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11.20 Dead fish to power cruise ships [using dead fish to ultimately kill more fish, animals and plants but at a slower rate]
11.20 Importing gas to replace domestic supply could push emissions up 20%, AGL says [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.20 The arts have a leading role to play in tackling climate change [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.20 Indonesia: dead whale had 1,000 pieces of plastic in stomach [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.18 Air pollution levels ‘forcing families to move out of cities’ [like from desertification, lack of drinkable water and rising oceans, there will also be pollution-caused immigration until humans fix things]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
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11.21 With Statement Equal Parts 'Dangerous' and 'Imbecilic,' Trump Smears Khashoggi and Vows to Back Murderous Saudis [Keeping oil prices affordable prolongs its use, its burning and our dying]
11.20 New York City subway and bus services have entered 'death spiral', experts say [death spirals are the end-thing nowadays]
11.19 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 11/18/2018 (HBO) [29:26 video]
11.19 Trump Says He Was 'Fully Briefed' and Also 'Not Briefed Yet' But Either Way Saudi Crown Prince 'Absolutely' Not Involved Because Trump Knows 'Everything That Went On' Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder
11.19 'We Need New Leaders, Period': Progressive Newcomers Urge Democrats to Embrace Bold Agenda or Face Primary Challenges [Current Democrat leaders are highly compromised by corporate donations]
11.20 'He may not rewrite immigration laws': Trump's asylum ban blocked by federal judge [Has anyone thought about putting razor-wire around the White House?]
11.21 Saudi Arabia Accused of Torturing Jailed Women’s-Rights Activists [Trump's great friends...]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
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11.19 Bankrupt Sears wants to give executives $19 million in bonuses [blatantly immoral and sick to richly reward those who led the company into the bankruptcy]
11.18 Big Pharma Bankrolled Pro-Trump Group As Trump Pushed Pharma Tax Cut [Corruption Central!]
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11.20 Trump administration hawks putting US on course for war with Iran, report warns [“Stupid is as stupid does.” –Forrest Gump]
11.18 France demands UK climate pledge in return for Brexit trade deal [Excellent!]
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
Latest Pedophelia Scandal Rocks the Vatican
Monday, 5 April 2010
No longer are cover-ups, ducking the issue, defending the indefensible, forgiveness, or immunity permissible, nor should judicial authorities allow them.
Lest anyone think members of organized religions are above reproach, take note.
In his new book "God and His Demons," Michael Parenti confronts both Old and New Testaments saying:
In fact, 'biblical Jesus qualifies quite well as founder and forerunner of an intolerant Christianity."
Leaving child molestation implied but unaddressed, the Bible deals with sexuality in broader terms, including incest, adultery, homosexuality, and rape - children vulnerable to all except adultery.
Jesus also preached love your enemies and return good for evil, a message saying child molesters deserve forgiveness, not punishment, that's an open invitation for pedophiles, an epidemic now raging in the Catholic church but one with longstanding roots.
In his Pastoral Psychology Volume 45, No. 4, 1997 article titled, "Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: An Historical and Contemporary Review," Paul Isely said:
Isely said while criminal and civil cases successfully challenged church negligence, judicial decisions tend "not (to) hold churches (or the Vatican) liable for the sexual acts of their clergy."
Further, despite high-profile press coverage and litigation, earlier "research on priest offenders is virtually nonexistent, (and) claims of unprecedented treatment success with clergy offenders has not been supported by published data. Given the recidivism rates of sex offenders, the Catholic church should reconsider its policy of placing known sex offenders back into active ministry" - a longstanding practice by transferring them to another diocese or country, giving them a fresh crop of kids to abuse....and get away with it.
In 2004, John Jay College of Criminal Justice's (JJCCJ) Professor Karen Terry et al published a report commissioned by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, based on Catholic diocese surveys. It learned that under age 18 child molestation occurs in:
Covering the period 1950 - 2002, study findings included:
A Global Problem
Priest child abuse accusations occur globally, especially in Europe, North and Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, areas with large Catholic populations. Cover-up is commonplace, Ireland one of many examples revealed by the 2009 Murphy Report stating:
The report held four archbishops culpable, but top Vatican officials share responsibility, including Pope Benedict XVI, his predecessor, Jean Paul II, and others before him - complicit for decades of cover-up to put Church interests ahead of child safety and well-being, the unacknowledged Church policy today.
