Cardinal Pell Appeal: Will Prosecutor’s Retraction Make Any Difference?

From the Anglican blog, Quadrant Online

Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against his conviction of historical sexual abuse of two choirboys will be heard before the full High Court of Australia on March 11. Pell’s conviction in a Melbourne county court in December 2018 was affirmed by the Victorian Court of Appeal in August 2019. The conviction was for two incidents of abuse that allegedly occurred in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, in December 1996 and February 1997.

As several writers in Quadrant have recorded over the past twelve months, the conviction of Pell is one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Australian history. This is not just because of his status at the time as the most senior figure in the Catholic Church in this country, but also because it breached the fundamental legal principle that an accused person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. That is not how George Pell was treated either at his trial or in his first appeal. The jurors did not make their decision on the weight of evidence by more than twenty witnesses, who demonstrated that Pell could not possibly have done what the complainant said. Instead, the jurors accepted the sole evidence of the accuser, given in camera, with his identity shielded, and without corroboration of any kind. A two-to-one majority of judges in the Victorian Court of Appeal confirmed both the process and the decision… 

[After detailing the Prosecutor’s  –  Gibson’s –  retraction, the Quadrant Online report continues…]

Now, Gibson must be a Crown prosecutor with a short memory. He seems to have forgotten all about this retraction. Because on January 31, 2020, the Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions, Kerri Judd, submitted a response to the appeal to the High Court by Pell’s lawyers, Bret Walker and Ruth Shann. One of the four signatories to the DPP submission was Mark Gibson, signing himself as Victoria’s Senior Crown Prosecutor. In paragraphs 59 and 60 of this submission there is a version of what the altar servers supposedly did after they entered the priests’ sacristy. It is written as if the rebuke from the defence at the trial never happened, as if Judge Kidd had not told Gibson to retract what he said, and as if his retraction had never been made to the jury.  End of extractsTo read entire report click here

Comment…

The above article arrived in my inbox yesterday, courtesy of a reader of this blog, named Patrick.  He wrote: 

Dear Editor,

I have contacted you previously regarding the ‘kangeroo court’ verdict on Cardinal George Pell. Hopefully you will find time in your busy schedule to have a read of the [above] article. As far as I am concerned, the so called Catholic media should be shouting this from the rooftops.

It is sad that only two prominent commentators (and none outside Australia) are highlighting this satanic injustice perpetrated against a Prince of our faith.  As far as I know neither of them are Catholic which should make us hang our heads in shame  End of email.


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Why is it, that journalists who purport to be keen to report injustices, miss something this  big?  I wonder what possible reason might explain their failure to cover something as serious as a Public Prosecutor admitting to false evidence while going on, later, to repeat it?  This is what I look like when I’m “wondering”…

As for the legal profession – least said, soonest mended…

 

Scandal of Ealing Abbey & Press Portrayal of “The Church’s Criminality”

Monks no longer allowed to run St Benedict’s school where children were abused;    ENGLAND: London Ealing: St Benedict’s School

Guardian, 24 October, 2019…

A “sadistic and predatory” atmosphere and a culture of cover-up and denial in a Catholic school allowed sexual abusers to commit crimes against children for decades, an independent inquiry has found.

Senior figures at Ealing Abbey and St Benedict’s school in west London, part of the English Benedictine Congregation, were perpetrators of abuse over a 30-year period. Staff members failed to raise concerns because of a “mafia-like” atmosphere and the fear of losing their jobs.

Since 2003, four members of staff, including a former abbot, have been convicted of multiple offences relating to the sexual abuse of more than 20 children. The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) said: “The total scale of abuse can never be known, but it is likely to be much greater.”

…The inquiry heard evidence over five days in February. It sought a witness statement and documentation from the pope’s representative in the UK, the apostolic nuncio, which the Holy See refused to provide.

