Belgian cardinal Godfried Danneels dies


This 11 September 2010 video by Australian broadcasting organisation ABC says about itself:

Pedophile Horrors in Belgium In Church, Politics, Social Services

No congregation escaped Belgian sex abuse. “It’s the Church’s Dutroux”, referring to mid-1990s trauma in Belgium + arrest of serial rapist / child killer Marc Dutroux, serving life for six rapes and four murders.

Read more here.

The video is also about the ‘Legionaries of Christ‘, an international Roman Catholic order, founded by a pedophile priest with close connections to Pope John Paul II.

Translated from Belgian (Roman Catholic) daily De Standaard today:

Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Archbishop Emeritus of Mechelen-Brussels, died Thursday morning in Mechelen. Cardinal Jozef De Kesel reports this. Danneels was 85 years old. …

The role that Danneels played in the abuse case of Bruges bishop Roger Vangheluwe in 2010 is a blot on his career. Recorded conversations that Danneels had with Vangheluwe and a victim showed that Danneels had tried to cover up the affair.

The Standaard might have added the discovery during a police raid in Danneels’ archiepiscopal palace of secret photos about the scandal of Belgian child rapist and murderer Marc Dutroux.

Evidence of clergy sexual abuse destroyed, cardinal admits


This 23 February 2019 video says about itself:

Italy: Sex abuse survivors protest in Rome as abuse summit continues

Adult survivors of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy hit the streets of Rome on Saturday to express their anger at failures to protect children from predators, as a four-day conference on clerical sexual abuse continues in the Holy See.

Survivors marched while calling for “zero tolerance” of sexual crimes against children in the Church. Among them were hearing-impaired former students of Verona’s Antonio Provolo Institute for the Deaf, the site of numerous reported sexual abuse accusations. Former students of the school held up signs demanding compensation.

On Thursday, 190 Church leaders from around the world gathered at the Holy See for a four-day summit on clerical sexual abuse called by Pope Francis.

On Saturday, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx reportedly told the summit that procedures to prosecute offenders were deliberately not observed.

From CNN:

Top Catholic cardinal admits church destroyed documents on clergy sexual abuse

By Daniel Burke and Rosa Flores

Updated 1620 GMT (0020 HKT) February 23, 2019

Rome – In a remarkable admission, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said Saturday that documents that could have contained proof of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church were destroyed or never drawn up.

Probably, extreme right cardinals who blame LGBTQ people and the pope for clerical child abuse, will now vilify their colleague Marx as a ‘Cultural Marxist‘, because of his name [sarcasm off].

“Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed or not even created,” said Marx, the archbishop of Munich and president of the German Bishops’ Conference.

“The stipulated procedures and processes for the prosecution offenses were deliberately not complied with,” he added, “but instead canceled and overridden.

“Such standard practices will make it clear that it is not transparency which damages the church, but rather the acts of abuse committed, the lack of transparency, or the ensuing coverup.”

Marx’s stunning admission came on the third day of a historic Vatican summit focused on combating clergy sexual abuse. The day’s theme was transparency, which Marx said could help to tackle abuse of power.

A member of Pope Francis‘ inner circle of advisers, Marx is one of the most powerful men in the Catholic Church.

The four-day summit of 190 Catholic leaders, including 114 bishops from around the world, will conclude Sunday with an address by Pope Francis. On Thursday, at the beginning of the unprecedented summit, Francis urged the bishops to take “concrete measures” to combat the clergy abuse scandal.

At a press conference later Saturday, Marx said that the information about destroying files came from a study commissioned by German bishops in 2014. The study was “scientific” and did not name the particular church leaders or dioceses in Germany that destroyed the files.

“The study indicates that some documents were manipulated or did not contain what they should have contained,” Marx said. “The fact in itself cannot be denied.”

Marx said he doubts the destruction of files related to clergy sexual abuse was limited to one diocese.

“I assume Germany is not an isolated case.”

The report commissioned by the German bishops also revealed that “at least” 3,677 cases of child sex abuse by German clergy occurred between 1946 and 2014.

CNN’s Lauren Said-Moorhouse and Livvy Doherty contributed to this report.

Priests’, bishops’ sexual abuse of nuns


This 2009 video from India says about itself:

Unholy secrets: A nun’s autobiography

Sister Jesme in Kerala has written a book to reveal the sexual abuse in the cloisters, of how she was abused by priests and even fellow sisters during her years in convent.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 5 February 2019:

Pope Francis is determined to end the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops. He said this on a question from a journalist during a flight from Abu Dhabi to Rome.

