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On Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 11:10 am, Dolores Atwood writes:
I am writing this note concerning the past and present conducts of ArchBishop Richard Burke S.P.S of the Arch Dioceses of Warri and Benin in Nigeria a Irish citizen. I am a 41-year-old woman who has been living in Canada since 1995 with my husband and 3 children. In 1982 as a young girl from a Muslim home I began my journey into the Catholic faith and first met Father Richard Burke a Catholic priest at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Warri Nigeria. In 1983 when I was 14 years old, I became the victim of (what I now know to be) a sexual assault. When I was 14, I was sick in the hospital with a fever and Father Burke came to visit me. When he and I were alone in my hospital room, he touched and kissed me in a very inappropriate manner. During my teenage years, I suffered through the divorce of my parents, Richard Burke was there for me and the relationship between myself and he intensified. I became so attached to Richard Burke, that there seemed to be no one else that could be a part of my life, even though I knew that he was having relations with other young Nigerian girls. During the past 25 years I did not tell anyone of our relationship, because he told me not to talk about it to anyone no matter what and also fear of the negative impacts on him and the Catholic Church. Richard Burke left Nigeria in 1989 when he was sent to New Jersey in the USA and then back to Ireland with St. Patrick’s Society. In 1993 I met my husband, who was a Canadian volunteer working in Nigeria, while I was studying at University. My husband and I were married in 1995 in Canada and have had 3 children together. From 1989 to 1995 Father Burke and I continued communications by letters. When I told him that I was planning to get married in 1994, he became upset with me and told me that I should never tell anyone about the relationship between himself and I. Richard Burke returned to Nigeria in 1996 as Bishop of Warri Diocese. From 1996 to 1998, my husband and I left Canada and worked in Thailand. In 1998 Bishop Burke and I began regular communications by phone again. In 2000 while I was expecting my second child, Bishop Burke said that he would help get my youngest sister to come to Canada for a visit. I suspected that there was something not right when things did not work out and Bishop Burke began to take a keen interest in my youngest sisters well being. Once again, our relationship intensified with frequent amorous telephone conversations. In 2005 I found out that Bishop Burke had had a sexual relationship with my youngest sister. The “friendship” between Bishop Burke and myself began to deteriorate as, once again, I started to become aware of other young girls that he was molesting. In fact, I suspect that Richard Burke has molested or sexually abused hundreds of young Nigerian girls during his time as a priest and Bishop in Nigeria. I also know that he has taped past conversations that I have had with him and have told others, including his family in Ireland as well as my husband that I am obsessed with him in order to discredit me and make me appear to be crazy. Over a year ago, following a major dispute between myself and Bishop Burke, I confessed to my husband that I had had an intimate relationship with Bishop Burke. This was the first time that I had ever told anyone of this affair. Since my confession, my husband and I have gone to marriage counseling and I have taken private counseling to deal with the stress, trauma and confusion that I have had to deal with over the past 26 years. Following my counseling sessions, I have learned that a man that I though had loved and cared for me has in fact manipulated and controlled me. I know that Richard Burke is self-serving and that he does not serve the Church. In fact the Church serves Richard Burke by providing him access to the young girls that look up to him and then become his victims of unwanted sexual advances. I believe now, that Richard Burke is a pedophile I have been corresponding with St. Patrick\\\'s Society since 2007 about this and have shared with them taped conversations that I had with Richard Burke in the past where he admits to having inapproprite sexual relations with young girls, married women, religious sisters and prostitutes. I have saved notes letters and emails that Richard Burke had sent me in the past, which I have shared with those of St. Patrick\\\'s that are \\\"investigating\\\" him. I know that Richard Burke was sent for an assessment at St. Luke\\\'s in Manchester in March of this year, and that Richard Burke is continuing with his public ministry in Nigeria and is having access to young girls in Nigeria. I do not beleive that St. Patrick\\\'s Society in Kiltegan County Wicklow, Ireland has taken my complaints seriously. I do not trust them, and believe that they are trying to help Richard Burke escape prosecution and justice for the crimes he has committed.
On Friday, August 14, 2009 at 09:01 pm, Johnson writes:
i know the archbishop personally and it is indeed very sad to see a thing like this. i do not fully know but i doubt most of the exaggerations in the text. The Lord's will be done.
On Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 11:51 am, writes:
Is n't this a lie against a man who has been working in Nigeria for so many years assisting the poor people of Nigeria. Arch-Bishop Burke is a God fearing man,he is humble and have great interest in the Poor. I am not a close person to the arch -Bishop, but I believe God will vindicate him in this serious allegation. Can this writer tell us her trauma, what is pushing her now to bring up this allegation against a man of God. I wish Arch-Bishop Burke God's protection and guidance at this critical time. I believe, time will tell. have faith in God.
On Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 12:02 pm, Christy. writes:
The Arch-Bishop that I know talk less, he is hardworking and love the Poor. he is commited to his ministry as a Priest of God. What is the problem with the young lady, I hope she knows that she is dealing with God. I do not believe a word of her accusation. We pray God to intervene and put the devil to shame. Darkness has no power over the Light. God bless you Bishop Richard Burke.
On Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 06:09 pm, Vicky writes:
Archbishop Burke is a man of God. I hope this young woman is not being used by those who are seeking power of position. This is very malicious of a married woman. Is she not happily married. What is she looking for. Anyway God sees everything, but I do not believe what she is saying about the gentle man of God.
On Wednesday, September 02, 2009 at 10:52 am, Paul. writes:
Everyone who reasons without biase would know this is a set up. My people do say thet the trap set for an Elephant may trap Him but cannot pull him down, nor stop him from going to where he planned to go. God had never deserted his people. This would not be a diffrent case. It is just time becase God is aware. I pray for the Man Of God without fear that God is on his side.
On Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 12:17 am, Nneka writes:
Be strong His Grace, and may God strenghten you through this trial. Continue to be the humble, God fearing person that we know you to be in Warri. May the Lord heal Dolores of her pains too whatever the source.
On Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 07:13 am, Nicholas writes:
Evil, evil, evil. it is self evident that this writer is an agent of satan. how can you write such malicious statement against a holy man of God. you claim that that "Richard Burke has molested or sexually abused hundreds of young Nigerian girls during his time as a priest and Bishop in Nigeria" state your case and bring your proofs. Hell awaits your soul for what you have done but more torments awaits those who prompted you to do this. You have sinned against Charity and God who is love shall cast his wrath upon you and your household.
On Friday, September 18, 2009 at 11:59 am, Okanatoto tega writes:
My lord i have always known you to be a humble and gentle man of God.and that you will continue to be for all of us in warri diocese.we will always continue to rmber you in our prayers in this trying period of yours.but for those who are behind this act,like JESUS,we will still say and tell them,FORGIVE THEM FATHER FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY ARE DOING.
On Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 04:35 pm, Rose writes:
A simple analysis fro9m a new non-biases d mind can tell that this story above is clearly motivated. But for God\"s sake no matter your motives, consider the life long implications for this simple man while you may just be trying to achieve your aim. If its about money like many made in the U.S.A. a while ago, then trust me, it will not work.
On Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 04:41 pm, Olukunle writes:
Ha!!! fear God! the way i see it, you must have a nature of trying your hands on white people before you finaly got one as husband.
On Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 04:44 pm, writes:
please my dear lady even if this were true, is this internet thing the next thing for you. This is seriously on African. what has become of your African ways
On Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 04:51 pm, Anthonia writes:
If this is true, dont worry. But if not, just find your way back to this same forum to undo the wrong you may have done to this Man that we all know so well. Let God and your conscience guide you. But I still feel this forum was not your next choice. very bad.
On Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 04:55 pm, writes:
since you published this article, why has other so called "hundreds of Nigerian girls" not written to say they testify to your claims with their personal experience of the Bishop. as someone observed in a comment earlier on this page, in case its not true, please redress it and in good time. God knows it all.
On Monday, September 21, 2009 at 02:36 pm, Daniel Kevwe writes:
His Grace, be Strongand stand firm has been our Lord\'s encouragement.However, Istronglybelieve that that one doing this is not far from the household of God.God knows and sees all things, He ll vindicate youlike Sussanaand the three men in the book of Daniel.The truth llalways cometolight,keepon standing forthe truth.Stay wellmy His Grace
On Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm, Ferdinand writes:
Can you come out with the names and contacts of other girls that you cliam that he molested? This lady, let me give you this christian advice, go before the holy alter of God and pray for bishop Burk and pray for forgiveness of your sins. Am sure somebody must have offered you something to do this, remember God is still there, be careful what you say about men of God.
On Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 02:44 pm, helen , warri. writes:
You all are sick people ,that is why africa is were it is today. these many also touched my breaset at age of 17. it is veru said that you all because of the food and money he has ggiven you all. paul wre you not the one richard promise to send to further you studyies in london. how well do you all know this man, that you all say all this. which nigeria girl will want to come out to go through this. SHME ON YOU ARCH BISHOP RICHARD BURKE. May the good lord jurge you.
On Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 02:57 pm, Rose, Port harcourt. writes:
I find it difficult to call you bishop. You hurt this lady,confess and admit it. i konw somebody who know this lady in question,.She has a reputation for being a honest person,thant is all that I have been hearing. Some of you sound as if you were asked by richrd burke to do this and I will not be sueprise that one of his girkfriends is among. This lady is doing the church a great help.the book of ephesians chapt5:10-18.read it. Our prays are with you miss Dolores.
On Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 03:22 pm, Gina, canada writes:
Thanks Rose and Helen, There is a saying that the truth have a way of coming out.The church is so rioting and corrupt. I believe this poor lady. Richard burke will not end with her, he will continue.
On Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 06:15 pm, joel angelo writes:
I\'m truely amazed at you all! Truely! I have heard times without number the saying that behind every rumor,there\'s an element of truth.why would a married woman confessed to this?have you ask yourselves that question?what makes you think richard burke will be innocent?what if he\'s a wolf in sheep clothing? what if his silent and calm nature is a deceptive one?what if he took advantage of your life styles as nigerians? you all should have a second thought.what if she\'s correct?i can bet you,no woman will love to know a man that had an affair with heir had also had an affair with her younger sister.what she kept as secret for 26yrs has come back to hunt her.she should have expose him then! those who think they are benefiting from him now,that are covering him or refuse to investigate for the truth,just as it came hunting her after 26yrs,it will definately come back at them because what goes around comes around!ferdinand,if this lady happen to be telling the truth and your sister is a victim and she refuse to tell the truth,how will you feel? Daniel kevwe,you are right.God sees all things! why don\'t you just let Him be the Judge? Other so called girls in nigeria can\'t come out.how many knows this is on the net?how many can access the net?what about the shame and stigma that kept this lady for 26yrs?what about the hungry life styles of this girls that makes them vulnerable? have you ever try to see the evidence of this lady?have you ever beleived that the devil was once an angel of light sitting right next to God?Anthonia you are right but someone has to stop this man.don\'t know how old how you but your sister,your cousin,your relatives even your daughter may be the next victims.i don\'t trust any of this priest anymore for all the things i have seen about them makes me never want to searve God cos i sometimes think that God is just sitting up there allowing these crazy people to have their way.(God forgive me if i\'m wrong!)Olakunle please tell the bishop to fear GOd.Rose i feel for you cos you are a woman and i realised what you mean by motivation.okonatoto tega you should be happy that God is exposing him.Nicholas becareful what you call evil.what if you are wrong?Nneka you are right.God should heal and God should also bring justice to both parties.Paul you already projected the bishop as your messiah.is that how it should be?you sound like a benefactor.Vicky God truely blesses everything.why would she be happily married?imagine being abused or taken advantage of and same person is doing same to your yunger sister,your aunty even your mom.how would you or your dad feel?christy you are right! God should intervane.that is exactly what is happening.darkness can never overcome light!working in nigeria for so many years or you mean taking advantage of nigerians for so many years?Thank you very much johnson.it\'s you alone that makes alot of sense. God will definately judge and His judgement will begin in His house.i\'m not trying to say it\'s true but you all should consider her part of the story instead you all are busy painting the bishop as a messiah.i\'m a catholic like you all.i\'ve seen what priest and so called bishops have done in terms of politics,power,sexual immorality,mis mangement of church funds and taking advantage of the less empowered people.if i come out and say it,who will beleive me? they have all the power to cover it up,their superiors they make returns to and whom they inherited it from are ready to go at any lenght to protect him. i do like you all to know that these are all the signs of the end times.i\'m not sayingi\'m innocent or free from it but it\'s a shame it\'s coming from an arch bishop who is surpose to preach against this and who people look up to as i read in your comments as messiah or elephant as the case may be, to be the one tearing the church of God apart.if all this is true,he will have no peace as there\'s no [peace for the wicked]!
On Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 06:18 pm, susan writes:
the bishop is a green snake under tha green grass!he is absolutely guilty! thank God someone had to stand up and talk.i could'nt myself.he his a shameless bastard.i wish and hope he perishes in hell if he does'nt repent!
On Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 08:42 pm, iyabo writes:
I really commend your boldness Dolores to come out publicly with this and i really do hope that the many Nigerian girls who are still sleeping with priests for the financial advantage will have a rethink, repent and stop bcos our poverty in Nigeria is not an excuse. What is wrong is wrong.It is so unfortunate that in Nigeria young girls are molested everyday and nothing is been done. Infact we are all quick to blame the girls that it is there fault. Our culture of shame will not even allow us to give the many victims of sexual abuse a fair hearing as result of the fear of stigmatization and shame many innocent girls keep silent. I\\\'m really ashamed but at the sametime not surprised at the comments of the likes of christy,paul,johnson,olukunle and rose. Our culture allows men to get away with rape, sexual harrassment and molestation. Richard Burke i\\\'m sure knows that if these evils he has committed took place in his home country he will go to prison but he is very lucky that it happened in Nigeria where we see white men as our ticket out of poverty and escape to a better life. I do not doubt Dolores i only hope that Almighty God will intervene for her and bring this priest to justice bcos we all know that the catholic church is very notorious for covering up for their preists in cases like this. We hear it all the time on CNN and BBC.
On Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 09:57 pm, writes:
Its only a 'dunce' that would thnk "men of God" can see no evil and do no evil. In fact the very mindset betrays an ignorance that forms one of the basis of the oppression and repressions of Africans by fellow Africans and by people of other races. Africans are given to ascribing virtues to elders, peronalities and religious leaders wihtout prior proof that such an individual deserved that by their lifestyles whether in public or in private. The guys here trumpeting the virtues of a Richard Burke (i dont know him) betray the African disease of listlessly and mindlessly singing about what they do not know. we sing about people in leadership to the high heavens especially if they have been our benefactors in one way or the other. we are more concerned about ourselves rather than do things that may make the case for the common good. why are we like this? I am a pentecostal minister and i have heard and have known ministers who have not only fallen into sex sins but who also have remained perpetually involved with other women to whom they have not been married. so what makes a catholic priest different? is it because he wears white? And when will you get your proof that the priest may be guilty? when he sleeps with your mother? or with your sister or daughter? We all know that immoral sex acts are not done in public. so its always a case of your word against his.This woman says she has taped evidences of the words of this man recounting his escapades with even married women. My problem is not only with this case but with the way we africans think. this has over time become the basis of our fundamental dificulties as a race and as our diffenrent nationalities. we dont think! we have a mind but we hardly use it. Maybe if you just waited a while and think you may just by some little-tiny-whimpy chance realize that men of God are 'men' first before they are 'of God'. Just three letter words...MAN OF GOD. so he is still a man and he can be used of the devil just like other men are atimes or even at all times. The other day bill clinton claimed to have seen no evil and done no evil, but when investigations were done he came back begging for forgiveness.I believed him then and i eagerly hoped all miss Lewinsky had to say was just 'trash', because i really liked Mr Clinton (and i still do).But the end he admitted to having "an inapproriate relationship" with miss lewinsky A man inAustria camped his own daughter in the basement of his own house and made her into a sex-slave for some 16 years plus. she eventually had 4 children for by him. Abeg my brother and sister...lets start opening our minds up. Let us start using our minds. Maybe Richard Burke will still come back asking for forgiveness (that is if he ever repents) when he does Im sure it would be without prior consultation with his 'trumpeters'. And what will you then do? Please lets start using our minds and lets start knowing that in this present world...ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE....including the ones you dont want to hear!
On Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 10:00 pm, Nick writes:
the riddle is getting clearer. the wicked shall not go un punished. we are beginning the unravel the plot. the one who was looking for means to get a pound of flesh thus masterminded this report. know that the rot of God which has been upon you for your evil shall spread to members of your family for such an acusation against a holy man of God. The Archbishop has made effort in living a Holy life. your ambition failed you thus you sort a way of vengence. your phone calls to promote the news, your jubilations are well spelt out. its an unfortunate situation that your continued your evil plots to this level.
On Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 10:02 pm, Dele writes:
THE COMMENT IMMEDIATELY ABOVE WAS WRITTEN BY ME DELE FROM ABUJA, NIGERIA
On Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 10:11 pm, Dele, Abuja nigeria writes:
Mr Nick or is it Miss Nick whatever you are and whoever you are...ask Burke, "how much did this woman demand of you before making the story public"? or what do you think she stands to gain by exposing you"? you (Nick)have reduced human beings to animals. even animals have a conscience. And i want to let you know that its not everything an individual does that have some 'plot' behind it...sometimes you do things by the obligations of your conscience. Thats fundamental to human beings...i mean real human beings.
On Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 10:25 pm, Nick, Warri writes:
thank you Dele. we may say we do not know every action of a person but from evidence this man is not what was painted in the account given by this lady. let her present more facts. you cannot from abuja which is about 600 km from warri aplaud the story of this lady.
On Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 10:34 pm, writes:
if mr. Clinton admitted it is because he was guilty. should a man admit being guilty of what he has no idea of. in recent times this lady has been visited by an ambitious man who has failed in his ambition. if she says her sister was involved let her provide details so that her sister can testify. if she says hundred of nigerian girls let her state other even two will be sufficient. she said she was admitted in a hospital where the event took place, provide details of the hospital let us go and check the records if anyone like her was admitted during that period. it is so amazing the evil continues to triumph to such a tempo. are we so irritated by the presence of the rightous that we plot to kill them just the way the life of the prophet Jerimiah was threatened? this message was first published by This day news online under comment but when they scrutized it they probably thought it wise to remove it because of the incredulity of the assertions. it was then repeated hook, line and sinker here. it is definitely clear that the author has an agenda that is yer to be spelt out.
On Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 11:50 am, emmenuel from benin writes:
some of you amazed me on how you think! those of you suporting the bishop are doing so based on who he is to you and how you've known and see him.which is entirely not wrong.but pause for a while and rethink.why will a woman doing well in canada with a good family want to do a thing like this?that's because she has learnt over the years that what we see as nothing in nigeria is incredibly a cruel,wicked,damaging,stimagizing and punishable offence.the effect it has on the victims sometimes makes them unable to come out and expose him.first of all how many of our women have the proper education about abuse or being taken advantage of?those of you suporting him, what if it were your sister or mum?would you have allowed someone to provide the evidence or would you have allowed them to come out publicly expecially in front of your dad,classmates,family etc?even you would'nt want that as an african and that is the stigma and shame that is also extended to you who is not the primary victim and the advantage the bishop is taking because he knows it will be difficult for these people to come out.i just hope non of these people are your fiancees,or loved ones,then you will learn to to trust people by their looks or religous positions.i was i manservant i have seen what this priest can do to ladies.its so sad that people who they have been nice to will never want to beleive a thing like this.Nick,Dele doesn't have to be in warri before he knows.what if he was once there and he witnessed it?those of you who are closer see less than those who are far away.where you with him in agbarho or new jersey or in benin or even in ireland?how about the priest in ireland and other parts of the uk who abused 32,000 teenagers?how about the bishop in canada that was recently caught in the airport importing ponography and doing prostisution trade with people in cambodia,thailand and other developing country?this same bishop was reported 20yrs ago when he was still a priest and nobody did anything about it.they even went as far as to make him a bishop.now what goes around comes around.God is just exposing them and no one can stop God.hide the truth,bend the truth,twist the truth but it always have its way of finding itself! you all we see beyound every reasonable doubt that this lady is right atleast to some extent and you shall know that the Lord alone is the only true and righteous Judge! this bad priest are stigmatizing the good ones.when they try to oppose them,they'll be tyransfered to remote area and be threatened.giving bad names to the church of God.what a shame!
On Monday, October 12, 2009 at 11:44 am, writes:
@Nick...I may be 600kilometers from Warri, but its so easy for me to applaud the story of this lady BECAUSE I HAVE HEARD THE RECORDED TAPES WHERE BISHOP BURKE ADMITTED TO THESE OFFENCES AND APOLOGISED TO HER PROFUSELY ABOUT THESE CRIMES. The sad thing is you havent heard these tapes yourself. Really it would have been just ok if he had apologised all the way, but to apologise to her and then deny all of these to other people is intolerable!
On Monday, October 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm, Ifeoma, Ibadan writes:
Dolores, I do not know what you stand to gain by this publication, remember Jesus words "Touch not my annointed and do my prophet no harm " Do have a re-think, may God forgive you!!!
On Monday, October 12, 2009 at 04:44 pm, writes:
Dear ifeoma,since you decided to go with the bible,so be it. The book of Ephentian chapter 5 ,verse 10 to 14 says "Try to learn what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the worthless things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead ,bring them out to the light.{it is really too shameful even to talk about the things they do in secret.} And when all things are brought out to the light,then their true nature is clearly revealed; for anything that is clearly revealed becomes light. That is why it is said ,"wake up sleeper,and rise from death and christ will shine on you." Someone have said they have listen to the tapes and I too have done the same. it is very said and depressing for me to know that archbishop richard burke have done and commited such a crime and not resign. What can of a gospel is he preaching? Africa is going to be the next place that God is going to face with this sex abuse by priest. Ifeoma, God himself said "my judgement will began in my own house" Touch not my anionted is for good chilren of God. archbishop richard burke cannot be anointed and at the same time sextually involve with vonurable young girls who hardly can eat once a day. that contradict the word or God. We all have to be careful what we say. This lady have done what most of us can not do. May the good lord bless her. Everone is normal, until you get to know them. It is a sad day for the church. Dolores ,you did a good job coming out to expose this shameleess Richard Burke. I hope they dont send him back to nigeria. Even lied to his fellow prisrt that he is going for treatment. he is also a lier. wolf in sheep clothing.
