taylor" or "Taylor Jr."), the son of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia is a U.S. citizen, born in Boston to Charles Taylor Sr.'s college girlfriend. Raised by his mother in Florida until he was 17, Taylor Jr. traveled to Liberia in 1997 to live with his father. While in Liberia, Taylor Jr. became the commander of the infamously violent Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU), commonly known in Liberia as the "Demon Forces."
In 2006, U.S. officials arrested Taylor Jr. upon entering the United States (via the Miami International Airport) and the Department of Justice later charged him based on torture he committed in Liberia. On October 20, 2008, a federal jury convicted Taylor Jr. of multiple counts of torture and conspiracy to torture. On January 9, 2009, he was sentenced to 97 years in prison.
BACKGROUND: (Posted these Sat. Apr. 24)
Mexico City archbishop Norberto Rivera named in LA abuse suitLos Angeles Times (blog) - 1 day ago
... against two of the most well-known and influential Catholic cardinals in North America: LA's Roger Mahony and Mexico City's Norberto Rivera Carrera. ...
Video: Lawyers Sue LA, Mexico City Cardinals Over Abuse The Associated Press
Mexico church bars priest with abuse conviction - The Associated Press
Mexican Archdiocese Blasts Abuse-Related Suit Against Cardinal - Latin American Herald Tribune
Washington Post -
all 134 news articles »
Mexican Plaintiff Sues CardinalsWall Street Journal - Ashby Jones
The suit, filed in Los Angeles federal court by an unnamed plaintiff, alleges that Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles and Cardinal Norberto Rivera of ...
Attorneys sue LA, Mexico City cardinals over abuse - Tampabay.com
California: 2 Archdioceses Sued - New York Times
US, Mexican cardinals sued over priest sex abuse - AFP
The Press Association
all 119 news articles »
Alien Tort Statute is in the Judiciary Act of 1789
From 1789 until 1980, only two courts had based jurisdiction on the ATS In 1980, however, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided Filartiga v. Pena-Irala, which "paved the way for a new conceptualization of the ATS. Filartiga held that violations of contemporary international norms, including violations of modern international human rights are actionable under the ATS.
Since Filartiga, jurisdiction under the ATS has been upheld in dozens of cases. The only United States Supreme Court case directly addressing the ATS is the 2004 case Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain. The Sosa Court upheld the applicability of the ATS to actions committed abroad that violate contemporary customary international law, but held that the recognition of new causes of action should be subject to "vigilant doorkeeping."
The statute has been the subject of a vigorous debate in 2009 in legal, business, and human rights arenas arising out of cases in Nigeria and South Africa. Some have called for the US Congress to eliminate the statute while others have argued for a multilateral solution through the OECD or UN.
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Documents regarding Nicolas Aguilar
Declaration of Cardinal Rivera in Spanish and English.
Nicholas Aguilar Timeline 2010
Juan Doe 1 Complaint against Cardinal Mahoney, Cardinal Rivera and The Diocese of Tehuacan
Spanish translation of Juan Doe 1 Complaint
July 2009 News Article Annoucement of Laicization of Nicolas Rivera
Photo of Nicolas AguilarRivera
QUOTES OF NOTE:
"At different times, many have come to sleep, youngsters from the communities ofEsperanza, .from Tehuacan, from Cordan,
from [illegible], from Santa Isabel and from Cuesta Blanca." (Parish Employee, re 1986 incident in
Cuecnopalan, Puebla, Mexico.)
January 27, 1987
His Excellency Dr. Norberto Rivera Carrera
His Most Dignitary Bishop ofTehuacan
His Excellency the Bishop:
Due to health concerns, effective this date, I bring to his Excellency the IRREVOCABLE RESIGNATION fl:om the Parish of San Sebastian Martir, of Cuacnopa1an, Puebla.
Hoping that this resignation is accepted, I hereby remain, cordially at your service and in Christ,
[signature] Nicolas Aguilar R. Presbyter
Presbyter Nicolas Aguilar Rivera
March 23, 1987.
His Excellency the Archbishop
Mr. Rogelio Mahony
1531 West Ninth Street
Lo Angeles, CA 90015-1194
Warmest greetings wishing you great blessings froni our Lord.
