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Bearing False Witness: The Pope Commits Perjury

Liam Fox
By Liam Fox

NEWS JUNKIE POST

Apr 10, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Over the past several weeks the evidence of institutionalized rape within the Catholic church has sent the world into a dizzying state of almost-disbelief. Harsh truths have been tempered by long standing suspicions, fueled by stories whispered, but never allowed to be spoken.

As the global media illuminates the shadowy world of the Vatican, emboldened victims continue to step forward demanding justice. The evidence continues to mount and the mantle of blame begins to cloak the entire hierarchy of the Church. The lives of tens of thousands of children, abused by Priests, Nuns and Bishops, have been silently cast away, forming a mountain of atrocities burdened under the full weight of the Vatican. There have been so many cases that many seem to be suffering from a sensory overload, unable to comprehend the scale of these crimes.

It has become exceedingly clear that the current Pope, Benedict XVI, was directly involved in the cover-up. As early as 1985 Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Ratzinger, was personally aware of specific cases where children were being victimized by pedophiles under his authority. In each of these cases he operated under a doctrine that protected the Church and the perpetrators of these heinous crimes while abandoning the defenseless victims to the hell that had been created for them.

Since the exposure of the Vatican as an enabler and co-conspirator, the Pope has communicated, both directly and through his agents, a qualified remorse that reflects more disdain for the scandal than for the scandalous criminal abuses of the Church. On March 21, 2010, a Papal letter to Irish victims was the first of several communications from the Vatican that made it clear that the Church was attempting to present itself as a co-victim. Subsequent statements portrayed the Pope as an innocent in these matters. It was suggested that the reality of such scandalous behaviors by the clergy was a revelation to the Pope, and that he was working diligently to increase his learning curve on these matters.

Despite the posture of innocence, sexual abuse within the Catholic Church is by no means a new or modern issue. For almost 2000 years, rape and abuse have been rampant throughout the institution. As a Cardinal, charged with overseeing disciplinary policy and procedure for the Church, Joseph Ratzinger would have been implicitly aware of this. Presenting him as a veritable neophyte, struggling to comprehend the crisis, is a disingenuous misrepresentation.

Historically, the Vatican has been able to control the flow of information regarding its crimes and misdeeds. The influence it wielded politically assured it immunity from local prosecution, and its financial power and political capital assured it amnesty with the elite and ruling classes. The advent of democratic societies, armed with independent media, brought about the first threat to the age old fortress of silence. The development of personal and social media has further eroded, and now altogether dismantled, the structure of secrecy that for so long housed an egregious reality.

As the flood of information continues, the Pope and the Vatican have altered their tact from deflection to defensiveness. The original attempt to identify itself as a victim has been replaced with an aggressive agenda of attacking its critics and those whom it has harmed. The truth of the churches actions have been dismissed as “petty rumors” as the Pontiff adopts an air of defiance, claiming he will “not be intimidated” by those whose only goal is to attack the Catholic faith.

At first the Church tried to play the victim of its own crimes. Throughout the scandal the church has worked to hide the fact that the Pope and the administration had any knowledge of, or involvement in, the crimes. Now, the Catholic Church and the Vatican aggressively postures itself as victimized by those who have exposed it and want it to be accountable for its crimes. The reactions and responses resemble those found in any abusive relationship. From denial of responsibility for the abuse; to the deception required to hide culpability; to an aggressive attack against those who expose the abuse. The behavioral pattern seems obvious.

As the magnitude of the scandal and the Vatican’s involvement becomes increasingly clear, many struggle with feelings of disillusionment and betrayal. Denial and disbelief become sanctuaries from the painful reality, and the urge to defend something loved and depended on for so long is overwhelming. An intimate spiritual relationship has been exploited. Trust has been given and malice returned, and the wounds have been salted with denial and self-righteous outrage.

The healing process, which has yet to begin, will be long and difficult. The wounds are deep and have become infected with deception. In order to progress, the wounds must be debrided. They must be completely cleaned out, so that healing can occur. The true nature of the problem must be revealed and analyzed. There is no other choice. The Vatican has attempted a band-aid where surgery is required.

The Pope’s failure has been attributed to his lack of perfection in administration while claiming infallibility in spiritual matters. It is claimed that Joseph Ratzinger, CEO, may have erred while Pope Benedict XVI remained infallible on spiritual matters. While lost paperwork may be accounted for with this reasoning, bearing false witness is not. It is becoming increasingly clear that the Pope has committed perjury.

The Pope’s signature is on documents discussing information to which he has denied being privy, and his involvement has been discovered in situations of which he has claimed ignorance. The evidence is damning, and the Pope’s reaction only compounds the problem. The only way this can be resolved is through full disclosure. Tens of thousands of children have been abused and the Catholic Church has aided and abetted these felonies. The time for putting a ’spin’ on things is over. It is time for the Catholic Church to change its age-old policy of self protection and do what is right. It is time for Pope Benedict XVI to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; because regardless, the truth is coming out.

