Cardinal Dinardo Must Resign as President U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Petition, Make Your Voice Heard For The Silenced

Petition Respondent:

Cardinal Daniel Dinardo, President U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
United States of America
Cardinal Dinardo is Culpable of, and therefore not Credible to End Bishop Fueled Clergy Child Sex Crimes and Seminarian Sexual Assault as President of The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Must Resign Immediately for the Protection of Children and Seminarians from Sexual Criminal Assault Perpetrated by Clerics in The Catholic Church.


Cardinal Dinardo’s Cover Up Enabling of Sex Crime Child Predators Clerics History:  First made a bishop, importantly  a “coadjutor bishop” i.e. assistant bishop) for Sioux City, Iowa, (1997-2005) Then Father Danny Dinardo of The Diocese of Pittsburgh would serve as coadjutor bishop for two years and  have the right of succession to succeed Bishop Lawrence R. Soens of Sioux City who was Bishop of Sioux City 1983-1998. Soens retired two years after presiding as the principle bishop consecrating Dinardo his coadjutor bishop in 1998. Nine sexual abuse lawsuits have been filed against Bishop Emeritus Lawrence Soens of the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa. The alleged attacks on male students took place while (Father) Soens was principal of Iowa City Regina High School and Rector of St. Ambrose Seminary in Davenport. Despite the fact that diocesan officials received three molestation allegations against Soens in the 1960s, Archbishop James J. Byrne of Dubuque went ahead and consecrated him on August 17, 1983.  Source : The Rite of Sodomy – Vol. 5 Epilogue 2009 Randy Engel.  As coadjutor bishop to Soens for two years, Dinardo shares responsibility for publicly covering up for and enabling Soens as Bishop of Sioux City as a bishop who like Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually assaulted adolescent males and seminarians as Rector of St. Ambrose Seminary. Dinardo as coadjutor to Soens, then as Bishop of Sioux City after Soens’ retirement in 1998 bears equal responsibility with Soens’ for covering up enabling of serial boy rapist Fr. Jeremy Coyle along with Fr. McFadden. The Diocese of Sioux City has been called a historic protective harbor for clerical child abusers by SNAP members during the reign of bishops Soens and Dinardo- 1983-2005-. McFadden and Coyle just recently brought to light are only the tip of the ice berg. Dinardo as Bishop of Sioux City violated Norm 8 of the 2002/2006 Essential Norms Policy of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops – the so called “Zero Tolerance”  declaration in the cases of McFadden and Coyle, as well as Fr. Manuel de la Rosa-Lopez:

Norm 8. When even a single act of sexual abuse of a
minor by a priest or deacon is admitted or is
established after an appropriate process in
accordance with canon law, the offending
priest or deacon will be removed permanently
from ecclesiastical ministry, not excluding
dismissal from the clerical state, if the case so
warrants (CIC, c. 1395 §2; CCEO, c. 1453 §1).t of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Fr. Danny Dinardo was co-consecrated Bishop of Sioux City 1997 by Dinardo’s Home Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop Donald “Donna The Girl” Wuerl. Wuerl, Age 77. Recently had his Resignation Letter for Retirement Mandated at Age 75 accepted two years after Wuerl was mandated by Church retirement law to submit it to Francis (The Pope). Francis bowing  tacitly to popular outrage demanding Francis accept Wuerl’s retirement resignation (although Wuerl first publicly stated he would not resign, but stay at his post to “help in the healing” and had made errors but had committed no crimes)  allowed Wuerl resign due to Wuerl’s implicated 169 times in clerical child sexual abuse cover up enabling in the 2018 PA AG Grand Jury Findings. Francis  reluctantly accepted Wuerl’s de facto forced by Church member outrage resignation (a petition demanding Wuerl resign immediately fueled by the PA Grand Jury Findings detailing Wuerl’s cover up enabling of sex crimes by clerics against children in 169 instances as Bishop of Pittsburgh during the time Fr. Danny Dinardo was a Priest of the Pittsburgh Diocese under Wuerl, reached over 100,000 Signatures). Francis to the contrary recently accepted Wuerl’s age 75 years old  mandated retirement resignation letter with stellar accolades by “The Pope.” Francis commends Wuerl’s “service” in a personal letter as D.C. Cardinal Archbishop (2006-2018). Francis apparently oblivious to the 2018 PA AG Grand Jury Report implicating Wuerl 169 Times for cover up enabling of child sex crimes by clerics, exonerates by praise  Wuerl for making “honest errors” in Wuerl’s pioneer forward looking efforts to  combat child sex abuse by priests as Pittsburgh Bishop.  After Wuerl reached mandatory retirement age of 75 and submitted his resignation letter to Francis, Francis choose to have Wuerl remain as D.C. Archbishop and Cardinal to function as Francis’ close  personal adviser on The Synod on The Family.  “It was Soens and the Archbishops Byrne, Kucera and Hanus  of Dubuque ArchDiocese,  Iowa that first brought sex initiation programs into Catholic schools. These vile books had the imprimatur of the 3 archbishops.”  Wuerl who has authored a series of “gay friendly” sex initiation program publication for Catholic school children is responsible for authoring  sections of Laeticia Amoris promoting basically Wuerl’s “gay friendly” sex initiation program publications for Catholic schools across the globe and in the final documents produced (as Magisterial Teaching promulgated by Pope Francis) by The Synod on The Family.  Whispers from the Loggia:

Father Dinardo, after his return from Rome serving as secretary to Cardinal Gantin, 1990, was was named the diocese’s #2 official in Wuerl’s specialty area: education ” if it sought to be effective — and to the formation of the young.”  —Whispers in the Loggia

While Wuerl built a national following as the “education bishop,” the younger official (Cardinal Dinardo) who ended up leapfrogging him to the Sacred College was honing his approach on ground level.


As minutante, or desk officer, DiNardo was responsible for processing the case-files pertaining to episcopal appointments in the US, Canada, Britain and Australia. The reports would then go to the body’s membership of cardinals, who would vote on a nominee to recommend to the Pope.

As coadjutor bishop of Bishop Soens of Sioux City and two spectacular examples of shared responsibility of cover up enabling of not just child rapists Frs. McFadden and Coyle by Dinardo, equally Dinardo as Wuerl’s “lieutenant” in “education”  must have known of Donna the Girl Wuerl’s active homosexuality and himself as an ambitious cleric (a practicing homosexual since high school) taken the proverbial “Twirl with Wuerl” a number of times.  Like Soens, and latter as coadjutor bishop (2005-2007) to Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza, a homosexual, homosexualist former President of the U.S. Conference of Bishops noted by for disingenuously understating the true number of “credible claims of abuse against clerics of the Houston/Galveston Diocese” The Buried Abuse of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocesehttps://…Jan 17, 2017 · “The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston fully cooperates with civil authorities regarding any allegations of clergy sexual abuse with minors, Dinardo as Wuerl’s lieutenant during the time canvassed by the 2018 PA Ag Grand Jury findings, bears responsibility cover up enabling by his silence of Wuerl in Wuerl’s  indictment 169 times in the PA AG Grand Jury findings.

As coadjutor of Galveston/Houston Dinardo served to shield newly elected Pope Benedict who later made Dinardo a Cardinal from criminal indictment for Conspiracy to Harm Children in Federal U.S. Criminal Court, Southern District of Texas, by obstructing justice in putting a non national child sex crime seminarian posing as a priest in a Houston parish on a flight out of the U.S. at Bush International who was central to the civil suit brought against the archdiocese by the victims parents. The Man Who Sued the Pope | Houston Press https:// Apr 21, 2010 ·

A U.S. News article, Liberal Catholic Journalist Links Gay Network to Abuse, Cover-Up Crisis,  demonstrates Wuerl, like Dinardo  Soens as bishop in Sioux City, Wuerl replaced a Notorious Sex Criminal Cardinal, John J. Wright as Bishop of Pittsburgh.

