THE CHRIST MICHAEL IS
THESE ARE THE WORDS OF PAUL
THE APOSTLE TO THE NATIONS:
THESE ARE THE WORDS OF PAUL
THE APOSTLE TO THE NATIONS:
APOSTATE PRIESTS LEADINGLOOSE LIVES
WHILE OFFICIATING IN CONGREGATIONS.
The following articles are extracts describing the "loose lives" of the clergy that The Christ Michael is revealing before the fearful Judgement Day of the Lord begins. (2 Thess 2:7-12).
VATICAN TOLD BISHOPS TO COVER UP SEX ABUSE.
THE VATICAN instructed Catholic bishops around the world to cover up cases of sexual abuse or risk being thrown out of the Church. The Observer has obtained a 40-year-old confidential document from the secret Vatican archive which lawyers are calling a 'blueprint for deception and concealment'. One British lawyer acting for Church child abuse victims has described it as 'explosive'. The 69-page Latin document bearing the seal of Pope John XXIII was sent to every bishop in the world. The instructions outline a policy of 'strictest' secrecy in dealing with allegations of sexual abuse and threatens those who speak out with excommunication…
CATHOLIC CHURCH IN CRISIS.
For the Catholic Church, 2002 was the year the sex abuse scandal finally erupted. Allegations about the activities of paedophile priests had been simmering for years. But the crisis suddenly boiled over, and the Vatican was faced with a flood of damaging revelations from churches around the world. For the ailing John Paul II, in the twilight of his papacy, it has been a distressing time. What turned into a global crisis for the church began with a spate of allegations in the United States.
When one former priest went on trial in Boston, victims of sexual abuse in churches across the country started hiring lawyers. In the space of a few weeks, the accusations
The US cardinals were summoned to Rome for a crisis meeting with the Pope. By the end of the year, a policy had been agreed for dealing with suspected paedophiles. But the Vatican's insistence on safeguards for those accused led to complaints by victims' groups that the promised "zero tolerance" policy was being watered down.
By now the US Church found itself facing multi-million dollar lawsuits from hundreds of Catholics claiming to have been abused by priests. Alarmed by the financial consequences, church leaders in Boston considered filing for bankruptcy. But it was the growing damage to the reputation of the church that caused most concern.
And so the city's archbishop, Cardinal Bernard Law, returned to the Vatican to discuss his future.
It would have been bad enough if the scandal had been confined to the US, a relatively small part of a global church with one billion members. But the crisis focused attention on allegations being made across the Catholic world, from Brazil to Hong Kong, from Ireland to South Africa. In Poland, homeland of the Pope, an archbishop stood accused of molesting young men training for the priesthood. In the Philippines, the church admitted that 200 priests were suspected of "sexual misconduct".
In Australia, the church took out newspaper advertisements to apologise to victims of sex abuse by its priests. And in the United Kingdom, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, faced awkward questions about the way he had dealt with an abusing priest.
In country after country, a scandal that had existed just beneath the surface of church life burst into the headlines. It forced the Vatican to confront the issue of sexual abuse by priests, and the consequences could be far reaching.
The spotlight is on gay men in the church, and many innocent priests feel they are now under suspicion. They fear there will now be efforts to stop gay men joining the clergy. But in many countries, it is already difficult finding enough recruits for the priesthood.
This has been a painful issue for the Catholic Church to confront. But the Pope knows that the concerns of the faithful must be addressed if trust in the priesthood is to be restored.
May the Lord our God rebuke all of the Catholic sect. Amen.
'GOD WANTS YOU TO LOVE ME'.
(By Anthony Barnett. Public Affairs Editor. The Observer 20/7/03).
After a four-month investigation, Anthony Barnett reveals that the Anglican Church is to be hit by a new scandal, as women tell of rape and abuse by priests who practised 'sexual healing'.
…The clergyman raped her in his office, at home and in the toilet of a cemetery…
The Observer reveals they are just three out of dozens who claim they have been sexually abused by churchmen of all denominations.
Many of them, who have told their stories for the first time, remain in a state of deep psychological despair. Several have tried to commit suicide. Yet most of the accused clerics continue to preach after being quietly moved to another parish.
While the Church of England remains in turmoil over the sexuality of its bishops, some believe the mounting catalogue of sexual abuse against women is the real untold scandal of the Church. This particular controversy now threatens to envelop the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who faces questions over his role in helping a priest who sexually assaulted a female vicar to find another job.
Britain's leading investigator of sexual abuse in the Church is Margaret Kennedy, a former social worker who was a pioneer in raising the issue of child abuse in the Roman Catholic and other Christian churches. She described the scandal involving Williams as 'shocking and deplorable'.
