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Ex-archbishop of Washington DC is most senior figure to be removed from priesthood in modern times

 

A former Roman Catholic archbishop and cardinal has been dismissed from the priesthood after the Vatican found him guilty of sexually abusing minors in a sign of an increasingly hardline stance taken by the church.

 

Theodore McCarrick, 88, one of the prominent figures in the church, was defrocked just days before an unprecedented global summit of bishops to discuss child sexual abuse is convened by the Vatican.

 

The Vatican’s move makes McCarrick the most senior figure to be removed from the priesthood in modern times. He will no longer be permitted to act as a cleric, and is forbidden to celebrate the sacraments except to grant absolution for sins to a person close to death. Only excommunication is a more severe punishment.

 

Pope Francis has approved the action as “definitive”, meaning McCarrick will not be allowed to appeal, the Vatican said on Saturday.

 

An earlier Vatican hearing had found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession “with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power” and ordered his “dismissal from the clerical state”.

 

McCarrick, who retired as archbishop of Washington DC in 2006, was forced to resign as a cardinal last July after a man publicly alleged that he had been sexually abused by the cleric from 1971, when he was a 16-year-old altar boy in New York.

 

McCarrick denied the claims, but the archdiocese of New York found the allegation “credible and substantiated” and turned the case over to the Vatican for investigation.

 

Another man subsequently claimed he had also been abused as a child by McCarrick, and several former trainee priests alleged they had been sexually harassed by the former cardinal at his New Jersey beach house.

 

Since September, McCarrick has been living in a friary in rural Kansas after being ordered to a “life of prayer and penance”.

 

Pope Francis became personally embroiled in the McCarrick case after a retired Vatican diplomat accused the pontiff of being aware of rumours about McCarrick’s behaviour but failing to take action.

 

In an 11-page testimony, archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, a former Vatican ambassador to the US, said there was a “conspiracy of silence not so dissimilar from the one that prevails in the mafia”.

 

He called on the pope to step down, saying: “Corruption has reached the very top of the church’s hierarchy.” The accusations were seized on by Francis’s conservative enemies, plunging the pope into the worst crisis of his papacy.

 

Next week, more than 100 bishops from around the world will meet in Rome for a four-day summit convened by the pope to address issues of sexual abuse and its cover-up.

 

It comes after a disastrous year for the church, with abuse and cover-up scandals emerging in multiple countries, and the pope being accused of failing to grasp the seriousness and scale of the problem.

 

Francis has sought to get on top of the issue. In December, he vowed that the church would “spare no effort” to bring perpetrators to justice.

 
 

Harriet Sherwood
The Guardian

 

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bishop-accountability.org : Documenting the Abuse Crisis in the Roman Catholic Church

 

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Pornographie juvénile : un prêtre de Sorel-Tracy accusé (March 8, 2013)
Congrégations générales – Les problèmes de l’Église sur la table (March 7, 2013)
Agressions sexuelles: un deuxième frère de Sainte-Croix sera arrêté (December 29, 2012)
Symposium sur la pédophilie – Le pape appelle au «renouveau de l’Église» (February 15, 2012)
Pornographie juvénile – Sitôt condamné, l’ex-évêque Lahey est libéré (January 5, 2012)
Église néerlandaise: des «dizaines de milliers» de mineurs abusés sexuellement (December 16, 2011)
Pédophilie – L’Église veut éduquer son clergé par Internet (June 28, 2011)
Former Catholic bishop Raymond Lahey pleads guilty to child pornography charges (May 4, 2011)
Pédophilie – Le Vatican va envoyer une «circulaire» aux évêques (November 20, 2010)
Undercover Reporter Films Priests At Gay Clubs (July 26, 2010)
Le Vatican durcit les règles contre la pédophilie (July 15, 2010)
Top Catholic Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing His Own Sons (June 25, 2010)
Pope addresses priest abuse scandal (June 11, 2010)
Vatican Sex Abuse Prosecutor: Guilty Priests Are Going To Hell (June 4, 2010)
Priest Accused Of Abusing Boy, Turning Home Into ‘Erotic Dungeon’ Surrenders To Police
(May 26, 2010)
Le Vatican publiera un guide contre la pédophilie (April 9, 2010)
Agressions sexuelles par des membres du clergé – Les victimes exigent la démission de Mgr Ouellet (February 17, 2010)