….. author Kenneth Woodward highlighted the career of Cdl. John J. Wright, bishop of Pittsburgh from 1959–1969. He noted that Wright, “like McCarrick, was the subject of numerous stories about his own sexuality.”

“Again, these came mostly from former seminarians and priests of the Pittsburgh diocese, which had a reputation during Wright’s decade there as a haven for actively gay clerics,” he observed. “That was especially true of the Pittsburgh Oratory, which Wright founded in 1961 as a religious center ministering to Catholic students attending the city’s secular universities.”

Woodward recalled:

In 1969, at the age of sixty, Pope Paul VI chose Wright to head the Congregation for Priests in Rome and elevated him to cardinal. It was there, in the frenzied initial years of the post-council era, that I first heard stories of his leading a double life rather openly with a younger lover. What interests me now is not the private details of this double life, but whether it influenced how he ran the congregation overseeing the selection, training, and formation of the clergy.

He then shifted the spotlight to Wright’s protégé, Cdl. Donald Wuerl:

Donald Wuerl, who recently resigned as archbishop of Washington D.C., would surely know the truth about Wright. Wuerl’s first assignment after ordination at the age of thirty-one was as secretary to then Bishop Wright of Pittsburgh in 1966. The younger priest was said to be closer to the cardinal than the hair on his head. He became Wright’s omnipresent full-time personal assistant when the latter moved to Rome, even sitting in for him during the papal conclave that elected John Paul II.

“Priests were raping little boys and girls and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing, they hid it all for decades.” the Pennsylvania Attorney General (Josh Shapiro) explained. “Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops and cardinals have mostly been protected. Many have been promoted. … Bishop Wuerl is now Cardinal Wuerl …” “Wuerl was the dirtiest bishop as far as [the] sex abuse cover up.” -Josh Shapiro stated.

In the same vein, Dinardo knew about Wright, Wuerl his Consecrating Bishop, and Soens who Dinardo Replaced as Bishop of Sioux City and was Promoted Ecclesiastically by his Silence and Association (Sexual) with Wuerl. Although Dinardo and Wuerl Hypocritically Deny it, both Wuerl and Dinardo knew about D.C. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s (Uncle Ted) Seminarian Predation and Dinardo could not have become Cardinal of Galveston/Houston, nor Wuerl have Succeeded Uncle Ted as D.c. Cardinal  without the Firm Support of “Uncle Ted.” Uncle Ted’s Firm Support Certainly Implies at the Least Tacit Approval of Uncle Ted’s Seminarian Predation by Wuerl and Dinardo.


Wuerl  as Bishop of Pittsburgh, covered up by personal promotion Founder of The Legionaries of Christ (1941- still extent, and  controlling Znet Catholic Media INC. such as Our Sunday Visitor  Currently extolling Dinardo and Wuerl as True Spiritual Champions to Heal and End Child and Seminarian Predation in The Church) Fr. Maciel Macial Degolado, a Serial Child and Seminarian Predator and Criminal Mastermind behind The Sinaloa Federation Cartel and Child Sex Slave Trafficking in Cantinas along the I-10 and I-69 using the The Legionary of Christ Account at The Vatican Bank to Money Billions in “Charitable Religious Donations” from SFC Jefe Carlos Slim Helu,  by writing a new English edition Forward extolling Fr. Marcial Maciel Degolado’s as a modern day saint in Salterio de mis días, Ediciones CES Rome 1991. Maciel’s knock off of Psalter of My Days is a Pious Devotional by  so called “Pater Noster” i.e. Fr. Maciel for Legionary Seminarians, 80% Plagiarized from (compared to Comes’s new 2014 edition) Luis Lucia Lucia’s Salterio  de Mis Horas. Fr. Maciel, was Protected by JPII as JPII’s Svengali  for 25 years until JPII’s Death from Investigation by Cardinal Ratzinger as Papal Inquisition head by JPII. In 2006, Fr. Maciel was removed as head of the Legionaries of Christ, a faux Catholic religious order Maciel Founded in 1941,  by Pope Benedict after the Death of Maciel’s Protector, JPII in 2005. Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict, long a rival for JPII’s Patronage was against Maciel, but did not Investigate Maciel’s Criminality at the Behest of JPII. Ratzinger Elected  Pope Benedict after JPII’s Death in 2005 only Dismissed Fr. Maciel in 2006 as head of the Legionary of Christ ordering Maciel to live a life of penance and prayer due solely to impending public revelations in the Mexican secular press of paternity test evidence Maciel had fathered children with two wives, whose adult sons claimed Maciel  a veritable “Pedophile” sexually assaulted them. Maciel had also sexually assaulted numerous seminarians in the Legionaries’ seminaries, as well as children in Legionary schools in the U.S. (Houston, Texas) Canada, Mexico, Italy, and Spain. Fr, Maciel, in the image of Meyer Lansky (Jewish) and the Italian Mafia, was the Criminal Master Mind and Founder of the Mexican/American Sinaloa Federation Cartel. Maciel  Pioneered and Established International Child Sex Slave Trafficking to the Disenfranchised Workers in Cantinas along the I-10 and I-69 with Geographically The Archdiocese of Galveston Houston as The Hub and Fr. Maciel’s Legionary of Christ Account at The Vatican Bank as a Money Laundering Facade for Sinaloa Federation Cartel Child Sex Slave Trafficking.

Francis and The Vatican Offered “no Comment” at the PA Grand Jury Findings Promulgation then or now  since the Report was Issued. Francis, Who Says Nothing in Response “Who Am I to Judge” to Critical Allegations did not Respond Months Before to a Personal Letter from PA AG  Josh Shapiro to “The Pope” Objecting  Wuerl was using his Influence with the PA. Supreme Court to Obstruct and Redact the Promulgation of the PA Grand Jury Findings on Clerical Child Sex Abuse in Six PA. Catholic Diocese.  Wuerl is the Chosen D.C. Cardinal Successor of  Wuerl’s Disgraced Predecessor Theodore “Uncle Ted” McCarrick. McCarrick was only Recently Suspended by Francis in the Public Practice of Priestly and Episcopal Ministry in The Church for Decades Old  Credible Charges of  Sex Crimes against Children and Seminarians and is the Only Cardinal Ever Removed from The College of Cardinals. Wuerl and Dinardo Continue to Claim Ardently they Had No Knowledge of Uncle Ted’s Seminarian Predation.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, then Bishop of The Diocese of LaCrosse joined with Wuerl to Co-Consecrate Dinardo as Bishop of Sioux City.

“Assisting then-Siouxland Bishop Lawrence Soens were DiNardo’s former ordinary, then-Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh, and the new bishop’s classmate and longtime friend, then-Bishop Raymond Burke of LaCrosse.”

The catch-all nature has baffled more than a few. At his 1997 ordination as coadjutor-bishop of Sioux City, the clergy of the Iowa diocese attempted the standard practice of figuring out their boss-in-waiting from his choices of co-consecrators and attending chaplains.

The “read” might usually be a reliable indicator. On this occasion, however — and to the frustration of the local clergy — the exercise proved futile.

The chaplains made for an even harder read. At one side stood the delicate, straight-laced Msgr Leonard Blair of Detroit, the onetime secretary of Cardinal Edmund Szoka and current bishop of Toledo. On the other was his best friend since high school — the ponytailed, Harley-riding Fr Lou Vallone of Pittsburgh, known in the South for his proficiency at giving Black church revivals.


Dinardo was made Bishop of Sioux City  to Clean Up,  Cover Up for “Retiring” later Criminally Indicted Sadistic Catholic High School Principle Male Student Sexual Predator Bishop Lawrence Soens. Cardinal Dinardo, Admittedly, as then Bishop of Sioux City, Covered Up Enabled Notorious Child Sex Crime Predator Fr. George B. McFaddan, just as Dinardo’s Indicted Sadistic Sexual Abuser of Male Adolescents Predecessor Bishop Lawrence Soens did before Soen’s Retirement Prompted Dinardo’s Consecration as Bishop Soens’ Successor.

