November 24, 2020

Moral Failure: New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit against the Buffalo Diocese of New York for failing to protect children from predatory priests.

Associated Press reports:

New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and two former church leaders, alleging they covered up allegations of sexual misconduct and misused charitable assets by supporting predatory priests who were allowed to retire or go on leave.

The lawsuit against the diocese, former Bishop Richard Malone and former Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz follows a two-year investigation. It found church leaders sheltered accused priests by letting them step away from ministry rather than follow mandated procedures that would subject them to possible removal from the priesthood by the Vatican.

ABC News reports:

New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and its former leaders Bishop Richard Malone and Bishop Edward Grosz, alleging that they engaged in a years-long cover-up of accusations of sexual abuse of minors by local priests.

In a statement New York Attorney General Letitia James said:

For years, the Diocese of Buffalo and its leadership failed to protect children from sexual abuse. Instead, they chose to protect the very priests who were credibly accused of these atrocious acts.

The actions of the Buffalo Diocese are morally repulsive. In one instance church leaders allowed a priest to remain in ministry even after the diocese learned of eight alleged sexual abuse cases involving young children.

In other cases, church leaders allowed priests who had sexually abused children to remain in ministry or quietly retire without facing any consequences for their crimes. The BBC notes that “other priests in the diocese were accused of other abuses, including taking minors to see pornographic movies, discussing inappropriate topics, and molesting young girls and altar boys.”

However, none of this horror should be surprising. We have known for decades that the Catholic Church has been protecting and enabling pedophile priests. We have also known for decades that the church has made considerable efforts to deny and obfuscate the charges, always trying to deny and push accusations under the rug, often by re-victimizing the children raped and sexually abused by priests in the first place.

Yet despite overwhelming evidence that the Catholic Church is a profoundly and irredeemably morally corrupt institution that allows children to be treated as disposable sex toys for predatory clergy, Catholics continue to support the church. In so doing, Catholics fund the cover-up, and make the continuing rape and sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy possible.

In short, supporting the Catholic Church means supporting the rape and sexual abuse of children. And that means that every practicing Catholic is complicit in the rape and sexual abuse of children by predatory priests. Full stop.

Bottom line: New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit against the Buffalo Diocese of New York for failing to protect children from predatory priests.

NY State Sues Buffalo Diocese For Failing To Protect Children From Predatory Priests (Image via Screen Grab)
NY State Sues Buffalo Diocese For Failing To Protect Children From Predatory Priests (Image via Screen Grab)
August 6, 2020

Idiot-In-Chief: A deranged President Trump went on a wild rant earlier today, at one point claiming Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would “hurt God” if elected president.

The Hill reports:

President Trump on Thursday claimed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, a practicing Catholic, is “against God” as he levied a stream of attacks on his likely opponent in the November election.

Trump painted a grim picture of a Biden presidency during a rally-style speech to supporters on the tarmac of the Cleveland airport, claiming the former vice president would follow a radical agenda.

Speaking to supporters in Cleveland, Ohio, Trump declared:

(Joe Biden will) Take away your guns, take away your Second Amendment. No religion, no anything. Hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He’s against God. He’s against guns. He’s against energy.

Trump’s attacks are juvenile and ridiculous. Even more so because of the fact that Biden has made no effort to hide the fact that he is a practicing Catholic. 

A spokesperson for the Biden campaign offered a statement to Mediaite on Trump’s remarks:

Joe Biden’s faith is at the core of who he is; he’s lived it with dignity his entire life, and it’s been a source of strength and comfort in times of extreme hardship. Donald Trump is the only president in our history to have tear-gassed peaceful Americans and thrown a priest out of his church just so he could profane it – and a Bible – for his own cynical optics as he sought to tear our nation apart at a moment of crisis and pain. And this comes just one day after Trump’s campaign abused a photo of Joe Biden praying in church to demean him, in one of the starkest expressions of weakness throughout this whole campaign.

On Twitter, Trump was roasted for his childish rant:

Bottom line: A deranged President Trump went on a wild rant earlier today, at one point claiming Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would “hurt God” if elected president.

Deranged Trump Claims Biden Will ‘Hurt God’ If Elected President (Image via Screen Grab)
Deranged Trump Claims Biden Will ‘Hurt God’ If Elected President (Image via Screen Grab)
September 18, 2019

Family Values: Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Folmer, a Sunday school teacher, has resigned from office after being arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

CNN reports:

Pennsylvania State Sen. Michael Folmer is facing charges of possession of child pornography, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday in a news release.

