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"As the third millennium of the redemption draws near, God is preparing a great springtime for Christianity, and we can already see its first signs."
John Paul II
December 7, 1990

Will this great Springtime ever end?

A Colombian court has ordered the Catholic Church here to pay the parents of two children abused by a priest $240,000, a first in this devoutly Catholic country, church officials said.

The priest, Luis Enrique Duque Valencia, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for abusing two boys, ages 7 and 11, who he had taken in along with their families because they had been driven from their homes by war.

BELLEVILLE, Ill. - A clergy sex abuse case with misconduct dating back to the 1970s finally ended Wednesday when James Wisniewski's attorney was handed checks totaling $6.3 million.

Though the case during trial shed a disturbing light on how disgraced priest Raymond Kownacki was assigned to minister at different parishes, it brought little resolution to a set of uncertainties facing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville.

A new report is expected to reveal how 20 priests abused hundreds of children in a Co Donegal diocese over 40 years.

The report from the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church, into abuse in Raphoe, will be published later this month.

The contents of this report follow an audit of the diocese of Raphoe by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic church.

"In deposition, priest says he feared falling in love for former altar server. ... When Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa, 82, arrived at the Children and Youth Courthouse ... he was asked if this was the way he thought he would celebrate his 60 years of priesthood, amidst judicial proceedings for abuse and sexual exploitation of minors.
"A closer proximity to the young man began only in July 2007, when Fabiano turned 18 and got a watch from monsignor, 'so that he would not get late for his appointments.' ."

A Christian Brother has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for sexually abusing young boys at a series of Victorian schools. 
Seventy-year-old Robert Best taught at schools in Ballarat, Box Hill and Geelong between the 1960s and the 1980s. 
He has been convicted in the Victorian County Court of abusing 11 boys, mainly aged between eight and 11. 
Best stood in the dock without emotion as he was sentenced to 14 years and nine months in prison, with a minimum term of 11 years.

6. Well, this is certainly caused by the celibate priesthood. Oh, wait (in Plymouth, England):
"A child protection official for the Catholic Church has been caught with 4,000 pictures [omitted] .

"Father-of-four Christopher Jarvis was arrested after uploading pictures of [omitted] to a website."


  1. Anonymous8:54 PM

    In the early 1950s, Mrs. Bella Dodd provided detailed explanations of the Communist subversion of the Church. Speaking as a former high ranking official of the American Communist Party, Mrs. Dodd said: "In the 1930s we put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within." The idea was for these men to be ordained and progress to positions of influence and authority as Monsignors and Bishops. She stated that: "Right now they are in the highest places in the Church" — where they were working to bring about change in order to weaken the Church's effectiveness against Communism. She also said that these changes would be so drastic that "you will not recognise the Catholic Church." Dodd gave testimony on communist infiltration of Church and state before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee in the 1950s.

  2. The story on the upcoming Raphoe report was also on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent' and the report was highly sensationalist (typical of that rag). Presumably the Examiner report is based on it. Bishop Philip Boyce has issued a statement dismissing the claims:

  3. One of the most painful things of all this mess, Shane, is that it is so hard to simply dismiss things - or believe in plain and categorical denials, as one would certainly have done in the past. Let us wait.


    "...Springtime for Christianity"
    O, man how dare!
    Your days are numbered
    You drop like hair.

    Before you were knit
    In woman's womb
    He saw your unraveling
    Towards this your doom.

    So sent the others
    To intercede --
    They bleed the Creed.

    But you reject,
    "Themselves they hang."
    Then Tridentine
    Intensed birth-pang.

    Where ev'ry Host
    At elevation
    Contracts our sons
    Toward priest formation.

    Who’ll daily offer
    Red-wine blood --
    While springtime-sodomites
    Drown in the flood

    Of Catholic faithful’s
    Sea at her shrine
    Where past present future
    Is all His Divine!

  5. Anonymous9:23 PM

    The novus ordo remedy for all of this is:

    1. Focus on the positive, and

    2. don't be critical.

    Easy! Right? Now...Where did I put my rose-colored glasses? Oh, yes! Right by my lunch of bubble gum soda and cotton candy....


  6. Seen this recently on the 'Clerical Whispers' site. Perhaps it helps set the scandals in context?

    Here's a report of a really notorious incident from the Irish Times in 1994 (Saturday, 17th December). When the priest was dying there happened to be two other priests in the sauna at the time, one of whom administered extreme unction.