In October, 2018, Faced with impending Federal and State Attorney General subpeona and Grand Jury investigation and possible federal and state indictments of  Racketeering Conspiracy to Endanger Children, Fr. Brad Pelzel, Vicar General for the Sioux City Diocese, Publicly admitted the Extensive Nature of the abuse of Fr. Jeremy Coyle. Fr. Coyle admitted that, for a period of about 20 years, he victimized approximately 50 school boys, varying from 7th to 10th grade.” The number of victims could be higher, however, as there was minimal supervision of the priest after he was removed from ministry in 1986. Pelzel did not explain why it would have been “difficult” for the bishop at the time (Bp. Lawrence Soens) to have turned in a self-admitted pederast with a significant record of abuse. Soens, who retired in 1998, was later found to have himself abused students when he was principal at a Catholic school.  “When he self-reported his situation to then-Bishop Soens and asked for help ( Soens who had sadistically abused sexually adolescent boys when Coyle asked Soens his Bishop for “Help” to Stop his Serial Sex Crimes Against Children, Turned a Blind Eye and Deaf Ear to Coyle’s plea for “Help”from his Bishop, spiritual  “overseer” to Stop Coyle from Further Serial Victimization of Boys. Cardinal Dinardo, as Soen’s Immediate Successor as Bishop of Sioux City, knew about Fr. Jeremy Coyle Case and Pleas and like Soens Responded with Episcopal Silence and Did Nothing to Stop Coyle’s Serial Criminality Against Boys. Though Fr. Coyle admitted that, for a period of about 20 years, he victimized approximately 50 school boys, varying from 7th to 10th grade.” The number of victims could be higher, however, as there was minimal supervision of the priest after he was removed from ministry in 1986. Fr. Coyle was recently outed living in Elizabeth Seton Home in Omaha, Nebraska.  Daniel Dinardo as Bishop of Sioux City and as President of  US Conference of Catholic Bishops covered up the Existence of Coyle, his Pleas for Help, and his Serial Criminality against Boys, there bye Enabling Coyle by  Legal Anonymity to have more Victims. Bishop Dinardo of Souix City (1997-2005)  knew of  Soen’s History of Child Abuse Serial Criminality  later Ending in Soen’s Criminal Indictment.  Likewise, Dinardo Nonetheless Knew about Jeremy Coyle while Bishop of Sioux City, and now as President of The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and has concealed the Secret Archive Record of  Sex Crimes Against Boys of Fr. Jeremy Coyle, of The Diocese of Sioux City from Public  13 Years after Bishop Dinardo of Sioux City was Promoted  to become Archbishop of Galveston/Houston and then Elevated to Cardinal.  Fr. Brad Pelzel, Vicar General for the Sioux City Diocese Publicly Admitted “it”failed for decades to report a known pederast (Fr. Jeremy Coyle)who abused at least 50 boys. So did Cardinal Dinardo.

Cardinal Dinardo as Archbishop of Galveston/Houston was Cover Up Enabling 35 year Veteran Parish Child Sexual Predator Pastor Fr. Steven Horn of The Archdiocese of Galveston Houston at the Moment  Archbishop of Galveston/Houston Daniel Dinardo was being Elevated to Cardinal of Galveston/Houston in a 2007 Papal Ceremony in Rome by Resigned (Because of Orchestrating Global Child Abuse by Clerics Cover Up at The Behest of JPII) Former Pope Benedict, Dinardo’s Ecclesiastical Promoter. In 2013, Cardinal Dinardo Claimed All Sexual Abuse Cover Up Allegations Leveled Against Pope Benedict (Contrary to Those  against Pope Francis by Archbishop Vigano’s Three Letters in 2018 according to Dinardo) as 25 Year Head of the Papal Inquisition under JPII are False and Salacious, Vicious Lies. In Fact, JPII Protected all Cardinals, Bishops, and Priest from Vatican Investigation for Sex Crimes Against Children and Seminarians Restraining Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Head of The Papal Inquisition from Investigating and Directing Ratzinnger to Cover up all Cases Submitted Per Crimen Solicitationes, 1961 per Pope John XXIII, to The Holy Office of The Inquisition. JPII Absolutely Protected Fr. Maciel Degolado, The Disgraced Founder of The Legionary of Christ, a De Facto Exposed Pederast, Pedophile, and Sexual Assaulter of Seminarians and the Criminal Master Mind with Carlos Slim Helu of the Sinaloa Federation Cartel Child Sex Slaving Cartel from being Investigated by Then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger,  later Pope Benedict. Benedict’s Universal Cover up of  Child and Seminarian Sex Crimes at the Behest of JPII Led to Benedict’s 2013 Resignation on the Day the 300 Page Dossier  Detailing  Fr. Maciel, Cardinals Soldano and Bertone’s Cardinal Dario Castillon Hoyos, a Colombian and a former head of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and of the Congregation for Clergy, and “Personal Chaplain to Pablo Escobar”  Chase/Vatican Bank Sinaloa Federation Cartel Child Sex Slave Trafficking Money Laundering, Complied by Three Cardinal Investigators into Vatican Corruption and Homosexuality was Presented to Benedict. The Dossier Exhibits Benedict under JPII Cover Up Maciel’s and The Vatican’s not just Individual Bishop, Priest, and Cardinal Sex Crimes Against Children and Seminarians, but Global Organized Crime Child Sex Slave Trafficking under The Auspices of The Vatican Cardinals and Bishops, and Fr. Maciel’s Chase/Vatican Bank Legion of Christ Sinaloa Federation Cartel Money Laundering Account Still Extant, Now under The Supervision of Monsignor Baptistta Ricca, Francis’ Papal Legate to Oversee Reform of The Vatican Bank Credibly Accused of International Money Laundering. Monsignor Ricca, a Credible Accused Child Sex Slave Buyer, and Public Practicing Homosexual, by Local Law Enforcement, Papal Nuncios of The Secretary of State, Local Bishops and Religious, Arrested with a Satchel of Child Pornography, Condoms, and an Illegal Firearm in His Possession, of who Francis Spoke the Famous Words (After Conducting his Own Personal Investigation of Ricca and Finding no Evidence Whatsoever Substantiating the Official Allegations against Ricca) “Who Am I To Judge.”

In 2011, Cardinal Dinardo’s Child Sex Crime Predator Enabling Repeatedly Ordered to Deny Medical Treatment to an Eight Year Old Refugee Child from Iraq, Gang Anal Raped on Multiple Occasions by other Children and Allegedly Fr. Manuel de la Rosa-Lopez at Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston Catholic Charities’ St. Michaels Home in an Attempted Cover Up according to Federal Investigators. Cardinal Dinardo’s 13 Year Cover Up and Enabling of Fr. Manuel de la Rosa-Lopez from 2005-2018 as Archbishop of Galveston/Houston was Exposed Dramatically by Two Child Sexual Assault Victims, a Minor Girl, and a Boy with a Desire to Become a Seminarian at the Time, Culminating in Fr. Manuel’s Arrest on Four Counts of Sexual Assault of a Minor a Day before Cardinal Dinardo was Set to Meet with Francis, September 13th, 2018 to “Demand Answers” (The Exact Opposite Position Dinardo took Towards Sexual Abuse Cover Up Charges Leveled at Pope Benedict in 2013 Dismissing Them as False and Slanderous) how The Vatican Allowed Theodore McCarrick, a Sexual Predator of Seminarians to be, along with his Chosen Successor, Now Resigned, but Still “Apostolic Administrator per Francis” D.C. Cardinal Archbishop, Donna Wuerl, Elevated to D.C. Cardinal.  Cardinal Dinardo Conspiring in the Duplicitous Guise of  Cardinal Clerical Sexual Abuse Reformer and Candidate for Pope to Replace Francis who Must Resign also Sought  to Mandate (Hypocritically) to Francis,“The Pope,” Bishop Accountability Regulations for Sexual Abuse Cover Up Enabling.

