Monday, July 26, 2010

Why John Paul II does not deserve to be called a saint by the children of this generation and all generations to come

Keep this in mind, people of the world: John Paul II did nothing to stop thousands of pedophile priests under his Holy See – nothing until he died as the longest reigning pope since St. Peter. In fact, he elevated our own Cardinal Bernard Law who resigned in disgrace, as Archpriest in the prestigious mother basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. John Paul II as “Holy Father” (and Canon Law and all his encyclical and theology writings) never saved nor protected children, not a single child, neither did he excommunicate any pedophile priests during his entire tenure as powerful Pope -- for over a quarter of a century. That is why the six thousand pedophile priests in the USA and around the world are aptly named after him as the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army. That is .

Read full article in our sister weblog The John Paul II Millstone
Canon Law and John Paul II, the Vatican & Benedict XVI never saved children nor excommunicated pedophile priests during last quarter of 20th Century

Read reactions from around the world on the newly revised Code of Canon Law that excommunicate equally -- pedophile priests and women attempting ordination -- our sister weblog Benedict XVI Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler

Friday, July 23, 2010

Rome's 3 GAY priests caught in video at gay clubs and having casual flings'

Benedict XVI and the Vatican shall never sleep in peace again until its total demise happen as predicted by the Third Secret of Fatima. While the newly released Code of Canon Law attracted so much uproar from the media worldwide, see our coverage in God's Rottweiler

Hardly a week went by and this caught on video in the headlines of Italy's newspaper has erupted.

Catholic sex scandal as undercover reporter 'films priests at gay clubs and having casual flings'

By Nick Pisa

Caught in the act: A priest - still wearing his dog collar - approaches a gay 'accomplice' of the undercover reporter as their casual affair is caught on camera in the Italian magazine Panorama's footage

The same priest later prepares to read Mass

A gay priest sex scandal has rocked the Catholic Church in Italy today after a weekly news magazine released details of a shock investigation it had carried out.
Using hidden cameras, a journalist from Panorama magazine - owned by Italian Prime Minister and media baron Silvio Berlusconi - filmed three priests as they attended gay nightspots and had casual sex.

Today there was no immediate comment from the Italian Bishops Conference and the Vatican - which has been rocked by a series of sex scandals involving paedophile priests since the start of the year.

A preview of the Panorama article sent out by email last night added that video footage from the investigation would be made available.
The article describes how the reporter was assisted by a gay 'accomplice' as they 'gate-crashed the wild nights of a number of priests in Rome who live a surprising double-life.'
In it's preview, Panorama added: 'By day they are regular priests, complete with dog collar, but, at night it's off with the cassock as they take their place as perfectly integrated members of the Italian capital's gay scene.'

Panorama described its investigation as 'deeply disturbing' as it detailed how three priests - two Italians and a Frenchman - happily took part in gay events and had casual sex.

The Catholic Church forbids priests to have sex and homosexuality is also seen as a 'sin' .

In 2008 the Vatican issued guidelines which said that any would be trainees should not join if they had 'deep-seated homosexual tendencies'.

In one part of the investigation Panorama said that one priest, named as Carlo, willingly put on his cassock to have sex with the reporter's gay accomplice, adding 'all of which was filmed by the hidden camera'.

The magazine also described how they had attended a Mass which was celebrated by Carlo.

In its preview Panorama insisted that it had carried out through checks and established that all three priests were bona fide but would not reveal their real names or any other details.

Panorama editor Giorgio Mule said: 'This was a two week investigation and was not aimed at creating a scandal but showing that a certain section of the clergy behaves very differently.'


When we understand the history of the European papacy, we can see the time of Frankish appointees (about mid-900's) as their armies took over the papal states. The pagan pope Sylvester II is a good example - the Vatican frescoes reveal this paganism with "nymphs, cherubs" ,etc. Augustine and philosophy provides only a cold, dry belief system, requiring celibacy for its own sake, not to serve the Bridegroom Christ and others. 1,000 years ago the Frankish pope called Orthodox Christians "pagans"; now we see in living color who the pagans are. Christ the God-Man, delivers us from the evil one - if these "men" want to leave the hypocrisy and sin behind, there's repentance and renewed life in Him. See also "Sex Crimes and the Vatican" (youtube) revealing the present Pope as author of the veil of secrecy and guilt placed on the victims (!) under seal of the Confessional! Completely diabolical - come out from among them, we say!!
- jamatta, santa maria California, 23/7/2010

The Worst Opponent of Same-Sex Marriage


Pope Benedict is the worst anti-GAY religious leader.