 

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La névrose chrétienne (1976) par le Docteur PIERRE SOLIGNAC (May 25, 2012)

 

Pope Francis for the first time said that priests and bishops in the Catholic Church had sexually abused nuns, and that some priests had been suspended. Credit Vatican Media

 
 

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said on Tuesday that the Roman Catholic Church had faced a persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests and even bishops, the first time he has publicly acknowledged the issue.

 

Catholic nuns have accused clerics of sexual abuse in recent years in India, Africa, Latin America and in Italy, and a Vatican magazine last week mentioned nuns having abortions or giving birth to the children of priests. But Francis has never raised the issue until he was asked to comment during a news conference aboard the papal plane returning to Rome from his trip to the United Arab Emirates.

 

“It’s true,” Francis said. “There are priests and bishops who have done that.”

 

The pope’s admission opens a new front in the long-running scandal of sexual abuse by priests, recognizing nuns who have tried for years to call attention to their plight. With the #MeToo movement going strong, and Francis under pressure for neglecting the victims of child abuse, the nuns’ pleas have gained traction.

 

In November, the organization representing the world’s Catholic women’s religious orders, the International Union of Superiors General, publicly denounced the “culture of silence and secrecy” that contributed to abuse, and urged nuns to report abuse to law enforcement.

 

A top official in the Vatican office that handles sexual abuse allegations resigned last month after a former nun accused him of making sexual advances during confession. The official, the Rev. Hermann Geissler, chief of staff in the Vatican’s doctrinal office, denied the allegation, the Vatican said.

 

An article last week in Women Church World, the women’s magazine of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, blamed the abuse on the outsize power of priests.

 

“The abuse of women results in procreation and so is at the origin of the scandal of imposed abortions and children not recognized by priests,” wrote the article’s author, Lucetta Scaraffia, a feminist intellectual and the editor in chief of Women Church World.

 

Asked about these developments on Tuesday, Francis said that it was a continuing problem and that the Vatican was working on the issue. Some priests, he said, have been suspended.

 

“Should more be done? Yes,” Francis said. “Do we have the will? Yes. But it is a path that we have already begun.”

 

Francis recalled that his predecessor, Benedict XVI, had been “a strong man” who he said had sought to remove priests who committed sexual abuse and even “sexual slavery.”

 

Francis spoke about a case in which Benedict dissolved an order of nuns “because a certain slavery of women had crept in, slavery to the point of sexual slavery on the part of clergy or the founder.”

 

A Vatican spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, said later that Francis was referring to the Contemplative Sisters of Saint-Jean, a small group in France that confronted a variety of problems.

 

Even though the abuse of nuns gets less attention than the abuse of children and young men, it is not new. In the 1990s, as the child sex abuse crisis was starting to emerge in the United States, leaders of women’s religious orders wrote several reports calling attention to cases of priests abusing nuns.

 

Many examples came from Africa, where priests were said to have turned to nuns for sex during the spread of AIDS. One sister at the time, Maura O’Donohue, wrote of a case in Malawi where priests impregnated nearly 30 sisters in one congregation. When they complained to the archbishop, she wrote, they were replaced.

 

Last year, a nun in India accused a bishop of repeatedly raping her between 2014 and 2016. The bishop was arrested after she reported him to the police, a decision that divided the local Catholic community. Many priests celebrated when the bishop, who faces trial this year, was released on bail.

 

In a high-profile case in Chile, the Vatican is investigating reports that priests abused nuns. Current and former nuns said the women had been removed from the order when they reported the abuse.

