The child rape by employees of the Roman Catholic Church in South America are finally starting to come to light. Once again, it shows how the Roman Catholic Church protected their child rapist employees and moved them to other unsuspecting communities to continue their horrible child abuse over and over again. Hardly was there any justice for victims, even when they reported these acts. This is a purely evil organization.

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Buenos Aires victims urge Pope Francis to focus on sexual abuse in his home city

Pope Francis has promised not to tolerate more sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Argentine victims wish the former Buenos Aires archbishop had taken that stance years ago.

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Pope Francis in earlier days, when he was Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. (Ricardo Castineira/AFP/Getty Images)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Pope Francis made headlines last month when he announced the Vatican will take a “zero tolerance” policy toward sexual abuse in the church.

In a historic move, Francis also promised to celebrate mass in Italy in June with several victims of sexual abuse, a gesture lauded for its significance in helping to overcome decades of inaction from the Vatican on an issue that has ruptured the foundation of the church.

But in the pope’s home city of Buenos Aires, these two announcements stirred a different reaction: Dozens of victims of sexual abuse in Argentina’s Catholic churches say they are still waiting for recognition of their plight from the Vatican.

Abuse victims and their representatives contacted by GlobalPost said they spent fruitless years seeking an audience with Francis when he was the highest-ranking Catholic representative in Argentina, the archbishop. They said they were turned away by his office or offered gifts in exchange for meeting with the man then known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

Email requests for comment to the Vatican Information Service and the Diocese of Buenos Aires did not receive responses.

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GlobalPost traveled to Buenos Aires to meet with two victims of alleged sexual abuse, a lawyer who has represented dozens of victims in Argentina, and the mother of a boy who alleges he was abused when he was 14 years old by a priest in Buenos Aires Province.

They expressed a mixture of resignation, anger, scorn and relief that the Vatican has finally begun to take the issue of abuse in the Catholic Church seriously.

We asked each of the people we spoke with to record their own personal video message to Pope Francis.

Here are their stories.

 

1. Julieta Añazco, abuse victim:

Añazco has been fighting for years to bring her case in front of the Catholic authorities. In January, she and 18 other victims wrote a letter to the Vatican describing their complaints against Rev. Ricardo Gimenez, a priest in La Plata, in eastern Buenos Aires Province.

That letter has never received a response, Añazco said.

Añazco alleges she was abused by Gimenez as a girl. Gimenez was arrested for child abuse in 1996, but was released in 1997. He is still a priest in Buenos Aires and maintains his innocence, claiming those who have accused him have been possessed by demons.

Here is Añazco’s message to Pope Francis:

Julieta Añazco from GlobalPost on Vimeo.

 

2. Sebastian Cuattromo, abuse victim:

Unlike Añazco, Cuattromo received the justice he had hoped for.

Fernando Enrique Picchiochi, the priest who abused Cuattromo when he was a teenager, was hunted down and extradited from the United States in 2010. He’s currently serving a 12-year prison term in Argentina.

Cuattromo is extremely active in organizing victims of sexual abuse in Argentina via his organization, Adultxs por los derechos de la infancia. While his case was being investigated in the mid-2000s, he sought help from then-Cardinal Bergoglio.

After meeting with Bergoglio’s assistant several times, but never with the cardinal himself, Cuattromo said he was left with the impression that Argentina’s Catholic leaders, including the man who is now pope, did not take abuse by priests seriously.

“I had no doubt of their message: That sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church in Buenos Aires just wasn’t a big deal,” Cuattromo said.

Here is his message to Pope Francis:

Sebastian Cuattromo from GlobalPost on Vimeo.

 

3. Beatriz Varela, mother of abuse victim:

The scars of the abuse allegedly suffered by Varela’s son Gabriel Ferrini are evident in the way his mother tells the tale of her little boy’s experience.

Tears streaming down her face, Varela recalled the night in 2002 that her son appeared, distraught, at the front door at 2 a.m., hours after she had left him with a local priest, Ruben Pardo, who had promised to help the boy with spiritual teaching.

Her son said he had been molested by Pardo. Varela immediately complained to Pardo’s bishop in Buenos Aires, but she says her pleas fell on deaf ears.

Incensed at the lack of action by church authorities, Varela visited then-Cardinal Bergoglio’s offices in an impromptu attempt to seek justice. She says she was belittled by Bergoglio’s staff and ultimately forcibly removed by security.

Varela and her son successfully sued the church, but she says she still lives with the awful thoughts of what happened to her child and many others at the hands of Pardo, who died in 2005 while still under investigation.

At first, Varela said she had “nothing to say” to Pope Francis. After some urging, she recorded this message:

Beatriz Varela from GlobalPost on Vimeo.

 

4. Ernesto Moreau, co-president of the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights, Buenos Aires:

A heavy-hitting Buenos Aires attorney, Moreau represented dozens of impoverished families whose young girls were molested in the 1990s and early 2000s by Rev. Mario Napoleon Sasso.

The high-profile case caused uproar in this Catholic country, and in 2007 Sasso was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Moreau said that in the course of the Sasso case, he and several of the families he represented sought to meet with Cardinal Bergoglio. They were urged to be patient and have faith, and were given gifts of rosaries “blessed by” then-Pope John Paul II, he said.

Moreau said Francis’ latest announcements are a positive step for the Vatican. The pope is ultimately just one man in a vast organization, he said, and even with the best will in the world, it can take years to turn around an organization plagued by inaction and dogma.

He had a personal message and plea for the pope:

Ernesto Moreau from GlobalPost on Vimeo.

