Never Afraid To Scandalize The Little Ones
Thomas A. Droleskey
But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh. And if thy hand, or thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee having one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18: 6-10.)
Although the recent, tragic events at Saint Gertrude the Great Church in West Chester, Ohio, provide a textbook example of what happens when clerics stonewall or dismiss serious complaints brought to them as these clerics demand absolute, unswerving loyalty to them and their decisions as proof of the "good will" and "gratitude" of those among the sheep who dare to bleat for help from their shepherds, the past masters at ignoring and denigrating whistle-blowing priests and the cries of the faithful who have sought justice without vengeance or malice or hatred of any kind are the false shepherds of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. These spiritual monsters have been completely morally obtuse as they ignored serious, documented complaints that had been made to them, refusing to discipline or to seek help for those priests who had been accused of various moral offenses, seeking instead to castigate the complainers as soreheads who simply had to "forgive" as the chronic abusers were given a free pass over and over again.
Many of the conciliar "bishops" in the United States of America are still arrogantly defiant in the face of all of the revelations about how they have protected priests involved in unrepentant acts of moral perversity even though they have been publicly shamed and have had to pay out over $2 billion to Catholics who were victimized once by the moral perverts and then victimized again and again by these "bishops" and their chancery factotums and insurance company attorneys for daring to bring their complaints to the public's attention. Some of the victims and their family members were called "scandalmongers" because they refused to accept lies and distortions and misrepresentations of truth and sought to use the legal system to expose this web of perversion and fraud and deceit and the rank, arrogant abuse of naked clerical power wrapped up in sanctimony and self-pity.
All of the name-calling in the world, however, did not keep the moral delinquency of these "bishops," some of them true, most of them bogus, from being exposed for all the world to see. These men were willing to see the Faith itself be savaged by Catholic-hating members of Protestant sects and by Catholic-hating naturalists in the world because they refused to have the humility, no less the Masonic decency, of admitting that they had acted erroneously in protecting perverted priests/presbyters and in reassigning them cavalierly to pastoral positions where they would find themselves in the near occasions of sin, thus causing more heartbreak and more scandal in the lives of ordinary Catholics. The abuse of clerical authority and the disregard for the suffering of the sheep is what caused these scandals to break into public view in the conciliar structures and, I should add incidentally for present purposes, it is this exact attitude of diffidence that caused the situation at Saint Gertrude the Great Church to break into open view even though one courageous priest, a lover of truth who was willing to speak truth to power, and many of the laity sought to make private entreaties, only to rebuffed time and time again.
Those of us who reported on the scandals in the conciliar structures in the 1990s did not enjoy doing so. With victims being stonewalled at the diocesan level and with even prominent priests being rebuffed by officials in the conciliar Vatican, lay Catholics such as Mr. Stephen G. Brady, the founder of Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc., made their concerns and allegations public. Time and time again, my friends, Steve Brady was proved correct. Who in the conciliar structures listened to him? No one. Drunk with their theretofore unchecked power and convinced of their absolute invincibility in the face of criticism, the conciliar officials found themselves chastened by the anti-Catholics in the secular media, who relished the opportunity that they, the conciliar "bishops," had given them to seek to discredit Catholicism because of their irresponsible dereliction of duty in the face of the complaints that had been brought to them.
This arrogant abuse of clerical authority was not confined to the conciliar structures in the United States of America. The conciliar authorities in Ireland, carrying on a sad practice that dates back decades to the time when we had true popes governing Holy Mother Church, were just as morally obtuse as their conciliar cousins in the United States of America. The size and scope of the scandal that has broken over the Land of Saints that had been evangelized by Saint Patrick, who never engaged in any kind of "ecumenical dialogue" with the pagan Druids, is staggering.
As has been the case in the the United States of America, complaints made whistle-blowing priests were ignored. Complaints made by victims and their parents were ignored. Priests and presbyters were simply reassigned in the belief that problems would simply disappear. "Bishops" and other chancery factotums kept their mouths shut. The sheep were left to suffer in silence, at least until the scope of the scandal was simply too large to suppress, as a report in the Irish Independent newspaper indicates:
A number auxiliary bishops in the Dublin Archdiocese were made aware of complaints of child sexual abuse by priests.
However, of the 13 auxiliary bishops named in the Murphy report, a number were found to have handled the complaints "particularly badly".
In some cases it was found that they appointed priests to particular parishes but did make any reference to child sexual abuse issues.
Just one bishop admitted to the commission that he handled the complaints badly.
His handling of complaints and suspicions were found by the commission to be "particularly bad".
He was aware of 13 priests from the representative sample -- as well as others -- against whom there had been allegations or suspicions by 1995.