These Historical, Factual Grounds Exhibiting Cardinal Dinardo’s Continuous Malfeasance in Episcopal Office in Cover Up Enabling of Criminal Sexual Assault against Children and Seminarians as Bishop, and Cardinal Archbishop of Galveston/Houston, and Currently as President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Demand Cardinal Dinardo in Justice for all Ignored Victims of Clerical Predators in The Catholic Church in the U.S., and Non National Child Sex Slaves Trafficked along the I-10 and I-69 by The Sinaloa Federation Cartel in Conjunction with Father Maciel Degolado’s Legionaries of Christ Vatican Bank Money Laundering Account ( Cardinal Dinardo is a Cardinal “Overseer” of The Vatican Bank) across The Southern Border into The U.S. with The Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston as the Hub, to Resign Immediately as President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop as Culpable of, and therefore not Credible to End Cover Up of Clerical Criminal Sexual Assault on Children and Seminarians

We, The Catholic Faithful of Our Church, in Our Country of America, Demand Cardinal Dinardo Resign as President of The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as Culpable of, and therefore not Credible to End Bishop Fueled Clergy Child Sex Crimes and Seminarian Sexual Assault as Cardinal Archbishop in Dinardo’s Archdiocese of Galveston Houston, nor as President of The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in all Dioceses in The U.S.

The Cardinel Dinardo Must Resign as President U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops petition to Cardinal Daniel Dinardo, President U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was written by Fr. Christopher Terry, O.P. and is in the category Children’s Rights at GoPetition.

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Archbishop Vigano in Oct. 19th Third Letter does not Eat His Eat Own Dog Food, Refuses to Say The Truth, Francis Apostate, per se, is not, cannot be The Vicar of Christ (The Pope) a Damnable Sin of Omission by Vigano just as Conspiracy of Silence on Homosexual Corruption in Church Vigano Denounces as Damnable


Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. (Edward Pentin photo)
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Archbishop Viganò Responds to Cardinal Ouellet’s Letter With New Testimony
The full text of the former nuncio’s testimony in which he refutes much of Cardinal Ouellet’s letter of Oct. 7.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò issued a third testimony today, the feast of the North American Martyrs, which we publish in full below, with a link below it to Cardinal Ouellet’s letter of Oct. 7.


On the Feast of the North American Martyrs

To bear witness to corruption in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church was a painful decision for me, and remains so.  But I am an old man, one who knows he must soon give an accounting to the Judge for his actions and omissions, one who fears Him who can cast body and soul into hell. A Judge who, even in his infinite mercy, will render to every person salvation or damnation according to what he has deserved.  Anticipating the dreadful question from that Judge — “How could you, who had knowledge of the truth, keep silent in the midst of falsehood and depravity?” — what answer could I give?

I testified fully aware that my testimony would bring alarm and dismay to many eminent persons: churchmen, fellow bishops, colleagues with whom I had worked and prayed.   I knew many would feel wounded and betrayed.  I expected that some would in their turn assail me and my motives.  Most painful of all, I knew that many of the innocent faithful would be confused and disconcerted by the spectacle of a bishop’s charging colleagues and superiors with malfeasance, sexual sin, and grave neglect of duty.  Yet I believe that my continued silence would put many souls at risk, and would certainly damn my own.  Having reported multiple times to my superiors, and even to the pope, the aberrant behavior of Theodore McCarrick, I could have publicly denounced the truths of which I was aware earlier.  If I have some responsibility in this delay, I repent for that.  This delay was due to the gravity of the decision I was going to take, and to the long travail of my conscience.

I have been accused of creating confusion and division in the Church through my testimony.  To those who believe such confusion and division were negligible prior to August 2018, perhaps such a claim is plausible.  Most impartial observers, however, will have been aware of a longstanding excess of both, as is inevitable when the successor of Peter is negligent in exercising his principal mission, which is to confirm the brothers in the faith and in sound moral doctrine.  When he then exacerbates the crisis by contradictory or perplexing statements about these doctrines, the confusion is worsened.

Therefore I spoke.  For it is the conspiracy of silence that has wrought and continues to wreak great harm in the Church — harm to so many innocent souls, to young priestly vocations, to the faithful at large.  With regard to my decision, which I have taken in conscience before God, I willingly accept every fraternal correction, advice, recommendation, and invitation to progress in my life of faith and love for Christ, the Church and the pope.

Let me restate the key points of my testimony.

  • In November 2000 the U.S. nuncio Archbishop Montalvo informed the Holy See of Cardinal McCarrick’s homosexual behavior with seminarians and priests.
  • In December 2006 the new U.S. nuncio, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, informed the Holy See of Cardinal McCarrick’s homosexual behavior with yet another priest.
  • In December of 2006 I myself wrote a memo to the Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone, and personally delivered it to the Substitute for General Affairs, Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, calling for the pope to bring extraordinary disciplinary measures against McCarrick to forestall future crimes and scandal.  This memo received no response.
  • In April 2008 an open letter to Pope Benedict by Richard Sipe was relayed by the Prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Levada, to the Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone, containing further accusations of McCarrick’s sleeping with seminarians and priests. I received this a month later, and in May 2008 I myself delivered a second memo to the then Substitute for General Affairs, Archbishop Fernando Filoni, reporting the claims against McCarrick and calling for sanctions against him.  This second memo also received no response.
  • In 2009 or 2010 I learned from Cardinal Re, prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, that Pope Benedict had ordered McCarrick to cease public ministry and begin a life of prayer and penance.  The nuncio Sambi communicated the Pope’s orders to McCarrick in a voice heard down the corridor of the nunciature.
  • In November 2011 Cardinal Ouellet, the new Prefect of Bishops, repeated to me, the new nuncio to the U.S., the Pope’s restrictions on McCarrick, and I myself communicated them to McCarrick face-to-face.
  • On June 21, 2013, toward the end of an official assembly of nuncios at the Vatican, Pope Francis spoke cryptic words to me criticizing the U.S. episcopacy.
  • On June 23, 2013, I met Pope Francis face-to-face in his apartment to ask for clarification, and the Pope asked me, “il cardinale McCarrick, com’è (Cardinal McCarrick — what do you make of him)?”– which I can only interpret as a feigning of curiosity in order to discover whether or not I was an ally of McCarrick.  I told him that McCarrick had sexually corrupted generations of priests and seminarians, and had been ordered by Pope Benedict to confine himself to a life of prayer and penance.
  • Instead, McCarrick continued to enjoy the special regard of Pope Francis and was given new responsibilities and missions by him.
  • McCarrick was part of a network of bishops promoting homosexuality who, exploiting their favor with Pope Francis, manipulated episcopal appointments so as to protect themselves from justice and to strengthen the homosexual network in the hierarchy and in the Church at large.
  • Pope Francis himself has either colluded in this corruption, or, knowing what he does, is gravely negligent in failing to oppose it and uproot it.

I invoked God as my witness to the truth of my claims, and none has been shown false.  Cardinal Ouellet has written to rebuke me for my temerity in breaking silence and leveling such grave accusations against my brothers and superiors, but in truth his remonstrance confirms me in my decision and, even more, serves to vindicate my claims, severally and as a whole.

  • Cardinal Ouellet concedes that he spoke with me about McCarrick’s situation prior to my leaving for Washington to begin my post as nuncio.
  • Cardinal Ouellet concedes that he communicated to me in writing the conditions and restrictions imposed on McCarrick by Pope Benedict.
  • Cardinal Ouellet concedes that these restrictions forbade McCarrick to travel or to make public appearances.
  • Cardinal Ouellet concedes that the Congregation of Bishops, in writing, first through the nuncio Sambi and then once again through me, required McCarrick to lead a life of prayer and penance.

What does Cardinal Ouellet dispute?

