Monday 23rd October 2017

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

Video Warnings Against Sex Abuse Spin Away From Key Fact

January 2, 2014 Frontpage No Comments

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — The male sex predator leers at a computer monitor, then tells his young female target whom he’s “grooming” for abuse, Let’s talk about sex.
This isn’t a scene from a PG-13 movie at the local mall multiplex, or a Planned Parenthood video forced into your neighborhood schools.
It was in the Catholic “safe environment” training video I was required to watch as a parish volunteer last November — a volunteer role not even involving special contact with minors, but as a eucharistic minister with Catholics generally at regular Masses, a service I’ve performed for a decade.
In a society overrun with wall-to-wall entertainment and high-tech graphics, did some diocesan official decide that only vivid dramatizations could hold the interest of viewers of mandatory training videos?
Earlier in this video, a woman told her personal story of how a priest had abused her, but when the video progressed to the dramatized leering predator and his victim, I had enough.
After hypocritical news media finally pinned the nation’s Catholic bishops to the wall early in this new century for allowing indefensible sex abuse of young people, the prelates resolved to show they’d learned their lesson. But some of their answers raised more questions.
(I say “hypocritical” media because shocking sex abuse by Planned Parenthood is fine with these media, as is homosexual activity, unless a scandal can be turned back on the Church to weaken its legitimate religious authority.)
Parish volunteers weren’t the culprits in the sex scandals; it was clergy. Should the training concentrate on priests being required to view diocesan videos?
In the periodic trainings I’ve received since beginning as a eucharistic minister, one repeated message is that homosexuality wasn’t a notable factor in the abuse. This seems highly unlikely, but certainly is a reflection of liberal cultural canons.
I complained to my parish’s director of volunteer ministries that the dramatization I saw last November was disgusting. She replied that she’d received similar comment from several people, including staff. “We agree” with this feedback, she said, and had informed the diocesan safe environment office, in hopes of a change.
Next, I asked a spokesman for the Phoenix Diocese “what sort of review the diocese provides for this sort of material before it’s presented to volunteers? And whether any change will be made to this video?” There was no reply.
At various times in history, a major problem for the Catholic Church, and not only in the United States, has been to conform too closely to some prevailing social or cultural identity outside the Church.
In this nation in this age, that often means media political liberalism on various issues, including promoting massive lawbreaking “immigration” to aid the Democratic Party, with its Culture of Death.
One had only to look at the Phoenix diocesan web site in December to see a Catholic News Service story that essentially was cheerleading for anti-Catholic Barack Obama’s political push to raise the minimum wage.
The CNS story even quoted Obama inelegantly about lower-wage workers who “work their tails off and are still living at or barely above poverty.”
The irony was too rich about the far-left Obama, who has done everything he can to keep this nation’s jobs-poor economy crippled and maimed, pivoting to another issue to divert attention from the massive Obamacare catastrophe and the suffering he inflicts on Americans.
Despite numerous cogent arguments about the negative effect of raising the minimum wage — a wage that even U.S. bishops have recognized isn’t the same as a living wage — the CNS story concluded with a quote from an Illinois professor that “[w]hen you simply look at it by values and social good . . . ‘there is no argument not to increase the minimum wage’.”
Only another example of a Church that has had problems wresting itself from the death grip of liberal Democrat politicians. Causing disasters culturally and morally.
But enough of that. Let’s talk about sex.
Asking Brad Miner, senior editor of The Catholic Thing blog, to comment, I mentioned the dramatization of the predator and young female in the training video. Miner is a senior fellow of the Faith & Reason Institute and a former literary editor of National Review magazine who has written about the Church’s sex-abuse scandal.
He thought the portrayal of the sexual target as a female was unrealistic.
“Your example of a girl being set up by a predator troubles me,” Miner replied, “since more than 80 percent of the abuse cases over the last decades were homosexual in nature. If we keep ‘gay’ men out of the priesthood, we’ll have an ongoing problem of infinitesimal proportions.”
He told The Wanderer that after he converted to Catholicism in 1973 as a 25-year-old, he was propositioned by priests at least three times within three years, and perhaps by a fourth priest, “but I’ll give that priest benefit of the doubt.”
Miner referred to the report produced at the request of the U.S. Catholic bishops about the causes and context of the Church abuse crisis. It was prepared by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York and released in 2011.
“Anybody who says (as the John Jay report does) the abuse crisis wasn’t about homosexuality is clueless about what was going on in the Seventies,” Miner told The Wanderer. “The Jay Report makes in part what’s called the Woodstock Defense, i.e., everybody was questioning sexual mores then and priests ought not to be chastised for behaving as everyone else was.
“The ludicrousness of such an assertion is obvious,” Miner continued. “Except for this: The Seventies were transitional years, and the culture, especially in academia (and that includes seminaries) took a decided lurch to the Left. . . .
“The data are there for all to read about the predatory acts against kids and teens by priests (and other male professionals, such as schoolteachers),” Miner said, “and I’m unclear why these . . . felt compelled to prey on the young, although it must have something to do with power, with the assumption that these young people could be compelled by threats to remain silent.
“But as Panorama magazine in Rome and others have shown, there was also at the time (and in Rome it’s ongoing) a lot of homosexual behavior among priests and young men — men in their 20s and 30s. None of that is part of the John Jay Report, where the cutoff is [age] 17.”
Miner pointed to a column he wrote in 2011 about the John Jay Report. He’d written:
“The research team must have faced a serious, albeit familiar, problem: Since most of the abuse cases were male-on-male, they were in a pickle as to how they’d deal with the confirming data without demonizing the ‘gay’ subculture. So — they barely mention it. Apparently this is fine with many at the USCCB, despite the fact that the bishops, who commissioned the study, ostensibly consider homosexual behavior gravely sinful — and not just for priests. . . .
“Yet the crisis was self-evidently homosexual in its genesis,” Miner continued. “This we know from the fact that eighty-plus percent of the abuse was same-sex, whereas sexual abuse in the larger culture is overwhelmingly heterosexual. And the John Jay social scientists limited their research and analysis strictly to the abuse of minors, and so don’t present (nor did they seek) data on the extent to which priests were engaged sexually with other adult men (or women for that matter).”

