The Weekly Standard: The Elephant in the Sacristy, Revisited

Petra Articles about the Sex Crisis Leave a Comment

The Elephant in the Sacristy, Revisited MARY EBERSTADT 16 MIN READ September 17, 2018 at 4:33 AM Sixteen years ago, at the height of the 2002 clergy sex scandals in the Catholic church and on the eve of a meeting of bishops in Dallas, The Weekly Standard published an essay of mine called “The Elephant in the Sacristy.” It included an in-depth look at some of the most notorious clergy abuse cases of the time. Back then, like today, the plain facts of the scandals were submerged in what we now call whataboutism. According to these evasive maneuvers, the wrongdoing was supposedly explained by reference to clericalism, celibacy, sexual immaturity, and other attributes invoked to avoid the obvious. I examined and dismissed those analyses, offered up an alternative, and made several recommendations for cleaning up the Catholic church of the future. The scandals, I wrote, were: a cluster of facts …

LifeSite News: Leaked German abuse report shows manipulation from both bishops and scientists

Petra Articles about the Sex Crisis, International Abuse Leave a Comment

Leaked German abuse report shows manipulation from both bishops and scientists Sep 14, 2018 – 1:46 pm EST MAIKE HICKSON LifeSiteNews has obtained the 8-page summary of the German “MHG Study” on clerical sex abuse of minors that was leaked on September 12. The summary makes it clear that the German bishops have been gravely negligent with regard to the handling of the abuse cases. At the same time, the German abuse report itself appears to have its own flaws in that it tries to deflect the problem away from the aspect of priestly homosexuality. None other than Professor Christian Pfeiffer – the criminologist who first had this entire research project under his care, but then was excluded due to his refusal to allow his research to be censored by the German bishops before release – went public on September 12 with some critical remarks about the leaked abuse report. …

Bishop Accountability.Org/FreeRepublic.com: “What Went Wrong?” – From 2003

Petra Articles about the Sex Crisis, Articles on Sex Abuse of Minors, Articles on Sex Abuse of Seminarians, Laity Response, Reform Leave a Comment

What Went Wrong? By Paul Mankowski, S.J. FreeRepublic.com [United States] Downloaded March 30, 2004 An Address to the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy – July 15, 2003 What went wrong, and why? Everyone in the room will rightly understand the question to refer to The Crisis, the daily revelation over the past eighteen months of numberless instances of priestly turpitude, episcopal mendacity, and the resultant bewilderment and fury of the laity. My own take on the problem, which I offer for your consideration, is that the Crisis is chiefly surprising in how unsurprising it is. No one who has been fighting the culture wars within the Church over the past twenty years can fail to recognize his own struggles with a hostile bureaucracy and conflicted hierarchy in the struggles of those pleading for relief from sexual abuse — notwithstanding the disparity in the attendant journalistic drama. In fact, I’d contend that …

Bishop Schneider on Apostacy in our current culture

Petra Rock Articles about the Sex Crisis, Corruption in the Vatican Leave a Comment

Clergy who promote LGBT are committing a ‘kind of apostasy’: Bishop Schneider DUBLIN, Ireland, September 4, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – “The Christian family is facing a new Goliath in the ideology of homosexuality and gender,” Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan said in a recent talk. “And unfortunately,” he added, “some in the ranks of the clergy became activists and promoters of so-called LGBT ideology, which is, in reality, a kind of apostasy from the Christian faith.” Schneider made his comments in a video address to the Conference of Catholic Families (COCF) which took place in Dublin, Ireland, last month. He lauded those present for proclaiming the truth about marriage and family. The COCF “has meritorious courage to resist the totalitarian and worldwide gender ideology,” he said, in contrast to “other Catholic family meetings, which have surrendered themselves to this ideology or willfully accepted it.” “Such surrender to the gender ideology …