zondag, maart 31, 2019


Personal Bill of Rights 
I have the right to freedom of speech
I have the right to be heard
I have the right to be respected
I have the right to accept and own my own power
I have the right to not disclose unless I am comfortable
I have the right to feel my emotions
I have the right to say no
I have the right to challenge the status quo
I have the right to ask questions
I have the right to be me
I have the right to own my own ideas
I have the right to my values and beliefs
I have the right to laugh

Dr. Alicia A. Dunlop, Toronto

" Het is verbazingwekkend hoe, ondanks alle ideologische manipulatie, er niets verdwijnt uit het geheugen."
Václav Havel 
Een geschiedenis en een tel raam,  werelderfgoed: de vis wordt duur betaald

woensdag, maart 27, 2019

Allegation of historical abuse against Eamonn Casey confirmed by Kerry diocese



Diocese confirms gardaí were informed and person concerned was offered support

Irish Times
Colin Gleeson, Patsy McGarry

Given that information relating to Bishop Casey is now in the public domain, we can confirm that one historical concern regarding Bishop Casey was received by the diocese”

dinsdag, maart 26, 2019

But did the bed break? "wir haben es nicht gewusst."

vicaris generaal van het aartsbisdom Utrecht
Tot ik weer vliegen kon, Sigrid Zomer2004 


de bedrijfsongevalletjes van Ad van Luyn

Children fathered by Catholic priests and banished to Scotland, uncovered by ancestry sites

the power and the glory: Bishop Eamonn Casey accused of sexually abusing three women as children Late bishop admitted to one of the allegations, two other women given compensation

Patsy McGarry


Irish Times
Three women made allegations that they were sexually abused as children by former Bishop of Galway the late Eamonn Casey and two have received compensation as a result.

In one of the cases, Bishop Casey, who died in March 2017 aged 89, admitted the abuse when he was serving as a priest up to 2005 in the south Englanddiocese of Arundel and Brighton.

Speaking then to the English diocese’s child protection officer Fr Kieran O’Brien, according to a diocesan document, Bishop Casey said “that there was another historical case dealt with by his solicitors in Dublin.

“Name of alleged victim was (redacted). She made a claim through the Residential Institutions Redress Board and was awarded compensation,” according to a diocesan document.

Bishop Casey made the admission in the context of another allegation of child abuse made against him by his niece Patricia Donovan a short time beforehand in November 2005.

On Monday evening, a spokesman for Limerick’s Catholic diocese confirmed that it was “aware” of the three complaints dating back to the 1950s and 1960s against Bishop Casey, who was ordained in Limerick in 1951 and moved to the UK in 1960. The Garda Síochána and the Church authorities were notified by the Limerick diocese after the complaints were made in 2001, another in 2005 and the third in 2014.

Two of the cases were reported directly to the Limerick diocese’s attention, by the complainant in one instance and on behalf of the complainant in the second. The third came before Arundel and Brighton.
One of the complaints was subsequently dealt with by the Residential Institutions Redress Board, which handled all claims from people maltreated in orphanages, industrial schools or reformatories.
A settlement was made in the second case after his death in 2017 after a woman had begun a High Court action over alleged abuse when Bishop Casey served as a curate in St John’s Cathedral in Limerick from 1955 to 1960,
The Irish Mail on Sunday carried an extensive interview with Ms Donovan who repeated her allegations against Bishop Casey in 2005, which were investigated by the gardaí. No charges were brought by the DPP.
Speaking at the time to The Irish Times, Bishop Casey said he was “utterly amazed” to be told by gardaí on August 28th 2005 that there would be no charges, since he had been interviewed just three weeks before
“I thought it would take another five or six months at least,” he declared. Gardaí had questioned him for six hours on foot of the 13 allegations made, he said.
Until last Sunday’s article, which also carried a statement from Limerick diocese on the three women making allegations, it was not known that Bishop Casey faced child abuse allegations by two other women.

wordt vervolgd

donderdag, maart 21, 2019

"Don't worry about all this, Tom, nobody's going to sue the Catholic Church."


