Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Over the past several decades some major newspapers have been exposing the problem of priestly sexual abuse of boys, girls, women – and even nuns – within the Roman Catholic Church here in the United States of America. Please carefully consider the following quotations
“A large part of the history of celibacy is the story of the degradation of women and – an invariable consequence – frequent abortions and infanticide”.
In the ninth century, many monasteries were the haunts of homosexuals; many convents were brothels in which babies were killed and buried…Promiscuity was rife in monasteries and convents. The Ivo of Chartres (1040-1115) tells of whole convents with inmates who were nunsonly in name. They had often been abandoned by their families and were really prostitutes.” – Peter de Rosa (“Vicars of Christ”)
“According to the 1996 survey of nuns in the United States (which was intentionally never published by the Church but was leaked by some Vatican insider), it is reported that a minimum of 34,000 Catholic nuns (about 40% of all American nuns) claim to have been sexually abused. Three of every four of these nuns claimed they were sexually victimized by a priest, nun, or other religious person. Two out of five nuns who stated they were sexually abused claimed that their exploitation included some form of genital contact. All nuns who claimed repeated sexual exploitation reported that they were pressured by religious superiors for sexual favors.” – “Boston Globe” (1-8-2002)
The testimony of Sister Charlotte is disturbing and shocking. Sister Charlotte (Ex-Carmelite nun; a.k.a. Charlotte Wells; excerpts are from a taped presentation by Sister Charlotte):
“Then sometimes the priests come to the convent and they get angry with us, the young nuns because we refuse to have sexual relations with them voluntarily and many, many the times to have him, the priest to strike you in the mouth – is a terrible thing! I’ve had my front teeth knocked out by a lecherous priest who was trying to force himself on Sister Charlotte and then get you down on the floor in order to molest her. Here we are – a body a group of little young nuns. One morning the mother superior might say this: ‘We’re all going to be lined up here’ Then you know, there might be ten of us – there might be 15 of us. She the mother superior will tell us all to strip. And we have to take every stitch of our clothing off. Here we are lined up without any clothes, and here come two or three Roman Catholic priests with liquor under their belts the priests are intoxicated, and there they march in front of those nude girls the nuns, and choose the girl they want to take to the cell with them. These are convents – cloistered convents – not open orders. The priest can do anything he wants to and hide behind the cloak of religion! Then that same Roman Catholic priest after sexually molesting a nun will go back into the Roman Catholic Churches and there he will say Mass – and there he will go into the confessional box and make those poor people believe that he has the alleged power to grant absolution from their sins – when he the priest who has recently sexually molested a nun is full of sin, full of corruption and vice. Still he the priest acts as their ‘god’.
And then sometimes the priest, while attempting to molest a nun, will kick you in the stomach. Many of the precious little girls have babies under their hearts, and it doesn’t bother a priest to kick you in the stomach with a baby under your heart – he doesn’t mind – the baby is going to be killed anyway – because those babies are born in the convent. Why wouldn’t those babies be born, when you run places like these cloistered convents under the cloak of ‘religion’ – the world thinks they are religious orders. And there are babies born in there! I’ve delivered those babies with these hands; and what I’ve seen with my eyes and done with my hands – I just challenge the whole world to say it isn’t true.
And oh I wish you could see that little pregnant nun. She is not looking forward to that having a baby. There won’t ever be a blanket around his body. They’ll never even bathe that baby’s body. But he can only live 4 or 5 hours, and then the mother superior will take that baby and put her fingers in his nostrils and start to cover its mouth – and snuff its little life out. And why do they build the lime pits in the cloistered convent? What is the reason for building it the lime pit if it isn’t to kill the babies? And that baby will be taken into the lime pit and chemical and lime is put over its body – and that is the end of baby!”
The late pope John Paul II was the voice of a religious institution which became the reservoir of the most egregious sexual perversion known to man: MEN CALLED PRIESTS PREYING ON THEIR HELPLESS LITTLE ALTAR BOYS to satisfy their lust which arose in part from their enforced celibacy. So as the chief voice of this reservoir of unnatural perversion, the late pope of Rome was surely the spokesman of a ‘Church’ which was filled with immoral priests under his authority and a man who himself claimed to be the Vicar of Christ on earth, making him then without doubt the MOST INFLUENCIAL IMMORAL VOICE OF OUR TIME.
“David Rice (a Roman Catholic writer) in his book “Shattered Vows” states the figure 100,000 several times to describe the number of Roman Catholic priests resigning from the priesthood usually over questions of their own morality.” – Ronald Cooke (“The Death of the Pope of Rome”; 2005; Page 15)
The policy of silence and cover-up concerning sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church promoted by the Vatican is mind-boggling. The vast amount of data which the Vatican collected concerning the sexual activity of the Roman Catholic clergy makes it clear that the Pope and the Roman Curia were well aware of how wide-spread and common the sexual abuse problem was in the Roman Catholic Church. It did nothing to redress the situation but continued with a policy of cover-up and silence. It seems that the only reason the Vatican ordered these secret sex studies was to get a global picture of where they stood and to develop informed strategies for hiding the problem in the future. Never was the welfare of the victims of sexual abuse taken into consideration, nor was the question of broken chastity vows by the celibate priests apparently of any real concern.
