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Those Who Rightly Demonstrate Francis is Apostate (Alan Keyes), Still Believe and Call Francis Pope, A Betrayal of the Church (in China)-Francis is not Pope!

Neo Con Catholic Zionist, Alan Keyes’ analysis of Francis as apostate is demonstrated leaving no doubts in the minds of true holders of the Catholic Faith.  But nonetheless, Keyes, Opus Dei hypocritical sodomites Cardinal Burke and made up talking head Michael Voris, and everyone from Raymond Arroyo to Archbishop Vigano lack the courage of their convictions to bear witness to the obvious, Francis as apostate (and many other reasons) can not be Pope, is not Pope, and never will be Pope.  Calls for resignation by Francis as Pope begs the questions of their arguments demonstrating Francis’ apostasy, as apostate is Francis Pope. The answer is no. Yet these cowards deceive the faithful by calling for bogus resignation by Francis instead of bearing witness to the Faithful, Francis is not Pope.  To Date, and since 2013, I Fr. Christopher Terry, O.P. is the only one to bear witness as a Catholic Priest to the Faith, Francis an apostate is not Pope, never was and never will be, first and foremost as apostate, but for other substantial reasons as well.  I say this not out of pride, but with sadness, scandalized that I am the only one to bear witness to the obvious, Francis as apostate is not Pope. Shame on Alan Keyes, Burke, Raymond Arroyo, Vigano and all for not having the courage to proclaim The Truth. The Truth will set us free from the satanic poison that is Francis!

Is Anti-Christ Government Fit to Decide Who Leads the Church in China — or Anywhere Else?

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by Dr. Alan Keyes  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  September 20, 2018    19 Comments

Francis bends to secular world and anti-Christ leaders

Dr. Alan Keyes

Anxiety abounds, among Roman Catholic clergy and laity alike, about the intent and direction of the Vatican since Pope Francis was elected to be the Vicar of Christ on Earth. When, in the flesh, He walked the earth, Christ was God’s Word Incarnate. In the Gospels, He enacted His claim to wield God’s authority on several occasions, illustrating it in famously dramatic fashion in his encounter with the adulteress, and those who were bound to act as the executioners of God’s law against her sin (John 8:3–10).

Rooted in Christ’s imperative to St. Peter (John 21:16–17), the word “vicar” identifies the Pope as Christ’s representative, the agent of His ongoing ministry on Earth. The words a Pope speaks in that capacity, and the actions he takes, are as the words and actions of Christ.

In this respect, the Pope stands for Christ as Christ tells us He stands for God. For he says (John 12:45), “Seeing me one sees the one sending me.” And again (John 14:9), “Seeing me, one sees the Father. So, how is it you say, ‘Show us the Father?” Speaking thus to Philip, the Apostle, He [Christ] substantiates the meaning of His representation of God on Earth. The Pope enacts for Christ; the agency Christ enacts for God. Therefore, an incumbent Pope must give himself over to Christ. He may well say, as St. Paul says in the epistle, “I live, now, not I: But Christ lives in me.”

If this is so, then one who sees the Pope sees Christ; and in Christ, God Himself. Here then is the challenge for contemporary Roman Catholics: The Word and ministry of God reported in the Scriptures has been affirmed and in succeeding ages clarified by Popes throughout the generations. The Pope has done so in consultation with the bishops and cardinals, also called vicars of God and Jesus Christ. Informed and guided by the Holy Spirit of God, they are all together supposed to safeguard the Church’s teachings, so that those teachings accurately reflect God’s written and Incarnate Word, in spirit and truth.

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But what if the occupant of Peter’s chair, supposedly speaking and acting authoritatively in the name of Christ, contradicts the teachings vouchsafed to him? Were all the generations that came before, which were ruled in good faith by the Church’s most authoritative teachings, somehow abandoned or deceived and betrayed by the Holy Spirit? Did Christ live in those generations as they strove to obey His will, as affirmed by the Church? Or does He live in the apparently contrary enactments of the Pope they whose teaching casts doubt on that previous affirmation?

Any such an apparent contradiction between the enactments of a Pope and what the Church has consistently represented as the teachings of Christ will inevitably raise doubts and sew confusion among the faithful. Today, we live in just such a confused and doubtful time. In some quarters, high prelates raise and seek clarification of such doubts, thinking it their duty. Meanwhile, in other quarters, prelates, in similarly high positions, castigate them for being the “enemies of the Pope.” Faced with such contention among prelates of superior rank, members of the laity are driven to their knees, praying to the Lord to have mercy upon His Church.

What if the occupant of Peter’s chair, supposedly speaking and acting authoritatively in the name of Christ, contradicts the teachings vouchsafed to him?Tweet

But the common sense on which they rely to live in Christ from day to day must come into play when actions approved by the Holy See conflict with the basic premise of the Pope’s authority over their life and good conscience. Such will be the case if, as is being widely reported, Pope Francis agrees to give the anti-Christ government of the People’s Republic of China de facto control over the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops in that country.

After all, it is the official policy of the Chinese regime to deny God and Jesus Christ. As St. John observes, this makes the Chinese rulers deceivers, whom the Scripture identifies as anti-Christ: “Who is a liar, but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is anti-Christ, who denies the Father and the Son” (1 John 4: 14–15).

How can anti-Christ government powers be trusted to act as the Vicar of Christ, wielding His authority? Under Xi Jinping, the official aim of the Chinese government is to force the people of China to idolize their nation. The bishops they appoint will be purveyors of this idolatry. Isn’t every Christian body, as it were, a temple of God’s Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19)? How can any such body conform to the instruction of clergy who aim to set up such idol in that temple? Far from being a proper exercise of papal authority, this appears to deliver up the body of the people of China to be made into a blasphemous abomination, worthy of God’s wrath.

In the course of Pope Francis’ tenure, mists of doctrinal confusion have grown into clouds of doubt, laden with the dismaying prospect of apostasy. The scandal of mostly homosexual clerical sex abuse, which some thought to be in remission, has returned with a vengeance. Though Pope Francis and the hierarchs he has gathered about himself adamantly seek to suppress the truth, at its core, the clerical sex abuse scandal also involves idolizing human will and power over the will and authority of God, when it comes to the nature and government of human community.

For just as the Chinese totalitarians mean to substitute the idol of national allegiance for the worship of God in Christ, so the sexual libertines mean to substitute the idol of willful pleasure and self-satisfaction for action in conformity with God’s will for the perpetuation and care of the human species.

The official aim of the Chinese government is to force the people of China to idolize their nation. The bishops they appoint will be purveyors of this idolatry.Tweet

The Word and spirit of God demand that love and care be freely given and received, in God’s way and for His sake. Pope Francis and his cohorts seem poised to embrace the insinuating lie of Christ’s perpetual adversary, a lie more and more regurgitated by elitists in many parts of the word. That lie has, from the beginning, seen the exertion of human will and power as the way to fulfill the shared vocation of humanity — rather than the conformation of our will and existence to the lineaments of God.

With this in mind, we have to ponder the fact that Pope Francis appears to countenance the view that secular elitist concerns (climate change, population control, erasing borders) are of higher priority than observing God’s benevolent provisions for human life and truly loving community. Such is the implication of the otherwise spiritually illogical notion that anti-Christ rulers, who reject Christ, in spirit and in truth, are nonetheless fit to determine the character of the leading members of the body of Christ. That belongs to the government of God and Christ, whose rule is a standard no human government may rightly challenge or overthrow. Whence that standard is no longer upheld — even unto death — has faith already departed?

Dr. Alan Keyes served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations under President Ronald Reagan, and ran for president in 1996, 2000 and 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard, and writes at his website Loyal to Liberty.

 

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Cardinal Daniel Dinardo Must Resign as President of U.S. Conference of Bishops as Not Credible in Light of  His 13 Year Cover Up and Promotion of  Serial Child Molester Fr. Manuel de la Rosa-Lopez Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston 

 

In a Classic Case of the Pot Calling the Kettle Black over Protecting Episcopal Sodomy Trafficking via The Catholic Church, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo, President U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference Meets With Francis at The Homosexualist Vatican Demanding Incredibly and Hypocritically “to know how one of their own (Cardinal “Uncle Ted” McCarrick, D.C.) was able to climb the clerical ranks despite allegations.” Dinardo, like his hometown Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop Wuerl (1988-2006) the Penn. 2018 Grand Jury Sexual Abuse Report indicting Wuerl 169 times Lives Here, although Claiming to be Oblivious ( a Bold Face Lie shared by both), has personally known the Open Secret of “Uncle Ted” McCarrick’s Preying on Seminarians for Decades. Both Wuerl and Dinardo Befriended McCarrick to be “Romanita” Bolstered by Uncle Ted in their Mutual Climb to be “Created  Cardinals” “despite allegations,” Dinardo in Houston/Galveston 2007 and “Donna the Girl Wuerl” Succeeding McCarrick in D.C.. in 2010. Both Wuerl and Dinardo are Homosexual, and as such are linked since 1988 to each other. Both Wuerl and Dinardo have extensive documented records (BishopsAccountability.org) as Bishops (further verified by Penn. Grand Jury Report in both Wuerl and Dinardo’s case being clerics formerly of the Diocese of Pittsburgh) of  Protecting  Episcopal Child Sodomy Trafficking via The Catholic Church.  Dinardo is ranks no. 3, after Cardinal Tim Dolan of NYC on SNAP’s “Bishop Dirty Dozen” list for keeping child assault allegations against Fr. Steven Horn of Galveston Houston under raps until after Dinardo was Created Cardinal by his Homosexual papal promoter Pope Benedict, who in turn Dinardo would defend as Cardinal Benedict against allegation of 25 years of  Protecting Episcopal Sodomy Trafficking via The Catholic Church in individual cases under JPII, and Child Sex Slave Trafficking to Cantinas along the U.S. I-10 and I-69 by shielding Fr. Maciel Degollado from allegations since the 40’s of pederasty and seminarian sexual assault, the criminal mastermind and founder of the Sinaloa Cartel Federation (Bush/Clinton/Carlos Slim Helu/Garza/Fertitta and child sex slave trafficking to NAFTA workers innovator and pioneer, as well as Chase/Vatican Bank cartel money laundering through Fr. Maciel’s Vatican Bank I.O.R “Legionaries of Christ” account. Dinardo and Wuerl both long term Associates of the Zappala  Mafia family of Allegheny County, Penn were also Promoters of Fr. Maciel’s Helu Money Laundering Front, The Legionaries of Christ. As such, Dinardo was sent by the Zapalla Mafia and Cardinals Sodano and Tarcisio Bertone (Vatican paid lackeys of Degollado) to Galveston/Houston in 2006, to attempt to repair the divorce of the Carlos Slim Helu Sinaloa Federation Cartel from the Chase/Vatican Bank via Money Laundering child sex slave trafficking proceeds due to Benedicts dismissal of Degollado as head of The Legionaries of Christ in 2006 after the death of his promoter and protector, JPII. Dinardo being arrogant and heavy handed completely failed in repairing the divorce accruing only contracts on his like from the Sinaloa Federation Cartel and the New Orlean’s Mafia, bitter rivals and enemies of the Zapalla’s.

 

“Pope to meet US bishops Thursday over abuse scandal Cardinal DiNardo: ‘Grave moral failures of judgment’about McCarrick allegations.’ “

This as serial child molester and seducer of seminarians, Fr. Manuel la Rosa-Lopez, from a wealthy Latin America family, bank rolling expensive dinning and vacations and sharing homosexual exploits with Bishop Jose Vasquez (anal raping Iraqi children at St. Michael’s Home which Dinardo covered up: Children’s shelter tried to cover up assault feds claim By Susan Carroll Updated Monday, September 26, 2011) Bishop of Austin, Dinardo’s former Auxiliary Bishop, who Dinardo personally knowing of Vasquez’s sodomite relationship with Manuel promoted nonetheless to be Bishop of Austin, Texas, turned himself in to local police the day before Dinardo meets with Francis, jailed on warranted 4 Counts of Sexually Abusing Children. Manuel for 13 years under Dinardo’s benevolent auspices served as Vicar of Hispanics and Pastor of a large wealthy parish with a school without informing parishioners of Manuel’s admitted sexual assaults on minors in the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston after Dinardo having only recently personally interviewed both victims went to Rome to meet with Francis to demand answers how McCarrick could have happened. Dinardo must resign as President of the U.S. Conference of Bishops because like Wuerl he himself has no credibility to bring about reform, since he himself, like Wuerl, have committed the same crimes of omission they rightly accuse Francis of enabling and protecting Uncle Ted and Fr. Manuel alike.