 

Last summer, an investigation by The Associated Press found cases of abuse of nuns in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, and reported that the Vatican had not adequately punished offenders or supported victims.

 

At a conference in Pakistan recently, Sister Rose Pacatte, who is based in Los Angeles, spoke to leaders of women’s religious orders on how to prevent abuse.

 

“Don’t report to bishop or priest as the first step to deal with the situation,” warned one slide in her presentation. “They may be the abusers or may protect them.”

 

Last year, Mary Dispenza, a former nun who works with the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, a victims’ advocacy group, helped popularize the hashtag #nunstoo on Twitter. She intended to gather stories of people abused by nuns, but started to hear from nuns about abuse by priests.

 

“I’m really angered by the words of the pope just now,” Ms. Dispenza said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “I am angered by the Pope not standing up and really speaking out about the tragedy, and actions he will take.”

 

The majority of the pope’s visit to the United Arab Emirates was focused on interreligious dialogue with the Muslim world, and it culminated with the signing of a sort of manifesto for brotherhood with Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Egypt’s influential Al Azhar mosque.

 

Asked on the plane home about conservative criticism that he had been Pollyannaish in his approach to the Middle East and been taken advantage of by the Muslim sheikhs, Francis joked, “Not only the Muslims,” and noted that his critics felt he had been manipulated by just about everyone.

 

But he said the document he signed was on strong theological footing.

 

“I want to say this clearly, from a Catholic point of view, the document has not moved a millimeter” from church teaching codified in the Second Vatican Council. He said he took the extra step of having the document vetted by a tough Dominican theologian, who approved it. “It’s not a step backward,” he said. “It is a step forward.”

 

He also made it clear that he had continued to voice his concerns about the persecution of Christians in the region — which he said his flock knew all too well — but that either “me or another Peter,” meaning a successor pope, would surely visit more Muslim countries.

 

Earlier Tuesday, the pope celebrated Mass at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi before roughly 135,000 Catholics, many of them migrants from India, the Philippines and South America, who had come to the Emirates to work.

 

The Mass, also attended by 4,000 Muslims, was the largest public celebration of a Christian rite in the history of the Muslim country, where the worship of other faiths is tolerated but is not typically done in such a public way.

 

The next major event on the pope’s schedule is a meeting with presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences at the end of February in Rome to focus on a response to the global sex abuse crisis that is threatening the pope’s legacy and the moral capital that is the currency of his pontificate.

 

 

Jason Horowitz reported from aboard the papal plane, and Elizabeth Dias from Washington. Elisabetta Povoledo contributed reporting from Rome.




Jason Horowitz and Elizabeth Dias
The New York Times

 

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Vatican meets #MeToo: Nuns denounce their abuse by priests (July 28, 2018)

 

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bishop-accountability.org : Documenting the Abuse Crisis in the Roman Catholic Church

 