It is imperative that we fight for and achieve GAY-marriage rights in the USA for our sake and that of our partners - so we can enjoy all the financial and tax benefits that heterosexual couples have...besides I'd prefer to give my pension benefits later on to my faithful partner (or he to me) than to Uncle Sam...

The Pope is desperately in dire need of plastic surgery at the age of 80...actually he'll be spending his 81st birthday in New York City.

So he has hired the openly GAY movie director (Jesus of Nazareth) Franco Zeffirelli as his papal image consultant.

Pope Benedict calls GAYS "morally intrinsic evil" people ...that technically makes his new papal image now a GAY Image...a "morally-intrinsic-evil-papal-IMAGE"!

Papa tutta la sua cattività !!


Pope Benedict meets gay/lesbian demonstration WJT 05 Cologne

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A classic JP2 Pedophile Priest --“Father enjoys us, the clamoring, unglamorous seventh grade girls.”

“Father enjoys us, the clamoring, unglamorous seventh grade girls.”


BENITA: Prey For Him is the true story of bright, vivacious Benita Kane and the Catholic priest who lured her from childhood into a disastrous twenty-year entanglement that changed the course of her life.

Benita spends her happy-go-lucky childhood in the shelter of the nearby church, parochial school and shared belief system of an entire town, Dubuque, Iowa. This idyll comes to an end when her father suddenly dies, WWII breaks out and her two older brothers enter the service. Into this vulnerable situation strolls young, charismatic Henry N. Dunkel who offers hope and friendship to Benita’s overwhelmed mother, Marcella. He drops in to chat with her in the kitchen, stands in for Benita’s dad at school events, offers to teach Benita to drive.

These secret lessons in his new Dodge lead to a country lane where he plies her with cigarettes, bourbon, and stargazing in his arms. One spring afternoon he entices her into a parish confessional room and forces himself upon her.

BENITA: Prey For Him is the true story of bright, vivacious Benita Kane and the Catholic priest who lured her from childhood into a disastrous twenty-year entanglement that changed the course of her life.

Benita spends her happy-go-lucky childhood in the shelter of the nearby church, parochial school and shared belief system of an entire town, Dubuque, Iowa. This idyll comes to an end when her father suddenly dies, WWII breaks out and her two older brothers enter the service. Into this vulnerable situation strolls young, charismatic Henry N. Dunkel who offers hope and friendship to Benita’s overwhelmed mother, Marcella. He drops in to chat with her in the kitchen, stands in for Benita’s dad at school events, offers to teach Benita to drive.

These secret lessons in his new Dodge lead to a country lane where he plies her with cigarettes, bourbon, and stargazing in his arms. One spring afternoon he entices her into a parish confessional room and forces himself upon her.Now she is his, body and soul. Despite her tormented conscience, she meets him for clandestine sex wherever and whenever he wishes. Meanwhile, Benita’s brothers have returned from the service; initially, they are grateful to Father for his help, but their trust slowly turns to suspicion. Throughout high school, college, graduate school, beyond, the surreptitious meetings between Benita and the priest go on, alienating her from her family and plunging her into deep distress. Still, she is helpless to change her course. Her anguished family turns to the church for guidance. The Archbishop pledges them to secrecy, blames Benita for ruining his priest and launches a series of creative maneuvers to stop her, including a six-week stay in a psychiatric hospital. How she extricates herself from this hell is a gripping story as well as an inspiring testimony to her strength of character.

As Benita’s friend and classmate from second-grade through college, Virginia Tranel writes from the unique stance of participant-observer. This story is not simply one more account of clerical sexual abuse, but rather an astounding, maddening, compelling look at what it was like to grow up in a family, community and culture so dominated by the Catholic church that no one could acknowledge the ominous events unfolding before them

Now available from Amazon!

