Saturday, September 30, 2017

Movies on the Catholic Pedophile Menace 30

More Movies About the Catholic Pedophile Menace.

The trailer for the Amy Berg documentary on pedophilia in the Catholic Church, Deliver Us From Evil, can be seen at this link. It is a critical resource.

Another critical film, this one an Academy Award winner, was Spotlight, which recounted The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer winning reporting on the child sex abuse scandal in the Boston diocese. 

The Daily Beast noted, “Spotlight is about the Boston Globe’s series of investigative articles in 2002 that exposed the fact that there were hundreds of children who were sexually abused by Catholic priests who were moved from parish to parish, in addition to the church’s decades-long cover up of the many crimes.”

Incredibly, this film was screened for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, created by Pope Francis in 2014, which in practice consolidated Vatican policies covering up acts of pedophilia committed by prelates and lay brothers. 

The Pope did not attend the screening, and the next day, Peter Saunders, one of two child sex abuse survivors on the Commission, was asked to take a leave of absence from the Commission. 

The Vatican issued a statement saying that “It was decided,” that Saunders would take a leave of absence to “consider how he might best support the Commission’s work.”

Saunders held his own press conference and declared that he would not step down unless Pope Francis himself so directed. 

An article in The Daily Beast explained that Saunders was frustrated by the slow pace of the Commission, and he committed the cardinal sin of telling the media that its work was “futile.” He said, “The last meeting in October was a non-event…I was told that Rome was not built in a day—but the problem is that it takes seconds to rape a child.”

Critics of the Vatican reinforced, “…the church hierarchy is an entitled, rigid, secretive, all-male monarchy. No new protocols or policies or procedures will radically undo a centuries-old self-serving structure that rewards clerics who keep a tight lid on child sex crimes and coverups.”

Links in order of precedence.

This is my 30th installment on the pedophilia epidemic. 

Read dispatches 1-29 and forthcoming segments at, or on Medium:

The Catholic Pedophile Epidemic Continues 29

The Catholic Pedophile Epidemic Continues. 

The incidence of pedophilia in the Church long ago reached epidemic proportions worldwide, but especially in Ireland and America, with the investigation into Cardinal Pell evoking the case of the founder of the Legion of Christ, Marcial Maciel Degollado, a confirmed pedophile. 

Accusations against Father Maciel erupted in 1997, when 9 men alleged that Maciel molested them in Spain and Italy between the 1940’s and 1960’s. 

Pedophile priest Marciel Maciel. Pedophiles look like this. National Catholic Reporter

In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI expelled Father Maciel from active ministry. In 2009, it emerged that Father Maciel lived “a double life” and fathered a daughter.

Vows of Silence. Amazon

Then the BBC reported that Father Maciel sired a total of six illegitimate children on three separate mothers. A documentary film was the inevitable result. In 2010, the movie Vows of Silence was released. ABC Nightline reported

Among numerous other infamous examples, clergy abuse cases like that of Father Bruce Ritter and Archbishop Robert Sanchez rocked the church, culminating in a $30 million settlement against the diocese in New Mexico. The 60 Minutes segment The Archbishop in 2002 was the inevitable exposé. 

Father Bruce Ritter, admitted pedophile. 

Bent priest Archbishop Robert Sanchez, protector of pedophiles. Albuquerque Journal

Again in 2002, The Boston Globe published features that confirmed that bishops concealed child molesting priests in many diocese. 

The Pope himself resigned, and it is speculated that rampant child molestation was the reason, with the Pope’s own brother accused of abusing at least 231 children from a Catholic boy’s choir. 

In July 2017 Vatican Radio reported that “at least 547 young members of the Regensburger Domspatzen boys choir in Germany were subjected to physical and in some cases sexual abuse.”

“The report accuses some 49 members of the Church of carrying out the abuse between 1945 and the early 1990’s.” 

Rather than mollifying the conscience into thinking that such activities were distributed over decades, the question that demands answers is the fact that the perpetrators were protected and their crimes covered up. 

An involved lawyer said, “The fact is this: it is likely that there are almost 550 victims, of these 67 were victims of sexual violence; there are altogether 9 accused of carrying out sexual violence against children.”

Also in February 2017, The Independent published, “Italian priest faces defrocking for “organizing orgies on church property.” 

Don Andrea Contin, the 48 year old parish priest at the church of San Lazzaro, allegedly always carried a “briefcase full of vibrators, sex toys, masks and bondage equipment.” He was also accused of concealing pornographic videos in his home in cases titled with the names of various popes. 

Bent priest, Don Andrea Contin.

Police searching his home recovered “video evidence of the orgies on computers and memory sticks.” 

Father Contin was also accused of “organizing orgies in his rectory,” and “acting as a pimp to some of his 15 lovers.” An article stated, “He is said to have farmed out some of his lovers to male customers on wife swapping websites.” 

One of Father Contin’s accusers said that he encouraged her to have “sexual relations with a horse.” The priest initially denied accusations but finally confessed after police searched his home and found the video evidence. 

