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Monday, August 7, 2017

SHATTERED FAITH: Nearly 100 sex abuse suits against Catholic priests rock island of Guam

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USA Today reports that at least 14 priests and other afiliates of the Catholic Church, formerly and currently stationed on the island of Guam, are being accused of sexually molesting nearly 100 children. The accusations span the years of 1955 through 1994:

...Archbishop Anthony Apuron, 13 Guam priests and others, including a Catholic schoolteacher, a Catholic school janitor  and a Boy Scout leader, are alleged to be sexual predators. Guam's Archdiocese of Agana is a defendant in 96 lawsuits. The complaints detail alleged attacks from 1955 through 1994 and claim some religious leaders knew of the exploitation and ignored it. One retired priest, who admitted in an affidavit that he sexually abused 20 or more boys, still receives a monthly stipend from the archdiocese. The accusations also ensnare the Boy Scouts of America, where that priest also served as a scoutmaster. The scouting group is named as a co-defendant in 52 lawsuits...

...In June 2016, Pope Francis suspended Apuron, who has since been accused in four lawsuits of sexually abusing four altar boys in the 1970s. The Vatican is now trying him in a secret procedure that could lead to him being dismissed from the clergy, also known as being laicized. Apuron is among the highest-ranking church officials to be tried by the Vatican for sexual wrongdoings. 

Apuron has denied the abuse charges via statements on video and through written statements issued by the archdiocese. His attorney has filed motions to dismiss lawsuits against him. Apuron’s Vatican trial is “very, very rare, and the reason it’s rare is because the Vatican or the popes have protected the bishops,” says Dominican priest Tom Doyle, a specialist in canon, or church, law who advocates for abuse victims.  “They consider them to be the most important part of the church, so they protect them, no matter what they’ve done."  Read the report in its entirety HERE, but be forewarned that it contains graphic details.

REMNANT COMMENT: Okay, so it just keeps coming—the conciliarist sewage. We'll have to wait and see who's guilty and who's not, of course, but either way, Holy Mother Church ends up with another black eye.

Isn't this New Springtime of Vatican II awesome!  I mean, really, it’s just working out so well.

I know, we just need to look at that date, our Neo-Catholics friends will rush to point out. Why it says 1955--a whopping ten years before the close of Vatican II.  So we surely can't blame this one on the New Orientation of the Church of Vatican II. No, sir! This is just the way it always was, and it has nothing to do with homosexual recruitment in the seminaries (which was all the rage in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s).  It has nothing to do with the New Mass--a thoroughly emasculated liturgy that depends on thoroughly emasculated men to really give it its liturgical WOW factor.  

And this ongoing destruction of the Catholic priesthood, which this story highlights once again—certainly has nothing to do with the fact that they ripped out the Communion rails, filled the sanctuaries (sorry, gathering space) with poofters, women and kids, and knocked out the old confessionals (so now Father gets to get real cozy with the penitents). Oh, sure, the sacrality of the priesthood was dramatically minimized and the "priesthood of the laity" maximized—but this is much better than it was in those old dark ages when priests ascended steps to the altar and led their flocks in the worship of Almighty God. 

YUCK!  Where’s the active participation in THAT!  That’s no fun at all! What about me?!

Nope! There's no connection between all that and the massive scandals in the priesthood. None whatsoever!  And anyway, the Neo-Catholics like the Mass the way they remember it, way back when the Brady Bunch was still on TV. In fact, they like the Mass to look and feel very much like the Brady Bunch--happy, sappy and clappy!  They like Father Bob to be approachable (something like Mike Brady, come to think of it). They like to participate---and they like to watch others participate--you know, with guitars and dancing and all that.

The last thing they want is to go back to a sacred and separated priesthood according the Order of Melchizedek, the holy of holies sanctuaries, Latin Masses, priests facing God (rather than the people) as had been done for more than a thousand years. No, not for them. All this new & improved Protestant-styled liturgy is just part of the Church’s grand and glorious evolution to bigger and better things.  And as all this rockin' and rollin' evolving goes on, we Catholics need to pray and obey and just ignore the fact that the human element of the Church is falling down all around us, that homosexuals are invading not only the priesthood but now the episcopacy itself, and that kids are being molested by priests and whatever butch nuns are still driving around in those cool litlte Priuses of theirs. 

Sure, most Catholics don't even bother going to Mass anymore (do you blame them?) and the Catholic Church has all the moral authority of the Mikey Mouse Club---but we're getting accompanied now, we got mercy---and, besides, the Church was always in crisis. And all we need now is just a little more time to unpack the Theology of the Body Bags and we’ll be good to go.

It's all good.  Why? Because the Neo-Catholics say it is! And to suggest otherwise would only mean the Traditionalists were right all along….and we can’t have that!
 No, everything is awesome!
I know, my bad, I’m sorry-- my tone....
it’s just too darn harsh. And I feel just terrible about that. Really I do!

Braveheart Meme Good

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.