A former chancellor, he failed to tell Archbishop Dermot Ryan about a number of complaints as well as failing to tell the National Rehab Hospital about complaints against their chaplain, Fr Noel Reynolds. The bishop said in a statement that he had given his evidence to the commission and that he had nothing further to add.
Currently Bishop of Limerick, he was found to have handled a number of complaints and suspicions "badly".
For example, he did not deal properly with the suspicions and concerns that were expressed to him in relation to Fr Thomas Naughton.
When, a short time later, factual evidence of Fr Naughton's abusing emerged in another parish, Bishop Murray's failure to re-investigate the earlier suspicions was "inexcusable".
Bishop Murray did, however, accept in 2002 that he had not dealt well with the situation.
Yesterday when asked was his position tenable, he said he believed it was, adding that it was up to the people and priests of Limerick.
In response to criticism from the Commission of Investigation, Bishop Murray said in none of the cases referred to him in the report did he receive an allegation of sexual abuse.
He said he was "not involved in covering up".
He was the only bishop to unequivocally admit in evidence to the commission that he may not have handled matters satisfactorily.
He went on to become Bishop of Ossory and retired in 2007.
Last night his spokesman said Bishop Forristal was in his late 70s and "no longer gives interviews".
"He has nothing to add to the evidence which he gave to the inquiry and which he feels was accurately recorded in the report," the spokesman said.
Currently Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Bishop Moriarty does not come in for specific criticism in the report. However, it was found that he was told in 1993 about alleged abuses carried out by Fr Edmondus (pseudonym) and he did not check files to determine if any other complaints had been made. (They knew so much but said so little)
The report finds that after allegations were received, bishops and priests:
- Encouraged one abusing priest to "stay on (in the parish) for a further six months in order to avoid any damage to his reputation".
- Found that no canonical crime had been committed by the photographing of naked, sick children in hospital.
- Conducted a marriage ceremony so a priest could marry a woman who he had sexually abused since the age of 13.
- Misled the medical profession about the extent of priests' abusing in order to secure a favourable report.
- Used such "useless" medical reports to justify sending paedophile priests out to new parishes.
When I was 17 years old, I told our school guidance counsellor, Ken Duggan, that I had been abused by Fr Ivan Payne for nearly three years up to aged 14.
Mr Duggan reported my allegation to Archbishop's House and Archbishop Dermot Ryan delegated responsibility for managing the allegation to Bishop Dermot O'Mahony.
Some months later it was reported back to Mr Duggan that Fr Payne had accepted that my allegations were true and he was eventually removed from our church in Cabra.
Bishop O'Mahony referred Fr Payne to Professor Noel Walsh for assessment.
He said there had been a complaint from a 17-year-old about inappropriate contact with Fr Payne.
He totally failed to mention that I was 17 now but the inappropriate contact was actually molestation, and had occurred when I was 12 to 14.
Shortly after the medical assessment, Fr Payne was moved to his new parish in Sutton. The Murphy report finds that he abused at least seven more boys after that time, though a total of 31 people made allegations against him. This, for me, is the worst single fact that has come out of this report time and time again.
Whether they manipulated information and medical professionals to get favourable but useless medical reports or wrote favourable letters of reference for paedophile priests moving on to other dioceses, they are absolutely responsible for the abuse of every child after that point.
Listening to Archbishop Martin's speech at Mater Dei on Thursday, there is not one word of apology for this, and there should have been. ('My abuser then went on to molest at least seven others')
Concern for the reputation of a particular "bishop" or "priest" or archdiocese or parish took precedence over concern for the spiritual and bodily welfare of young Catholics. It is this pattern of clericalism that was exhibited by the American "bishops" and actually praised by the conciliar Vatican's Secretary of State, Tarcisio "Cardinal" Bertone, in 2007:
Nashville, Aug 9, 2007 / 11:21 am (CNA).- A particularly candid Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone spoke yesterday afternoon about the situation surrounding the sex abuse scandal in the United States. The Church’s second in command praised the Church’s response and reserved some critical words for those who have seized on the scandal as an opportunity for profit.
“The Church in the US has suffered deeply, has responded with dignity, and invites everyone to truly commit to a reversal of this situation,” said Bertone.
“While I was still at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and then as the Archbishop of Genoa, I accompanied the American Church through this trial, this period, and I repeat that they faced this trial with dignity and courage.”
However, the Cardinal was particularly upset with those who have turned the situation into a means of making a profit. “The business aspect, the financial aspect, has nothing to do with cleaning up the reality of the situation. It is an unbearable business that has been created here in the United States…it’s unbearable and also disgraceful.”
The Cardinal also seemed to speak with some indignation about the way that the Church has been singled out as a target. He said that, “the proportion of priests who are involved in this scandal is very small given that there are 44,000 priests in the United States.”
