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Details are beginning to emerge from the lawsuit against Catholic Archbishop Nienstedt and the diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The suit was brough on behalf of a man who says he was sexually abused as a child by a priest.

What is unusual about this case is that there is a diocesan insider with a conscience who has blown the whistle. Jennifer Haselberger, a former chancellor of the archdiocese, is willing to name names and spill details under oath.  MPR:

Haselberger resigned in April 2013 in protest over the archdiocese's handling of abuse cases. She contacted MPR News in July 2013 and disclosed how Nienstedt and other top officials gave special payments to abusive priests, failed to report alleged sex crimes to police and kept some abusers in ministry. Her account was especially stunning because it involved decisions made by church leaders as recently as April 2013.
So far, so depressing. But hey! There is a great new pope, so, like, move on, right?

Not so fast.

Francis has thus far done nothing - NOTHING - to protect a single child. He has put up some window dressing. Earlier this month he met with some victims of abuse.  Hand-picked, quiescent victims who have remained within the church. He has not yet met with any of the organized groups of victims who are seeking reform and justice.

Worst of all, he speaks as if this is all something in the past:

"I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves," the pope said.

"This led to even greater suffering on the part of those who were abused and it endangered other minors who were at risk," the pope said, according to the English translation of his homily, which was delivered in Spanish.

The St. Paul lawsuit is making it clear that the gross indecency and insider-cover-ups are still ongoing.

Francis has does nothing.

To cite just one case, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson was implicated almost 9 months ago in a cover-up of a child molestation by a priest.

He has claimed under oath that he "didn't know" sexual abuse of a minor by a priest was a crime.

Guess what: he is still on the job. Still exercising his supernatural powers.

Francis became pope in March, 2013. He has had plenty of time to act, but he has not.

He did do one telling thing: he fast-tracked the cannonization of John Paul II - the fastest-ever declaration of sainthood.

How's that for a tactic design to shut-down open-minded inquiry into the conduct of the church hierarchy?

Originally posted to SantaFeMarie on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 01:23 PM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets .

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  •  not so fast. (9+ / 0-)

    The man has asked for forgiveness for past transgressions and admitted wrong doing.  This does not mean that there is still not work to be done and I highly doubt that the Pope thinks this is the end of child abuse.  There will always be abuse and I believe that the Pope is taking steps to address the abuse. And by the way, I have no idea what is meant by the supernatural powers of the Archbishop that you alluded to.

    •  The Pope has added more value to humanity.... (3+ / 0-)
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      BlackSheep1, knitwithpurpose, arabian

      ...since his tenure began than any other person on Earth.

      For some, that is not enough.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

      by PatriciaVa on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 01:39:54 PM PDT

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      •  Explain how the "the Pope as added more value (12+ / 0-)

        to humanity since his tenure began than any other person on Earth" when his actions have included:
        1) complete inaction on the on-going problem of child abuse within the church;
        2) complete inaction with regard to bishops who are currently in the act of covering-up that scandal; and
        3) fast-tracking the canonization of John Paul II and thereby making an honest investigation into the self-serving practices of the hierarchy as unlikely as a through Republican investiagation of Iran-Contra.

        Does your definition of "humanity" not include the adolescents in the Catholic parishes of the world?

        •  money (6+ / 0-)

          Screw the words and inaction, has the Pope spoken in cathedra and gotten the word to respect and honor gays?  He has that power.  Has he opened up the church bank account to people in desperate need?  Has he sold some of the art to help those people?  In Brooklyn, we say--He ain't done shit.

          Actions speak louder than petitions.

          by melvynny on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 03:37:32 PM PDT

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        •  Frankie has also NOT said... (6+ / 0-)

          ... he approves of women having personal autonomy over their own bodies and medical decisions regarding their own bodies, which would likely make more women opt to use birth control to limit the number of children they have to those they can afford to raise.