Henry N. Dunkel Accused of abuse of several girls (including his own nieces) in 1947-1948 during his first assignment. Diocese of Dubuque, IA learned of abuse in 1992 and Dunkel’s priestly activities were restricted. Died 1998. Telegraph Herald; (Dubuque) 11.18.02; Telegraph Herald 1.06.06; Sioux City Journal 1.06.06; Telegraph Herald 3.06.06; Telegraph Herald 3.07.06; Telegraph Herald 3.09.06; Archdiocesan Report on Assignments and Other Info 9.22.06

INTERPOL hunting for Fr. Eric De Jaeger , a John Paul II Pedophile Priests generation. He's caught and is back in Igloolik, Canada

Updated April 16, 2011

Eric Dejaeger is now facing nine charges, including two new sex-related charges as well as one count of failure to appear in court. - Jeanne Gagnon/NNSL photo

Fr. Eric handcuffed by RCMP in Iqaluit

Priests don't use violence, usually. They've got the shackles of tradition and dogma to hold their victims down for them.

And of course the real crime here is that these monsters in dog collars were dumped on the native peoples of Canada to rip their way through several generations, and there is no sign of remorse for that from the Vatican.

(See From Nunavut to Lourdes article below)

Photo d'Eric De Jaeger provenant du site internet d'Interpol.
Rev. Eric Dejaeger, right, is escorted by an RCMP officer out of the Iqaluit courthouse on Thursday afternoon. He remains in custody at least until Monday, when a bail hearing is scheduled. (CBC)

Photo d'Eric De Jaeger provenant du site internet d'Interpol.

Interpol has issued a red notice against Father Eric Dejaeger. He was convicted of pedophilia in Canada and given a prison sentence. The Oblate Fathers in Blanden kept him hidden for a decade or he would have served the sentence in Canada.

Father Dejaeger moved to Canada in the 1970s to live on Igloolik island in the desolate north.

In April 1990, he was sentenced to five years in prison for rape of eight children, including boys and girls.

He spent a few months in prison and was paroled. He immediately began re-offending. Nine new charges were placed against him.

The Oblate Fathers in Flanders did not reveal his whereabouts to his parole officer and he was able to flee Canada.

A red notice from Interpol is not the same as an international arrest warrant. It mean that anyone who knows his whereabouts should contact police.


Interpol has issued a reason notice against father Eric Dejaeger. The Flemish clergyman was condemned in Canada because of pedofilie and must there an imprisonment sit out. The priests oblaten in Blanden hold him however for ten year hidden because he are severely already would have sat out in Canada. The from Roeselare originating father Eric Dejaeger unpleasant Canada turned there in the years seventy on the island Igloolik, in the inclement north, Inuit till the christianity to convert. On 5 April 1990 became he condemned until five year cell for the rape of eight children, as well boys as girls, writes the paper De Tomorrow.


The man remained only single months in the prison, and after its early release he began at the same time to recidiveren. In the beginning of 1995 bow became new charges against him uttered and to must layman the priest inevitably back to the prison. The provincial oversten of the Priests Oblaten in Flanders saw to there however for that he outside knowledge of its watchword officer Canada wanted to flee.

Canadian nationality

In 2001 verpreidde Interpol all a first locations message against Dejaeger, when with a warning accompanied: "Person may be dangerous." Dejaeger chose end of years seventy furrow the Canadian nationality and thus perfectly can be handed over would request as a Canada about that. A reason notice by Interpol is not the same as an international apprehensions mandate. It is the intention that men, that the sought person (here) know, contact take up with the police, so that that further can consult with the competent services in Brussels and Ottawa.

The Louvain public prosecutor is on the height of the affair and examines or can enter it into the question till decrepit ring of the Canadian authorities. Besides becomes bill held with the fact that Dejaeger as well the Canadian as the Belgian nationality has. That its condemnation all of 1990 dates, plays also with, according to public prosecutor spokesman Patrick Vits.

Un prêtre flamand sur la liste d'Interpol

Interpol a émis une notification rouge contre le Père Eric Dejaeger. Le prêtre flamand a été condamné au Canada pour pédophilie et doit y purger une peine de prison. Les pères Oblaten de Blanden le cachent depuis 10 ans car il aurait déjà dû purger sa peine au Canada, écrit mardi De Morgen.