Authorities found images of child pornography on the Republican senator’s phone after executing a search warrant Tuesday inside his Lebanon, Pennsylvania, home, the release said.

New York Post reports:

Republican Sen. Mike Folmer, 63, was charged with sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography, and criminal use of a communication facility after law enforcement found images of child pornography on Folmer’s cellphone when they executed a search warrant at his Lebanon home.

Penn Live reports:

One of three child pornography images found on the cell phone of state Sen. Michael Folmer depicted a “very young” girl performing oral sex on an adult man, investigators say.

Wikipedia notes:

Folmer is a member and Sunday school teacher at the Church of the Servant (Presbyterian Church in America).

The Independent reports:

Mr Folmer had recently opposed legislation which would have helped victims of historical child sexual abuse sue institutions such as the Catholic Church.

Sources report that Folmer has resigned from his Senate seat. Senate Republican leaders issued the following statement:

We are sickened and disturbed by the charges brought against Mike Folmer yesterday. We have reviewed the criminal complaint and spoke with Mike Folmer early this morning to insist on his resignation from the Senate. We are in receipt of his letter of resignation and the 48th Senatorial District seat is now vacant.

Bottom line: Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Folmer, a “family values” Republican who teaches Sunday school at his church and opposed legislation that would have helped survivors of sexual abuse at religious institutions, has resigned from office after being arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

GOP Senator Mike Folmer Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography (Image via Screen Grab)
GOP Senator Mike Folmer Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography (Image via Screen Grab)
August 21, 2019

Good news: Top Vatican official Cardinal George Pell has lost his appeal after having been convicted of sexually abusing minors by a criminal court in Australia.

BBC reports:

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of sexual abuse, has failed in a legal bid to quash his convictions in Australia.

CNN reports:

Former Vatican treasurer George Pell will remain in prison after an Australian appeals court rejected the disgraced cardinal’s appeal against his conviction for sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys in the mid-1990s.

The most senior Catholic official to be convicted of child sexual assault, Pell was sentenced in March to six years in prison, with a non-parole period of three years and eight months, for an attack described by Chief Judge Peter Kidd as “breathtakingly arrogant.”

Pell is the most senior Catholic official to be found guilty in a criminal court of child molestation. The 77 year-old Catholic official faced up to 50 years in prison after being found guilty on one count of sexually penetrating a child and four counts of an indecent act with a child.

However, the disgraced cardinal was sentenced to only six years in prison, and could be out on parole after only serving three years and eight months.

Pell, who until quite recently was the Vatican’s third most powerful official and a close adviser to Pope Francis, was convicted in Australia on charges that he sexually abused two choir boys in the late 1990s.

Prior to the appeal, lawyers for the convicted child rapist had asked for leniency because the rapes were “no more than a plain vanilla sexual penetration case.”

Robert Richter, the lawyer for Cardinal Pell, told the court that the rape of two choir boys was no big deal, describing the crime as:

No more than a plain vanilla sexual penetration case where the child is not actively participating…

Bottom line: Cardinal George Pell will remain in prison after losing his appeal against his conviction for sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys.

Cardinal Pell Loses Appeal Against Conviction For Sexually Abusing Children (Image via YouTube)
Cardinal Pell Loses Appeal Against Conviction For Sexually Abusing Children (Image via YouTube)
May 26, 2019

A morally bankrupt Pope Francis claims getting an abortion is like “hiring a hitman” only weeks after issuing a new church mandate that sexual abuse must be reported to church officials, but not the police.

Francis, a broken and pathetic human being who continues to tacitly defend and promote the rape and sexual abuse of children at the hands of pedophile priests, believes he has the moral authority to make pronouncements about women’s reproductive freedom.

CNN reports:

Pope Francis likened having an abortion to hiring a “hitman” while speaking at the “Yes to Life” anti-abortion conference in Rome Saturday.

The Pontiff stated that abortion was never acceptable — not even in instances when fetuses are seriously ill — and urged doctors to support women to complete all pregnancies.

“Is it licit to eliminate a human life to solve a problem?…Is it licit to hire a hitman to solve a problem?” the Pope asked members of the audience.

“It is not lawful. Never, ever eliminate a human life or hire a hitman to solve a problem,” he added.