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Aug. 16 announced three key goals and a comprehensive plan to address the “moral catastrophe” of the new abuse scandal hitting the U.S. church.

The plan “will involve the laity, lay experts, the clergy and the Vatican,” Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston Houston said. This plan will be presented to the full body of bishops at their general assembly meeting in Baltimore in November.

He said the “substantial involvement of the laity” from law enforcement, psychology and other disciplines will be essential to this process.

He also said that right now, it is clear that “one root cause” of this catastrophe “is the failure of episcopal leadership.”

In a lengthy letter addressed to all Catholics, Cardinal DiNardo laid out three goals just established by the bishops’ Executive Committee in a series of meetings held early the week of Aug. 13.

The first is a “full investigation” into “the questions surrounding” Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, a former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington. He said the Executive Committee will ask the Vatican to conduct an apostolic visitation into these questions “in concert with” a group of laypeople identified for their expertise by the USCCB’s lay-run National Review Board who will be “empowered to act.”

With a credible allegation that Archbishop McCarrick abused a minor nearly 47 years ago and accusations of his sexual misconduct with seminarians, many have been asking how the prelate could have risen up the ranks of the church as an auxiliary bishop, bishop, archbishop and finally cardinal.

Cardinal DiNardo described the second and third goals, respectively, as an opening of new and confidential channels for reporting complaints against bishops, and advocacy for more effective resolution of future complaints.

The three goals “will be pursued according to three criteria: proper independence, sufficient authority and substantial leadership by laity,” he said.

“Two weeks ago, I shared with you my sadness, anger, and shame over the recent revelations concerning Archbishop Theodore McCarrick,” Cardinal DiNardo said. “Those sentiments continue and are deepened in view of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report.

“We are faced with a spiritual crisis that requires not only spiritual conversion, but practical changes to avoid repeating the sins and failures of the past that are so evident in the recent report,” he added.

Cardinal DiNardo said the members of the Executive Committee “have already begun to develop a concrete plan for accomplishing these goals, relying upon consultation with experts, laity and clergy, as well as the Vatican.”

In addition to this being presented to the full body of bishops at their Baltimore assembly, the cardinal said he will go to Rome to present these goals and criteria to the Holy See, and to urge further concrete steps based on them.”

“The overarching goal in all of this is stronger protections against predators in the church and anyone who would conceal them, protections that will hold bishops to the highest standards of transparency and accountability,” Cardinal DiNardo explained.

He elaborated on each of the goals he described, starting with the “full investigation” of the Archbishop McCarrick case and questions surrounding it.

“These answers are necessary to prevent a recurrence,” he said, and “so help to protect minors, seminarians and others who are vulnerable in the future.”

The bishops will “invite the Vatican to conduct an apostolic visitation to address these questions, in concert with a group of predominantly laypeople identified for their expertise by members of the National Review Board and empowered to act,” he said.

He said the second goal “is to make reporting of abuse and misconduct by bishops easier.”

“Our 2002 ‘Statement of Episcopal Commitment’ does not make clear what avenue victims themselves should follow in reporting abuse or other sexual misconduct by bishops,” he explained. The statement is in the bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” approved in Dallas in 2002, and revised in 2005, 2011 and 2018.

“We need to update this (commitment) document,” Cardinal DiNardo said. “We also need to develop and widely promote reliable third-party reporting mechanisms. Such tools already exist in many dioceses and in the public sector and we are already examining specific options.”

The third goal has to do with advocating for “better procedures to resolve complaints against bishops,” he said.

“For example, the canonical procedures that follow a complaint will be studied with an eye toward concrete proposals to make them more prompt, fair, and transparent, and to specify what constraints may be imposed on bishops at each stage of that process,” he said.

He also laid out the three criteria for pursing these goals: “genuine independence,” authority and “substantial involvement by the laity.”

“Any mechanism for addressing any complaint against a bishop must be free from bias or undue influence by a bishop,” he said. “Our structures must preclude bishops from deterring complaints against them, from hampering their investigation, or from skewing their resolution.”

Regarding authority in the church, he said, “Because only the pope has authority to discipline or remove bishops, we will assure that our measures will both respect that authority and protect the vulnerable from the abuse of ecclesial power.”

About the “substantial involvement of the laity,” he said: “Laypeople bring expertise in areas of investigation, law enforcement, psychology, and other relevant disciplines, and their presence reinforces our commitment to the first criterion of independence.”

In closing, he said, “I apologize and humbly ask your forgiveness for what my brother bishops and I have done and failed to do.”

 

Vatican City, (CNA/EWTN News) – The cardinal, who is Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the U.S. bishops†conference, travelled to Rome together with Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, the vice-president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and USCCB General Secretary Msgr. Brian Bransfield.

Also present at the meeting was Cardinal Sean O†Malley of Boston, who serves as president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and is a member of the C9 Council of Cardinals charged with advising the pope on the governance of the universal Church.

DiNardo requested the meeting with Francis to discuss the ongoing sexual abuse scandals which have rocked the Church in America, in particular the case of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. Cardinal DiNardo had previously pledged to investigate the case of Archbishop McCarrick to “the full extent of the USCCB†s authority.”

Following a private audience with Pope Francis this morning, DiNardo released a brief statement through the U.S. bishops†conference.

“We are grateful to the Holy Father for receiving us in audience. We shared with Pope Francis our situation in the United States — how the Body of Christ is lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse. He listened very deeply from the heart. It was a lengthy, fruitful, and good exchange.”

The meeting follows a series of calls by commentators for the Pope Francis to release files held on Archbishop McCarrick in Rome and at the apostolic nunciature in Washington, D.C.

While the statement did not specify if McCarrick†s case or Vatican files related to it were discussed during the meeting, DiNardo has previously called for greater transparency by Church authorities on matters of sexual abuse, and especially that case of Archbishop McCarrick.

DiNardo†s statement said he, together with Cardinal O†Malley, Archbishop Gomez, and Msgr. Bransfield, looked forward to continuing to work together with Pope Francis on resolving the crisis facing the Church in the United States.

“As we departed the audience, we prayed the Angelus together for God’s mercy and strength as we work to heal the wounds. We look forward to actively continuing our discernment together identifying the most effective next steps.”

Earlier this week, Pope Francis announced a special meeting with all the presidents of the world†s bishops†conferences to discuss sexual abuse in the Church. That meeting is expected to be held in February of next year.

In 2010, Dinardo defended his ecclesiastical promoter Pope Benedict who made Dinardo  Cardinal against strikingly similar cover up allegations to those leveled by Archbishop and former Papal Ambassador Vigano indicting Francis and demanding Francis’ resignation in the case of Theodore “Uncle Ted” McCarrick.”  Kathryn Casey, a local mystery author and member of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, sharedan open letter to Cardinal DiNardo at this time, the head of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, regarding the Catholic response to allegations of abuse by priests.

Dear Cardinal DiNardo:

Cardinal DiNardo, you are the spiritual leader of Catholics in my city, my hometown. Today in the Houston Chronicle I read excerpts from your letter supporting the pope. You wrote: “recent headlines insinuating inaction or culpability by Pope Benedict XVI regarding the crisis are unfair or inaccurate. Any innuendo that he has not tried to tackle cases of sexual abuse by clergy is misleading and harmful to the church.”

Catholics disgusted with this situation are less concerned with what is harmful to the church than with holding those responsible accountable and preventing future abuses. Instead of asking Catholics to blindly accept that the pope is innocent of the allegations, why not call for an open investigation? If the pope acted honorably, why be afraid to expose his past actions or inactions to scrutiny?

 

As Catholics, we deserve a church we can be proud of, one that does the right things, even in the most difficult situations. We deserve a church that lives what it preaches, including justice and compassion for the most vulnerable, our children.

Dinardo ultimately told Benedict to resign, so Dinardo could run for Pope.  With Francis it is Déjà vu all over again, like Benedict for Cardinal Dinardo.  Although the end game for Dinardo is the same with Francis as with Benedict, confront Francis to resign like Benedict did, so Dinardo could become Pope, Dinardo learning from his first rodeo in Texas and Rome in attempting to become Pope by stealthy two faced calumny has changed tacked in confronting papal propable opportunity with Francis adapting  .”  Kathryn Casey  Instead of asking Catholics to blindly accept that the pope is innocent of the allegations, why not call for an open investigation? If the pope acted honorably, why be afraid to expose his past actions or inactions to scrutiny?

And voila,

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo has issued a strongly worded statement addressing the “grievous moral failure” in the Church revealed by the scandal surrounding former cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

In a statement released today, the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said the accusations against Archbishop McCarrick have caused “anger, sadness, and shame” for American bishops, himself included.

The statement comes after it was announced that Pope Francis had accepted McCarrick’s resignation as a cardinal, and assigned him to live in “seclusion, prayer, and penance” pending the outcome of a canonical process.

Addressing both the accusations against McCarrick and the fact that they went publicly undisclosed for decades, Cardinal DiNardo said that great harm had been done, and that there had been “grave moral failures of judgment” by Church leaders. (i.e. Francis)

“These failures raise serious questions,” DiNardo’s statement said. “Why weren’t these allegations of sins against chastity and human dignity disclosed when they were first brought to Church officials? Why wasn’t this egregious situation addressed decades sooner and with justice? What must our seminaries do to protect the freedom to discern a priestly vocation without being subject to misuse of power?”

To this end, DiNardo announced that he had convened the USCCB’s Executive Committee to discuss how the American bishops could best respond to the still unfolding scandal. The meeting was the first of several that will take place in the coming months, including at the Conference’s Administrative Committee meeting in September and the General Assembly in November.

 

Cardinal DiNardo stressed that, while the work of the Conference would necessarily take time, there were several crucial points for immediate action, beginning with an encouragement for every bishop to stand ready to respond with “compassion and justice” to anyone coming forward with an allegation of sexual abuse or harassment.

At the same time, the cardinal urged all victims of sexual assault or harassment, by anyone in the Church, to come forward and, if the allegations concern a civil crime, to notify local law enforcement as well.

Cardinal DiNardo pledged that the USCCB would do everything in its power to respond to the allegations against McCarrick, and if necessary encourage others to do the same.

“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will pursue the many questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick’s conduct to the full extent of its authority; and where that authority finds its limits, the Conference will advocate with those who do have the authority.”

“One way or the other, we are determined to find the truth in this matter.”

Furthermore

Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston Diocese speaks on abuse scandal

The head of the diocese released several statements this week, calling for action

By Maggie Gordon

Updated 3:17 pm CDT, Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The current document the church relies upon to guide people through the reporting process “does not make clear what avenue victims themselves should follow in reporting abuse or other sexual misconduct by bishops,” DiNardo said in a statement. “We need to update this document. We also need to develop and widely promote reliable third-party reporting mechanisms. Such tools already exist in many dioceses and in the public sector and we are already examining specific options.” (You cannot make this stuff up!

The as Providence would have it, the day before Dinardo made a spectacle of himself as episcopal child sodomy trafficking reformer candidate for Pope to replace Francis forced to resign because of cover up, Fr. Manuel denying all charges turns himself in to local Police denying all warranted charges of four counts of sexual assault of minors.

Two People Accuse Cardinal DiNardo of Ignoring Abuse by Priest in Conroe

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston says it reported both allegations to CPS

As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo –who is leading the delegation– has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges.

The two people told The Associated Press that they reported the priest and met with Cardinal DiNardo, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. One of them says she was promised in a meeting with DiNardo, several years after she first reported abuse, that the priest would be removed from any contact with children, only to discover that the priest remained in active ministry at another parish 70 miles away.

The priest, Manuel LaRosa-Lopez, was arrested Tuesday by police in Conroe, Texas. Both people who spoke to the AP are cooperating with police.

This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office shows Father Manuel LaRosa-Lopez. LaRosa-Lopez, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, by police in Conroe, Texas and is accused of fondling two people when they were teenagers and he was a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe. He is charged with four counts of indecency with a child.

LaRosa-Lopez, 60, is accused of fondling both people when they were teenagers and he was a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe. He is charged with four counts of indecency with a child. Each count carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison.