Eric Dejaeger, originaire de Roulers, était parti dans les années 1970 au Canada afin de convertir au christianisme des Inuits sur l'île Igloolik, dans le nord du pays. Il a été condamné le 5 avril 1990 à cinq ans de prison pour le viol de huit enfants, des filles et des garçons.

L'homme a passé seulement quelques mois en prison et immédiatement après sa libération conditionnelle, il a récidivé. Neuf nouvelles plaintes ont été déposées contre lui début 1995 et le Père semblait irrémédiablement devoir retourner en prison. Les pères provinciaux des Pères Oblaten en Flandre ont fait en sorte qu'il puisse fuir le Canada.

En 2001, Interpol a déjà diffusé un premier avis de recherche contre Eric Dejaeger, avec la mention "Person may be dangerous." Le Père avait opté fin des années 1970 pour la nationalité canadienne de sorte qu'il pourrait être extradé au Canada si ce dernier le demandait.

Une notification rouge d'Interpol ne correspond pas à un mandat d'arrêt international. L'objectif est que les personnes qui (re)connaissent la personne recherchée prennent contact avec la police, de sorte que celle-ci puisse consulter les services compétents à Bruxelles et à Ottawa. (belga)
13/07/10 07h31

* Lire aussi: Le père Dejaeger extradé vers le Canada?
* Lire aussi: "Le dossier Joseph C. a été classé"
* Lire aussi: Un texte plus dur sur la pédophilie bientôt publié
* Lire aussi: Mgr De Kesel succède à l'évêque Vangheluwe à Bruges


Runaway Oblate priest appears in Nunavut court

Nunatsiaq Online


Fugitive priest Eric Dejaeger returned to Nunavut to face justice Jan. 20 for the first time since fleeing prosecution for child sex charges in 1995.

Dejaeger faces six child sexual abuse charges dating back to his time as an Oblate missionary in Igloolik in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Dejaeger appeared before a Justice of the Peace in an Iqaluit courtroom reluctantly, initially refusing to leave cells at the Iqaluit courthouse.

Fugitive priest arrives in Iqaluit

CBC News

A Roman Catholic priest accused of sex crimes against children in Nunavut has arrived in Iqualuit following a stopover in Montreal from Belgium.

Rev. Eric Dejaeger, 63, who is a Canadian citizen, arrived on a commercial flight at 1 p.m. ET Thursday.

RCMP officers accompanied him from the plane into a police truck that took him to the local courthouse for a hearing with a justice of the peace.

Dejaeger was put on Interpol's list of wanted fugitives when the Nunavut Court of Justice issued an arrest warrant in 2002 on six charges involving children in Igloolik, a remote Inuit community in the territory.
Bail hearing on Monday

Dejaeger faces three counts of indecent assault on a male and three counts of buggery, in relation to alleged incidents between 1978 and 1982 in Igloolik, where he had served as a missionary.

His lawyer, Mandy Sammurtok, told the court on Thursday that her client did not want to enter the courtroom. But after some discussion with the Crown, Dejaeger was ordered to appear.

Dejaeger, who did not speak in court, sported a white beard and looked older than he appeared in photographs Interpol had posted on its list of wanted fugitives. He was not wearing shoes.

Sammurtok asked that the case be adjourned until Monday, when a bail hearing will take place. Dejaeger remains in custody in Iqaluit in the meantime.

"We're very glad that this case has finally come back to Nunavut, and that we'll be able to provide closure to both our investigators and the people in Igloolik that were the victims of his crimes," Nunavut RCMP Supt. Howard Eaton told reporters at the Iqaluit detachment.
Fled to Belgium

Dejaeger pleaded guilty in 1990 to nine counts of sex crimes against boys and girls in Baker Lake, another community in Nunavut, and was sentenced to five years in prison.

But by the time the Igloolik charges were issued in 2002, Dejaeger was living freely in Belgium, his country of birth.

According to Belgian media, Dejaeger was living in an Oblate monastery and worked in the Catholic pilgrimage site of Lourdes, France, where he received Flemish pilgrims.