Francis is wrong. Abortion is not murder, and getting an abortion is not like “hiring a hitman.” However, what is even more disturbing is that this pedophile enabling con-man believes that he has any moral authority whatsoever.

Pope Francis leads the biggest criminal organization in the world, an organization that has facilitated the rape and sexual abuse of children and others for decades if not centuries.

Indeed, we have known for quite some time that the Catholic Church has been protecting and enabling pedophile priests. We have also known for quite some time that the church has made considerable efforts to deny the charges, always trying to deny and push accusations under the rug, often by re-victimizing the children raped and sexually abused by priests in the first place.

Yet despite overwhelming evidence that the Catholic Church is a profoundly and irredeemably morally corrupt institution that allows children to be treated as disposable sex toys for predatory clergy, Catholics continue to support the church. In so doing, Catholics fund the cover-up, and make the continuing rape and sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy possible.

In short, supporting the Catholic Church means supporting the rape and sexual abuse of children. And that means that every practicing Catholic is complicit in the rape and sexual abuse of children by predatory priests. Full stop.

Bottom line: While leading the world’s largest criminal organization dedicated to the rape and sexual abuse of children, a morally bankrupt Pope Francis claims that getting an abortion is like “hiring a hitman.”

Pope Francis, Defender Of Pedophiles, Claims Abortion Is Like ‘Hiring A Hitman’ (Image via YouTube)
Pope Francis, Defender Of Pedophiles, Claims Abortion Is Like ‘Hiring A Hitman’ (Image via YouTube)
March 21, 2019

Outrage in France: A French priest is being condemned after suggesting that children raped by Catholic clergy were willing victims seeking tenderness from their abusers.

Alain de la Morandais, an 83-year-old priest and the former abbot of La Morandais, appeared on the French television program Audrey & Co earlier this week to talk about the resignation of Cardinal Barbarin, who was recently convicted by a French court for covering up the sexual abuse of a child committed by a priest.

Discussing the never-ending problem of Catholic clergy raping children, Father Morandais said:

The bishops have claimed to put in prevention measures. But how do we prevent it? We do not know. Pedophilia is a psycho-scientific enigma and it raises a lot of questions for me.

We always have the impression that it is a rape, that there is violence. But I do not always think so. According to what I have heard, a child instinctively seeks tenderness from a man or a woman… and often they are children who lack tenderness (in their lives).

At that point, the show’s host, Audrey Crespo-Mara, interrupted, declaring:

The responsibility is in the adult anyway, we can not say the opposite.

Despite the host’s declaration, the priest continued:

Of course. But the child is going to look for tenderness. You have all seen that a child can come and kiss you on the mouth…

Following that remark there were audible gasps from the audience, and the astonished host declared:

No, no, no!

As one might imagine, the remarks made by Father Morandais were met with outrage. Many condemned the remarks on social media, including  the Archbishop of Paris, Bishop Michel Aupetit. On his Twitter account Bishop Aupetit declared:

I strongly condemn the words of the abbot of La Morandais

Bottom line: French Priest Alain de la Morandais sparked outrage in France earlier this week after appearing on a popular French television program and suggesting that children raped by Catholic clergy were willing victims seeking tenderness from their abusers.

French Priest Claims Child Rape Is Not Violence But ‘Tenderness’ (Image via YouTube)
French Priest Claims Child Rape Is Not Violence But ‘Tenderness’ (Image via YouTube)
March 13, 2019

Australian Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in prison for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the late 1990s.

Pell is the most senior Catholic official to be found guilty in a criminal court of child molestation. The 77 year-old Catholic official faced up to 50 years in prison after being found guilty on one count of sexually penetrating a child and four counts of an indecent act with a child.

However, Pell was sentenced to only six years in prison, and could be out on parole after only serving three years and eight months.

Pell is planning on appealing his conviction.

Last December, Cardinal Pell, who until quite recently was the Vatican’s third most powerful official and a close adviser to Pope Francis, was convicted in Australia on charges that he sexually abused two choir boys in the late 1990s.

Australian Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s highest ranking Catholic, was the Vatican’s Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, and a close adviser and friend to Pope Francis. He is the highest ranking Vatican official to ever go on trial for sex abuse, and he is now the highest ranking Vatican official to be convicted of crimes concerning sexual abuse.

Pell took leave of his position at the Vatican last year to stand trial in Melbourne, where he was accused of sexually abusing two choir boys when he was the archbishop.