The so-called "summit" on the clergy sex abuse crisis was not a total failure. The process and the outcome of the Feb. 21-24 meeting of bishops at the Vatican were clearly a serious disappointment to the victim-survivors, their families and countless others who hoped for something concrete to happen. The accomplishments can only be understood in the context of the totality of the event: the speeches, especially those of the three women, the bishops' deliberations, the media reaction, and the presence and participation of the victims-survivors from at least 20 countries.

I have been directly involved in this nightmare since 1984, when the reality of sexual violation of the innocent by clerics, and the systemic lying and cover-up by the hierarchy (from the papacy on down) emerged from layers of ecclesiastical secrecy into the open. By 1985, Pope John Paul II and several high-ranking Vatican clerics possessed detailed information about what was quickly turning into the church's worst crisis since the Dark Ages.

From that time onward, bishops on various levels of church bureaucracy have been engaged in almost nonstop rhetoric about the issue that has been a mixture of denial, blame-shifting, minimization, explanations (the most bizarre, that it's the work of the devil), apologies, expressions of regret, promises of change. The rhetoric has been accompanied by procedures, policies, protocols and a few changes in canon law. The gathering in February was no exception.

There were no revelations, statements, speeches or promises from anyone involved in the meetings that were new, including the momentous statements by Holy Child of Jesus Sr. Veronica Openibo, Linda Ghisoni and Valentina Alazraki. Everything that was said has already been proclaimed publicly by someone from within the church's system, from among the victims and survivors or from their supporters.

The other element that fits right in with the bishops' pattern of response over the past 35 years is that they made promises but did nothing. People have been begging the bishops for years to stop talking about it. Stop the endless flow of empty platitudes and empty promises and do something. Unfortunately, the hierarchy's long-held belief that their words are sufficient to change reality has been completely useless.

The final press conference announced three promised concrete actions: a papal statement on how to handle sexual violation claims within Vatican City; task forces of experts to help dioceses manage abuse claims; and a handbook on how to respond to accusations. Hardly revolutionary! A plan to handle reports in Vatican City is about as relevant as a plan to handle them in Antarctica. The other two promises, however, are far from new.

In 1985, I worked with two other men who had this mess figured out at the outset. Attorney Ray Mouton, priest/psychiatrist Michael Peterson and I put together a manual called The Problem of Sexual Molestation by Roman Catholic Clergy: Meeting the Problem in a Positive and Responsible Manner. It was about 120 pages long and came with professional articles on pedophilia.

Along with the manual, we also presented a plan for setting up groups of experts in various areas, to help bishops who requested assistance. This was called a "Crisis Intervention Team" and was mostly the creation of Mouton. We also urged the bishops to set up a committee to promote up-to-date research on just about every conceivable dimension of sexual violation of minors by clerics.

What happened? Not just rejection but a mindless insult. The leadership of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, as the U.S. bishops' conference was called at the time, rejected the manual, saying that they already knew everything that it contained. They rejected the assistance plan, claiming that they could not impose that on dioceses.

The committee idea was strongly backed by none other than Cardinal Bernard Law and Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua. However, two weeks after we discussed it with Law's representative, then Bishop Bill Levada, the plan was abruptly canceled by the conference leadership. No reasons were given and no efforts were made to replace it.

One of the more moronic responses from the bishops' conference was to equate the plan to the creation of a SWAT team to be imposed on bishops.

Finally, the insult. A spokesman from the bishops' Office of General Counsel announced at a press conference that the three of us cooked up the manual and the action plans for one reason only: to line our own pockets by selling our services to the bishops.

Postscript to the bishops' density: An archbishop, now deceased, commented to me at a reception at the Vatican embassy: "Don't worry about all this, Tom. Nobody's going to sue the Catholic Church."