LaRosa-Lopez is now the pastor at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond. He is also the archdiocese’s episcopal vicar for Hispanics.

The Archdiocese issued a statement Wednesday confirming that both people had come forward to report abuse by LaRosa-Lopez, one of them in 2001.

The Archdiocese said it reported both allegations to the state Child Protective Services (CPS) and said it was unaware of any other “allegations of inappropriate conduct involving minors” against the priest. A spokesman for CPS on Wednesday could not immediately confirm if the reports had been made. LaRosa-Lopez did not immediately return a phone message left Wednesday.

“To anyone affected by any form of abuse by anyone who represents the Church, the Archdiocese deeply regrets such a fundamental violation of trust, and commits itself to eliminating such unacceptable actions,” the Archdiocese said.

In addition to his responsibilities in Houston, DiNardo is head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a position that has made him a prominent figure in the church’s response to a new wave of allegations that Catholic leaders covered up sexual abuse. He is meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday at the Vatican.

Both accusers who say they went to DiNardo are now in their 30s. The Associated Press typically does not identify victims in sexual abuse cases, and both people asked that their names be withheld.

One was flown by the church from the West Coast to Houston to meet with DiNardo and the victims’ assistance coordinator for the Archdiocese. They met at the Archdiocese on the afternoon of Aug. 10.

He wrote down notes from the meeting quickly after leaving, and shared a copy of the notes with AP.

“Cardinal seemed dismissive of situation,” the notes read. He also wrote down what he says is a quote from DiNardo: “You should have told us sooner.”

“It was a dismissive tone,” he recalled. “In the back of my head, I was thinking about his comment. I was so mad afterward.”

Both said they had believed their cases would be too old to prosecute under statute of limitations laws. But the Texas Legislature in 2007 removed the statute of limitations for indecency with a child cases. Montgomery County prosecutors say that change means their cases remain eligible to be prosecuted now.

The group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, has called for the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to investigate the Houston archdiocese and others for whether they covered up sexual abuse in their ranks.

“DiNardo needs to come clean on what he knows,” said Michael Norris, a member of SNAP.

Both victims say they were teenagers when LaRosa-Lopez tried to befriend them over a period before initiating physical contact.

The male victim said he became interested as a teenager in joining the clergy and going to seminary. He started to attend Mass and got to know LaRosa-Lopez. Eventually, he got a job where he worked nights at Sacred Heart as an assistant.

He remembered LaRosa-Lopez being known as “touchy-feely,” and that the priest’s contact with him became more physical over time: first touching on the arm, then hugging, then a kiss on the cheek.

One night, he said, the priest showed him pictures of young seminarians that “he had a lot of fun with,” and tried to take the teenager’s clothes off and put his hands down his pants. He pushed back and quickly left the residence. He said he reported the incident to church authorities last year.

The Archdiocese said Wednesday it was “formally presented” with the allegation in August.

The female accuser said LaRosa-Lopez befriended her during her weekly confession at Sacred Heart. “He basically was my only friend,” she said.

The female victim declined to detail what LaRosa-Lopez did, saying only that he touched her inappropriately shortly before Easter, after she had turned 16.

She says her father found out what had happened and the family reported it to the church. Church officials told her that LaRosa-Lopez would be moved.

The Archdiocese confirmed Wednesday that LaRosa-Lopez was re-assigned in 2001 to another church, St. Francis de Sales, and then moved in 2004 to St. John Fisher, his current assignment. It would not confirm he was moved due to an abuse complaint.

She eventually resumed going to her church with LaRosa-Lopez transferred to a new location.

But in 2010, she saw a copy of the archdiocese’s internal newsletter, which announced LaRosa-Lopez’s appointment as vicar of Hispanic ministry. She thought there was a chance DiNardo didn’t know about her complaint because it had predated his time in Houston.

She contacted the church and started to meet with a therapist paid for by the archdiocese. Eventually, she met with DiNardo and other top clergy in the diocese. She says they told her that after she had come forward, LaRosa-Lopez was sent to a hospital for psychiatric treatment twice and that would no longer be allowed to work with children.

Then LaRosa-Lopez was brought in for about 10 minutes, she confronted him about the abuse and he apologized.

She says she later discovered that LaRosa-Lopez remained at St. John Fisher, in the presence of children. Of DiNardo, the woman said, “I’m tired of all of his empty words.”

“If he’s going to go meet with the Pope and pretend that all of this is OK and his diocese is clean, I can’t stand it,” she said. “I can’t be quiet.”

The Associated Press asked Tuesday to interview DiNardo and other top leaders at the Archdiocese. It also submitted a list of questions about both victims’ allegations.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese declined the interview requests or to address specific allegations about what DiNardo told the victims.

LaRosa-Lopez was not present at Mass in St. John Fisher on Saturday night or Sunday. A reporter who visited both days saw that a parking spot, marked with a sign reserving the space for “Father Manuel,” was empty.

Parishioners were told on Sunday morning Mass that LaRosa-Lopez was “at a retreat.”

 

 

Priest accused of sexually abusing children at Conroe church (Dinardo’s Archdiocese of Galveston Houston)

Conroe police say the alleged crimes happened over a span of several years in the late 1990’s to early 2000’s.

 

Author: Doug Delony

Published: 11:30 AM CDT September 12, 2018

Updated: 1:07 PM CDT September 12, 2018

CONROE, Texas – A former employee of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe has been charged with four counts of indecency with a child, according to the Conroe Police Department.

Police say they took two separate criminal reports that named Manuel La Rosa-Lopez. He’s accused of sexually abusing children while assigned to a position at the church.

 

Conroe police say the alleged crimes happened over a span of several years in the late 1990’s to early 2000’s.

While police only identified him as an employee, multiple online profiles and church websites identify La Rosa-Lopez as a priest who still works in the Houston area.

The father turned himself in to the Montgomery County Jail on Tuesday.

Police have not released any further information on the case as the investigation is ongoing at this time.

Wednesday afternoon, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston released the following statement:

In 2001, a then-16 year old girl and her family notified this Archdiocese that Fr. Manuel La Rosa-Lopez

had kissed and touched her inappropriately when he was assigned as Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart in Conroe. We immediately referred this information to Children’s Protective Services for further

investigation.

Father La Rosa-Lopez denied touching the girl inappropriately, and the girl’s family decided not to pursue the matter, relocating out of the country that same year. After an internal review, including presentation of the above allegations to the newly founded Archdiocesan Review Board in

2003, Father La Rosa-Lopez was permitted to return to parish ministry in 2004.

Following her return to the U.S., the Archdiocese, in accordance with our commitment to provide pastoral outreach, provided the young woman with counseling services for a period of time, until she decided to discontinue her therapy.

For the last 17 years, no other allegations of inappropriate conduct involving minors were presented

against Father La Rosa-Lopez until 2018.

During an interview in Houston on August 10, 2018, a 36 year old man formally presented an allegation

 

 

Cardinal Daniel Dinardo

 

 

This letter by Cardinal Dinardo is pure fabrication, distortion of fact to cover up Dinardo’s  decade old cover up of Father Manuel La-Rosa-Lopez predatory criminal acts towards children in the Arch Diocese of Galveston/Houston.

I was assigned by  former  Archbishop of Galveston/Houston “Lying Joe” Fiorenza to Sacred Heart Church in Conroe, Texas in 2006 as Ass. Pastor.  I heard first hand accounts from the social worker employed by the Parish, the house keeper (about Manuel- from a wealthy Latin American family demanding slave like service), book keeper about Fr. Manuel assaulting children, both male and female from the parish school, taking children from campus in his car regularly.

 

Although I did not meet the girl victim in the article, I did meet her parents and siblings. One sibling, was the boyfriend of the daughter of a family I was close to. The daughter was terrified, and still terrified by her exposure to Fr. Manuel at the parish school as a child.  The parents of the child assault victim were tight lipped around me and in general about the case, it was a dark family secret. It is a lie by Dinardo that  In 2001, a then-16 year old girl and her family notified this Archdiocese that Fr. Manuel La Rosa-Lopez had kissed and touched her inappropriately when he was assigned as Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart in Conroe. The parents, for whatever reason chose only to inform their Pastor Fr. Kennedy, if they even did that.I was told by the resident social worker and confirmed by other members of the parish staff that report of Fr. Manuel’s assault in how ever way reached the ears of the Pastor David Kennedy-who told me Fr. Manuel was the worst associate he ever had. Fr. David immediately expelled Fr. Manuel (leaving behind his possessions) from the Parish Rectory.  The next day at Staff meeting who told the parish staff if they ever see Manuel again on parish property to call the police immediately. Manuel by the end of the week resurfaced assigned by lying Joe Fierenza  to the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal ( Manuel does not have a degree in Cannon Law. The Marriage Tribunal is a classic safe house for clerical child abusers who are not welcome in a parish)

The girl was not 16 years old- the age of consent- as Dinardo falsely asserts in cover up, but 11 years old.  Dinardo minimizes the brutality of the assault by Manuel on a child by using the innocuous kissing and touching  (prelude to sodomy and rape) description to characterize the brutal assault.  This description is complete fabrication on Dinardo’s part in that the family did not report the assault directly to the Archdiocese “We”  since Dinardo was not physically present at that time(did not) immediately referred this information to Children’s Protective Services for further investigation. 

Since the family never reported the assault directly and immediately to the Archdiocese (the Parents for almost 18 years choosing not to, and thereby endangering other children) We- and Dinardo have no documented facts about the event and did not refer “this information” to CPS for further investigation.

.After an internal review, including presentation of the above allegations to the newly founded Archdiocesan Review Board in 2003, Father La Rosa-Lopez was permitted to return to parish ministry in 2004.

This allegation was never formally presented to the Archdiocese.  There is no public record of internal review including the presentation of the above allegation to the newly founded Archdiocesan Review Board as Dinardo falsely asserts.

 

Manuel was made Pastor of a large and wealthy parish with a large elementary school.  He was made Pastor for the first time under suspicion on sexual assault on a child at Sacred Heart, Conroe.

For the last 17 years, no other allegations of inappropriate conduct involving minors were presentedagainst Father La Rosa-Lopez until 2018.

Except this 36 year old who was assaulted by Manuel during the 18 year period

 

As a disclaimer, Pope Francis cannot resign as Pope because Francis is not, could not ever be Pope in the first place. Francis first and for most does not publicly hold to the Roman Catholic Faith and is apostate. It is impossible for Francis the Apostate thereby to be Pope. To call for Francis’ resignation because of cover up of sexual abuse by clerics misses the point completely that Francis is not and never was The Pope, but only an apostate imposter. It is damnable to say before simple believers and all believers that Francis is Pope in the first place, which Vigano, Burke, and Michael Voris and everyone else accepts, Francis is Pope, begging the question of the need for him to resign.

To the contrary, Cardinal Dinardo is Archbishop of Galveston/Houston and is elected President of The National Conference of Bishops. As such in the light of covering up and episcopal enabling of child sodomy trafficking in the Church by his ecclesial promotion of Fr. Manuel la Rosa-Lopez and his accomplice Bishop of Austin Jose Vasquez, according to Dinardo’s own dictates of reform, Cardinal Dinardo must resign as President of The National Conference of Bishops, and like his sodomite ecclesiastical enabler Donna the Girl Wuerl that Dinardo took many Twirls with in Pittsburg in the 80’s with as a young episcopal ambitious priest in Wuerl’s diocese, Dinardo like Wuerl should submit ironically his resignation to Francis. Dinardo’s credibility to reform or heal child sex abuse as Cardinal or President is completely blown.

Wiping Palestine off the Map Palestinians are more determined to resist and demand rights whilst powerful forces aim to erase them off map. By Dr. Elias Akleh – The Best Summation of Israel First Zionist Neo-Con Betrayal of America First via Trump’s Lies you will ever read!- Fr. Christopher Terry, O.P.