          Misogyny is one of the cornerstones of Catholicism, if not THE cornerstone, since everything is blamed on Eve who gave Adam knowledge..., whereupon he turned around and blamed Eve for giving him knowledge; he could have refused knowledge that was so freely given to him, after all.  (When I first read that story in my early teens the first time I read the Bible, my mind filled in a whiny petulant voice of a spoiled toddler always blaming someone else for his choices, never taking the blame for anything he did.)

          In the legend of the Garden of Eden there were TWO trees: the Tree of Immortality and the Tree of Knowledge.  Eve offered Adam the 'fruit of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.'  Just because one has knowledge of evil, it does not logically follow that one must actually DO evil.  It's a matter of freedom of choice, or free will.

          Unknown to humans living at the time these legends were first told in the time of oral tradition was knowledge of mitochondrial DNA.  Women have the gene of "Immortality" with mtDNA since the mother passes it to each of her offspring, unchanged, and her daughters pass it on to their daughters and so on, and it is known now that the mutation rate of mtDNA is very, very slow.  (Males do not pass on their mother's mtDNA even though they retain it; any children men sire get their mtDNA from their mothers.)

          The other thing Woman had was Knowledge (and power during a matriarchal period before patriarchy took over).  She offered to give her knowledge to man, he said yes, and then spent aeons condemning women for giving him knowledge..., which became severely perverted under Catholicism when early popes declared only priests could be taught to read and write and the masses were to be kept uneducated because illiterate people are easier to control..., and women paid the price because Knowledge given by Woman was the first sin..., and thereafter the patriarchy turned around and kept women from gaining knowledge or even having control over their own bodies; they were kept at home, barefoot, and pregnant.

          Would there even BE an immigrant crisis involving children if women in Central and South America were allowed by the Catholic church to use birth control???

          I agree with you, SantaFeMarie, and I've stated this before: Frankie uses a lot of pretty words and does some tut-tutting, but he doesn't actually DO anything to change the status quo.  IF he were brave enough to turn pedophile priests over to law enforcement to be tried for their crimes, AND if he lifted the ban on women using birth control (first step to treating women like human beings; other changes regarding seeing women as equals lags behind the civilized world), I'll look more kindly on the old doofus with the silly grin.  I'm not a Catholic so I don't have to automatically respect the old boy, but I have been a student of history for over 50 years (history books comprise most of my library), and I do not forgive the whole Catholic church for two millennia of crimes against humanity, not to mention the wholesale suppression and destruction of knowledge.

          Damning quotes by various popes throughout two thousand years are in The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets by Barbara G. Walker and available for a free download at Internet Archive.  The paperback is very thick and heavy (I own it).  [The only entry where I found an error was the one for Queen Elizabeth I.]

          I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

          by NonnyO on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 05:36:29 PM PDT

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      •  and PatriciaVa, WHAT HAS HE DONE? (3+ / 0-)
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        spouted some pretty words?

        Name ONE THING that he has done to 'add more value to humanity."

        Your comment'

        The Pope has added more value to humanity.... (0+ / 0-)
        ...since his tenure began than any other person on Earth.
        Are you delusional?

        Addressed to Pope Francis: "Don't tell me what you believe........show me what you DO ........and I will tell you what you believe." (~Meteor Blades)

        by SeaTurtle on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 02:41:42 PM PDT

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        •  I can't sympathize with this comment (1+ / 0-)
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          but can't tip it because it contains an unnecessary ad hominem attack:

          Are you delusional?

          Supple and turbulent, a ring of men/ Shall chant in orgy on a summer morn...

          by karmsy on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 04:17:43 PM PDT

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          •  Blooper! I CAN sympathize with this comment. nt (1+ / 0-)
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            Supple and turbulent, a ring of men/ Shall chant in orgy on a summer morn...

            by karmsy on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 04:21:59 PM PDT

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            •  well, karmsy, I meant that word in its technical (2+ / 0-)
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              definition not as an ad hominem attack.