    "AS MANY as 20 Catholic priests are regular visitors to the gay Dublin sauna club where an elderly priest died suddenly over the weekend, the owner of the premises, Mr Liam Ledwidge, told The Irish Times last night.

    He said that Father Liam Cosgrave (68), who apparently died of a heart attack early on Saturday morning, was a regular visitor to the Incognito sauna club, on Bow Lane East off Aungier Street, for man years.

    Meanwhile the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Desmond Connell, said yesterday that he was "shocked and saddened" by the circumstances of Father Cosgrave's death. In a statement, Dr Connell said the death of the curate was a tragedy. "The circumstances of his death have shocked and saddened us all and make his death even more tragic."

    The Incognito's owner, Mr Ledwidge, said the Baldoyle curate, who was a member of the Montfort Fathers, was just one of a number of priests who frequented the premises. "We do have a lot of priests visiting, around 20 of them. Of course they wouldn't all congregate at the same time and they don't form a higher proportion than any other profession. They don't wear their clerical collars, but over the years you do get to know what people do," said Mr Ledwidge, a partner in the club which opened 12 years ago.

    Mr Ledwidge said there were 70 men in the club when Father Cosgrave was found in a collapsed condition outside one of the private cubicles, in a downstairs corridor, by another client at 4.30 a.m. The majority of the men left the premises prior to the arrival of the Garda.

    Reports in some newspapers that the priest had been taking pills at the time to stimulate sexual arousal were denied by the club manager. "I have never, ever known the man to take anything like that. It isn’t true," said the club manager, Mr Stepen McCormack.

    Other reports that gay men engaged in sexual activity in the club's private rooms were also denied by Mr Ledwidge. "Sexual activity is a matter for themselves, although we don't encourage it. The club is supervised and usually if two people meet they go on elsewhere. We don't allow sexual activity in the cubicles." A post mortem is expected to take place today.

  7. Anonymous9:56 PM

    I will tell you the truth.

    If the grace of God wasn't sustaining my Faith, I would have lost it by now. For fifty years I have been putting up with this. Is it any wonder that I cannot take much more?


  8. Anonymous1:37 AM

    Amen, Delphine!

    Humanly speaking we are toast!

  9. Anonymous3:07 AM

    "A great springtime" Yeah, sure "blesed" JP2. Now how about some more restrictions on the Latin mass and ostracizing of traditionalists.

  10. Robert6:39 AM

    The Melbourne Archdiocese's lay pervert Ronald Conway is on record as adopting an Alfred E. Neuman-style "What, me worry?" attitude towards the even filthier Brother Best:

    Regarding Conway, who died in 2009, let us remember the infinitely consoling words of the Angelic Doctor (Summa Theologica, Part III, Supplement, Question XCIV):

    "In order that the happiness of the saints may be more delightful to them and that they may render more copious thanks to God for it, they are allowed to see perfectly the sufferings of the damned."

  11. Well as a priest said to me a few years ago, God is letting all the pus come out of the Mystical Body, in preparation for a springtime in Christianity not seen before, which we all hope will be the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which Our Lady promised in Fatima, and has has been mentioned on at least two occasions by Pope Benedict.

  12. rodrigo12:43 PM

    In the spirit of The Producers...

    Modernists were having trouble -
    What a sad, sad story.
    Needed a new council to restore
    Their former glory.
    Where, oh, where were means
    To resurrect their schemes?
    Then '62, that great chance to
    Live out their hopes and dreams.

    And now it's...

    Springtime for Satan and heresy!
    Clergy that's loopy and "gay"!
    We're marching to a faster pace -
    Look out, here comes yet more disgrace!

    etc. ad nauseam.

  13. Anonymous3:05 PM

    It is nothing less than amazing that whilst Catholic tradition, culture and praxis were crumbling all over the planet, the late Pontiff could go around saying such things.


  14. My sister & I have watched this go on in the USA for 35 yrs! We were ignored or told to "shut up". This is far "bigger" than any human maneuvering. Don't you know Jesus 'saw" all of this in the Garden? There is no time in eternity, it's an 'eternal NOW". So, we must take our share of His Agony in the Garden. Or, leave. But, I have to say, with Peter, "Lord to Whom would we go?"

