donderdag, augustus 28, 2008

Boom over die oude kerk; schateiland

Asta, de masterdrummer speelt weer
alles in de wind
op zijn krukje

Het misdadig zwijgen van de Kerk: de ramp na de ramp.

ORGIES involving up to 60 schoolboys, priests and teachers are among allegations levelled at former staff members of a NSW Catholic boarding school.
The Seven Network last night reported claims that nine former teachers and priests from St Stanislaus College in Bathurst, in eastern NSW, had committed sexual abuse on students during "hypnotic" night prayer services in the 1980s.
An alleged victim, whose identity was withheld for legal reasons, said the number of victims involved in the encounters had grown over time.
August 28, 2008
FOR years Father Brian Spillane presided over a flock of young, impressionable boys at St Stanislaus College in Bathurst.
A chaplain and a teacher, he officiated at school Masses, led the pupils in prayer and gave them religious guidance.

He also, according to allegations by 13 former students, repeatedly sexually assaulted them.

One alleged victim, who completed year 7 at the well-known Catholic boarding school in 1986 before being expelled, blew the whistle on 65-year-old Spillane's alleged sex offences.
He was also a key witness in the conviction of a former St Stanislaus science teacher, Steven Joseph Wade, who was jailed in 2002 for sex offences committed at the school in 1986.

The allegations of sexual abuse are only the latest in a string of abuse scandals to fuel public debate about the Catholic Church and the conduct of its clergy.

The school says it first became aware of the allegations against Spillane five years ago, when it was contacted by the same alleged victim. It forwarded the allegations to Bathurst police, who sent the information to the child protection and sex crimes squad.
What became of that investigation is unknown but in August last year Bathurst police set up Strike Force Heador to investigate the claims of abuse by Spillane and two other staff members.

The investigation was a watershed for the original whistleblower, who has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has spent time in psychiatric care.
Four more former pupils came forward to allege abuse and in May police charged Spillane with 33 offences.

The charges included six counts of sexual intercourse with pupils aged 11, 12 and 13, and 18 counts of engaging in and inciting acts ofgross indecency. The other charges related to sex with males aged between 10 and 16.

Early last month police executed search warrants at the school in relation to two former priests and a lay teacher; one is understood to be Spillane and another Wade.
Evil spirit, broken children, empty lives

By Gary Schoener*
August 28, 2008

OVER the years I have dealt with around 2000 victims of child sex abuse involving clergy.

I've assisted people in bringing complaints about all manner of religious organisations and groups - from Catholic dioceses to Anglican, Jewish organisations and Lutheran Synods.

Most people would be familiar with the US Catholic Church scandal uncovered in the Archdioscese of Boston involving a secret settlement of child molestation claims against at least 70 Catholic priests.

The story made world headlines with some calling it the worst crisis in the Catholic Church in 500 years.

Contrary to what most believe, most victims were known only to their attorneys and the church. Those 500-plus cases in Boston were, for the most part, not public.

The first 15 men I evaluated had not told their parents - and did not plan to. Only a few had told their wives and they often lied to them when they came to see me.

Without confidentiality, most would not have come forward.

Here's a typical comment: "Look, my parents worked three jobs to pay tuition so I could go to Catholic school so as to avoid sex and drugs and bad things and despite their efforts that's what I got. I do not want them to know this, it is of no benefit to tell them."

Hearing of the alleged St Stanislaus College cases it was of little surprise only 13 of as many as 40 alleged victims had come forward. My experience has shown that many victims don't. There is little incentive to come forward as nobody benefits from being identified as a sex abuse victim.

The victim in the Bathurst case who told the police he hadn't told his wife would be the most common case - the rule not the exception.

For some of the victims who are reading the headlines as the story unfolds, the abuse becoming public can help them. As others come forward they can feel less isolated.

Interestingly, the internet was a key ingredient in these allegations coming out. This is not unusual, the same has been true elsewhere in the world. The internet has brought about a major change in that victims can find each other and find support.

However, when stories like these come out, some begin to relive the trauma and develop post traumatic stress disorder.

Others develop incredible rage, especially as they learn that they are only one of many. They do not feel different or "special" any more.

And it's common for the victim to ruminate about the question, "why me?", tending to blame themselves for "letting it happen," or "letting it happen multiple times" or "not reporting it".

The victim who spoke out in The Daily Telegraph described "being herded into a prayer room by a priest chanting 'hypnotic' spells in tongues".

This is one of many ways in which the stage can be set for abuse; however abuse does not require any special techniques - the power of faith in the priest and church is sufficient to do the job.

He also described how the priest or priests in question involved the kids abusing each other.
Again, as horrific as this sounds, this is not new.

While many of the cases I have dealt with have eerie similarities to this one, the impact of the sexual abuse on the victim varies dramatically person to person.

It's dependent on many things - the timing in their life, the degree to which the perpetrator was trusted, the amount of repetition, the degree to which fear was induced, the degree of physical pain, and dozens of other factors.

Either way, the impact on their lives can be severe and the course of their life drastically changed.

They lose basic trust in others and have difficulty forming relationships later in life. They have low self esteem and insecurity issues, they are depressed and have suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts.

They often question their sexual identity or develop sexual impulse control disorders of their own.
They take to drug and alcohol abuse and become addicts as a way of dealing with their inner turmoil.
The vast majority lose faith in religion or society in general.

Another thing we also see, though, is people have lost their family. Their parents might be devout followers of the church and they don't dare tell them. Or in cases where they have been brave enough to tell them, the parents have not been able to rise to the occasion and don't believe the child.

When I evaluate damages for a court case, one of the things I do is look at their siblings and see how their lives turned out.
You don't need to be a psychologist to say: "My God, something bad happened here to this individual."

* Dr Gary Schoener is a US-based psychologist who has treated more than 2000 sex abuse victims.

woensdag, augustus 27, 2008

Zambia: Repair the Damage to Clergy's Image

The Times of Zambia (Ndola)
4 August 2008

CHURCHES involved in child welfare must restore the Government's lost confidence that they will prioritise issues of children's rights in their operations, a clergyman in Kitwe has said.

Dayspring Worship Centre Pastor, Joseph Mwila said the Government had lost confidence in the Church because of the few leaders who mistreated children or misused funds meant for the children.