Bent priest, Don Roberto Cavazzana, implicated in sordid sex scandal with Don Andrea Contin. Il Gazzettino

Another priest, Don Roberto Cavazzana, 41, also admitted participating in the orgies and “occasionally filming the events.” This priest, it was said, was unlikely to face clerical suspension. 

Another report states that “three other clergymen…participated in the sex parties.”

In 2016 a “Grindr gay sex scandal engulfed a Catholic seminary” in Ireland, where seminarians at Saint Patrick’s College in Maynooth used the internet app to set up gay sex encounters. 

Incredibly, Dublin’s archbishop Dr. Diarmuid Martin diverted accused trainee priests to a separate seminary in Italy, the Irish Pontifical College in Rome.

“…there is a homosexual, a gay culture, that students have been using an app called Grindr, which is a gay dating app, which would be inappropriate for seminarians, not just because they are trained to be celibate priests but because an app like that is something which would be fostering promiscuous sexuality, which is certainly not in any way the mature vision of sexuality one would expect a priest to understand.” 


Links in order of precedence.

This is my 29th installment on the pedophilia epidemic. 

Read dispatches 1-28 and forthcoming segments at, or on Medium:

Friday, September 29, 2017

Vatican Harbors Pedophile Clerics 28

The Vatican Harbors Pedophile Clerics 

The Vatican has a long history of harboring accused pedophiles and their facilitators. In 2002, Cardinal Bernard Law resigned in disgrace over his systematic cover up of priestly child molestation in Boston.

Cardinal Bernard Law, accused protector of pedophiles.

Victims were incandescent that Pope John Paul II protected Cardinal Law, granted him sanctuary from secular prosecution, and appointed him archpriest of a basilica in Rome. 

The 2014 case of Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, then 66, is instructive. Wesolowski was the papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic, the Vatican’s ambassador to that country, and the subject of “countless criminal complaints that led to the warrant for his arrest for child sex abuse last year.”

Faces of pedophiles. Accused pedophile Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski. Pedophiles look like this. Nihil Obstat. 

After local media followed Wesolowski on one of his frequent visits to the Santo Domingo waterfront where he solicited children for sex, he detected their surveillance and never returned. 

He then sent a Dominican church deacon to procure children for him, and that deacon, Francisco Javier Occi Reyes, was arrested in June 2014, charged with solicitation of minors, and jailed. No one bailed him out. So Reyes wrote a letter dated 2 July 2014 to Archbishop Wesolowski, a letter which was hand delivered to his office. 

Pedophile facilitator Deacon Francisco Javier Occi Reyes and pedophile Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski. iDominicanas

The New York Times, which acquired a copy of this letter, quoted “We have offended God” and the church….by sexually abusing children and adolescents “for crumbs of money.” The deacon wrote that he had agreed to find child victims for the nuncio so that “your sexual appetite can be satiated,” but that he was now asking God for forgiveness.” 

“Hopefully you will consider asking for God to help you walk away from this evil disease of continuing to sexually abuse innocent children.” 

The deacon sent copies of the letter to Cardinal Nicholas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, the head of the Catholic faith in the Dominican Republic, and to a Dominican bishop, Gregorio Nicanor Peña Rodriguez. 

Cardinal Nicholas then hand carried that letter to the Vatican, and met personally with Pope Francis. 

Another article explains, however, that Wesolowski was “also a fugitive from secular law, having been swiftly rescued from criminal prosecution in Poland and Santo Domingo in 2013 to face a private canonical trial by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which ultimately ended with his defrocking.”

The New York Times article states that the Vatican “secretly recalled him to Rome last year before he could be investigated” by secular authorities in the Dominican Republic. 

In other words, Wesolowski absconded to the protective confines of the Vatican, where he enjoyed house arrest and immunity from extradition, even after he was defrocked, or reduced to the status of a layman. Defrocking a cleric is just short of excommunication. But it expels that cleric from holy orders, and it makes him, in essence, a mere civilian. 

It was alleged that Wesolowski broke his house arrest and departed from the confines of the city state, which is very small, and was observed walking in Rome, but he was never arrested and extradited, as should have happened. 

“A Dominican bishop, Victor Msalles, visiting Rome in late June, said in a Twitter message that he was surprised to see Mr. Wesolowski “strolling the Via della Scrofa,” in the center of Rome. “He added, “The silence of the Church has hurt the people of God.”

In August 2013, when Wesolowski was “secretly recalled” to the Vatican, the attorney general of Warsaw filed an immediate order for his extradition. 

The response was an instantaneous rebuttal from the Roman Curia: “Archbishop Wesolowski is a citizen of the Vatican, and Vatican law does not allow for his extradition.” 

That reply by the Vatican Secretariat of State implied that defrocking Wesolowski, a Polish citizen, did not mean that he lost his Vatican citizenship nor his diplomatic immunity. 

“The Vatican says that because Mr. Wesolowski was a member of its diplomatic corps and a citizen of the Holy See, the case would be handled in Rome.”