Belgian authorities detained Dejaeger earlier this month for overstaying his legal residency in that country. According to government officials there, the priest gave up his Belgian citizenship when he became a Canadian citizen in 1977.

Dejaeger was put on a plane from Brussels to Montreal on Wednesday.


From Nunavut to Lourdes

Category: Evil • Religion
Posted on: October 4, 2010 10:51 AM, by PZ Myers

Eric Dejaeger is a Catholic priest and pedophile who benefited greatly from church policy: when it was learned that he was a child-raping monster, the Catholic Church did the upright, moral thing and kept him on as a priest, but simply shipped him off to the Canadian north where he'd only be raping the Inuit. When the law caught up with him even in that remote place, he fled…and guess where he found shelter and employment? Back in the arms of Mother Church, of course.

The Belgian-born priest, who became a Canadian citizen in 1977, is wanted for three counts of indecent assault on a male and three counts of buggery for incidents involving minors and alleged to have occurred between 1978 and 1982 in Igloolik. These charges were laid after he completed a five-year sentence in April of 1995 (a penitentiary stint, a halfway house then probation) for abusing children in Baker Lake, then part of the Northwest Territories, now part of Nunavut. Dejaeger left Canada before his first court date in June of 1995 and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Six years later, the Interpol red alert was circulated. Nine years after that, in May of this year, Belgian journalist Douglas De Coninck published an article detailing Dejaeger's life on the lam. The priest worked with pilgrims in Lourdes and participated in masses. A member of the Oblate Order of Mary Immaculate, he was living at the order's villa in Blanden. Several months after the article appeared, Dejaeger voluntarily turned himself in at the Leuven police station.

Unfortunately, the Belgian police just turned him loose again, stating that there was no extradition order from Canada. He's on the run again. Given his history, I can guess where we'll find him: turn over a few churches, and he'll be found nestling amongst the friendly priests.

But let's not just blame religion! There's also another nasty story here, of secular authorities turning a blind eye to his activities. He'd been brought before a Canadian judge who didn't seem to think Dejaeger was such a bad fellow.

Oddly, Justice Ted Richard of the Northwest Territories Supreme Court wrote in his sentence decision that Dejaeger was not a pedophile even though "it does not appear that he stopped this activity on his own but only when he was caught." It's unclear how he was caught.

Dejaeger admitted to, among other sexual acts, having anal intercourse with boys and digital vaginal penetration with girls. Yet Richard seemed to praise the priest's restraint:

"Because of the age of the victims of these assaults, consent is not an issue or a factor to be considered. However, it should be noted in fairness to the offender here that no violence was used in committing these assaults," Richard wrote 20 years ago.

Priests don't use violence, usually. They've got the shackles of tradition and dogma to hold their victims down for them.

And of course the real crime here is that these monsters in dog collars were dumped on the native peoples of Canada to rip their way through several generations, and there is no sign of remorse for that from the Vatican.


New charges against priest in Nunavut include bestiality

The Canadian Press
Fri Apr 15 2011

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT Charges against a priest already facing numerous sex abuse charges against Inuit children now have a count of bestiality added to the charges.

Court documents say the charge, one of five new ones laid this week against Eric Dejaeger, allegedly involved a dog.

The new accusations bring to 28 the number of charges against Dejaeger.

Almost all the counts are sex offences allegedly committed against boys and girls in the remote Nunavut community of Igloolik between 1979 and 1982.

Dejaeger, who was expelled from Belgium earlier this year on immigration violations, is being held in custody awaiting bail in Iqaluit.

He received a five-year sentence in 1990 after pleading guilty to nine counts of sex crimes against boys and girls in Baker Lake in the 1980s.