This 35-year-old background information is important because it was a portent of things to come. Since that time, there has been constant tension between the victim-survivors, their families and supporters, and the papacy and hierarchy. The dashed expectations for action, any action by the hierarchy, is not surprising but in keeping with the bishops' defensive legacy. Anything they do has to be done on their terms and on their timetable, or it is ignored.
But that tactic has been a disaster for two reasons: First, the bishops never expected that the victim-survivors would find their voice, organize and take control of the ongoing history of sexual violation and, second, the secular legal systems in one country after another are treating the church leaders the way they would treat anyone involved in a criminal enterprise. The deference that protected the bishops for centuries is rapidly withering to nothing.

Those who are struggling to find a positive spin for the meeting, looking for reasons to put the institutional leadership in good light for its own sake, don't seem to see that this is not about rescuing the pope and bishops. It's about justice for the survivors.

After 35 years of pious platitudes, empty promises, baseless excuses, demonizing victims and fighting the march to justice at every turn, Pope Francis and the bishops should realize that an extension of the legacy of past defensive behavior would fall flat on its face, and it did. The reality, whether the pope likes it or not, is that the institutional church cannot fix itself. Its past attempts at doing so have failed. Future attempts such as the scheme to have metropolitan archbishops manage the prosecution of bishops accused of abuse or complicity will only end up the same way every other attempt run by the church ended up: a failure.

Now to the positives. The fact that the pope convened the leadership of every bishops' conference in the world is a major feat in itself. No matter how you cut it, this should be a sign that the pope takes the issue seriously and, hopefully, for most of the right reasons.

He said the purpose was to raise the bishops' consciousness and educate them on the serious, toxic nature of sexual abuse (something they should have known before they even went to the seminary). That is a very, very tall order in light of the decades of behavior by bishops all over the world. Still, the conference gave voice to some people who minced no words and gave it to them straight without softening the message with any phony excuses or praise for how wonderful it is to have the bishops and pope all together.

Yet the same thing happened at the historic meeting of the U.S. bishops in Dallas in 2002. Given the bishops' collective history in the U.S. since, it's obvious the inclusion of straight-talking victims and survivors back then was for show and not enlightenment. We can only hope and pray that this time it will be different.

The Vatican summit produced no decisive, action-oriented results, just more platitudes and promises. I consider this a positive because it should remove any doubt about whether the Vatican and the hierarchy have the ability or the will to take the radical steps essential to fixing the problem. It is also positive because it showed what has been obvious for so long: The church has responded and will continue to respond to sexual violation and to its victims in a pastoral and decisive manner, but it is the lay men and women of the people of God, and not the clergy, who have been and will continue to be the driving force in this.

The most stunning result of the four days in Rome was nothing the pope or bishops said or did, but what their meetings inspired, and that was the unprecedented gathering of victims, survivors and their supporters from all corners of the globe. They were organized, articulate and determined. While the participants of the meetings droned on in the Vatican, the centuries-old scourge of sexual violation and rape by clerics of all ranks, the sole reason for their presence, was clearly proclaimed for the church and for the world by those who had experienced it.

The stark contrast between what was happening on the official, church-run level and what was happening in the streets further enhanced the credibility, sympathy and support for the survivors and their supporters, and not only those in Rome but the countless others throughout the world whom they represented.

The clergy abuse phenomenon is the worst crisis the church has experienced in more than a thousand years. The Protestant Reformation and its follow-on, the Council of Trent, were about doctrine, church structures and inept clergy. This is about something far worse, the pandemic of sexual violation and rape of countless vulnerable people, especially children, and the systemic enabling of the same by the popes and the hierarchy.

When will it be over and what is needed to fix it? The answers are obvious, but they invoke such fear in the clerical elite that they aren't even able to discuss them. This nightmare will continue as long as the hierarchical system that created and sustained it exists in its present state. The reasons for this phenomenon are deeply rooted in the church's institutional structures and the theological excuses that support them.

It will take a radical, fundamental process of change before the entire church truly reflects what it is supposed to be, the people of God.

[Thomas Doyle, a canon lawyer and inactive priest, has long served as an expert for lawyers representing victims of clergy sex abuse.]

