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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Nabi Sends a Link: West Virginia Attorney General Files Lawsuit against Diocese and Bransfield

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
We haven't heard much from Nabi in the past few months. But this morning I received an email with a linked article announcing that the West Virginia Attorney General's office has filed suit against the Diocese of Wheeling and former Bishop Michael Bransfield. Here's what's being reported by WOWK TV in Charleston, WV:
The suit alleges the diocese and the bishop knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks for those working at schools and camps operated by the diocese, and without disclosing the inherent danger to parents who used those services for their children.

Embracing Duty and Honor to Make "Something Beautiful for God"

Thank you, St. Joseph, for
showing fathers how to be
dutiful dads!
Snippets of two poems are running through my head today. The first one is:

I could not love thee, dear, so much
Loved I not honor more.

Those lines come from Richard Lovelace's poem, To Lucasta, Going to the Warres (1649) Here's the whole thing, a lovely poem worth the trouble to memorize.

Tell me not, sweet, I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.

True, a new mistress now I chase,
The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith embrace,
A sword, a horse, a shield.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Guest Post: Book Review of “American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame’s Father Ted Hesburgh,” by Rev. Wilson Miscamble




FATHER HESBURGH OF NOTRE DAME:
ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A GREAT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY
WHILE RIDING THE TIGER

by James M. Thunder*

*The author is a Washington, D.C., attorney. He double-majored in theology and government at Notre Dame. He has written articles online severely critical of the Catholic nature of Notre Dame’s current president.

We shall always hope to find them [newly-free countries] strongly supporting their own freedom--and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.

       President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, 1961

Fr. Hesburgh rode the back of the tiger. Did he end up inside? Father Wilson D. (“Bill”) Miscamble has authored the 400-page biography, American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame’s Father Ted Fr. Hesburgh (Image) that answers this question in the affirmative.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sunday Meditation: Never, Never, Never Give Up!

Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
Pray for us.
Editor's Comment: I received the email and attachment below a few weeks ago. Today on this Second
Sunday of Advent I want to share it. Many signs in our culture point to the time Matthew described in chapter 24 of his Gospel.
"Let no one mislead you. Many will come attempting to impersonate me. 'I am the Messiah!' they will claim, and they will deceive many, You will hear of wars and rumors of war....Nation will rise against nation....There will be famine and pestilence and earthquakes in many places....They will hand you over to torture and kill you....Indeed, you will be hated by all nations on my account....False prophets will rise in great numbers to mislead many. Because of the increase of evil, the love of most will grow cold. The man who holds out to the end, however, is the one who will see salvation. This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world as a witness to all the nations. Only after that will the end come."

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Good News for a Change! Bishop Athanasius Schneider Launches Website to Teach the Faith

If you are younger that about 60 you spent most of your life getting watered down teaching about the so many Catholics don't believe in the Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist or fall for lies in the name of compassion including those that deny reality itself!
Catholic faith. Even if you're older than 60 you haven't heard much doctrine from the pulpit unless you live in a parish with a truly dedicated and faith-filled pastor who takes his obligation to teach seriously. No wonder

Well, folks, it's time to grow up! No matter how bad your religious education experience, you bear responsibility to instruct the ignorant, a spiritual work of mercy. And that instruction begins with yourself. With a teacher like Bishop Schneider, you have no excuse not to begin that instruction right now today! Isn't Lent the ideal time?

Friday, March 15, 2019

It's Time to Hold the Media Accountable -- as well as irresponsible, foul-mouthed "comedians" like Bill Maher!

Please share this far and wide. It's time to hold the shameless lying media accountable!

Eat a Thin Mint, Support the Murder of Children



Every time you buy a box of Girl Scout cookies, most of the money goes to the national and district organizations which support a whole range of leftist positions including, not only abortion but,  LGBTQ ideology and comprehensive (i.e., contraceptive) sex education. Only about 10% stays with the local troop. (Source)

Thursday, March 14, 2019

One More Reason to Thank God for Donald Trump

The never-Trumpers include a fellow I used to rescue with at abortion mills back in the 1970s. He continues to pound the president and actually had the chutzpa to say Hillary Clinton was the "pro-life candidate." To this day he opposes just about everything that has a Trump connection.