Under child sex abuse laws issued by Pope Benedict in 2010, Wesolowski could face up to 7 years in a Vatican prison upon conviction. 

Another article states that sexual abuse charges could bring a maximum of 12 years in prison and a fine of nearly $200,00. 

If convicted in the Dominican Republic under secular authority, his sentence could be as long as 50 years. 

Media observed that there are no extradition treaties between any countries and the Vatican, which is an independent non-state entity that issues its own passports. 

The Holy See is not a member of the UN, as it has never applied for membership, but it enjoys permanent observer status as a non-member state dating back to 1964. 

This status was confirmed by the UN General Assembly in 2004, despite opposition from non-governmental organizations like Catholics for Choice, which argued in 1999 that the Vatican is a religious organization and not a state. This organization also noted that other religions did not enjoy commensurate prerogatives. 

This non-state yet sovereign status enabled the Vatican to defy Italian authorities when Archbishop Paul C. Marcinkus was indicted in a banking scandal in the 1980’s. The Vatican protected Archbishop Marcinkus, and gave him safe harbor, arguing that he had diplomatic immunity. 

Adding offense to injury, the Vatican again harbored an accused pedophile priest who remains unnamed and declined to deport him back to the US to face secular criminal charges in September, 2017. 

Harboring pedophiles is a policy that is rampant within Catholicism. Just one example is an “ultra-conservative Catholic splinter group” in Kent, UK, the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) Resistance, which is helmed by a notorious convicted Holocaust denier, “Bishop” Richard Williamson, aged 70. 

Bishop Richard Williamson claimed that no Jews were killed in gas chambers during the Second World War during an interview on Swedish television in 2008. As the interview was conducted at a seminary in Zaitzkoven, Germany, he was prosecuted and convicted in 2010. Denying the Holocaust in Germany is a criminal offense. 

In 2009, Argentina expelled him back to the UK. Over the decades since his  rebellious ordination by ultraconservative French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, with whom he was excommunicated by the Vatican in 1988, Williamson expressed controversial opinions. 

Bishop and protector of pedophiles Bishop Richard Williamson. YouTube

Williamson claimed that Jews are fighting for world domination to “prepare the anti-Christ’s throne in Jerusalem,” that the Twin Towers were destroyed by the US government itself in order to rationalize the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and that Freemasons are conspiring against Catholics. 

The SSPX Resistance is also known as Respice Stellam. Bishop Williamson harbored two priests accused of molesting children in April 2017 who were allegedly investigated in an internal clerical proceeding sanctioned by the Vatican. Secular authorities were not informed. 

Incredibly, Bishop Williamson was excommunicated by the Vatican twice by different popes. Pope John Paul II excommunicated him, apparently in 1988, but he was later readmitted by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. Mr. Williamson was again excommunicated in 2015. 

In March 2017, senior Australian Catholic official Francis Sullivan said that Vatican “bureaucrats and courtiers [were] doing all they can to either undermine the Pope” or protect the institution. 

Mr. Sullivan pointed to the resignation of “campaigner and abuse survivor” Mrs. Marie Collins, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM), who accused the Vatican of a “shameful lack of cooperation.”

In 2014 discussions with Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the head of the PCPM, and in her resignation letter to the Pope, Mrs. Collins “cited her frustration at the lack of cooperation…by other offices in the Roman Curia.”

Such passive aggressive resistance by the institution of the Vatican defies the decree of the Pope himself, Pope Francis, who declared a “zero tolerance” policy for clergy who molest children, adding that “three bishops are currently being investigated by the Vatican for allegations in connection with abuse.” 

Pope Francis established the PCPM in March of 2014, writing that “The Commission’s specific task is to propose to me the most opportune initiates for protecting minors and vulnerable adults, in order that we may do everything possible to ensure that crimes such as those which have occurred are no longer repeated in the Church.” 

The Commission established a website at

Mr. David Clohessy, the executive director of SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests), dismissed these papal gestures, saying that the Pope reformed church governance and Vatican finances, but failed to reform Vatican handling of child molestation. 

“The simple truth is this is another gesture, another public relations coup, another nice bit of symbolism that will leave no child better off and bring no real reform to a continuing, scandal-ridden church hierarchy.” 

The UN itself condemned the Vatican for failing to protect children from pedophile priests, particularly over the church policy of shuffling abusive priests to different jurisdictions and failing to report child sex crimes to secular authorities. 

But the case of Cardinal George Pell is historic as he is the highest ranking Vatican official to ever be charged with pedophilia, and he is also the highest ranking Catholic prelate to confront his accusers in a secular court of law. 

As we will see, archbishops in lesser diocese also stand accused of pedophilia, and in some cases, they occupy positions from which they can distract, divert, delay and dissolve allegations against themselves and other ranking clerics.

Links in order of precedence. 

Faces of evil. Protector of pedophiles Pope Benedict XVI and accused pedophile Cardinal George Pell. 

This is my 28th installment on PedoGate and the continuing pedophilia epidemic. 

Read dispatches 1-27 and forthcoming segments at, or on Medium: