Ex-pope Benedict blames gays for child abuse


This video says about itself:

Gay kiss protest near the pope in Barcelona – no comment

8 November 2010

Gay couples kiss in protest over discrimination against gay people as Pope Benedict left Barcelona’s archbishopric in his Popemobile.

Translated from Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad today:

Pope Benedict XVI has retired, but he is now the center of a riot in the Catholic Church. The German has published an essay in conservative German media in which he blames sexual abuse within the Catholic Church on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and … church laws that protected gay priests.

Critics think his analysis is totally irresponsible, even catastrophic, because he is obstructing his successor. Pope Francis tries to lead the church out of the abuse crisis.

,,Why did pedophilia reach such proportions? Ultimately, the reason for this is the absence of God”, writes Benedict

Dear ex-pope Benedict: Of course, not only some believers in various religious organisations abuse children; some atheists do as well. However, unlike with child abusing conservative Dutch bishop Gijsen, if an atheist abuses a child from an atheist family, then there will be no fear of burning in hell forever as punishment for denouncing the perpetrator as that perpetrator is supposedly ‘a man of God‘. And there will be no atheist hierarchy covering up the culprit’s crimes.

in the 6,000-word essay published today in the German monthly magazine Klerusblatt, the Catholic News Agency, and other conservative media. According to Benedict, the germ of the abuse lies in the early 1960s. … Benedict saw the formation of homosexual cliques” in seminars “that acted more or less openly and significantly changed the climate”. …

Penance

When he retired in 2013, Benedict wanted to devote the rest of his life to penance and prayer.

There is plenty about which Pope Ratzinger should do penance. Eg, his abuse of Christmas for a homophobic attack. But I doubt whether he means that.

His successor, Francis, would be given every opportunity to lead the church. …

Church historian Christopher Bellitto wonders if Benedict, who will turn 92 next week, is being manipulated by others. The essay lacks conclusions that the Roman church already drew earlier after the abuse summit in February: the abuse also took place before the sexual revolution in the 1960s; and homosexuality has nothing to do with pedophilia. “The essay essentially ignores what we have learned there.”

The essay is welcomed by some on the right. …

Caricature

Massimo Faggioli, theologian at Villanova University, argues that Benedict’s analysis is meager because he actually attributes the abuse to the sexual revolution and ignores major issues before that time. “It’s a caricature of what happened.”

Eg, the ex-pope’s essay, at least the synopsis by the NOS of it, ‘forgets’ the abuse of hundreds of boys in a religious children’s choir, led by Pope Ratzinger’s own brother.

From Spain, 3 April 2019:

The Bishop of Alcalá de Henares is under investigation after it emerged that conversion therapy courses which told homosexuals to “pray away the gay” were being held in his diocese.

These pseudo-therapies practised also on minors, have allegedly taken place since 2009 when Juan Antonio Reig Pla became the city’s bishop.

Catholic school sex abuse case goes to trial in Barcelona: here.

Spanish victims of sex abuse priests speak out: here.

Over 500 children in Pope Benedict brother’s choir abused


This video says about itself:

Pope Benedict‘s brother, Georg Ratzinger, in spotlight over choir abuse

9 January 2016

Brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in spotlight over choir abuse.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV about Germany:

More Regensburg choir boys abused than thought

Today, 12:34

The abuse in the famous cathedral church choir of Regensburg is worse than thought. Over 500 choir boys have been ill-treated and abused sexually by priests and teachers over recent decades. Half a year ago, there were still thought to be 231 victims.

According to the lawyer Ulrich Weber, 67 out of 500 children have been victims of physical violence as well as sexual abuse. The lawyer put that in the final report he has written for the diocese. Weber started his research seven years ago when the first cases came to light. It’s about crimes between 1945 and the early 1990s.

Looking away

Weber identified 49 priests and teachers who are guilty of ill-treatment and abuse. In the report, the former bishop of Regensburg and the former choir leader get fierce criticism. The latter is Georg Ratzinger, the brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict. He was looking the other way and is criticized for lack of intervention while he knew of the abuse.

The current bishop of Regensburg apologized last year.

According to the still valid papal bull Urbem Romam, brothers of popes, including Georg Ratzinger, have the title ‘prince’.

And our guest writer has a message for Christian parents who hit their kids: Spanking is sex abuse.

Hundreds of children abused in Pope Benedict’s brother’s choir


This video says about itself:

Alleged victims on abuse claims connected to Catholic church

Regensburg – 10 March 2010

1. Wide of “Regensburger Domspatzen” boys’ choir school building
2. Sign on school building reading (German) “Regensburger Domspatzen”
3. Boys walking up to school entrance
4. Close-up of glass panel over school entrance
Munich – 11 March 2010
5. Wolfgang Blaschka sitting at table in cafe, drinking coffee
6. SOUNDBITE (German) Wolfgang Blaschka, student at Etterzhausen Elementary School from 1966 to 1967:

“My earlobe was ripped off in one punishment. One day I found myself hanging in the air by my hair – my whole bodyweight – in the claw of this Principal Meier. And when I then tried to support my bodyweight by grabbing his arm, he beat me very badly.”
7. Close-up of Blaschka’s eyes
8. SOUNDBITE (German) Wolfgang Blaschka, student at Etterzhausen Elementary School from 1966 to 1967:

“I myself was slapped in the face by him (Georg Ratzinger)

priest, director of the Regensburger Domspatzen children’s choir (which he made perform, eg, at the NATO summit in Germany in 1982), and elder brother of Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI

, and it was particularly painful when he pulled me up here by my sideburns, that was very mean. Although I was not a bad singer. But when it was about the music, he was a full-blooded musician, he really was quick-tempered and forgot about everything.”
Regensburg – 10 March 2010
9. Wide tilt down of house of Georg Ratzinger, brother of Pope Benedict XVI
10. Close-up of memorial plaque on wall of house in honour of Pope Benedict XVI‘s visit in 2006, reading (German) “The monastery chapter of St. Johann remembers the visit of the Holy Father Benedict XVI to his brother Georg Ratzinger on 13 September 2006.”
11. Georg Ratzinger walking to door of his house
12. Close-up of Ratzinger’s name next to door bell
13. Ratzinger at door
Munich – 11 March 2010
14. Wide of Rudolf Neumaier, student from 1981 to 1982 at Etterzhausen Elementary School, entering office at “Sueddeutsche Zeitung” publishing house, sitting down
15. SOUNDBITE (German) Rudolf Neumaier, student at Etterzhausen Elementary School from 1981 to 1982:

“The responsible persons in Regensburg knew that there was something wrong. They did not act and therefore I was quite surprised, at the beginning of this week, that (Johann) Meier was still there in 1991 and that a witness had said that nothing had changed and Meier was still beating students in 1991.”
16. Neumaier talking on the phone
17. SOUNDBITE (German) Rudolf Neumaier, student at Etterzhausen Elementary School from 1981 to 1982:

“Well, then he was beating this boy, he shouted and screamed at him and then he pulled him out of his seat and struck him on the back with the chair, so that the chair broke into two pieces. This was the worst incident I witnessed.”
Regensburg – 10 March 20100
18. Wide of Regensburg cathedral, tilt up to cathedral spires

STORYLINE

Two alleged victims of a child abuse scandal connected to the Catholic church in Germany came forward on Thursday, including a former member of an all-boys choir led by the pope’s brother.

Germany’s top education representative sharply criticised the church on Thursday for failing to report cases of physical and sexual abuse in a timely fashion.

The uproar came a day before Germany’s highest bishop was to meet Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.

At least 170 former students from Catholic schools in Germany have come forward with claims of sexual abuse recently and others have spoken of physical abuse.

Wolfgang Blaschka, a 52-year-old graphic designer, said that corporal punishment was the rule, not the exception, when he was a student at the Etterzhausen school just outside Regensburg.

“One day I found myself hanging in the air by my hair – my whole bodyweight – in the claw of this Principal Meier,” he said, referring to then-director Johann Meier.

He alleged that Ratzinger had hit him too.

The scandal has clearly shaken the Vatican.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

One hundred new reports of abuse in German choir

Today, 17:46

A German bishop who does research on abuse and violence at the German Catholic boys choir Regensburger Domspatzen, has now received reports from 422 people. These are over a hundred more than earlier this year, the bishop of Regensburg has said. 65 of the 422 reports concern sexual violence.

Since last year research has been done about abuses at the Bavarian choir in the period 1945 to 1992. The sexual violence ranged from fondling to rape. Boys also said they were beaten until bloody with a stick, key ring or seal ring. If a child had wet the bed, then he was banned from drinking anything.

End of next year a committee will decide on compensation. Victims can look forward to financial compensation of between 5,000 and 20,000 euros and are offered therapeutic help. There will also be an investigation into the causes of the abuse at the choir.

Benedict

The perpetrators of abuse are now deceased. Georg Ratzinger [still alive], the older brother of former Pope Benedict, was between 1964 and 1994 the leader of the choir. The lawyer of several victims thinks he knew about the abuse. Ratzinger is in denial about that.

The Regensburger Domspatzen is the choir of the cathedral of Regensburg. The choir is more than a thousand years old.

This 2015 video is a German documentary about the abuse scandal in the Regensburger Domspatzen children’s choir.

Hundreds of boys in Pope Benedict XVI brother’s choir abused


This music video from Germany is called Regensburger Domspatzen (22 March 2015): So treiben wir den Winter aus.

Hidden behind this fine music is a sad story of Roman Catholic clerical sexual child abuse.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Massive abuse of choirboys of Regensburger Domspatzen choir

Today, 19:06

Priests and teachers of the world famous choir of the cathedral in the German city of Regensburg have in recent decades abused at least 231 choristers and mistreated them. These are many more than the 72 cases that the diocese itself had already admitted.

Lawyer Ulrich Weber spoke last year on behalf of the diocese with those involved. He could also consult secret archives. Weber fears that the actual number of victims is even higher.

The lawyer suspects that on about a third of the 2100 students who came to Regensburg between 1953 and 1992 physical violence has been inflicted.

Rape

The sexual assaults ranged from fondling to rape. Furthermore, boys said they were beaten bloodily with sticks, key rings or seal rings. Children who wetted their beds were not allowed to drink anything any more.

Most of these crimes are now barred. Within the diocese, Weber says people already knew what was happening, but for fear of personal consequences and implications for the choir, nothing was done about it.

The diocese has promised victims 2500 euros as compensation.

1000 year

The Regensburger Domspatzen is one of the most famous choirs in the world and the oldest boys’ choir in Germany. In 1976 it celebrated its millennium.

Between 1964 and 1994 the choir was led by Georg Ratzinger, the now 91-year-old brother of Pope Benedict XVI. The choir has also a school and a boarding school connected to it.

Pope Benedict XVI visits the Regensburger Domspatzen

This DPA photo shows Pope Benedict XVI visiting the Regensburger Domspatzen.

Sexual assault reports surge at three US military academies by more than 50%: here.

Archbishop Romero is a martyr, pope says


This video says about itself:

Assassination of bishop Romero – clip from Salvador.

From Associated Press:

Pope Approves Martyrdom Declaration for Oscar Romero, Slain Salvadoran Archbishop

FEB. 3, 2015, 10:06 A.M. E.S.T.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis decreed Tuesday that slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed in 1980 out of hatred for his Catholic faith, approving a martyrdom declaration that sets the stage for his beatification.

Francis, the first Latin American pope, approved the decree honoring one of the heroes of Latin American Christians at a meeting with the head of the Vatican‘s saint-making office.

Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador, was gunned down by right-wing death squads March 24, 1980 while celebrating Mass. A human rights campaigner, Romero had spoken out against repression by the Salvadoran army at the beginning of the country’s 1980-1992 civil war between the right-wing government and leftist rebels.

His assassination presaged a conflict that killed nearly 75,000.

Romero’s sainthood cause had been held up by the Vatican for years out of concern over his perceived association with liberation theology, the Latin American-inspired Catholic theology that holds that Jesus’ teachings require followers to fight for social and economic justice.

Under then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith launched a crackdown on liberation theology, fearing what were seen as its Marxist excesses. …

Over the summer, Francis told reporters that Romero’s case had been “blocked out of prudence” by the congregation, but that it had been “unblocked” because there were no more doctrinal concerns.

No date for the beatification has been set. Francis has all but ruled out celebrating it himself, saying recently that it would be up to the head of the saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Amato, and the prelate who for decades has spearheaded Romero’s cause, Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, to decide who would get the honor.

Paglia was to meet with reporters Wednesday to discuss the historic case.

Unlike regular candidates for beatification, martyrs can reach the first step to possible sainthood without a miracle attributed to their intercession. A miracle is needed for canonization, however.

Traditionally, the church has restricted the martyr designation to people who were killed out of hatred for the Catholic faith. Romero’s case lagged in part over questions about whether he was killed for his politics, or for his faith.

The decree signed Tuesday by Francis makes clear that Romero was a martyr in the classic sense, killed out of hatred for the faith.

But in discussing Romero’s cause this past summer, Francis suggested that the definition of martyr could be expanded. …

Francis told reporters during an airborne press conference that, with reference to Romero, he wanted theologians to study if someone who is killed for “doing the work for the other that Jesus commands” could also be considered a martyr.

Pope Francis I, the Vatican, and the Heracles myth


This music video yet again: Bafflin’ Smoke Signals – by Lee “Scratch” Perry.

While I am amidst wildlife in Costa Rica, the rest of the world does not stop.

On 13 March 2014, Dutch daily De Volkskrant published an article by Sarah Venema on the Vatican.

On that 13 March, Francis I had been pope for one year. During the reign of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, Ms Venema wrote (my translation):

Cardinals denounced each other as gays, liars and frauds and leaked anonymous messages about each other to Italian papers. …

A monsignor who cut extravagant expenses -500,000 euro for a nativity manger on St Peter’s square was too much- was kicked upstairs, safely away to the USA.

The chief editor of the Vatican daily Avvenire had to go after he had written negatively about the sexual scandals of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Ms Venema writes that the new pope sacked cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a Berlusconi crony. He also sacked all cardinals, save one, who used to be on the Vatican bank board.

The ancient Greek myth on a demigod and hero mentioned that Heracles managed to clean the extremely dirty stables of king Augias with very unconventional means: by diverting a river through the royal stables.

Does Pope Francis I have the courage, intelligence and strength of that mythical demigod? It is too early to tell after one year.

Wenders offers hagiography. The director’s undoubted cinematic achievement is lessened by his undue reverence for Pope Francis which leaves too many vital questions unanswered, writes MARIA DUARTE.

Pope Ratzinger resigns


This reggae music video on the papacy is called Bafflin’ Smoke SignalsLee “Scratch” Perry.

Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign soon. Dutch NOS TV said that he wants to continue to live in the Vatican, however.

It is very long ago that a pope resigned.

In 1294, Pope Celestin V resigned. Some people say that resignation was not voluntary: his successor Pope Boniface VIII is said to have pressured Celestine, and subsequently had him murdered.

I am not sure whether this time, pressure by a rival played a role in the resignation of Benedict XVI Ratzinger.

Ratzinger’s papacy was tainted by many things. By cover-ups of sexual abuse of children; by homophobia; by appeasement of anti-Semitic Holocaust denial and of Islamophobia; by Vatican bank scandals.

