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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:48 PM

Pope resignation timing explanation: Thank you, Rhode Island judge. Papal papers unsealed friday.

Juries: This falls under current events. There's no church bashing in here, only released documents. It explains the unprecedented papal resignation timing. This is major world news affecting millions of people world-wide.
Source: Wall St. Journal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Documents released Friday shed light on the inner workings of a secretive and now-disgraced Roman Catholic order called the Legion of Christ, including new details on how the organization solicited money from an elderly widow, eventually persuading her to bequeath it $60 million.

The documents, previously sealed in a lawsuit brought before Superior Court in Rhode Island, include thousands of pages of testimony from high-ranking leaders at the Legion, its members and relatives of wealthy widow Gabrielle Mee. They are the first-ever depositions of high-ranking Legion officials and include how the order's former second-in-command learned in 2006 that its founder had fathered a child.
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A Rhode Island Superior Court judge said last year that the documents raised a red flag because Mee, a steadfastly spiritual elderly woman, transferred millions to "clandestinely dubious religious leaders." But they had been kept under seal until The Associated Press, The New York Times, the National Catholic Reporter and The Providence Journal intervened, arguing that they were in the public interest. The Legion had argued media coverage of the documents could taint prospective jurors if there was a trial.

The Legion scandal is significant because it shows how the Holy See willfully ignored credible allegations of abuse against Maciel for decades while holding him up as a model of sainthood for the faithful because he brought in money and vocations to the priesthood. The scandal, which has tarnished the legacy of Pope John Paul II, is cited as an especially egregious example of how the Vatican ignored decades of reports about sexually abusive priests because church leaders put the interests of the institution above those of the victims.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/APe7fcd05a02314769aa1cc0021e2eb645.html

My opinion:

The only reason this is being released is that a niece of the bilked woman (30-60 million dollars) is suing, claiming that the bank was too close to the fund raising Papal group ("Legion of Christ"), and used their inside knowledge to defraud the woman. The niece claims that the donor was a truly devout woman, and wouldn't have given over her fortune had the papacy let the truth of the pedophilia and priestly paternity of illegitimate (not my person opinion) boys.
More details of the released reports will be available next week at The National Catholic Reporter. ncronline.org

Initially, it takes one very small, specific legal maneuver to reveal hidden documents. However, once opened,they will lead to an avalanche of Papal impropriety, financial, and otherwise.

Bottom line: Pope John Paul knew all about Marcial, and so did Ratzinger, and that's why Rats is moving to his cloistered nunnery: The information released friday might possibly land him in jail. Aside from the sexual scandals, this is fraud. Fraud at the top.

Another question then rises: What does the next pope do about it all, now that the job description turns out to be personally dangerous? Who takes on this mess, and who is willing to expose the church to all of this disgrace?

More:
The donor of $60 mill was housed in their facility and they kept her from visiting her sister as she was dying.

They had total control of this woman. That's why the records were unsealed. They used their coercion to get her money.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ri-records-of-disgraced-catholic-order-legion-of-christ-detail-dubious-fundraising-practices/2013/02/15/cbe3ccf4-77d8-11e2-b102-948929030e64_story_1.html

More: This link explains the entire story, and the papal connections to the Legion of Christ

Marcial was running his own harem of young victims who helped him raise money, that the vatican was all too happy to spend. It was this money that made the vatican cover up the abuse. Ratz and John Paul knew what was going on, but liked the money too much to stop it.

Ratzinger has no choice but to cloister himself inside the vatican, away from everyone: Reporters, church leadership, lawyers, police. He's toast, now.

http://americablog.com/2013/02/did-the-pope-resign-to-avoid-facing-a-major-about-to-break-scandal.html