Most of the other rescuers I know and went to jail with are as baffled as I am and just shake their heads. I can't help wondering if the babies in the womb are real to him or whether abortion was simply a political argument. He once tried to make the case that putting crazy glue in the locks of abortion facilities was "violent." It's a hard argument to win since an abortion mill has no legitimate reason to exist and to prevent the staff and women from entering has real potential to save lives. It's a way of "blocking the door" which is what we did with our bodies, using glue instead of people.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Protect Children from Cognitive Dissonance!

UPDATE 6:30 P.M.: Those who oppose the actions of Archbishop Naumann and Fr. Maxim have launched a petition asking them to reconsider and allow enrollment of the child. We need to counter their action. Please sign the petition at TFP's Student Action's website. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for enough good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke

ORIGINAL POST:

My colleague at Restore D.C. Catholicism has a "must-read" post about the situation in Kansas of a same sex couple trying to enroll the child in their care at a Catholic school in Prairie Village. She points out the obvious fact that Catholic teaching is totally incompatible with the living situation of the child. Why would loving "parents" do this? How can it NOT put the child in a situation of cognitive dissonance?



Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Two Banned Bishops "Sent to Coventry!" Not Nearly Enough!


Archbishop William Lori, Administrator of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese released a letter yesterday permanently banning two bishops from ministry there and in his home diocese of Baltimore. Bishop Michael Bransfield, former bishop of the West Virginia diocese and Bishop Gordon Bennett, S. J., former auxiliary bishop of Baltimore are accused of sexually harassing adults. Bransfield also stands accused of financial improprieties. (No surprise! He spent buckets of money in Wheeling on his own personal comforts with expensive renovations to his residence, a personal chef, wining and dining at fine restaurants, etc.)

Monday, March 11, 2019

Ann Landers Can’t Compete with Fr. Rutler

I’m a big fan of Fr. George Rutler, so when I came across an article titled, “Dear Father Rutler,”...well...how could I resist. I’m glad I didn’t try. I’ll just give you his first piece of advice to tempt you. You can find more at the Catholic Herald (UK):
Dear Father Rutler,

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sunday Meditation: Reverence and the Traditional Latin Mass

Today, for the first time since about 1965, I attended a high Tridentine Mass. The church echoed with the “birdsong” of babies. Everywhere I looked little girls and teenagers knelt with bowed heads like modest little brides. Yes, many white-haired geriatrics like yours truly knelt among them, but we represented the minority. What a scenario. It brought tears to my eyes and a leap to my heart...not to mention a longing. How I wish I could occupy a little cell next door and make this my parish home. Instead, I will return to my Novus Ordo parish tomorrow where Sunday Mass will end with a social hall throng of laughing, chatting parishioners oblivious of the presence of the Lord of the Universe.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

When Bishops Usurp the Laity’s Role: Now THAT is Clericalism!

Editor’s Comment: One of my objections to the Bishops Lenten Appeal is that it supports the Virginia Catholic Conference, a lobby group that continuously takes “Catholic positions” on prudential moral issues. Is opposition to uranium mining really an issue that the bishops’ have any expertise on AT ALL? Of course not! But they tell Virginia Catholics to come along to Richmond and push their questionable opinions on climate change, immigration, the death penalty, and a whole host of other prudential issues. Phil Lawler’s article raises the same questions I have often posed about the role of our bishops which is to teach, govern, and sanctify. Ironically, while sticking their noses in all sorts of things that are NOT their business, many bishops irresponsibly neglect what IS their business. If your bishops have a lobby group, there is something wrong! Ironically, many of the lay-run lobby groups defend intrinsic moral issues that the bishops treat with a ho-hum or even an enabling wink. It’s time to stop! Thumbs up to Phil Lawler!

A STATEMENT THE TENNESSEE BISHOPS SHOULDN’T HAVE MADE

Friday, March 8, 2019

Rider College, NJ Censors Students' Food Choices...No Chik for you!