He was speaking in Kitwe at the weekend at Dayspring drop-in centre when he launched the distribution of gifts to different children and equipment to hospitals, obtained from Ireland.

Pastor Mwila said churches should play a critical role in the protection of children's rights but the Government was not using them because of the lost confidence in them.

He said children had a right to good life even if infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Pastor Mwila said children infected or affected by the pandemic must not turn into street children or irresponsible citizens when the Church was there to help them.

He commended the Government for ensuring that the container of goods received from Ireland came into the country duty free.

"I wish to state that it is not as if Government does not want to help us but it is because of the past where some church leaders misused funds at the expense of the children.

"This should not continue with such misdeeds if we are to restore Government's confidence and in the end help these children who are suffering and on the streets," Pastor Mwila said.

Global Institute for Children's Development (GICD) board Chairman Godfrey Simukonda said it was unfortunate that some non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) were abusing funds for children.
Mr Simukonda said any organisation found wanting must be prosecuted to sound a warning to would-be offenders.

He said children must not be used as capital but protected by everyone so that they could feel safe in everyone's hands.

He challenged the Church to start sensitising the community on the need to protect the rights of the children.

Mr Simukonda said the Church was a partner in development because they were also leaders.
"The challenge is upon every member of the community to ensure that they report any NGO that is abusing these vulnerable children because these NGOs are in the community and not isolated.

"I think Government must deal with these people who are found wanting and not just letting them free because law is law and anyone who comes into conflict with it must face it," Mr Simukonda said.

The Times of Zambia (Ndola)
4 August 2008

CHURCES involved in child welfare should reflect on the advice given by Dayspring Worship Centre Pastor, Joseph Mwila over the Government's loss of confidence in them.

There is no doubt that the bad deeds of some members of the clergy running orphanages have seriously dented the image of most of the people involved in the welfare of children.

In certain instances, the people caring for kids have collected huge amounts of money in the name of supporting vulnerable children but used the financial support for selfish interests.

Some members of the clergy running orphanages have been implicated in child trafficking scandals, where the kids seeking to have joy have ended up as sex slaves under sophisticated cartels.

Others who volunteered to care for such kids have not only squandered the finances thereby denying the children a descent livelihood, but gone as afar as abusing them.
This is unacceptable.

These cannot be the deeds of the true church. The truth is that false prophets have invaded the Church and are using its name to champion their wicked desires, including the sexual abuse of children who are in need of help.

One way that the churches can restore confidence is to work closely with the Government and ensure that all the wrong-doers are exposed, and committed people are left to genuinely care for the children.

The genuine clergy obviously know themselves and it should not be a big problem to identify those pretending to be men of God when their agenda points to something else.

By exposing such people, the Church will not only mend its image but protect the children.
That way, society will be made to appreciate the real clergy who can be entrusted with the task of caring for children without taking advantage of the kids' desperate situation.

It will neither help the Church nor the kids that they are supposed to help if people coming with ulterior motives are allowed to operate simply because they claim they are there to help.

We therefore find the words of Pastor Mwila a good starting point to redeem the image of the local church in this regard. Churches have always been the last bastion of joy for the disadvantaged and that should continue to be so.

Of course, it may take time to restore the lost confidence but by openly talking about the past mistakes and beginning programmes to repair the damage, people will slowly regain the hope they previously had in the Church.

dinsdag, augustus 26, 2008

Denk je aan je condooms en je buskaart?

Wij schrokken van elkaar toen ik, te kort na dat klopje op de deur, zijn kamer binnen stapte.
Was het trots dat maakte dat ik mij zo haastig terugtrok van dat mooie lijf op dat bed?
Ik gaf hem de Leemhuis.
Jammer dat Kader Abdolah er zo lang over moest doen.

foto Marius

antwoord over Paul Shanley

ik heb me al jaren af lopen vragen
Paul Shanley waarom kwam jij terug, je was alles behalve gestoord, wist verdomd goed wat je deed, je wist heel goed dat bij jou het gepleegde misbruik nog niet zou zijn verjaard.
Waarom kwam Paul Shanley terug?

Er was maar 1 getuige tenslotte die die zich niet terugtrok of voor de rechtbank acceptabel was,
Twee, meen ik, waren dat niet.
Eén getuige, dagenlang afgedroogd, beschimpt, verdachtgemaakt en kapotgeschopt door Shanleys advocaat.
Hij heeft huilend en kotsend de rechtszaal moeten verlaten tijdens zijn getuigenissen; vrijdags vóór het weekend, zijn getuigenis na dagen nog steeds niet afgerond, huilend de rechter smekend niet terug te hoeven komen.

Andere mannen -misbruikt door Shanley- zonder woorden in die zaal.

Wat is er met die man gebeurd dat weekend?
Wie hielp hem dat weekend in leven te blijven?

Wat gebeurde er met die nee-zeggende rechter dat weekend?
Ik had bewondering voor haar. En zag generaals op de rand van een zwembad lopen.

De kranten schreeuwden het uit.
Paul Shanley schijnt daar, woordenloos, de getuige aankijkend te hebben gezeten.

Wat moet een 70+er met 12-15 jaar bajes?
En ieder wist, zeker ná de moord in zijn cel op Geoghan, nog zo'n "beest" zoals Kardinaal Law hem noemde, dat het niet onmogelijk is dat ook Shanley zijn levenslang niet overleefd.

In die arena van wetenschappers deed noch die getuigende man noch Shanley er nog toe.
Maar Shanley zat daar en keek Ford al die dagen zwijgend aan.

Paul Shanley, waarom kwam jij terug?

Ik vrees dat ik vanavond - in diepe afschuw - mijn antwoord vond.
Thomas, waarom vertellen al die rechters, advocaten, deskundige wetenschap en journalisten toch nooit het antwoord op die vraag-waarvoor-géén-verjaringstermijnen- mogelijk-zijn hoe ik dáár levenslang mee moet leven?

Vannacht werden moorden gepleegd. ik kan het weten: ik zat eerste rij, en nam de foto's.

zondag, augustus 24, 2008

Clive (13) had visions of monsters, but the truth was even worse;

Haunting memories of a child protection worker

By All names have been changed
Friday August 22 2008

The Occupational Therapy Unit at St Vitus's, an adult psychiatric hospital, was a long room with a dirty, vinyl floor and high windows, the lower panes of which were obscured by opaque plastic sheets.
I was there to see a 13-year-old boy named Clive Plummer. (All names have been changed). He had been committed due to the terrible, demonic hallucinations he experienced after the death of his mother.
I had been asked to meet him by his sister, Roberta, whom I had been to college with. She was convinced there was more to his apparent breakdown than met the eye -- I wasn't so sure, but wanted to help her.