              Delusional:  definition

              A delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary. [1] As a pathology, it is distinct from a belief based on false or incomplete information, confabulation, dogma, illusion, or other effects of perception.
              PatriciaVa states:
              The Pope has added more value to humanity.... (0+ / 0-)
              ...since his tenure began than any other person on Earth.
              more than ANYOTHER person on earth.  That is a roaring delusion.  

              Addressed to Pope Francis: "Don't tell me what you believe........show me what you DO ........and I will tell you what you believe." (~Meteor Blades)

              by SeaTurtle on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 06:06:54 PM PDT

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              •  To "pick nits" here, (3+ / 0-)
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                I believe the term IS flung, abusively, by somebody who considers themselves more rational/intelligent than somebody else with whom they disagree.

                Somebody who uses the term "delusional" against an opponent, in other words, isn't allowing for the possibility of conscientious, knowledgeable, reasoned disagreement.

                I stand by my earlier claim.

                Supple and turbulent, a ring of men/ Shall chant in orgy on a summer morn...

                by karmsy on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 06:15:22 PM PDT

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                •  well karmsy, I will concede you this (2+ / 0-)
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                  I would have reflected my point more clearly if instead of saying "Are You", I said "That is delusional thinking.'

                  So.  I will recast it that far based on your critique.  tx.

                  Addressed to Pope Francis: "Don't tell me what you believe........show me what you DO ........and I will tell you what you believe." (~Meteor Blades)

                  by SeaTurtle on Thu Jul 17, 2014 at 06:26:11 AM PDT

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    •  Can you name some of the steps that you believe (4+ / 0-)
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      the Pope is taking?

      Supernatural powers: a Catholic priest aquires his supernatural powers only by the laying on of hands from a bishop. Therefore, the bishop has his supernatural powers as a priest but he also has a second set of even higher supernatural powers as a bishop.

    •  Perhaps he should first demonstrate (7+ / 0-)

      that his organization merits forgiveness.  Some effective self-policing and some serious restitution to the victims would seem to come first.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 01:57:15 PM PDT

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    •  believe away, lina, but he is an absolute monarch (2+ / 0-)
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      and could change things tomorrow if he wanted.

      What you wrote is simply wishful thinking neither based on fact nor history.

      Addressed to Pope Francis: "Don't tell me what you believe........show me what you DO ........and I will tell you what you believe." (~Meteor Blades)

      by SeaTurtle on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 02:40:15 PM PDT

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      •  The Pope is NOT an absolute monarch (1+ / 0-)
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        If he was an absolute monarch his statements on poverty and income inequality would do more than make people feel bad.  The curia is in charge of day to day operations; the Pope is in charge of spiritual issues.

        Get a grip, he is not God, he is not even superman.  He can not say "let there be an end to abusive priests" and on the third day it was so.

        •  get to know your history and how the vatican runs (3+ / 0-)
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          your understanding is fantasy.  Whom do you suppose gives the curia its orders?  How do you think he could have fired the banking directors?  ferrcrissakes, this is just your feeling about how things are.  Get some facts.

          I am not saying he is god, No, but he could say, 'let there be an end to the coverup of abusive priests, and that instant it would be so.'  And the sheltering of abusive priests and bishops....  but he is not doing that at all.  Just doing photo ops.  

          Addressed to Pope Francis: "Don't tell me what you believe........show me what you DO ........and I will tell you what you believe." (~Meteor Blades)

          by SeaTurtle on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 06:01:48 PM PDT

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  •  Hello? Is this thing on? Hello!! It's all just PR! (6+ / 0-)

    It's actually Greg Burke: the 53-year-old Fox News correspondent turned Holy See handler (officially, Senior Communications Adviser to the Vatican’s Secretariat of State) who is quietly changing the way things are done in Vatican City.