Kennedy believes the sexual abuse of adults by clergymen is just as serious as child abuse. She has catalogued more than 120 cases of alleged sexual abuse of women by clergy. In a damning study, yet to be published, she has collected harrowing testimonies from more than 60 victims —25 concern the Church of England, 25 the Catholic Church, with the rest spread across Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians…
'…He told me it was God's will to have sex with me'. Patricia Stevens, whose true identity has to be protected…
…BRITISH church authorities stand accused of covering up a catalogue of sexual assaults on women by clergymen.
An investigation by The Observer has uncovered more than 60 cases where women have alleged they were abused by clerics from all denominations. Many victims claim the churches have ignored their suffering while allowing the offenders to go on preaching from the pulpit. These allegations include:
As the row over gay bishops continues to rock the Church of England, the revelations of sexual abuse threatens to plunge the Church further into crisis.
One case investigated by The Observer calls into question the role played by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, when he led the Church in Wales. This newspaper has established that early last year, Williams became involved in attempts by a priest, who sexually assaulted a female vicar, to find another job in the church leader's then diocese, Monmouth.
Williams knew that Geoff Hewitt, the canon of Bangor Cathedral, had been disciplined following accusations of sexually assaulting female vicar Dr Tanya Jenkins and sexually harassing another female church worker.
Over the past four months The Observer has worked with Margaret Kennedy, a former social worker who was a pioneer investigator of child abuse in Christian churches.
In the past two years she has been contacted by more than 100 women who claim to have been sexually assaulted by clergymen.
In a study yet to be published, she has obtained more than 60 testimonies from women who claim to have been abused by clerics across many denominations: more than 50 in the Anglican and Catholic Churches alone. Five of them fear for their lives and are in hiding.
The Observer has spoken to many of the women who claim they were sexually abused by their priests, many of them speaking for the first time. Their stories have extraordinary similarities, with vulnerable women who have suffered from a personal tragedy or have been abused as children turning to their ministers for support only to find themselves victims of another crime.
Most complain that Church authorities failed to deal with their complaints, preferring to hush things up.
Kennedy said: 'This is the great taboo subject of the Christian Church which it must now face up to. For too long it has been hushed up by the authorities and caused terrible trauma for many women. My fear is that these cases are just the tip of the iceberg and there are hundreds more women out there too scared to come forward.'
In the case involving Williams, the female vicar who was assaulted has been so psychologically damaged she has been unable to work again. Yet her attacker, Hewitt, was not dismissed by the Church. However, the outrage of the local community meant Hewitt could no longer preach in Bangor and needed a new job.
Williams has admitted to having a phone conversation with the disgraced priest, informing him he 'would not stand in his way' if he applied to be vicar of Rhymney, which was in Williams' Monmouth Diocese.
A spokesman for the Archbishop said: 'I have been made aware of a telephone conversation which took place between Geoff Hewitt and Archbishop Rowan Williams between March and May 2002... The content of that conversation was that Rowan Williams told Geoff Hewitt that, since he was no longer under discipline, he would not stand in his way were he to make an application for the post.'
He said the fact that Hewitt had not been dismissed meant that Williams was not in a position to reject the application in advance.
Hewitt was not, in fact, given the job after parishioners in Rhymney found out and complained. It has since emerged that Hewitt has found a new post in a church in Chippenham, Wiltshire.
Williams has denied allegations from parishioners in Bangor that he was in any way involved in this latest appointment.
Welsh Assembly member, Helen Mary Jones — a former deputy director of the Equal Opportunities Commission — has demanded answers from Williams.
She said: 'Rowan Williams has staked his reputation on social justice and he must now make it clear what precise role he has played in helping a priest who had sexually assaulted a fellow minister. If the priest had been a social worker or teacher he would have been sacked. This case illustrates that senior figures in the Church do not take these incidents seriously.'
She called on Williams to take a lead and develop open procedures for dealing with allegations of sexual abuse.
The spokesman said the Archbishop and the Church of England took the issue of sexual abuse of women very seriously. Williams gave a statement to The Observer, which was from a contribution he made last year to a report into Church abuse called, 'Time for Action'.
It said: 'Few, if any issues in recent years have so stained and compromised the credibility of various Church institutions and hierarchies as the record of ignorance and evasion over questions to do with the abuse of children and adults by Christian professionals, especially clergy.
'Honesty about this is painful but essential for the Church's health and the Church's mission.'
BOSTON CHURCH SETTLES ABUSE
BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP)
The deal is the largest publicly disclosed payout by a U.S. diocese to settle molestation charges.
Finalised after months of negotiations, the pact came with a new pledge from the church to prevent abuse in the future and a sense from victims that the burden of their anguish has been lightened.