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More than 500 priests accused of sexual abuse not yet publicly identified by Catholic Church, Illinois attorney general finds (December 20, 2018)
Prendre la mesure du scandale des prêtres pédophiles au Québec (October 10, 2018)
Abus: le pape exprime sa «honte», Dublin lui demande d’agir (August 25, 2018)
Pennsylvanie: 300 prêtres accusés de pédophilie, plus de 1000 victimes (August 14, 2018)
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal (July 28, 2018)
Les 34 évêques chiliens offrent leur démission après un scandale de pédophilie (May 18, 2018)
Le cardinal australien Pell sera jugé pour agressions sexuelles (May 1, 2018)
Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism (February 17, 2018)
Le pape exprime sa “honte” pour des cas de pédophilie dans le clergé chilien (January 16, 2018)
Vatican police ‘break up gay orgy at home of secretary of one of Pope Francis’s key advisers’
(July 5, 2017)
Pédophilie dans l’Eglise : le poids du silence (2017) présenté par ELISE LUCET (May 18, 2017)
One in 14 Catholic priests accused of abuse in Australia (February 6, 2017)
Des prêtres de Montréal se verront interdire d’être seuls avec des enfants (June 23, 2016)
Le pape crée une instance pour juger les évêques couvrant des abus sexuels (June 10, 2015)
Les propos du pape sur la pédophilie ont des échos jusqu’au Québec (July 15, 2014)
Des victimes de prêtres veulent Mgr Ouellet comme pape (March 11, 2013)
Pornographie juvénile : un prêtre de Sorel-Tracy accusé (March 8, 2013)
Congrégations générales – Les problèmes de l’Église sur la table (March 7, 2013)
Agressions sexuelles: un deuxième frère de Sainte-Croix sera arrêté (December 29, 2012)
Symposium sur la pédophilie – Le pape appelle au «renouveau de l’Église» (February 15, 2012)
Pornographie juvénile – Sitôt condamné, l’ex-évêque Lahey est libéré (January 5, 2012)
Église néerlandaise: des «dizaines de milliers» de mineurs abusés sexuellement (December 16, 2011)
Pédophilie – L’Église veut éduquer son clergé par Internet (June 28, 2011)
Former Catholic bishop Raymond Lahey pleads guilty to child pornography charges (May 4, 2011)
Pédophilie – Le Vatican va envoyer une «circulaire» aux évêques (November 20, 2010)
Undercover Reporter Films Priests At Gay Clubs (July 26, 2010)
Le Vatican durcit les règles contre la pédophilie (July 15, 2010)
Top Catholic Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing His Own Sons (June 25, 2010)
Pope addresses priest abuse scandal (June 11, 2010)
Vatican Sex Abuse Prosecutor: Guilty Priests Are Going To Hell (June 4, 2010)
Priest Accused Of Abusing Boy, Turning Home Into ‘Erotic Dungeon’ Surrenders To Police
(May 26, 2010)
Le Vatican publiera un guide contre la pédophilie (April 9, 2010)
Agressions sexuelles par des membres du clergé – Les victimes exigent la démission de Mgr Ouellet (February 17, 2010)

 

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La névrose chrétienne (1976) par le Docteur PIERRE SOLIGNAC (May 25, 2012)

L’archevêché de Montréal a relayé hier une invitation à retirer les enfants de leurs classes d’éducation sexuelle afin de confier aux parents le soin donner eux-mêmes le nouveau cours obligatoire en respectant « la pudeur naturelle » des jeunes.

 

Les autorités ecclésiastiques font la promotion d’un manuel destiné aux parents catholiques, qui compare le nouveau programme à une agression.

 

Mais plutôt que de s’y attaquer de front devant les tribunaux, la conclusion d’ententes à la pièce est préconisée : « Les parents peuvent parler avec les enseignants et prendre une entente spéciale pour donner la matière eux-mêmes », indique un communiqué relayé hier par l’archevêché.

 

Le court manuel promu par l’Église reprend les objectifs obligatoires du Ministère en les adaptant à une perspective catholique.

 

Rédigé notamment par le directeur du service de pastorale liturgique de l’archevêché (mais à titre personnel), le livre préconise de repousser à plus tard plusieurs discussions sur la sexualité.

 

« Il est en effet reconnu par les psychologues les plus crédibles que l’enfant vit une période de latence de 6 à 12 ans environ, il serait comme sexuellement endormi », expliquent l’abbé Robert Gendreau et le médecin Riouf Ayas dans leur livre publié lundi.

 

« Il sera donc toujours préjudiciable au sain développement de l’enfant de forcer sa pudeur naturelle. L’action gouvernementale en ce sens pourrait être considérée comme une agression, alors que c’est exactement ce qu’elle prétend vouloir prévenir. »

— Extrait du livre de l’abbé Robert Gendreau et du Dr Riouf Ayas

 

Le programme d’éducation à la sexualité devrait être implanté à partir de cette année dans plusieurs commissions scolaires du Québec. Son déploiement a été retardé en raison des réserves des syndicats quant à la formation des enseignants.