Pope Benedict XVI
When he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 2001, he opposed reform, John Allen saying in his biography titled, "Cardinal Ratzinger: The Vatican's Enforcer of the Faith:
As cardinal and pope, he opposes liberal morality, including ordaining women, homosexuality, contraception, abortion, diluting top-down authority, and Vatican II's softening of traditional orthodoxy on salvation outside the Church, ecumenical relations, and liturgical rites, saying two forms functioning together is impermissible.
Nationwide Scandals in America
In America alone, scandals hit many dioceses, several declaring bankruptcy, including Portland, Oregon, Tucson, Spokane, Washington, Davenport, Iowa, Fairbanks, Alaska, San Diego, and Wilmington, Delaware. Boston considered it, but sold assets to avoid it. In July 2007, AP reported that the Los Angeles Archdiocese announced a $600 million dollar settlement to about 500 plaintiffs, "by far the largest payout in the church's sexual abuse scandal." The Catholic News Service at the time cited $660 million.
Other large payouts included $100 million in 2004 by the Orange, CA Diocese for over 90 claims, Boston agreeing to pay $85 - $100 million or more for 552 cases, Covington, KY a similar amount for 360 claims, and numerous smaller ones throughout the country to settle claims that keep mounting.
Earlier Scandals - Hidden Canadian and American Holocausts in Church-Run Schools
The grassroots Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada reveals the 1880s through the 20th century systematic rape, torture and murder of tens of thousands of Aboriginal children in church-run residential schools. According to its Secretary, Kevin Annett, a former United Church of Canada minister until fired and expelled for exposing these ugly truths:
In charge were Catholic, Anglican, and United Church of Canada authorities complicit with the federal government.
In his book "Kill the Indian, Save the Man: The Genocidal Impact of American Indian Residential Schools," Ward Churchill documented America's hidden holocaust, begun under Captain Richard H. Pratt (a former prison warden), architect of US residential schools as superintendent of the prototype Carlyle, PA Indian Industrial School in 1879. His objective - "kill the Indian, save the man" in every child, but he and others did both for five generations.
Half the children didn't survive, the result of extreme cruelty, torture, beatings, systematic rape and other sexual abuse, malnutrition, disease, forced labor, no contact with family members or cultural traditions, and despair-driven suicides. Survivors were permanently scarred, one in 2000, Sharon H. Venne, saying:
Canada adopted America's model. In both countries, genocide never stopped. It's hidden on reservations plagued by broken promises; extreme poverty and neglect; low life expectancy; epidemic disease levels; high levels of alcoholism, suicide, infant mortality, unemployment, and incarceration; stolen resources; and lost lives in the name of progress - genocide as jurist Raphael Lemkin defined it:
In legal terms, the 1948 Genocide Convention used the same definition, binding principles today, but systematically violated by America, Canada and numerous other nations with impunity.
Milwaukee - Epicenter of Today's Crisis
On March 26, New York Times writers Laurie Goodstein and David Callender headlined, "For Years, Deaf Boys Tried to Tell of Priest's Abuse" saying:
About 200 boys at Milwaukee's St. John School for the Deaf "were deaf, but they were not silent" about decades of Father Lawrence C. Murphy's abuse. Then and later "They told other priests. They told three archbishops of Milwaukee. They told two police departments and the district attorney. They used sign language, written affidavits and graphic gestures to show what exactly (he) did to them. But their reports fell on the deaf ears of hearing people."
We now know then Cardinal Ratzinger got letters about him in 1996 from Milwaukee's Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, saying the deaf community needed "a healing response from the Church." He did nothing, "then equivocated, and when Father Murphy died in 1998, he died a priest" instead of in prison where caught and convicted lay felons are sent.