My only criticism of this excellent summation is the standard stock portrayal of the God of the Old Testament as a racist war mongering proto-Zionist by the Zionists and Anti-Zionists alike. By the 16th Century, Talmudic cabala Jews (Synagogue of Satan, today Rothschild New (Jew) World Order) completely disavowed the Hebrew Bible Old Testament Law (Torah) and Prophets for the Babylonian Talmud (Baal Worship) during Exile from the Promised Land for breaking The Covenant, by Baal Worship- child sacrifice (their own sons and daughters) and cannibalism. The Talmud in text does not reference the Torah or Prophets at all because The Bible justifies unequivocally the loss of the Promised Land as punishment for not keeping The Covenant, while The Talmud exalts in claiming credit for the killing of Jesus, citing His mother as a common prostitute, justifying murder by proxy and pederasty. The God of The Old Testament God is the ultimate anti-Zionist in all ways and the upholder of the claim to the land of the Semitic Palestinians (many  Catholic descendants of Hebrew first converts of the Hebrew Apostles and Jesus Himself). The God of The Old Testament, same as The New testament, condemns the atheist Zionist fake Hebrew, non Semitic, AshcanNazi  pro abort, pro sodomy Israelis and their Neo Con dual Israel/American citizenship partners in genocide and organize crime throughout the globe.

Wiping Palestine off the Map

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Trump’s policies towards the Arab/Israeli conflict have demolished all illusions some Palestinian politicians might had about the US as an honest broker in peace negotiations that previous administrations had built. The fact is all successive American administrations since 1948 until the present have been completely pro-Zionist and anti-Palestinian.

Through money, sexual exploitation, bribery and intimidation the Zionist Jewish influence and control over American administrations and their domestic and foreign policies have been gradually increasing with time until they lately have total control over virtually all American aspects of life.

They brainwash the new American generations through their control over the educational system. They distort Christian faith through their influence over the church and through concentration on the pagan, racist, and violent Old Testament with the “god’s chosen people” mythology rather than Christ’s teachings of love, brotherhood/sisterhood, and compassion.

They shape adults’ views and behaviors through their control over media outlets and cinematography. They manipulate economy through their control over the Federal Reserve, the banking system and Wall Street. They control the White House and the Congress through bribery in the form of campaign contributions, sexual “favors”, and Israel-first-loyalty of dual citizenship politicians.

Facts show that 89% of American Senators and Congress hold dual citizenship with Israel, and each emphatically states that “The US will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel” right or wrong.

making Palestine disappear

Israeli interests have become more important than American interests. The welfare of Zionist Israeli citizens has become more important than the welfare of the American citizen. The American soldiers have been waging Israel’s colonial proxy wars in the Middle East; killing and being killed, and gaining the enmity and hatred rather than the friendship and love of the Arab and Islamic worlds.

Our administrations have given Israel billions of our tax money; $3.8 bn a year for the next 10 years, besides all the free military aids and financial donations by the so-called church and private organizations. While our school system is facing budget cuts the Israeli students get free education from elementary to university studies subsidized by our tax money.

While we have millions of homeless in our streets, Israel is building modern colonies on usurped Palestinian land subsidized by our tax money. While millions of our citizens cannot afford to have medical insurance, every Israeli citizen gets free comprehensive medical coverage for life; subsidized by our tax money.

For the sake of Israel America, in violation of international laws, has become a terrorist supporting government. The US has created, trained, and armed terrorist groups to attack sovereign countries in the Middle East; in Iraq, in Iran and in Syria. In defense of Israeli terror and war crimes against its Arab neighbors generally and against Palestinians specifically, our administrations had turned into an instrument of terror against other countries and against international organizations and independent corporations.

Our administrations had opposed, vetoed and violated UNSC resolutions, bribed member countries to vote with us and threatened those who did not.

Our rude ambassador to the UN; Nimrata “Nikki” Haley’s intimidating threat of “we are taking names” of countries who vote against Israel has been blessed by Trump’s administration.

Our national security adviser; John Bolton, threatened International Criminal Court (ICC) and its judges if they investigate the US and Israel of war crimes. He also threatened all countries that would cooperate with the ICC in such investigations. His threats admit implicitly that US and Israel had committed war crimes.

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What do we get in return from this friend and ally? No “thank you” but attacks on our navy ships; USS Liberty attack, theft of our nuclear material and technologies; the Apollo affairs , spying on our government, military, and private communication systems, and worst of all the 911 terror attacks and manipulation of and interference in our electoral system and policies through the dual citizen foreign body Zionist Jewish AIPAC.

Still to make matters worse and to make the US even more criminal than it is already now, those Judaic global power elite; the hidden global government, who controls both Israel and the USA, is pushing our administration to commit yet another global genocidal crime against the Palestinians as they had pushed our American “founding fathers” in the past to commit the genocide of more than 100 million native indigenous American Indians throughout the North American Continent; and the 6-150 million African slave holocaust.

The establishment of the USA is used by these Judaic elite as a pattern to follow in the establishment of Greater Israel Project. Ancient Europeans used superior military power to start their occupation of American territories. These settlers (occupiers) created division and enmity among the different native American tribes, sold arms to all parties encouraging them to fight and annihilate each other, and finally they banished the last tribe standing after becoming weak into deserted areas calling them “Indian Reservations”; Trail of Tears ending into communal concentration camps.

Similarly, Zionist terrorist gangs occupied Palestine. With the help of American administrations, they created divisions and conflicts among Arab countries. They created and armed terrorist groups to wreak havoc in the area. They sold weapons to different Arab regimes and encouraged them to fight each other. Eventually, after the anticipated future destruction of Arab countries, the survivors would be banished into “Arab Reservations” in the desert.

The deal of the century; also dubbed Trump’s deal, is just another phase in the Greater Israel Project. The previous phase; Oslo Accord, granted Israelis Palestinian recognition and approval of their existence on 78% of Palestine, gave Israel control over Palestinian tax collecting process, paved the way for Israel to form economic, political, security, and military cooperation with some Arab countries, did not restrict Israel from expanding its colonies on usurped Palestinian land, and postponed the main issues of Jerusalem status, refugees right of return, water allocations and border recognition until 1999.

In return the PLO gave up its military struggle to liberate Palestine, agreed to function as an Israeli proxy security forces to suppress any Palestinian dissent or uprising, and accepted a fake authority over 22% only of Palestine proper.

Following the commands of their racist god not to make peace covenant with their enemies so that he will drive them away little by little (Exodus 23: 30-32) Israel did not honor Oslo Agreement, rather they continued murdering Palestinians, usurping their land and expanding and building new colonies in the West Bank area allotted for the future Palestinian state.

Israelis, with President Abbas as their puppet, had also disrupted the Palestinian political process and election, and directed Abbas to oppose and isolate the democratically elected Hamas government in Gaza. A person like Abbas, who gave up his right of return to his birth place; Safad, will betray his own people and give up Palestinian right of return.

After taking everything from Palestinians through Oslo Accord, Zionized American administration believes now is the right time to implement the Deal of the Century without any real obstacles taking advantage of the divisions and the conflict within the Arab World that the US had provoked. The ultimate goals of the Deal of the Century are to announce east and west Jerusalem city united as Israel’s capital, to legalize all colonies in the West Bank, to terminate the issue of Palestinian refugees, and to shrink the PA even further.

Trump started in December 2017 with the recognition of the whole Jerusalem city as the capital of Israel and the decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in violation of all international agreements. The Palestinians were offered the small town of Abu Dis as their capital. Trump assigned this task to his ardent Zionist Jewish son-in-law; Jared Kushner, and later added his advisor on Israel; Jewish Jason Greenblatt to the team.

Both met with Arab leaders; Saudis, Emiratis, Egyptians and Jordanians, discussing the specifics of the deal. They did not meet with Palestinian officials, who rejected Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital and the embassy move, announced US as an Israeli partner rather than honest peace broker, and refused to meet with the American team.

The Arab leaders recommended not to disclose the details of the Deal but to force its implementation in gradual steps to avoid large popular anger and demonstrations similar to what is happening in Gaza Strip and the West Bank. For the last 25 weeks, since March 30th Palestinians in Gaza have been marching towards the barrier fence separating them from their occupied land, in demonstration rejecting Trump’s Deal and demanding to implement UNSC Resolution 194 granting the refugees the right to return to their own lands and homes.

Trump’s next step was to end the refugee issue. In January 2018 he decreased American aid to the humanitarian United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) from $365 million to $65 million, and in August 2018 he cut all aids to this international organization. He diverted the money towards “more urgent projects” in Israel such as housing projects (settlements/colonies).

These colonies grew from 144 before Oslo Accord to 515 after Oslo and are still growing. UNRWA is the life line for 5.3 million Palestinian refugees living in 58 refugee camps in neighboring Arab countries. The plan is to give economic aid to these Arab countries to grant Palestinian refugees legal citizenship, thus ending the refugee problem. At least that is what Trump is planning for.

To twist the PA’s hand back to the negotiating table to sign on the Deal, Trump stopped all financial aid to all PA’s branches except the security forces. The Deal of the Century needs Palestinian signature to give it a semblance of approval and legality. Yet, no Palestinian leader, whether Abbas or whoever might replace him, dares to sign such an agreement. Such a signature means grave betrayal that would lead to assassination.

To increase the pressure on Abbas Trump’s administration cut last week, September 9th, $25 million in aid to Palestinian hospitals in east Jerusalem, and on September 10th the State Department announced the forceful closure of the PLO office in Washington citing PLO’s refusal to return to US-led negotiations with Israel, when the real cause is PA’s threat to file claim with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against late Israeli crimes in Gaza Strip, where Israeli snipers shot dead 183 unarmed peaceful Palestinian protesters that include women, children, reporters and medics. Finally, on September 16th, the US revoked the visas of Palestinian ambassador; Husam Zomlot and his family, closed their bank accounts and ordered them out of the country.

After beating the Palestinians hard with the stick without getting any results, Trump offered Abbas a carrot of $5 billion in economic aid to entice him to come back to the negotiating table. Those billions would be paid of course by Saudi and Emirati money. The question is what would the Palestinian negotiate about after Trump had removed the important issues of Jerusalem, the refugees, settlements/colonies, and water and border from the negotiating table.

Trump and his son-in-law Kushner are not politicians; they lack political experience. They do not have enough historical knowledge of the Middle East, and have no understanding nor appreciation of the Palestinians’ mentality and sentimentality. Thinking as businessmen, they believe that money can buy everything. As a businessman Trump had filed for bankruptcy several times, and his attempts to buy Palestinian approval will bankrupt too.

He does not understand patriotism such as that of Palestinians, who have been fighting for their freedom and their homeland for generations and are sacrificing precious lives to obtain it. His attempt to starve or to bribe Palestinians to succumb to his policies will backfire violently.

Palestinians become more determined to resist and demand their rights as we see in Gaza. They would starve to death anyway, mind as well die honorably while resisting rather than die silently. Trump’s genocidal policies are planting the seeds of violence, and will reap more violence.

Bombshell German Church Abuse Report by German Bishops’ Conference Leaked

German Report

Meanwhile, another report of thousands of clergy-abuse cases was revealed today, this time in Germany.

The study, the first of its kind to be commissioned by the German bishops’ conference and leaked by two German publications, Der Spiegel and Die Zeit, is also the first admission by the Church in Germany that it covered up thousands of abuse cases.

The bishops had planned to publish the report Sept. 25.

The results show that between 1946 and 2014, 1,670 priests were accused of abuse involving 3,677 alleged victims who were children and adolescents. The report, according to Die Zeit, reveals that 4.4% of all priests during that period sexually abused minors.

The study took place over four and a half years and involved innumerable interviews and analysis of files. It shows that many abusing priests were simply transferred from one parish to another and that the Church only submitted one-third of them to canonical processes. Even then, the report says, the penalties were “minimal.”

According to Der Spiegel, more than half of the victims were aged 13 or under, and one in six cases involved different forms of rape. The magazine also says the overall figures are conservative estimates, partly because, in many cases, evidence had been “destroyed or tampered with.”

The research teams also did not have access to the original files of the Church, but, rather, the “archives and files of the dioceses that were examined by diocesan personnel or law firms hired by the dioceses.”

Die Zeit reports that 62% of the victims were male, and 35% were female, but in “some partial investigations, the percentage of male victims even went up to 80%.”

The researchers, who came from three German universities (Mannheim, Heidelberg and Giessen), “show restraint” in offering remedies for the abuse.

The authors of the study, Der Spiegel reported, recommend a coordinated strategy and a “long-term catalogue of measures” for the future, adding that those responsible in the Church must no longer “pay lip service” to the issue.

Edward Pentin is the Register’s Rome correspondent.