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Reply Pope resignation timing explanation: Thank you, Rhode Island judge. Papal papers unsealed friday. (Original post)
lindysalsagal Feb 2013 OP
Scuba Feb 2013 #1
Angry Dragon Feb 2013 #3
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2013 #14
AverageMe Feb 2013 #34
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2013 #49
Aerows Feb 2013 #55
Trajan Feb 2013 #2
lindysalsagal Feb 2013 #4
PatSeg Feb 2013 #16
lindysalsagal Feb 2013 #61
Hekate Feb 2013 #44
lindysalsagal Feb 2013 #62
hlthe2b Feb 2013 #9
Trajan Feb 2013 #15
Aerows Feb 2013 #24
Trajan Feb 2013 #27
LiberalFighter Feb 2013 #5
lindysalsagal Feb 2013 #7
John1956PA Feb 2013 #6
lindysalsagal Feb 2013 #8
John1956PA Feb 2013 #25
lindysalsagal Feb 2013 #63
Dan Feb 2013 #64
John1956PA Feb 2013 #75
Wolf Frankula Feb 2013 #10
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #23
alfredo Feb 2013 #30
rusty fender Feb 2013 #48
alfredo Feb 2013 #58
Wolf Frankula Feb 2013 #50
Auntie Bush Feb 2013 #11
lindysalsagal Feb 2013 #12
shrike Feb 2013 #13
FarCenter Feb 2013 #20
shrike Feb 2013 #22
Beowulf Feb 2013 #36
shrike Feb 2013 #40
Ichingcarpenter Feb 2013 #17
LisaLynne Feb 2013 #37
shrike Feb 2013 #41
freshwest Feb 2013 #45
Coyotl Feb 2013 #18
MADem Feb 2013 #31
Hamlette Feb 2013 #19
yankeepants Feb 2013 #21
JimDandy Feb 2013 #51
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JimDandy Feb 2013 #52
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alfredo Feb 2013 #33
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alfredo Feb 2013 #65
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magical thyme Feb 2013 #47
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glinda Feb 2013 #70
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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:00 PM

1. Isn't this why we have RICO laws?

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Response to Scuba (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:03 PM

3. One of the reasons

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Response to Scuba (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:01 PM

14. HAVING laws and ENFORCING them are 2 vastly different things

as we now know all too well.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #14)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:34 PM

34. St. Malachy said this next Pope is the last Pope

Many members of fundamentalist churches say this is a sign that the end of the world is near, but maybe this scandal means, this is only the end of the Catholic Church as we know it.

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Response to AverageMe (Reply #34)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 06:01 PM

49. Now there's something to pray for....

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #49)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 08:15 PM

55. Forgive me

but Amen. We are better than what the Church has been preaching, but then doing.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:03 PM

2. So ... we can't 'bash' the church?

Hmmm ... I rejected the church of my childhood long ago, as a teen ... I've been bashing the church ever since ...

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Response to Trajan (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:14 PM

4. I'm just trying to keep this post alive, because the details are starting to appear in the media tod

today. I was hoping to consolidate what was known today so new-comers can put 2 and 2 together.

Also, if I state plainly at the start that this is not a bashing thread, more might read it.

When this all starts pouring out, there won't be much need to bash the church: I think this might be the cause of the greatest decline of church membership and sponsorship since the end of the holy roman empire.

The scariest thing is the way they'll use the courts to try to hide the truth. If they were as holy as they proclaim, they wouldn't hire expensive lawyers to run around and play legal games to prevent this release.

I doubt the cardinals even realize yet what they're in for. This friday could mark the start of a world-wide revolt of the devout.

But, if you're asking me- Bash away. It's a free country.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:15 PM

16. I saw this more as a post about crime and fraud

which should be discussed regardless of who is involved. You did a good job of explaining it without coming across as a "basher".

Thanks for the story. I hadn't heard this.

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #16)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:24 PM

61. Much abliged, PatSeg.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:04 PM

44. Lindysalsagal, PatSeq, and hlthe2b -- Thank You for keeping on track

This is the kind of factual news account post that I want to be able to read here, with links. This will help secular law move forward against the RC church, and I want to see it done.

I've read all the abuse stories I can handle, and I don't doubt them (being a family abuse survivor myself), but when they devolve (as they nearly always do) to smearing the character of every one of the faithful remaining in the pews, I have to leave the room.

I really want to see the boil of corruption lanced, and as they say, sunlight is the best disinfectant.

As for RC church membership -- it has been declining in the US and Europe, so with this news expect that to continue and/or accelerate -- but is growing apace in Africa and Asia. More than 2/3 of Roman Catholics live in the developing world.
http://www.prb.org/Articles/2005/TheChangingDemographicsofRomanCatholics.aspx

As converts generally go, expect Third World Catholics to be conservative, especially the cardinals chosen by the abdicating pope.