The media black-out of the sexual abuse of women by clerics in both ritual and non-ritual cases is a great disgrace. The plight of male children who suffer under abusive priests is, of course, horrifying and should receive wide media coverage. However, the sexual abuse of nuns and women by clerics is a far larger problem.
“It’s tough to stay a Catholic when you’ve been sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest, then raped again by the Roman Catholic Hierarchy.” – Miguel Chincilla (a Roman Catholic sexually abused by a priest)
For decades in the USA the Roman Catholic Church’s hierarchy tried “to keep a lid” (as much as they possibly could) on the extensive abuse of children – almost exclusively boys – by Roman Catholic priests. Many of these pedophile priests were moved from diocese to diocese as their patterns of sexual abuse became known. As much as they were able, the last two popes Pope John Paul II and the Pope Benedict XVI protected these priests accused of sexual abuse from prosecution, even bringing some of them to Rome and putting them up in apartments in order to prevent them from being brought to trial. In many cases, Roman Catholic prelates and other clergy brought tremendous pressure on Roman Catholic victims and their families in order to get them to drop charges against the abusive priests. In other words, the Roman Catholic Church’s hierarchy was much more concerned about protecting the Church’s already tarnished reputation (and protecting its finances against lawsuits) than it was in removing pedophile priests from the priesthood or helping the victims of the priestly abuse!
As you can tell by the title, I'm tossing political correctness out of the window and opening a vein in this entry. Love it or leave it.
I'm not against people being naked under their clothing. I'm not even against people running around naked. But imagine a world where people not only run around naked but some people, because of their beliefs, thrust their genitalia upon you.
This is the world I live in. It may even be the world you live in, whether you shove your genitalia in other people's faces or you are on the receiving end. Granted, some people like having other people's genitalia in their faces - maybe with some women I may encourage them to do so - but having random people try to hump my head is not something I'm into. There is a fine line between tolerance and being trod upon.
Today, without realizing what would happen, I posted this quote on my Facebook status:
"There's no one so self-righteous as someone policing someone else's morality."
- Laurell K. Hamilton
And in speaking to a realtor today who has done quite well at making unprompted excuses, we finished talking about business. I was about to leave when the realtor decided that I needed to be saved. Quaint. So I diplomatically tried to extricate myself, telling the man that I respect that he has beliefs but I do not share them and would ask that he respect that. That he has a right to believe as he does and that I have the right to disagree.
March on Christian soldier, as they say. Or whatever it is that they say.
He asked me if I was happy in the spiritual sense. I responded, 'Sure'. He, apparently having a dixie-cup and a string with his God on the other end, told me that I wasn't. I then told him in an even tone that I get disrupted enough at home with people trying to press Jesus and Jehovah on me and I really don't appreciate it when people try to do it to me. That I can choose to walk away. That he could continue his attempted rape of the beliefs and thoughts of others if he wished to, but he would do it on his time - not mine.
He, of course, persisted.
I, of course, walked away.
He attempted to continue the conversation. I told him with a dismissive wave that if he couldn't respect that I didn't believe as he did that I had no reason to respect his beliefs. So I hopped into the pickup and drove off. Slowly and emphatically.
But I know that he thinks I may be going to his religion's Hell. Maybe he'll pray for me. Poor fellow.
His actions are not the actions I support in any religion. This frantic humping of other people's heads is, at the least, desperate. At the worst, it's disrespectful and creates friction - as I saw it today. My friends are of varying religious backgrounds. Some practice their religions and, as I joke, some are perfect as they apparently need no practice. I've been known to participate in religious discussion and explore the beliefs of others, but I don't take part in the 'my God can kick your God's ass' sort of discussions. That's basically why the Middle East is as it is today.
You see, I keep my atheism to myself for the most part. I don't feel the need to press onto others my own lack of belief; I am happy with it- so happy that I don't see it as a lack and often see it as an asset. That I could be happy with it seems to stun people into pressing their faith upon me. I don't go door to door preaching evolution (why would I have to? It's a scientific fact, though still not completely understood). I don't go around telling people that they need to accept my savior (myself).
I don't go around humping other people's faces. I think that this makes for a polite society. I can appreciate what other people believe without having to believe it myself, and yet - I can have ethics and morality without a textbook. Examples even show that it can happen without parents. Most stuff is simple empathy. Do unto others: Empathy.
Wait. Do unto others? For some, that door doesn't swing both ways when it comes to the beliefs or lack of belief of others.
Religion is sort of like genitalia. You can keep your clothing on, you can take your clothing off - but refrain from humping people's faces without invitation. And when they say 'no'... bugger off.
If you were wondering, now you know.