 

Au primaire, il occupera cinq heures par année scolaire. Le temps qui lui est consacré triple au secondaire. Le droit de retrait est virtuellement impossible à exercer, sauf pour les victimes de crimes sexuels.

 

 

Des familles inquiètes

 

En entrevue, l’abbé Gendreau a expliqué qu’il côtoyait « beaucoup de familles chrétiennes » inquiètes par rapport au nouveau programme et à la rapidité avec laquelle il aborde certains sujets. « Nommer toutes les parties du sexe de la femme, de l’homme, externes et internes… je pense que quand on est en première année, c’est un peu raide », a-t-il expliqué. D’autres informations arrivent « beaucoup trop tôt » dans le parcours des enfants, à son avis.

 

Une réflexion a eu lieu et une solution a émergé, a-t-il relaté : « Après l’entente avec le professeur, on ne retire pas l’enfant du programme, mais on le retire de la classe. » Aux parents de prendre en charge ce cours à la maison, d’où la pertinence d’un manuel.

 

Ce manuel contient d’ailleurs un contrat vierge à faire signer par l’enseignant. Il prévoit que l’enfant « sortira de la salle de classe » pendant les cours pour se rendre à la bibliothèque ou dans un bureau.

 

« En contrepartie, nous nous engageons à remplir les objectifs pédagogiques à la maison », promettent les parents en signant le contrat.

 

Robert Gendreau précise que chaque parent serait alors libre de donner les enseignements prévus dans des séances formelles ou au moyen de discussions informelles. L’abbé n’est au courant d’aucune entente du genre pour le moment.

 

Personne au ministère de l’Éducation n’aurait été consulté quant à la légalité de ce type d’entente. Le ministère n’a pas répondu à La Presse, hier après-midi.

 

 

Meilleures ventes

 

Le manuel de l’abbé Gendreau et du Dr Ayas met de l’avant l’importance du mariage et de la foi dans la vie personnelle. Il propose notamment des passages bibliques à faire lire à l’élève et propose de « consolider ce que la nature nous a donné », plutôt que de soulever des questions d’identité sexuelle.

 

Les deux coauteurs critiquent aussi à plusieurs reprises le programme du Ministère qu’ils se chargent pourtant de transmettre. Ainsi, quand, en deuxième année, on demande d’aborder l’anatomie et la diversité des corps, les auteurs du manuel rechignent : « Cette réflexion n’est-elle pas prématurée à l’âge de 7 à 8 ans ? À cet âge, l’enfant est beaucoup plus disposé à entendre parler de Jésus que de sexualité », écrivent-ils.

 

Le manuel met aussi en garde les parents contre les dérapages du programme, « qui pourrait en faire [des enfants] des proies faciles pour les prédateurs pédophiles qui attendent d’en abuser ».

 

Le livre aborde seulement le programme de la maternelle à la troisième année du primaire. D’autres tomes réinterprétant le programme destiné aux autres groupes d’âge sont envisagés.

 

Offert sur Amazon.ca depuis le début de la semaine, le manuel s’est hissé parmi les ouvrages les plus vendus de sa catégorie sur la plateforme.

 

 

Quelques extraits du manuel

 

« Encourager une initiation précoce à la sexualité pose question car cela peut attaquer la pudeur naturelle des enfants, déranger leurs sentiments d’intimité personnelle et détruire leur belle innocence. »

 

« En premier lieu il faut développer chez l’enfant la pudeur, une pudeur saine et qui serait une première ligne de défense [contre les agressions sexuelles]. »

 

« Il faut apprendre à ne pas en dire plus que ce que l’enfant veut savoir. »

 

« Les filles seront toujours plus portées à jouer avec des poupées que les garçons. »

 

 

Philippe Teisceira-Lessard
La Presse

 

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La névrose chrétienne (1976) par le Docteur PIERRE SOLIGNAC (May 25, 2012)

A scathing report from Attorney General Lisa Madigan finds the number of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse against children in Illinois is much higher than previously acknowledged.


