Pope Francis Makes Promise to End Abuse/Cover Ups

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Vatican City – Letting Survivors Down, Again

Cristal M Clark

In an end to the Pope’s summit on preventing clergy sex abuse Pope Francis vowed today, to confront abusers with “the wrath of God,”  end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this “brazen, aggressive and destructive evil.”

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During the summit at one point the Pope compared the sexual misconduct to human sacrifice, so yes the Vatican is finally acknowledging the problem but has yet to offer anything the way of an actual plan of action and quite frankly I find it still very disturbing that our legal system at least here in the United States allowed for decades, those who abused children who were part of the church, to hide behind the church and do absolutely nothing to protect the abused children.  

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“Brothers and sisters, today we find ourselves before a manifestation of brazen, aggressive and destructive evil.”

The Vatican announced that it would “soon” issue a new law creating a child protection policy for Vatican City State that covers the Holy See bureaucracy, yet the Associated Press last year reported that the headquarters of the Catholic Church had no such policy, even though it insisted back in 2011 that local churches had one and told the United Nations five years ago that a policy for Vatican City was in the works.

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Survivors of childhood sexual abuse by church members, namely priests, pastors, bishops and the like who traveled to the summit felt that the Pope did not prove in any way that the church is taking this seriously enough to have a solid plan in place to deal with the abuse and to protect children. Basically for many it felt as if it were all talk and no meat so as to offer a solution and to protect children.

“If in the Church there should emerge even a single case of abuse which already in itself represents an atrocity, that case will be faced with the utmost seriousness. Indeed, in people’s justified anger, the church sees the reflection of the wrath of God, betrayed and insulted by these deceitful consecrated persons.”

“There is nothing in his remarks about releasing documents that demonstrate the truth of how they are and have been covering up child sex crimes. So what that is, is secrecy. So, if he is against secrecy about cover-ups, on Monday morning, we would be seeing those archives and criminal evidence released.”U.S. survivor Peter Isely, of the victim advocacy group Ending Clergy Abuse

“I have been waiting for seven years for all of this to changes. There are people who have been waiting for 30 years that all this will change. Why don’t they start with something concrete like removing the bishops who cover up?” – Italian survivor Alessandro Battaglia

Currently the church only considers child pornography a “grave delict”  meaning a crime handled by the Vatican office that processes sex abuse cases,  if the child in question is under age 14. Pope Francis wants to raise the age to 18 to cover all minors.

So let me get this straight, all this time the church actually condones child pornography too? While at the same time judging nations who partake in the idea of child brides? Rather hypocritical wouldn’t you say? What’s more is that perhaps that change is over the fact that the Vatican knew back in 2015 about a Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta and his inappropriate behavior with seminarians. New diocesan documents published by the Tribune of Salta newspaper show that the original 2015 complaint reported that Zanchetta had gay porn on his cellphone involving “young people” having sex, as well as naked images of Zanchetta masturbating that he sent to others. He was allowed to stay on as bishop of the northern Argentine diocese of Oran on until 2017, then he just resigned suddenly, only to be given a top job at the Vatican by Pope Francis, his confessor. So the Pope too is guilty of a cover up and for rewarding the behavior.

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Clearly, the church cannot be trusted to police its own much less hold its own accountable. These are serious criminal acts that carry a lifetime of pain and suffering to each and every victim, the Vatican is not equipped or intelligent enough to handle such matters.

This is where law enforcement worldwide should step in and see to it that anyone from the church who sexually molests children is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, the Vatican simply cannot be trusted with these matters, especially its head, Pope Francis.

Cristal M Clark

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Catholic Priest Murdered – Dane, Wisconsin

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Father Alfred Kunz was found brutally murdered March 4, 1998 with his throat slit inside of St. Michael Catholic Church and his death remains unsolved today despite a plethora of reasons why someone might have wanted him dead.

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One of those rumors was that he had been killed by “Luciferians” and it’s been said that Father Kunz felt that his life was in danger in the weeks before his murder.

Another rumor was that Father Kunz’s friend, Abbot Ryan St. Anne Scott felt that his murder was related to Father Kunz’s investigation of sexual abuse scandals in the diocese.

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It was widely known that Father Kunz was displeased about the hierarchy covering up sexual abuse within the church.

Another was that he had many married female lovers so perhaps his killer might have been a jealous husband. Although, given the viciousness of the crime, it is highly unlikely that a jealous husband committed the murder.

He was found with his throat slit caused by an edged weapon which severed the carotid artery. The killer knew the church well enough to navigate it late at night or early in the morning.

The killer also knew Father Kunz’s habits well enough to get in and kill him and then leave without a soul seeing them.

Father Kunz in all likelihood knew and trusted his killer and his killer did know the surrounding area. 

The most prominent theory is that Father Kunz was killed because he knew too much. That theory is based off of the fact that Father Kunz had been investigating alleged sexual abuse by other men in the priesthood.