  • Cardinal Ouellet disputes the possibility that Pope Francis could have taken in important information about McCarrick on a day when he met scores of nuncios and gave each only a few moments of conversation.  But this was not my testimony.  My testimony is that at a second, private meeting, I informed the Pope, answering his own question about Theodore McCarrick, then Cardinal archbishop emeritus of Washington, prominent figure of the Church in the US, telling the Pope that McCarrick had sexually corrupted his own seminarians and priests. No pope could forget that.
  • Cardinal Ouellet disputes the existence in his archives of letters signed by Pope Benedict or Pope Francis regarding sanctions on McCarrick. But this was not my testimony.  My testimony was that he has in his archives key documents –  irrespective of provenance – incriminating McCarrick and documenting the measures taken in his regard, and other proofs on the cover-up regarding his situation.  And I confirm this again.
  • Cardinal Ouellet disputes the existence in the files of his predecessor, Cardinal Re, of “audience memos” imposing on McCarrick the restrictions already mentioned.  But this was not my testimony.  My testimony is that there are other documents: for instance, a note from Card Re not ex-Audientia SS.mi, signed by either the Secretary of State or by the Substitute.
  • Cardinal Ouellet disputes that it is false to present the measures taken against McCarrick as “sanctions” decreed by Pope Benedict and canceled by Pope Francis. True. They were not technically “sanctions” but provisions, “conditions and restrictions.” To quibble whether they were sanctions or provisions or something else is pure legalism. From a pastoral point of view they are exactly the same thing.

In brief, Cardinal Ouellet concedes the important claims that I did and do make, and disputes claims I don’t make and never made.

There is one point on which I must absolutely refute what Cardinal Ouellet wrote.  The Cardinal states that the Holy See was only aware of “rumors,” which were not enough to justify disciplinary measures against McCarrick. I affirm to the contrary that the Holy See was aware of a variety of concrete facts, and is in possession of documentary proof, and that the responsible persons nevertheless chose not to intervene or were prevented from doing so. Compensation by the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Metuchen to the victims of McCarrick’s sexual abuse, the letters of Fr. Ramsey, of the nuncios Montalvo in 2000 and Sambi in 2006, of Dr. Sipe in 2008, my two notes to the superiors of the Secretariat of State who described in detail the concrete allegations against McCarrick; are all these just rumors? They are official correspondence, not gossip from the sacristy. The crimes reported were very serious, including those of attempting to give sacramental absolution to accomplices in perverse acts, with subsequent sacrilegious celebration of Mass. These documents specify the identity of the perpetrators and their protectors, and the chronological sequence of the facts. They are kept in the appropriate archives; no extraordinary investigation is needed to recover them.

In the public remonstrances directed at me I have noted two omissions, two dramatic silences. The first silence regards the plight of the victims. The second regards the underlying reason why there are so many victims, namely, the corrupting influence of homosexuality in the priesthood and in the hierarchy.  As to the first, it is dismaying that, amid all the scandals and indignation, so little thought should be given to those damaged by the sexual predations of those commissioned as ministers of the gospel.  This is not a matter of settling scores or sulking over the vicissitudes of ecclesiastical careers.  It is not a matter of politics.  It is not a matter of how church historians may evaluate this or that papacy.  This is about souls.  Many souls have been and are even now imperiled of their eternal salvation.

As to the second silence, this very grave crisis cannot be properly addressed and resolved unless and until we call things by their true names. This is a crisis due to the scourge of homosexuality, in its agents, in its motives, in its resistance to reform. It is no exaggeration to say that homosexuality has become a plague in the clergy, and it can only be eradicated with spiritual weapons.  It is an enormous hypocrisy to condemn the abuse, claim to weep for the victims, and yet refuse to denounce the root cause of so much sexual abuse: homosexuality.  It is hypocrisy to refuse to acknowledge that this scourge is due to a serious crisis in the spiritual life of the clergy and to fail to take the steps necessary to remedy it.

Unquestionably there exist philandering clergy, and unquestionably they too damage their own souls, the souls of those whom they corrupt, and the Church at large.  But these violations of priestly celibacy are usually confined to the individuals immediately involved.  Philandering clergy usually do not recruit other philanderers, nor work to promote them, nor cover-up their misdeeds — whereas the evidence for homosexual collusion, with its deep roots that are so difficult to eradicate, is overwhelming.

It is well established that homosexual predators exploit clerical privilege to their advantage.  But to claim the crisis itself to be clericalism is pure sophistry.  It is to pretend that a means, an instrument, is in fact the main motive.

Denouncing homosexual corruption and the moral cowardice that allows it to flourish does not meet with congratulation in our times, not even in the highest spheres of the Church.  I am not surprised that in calling attention to these plagues I am charged with disloyalty to the Holy Father and with fomenting an open and scandalous rebellion.  Yet rebellion would entail urging others to topple the papacy.  I am urging no such thing.  I pray every day for Pope Francis — more than I have ever done for the other popes. I am asking, indeed earnestly begging, the Holy Father to face up to the commitments he himself made in assuming his office as successor of Peter. He took upon himself the mission of confirming his brothers and guiding all souls in following Christ, in the spiritual combat, along the way of the cross.  Let him admit his errors, repent, show his willingness to follow the mandate given to Peter and, once converted let him confirm his brothers (Lk 22:32).

In closing, I wish to repeat my appeal to my brother bishops and priests who know that my statements are true and who can so testify, or who have access to documents that can put the matter beyond doubt.  You too are faced with a choice.  You can choose to withdraw from the battle, to prop up the conspiracy of silence and avert your eyes from the spreading of corruption.  You can make excuses, compromises and justification that put off the day of reckoning.  You can console yourselves with the falsehood and the delusion that it will be easier to tell the truth tomorrow, and then the following day, and so on.

On the other hand, you can choose to speak.  You can trust Him who told us, “the truth will set you free.”  I do not say it will be easy to decide between silence and speaking.  I urge you to consider which choice– on your deathbed, and then before the just Judge — you will not regret having made.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò
Arcivescovo tit. di Ulpiana
Nunzio Apostolico
19 Ottobre 2018, Feast of the North American Martyrs

Cardinal Ouellet’s Oct. 7 open letter to Archbishop Viganò.

Catholic Church bombshell: Lay board that probed sex abuse seeks to be reappointed

Here is another great action by lay Catholics. Although I have grave moral reservations in regard to Leon Penneta involved in anything, resurrecting the board including Gov. Keating who Cardinal Mahoney (being rehabilitated recently by Francis a la McCarrick) cornered to resign from the board in futility in 2004 under new jurisdiction that includes and does not exclude Bishops fueling child sex crimes and seminarian sexual assault is another action taken apart from Dinardo and Francis by Catholics.


Catholic Church bombshell: Lay board that probed sex abuse seeks to be reappointed

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry and faces further punishment over "credible" allegations that he sexually abused a teenager while a priest in New York more than 40 years ago, the church announced Wednesday.

Pope Francis and former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. | The Washington Post via AP file photo

A lay board appointed 15 years ago by the U.S. Conference of Bishops to investigate the priest sex abuse scandal is seeking to be reappointed and given the power to probe high-ranking members of the Catholic Church in the United States, according to a bombshell letter obtained by Sneed.

The nine-member panel — which included Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke; President Barack Obama’s former CIA chief and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta; powerful Washington, D.C., attorney Robert Bennett; and New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Petra Jimenez Maes — worked together last week by phone to hammer out its request, a copy of which is included below.


Burke, on behalf of the group, sent the letter to U.S. Conference of Bishops president Cardinal Daniel DiNardo on Friday.

The letter cites recent claims by a retired top Vatican official that Pope Francis himself knew about sexual misconduct allegations against the former archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, but that Francis restored him to public ministry anyway. McCarrick resigned in July after an abuse allegation lodged against him was deemed “credible.”

“We were never given the power to investigate the bishops,” Burke told Sneed. “We need to know why Washington, D.C., Archbishop McCarrick and others rose in their ecclesiastical careers when troubling facts regarding sexual abuse were known by the hierarchy which promoted them.”

“Until these bishops and cardinals admit their fault and knowledge of what was occurring and their role in it, we are not going to be able to restore trust in our Church,” Burke added.