On Monday, October 12, 2009 at 06:17 pm, writes:
"In Gemany they came first for the communists and I didnt speak up,because i wasnt a communist. Then they came for the Jews and I didnt speak up,because I wasnt a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionist and I didnt speak up,because i wasnt a trade unionist. Then they came for the protestants and I didnt speak up,because I am a catholic. Then they came for me and by that time ,no one was left to speak up." Do you have to be abuse first for you to belief that ARCHBISHOP RICHARD BURKE , AN IRISH, ABUSE THIS LADY?
On Monday, October 12, 2009 at 08:46 pm, Lynda writes:
What did our Lord Jesus Christ say to the Pharisees who wanted to stone the adulterous woman, He said he who is without sin should be the first to cast the stone at her, they all dropped their stones and walked away. We all are sinners before God, and none is free, so whatever anyone has done, he or she does not deserve a public condemnation, but we need to pray that the grace of God may abound in all of us to enable do His will always. May the name of the Lord be praised both now and forever more. Amen.
On Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 06:18 pm, Eddy, Warri writes:
Thanks Mr. Emmanuel from Benin. its an unfortunate thing that all effort mounted to prevent him from assuming the seat of the archbishop ofBenin proved abortive but resulting to such a step ... is more unfortunate for Benin. it is beyond being malicious.
On Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 06:31 pm, Odiri writes:
Emmanuel well done for your comment. You have reasoned finely. But it is clear from your opening statement that you are yet to proceed beyond the boundaries of Edo state. I even wonder if you have moved as much as ekpoma or maybe you stopped at Ehor thinking you have entered ishan. You think paupers are not in canada? hic ... find out the reson many people who travel abroad refuse to return home for even a visit after 10 years. some cant afford a ticket, others have nothing to show for wasted time while their mates who endured the difficulties of the system here have either cars or houses as a reward. fame is a desire of many abroad. it makes them feel like celebrities. Dont be suprise, there is a lot the woman tends to gain from all this. Nick, I appreciate your comment.
On Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm, Joseph, Warri. writes:
I have personally met a lady who has confided in me on this kind of issue about this same bishop. I will speak with her again and make her understand she must come out to talk. I am amazed at people when they speak as if it is impossible for this kind of act to happen. We have seen in the news before where people have to defend men of God for acts like this only for such men of God coming out at the end to admit their crime. For those who are in doubt,please i`d advise you to sit, wait and see. Don`t defend what you don`t know. I will advise the victim of this act that i know, to use this forum at the minimum to tell you her story. I am proud to be a catholic but i am ashamed of acts like this. Dolores,i dont know you but based on the evidence that i have about a victim,i believe you. Please fight on and people like me are behind you. And if the bishop dedides to be a hardened sinner and refuse to confess and repent,we all know what will befall him,the bible is not ambiguous about it.
On Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 04:09 pm, Oke writes:
Please those believing the story of the lady should ask themselves what is thier interest and what do they stand to gain? From the argument of those who support the woman, it is clear that is a plot because of the strength of your argueent and hatred for the archbishop. This is amazingly disappointing. How can u condemn a man you have not seen or lived with? Please stop this nonsense and face your lives. if the arcbishop is guilty, leave that to God. Dnt play God\'s role and be a judge. if he is not guitly, you should also leave it to God. Which person among those supporting this woman has not committed sin before. Pleasse use your time to pray for the growth of church, insstead of being an agent of the devil destroying the church. let us mind our business and leave this matter for those who are hanling it, while we pray for the church. Please stop playing God on this matter.
On Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 04:18 pm, JANE writes:
Thank you Oke. Let us leave this issue alone. We are fighting ourselves here over an issue that we barely know so much about. Like Oke said, we should leave this whole thing to God. Soe people are acting as if they are paid to destroy the archbishop. What are you going to profit. Some of you speak in a manner you will not even speak about your enemy. Please give some credit to the archbishop. Do not be disrespectful to him and speak in manner that is not right. A good christian will only pray at such a time like this. let us pray instead of trading words right here.
On Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 04:19 pm, JANE writes:
Thank you Oke. Let us leave this issue alone. We are fighting ourselves here over an issue that we barely know so much about. Like Oke said, we should leave this whole thing to God. Soe people are acting as if they are paid to destroy the archbishop. What are you going to profit. Some of you speak in a manner you will not even speak about your enemy. Please give some credit to the archbishop. Do not be disrespectful to him and speak in manner that is not right. A good christian will only pray at such a time like this. let us pray instead of trading words right here.
On Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 09:34 pm, nichol, from kenya writes:
All of u are mumus,I mean fools and i mean all of u who are supporting richard burke and those against him.Judge ur lives.Face ur lives.Remember the one u did the other day,.is it bcos no body is saying it?Are ur hands clean?God knows his people
On Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm, johnson writes:
Things are not often as they appear. but let he who is without sin be the first to cast the stone. time, time is a sincere judge. but let those who know nothing be quiet and those who claim to have listened to a tape. let them tell us where to find it.
On Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 11:39 pm, writes:
Are you the bossman johnson? May God help you. We are trying to locate you. Open your eyes. I wish you Gods help in life.
On Monday, October 19, 2009 at 12:49 am, priscal,nigeria benin city writes:
i have carefully followed the aligation of Dolores Atwood and other rational contributions from different individuals from different part of the world.my contribution is going to come from a different angle.it could be true that our bishop did exactly what this woman is saying and it could never be false that he did not do it.my argument for saying the above is based on my personal experience with some priests.,89%of our priest sleep with women more than married men,so many of our young girls today are been dis-virgin by our catholic priest most especially when this young girls go to church for one spiritual activities or the others.as am writing now so many girls are in the priest rooms doing what?some who entered this sexual relationship very early find it very difficult to let go because all her want are meet.i wish to wake all young and old women who must have suffered what Dolores Atwood suffered stand up and do same,come out with facts.doing so, we are helping our priest to keep to their vows,an protecting our unborn child from such sacrilege.
On Monday, October 19, 2009 at 01:16 am, jude benin city writes:
your Grace,i know you must have been felling bad about this issue,well THAT is life for you.if what the woman said is true beg God for forgiveness and apologies to the lady.but if it\'s untrue,take as your cross and beg GOD to forgive her.above all advice your priests there own may be worse.
On Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 10:37 am, Okemutie,Benin. writes:
Let everyone who reads and hears about this restrains his or herself. Only God knows the truth.Mere conjecture will not help,neither the proponents or the opponents. In all,let us not jugde,rather,we should pray for the parties involved.Even if it is true,we all should learn to temper justice with mercy afterall we are human and if you have never sinned both in private and public keep casting the stone...only God will save us all.
On Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 10:48 am, Ogbemudia Otas,Benin City writes:
May God have mercy on us. Difficult times are bound to come.No one should support wrong doing of anykind.All should be careful while we condemn the Archbishop even before he is given the chance to defend himself.Dolores,please take things easy,you may the correct but there are other enemies of the Catholics priesthood who may want to exploit the situation.I am praying for you and the whole church whose good name will be highly injured by these varied comments.
On Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 10:57 am, Franka writes:
What is you people's argurement? If actually the archbishop is guilty, did he commit the sin alone? so why should he appologise to a lady that is an ingrate, after she has enjoyed all the goodies associated with being close to an archbishop, she can now open her mouth wide to talk against the archbishop. I have no doubt that it was through the connection of the archbishop that she met her Canadian husband - what an ingrate!!! What is our christian life all about if not for prayer, forgiveness and reconcilliation - I think it is high time we stopped all comments on this same issue, it is not glorifying God.
On Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 11:06 am, Abigail,NY writes:
An awesome tail,isnt it? This is a funny shit.Its no good to blackmail the entire church.I am some sure there are still good pastors all over the world.It happens here quite often and people get huge pay packets.Guys pray for your priests,they are in real danger men.I am no priest,I don even go to church but this whole shit is worrysome you know.
On Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm, ONOME,WARRI. writes:
Franka! I am sure if you have the opportunity to sleep with the "BISHOP" for the so called gooooodies,you will. It is clear from your statement. I am sorry for you. Anyway,if Dolores got her connection through the "BISHOP",please kindly look for one bishop in your area for your own connection. I am ashamed of your comment...
On Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 10:11 am, IrishCanonlawyerPriester writes:
This is in deed sad. But no one should doubt these events. If anyone has been following events the news in Ireland the church is paying dearly now for past abuses in children homes, for emotional and physical abuse. News, of the Paraguay bishop, now President of that country who impregnated a young woman, and whom he began to sleep with as minor, the case of archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo, and rumours regarding the unsuccessful sexual harrassment and intended molestation of a Nigerian nun, Paschaline Aligweke by a former Bishop of Okigwe; and including known rumours related to the current archbishop of Nigeria, Abuja, John Onaiyekan and Nigerian nuns must all give us goose bumps but not to deny these stories. Let Burke resign. Let him come out to disprove this woman. This woman a moslem convert, has so much personal details of this man that the burden is now more on Bishop Burke to disprove these allegations. What if this woman's sister comes out publicly? People think. Yes, the church is of God, but it is human beings made of flesh and blood that are in it. People do make mistakes. If married people with one wife cannot stay with their one wife and look around, we know how hard it can be for a priest without one. Yes, there are some cold days too and we all feel this. But the issue is that this kind of pattern of exploitation must be investigated. If the St. Patrick's fathers have any shame at all, they must conduct a transparent investigation and notify the Vatican immediately about what they are hearing. My hunch is that since this is a third world country, where the legal system is not well developed to accomodate those needs, they would play some games. But I bet given that this woman is now located in Canada, if she is able to prove her case beyond any reasonable doubt, the Bishop Burke, should be angling for trouble. More so, the woman should contact the diocese in New Jersey where Burke worked to see if there is any pattern there too, once a U.S. link can evolve then they can do a class action case or individual case, with one acting as witnesses. These allegations if credible would truly incriminate the Bishop Burke. I know a lot of Irish priests and bishops have women here, and some old missionaries transported this to Nigeria it seems. Remember the 1992 case of the former bishop of Galway, fathering a child with an American woman?
On Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 10:38 am, IrishCanonlawyerPriester writes:
I posted one above. However, following a quick web research on Dolores Atwoods, I found the following opinion that she wrote when Archbishop Milingo married in 2001. In a BBC June 11, 2001-"should Catholic Priests Marry?" Dolores, stated this- [Nobody is forced to be a priest. Anyone who is a priest, knows the rules before becoming one, that is why we have other churches. If you like to be a married minister, you can choose from the many other good churches out there. It doesn't have be the Catholic Church, it's all a matter of choice. Not everyone is called to marry. Is anything wrong if we have some few people in this world who want to dedicate their lives to the service of GOD? Those who choose to marry should do so like me, and those who choose to be a priest should remain so. Dolores Atwood, Nigerian living in Canada ] I wonder, how someone could write that favourable statement, and now turn around to go after another archbishop who may or may not have had an affairs. I am trying to put the legal puzzles together and see whether this make any sense. Dolores, if you still signed on please reply. YOur credibility is on the line, and should this go legally on-line your entire history would be somewhat put on display.
On Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 10:57 am, IrishCanonlawyerPriester writes:
If this is the same Dolores Atwood, she seems enterprising. But I wonder why it took her this long to come out- when in fact, she kept talking to the archbishop. Was her needs not met financially? was she in danger of divorce? was she in financial crises? In spite of all, she continued to be actively involved in her church, serving as lector and all that. I wonder whether this is typical of those abused? Is this a case of jealousy, thinking that the archbishop who is fond of her, is now closer also to her sister? was the archbishop been a good friend continuing to support her, and in her marriage? If the intention is not evil why did she make those tapes- in many places in North America, except for the government, tapes made without disclosure/consent of the other party are not tenable in court. Is this a publicity stunt? Delores needs to clear this questions for the sake of her integrity, especially as one who is interested in politics. I do hope that this is not all targeted toward making her promote her politics using church/priests' sex abuse as a scaffold to a brighter career? My job here is to ensure there is integrity and not just some dummy ass accusations against an innocent clergy, though the Catholic Church as I alerted prior has gotten lots of bad press. Atwood, Dolores CANDIDATE DETAILS Affiliation Liberal Name Dolores Atwood Address Yarmouth, Nova Scotia , Canada Email None Website None Born Unknown Died Still Living (2009 years) Contributor John Hodgman Last Modifed John Hodgman Jun 04, 2006 09:49am Tags Info Dolores Atwood is a very active, vocal and hard working community leader with a strong commitment in seeing Yarmouth grow. Since coming to Yarmouth in 1999, Dolores has served the community by sitting on the Town & Municipal Joint Heritage and Yarmouth Municipal Planning Advisory Committees. She has served as the President of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Yarmouth and Nova Scotia and is actively involved with the local Women in Business initiative. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Yarmouth Arts Regional Center (Th’ YARC) and has joined the newly formed Immigration Initiatives Committee. Dolores is involved within the Church and serves as a lector at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. She has taught Sunday school at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Brooklyn and in the past has taught Catechism and Religious studies. Dolores is also active with the “After Five Club”, a non-denominational group that meet monthly. She was born in Ondo State Nigeria in 1969. She studied a bachelor in International Relations at Oba Femi Awolowo Federal University (OAU) from 1989 to 1993 and was the Vice President of the International Relations Student Association at OAU. She Immigrated to Canada in 1995 and married her husband Chris Atwood. From 1996 to 1998, Dolores was employed with the Government of Thailand as a community development coordinator. While in this position, she played a leading role in obtaining domestic and international funds to assist in the establishment of a Childcare Development Center in the Province of Phrae. After returning to Canada in 1998, Dolores served as the Nova Scotia representative on the CUSO (Canadian University Services Overseas) Atlantic Council. Dolores is a mother of 3 school age children and has worked as a teacher’s aid at the Port Maitland Elementary School. She has been a Board member of Parents Place and is presently involved with the Meadow Fields Home and School Association. In 2004 Dolores’ concerns over the challenges and issues facing local schools prompted her to run for a position on the Tri-County School Board. During this close race, Dolores had the opportunity to talk to many people living in the Municipality of Yarmouth and to discuss the challenges that are being faced not only in Education but also in regards to Health and Economic growth. Dolores believes that Yarmouth’s strength is its people and their resilience and determination to progress. Dolores has proven her commitment and desire to work and serve her community of Yarmouth and has shown, time and time again, the leadership and vision that Yarmouth needs to progress
On Friday, October 23, 2009 at 06:31 pm, Nick writes:
Thank you very much, irishcanonlawyerpriester! it's clear there are many things yet unspoken in this whole case. Archbishop Burke had no problem until he got to a land where he was not welcomed. benin wanted their son ( indigene ) to become the archbishop and seat on the throne. It appears that it is this hatred that is further spearheaded and has been hatched in this case. From warri, it is clear that the archbishop is a holy man of God. both catholics and non-catholics as well as christians and non-christians testify to this. may God protect his servants from the plans of the evil one.
