donderdag, november 26, 2020

Martin did the job 'not wisely, but too well'

 Diarmuid Martin’s successor must be cut from the same cloth

Fears Rome will impose an archbishop more interested in protecting its own interests

Patsy McGarry
26 -11-2020
Irish Times
Patsy McGarry is The Irish Times religious affairs correspondent

The Irish Catholic Church stands at a critical juncture. It is about to lose its most influential leader, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. But for the pandemic, he would have been replaced already.

He was 75 last April, the age when all bishops must submit a letter of resignation to Rome, and he was ready to step down. An announcement on his successor is expected before Christmas.

To paraphrase Shakespeare: Martin did the job 'not wisely, but too well'

Recent events were a reminder of his achievements in one critical area, that of child protection in the Irish Catholic Church. He was not alone in this, but his unequivocal approach to the issue – while placing survivors and the protection of children at its centre – set the tone.

He also set the bar for dealing with statutory inquiries, unlike other senior church figures. He fully co-operated with the Murphy Commission, which investigated the handling of clerical child sexual abuse in the Dublin archdiocese.

Such co-operation was not forthcoming from Rome, the papal nunciature in Dublin, or his predecessor Cardinal Desmond Connell who initiated a High Court action to prevent the commission having access to documents. He was persuaded to drop the action.

Where some in the church are concerned, Archbishop Martin’s commitment and integrity on the abuse issue has meant that, from a clerical point of view, he will never be forgiven. For its part, Rome has only ever been lukewarm in its acknowledgement. To paraphrase Shakespeare: Martin did the job “not wisely, but too well”.

It is imperative that whoever succeeds him as Archbishop of Dublin must be cut from the same cloth. He must be someone who has, at a minimum, a clean pair of hands personally on the abuse issue and be just as committed to the protection of children and to helping survivors.

The appointment will be made by the papal nuncio and Rome with little input from the current incumbent, as a clean break is the ambition. However in Rome it includes the very curia whose record in child protection does not shine, to say the least.

A report published on November 10th by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in the Catholic Church of England and Wales was a reminder. It found the church there “repeatedly failed to support victims and survivors, while taking positive action to protect alleged perpetrators”. Its “senior leaders have been resistant to external oversight and have only partially implemented the recommendations” of previous independent reviews.

The most senior Catholic leader in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols had, the report noted, failed to “acknowledge any personal responsibility or show compassion for victims in the recent cases we examined”. He, it said, “has shown he cares more about the impact of child sexual abuse on the Catholic Church’s reputation than on victims and survivors”. The Cardinal has refused to stand down, with the approval of Pope Francis.

That same day a report was also published by the Vatican. It found that former cardinal and archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick (90) was elevated by Pope St John Paul in 2000 despite credible abuse allegations against him. The decision followed a letter to the late pope from McCarrick denying everything.

The report found that bishops, cardinals as well as Pope St John Paul II and Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI downplayed or dismissed reports that McCarrick had slept with seminarians and that not one of those senior clerics expressed any concern for the seminarians, only about implications for the church if McCarrick was found out.

Pope Francis, it found, continued the approach of his predecessors until a former altar boy alleged abuse by McCarrick. Then, in 2018, Francis removed McCarrick from public ministry, who then resigned as a cardinal. In February of last year McCarrick was removed from the priesthood after being found guilty of abuse by a church inquiry.

Then, on November 11th last and following a documentary on Polish TV, senior Catholic clerics in Poland called for a Vatican inquiry into allegations that Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, personal secretary to Pope St John Paul II, chose not to act on clerical sexual abuse claims. Cardinal Dziwisz was also found by that Vatican report to have played a role in the elevation of McCarrick.

A tweet from Dublin abuse survivor Marie Collins following publication of the Vatican report summed up the feelings of many practicing Catholics like herself and of many others: “Reports, excuses, promises, mean little to me anymore. Clericalism is alive and well, marching forward unhindered.”

Few lay people have had as much experience of dealing with the clerical mindset on the abuse issue as Collins has had, whether initially with the late Cardinal Connell in Dublin or as a member of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors to which she was appointed by Pope Francis in 2014. She resigned in March 2017 in utter frustration at how its work was being impeded by officials in the Roman curia, the body that runs the church from the Vatican.

Her experience is referred to in the IICSA report as an example of how “real and lasting changes to attitudes have some way to go if the Roman Catholic Church is to shake off the failures of the past”.

That report found that “individual leaders in the Roman Catholic Church, as in other institutions, set the tone for how the organisation responded to the major issues with which they were confronted, through their words and deeds.” In the Catholic Church of England and Wales, it said, “weaknesses in leadership were significant in the failures to address child sexual abuse”.