Marquette University Professor of Moral Theology Daniel C. Maguire's March 28 consortiumnews.com article headlined "Why Pope Benedict Must Resign," saying:
A secular official would be forced to resign and face criminal prosecution. His ecclesiastical obligation is to do it. "He has no moral right to hide behind Vatican walls." Today's "perfect storm" includes the pope, "a Vatican cardinal, two members of the Papal Apostolic Delagature, three Milwaukee archbishops, and (what's usually overlooked) the collusion of the local police and District Attorney."
Except for the press, especially the Milwaukee Journal, perhaps none of this would have come out. Yet the Vatican remains in damage control, AP reporting on April 1 it's "lash(ing) out against sex abuse coverage," in particular The New York Times for some rare journalistic integrity, notably on Laurie Goodstein's March 24 article headlined, "Vatican Declined to Defrock US Priest Who Abuses Boys," saying:
Instead of acting, Ratzinger and other officials' "highest priority was protecting the church from scandal," no matter how many boys were harmed. Better them than the church, the way it's been for centuries.
On April 2, Goodstein and Susan Saulny headlined, "Exiled Pedophile Priest May Have Continued Abuse," saying:
Times spokesperson Diane McNulty added:
Yet as Professor Maguire states:
Protecting the church, not its victims, is a criminal offense. Enforced celibacy (a "gift of the Holy Spirit") is also at issue for letting perversions replace natural sex and cause harm to thousands of young children, not priests who prey on them without accountability or public penance for their crimes. Nor Ratzinger, as cardinal or pope, for directing cover-ups from the top and getting bishops to order kids to keep quiet or be excommunicated.
When he headed the influential Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the church's department charged with promoting Catholic teachings on morals and matters of faith, Ratzinger was nicknamed "God's pit bull" for his role as enforcer. He cracked down on liberal challenges to conservative Catholicism, and in 2001, sent an updated version of the notorious 1962 Crime of Solicitation, asserting strict instructions to cover up sex scandals. It was so secret that bishops were ordered to keep it locked in a safe at all times, and say nothing.
Ratzinger also introduced a new Exclusive Competence principle, ordering all child abuse allegations handled by Rome. Former Vatican lawyer Father Tom Doyle explained it saying:
Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, Goes Public
On April 3, AP reported Williams (speaking out for the first time on Ireland's Roman Catholic church scandal), telling the BBC (for airing April 5 on its "Start the Week" program):
International Criminal Court (ICC) Authority to Prosecute the Pope
The ICC is empowered to prosecute individuals for crimes of genocide, war, against humanity, aggression, abortion, homosexuality, and sexual slavery, very likely including pedophelia. As a result, according to ICC authority, Brigham Young Professor Richard G. Wilkins, offending priests and church officials are liable to criminal prosecutions under the Court's mandate, including the pope.
The ICC complements national judicial systems, but may act when they don't. Some experts believe the Vatican is a state, the pope its head. Others like noted jurist, UN Justice Council member, and president of the Special Court in Sierre Leone, Geoffrey Robertson, told the AP on April 3:
Robertson believes it's time to challenge the pope's immunity, Britain's the place, and said so in a London Guardian April 2 article headlined, "Put the pope in the dock."
Robertson's argument is powerful, expert, important, and convincing, and imagine the possibilities if high church officials and the pope are prosecuted - long indeed though the odds.
Their predecessors aside, might George Bush, Dick Cheney, all culpable Bush administration officials, Barack Obama and all of his, then find themselves in the dock for high crimes so severe and so many it would take volumes of indictment material to list and explain, and perhaps years for full accountability, let alone for a start to make equitable restitution.
A Final Comment
Because this scandal is longstanding, widespread, and in the open, the church worries most about losing its moral authority. Its main concern should be top to bottom reform, new leadership, and a changed mindset that compromised priests and complicit officials, including the pope, be fully accountable for crimes demanding punishment.
No longer are cover-ups, ducking the issue, defending the indefensible, forgiveness, or immunity permissible, nor should judicial authorities allow them.
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