‘Pope, sack archbishop convicted in child abuse case’

This video says about itself:

Archbishop Found Guilty Of Hiding Child Sex Abuse

22 May 2018

An Australian archbishop is facing up to two years in prison after being convicted of concealing child sex abuse by a fellow priest in the 1970s. Archbishop Philip Wilson is the highest ranking Catholic official to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse, part of a global scandal which has dogged the Vatican for decades. The 67-year-old archbishop of Adelaide was found guilty of having concealed the abuse of altar boys by a pedophile priest colleague, James Fletcher, in the 1970s, when he was an assistant parish priest in the state of New South Wales.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Australian prime minister: convicted archbishop must be fired

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull has urged Pope Francis to dismiss Australian archbishop Wilson. Wilson has been sentenced to a year’s imprisonment because he has concealed sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

The 67-year-old Archbishop of Adelaide is the highest ranking church official convicted of an abuse scandal in Australia.

In the seventies, Wilson kept silent on the abuse of four boys by priest Fletcher. He was found guilty of nine cases of sexual abuse in 2004 and sentenced to eight years imprisonment. In 2006 Fletcher died in prison.


According to Archbishop Wilson, he knew nothing of the abuse, but victims denied that. They say that in these years Wilson lived in the same apartment as Fletcher and should have known.

“There are many leaders that have called on him to resign, it is clear that he should resign, and I think the time has come now for the ultimate authority in the church to take action and sack him”, says Prime Minister Turnbull.

It will soon be decided whether the archbishop will be able to have his sentence as house arrest.

See also here.


Chilean archbishops suspects in child abuse cases

This Deutsche Welle video says about itself:

Chilean police have arrested a prominent Catholic priest who is accused of raping seven children.

Chilean priest arrested over child abuse allegations | DW | 13.07.2018

Chilean priest Oscar Munoz Toledo, who was once the chancellor of Santiago’s archbishopric, was detained Thursday on charges that he sexually abused seven minors. It’s the latest in a series of pedophilia cases in which priests allegedly carried out abuse, ignored it or helped cover it up.

The case: In January, Munoz admitted to abusing a minor. The 56-year-old was initially investigated by the Chilean church, which then referred the case to the Vatican. His arrest came after prosecutors seized church case files on the scandal in June. Munoz is accused of the abuse and statutory rape of seven children. Prosecutor Emiliano Arias said the abuse took place from 2002 on in Santiago and the southern city of Rancagua. Authorities are investigating whether Munoz had accomplices.

Archbishop of Santiago Ricardo Ezzati, who himself has been accused of covering up crimes, said the church would cooperate “in everything that is required.” Referring to Munoz, he added that he felt “a great pain for him, for his family and for the victims.”

Munoz was vice-chancellor before being promoted to chancellor in the Santiago archdiocese in 2011. He is one of several senior priests connected to the widening abuse scandal that has battered the reputation of the Catholic Church in Chile.

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Police raids at two archdioceses in Chile for suspicions of abuse

In the south of Chile there have been simultaneous police raids in the offices of two archbishops as part of the investigation of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church in the country. In the cities Temuco and Villarrica, about 700 kilometers south of the capital Santiago, detectives questioned staff of the archbishops and confiscated documents.

Five priests are suspected of sexual abuse in the region. The investigation dates back to 2000. The authorities in Chile are engaged in a major investigation into abuse by Catholic clergy. Interest groups of victims say that this was widespread and that the church which is influential in Chile has done far too little itself against the perpetrators.

Serious negligence

Just today, on the day of the raids, the highest Catholic official in Chile was brought before the court. He is the former chancellor of the archbishop of Santiago, who was arrested yesterday. He is accused of abusing at least five children until last year. If he will be found guilty then he can get a prison term of between two and fifteen years.

The accusations of sexual abuse in Chile began after Pope Francis visited the country in January. Vatican clerics concluded after an investigation that the Chilean bishops can be blamed for serious negligence in their approach to the abuse scandal.