Exploring Objections

These recollections might be interpreted as focusing on the past. However, they demonstrate that Church officials to this day prefer to accept and promote an inaccurate picture lest they give offense to the culturally powerful. With wolves on the prowl, bishops’ sheep are left exposed.
The Wanderer also asked Bishop Robert Vasa, head of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, Calif., where he stands on safe environment training these days, because he had expressed opposition to it for children when he previously led the Baker, Ore., Diocese.
Vasa responded to this writer but declined to comment for publication.
The Voice of Catholics Advocating Life (VOCAL) blog in 2005 quoted Vasa posing a number of questions in order to explore objections to USCCB “safe environment” training for children.
The blog said Vasa concluded that at the very least, “even the possible unsatisfactory answers to any of the questions . . . leaves me unwilling and possibly even unable to expose the children of the diocese to harm under the guise of trying to protect them from harm.”

Share Button

2017 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Ban on Communion for divorced and remarried is ‘absurd and inhuman’: Cardinal

October 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin commended Catholics in new unions who bear witness to true matrimony by refraining from partaking in the Eucharist but clearly opened a door to those who feel they should receive communion while remaining…Continue Reading

Catholic youth: Thanks for asking our opinion, here’s what we think

A survey of nearly 900 local Catholic young adults shows they fear for the future, they want to do works of service and they want to gather with other young people in retreats, sports and in the Sunday Mass. The…Continue Reading

Fr. Perrone: without an intense, devout life, Catholics will not survive the age

The saintly priest, learned theologian, and catechist extraordinaire, Fr. John A. Hardon, was fond of saying that without an intense, devout life Catholics will not survive the age. I admit that at the time I thought this a ruse to…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: Be agents of Mary’s Immaculate Heart to combat ‘diabolical forces’

BUCKFAST ABBEY, England (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Raymond Burke has summoned the faithful to become “agents” of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in order to combat the “diabolical forces” that have been “unleashed upon the world” and are…Continue Reading