…“The Catholic church needs to be held accountable for its criminality…”   Click here to read the entire, horrifying, newspaper report

Comment:

There is nobody on this blog who, on reading the above report, will even remotely seek to justify such disgraceful abuse.  The behaviour of all involved is summed up simply as “evil”.

However, such shocking reports of this evil behaviour, which is the very opposite of everything Christ taught, should not, for a second, shake our faith in the four marks of Christ’s Church, which is that it is the one, holy, catholic and apostolic.  The holiness of the Church comes primarily from Christ, not from the members, although when we speak of the Church as “holy” we are thinking, too, of the entire Church, from the beginning – the Church in Heaven (the Church Triumphant); the Church in Purgatory (The Church Suffering) and the Church on earth (The Church Militiant).

Those who look at such evil behaviour perpetrated by some members of the Church on earth at any given point in history and see it as evidence that the Church is not holy, are revealing ignorance of the composition of the Church, which is not confined to the visible body of the Church on earth.

This is not to minimise, in any way, the gravity of what is happening in the Church today, least of all the complicity of the Vatican in evil.  We have just been discussing, on other threads,  the Pope’s own complicity in the utter scandal of promoting the worship of pagan idols within the Vatican itself and various churches around Rome. The breaking of the First Commandment is about as serious as it gets for a Pope.  And Our Lord has warned us that it is not only pagan idols which are to be tossed into rivers:   “…he that shall scandalise one of these little ones that believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone be hanged about his neck and that he should be drowned int he depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)

“…he that shall scandalise one of these little ones that believe in Me,
it were better for him that a millstone be hanged about his neck and that he should be drowned int he depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)

The questions for discussion here must, therefore, surely include

1) why on earth would the Vatican refuse to co-operate with the authorities investigating the Ealing scandal?

2) how many Catholics actually understand the composition of the Church themselves? 

3) does it all come back to the failure of Catholic education across the board – schools at every level, seminaries, etc?

4)  what sort of episcopal oversight is there of religious Orders within each diocese?

5) How confident can we be that absolutely everything is being done to rid the Church of this evil – abuser priests? 

6)  Or is this evil irrevocably linked to the loss of the supernatural within the  Church since the so-called “reforms” (the rvolution) of Vatican II?

Transgenderism: Catholic Journalist Facing Prison For Telling the Truth 

From CitizenGo:

CitizenGO’s Campaign Director for the UK and Ireland, Caroline Farrow, could find herself in prison for nothing more than telling the truth about male and female!

Earlier this year Caroline found herself under investigation by her local police force after she described the sex-reassignment surgery performed on a sixteen-year old boy as ‘castration’, ‘a form of child abuse’ and ‘mutilation’.

Following a media backlash, Susie Green, director of the transgender lobby group Mermaids decided to drop the charges. However, another activist, Stephanie Hayden, decided to pick up where Mrs Green had left off and ensure that Caroline was punished.

Stephanie Hayden, who was born as Anthony George Steven Halliday, has a concerning criminal record which includes the following:

Violent affray with a golf club

Several offences of dishonesty
Sexual assault

He began targeting Caroline over social media in a relentless campaign of abuse, including attacking her Catholic faith and made several threats, supposedly in the form of a joke, to come and play golf at her house.

Caroline, who is a mother of 5 young children, was understandably very frightened, especially as her family had already been receiving a number of threats from activists who had found out where they lived and so she stood up to and highlighted his abuse on her Twitter account.  Read and sign petition here

Comment:

Caroline is a Catholic journalist who was interviewed on breakfast TV with Susie Green, Director of the transgender lobby group, Mermaids   You can see the original interview on Good Morning Britain here

Is this really the sort of thing that should be brought before the courts?

Your thoughts welcome – but don’t forget to sign the petition!  

Ireland Officially Pagan: Plea for Prayers

From website of Lumen Fidei…

In May of this year, Ireland’s Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, launched a new annual three day festival which is to take place from October 31st to November 2nd. One of the main centres for this festival will be Trim, in county Meath. The festival is called the Púca festival and it is hoped to bring 100,000 people to Ireland to celebrate the pagan festival of Samhain.