Cardinal Who Met With Pope About Sex Abuse Scandal Is Accused of Mismanaging Priest by NYT “Mismanaging!”Mismanaging! NYT!

Cardinal Who Met With Pope About Sex Abuse Scandal Is Accused of Mismanaging Priest

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Pope Francis greeting Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, at the Vatican on Thursday. Critics say Cardinal DiNardo mismanaged a priest who was accused of sexual abuse.CreditCreditVatican Media/Reuters

A leading American cardinal who met with Pope Francis on Thursday to discuss the sex abuse crisis that has engulfed the Roman Catholic Church is facing criticism over his management of a priest who was arrested this week on charges of indecency with children.

The cardinal, Daniel N. DiNardo, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, has been accused of knowing about at least two episodes of sexual abuse by a priest, who was allowed to remain in ministry for years.

During the course of more than a decade as pastor of a Texas church, the priest, Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, was also appointed by Cardinal DiNardo to a leadership role in the archdiocese as episcopal vicar for Hispanics.

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Manuel La Rosa-LopezCreditCity of Conroe Police Department

In a statement on Wednesday, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said the actions of Cardinal DiNardo “show that the Catholic Church cannot be trusted to police itself.”

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The archdiocese said on Thursday that it had taken appropriate action each time an allegation against the priest was brought to its attention.

Cardinal DiNardo leads the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, which serves roughly 1.7 million Catholics, and is the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, making him a key figure in the church’s response to the latest allegations of scandal and cover-up.

“He’s over in Rome, like he’s going to solve all the problems,” said Michael Norris, a member of the survivors network’s board of directors. “And he is the problem.”

The scrutiny of Cardinal DiNardo comes after Mr. La Rosa-Lopez, 60, was arrested on Tuesday night by the police in Conroe, Tex. — a city roughly 40 miles north of Houston. He is accused of sexual misconduct by a man and a woman who were children at the time. He faces four counts of indecency with a child; each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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Sheriff’s deputies said Mr. La Rosa-Lopez was released from jail on Thursday morning. Attempts to reach him Thursday night were unsuccessful. Jail records indicated Wednesday that he was being held with bail set at $375,000.

In a statement, the Conroe Police Department said it took two separate reports of sexual abuse by Mr. La Rosa-Lopez last month. The reports alleged that over a span of several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Mr. La Rosa-Lopez sexually abused children while he was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which is in Conroe.

The police began an investigation last month and issued a warrant for Mr. La Rosa-Lopez, who they say turned himself in on Tuesday.

Although the allegations are connected to episodes that are almost two decades old, Texas lawmakers, in 2007, removed the statute of limitations for cases of indecency with a child, so those cases can still be prosecuted.

Mr. La Rosa-Lopez is listed as the pastor at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond, Tex. — one of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s more than 140 parishes — a position he has held since 2005. The church is 70 miles from where the abuse allegedly took place.

Cardinal DiNardo was not named archbishop of Galveston-Houston until 2006, according to the archdiocese’s website. But he took a meeting in 2011 with one person who accused Mr. La Rosa-Lopez of abuse, and met with another accuser in August 2018 in a separate case involving the priest.

A spokesman for the archdiocese said on Thursday that Mr. La Rosa-Lopez was removed from St. John Fisher about three weeks ago because of the allegations. “He is not permitted to exercise any ministry,” the spokesman, Jonah Dycus, said.

In a statement, the archdiocese said that in 2001, officials were told by a 16-year-old girl and her family that the priest “had kissed and touched her inappropriately” when he was the parochial vicar at Sacred Heart. It said the officials reported the information to Children’s Protective Services, adding that Mr. La Rosa-Lopez denied touching the girl inappropriately.

Mr. La Rosa-Lopez was briefly reassigned to another church in May 2001 while the allegations were being reviewed, Mr. Dycus said. Mr. La Rosa-Lopez then entered a residential treatment program, Mr. Dycus said, before being assigned to administrative duties for about three years and then being sent to St. John Fisher.

An affidavit filed on Monday said a female victim told the police that after she learned of Mr. La Rosa-Lopez’s appointment as vicar, she contacted the church in 2010 and met with Cardinal DiNardo. The archdiocese said it held four meetings with her between 2010 and 2011, and at the final meeting Mr. La Rosa-Lopez apologized and expressed remorse.

Then, in an interview on Aug. 10 of this year, a 36-year-old man told Cardinal DiNardo that Mr. La Rosa-Lopez sexually abused him from 1998 to 2001, when the man was a high school student and Mr. La Rosa-Lopez was assigned to Sacred Heart. The archdiocese said that, once again, it reported the allegation to Children’s Protective Services. And once again, Mr. La Rosa-Lopez denied the allegations.

“Such behavior simply will not be tolerated,” the archdiocese said. “To anyone affected by any form of abuse by anyone who represents the Church, the archdiocese deeply regrets such a fundamental violation of trust, and commits itself to eliminating such unacceptable actions.”

Following Mr. La Rosa-Lopez’s arrest, critics questioned why Cardinal DiNardo continued to allow the priest to minister after being made aware of the sex abuse allegations. Both victims told the police they were motivated to file reports because of the media reports on the sex abuse scandal involving the Catholic Church. One said she was motivated by what she perceived to be Cardinal DiNardo’s “duplicity.” (Cardinal DiNardo has, for instance, expressed shame and remorse over a grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania.)

Neither person who filed a report could be reached for comment.

“We simply do not understand this callous disregard for the safety of children by Cardinal DiNardo and other Houston Church officials,” Mr. Norris said in a statement for the survivors network.

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Mr. Dycus said “the second allegation was made recently and was reported,” and added, “The archdiocese has taken proactive measures in both cases.”

Cardinal DiNardo is among the American church leaders who met with Pope Francis on Thursday to discuss the global clerical sexual abuse crisis. The pope himself is wrestling with accusations that he knew of sexual misconduct by a cardinal, and on Thursday ordered an investigation into allegations that a West Virginia bishop sexually harassed adults.

“The bishops must become more accountable and in a way that is clear,” Cardinal DiNardo wrote in an open letter this week. He added: “I realize that in spite of the progress made since 2002 that we, the bishops of the United States, have failed you. We can and must do better.”

Andrew R. Chow contributed reporting. Jack Begg contributed research.

Francis The Apostate “Betrayed the Catholic Church to Chinese Communist Party” to be Annihilated Historic agreement between China and Vatican imminent, Taiwan foreign ministry says

Expert Explains Vatican Compromise With Communist China

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by Anita Carey  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  September 12, 2018    44 Comments

Steven Mosher: ‘That’s the recipe for the elimination of the Catholic Church, not tolerance of it’

 

FRONT ROYAL, Va. (ChurchMilitant.com) – An exclusive interview with Chinese cultural expert sheds some light on why Vatican prelates are compromising with China’s Communist government at the expense of the Church.

Steven Mosher is the president of Population Research Institute and a Catholic who has been studying and working in China since 1976. In 1979, he was the first American in China after the U.S. normalized diplomatic relations with the Chinese government and has spent decades in the country living and working with the Chinese people.

“I’ve basically spent my life studying China,” he said.

Mosher traveled to Rome earlier this summer to talk directly with Vatican prelates “to find out what these officials thought the Church would gain from inking an agreement with the Chinese Communist Party.”

He said he’s been trying to get them “to understand the nature of the regime they’re dealing with” and that their purpose is contrary to everything the Catholic Church stands for.

The Vatican has been communicating with the Chinese government since 2005 when the disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick traveled to China to meet with Communist Party officials for the first time. Mosher explained McCarrick mentioned commonalities between Pope Francis and the president of China, Xi Jinping, and their concern for social issues.

“I don’t see any commonalities at all between the Catholic Church and the Chinese Communist Party,” Mosher noted.

He said some Church officials who are reluctant to talk about personal morality are swept away by the claims of the Communist Party that they have made great strides in social policies.

“It makes them uncomfortable to talk about personal morality if they’re not living the commandments,” he said, adding:

It’s much, much easier to talk about the social teaching of the Church because that’s not an individual obligation, it’s a communal obligation, a social obligation that doesn’t create a kind of cognitive dissonance in their minds and the kind of conflicts in their mind that talking about, for example, avoiding homosexual behavior requires.

Mosher explained that if a bishop or priest is “not living the Faith with regards to personal morality, he will want to duck that question and segue off into unchallenging talk … which puts no demands on his conscience or own personal behavior.”

He said Cdl. Blase Cupich’s recent statement about “not going to go down a rabbit hole,” is an example of a desperate attempt to change the subject away from personal morality because of internal conflicts.

Mosher said Jinping is the new “Red Emperor” who has “more power than Mao Zedong.” Jinping has control of both the government and the military, something that Mao Zedong didn’t. Using the guise of an “anti-corruption campaign,” Jinping is purging his enemies from the Communist Party. Over 1.5 million government officials in the past five years have been brought up on corruption charges — but not one of Jinping’s supporters, Mosher explained.

In January, after the Vatican asked two legitimate bishops to resign so Patriotic Church bishops could be installed, China’s highest-ranking prelate, Cdl. Joseph Zen, blasted the Vatican for “selling out” and caving to the demands of the Communist leaders. Cardinal Zen wrote an open letter to the media, saying Pope Francis “doesn’t know the Chinese communists” and “the people around him are not good at all.” He blasted the Vatican, saying, “They have very wrong ideas.”

Cardinal Zen is exactly the kind of person that the Vatican should be relying upon for information.Tweet

Mosher agreed with Cdl. Zen’s assessment that the Vatican does not understand the Communist Party. He explained the China that is presented to casual visitors and diplomats is not the same China that those fluent in the language see. These people are met by a delegation of officials that wine and dine them at five-star hotels and leave them “feeling pretty good about China.” He said because they are either followed or escorted everywhere, these visitors never meet ordinary people or those in the underground Church.

“Cardinal Zen is exactly the kind of person that the Vatican should be relying upon for information and for the formulation of strategy about how to deal with the Communist Party,” Mosher said.

Additionally, because of the language barrier, most visitors have no idea what is really going on and only know what the government “minders” are telling them.

“They haven’t seen the real China,” he said. “They’ve lived in kind of an alternate reality” during their trip, noting that this is a common phenomenon with many visitors who then come back “singing the praises of the regime.”

An example of this was in February 2018, when Abp. Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, praised the Communist Party for not having slums, its low drug use and a “positive national conscience.” Archbishop Sorondo said, “Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese.”

Mosher said he spent four hours with Abp. Sorondo during his visit discussing the “fundamental disagreements” the Communist Party and the Catholic Church have on human rights issues such as abortion, forced sterilizations and poverty. Mosher said he had to explain to Abp. Sorondo the reason there are no slums outside of Bejing is that people aren’t allowed to live in those slums. Internal passport controls instituted from the Communist Party force around one million of Bejing’s poorest to live in crowded basements with five to 10 other people or in older housing that the Communist Party is quickly tearing down.

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Last fall, Mosher said, the Bejing city government deemed there were too many people living in the city and summarily evicted three million people who had emigrated there for work but lacked the proper documentation.

“They were basically thrown out into the snow in the middle of winter,” Mosher said.

The arrangement the Communist Party wants with the Catholic Church is a “rubber stamping” of who the Party picks to be the bishop, Mosher explained. The Party has said openly in the media that they do not want the “Viet Nam model,” where the final choice for bishop is left to the Vatican and respects the authority of the Magisterium. The proposed “China model” leaves the final choice to the Communist Party, and if the Vatican doesn’t approve, they can veto the candidate.

Mosher noted Cdl. Zen wondered how many times the Vatican can veto a candidate before the Party eventually ordains their candidate, overriding the authority of the Magisterium.

“At the end of the day, the Party will decide who’s going to be the bishop,” he said.

“The Communist Party is officially atheistic,” Mosher explained. “Their policy is now to gradually eliminate the Catholic Church over time.”

In February, Jinping instituted a new policy making it illegal to take children to Mass. It forces all Catholics, even those going to the underground Church, to register with the government and makes parish life activities like prayer meetings and catechism classes illegal. He said, “They want to limit the Catholic Church to celebrating Mass on Sunday.”

“The Chinese Communist Party wants to be all things to all people,” Mosher said. They are “almost insulted” that the Catholic Church would be filling the unmet needs of the Chinese people because the Party is supposed to be meeting all the needs of the people “on the journey to the socialist paradise.”