According to reports the victims were alter boys in the choir at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and were sexually abused by Pell inside the church.

About his crimes, CNN reports:

After mass one Sunday in the late 1990s… Pell caught two choirboys drinking communion wine in the priest’s sacristy and one by one forced them to engage in sex acts, despite their sobs and pleas for him to let them go.

While handing down the sentence,  Chief Judge Peter Kidd told Pell:

Facing jail at your age in these circumstances must be an awful state of affairs for you…

Life in prison will be more onerous for you than other prisoners in the general population and indeed other sexual offenders because of your notoriety and the animosity to which you are likely to be exposed…

Yet despite the fact that Australian Cardinal George Pell will serve some time in prison, many felt the sentence was too lenient. For example, Michael Advocate, a survivor of child sexual abuse and founder of Victim Group Actions, described the sentence as “pathetic”. Advocate told 7 News:

[I’m] really disappointed.  It doesn’t send any deterrent at all. It doesn’t give the victims any sense of justice. You know, less than four years jail time for destroying the lives of two innocent young boys. Is their life only worth two years each?

May Pell rot in his cell… But what about appropriate respect for the victims? What about fair justice? … Six years? It’s pathetic.

Bottom line: Australian Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in prison for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the late 1990s, and could be out on parole after only serving three years and eight months.

Cardinal George Pell Sentenced To 6 Years For Sexually Abusing Choir Boys (Image via Screen Grab)
Cardinal George Pell Sentenced To 6 Years For Sexually Abusing Choir Boys (Image via Screen Grab)
February 28, 2019

For Catholics, child rape is no big deal: Lawyer for convicted child rapist Cardinal Pell asks for leniency because the rapes were “no more than a plain vanilla sexual penetration case.”

In yet another demonstration of the complete moral failure of the Catholic Church, Robert Richter, the lawyer for Cardinal Pell, who was recently convicted of raping two choir boys, asked for leniency during Pell’s sentencing hearing by trying to minimize the sexual assault and rape of two 13-year-old choir boys in the 1990’s.

Richter told the court that the rape of two choir boys was no big deal, describing the crime as:

No more than a plain vanilla sexual penetration case where the child is not actively participating…

Wow. To describe child rape as “no more than a plain vanilla sexual penetration” is beyond despicable.

The Guardian reports that Pell’s lawyer also tried to minimize the child rape conviction by telling the court:

(Pell exerted) No force greater than was required to achieve penetration.

Pell’s lawyer also tried to minimize the power differential between Cardinal Pell and two 13-year-old choir boys, telling the court:

The only differential of power is that he is an adult – for reasons inexplicable – with an urge to do what he did. He is not abusing his position as archbishop but he is abusing his position … as a grown man.

To argue that Pell was not abusing his position as a prominent leader of the church when he raped the two-choir boys at church after Mass is simply dishonest.

After media began to report on Richter’s deplorable attempt to defend Pell, he offered an apology for trying to minimize the rape of the two choir boys. In a statement he wrote:

In seeking to mitigate sentence I used a wholly inappropriate phrase for which I apologise profusely to all who interpreted it in a way it was never intended: it was in no way meant to belittle or minimise the suffering and hurt of victims of sex abuse, and in retrospect I can see why it caused great offence to many.

Last December, Cardinal Pell, who until quite recently was the Vatican’s third most powerful official and a close adviser to Pope Francis, was convicted in Australia on charges that he sexually abused two choir boys in the late 1990s.

Pell, 77, faces up to 50 years on one count of sexually penetrating a child and four counts of an indecent act with a child at his March 13 sentencing.

Bottom line: Lawyer for convicted child rapist Cardinal Pell asks for leniency because the rapes were “no more than a plain vanilla sexual penetration case where the child is not actively participating…”

Lawyer For Cardinal Pell Minimizes Child Rape As ‘Plain Vanilla Sexual Penetration’ (Image via Twitter)
Lawyer For Cardinal Pell Minimizes Child Rape As ‘Plain Vanilla Sexual Penetration’ (Image via Twitter)
February 5, 2019

It’s not just children: Pope Francis confirms that clerics have been sexually abusing nuns, and even keeping nuns as sex slaves.

Speaking to reporters while on a historic tour of the Middle East, Pope Francis spoke about the alarming and well documented epidemic of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. However, instead of discussing the usual horror of priests raping children, Pope Francis instead spoke of the less well known epidemic of priests sexually abusing nuns.

