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Danneels' "sincere sympathy"

Alexandra Colen writes for The Brussels Journal:
Once again Belgium is in shock. Yesterday Professor Adriaenssens, the man who headed the committee that was established to collect and investigate instances of sexual abuse and pedophilia in the Catholic Church in Belgium, presented his report [pdf] and conclusions. The extent and degree of abuse that turns out to have been widespread, is horrifying. The Belgian Cardinal Danneels’s response to the report is entirely in character. This man will never change. His spokesman said that Cardinal Danneels “once again expresses sincere sympathy with the victims and their families for the suffering that they experienced…” and adds some platitudes about structures and institutions. Yet for decades he was responsible for the fact that complaints by the victims and their families were ignored. He made himself scarce whenever churchgoers who encountered abuses appealed to him.

In 1998 when I wished to discuss the content of the pedophile catechism manual Roeach that my children had to use at school, he employed his classic strategy: He made sure he knew nothing by avoiding any contact with the complaining party, and if they persevered he attempted to damage their credibility. In my case he repeatedly refused to receive a delegation of the hundreds of parents who stood at his door. In the press he questioned my motives and he sent others to reprimand me privately for being “disobedient” to the Church. Many parents came to me with accounts of similar experiences. Parents were fobbed off with vague comments and shush-shushing expressions of sympathy. Yet he was the one who should have conducted investigations and taken measures.

The rampant pedophilia and child abuse in the Belgian Church is not, as some say, caused by structural inadequacies, but by individuals who refused to assume their responsibility. Each teacher or head of a school, each parish priest, bishop or archbishop who refused to take remarks or complaints by parents seriously, who neglected to take measures in their school, parish or diocese, has contributed to the culture in which pedophiles could do as they pleased and destroy the lives of hundreds, thousands of children and their families.

19 comments:

.. said...

"In the press he questioned my motives and he sent others to reprimand me privately for being “disobedient” to the Church."

So obedience equals silence in the face of grave sin and scandal perpetrated by one's Cardinal?

Interesting.

Anonymous said...

This criminal must resing his title of Cardinal, or otherwise the Pope must withdraw it. It would be outrageous that this maffioso take part in a future Conclave.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it appears that many NovusOrdo-minded bishops likes to use the "obedience" card, when they do not like something. For instance, they do not like Traditional Latin Mass, and if anybody wishes it, they use to indicate directly themselves or through some other priests to obedience and a threat to unity. In the Belgian case, it was also played, as it seems, with pedophilia cases. Most like they also used to add a certain insistance from the faithful about the issue as the "threat to the church" ...

Anonymous said...

Quote from the article: "The rampant pedophilia and child abuse in the Belgian Church is not, as some say, caused by structural inadequacies, but by individuals who refused to assume their responsibility."

This assumes that the "individuals who refused to assume their responsibility" were opposed to what was happening. In fact, we are learning that the opposite is oftentimes the case and that such individuals were amongst the perpetrators.

Anonymous said...

Hip Hip Hooray! It's the "New Springtime" in case you didn't notice.

Anonymous said...

The Church of Vatican II and the regime of John Paul II keeps reaping what it has sown.

Bernadette said...

What will it take to get rid of these pedophiles? This shows how cowardly society has become, men are not brave...they are sissified weaklings...and I'm not letting women off the hook...these sissified weaklings were raised and influenced by feminazi's...Alex Jones hit the nail on the head...a man curled up in a fetal position lying in a pool of urine...that is the accurate depiction of men today...it's really sad...these criminals should be run out of the church on a rail.

Anonymous said...

Cardinal Daneels, like Cardinal Mahony, has been known on all sides as one of the last giants of the progressivists in the hierarchy. It is impossible to disconnect this man, this 'Cardinal Condom' as he was known two years ago after he championed the use of condoms, from the far-left positions of NewChurch.

Is there a connexion between epibophelia and progressivism. The question deserves careful consideration.

P.K.T.P.

LeonG said...

"So obedience equals silence in the face of grave sin and scandal perpetrated by one's Cardinal?"

This of course is the systemic & chronic dysfunction of the new catholic church: the culture of complicit silence and "obedience" in the face of a church that has spent 50 years sliding into pastoral chaos and a liturgy that serves it well. The situation with Daneels is but a microcosm of the entire post-conciliar edifice - built on false obedience to misuse of authority.

Anonymous said...

Everyday there is a new announcement of new evil in the Church, were are todays Saints carrying hammers out there?

Mike B. said...

The existence of Daneels as the face of Europe's hierarchy is beyond understanding or comprehension.[according to Fr. Greely of Chicago, Danneels was one of his few hopeful papal contenders in 2005. Greely was infuriated at the Ratzinger choice: "The Making of the Pope-2005"] The depth to the betrayal of Jesus Christ surpasses historical records/personalities. This stranger to truth has embraced great evil as his own.

Michael F Brennan
St Petersburg FL

Theophilus said...