But, maybe as a positive note among negative notes: it seems that, at least, Pope Benedict XVI did not want to hold on to big power at all costs. I hope that other heads of state and prime ministers who have done much wrong will follow his example and resign.

One should hope that Ratzinger‘s successor will correct what went wrong under Benedict XVI. But I don’t have a crystal ball. So, I cannot predict the future.

Pope ‘loveless’ about gays


This video says about itself:

Pope Says Gay Marriage Threat to Human Existence

7 January 2013

The Pope indicates that gay marriage is a threat to the future of humanity, rather than wars, climate change, or anything else.

Another video, no longer on YouTube, used to say about itself:

Dec 21, 2012

The Pope decided to use his annual Christmas speech as a platform for his over-the-top, anti-gay agenda. Tis the season!

Translated from Dutch LGBTQ organization COC:

December 22, 2012

COC in the Netherlands thinks that the recent statements by the Pope on homosexuality are ‘baffling and unloving’. The COC recommends that Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Timmermans should summon the papal nuncio in the Netherlands and that the Vatican should lose its special status with the United Nations.

“Instead of a message of peace and love, the Pope chooses Christmas time for a frontal attack on gay men and women”, says COC President Tanja Ineke. “I find that amazing and unloving. It is hurtful to LGBTQ people in general, wounds Catholic LGBTQ people in their very souls, and alienates many heterosexual Catholics from their church.”

Ineke calls the “obsession” of the Vatican with homosexuality ‘remarkable’. “While wars rage and people are dying of hunger, the Vatican chooses to condemn people who love each other. About Uganda, where the most horrible religion-based anti-gay legislation is likely to be introduced, the Vatican is silent.”

No more Dutch flowers to the pope

Translated from the Dutch Geen bloemen naar de Paus Facebook groep:

Ever since 1985 Dutch growers donate every year at Easter flowers to the Pope. But why should someone who routinely condemns homosexuality and LGBTQ people be given flowers?

POPE: ‘GOD IS NOT AFRAID OF NEW THINGS’ “Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.” [Reuters]

Talking about homophobia: homophobia in Kosovo.

Pope abuses Christmas for homophobia


This music video is called Johnny Gill, Give love on Christmas Day.

Everywhere in the world, millions of Christians, and also millions of non-Christians, see Christmas as a festival of love.

Not so Pope Ratzinger, aka Benedict XVI.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

“Gays threaten human nature”

Friday, December 21, 2012, 20:44

In his Christmas speech the Pope said that homosexuals destroy “the essence of humankind”. Families, according to him are “threatened to the core” by opening marriage to LGBTQ couples. Previously he called gay marriages a threat to world peace.

By Scott Roberts:

21 December 2012

Pope Benedict XVI is getting into the festive spirit by taking his opposition to gay relationships to new heights.

The Catholic leader made his latest homophobic attack on Friday in his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican – one of his most important speeches of the year and one in which he dedicated to opposing equal marriage. …

Last Friday, in a message for World Day of Peace 2013, the Pope described same-sex marriage as a threat to justice and peace, adding that it will spark harm for society.

In January, the Pope warned that introducing equal marriage would risk the future of humanity itself.

So, Pope Ratzinger does not link Christmas to love. Rather, he links it to hatred of people who love each other enough to want to marry.

Accusing gay people of threatening world peace is a grave accusation indeed. People threatening world peace might start World War III, with the most horrible (nuclear) bloodshed ever.

If the pope wants to stop people threatening world peace, then he should not look at LGBTQ people. He should look at NATO generals advocating nuclear war. He should look at arms industry fat cats profiting from wars.

Then, the pope, like Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, should look at politicians like Tony Blair. George W Bush and Tony Blair started the Iraq war, basing themselves on lies. Tony Blair continued with advocating war in Iran.

While criticizing the Vatican and popes, I should also give them credit where credit is due. The present pope’s predecessor condemned the Iraq war; so did Pope Ratzinger, though less strongly so than John Paul II.