Logo for Rider's LGBTQ support group
It all started with a survey last Fall asking students at Rider University in Mercer Country, NJ what food vendor they would like to see on campus. Among the choices was Chik-fil-A. (Multiple "choice" test, right?) The students'  chose the popular chicken franchise.

WRONG ANSWER!

The university sent out a second survey with Chik-fil-A purged. (The head-shaker is why the politically correct administration included them in the first place. But, hey, maybe they wanted to see how much "thought control" they had to exercise to bring their students into line with the world of Big Brother.) A cover letter sent out with the second survey "explained" their reason for dissing the students' choice. (Can anyone seriously believe Rider isn't censoring "food for the brain" choices as well?) Here's what the cover letter said:

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Fr. Tom Collins: The Virginia Bishops' Statement on the Born Alive Act is Too Little Too Late!

Editor's Comment: Fr. Collins isn't the only one to weigh in on this pathetic statement by the Virginia bishops. Complicit Clergy has an article titled Sorry Boys, We are WAY Past the Point of Press Releases. As a member of the Diocese of Arlington, I'm angry! When Trump tried to implement a ban on people from terrorist countries threatening our security, Bishop Burbidge didn't just issue a press release. He went out to Dulles Airport to support the protestors many of whom carried anti-Trump signs showing exactly where they fall on the political spectrum. 



Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Primal Religion of Mankind Must be Identical to God's Revealed Religion

Did God write this in our hearts?
Should Mankind follow the Bible, Christ and Christianity or the Quran, Muhammad and Islam? Here's the answer.

God's Primal Religion
If God expects from us an account of our actions then it is necessary that He gives us a Law for the rule and judgement of those actions. That Law, called the Mosaic Law, the Natural Law, or moral law is written upon the human heart and is the primal religion given to mankind by God. It's God's universal standard of right and wrong rooted in our human nature. Therefore, the first religion which God gave to Man was that natural religion which He imprinted on our very nature when He first created us. 

Spiraling Out of Control and Into Darkness

I received a link from a friend this morning which highlights the deepening of wickedness in the Girls Scouts of America.  It sparked a conversation about our own “scouting” experiences as kids.  I told her I had been a member of the Blue Birds and the Camp Fire Girls. 
Just thinking about it reminded me of the cute uniform I wore and I immediately went online to find photos of the vintage outfit. 

My search continued into information about Camp Fire Girls and had me scratching my head a little.  Half way down the rabbit hole by this time, I decided to follow my search a little further and came upon a Q & A link where parents were discussing different “scouting options” for their children.  That’s when things got really wacky.  One mentioned quite casually that Spiral Scouts would be one to consider. 

Spiral cannot be good, I thought, and I was right.  This is a link to the Wikipedia entry for this group.  And this is a link to the Aquarian Tabernacle Church where Spiral Scouts was first formed. 

After reading this article a few days ago on National Catholic Register, I was aware of the tremendous rise in interest of the occult and of pagan beliefs and practices, but I wasn’t prepared for the training of children as young as three into such beliefs. 

Cardinal Wuerl: Liar Extraordinaire and his Enabler is the Pope Himself!

Don't worry, Donny, I got your back!
Below is an article by Pieter Vree, Editor of New Oxford Review about homosexual-enabling Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Here is one more prelate who belongs in jail as an accomplice of child abuse. But what about his enabler? We were told last November when the bishops were stymied by Pope Francis in their efforts to deal seriously with the clerical sex abuse scandal that they had to wait for the summit in February. And what did that faux hot meal produce? A huge nothingburger! Once again the victims were paraded to tell their gruesome stories, the bishops beat their breasts, ringmaster Cardinal Cupich did a slick song and dance routine drawing attention from the homosexual elephant in the ring, and the sideshow ended. The audience in the pew failed to applaud. And so things continue. Please, folks, stop enabling these clowns with your money. BOYCOTT THE BLA! There are so many worthy Catholic apostolates that deserve your support. Give to the Little Sisters of the Poor or the FSSP seminary or a local crisis pregnancy center or a Catholic free clinic. And pray and fast this Lent for the purification of Holy Mother Church, the battered Bride of Christ.