I believe it is up to Europe and the US to invoke our own secular legal system to clean up inside our own nations, to do what we can within our own borders. And if that means prison sentences for a bunch of priests, bishops, and cardinals, get on with it.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #44)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:28 PM

62. Amen, Hekate. I'm proud that a fellow New Englander is doing just as you say: Getting on with it.

Glad to see that there is a free press in america and it sometimes does serve regular people instead of the rich and powerful.

We are blessed to have a judge willing to take on the biggest crime syndicate in the history of the world.

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Response to Trajan (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:36 PM

9. I for one, want to discuss factually without bringing in personal "baggage" ....

I think (to their credit), that is what the OP is trying to do. Regardless of how one feels about religious topics, we should be able to discuss current events involving one or the other in a factual manner. "Bashing" hardly helps that process...

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:13 PM

15. OK OK ....

Promise to be on my best behavior ....

Thanks ....

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Response to Trajan (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:41 PM

24. Apparently

if you say one thing against them, you are "bashing". Frankly, I am sickened by this to the bone, and if it makes me a basher of the Church, so be it.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #24)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:46 PM

27. Oh .. I get my licks in ....

I get satisfaction, usually, but I will abide by the OP's request in this case ...

I have no cross to bear on this thread ....

I border on anti-theist at times, yet I have had only two posts hidden in over ten years .... So I am careful enough to form my rhetoric without undue meanness .....

It is ok to criticize the essence of a theology without just being rude and ugly ....

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:15 PM

5. I hope they order the church to return the $60 million plus interest back to her estate.

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:20 PM

7. And can you imagine if they did? Everyone else would be there with their hand out

and the church would be bankrupt overnight.

Yet, if they don't return the money, how do they look?

This entire thing is beyond comprehension.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:18 PM

6. Thank you for the informative post. Let the rule of law prevail.

It seems as though the legal process will allow the facts which support the plaintiff's case to come to light.

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Response to John1956PA (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:21 PM

8. My pleasure.

There is going to be an immense amount of information to wade through in upcoming weeks.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:42 PM

25. Those who assisted with the charitable transfers may have to explain their actions.

As I understand it, the Timothy J. Mee Charitable Trust was established by Ms. Mee's late husband who died in 1985. After Mr. Mee's death, Mrs. Mee allowed the trust to make substantial yearly contributions to the North America order of the Legion of Christ. In 2008, just days before Mrs. Mee's death, catholic priest and co-trustee Anthony Bannon requested the other co-trustee (a bank) to acquiesce to a $400,000 transfer to the order.

As for other transfers, in 2006, Mrs. Mee used her own funds to make a $1,210,000 donation to the order. In 2007 she made a $590,000 donation to the order.

In 2005, the order's long-time head, catholic priest Marcial Maciel Degollado, resigned. The resignation occurred days after then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger commented that "filth" would be cleared from the church. Shortly thereafter, an investigation of Degollado was opened (or perhaps more accurately stated, "an old investigation of him was reopened"). In 2006, the Vatican publicly disciplined Degollado, and he died in 2008. In 2010, the Vatican seized control of the Legion of Christ.

The niece who brought the present Rhode Island lawsuit is Mary Lou Dauray, a niece of Mrs. Mee.

From what I have read, there are two aspects of the case which might make it difficult for Ms. Dauray to recover the $60 million. First, the Rhode Island court has ruled that Ms. Dauray lacks legal standing to pursue the case. Second, there are other relatives of Mrs. Mee who have allegedly stated that, during her final years in the convent, Ms. Mee was not sequestered from her relatives who reportedly visited her and spoke with her on a somewhat regular basis.

At any rate, it will be interesting to learn from the unsealed depositions if the Vatican knew, at the time Degollado was courting Mrs. Mee's money, that he had a history of engaging in indiscretions and perpetrating abuse.

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Response to John1956PA (Reply #25)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:40 PM

63. Thanks for the detail, John1956PA

Personally, I can't follow it all at that level of legal detail, but what matters is that those who know about this stuff will, now.

It's interesting that Ratz tried to get in there and do something, but he's just not willing to really pull the trigger and out the entire corruption scheme. He's taking the cowardly way out, and hiding behind the nuns.

This is the detail, along with the church's legal wranglings, that discredits them to the world. Whether or not the family reclaims the money is beside the point.