Clive was in terrible physical shape -- thin, hollow-eyed and scarred from self-harming. He wore an expression devoid of feeling, and sat perfectly still, gazing unblinking into space.
I extended my hand.
"Clive, my name's Shane. I'm a friend of Roberta's, and she's asked me to come out and have a chat. I'm very pleased to meet you."

"I don't know you," he said tonelessly.
"I'm a friend of Roberta's."
"They sent you, didn't they?" he hissed at me, fighting to get the words out.
"Hey, relax, Clive. I promise you, I'm here because Roberta asked me to come."
"You can't fool me," the boy hissed. "I've been waiting for you. You're from them... I can tell."
"Who are they, Clive?" I asked, trying to calm him. "Who do you think is trying to hurt you?"

And then he was on top of me, knocking me backwards off the chair onto the linoleum, screaming, spitting and snapping at me with shattered teeth.
For a boy of his size, Clive was powerfully strong, and it took every ounce of my weight and the momentum of our fall for me to roll over, so that I was on top of him. Medical staff rushed over, a shot was administered, and poor Clive was taken away.

It took me several weeks to build up a relationship with Clive Plummer. Despite three visits accompanied by Roberta, the boy continued to be cautious. Gradually, through perseverance, trust grew and he felt able to tell me about the visions that haunted him.

"I'm here, in the hospital, and it's night time," he began, haltingly.

"I'm the only one on the ward, and when I go to the door, it's open. I walk out into the corridor. I know I shouldn't, but I keep going. I can see a light away in the distance, and I can hear something, like voices praying or chanting.

"The sound sort of pulls me forward. As I get closer, I can see that there's someone -- something -- standing at the end of the passage."

His voice was cracking, as if his very being did not wish for him to continue this narrative.

"You don't have to tell me this if you don't want to, Clive," I said quietly.
"I need to. I have to tell someone." He looked at me, and the terror was etched into every line in his face -- I thought, as I watched him, that 13-year-old boys shouldn't have lines on their faces, but Clive did.

"You believe me, don't you, Shane?"
"I know something awful happened to you, Clive."
I paused, squeezing his shoulder in an attempt to anchor him here with me, with the smell of grass and trees and frozen earth. "What's at the end of the corridor, Clive?"
"One of them."
"Who? Who are they?"
"Not who. What."
"I don't understand."
"See, Shane, they're not men. Standing at the end of the hallway is their leader.
"He's tall, much taller than you. His body is like a man, but the head is like a goat or a bull.
"It has horns and eyes like a cat, and smoke and fire come from the nose when he breathes. The monster wants me back. In my dreams, he tells me he's coming."

I was in the office several days later when the call came from Roberta Plummer.
"Clive's had an episode."
I paused in pushing a piece of paper into a plastic folder, the phone cradled between my chin and shoulder.
"What kind of episode?"
A pause, then: "He attacked a nurse and almost killed her. He ... he tried to rip her throat out. Scratched her with his nails. Broke her arm. They said he almost tore her cheek off with his teeth."

I went in to the hospital to see him immediately, and found him strapped to his bed in great distress.
"You led them to me," Clive said, glowering at me from the bed. "You tricked me into being your friend, and then you brought them here."

I learned that Clive's violence had occurred after a visit from a priest. This visitor turned out to be a close family friend of the Plummers', Fr Eddie, but when I spoke to him, he exuded sympathy and compassion for Clive. He told me he was certain the nightmares and hallucinations were linked to Clive's fascination with the occult, yet a second visit to Clive's home revealed not a single Tarot card or book on witchcraft -- it didn't add up. I was no closer to learning why my client had regressed so badly.

I found out a week later.

On a visit to the hospital late one evening, I got talking to a cleaner, who told me her name was Mildred. She was a handsome woman in her late sixties, and we struck up a conversation over a hurried cigarette.
During the course of our chat she mentioned that she knew Fr Eddie.
I raised an eyebrow. "How do you know him?"

She lowered her eyes, scuffing the ground with her toe like a child might. "Do you know what a Magdalen is?" she asked.
"You mean the women who were in the Magdalen laundries?" I asked.
"Yes. I am -- I mean I was -- a Magdalen."
Magdelan laundries -- veritable prisons for so-called fallen women -- were operated by different orders of the Roman Catholic Church, most famously the Sisters of Mercy and the Good Shepherd Sisters.
"Fr Edward used to visit us in the Laundry," Mildred said. "Some of the priests who came to see us were decent, but some were devils. He was one of the worst."

Fr Eddie had a history. He had been investigated for alleged abuses in several parishes, and was said to have an obsession with the more mystical and arcane side of the Catholic Church. As a priest told me: "Clive Plummer may not be interested in the occult, but Fr Eddie most certainly is."

It was too much of a coincidence. I decided to speak to the boy's father. When I met him, he broke down.
"When my wife became ill, Fr Eddie asked her to attend some prayer evenings at the presbytery," he said.
"I didn't realise until she'd been to a couple that they were actually more a kind of pagan gathering. I think it was after the third or fourth one she asked me if she could take him.
"She told me that Fr Eddie had told her that, because Clive was her son, he'd amplify her natural energies, accelerate her healing. Clive said he'd be glad to go -- he was completely devoted to his mother -- and I thought no more about it.

"The boy was a bit reserved after some of the meetings, but he's a teenager, I passed it off as adolescence. My wife admitted to me that there was a sexual element to some of the ceremonies they performed, and that perhaps this was stirring up some hormonal issues for Clive. I told her I didn't want him witnessing anything inappropriate, but she laughed and told me it was more imagery and suggestion than anything else. So I said no more about it. I never thought for a moment she'd allow anything harmful to happen to our son."

"But she did, didn't she?" I said.

"I didn't find out what they'd done to him until it was too late," Plummer said. "My wife was in hospital, by then, and knew she was going to die. She wanted me to get Clive help.

"She realised what she had done was wrong, but she was desperate for a cure. I can't be angry with her. Wouldn't it have been better for him to have a mother? She thought that was what she was doing, you see. She was trying to live."