“I could only hope that the other social agencies would have the same courage to face this problem as the Roman Catholic Church did.”
The Secretary of State also showed that he was concerned that a comprehensive solution is provided to the sex abuse problem and continued to point out how the most analysis of the Church’s response is slanted.
“I ask if the other organizations have provided financial compensation for the victims…have they taken care of the victims and those who have been guilty? We cannot abandon the victims or dismiss the guilty as lost.” (Benedict's right-hand man addresses sex abuse scandal in the US)
This is what I wrote about twenty-eight months ago in response to Bertone's incredible distortion of truth:
These comments are beneath contempt, representing the height of arrogance and absolute, rank insensitivity for the harm that has been visited upon countless thousands upon thousands of souls by the corrupt and malicious behavior of the American "bishops" and their chancery factotums and their attorneys and the representatives of their insurance companies, each of whom lied to the victims of the sordid behavior of various "bishops" and priests and then sought to intimidate them into silence when these victims refused to accept these lies. The claim that the "Church in the US" has "responded with dignity" to the scandals that have exploded into full public view is a contemptible lie. There is no other word to describe such an outrageous distortion of the truth.
Responded with dignity? Go tell that to Frank Bergen, who was used by the corrupt former "bishop" of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, Daniel Leo Ryan, a product of the corrupt machine of perversity that emanated from the Archdiocese of Detroit and ran through his own home diocese, Joliet, Illinois, a bastion of feminism and heterodoxy and one liturgical outrage after another under the sordid "episcopal" reign of the now retired Joseph Imesch, himself a product of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Imesch was "consecrated" by the progenitor of the revolutionary "Call to Action" movement, John Cardinal Dearden, Archbishop of Detroit from 1958 to 1990, and "co-consecrated" by that notorious supporter of the Homosexual Collective, "Bishop" Thomas Gumbleton, Dearden's prized protege.
Ryan's corruption was brought to light by Mr. Stephen G. Brady, the courageous founder of Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc., in early-1997 after private efforts to demand Ryan's resignation remained unanswered. Frank Bergen was one of Ryan's many victims, two of which included conciliar "priests," one of whom was taken to Rome in 1998 by the late Father John A. Hardon, S.J. and presented his case personally before Dario "Cardinal" Castrillon Hoyos, then the prefect of the conciliar Congregation for the Clergy. No one in the conciliar hierarchy cared for Frank Bergen's immortal soul as he spent time in prison in Jacksonville, Illinois, where I interviewed him in early-1998.
Stephen Brady was stonewalled by the conciliar hierarchy in the United States, denounced in the most vicious terms by Ryan's paid flack, Mrs. Kathleen Sass, who has never once offered a public apology for her bitter denunciations of Mr. Brady's statement of the actual truth about her corrupt, perverted former employer, and he was stonewalled by officials in the conciliar Vatican, which did not take any action against Ryan for over two one-half years, doing so only after a lawsuit had been filed (which lawsuit would have required depositions to be taken under oath). And it took over three years after that for the Diocese of Springfield to actually admit what Stephen G. Brady had been documenting since his first communication with Daniel Ryan in November of 1996: that this unrepentant pervert, who has never once apologized for his wanton behavior, was indeed guilty as charged.
Responded with dignity? Go tell that to the the scores of people in the Archdiocese of Boston who were browbeaten as one perverted priest after another, some of whom had been ordained before 1968 and were thus true priests, was protected by Bernard Cardinal Law and Thomas Daily and William F. Murphy and Robert Banks and Richard Lennon and John McCormack, including Father Paul Shanley, a co-founder of an organization whose title is so repugnant that it will not be mentioned here.
Responded with dignity? Go tell that to the scores of people in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Diocese of Orange who were stonewalled for years by Roger Mahony and Tod Brown, neither of whom are noted to be, shall we say, friends of the authentic Tradition of the Catholic Church.
Responded with dignity? Go tell that to the scores of people molested and then victimized by the legal teams of the Dioceses of Spokane and Tucson and San Diego and Davenport, each of which went into bankruptcy so as to avoid the deposition process.
Responded with dignity? Go tell that to the victims of Father Rudy Kos in the Diocese of Dallas.
Responded with dignity? Go tell that to the way in which the late John Cardinal O'Connor and other conciliar "bishops" transferred perverted priests to the service of the Military Ordinariate in order to get them out of the way of legal jeopardy, playing the old "shell game" as they enabled men steeped unrepentantly in the ravages of one of the four sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance?
Responded with dignity? Go tell that to the way in which the conciliar Vatican, which has its own nest of perverts, to be sure, protected and promoted "bishops" who were themselves perverted and about whose perversion its officials had been informed most fully (Daniel Ryan, Thomas Dupre, Patrick Ziemann, Keith Symons, Andrew O'Connell, Rembert Weakland, Kendrick Williams, among others).