Read our related article in our sister weblog the John Paul II Millstone

Bill Donohue-Catholic League ad in New York Times is a brilliant strategy before the beatification of John Paul II

John Paul II 4 million,Ayatollah Khomeini 9 million people at funeral! Cardinal Pell, fanatics cannot beatify the Pope of Pedophiles and Pederasts

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Belgian Catholic Catechism grossly sexual and pedophiliac. Priest accused of stealing $1.5m from parish for male escorts, hotels

The Vatican, the papacy and the Catholic Church must no longer be recognized as an independent state. The Pope must cease to be recognized as a head of state and must only be a religious leader. The Vatican Bank is corrupt, the Pope is heartless just as theology and John Paul II were heartless and together they made the immoral Fr. Marcial Maciel and the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army thrive, see our related article in the John Paul II Millstone website:

The Belgian Police must have more reasons than raiding the Archbishop’s Palace and Catholic Headquarters in Belgium and getting boxes of files of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests in Belgium. Today they interrogated Cardinal Godfried Danneels. Amidst the boxes, the Belgian Police discovered a documents and photographs of notorious child sex killer Marc Dutroux — documents which Cardinal Danneels was not supposed to have. The Catholic Church must no longer be treated as ‘special’ or the clergy as ‘above the law’ because they are not really closer to God than us the laity and they have brought upon themselves their own downfall with the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army.

Below are updates news on the Belgian Catholic Church crisis.

September 11 = 5,000 victims. Belgian Catholic Church = 5,000 victims. John Paul II the Great Pedophile Priests Army keeps marching on in Europe !!

Cardinal Bertone, stop fooling us with the “Communist” trump card; the Belgian Police raid proves that you Vatican Princes are not ‘above the law’!

From our sister weblog: Benedict XVI Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler

Baloney, Benedict XVI, you ask us to "love priests in spite of their weaknesses" -- you mean pedophiliac weaknesses and "put priests above the laity"

No, Benedict XVI, you are not forgiven. No, Archbishop Hart of Australia, your apology is rejected


Belgian Bishops Ignored Parents on Grossly Sexually Explicit Catholic ‘Catechism'

By Hilary White
Tuesday July 6, 2010

BRUSSELS, July 6, 2010 ( – A possible cover-up by the Belgian Catholic hierarchy of a vast scandal of sex abuse of minors by priests and bishops is likely to be less shocking to a group of parents who spent years trying, with no success, to have a graphically sexually explicit “catechism” textbook withdrawn from Catholic schools.

On June 24, the very day police were raiding the offices of the Archdiocese of Brussels and the home of Cardinal Godfreed Danneels, an article appeared in the Brussels Journal detailing the cardinal’s opposition to efforts to stop the catechism that had been written and approved by Belgian Catholic authorities.

Alexandra Colen, a Catholic member of the Belgian parliament, wrote that because of this “perverted little catechism,” “Hundreds of children who were not raped physically were molested spiritually during the catechism lessons.”

Intended to be used for religious education classes in Catholic schools, the text, a portion of which has been obtained by (LSN), includes a drawing of a naked infant girl, captioned to show her saying she welcomed stroking of her genitals and “I like to take my knickers off with friends,” and “I want to be in the room when mum and dad have sex.” The illustration also shows a naked little boy and girl “playing doctor.” The little boy says, “Look, my willy is big.”

Colen told in an interview that apart from the section with the drawing, “A lot of the text itself was either ambiguous or subversive” on Catholic teaching. The text, she said, discusses the Ten Commandments, and uses them as a starting point to discuss masturbation and tell the children they “shouldn’t feel guilty.”

“It talks about oral sex, terms we never used with the children at home.” The worst of it is, she said, is that the text “pretends to be Catholic teaching.”

“The lessons themselves are perverted. [The students] weren’t learning anything about the Catholic religion.”

In 1997, when Colen discovered the text among her 13-year-old daughter’s school books, she launched a campaign to have it removed from Catholic schools. She sent a letter to Cardinal Danneels insisting that the text be withdrawn, saying it “breeds pedophiles.”

“When I see this drawing and its message, I get the distinct impression that this catechism textbook is designed intentionally to make 13 and 14 year olds believe that toddlers enjoy genital stimulation,” she wrote.

After ignoring numerous letters and requests for meetings, Danneels refused to receive a delegation of parents who had resorted to demonstrating outside his residence, later telling press, “I shall not be pressured.” But the media coverage resulted in a flood of interest from concerned parents who had similar stories to tell of their children’s Catholic schools. Those parents told Colen that, "There were schools where children were taught to put condoms over artificial penises and where they had to watch videos showing techniques of masturbation and copulation," she wrote in the Journal.

Colen said that it only then became clear to her and the other parents that the same corruption was to be found throughout the Belgian Catholic school system.

The group’s efforts to bring the catechism to the attention of other members of the Belgian hierarchy went nowhere. The Bishop of Antwerp, Paul Van den Berghe, the Episcopal supervisor for education, at first told a delegation that he would investigate, but five days later publicly retracted that promise. Efforts to reach the Papal Nuncio, the ambassador of the Vatican and a close friend of Danneels, were also rebuffed.

“When I had exhausted all possibilities and it was clear that the Belgian church did not want to hear the parents, I decided to sever all ties with the Catholic education system,” Colen wrote. She and other parents began homeschooling their children, and Colen sent letters detailing her experiences to cardinals around the world and at the Vatican.

The letters, which have been obtained by LSN, received much more favorable responses. Mgr. Clemens, Cardinal Ratzinger’s personal secretary at the Congregation of the Faith in Rome wrote, “Please be assured that this Dicastery will give your report all due consideration.” The Canadian Cardinal Gagnon said he appreciated “the just battle which you are conducting.” “The matter which you raised is very important,” wrote Cardinal Arinze from Rome.

Colen also received favorable responses from Cardinals Meisner of Cologne, Wamala of Uganda, Vidal of the Philippines, Williams of New Zealand, Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo, O’Connor of New York and Pio Laghi, Prefect for the Congregation for Catholic Education. Many of these promised to write to Danneels or help in other ways.

Colen also points out that the disgraced Bishop Roger Vangheluwe was responsible for the Catholic University of Leuven and the Seminary of Bruges, where the catechism’s editors were professors. In April, Vangheluwe resigned as bishop of Bruges after admitting to having sexually abused his own nephew throughout his clerical career.

“Today,” Colen wrote, in light of the news of state-sponsored investigation into episcopal cover-ups of child abuse “this case, that dates from 12 years ago, assumes a new and ominous significance.”

She told LSN, “At the time, we said, how is it possible that the bishops allow this. But then we heard about Msgr. Vangheluwe and we realised they weren’t just ‘allowing’. It is from the top down.”

Colen told LSN that although Belgium has both state-sponsored public and Catholic schools, about 80 percent of children attend the Church schools. The damage done to Belgium’s children and to society by such material in schools, she said, is “therefore enormous.”



Reverend Kevin J. Gray accused of stealing $1.5m from parish for male escorts, hotels

A ROMAN Catholic Priest was charged with stealing $1.3 million from his parish over seven years to pay for male escorts, hotels, meals and clothing.

Reverend Kevin J. Gray, 64, turned himself in to authorities today and is scheduled to be arraigned later in the day at Connecticut's Waterbury Superior Court, the Hartford Courant reported.

The Hartford Archdiocese said it discovered unauthorised payments made using funds from the Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon parish during a routine review. The archdiocese referred the matter to police in May.

Gray’s alleged theft began in January 2003. He reportedly failed to comply with the requirements that parishes work with a financial council on fiscal matters and issue annual financial reports to the archdiocese.

Gray has been described as a popular priest in Waterbury and was placed on medical leave in April.

Reverend John P. Gatzak, director of communications for the Hartford Archdiocese, said in a statement that the archdiocese is “deeply saddened by the events which have recently had such a profound effect on Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon parish."

Police have alleged Gray spent money on luxury hotels and expensive clothing labels as well as paying the college tuition and rent of two men he met.


Priest nabbed in prostitution ring

* By staff writers
* April 14, 2010 9:12AM

A MASSACHUSETTS priest was placed on leave after he was arrested in a New Hampshire prostitution sting.

Reverend William Ventura, the parochial vicar at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Chelmsford, was one of eight people who responded to a listing on Craigslist with the intent of paying for sex, the Nashua Police Department told The Boston Herald.

Rev Ventura and the other men who were caught were charged with a misdemeanor count of attempting to solicit an adult, police said.

The Boston Archdiocese said Rev Ventura had accepted a voluntary leave of absence, The Boston Herald reported.

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