Blog note: Just when I think this sordid, twisted, demonic tale can’t get any worse for the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church, it sinks ever farther into hell. I will try to contain my anger in an effort to just draw parallels between what the Pope is saying (not doing) and what the Bible says is indicative of “ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Sadly, the Catholic faithful have been hugely deceived by the Catholic Church, its power, influence, tradition and false dogma. Obviously, the Pope is the ringleader under the tent (Vatican City) of this circus from the pit of hell.
- As of the past several years, this newest Pope has raised the profile of his “position” and “office” to an unprecedented level. One could almost say he enjoys the love and respect of a rock-star. In our modern day and age, who among the “religious elite” allows the likeness of their image placed on merchandise for sale? Self-righteousness for sale at $50 a shirt, $25 for the incense infused prayer themed candle with the image of his holiness smiling and guaranteeing your sanctity with his church. There is a very small list of today’s rock groups that could sell out a 500,000 concert or event. If the faithful really understood the nature of this Pope and the “ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing” that are his legions, the concert/event venue should be empty. The only thing playing should be the sound of crickets, bees and flies. There would be no merchandise tents set up. Appalling. The true Christian has to ask, “What does Christ think of all this?” What does Christ say about all this? (The Bible has PLENTY to say!).
- The Pope arrives in Ireland with great fanfare and the faithful wait with great anticipation. Hurray! The holy rock star is coming to our country! But out in the wings, in the $5 boon-dock seats is a crying throng of the past faithful who are condemning what this Pope is doing (nothing) and saying (everything) regarding their and other’s sexual abuse at the hands of his “church.” Every town (country) that this holy rock show goes to, the entourage literally rapes and pillages the youngest and most defenseless. Yet, because of the holy rock group’s popularity (and the requisite need for an endless cash flow) the holy rock show’s sins are covered up from the tabloids. No harm – No foul, if no one knows (or so the thinking goes). The pain of the sexually abused is just collateral damage as this holy rock show from hell tours the world on their “end times of the world” tour. There are voices crying out in the wilderness for healing and justice and salvation. Can the Pope provide this? Does he even care (other than what his Vatican city wordsmiths have craftily drafted?). The voices in the wilderness are crying for Christ, but the Pope instead gives them his “holiness” in the form of fancy words, a smile and a wave, and a t-shirt and candle. Whooppee!!! Sad and sick on so many levels.
- Ruh-Roh! The Pope is in the spotlight and he knows it. He loves being in the spotlight. He loves waving at his faithful groupies, he loves having his picture taken with his faithful groupies, he loves the fact that his faithful groupies hang and drool for every word-smithed sentence he utters. It all sounds so good, righteous and holy. All those fancy sounding latin (meaningless) words. Oh, and the rock star looking pageantry! Funny looking hat, rock star robes, stage props, Popemobile (limousine). Adoring entourage. Big entrance. Helicopter appearances. Barricades to keep his loving throngs at a “safe” distance. Truly a show from hell. This tour has it all.
- As usual, his “holiness” deftly side-steps the issue that currently has the religious world’s attention. Once again, he notes that the Church has been bad and is repenting (yawn). However, the article clearly states that for whatever reason, he two-steps to the left and side-steps addressing the United States sex abuse scandal and deftly tries to “console” the Irish faithful. “Let’s not talk about what happened over there (the US), just know that I am sorry for happened here (Ireland).” “Anyone want to buy my t-shirt or candle?” Appalling. Appalling. He keeps using the same word-smithed statements over and over because they work at deflecting the truth and from people (his groupie “faithful”) ever knowing the true gospel and salvation from Jesus Christ.