"Mr Plummer," I said, unable to hide the disgust in my voice, "in her effort to live, your wife almost killed her son. Your son."

Fr Eddie flatly denied the allegations of abuse, almost challenging me to bring any charges against him.

"They've tried to put me away before, Mr Dunphy," he crowed. "It didn't work then, and I don't think it'll work now. But feel free to try."
I told him to be quite certain that I would make every effort to do just that.

'She thought it would make her get better, didn't she?" Clive said. "That by doing those things, the cancer would go away." It had not been easy to tell him, nor for him to understand what had happened.

"I don't remember any of it," Clive said. The sedatives they were pumping him full of had been reduced, but he was still a bit groggy. "All I can see when I try to is the monsters. It's dark and they're all around me, hurting me. Mum isn't there."

"I think your mind created those nightmares, as strange as it might seem, to protect you," Roberta said. "What happened was really, really awful. I suppose being attacked by demons seemed better than ... than what really did occur."

"I wish she was here," Clive said.
"I know," Roberta said, putting her arm around her brother. "She owes you answers, and an apology. She owes us both that."
"No," Clive said. "I wish she was here so I could tell her I understand. That I forgive her."

Clive Plummer was taken off all medication shortly after his father finally faced the truth, and was allowed to go home shortly after that.
Roberta took a career break, to help her brother cope with the reality he had been forced to accept, and she and Clive are, to the best of my knowledge, still in therapy. Clive's father died a year later.

The Roman Catholic Church has left a legacy that will continue to reverberate through Irish society for many decades to come. It is a shameful thing that they continue to duck and dive, and to harbour individuals they know are a danger to children.

The man I based Fr Eddie on was, eventually, prosecuted, on a lesser charge. He served 10 months, and is at large again, now.

Children and teenagers continue to be put in adult psychiatric facilities. The need for child and adolescent beds has been highlighted countless times, to no effect.

'Hush, Little Baby' is published by Gill & McMillan, €11.99
- All names have been changed

woensdag, augustus 20, 2008

das lied vom rauch;


Argentinie priesters en een aartsbisschop

An Argentine priest went on trial Tuesday, charged with 17 counts of sexual abuse and corruption of three young boys in one of the first major public sex scandals involving the Catholic Church there.

Prosecutors say Julio Grassi, 52, sexually abused three boys, including two minors, who attended his well-known "Happy the Children" Foundation for underprivileged youth. The boys are three of the more than 350 witnesses who will testify against Grassi over the next few months, including the archbishop of Buenos Aires.

"Happy the Children" Foundation, created in 1993, converted Grassi into a renowned charity figure in Argentina, allowing him to bring in thousands of dollars in donations, many from important public figures who have since distanced themselves from the priest.

Grassi reiterated his innocence Tuesday during an abruptly called recess due to alleged "irregularities" in the case, according to his lawyers. The priest has a Web site on which he also declares his innocence and says his life's purpose is "to save children from a life on the street."

Grassi's case went public in October 2002 when a local television station aired an investigative report detailing the priest's alleged sexual abuse.

In another well-publicized case a month earlier, Monsignor Edgardo Storni had to step down as archbishop of the central Argentine town of Santa Fe following accusations he sexually abused seminarians and young priests. Storni denied the charges.

More than 90 percent of Argentines identify themselves as Catholics, although less than 20 percent are practicing. (Jeannette Neumann, AP)

The pope has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Edgardo Storni of Santa Fe, Argentina, following reports of Storni being involved in sexual assaults against seminarians.
Conscience, December, 2002
In 1994 Storni was subject to an investigation ordered by the Vatican, led by Monsignor José María Arancibia, after allegations of sexual abuse on 47 young seminarists, who were questioned, together with some of their family members, by Arancibia and a psychologist, at the home of Monsignor Estanislao Karlic in Paraná.

Soon after the scandal broke out, in February 1995 Storni employed his contacts with then-Apostolic Nuncio Ubaldo Calabressi to arrange a trip to the Vatican. There he was received and ratified in his post by Pope John Paul II.
The investigation was set aside.

In 2002 the book Our Holy Mother, by the renowned Misiones-born journalist Olga Wornat, was presented at the Santa Fe Book Fair. The book recounted the history of the accusations against Storni, and mentions an episode of threats against a priest, José Guntern, who had written a letter to the Archbishop asking for him to resign on account of his misconduct (sexual activity with a seminarist).

According to Guntern, he was taken practically by force to Storni's house and forced to recant and stay silent.

The political climate had changed. While Storni has close relations with members of the local élite, the Catholic Church had been shaken by the wave of abuse allegations in the United States. Storni travelled to Rome on 28 August, where he met the Pope and several other Argentine bishops.

Storni resigned his post on 1 October, stating that this did not signify guilt.

He returned to Argentina and went to live at Los Leones, a large farm and horse ranch owned by Eduardo González Kess near Llambí Campbell, 60 km away from Santa Fe's capital. He then moved to a secluded ecclesiastic residence in La Falda, Córdoba; since he is formally still a bishop, he receives a pension paid by the state, as per the financial support of the Church mandated by the Argentine Constitution.

zaterdag, augustus 16, 2008

Hondje uit Lombardije op de wallen van Elburg. dag Fikkies

juni 68

Maar zeg eens
wat gebeurde er met die hand
Die hebben ze

op 't graf gezet, Sancho,
zo rechtop in 't zand.

(uit: Ode aan het bestek van mijn moeders)

vrijdag, augustus 15, 2008

donderdag, augustus 14, 2008

Sister Anupa Mary; Nun commits suicide, father alleges sexual abuse

12 Aug 2008

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Even as controversy over the death of Sister Abhaya refuses to ebb, the death of a second nun in mysterious circumstances has pushed the Church in Kerala into a spot. The nun’s father on Tuesday alleged that she was sexually abused in the convent where she was living.

Body of 22-year-old nun, Anupa Mary, was found hanging from the ceiling of the St Mary’s convent in Kollam district on Monday.

A member of the Vimala Hrudaya Franciscan Congregation, Mary had joined the convent only three months back. Police said a suicide note recovered from the body mentioned her sufferings at the convent and her differences with the mother superior.