ABC News


Dr Sutton said he was confident vaccine supplies would be sufficient this year.

Ok, ok

beloofd. .

6 versies

Staat het stalletje van Katrijn.

‘Mooie blommen! Mooie blommen!
Mensen, hierheen moet je kommen!
‘k Heb margrieten, mooie anjers,
‘k Heb violen … zulke kanjers!
Rode rozen, korenbloemen,
Lelietjes van twintig centen, 
Prachtig mooi. Je ruikt de lente!’

21 - 03-2019

Pope Francis' refusal to allow Cardinal Philippe Barbarin to resign after being convicted of covering up clergy sexual abuse continues to raise questions among Catholics worldwide.

But in France, the pope's decision has been particularly controversial. We present two views today -- one that explains why the pope did the right thing and another that argues why he did not.

Meanwhile, the victims of the abusive priest at the center of the Barbarin case are renewing calls for another cardinal to be brought before the French justice system.
They want the Vatican to renounce the immunity enjoyed by the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith... We tell you why.
These are just a few of our latest articles. Check out what else is new at La Croix International. 

vrijdag, maart 15, 2019

"Stamp geen fanfare in de kerk, maar zorg dat mijn schoenen passen ......": Grandfathers Day

 Ballarat Abuse Victims Memorial

To assist our broken Ballarat community move forward from the years of historical abuse by many institutions, I have created a Go Fund Me page to raise funds to build a memorial in Ballarat
somewhere to remember those lost.  I believe that a memorial should be built in memory of those victims who have been lost, the survivors battling with their demons every day and fighting the good fight and as a place for the multigenerational victims of this abuse to go to remember their loved ones. These are the men and women who have made things right. We have memorials to honour the fallen victims of war. These abuse victims fought and are fighting for much longer than any war that has been. And many losing their lives in the process. There are other memorials in Australia for the same reason, why do we not have one in Ballarat - the epicentre of Church abuse.

I’m not sure what I want the memorial to look like - possibly a reflection pool with small beams of light around that shine day and night. What I do know is that it should not be in the bustling centre of town, where the long shadows of the church may fall on it. A peaceful area in the beautiful Botanic Gardens could be fitting as a place for reflection, hope and remembrance. All funds will be transparently donated towards the building of a memorial. I hope that the local Ballarat community and world can get behind this cause to assist in families moving forward and in time forgetting the man that was George Pell rotting in a jail cell.
Our story is below:
Today is the day George Pell is sentenced for his sins. Today is also the day that my 4 year old daughter has Grandparents Day at her kindergarten - but she is minus a grandfather due to George Pell’s inactions and sins. My father is buried in Section K, Row 18, Grave 47 of the Ballarat Cemetery. His name is, not was, Peter Curran. He was one of the first victims of sexual abuse at the hands of the Catholic priests of Ballarat to report the abuse to authorities and fight for what was right. Whilst the survivors are living with the memories of these atrocities every day, family members of the deceased are also haunted.

When my father went to George Pell as a child with claims of abuse by 3 priests in Ballarat he was met with anger, disbelief and in turn beaten for ‘lying’ about his perpetrators. George, your inactions to help dad and other children in need and in turn your own predatory behaviours, have put you where you need to be. Behind bars for the rest of your days. I relish the thought of you sitting in a solitary cell in jail, with the realization that you will spend the rest of your days without anyone caring for you – exactly what you deserve. No words can express the hate our family feels towards you. However, we like many families are in our own cells of grief.

But today is also a day for the world and Ballarat community to move forward. Too long have we been in the shadows of grief, the ‘what ifs’ and pain. Yes we need a centre of healing for all victims of abuse, regardless of the nature, to support and assist them in anyway we can. But we also must not forget the victims and voices of the past who fought for so long, before they were believed and the issues of abuse were acknowledged by the world as wrong. At times Dad was an angry, deeply depressed man due to the atrocities he suffered as a child. But there were also glimpses of light that shone through which we hold on to in our memories.