I would like to introduce to you Presbyter Nicolas Aguilar Rivera who asked for a one year leave of absence from this Dioceses and work at the Dioceses of Los Angeles, California.
Father Nicolas Aguilar Rivera was performing admirably at his work in San Sebastian Cuacnopalan. He is a priest esteemed by his fellow priests and by the town he served.
What caused his departure from the Parish was a pretty serious physical aggression, it is suspected that behind the conflicts which provoked this physical aggression there are problems ofhomosexuality. There are several accusations of homosexuality against the Priest none have been proven, everything is just accusations and suspicions.
I take this opportunity to entrust myself to your prayers and again tell you that I remain your brother and servant.
Norberto Rivera C.
c.c. Monsignor Tomas Curry, General Vicar of the Clergy.
January II, 1988
Most Reverend Norberto Rivera C.
Bishop of Tehuacan
Obispado de Tehuacan
'Aparta~o Num. 137
Dear Bishop Rivera~
It is with great sorrow that I write to you, but it has come to our attention that several, families in 9ur Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Los Angeles, where Father Nicolas Aguilar-Rivera served for some months on his first coming here, accuse him of acting very inappropriately with their children. Two families have already &poken to the pastor of that parish, and he 'knows of another family that has not' yet approached him.
According to the civil law here, the accusations must be, reported to the- authorities. I spoke to Father Aguilar-Rivera on saturday, January 9, and told him that until a full investigation has taken place he may not serve in this Archdiocese and that his faculties have been witharawn.
I believe he plans to stay with some family members here and then return to Mexico.
I regret having to inform you of this, but I believe you would
want to know of this information.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Thomas L. Curry, Vicar for Clergy
(Re above letter, the L.A. Archdiocese knows Nicolas should be reported to the authorities, so he let him go stay with relatives in town until he can escape to Mexico instead.)
Friday, April 23, 2010
He Breaks Confidentiality Agreement of 17 Years, and Story of His Perp Priest Goes All Over the Globe
First, here is the OTHER picture of Mario Pezzotti in Brazil where he was sent after several credible accusations for pedophilia in Massachusetts got him sent out of the USA:
Within days the Associated Press was breaking the story he’d kept secret from almost everyone in his life, Joe knew. In a 1993 legal settlement, he thought the Xaverian Missionary Fathers agreed to keep the serial rapist Mario Pezzotti away from children, so Joe agreed to maintain confidentiality about the crimes he endured, as we described in Part One.
Then he saw pictures of his perpetrator, Fr. Mario Pezzotti, in Brazil surrounded by near-naked native children, and Joe went public with his story.
“I just told my siblings in the last two weeks," he told City of Angels. "My brother took it pretty well, I know my sister was alright with it, she was glad I did."
The AP story broke: AP IMPACT: Predator priests shuffled around globe
And within days a CBS News Crew was in Joe Callander’s rural Vermont home recording his story. Then Joe came to Boston to take part in a press conference and ceremonially mail this letter to the Vatican you can read here: To Cardinal Levada, Vatican, From Joe Callander, Survivor, Re Mario Pezzotti, Pedophile Priest, and Church Complicity Mailed from Boston USA April 16, 2010.
At Left, Bill Nash, Massachusetts Activist for Justice in Pedophile Priest Epidemic.
Real hero here is Bill Nash, who found the photos online, in 25-pages newsletters in Italian he purviews now and then, online, to keep track of the movements of his own perpetrator, Xaverian Fr. James Tully. Nash got the original information to the AP, and ran the press events Joe Callander came to from Vermont.
“I’d never done anything like that in my life," Joe said, "I purposely avoid having anything to do with a lot of people. We just live pretty private, put it that way. And then this came out and it’s surprising.”
