Augustine 18-24, 2018 part III

Clericalism & Ephebophilia

“Fitzgibbons answers this question with devastating precision: “In treating priests who have engaged in pedophilia and ephebophilia, we have observed that these men almost without exception suffered from a denial of sin in their lives.” These priests rejected the Church’s teachings on sexual morality and adopted a “utilitarian sexual ethic.”

Clericalism Worth the time to read

“My friend The Great Roman™ sent me a note, which I now share in a slightly edited form. We exchanged some communications about the clericalism angle.

TGR™ regularly helps me to see other aspects and questions.  I had sent him an article I had read about getting rid of outward clerical signs as being helpful in The Present Crisis.”

The homosexual predation and money mismanagement go to gather like a hand in a glove. This center was known as a “White Elephant” while I lived in the DC area.

“The John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. sucked up $50 million in assets from the AOD and there has been no coherent accounting for it, according to one priest who is connected to the chancery and must remain anonymous for fear of reprisals. “

Clericalism vs predatory homosexuality

“In addressing the homosexual roots of the clerical sex abuse crisis, Cardinal Napier has weighed in on a growing controversy among analysts of the scandal. While some are pointing to “clericalism” as the core problem underlying the scandals, many others have been indicating a significant “homosexual culture” among priests and bishops as the real — but unaddressed — cause of the crisis.”

 Cardinals: Wuerl and others

Who is footing this very expensive bill?

“ Cardinal Donald Wuerl, leader of the Catholic Church in Washington, has tapped Jones Day for legal advice on matters relating to a Pennsylvania grand jury report documenting thousands of child sexual assault victims at Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania.” $50-75K/month fees

One diocesan financial pie chart. I could not find my own diocese online. Is this how Cdl Wuerl is paying his tony lawyers?

“over 7 and a half cents support archdiocesan operations and ministries (see graphic for details) throughout the 12-county archdiocese. ”

“This does not deserve to have a prestigous [sic] school named after him,” it concludes. “This will directly impact students currently enrolled in the school, but will also impact the legacy of the school. Not to mention, those that were hurt while he looked away.” Wuerl served over 32 accused priests and, in some cases, allegedly protected them.”

“The victims of pedophilia who “accuse men of the Church should [be careful] because they have long tails that are easily stepped on,” said Cardinal Sergio Obeso Rivera.”

Cdl O’Malley said the same thing recently. I was surprised that the episcopate is not held to the same standard as the priest. Why not?

“Third, they want to know that bishops are held accountable just like everyone else in the church if they fail in their responsibilities and also if they abuse.

To date, the bishops have spoken of doing these things, but they have not taken any concrete actions.  A friend of mine asked, “Why isn’t Cardinal Wuerl on administrative leave pending an investigation into what he did or didn’t do?  That would have happened to every single priest in a similar situation.”  I told him the truth: “Bishops are not subject to the same rules as priests or laity in the church.”