The history of county Meath is interesting from a Catholic viewpoint. It was in county Meath that St Patrick challenged the pagan king Laeghaire and slowly but surely brought to an end the pagan rule of the Druids. Now that Ireland has culturally apostatised from the Catholic faith with the adoption of ‘same-sex marriage’ and abortion by way of two referenda, it is not surprising that our government seeks to rekindle the old paganism in order to drive Catholicism from our country.   [Link added by Editor, Catholic Truth]

On the website for the Púca festival, they advertise one of the events as follows.

Arrival of the Spirits.

“Meet the original spirits of Halloween in this dramatic Festival opener as we welcome some very special Festival guests into the atmospheric surrounds of Trim Castle Keep.

The beings of Samhain reveal themselves on Halloween night with Púca leading the way, representing the change, followed by The Morrigan the dark, Boann the light, The Fear Dearg the mischief and Fionn Mac Chumaill the warding of Samhain.

Who knows what will happen on the night – or even who will appear!”

Whilst many modernists and progressives mock the existence of evil spirits and the spirit world, there is no doubt that this festival is demonic in nature and that if unchecked, it will lead to an increase in demonic activity and of people troubled by evil spirits.

But we should not be surprised that there are moves afoot to undo the great work of St Patrick in Ireland. Any government that legalises the killing of unborn children in their mother’s wombs is on the road to demon worship and further child sacrifice.

The festival seeks to invoke ancient demonic spirits all in the name of tourism and of generating revenue. Christ’s admonition that one cannot serve two masters comes to mind. Minister Brendan Griffin said; “I’m delighted to announce Fáilte Ireland’s new festival, Púca. The Government is committed to investing in the development of new and compelling reasons for visitors to choose Ireland as a destination. I am confident that Púca is well-positioned to attract visitors from around the world to come and celebrate our ancient traditions.”

Fáilte Ireland’s head of product development said: 
“Our market research tells us that overseas visitors are motivated to visit Ireland to attend the Púca festival. Over the next three years, we are investing €1.5million to develop Púca as a world class festival that positions Ireland as the home of Halloween internationally. We believe it has the potential to motivate 100,000 overseas visitors to come to Ireland and generate €12m in revenue for the local region.”

The spirits that they seek to invoke include the Morrigan or phantom Queen and the Fear Dearg.

The Lumen Fidei institute [is] hoping to organise a separate event to counter this grave evil that once more threatens our land, to include the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, a public Rosary and the public recitation of St Patrick’s Breastplate, especially the following lines.

St Patrick’s Breastplate (excerpt).

“I summon to-day around me all these powers,
⁠Against every hostile merciless power directed against my body and my soul.⁠
⁠Against the incantations of false prophets,
⁠Against the black laws of heathenism,
⁠Against the false laws of heretics,
⁠Against the deceit of idolatry,
⁠Against the spells of women, and smiths, and Druids,
⁠Against all knowledge which hath defiled man’s body and soul.”

We will post details of our event online and in Catholic Voice as soon as we have decided on our action plan. Please pray for this initiative. Please pray for Ireland. Please pray for the conversion of our politicians so that they may stop serving the father of lies.  Source – Lumen Fidei  

Comment:  

Is anyone even remotely surprised at this latest news from Ireland?  They’ve been promoting “Celtic Spirituality” for years now – thus steeping  themselves, misguided, ignorant priests, religious and laity, in paganism.   In fact, as far back as 2013 ,the Irish Bishops admitted that Ireland had become a nation of pagans.  We still await the “mea culpa” from them, of course.  That’s taking a while. They must know, however, that they, each bishop individually, bear responsibility for this return to paganism.  The buck, without question, stops at their door. 

We must pray hard for this once great Catholic nation – and congratulate the Lumen Fidei/Catholic Voice apostolate for their efforts to counter this evil.  