- Yes, this continues to get worse. The article goes on to say that his “holiness” is taking a side trip to another site to pay homage (prayers) to something called a Shrine of our Lady. I’m not sure what this is … a shrine of pagan idol worship? Mary … the “queen” of heaven? Or Semiramis … the “queen of heaven” in Nimrod’s Babylonian Mystery Religion? Wait a minute, which is it? Who is the “correct” queen of heaven? Semiramis and Mary can’t both be a queen of heaven. One (or both) must be false or a lie. Both are one in the same in Christ’s eyes. Both evil. Both idolatrous, Both graven images. So far, his “holiness” admits to having covered up the sins of his ravenous wolves under lock and key for decades. He denies the power of Christ and salvation that can only come from Christ. The Pope places himself and his “church” between those who want to know the Lord and the Lord himself. There is a profound amount of evidence by those who study the Pope’s word-smithed edicts and pontifications that he never mentions Christ. The Pope repeatedly indicates that he comes in his “own name” and not in the name of Christ. This is the Pope’s church, he is the lead singer of the most famous religious rock circus on earth and in hell. He is the focus of attention. The article states that the throngs of groupies want him to use his office of power and influence across the world to “fix” the problem. Some of your tour roadies and back up musicians are not playing nice with the little town folks. Fix it! Fix them (the roadies and back up musicians) … not the little ones (town children). The show must go on, more pontification, more speeches, more big helicopter entrances, more television and concert appearances, more t-shirt and holy candle sales. Let the show go on. It is so sad that so many millions of people wanting and seeking the true gospel and the true Christ are so deceived by all of this unholy deception from Satan. They have come to accept the twisted dogma, imagery, pageantry, traditions, power, influence and office of the Pope. They are deceived into believing that he is supposed to be God’s representative on earth. Oh, I thought Christ was supposed to be God’s representative on earth in the flesh.
- Using a bit of discernment, my next statement has wee-bit of humor in it. In the article’s second paragraph, his “holiness” … the Pope throws his underlings, the ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing, under-the-bus. He blames everyone else, but himself. The “ecclesiastical authorities” (wolf puppets) failed to address the problem, not he – not himself – not his “holiness” – not the Pope. No, he did nothing wrong … they did the wrong (bishops, religious superiors, priests and “others.”) So, his “holiness” the Pope drives his tour bus over his bishops, priests and others. But wait, this gets even better. The Pope backs up his tour bus and drives over his bishops, priests and others a second time. HE SHARES THE SENTIMENT OF EVERYONE ELSE THAT WHAT HIS LEGIONS DID WAS WRONG. He jumped the fence and pointed at the sin of his legions. He never stated that he was accountable as the head singer of the unholy circus on tour. “They did it!” “They did it!” “They did it!” “Don’t look at me, I didn’t rape those boys and girls in the last town we flew into.” It was my bishops, priests, religious superiors and “others” (ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing). Like the little boys throwing snowballs at cars, the ringleader gets caught and says he didn’t do anything, it was all the other boys throwing the snowballs who did the damage. The Pope is trying to protect his image, his fame, his position and his rock-star status. If this wasn’t the truth, it would be almost humorous.
- In the business world, if a CEO of a Fortune 500 company was found to be as incompetent as this Pope, the board would fire him immediately. If a business was run as much of a farce as this circus is and young people were being victimized and sexually abused at the hands of its “employees”, the business would be run into the ground with lawsuits. The CEO and management staff would be fired on the spot. I have to admit that I don’t know or understand why the normal ways of justice don’t happen or apply to this travelling circus from hell. Perhaps that is why the sexual abuse is so systematized throughout the world. How does this circus get by so successfully with a double-standard of law, justice and righteousness. Something evil must be protecting it!
- Rightfully so, everyone who is following these events is demanding justice and healing. That is being human. The abused are in serious pain and have been since they were abused as children. Please, please, please make the ongoing pain of the abuse experience go away. I apologize, I’m sure I am not using the right words to convey these people’s suffering. Christ truly knows their pain. He can help them. However, the abused must replace the Catholic Church and its false prophet in their hearts with Christ, and Christ alone. That is a very tough pill to swallow for both the Catholic abused and the Catholic faithful. They have been deceptively taught that the Pope and the “Church” are the be-all and end-all of their faith. Jesus Christ needs to be be-all and end-all of their faith. Not a system of idol worship, false dogma, tradition, paying indulges (salvation by works and money) and of rock star homage/worship of the false prophet who idolizes power, influence and worldly status among the world’s elite.
- Enough said (for now). End of blog note.
Pope speaks of shame over ‘appalling crimes’ of abuse.
By Hilary Clarke and Laura Spark-Smith. Updated 8:58 AM ET, Sat August 25, 2018
Pope Francis has spoken during his visit to Ireland of his shame over the “appalling crimes” of historic child abuse in the Catholic Church and said outrage was justified. However, he failed to specifically mention the current scandal raging over a US grand jury report documenting at least 1,000 cases of clerical pedophilia.
Speaking to a hall in Dublin Castle packed with hundreds of political and religious dignitaries and foreign diplomats, Pope Francis said on Saturday “the failure of ecclesiastical authorities — bishops, religious superiors, priests and others — adequately to address these appalling crimes has rightly given rise to outrage, and remains a source of pain and shame for the Catholic community. I myself share those sentiments.”
Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who spoke before the Pope, did not skirt the current abuse revelations and called for “zero tolerance” of Church sexual abuse and asked the Pope “to adopt stringent norms meant to ensure that they do not happen again.” It is the first Papal visit to Ireland in 39 years, a country that has undergone seismic social changes in that time. “Wounds are still open and there is much to be done to bring about justice and truth and healing for victims and survivors. Holy Father, I ask that you use your office and influence to ensure that this is done here in Ireland and across the world,” Varadkar said standing next to the pontiff. “We must now ensure that from words flow actions,” he said.
The Argentinian Pope remains highly popular in Ireland and tens of thousands of people are expected at Dublin’s Croke Park stadium Saturday evening for a concert-style event. Hundreds of thousands more will attend a Mass celebrated by the Pope at the city’s Phoenix Park on Sunday afternoon, with all 500,000 tickets for the free event booked out.
However, Pope Francis is also expected to face unprecedented protests over the Catholic Church’s handling of the clerical abuse scandal. One, dubbed “Stand for Truth,” will take place at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin’s Parnell Square at the same time as the Mass is celebrated. Some protesters also say they have booked tickets to the event in Phoenix Park but will deliberately not use them as a form of silent protest against the Catholic Church and its actions. Organizers of the “Say Nope to the Pope” protest said on Facebook they hoped to show solidarity to abuse victims and “show the Church they don’t have the control they used to.”
On Tuesday the grand jury in Pennsylvania issued a report that 300 Catholic priests across the US state sexually abused children over seven decades, protected by church leaders. The investigation, one of the broadest inquiries into church sex abuse in American history, identified 1,000 child victims, but said there were likely thousands more. “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all,” the grand jury wrote.
Amid rising international outrage, the Vatican confirmed this week that the Pope would meet privately with victims of clerical sexual abuse in Ireland during his visit to the country. It has not said where or when that meeting will take place. It is also “very possible” that the Pope will publicly address the topic of abuse during his visit, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told reporters. Burke added that the pontiff would pray at St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin on Saturday, where a candle has burned for years in remembrance of the country’s victims of sexual abuse. On Sunday morning, he will make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock in County Mayo, more than 100 miles west of Dublin, where he will lead prayers for families around the world. All 45,000 tickets for this event are also booked out.
The last papal visit to Ireland was by Pope John Paul II in September 1979. More than a million people gathered for the papal Mass in Phoenix Park on that occasion, according to the Irish Times, representing about a third of the country’s population at the time.
‘We abandoned them’
On Monday, Francis acknowledged “with shame and repentance” the Catholic Church’s failure to act over clerical abuse. In an unusually blunt letter, he wrote: “We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.” The letter directly referred to the Pennsylvania report, which “detailed the experiences of at least 1,000 survivors, victims of sexual abuse, the abuse of power and of conscience at the hands of priests over a period of approximately 70 years,” the Pope wrote. Meanwhile, memories of Ireland’s own abuse scandal are still vivid. And survivors have been critical of Francis’ response so far. Colm O’Gorman, an abuse survivor who is now executive director of Amnesty International Ireland, is behind the Stand for Truth protest.
He told CNN that the Vatican’s announcement this week had created a “soap opera” in Ireland, with members of the media repeatedly calling survivors to ask whether they had been granted an audience with the pontiff.
Clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, who resigned last year from a special Vatican commission created by Pope Francis to tackle child abuse, saying that senior clerics in the Church refused to implement their suggested safety policies, said she wanted to see action, not words.
“What I would like to see when the Pope comes to Ireland, is to come out, not make these sort of ‘we’re sorry,’ type of statements, but to tell us what is he going to do — and do it,” Collins, who was assaulted by a priest when she was 13, told CNN.
“And it must be something concrete.”
In 2009, the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation released a 720-page report that said that it had “no doubt that clerical child sexual abuse was covered up” from January 1975 to May 2004, the time covered by the report. The commission had been set up in 2006 to look into allegations of child sexual abuse made against clergy in the Irish capital. The report named 11 priests who had pleaded guilty to or were convicted of sexual assaults on children. Of the other 35, it gave pseudonyms to 33 of them and redacted the names of two.
CNN’s Eliza Mackintosh contributed to this report.