Bishops allowed to cover up child abuse by Vatican

This video from the USA says about itself:

Catholic bishop indicted for unreported child abuse

14 October 2011

American Catholic bishop Robert Finn, of the Kansas City, Mo., diocese, has been indicted for failing to report suspected child abuse. Michelle Miller reports on the significant charge – unprecedented in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Bishops do not have to report child abuse, Vatican says

The document emphasises that bishops’ only duty is to address such allegations internally

Samuel Osborne

Wednesday 10 February 2016 21:01 BST

The Catholic Church is telling newly appointed bishops it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse to authorities.

A document explaining how senior clergy members ought to deal with allegations of abuse suggests only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police.

The victims are often too young or too scared to go to the police. And their families may be scared of reporting ‘a man of God’, and of maybe the church accusing them of being anti-God.

The document, recently released by the Vatican, emphasises that bishops’ only duty is to address such allegations internally

Address them in what way? With a slap on the wrist for the priestly perpetrator? By transferring him to another parish where the child abuse may start all over again; like has happened often so far?

though it says they must be aware of local laws.

Details were reported by John Allen, associate editor of the Catholic News Site

“According to the state of civil laws of each country where reporting is obligatory, it is not necessarily the duty of the bishop to report suspects to authorities, the police or state prosecutors in the moment when they are made aware of crimes or sinful deeds,” the document states.

The guidelines were written by the controversial monsignor and psychotherapist Tony Anatrella, who is serving as consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Monsignor Anatrella has been accused of sexual abuse himself.

Although the guide acknowledges “the church has been particularly affected by sexual crimes committed against children,” it emphasises statistics showing the vast majority of sexual assaults against children are committed within the family and by friends and neighbours, The Guardian reports.

It is true that the overwhelming majority of child abuse is not by the stereotypical men supposedly in ambush waiting for children unknown to them to pass. However, much of the abuse is by men (less often: women) in positions of authority whom the children do know and, wrongly, trust, like teachers, bosses and Roman Catholic, or other, religious authorities.

That people who are not priests commit child abuse as well can never be any excuse for covering it up in cases where perpetrators are priests.

Pope Francis previously declared a “zero tolerance” policy for members of the clergy who abuse children.

Salvadorean murderers of Spanish priests arrested

This 1995 Associated Press video says about itself:

Salvadorans are commemorating the sixth anniversary of a massacre of Jesuit priests by members of the military.

The priests- who taught at the Central American University in the capital San Salvador-were accused by rightists of being communists and even members of the guerrillas.

At the anniversary ceremonies Salvadorans called for peace and an end to violence in their country.

A rose garden at the Central American University in San Salvador stands as a remembrance of those who were martyred in the fight for justice for the poor people of El Salvador.

Salvadorans marked Thursday the sixth anniversary of a massacre in which six Jesuit priests were killed by members of the military.

Their bodies were buried at the Monsignor Romero Temple in the university campus.

Romero was also a victim of El Salvador‘s 12-year bloody civil war, murdered in his own cathedral by right-wing killers.

Six years later Jesuit priests are calling for an end to violence and injustice.

SOUNDBITE: (In Spanish)

“The legacy they’ve left is that we shouldn’t rest as long as there’s injustice, as long as there are lies and as long as there’s poverty. We should do our best to try to combat these evils that are still affecting terribly El Salvador.”
SUPER CAPTION: Rodolfo Cardenal, Jesuit priest and Vice-rector of the Central American University- UCA

On November 16 1989, left-wing guerrillas launched a nationwide offensive against the government.

The Jesuit priests were killed in the middle of a counter-attack by members of the military.

Six Jesuit priests living on the university campus were killed along with a cook and her daughter.

The military blamed the attack on the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front– known as the F-M-L-N- which launched the offensive against the government.

But investigators later discovered the massacre was perpetrated by the army.

The “Hall of Martyrs” at the Central American University has been opened as a remembrance of the victims of the massacre.

It was erected on the area where the bodies were found after the attack.

The hall holds pictures of the massacre and clothes worn by the six priests on that tragic day.

Throughout the civil war, Jesuit priests became a target for their “theology of liberation” philosophy which advocated social justice and fair distribution of wealth among the poor.

The priests were accused of being communists and even allies of the guerrillas.

Hundreds of Salvadorans took to the main campus of the university- known as the U-C-A- for a religious ceremony to commemorate the death of the priests.

They marched with candles and held signs calling for justice and an end of violence in their country.

Many believe that in spite of recent progress the country still needs to find the road for peace.

SOUNDBITE: (In Spanish)

“The fight continues, we have to pick up the banner of those good and noble men and we have to continue opening the path for peace and reconciliation, but always based on justice.”
SUPER CAPTION: Rogelio Poncel, Catholic priest

SOUNDBITE: (In Spanish)

“There have been certain improvements, not exactly what we expected, but I think certain political spaces have been opened, but there are still many tasks to do.”
SUPER CAPTION: Jon Cortina, Spanish Jesuit priest

And six years after the massacre Salvadorans hope the legacy of the tragedy will be a catalyst for much needed peace in this Central American nation.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Four ex-soldiers detained over 1989 priest killings

Monday 8th February 2015

FOUR former soldiers wanted in Spain for the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter have been arrested in El Salvador, police said yesterday.