The twist in the tale came on Tuesday with her father Pappachan accusing a senior nun in the convent of sexually abusing Mary. He claimed that the nun had made several advances towards Mary and when they were turned down, she forced Mary to work more at the convent.

Pappachan, a cook in the Bishop’s house in Kollam, said when Mary had come home for leave some days back, she had told her mother that she could not take it any more. She had, however, not said anything to him as she feared being chucked out of the convent, he added.

Sister Anupa cremated
KOLLAM: The 22-year-old nun, Sister Anupa Mary, who committed suicide in her room at the Saint Mary's Convent here on Monday, was cremated Monday. It was alleged that the death was due to "sexual harassment" by a senior Sister of the nunnery.

While the suicide note left by Sister Anupa Mary said she was taking the extreme step as she could no longer bear the harassment, her father alleged that she was even sexually exploited by a senior Sister. (*)

Pappachan, Anupa's father who is a cook in the Bishops's house here, said his daughter had suffered great humiliation and harassment in the convent.
"Is it not barbaric that a senior nun used to sleep with Anupa in the night after putting her through all the rigorous chores during the day," Pappachan told reporters.

Police have registered a case.

Meanwhile, Kerala State Women's Commission sought a probe into the nun's death and demanded severe punishment for the guilty.
Commission Chairperson Justice D Sreedevi said women should have the freedom to live with dignity as enshrined in the Constitution.

She said the nun's death in the convent gave credence to the Commission's recent suggestion for certain rules on enrolment of girls as nuns, which had triggered protests from various Christian organisations.

Sister Anupa Mary, a teacher in a Lower Primary school run by the St Mary's Convent Holy Cross Order, hailed from a poor family living at nearby Kanjiramkode.

Anupa had joined St Mary's convent two months ago on taking the vow for nunhood. Earlier, she was attached to another convent in the city.

Nun's death: Commission seeks action against guilty
T'PURAM: The Kerala State Women's Commission yesterday sought a probe into the nun's death and wanted the guilty to be punished.

The 23-year-old nun allegedly committed suicide in her room at the Saint Mary's Convent in the Port area here Monday. The body of the nun, who belonged to the Holy Cross Order, was found hanging from the ceiling fan inside her room at the convent Monday evening, police said.

Commission Chairperson Justice D Sreedevi said that women should have the freedom to live with dignity as enshrined in the Constitution.
D Sreedevi said the nun's death in the convent gave credence to the Commission's recent suggestion for certain rules on girls enrolling as nuns, which had triggered protest from various Christian organisations and the Church.

The Commission had asked the government to take action against parents sending their daughters below 18 years of age to convents to become nuns.

The panel also wanted the age limit prescribed for the women who voluntarily decide to lead a religious life and action taken against the parents who forcefully send their daughters to convents.

The panel also wanted family property rights assured for the women being sent to convents as nuns and some mechanism put in place for rehabilitation of those who were returning from the convent.

(*) De sociale structuur van Kerala is ongebruikelijk vanwege het matriarchale systeem. (Wiki)

Bamberg, misbruik, zelfdoding(en?), en weer een nieuwe zaak nu tegen 4 vrouwen.

Rund eine Woche nach dem Bekanntwerden von Missbrauchsvorwürfen gegen einen Domkapitular der Erzdiözese Bamberg ist ein weiterer Missbrauchsverdacht aufgetaucht. Ein kirchlicher Mitarbeiter soll sich an mehreren Frauen sexuell vergangen haben.

Die Staatsanwaltschaft ermittle bereits seit dem Frühjahr gegen einen kirchlichen Mitarbeiter, sagte der Leitende Oberstaatsanwalt Joseph Düsel. Ob es in dem Fall zu einem Strafverfahren komme, stehe noch nicht fest, erklärte Düsel. Dies müssten die laufenden Ermittlungen ergeben.

Diözese informiert Staatsanwaltschaft

Die Diözese habe die Staatsanwaltschaft unmittelbar nach Bekannt werden des Falls im Frühjahr informiert, so der Leitende Oberstaatsanwalt. Dies sei im Falle des beschuldigten Domkapitulars nicht geschehen. Hier habe die Staatsanwaltschaft aufgrund von Medienberichten Ermittlungen aufgenommen.

Domkapitular tritt zurück

Die Staatsanwaltschaft Bamberg ermittelt derzeit gegen einen Domkapitular der Erzdiözese Bamberg wegen des Verdachts des sexuellen Missbrauchs. Der Geistliche soll vier Jungen sexuell missbraucht haben. Der 63-jährige Geistliche wurde bereits am 18. Juli mit den Vorwürfen konfrontiert und daraufhin beurlaubt. Er war von 1976 bis 1978 als Präfekt und dann bis 1991 als Leiter des inzwischen aufgelösten Internats Ottonianum tätig. Der Domkapitular, bisher Leiter der Hauptabteilung Pastorales Personal trat von dieser Position zurück.

Ermittler prüfen Selbstmord von Ex-Schüler des Bamberger Domkapitulars
AP - Montag, 11. August,

Bamberg (AP) Nach den Missbrauchsvorwürfen gegen einen Bamberger Domkapitular prüft die Staatsanwaltschaft den Jahre zurückliegenden Selbstmord eines früheren Internatsschülers des Mannes. Es seien Gerüchte laut geworden, wonach der junge Mann ein Missbrauchsopfer des 63-jährigen Priesters gewesen sei und sich aus Verzweiflung getötet habe, sagte der Bamberger Oberstaatsanwalt Joseph Düsel am Montag und bestätigte damit einen Bericht des Nachrichtenmagazins «Focus». «Wir versuchen, dem jetzt nochmal nachzugehen.»

Der ehemalige Gymnasiast habe sich 1990 im Alter von 23 Jahren das Leben genommen. Bei den ersten Ermittlungen sei aber kein Zusammenhang mit dem Aufenthalt des jungen Mannes auf dem Knabengymnasium Ottonianum festgestellt worden, sagte Düsel.
Auch prüften die Ermittler, ob der Domkapitular 1991 den Eltern eines anderen mutmaßlichen Opfers 20.000 Mark gegeben haben soll. Der betroffene ehemalige Internatsschüler sei aber bereits polizeilich vernommen worden und habe eine solche Zahlung nicht erwähnt.