USA Today reports:

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Francis noted that Pope Benedict XVI had taken action against a France-based order after some of its religious sisters had been reduced to “sexual slavery” at the hands of the priest who founded the order and other priests.

Commenting on the ongoing sexual abuse of nuns by Catholic clergy, Francis said:

Should we do something more? Yes. Is there the will? Yes. But it’s a path that we have already begun.

Francis added:

It’s not that everyone does this, but there have been priests and bishops who have. And I think that it’s continuing because it’s not like once you realize it that it stops. It continues. And for some time we’ve been working on it.

The BBC notes:

It is thought to be the first time that Pope Francis has acknowledged the sexual abuse of nuns by the clergy.

USA Today notes:

In the past year, The Associated Press and other media have reported on cases of abused nuns in India, Africa, Europe and South America – evidence that the problem is by no means limited to a certain geographic area.

Last month Father Hermann Geissler, the top Vatican official in charge of investigating sex abuse in the Catholic Church, resigned from the position after being found to have been sexually harassing and abusing women, including a young nun, while they were in confession.

Bottom line: According to Pope Francis, Catholic priests and bishops are not only raping children, they are also raping nuns, and even going so far as to hold nuns as sex slaves.

The horror that is the Catholic Church continues….

Pope Francis Admits Clergy Is Sexually Abusing Nuns, Keeping Nuns As Sex Slaves (Image via Screen Grab)
Pope Francis Admits Clergy Is Sexually Abusing Nuns, Keeping Nuns As Sex Slaves (Image via Screen Grab)
December 21, 2018

Moral depravity: An Idaho priest who expressed a desire “to rape and kill children” has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole.

The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, a longtime priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole and will be required to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to felony crimes involving the possession and distribution of child pornography.

The Associated Press reports:

The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher (FOH-shay), 73, pleaded guilty to five felonies earlier this year. During his sentencing hearing in Idaho’s 4th District Court on Thursday, Judge Jason Scott said Faucher fantasized about raping and killing young children, favored child pornography that depicted extreme violence and claimed in online chats to have mixed his own bodily fluids into the communion wine at his church.

According to that report, Father Faucher “possessed more than 2,500 images of what investigators called the most disturbing child pornography they had ever seen.”

Previously Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Kassandra Slaven said that images found on Faucher’s computer at the home provided to him by the Catholic church involved multiple young children, including infants and toddlers.

Images included children being subjected to sexual acts and torture.

In addition to the child pornogrphy, investigators also found email conversations where Faucher reportedly traded images and talked about his “sexual interest in children.” 

Prosecutors report that Father Faucher had a “very sophisticated knowledge” of exchanging child pornography and talked in computer chat rooms about his “desires to rape and kill children.”

The Idaho Statesman reports:

In online chats with a person called “Bruno,” Faucher expressed a desire to have sex with boys, Brumbaugh said. Faucher said he had “satanic desires,” an attraction to 6-year-old boys and that “the thought of killing someone does begin to excite me,” according to the detective.

Brumbaugh also said Faucher’s online conversations about shared child pornography include the Catholic priest talking about fantasies, including the sexual abuse of altar boys and babies, and saying that he liked a video of a boy being being beaten to death.

That’s right – Father Faucher enjoyed watching a video of a boy being being beaten to death.

In addition, The Idaho Statesman reports:

Other images the detective said the investigation found included depictions of black slavery, which Faucher spoke about using racist language, as well as images of Faucher urinating on a cross and canon law book. Faucher also wrote that he urinated in the wine for Mass at least once…

That’s right – the Idaho priest urinated in the communion wine used for Mass at his church…

However, despite the horrific nature of his crimes, Father Faucher doesn’t believe he should be in prison. At his sentencing the Idaho priest explained that he’d like to help others before saying:

There are many people who will benefit if I am no longer in jail. There are no people who will benefit if I am in jail or in prison.

Bottom line: Father Thomas Faucher, a 73-year-old Roman Catholic priest who enjoyed watching a young boy being beaten to death and expressed a desire “to rape and kill children,” has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole for felony crimes involving the possession and distribution of child pornography.

Idaho Priest Who Wanted To ‘Rape And Kill Children’ Sentenced To 25 Years For Child Porn (Image via YouTube)
Idaho Priest Who Wanted To ‘Rape And Kill Children’ Sentenced To 25 Years For Child Porn (Image via YouTube)



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