Traditional Conference: “Porn Priest” & Bishop Fellay To Share Platform… 

“Angelus Press is the publishing house of the Society of Saint Pius X. It has defended the Catholic Faith for over 40 years and now reaches the four corners of the globe with its numerous publications and products. Through these last 40 years Angelus Press has maintained an uncompromising adherence to Tradition and unflinchingly continues the work started by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre…” Source 

Given the close association between the SSPX and Angelus Press, therefore, it is not difficult, to imagine the horror of one of our readers who emailed earlier today with the shocking news that a priest of the Diocese of Lincoln, USA, regarded as something of an expert in pornography and who promotes an entirely new approach to how to deal with impure thoughts, has been invited to address the Angelus Press Conference, 4-6 October:  “Defense of the Family: Fortifying Catholic Marriage.” With Guest Speaker: Bishop Bernard Fellay – Source

Below, the biographical note about Fr Sean Kilcawley, taken from the diocesan website: 

About Fr Sean Kilcawley, Director of the Office of Family Life

Fr. Sean Kilcawley is a nationally recognized speaker on Theology of the Body, Human Love and pornography addiction. He was ordained a priest in 2005 for the Diocese of Lincoln. He served as assistant pastor at St. Joseph and North American Martyrs and taught Theology of the body at Pius X High School from 2005-2009. In 2013 Fr. Kilcawley completed a License in Sacred Theology at the John Paul II institute for marriage and family studies in Rome and returned to the Diocese of Lincoln as director of Religious Education. Fr. Kilcawley currently serves as the Director of the Office of Family Life and theological advisor for Integrity Restored.com--a non-profit organization that seeks to restore the integrity of families affected by pornography by providing education and resources to individuals, spouses, parents and clergy; to both heal and prevent wounds inflicted by the sexualized culture.

My correspondent provided me with plenty of written evidence to demonstrate that this priest is most definitely not a suitable speaker for ANY Catholic event, let alone a supposedly traditional – SSPX – event.  However, I’ve already written too much, so I’ll now let  Fr Kilcawley speak for himself in the short video clip below.  His advice on dealing with impurity contradicts, outright, the advice of saints down the centuries, so would YOU want your teenage children listening to this man?  Are you happy to think that priests and parents, not to mention a traditional Catholic Bishop,  will be listening to this man at a Conference ostensibly designed to defend  the family and to strengthen Catholic marriage?  No?  Well,  what should happen now, then?   Should the invitation be withdrawn?  We had to do this ourselves a few years ago, when we invited an American author to address one of our Conferences but, on uncovering some doubt about some of her claims, we felt we had no choice but to disinvite her.  So…  should Angelus Press withdraw its invitation to Fr Kilcawley? 

The devil is always discovering something novel against the truth.
                                                Pope St. Leo the Great   

Victory for Parents: Named Person Scheme Axed by Scottish Government! 

Education Secretary John Swinney will today announce he is to repeal the controversial ‘Named Person’ laws which were rejected by the Supreme Court two years ago.

The Herald understands he will scrap parts 4 and 5 of the Children and Young People Act of 2014, which provided for a ‘named person’ to ensure the wellbeing of every young person in Scotland.  Click here to read more and here to read the report from the Christian Institute.

Comments invited…   

Reports of LGBT Scandals Waiting in the Wings – Scots Clergy Concerned…

Background…

From time to time, concerned clergy and teachers contact us with information about various scandals of which they are personally aware, or have witnessed.   They are keen for Catholic Truth to make these scandals public, but that is not always possible.  When I have written to bishops in the past, reporting information about, for example, priests engaged in affairs with women, I have been astonished at their replies:  they initially tell me that they will investigate the allegations and then write a second time to tell me that their investigation showed that there was no cause for concern.  Their “investigation” – in each and every case that springs to mind right now – consisted of asking the culprit-priest if there were any truth in these claims and then accepting his word for it that there is no truth in the allegations.  DUH!  Just as well none of these bishops applied for the Police Force. 