But it is also interesting that, if not for the greed of the church, the pedophiles in this instance might have been stopped. Quite ironically, it's good old human greed that will ultimately out the church's own conspiracy: She wouldn't have bothered, if not for the money.

7 deadly sins: Greed, greed, greed, Greed, greed, greed,and greed.

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Response to John1956PA (Reply #25)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:42 PM

64. I'm curious...

can an organization such as the church in this case, benefit through misrepresentation, regardless of the legal standing of the niece...?

Second question, if the documents reveal an "intent" on the part of the Order (by denial of information) to take advantage of a person's spiritual beliefs, what does this mean and how does it impact the church?

Just curious...

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Response to John1956PA (Reply #25)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:20 AM

75. Lindy and Dan, you raise great points and questions.

As I understand it, the Vatican prefers priests to operate within the traditional church structure of bishop-governed dioceses. Existing outside of said traditional diocese structure are certain religious orders of nuns and priests who have their own governing bodies. Most of those religious orders meet with the approval of the Vatican which probably receives from each of them agreed-upon tithes.

Occasionally, there comes along a priest who is not attached to a diocese or a religious order and who begins a ministry to a segment of the populace having needs or desires which are not being filled by the diocese or by the existing religious orders. Gradually, the ministry takes on the characteristics of a religious order. The people who are ministered to by the order may be indigent, or they may have been disenfranchised by society. Sometimes, the people who are being ministered to by the order are well off and hold particular religious tenants (think Opus Dei) which are of a devotional nature.

It is my impression that, if an upstart order demonstrates that it has influence and the ability to garner financial support, the Vatican will take notice of it and try to reach an agreement with its leaders. For the order to receive the support of the Vatican, the order would have to obey church teaching.

It is my impression that, as the Legion of Christ gained popularity and financial patronage, its leaders and the Vatican reached an agreement by which the Vatican gave its approval to the order and began receiving tithes from it. At some point, the Vatican learned that the order’s founder, priest Marcial Maciel Degollado, fathered at least one child and was accused of sexual misconduct with teenage males. As mentioned above, the Vatican disciplined Degollado in 2006, and he died in 2008.

With regard to the unsealed records in the Rhode Island case, we may learn if and when the Vatican sent communications to the order addressing the misconduct allegations which had surfaced against Degollado. At this point, it is not clear if Degollado has ever been accused of sexual abuse of teenage males during any period in which the Vatican had already possessed knowledge of prior accusations against him.

As for the relevance of the foregoing to the Rhode Island case, the plaintiff (a niece of the wealthy benefactor) is trying to prove that the order concealed from the benefactor the fact that Degollado had fathered one or more children and that he had been accused of sexual abuse of teenage boys. The plaintiff believes that, if the fathering fact alone had been told to the benefactor, she would have viewed the order (which extols chastity among women) as hypocritical, and she would have directed her money to worthier beneficiaries.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:48 PM

10. I'm wondering if Herr Ratzinger is not just an enabler.

Could it be that he has a taste for boys? Just wondering.

Wolf

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:33 PM

23. Do you have the least scintilla of evidence to back your foul smear?

If not, you should probably delete that post.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #23)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:19 PM

30. Where else can a pederast go to get access to kids, and have powerful friends to protect you

from prosecution? Those who protect rapist are just as guilty as the rapist.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #30)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:18 PM

48. Penn State

that's where else a pederast, in the past, could go to get kids and be protected

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Response to rusty fender (Reply #48)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 08:55 PM

58. We had a pederast teacher in Jr high (middle school). He operated for

several years before he was outed then ousted.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #23)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 06:05 PM

50. I do most grovellingly apologize for doubting the bona fides

of POPE BENEDICT GOD ON EARTH. Catholic Clergy HAVE THE RIGHT to molest children, and we POOR, WEAK SINNERS, have to grin and bear it and PAY, PRAY AND OBEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Actually, I hope the Italian Republic revokes the fascist concordat of 1929. occupies the Vatican toy state, and sends that coterie of crooked bankers and child abusers and enablers to prison.