Dem inzwischen von seinen Ämtern zurückgetretenen Domkapitular wird vorgeworfen, während seiner Zeit als Leiter des Ottonianums in Bamberg zwischen 1976 und 1991 vier Schüler sexuell missbraucht zu haben. Die Vorfälle wurden im Mai dieses Jahres bekannt. Sie sind nach Angaben der Staatsanwaltschaft bereits verjährt.
Trotz eines kürzlich gestarteten Aufrufs an weitere potenzielle Opfer oder Zeugen, sich bei den Ermittlungsbehörden zu melden, seien bisher keine neuen Missbrauchsvorwürfe bekanntgeworden, sagte Düsel. Entsprechend gebe es auch keine Anhaltspunkte für eine Straftat des 63-Jährigen, die noch nicht verjährt sei.

Bamberger Ermittler prüfen weiteren Selbstmord nach Missbrauch
AP - Dienstag, 12. August,

Bamberg (AP) Im Zusammenhang mit den Missbrauchsvorwürfen gegen einen Bamberger Domkapitular überprüft die Staatsanwaltschaft einen weiteren Selbstmord eines Schülers. «Bisher gibt es nicht den geringsten Ansatz, außer einem Gerücht», betonte der Bamberger Oberstaatsanwalt Joseph Düsel am Dienstag. Zwischen dem Selbstmord eines jungen Mannes aus dem Jahr 1991 und einem möglichen Missbrauch durch den 63-jährigen Priester gebe es nach ersten Erkenntnissen keine Verbindung. Die Unterlagen der damaligen Ermittlungen würden nun aber erneut geprüft.

Der junge Mann soll kein Schüler des Knabeninternats Ottonianum gewesen sein, das der Domkapitular zwischen 1976 und 1991 leitete, sondern das Franz-Ludwig-Gymnasium in Bamberg besucht haben. Dort gab der Domkapitular nach Angaben der Erzdiözese Bamberg nebenamtlich Religionsunterricht.

Ermittlern liegen neue Namen vor

Düsel sagte, die Staatsanwaltschaft habe bisher mit zwei ehemaligen Internatsschülern gesprochen. «Was die gesagt haben, führt aber nicht zu einer Anklage», sagte er. Die Vorwürfe seien verjährt. Nach einem Appell der Ermittlungsbehörden an weitere potenzielle Betroffene, sich zu melden, lägen inzwischen neue Namen vor. Düsel ließ offen, ob es sich dabei um weitere mögliche Opfer oder Zeugen handelt.

Die Vorwürfe wurden im Mai dieses Jahres bekannt und sind nach Angaben der Staatsanwaltschaft verjährt. Der 63-jährige Priester kann sich nach Angaben der Erzdiözese Bamberg an die ihm zur Last gelegten Vorfälle nicht mehr erinnern. Er hält sich seit Mitte Juli an einem geheimgehaltenen Ort auf.

dinsdag, augustus 12, 2008

Reuzen bestaan! Australie: Father Tom Doyle .

On this page today we publish an abridged version of what is probably the hardest-edged commentary we've yet published on Catholica. We also publish the unabridged version in pdf format. It is from an address Fr Tom Doyle gave to the annual gathering of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) in Chicago on 13 July 2008.

The paper might be of particular interest to readers of Catholica Australia for two reasons: Firstly, it is one of the most comprehensive discussions you're likely to find anywhere on the steps that are necessary to bring the maximum possible healing to victims of abuse. Allied to that what Fr Doyle has to say might provide valuable insights for any person who is dealing with the effects of abuse, either as a victim or a person endeavouring to provide support to victims.
Secondly, the necessary discussion on the nature of priesthood and the nature of the Church Tom Doyle engages in provides a wealth a valuable reflections that dovetail in exceedingly well with the on-going discussion we've been having on priesthood. While Doyle largely raises these issues in the negative context of what went wrong, when viewed in a positive light they also shed light on what needs to be done to bring about a more effective priesthood that can better minister to the needs ot people today.
orginele tekst in PDF, itt Voice from the desert goed leesbaar dus.
Dank jullie.
Want als de grote klokke luidt, de klokke luidt
de reuze gaat uit
kere weer om
Reuze, Reuze

Church lists banned touches

Archdiocese: Pat a child's back, but no kisses

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati's new Decree on Child Protection includes the most detailed rules yet for how priests, employees and volunteers should interact with children.

The latest version of the decree, which is updated every five years, lists for the first time examples of physical contact that would be appropriate or inappropriate under church rules.

Handshakes, pats on the back, high-fives, side hugs or shoulder-to-shoulder hugs all are acceptable. But bear hugs, lengthy embraces, lap-sitting, kisses, wrestling, tickling, massages or piggy-back rides are off limits.

Church officials say the list should help eliminate any confusion staff members or volunteers might have about contact with kids.

The latest revision of the decree was released last week with about eight more pages of new or expanded rules.
"We try to make it better all the time," said archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco.
Other changes include a requirement that contractors who have contact with kids get background checks, and a policy that urges staff and volunteers to avoid using "suggestive or inappropriate" communications with children.

The decree also would bar people from entering the seminary or becoming deacons if their names appear on a new civil registry that lists anyone with a declaratory judgment - not necessarily a criminal conviction - for assault or battery.

The registry, created last year, allows Ohio judges to use a declaratory judgment to put someone accused of abuse on the registry if they believe the allegations have merit, but the case is too old to prosecute. So far, no one has been placed on the registry.

The changes to the decree came after months of consultation with a team of lay and clerical people, as well as from reviewing decrees in other dioceses.
Victims' advocates have criticized the archdiocese for its handling of past abuse cases, but they support the rules in the decree.
"Any change that moves toward protecting children is great," said Christy Miller, co-director of the Cincinnati chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Miller said no rule, however, can protect children from abusers who never were prosecuted and appear on no registry.

Since publication of the first decree in 1993, church officials say, 81,000 staff, volunteers and clergy have been trained in its provisions. At least 59,000 people who work with children have been fingerprinted and undergone background checks.
Andriacco said 266 people have been barred from working with kids because of criminal convictions or misconduct.

full decree on the archdiocese'site

zondag, augustus 10, 2008

The survival of the spirit, Tom Doyle op SNAP bijeenkomst 13 juli 2008. Eindelijk: dan is het daar al.