WUERL, THE FLESH & THE DEVIL
by Pieter Vree

Donald’s dissembling was his downfall.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Democrats Read Transgender Book on House Floor

L - Jazz, a biological boy;
R - Jazz' book about his life as a girl
LifeSite News has a March 5 article with video posted on their site saying:

 "Democrats read a book about having a 'girl brain but a boy body' on the US House floor last week. To commemorate a day set aside by pro-LGBT lobbyists and the nation’s largest teacher union to promote gender fluidity, two Democrat congresswomen read the infamous transgender children’s book I Am Jazz on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last Thursday.

"Sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the National Education Association (NEA), the fourth annual 'Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Readings' is supposedly meant to help 'foster safe and welcoming schools and communities for young people who still rarely hear affirming stories of LGBTQ people,' according to HRC’s website."

What can I say except THREE YEARS AGO I knew that the National Education Association (NEA) was heavily involved in promoting the transgender agenda in public schools, and said so on Les Femmes on March 26, 2016. The article is reprinted in full below.

Vaccine Damage is Real!



The government acknowledges that vaccine injury is real. There is a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. So before you dismiss parental concerns about the explosion of autism and other serious health problems, do the research. I am not anti-vaccine, but there is no way I would ever allow a newborn to receive the hepatitis B vaccine, for example. That is just plain nuts!

Fr. Tom Collins: Can Catholics Worship Both Jesus and Moloch?


When blasphemy goes mainstream,
Can the judgment be far behind?
Editor's comment: Fr. Tom raises some serious questions here about Catholics who pretend they are "devout" while they champion the murder of the innocent. And consider the serious responsibility that bishops have to admonish and call to repentance those who are risk their souls by embracing, even celebrating, a sin that calls out to heaven for vengeance. Let us take seriously this Lent the obligation to pray for the conversion of those who work to advance the culture of death and to work especially for our own conversion so we can be truth seekers and speakers who reflect the image of God to a world who needs Him so much!


ARE CATHOLICS FREE TO WORSHIP BOTH JESUS AND MOLOCH?

Monday, March 4, 2019

85% of Journalists are Registered Democrats. Are You Surprised?

Kudos to Lara Logan for calling out the leftist bias of "journalists" many of whom never met a fact they couldn't twist to fit their biased narrative.


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Is the Party Over? Democrats Are Going Mad!

Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent god of the
Aztecs, a combination of bird and rattlesnake.
He's associated with the wind, an appropriate
connection for a party reaping the whirlwind!
Democrat Crackpots are Breaking Up Their Party

On his show yesterday, Rush discussed the Stalinist tactics used by Democrat leadership imposing leftist insanity on every Democrat member of the House. Since a number of Democrats represent districts much more conservative than the party, these folks have to choose between political suicide by abandoning their constituents or political murder by the likes of Nancy Pelosi and AOC who are threatening them if they deviate one inch from the party line. It's madness! And it illustrates this quote from the ancient world.

"Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad."

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Liars at the Vatican: Exposing Fr. Thomas Rosica as a Liar and Fraud!

Don't worry, Tommy, all will be well. We'll hold
a summit on the importance of good Catholic
media like your Salt and Light and the fishwrap.
I protect my friends. Just ask Donny.
In 2015, Fr. Thomas Rosica went after Canadian blogger David Domet  (Vox Cantoris) threatening a lawsuit because he didn't like the truth being exposed. What an avalanche of bad publicity for poor Fr. Rosica. The lawsuit threat soon disappeared, but Rosica remained at his post as papal advisor and media guru for English in the Vatican press office.

The more we learn about him, the more despicable this Vatican mouthpiece appears!

Rosica runs Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation based in Canada, but his salt is flat and his light is darkness. Let's look at a few fact about the fraud in a Roman collar from John Zmirak's article at The Stream.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Islamsplaining

A tree bears the fruits of Islam to the world
Islam isn't hard to understand once a person has it figured out and since I have it figured out I will explain it to you.