Wolf

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:51 PM

11. My husban's Aunt was very devout...went to church every day...was always the highest weekly doner.

Then when she was in the early stages of Alzheimer's...couldn't go to church anymore...was giving away money to strangers on the street... a priest came to her house and asked for a donation to repair the roof. She wrote him a $5,000 check in wobbly hand writing.
The very next day another priest arrived asking for donations...she wrote another $5,000 check. Those were the last two checks she was ever able to write. THEY WERE TAKING MONEY FROM AN ALZHEIMER PATIENT! My husband never had another nice word for the Catholic church! By the way...not one priest EVER came to visit her, wrote her a note of thanks or said prayers for her...their longest, most dedicated, most generous parishioner. I have to assume they felt guilty.

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #11)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:53 PM

12. I think you're giving them too much credit. I doubt they could feel anything.

Especially guilt.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:57 PM

13. Why would it land him in jail?

He's not in America.

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Response to shrike (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:22 PM

20. And there is no extradition treaty with the Vatican

The former nunnery that Pope Benedict will occupy in retirement is within Vatican City.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #20)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:31 PM

22. Exactly nt

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #20)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:40 PM

36. Isn't there an American cardinal

hiding out in the Vatican, avoiding prosecution in the U.S.? Or do I have that wrong?

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Response to Beowulf (Reply #36)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:53 PM

40. That would be Cardinal Law, of the Boston diocese


I do not know if he ever faced criminal charges. But yes, he was brought across the pond and given a position in the Vatican.

A similar situation has happened with the Savile scandal in Britain. The BBC official most responsible for that cover-up has crossed the pond and gotten a plum position at, of all places, the New York Times. At least that's my understanding.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:16 PM

17. Their Bank is shut down and is another scandal

Good thing they are a nation
otherwise it would be a criminal organization.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:42 PM

37. Yeah, being your own country gets you a lot. nt

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:54 PM

41. The bank isn't shut down

It's still in operation and in fact has a new chief, a non-clergy German.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:13 PM

45. Did it really bring down the Vatican bank? It may still be operational:

Emboldening mine in some places:



The Institute for Works of Religion (Italian: Istituto per le Opere di Religione – IOR), commonly known as the Vatican Bank, is a privately held institute located inside Vatican City run by a CEO who reports directly to a committee of cardinals, and ultimately to the Pope (or the Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church during a sede vacante). Since its assets are not considered property of the Holy See, it is not overseen by the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, and it is listed in the Annuario Pontificio not under "Holy See" or "Vatican City State", but after the pages on religious institutes, and cultural institutes, and placed with charitable foundations such as the John Paul Foundation for the Sahel. The bank's most recent President, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was removed from his post by the board of directors in May 2012, for dereliction of duty.

The Institute was involved in a major political and financial scandal in the 1980s, concerning the 1982 $4.7 billion collapse of Banco Ambrosiano, of which it was a major shareholder. The head of IOR from 1971 to 1989, Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, was under consideration for indictment in 1982 in Italy as an accessory of the bankruptcy; however, he was never brought to trial due to the Italian courts' ruling that the priest, being a high-ranking prelate of the Vatican, had diplomatic immunity from prosecution.

As a private organization performing banking-like functions for religious institutions, it is not subject to public scrutiny. It nonetheless, presented a short presentation on its operations in 2012, apparently in response to recent criticism.

The Bank Identifier Code of the Institute for Works of Religion is IOPRVAVX.

2009–2012 Vatican money laundering investigation

In 2009, the Italian magazine Panorama reported that IOR was being investigated by Italian authorities from the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Banca d'Italia and the Guardia di Finanza over money laundering transactions worth €180 million (US$ 218 million) through a branch of UniCredit located at Via della Conciliazione across from St. Peter's Basilica. The bank handles accounts of the religious orders and other Catholic associations using the "offshore" (i.e., foreign) status of the Holy See.

On 21 September 2010, Italian police declared that Gotti Tedeschi and another IOR manager were under investigation for money laundering charges. €23 million were seized as a precaution. Police began an investigation regarding Tedeschi around a week before the news was made public after a division of the Bank of Italy alerted police to two transactions involving the IOR that were deemed suspicious. The money seized was bound from an Italian bank, Credito Artigianato, to JP Morgan Chase and another Italian bank, Banca del Fucino. Both the origin and destination of the funds were accounts under the control of the IOR. The IOR had allegedly failed to disclose the origin of the money, a violation of Italian law.

In a statement regarding the investigation, the Vatican said that it was "...perplexed and astonished by the initiatives of the Rome prosecutors, considering the data necessary is already available at the Bank of Italy."