The credibility of the Church has already been devastated and the future of the institution may not survive full disclosure. Benedict XVI must not exacerbate that fate by waging war on the truth. The truth remains unassailable and only the victims will be harmed by his denials. If there was ever a time for the Pope to act with grace, this is it. The continued suffering of the innocent must not be allowed in order to protect the pride of the Catholic Church and the perjury of the Pope.

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42 Responses for “Bearing False Witness: The Pope Commits Perjury”

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    fred says:

    Did you really need 10 different pictures of crying children? I got the point after 8.

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    Dee says:

    I agree fred. Kinda OTT and “Foxish”

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    sylvain says:

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    so “too much” it becomes ridiculous

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      Liam Fox says:

      Then you get it. Tens of thousands of children raped IS very over the top. The intent wasn’t to exploit crying children for the sake of an article, it was to remember the crying children when the Vatican seems unwilling to.

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        James Cash says:

        It’s very distracting trying to read the article, which is why I didn’t.

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        Davu says:

        Why read? I didn’t bother. Too many photos and too much scrolling.

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        fred says:

        Yeah, that’s what it was. Oh wait, no. It was a ridiculous amount of uneeded stock photos. Do you honestly think people will forget about the victims of sex abuse in an article about sex abuse? Sometimes less is more.

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    j.Keny says:

    I agree—overkill. Having said that, none of this is surprising to anybody who is Catholic. The church is inundated with people with deep seated psycho-sexual problems. They run into the clergy to hide from the world. If this Pope resigns, his replacement will be the same person with a different name. No Heroes Here.

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    J.Keny says:

    Also, NO REASON to show boys and girls—-only boys would be more appropriate. THE Church is a FARCE.

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    Ole Ole Olson says:

    I don’t know Fred, I sort of dig the design pattern and the reinforcement. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

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    Sheila says:

    It’s gotten to the point where I would be averse to stepping foot in a Catholic Church even if only in the interest of viewing the artistry within and surely not for spiritual reasons.

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    brandon says:

    The use of those pictures is disgusting, and where applicable, completely insensitive to the ACTUAL reasons why the children are crying.

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    Jim says:

    This is why I am an atheist.

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    condom says:

    But they teach that condoms will send you to “not heaven” so they produce more kids for priests to molest.

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    zarina says:

    I agree with Brandon, the pictures of the children was unnecessary…

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    anon says:

    @Jim: What does this have anything to do with your being an atheist? Nothing.

    Christianity doesn’t teach pedophilia, or to lie and cover up heinous crimes. No my misinformed friend, these are all acts of sick twisted men.

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    mike ference says:

    War tactics should be applied to Vatican City ¬– where the devil takes his holiday
    By Mike Ference

    Every day brings new evidence that we no longer live in a civilized and principled society. The worst part, it usually concerns another case of sexual misconduct involving a Catholic priest, young children and a church hierarchy that helped to cover up the case.

    The Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal continues to spiral out of control from one country to the next; while the pope still refuses to solve the problem. It’s now clearly documented that across the globe tens of thousands of innocent girls and boys have been sexually violated – used and abused as sex toys by Catholic clergy, yet, nothing has or will ever be done. Thousands of pedophiles, former Catholic clerics, roam the world and no one really knows where these monsters are, how many victims they have left behind or how many more will suffer from priests trained to sexually abuse since their seminary days.

    So — what should be done now that we know it’s a pattern of terror orchestrated by the Catholic Church hierarchy and repeated everywhere the dysfunctional sex freaks have established a church, school, hospital or other institution; then covered up in every layer of the all male run society – even by the pope, himself. Given the level of wreckage and anguish caused in the lives of so many people, it seems appropriate to look to the war on terror for a model strategy.

    A first prong of attack at the Vatican might involve a Special Forces unit made up of highly skilled and trained military personnel capable of tracking down and obtaining confessions from any current or former priests accused of acts of sexual abuse against children. If rights are violated, if military personnel sometimes go a little too far, so be it. The Catholic Church had ample opportunity to fess up and repent. Those incapable of civilized behavior shouldn’t expect the rights and privileges of civilization.

    A deck of cards can be created to help identify hard-to-find priests as well as the disgraceful church leaders who permitted, and in essence, condoned the sexual abuse of young children. Photos of the most deviant and reprehensible church officials accompanied by a list of their offenses will encourage us all to do our patriotic duty in helping the authorities track down suspected priest-terrorists or at least be able to identify the culprits as they come and go freely because their sins where covered up and the time to criminally prosecute has expired.

    Another option would be to divide the world into territories. A color-code warning system would be established, alerting parents about abusive priests being transferred into their respective regions. Depending on the designated color for a particular region, parents would know whether their children should serve at Mass, go on field trips, or even attend Catholic school that day.