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The letter notes the lay board was “independent and impartial,” was “widely praised both inside and outside the church,” and stresses that the creation of any new lay board should be a totally independent.

However, Sneed hears Francis is the only one who could make the decision to re-appoint the old U.S. Conference of Bishops lay board — and is the only one to authorize the investigation of Bishops.

“What has been happening is awful,” said Bennett, a member of the 2004 lay board.

“In order to protect the integrity and representatives of the Holy See, it is essential the Holy See promptly create an independent lay board to investigate current allegations and report their findings to the National Review Board,” said Bennett.

“Our lay board was well recognized for independence, integrity and competence in dealing with these matters,” he said.

Here’s the full text of the letter from Burke to DiNardo, who couldn’t be reached for comment.

Dear Eminence:

I served as the Interim Chair of the National Review Board created by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which issued its report on February 27, 2004. For your convenience, I have attached the introductory pages of the report. I have been in contact with the members of that Board and we are all deeply disturbed and saddened by the recent reports that sexual abuse by the clergy and its alleged cover-up has reached into the hierarchy of the Church.

The purpose of this letter is to offer the services of the members of that Board to assist the Church in dealing with the very serious crisis that it is currently facing.

Our Board, which performed its work under the auspices of Bishop Wilton Gregory, was independent and impartial and was widely praised both inside and outside the Church. We believe that our report to the Bishop’s Conference was well received and that the Charter that resulted from our work has been helpful. Indeed, it is undisputed that as a result of our report to the Conference, children and young people are safer today than in the past. Policies, practices and procedures, and reporting requirements are in place which have been very effective in accomplishing our goals to protect children and young people.

We believe that an “Independent Inquiry Board” comprised entirely of lay people should be convened.

The focus of the new inquiry and resulting report should be on the following:

1. The failure of the Church to adequately resolve cases of sexual abuse that pre-date the charter in an effective way.

2. The basic flaw in the Charter which has always exempted the bishops from the process.

3. The fundamental need to answer the question as to how Archbishop McCarrick and others rose in their ecclesiastical careers when troubling facts regarding sexual abuse were known by the hierarchy which promoted them.

In order to restore confidence in the Church and the hierarchy, we strongly recommend that you request the Holy See to appoint the members of our Board to investigate and report to the Holy See on the allegations in this evolving crisis and to make recommendations to the Bishops Conference. If the Holy See should ask us, we would accept. Further, we respectfully recommend that you ask the Holy See to appoint Archbishop Charles Scicluna to consult with us and serve as our liaison with the Holy See. We offer the Church our help, knowledge, wisdom, credibility and experience in this time of great need.


Honorable Anne M. Burke


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Victims of clerical sex abuse and their relatives reacted as Attorney General Josh Shapiro discussed the grand jury report at a news conference in Harrisburg.CreditCreditMatt Rourke/Associated Press

Catholic Bishops Promising to Fix Sex Abuse Problem Face Cover-Up Accusations

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, who is the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, faces allegations that he overlooked abuse.CreditCreditPatrick Semansky/Associated Press
  • As Catholic bishops try to reassure the flock that the church is finally confronting the scourge of sexual abuse by priests, it has fallen to Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, the president of the American bishops conference, to lead the effort.

“I have no illusions about the degree to which trust in the bishops has been damaged by these past sins and failures,” said Cardinal DiNardo, in one of the many statements he has issued on sexual abuse in recent weeks. “It will take work to rebuild that trust.”

Yet Cardinal DiNardo himself has recently been criticized for allowing a priest accused of abuse to serve in a parish in his archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, disregarding the warnings by a young woman who said she told the cardinal in person seven years ago that this priest had molested her when she was 16.

The priest, who also served as the vicar for Hispanics for the archdiocese, was not removed from ministry until August, when a second victim stepped forward and the priest was arrested and charged with four counts of indecency with a child.


Cardinal DiNardo’s troubled record illustrates why the sexual abuse problem has proved so intractable for the church. The bishops charged with rebuilding trust are still facing accusations that they neglected victims and protected abusive priests.

[Read more here about the federal investigation into the Pennsylvania dioceses.]

The church’s failure to police its own ranks, despite round after round in the abuse scandal, has led some Catholics to call for a total housecleaning. More than 6,100 Catholic theologians, educators and lay leaders have signed a petition calling for all the American bishops to offer the pope their resignations, as the bishops of Chile recently did.

“This wasn’t just a few bad apples, just a couple of unfortunate cases,” said Susan Reynolds, the author of the petition and an assistant professor of Catholic studies at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. “This was systemic evil in the church.”

When the American bishops gather in Baltimore in November to discuss how to respond to the crisis, Cardinal DiNardo will preside over the meeting. Also up on the dais will be the bishops’ vice president, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, who faced accusations in August that he paid a settlement to an adult woman who accused her priest of molesting her as she was decorating her church for Easter. The bishop then moved the priest, the Rev. Nicholas Assi, to a parish in the city’s Koreatown.

Church officials said in an interview that an investigator and review board at the archdiocese determined it was credible that Father Assi had inappropriately touched the woman, Catherine Bergin. But because Father Assi’s hand did not touch her breasts, buttocks or genitals, they said it did not qualify as sexual assault or battery. The district attorney decided not to prosecute, and Archbishop Gomez returned Father Assi to ministry until he retired this year.

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Statement of Catholic Theologians, Educators, Parishioners, & Lay Leaders on Clergy Sexual Abuse in the United States // Declaración de teólogos católicos, educadores, feligreses, y líderes laicos sobre el abuso sexual de los clérigos en los Estados Unidos
***To view all signatures, visit the post on Daily Theology / Para ver todas las firmas, visite la publicación en Daily Theology:, August 15, 2018
Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

God has shown the strength of God’s arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
God has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
(Lk 1:51-52)
On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released a comprehensive grand jury report documenting the sexual abuse of over 1,000 children by 301 priests across six Pennsylvania dioceses. The document chronicles, with nauseating clarity, seven decades of clergy sexual abuse and systematic cover-ups by bishops and others in positions of power. The report comes in the wake of last months’ revelations of decades of sexual predation by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and in the long shadow of the sexual abuse crisis in Boston and beyond.

The crimes detailed in the grand jury report evince a horror beyond expression. The report summarizes the situation thus: “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades.” We are brought to our knees in revulsion and shame by the abominations that these priests committed against innocent children. We are sickened in equal measure by the conspiracy of silence among bishops who exploited victims’ wounds as collateral in self-protection and the preservation of power. It is clear that it was the complicity of the powerful that allowed this radical evil to flourish with impunity.

Today, we call on the Catholic Bishops of the United States to prayerfully and genuinely consider submitting to Pope Francis their collective resignation as a public act of repentance and lamentation before God and God’s People.

We urge them to follow the example of Chile’s thirty-four bishops, who resigned collectively in May of this year after revelations of widespread sexual abuse and corruption were brought to light. Through prudent discernment, Pope Francis ultimately accepted three of these thirty-four resignations. It should be noted that the active bishop-to-Catholic ratio is almost the same in Chile and the United States, and that the geographical scope of the crisis in this country appears to surpass that of Chile. After years of suppressed truth, the unreserved decisiveness of the Chilean bishops’ resignations communicated to the faithful a message that Catholics in the United States have yet to hear, with an urgency we have yet to witness: We have caused this devastation. We have allowed it to persist. We submit ourselves to judgment in recompense for what we have done and failed to do.

Some will feel that the resignation of all bishops is unjustified and even detrimental to the work of healing. After all, many bishops are indeed humble servants and well-intentioned pastors. This is an urge we recognize, but it is not one that we can accept. The catastrophic scale and historical magnitude of the abuse makes clear that this is not a case of “a few bad apples” but rather a radical systemic injustice manifested at every level of the Church. Systemic sin cannot be ended through individual goodwill. Its wounds are not healed through statements, internal investigations, or public relations campaigns but rather through collective accountability, transparency, and truth-telling. We are responsible for the house we live in, even if we did not build it ourselves. This is why we call on the U.S. Bishops to offer their resignations collectively, in recognition of the systemic nature of this evil.