According to the police, the presence of the investigation did not mean either of the officials involved had been charged with a crime, and a judicial ruling would be necessary to continue the investigation.

On Thursday, December 30, 2010, the Catholic News Service homepage reported that Pope Benedict XVI had issued an Apostolic Letter that established the Financial Information Authority as an independent agency to oversee the monetary and commercial activities of all Vatican-related institutions, including the IOR. It will monitor all Vatican financial operations and make sure they meet international norms against money-laundering and the financing of terrorism.

On May 31, 2011, Rome's attorney general released the 23 million Euros in assets which had been seized in September, apparently in acknowledgment of the steps taken in the following months to conform the Institute to international standards.

On May 24, 2012, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi was ousted as Head of the Vatican Bank because of "failure to fulfill the primary functions of his office". He is currently being investigated on suspicion of money laundering.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_Bank

Agreed, their status as a foreign nation has served them very well. So will it serve such enterprises as Belle Isle in MI.

I remember reading about this a while back in some articles and thought it meant the Church was going broke. But they can't be charged apparently nor even investigated. They have weathered a lot of lawsuits of historical merit.

Of course this is the Wikipedia page and something may have changed. Have you heard anything more recent?


TIA.


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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:19 PM

18. This does not bring down popes!

Sorry, but the elderly are getting bilked everyday, everywhere.

Benny might want out because he doesn't want to spend his time on this kind of stuff though!

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #18)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:22 PM

31. I agree--it's not as if retirement makes it the same as "He's dead--can't ask HIM any questions!"

Everyone is looking for "the" reason--maybe he just can't go along with the bullshit anymore?

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:20 PM

19. The documents in the Mahoney case are equally daming of Ratz and came our 2-3 weeks ago

it certainly is possible that's why he left

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:28 PM

21. So it IS all about Mee.

Sorry. Had to.

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Response to yankeepants (Reply #21)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 06:21 PM

51. Ohhhhhhhh, baad.



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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:45 PM

26. But this church is so bash-worthy. nt

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:00 PM

28. I wonder if the butler who leaked documents knew about this.

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #28)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 06:26 PM

52. I wouldn't doubt the pope's resignation goes back to all that.

What other damning info/documents does the butler know about. He got a commuted sentence and a papal pardon for some reason!

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:13 PM

29. Kick & R!

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:23 PM

32. Wholely Bejeezus

I sure hope this latest hoopla doesn't sidetrack the anti-contraception crusade going on in the church. We can't be seen as forcing women not to have kids, y'know!



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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:27 PM

33. American Catholics need to clean house, top to bottom. When done, they need to build

an American Catholic church unaffiliated with Rome. Yes, they wil lose all the property, but there are enough wealthy people and generous working people willing to help them rebuild an ethical and more inclusive church.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #33)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:40 PM

35. There are already offshoots

The Old Apostolic Catholic and Celtic Catholic churches are offshoots of Roman Catholicism. I go to an Apostolic parish. They broke from Rome in the 1800s. They need to spread out more.

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Response to Tree-Hugger (Reply #35)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:48 PM

39. The break has to be massive.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #39)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:56 PM

43. Oh, I totally agree nt

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Response to alfredo (Reply #33)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:20 PM

59. In other words, become Episcopalian. Works for me.

Far more open, and harder to abuse little unsuspecting boys. Much less fear and coercion.

It may be that this scandal will bring many believers over there, exactly as you suggest.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #59)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:40 PM

65. As we say, "All the pageantry, none of the guilt." I was raised in an Episcopal family.

The wine was good. I was never a believer, but the church was a pleasant trip to my grandmother's house. To continue going there to look at the pretty girls, drink wine, see granny, and maybe some White Castle, or a stop at a German Bakery was worth the deception.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #59)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:48 AM

69. Sexual repression is not so much an issue. They can marry.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #33)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:47 AM

68. So right.

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Response to glinda (Reply #68)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:29 AM

71. Though I'm a harsh critic of the church, I know it can

be used as a force for good.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:46 PM

38. Doesn't Ratzinger's resignation put him in more hot water?

I saw the excellent HBO documentary on the decades-long cover-up of the molestation and the case of Maciel in particular. One of the frustrations for the victims and their counsel was that as pope, Ratzinger can claim diplomatic immunity as a head of state. When he announced his resignation a week after the documentary aired, I figured they could go after him. Isn't he going to be more vulnerable after he resigns?