Here is a sampling of coverage that resulted:
Ordem religiosa defende atuação no Brasil de padre acusado de ... - O Globo
Igreja transfere padres acusados de abusos para o Brasil - Diário de Notícias - Lisb
Vaticano transfere padres pedófilos de país para país - TVI24
Pedofilia: accuse a prete di Marone - Qui Brescia
Pedofilia. Prometeo: A Parma prete che abusò di americano - Diregiovani
天主教會30次外調性侵案神父香港新浪網 -美聯社取得50年前曾在麻省強姦男童卡蘭德（Joe Callander）的神父佩佐蒂（Mario Pezzotti）攝於巴西的近照，他笑容滿臉抱着一名幾乎赤裸的亞馬遜小童*****
How Joe Callander's neighbors reacted says a lot about rural Vermont life:
"This came out and it’s surprising," Joe said, "not one person in the town of Windsor has said a thing about it."
Joe said, "I thought priests were greatest thing on earth, I wanted to be a priest when I came to that school. Then I saw two priests abusing confessional. I still don't sleep well at night."
Joe Callander is glad he broke his Confidentiality Agreement with the Xaverian Missionary Fathers and the Catholic Church.
"I really wish they would try to sue me for breaking the confidentiality agreement now," he laughed, "if they did, I'd make a big stink out of that, I’d have them by their short hairs."
By Kay Ebeling, Producer, The City of Angels Is Everywhere
See Coverage of Callander's Press Statement last week On YouTube Here
To Cardinal Levada, Vatican, From Joe Callander, Survivor, Re Mario Pezzotti, Pedophile Priest, and Church Complicity
Mailed from Boston USA
April 16, 2010
United States of America
William Cardinal Levada, Prefect
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Subject: Fr. Mario Pezzotti, sx
Dear Cardinal Levada,
My name is Joseph Callander. When I was fourteen years old, there was nothing more that I wanted than to become a priest. My family sent me to a minor seminary with the Xaverian Missionary Fathers in Holliston, Massachusetts. Shortly after my arrival, I was routinely raped by Fr. Mario Pezzotti in the middle of the night. I cannot begin to count the number of times I was violated. I tried to get help from the other priests, but no one protected me. Despite witnessing, Fr. Mario confessing the rape to either Fathers Oddo or Signorelli, neither one of them intervened to prevent Fr. Mario from raping me again. I was only fourteen years old! Father Mario received absolution; I received this shame for life. I begged my mother to remove me from the seminary, but she required me to remain there until the end of the school year. Father Mario has left scars on my life, that are so deep; you cannot imagine how difficult it has been.
Throughout my life, I have always been preoccupied with other children that Father Mario could have abused. In 1993, I came forward again, this time to the Order’s American provincial, Father Robert Maloney. I wanted to make sure that Father Mario could no longer have access to innocent children. Father Maloney assured me many times that Father Mario would be kept away from children. I believed him. Not long ago, I discovered recent photos of Father Mario in Brazil, clenching naked Amazonian children. These photos were featured on recent newsletters that were published by both the Xaverian Missionary Fathers in Italy and the Diocese of Brescia. Chills travelled up my spine upon seeing him with these poor children. I trusted the words of Father Maloney who guaranteed me that Father Mario would never be allowed to be near children. I was betrayed once again.
I directed my outrage to the newest American Xaverian leadership, who now assured me that Father Pezzotti would be removed from the missions in Brazil and ordered home to Italy. How can I ever trust this Church to be sincere to their word? I am talking about something simple, protecting innocent children. I have listened to the words of the Holy Father, expressing his sorrow for the thousands of victims of abuse by priests; yet I have never been fully assured that the Church cares enough to take serious measures to never allow this to happen again.
Father Mario enjoys his status as a priest in good standing; and The Xaverian Missionary Order has continued to place the safety of children over their preoccupation of scandal.
Complicity does not protect children, action does. I am now demanding accountability from this Church. Doing nothing is no longer acceptable.
Both Father Mario and the Xaverian Missionary Order must be sanctioned by the Church.
Failure to administer justice undermines the good name of the institution. The Church’s recent promises of reform are meaningless if there is no accountability. This case is by no means unique. Immediate action must be taken globally. The Xaverian Missionaries have been able to act globally by silently transferring known child molesters to unsuspecting countries. This is a crime, that must be stopped. Responsibility now lies with you.
My words in this letter are from my heart. This is not petty gossip. It is time we move beyond the verbiage and address this crisis seriously. The safety of our children are at risk until you act in Rome.
