Pa. court reverses conviction of Catholic church official jailed in clergy abuse scandal

PHILADELPHIA –  A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that a Roman Catholic church official was wrongly convicted for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints.

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His former Archdiocese now in shambles, retired Philadelphia prelate waxes affectionately about the “many graces” of the 2nd Vatican Council.

Through the council, “many graces” were given to the Church, he said, but following Vatican II, the Church also faced many challenges, and “not all of them have been met.”

Among these challenges has been the question of what constitutes “the Spirit of Vatican II,” Cardinal Rigali said, citing Pope Benedict XVI, who said “there is no spirit of Vatican II independent of what Vatican II says.”

He also recalled the former Pontiff’s quote, “Not everything that happened in the name of Vatican II belonged to Vatican II.”

A proper reading of Vatican II sheds light on our efforts to faithfully understand the intersection of the Church and the modern world, the cardinal explained.

“As we read the documents 50 years later, it’s amazing to see how relevant they are, how much they apply to the Church,” he remarked.

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Editor’s note: Maybe something was lost in translation … or maybe the Cardinal’s memory has failed.  One thing’s certain though … the current Archbishop of Philadelphia – Charles Chaput – who inherited the mess – has necessarily been invoking the Holy Name of Jesus with greater and greater frequency. The big question: Is he invoking the Traditional pre-Vatican II Jesus (as in praise, worship and petitions) … or the modernist, “worldly” post-Vatican II Jesus (as in accidentally hitting his thumb with a hammer?)

Summary of the Gosnell abortion case grand jury report. (Not for the faint of heart.)

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It was all in the open at 3801 N. Lancaster St., insanely blatant in the sheer horrific scale of murder, murders of babies born alive, infanticide, violations of the Controlled Substances Act, hindering, obstruction, and tampering, perjury, illegal late-term abortions, violations of the Abortion Control Act, violations of the Controlled Substances Act, abuse of corpse, theft by deception, conspiracy, corrupt organization, and corruption of minors.

Think I’m exaggerating? Those are the charges recommended against Gosnell and members of his staff by the appalled Grand Jury (pg. 219).

Complete details from Darwin Catholic

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Gosnell trial: More gruesome details about what went on at horrific Philadelphia abortion mill.

Former abortion clinic worker James Johnson testified today during the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell and provided jurors with a nauseating account of the horrific conditions at the abortion facility.

Johnson worked as a janitor, maintenance man and plumber of sorts and he was the common-law husband of 51-year-old Elizabeth Hampton, who is herself Gosnell’s wife’s sister. He told jurors some of the morbid details that appear in the grand jury report — including how he threatened to quit working at the abortion clinic because he refused to pull any more flesh from aborted babies out of the plumbing.

His job was to collect abortion remains and take them to basement — but he eventually refused to participate and bags began piling up.

He told the jury toilets backed up one-two times a week and said he opened the outside clean out pipe and fetal parts such as babies’ arms came spilling out.

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Late term abortionist Gosnell made $1.5 million a year.

The case has three big consequences. First, it reminds us that the abortion industry is indeed an industry – operating for profit, sometimes with cynical motives. Gosnell claims he was helping poor women, but he charged $3,000 for a procedure and enjoyed an annual income of $1.5 million. That he is accused to reusing medical supplies suggests that he upped his profit margin by reducing costs. Gosnell was a businessman, not a doctor.

Second, the claim that “hundreds” of babies survived the late-term abortion within the mother’s body and had to be killed outside of it blows out of the water the insistence of Planned Parenthood that such survival rates are very rare. Evidently, those babies are made of tougher stuff than prochoice militants realise.

Finally, the Gosnell story has to reopen the discussion about the nature of late-term abortions. It is self-evident that state and local agencies did not do their job, reflecting a “hands-off” approach to the abortion industry by politicians and public employees that smacks of moral complacency.

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Abortion horrors in Philadelphia: Kermit Gosnell’s dark, Satanic abortion mill.

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View the shocking 21 minute video.
Warning: The truly gory stuff begins around 7:15.

Teacher’s strike welcomes new Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput

“It was the biggest rejection of a contract I have ever seen that I can remember,” Paul Pedlow, a veteran English teacher at Archbishop Ryan, said after results of the secret ballot were announced Tuesday by the Association of Catholic Teachers, Local 1776.

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