"This piece of paper means one thing to me and many men I represent here today. From this day forward I am not an alleged victim of clergy abuse. I am recognized, I'm a survivor," said Gary Bergeron, who sued for molestation by the late Rev. Joseph Birmingham.
Under the agreement, victims will receive awards ranging from $80,000 to $300,000. Award amounts will be decided by a mediator, based on the type of molestation, the duration of the abuse, and the injury suffered.
Parents who filed lawsuits claiming their children were abused will receive $20,000.
The church also will provide for psychological counselling for victims for as long as they want it, and will put some victims on advisory boards monitoring the abuse problem.
Boston's new archbishop, Sean O'Malley, was in Washington at a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as the deal was struck but sat in on critical negotiations over the weekend.
"It's a good day for the archdiocese," said his spokesman, the Rev. Christopher Coyne. "We haven't had too many over the last couple of years, but this is one."
The archdiocese also released a statement saying in part that it is "committed to doing everything humanly possible to make sure that this never occurs again. Our prayer is that this may, with the help of God, become a reality."
Coyne said the church is still looking for ways to finance the settlement. Possible revenue sources include selling off surplus property and suing the archdiocese's insurance carriers.
The deal came about a month after the archdiocese put a $55 million offer on the table. Plaintiffs' lawyers had asked for as much as $120 million. Attorneys for the two sides and O'Malley, considered a steady but forceful voice in the negotiations, met in a lengthy session Sunday that stretched into Monday morning.
Roderick MacLeish Jr., a lawyer with the firm that represents nearly half of the alleged victims, said the $85 million offer was accepted after considering the archdiocese's financial condition and the additional stress a trial would put on victims.
"There comes a point where they (the archdiocese) just financially can't do anything anymore," MacLeish said. "We could continue in litigation with the archdiocese for years and years and years, but would there be positive results?"
Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the national bishops' conference, said the deal "demonstrates that the church is committed to working out just settlements."
A resolution had been elusive since the scandal exploded in January 2002 with the release of court documents in the case of the Rev. John Geoghan, who church leaders moved from parish to parish despite evidence he had molested children.
Allegations against dozens of other priests soon came to light, and hundreds of lawsuits were filed against the archdiocese.
Priest personnel files, made public because of the suits, held shocking allegations: That a priest pulled boys out of religious classes and raped them in a confessional; that another fathered two children and left the children's mother alone as she overdosed; that another seduced girls studying to become nuns by telling them he was "the second coming of Christ."
The crisis put every U.S. diocese under new scrutiny.
Because of molestation claims, at least 325 of America's 46,000 priests were removed from duty or resigned in the year following the Geoghan case. And Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as Boston archbishop in December, giving up his post as spiritual leader to 2.1 million Catholics because of his mishandling of abuse cases.
Stephen Pope, a theology professor at Boston College, predicted it will take a generation before the church recovers from the scandal. But he said the settlement may help restore confidence among Catholics.
"The whole country has been waiting for Boston to resolve this question, waiting for Boston to set an example," he said.
While the settlement is by far the biggest publicly disclosed payout made by the U.S. church, the amount of compensation per person may be smaller than what some individuals have received in other cases. The most comparable deal came in June, when the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky, agreed to pay $25.7 million to 243 people.
Criminal charges were filed against some priests as a result of the Boston scandal, but Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly said no church leaders could be charged for supervisory lapses under weak child protection laws in effect at the time.
Reilly, in a report issued in July after a 16-month investigation, estimated that more than 1,000 children were likely victimized by more than 235 priests from 1940 to 2000.
In September 2002, the archdiocese agreed to a $10 million settlement for 86 victims of Geoghan, who was ousted from the priesthood and sentenced to prison for child molestation. Geoghan, 68, was killed last month in prison, allegedly by another inmate who authorities say plotted the attack for more than a month.
The appointment of O'Malley, a Capuchin Franciscan friar known for helping other dioceses recover from sex abuse scandals, brought new hope to the stalled settlement talks. He quickly shook up the church's legal team and made an offer.
"He has come together with us to work out a resolution of these cases, and he's done it with humanity, he's done it with compassion," MacLeish said.
PAEDOPHILE PRIESTS FACE ZERO TOLERANCE.
…Clergy who sexually assault children should be barred from their work, the embattled Roman Catholic cardinal in Boston has been told.
A panel set up by Cardinal Bernard Law, who is under fire for reassigning paedophile priests, recommended the zero tolerance approach…'
…Court documents show that Cardinal Law and others in the archdiocese knew Geoghan was a paedophile, but allowed him to stay on as a priest…
SUING THE POPE.