The report said accusations have been leveled against 690 priests, while Catholic officials have publicly identified only 185 clergy with credible allegations against them.


The determination is part of a preliminary report made public Wednesday by Madigan’s office, which has been investigating Catholic clergy sexual abuse of minors following revelations during the summer of widespread abuse and cover-ups by Catholic officials in Pennsylvania. The report was critical of the six Catholic dioceses that govern parishes across Illinois for their lack of transparency and flawed investigations.


Although the report says that “Clergy sexual abuse of minors in Illinois is significantly more extensive than the Illinois Dioceses previously reported,” it does not estimate how many of the allegations against the 690 clergy should have been deemed credible. Some of the allegations go back decades.


The report says Illinois dioceses “have lost sight of both a key tenet” of policies laid out by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as “the most obvious human need as a result of these abhorrent acts of abuse: the healing and reconciliation of survivors.”


“Long after legal remedies have expired, the Catholic Church has the ability and moral responsibility to survivors to offer support and services, and to take swift action to remove abusive clergy,” the report states.


In a prepared statement, Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich acknowledged that victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests continue to live with the pain. He said the archdiocese has been looking into the issue of sexual abuse since at least 1991, when then-Cardinal Joseph Bernardin formed a special commission. He also cited the archdiocese’s Office for the Protection of Children and Youth as a way it has tried to help survivors.


“I want to express again the profound regret of the whole church for our failures to address the scourge of clerical sexual abuse,” Cupich said in the statement. “It is the courage of the victim-survivors that has shed purifying light on this dark chapter in church history.”


Madigan stressed the findings issued in the report are based on a preliminary investigation, and it was too soon to say what, if any, action should be brought by her office. She said she would like to see her successor, Democrat Kwame Raoul, continue the inquiry next year.


In a statement issued Wednesday, Raoul committed to continuing the inquiry once his term begins.


One of the reasons the preliminary findings were made public now is that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is expected to meet in January at Mundelein Seminary in suburban Chicago to discuss the ongoing clergy sex abuse scandal, Madigan said.


“The Catholic church needs to prioritize survivors,” Madigan said in a telephone interview. “They can’t continue to prioritize criminal clergy or prioritize the preservation of their assets. They have to follow their own charter and heal the survivors.”


William Kunkel, the general counsel for the Archdiocese of Chicago, said he doesn’t anticipate the public list of Chicago-area priests with credible allegations of abuse to grow. The archdiocese has no immediate plans to review past allegations — some of which go back decades — because it has already reported past allegations to prosecutors in Cook and Lake counties, Kunkel said. In cases involving a priest who has died, children are no longer at risk, Kunkel said.


“We expect to add no further names at this point. We think the list is a complete list of all priests, of all clergy who have worked in the archdiocese who have substantiated claims,” Kunkel said.


The archdiocese is working with an independent expert to review its policies and procedures on handling abuse allegations, Kunkel said.


The AG’s report found that in many cases, the dioceses did not conduct proper investigations into allegations, particularly when the priest had died, left the ministry or was a member of a religious order and therefore not under the authority of a diocese.


In some cases, the dioceses referred an allegation of abuse to a priest’s religious order rather than investigating the abuse themselves. In other cases, an allegation was not investigated at all if a lawsuit had been filed, if the person making the allegation wanted to remain anonymous, if a police agency was investigating the incident or if a priest had left the United States, according to the report.


Madigan’s office found instances in which the dioceses used personal information against the person making the allegation to discredit them, which then led to the accusation not being found credible. The report didn’t specify when the dioceses used such tactics.


In addition, terminology used by the various state dioceses differs, making it difficult to understand when an allegation of abuse was deemed credible. The dioceses governing the Chicago area and Joliet area were the only ones in the state that made information public about sexual abuse before the attorney general began investigating, according to the report. Last month, the Archdiocese of Chicago added 10 names to an online list of clergy with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse involving children.