Then, too, some years ago, when we exposed information about priests who had been recognised in a “gay” bar in Glasgow city centre – which we had investigated ourselves, in one case employing a Private Investigator (thanks to a generous donor who wanted to know the facts) – we were punished for our trouble.  Note, when we rang to politely confront the names we had been given, we made clear that we didn’t want to publish anyone’s name; instead, we hoped for a reassurance that each priest (and one teacher) realised that frequenting such a place was scandalous, and that would be an end to it.  The majority offered that reassurance but then launched a hate campaign which – were I to publish the details here – would take a couple of hours (and then some), and perhaps result in moi being invited to appear in the starring role in a “film based on a true story…”    I’m really not the Hollywood type, as those of you who know me well will testify.  I heard that! 

In fact, most, if not all of the priests named in our reports back then, left the priestly ministry thereafter.  Not cause and effect, as some of them would have us believe.  Indeed, we just would not have had the room to publish all the information which poured out AFTER they’d left – and there was some very seedy information indeed, which poured out long after our reports.   

Update…

As with the first batch of names given to us “back in the day” by a worried priest in the Archdiocese of Glasgow, so, now, more clergy are coming forward to express deep concerns about the way a group of young men, some, if not all,  generally understood to be of a homosexual disposition, meet regularly at the presbytery of a young Glasgow priest.  At this stage, I’m not prepared to offer any more identifying information but, putting this information together with the fact that a number of children attending  Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Glasgow are being permitted to return to school this summer dressed as the opposite sex, names changed on the school register, then, clearly, the clergy informing us of their serious concerns, definitely have a point.  The Archbishop and his minions in the Scottish Catholic Education Service need to spend a little time reflecting on Christ’s warning to those who lead children astray:  “… he that shall scandalise one of these little ones who believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)

Any priest, therefore, or Catholic teacher, who fails to communicate – age appropriately – the teaching of the Church on homosexuality, had better learn to swim.  For the teaching of the Church is clear:  homosexual acts are “acts of grave depravity” and “under no circumstances can they be approved” (Catechism of the Catholic Church # 2357)

Action Plan…

Firstly, pray for all concerned – that’s a given.

Secondly, there’s no point in my unworthy self writing to the Archbishop of Glasgow – same old, same old. 

Thirdly… However, YOU might be able to reach the part of the Archbishop’s conscience that I’ve never managed to reach.  Remember, my clergy sources are confident that the Archbishop knows about these regular meetings.  If you think it’s worth a try (just don’t hold your breath) here are the contact details taken from the website of the Archdiocese of Glasgow:

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia,
196 Clyde Street,
Glasgow,
G1 4JY
Phone: +44 (0)141 226 5898
Email: info@rcag.org.uk   

 

 

 

 

Australian Cardinal Pell Loses Appeal

Melbourne, Australia, Aug 20, 2019 / 06:31 pm (CNA).- The conviction of Cardinal George Pell has been upheld by the Court of Appeals in Victoria. After an appellate panel announced its decision at a court proceeding Aug. 21, the cardinal was returned to prison.

“By majority (2 to 1), the Court of Appeals has dismissed Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against his conviction for the commission of sexual offences. He will continue to serve his sentence of 6 years’ imprisonment. He will remain eligible to apply for parole after he has served 3 years 8 months of his sentence,” Chief Justice Anne Ferguson said in her opening remarks in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

“The offenses in respect of which Cardinal Pell was found guilty by a County Court jury were one charge of sexual penetration of a child under 16, and four charges of indecent act with a child under 16. The trial lasted for five weeks. The jury deliberated for several days. The jury’s verdict was unanimous,” Ferguson noted.

“Cardinal Pell’s conviction and this appeal have attracted widespread attention, both in Australia and beyond. He is a senior figure in the Catholic Church and is internationally well known,” Ferguson noted.