Cc: Pope Benedict XVI; Monsignor Sicluna; Cardinal Rode; Rev, Rino Benzoni; Rev Carl Chudy
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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For a long time now, the people of the world have known that many Catholic priests have been sexually assaulting children. This happens so often that it has become a joke. Sadly, sexually assaulting children is no laughing matter. It is a crime. In fact, as far as crimes go, it is probably the worst crime someone can commit.
For a long time it has been known that the Catholic Church has been obstructing justice. They have moved criminal priests from city to city, country to country so that they could avoid prosecution.
Recently, this criminal ring of child sex offenders has be exposed in multiple nations around the world and one of the main people responsible for covering it up has been the current Pope. As leader of the largest criminal organization the world has ever known and as one of the main people responsible for covering up these crimes, it is time to call for the arrest of Joseph Alois Ratzinger, AKA Pope Benedict XVI.
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Dear Kay: It has been hairy at work and I am just getting caught up on my blogging/blog reading…
I stumbled on blog in Ireland by a young woman who is trying to get people to respond to the Pope’s letter to Ireland. I see he has been sleeping on City of Angels! Anyway, I love the idea and I put the info up on “Off My Knees.” The link for the post is http://wp.me/plCJ3-zZ .
Emma’s blog is at http://dearmrratzinger.wordpress.com/ . Would you put a note up on City of Angels on this?
Can you post this?
Michael Baumann, Virginia
Dear Michael, Yes I can.
The group that purports to represent survivors called last week for the Vatican to maintain a database of perpetrator priests. and City of Angels' phone rang off the wall with adult victims wondering what they hell are they talking about.
This release by Jeff Anderson today sounds more realistic:
Lawyer seeks files on all accused priests
A Minneapolis lawyer well-known for representing victims of clergy sexual abuse is demanding the Vatican release its files on every accused priest in the world in connection with a now-deceased cleric who worked in the Diocese of Superior, Wis., and Archdiocese of Milwaukee...
Nights Fr. Mario Raped the Boy, Mornings the Priest Went to Confession, Then Raped the Boy Again, Went to Confession, It Went On for Months
“He knew when I went down the hall, if I had to go to the bathroom at night, and he would come in the bathroom after me,” Joe Callander describes months of rapes by the priest who lived in the dormitory at his school in Massachusetts in the 1960s. Later in the night, as Joe lay sleepless, Fr. Mario would get up, “leave about four thirty quarter to five and sure enough, he went to Father Odo to Confession. He would go two three times a week to Confession the same nights,” after raping 14-year-old Joe. (READ this story also at Alternet here)
Thirty years later, Joe and an attorney negotiated a settlement with the Xaverian Missionaries that, Joe thought, included an agreement that Pezzotti would never live around or have any access to children. In 1993, Joe agreed to confidentiality, along with the assurance children would be safe from Fr. Mario.
Last year in Eastern Massachusetts another victim of a Xaverian pedophile priest in the region, Bill Nash, was surfing around on the internet and “I found the picture,” he said, of the now infamous photo of Father Mario Pezzotti in Brazil surrounded by near-naked children, sneering into the camera.
“I was going through these Adobe versions of their newsletters in Italian, they're 25 pages apiece, and there was a picture. Pezzotti was the perpetrator of a guy I’d known for eight years, Joe Callander, up in Vermont.”
Bill drove to Vermont to share the pictures with his friend.
"Joe was horrified because he had been promised by the Church during his settlement that Father Mario would not ever be around children."
A Fifty Year Silence Broken
A Seventeen Year Confidentiality Agreement Ends
"I found the pictures and and shared them with Joe," Bill said, "He was betrayed again."
Bill also sent the photos to City of Angels, and we posted them on February 1, 2010, here and at our then brand new venue, AlterNet, which extended the reach of City of Angels from hundreds to thousands of readers.
A reporter with the AP in Brazil emailed City of Angels wanting to know more about Pezzotti.
City of Angels put him in touch with Bill Nash.
And the photos of Mario Pezzotti and their publication became the memorable lead in the AP story that was repeated in hundreds of media around the globe April 14, 2010:
"There he was, five decades later, the priest who had raped Joe Callander in Massachusetts. The photo in the Roman Catholic newsletter showed him with a smile across his wrinkled face, near-naked Amazon Indian children in his arms and at his feet."