Callista Gingrich confirmed as US Ambassador to the Vatican

Washington D.C., Oct 16, 2017 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. The vote was 70-23. In a…Continue Reading

Pope Francis canonizes 35 new saints

(Vatican Radio) Inviting all faithful to practice Christian love every day, Pope Francis on Sunday canonized 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs, holding them up as models who “point the way”. To the over 35,000 pilgrims gathered in…Continue Reading

President Trump: Our ‘religious heritage’ will be ‘cherished, protected, and defended’

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump said this morning that his administration is “stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values” in a rousing speech at the Values Voter Summit. In his first major speech to a socially conservative conference…Continue Reading

Capuchin Priest Who Ministered Under Soviet Rule Moves Closer to Sainthood

VATICAN CITY — On Monday, Pope Francis advanced nine causes for sainthood, including a Capuchin priest who ministered underground across the Soviet Union for nearly 40 years. Father Serafin Kaszuba was born June 17, 1910, in Zamarstynów, near Lviv, in…Continue Reading

Notre Dame student fears losing birth control coverage under university health plan

The Trump administration’s plan to roll back mandatory insurance coverage for birth control faces a new federal court challenge. Washington state’s attorney general sued Monday to stop the new rules from taking effect. California and Massachusetts have already filed similar complaints. Last…Continue Reading

European Nation to Unite in Prayer for Its Salvation

On Saturday, October 7, up to one million Poles are expected to line the country’s border to pray the rosary. They will be joined in prayer by many others in Poland and throughout the world. This extraordinary display of public…Continue Reading

A big-money Catholic group just said it’s yanking all of its cash out of fossil fuels

A coalition of 40 Catholic institutions on Tuesday announced a decision to pull their money from — or block future investment in — fossil fuels. The Global Catholic Climate Movement called it the biggest collective announcement of divestment by Catholic…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke Returned to Vatican Court, but not as Prefect

VATICAN CITY, September 30, 2017 (LifeSiteNews): Pope Francis has reinstated Cardinal Burke as a member of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court. Cardinal Burke, dismissed as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura nearly three years ago, has been appointed to…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

Cburke3

  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

Today . . .

Polish bishops’ new guidelines to follow John Paul II in refusing Communion to remarried: repor

LUBLIN, Poland, October 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Conference of Polish Bishops is gearing to finalize guidelines for implementing Pope Francis’ exhortation Amoris Laetitia that allegedly adhere to perennial Catholic teaching of refusing Holy Communion to remarried Catholics living in adultery. The guidelines, examined at the bishops’ General Assembly that met last week in Lublin, make it clear that Pope Francis’ teaching on ‘accompaniment’ must be interpreted according to previous Catholic teaching. The guidelin

At university, it’s risky to ‘come out’ as Christian

In the university town of St Andrews, along the narrow road that overlooks the North Sea, there is a modest townhouse with a red door. The small black plaque at the building’s entrance reads “Chaplaincy”. Between its steps and the ocean is the little Catholic church of St James and, nearby, the ruins of a great cathedral. The chaplaincy’s interior, its 1970s decor, dim lighting and musty scent, in many ways symbolises the impression I…Continue Reading

Priest who signed Filial Correction: It was ‘the Catholic thing to do’

BUCKFAST ABBEY, England (LifeSiteNews) — The number of signatories of the Filial Correction charging Pope Francis with spreading seven heresies, at least by omission, has now risen to 245 professors and clergy. That is up from 62 at the time of its publication on September 24, and 40 when it was delivered to Pope Francis on August 11 at his Santa Marta residence. Critics of the Filial Correction have accused the signatories of standing as “judges over the…Continue Reading

Trump admin makes protecting citizens “from conception to natural death” top priority

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — In a stunning change of direction from the Obama administration, the Trump Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has not only declared that human life begins “at conception,” but has made protecting citizens “from conception to natural death” one of its top priorities. While the Obama HHS under Kathleen Sebelius