This is how he and so many victims should be remembered. As pillars of light and strength in our community who stood up for what was right, to stop this evil continuing. He always said he can’t fix the past, but he can sure stop it happening to someone else’s son or daughter. I don’t visit the cemetery; it brings back too many painful memories. I was 21 at the time of burying my father, my siblings much younger. This should not have been.

Ik heb een steen verlegd in een rivier op aarde
Het water gaat er anders dan voorheen
De stroom van een rivier hou je niet tegen
Het water vindt er altijd een weg omheen
Misschien eens gevuld door sneeuw en regen
Neemt de rivier mijn kiezel met zich mee
Om hem dan glad en rond gesleten
Te laten rusten in de luwte van de zee

Ik heb een steen verlegd in een rivier op aarde
Nu weet ik dat ik nooit zal zijn vergeten
Ik leverde bewijs van mijn bestaan
Omdat door het verleggen van die ene steen
De stroom nooit meer dezelfde weg kan gaan

Ik heb een steen verlegd in een rivier op aarde
Nu weet ik dat ik nooit zal zijn vergeten
Ik leverde bewijs van mijn bestaan
Ik heb een steen verlegd in een rivier op aarde
Nu weet ik dat ik nooit zal zijn vergeten
Ik leverde bewijs van mijn bestaan

Bram Vermeulen

donderdag, maart 14, 2019

President of the Law Institute of Victoria: "It's a really important day for Australian justice," Waarom rechters jurken aan hebben

ABC News

George Pell's sentence was influenced by three things

When George Pell's sentence of six years' jail was handed down live on television, many were left wondering how the process worked and how the judge arrived at his decision.

"It's a really important day for Australian justice," said Stuart Webb, the president of the Law Institute of Victoria.
Media is not regularly given permission to broadcast court proceedings in Australia, but Mr Webb said it should "absolutely" happen more.
"We've seen a public explanation of sentencing put across television, across transcript, across radio," he explained.
"We can see exactly what a judge is doing in coming to a sentence for someone of such a high profile."
He said transparency was good for the justice system as it allowed ordinary people to understand why decisions were being made and how judges balanced the factors at play.

Media coverage played a part

Pell's defence claimed he had been pilloried in the media, and that the publicity and stigma Pell will live with meant he would experience a form of punishment over and above what the court would impose.
"That's a really interesting discussion," Mr Webb said.
"It's something very, very unusual in most circumstances."
Chief Judge Peter Kidd said he did "make allowances for those matters" in his sentencing.
But Mr Webb said that although Chief Judge Kidd accepted that the media coverage of the conviction was worth considering, this did not mean the sentence was reduced based on that consideration.
"Both the prosecution and defence said that his situation is somewhat unique, and he is the most high-profile priest to be found guilty of abusing children in the world," he said.
"So, there is a uniqueness to this case."

Sentencing reflects the time in which offence occurred

The judge said the court had searched for precedents for sentencing dating from the time that Pell committed the offences, but they found very few cases that could guide them.
"The sentencing principles are that you actually get sentenced for the terms of imprisonment at the time of the offending," Mr Webb explained.
"At the time it was a possible sentence of only 10 years.

"The parliament of Victoria has recognised that was too lenient and they've changed that.
"If he were to have offended now he'd face a sentence of up to 15 years."
He said this was a specific issue with sentencing in cases of child sexual abuse.
"These kinds of offences often only come out much later, after they've occurred," Mr Webb said.
He said there was an argument for changing these principles for cases involving historic child sexual abuse.