Reus Doyle kreeg het voor elkaar. Door mens willen zijn.




mocht iemand dit stuk willen lezen maar daarmee problemen hebben door het Engels, schaam je daar dan aub niet over of wat dan ook, maar laat het horen. Dan komt er wel een oplossing.

zaterdag, augustus 09, 2008

Abuse in all its forms, is repulsive and must not be tolerated.Bishop apologises for clergy sex abuse

A New South Wales bishop has publicly apologised to the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy.

About 500 people including victims, relatives and politicians last night gathered at Newcastle's Sacred Heart Cathedral, in the NSW Hunter region, to hear the apology.
During the service, victims were invited to place an olive tree branch and personal symbols of abuse in front of the cathedral's altar.
A woman called Anne, who was a victim of sexual abuse, says the apology will help victims to heal.
"We witnessed something special. A significant turning point," she said.
"I think one of the hymns, 'Come from darkness into light', that's exactly what this diocese has done.
"We've had a lot of negative stuff in the past and it's amazing where we've come from to where we are today and it's a journey that we've experienced. It's just great."
She said she would like priests to give victims more active support.
"I think the priests in this diocese need to follow that response and support their community," she said.
"In the past, community's have been split because we were looked upon because we were thought of doing the wrong thing, so priests need to take a stand and believe the victims.
"I think that is very important. Tonight we had a lot of positive things, that obviously leads to change, so it's a very good start." rest

7th August, 2008


The 13th February, 2008 was a very significant day – it was the day that Australia said “sorry” for past injustices to the Stolen Generations of our Indigenous people.

For many years Australians had been calling for an apology. We even inaugurated a “sorry day” to prompt Government leaders to redress those terrible injustices of the past.

Nothing happened.

Thousands of people walked across the Harbour Bridge. They longed for the first step to be taken on the road to reconciliation. They knew that those first steps towards reconciliation could not happen if the Prime Minister refused to say sorry. For reconciliation to happen there has to be a sorry! Nothing happened.

Then came a change in Government. A new Political Party was voted in. We had a new Prime Minister. This new leader vowed to say “sorry”.
So many Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, wept openly as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd uttered these words:
“To the stolen generations I say the following: as Prime Minister of Australia I am sorry. On behalf of the Government of Australia I am sorry. On behalf of the Parliament of Australia I am sorry.
I offer you this apology without qualification. We apologise for the hurt, the pain and suffering that we, the Parliament, have caused you by the laws that previous Parliaments have enacted. We apologise for the indignity, the degradation and the humiliation these laws embodied.”

In my opinion that day, 13th February, 2008, was a pivotal point in our Nation’s history. To be able to name and acknowledge past mistakes, to be able to admit fault and apologise, is a sign of a mature Nation.
Of course, people will be quick to add that an apology is one thing! Action must follow – and they are right to say so: action must support an apology.

From 13th February, 2008 we fast-forward to 19th July, 2008 when Pope Benedict XVI made an apology to all victims of sexual abuse at a Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney.

Prior to that occasion there had been considerable speculation that he might not apologise, although the Pope maintained that he had planned to apologise all along.
Just as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised on behalf of the Government and Parliament of Australia, so too did Pope Benedict apologise on behalf of the Church.
These were the words he used:

“Here I would like to acknowledge the shame which we have all felt as a result of the sexual abuse of minors by some clergy and religious in this country. These misdeeds, which constitute so grave a betrayal of trust, deserve unequivocal condemnation. They have caused great pain and have damaged the Church’s witness. Victims should receive compassion and care, and those responsible for these evils must be brought to justice. It is an urgent priority to promote a safer and more wholesome environment, especially for young people.”

Again, people will say that action must follow the Pope’s apology.
This gathering tonight is a declaration that the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle intends to act in a more compassionate and caring way towards victims of sexual abuse.

As bishop of this Diocese for over 13 years I admit to you that I have felt torn between loyalty to the Church, loyalty to Church personnel of whom I am one, and loyalty to the victims or survivors of sexual abuse.

That dilemma is now solved.

From here on in my first concern is for the victims of what I consider to be a repulsive crime. In the words of Pope Benedict I unequivocally condemn those clergy who have betrayed the trust placed in them by both the Church and the people of God, especially children and young people. They must be brought to justice!

I have met with and personally apologised to survivors on behalf of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. Tonight, at this public gathering, I apologise to you and to all the people of the Diocese for the great pain, the shame you have felt and the terrible damage done to the Church.

My heart grieves with my brother priests who have given their lives to serve a Church wounded by abusive behaviour.

As bishop of the Diocese I am sorry! On behalf of former bishops of this Diocese I am sorry! On behalf of the Catholic community of Maitland-Newcastle I am sorry!

To the people of Newcastle, the Hunter and the Manning, I am sorry! For my personal mistakes in this area I am sorry!

Be assured that this apology is genuinely expressed and is supported by the resolve to create a “safe and wholesome environment” for all our people especially children and the young.

I will no longer make excuses for the failure of the Church to be compassionate.

I will speak honestly and sincerely about the deep evil which is sexual abuse. Those responsible will be brought to justice.

I hope that this apology will enable all of us to face the reality of this terrible behaviour. Care of victims, be they individuals, families or parish communities, must always be our first concern.
Jesus honoured the sacredness of children. They are precious gifts to us from a loving God. Our society is being judged by the way we care for our children and the way we respond to those who have suffered as children and continue to suffer today. May we not be found wanting.

Most Reverend Michael MaloneBishop of Maitland-Newcastle

20th July 2008
Statement from Bishop Michael Malone Following the Apology made by Pope Benedict XVI to Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Church Personnel

I am heartened by Pope Benedict XVI’s apology to survivors of sexual abuse by church personnel offered during yesterday’s mass at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney, particularly given the considerable speculation that it might not have happened.

I hope the apology was a moment of healing and acknowledgement for survivors of abuse and their families, a moment in which they may realise that the leader of the church recognises their experiences as a devastating and shameful part of our history. I am aware, however, that survivors of abuse all have individual needs for healing and that, for some, this apology will not be in the form they would have wished.

I believe the apology is a moment of maturity for our church, a small but significant step in our response to the issue of abuse by church personnel. Pope Benedict XVI called for all in the church to “work together” in “combating this evil”.

Abuse in all its forms, is repulsive and must not be tolerated.

We must continue to gain a greater understanding of the causes of this abuse and work to address them.