Pope invites prisoners to lunch, they break free instead

Bologna, Italy, Oct 17, 2017 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- They were supposed to be having lunch with Pope Francis. During his Oct. 1 trip to Bologna, the Holy Father was scheduled to dine with 20 prisoners from a local drug rehabilitation facility, along with refugees and the poor of the area, during a “Lunch of Solidarity” at San Petronio Basilica. Instead, two of the Italian prisoners shirked their invitation for what they saw as…Continue Reading

Advertisement(2)

Experimenting On Embryonic Humans Is Evil And Must Be Opposed

By FR. MARK HODGES (Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews published this commentary on October 16. All rights reserved.) + + + UK scientists are experimenting on seven-day-old humans to learn how to “edit” DNA before killing them and discarding them. A team from the Francis Crick Institute is using “excess” living human embryos for their experiments who…Continue Reading

Book Review… Meditating On The Mysteries

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Donal Anthony Foley reviews The Rosary In Action, by John S. Johnson (TAN Books and Publishers), 271 pages; $16.95 paperback, $7.98 Kindle on Amazon). The Rosary In Action is a reprint of a book originally published in the early 1950s. It was written by a Catholic layman who had served in…Continue Reading

The Making Of A Philosopher

By DONALD DeMARCO A new year arrives every 12 months; a new millennium, every 12,000 months. In celebrating the latter, how does one begin to do justice to its magnitude? The rarity of the event demands something far more imaginative than noisemakers and funny hats. There should be some serious reflection about life and the…Continue Reading

Fr. Solanus Casey To Be Beatified November 18

The beatification Mass for Fr. Solanus Casey is scheduled for November 18 at Ford Field in Detroit. “Not unlike the [1987] Silverdome Mass celebrated by St. John Paul, this, too, will be a history-making liturgy,” said Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit. “The beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey is an incomparable grace for the Church in the…Continue Reading

Poverty As An Evil And Poverty As A Good

By PHILIP TROWER On November 19 the Church will celebrate the first “World Day of the Poor” which the Holy Father instituted last year at the end of the Jubilee of Mercy by means of the apostolic letter Misericordia et Misera. Then on the June 13 he issued a papal message entitled Do not Be…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

The Sacred Liturgy… Where Thy Glory Dwells

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 4 Yes, the liturgy of the Church must be sacred. The Church did not institute the liturgy for our Sunday entertainment, but to give glory to God. Because of its sacredness, it cannot be celebrated just anywhere, as in parks, beaches, or backyards. Today, there is a weird trend — to put it charitably —…Continue Reading

The Common Priesthood Of The Faithful And The Ministerial Priesthood

By DON FIER The priest-king Melchizedek, as we saw last week, is a type, or figure, of Christ. He appears only briefly in the Old Testament and his figure is shrouded in mystery. Yet he is the first person in the Pentateuch to explicitly be called a “priest,” he is the only figure in the Book of Genesis to be…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In a recent issue, we addressed the problem of pornography addiction by an 84-year-old man. At the end of the column, we invited readers of the column to pray for this man. The following note from the man’s wife illustrates the power of your prayers: “I’m writing to thank you for asking your readers to ‘pray for this…Continue Reading

Love God And Neighbor

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirtieth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Exodus 22:20-26 1 Thess. 1:5c-10 Matt. 22:34-40 In the second reading today St. Paul reminds the Thessalonians about the nature of their conversion. They had turned from idols to worship the Living and True God. By itself that is wonderful, but it becomes extraordinary when we hear that…Continue Reading

Sinner, Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. Monsignor kindly gave The Wanderer permission to reprint this essay from his blog of October 7. All rights reserved.) + + + There is an urgency and clarity about Sunday’s Gospel that is often lacking in modern Christians, including the clergy. The…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Catherine Of Alexandria

By CAROLE BRESLIN The list of saints is long, and includes both men and women from all walks of life and from all disciplines. For some saints, there is a plenitude of documents and accounts of their lives from which we can draw much information. For most of the saints from the early centuries of the Church, however, there is…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Edward The Confessor

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the Middle Ages, England not only endured the raids of the Vikings, but also suffered from the raids initiated by Denmark and Normandy to control the small kingdom across the straights. Battles and intrigues were frequent, leaving little peace until the time of King Edward the Confessor. Even his reign experienced the plots and conspiracies so…Continue Reading