It wasn’t until this fall that the other dioceses across the state made efforts to make the information public, Madigan said.


Madigan expects the list of priests accused of abusing children to grow as investigators sort through the allegations involving hundreds of priests across the state. Before the investigation began, there were about 140 Catholic priests in Illinois who had been publicly named as having sexually abused children. In the four months of the investigation, that list has already gotten longer as Madigan’s office began digging through files, she said.


The office of the attorney general created a hotline for victims of abuse, and it has already fielded 300 calls, Madigan said.


“These survivors, they are calling us recognizing that the criminal justice system may not be one where they will get relief, but they are seeking a measure of justice, they are seeking closure,” Madigan said by phone. “They are seeking an ability to move forward with their lives and a very large part of that is the church taking their allegations seriously, investigating them and acknowledging the crimes that took place, and publicly disclosing the names of the individuals who committed those crimes.”


The preliminary report found that some victims of abuse who had previously come forward were never even told the results, if any, of investigations.


None of the dioceses across the state have taken steps to put in place policies to hold officials, such as Catholic bishops, responsible for covering up abuse of children, according to the report.


Larry Antonsen, a Chicago leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said he’s glad the office of the attorney general is looking into abuse by clergy. He would like to see the clergy files be made public, and he would also like investigators to question religious orders, not just the dioceses, about the abuse allegations.


“I think what she’s doing is the right thing,” Antonsen said about Madigan’s inquiry. “I also think that there should be more of an emphasis on changing the statute of limitation(s). I think that would be a big thing.”


Some religious orders have made recent efforts to name priests with credible reports of abuse. This week, the Midwest Province Jesuits, part of a Catholic religious order, released a list of dozens of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse.

 
 

Elvia Malagon
Chicago Tribune

 
 

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bishop-accountability.org : Documenting the Abuse Crisis in the Roman Catholic Church

 

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Prendre la mesure du scandale des prêtres pédophiles au Québec (October 10, 2018)
Abus: le pape exprime sa «honte», Dublin lui demande d’agir (August 25, 2018)
Pennsylvanie: 300 prêtres accusés de pédophilie, plus de 1000 victimes (August 14, 2018)
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal (July 28, 2018)
Les 34 évêques chiliens offrent leur démission après un scandale de pédophilie (May 18, 2018)
Le cardinal australien Pell sera jugé pour agressions sexuelles (May 1, 2018)
Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism (February 17, 2018)
Le pape exprime sa “honte” pour des cas de pédophilie dans le clergé chilien (January 16, 2018)
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La névrose chrétienne (1976) par le Docteur PIERRE SOLIGNAC (May 25, 2012)

 

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PORT BLAIR – Le jeune Américain, mort sous les flèches de la tribu d’une île indienne interdite d’accès, souhaitait introduire le christianisme dans cette communauté coupée du monde moderne, selon ses derniers écrits révélés jeudi par des médias.

 

« Mon nom est John. Je vous aime et Jésus vous aime […] Voilà du poisson ! », a hurlé John Chau à deux autochtones armés, lors de sa première approche de l’île de North Sentinel, située dans la mer d’Andaman.

 

Le 16 novembre, ce ressortissant américain de 27 ans a péri en tentant d’entrer en contact avec le peuple de chasseurs-cueilleurs des Sentinelles, qui compterait 150 âmes. Ces derniers vivent en autarcie depuis des siècles sur la petite île, où l’État indien interdit quiconque de poser pied.

 

Ces dernières décennies, toutes les tentatives de contact du monde extérieur se sont heurtées à l’hostilité et à un rejet violent de la part de la communauté.

 

Le journal intime que la victime a tenu dans les jours et heures précédant sa mort brosse le portrait d’un voyageur qui se voyait comme un missionnaire chrétien dans cette dangereuse entreprise.

 

« Vous pensez peut-être que je suis fou de faire tout ça, mais je pense que ça vaut la peine d’apporter Jésus à ces gens », a écrit John Chau à sa famille, dans une ultime lettre rédigée le matin même de sa mort.