The reason for the question was an article in a monthly magazine of the Vatican about abuse of nuns within the Catholic Church. “It is true”, said the Pope. “There are priests and even bishops who have done this. I think it is still going on because something does not stop just because you have become aware of it.”

He pointed out that priests were suspended because of the abuse of nuns and that his predecessor Pope Benedict in 2005 disbanded a female monastic order because of sexual abuse and corruption. A spokesman for the Vatican told Reuters news agency that this was a French monastic order.

The French monastic order with abuse and corruption problems was the Contemplative Sisters of Saint John (the United States branch of that order, founded after its French origin, still exists). Nuns have accused clerics of sexual abuse in India, Africa, Latin America and in Italy: here.

Catholic nuns protest alleged rape by a bishop in the southern state of Kerala in India [File: AP]

This photo shows Roman Catholic nuns protesting alleged rape by a bishop in the southern state of Kerala in India.

Pope says priests’ abuse of nuns went as far as “sexual slavery“: here.

Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery: here.

HuffPost reporters Jessica Blank and Carol Kuruvilla dove into abuse allegations of nuns and Catholic sisters. Although it’s rarer than abuse by priests or monks, one subject of their story, a nun named Trish Cahill, a survivor of nun abuse, believes it goes under reported. Gender stereotypes about female perpetrators of abuse make it much harder to see the broader picture: here.

Clerical rape survivors speak


This February 2018 video says about itself:

Megan Peterson Goes Public About Being Raped By A Priest

Priest Jeyapaul‘s survivor Megan Peterson goes public and speaks to Real Women Real Stories: Church ignores crimes against children, or worse, hides them. Megan Peterson was assaulted by priest Joseph Jeyapaul when she was 14 years old. The Vatican and its lack of respect for victims of sexual abuse continues.

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Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

“You do not know what happens to you.” The now 74-year-old Theo Bruyns was raped around the age of 12 in a seminary, an ecclesiastical school. He therefore filed a complaint against the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope last month.

“This has been going on for centuries“, says Bruyns in the De Dag podcast. “It is organized crime.” From the statement ‘Wir haben es nicht gewußt’ by Cardinal Simonis he also got the jitters. “Everyone has always known and the church gets away with it.”

News-hour reporter Marijn Duintjer Tebbens, who traveled with the Pope during the World Youth Days in Panama, thinks that Francis has underestimated the issue. “The will to tackle it is there, but it stumbles upon resistance within the walls of the Vatican.”

Sexual abuse drives Catholics out of church, pope says


This video from Germany says about itself:

Catholic Church in Germany releases sex abuse report

24 September 2018

It’s believed to cover a 70 year period and follows various reports of sexual abuse in Germany.

A four-year investigation into the sexual abuse of children in the German Catholic Church is to publish its findings. Our Berlin Correspondent Jessica Saltz gives us more details about this scandal.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Pope: abuse scandals drive people out of the church

The abuse scandals in the Catholic Church shock believers and drive them out of the church. That is what the Pope said today on the last day of his visit to the Baltic states. The church must change if it wants to keep future generations, he said.

The Pope’s statements coincide with a new report on decades of sexual abuse and its cover-up in Germany.

To a large group of young people in Estonia, the Pope said that he knows that many young people feel that the church has nothing to offer them and does not understand their problems. “They are furious about the sexual and economic scandals without clear condemnation, and about the fact that we are not willing to really understand the lives and sensitivities of young people.”

“We ourselves must be converted”, said the Pope. “In order to be able to stand next to you, we have to realize that we have to change a lot.”

Report

With these pronouncements, the Pope recognizes for the first time publicly the failure of the approach to sexual abuse.

Today, a report was published at the German bishops’ conference showing that almost 3700 people in Germany were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014. More than half were 13 or younger at the time, and nearly a third of them were altar boys.

According to the report, evidence in these cases has been destroyed or manipulated. Many cases have never been brought to justice and abusers have been transferred, without their past having been made known.

Cardinal Marx, as the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany, said at the presentation of the report that things are not finished right now, but are just beginning.

“For far too long there have been lies about abuse in the church, looking away and cover-ups, and for all these failures and pain I apologize”, said Marx. “I am ashamed of destroying trust and of the crimes that people have been subjected to by church officials.”