Catechist: VIRTUS training, something born out of the sins of a few priests and the bishops who sheltered them, has become a millstone around the neck of the laity.

Was there a single person in that room that was unclear about the horrific nature of the acts committed by a specific set of priests and the bishops who covered up for them?  Why were we, the laity, being required to watch what was quickly boiling down to an indoctrination film as a solution to crimes that were not ours?

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The Dallas Morning News documented that year the fact that two-thirds of U.S. bishops were involved in cover-ups of sex abuse.

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There were several factors at work in the sex abuse crisis—including misguided compassion for abusive priests, a “magical” attitude toward the effects of repentance and confession, and a misguided faith in the power of pop psychology to treat incurable diseases like pedophilia and deadly sins like Lust.

But the main driver of the scandal, as the fearless Catholic journalist Philip Lawler explained in his authoritative book on the abuse crisis, The Faithful Departed, was simple worldliness: A vast and powerful Church infrastructure was built up by heroic missionaries and fiercely faithful, impoverished Catholic migrants—who came here legally when the U.S. needed an almost infinite supply of strong Sicilian ditch-diggers and chaste Irish nannies. The kind of men who founded the American church were a lot like the men who founded the U.S. government—heroes willing to risk life and limb, to face ridicule and thankless toil in a cause most people thought hopeless. (Imagine George Washington in a mitre.)

The Church continued to grow as faithful men sternly schooled in Jesuit spirituality and Thomist theology faced down hostility and anti-Catholic mobs, to build a massive network of Catholic parochial schools, and resist evil laws imposing Prohibition and eugenics. (You might think of these men as the Andrew Jacksons and Abraham Lincolns of the episcopate.)

As time went on, and Americans began to accept that Catholics really weren’t filling their church basements with dynamite and scheming to make the pope our king, life for bishops became a lot more comfortable. It started to attract a different kind of man, with another set of priorities—glad-handing, ward-heeling power brokers, more in the mold of Lyndon Johnson.

When a crisis of faith erupted over birth control, it turned out that the upper ranks of the clergy were largely composed of men like Richard Nixon or William Jefferson Clinton. Those were the kind of men who were faced with the tough choice of turning an abusive priest over to the police—and facing the public scandal and possible lawsuit—or covering up for him and either bribing or intimidating the victims into silence. The scandal was the love-child born of the world and the flesh, but the Devil did play his part. He served as matchmaker.

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Sex education as child abuse

Because of the sex education class given students last week, parent Curtis Pannkuk said, “Our daughter did not want to go back to school, she cried all the way to school today.”

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Editor’s note: This type of state mandated “sex education” not only robs little children of their innocence, but it is also a type of mental sexual assault … virtual child rape … if you will.

In principle and in application, it’s not that far removed from China’s government mandated one child policy … or Barack Obama’s ill-conceived HHS Abortion/Contraception Mandate.

Why do those who claim to advocate “choice” almost invariably attempt to enforce draconian, “one size fits all” programs on the innocent and the unsuspecting?

Shameless ideologues just can’t help it!

Penn State: Another homosexual sex scandal that’s NOT called what it obviously is!

by Doug Lawrence

The recent Penn State child abuse scandal is noteworthy for a number of reasons:

First, no one in the mainstream media has yet to call it what it really is … a homosexual sex scandal.

Second, although many have likened the scandal to those experienced by the Catholic Church, no one has yet pointed out that unlike Catholic priests, this sexually deviant perpetrator was not subject to a vow of celibacy or chastity … something which has heretofore been widely (but erroneously) cited … as the likely cause of priestly child abuse.

Why the double standard? Why the subtle obfuscations? Why the deliberate mischaracterizations by the mainstream media? Why hasn’t anyone owned up to the lies … or attempted to correct the record?

And why is the public apparently willing to put up with it?

Maybe they’re afraid of being labeled as bullies, haters, or homophobes.

Maybe they’re just weak, misinformed, or they simply don’t care.

Maybe a bit of both!

In any case, it’s just wrong!

Homosexuality and the Catholic Priest scandals (PDF)

Extraordinarily stupid politicians in Ireland attempting to control the confessional.

From the Irish Catholic comes news that confirms just how far Ireland has fallen from its tradition of being the “land of saints and scholars”:

The Taoiseach, the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Children are all indicating that a proposed new law will require priests to break the seal of confession if someone confesses to them the crime of paedophilia.

This would make us the one and only country in the Western world to have such a law. Even Revolutionary France in the days of its worst violence against the Church did not pass a law requiring the breaking of the seal of confession.
The justification for the law is that the crime of paedophilia is so heinous that no one who hears about it, under whatever circumstances, can be allowed to keep it to themselves.

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Submitted by Alice H.

Homosexual adoptions victimize children

The pages of the New York Times this morning are all aflutter with a story extolling the skyrocketing increase in the number of gay couples who are adopting children.

This is a social disaster, a social tragedy of the first order, and is something no society that cares for its youngest and most vulnerable citizens would do.

Every homosexual adoption places a child in a home with a missing mother or father. No society that loves children and places their welfare ahead of the desires of narcissistic adults would ever do this.

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Philadelphia Catholic laments scandalous betrayal of the faith

It is a true test of faith, to try to remain in the Catholic Church knowing all that has happened, not only in Philadelphia but throughout the world, with clergy sex-abuse scandals. It is like everything I once believed, has been turned upside down, inside out.

The trust that has been broken is almost too great, the betrayal runs so deep. As a child, I was taught to look toward the clergy as an example of what is good and holy, and now I find I have had to tell my children to look away.

I was taught from a young age that as a Catholic, I needed to be careful to not fall prey to the corruption and evil that exists in the secular world around us. But this time the threat comes from within the church. The problems of the outside world have never shaken my beliefs the way the church itself has done in recent years.

I was also taught to speak out against injustice and all that is wrong, and so I do; however it is against all that I have ever known and believed. So for now, I remain, wanting to walk away, but in doing so feeling like I would be abandoning all that the Catholic Church has destroyed.

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