The theory is a rather disturbing one because that implies, if it proves to be true that another priest, the Catholic Church in part or as a whole or even worse, a victim could have very well been responsible for Father Kunz’s death.  

Out of all of the theories however, I believe Father Kunz was murdered because of his investigations into alleged abuse.

Either he knew too much and someone wanted him dead because of that or he didn’t do enough in someone’s mind and because of that, he was murdered.

In 2009, investigators with the Dane County sheriff’s department said that they have a long-time suspect, who has never been named simply because they lack sufficient evidence to indict him, but that they knew where the suspect was located.

According to investigators that particular suspect left town shortly after murder of Father Kunz and that is a pretty classic move for the non-serial killer type to have made.

Since Father Kunz’s throat was slit I am certain that some type of forensic evidence was left at the crime scene.

The killer does not strike me as the type that would have ensured he left no evidence behind and he most certainly does not strike me as the type of have brought his own containment suit.

The suspect did sustain some injuries particularly to his hands, so I am quite positive that a struggle did ensue and that DNA from the killer was left at the crime scene.

People who knew Father Kunz describe him as a gentle and caring individual, who cared deeply for others.

Maybe the church would be so kind as to push harder in an effort to find out who killed one of their own?

But, maybe the reason the church has not pushed as hard as they can is because even they fear the truth coming to light.

Cristal M Clark

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Catholicism and Exorcism – crime or life saving

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A two part series.

Part one: The idea of demonic possession

“When the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ that a person or object be protected against the power of the Evil One and withdrawn from his dominion, it is called exorcism.”

Whether or not you believe in God, throughout the history of man many have believed in possession of one form or another, in fact possession is one of the most widely held religious beliefs in world.

Some signs of a possible demonic possession include: speaking foreign or ancient languages of which the possessed has no prior knowledge; supernatural abilities and strength; knowledge of hidden or remote things which the possessed has no way of knowing; an aversion to anything holy; and profuse blasphemy and/or sacrilege, loss of appetite, levitation or moving objects without physically touching the object.

In Roman Catholicism, exorcism is sacramental but it is not a sacrament.

In some cultures it is believed that the dead through various different types of rituals depending on the culture, can and will take over the body and mind of an individual through the practice of channeling.

Most religions in fact, claim that the living can be possessed by demonic or evil spirits if you will, but the idea that all invading spirits are that of evil is mainly a Judeo-Christian belief, many other religions believe that not all possessions are malevolent in nature.

The Bible tells us of 6 instances of demonic possession where Jesus cast out the demons.

New age beliefs which are not to be confused with new religions, are old beliefs that are becoming more widely accepted, they teach disciples that death is only an illusion or a new beginning if you will and that this earthly life runs parallel with other lives and other worlds. 

These beliefs also teach the followers that individuals can travel to these other parallel universes, past and future lives and can in fact become enlightened by different energies from different times and places.

Some beliefs teach disciples the art of accession which is being deep in a trance state where your energy or soul is able to travel outside of your living body and venture to other worlds, places, people or to the universe itself.

Some believe that listening to white noise or playing with an Ouija board can open a portal between the living and the dead and at times invite in evil spirits.

Whatever it is that you believe or do not believe, many people do believe in possession, good or bad and exorcisms are still performed to this day.

Often times the ritual is performed on individuals who are or have had a history of being emotionally or mentally disturbed, offering no scientific proof that an individual was truly possessed by anything.

The idea behind the exorcisms ability to work however is another story entirely.

Typically an exorcism is performed on someone who is deeply religious and it’s power to cure the individual or cast out the unwanted demon is solely based off of the power of belief.

In 2014, the Roman Catholic organization, International Association of Exorcists, received the approval of the Vatican.

The Vatican guidelines issued in 1999 state, “the person who claims to be possessed must be evaluated by doctors to rule out a mental or physical illness.” These days most Catholic officials regard genuine demonic possession as an extremely rare phenomenon that is easily confounded with natural mental disturbances.

It’s been said that seasoned exorcists use the Rituale Romanum as a starting point, not always following the prescribed formula exactly.  Not all exorcisms are successful the first time and it could take days, weeks, or months of constant prayer and exorcisms.

If the exorcist stops the rite, then the demon will pursue him which is why the process of being finished is so essential. After the exorcism has been finished the person possessed feels feels reborn and freed of sin.  

Some in the church have reported to multiple media outlets, ABC News, Breibart News, Ibtimes, The Telegraph and many more, that the requests for exorcisms are on the rise.

Recently in fact, the past three years or so, victims of exorcism have been left to rot and die in agony and pain, suffering severe mental anguish and trauma.

Next Week – Part 2:

What if the answer to some of the most bizarre behaviors of those that are seemingly possessed could be answered both scientifically and medically rather than through religion?

Cristal M Clark

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