George Pell's age and health

Chief Judge Kidd considered Pell's age when determining his sentence.
"Like anyone in their late 70s, your health will decline in time," he said at the time of sentencing.
"I am conscious that the term of imprisonment, which I am about to impose upon you, carries with it a real — as distinct from theoretical — possibility that you may not live to be released from prison."
Mr Webb said this was the reality of dealing with historic offences, and that these factors were commonly weighed.
"This is the unfortunate thing when things come up later," he explained.
"He's been found guilty 22 years later, and he's spent the last 22 years living a life within the Vatican and within the church."
Pell's age and health "is significant", Mr Webb believed.
He said the judge had struck the right balance and had been open and thorough in his sentencing remarks.


woensdag, maart 13, 2019

Väter Courage und ihre Kinder



Nolite Timere [Be Not Afraid]


In sentencing you today Cardinal Pell, I am not sitting in judgement of the Catholic religion or the Catholic Church.
It is George Pell who falls to be sentenced.
We have witnessed outside of this court and within our community examples of a witch hunt [or] lynch mob mentality in relation to you, Cardinal Pell.
I utterly condemn such behaviour, that has nothing to do with justice of civilised society. The courts stand as a bulwark against such irresponsible behaviour.
To other victims of clerical or institutional sexual abuse, who may be present in court today or watching or listening elsewhere, this sentence is not and cannot be a vindication of your trauma.
Cardinal Pell has not been convicted of any wrongs convicted against you.
Cardinal Pell does not fall to be punished for any such wrongs.
I recognise that you seek justice, but it can only be justice if it is done in accordance to law.
For me to punish Cardinal Pell for the wrongs committed against you would be contrary to the rule of law and it would not be justice at all.


Pell will serve a minimum of three years and eight months in jail before he will be eligible for parole.


zondag, maart 10, 2019

Sint Juttemis, been there, done that, got the T-shirt

8-3-2019 Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley's Lenten Letter  

As we begin the holy season of Lent, this annual time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving affords us the opportunity to be renewed by God’s love and mercy as we recommit ourselves to lives of prayer and service to others.
Miracolo della Neve
This year, Lent has particular significance for the leadership of the Church at every level, local, national and universal. Recently Pope Francis called bishops from every country in the world to come together at the Vatican for the Summit to Protect Children and Minors. The summit included powerful testimony from survivors of clergy sexual abuse, religious sisters and laypersons who made clear that a meaningful and effective response from the Church is long overdue and of critical importance. I participated in the summit as the President of the Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors and, with all present, was deeply impacted by those who addressed us.

"Allegations regarding Archbishop McCarrick’s sexual crimes were unknown to me until the recent media reports. I understand not everyone will accept this answer given the way the Church has eroded the trust of our people. My hope is that we can repair the trust and faith of all Catholics and the wider community by virtue of our actions and accountability in how we respond to this crisis."
 August 20, 2018 - Statement of Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap
Given the depth and seriousness of the crisis and the failures of the leadership of the Church, the expectations for the meeting were high and people are anxious to see concrete results.

 I left the meeting convinced that no bishop could possibly say that his diocese is not affected by these issues or that this is not a problem in his country and culture. Patience among our people and in the wider community is exhausted and understandably the call is rising for effective action.
A dominant theme at the meeting was the need for an effective reporting mechanism when a Bishop or Cardinal has failed in his duty to protect children or has himself abused children or vulnerable adults. Although I believe an effective set of procedures will be developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I nonetheless wish to address this need immediately for the Archdiocese of Boston.
To that end I have decided to implement EthicsPoint, a confidential, anonymous and third-party system, exclusively for the reporting of misconduct by a Cardinal, Bishop or Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston. 
Since 2011 we have utilized EthicsPoint for concerns of potential ethics violations, financial improprieties, and other violations of the Archdiocesan Code of Conduct related to financial matters.
Like the existing system currently in use, this will be web based and have a toll-free hotline to make a report. Reports will be sent to members of my Independent Review Board who will be charged to immediately notify law enforcement for claims of abuse as well as the apostolic nuncio; the diplomatic representative to the U.S. of the Holy See. The system will be hosted on secured servers at the EthicsPoint facility and is not connected to the Archdiocese of Boston website, intranet system or the existing EthicsPoint system currently in use. We anticipate the system being up and running soon and will provide more information at that time. 

Given the depth and seriousness of the crisis and the failures of the leadership of the Church


“And what I would like to say to the public is this: If an investigator comes to your door and asks to speak with you, please ask to see their badge and not their rosary.”