Five of the priests were Spanish and their killings during El Salvador’s civil war sparked international outrage.

Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren urged military officers still fugitive in the case to turn themselves in to authorities.

“There are people who have hidden. We don’t know if they have left the country, but my recommendation is that they turn themselves in to justice,” he said.

“We need to know the truth about what happened in the past, but we also need justice as well as pardon.”

It is now up to the Salvadoran Supreme Court to rule on extradition to Spain.

The arrests in El Salvador followed a judgement in North Carolina, US, that cleared the way for a former Salvadoran colonel to be extradited to face charges in Spain in the case.

‘Child abuse nearly always by men the children know’

This video from the USA says about itself:

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

16 November 2014

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

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Sexual abuse of minors is committed in the overwhelming majority of cases by acquaintances of the victims. Only 7 percent of all offenders are total strangers to the victims. In 36 percent of cases, the perpetrator is family.

And in the rest, neighbours, bosses, religious pastors, etc.

The cliché, promoted by the extreme right, of sexual abusers as non-white refugees laying in ambush for children to pass; a cliché which recently in Belgium led to falsely accusing an Iraqi refugee of child abuse and almost caused a swimming pool ban for all refugees; that cliché turns out to be wrong once again.

Every year [in the Netherlands] an average of over three hundred offenders are sentenced for sexual abuse of a child. On the basis of these convictions, the National Rapporteur on Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children has published the report Abuse in court.

Much abuse remains hidden, because it does not lead to court cases. …

Girls are six times more often victims of sexual abuse than boys. The perpetrators are almost always men. In this study, five of the 182 perpetrators were female.

Roman Catholic clerical child abuse in England

This video from the USA is called Spotlight 2015 Official Trailer + Trailer Review – Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams: Beyond The Trailer.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Ex-pupils to take diocese to court for sex abuse

Tuesday 26th January 2016

SURVIVORS of Catholic Church child abuse will take their former diocese to court today amid allegations of an institutional cover-up going back to the 1950s.

The claims by pupils at a church school in north-west England mirror those in the recent film Spotlight, nominated for six awards at the Oscars for its real-life depiction of similar allegations in the Catholic Church in Boston, US, in the 1980s.

Lawyers acting on behalf of the British victims, who were aged between 11 and 15 at the time of the abuse, said they hoped that the positivity met upon Spotlight’s release will help give other victims the strength to come forward and make allegations.

“I hope society is moving in the right direction and the film can only help that,” said AO Advocated child abuse lawyer Thomas Beale.

“In our clients’ case, knowing there are other people suffering in the same way gave them strength to come forward.”

Roman Catholic friars abused children massively

Children's playground at Roman Catholic boarding school St. Louis in Amersfoort

Translated from Algemeen Dagblad daily in the Netherlands:

Amersfoort monastery turns out to be paedophile boarding school

Rachel van Kommer

20-1-16 – 05:50

Abused boy was later ringleader of child porn network

Amersfoort boarding school Saint Louis was in the 1950s and 1960s the setting of years of sexual abuse of dozens of boys. One of the boys abused then, Pieter C. (60) from Antwerp, was recently exposed as one of the ringleaders of an international child pornography network.

“He said: Just think of Jesus on the cross, which was much harder than for you, who has died for you.


Pieter C. is also said to have adopted children from an orphanage in Cambodia whom he abused later. He will be in court for that this Thursday. He may be jailed for 16 years for that.

UPDATE: Pieter C. has been convicted to 19 years in prison.

The man stated that his “sexual deviation” is because he was sexually abused at age 12 by a friar.

In the boys’ boarding school, run by the Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary, things were really wrong. About fourteen friars notifications have been made of sexual abuse. The hotline Sexual Abuse Roman Catholic Church, which investigated his case and confirmed it, states that they received thirteen reports and 22 complaints of sexual abuse in the boarding school. The 22 proven victims received together 707,000 euros compensation payment from the Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary.

On the Internet, victims of the Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary share stories with each other. ‘I’ve never spoken about this. I was abused in 1965 for two years by Friar Felicius. He was the dormitory friar. I thought I was a dirty little boy and that I deserved punishment. Also, I was afraid I would not go to heaven, and that made me more afraid.’

Extra attention

In one of many reports by the compensation commission there is an anonymous discussion about a friar of Saint Louis and a 13-year-old victim. ‘After the first year in the institution the father of the boy died. When he returned to the dormitory he was assigned a chambrette (a place to sleep separated with curtains from the dormitory) next to the friar. Due to the death of his father he got extra attention from the friar. He eventually was sexually abused for two years, about three times a week.’