For example here:
AP IMPACT: Predator Priests Shuffled Around Globe - ABC News
Apr 14, 2010 ... (AP).
The Rev. Mario Pezzotti was working with children and supervising ...
“They Broke the agreement of being around children,” Callander told City of Angels in a recent interview. Provincial “Bob Maloney in particular, the Xaverians, they told me he was going to be kept away from children. I wanted to make it a written part of the settlement.
"I signed the settlement agreement but with the inference that the Xaverians were going to keep Mario Pezzotti away from children, and it wasn’t them saying that to me on one occasion, they had told me they would keep him away from children. They had written it in letters.”
Joe described life in the boarding school, where Pezzotti spotted him as a target, a reverent freshman whose father died when the boy was an infant. Now at age fourteen, he was full of passion, come to the Catholic boarding school with hopes of becoming a priest.
"If you had to get up and go to the bathroom at night, he knew when I went down the hall, and he would go in the bathroom after me.
"It was many times he did that.
"Follow me in the bathroom or drag me into a barbershop room right off to the side."
Joe said that in the dormitory, “Everybody would get up at five thirty and I wouldn't sleep well after this started happening. So I always knew where Pezzotti was at."
Abuse of the Confessional
Life in the dormitory:
Pezotti would "leave about four thirty quarter to five in the morning and I noticed he’d do that," Joe Callander said. "I’d watch and sure enough, he went to Father Odo, his spiritual advisor or whatever you call him. He would go two three times a week to Confession.
"The same night early in the morning [after raping Joe], it would be after those same nights, he'd go to Confession first thing in the morning.
"It went on over two or three months and Father Odo was always giving Father Pezzotti absolution."
Pezzotti’s Regular Confessions Conflicted with Everything Joe Believed About Confession.
"If he was telling him the truth in Confession, that priest shouldn't have been giving absolution after Pezotti was doing it over and over again showing he wasn’t going to repent."
Still, mornings after raping 14 year old Joe, Father Mario would always go to Confession.
"Two to three nights, five nights out of seven, there were three occasions I can remember he went straight to the Confession room.
"I knew what was going on, I knew he was going to Confession. At first I thought, at least I was going to be safe. Then every time it wasn’t safe, it just continued.
"It continued until the day I threw the fire extinguisher at him down the stairs.
"He left me alone after that."
The Beginning of Behavioral Problems
For the Boy Who Once Wanted to Be a Priest
After Joe threw the fire extinguisher at Father Mario on the landing at the Catholic boarding school, "he gave me a constant hard time," Joe said. "Dishes every morning noon and night until I left the school.
"I know there were two guys he got to after me," Joe said, "Maloney told me there were two other ones.
"These people knew this in 1993, that in 1961, 62, 63, there were victims, a little girl somewhere around that time, all victimized by Pezzotti.
"He was supposed to be kept away from children."
Joe lived with triggers and complications so many victims of pedophile priests share.
"I was raising all kinds of hell," he says, "asking to be kicked out of the school. I was so unruly. I think Pezzotti always stepped in and told them to wait, not to expell me, because he was afraid I was going to go home and tell."
At Right, Joe Callander, around age he was when Fr. Mario Pezzotti routinely raped him in the dormitory washroom.
At age 15, after months of being raped during the night in the dorm, Joe finally got to leave the school.
"When I went home, in my family, priests are considered saints. I told them what happened and they said I was lying a priest wouldn't do those things."
The 1993 settlement money helped send his one daughter and one foster daughter to school, then the stock market crashed, now the money is gone.
But Joe Callander, a noble Vermont rural American, kept his word, and did not break his confidentiality agreement with the Xaverian Missionaries.
"The only ones I was allowed to tell was my immediate family, my wife and brothers and sisters," he said. "I never told anyone besides my wife. My kids knew there was something going on that had to do with the Catholic Church, just from overhearing things."
Then Joe saw the pictures of Mario Pezzotti surrounded by nearly naked children in Brazil.