…The Catholic Church did not tell the locals that
Fr. Fortune was a brutal, predatory paedophile. They organised delegations to two Bishops
…Fr. Fortune was charged with 66 counts of sexual, indecent assault and buggery relating to eight boys…
…Colm O'Gorman was 14 years old when Fr. Fortune raped him for the first time. His torment lasted for two and a half years. This year Colm returned to Fethard-on-Sea with Correspondent…
"…He would pick me up and be the priest in front of my mother and my family and five minutes later in the car he would make me perform oral sex on him and then five minutes after that ended, stop off and again be the priest and walk into somebody’s house with me in tow behind him. I just remember the real sense of shock of it all…"
ROLE OF BISHOPS IS NOW
A FOCUS OF GRAND JURIES.
Prosecutors across the nation have taken investigations of clerical sexual abuse before more than a dozen grand juries in recent weeks, stepping up their inquiries into whether Roman Catholic bishops endangered children by ignoring the crimes, prosecutors and church officials said.
"…I think we're getting into a trend where we're investigating an entire faith," said Patrick Scully of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation’s largest Catholic anti defamation group…
EX-KENTUCKY PRIEST GETS 20 YEARS
FOR SEX ABUSE.
The Rev. Louis E. Miller, 72, pleaded guilty in March in Jefferson County Circuit Court to 44 counts of indecent and immoral practices and six counts of sexual abuse. The 21 victims are now all adults…
…Miller also is accused of molesting children in 94 of the more than 250 lawsuits filed against the archdiocese since April 2002. The plaintiffs contend the church knew they were sexually abused as children by clergy or others connected with the church, but concealed it and did nothing to stop it…
PAEDOPHILE PRIEST KILLED IN JAIL.
A former priest convicted of child sex abuse has been killed in prison in the United States…
…The BBC's Jane Standley in New York said the accusations against Geoghan went back more than 30 years and documents which were revealed in court sparked the scandal which has shrouded the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.
They showed that his superiors knew of the complaints against him, but they covered them up and moved him repeatedly to new parishes in the Boston area.
He was believed to have attacked more than 130 children over the last three decades…
20 CLERGY HAVE AIDS, VICAR SAYS.
A FUNDAMENTALIST vicar has claimed in advance of the General Synod meeting that began in York yesterday that at least 20 Church of England clergymen are suffering from Aids.
The vicar, the Rev. Tony Higton, has put down a private member's motion that "sexual intercourse should take place only between a man and a woman who are married to each other", and that "fornication, adultery, and homosexual acts are sinful in all circumstances". The motion stands little chance of being debated by the Synod. To increase its chances of success at a later session, Mr. Higton wrote to all diocesan bishops claiming that 20 clergymen were currently dying of the disease, a figure which one Synod observer remarked was almost certainly an underestimate.
Mr. Higton wants to know what the bishops are doing about it. His motion goes on to say that "Christian leaders are called to be exemplary in all spheres of sexual morality, including sexual immorality, as a condition of being appointed to, or remaining in office". Mr. Higton, who was previously known for attacking the Bishop of Durham, is anxious to play down the punishment he would visit on those homosexuals and fornicators who do not repent: "I don't want them automatically banned from church," he said.
"They should be offered help, and only if they don't respond to that help should they be asked to resign."
"I have been approached by clergy who are absolutely petrified to admit they have homosexual tendencies. They find themselves in a dreadful turmoil."
OCCULT BAPTISM KILLS AUNT.
(Today Newspaper. 30/11/91).
A Jehovah's Witness drowned his aunt in the bath in a bizarre baptism because he believed she was possessed by evil spirits.
The former dance teacher who became obsessed with the occult said his 70-year-old aunt had turned into a screaming seagull before his eyes.
He asked if she wanted to find everlasting life then drowned her, tied her hands and feet with shoelaces, and wrapped her naked body in a white robe, a court heard.
Cyprus-born Andrew Sale, 24, of Totnes, Devon, told ambulancemen his name was Jesus, that he lived in Heaven and that he had destroyed Satan.
His plea of not guilty of murder was accepted. The judge at Exeter Crown Court said Sale, who came from a staunch Jehovah's Witness family, was clearly insane and ordered him to be admitted to a secure mental hospital.
JEHOVAH GIRL WHO KILLED
IS SENT TO BROADMOOR.
A young Jehovah's Witness who savagely knifed to death the woman who befriended her was sent to Broadmoor yesterday.
Former mental patient Marcia Ellis, 20, was the second girl member of the sect to be locked away this year for killing a fellow witness.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that she stalked Mrs Eileen Burley, 45, home from the shops and stabbed her 27 times with a butcher's knife when she answered her doorbell in Castle Bromwich.
Ellis, of Sheldon, Birmingham —said to be extremely dangerous because of her mental condition— denied murder. Her plea of guilty to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility was accepted by the prosecution.
In the earlier case, Christine Sawbridge was ordered to be detained during Her Majesty's Pleasure after taking part in a killing.