Zimmerman House can be contacted on (02) 49408091. Toll free 1800 234 050

Most Reverend Michael Malone
Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle

Ontem apenas
fomos a voz sufocada
Uma papoila crescia, crescia

donderdag, augustus 07, 2008

maar de kapitein z'n baard, díe was van eikenhout

bron: clickjardin


de wenteltrap

vrouw Holle

En er was een oorlogsschip
dat was al op een duimpje na
gezonken op een klip
en het vlees was er goedkoop
men kocht er vijf en twintig pond
zonder één glad houten knoop
er was een oude vrouw (bis)
die nam het hele oorlogschip
en stak het in haar mouw

en alles was van glas
als dat geen wonder was.

dinsdag, augustus 05, 2008

The Justice Trial

Caspar Berger

His daughter moved out of his house, finally, reported what he'd done to the police, the police went into his house and opened the freezer, and then they went off to the church where he was preaching that day. What did they do then?
Police allowed Hopkins to finish his sermon before arresting him.

Lori Penn

zondag, augustus 03, 2008

Donald McGuire

All Things Considered, October 29, 2007 ·

Donald McGuire sexually abused two teenaged boys in the 1960s.

That much is public record: He was convicted in a criminal trial last year.

As recently as nine weeks ago, Jesuit leaders insisted that they had no knowledge of any other abuse by the renowned priest.

But documents show that over the past 38 years, Jesuit leaders were alerted many times about McGuire's behavior — even as criminal and civil cases were under way.

That raises the question: What happened to those records?

"They either destroyed documents relevant to criminal activity, or they lied," said Marc Pearlman, an attorney for several plaintiffs.

Pearlman has obtained copies of 25 documents from families of alleged victims, which he gave to NPR.

They indicate that McGuire had sexual relationships with at least seven teenage boys between 1969 and 2004 (three others have since been identified). The documents include letters from family members to top Jesuit leaders, as well as letters from Jesuit leaders discussing the problem.

Pearlman said because the Jesuits failed to act after the first report, a sexual predator had free access to young men for nearly 40 years.
Edward Schmidt, the provincial, or leader, of the Jesuits in Chicago, said they were not protecting McGuire.

"We were treating him as a member of the Jesuit order," he said in a phone interview. "We were proceeding as though he were a good person, you know, until we became aware of some of these issues that have now become public. Were we trying to protect him from authorities? Not in any way."

First Signs of Trouble

Until very recently, Donald McGuire was one of the most prominent Jesuits of his day. In 1983, he became the spiritual director of Mother Teresa's organization and her confessor. He led Ignatian retreats, calling people to an intimate relationship with God.


zaterdag, augustus 02, 2008

peepshowkit global village

Maar dat ene kleine nikkertje
Dat had de zaak bedonderd
Want ergens in de achterzak
Daar zaten er nog honderd
Honderd kleine nikkertjes
Vierden een liederlijk feest
Elke blanke die kwam oordelen
Was er ook meteen geweest

Priest's victim tells of life of crime after abuse

Friday August 01, 2008

Another former priest at Christchurch's Marylands special school was today jailed for the sexual abuse of boys which has left them scarred and angry - and one into a life of crime targeting Catholic churches.

Rodger William Moloney, now 73 and in ill health, was jailed for two years nine months by Justice Graham Panckhurst at his sentencing in the High Court in Christchurch.
Moloney, who still denies the offending, was found guilty at a trial in June on three charges of indecently assaulting boys under 16 and four of inducing them to do indecent acts.
He was acquitted of 16 other similar offences.

Justice Panckhurst congratulated one of the victims - a 46-year-old unemployed man living in Christchurch - who read his victim impact statement in court as the sentencing began.

The man said he had 338 criminal convictions, many of them for burglaries of Catholic churches.
He said he had been abused by four of the brothers at Marylands Special School in the 1970s, when the school at Halswell was run by the Order of St John of God.

"It has had an absolutely profound effect upon his life," Justice Panckhurst said.
"He has committed so many offences against churches of the same denomination from which the order comes, not to take property but simply to cause damage, no doubt in response for the damage he was done as a young child.".

Moloney was convicted on charges involving five boys. Some of the offending involved indecently touching them - two of them on the outside of their clothing - and others involved masturbation.

Defence counsel Greg King urged a sentence of home detention because of Moloney' age, ill health, and his lack of any other offending before Marylands or in the 30 years since.

Although Moloney maintained his innocence, he accepted that any sexual abuse of children was abhorrent and had long-lasting and devastating effects on people.

The court had been told that many former pupils from Marylands had ended up in prison, and would have friends and associates there.

"This will make a sentence of imprisonment physically difficult and dangerous for the prisoner who is not in a position to stand up and defend himself."

Crown prosecutor Kerryn Beaton said Moloney had used his position as prior at Marylands to prey upon the five children in his care, for his own sexual gratification, and effectively used his role to suppress their complaints. There had been no expression of remorse, or acceptance of responsibility.

Justice Panckhurst described it has systematic and opportunistic abuse of the boys and noted Moloney's "fall from grace" after five decades of work within St John of God.
He is a trained pharmacist and psychiatric nurse.

Another former Marylands priest, Brother Bernard McGrath, was jailed in 2006 for sexual offending against boys at the school. rest

Jail for ex-head of Catholic School

For many years these men, or boys as they were at that time, tried to explain what happened to them at school and they were called liars, and so now people know they weren't lying," says Ken Clearwater from Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse.
One of the abuse victims read out a statement in court.
The important thing for them is having their day in court, and giving their evidence, telling the truth about what happened all those years ago at Marylands" says Decetive Sergeant Earle Borrell.
Father Moloney ran the St John of God School, Marylands, 40 years ago.
In the past he has said that the school was one of a kind, saying that it looked after 100 boys of lower ability and 20 that are intellectually handicapped.

He is the second Marylands brother convicted for sexual abuse.
Two years ago Father Bernard McGrath was sentenced to five years jail for 21 historic indecency charges.

"This is an international order and have brothers in a whole range of countries.
In Australia and New Zealand I don't think they deserve to be here now because of the damage they've done," says Michelle Mulvihill a former Church psychologist.

Moloney was found not guilty last month on another 16 charges.

Victim of abuse hates church
The victim said the sentence does come as a closure, but he would be happy to have the Pope personally apologise.