“As the trial judge, Chief Judge Kidd, commented when sentencing Cardinal Pell, there has been vigorous and sometimes emotional criticism of the cardinal and he has been publicly vilified in some sections of the community.”

“There has also been strong public support for the Cardinal by others. Indeed, it is fair to say that his case has divided the community.”

Pell’s appeal was dismissed on all three grounds the defense presented. Read more at Catholic World Report

Comment:

This is very disappointing news, and pitiful to see the Cardinal in handcuffs when, more likely than not from what we know about this case, he is innocent of the charges.  A couple of the bloggers over at Catholic World Report speak for many, if not the majority, so I’ll make their comments my own… 

It seems that 2/3 of the Court of Appeals in Victoria wouldn’t recognize Justice if she came up and spat in their faces; as, given half a chance, I’m sure she would. Justice Wienberg seems to be the only one with either intellect or integrity.

And

No surprise here. They were hell-bent on conviction. Looking at what evidence that is available to the public, what was denied to the defense, and the dungeon theory of hidden proceedings and no media, this is nuts. The state of Victoria and its vaunted reputation for corruption and dogging Pell for years in search of a charge…even the OPI knew of the relentless efforts to find someone to set up the initial charge.And to think Pell went there on his own with no credible threat of extradition.  Ends…

Feel free to share your thoughts – but, in any case, let’s all  remember the Cardinal in our prayers. 

“Gaystapo” Corrupt Schoolchildren: UK Bishops Complicit in Propaganda Blitz…

Comment:

We admire the Muslim parents in Birmingham who have led the fight against the LGBTQ propaganda drive in primary schools.

The silence from the Catholic community, however, is embarrassingly deafening.  

In the next day or so, I will be emailing each Scottish Bishop (we only have 8) to send them the link to this thread, and I’ll send it, also, to the Bishops of England and Wales. 

To date, the UK Bishops have facilitated and thus  effectively condoned the corruption of young people in the Catholic (add inverted commas) schools.  The least we can do, as informed laity, is to shame them by publicly calling out their negligence. 

Don’t forget, as far back or recently, however you see it, as 3 February, 2017, the Scottish Catholic Observer reported the shocking fact that – to quote the headline – LGBTI ‘safe spaces’ [are now provided] in Catholic schools in  Scotland; and, applauding this sinister development all the way, was Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, pointing out that this was a response to “LGBTI bullying issues, while respecting parents’ wishes that their children be educated within the Catholic vision of the dignity of every human person.”  Note:  not educated within the vision of the Church’s prohibition on homosexual activity.  

We’re still waiting for safe spaces to be provided for pupils who are bullied because they have ginger hair, are too fat, too thin, or simply not liked.  No safe spaces announced for them, so far.  We’ll keep you posted, though, be assured…

There will not, of course, be any such “safe spaces” provided for the traditional victims of bullies because the schools, including Catholic schools, are being permeated with homosexual propaganda for the purpose of eradicating all opposition to that “lifestyle”.   The “safe spaces” /  bullying strategy is nothing more than a tactic, a means of getting the LGBTQ++ message quietly embedded in schools.  That’s the plan.  Don’t be fooled. 

“Hate crime”?  The only “hate” accompanying discussions about homosexuality / transgenderism emanates from the “Gaystapo”, who will not tolerate any questioning of their sexual behaviour.  We may question the (lack of) wisdom of cohabitation, extra-marital affairs/adultery, you name it, and “hate crime” will not be mentioned.  So, before the Pink Brigade and their supporters start trolling us, be assured, we hate no-one.  Not a person in this world. 

We are not only forbidden to hate anyone – and that by Christ Himself – but we are commanded by Christ to love our enemies, and to do good to those who hate and persecute us.  So, let’s get that nonsense-allegation out of the way.  It’s a devious means of stamping out all opposition. Don’t be intimidated by it.  