“That’s the recipe for the elimination of the Catholic Church, not tolerance of it,” Mosher explained.

Mosher said there is much more on the topic in his book, The Bully of Asia.

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Historic agreement between China and Vatican imminent, Taiwan foreign ministry says

Taiwan said Thursday that a historic agreement between China and the Vatican was likely to be imminent, but remained hopeful the move would not result in it losing its only diplomatic ally in Europe.

The foreign ministry said it had obtained information from “various sources” that an agreement between the Vatican and China on “religious affairs” was most likely to be signed in September or October.

Speculation has been rife that the Vatican is moving closer to an agreement with China over the major stumbling bloc of who ordains bishops.

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But there are fears that would put Taiwan’s official ties with the Vatican at risk, as Beijing makes a concerted effort to poach its allies.

The Vatican is one of only 17 countries around the world that recognises Taipei instead of Beijing, but Pope Francis has sought to improve ties with China since he took office in 2013.

China still sees self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory and demands that allies of Beijing must give up any official ties with the island.

Taiwan, which has around 300,000 Catholics, has lost five allies to Beijing in the past two years.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry spokesman Andrew Lee said the government would “not take lightly” any agreement between the two sides.

But asked whether the Vatican had given Taiwan any assurances that it would not sever official ties, Lee said he believed the deal would not touch on diplomatic recognition.

“I think the religious affairs agreement concerns issues of religious cooperation and exchanges, and will not involve issues of diplomatic ties,” he said at a briefing.

See also: Interview: ‘I know China’ – Cardinal Zen sticks to his guns in fight against Vatican deal with Beijing

“We hope our ties with the Vatican will last a very long time even if the agreement were signed,” he added.

In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China had “made efforts” to improve relations with the Holy See, without elaborating.

“We are willing to work together with the Vatican to promote dialogue and improve relations,” Geng added at a regular press conference Thursday.

Hong Kong’s Catholic press reported earlier this month that a new round of Sino-Vatican negotiations was expected to be held in September and a deal could be signed in October.

There are an estimated 12 million Catholics in China, divided between a government-run association whose clergy are chosen by the Communist Party, and an unofficial church which swears allegiance to the Vatican.

The Vatican has not had diplomatic relations with Beijing since 1951, two years after the founding of the communist People’s Republic.

Previous attempts to restore ties have floundered over Beijing’s insistence that the Vatican must give up recognition of its rival Taiwan and promise not to interfere in religious issues in China.

Relations between Taiwan and China have deteriorated since President Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016, as she does not recognise the island is part of “one China.”

In a Classic Case of the Pot Calling the Kettle Black over Protecting Episcopal Sodomy Trafficking via The Catholic Church, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo, President U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference Meets With Francis Today “Demanding to know how one of their own was able to climb the clerical ranks despite allegations as Fr. Manuel de la Rosa ( Catamite of Bishop Jose Vasquez, Bishop of Austin, Dinardo’s former Auxiliary Bishop) Arrested Last Night on 4 Counts of Sexually Abusing Children in Dinardo’s Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston. Dinardo Defended Pope Benedict in 2010 Against Simular Cover Up Allegations, Ultimately Telling Benedict to Resign (So Dinardo could run for Pope)

VATICAN CITY — With the Catholic Church in crisis once again over clerical sex abuse and cover-up, Pope Francis will meet Thursday with U.S. cardinals and bishops who are demanding to know how one of their own was able to climb the clerical ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians.

The Vatican said Tuesday that the U.S. delegation would be headed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and also include Francis’ top sex abuse adviser, Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

DiNardo has said he wants Francis to authorize a full-fledged Vatican investigation into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was removed as cardinal in July after a credible accusation that he groped a teenager.

The Vatican has known since at least 2000 that McCarrick would invite seminarians to his New Jersey beach house and into his bed.

DiNardo has also said recent accusations that top Vatican officials – including the current pope – covered up for McCarrick since 2000 deserve answers. (LOL)

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said DiNardo and O’Malley would meet with Francis on Thursday in the Apostolic Palace. Also involved are two officials from the U.S. conference, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and Monsignor Brian Bransfield, according to a Vatican statement.

Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston Diocese speaks on abuse scandal

The head of the diocese released several statements this week, calling for action

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The current document the church relies upon to guide people through the reporting process “does not make clear what avenue victims themselves should follow in reporting abuse or other sexual misconduct by bishops,” DiNardo said in a statement. “We need to update this document. We also need to develop and widely promote reliable third-party reporting mechanisms. Such tools already exist in many dioceses and in the public sector and we are already examining specific options.” (You cannot make this stuff up!)

While DiNardo did not touch on local implications for these latest findings out of Pennsylvania in his statements, he did say, “I apologize and humbly ask your forgiveness for what my brother bishops and I have done and failed to do.”

“behalf of my brother bishops, I offer that only by confronting our own failure in the face of crimes against those we are charged to protect can the church resurrect a culture of life where the culture of death has prevailed.

 

 

Priest accused of sexually abusing children at Conroe church (Dinardo’s Archdiocese of Galveston Houston)

Conroe police say the alleged crimes happened over a span of several years in the late 1990’s to early 2000’s.

CONROE, Texas – A former employee of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe has been charged with four counts of indecency with a child, according to the Conroe Police Department.

Police say they took two separate criminal reports that named Manuel La Rosa-Lopez. He’s accused of sexually abusing children while assigned to a position at the church.

Conroe police say the alleged crimes happened over a span of several years in the late 1990’s to early 2000’s.

While police only identified him as an employee, multiple online profiles and church websites identify La Rosa-Lopez as a priest who still works in the Houston area.

The father turned himself in to the Montgomery County Jail on Tuesday.

Police have not released any further information on the case as the investigation is ongoing at this time.

Wednesday afternoon, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston released the following statement:

In 2001, a then-16 year old girl and her family notified this Archdiocese that Fr. Manuel La Rosa-Lopez

had kissed and touched her inappropriately when he was assigned as Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart in Conroe. We immediately referred this information to Children’s Protective Services for further

investigation.

Father La Rosa-Lopez denied touching the girl inappropriately, and the girl’s family decided not to pursue the matter, relocating out of the country that same year. After an internal review, including presentation of the above allegations to the newly founded Archdiocesan Review Board in

2003, Father La Rosa-Lopez was permitted to return to parish ministry in 2004.

Following her return to the U.S., the Archdiocese, in accordance with our commitment to provide pastoral outreach, provided the young woman with counseling services for a period of time, until she decided to discontinue her therapy.

For the last 17 years, no other allegations of inappropriate conduct involving minors were presented

against Father La Rosa-Lopez until 2018.

During an interview in Houston on August 10, 2018, a 36 year old man formally presented an allegation

Cardinal Daniel Dinardo
This letter by Cardinal Dinardo is pure fabrication, distortion of fact to cover up Dinardo’s  decade old cover up of Father Manuel La-Rosa-Lopez predatory criminal acts towards children in the Arch Diocese of Galveston/Houston.
I was assigned by  former  Archbishop of Galveston/Houston “Lying Joe” Fiorenza to Sacred Heart Church in Conroe, Texas in 2006 as Ass. Pastor.  I heard first hand accounts from the social worker employed by the Parish, the house keeper (about Manuel- from a wealthy Latin American family demanding slave like service), book keeper about Fr. Manuel assaulting children, both male and female from the parish school, taking children from campus in his car regularly.

Although I did not meet the girl victim in the article, I did meet her parents and siblings. One sibling, was the boyfriend of the daughter of a family I was close to. The daughter was terrified, and still terrified by her exposure to Fr. Manuel at the parish school as a child.  The parents of the child assault victim were tight lipped around me and in general about the case, it was a dark family secret. It is a lie by Dinardo that  In 2001, a then-16 year old girl and her family notified this Archdiocese that Fr. Manuel La Rosa-Lopez had kissed and touched her inappropriately when he was assigned as Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart in Conroe. The parents, for whatever reason chose only to inform their Pastor Fr. Kennedy, if they even did that.I was told by the resident social worker and confirmed by other members of the parish staff that report of Fr. Manuel’s assault in how ever way reached the ears of the Pastor David Kennedy-who told me Fr. Manuel was the worst associate he ever had. Fr. David immediately expelled Fr. Manuel (leaving behind his possessions) from the Parish Rectory.  The next day at Staff meeting who told the parish staff if they ever see Manuel again on parish property to call the police immediately. Manuel by the end of the week resurfaced assigned by lying Joe Fierenza  to the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal ( Manuel does not have a degree in Cannon Law. The Marriage Tribunal is a classic safe house for clerical child abusers who are not welcome in a parish)

The girl was not 16 years old- the age of consent- as Dinardo falsely asserts in cover up, but 11 years old.  Dinardo minimizes the brutality of the assault by Manuel on a child by using the innocuous kissing and touching  (prelude to sodomy and rape) description to characterize the brutal assault.  This description is complete fabrication on Dinardo’s part in that the family did not report the assault directly to the Archdiocese “We”  since Dinardo was not physically present at that time(did not) immediately referred this information to Children’s Protective Services for further investigation. 

Since the family never reported the assault directly and immediately to the Archdiocese (the Parents for almost 18 years choosing not to, and thereby endangering other children) We- and Dinardo have no documented facts about the event and did not refer “this information” to CPS for further investigation.

.After an internal review, including presentation of the above allegations to the newly founded Archdiocesan Review Board in 2003, Father La Rosa-Lopez was permitted to return to parish ministry in 2004.

This allegation was never formally presented to the Archdiocese.  There is no public record of internal review including the presentation of the above allegation to the newly founded Archdiocesan Review Board as Dinardo falsely asserts.

 

Manuel was made Pastor of a large and wealthy parish with a large elementary school.  He was made Pastor for the first time under suspicion on sexual assault on a child at Sacred Heart, Conroe.

For the last 17 years, no other allegations of inappropriate conduct involving minors were presentedagainst Father La Rosa-Lopez until 2018.

Except this 36 year old who was assaulted by Manuel during the 18 year period

A Conroe priest who is accused of abusing two parishioners when they were teenagers bonded out of jail Thursday morning.

Father Manuel La Rosa-Lopez has been charged with four counts of indecency with a child.

La Rosa-Lopez was wearing an ankle monitor as he left jail. He did not answer any questions and climbed into a grey SUV that drove off.

Fr. Manuel, charged with indecency with a child, walks out of jail

He turned himself in to authorities at the Montgomery County Jail on Tuesday.

One of the alleged victims, who is only going by “Ann,” spoke exclusively to ABC13 about coming forward about the alleged abuse, which happened nearly two decades ago.

“I can’t believe it’s happening,” she said. “I’m kinda in shock right now and very numb.”

Ann and another person were allegedly abused as teens in separate locations at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in the late 1990s to early 2000s.

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ABC13’s Mayra Moreno spoke exclusively with one of the accusers in the Conroe sex abuse scandal after a priest’s arrest.

According to court documents, back in April 2000, Ann told her family Lopez had sexually abused her. In 2001, they told the church. Lopez was transferred, but no police report was ever made.

“I had a lot of guilt because I felt I was doing something wrong,” she said. “I hated myself. I felt dirty and I was always terrified that if people find out about this, what are they going to think about me?”

Court documents say Ann reported the abuse to the church again in 2010, after discovering that Lopez was working at a church in Richmond.

Two weeks ago, she decided to file a police report when a friend advised her that the statute of limitations no longer applied.

Seeing the recent coverage of sex abuse claims by priests in Pennsylvania also compelled her to speak out.

RELATED: Pennsylvania grand jury report details sex abuse by more than 300 Catholic priests

“I’m disgusted. I’m disgusted that there is so much of this and so little action. I’m tired of all the empty words and reassurance we’ll do all these things. It’s not a very victim-friendly church,” she told Eyewitness News.

Ann says she has a message for other victims, if they’re out there: Don’t be afraid to speak up.

“I’m just one voice and it’s just one priest. If we don’t all speak out, nothing is going to change. And that’s very sad,” she said.

Ann says she knows this is only the beginning, but she is ready to fight a battle that is long overdue.

“I would say to my 16-year-old self, ‘It is not your fault and you are lovable,'” she said. “Because that is what I went so long without feeling.”

The second alleged victim also filed a police report two weeks ago, claiming Lopez sexually abused him when he was young.