However, Pope Ratzinger granted Tony Blair a private audience. Many pious and peace-loving Roman Catholics lay people can only dream about ever getting a private audience with the pope. While Archbishop Tutu does not want to be on the same stage with war criminal Blair.

So, Pope Ratzinger does not treat Blair like he treats gay people. He did not treat anti-Semitic Holocaust denier Richard Williamson like he treats gay people. Quite the contrary. Williamson had been expelled from the Roman Catholic church. By re-admitting Williamson, the pope not only recognized Williamson as a Roman Catholic; but also as a Roman Catholic bishop in good standing.

The pope is far harsher on people in consensual gay relationships than on priests raping little boys and girls.

What is the source of Pope Ratzinger’s homophobia? Not Jesus Christ’s tradition. Rather the near-universal homophobia of the mid-twentieth century, when Ratzinger was young. Homophobia which killed British anti-nazi code breaker and computer inventor Alan Turing. Homophobia climaxing in nazi Germany which murdered many people in concentration camps for being gay. As a member of the Hitler Youth, young Ratzinger may very well have been indoctrinated in homophobia.

English ‘anti-pope plot’, what a joke


This music video is a live performance by The Damned of their song Antipope.

19 September 2010.

In 1678, the English Protestant clergyman Titus Oates claimed there was a “Popish Plot”. Roman Catholics were supposed to plot all sorts of sinister crimes. Oates’ claims were lies. However, Roman Catholics then were a minority in England, discriminated against by the government and the Anglican established church (as Protestants were discriminated against then in countries where Roman Catholicism was the state church).

In that climate of inequality, government authorities tended to believe Titus Oates’ lies. At least fifteen innocent Roman Catholics were executed, based on false accusations. Later, Oates’ untruths were exposed, but that could not bring the people who had been killed unjustly back to life.

We are not in 1678 anymore, but in 2010. Now, Pope Benedict is visiting Britain. In the past few days, headlines all over the corporate media screamed that a plot by Muslims to kill the pope had supposedly been uncovered. Six men of North African origin had been arrested under the British Terrorism Act 2000.

However, today, in British daily The Guardian:

Meanwhile, the six street cleaners arrested on Friday on suspicion of planning an attack on the pope have been released without charge.

The plot was “just a joke”, according to the Sunday Mirror.

However, jokes like this can become deadly serious in the present climate of Islamophobia and hysteria about “terrorism”, partly fomented by British governments. A climate, not completely different from Titus Oates’ England, over three centuries ago.

Six held over ‘pope threat’ freed: London street cleaners released without charge, with police offering no reasons: here.

TO ADD to the drama surrounding the visit of the Pope – who set the scene with his, and his associates’ attacks on aggressive secularists and atheists who have apparently overrun the UK – it was the ‘old enemy’, since the time of the crusades at least, fellow believers, Muslim street cleaners, who took the strain and were picked up by armed police, accused of a terrorist plot, and imprisoned for 48 hours without charge, without even a shred of evidence against them, except for allegedly overheard remarks in a workers’ canteen: here.

Cleaners at the Initial company in central London witnessed a horrific scene last week when police arrested a colleague for alleged immigration offences: here.

Child abuse: Why the Pope’s “sorrow” isn’t enough: here.

Up to 20,000 people descended on central London on Saturday to voice their opposition to Pope Benedict XVI’s position on issues ranging from clerical sex abuse to women’s rights: here.

The BBC defended its coverage of last week’s state visit of Pope Benedict XVI yesterday after complaints from viewers: here.

Poll shows most Catholics support abortion: here.

USA: Gingrich proposes law to ban Sharia, accuses health secretary of ‘Soviet tyranny’: here.

People often wind up believing their own cover story. Former British prime minister Tony Blair, for example, is trapped forever in the rationalizations he used in 2003 to explain why he was going along with George Bush’s invasion of Iraq. He was at it again last week, telling the BBC that “radical Islam” is the greatest threat facing the world today: here.