Dear friends at Rorate Caeli,
Off-topic, but also a serious matter.
A Presidential election will be held in Brazil next October which is decisive for the future of my country.
The favorite to win is a woman who was a communist terrorist in the 60s and is not sorry for what she did. She took part in actions that destroyed the life of innocent people. She belongs to a party that has among its targets the promotion of abortion on demand, gay marriage, adoption of children by gay couples, euthanasia and the end of private property in the countryside.
That party is already in power since 2002, but now they are feeling very strong to impose their re-engineering of society in Brazil and the destruction of traditional values, against the natural law.
All I ask of you is to spread the request for prayers against the communist menace in Brazil among your readers.
Please help us.
I thank you very much for your prayers.
In Christ,
T.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Brazil is beyond measure important. It is the most populous Catholic country on earth by far and the most populous country in Latin America. We have seen Argentina fall to abortion and abortion has taken over Mexico City. The Freemasons have made their inroads into Catholic America on ethical issues. We need to pray the Stations and the Rosary against the coming evil. Also look how Spain and Portugal have been reversed in just ten years. They are headed towards Quebec. God help us.

P.K.T.P.

Paul Haley said...

Cardinal Danneels “once again expresses sincere sympathy with the victims and their families for the suffering that they experienced…”

I wonder if that will be the same reply given to Our Lord in the Judgment Seat when Danneels is judged and he will be judged - make no mistake about that. Not only Danneels but all the rest of them who have made a mockery of their vocation.

Anonymous said...

" The favorite to win is a woman who was a communist terrorist in the 60s and is not sorry for what she did. She took part in actions that destroyed the life of innocent people. She belongs to a party that has among its targets the promotion of abortion on demand, gay marriage, adoption of children by gay couples, euthanasia and the end of private property in the countryside.
That party is already in power since 2002, but now they are feeling very strong to impose their re-engineering of society in Brazil and the destruction of traditional values, against the natural law.
All I ask of you is to spread the request for prayers against the communist menace in Brazil among your readers.
Please help us.
I thank you very much for your prayers."

God bless the person who sent this post. You have hope in Brazil from the Society of St. Pius X, and the Apostolic Administration og St. John Vianney. All the rest of the Orders and clergy (except for the Order of the Holy Cross), are not worth the trouble. They are as dead as is everything that came from Vatican II.

This is what concerned Catholics should do world wide.

1). Pray the Rosary and pray before the Blessed Sacrament for the Pope to have the courage not only to restore the True Mass, but to remove the filth of Vatican II.

2). Storm the Vatican with letters of protest, demanding the return of the Tridentine Latin Mass in every parish.

3). Likewise, storm the Vatican with letters , E-MAILS, AND OTHER MEANS DEMANING THAT THIS POPE REMOVE, DEMOTE, EXILE, AND EVEN EXCOMMUNICATE CARDINALS, BISHOPS AND PRIESTS SUCH AS CARDINAL DANNELLS AND OTHERS WHO HAVE CORRUPTED THE FAITH SINCE VATICAN II.

4 ) In the USA, demand that the Vatican suppress the LCWR, and all secular femminist Orders of nuns which have destroyed religious life in the USA.

5). Demand that the Pope strip Cardinal Danneels of the title of Cardinal....

If there are enough protests, the Vatican must act.

If they don't, then we know that they (including the Pope), are part of the Vatican II problem, and not the solution.

Mairedecortichon said...

And there are those who say that the reforms of the Catholic Church had nothing to do with the infernal descent of the World into the abyss of desolation and sin. That it was the council with its (modernism-filled) doctrines which was misinterpreted, well the results are here: empty seminaries, no vocations, the Catholicity of Catholics remains a joke, pederasts protected by bishops and so on...and we traditionalists have to watch how our faith is ridiculed by the world media, as the Vatican is too shy to lift a finger...I guess that the
"aggiornamento" worked well.

Ladies and gentlemen of the traditional Catholic Faith, prepare for new battles, it is the remnant of the Catholic Faith, which will bear most of the diabolical attacks, both from within and outside the Catholic Church!!!

Mar said...

To Anonymous 13:12,
It's time to reinstate the rules of Catholic Chivalry, (with some minor adjustments):

1. Before all, with pious remembrance every day to hear the Mass of God's Passion.

2. To risk body and life boldly for the Catholic faith.

3. To protect Holy Church with her servants from every one who shall attack her.

4. To search out widows and helpless orphans in their necessity.

5. To avoid engaging in unjust wars.

6. To refuse unreasonable rewards.

7. To fight for the deliverance of innocence.

8. To pursue warlike exercises only for the sake of perfecting warlike strength.

9. To obey the Roman Emperor or his deputy with reverence in all temporal things.

10. To hold inviolate the public good.

11. In no way to alienate the feudal tenures of the Empire.

12. And without reproach before God or man to live in the world.

Anonymous said...

"9. To obey the Roman Emperor or his deputy with reverence in all temporal things. "

Huh??

Anonymous said...

"...man curled up in a fetal position lying in a pool of urine...that is the accurate depiction of men today"

Bernadette,
Maybe some men are that way, but I tend to fight for the Truth as often as Almighty God gives me the chance, and I know a fair number of men who do the same.

Martin