In May, Pope Francis ordered all over thirty Chilean bishops to come to Rome, where they collectively offered their resignation. The pope has accepted that from five of them.

Australian archbishop convicted for child abuse cover up

This 25 May 2018 video about Australia says about itself:

Archbishop Philip Wilson case: letter that led to his downfall

The handwritten letter that led to the downfall of Archbishop Philip Wilson: Former altar boy reveals he told the Catholic official he had been abused by a priest 30 YEARS before he [Wilson] was found guilty of concealing child sex abuse. An emotional two-page letter written by a sexual abuse victim has been credited with helping convict an Australian Archbishop of concealing such crimes dating back decades.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

1 year in prison for Australian archbishop who covered up abuse

Today, 3:13

The Australian archbishop Philip Wilson has been sentenced to a prison sentence of 1 year. He covered up abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in the 1970s.

Wilson (67), now Archbishop of Adelaide, is the highest placed clergyman in the Catholic Church who has been found guilty of covering up abuse. In May he was found guilty for this, now the sentence has been determined.

The judge ruled that Wilson would be entitled to a reduction of the sentence at the earliest after 6 months. He does not have to go straight to jail, because next month it will be determined whether he can serve his sentence at home. …

Abuse by priest

The clergyman in the 1970s concealed the abuse of four boys by the priest James Fletcher. In 2004, Fletcher was found guilty of nine cases of sexual abuse and sentenced to eight years in prison.

After French neo-fascism, US ‘mainstream’ conservatives whitewash Spanish Inquisition

This Christian video says about itself:

The Spanish Inquisition

March 31, 1492 was one of the saddest days in history. [Spanish rulers] Ferdinand and Isabella signed an edict to remove all the Jews from Spain. This was in direct objection to scripture, as Paul said so well, “Dear friends, my greatest wish and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved” Romans 10:1. History began to repeat itself again…. A state church was established and the Jewish people as well as all unbelievers in the state church where rounded up and tortured. The top down dictation of religion was enforced. We know as Christians a morality must come from the heart, not from rulers, through force. Not everything done under the name of Christianity is Christian. We need to read his word and love others, not persecute. Change comes from the heart, bottom up, not top down.

First, the United States main conservative political conference invited not just President Trump and Vice President Pence, but also invited French neo-fascist Marion Maréchal-Le Pen.

Then, there was the British ‘mainstream’ Conservative Spectator weekly, praising Adolf Hitler’s World War II Wehrmacht.

Now, there is the ‘mainstream’ United States National Review. With a history of whitewashing anti-Semitism and racist segregation. And support for wars. Like George W Bush’s Iraq war, which they defended vehemently against, eg, Dear Kitty. Some Blog.

And now, from United States daily The Forward:

Conservative Magazine Defends Spanish Inquisition, Calls It ‘Ahead Of Its Time’

June 28, 2018

By Alyssa Fisher

The prominent conservative magazine National Review published an op-ed defending the Spanish Inquisition, lamenting that most opinions of it were formed by Elizabethan propaganda.

Ed Condon, a writer and practicing canon lawyer, argued that northern European kingdoms worked to “paint the Spanish Empire as constitutionally evil; not just a political, religious, and military rival but an existential threat to all that was good in the world.” The Spanish Inquisition, which he wrote became “byword for oppression and abuse dressed up as law”, became the lead example.

Condon claims that the Inquisition was “ahead of its time” and a “pioneer of many judicial practices we now take for granted.” He argued that the legal concept of “inquisition” is not sinister, but because it was a religious court based primarily on heresy trials, it gained the reputation of an “ecclesiastical thought police run by religious fanatics who trapped innocent laymen with theological technicalities.”