Continues in Part 2 coming tomorrow.
Video here: Promo Video for Catholic Youth Missions
Shows footage of the Xaverian school where the abuse of Joe Callander and several other children happened at the hands of Father Mario Pezzotti.AND:
Here are letters sent to Joe by the Xaverians, where they skirt around the issue but never actually do say it in writing that Father Mario Pezzotti, numerous times accused pedopohile priest, would no longer be around children.
So there certainly is no reason for him to stay quiet.
Posted by Kay Ebeling, Producer, The City of Angels Is Everywhere
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Thanks for all you are doing.I am having the same reaction to everything in the news-my world/ and the room is spinning and I can't keep up fast enough with all the disinformation...trying to fight it single handed in my own little corner of the world....nobody gets it...fighting all alone as usual.
Read this today and it helped me realize I don't have to fix and respond to everything by myself...there will be a final accounting....until then I can't less this eat up the last bits of hope and faith I have left...(hope there is no triggering language in this) It is from Rowan Williams Easter Sermon-first time in a long time anything religious touch me....
"The preaching of Peter and Paul and all the witnesses of the Risen Jesus says that two basic things are demanded of us. First: we must acknowledge our own share in what the cross is and represents; we must learn to see ourselves as caught up in a world where the innocent are scapegoated and killed and where we are all unwilling, to a greater or lesser degree, to face unwelcome truths about ourselves.
We must learn to see that we cannot by our own wisdom and strength cut ourselves loose from the tangle of injustice, resentment, fear and prejudice that traps the human family in conflict and misery.
And second: we must learn to trust that love and justice are not defeated by our failure; that God has provided from his own strength and resourcefulness a way to freedom, once we have become able to recognise in the face of the suffering Jesus his own divine promise of mercy and life. The resurrection is the manifesting to the world of the triumph of a love that uses no coercion or manipulation but is simply itself – an indestructible love.
The challenge of Easter is to believe that God is not defeated by the most extreme rejection imaginable."
Another real problem is news rooms running without enough staff. Journalists used to scoff at other reporters who used press conference announcements and quotes from company spokesmen. That's the corporate viewpoint, not the news.
Even press releases were good for little more than to check spelling and get contact information back when there were newspapers and beats and days even weeks to build a story. Today's reporters almost do nothing more than call and get a statement. They are quoting corporate spokespersons and calling that reporting. Back in the day, reporters got laughed out of the newsroom if they relied on corporate spokesmen for stories. Quoting a spokesman is Public Relation not reporting.
Today PR is almost all we get from news reporters. They don't dig, they don't ask questions, they balk at research, who has time? As a result, we keep reading the same paragraphs over and over, and the entire story of, for example, the lives of a hundred thousand adult victims of pedophile priests, never gets reported.
Not posted this morning at Revising History by Fr. Tom Doyle
RE SHAKING AND CRYING, continuation of Pope Crocodile Tears post from yesterday.
This morning eyes still puffed. Yesterday when the salt water stopped flowing out of them, I looked like a blowfish.
I keep insisting that the building is shaking. My chair was shaking all day yesterday, I insisted, and Lizzie just said, "no, mom, you're having an episode."
Ii was in the middle of an episode most of the day yesterday, and I still got my job done. But had to turn down more work..
Wish I was on a resort island. Instead back to work today, but at least the topic is Cameron Diaz. The story or stories based on Joe Callander breaking his silence about Mario Pezzotti is brewing and stewing in my brain and that post will come out, with Cameron Diaz and E! Entertainment Special rhythms in my syntax, in a few hours.
Of course, that's Earth time measurement. Me I can't be that precise.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I was crying and shaking so bad today, I had to take off work, so to try to escape I went to watch the latest episode of V online at ABC, because, as many know, I equate the fight we fight for justice here with the efforts to stop the V's on the TV show (which is not living up to its pilot and first episodes).
To my dismay, the episode I watched today was titled: "We Can't Win" where the resistance gets beaten down by the V's no matter what they do. There are always V's that show up and kill them.
Well, I'm still alive, but the battle seems the same. In our case, we've shown the world hundreds of thousands of child sex crimes were committed by Roman Catholic priests.