  15. That is a great thought, Kathleen. Thanks.

  16. Anonymous9:09 PM

    "If the grace of God wasn't sustaining my Faith, I would have lost it by now. For fifty years I have been putting up with this. Is it any wonder that I cannot take much more?"
    Delphina: be not discouraged. We are living in very dangerous times spiritually and otherwise, when we watch rampant sodomy and pedophilia both inside the clergy and society at large. May be in the future authentic Catholicism is going to be reduced to a remnant within the Traditional Movement and those that persevere will handle the task of preserving the Faith.
    But there is a good explanation of what we are witnessing, given that the last Instruction issued by the Pope to face the subject of homosexuallity inside the Church was to put it mildly "tepid".
    What we have to understand is that since JXXIII in his inaugural address of the Council, stressed that in the future the Church would not condemn, or anatemize anybody, but naively expect that the truth of the Church doctrine should prevail over erroneous doctrines, thus abdicating from the Papacy's supreme power of educating and scolding the flock. The modernist bishops and reformers warmly embraced this principle, and so did the succeeding Popes. Since then no condemnation of any deviation inside the clergy, including blatant cases of homosexuallity and pederasty, has been issued and in a final gesture of impotence to put a stop to the tide, Benedict XVI has recommended to the bishops to commend these cases to the civil authorities. But the question remains: in the case of abusing bishops and Cardinals, who will notify the civil authorities?
    So Delphina, grab the weapons that Saint Paul recommended and stand fast with Tradition.
    Best regards,

  17. Anonymous9:56 PM

    from Bill Foley

    I wish Anonymous would identify himself/herself. He/She continually derides the recent Vicars of Christ on various blogs. I wonder what his/her reaction will be when John Paul the Great is declared a saint and a Doctor of the Church.

    I would like his/her name so that I can add it to the list of Pope-haters, namely, Luther, Calvin, Kung, etc.

  18. "I wonder what his/her reaction will be when John Paul the Great is declared a saint and a Doctor of the Church."

    What a frightening thought! Thankfully it's never going to happen.

  19. Well, sainthood, probably, but Doctor of the Church, I think highly unlikely.

  20. Anonymous1:35 AM

    To Bill Foley:
    I do not know if your post is directed at me, but I do not have to identify myself to post in this blog. My initials are shown at the foot of my contribution.
    I do not know if John Paul "the Great" shall be beatified and declared Doctor of the Church. However on what basis do you believe that he will be so exalted. To call him "the Great" when he left the Church at the lowest level of modern times should be questioned when compared with Saint Gregory, which reformed and disciplined the Church in his time, besides other measures such as establishing the present calendar and promoting Gregorian Chant. The Church at his time was "greatly" enhanced.
    Now, as to proclaiming JPII "Doctor of the Church", please elaborate on what basis, besides his collaboration in formulating Gaudium and Spes, one of the most insipid documents of the Council, or because his teachings on the Theology of the Body, apart from his encyclicals, very confusing and not formulating definite magisterial teaching, but using abundantly the famous phrase when writing aboutn a dubious doctrine: "in some fashion", without clearly specifying what that fashion is.

  21. To call him "the Great" when he left the Church at the lowest level of modern times should be questioned . . .

    It's highly debatable that he left the Church at the lowest level of modern times. I think that dubious honor belongs to Paul VI, and I think, for all there is about his pontificate that should and must be criticised, John Paul II began the long hard slog out the slough into which the Church fell in the aftermath of Vatican II, and left the Church better positioned than she was when he was elected. Granting him the title "the Great," however, seems presumptuous at best. Compared to the previous three pontiffs, sure, he compares favorably overall -- but compared to the other two pontiffs honored with that descriptive, sorry, I can't see that it fits. Much as I admire him, still I think he was somewhat more than adequate as pontiffs go, but far from "Great." Anyway I think we should all take a cue from the Vatican, which, if I recall correctly, has put the kibosh on the naming of churches or church institutions after "John Paul the Great."

  22. Anonymous4:52 PM


    God bless you for your words of encouragement.



  23. Anonymous4:54 PM

    Bill Foley

    Actually you have it backwards. It is people like you who do the most harm to the Church by refusing to face reality.

    Perhaps we can annex your name to your own list. God has no need of your coverups, excuses and rationalizations.


  24. Anonymous10:11 AM

    just a simple catholic said.....

    new springtime.....hmm..
    i loved and love the bl. pope john paul II, i admire him for his endless efforts in protecting the human life from his embryonical phase till the human life end and i love his devotion to mary mother of GOD.
    But until now, i cannot understand and support ASSISI meetings of religions which he convoke.
    Was mose wrong punishing the isralites for adoring the golden calf?
    Was st elijah wrong in battling the baal and astarte priests?
    Was the church for 2000 year wrong in condeming heresies in her sacred councils and papal declearations.?
    So i am little confused.......


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