 

« Ce n’est pas en vain-les vies éternelles de cette tribu sont à portée de main et j’ai hâte de les voir adorer Dieu dans leur propre langage », dit-il en référence à des versets de l’Apocalypse (7, 9-10).

 

Peu après avoir écrit ces lignes, l’Américain a débarqué sur la plage de l’île. Il n’en est jamais revenu.

 

Les pêcheurs ancrés au large, qui l’avaient illégalement transporté jusqu’à North Sentinel, l’ont vu recevoir une volée de flèches, mais poursuivre sa marche. Les locaux ont ensuite passé une corde autour de son cou et traîné son corps.

 

Le journal de cet amateur de grand air et d’aventure, qui alimentait son compte Instagram d’images de ses périples dans la nature, révèle que ce projet était préparé de longue date et dans le secret, « au nom de Dieu ».

 

La veille de sa mort, il a approché à deux reprises les Sentinelles, selon le récit impossible à vérifier qu’il en fait.

 

La seconde, il parvient à donner à un Sentinelle, dont le visage est recouvert d’« une poudre jaunâtre », des cadeaux. Mais un enfant lui décoche une flèche qui se coince dans sa Bible. Il prend alors la fuite à la nage jusqu’au bateau de pêcheurs.

 

« JE NE VEUX PAS MOURIR ! », note-t-il en lettres capitales, visiblement sous le choc. « Je pourrais rentrer aux États-Unis, car rester ici semble signifier une mort certaine. »

 

« J’y retourne (sur l’île). Je vais prier pour que tout se passe bien », indiquent ses dernières lignes, datées de 6 h 20 du matin, le 16 novembre.

 

 

Casse-tête

 

En l’absence de preuves physiques de la mort de son fils, sa mère a déclaré au quotidien The Washington Post qu’elle le croyait toujours vivant. Son fondement ? « Mes prières. »

 

Cette affaire met les autorités indiennes face à un casse-tête unique : est-il possible de récupérer le corps sans provoquer un choc de civilisations ?

 

Si des étrangers se rendent sur l’île pour en exfiltrer la dépouille, ils rompraient en effet l’isolement volontaire des Sentinelles, avec toutes les conséquences anthropologiques et sanitaires qui pourraient s’ensuivre.

 

Vivant coupée du reste de l’humanité, cette peuplade n’aurait notamment pas un système immunitaire adapté aux agents infectieux apportés par des intrus.

 

Les responsables locaux ont dépêché un hélicoptère et un bateau pour essayer de déterminer de loin l’endroit où se trouve le cadavre de l’Américain.

 

« Nous avons maintenu une distance avec l’île et n’avons pas encore été en mesure de repérer le corps. Cela peut prendre plusieurs jours et missions de reconnaissance », a déclaré à l’AFP Dependra Pathak, le chef de la police régionale.

 

Les autorités ont fait appel à des anthropologues indiens et des spécialistes des tribus et de la forêt pour décider de la marche à suivre.

 

La police a ouvert une enquête pour meurtre et arrêté les pêcheurs ayant aidé l’Américain à se rendre sur North Sentinel. La loi indienne interdit de s’en approcher à moins de cinq kilomètres, et même de photographier ou filmer cette peuplade.

 

Selon l’ONG Survival International, les Sentinelles descendent des premières populations humaines à être parties d’Afrique et vivraient aux Andaman depuis 60 000 ans.

 

 

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Liturgie Apocryphe

"The production of nervous force is directly connected with the diet of an individual, and its refining depends on the very purity of this diet, allied to appropriate breathing exercises.

The diet most calculated to act effectively on the nervous force is that which contains the least quantity of animal matter; therefore the Pythagorean diet, in this connection, is the most suitable.

...

The main object was to avoid introducing into the organism what Descartes called 'animal spirits'. Thus, all animals that had to serve for the nourishment of the priests were slaughtered according to special rites, they were not murdered, as is the case nowadays".