    To aid this unique war on terror, a pool of money should be collected, not involuntarily from taxpayers, but voluntarily from those decent human beings who believe crimes committed against our children are sins that God takes very seriously. Some of the funds raised could then be turned into outrageously tempting reward sums for information leading to the capture of our targeted criminals. Once the rogue clerics have been imprisoned and forced to talk, I recommend that their confessions be given to someone like Steven Spielberg or George Romero. Hollywood writers and producers could create a blockbuster movie like Roots or Schindler’s List to serve as a bitter reminder that these crimes should never again be permitted to occur. Tom Savini could be hired to recreate the horror on the faces of child actors chosen to play parts.

    Proceeds from the movie could go to victims of abuse and their families. And no matter how old the crime, compensation would be available. There should be no statute of limitations when the rights of children have been violated by those who lived much of their adult lives perched on a pedestal heightened by the trust of innocent and vulnerable believers. In fact, I would extend compensation to the second and perhaps even third generation of sufferers. It would certainly include siblings denied the experience of growing up with a brother or sister untraumatized by such abuse. And since crimes of abuse tend to echo, it would extend to the victims of the victims as well.

    If all else fails, is it any less rational to declare war on the Catholic Church as part of a war on child abuse than it was to declare war on Iraq (which had nothing to do with 9/11 or Al-Qaeda and apparently had no weapons of mass destruction) as part of a war on terror? How many innocent children have been verifiably lost to this menace — and how many more will be lost if we don’t make a preemptive strike?

    As horrific as sexual abuse by priests may be, the perpetrators might merit a more forgiving place if only their superiors had the courage to do the right thing. For a few, counseling and close supervision might have been enough to prevent future abuses. Others clearly required something more intensive — a mental hospital or a prison.

    But repeated abuse, as well as willfully hiding the crimes and the criminals — as far as I can see, this brings us much closer to the realm of mortal sin. And the sinners include not just the church hierarchy, but also attorneys who ill-advised parents not to buck the system and take on the Catholic Church, or may even have provided inside information to thwart legitimate cases against the church, law enforcement officials who may have thought it best to warn church officials of pending investigations, and janitors, housekeepers, teachers, and employees of the Catholic Church who kept silent because of concerns about a paycheck, a 401K, a pension, or a fear of standing up to church authorities. God has a place for everyone — and if you abuse children or protect the abusers of children, we can only hope that your place is called hell.

    Mike Ference has been an advocate for clergy sex abuse survivors for over 21 years. He has written about the problem and works with clergy abuse families in Pennsylvania and across the United States helping victims work through the corrupt bureaucratic maize of injustice. He attributes much of the problem to corrupt leaders in government, organized crime and Catholic Church hierarchy more concerned about power and money than the salvation of souls. He has labeled the commonwealth of Pennsylvania a Pro-pedophile state where Catholic clergy sex abuse cover-ups are still the norm. Mike can be reached at 412-233-5491 or email him at Ference@icubed.com.

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    Antony says:

    great article, but yeah, overkill on the pictures dude.

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    v says:

    I hope the entire thing comes crashing down.

    Lets all just believe in karma. You do nice things, and nice things will happen to you. Pretty easy and fair I’d say.

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    Michael says:

    The pictures were a nice touch. It seems that more people are interested in defending the indefensible. These photos project a small fraction of the damage that has been done to young vulnerable children by these monsters. If they could just cry to make it better. These children have been damaged for life, their trust irreparably damaged by these selfish predators with frocks. Even though these photos don’t represent the real victims, they do communicate a feeling that words alone could not.

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      Liam Fox says:

      Thank you. They were meant to represent the forgotten story.. stories… as we all focus on the Pope, the Vatican and the Priests. It’s interesting that people have so much trouble with those pictures. They are meant to make the reader uncomfortable. I’m glad they’re working.

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    Human says:

    What does anyone expect to happen when men and women deny the instincts and urges that God gave them with a pompous vow of celibacy?

    The very first commandment given to us was not “I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other gods before me”… it was “Go forth and multiply”

    As any first year psych student can tell you, if you suppress sexual urges, they will find some way of expressing themselves… often in unhealthy behavior.

    Catholics don’t worship God, they worship the Catholic Church. And the Catholic Church only worships money and power.

    The Vatican should be burned to the ground.

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    Stephen Kraushaar says:

    This story seems long winded, perhaps because near the beginning it attempts to attach a suddenness to these atrocities.

    Let’s be realistic with ourselves. Swearing men to celibacy is a bad idea. Historic Biblical cultures understood that people completely change on a 7 year cycle. It has always been the practice of the Vatican to adopt Dogma in order to exert control over their followers. This does not mean we should simply forget these actions, but we must understand that there is a reason we should oppose dogma. Placing extra restrictions people in the name of God will ALWAYS have a boomerang effect. This is why He spelled out the principles, not ourselves.

    For those struggling physically and spiritually due to these monsters, remember the promise we’ve been given. Men may do evil, but Jehovah does not. There is an organization out there that serves true worship, but it’s obvious now that it’s not led by the Vatican.

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