Vatican cover-up of Irish clerical child abuse


This video says about itself:

The current head of the Catholic church, Joseph Ratzinger, directly attempted to hush up the sex abuse that was going on under his watch.

From the BBC:

19 January 2011 Last updated at 11:22 GMT

Vatican officials told Irish not to report child abuse

A Vatican department advised Ireland’s Catholic bishops in 1997 not to report priests suspected of child abuse to the police, a newly revealed letter shows.

Obtained by Irish broadcaster RTE, the letter shows Vatican officials rejected an initiative to begin the “mandatory reporting” of abuse claims.

The proposed policy “gives rise to serious reservations”, it says.

The Vatican has persistently said it never instructed bishops to withhold suspicions or evidence of crimes.

Abuse victims in Ireland and the US said the letter, which RTE said it had received from an Irish bishop, was a “smoking gun” that would serve as important evidence in lawsuits against the Church. …

Joelle Casteix, a director of the US group Survivors’ Network of Those Abused by Priests, described the letter as “the smoking gun we’ve been looking for”.

She said investigators had long sought a document showing the Vatican “thwarting any kind of justice for victims”.

“We now have evidence that the Vatican deliberately intervened to order bishops not to turn paedophile priests over to law enforcement,” she told the Associated Press news agency.

“This letter shows what victims have been saying for dozens and dozens of years: What happened to them involved a concerted cover-up that went all the way to the top.”

See also here.

Belgian authorities are seeking to expel a Canadian priest accused of sexually abusing Inuit children: here.

Dutch clerical sexual abuse: here.

Poetry, music, and comedy


On 18 January, a night at the theatre.

First, there was music: Jurjen Oostenveld played songs by Cornelis Vreeswijk.

This is a video of Jurjen Oostenveld singing Jantje’s blues by Cornelis Vreeswijk.

Then, there was poetry by Daan Doesborgh.

After a pause, there was a column by yours truly, on the war in Afghanistan.

And stand-up comedy by Jurgen de Mooij.

Finally, there was cabaret by De Andersons.