THE BASICS
ALLAH
Allah is Lucifer. Islam is the established religion of Lucifer where he sets himself up to be worshiped as the one true God in place of the Holy Trinity. And Muhammad is Lucifer's prophet. Muhammad's "Gabriel" isn't St Gabriel the Archangel as Muhammad was fooled into thinking. Muhammad's "Gabriel" was Lucifer making himself appear as St Gabriel the Archangel. Lucifer, appearing as Gabriel, beat the terrified Muhammad into submission in the cave on Hira. He literally beat the Quran into Muhammad. That's where the word Islam comes from - it means submission. Submission to Lucifer.

Once we z
ero in on the demonic origins of Islam in the Cave on Hira, the rest easily falls into place like pieces of a puzzle locked together. No doubt remains that Lucifer conned Muhammad into being his prophet. This has been known simply for ages - from the beginning of Islam when Muhammad was still living. Jews, Christians, and pagan Arabs knew this 1400 years ago.

Exposing the Reality of the Bishop's Lenten Appeal


Title of the Arlington Diocese Lenten Appeal for 2019
As years go by I get angrier and angrier over this because I look at the published distribution of the funds and I rarely see a single thing I would choose to gladly write a check for.

We have contributed thousands in the past, but in the last couple of years our commitment to it has shrunk significantly.  This year it will be less than $50.  I think it is important for the actual number of people to remain high and the dollar amount to shrink, so the bishop knows clearly we the faithful are still fulfilling our "duty" but will no longer fund a diocese that no longer fulfills the needs of the Catholics in the pews.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Arrivederci Roma! The Francis Revolution is Collapsing!

But the flame of love for Holy Mother Church burns bright in the hearts of her faithful children.



Read the Fine Print! And Watch Out for those Medical Directives!

To care or to kill:
what does your medical directive say?
My sister is in the hospital. She has pneumonia, the antibiotic-resistant form. Not too surprising really
since she was a 40-year smoker and has compromised lungs. She's very sick, but not terminally ill. In fact, amazingly, she does NOT have lung cancer and has a long history of coming back from illness.

Fortunately, Jeanne has a power of attorney (me) who is well-informed on end-of-life issues. I know that the MOST and POLST forms (identifying patients wishes for treatment) can be  life-threatening. They are being used to pressure vulnerable patients into choosing non-treatment. I knew it was happening, but got a graphic example of it this week with my sister's situation.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Make This Priest a Bishop and Send Him to Chicago!

Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P. responded to a gay priest's article in the New York Times describing the priesthood as a "cage" with a powerful rebuttal in a series of Tweets:

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Buzz Words and Obfuscation at the Vatican Summit: The Roman Sideshow Closes

Life Site News reporter Diane Montagna and CNN's Delia Gallagher ask the million dollar questions.



Note how the Archbishop Scicluna emphasizes that Montagna's question about homosexuality is not about the "sexual abuse of minors." Irrelevant...next question!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Headlines and Article blurbs about the Sex Abuse Summit

Where is Cardinal O'Malley?  Phil Lawler weighs in the Vatican Meeting Programmed for Failure.
Conspicuously missing from the program is any major address by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the chairman of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. It was shocking that Cardinal O’Malley was not included in the preparatory commission for the event; it is still more astonishing that he is not listed among the featured speakers.
Cardinals Burke, Brandmüller challenge bishops to speak out, defend faith
Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller insist that Church leaders must address not only the protection of young people from abuse, but a “much greater crisis” in the Church. They point to homosexual influence that “has been spread within the Church, promoted by organized networks and protected by a climate of complicity and a conspiracy of silence.”
Pope's 21 "Reflection Points" on the crisis say not one word about homosexuality! 
Several of the suggestions are on the theme of seminary formation of priests and the proper penalties for priests or religious who commit abuse. [but completely ignore the necessity to screen out homosexuals from the priesthood #16, #17, #18]
Stay tuned.....

Friday, February 22, 2019

Archbishop Carlo Vigano's Message to the Bishops on the Feast of St. Peter Damian

Editor's Comment: Archbishop Carlo Vigano sent the message below to the bishops gathering for the sex abuse summit on February 21st. It was the summit's opening day and also the feast of St. Peter Damian, the great warrior against the depraved practices of homosexual clergy in the Middle Ages. 

