Polish bishops apologize for abuse – by Slawomir Kaminski via Reuters,in Catholic register, May 22, 2919.
Polish Archbishop Wojciech Polak of Gniezno speaks during a news conference in Warsaw May 22, 2019, after bishops met to discuss steps the Catholic Church will take to tackle the problem of clergy sex abuse. CNS photo/Agencja Gazeta,
“I have spoken everything from the house tops!” That was the policy of transparency Jesus set out by words and deeds for his disciples to follow. For an honest man there is nothing to hide! But how can that be ever implemented in a Church of Constantine where, silence, silence, more silence and cover-ups by bamboo curtains, nay iron curtains, to protect the status quo of members of the top brass of power, prestige and privileges, is the order of the day?
Still thanks to Francis Papa, humbly confessing “Who I to judge?” in spite of minions under him judging him of “heresy” and asking him to get lost, he moves forward, without wasting time to answer his critics, but enforcing the rule on senior prelates (bishops) to stop indulging in their habitual cover-ups of their Augean stables of stinking, revolting, clerical sex-abuse, first in Vatican state, then on bishops all over the world. But do they listen or turn dea ears?
Augean Stables of the Church
The most important phrase above is the “Augean Stables” which harkens us back to the story in the Classical mythology, in which King Augeas kept 3000 oxen in stables which had not been cleaned for 30 years. It was finally accomplished by Hercules who diverted the river Alpheus through these stables to make them spick and span. Yes that is the Himalayan task Francis has taken upon his shoulders – cleaning up the Augean stables of clerical sex abuse – ignored not just for 30 but 2000 years, ever since Constantine took charge of these stables – “to sweep clean the dust of the Empire accumulated on the throne of Peter since Constantine” to borrow the phrase used by Good Pope John XXlll.
The “whore of Babylon” describes best the name affixed to Vatican state, and the Coloseum was the open stadium – so goes some of the historical records — where church dignitaries including Popes of the times were the glorious spectators of naked men and women, like bulls and cows in heat, trying to break all records in a free-for-all spectacle of the game of vanquishing as many female partners as possible, to win the cup. Then it was done in flood light, now it is done in the cover of darkness. That is the only difference.
Polish bishops react!
The Polish bishops and people today are seeing in a film what Roman nobility saw in the Coloseum and hence the reaction of some of the bishops to a two-hour movie: "There are no words to express our shame at the sexual scandals clergy have participated in. They are a source of great evil and demand total condemnation, as well as severe consequences for the criminals and for those who concealed such acts." 19 million saw it in the first six days of its release this May.
What is worse, these sexs-meniacs, defrocked clerics, high and low, in Poland (think also of McCarrick in Washington) continue to officiate priestly functions including saying Mass! Was not the same happening in India as well? Think of the Kadapa bishop we brought to the notice of all Indian bishops one year ago, who celebrated Mass with the protection of his paid police battalion, published in secular media. But not even single bishop or Archbishop said a word about his civil marriage and 19 year old son. Fortunately he finally gave the good example of resigning himself without anyone compelling him.
Bishops same every where!
In the case of Polish Archbishop Slawoj accused of covering up, he apologized publicly and the laity are calling for his resignation but the Polish hierarchy, of course, rejected the demand of politicians to report to civil authorities. Bishops are same all over the world, in protecting their colleagues. Did not Indian bishops and others compare Franco Mulackal to Jesus crucified? Wasn’t there allegations of cover-ups in secular media, even against Cardinal Oswald of Bombay, one of the outspoken bishops in India?
Ever since Francis started investigation of Chile bishops in January 2018, after making a blunder of defending his blue-eyed boy bishop on wrong information, CCV has been advocating a similar investigation of all Indian bishops, their sex abuse and cover-ups and a possible forced resignation of all of them. After all now the world wide war cry is: “Church is the people of God” meaning lay-people only, where priestly class – with so many grades as in the Indian Caste system — has no role to play. The war cry today is: “Abolish Priesthood”, a class who can never be reformed or corrected, as was the case of Jewish priestly class and Roman colonial powers of the day, who always win: Pilate examined him, found him innocent and crucified him, instead of Barabas, the criminal. Priesthood and Jesus can’t survive together.
What about Indian Bishops?
Ever since the mass resignation of Chile bishops and after the promulgation of Pope’s order to report sex-abuse and cover-ups by bishops to civil authorities many countries in South America and Europe are taking the bold step to do the same. The case of Poland described below is one of the latest. But even if the whole of world episcopate were to oblige Francis, none of the bishops of the three Rites in India may ever do it. They will never open their mouth against the hierarchical Church, nor will the Chevalier type laity with eyes on bishops to receive favours, ever join the true “people of God”, especially the Syromalabar Variety, being staunch believers in religious colonialization, just like the political class in today’s India.