So, so familiar. We’ve been there in Dublin and Ireland. There can be no going back.

woensdag, november 25, 2020

Een volk dat voor tirannen zwicht zal meer dan lijf en goed verliezen

 Schwarze Milch der Frühe wir trinken sie abends

wir trinken sie mittags und morgens wir trinken sie nachts

wir trinken und trinken

Wij zijn weer open 

zaterdag, november 21, 2020

Jerolimo Windmeijer united fruit compagnie

"Hè, mammie wanneer krijg ik nou eens eindelijk ijs! "

vrijdag, november 20, 2020

Stekkie van de fuchsia ja zuster, nee zuster

Lumumba in blik,  foto Ben van Meerendonk 

até já dizem que as estrelas são do povo

woensdag, november 18, 2020

Afgehamerd; zo waarlijk helpe mij God almachtig *

 het klimaat in politiek Den Haag is 

'vuiler en vunziger' is dan veel mensen denken 

Alexander Pechtold 

Bram en Saar een kind, dát vraagt om kinderopvang

En ze mocht 2 keer naar Alexander Pechtold luisteren
van NPO-OP1 

Van mij wel 3 keer, zelfs wel 4 keer! 

vrijdag, november 06, 2020

president for the next four years

[.....] the country is divided more grievously than at any time since the Civil War. The great historian of that war, Shelby Foote, famously said that "it made us an 'is.' " Before the Civil War, Americans would say that "the United States of America are …" but after the war, it became "the United States of America is." [.....]
Bron   NCR  Michael Sean Winters , NOV 6, 2020


We, Pietje Puk c.s.


I, Pietje Puk's Cs, do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee [....],  I will, under no circumstances, use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other employee of the firm, and that in every respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my employers, so help me God."

— Oath sworn by Pony Express Riders

donderdag, november 05, 2020

woensdag, november 04, 2020

covering noses

bron: wikipedia


 Austin Peter Keegan has been accused of sexually abusing at least 80 children and has been named in at least one civil lawsuit. The abuse allegedly started in the 1960s and continued for a 28-year period while he worked for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Diocese of Santa Rosa. In 1982, Fr. Keegan was stripped of his priestly duties from the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Fr. Keegan reportedly fled Mexico, where he was working at a children’s orphanage in 1994. In 2002, Fr. Keegan was indicted on 40 counts of child sexual abuse which caused him to flee back to Mexico from California. Fr. Keegan was arrested in 2003 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and was taken back to the United States. However, Fr. Keegan was shortly released from custody and the charges against him were dropped due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that changed the law surrounding statutes of limitation. In 1994, Fr. Keegan was reported to be an inactive priest with the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Fr. Keegan’s status as a priest, current whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.

  happy tulips



maandag, november 02, 2020

Webster Inburgeringsexamen 2021

Schuin achter een apparaat waar ik een refill kon halen wat bleek te bestaan uit een krankzinnige hoeveelheid ijsblokjes in een belachelijk grote plastic beker met een of ander drankje hing een bordje op een gesloten deur waar ik ook op uitkeek "RESTROOMS" maar het enige wat ik kon zien wanneer die deur een paar keer openging was een plank met daarop kennelijk een paar aankleedkussens 

'' To cover the noose"

leerde een kop me, ik dronk mijn beker leeg.

zondag, november 01, 2020

verkiezingen kandidaten

Minister Grapperhaus van Justitie en Veiligheid heeft besloten het inreisverbod onder voorwaarden te versoepelen voor het laten inreizen van geliefden uit derde landen die een langeafstandsrelatie hebben met iemand met de Nederlandse nationaliteit of een EU-burger die in Nederland wonen 

Grapperhaus stuurde vandaag een brief aan de Tweede Kamer, mede namens minister Blok van Buitenlandse Zaken en staatssecretaris Broekers-Knol van Justitie en Veiligheid. 

Het uitgangspunt van het Nederlandse beleid is en blijft het belang van de gezondheidszorg en het onder controle houden en het monitoren van het coronavirus. Tegelijk ziet Grapperhaus ook in dat het inreisverbod forse impact heeft op mensen die daardoor hun geliefde al lang niet hebben gezien. In het licht daarvan is opnieuw kritisch gekeken naar de beperkingen voor de lange afstandsrelaties, ook om te bezien of er mogelijkheden zijn om deze doelgroep tegemoet te komen.

De aangepaste regeling geldt alleen als het gaat om een bezoek voor verblijf voor een korte periode. Daarvan is sprake bij een maximale duur van 90 dagen verblijf in Nederland binnen een totaal-periode van 180 dagen. Omdat er, in lijn met de Europese afspraken over inreismaatregelen, sprake moet zijn van een duurzame relatie zullen aan de regeling de volgende voorwaarden worden gesteld


De regeling zal per 27 juli a.s. in werking treden.