If we are to say “never again” to this catastrophic epidemic of sexual violence within the Church, then structural change on a scale previously unimaginable is required. Many have offered sound proposals for specific reforms that would begin to convert this ecclesial culture of violence into one of transparency, accountability, humility, safety, and earned trust. These are proposals we wholeheartedly support, beginning with external investigations of every ecclesiastical province in the United States akin to the one just completed in Pennsylvania. At the same time, we recognize that truth-telling and repentance are prerequisites to conversion. This is as true of institutional conversion as it is of individual conversion. As a collective body, the bishops have given the faithful little indication that they recognize and take accountability for the breathtaking magnitude of the violence and deceit that has continued unabated under their leadership. Thus, we call on them to follow Christ’s example in offering to the people a willing abdication of earthly status. This is a public act of penance and sorrow, absent of which no genuine process of healing and reform can begin.

We, the undersigned, teach in Catholic schools, colleges, universities, and graduate programs. We work in parishes, retreat centers, and diocesan offices. We are parishioners, lay ecclesial ministers, liturgical musicians, catechists, pastoral care workers, youth and young adult ministers, chaplains, parish workers, community advocates, students, teachers, professors, librarians, and researchers. We are mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, sons and daughters, and vowed religious. We are the baptized.

We stand in solidarity with the thousands of victims, named and unnamed, whom predatory priests, protected by the willing silence of many bishops, have raped, abused, brainwashed, traumatized, and dehumanized. We stand with those driven to alcoholism and drug addiction, to mental illness and suicide. We grieve with their families and communities.

We grieve in a different but no less profound way for our students, children, families, parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors, and all of those we love who have left or will leave the Church because they have found its leaders unworthy of trust. We grieve for our parishes, communities, schools, and dioceses. We grieve for our Church.

The call we issue today is neither liberal nor conservative. It does not emerge from a particular faction or ideology but rather from the heart of a wounded Church. It is an expression of fidelity to the victims, to Jesus Christ, to the Church in whose service we have devoted our lives.

Thus, we call on you, Bishops of the United States, to consider this humble and public act of penance on behalf of us all. Let it be the first of many steps toward justice, transparency, and conversion. Only then might the wrenching work of healing begin.

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Él hace proezas con su brazo:
dispersa a los soberbios de corazón,
derriba del trono a los poderosos
y enaltece a los humildes,
(Lucas 1, 51-52)

Declaración de teólogos católicos, educadores, parroquianos y líderes laicos
Sobre el abuso sexual de los clérigos en los Estados Unidos

El martes 14 de agosto de 2018, el Procurador General de Pensilvania Josh Shapiro se publicó un informe exhaustivo del gran jurado que documenta el abuso sexual de más de 1,000 niños por parte de 301 sacerdotes en seis diócesis de Pensilvania. El documento narra, con una claridad nauseabunda, siete décadas de abuso sexual por parte del clero y encubrimientos sistemáticos de obispos y otros en posiciones de poder. El informe siguió los pasos de las revelaciones de los últimos meses de décadas de depredación sexual por parte del cardenal Theodore McCarrick y en la sombra de la crisis de abuso sexual en Boston y más allá.

Los crímenes detallados en el informe del gran jurado muestran un horror incomprensible. El informe resume la situación así: “Los sacerdotes estaban violando niños pequeños y niñas, y los hombres de Dios que eran responsables de ellos no sólo no hicieron nada; lo escondieron todo. Durante décadas.” Nos vemos arrodillados en repulsa y vergüenza por las abominaciones que estos sacerdotes cometieron contra niños inocentes. Estamos asqueados en igual medida por la conspiración del silencio entre los obispos que explotaron las heridas de las víctimas como garantía de autoprotección y la preservación del poder. Está claro que fue la complicidad de los poderosos lo que permitió que este mal radical floreciera con impunidad.

Hoy, llamamos a los Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos a genuinamente y con oración considerar someter al Papa Francisco su dimisión colectiva como un acto público de arrepentimiento y lamentación ante Dios y ante el pueblo de Dios.

Los urgimos a los obispos que sigan el ejemplo de los treinta y cuatro obispos chilenos, que se dimitieron colectivamente en mayo de este año después de que se habían traído a la luz las revelaciones de abusos sexuales y corrupción extendidos. A través de un prudente discernimiento, el Papa Francisco finalmente aceptó tres de estas treinta y cuatro dimisiones. Cabe señalar que la proporción de obispos-a-católicos es casi la misma en Chile y en los Estados Unidos, y que el alcance geográfico de la crisis en este país parece superar al de Chile. Después de años de verdades reprimidas, la decisión sin reservas de las dimisiones de los obispos chilenos transmitió a los fieles un mensaje que los católicos en Estados Unidos aún no han escuchado, con una urgencia que todavía tenemos que presenciar: hemos causado esta devastación. Hemos permitido que persista. Nos sometemos a juicio en recompensa por lo que hemos hecho y no hemos podido hacer.

Algunos sentirán que la dimisión de todos los obispos es injustificada e incluso nocivo para el trabajo de curación. Después de todo, muchos obispos son en verdad siervos humildes y pastores bien intencionados. Este es un impulso que reconocemos, pero no es uno que podamos aceptar. La escala catastrófica y la magnitud histórica del abuso dejan en claro que este no es un caso de “algunas manzanas podridas”, sino más bien una injusticia radical sistémica manifestada en todos los niveles de la Iglesia. El pecado sistémico no puede terminarse a través de la buena voluntad individual. Sus heridas no se curan a través de declaraciones, investigaciones internas o campañas de relaciones públicas, sino a través de la responsabilidad colectiva, la transparencia y la verdad. Somos responsables de la casa en la que vivimos, incluso si no la construimos nosotros mismos. Es por eso que llamamos a los Obispos de los Estados Unidos a presentar sus renuncias colectivamente, en reconocimiento de la naturaleza sistémica de este mal.

Si queremos decir “nunca más” a esta epidemia catastrófica de violencia sexual dentro de la Iglesia, entonces se requiere un cambio estructural en una escala previamente inimaginable. Muchos han ofrecido propuestas sensatas para reformas específicas que comenzarían a convertir esta cultura de violencia eclesial en una de transparencia, responsabilidad, humildad, seguridad y confianza ganada. Estas son propuestas que apoyamos incondicionalmente, comenzando con investigaciones externas de cada provincia eclesiástica en los Estados Unidos similar a la que acabamos de completar en Pensilvania. Al mismo tiempo, reconocemos que la verdad y el arrepentimiento son requisitos previos para la conversión. Esto es tan cierto para la conversión institucional como para la conversión individual. Como un cuerpo colectivo, los obispos han dado a los fieles pequeños indicios de que reconocen y toman responsabilidad por la impresionante magnitud de la violencia y el engaño que no han disminuido bajo su liderazgo. Por lo tanto, les pedimos que sigan el ejemplo de Cristo al ofrecer al pueblo una voluntaria abdicación del estado terrenal. Este es un acto público de penitencia y pena, sin el cual no puede comenzar ningún proceso genuino de sanación y reforma.

Nosotros, los abajo firmantes, enseñamos en escuelas católicas, colegios, universidades y programas de postgrado. Trabajamos en parroquias, centros de retiros y oficinas diocesanas. Somos feligreses, ministros eclesiales laicos, músicos litúrgicos, catequistas, trabajadores de la pastoral, ministros de niños y jóvenes, capellanes, trabajadores parroquiales, defensores de la comunidad, estudiantes, maestros, profesores, bibliotecarios e investigadores. Somos madres y padres, tías y tíos, hijos e hijas y religiosos consagrados. Somos los bautizados.