    To some, Burke may have seemed an unlikely candidate for papal spin-doctor. He’s a layman without PR experience: a cheery newscaster with a penchant for sports analogies. He’s also a member of the controversial Catholic order Opus Dei: a traditionalist and a celibate whose spiritual practice reportedly involves self-flagellation. But after a year and a half on the job, Burke is credited with helping to open up and rejuvenate the Holy See. Of course, Burke would say it’s all Francis’s doing. “I’m going to kick the ball to the Pope,” Burke explained at a recent lecture in London. “I mean, the Pope scores goals, you know? The Pope scores goals for us... The people are just eating this stuff up.”  (from VICE website)

    •  imsodizzy, really, really well put (7+ / 0-)

      this whole thing is a bunch of bullshit spun to look and smell like cotton candy.

      IMO, its all to repair the image of the church so that they can stop paying out on abuse suits.

      Addressed to Pope Francis: "Don't tell me what you believe........show me what you DO ........and I will tell you what you believe." (~Meteor Blades)

      by SeaTurtle on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 02:43:30 PM PDT

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      •  That's what bankruptcy court is for! From the (6+ / 0-)

        MPR link given in the diary:

        Haselberger's sweeping account offers an unprecedented look at how Catholic leaders handled clergy sexual abuse from 2008 to 2013. It appears to provide key evidence to back up Anderson's claim that the archdiocese has continued to put children at risk of sexual assault. And it comes as the archdiocese considers whether to file for bankruptcy as it faces an onslaught of abuse cases allowed under a state law that gives victims more time to sue.
        Or if they don't want to go that route they can follow the example set by that moral titan Cardinal Dolan and transfer assets into the world's best-funded "cemetery upkeep trust".
  •  the 1 in 50, 2 pct talk still/reverberating (1+ / 0-)
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    decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

    by renzo capetti on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 01:54:20 PM PDT

  •  What does this possibly mean? (4+ / 0-)
    The Pope has added more value to humanity
    What?  As others have asked, plaeas list one concrete change in the Catholic church which will bring those guilty to justice or prevent abuse in the future?

    Also, even if the church agreed to prosecute those involved in the child rapes and cover-up and facilitation of further child rapes or at least de-frocking (simple to do) how does this add any "value" to humanity?  

    As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

    by BPARTR on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 01:55:51 PM PDT

  •  great diary and response, SFM (6+ / 0-)

    when people cannot see fact because they are blinded by their sentimental spirituality, then no amount of logic can break through.  Its like a drug.

    Addressed to Pope Francis: "Don't tell me what you believe........show me what you DO ........and I will tell you what you believe." (~Meteor Blades)

    by SeaTurtle on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 02:45:03 PM PDT

  •  When I was around 12-13 (5+ / 0-)

    I knew I wasn't going to stay RCC as soon as my parents could not force me anymore.  I haven't found an organized religion I do like, so there's that.  But the RCC concept of infallibility was a disaster waiting to happen. I saw that back then, just using common sense.  

    Also, my Dad always he insisted he was right, even when we could show him he was wrong.  It didn't make him look more right, it just made him look stupid.  IMO.

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 03:05:44 PM PDT

  •  Though I've tipped many comments (0+ / 0-)

    in this thread on all sides of this discussion, I generally feel that the diarist's title, unfortunately, isn't alarmist. The very #1 thing a pope worthy of the title should do (I'm comfortable giving an opinion here) is to see to the protection of the human rights of his parishioners. It's pretty straightforward.

    Supple and turbulent, a ring of men/ Shall chant in orgy on a summer morn...

    by karmsy on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 04:15:43 PM PDT

  •  He's done nothing for women, either. N/t (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Two things people need to understand. (0+ / 0-)

    The Catholic Church isn't going to turn on a dime and give up its traditional beliefs due to liberal foot stomping.  A Church should not yield to modernism just because, but it should not be enforcing any laws outside the Vatican either.

    The priests themselves have committed criminal acts and are subject to the laws of the jurisdictions in which they serve.  By all means prosecute them to the fullest extent, but to do so is the state's responsibility not the Church's.

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