United States pro-peace priest Daniel Berrigan, RIP


This video from the USA says about itself:

RIP Father Daniel Berrigan: Remembering the Life and Legacy of the Antiwar Priest & Poet

2 May 2016

We spend the hour remembering the life and legacy of the legendary antiwar priest, Father Daniel Berrigan. He died on Saturday, just short of his 95th birthday. Berrigan was a poet, pacifist, educator, social activist, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called “American military imperialism.”

Along with his late brother Phil, Dan Berrigan played an instrumental role in inspiring the antiwar and antidraft movement during the late 1960s, as well as the movement against nuclear weapons.

He was the first Catholic priest to land on the FBI’s most wanted list. In early 1968, Father Daniel Berrigan made international headlines when he traveled to North Vietnam with historian Howard Zinn to bring home three U.S. prisoners of war. Later that year, Father Dan Berrigan, his brother Phil and seven others took 378 draft files from the draft board in Catonsville, Maryland. Then, in the parking lot of the draft board office, the activists set the draft records on fire using homemade napalm to protest the Vietnam War.

They became known as the Catonsville Nine and invigorated the antiwar movement by inspiring over 100 similar acts of protest. It also shook the foundation of the tradition-bound Catholic Church. Then, in 1980, the Berrigan brothers and six others began the Plowshares Movement when they broke into the General Electric nuclear missile facility in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, hammered nuclear warhead nose cones and poured blood onto documents and files. They were arrested and charged with over 10 different felony and misdemeanor counts, and became known as the Plowshares Eight.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called “It was the Happiest Day of My Life”: Martin Sheen Recalls His Arrest Alongside Father Dan Berrigan.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called Dan Berrigan in His Own Words: Antiwar Priest Speaks About 9/11 in Democracy Now! Studios in 2002.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called Friends Remember Fr. Dan Berrigan: “He Said He Didn’t Believe in Heroes, He Believed In Community”.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called In 2006 Interview, Fr. Dan Berrigan Recalls Confronting Defense Secretary McNamara over Vietnam War.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called “The Cause is the Heart’s Beat”: See Father Berrigan Recite His Poem “Some” in 2006.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called “His World Was Always Filled with Such Beauty”: Frida Berrigan on Her Uncle, Priest Daniel Berrigan.

Clerical sexual abuse in the Netherlands cover-up


This video from the USA says about itself:

Catholic Church’s systematic abuse cover-up in the USA

16 November 2014

The Pope played a leading role in a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

“Deetman intimidated abuse victims to prevent investigation by parliament”

Today, 00:53

Wim Deetman has intimidated board members of an organization that stands up for victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to prevent a parliamentary inquiry. This reports Argos radio.

Deetman was chairman of the commission of inquiry into abuse in the church.

The commission was set up by the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands. Wim Deetman is a Christian Democrat Appeal party politician.

In December the final report of the Deetman commission was published. It showed that tens of thousands of children were abused between 1945 and 1981 at Catholic seminaries and boarding schools.

Compelling way

A few months later, four members of the victims’ organization KLOKK had a conversation with Deetman. He asked the four people “with binding effect” not to ask for a parliamentary investigation.

A parliamentary inquiry was initially a mandatory requirement by the victims. Two weeks before the meeting KLOKK wrote that there was “every reason” to urge a parliamentary investigation.

Emails

However, the board members gave in to the request by Deetman. Board member Annemie Knibbe: “Deetman actually wanted to force us to do no parliamentary inquiry”. Argos also says it has emails showing that Deetman had already long before pressured KLOKK to abandon the requirement for a parliamentary investigation.

Deetman said to have threatened to stop investigating if KLOKK survivors would keep insisting on parliamentary inquiry: here.

Sexually abusive Catholic priest relocated, not fired


This video from the USA says about itself:

Church Relocates Convicted Predator Priest To New Church

27 April 2016

A priest convicted of inappropriately touching a 19-year-old woman, has been reassigned to a new church. The priest has gone from San Diego to a new parish in Oklahoma. Ana Kasparian and Brett Erlich, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Fr. Jose Alexis Davila was convicted of inappropriately touching a 19-year-old woman in San Diego in 2011. Like most priests who have been caught or convicted of sex acts, Davila went to another church. The problem, however, is no one at the church was told about his crimes.

When the church of the Blessed Sacrament in Lawton, Oklahoma was introduced to Davila they were told only that “he has pastoral experience in the United States” but nothing about his criminal past or even the name of his previous church. None of the members had any idea he was convicted for groping a teenager, according to KFOR News.”

Read more here.

Dutch clerical sexual child abuse cover-up update


This video says about itself:

Belgian Bishop Admits Sexual Abuse of Boy – Sends Shockwave through Belgium

23 April 2010

Belgium’s longest-serving bishop admits sexually abusing a boy (his nephew). This was officially revealed at a press conference on 23 April 2010. Prior to his resignation, he was bishop of Bruges, which is located in one of the more conservatively religious regions of Flanders.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Dutch Religious Conference, the umbrella organization of [Roman Catholic] orders and congregations, has explicitly called upon victims of sexual abuse to complain “preferably” outside official procedures. …

A third

The Roman Catholic Church has in a third of all known cases of sexual abuse of children settled them internally, on condition of secrecy. That became apparent this morning from a study by NRC Handelsblad daily.

The Deetman committee, which investigated the sexual abuse within the church, had, quite the contrary, given the explicit advice to make all the settlements public.

Public

President Guido Klabbers of the victims’ organization KLOKK also said today to NRC Handelsblad that all abuse cases must be published.

“This also applies to the cases settled through mediation and settlement. It should be clear for what crimes compensation was paid. And it can not be that victims should be silent again.” …

Most church organizations according to the NRC refuse to say anything about the secret settlements. The Friars of Tilburg admitted there were 64 victims through the Foundation for Management & Supervision, and they concluded 28 direct settlements and another five via mediation.

The Jesuits paid almost 900,000 euros to 24 victims after a direct settlement or mediation. They paid more than 400,000 euros to twelve people through public complaints. The Jesuits are willing to make the files public anonymously, if the survivors agree.

The same applies to the Salesians, who have paid a total of 1.5 million. Of these, 1 million went to 36 victims with mediation agreements.

Dutch clerical child abuse survivor interviewed


Marcel Roomans, on the left, with two brothers

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

“I will not let the perpetrators silence me again”

Today, 07:14

The 73-year-old Marcel Roomans was sexually abused in his boyhood at a Roman Catholic boys’ school in Maastricht. Roomans reached a settlement with the Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary in Maastricht, a congregation that had schools and boarding schools. He was at the Aloysius School in Maastricht.

When Roomans was in the third grade, a friar rubbed his genitals with ointment. Later he was abused by another friar in a pitch-dark closet at school. After ten minutes it was over. “He got an orgasm, I suppose,” Roomans said to NRC Handelsblad daily, which pays attention to all the secret settlements in cases of sexual abuse within the church.

“I was lured to the school with a gift. Often on Saturdays because the school then was practically empty. It was nasty, mean and devoid of humanity.”

The Deetman commission received sixty reports of sexual abuse by friars of that congregation. The Maastricht friars have arranged a total of 63 settlements. Of those abuse cases it is not known what exactly happened.

Roomans himself chose mediation. “I wanted to look the one who was responsible for the friars who had abused me in the eyes.”

Fellow victims did sign such [secret] agreements. Roomans: “Ah, how does that happen? You get four A4 pages in your hands and you want it to be finished. Then you might not read everything accurately.” Roomans received 37,000 euros.