Comment on the issues surrounding the ongoing propaganda blitz in schools from those promoting homosexuality, transgenderism etc. with a particular emphasis on the downright apathy of the Catholic community – especially parents, teachers, priests, and bishops. 

Finally, please spread the above video around – it’s important that no parent, teacher, priest or bishop can pretend not to know the extent of this infiltration of schools, even at the earliest stages of education, because what is going on, as revealed in the above video, is nothing short of child abuse.

Or, maybe you disagree?  Let’s hear it… 

Whistleblower – The Figueiredo Report Confirms Viganò Testimony…

Extracts below from the statement dated 28 May, 2019, by Monsignor Anthony J. Figueiredo (pictured left) entitled Follow the Path of Truth Wherever It May Lead…  The  Figueiredo Report

The former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick ordained me to the priesthood 25 years ago today.

I served as his personal secretary in the Archdiocese of Newark (September 1994 – June 1995) and also assisted him in a secretarial capacity during his many visits to Rome in my 19 years of ministry there. After long consideration, I have made the decision to place in the public domain some of the correspondence and other information related to McCarrick that I possess in my many years of service to him. I have spent time in prayer and discernment about the moral basis for revealing these. My decision follows attempts since September 2018 to share and discuss these with the Holy See and other Church leaders.

Realizing full well that the debate about McCarrick has become highly politicized, I wish only to present facts that will help the Church to know the truth. From the outset of this report, I pledge my unswerving affection, loyalty and support for Pope Francis and his Magisterium in his tireless ministry as the Successor of Peter, as I manifested also to Pope Benedict XVI, grateful for their paternal solicitude and efforts to address the scourge of abuse. Indeed, my actions in releasing this report at this time are encouraged by the Holy Father’s motu proprio “Vos Estis Lux Mundi” (“You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Mt 5:14), based on the overriding principle that it is imperative to place in the public domain, at the right time and prudently, information that has yet to come to light and impacts directly on allegations of criminal activity, the restrictions imposed on my now laicized former Archbishop, and who knew what and when…

It is my firm hope that this information will help the Church as she further endeavors to create a culture of transparency. This report, which may form the first of others, is a contribution to the wish of Pope Francis and the Holy See “to follow the path of truth wherever it may lead” in terms of the ongoing McCarrick investigation (Pope Francis, Philadelphia, USA, September 27, 2015; Press Statement of the Holy See, October 6, 2018). It aims to help the US Bishops in their promise last August to “pursue the many questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick’s conduct … we are determined to find the truth in this matter” (Statement of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President, USCCB, August 1, 2018). What Archbishop Wilton Gregory expressed for his local Church, upon his appointment to the Archdiocese of Washington, I wish to do for the Universal Church: “The only way that I can serve this Archdiocese is by telling the truth” (Press Conference, April 4, 2019)…

My desire is for my experience to contribute to a new culture in the Church – a culture in which no victim, young or old, no priest or seminarian, no religious or superior, no bishop or nuncio need fear to speak the truth, a culture in which each knows where to seek help and all are held accountable, a culture in which no secret sins can fester and no corruption mar the Church’s maternal care. The Holy Father’s bold motu proprio “Vos Estis Lux Mundi” guides us in this direction. Only by such humiliating transparency does the Church imitate her Lord and fulfil her vocation as “the light of the world”: Wherever the proclamation of the Gospel and the celebration of the sacraments are public, let the self-discipline of the Church also be!    Monsignor Anthony J. A. Figueiredo      [all emphases added] 

Click here to read the entire statement from Monsignor Figueiredo…  

Comment: 

Some people – including some well-meaning people – will argue that Monsignor Figueiredo has done the wrong thing by publishing his statement today.  That he is only making things worse, keeping the McCarrick scandals before the eyes of the unbelieving world.  Others will praise him for keeping the authorities (including the Pope) in their toes, holding their feet to the fire because they promised thorough investigations and transparency in order to eradicate the shocking scandal of abusive priests and bishops.  So, who’s right?