And people still go there for Mass, and call it a religion... An institution that lets those crimes happen, as well as the continuing bad treatment of victims to this day, should not be allowed to continue operating.
BACK TO THE REMOVAL OF Father Thomas Barry Horne from Bishop Accountability.
The guy was old when he got to me in 1953. The only other victim found so far, by me, is my sister. Not enough to convince an archdiocese that they should help, so not enough to get "accredited" enough to be in the database.
To be honest, it doesn't really matter, as I feel gifted, as a journalist, to have found this story early. Even if nothing further ever happens in my case, there are these incredible crime stories to keep uncovering.
Still, the word that defines how I feel is "invalidated."
Pope Gets Tears in Eyes and It Makes Headlines? Try Living a Day in the Life of an Adult Victim of Pedophile Priest
Been reeling past few days and just realized: They are still reporting about the Pope getting tears in his eyes while meeting with pedophile priest victims in Malta Sunday.
Think of the how much crying goes on with parents whose sons and daughters committed suicide because they couldn’t live with the side effects of being among the Pope’s crime victims, or died young from living wrecless lives. Not making it to adulthood is one of many damages of pedophile priest rape.
Among the victims who are still alive, many live with our own unique internal chaos, the result of a clergy person messing with your sexual identity, in some cases violently, when you were still a child. I think of the strange conversations I’ve had that could only take place between survivors.
"No, I can't go to the trial. You know I can't go into New Orleans anymore, because, you know that's where my shit happened."
"I know, I get a panic attacks as soon as I get near El Segundo, in fact I can't be in L.A. at all, period."
Many of the adult victims have PTSD that plays out in days and weeks of depression, crying jags that can last hours to months. The skin tissue around my eyes is permanently damaged from too many episodes, something that other victims tell me, in conversations I've had doing City of Angels.
We live with days and weeks long crying jags, triggered by memories of being raped as children by Roman Catholic priests committing crimes that no justice system locally or internationally is equipped to prosecute. We live with days and weeks of crying because of what our behavioral problems, direct results of this sexually skewering experience, did to our personal, career, and family lives.
"I haven't gone out of the house for three months now."
"I need to see a dentist, but I can't sit in a dentist chair, so I just use a lot of mouthwash and brush and floss a lot, I can't sit that close to someone."
"Oh yeah, me too, that's why I also have to cut my own hair."
Since a child is growing, they are creating cells, a trauma like priest rape gets embedded in your very cellular structure. When you attack a child's sexuality, you are interfering with the very core of that person's being.
You are messing with a person's very soul.
Your sexuality drives you, it leads you in and out of almost every human experience.
You mess with a child sexually, you've skewered their sexuality for the rest of thier lives.
Skewered them at the level of their very being.
The Pope got tears in his eyes in Malta last Sunday, probably because he doesn't like having to confront the truth about these crimes.
I saw narcissism in those Pope tears last Sunday, not the tears of someone who genuinely cares about the victims of his own crimes.
"I've been crying so much there are broken blood vessels all around my eyes."
"I haven't gone out of the house for more than three months, I hope I'm okay by next February."
The Pedophile Priest epidemic was an institutional crime spree and coverup and the Pope has been at the top or very close to it for decades, directly connected to the investigations of these crimes since at least 2002.
What other organization would still claim world moral leadership after the crimes they committed?
We crime victims get to see these felons, our perpetrators, serial felons, still being treated as dignitaries whose public appearances are news events.
The Only news story the Pope deserves is coverage of his criminal trails. Then, let him cry as we make our victim impact statments.
Instead we get this, even today, 15 hours ago, more coverage of his f---ing tears.
Pope Gets Emotional On Meeting Sex Abuse VictimsOneindia - 15 hours ago
Pope Benedict XVI struggled to hold back tears, when he met sex abuse victims at the hands of paedophile priests in Malta
Pope meets abuse victims, expresses shame, sorrow for their sufferingThe Pilot - Carol Glatz - 1 day ago
One of the victims, Lawrence Grech, told the Maltese paper that the two bishops with them shed tears during their meeting. Another said the pope had tears ...
By Kay Ebeling, Producer, The City of Angels Is Everywhere