I'm posting this on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. These two feasts back to back emphasize the responsibility of Pope Francis to exercise authority over the crisis in the Church which is, in fact, a homosexual crisis. Ignoring that fact endangers the credibility of the hierarchy and illustrates a lack of transparency that puts to the lie all the fine words coming from the Vatican about their intent to resolve the crisis.

These feasts also coincide with new details coming out about Cardinal McCarrick and his "missing years" when he was apparently being groomed by the Communist party to become a Church insider attacking the faith. If you've read Bella Dodd's School of Darkness, you know full well that a Communist strategy was to plant agents in Catholic seminaries to undermine and corrupt the Church and destroy her authority to be a powerful witness in the world. And how effectively they did it! 

Guest Post: Clerical Sex Abuse and Suicide: The Toxic Legacy -- Part 2: Suicide of Predators

Rev. Alfred Bietighofer killed
himself in 2002 during treatment
at the infamous St. Luke Institute
in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Sex Abuse Victims and Clerical Suicide 
A Study of the Toxic Legacy of Clerical Molestation  
By Randy Engel
Read the first part of this article here.
The Suicide of Clerical Sexual Predators
Following close on the heels of the suicide of victims of clerical sex abuse, is the tragedy of Catholic priests and religious (male and female) involved in homosexuality and pederasty who take their own lives. The rising tide of suicide among clerics, especially those involved in the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults has become a serious problem not only for the Catholic Church in America, but also abroad including Ireland, Australia. Belgium and Poland.  

Guest Post Part 2: Pope Francis Fiddles while Faithful Burn with Anger!

Read Part 1 here.

Editor's note: Last November the pope told the USCCB not to take any substantive action on the sex abuse crisis because he had scheduled the summit in Rome. The summit, being hyped as a serious look at the problem, seems to be just one more stage production to create the impression that the Vatican is taking the problem seriously and actually doing something about it. Don't hold your breath. So far the press conferences indicate that the real problem (sodomite behavior which includes clergy homosexual abuse of minors, clergy homosexual abuse of young adults, especially seminary students, and consensual clergy homosexual sodomy between adults.) The only issue being addressed at the summit is the abuse of minors. And Blase Cupich, a master spinmeister, is continuing the cover up. When you read the papal schedule below, note how almost nothing is being said or done about what can only be described as the major Church crisis of our day. The pope has time to fly around the world, visit art galleries, attend interfaith meetings, and babble on and on about whatever; but dealing with the sex abuse crisis is hardly on his radar screen. The silence of the shepherd for his poor little slaughtered lambs in the womb and for the victims of clergy sex abuse (many of whom have committed suicide) is appalling! 

POPE FRANCIS FIDDLES
WHILE THE ROMAN CHURCH IS BURNING…BURNING MAD
by James M. Thunder
Part 2: Has the Pope Abandoned His Post? Has He Been Fiddling?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Guest Post -- Clerical Sex Abuse and Suicide: The Toxic Legacy -- Part I: Suicide of Victims


14-year-old Brian Teeman, sex abuse
victim of Msgr. Thomas O'Brien
shot himself in November 1983. Will
the bishops at the summit address
the relationship between clergy abuse
and suicide during their summit?
The Catholic Inquisitor

February 2019 

Sex Abuse Victims and Clerical Suicide
A Study of the Toxic Legacy of Clerical Molestation  
By Randy Engel
Introduction

On February 21-24, 2019, Pope Francis will convene an international  “summit” on clerical sexual abuse and the protection of minors (and vulnerable adults) in the Church in the New Synod Hall in Rome. The meeting will focus on three particular areas — responsibility, accountability and transparency. It will include plenary sessions, working groups, moments of common prayer and listening to testimonies, a penitential liturgy and a final Eucharistic celebration. The plenary sessions with be directed by the Italian Jesuit, Father Federico Lombardi, former Director of the Vatican Press Office from 2006 to 2010.