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  1. Look at this, the Vatican wants to take over Wall Street. With all the money the Catholic church has the Pope turns on others but is against contraception. The Catholic church should open up all its palaces and invite the poor to live with the clergy if they love them so much, hell, they’d fuck them all up the arse.

    Pope wants super rich to help the poor
    Jun 17 2014

    Rome – Pope Francis on Monday denounced those getting rich through speculation in financial markets, calling on them to use their investments for the good of humanity.

    “It is increasingly intolerable that financial markets are shaping the destiny of peoples rather than serving their needs, or that the few derive immense wealth from financial speculation while the many are deeply burdened by the consequences,” he said.

    The pope, who has said he wants to create “a poor church for the poor”, has frequently spoken out against the “idolatry of money” since his election last year.

    The 77-year-old said “it is important that ethics once again play its due part in the world of finance” and that markets should “serve the interests of peoples and the common good of humanity”.

    Francis singled out speculation in agricultural markets calling it “a scandal which seriously compromises access to food on the part of the poorest members of our human family”.

    Many of the world’s largest banks, including Barclays, Deutsche Bank and UBS, have sold off or slashed the size of their commodities businesses in the face of heavy criticism for speculating in commodities markets.

    Instead, the pope called on people to put their money into ethical banks and “impact investors”, who use investments to help the poor.

    http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Pope-wants-super-rich-to-help-the-poor-20140616?utm_source=fin24-am-update&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters

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  2. Isn’t this story about the son of the paedophile priest sickening!

    I am fed up with the Catholic church behind our property. They do next to nothing about securing their grounds, are hardly ever there except for church services, and my other neighbours and myself with back gardens facing their grounds have all been targeted by burglars who use the Catholic gardens as a hiding and launch place for their forays over the walls to steal whatever they can find here – lawnmowers, garden equipment, garden furniture. If this carries on the thieves will become emboldened to do worse. We have all put ninja spikes on our back walls, but thieves now put wet clothes over the spikes so they can scramble over the walls without hurting themselves. If you catch one of these thieves in the act, they have the nerve to say they were praying in the church and want their wet jacket back!

    So now we have to put up razor wire as a deterrent. I confronted the priest and asked him to put up fences and a gate for their property and driveway. The answer was that we should tighten up our own security and that because the church has been here for over seventy years, their rights take precedence over ours. We should have known when we moved here what we were in for. We thought we would be in for some hymn singing, not repeated burglary.

    The lack of property security measures by the church affecting our property values and enjoyment of your homes, has nothing to do with the church, they say. They claim that they are there to serve the spiritual needs of the parishioners and not to act as caretakers of their own or anyone else’s premises. They could not care less about us rate payers – they pay no tax themselves. I was told that I am evil and unChristian to complain about the “poor” walking unhindered on their premises. A lot of these priests get bumped off by their “parishioners”. But they will just put another priest there and the same thing will carry on.They are in financial difficulties as less and less people go to their services and very few contribute financially. So one can hope they are forced to sell off the land. In the meantime, we have to cope with the sight of hideous razor wire fencing on top of our back walls.

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    • Correction: razor wire wouldn’t work because it can be removed with a screw driver. Electric security fencing then. Lots of RRRRR to pay for someone else’s freedom of religion.

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  3. Preying for absolution: Catholic priest says molester priests ‘seduced’ by minors

    A prominent New York Catholic priest stated in an interview that minors often seduce older clerics, leading them to commit sex acts. The interview was subsequently removed and the paper that posted it called its publication an “editorial mistake.”

    In an interview with the National Catholic Register, the Reverend Benedict Groeschel was asked how to deal with priests who sexually abuse minors.

    Groeschel suggested that the priest was not always fully responsible for his actions.

    “Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him,” he noted. “A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.”

    He suggested that first-time offenders should be relieved of a jail sentence “because their intention was not committing a crime.”

    Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandunsky, who is now likely to get life imprisonment after being found guilty of sexually abusing at least eight young boys, was also referred to in one of his answers as a “poor guy.”

    The interview, which was posted on the National Catholic Register’s website, was subsequently removed and replaced with an apology from both the editor-in-chief and Groeschel himself.

    “The editors of the National Catholic Register apologize for publishing without clarification or challenge Father Benedict Groeschel’s comments that seem to suggest that the child is somehow responsible for abuse,” editor-in-chief Jeanette R. De Melo wrote. “Given Father Benedict’s stellar history over many years, we released his interview without our usual screening and oversight.”

    Groeschel stated that he did not intend to lay the blame on victims.

    “A priest (or anyone else) who abuses a minor is always wrong and is always responsible,” he said. “My mind and my way of expressing myself are not as clear as they used to be. I deeply regret any harm I have caused to anyone.”

    An extensive statement from Groeschel’s community of the Franciscan Friars of Renewal also pointed to the Reverend’s deteriorating health conditions as potential reasons for why he made such a controversial statement.

    The statement took note of the fact that the priest had been in a coma for over a month after being struck by a car seven years ago.

    “In recent months his health, memory and cognitive ability have been failing,” the community’s note stated. “He has been in and out of the hospital.”

    The Archdiocese of New York, for which Groeschel serves as the director of the Office for Spiritual Development, also blasted his comments, saying they were “simply wrong.”

    “The sexual abuse of a minor is a crime, and whoever commits that crime deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” a spokesperson for the Archdiocese said.

    Apart from being a priest, Father Groeschel is also an author, activist and host of the weekly Sunday Night Prime TV show that appears on the Catholic Eternal World Television Network (EWTN).

    http://rt.com/usa/catholic-priest-excuses-molesters-005/

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