Friar Simplicius would treat boys in the 1960s because of soreness and eczema and molested them during these activities. Friar Gratian, also known as Friar ‘doorman’, abused the same boy for two years. Another friar would fondle the boys when they were in bed. He also made the hundreds of boys in the dormitory at the boarding school sleep without pajamas and underwear, because of ‘hygiene’.


The brother who was the nurse in the boarding school, Arvatius, ordered the boys, even those with throat complaints, to always stand naked before him. If the boys wanted to hide their genitals, they were punished by having to stand naked for a long time with outstretched arms in his room. ‘Just think of Jesus on the cross, which was much harder than for you, who died for you,’ the friar reportedly said. One violent story after another, told by the victims after years of silence. ‘I can even remember that two friars had drugged and abused a boy’, writes one of the victims.

Amersfoort injury lawyer Martin de Witte of SAP Lawyers has assisted several victims of sexual abuse by clerics in their case against the church. ‘The hard part of this business is that they are time barred and it is difficult to collect evidence. Those who have no proof will just get a small compensation. But if there is evidence, a statement from a witness or documents, then the compensation may be up to 100,000 euros. But the resistance of the church to admitting the actions of their friars is still big.’

38 friars

Saint Louis boarding school closed in 1975. The school had 376 students in 1952 and 38 friars. In the report of the Deetman commission an entire chapter is devoted to the activities of the Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary, including in their Amersfoort boarding school.

In that chapter is specifically written about Friar Simplicius, who is said to have been caught repeatedly while fondling boys. In the report is the reaction by the chief of the Institute: ‘Quick intervention is desired. The boy in question is from a respectable family and will certainly not be silent on this issue to his parents.

Implying that, if the boy would have been from a poor family, then there might have been more of a chance of not telling his parents about the abuse, or of the boy being dismissed as a liar.

I would mind very much if the boarding school St. Louis would get negative publicity again. The weakness of this brother should be forgiven a priori, but in this job he is too unstable. The facts are known to seven boys. To all seven, he has done the same things several times a night. Thank God they have not told that to anyone else.’

The Congregation of Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary was unavailable for comment.

Abuse by friars of the same congregation in Zevenaar: here.

Now, will all members of the Congregation of Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary be banned from swimming pools? Will friars of that congregation be banned from nightclubs?

Or, will all Roman Catholic monks and priests be banned from swimming pools? Will they be banned from nightclubs?

Or, will all Roman Catholic males be banned from swimming pools? Will they be banned from nightclubs? Will Donald Trump demand that not any Roman Catholic males will be admitted to the USA? Will Dutch xenophobic politician Wilders demand that all Roman Catholic males will be locked up?

Or maybe, some people might say that all female Roman Catholics should be punished similarly, as there are documented cases of nuns abusing children sexually; and probably of Roman Catholic lay women as well.

Fortunately, I have not heard anyone propose such moronic discriminatory measures.

Then, why are such moronic discriminatory measures not only proposed, but also enforced, against refugees in Germany, in Denmark and elsewhere? As revenge for sexual harassment in Cologne mainly by non-refugees?

There is another difference between reactions to the Cologne crimes and to the Amersfoort crimes. In the Cologne case, there were many accusations of cover up, as international corporate media and politicians only started talking much about the crimes after four days. In the Amersfoort case, there was cover up for forty years and longer. For so long that some perpetrators have died without ever being indicted. While perpetrators who are still alive won’t be indicted because of the time bar.

Paedophile priest arrested in Italy

This video from the USA saays about itself:


March 2002 Reuters International news report says Boston Catholic cathedral is [in] “a firestorm amid the largest sex scandal in church history.” Report features SNAP Board Member Mark Serrano in New Jersey and Phil Saviano, Founder of New England SNAP Chapter, in Boston. Former Massachusetts priest David Holley is profiled. Holley died in a New Mexico prison in November 2008. One of the first U.S. priests to be sent to prison for sex crimes against children, he was serving out a sentence of 275 years.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Anto[n]ello Tropea: Paedophile priest ‘who used Grindr to meet teenage boys’ arrested in Italy

The 44-year-old claimed he was a physical education teacher when approached by police

Shehab Khan

An Italian priest has been arrested after allegedly meeting teenage boys through gay dating app Grindr, according to Italian media reports.

Priest Anto[n]ello Tropea was arrested after suspicions were raised when police reportedly discovered him in a car with a teenager in a secluded area.

The 44-year-old, who is the priest of a parish in Messignadi in southern Italy, is said to have claimed he was a physical education teacher when approached by police. He was apparently found with “suspicious items” in his bag.

Italian media also claims an Italian bishop allegedly told Tropea to avoid talking to the police.

According to La Repubblica newspaper, a two-month police investigation discovered the priest using the dating app under the name Nicola.

It also alleged the bishop had told Tropea to avoid the police and had shrugged off pervious rumours about him.

He was allegedly angry about an anonymous letter about Tropea and warned his charge to “avoid speaking to police.”

See also here.