Those who have turned the situation into a means of making profit? Excuse me? What other recourse did victims have except to take the conciliar "bishops" to court after years of seeking redress through their corrupt chancery offices caused them to be victimized and humiliated yet again and again and again? A means of profit? What price can be put on the harm done to souls by "bishops" and "priests" who reject articles contained in the Deposit of Faith and who subject the children in the educational institutions under their control to the insidious harm of explicit classroom instruction in matters pertaining to the Sixth and the Ninth Commandments?
Tarcisio Bertone's attempt to defend the actions of the reprobate conciliar "bishops" in the United States of America by claiming that other "institutions" have had similar problems is amazingly bold. We are not judged when we die on the basis of how good or bad we were in life in comparison to others. We are judged solely on the objective state of our souls at the moment of our deaths. The state of the souls of others is completely irrelevant to the responsibility we bear for our own sins, each of which must be confessed to and absolved by a true priest in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance so as to be the beneficiaries of the treasures of the infinite, inestimable riches of the Mercies of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in this life and at the hour of our deaths, at which hour we pray that Our Lady, the Queen and the Mother of Mercy, will be interceding for us with our Divine Judge. We are responsible for our own sinful actions and can never seek to minimize their gravity by claiming others are just as--if not more--guilty than ourselves.
Moreover, Bertone's rhetorical question about whether other organizations "have provided financial compensation for the victims…have they taken care of the victims and those who have been guilty" represents the same sort of hubris as that contained in the apocryphal story of the man who killed his parents and then claimed for mercy from a judge because he was an orphan. With a very few exceptions, usually involving efforts to preempt lawsuits and the public disclosure of the next of perversity in the ranks of the conciliar structures, almost every instance of a Catholic diocese currently in conciliar captivity paying out any amount of money to any victim of its perverted "bishops" and "priests" has been the result of public pressure brought by news stories in the secular media and by threat, if not the actual filing, of lawsuits and the discovery process and the resultant disclosures therefrom. The Archdioceses of Boston and Los Angeles stonewalled victims and their families for years, trying every legal machination possible. Bertone's assertion in this regard is repulsive. (Enemies of Souls Universally.)
The authorities of the counterfeit church of conciliarism have shown themselves to have no regard for the honor and glory and majesty of God, seeing fit to blaspheme Him repeatedly as they esteem the symbols of false religions and engage in "inter-religious prayer" services and speak of the heresy of "religious liberty" as a "sacred right" that comes from God Himself, going so far as to praise the nonexistent ability of the beliefs of false religions to "contribute" to the "building" of a "better world."
These authorities are active participants in the blaspheming of God by their "offering" the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service on a daily basis.
They propagate one conciliar falsehood after another, subjecting the souls for whom Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross to one eternal peril after another.
It should come as no surprise, therefore, that these authorities have thought nothing to put their own clerical careers, their own reputations, and their corrupt institutional procedures ahead of the good of the souls who they permitted to be victimized once by priest/presbyter perverts and then again by "bishops" and chancery factotums and insurance company lawyers.
The authorities of the counterfeit church of concilairism have shown themselves never to be afraid to scandalize Our Lord's little ones. They have shown themselves to be concerned about their own power and money and influence, apologizing, if at all, only when they are forced to do so. It is one thing to sin and to be sorry as we seek out the ineffable mercy of the Divine Redeemer in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance. It is quite another to persist in sin unrepentantly, worse yet to stonewall others when sins of diffidence in the face of human suffering cause scandals that are eminently avoidable, scandals that unnecessarily divide Catholics and cause many non-Catholics to recoil in horror at the thought of converting to the true Faith.
Conscious of our own need to make reparation for our sins, which are indeed so responsible for the worsening of the state of the Church Militant on earth and of the world-at-large, we need to make use of these days of the Advent season to clean out the weeds of our own immortal souls, spending time with Our Beloved in His Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament, praying as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit, careful also to spend extra time during these days of preparation for our annual celebration of Our Lord's Nativity in Bethlehem by reading passages from Holy Writ and reading about the lives of the saints, who were always prepared for Our Lord to come to meet them at the end of their lives.
We pray to Our Lady, confident that the Triumph of her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart will vanquish the foes of the Faith in the world and in the counterfeit church of conciliarism once and for all. Every Rosary we pray, offered to the Most Holy Trinity through that same Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, will plant a few seeds for this triumph, especially as we spend time in prayer before her Divine Son's Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament during this Advent season of penance.
What are we waiting for?
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints
Saint Andrew the Apostle, pray for us.
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?