The Galveston/Houston Archdiocese provided ABC13 a detailed statement about the allegations.

“In 2001, a then-16 year old girl and her family notified this Archdiocese that Fr. Manuel La Rosa-Lopez had kissed and touched her inappropriately when he was assigned as Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart in Conroe. We immediately referred this information to Children’s Protective Services for further investigation. Father La Rosa-Lopez denied touching the girl inappropriately, and the girl’s family decided not to pursue the matter, relocating out of the country that same year. After an internal review, including presentation of the above allegations to the newly founded Archdiocesan Review Board in 2003, Father La Rosa-Lopez was permitted to return to parish ministry in 2004.

Following her return to the U.S., the Archdiocese, in accordance with our commitment to provide pastoral outreach, provided the young woman with counseling services for a period of time, until she decided to discontinue her therapy.


For the last 17 years, no other allegations of inappropriate conduct involving minors were presented against Father La Rosa-Lopez until 2018.

During an interview in Houston on August 10, 2018, a 36 year old man formally presented an allegation to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston stating that Fr. Manuel La Rosa-Lopez sexually abused him from 1998 through 2001, when he was a high school student and Father La Rosa-Lopez was still assigned at Sacred Heart in Conroe. The Archdiocese immediately reported this allegation to Children’s Protective Services as well. Father La Rosa-Lopez has denied these allegations of sexual abuse.

Yesterday, the district attorney of Montgomery County issued an arrest warrant for Father La Rosa-Lopez, which we understand is the result of the above reports. Father La Rosa-Lopez voluntarily turned himself into the Conroe Police Department last evening.

We take these matters very seriously, which is why we reported the information we received from both individuals to CPS — and removed Father La Rosa-Lopez from ministry. We are pledged to cooperate with the civil authorities in their investigation.

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston recognizes it clearly has both a legal and a moral obligation to address any incidence of abuse — sexual or otherwise — to God’s children. Such behavior simply will not be tolerated. To anyone affected by any form of abuse by anyone who represents the Church, the Archdiocese deeply regrets such a fundamental violation of trust, and commits itself to eliminating such unacceptable actions.”

These allegations also come as Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston meets with Pope Francis Thursday to talk about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The meeting is part of a Vatican summit between the Pope and American bishops and cardinals.

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Cardinal Dinardo then DEFENDED, as now opposed to demanding answers from Francis,  Dinardo’s papal promoter to the rank of Cardinal, Pope Benedict who as head of The Holy Office for 25 years for Pope John Paul II squashed Vatican investigation of numerous episcopal clerical child rapists across the globe, including  the Rev. Lawrence Murphy, portrayed in the HBO film Mea Maxima Culpa, Silence in The House of God.  The HBO film based own NYT investigative reporting

Vatican defends decision not to defrock priest accused of molesting deaf boys in Wisconsin

Members of the  Vatican City — The Vatican today strongly defended its decision not to defrock an American priest accused of molesting some 200 deaf boys in Wisconsin and denounced what it called a campaign to smear Pope Benedict XVI and his aides.

Nothing concrete emerged from the meeting. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the president of the bishops’ conference, said afterward only that “it was a lengthy, fruitful, and good exchange,” and that the bishops look forward to “identifying the most effective next steps.”

Cardinal DiNardo went into the meeting dogged by news reports that he had kept a priest in ministry in his own archdiocese, that of Galveston-Houston, despite pleas from a woman who said the priest had abused her as a young girl. A man told the archdiocese last month that he had been abused by the same priest, and on Tuesday the priest was arrested on child abuse charges.

Nothing concrete emerged from the meeting. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the president of the bishops’ conference, said afterward only that “it was a lengthy, fruitful, and good exchange,” and that the bishops look forward to “identifying the most effective next steps.”

Cardinal DiNardo went into the meeting dogged by news reports that he had kept a priest in ministry in his own archdiocese, that of Galveston-Houston, despite pleas from a woman who said the priest had abused her as a young girl. A man told the archdiocese last month that he had been abused by the same priest, and on Tuesday the priest was arrested on child abuse charges.

Abuse scandal hits diocese of cardinal set to meet with pope

HOUSTON (AP) – As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges.

The two people told The Associated Press that they reported the priest and met with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. One of them says she was promised in a meeting with DiNardo, several years after she first reported abuse, that the priest would be removed from any contact with children, only to discover that the priest remained in active ministry at another parish 70 miles away.

The priest, Manuel LaRosa-Lopez, was arrested Tuesday by police in Conroe, Texas. Both people who spoke to the AP are cooperating with police.

The priest’s arrest and allegations that DiNardo kept an abusive priest around children cast a shadow over a Thursday summit at the Vatican between Pope Francis and American bishops and cardinals. DiNardo is leading the delegation, putting him in the position of having to fend off abuse allegations in his own diocese while at the same time calling on the pope to get tougher on clergy abuse.

In addition to his responsibilities in Houston, DiNardo is head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a position that has made him a prominent figure in the church’s response to a new wave of allegations that Catholic leaders covered up sexual abuse. He has been outspoken in his calls for Pope Francis to investigate ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was removed from his post in July after a credible accusation that he groped a teenager.

DiNardo himself is now facing criticism for his role in handling a priest accused of abusing children.

LaRosa-Lopez, 60, is accused of fondling both people when they were teenagers and he was a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe. He is charged with four counts of indecency with a child. Each count carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison.

LaRosa-Lopez is now the pastor at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond while also serving as the archdiocese’s episcopal vicar for Hispanics.

The archdiocese issued a statement Wednesday confirming that both people had come forward to report abuse by LaRosa-Lopez, one of them in 2001. The archdiocese said it reported both allegations to the state Child Protective Services, and said it was unaware of any other “allegations of inappropriate conduct involving minors” against the priest. A spokesman for CPS on Wednesday declined to comment, citing confidentiality of the reports. LaRosa-Lopez did not immediately return a phone message left Wednesday.

“To anyone affected by any form of abuse by anyone who represents the Church, the Archdiocese deeply regrets such a fundamental violation of trust, and commits itself to eliminating such unacceptable actions,” the archdiocese said.

Both accusers who say they went to DiNardo are now in their 30s. The Associated Press typically does not identify victims in sexual abuse cases, and both people asked that their names be withheld.

One was flown by the church from the West Coast to Houston to meet with DiNardo and the victims’ assistance coordinator for the archdiocese. They met at the archdiocese on the afternoon of Aug. 10, just as he was taking on a greater role nationally in responding to the McCarrick saga.

The man wrote down notes from the meeting quickly after leaving, and shared a copy of the notes with AP.

“Cardinal seemed dismissive of situation,” the notes read. He also wrote down what he says is a quote from DiNardo: “You should have told us sooner.”

“It was a dismissive tone,” he recalled. “In the back of my head, I was thinking about his comment. I was so mad afterward.”

Both said they had believed their cases would be too old to prosecute under statute of limitations laws. But the Texas Legislature in 2007 removed the statute of limitations for indecency with a child cases. Montgomery County prosecutors say that change means their cases remain eligible to be prosecuted now.

The group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, has called for the Texas attorney general to investigate the Houston archdiocese and others for whether they covered up sexual abuse in their ranks.

“DiNardo needs to come clean on what he knows,” said Michael Norris, a member of SNAP.

Both victims say they were teenagers when LaRosa-Lopez tried to befriend them over a period before initiating physical contact.

The male victim said he became interested as a teenager in joining the clergy and going to seminary. He started to attend Mass and got to know LaRosa-Lopez. Eventually, he got a job where he worked nights at Sacred Heart as an assistant.

He remembered LaRosa-Lopez being known as “touchy-feely,” and that the priest’s contact with him became more physical over time: first touching on the arm, then hugging, then a kiss on the cheek.

One night, he said, the priest showed him pictures of young seminarians that “he had a lot of fun with,” and tried to take the teenager’s clothes off and put his hands down his pants. He pushed back and quickly left the residence. He said he reported the incident to church authorities last year. The archdiocese said Wednesday it was “formally presented” with the allegation in August.

The female accuser said LaRosa-Lopez befriended her during her weekly confession at Sacred Heart. “He basically was my only friend,” she said.

The female victim declined to detail what LaRosa-Lopez did, saying only that he touched her inappropriately shortly before Easter, after she had turned 16.

She says her father found out what had happened and the family reported it to the church. Church officials told her that LaRosa-Lopez would be moved.

The archdiocese confirmed Wednesday that LaRosa-Lopez was re-assigned in 2001 to another church, St. Francis de Sales, and then moved in 2004 to St. John Fisher, his current assignment. It would not confirm he was moved due to an abuse complaint.

She eventually resumed going to her church with LaRosa-Lopez transferred to a new location.

But in 2010, she saw a copy of the archdiocese’s internal newsletter, which announced LaRosa-Lopez’s appointment as vicar of Hispanic ministry. She thought there was a chance DiNardo didn’t know about her complaint because it had predated his time in Houston.

She contacted the church and started to meet with a therapist paid for by the archdiocese. Eventually, she met with DiNardo and other top clergy in the diocese. She says they told her that after she had come forward, LaRosa-Lopez was sent to a hospital for psychiatric treatment twice and that would no longer be allowed to work with children.

Then LaRosa-Lopez was brought in for about 10 minutes, she confronted him about the abuse and he apologized.

She says she later discovered that LaRosa-Lopez remained at St. John Fisher, in the presence of children.

Of DiNardo, the woman said, “I’m tired of all of his empty words.”

“If he’s going to go meet with the Pope and pretend that all of this is OK and his diocese is clean, I can’t stand it,” she said. “I can’t be quiet.”

The Associated Press asked Tuesday to interview DiNardo and other top leaders at the archdiocese. It also submitted a list of questions about both victims’ allegations.

A spokesman for the archdiocese declined the interview requests or to address specific allegations about what DiNardo told the victims.

LaRosa-Lopez was not present at Mass in St. John Fisher on Saturday night or Sunday. A reporter who visited both days saw that a parking spot, marked with a sign reserving the space for “Father Manuel,” was empty.

Parishioners were told on Sunday morning Mass that LaRosa-Lopez was “at a retreat.”

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo: for the record
Cardinal DiNardo and Houston’s Planned Parenthood Abortion Supercenter
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By Randy Engel

November 17, 2013

Introduction

On November 12, 2013, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston was elected on the third ballot of the assembled American bishops to the office of Vice-President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The following article was published and posted on the U.S. Coalition for Life website on March 15, 2011.

The Child Butcher Shop known as Planned Parenthood: Center for Choice Ambulatory Surgical Center is still operational. Security is tight and effective thanks to the Houston Police Department. And I think the information is still relevant.

Cardinal DiNardo’s Vigil Mass Homily

On the evening of Sunday, January 23, 2011, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Texas, served as the main celebrant and homilist at the Solemn Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. The Mass is part of the many memorial events marking Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision of January 22, 1973. The Cardinal was joined by four fellow cardinals, 39 bishops, 400 priests, deacons, priests and religious, and thousands of Catholics pro-lifers, mostly young people.

DiNardo’s homily as Chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)’s Pro-Life Committee followed a pattern already familiar to pro-life marchers from previous years – Scriptural quotes and comments; a general welcome with special emphasis on the youthful contingent in the audience; a brief summary of anti-abortion legislation pending in Congress; a call for Christian unity; and finally a story about DiNardo’s prison ministry which is tied into the “Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty,” a program funded and operated by the USCCB Secretariat for Justice, Peace and Human Development not the Pro-Life Office.

DiNardo made no mention of euthanasia, contraception (abortifacients), sterilization; population control, lethal human embryo and fetal experimentation, classroom sex instruction programs which Planned Parenthood says are necessary to secure Roe v. Wade, pornography, homosexuality, sexual abuse, human vital organ transplantation and other dangers to human life and the family which make up part of the traditional broad spectrum of life issues facing Catholics today. His homily was pretty much a pro forma performance on abortion, with little real substance. The kind that we have come to expect from the AmChurch hierarchy.

Houston’s New Abortion Mega Center

Watching EWTN coverage of the Vigil Mass, I wondered how many Catholics in the audience were aware that Planned Parenthood’s newest and the second largest abortion super center in the world (China has the first), is located in the Cardinal’s back yard, on I- 45, just a few miles from the Archdiocese’s new Cathedral and renovated Chancery Office.