Long live cover-up Cancer
Long live the Indian churches and the divided Indian political class! They believe only in their own Caste by birth,(its church version is the Kottayam Pure blood group),no matter, high or low, and they vote for their caste only. That is why I am least interested in their heaven either. Francis has already said, there is no hell. But I believe in the hell we live in here below, where humans prey upon their brothers or sisters like wolves (“Homo homini Lupus!”). That alone I find a worthy cause to fight against as long as one lives, irrespective of whether there is a life after or not! james kottoor, editor CCV.
Please read below report on Polish Clerical sex abuse coverup
WARSAW, Poland — The Polish bishops' administrative council met in emergency session May 22 and later admitted the church failed to act against clerical sexual abuse.
The meeting came amid outrage over a two-hour documentary, "Just Don't Tell Anyone," that included drastic accounts of cover-up of clerical sex abuse in Poland. The film had more than 19 million views within six days of its May 11 YouTube posting.
"The whole church community in Poland has been shaken by the latest painful information — these crimes have caused deep suffering for harmed people," the bishops said in a pastoral letter to be read in parishes nationwide May 26.
"There are no words to express our shame at the sexual scandals clergy have participated in. They are a source of great evil and demand total condemnation, as well as severe consequences for the criminals and for those who concealed such acts."The bishops said they had been "deeply affected" by "shocking testimonies" in the film, as well as by its portrayal of a "lack of sympathy, sinful neglect and myopia" shown toward abuse victims.
It added that Catholic clergy and laity now had to act together in support of victims and to "rebuild trust in priests and bishops" in Poland. "Everyone with any sensitivity, hearing of the fate of these harmed people, will feel pain, emotion and sadness toward their suffering, and we thank all those who have had the courage to speak about it," the bishops said.
"We admit that, as pastors of the church, we did not do everything to prevent this hurt. For many faithful, especially young people sincerely seeking God, sexual scandals involving clergy have been a heavy challenge to faith and a cause of terrible outrage." The two-hour film, made with internet fundraising by investigative journalist Tomasz Sekielski, was the first that graphically detailed the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Polish church and follows a cinema drama on church corruption, "Kler" (Clergy), which broke box-office records last fall.
Besides alleging prevalent child sexual abuse, it shows the evasive behavior of perpetrators when confronted by victims and links abuse with secretive church structures and procedures. The film, which makes accusations against Father Franciszek Cybula, personal chaplain to former President Lech Walesa, also accuses several bishops and archbishops of concealing abusive clergy from law enforcement and says priests continued working with children and celebrating Mass despite being sentenced for abuse and defrocked by the church.
Speaking in mid-May, Sekielski said he was negotiating with Netflix to distribute the film, which has since been broadcast on two Polish TV channels. He also said he was considering a whole documentary series. Several dioceses and religious orders also issued statements in response to the film's claims.
Archbishop Slawoj Glodz of Gdansk, who was accused in the film of concealing abuse, apologized May 15 but faced resignation calls from local clergy after telling a TV journalist he had "other things to do than watch such garbage."In a May 20 statement, the bishops' conference rejected demands from some politicians for criminal investigations against church leaders for withholding information from prosecutors.
However, calls for implicated bishops to step down have come from prominent clergy, including Msgr. Andrzej Szostek, former rector of the Catholic University of Lublin, who told the TVN channel the whole bishops' conference should offer its resignation to the pope, in line with the example of Chile's bishops in May 2018. Some Catholics said they would boycott Masses by prelates implicated in the documentary.
On May 21, the Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported police had intervened to prevent the film being screened by protesters on the wall of Krakow's Wawel Cathedral. The Vatican's nuncio to Poland, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, said May 17 Pope Francis, who met Polish abuse victims in Rome Feb. 20, had pledged his "closeness and solidarity" after being informed about the film.
Earlier, Archbishop Wojciech Polak of Gniezno, the Polish bishops' first child protection delegate, said he hoped a June visit by Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's principal child protection specialist, would help make Polish bishops and church officials aware of the need to "react immediately and fully" to all abuse complaints.
All 43 Polish dioceses currently have child protection officers, with more than 3,000 clergy trained in prevention and help for victims.
In March, the bishops' conference published its first report on offenses, listing accusations against 382 priests, involving 625 minors, between 1990 and 2018.
The report said 44 percent had been investigated by state prosecutors, with around half resulting in convictions, although only a quarter of cases had resulted in the defrocking of perpetrators and only a small fraction in damages for victims.
However, in a February report, the "Do Not Be Afraid" victims foundation accused 24 serving and retired bishops and archbishops of covering up crimes and allowing convicted priests to continue parish work. The report listed 85 convicted priests in a "map of clerical abuse," and said Poland's bishops had violated secular regulations and canon law in handling abuse and denying help to survivors.