Nos solidarizamos con las miles de víctimas, nombradas y sin nombre, a quienes los sacerdotes depredadores, protegidos por el silencio complaciente de muchos obispos, han violado, maltratado, lavado del cerebro, traumatizado y deshumanizado. Nos solidarizamos con los que se han caído al alcoholismo y la adicción a las drogas, a las enfermedades mentales y el suicidio. Nos afligimos con sus familias y comunidades.

Nos afligimos de una manera diferente pero no menos profunda para nuestros estudiantes, niños, familias, padres, abuelos, amigos, vecinos y todos aquellos que amamos que han dejado o dejarán la Iglesia porque han encontrado que sus líderes no son dignos de confianza. Lloramos por nuestras parroquias, comunidades, escuelas y diócesis. Lloramos por nuestra Iglesia.

La llamada que emitimos hoy no es liberal ni conservadora. No surge de una facción o ideología en particular, sino del corazón de una Iglesia herida. Es una expresión de fidelidad a las víctimas, a Jesucristo, a la Iglesia a cuyo servicio hemos dedicado nuestras vidas.

Por lo tanto, les pedimos a ustedes, Obispos de los Estados Unidos, que consideren este humilde y público acto de penitencia en nombre de todos nosotros. Que sea el primero de muchos pasos hacia la justicia, la transparencia y la conversión. Sólo entonces puede comenzar el doloroso trabajo de curación.

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3) Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio in Washington, DC
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Sexual Assault of a Child is a Crime! Don’t You bastards Understand That! by Randy Engel

Efficient Action by Hero Priest Gene Thomas Gomulka a retired Navy (captain) Chaplain to Disqualify Cardinals and Bishops who have Fueled Sex Crimes against Children and Seminarians from Voting in the Next Conclave for a Valid, House Cleaning, Truly Catholic Pope

Gay-Friendly Bishops Raise Suspicions About Their Own Sexuality


Heterodox clergy shift blame to ‘clericalism’

By Gene Thomas Gomulka

For years, Catholics never questioned the sexual orientation of priests, bishops, cardinals or even the Pope. Most Catholics assumed their spiritual leaders were heterosexual men who sacrificed having spouses and children to serve Christ and His Church. This misconception was aided by the fact that Church leaders were able to cover up the growing number of homosexual bishops, priests and seminarians often by offering confidential out-of-court settlements to victimized seminarians and young men which covered up the sins of predator priests, bishops and even cardinals like Theodore McCarrick.

One of the most noted U.S. cardinals who helped cover up for sexual abusers was Chicago Cdl. Joseph Bernardin who, like Cdl. McCarrick, was known to prey upon seminarians. In Bernardin’s case, one of those seminarians was Steven Cook, who accused Bernardin of abusing him when he was in a high school seminary. While the archdiocese of Chicago maintained that Cook recanted of his accusation before dying of AIDS, Richard Sipe, the noted expert on celibacy and clergy sexual abuse, reported:

Several priests who were associates of Bernardin prior to his move to Chicago revealed that they had “partied” together; they talked about their visits to the Josephinum to socialize with seminarians. It is a fact that Bernardin’s accuser did not ever retract his allegations of abuse by anyone’s account other than Bernardin’s. If, as reported, three million dollars were paid in handling the scandal … the story … holds repercussions far beyond Chicago and one allegation.

Gay clerical parties continue to be covered up by Church officials at the very highest levels. When Cdl. Francesco Coccopalmerio was caught at a drug-fueled homosexual party at a Vatican apartment that Pope Francis himself insisted he be given, why did the Pope not discipline the gay cardinal who was whisked away from the gay orgy by Vatican police? Instead of sanctioning Coccopalmerio for his involvement in this scandalous, immoral and illegal drug bash, Pope Francis responded by appointing him to represent the Vatican at the 6th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

Based on considerable evidence as to how Pope Francis covered up sexual abuse within his archdiocese of Buenos Aires, it should not come as a surprise that shortly after his election he ordered Cdl. Gerhard Müller, then head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to cease an investigation of Cdl. Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, who was a member of a group of cardinals that helped him get elected.

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor was accused not only of covering up sexual abuse on the part of pedophile priest Fr. Michael Hill, but also of paying hush money to victims of Fr. Hill and making them sign nondisclosure agreements to bar them from making the sex abuse allegations public. The Pope’s actions on behalf of Murphy-O’Connor are reminiscent of his attempt to overturn the verdict of Fr. Julio César Grassi who is serving a 15-year sentence in Argentina for abusing children entrusted to his care in the “Happy Children Foundation” orphanage.

One of the most noted U.S. cardinals who helped cover up for sexual abusers was Chicago Cdl. Joseph Bernardin who, like Cdl. McCarrick, was known to prey upon seminarians.Tweet

In light of the sheer number of cardinals who have been accused of engaging in, covering up, or underreporting sex abuse, it is understandable that a group of lay Catholics based in South Carolina have launched an initiative entitled “Better Church Governance” aimed at assessing cardinals’ records on combating abuse and corruption. Led by former FBI supervisory special agent Phil Scala, the organization will prepare dossiers on all cardinals eligible to vote in the next papal conclave. In anticipation of the results of the investigation, the question arises if any prelate scheduled to participate in the February 2019 Vatican meeting on clerical sex abuse should recuse himself or be disqualified from attending. Here are eight disqualifying factors worthy of consideration:

  1. Has a participant ever been accused of engaging in sexual abuse like Australian Cdl. George Pell who is currently awaiting trial on charges of sexual abuse spanning decades?
  2. Has a participant ever covered up sexual abuse like the Pennsylvania grand jury found Cdl. Donald Wuerl and other bishops to have done in cases involving over 1,000 victims who were preyed upon by over 300 priests?
  3. Has a participant ever underreported sexual abuse like Cdl. Edwin F. O’Brien who, while archbishop for the Military Services, USA, reported only two abuse cases between 1950 and 2002 when Bishop Accountability identified some 100 predator military chaplains?
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    Cdl. Blase Cupich

    Has a participant ever failed to report sexual abuse to authorities like Australian Abp. Philip Wilson or Kansas City-St. Joseph Bp. Robert Finn who were both found guilty in court of failure to report accusations of child abuse?

  5. Is a participant known to associate with people who engage in immoral sexual behavior like Cdl. Francesco Coccopalmerio who was involved in a drug-fueled homosexual party in the Vatican?
  6. Has a participant ever reprised against an abuse victim or advocate like Crookston Bp. Michael Hoeppner who was sued by an abuse victim for coercing him into silence about an alleged sexual abuse?
  7. Has a participant ever attempted to intimidate, threaten, or discredit a whistleblower like Cdl. Blase Cupich did when he removed sexual abuse victim Fr. Paul Kalchik from his parish after he joined parishioners in a private burning of an LGBT banner that hung in their church and after he exposed the fact that his homosexual predecessor was found naked and dead in the rectory hooked up to a sex machine that the archdiocese attempted to cover up?
  8. Has a participant attempted to blame the sex abuse crisis in the Church on “clericalism” when Cdl. Gerhard Müller, the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, made it clear that over 80 percent of sexual abuse cases involve homosexual predation.
Cdl. Joseph Tobin

In an article entitled “To the Root of Today’s Church Crises” by Serafino Lanzetta, the author questions Pope Francis, Cardinals Cupich, Tobin and others who would have people believe that “clericalism” is the root cause of the crisis. Lanzetta writes, “But it is very difficult to understand how clericalism can explain the predation of generations of seminarians if homosexuality plays no role at all. It would be like saying that a drinker is always drunk not because he has an addiction to drink, but because he has money and can buy all the alcohol he likes.”

Prelates who engage in, cover up, underreport or fail to report sexual abuse; reprise against whistleblowers; frequently associate with active homosexuals; or blame “clericalism” and not homosexual predation for the abuse crisis raise suspicions as to their own sexual orientation and should not be involved in investigating sexual abuse in the Church.

Gene Thomas Gomulka is a retired Navy (captain) Chaplain in Coronado, California who was a priest (monsignor) of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese and who served on active duty at Marine Corps and Navy commands for over 24 years until his retirement in 2004.