The inquisition led to the conversion or expulsion of Spain’s Jews upon penalty of death, an event that is commemorated on Tisha B’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. Those who converted were subjected to enhanced investigation by the inquisition, and “lived in fear of denunciation as ‘secret Jews’ and could have their property seized and their lives ruined”, Condon admitted.

But he added [that] the jails of the Inquisition were known to be hygienic and well maintained and not run as places of punishment. He acknowledged the inquisition’s use of torture, but said it is often placed out of context.

He concluded that while the Spanish Inquisition was not “something to be proud of or remembered fondly…it was also, by the standards of the time, in many ways superior to almost all other courts.”

Though Roman Catholic religious rightists may agree with Condon, Protestant religious rightists, with their tradition of seeing the pope as the Antichrist, will not.

This video says about itself:

The documentary explains the origins and aims of the Spanish Inquisition in the XV century, specially its persecution of “Conversos” or “Marranos” (cristianized Jews).

Dutch far-right Catholic author Robert Lemm also defends the Spanish Inquisition, Spanish 16th century King Philip II against whom the Low Countries revolted, and twentieth century Spanish dictator Franco.

Donald Trump and the United States religious right

This video from the USA says about itself:

WATCH: Trump Is A Puppet To Fundamentalists & Is Too Stupid To Know It

I am not so sure about Trump being a ‘puppet’ and ‘stupid’ in this. An alternative explanation might be that Trump uses the religious right and its ideas like homophobia to move the USA in the direction of dictatorship.

26 June 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump told former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in an interview released over the weekend that evangelical Christians are more grateful than Jews for his moving of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump said that the reaction surprised him.

“I tell you what, I get more calls of thank you from evangelicals, and I see it in the audiences and everything else, than I do from Jewish people”, Trump said. “And the Jewish people appreciate it but the evangelicals appreciate it more than the Jews.”

Read more here.

The pro-Trump, openly nazi, Holocaust-denying site the Daily Stormer claims: ‘The Trump Train is driven by Jesus Christ himself’; while ‘the Jew Train’, they write, is going to Auschwitz.

Ivanka Trump Donates $50K To Anti-Gay Church To Help Families Separated At Border: here.

Israeli airline gives in to sexism

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 25 June 2018:

ISRAEL: State airline El Al faces new discrimination allegations after moving two female passengers from their seats after ultra-Orthodox men refused to sit next to them.

El Al said yesterday that discrimination against passengers was “forbidden” and it did its utmost to serve a “wide array of populations and travellers.”

The Israel Religious Action Centre, which led a similar lawsuit in 2016, accused the airline of breaking its commitments.

From Tel Aviv to El Al, Israel Is Backsliding on Gender Segregation. Thousands attended a segregated Chabad event on Rabin Square after a judge ordered the mayor to allow the partition. ‘What they’re saying is that we need to be tolerant of intolerance’, a legal expert tells Haaretz.

Donald Trump’s theocratic USA

This video says about itself:

Caliph Donald Trump and the Rise of the Christian Taliban

20 June 2018

Mehdi Hasan is here to warn you about a growing threat to the laws and values of the United States from a group of religious extremists and fanatics.

No, he’s not talking about so-called jihadists or Islamists, or to “creeping Sharia”. Mehdi is referring to what he like to call the “Christian Taliban” — those Bible-thumping fundamentalists who are bent on theocratizing the U.S. government.

There’s the attorney general of the United States, Mullah Jeff Sessions, who wants Sharia law, but of the biblical variety. And there’s Mullah Ted Cruz, who calls himself a Christian first and an American second.

As in the Middle East, to really politicize religion, you need a bunch of politicized clerics. Caliph Donald Trump can call on some of America’s finest to make the case for Christian supremacism.

Mullah Robert Jeffress said God gave Trump the authority to “take out” Kim Jong-un. Mullah Jim Bakker says we have to “obey” Trump because God “had him elected”.

If that isn’t the language of theocracy, of zealotry, then what is?

Trump rally

Deporting refugees in the name of Jesus: here.