BTW, catch the documentary if you can. It's called "Maxima Mea Culpa: Silence in the House of God" and it focuses on the deaf students who fought for decades to get the church and the authorities to take their stories seriously.

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Response to nuxvomica (Reply #38)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:18 PM

47. only if he leaves the Vatican

As long as he's holed up there, he is safe from the law.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:54 PM

42. Remember. Protestants beginning at least with Martin Luther

have been bashing the Catholic Church for centuries. It's very easy to do as this most recent scandal illustrates.

If the Catholic Church does not want to be bashed, then it needs to reform itself. Following Jesus' advice and banning money changing from churches and, instead, giving away its wealth to the poor would be a good start.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #42)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 08:42 PM

57. There are plenty of "sins" amongst Protestant denominations & modern mega-churches.

Not trying to diminish the scope of Catholic prelate depradations; just sayin'.

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #57)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:33 PM

66. I wouldn't deny it, but in Protestant churches, it is easier

to make it public. Generally, the cover-up bureaucracy is not as well organized or successful.

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #57)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:49 AM

70. Mega Churches just appear to be money machines for Conservatives. Nothing more.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:16 PM

46. Tartuffe. Check it out if you don't know this play by Moliere.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartuffe

You can literally check out the digital copy of the book here:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/28488

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 08:00 PM

53. SO glad not raised in that church

Relatively benign ( for then) Presbyterian. Now secular humanist with most visits and support to UU.

My still Catholic friends love the nuns on the bus, but still support their parishes ( and hence the Vatican) with good works and money. It seems to me that they love the rituals and what peace they give and "work around" the reality that is , while devoting themselves to the food pantries and the like.

I never challenge them, and even donate to their food pantries in their honor, but weep for them because I know they are smart enough to KNOW.

These friends are VERY senior citizens who see no satisfying place to go after a lifetime of faithfully attending and believing in the dogma.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 08:07 PM

54. K&R

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 08:24 PM

56. Amazing, just as this documentary was released...

https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/mea-maxima-culpa/index.html

It details the SORDID perverse actions of a pedophile Milwaukee priest running amok in a school for deaf children. It also follows the chronology of the Church's actions from 1954 thru 2011. This film will piss you off.

Pope Benedict is toast and he knows it.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:22 PM

60. Wow. It appears I hit a nerve. Thanks for all the rec's, everyone! Gotta get this out there. Thanks.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:01 AM

67. More on the resignation and the holing up in the vatican

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/15/us-pope-resignation-immunity-idUSBRE91E0ZI20130215

and another lawsuit not covered by msm

http://itccs.org/2013/02/13/pope-benedict-resigned-to-avoid-arrest-seizure-of-church-wealth-by-easter/
http://www.examiner.com/article/pope-served-summons-crimes-against-humanity-child-abuse-trafficking

and a statement by Kevin Annett regarding the resignation,
http://kevinannett.com/

Pretty much all I know about Kevin Annett is that he is a Canadian United church minister who has dedicated his life to defending and assisting survivors of native residential schools. He is never ever covered by msm therefore the only coverage of his work is alternative sites which some here may find questionable. So I'm not getting into debate over where I sourced info about him. The censorship on this man appears to be thorough as I can't even find any wikipedia page on him except in what appears to be the Italian language.

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Response to arikara (Reply #67)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:21 AM

72. Wow, Arikara. Good find.

If even a fraction of this is true, it's more than enough reason for the resignation. Thanks.

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Response to arikara (Reply #67)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:19 AM

74. Annett is no longer a minister; was defrocked in the 1990s.

Controversial figure, called mentally ill by some. It'd be nice if some Canadian Duers chimed in about this guy.

Also, the ITCSS appears to be mostly Kevin Annett, rather than an actual tribunal.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:28 AM

73. The ad showing up with this thread is

LOLilicious

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:52 AM

76. Antipathy is something which Constantine's false organization has courted for 2 millenia.

The history of crimes committed by the church go far beyond the current sex abuse scandal.
The magdalene laundries(slavery for the benefit of the church) is another crime being dealt with.
Do not forget the inquisition and destruction of the Mayan libraries of knowledge.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:59 PM

77. The last time the Catholic Church was this corrupt,

we ended up with the Reformation.

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