The 78,000 square foot free standing Planned Parenthood (PP) flagship houses fully-licensed ambulatory surgical suites for late-term infanticide killings up to six months plus one week gestation, birth prevention (read abortifacients) facilities, and regional administrative offices for 35 counties in Southeast Texas and Louisiana. Ironically, the renovated building, once a bank, is fashioned in the form of a cash register, a constant reminder to everyone that money is the nexus of PP. Each year, the lives of more than 80,000 babies are snuffed out by chemical and surgical abortion in PP’s Galveston-Houston facilities at $500 to $2,500 per life. Planned Parenthood is hoping that business will pick up with its new regional facility. PP says it cannot be held accountable for “faulty or omitted contraception,” hence the need for abortion as a back-up.

The new massive death machine located at the inner city intersection of four black and Hispanic neighborhoods in Houston will continue to serve as a genocidal extermination center for thousands of babies of minority women of low income. The nearby University of Houston and Texas Southern University will provide additional fodder for PP’s anti-life engine.

DiNardo Silent on Western Hemisphere’s Largest Aboritorium

Imagine how inspired, how fired up, Cardinal DiNardo’s listeners at the Vigil Mass would have been to hear how the Cardinal, like a modern-day Saint George, had undertaken a well-orchestrated and relentless campaign to slay the Planned Parenthood dragon. How he rallied his flock of one and a half million laypeople in opposition to the mega abortion center in his Archdiocese. Surely, this is stuff that legends are made of.

But alas! DiNardo was religiously silent on the subject at the Pro-life Vigil Mass. As silent as he had been the year before at the 2010 Vigil Mass, shortly after PP had announced its intensions to build its new Murder Inc. complex in Houston.

True to their mission, many national, state and especially Houston pro-life groups have been picketing and protesting PP’s massive killing center since day one. But Cardinal DiNardo, the Chair of AmChurch’s National Pro-Life Office, has been conspicuously silent over the past two years.

One of the few public statements he has made in opposition to the new PP mega- center was in early 2010 during the Protestant-led ecumenical “40 Days for Life” Prayer Campaign which was co-sponsored by the Houston Coalition for Life and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

In a jointly prepared media release dated March 4, 2010, DiNardo stated:

    • Our participation in this ecumenical effort is an opportunity to implement the prayer aspect of our Catholic prolife activities and also fulfill our call to Christian unity. … Followers of Christ share a belief in respect for all human life, from conception to natural death. Together, we will offer a prayerful, peaceful witness of our common commitment to the human person. … The opening of this new Planned Parenthood center in Houston calls all people of faith to defend innocent human life that is voiceless. … Prayer and witness on behalf of human life in the womb deserve our

utmost attention

    • as people dedicated to upholding human rights and the God-given dignity and worth of each person (emphasis added).”

However, the Cardinal has not given his “utmost attention” to the matter.

Indeed, to date, DiNardo has said little and done even less when faced with this reality of pure unadulterated evil in his own Archdiocese. The children being murdered are his flock. Doesn’t he care? He is supposed to be a shepherd not a hireling. Indeed, his crimson robes are a reminder that he must, if necessary, lay down his life for his flock, not throw them under a Planned Parenthood bus.

Sadly, DiNardo is but one of many in a long-line of post-Conciliar AmChurch bishops whose silence and inaction have brought moral ruin and death to America’s shores.

Cardinal DiNardo’s silence and inaction is a scandal of the first degree not only to Houston Catholics, but also to Catholics throughout the U.S., because the Cardinal represents the head of the USCCB Pro-Life Committee. Clearly, the Committee needs a new leader.

© Randy Engel

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Dinardo Puts His Weight behind Pope

By Moises Mendoza
Houston Chronicle
April 2, 2010

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Galveston-Houston Archbishop Cardinal Daniel DiNardo criticizes the media over reporting of the church sex abuse scandal.

Archbishop strongly defends Benedict’s handling of sex abuse scandal

Galveston-Houston Archbishop Cardinal Daniel DiNardo is making his position on the scandal brewing in the Roman Catholic Church abundantly clear: He strongly supports the pope.

As the church celebrates Easter, it labors under one of the darkest clouds over it in recent memory. Pope Benedict XVI, who once headed the church agency responsible for defrocking priests, has come under fire recently because his agency didn’t defrock a Wisconsin priest who sexually abused children decades ago. He has also been criticized for his handling of European sex abuse cases when he was known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

Now, top Catholic officials are on the offensive, attacking media outlets for allegedly sensationalizing the accusations and reporting what the Vatican has called inaccurate information.

Count DiNardo among those who are upset. In a strongly worded written statement released late this week, DiNardo defended Benedict, saying “recent headlines insinuating inaction or culpability by Pope Benedict XVI regarding the crisis are unfair or inaccurate. Any innuendo that he has not tried to tackle cases of sexual abuse by clergy is misleading and harmful to the church.”

Last Tuesday DiNardo mentioned the crisis briefly during a sermon, but he is unlikely to discuss it during his Easter homily on Sunday, said Archdiocese spokeswoman Jenny Faber.

“He felt it was important to make the statement,” Faber said. “He wanted to state clearly that the pope has taken significant actions.”

DiNardo’s words are meaningful because the cardinal is a leading church figure in North America and also plays a key role in the church’s anti-abortion efforts.

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HOUSTON (AP) – As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges.

The two people told The Associated Press that they reported the priest and met with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. One of them says she was promised in a meeting with DiNardo, several years after she first reported abuse, that the priest would be removed from any contact with children, only to discover that the priest remained in active ministry at another parish 70 miles away.

The priest, Manuel LaRosa-Lopez, was arrested Tuesday by police in Conroe, Texas. Both people who spoke to the AP are cooperating with police.
The priest’s arrest and allegations that DiNardo kept an abusive priest around children cast a shadow over a Thursday summit at the Vatican between Pope Francis and American bishops and cardinals. DiNardo is leading the delegation, putting him in the position of having to fend off abuse allegations in his own diocese while at the same time calling on the pope to get tougher on clergy abuse.

In addition to his responsibilities in Houston, DiNardo is head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a position that has made him a prominent figure in the church’s response to a new wave of allegations that Catholic leaders covered up sexual abuse. He has been outspoken in his calls for Pope Francis to investigate ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was removed from his post in July after a credible accusation that he groped a teenager.

DiNardo himself is now facing criticism for his role in handling a priest accused of abusing children.

LaRosa-Lopez, 60, is accused of fondling both people when they were teenagers and he was a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe. He is charged with four counts of indecency with a child. Each count carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison.

LaRosa-Lopez is now the pastor at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond while also serving as the archdiocese’s episcopal vicar for Hispanics.

The archdiocese issued a statement Wednesday confirming that both people had come forward to report abuse by LaRosa-Lopez, one of them in 2001. The archdiocese said it reported both allegations to the state Child Protective Services, and said it was unaware of any other “allegations of inappropriate conduct involving minors” against the priest. A spokesman for CPS on Wednesday declined to comment, citing confidentiality of the reports. LaRosa-Lopez did not immediately return a phone message left Wednesday.

“To anyone affected by any form of abuse by anyone who represents the Church, the Archdiocese deeply regrets such a fundamental violation of trust, and commits itself to eliminating such unacceptable actions,” the archdiocese said.

Both accusers who say they went to DiNardo are now in their 30s. The Associated Press typically does not identify victims in sexual abuse cases, and both people asked that their names be withheld.

One was flown by the church from the West Coast to Houston to meet with DiNardo and the victims’ assistance coordinator for the archdiocese. They met at the archdiocese on the afternoon of Aug. 10, just as he was taking on a greater role nationally in responding to the McCarrick saga.

The man wrote down notes from the meeting quickly after leaving, and shared a copy of the notes with AP.

“Cardinal seemed dismissive of situation,” the notes read. He also wrote down what he says is a quote from DiNardo: “You should have told us sooner.”

“It was a dismissive tone,” he recalled. “In the back of my head, I was thinking about his comment. I was so mad afterward.”

Both said they had believed their cases would be too old to prosecute under statute of limitations laws. But the Texas Legislature in 2007 removed the statute of limitations for indecency with a child cases. Montgomery County prosecutors say that change means their cases remain eligible to be prosecuted now.

The group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, has called for the Texas attorney general to investigate the Houston archdiocese and others for whether they covered up sexual abuse in their ranks.

“DiNardo needs to come clean on what he knows,” said Michael Norris, a member of SNAP.

Both victims say they were teenagers when LaRosa-Lopez tried to befriend them over a period before initiating physical contact.

The male victim said he became interested as a teenager in joining the clergy and going to seminary. He started to attend Mass and got to know LaRosa-Lopez. Eventually, he got a job where he worked nights at Sacred Heart as an assistant.

He remembered LaRosa-Lopez being known as “touchy-feely,” and that the priest’s contact with him became more physical over time: first touching on the arm, then hugging, then a kiss on the cheek.

One night, he said, the priest showed him pictures of young seminarians that “he had a lot of fun with,” and tried to take the teenager’s clothes off and put his hands down his pants. He pushed back and quickly left the residence. He said he reported the incident to church authorities last year. The archdiocese said Wednesday it was “formally presented” with the allegation in August.

The female accuser said LaRosa-Lopez befriended her during her weekly confession at Sacred Heart. “He basically was my only friend,” she said.

The female victim declined to detail what LaRosa-Lopez did, saying only that he touched her inappropriately shortly before Easter, after she had turned 16.

She says her father found out what had happened and the family reported it to the church. Church officials told her that LaRosa-Lopez would be moved.

The archdiocese confirmed Wednesday that LaRosa-Lopez was re-assigned in 2001 to another church, St. Francis de Sales, and then moved in 2004 to St. John Fisher, his current assignment. It would not confirm he was moved due to an abuse complaint.

She eventually resumed going to her church with LaRosa-Lopez transferred to a new location.

But in 2010, she saw a copy of the archdiocese’s internal newsletter, which announced LaRosa-Lopez’s appointment as vicar of Hispanic ministry. She thought there was a chance DiNardo didn’t know about her complaint because it had predated his time in Houston.

She contacted the church and started to meet with a therapist paid for by the archdiocese. Eventually, she met with DiNardo and other top clergy in the diocese. She says they told her that after she had come forward, LaRosa-Lopez was sent to a hospital for psychiatric treatment twice and that would no longer be allowed to work with children.

Then LaRosa-Lopez was brought in for about 10 minutes, she confronted him about the abuse and he apologized.

She says she later discovered that LaRosa-Lopez remained at St. John Fisher, in the presence of children.

Of DiNardo, the woman said, “I’m tired of all of his empty words.”

“If he’s going to go meet with the Pope and pretend that all of this is OK and his diocese is clean, I can’t stand it,” she said. “I can’t be quiet.”

The Associated Press asked Tuesday to interview DiNardo and other top leaders at the archdiocese. It also submitted a list of questions about both victims’ allegations.

A spokesman for the archdiocese declined the interview requests or to address specific allegations about what DiNardo told the victims.

LaRosa-Lopez was not present at Mass in St. John Fisher on Saturday night or Sunday. A reporter who visited both days saw that a parking spot, marked with a sign reserving the space for “Father Manuel,” was empty.

Parishioners were told on Sunday morning Mass that LaRosa-Lopez was “at a retreat.”

ere are fewer than 200 cardinals worldwide and they are just a step under the pope.

DiNardo is only following the lead of other Catholic officials at the highest levels of the church.

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan defended the pope from the pulpit from “unjust accusations” during a Palm Sunday service. This week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed concern for victims of sex abuse but also wrote, “We know from our experience how Pope Benedict is deeply concerned for those who have been harmed by sexual abuse.”

In a ratcheting up of tension, a priest at the Vatican on Good Friday compared attacks against Benedict to anti-Semitism, although the church later downplayed the reference.

In Houston, at least one local priest appears to have followed DiNardo’s lead in defending church leadership.

As he prepared for ceremonies surrounding Good Friday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in southwest Houston, Monsignor Bill Young said it’s been easy to speak to his flock about the issue, although he won’t be discussing it on Easter Sunday.

“What you’re seeing in the news reports is, they’re just speaking without the facts,” Young said. “For us, the Holy Father is an endearing person and when people you know are attacked unjustly, there is a natural desire to stand up for the ones you love.”