On Friday, October 23, 2009 at 07:32 pm, paul writes:
It is very sad to hear that another priest from ireland is pretending to be aan irishcanonlawyer to cause more pain to the christian community. If this man has coomitted this crime in ireland , he will be in prison by now. Why will a pretend priest say he is a irishcanonlawyer who do exatly the same thing as his friend richard burke go and search on this lady as if she is the one who abuse children? ARCHBISHOP RICARD BURKE commit a crime and you are going after the victim? SHAME ON YOU.
On Friday, October 23, 2009 at 07:34 pm, helen writes:
Irishcanonlawyer my foot and SHAME ON YOU AND RICHARD BURKE,both of you are child abusers.
On Friday, October 23, 2009 at 07:49 pm, Abidal writes:
Personally, I did contacted this lady,because I wanted to know the truth. I first wrote in this forum, and I was among those who critised her, But from all I have been hearing out there that is a devoted catholic that have brought convert to the church, that included her moslim family, and again what surprises me again from what I heard, that she is a very honest and compationate person, so I decided to make contant with her and hear her own story and the tapes she hear. She was indeed what they say she is. Very frank and straight forward. I asked her about the tapes. She said wait a minete and returned back with it and I listen to it. My jaw drop. Dele was right when he wrote from above that he hadf heard the takes. I felt bad ,because of all that I have said about this lady. may God forgive me . I thought the bishop was innocent, in fact we all own this lady an apology. Why should a lady who is happy married and doing very well want lie. She is telling the truth. Archbishop richard burke. you have wrong this lay ,,please resign and get help. You have missled us all. I am a proud catholic, but I am ashame end of you abuse and how you have divided our church. I am very soory miss dolores Atwood. Please keep up the fight.
On Friday, October 23, 2009 at 09:46 pm, irishcanonlawyerpriester writes:
Some of you herein are just have small minds. In my first post, I have made the point that this abuse is intolerable and sympathized with Dolores Atwoods. I do not know what it is and how it works in the courts in Nigeria, but in the west, the personality, character, outward and gestured demeanours and other personal aspects are focused and scrutinized to provide a clear picture of the parties, offer the jury and opportunity to contemplate upon the crime to reach a definitive decision. The law must scrutinize both parties decisively and thorougly. My point in researching Dolores is to point out that she is real. Her achievements speak for her. However, she has not made a clear case beyond using the tools of the internet to vilify archbishop Burke. Here are my reasons. Dolores feels strongly about the Catholic priesthood and their celibacy. At the time she was writing (2001), she felt she was already violated and still was a strong advocate for a celibate priesthood. She continues to be active in her Catholic faith, which is laudable, in spite of the acclaimed abuses she had experienced, without feeling betrayed and hurt. The criminal justice system does work in looking at the whole picture. Allegations are easy to make. Motives can be everything and this is what in litigation every sound lawyers would be driving at. That, in fact, does not exonerate archbishop Burke, my country man and fellow priest. It only states that the structure of the legal system may not work to Dolores advantages. Both Dolores and Archbishop Burke have all erred enormously, in ways that legally complexify the so-called crimes. Lets take a peep into the reason. First, for Dolores. Dolores, even after she got married was still infactuated with the archbishop in a long distance relationship. She seemed to have continued the relationship from day, and thereafter, knowing as she alleged that this man was having affairs with other women. The simple legal test is: why did she choose to remain in the relationship, and for that long? Why was this relationship with an abuser not feel damaging. For archbishop Burke, here is his fault. Even, if she truly cared for this woman and her ordeals, he should have stopped conversing with her, and put an instant stop to the relationship; more so knowing that she was already married and with children. Further, he had no business, if Dolores facts are correct of continuing to discuss with her husband. They were already dealing with a lot, and he was still not leaving the scene. Now, I do not know how Nigerians see issues but here are my opinions. Most Nigerians are very narrow minded in their selected preferences and biases. Those who decry archbishop Burke and siding with Dolores, and those pro-Burke and anti-Dolores. Most are not ready to scrutinize this issue thoroughly. Most are hearing just one version and they are ready to take side. That is not how the criminal justice system work, especially the English Common Law that I suppose frame most of Nigerian legal practices and systems. More fundamentally, there are legal issues here too of whether, even if Delores is credible, the statutes of limitations have expired in this case. Further, what legal jurisdiction does she intend to utilize, Nigerian, Canadian, Irish, Roman, and what kind criminal, civic, canon law? It is not a straight answer here. My hunch is that Dolores would be unable to legally outwit the archbishop given some of these topical and complex problems. In Nigeria, the scene where the supposed crime(s) occurred, even if the statute of limitation has not expired,my impression is that it would be difficult to win due to the institutional constraints, Nigerians religiosity, the trauma of isolation and shame (cultural factors in that society) etc. It would also be long as Nigerian judicial systems are often clogged and takes long number of years to adjudicate on pending cases. I do not think that if no crime is committed in either Canada or Ireland (Burke's country of origin), that she can sue there. Her most viable option is that if she contacts the diocese where Burke worked in New Jersey and someone surface, she can acting as that person witness, and in the event that person win her case, use that to her legal advantage. Even this is doubtful given that she is not an American resident. I know how painful abuses are, and scrippling and damaging. But to also be fair to archbishop Burke, could it be stated that following immigration, and under the direct influence of some fake psychologists, they induced Delores to recall memories that lead to such framing, and without basis? This do happen at times, and of course many families have been damaged as a result of psychologists' insinuations that are not true in reality but rather induced. But again, is Dolores mad because her sister was also close to Burke, is this a case of sibling jealousy and rivalry, and fight for relevance, benefits and accruing privileges? Does she feel sidelined and despised? Fundamentally, where is Dolores sister, is she on her side? Is she talking? Is she ready to take the stand in a legal tussle against Burke and in favour of her sister? Dolores story would be more credible if more people come out and are able to prove beyond all means and reasonable doubt that Burke also violated them. All of these beg for thorough understanding and scrutiny. Having done an attempt to present these issues, as Nick herein raised, there are a lot of other motives that can be at work here. The case of Warri diocese and Benin archdiocese, where there was a tussle for the bishop's office may be a motive here. Is anyone using the closeness of a disgrunted Dolores (suspecting her sister is sleeping around with her best lover) to try to supplant Burke? We may never know. But the fact that Dolores also selected to fight her fight on the internet, shows she has limited access or even valued confidence that her case would make it through the judicial system(s). It shows some desperation. More so, she was using an opinon segment of a major Catholic newspaper, such intent shows malice, including desperation. That is not far fetched. Abuse of any kind must be decried. But even as an adult, and for many years Dolores did not put herself in a good position as she was very much enthuses with Burke. Burke also acted poorly, in a way that makes me doubt the competency of his judgement as a bishop of a major archdiocese in Nigeria. Abidal issue about a woman who is happily married with kids, sound very naive? Don't married people with children have motives, poor judgements, and also low self-esteemed? Such arguments are in deed porous and devoid of critical sense as an instrumentation in pursuing legal liability. How do we even know that this woman is happily married? If she was happily married she would not be contacting a bishop, who did not want her married to her husband in the first place, as she recounts. As Irish and a Priest, I might be biased, but I have shared this facts because I believe any and all unwarranted, non-mutual abuses are demeaning and damaging. Consentual and mutual affairs, even if they are in poor tastes, happening between adults are a different matter. I have put myself against the church in pointing out against what I perceive as archbishop Burke's actions, and have even called on him to resign if these events are factual.
On Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 01:01 am, prisca writes:
You are obviously not a spiritual priest and a friend to richaid burke ,because of the way you discribed the nigerian people and that you are very insencitive of others and you just generalise,because you are not hearing or like what people are saying about richard burke. I do not believe that there is a motive behind this. I think you are trying to discourage dolores from pursuing this case. You mention about culture factor and isolation and shame, shows that richard knows and took advantage of it. Well you cannot distroy the truth.I believe that this lady is strong and I think this issue is going to be bigger than we think. Alot of people here are behind this lady and I heard that she is already have people calling her for support. She has a very good reputation, judging from those who went to school with her and well respected at her university and very smart too and you can not even find any wrong even when you search.I believe that richard burke abuse this lady at 14th. A lady who went to a forign counties and have acheive all this in a short period of time, shows she is responsible. Her life and who she is spoke of her. she loves her family and everyone knows that.By the way,a priest did something teribly wrong to my family, but we never left the church. He left eventually. Richard burke must have groom this lady , i know it is all phychological that he keep communicating with her shows that he has been afriad of this lady exposing him for a long time and manupulating her and that is why the communication ,not that she was having a sextual relationship with him.. You will be surprise how she will fight back.
On Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 02:50 am, Angela writes:
Fr patrick, I heard you were booted out of nigeria in relation to all this, and that you have a good knowledge of what richard burke was doing and you were also invoved. No more free women, driver and the warm sun weather,? now you are cold and wish you are back in nigeria. Sorr.Thank you cadinal olubummy
On Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 03:51 am, Seeker of Justice and Truth writes:
I am writing this note in response to irishcannonlawyerpriest. Though you have made some valid points, you have also been somewhat biased and skewed in your “legal” opinions and you have also made some very reckless assumptions, if you are writing your comments from a truly neutral and uninfluenced position. In an earlier statement you have said that “tapes made without disclosure/consent of the other party are not tenable in court”, this is not necessarily true, in fact, taped conversations are OFTEN used as evidence and are examined with the same lens as letters and other documents in criminal law. I would suggest that you hit your law books Fr. P.C.. Secondly, you make a dangerous assumption, if you are truly commenting as an observer of this blog. You have google searched Dolores Atwood and have pasted her bio and comments from a BBC site. Canada is a country of more than 30 million people, how are you sure that the info that you have inserted is that of the “Dolores Atwood” making the complaint against Richard Burke? If you do not have intimate knowledge of this, you, as a lawyer have opened yourself up to a number of serious allegations! I will base the rest of what I write on your assumptions. In your “unbiased” statement on Dolores’ faith you question how could someone who was abused remain active and involved in the Church? I know that you are playing the “devils advocate” and for those other gentle readers of this site, I would propose; There are many people who have been abused at a young age by religious people and remain actively involved in the Church and do not disclose their abuse because of the shame and guilt that they feel. It is often not until they are much older when they disclose the abuse. Some people who are abused as youngsters become abusive when they get older. Who is not to say, that Richard Burke was not abused by a Saint Augustan Brother when he was attending school and that his abusive sociopathic tendencies are not a result of this? We must also delve more seriously into the allegation of the abuse and when the abuse started. Dolores states that she was 14 years old and that her parents were separating. For a young girl this must have been traumatic. She was looking for counseling and for someone to listen to her. Richard Burke, at the same time would have been… 35 years old! Do I need to draw a picture? A 35 year old white man, who is in a position of power and a vulnerable 14 year old Nigerian girl (wake up!). Now, let us look at Dolores’ youngest sister. I will assume that she was 17 to 19 years of age when Richard molested her. We must now ask again, how old was Richard? Was he 50 to 51 years of age? The though of such an old man with young women is revolting and disgusting as well as being illegal! Now let us look at culture. I will assume once again, that irishcannonlawyerpriest you have spent some time in Nigeria and are aware of some of the cultural “faupas” of that Country. You are then probably aware that if a man were to knowingly engage in sexual relationships with two sisters (same mother/same father) that that would be considered a Nigerian CULTURAL ABOMINATION! Gentle readers, could we not assume that this may have been the tipping point that made Dolores want to come forward? Now for a moment let us return back to the “relationship” that existed between Richard Burke and Dolores Atwood in most recent times. It is obvious, if we take Dolores’ account as being credible, as St Patrick’s Missionary Society has done, that Richard Burke often used manipulation and intimidation to perpetuation the relationship. Richard Burke, would tell Dolores that “if anyone found out about the relationship, that it would be bad for him and bad for the Church” he would also state “ If your husband found out about this he will surely divorce you and take the children”. Imagine, a woman living in a foreign country, without any relatives and hearing such threats, do you not think that she would be afraid to speak out? Richard Burke has shown very little regard towards Dolores or her sister. If we look at Richard Burke’s nature and the cycle of abuse that is obviously seen in evidence submitted, we start to see signs of a serial abuser with sociopathic tendencies. I would suggest that anyone who is not familial with the signs or profile of a sociopath go to this site: http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html . Irishcannonlawyerpriest, you have chosen to keep your identity a secret, that is your choice as it is mine. You have also chosen to play the “devils advocate” and to provide skewed “legal” opinions disguised as being objective, but clearly ignoring many of the allegations raised against the Archbishop by Dolores Atwood. As members of the Body of Christ, we have a responsibility to respect life and humanity and to ensure justice and peace for all within our Church. God’s Judgment will start in His Own House. We must look beyond our fraternities and remember our obligations to God and Jesus, or else, we are no better than the Pharisees and Sadducees of Old. Let us join to stop the abuse and heel the suffering.
On Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 08:16 pm, irishcanonlawyerpriester writes:
Seekerofjustice and truth, I appreciate this response. Somehow, I think it is Dolores voice being articulated, but that does not make a difference. In my initial post here, I did sympathized enormously with Dolores' conditions, and I asked her to seek justice, even by contacting authorities in the New Jersey diocese that Burke worked. If allegations do surface there, there is a more likely and higher possibility of Dolores having her day in court, at least if not for herself but as a witness bringing attention to a critical issue. I do definitely understand abuse and I have enjoined options that may not be attuned to the thinking of the majority of Catholics, including authorities within my own church. You put it better, here was is been done is playing the "devil's advocate" and that is what the judicial system does to arrive at the facts. Emotional and physical abuses, which additional details seekerofjustice and truth has presented that is not within the original posting herein, offers more details- though it is this that makes me think, Dolores or any of her surrogate is the one posting. But no big deal.\ Surely, I did spend sometime in Nigeria for a number of years and traveled the world. The point I made about making tapes secretly is a general norm in the United States and Canadian legal system. I was trying to weight and measure, candidly the different trajectories open to Dolores to pursue her case, while also bringing to the fore the enormous challenges, including heightened additional emotional crises that would be generated during the litigation, especially trial scenario. These processes are cruel and painstaking. That is the bare truth. No one is saying that what the archbishop did, if it is true, is appropriate. But again, human life and affairs are not that simplistic, and the legal options, are not often as easy as many people sometimes think. It is draining and time consuming, it can be humiliating and strenuous on the psyche. That is my point precisely. However, Dolores' intents would be scrutinized. More so, the way I understand the current Nigerian legal system, there is no systematic framework in place to deal with some of these allegations, at least as I know it. I would conjecture that the bulk of the allegations did happen in Nigeria, and so this is where the judicial determination would naturally have to take place, except if Dolores can prove that some of this occurred while she was in Canada, in which case, she was then an adult. Given that she continued to engage the archbishop in endearing and amorous conversations may constitute a problem for validating even if such occurred that this was not a consentual relationship. Then, the bishop's lawyers can get him to agree it was consensual, and the best alternative recourse to Dolores, would then not be a criminal option, but a civil law suit. All, I was doing is playing out these entire scenario. For Dolores, as hard as these events are, her location in the west privileges her. But her motives would always continued to be questioned and suspect, even if she is telling the truth. The structures and systems of our human society respect institutions. It is taking societies like the United States, Canada, and now Ireland many years to come to terms with events that happened many decades ago. It is not often that easy. The issue is not about the veracity here, but more about after all these allegations, denting, and public revelation, what next for both Dolores and also for Burke. In everyway, through whatever lenses and angles, it is a sad occurence, because this is no game. These actions have ramifications for the lives of the individuals involved, their present, future, and probably both physical, mental, emotional, ethical, social, and spiritual wellbeing. How they are coping is something that one would imagine is hard, in everyway. No one, not myself privileges evil, but evil in spite of all good intents or goodwill do occur in human society. We also know that in today's world, if Burke was not a priest this would hardly even draw attention. Many men, not that it is good and to be encouraged, play this game all the time. If this was done by Dolores' secondary school teacher, in Warri, this would have largely not caught on. Yet, teachers like priests, are in position of authorities and respectability. This is what compounds the problem, because if not the image of the priest, many Nigerians and expatriates do molest and harrass women all the time, pregnant them, pass on diseases to them. As a church and society, what is been called for here, is the audacity to help to foment changes, in ways that we do not unduly violate the rights of anyone, including women, whether in the church or society. Few years ago, the Irish head of the worldwide Congregation of Medical Missionaries of Mary, documented the abuse of young and vulnerable, women, especially nuns by priests and some bishops. The situation of the Zimbabwean archbishop Pius Ncube is also well-known, even though that was a consensual case, in which he denied but confronted with visual images and other facts, he came clean by accepting and apologizing to his supporters. Of course, many were livid and felt he took advantage of their loyalty. Mind you, Ncube, was someone at the time that a section of Zimbabwean society, were trying to coopt to run as that country's President to hound Mugabe out of office. We know, this things do exist. The case of the President of Paraguay, which I alluded to, in my initial posting is a case in point. He fathered a child with a woman, whom he started dating as a minor, but he did apologized and came clean. Healing comes from acceptance, humility, apology, and the attempt to make amend. Finally, as to whether the internet research proved it was the same Dolores, that was not a definitive statement either- it was a suppositional position, that expressed "if it is the same...." It was not a settled and definitive bold assertion. I do agree that they might be many Dolores Atwoods in a country of 30 million people, but the probability that it might be the same Dolores Atwood is high given that correlation of many incidental facts- described or ascribed as a Nigerian living in Canada, or an immigrant from Nigeria resident in Canada, and as one who equally happen to be Catholic. All these correlates with identities that are claimed or resembles her posted profile relative to this case. Uppermost in my mind is the healing of those who are victims and have been abused. Even more significantly is the spiritual and emotional healing of both the victims and the alleged abuser. I am sorry, both as Irish and a priest, that this even emerged at all. One thing that comes also to the fore is that most times, many people tend to think the problem of celibacy or abuse is an African problem, within a racial ranking that consider Africans somewhat as less capable of living their celibate vows in some ecclesiastical quarters. As an Irish priest and missionary, it is now time for us to own up, that we might have wrongfully presented such notion of defective priestly lifestyle to the Africans we helped evangelized, creating a dichtomy between the "normative" and the "actuality" of priestly practice. We must own up that the issue of struggling with celibacy, and even abuse, is one that is not bounded by cultural or national markers. But overall, it helps us see that the Church too is human, made up of human beings struggling to be better. The image of the church that enthrones priests as angelic, incapable of acting as other humans, sets them up for trouble. I have seen many African priests think the hell of themselves as a kind of surrogate- God, and the people rank them that way. In fact, when I was a young missionary in Nigeria and Uganda, some Africans were surprised that a priest could eat ordinary food, use the restrooms, and so excluded them by virtue of religion from the order of ordinary people. This kind of rating has its consequences in the kind of action, Dolores and her sister claim to have suffered. Finally, the entire notion of escape, and using "coyotes" or conduits for immigration; the quest for a good westernized and materialized life, subjects many young African women to the wrong people- sexual predators, international sex rings, and dubious characters. Africans must begin to see their traditional values and environment as not as sad as presupposed, because such notions also embed the seed for exploitation and ripping off young women. I am not here to be callous. I go at length to respond to this because I am saddened by it all, and I know that it is a very complex situation. I wish God's healing for all those involved; that they may know that our God can do superfluously more than we can ever imagine in bringing his peace, healing, and joys even into the most broken realities and desperate of all human situations. I look forward to Dolores and her sister's healing, while I also beg the same, especially healing, conversion of heart, even for the alleged abuser. One cannot say, that incidence such as this totally eclipse some of the good acts both for the Church, Society, and persons carried out by archbishop Burke. He might need help, for which he had never hard. It is truly at times hard to be a priest- there is a limited room for venting, debriefing, and destressing, and so, without being apologetic for archbishop Burke's actions, asking for some benevolence of heart, since we cannot except for God know the full reasons or minds of any individuals. I seek justice for acts that they are responsible, liable, and culpable, but I also think that beyond revenge, beyond revealed truths, worthwhile as they may be, justice must lead ultimately to peace. The residue of hurt, hate, violence, and revenge can be a combustive detonator whose outbursts can only boost further hates, hurts, violence, low-self-exteem, revenge, and negativity. We all have all sinned and fallen short of God's glory, but we all are also equally created in the radiance of God's love, joy, and peace. We must not allow grievance to destroy us, and that I think it is the reason St. Paul states " Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, Nor give place to the devil...Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and all evil speaking be put away from, and with all malice. And be kind to one anotner, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you" (Eph. 4: 26-26, 31-32). It worthwhile that Dolores had adhered to the St. Paul (Eph. 4: 25)- "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for you are members of one another."
On Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 08:59 pm, prisca. writes:
You have forgeting the book of Eph5:5:10-14. You seems to attack this lady, for you it seems personal. I suggest you phone her or send her an e-mail and asked her these questions,why you who claim to be a priest not act as one. Go and call her. But you prefer to judge her her.You have not acted wisely and you seems to be a trouble maker and not happy that she is exposing what you believe in. Richard burke is a sociopath like seeker of truth and justice put it.,Richard burke ,patrick iriskcananonlawyerpries,why dont you phone her? The fact you did not contact her before coming to this forum as you critized her tell alot about you. You mentioned that the nigerians are narrowminded people and you a broad minded irish priest is complaining to narrowminded people, what does that say about you? Even the devil can quot the bible. You are out for this lady and that is why you met your match,seeker of truth and justice. This man did very well. I hope he does not waste his time with you. What happen to Nairaland, did you corrupt them too? But you cant with the catholic Report, USA base , patrick.
On Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 12:34 am, irishcanonlawyerpriester writes:
Prisca, You see what you want to see. You are opinionated and that is alright by me. If you think you know better, then go to the court of law. You are not helping this young woman, who seems to be exceedingly bright, but got into a situation that is not pleasant for her wellbeing and good coping. You language of vitrol is also very appalling. If you want to assist someone, you got to be honest and let them see the whole sides of the issue. Let's be frank, the jury of the internet or media cannot rectify this situation justly. Many people are hurt, and it is their pastoral wellbeing and their ability to once again ease their pains and help them be more fully human that is at stake- not just some showy concern. Every concern that is not genuine on the long run does not stand the rigorous tests of life's complexities. Insolence and verbiage solves no issue, at least not in the manner of your narrowmindedness.
On Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 01:09 am, Seeker of Justice and Truth writes:
I need to “applaud”, my Brother in Christ, Irishcannonlawyerpriest in his ability to transform from “apt” legal advisor to “spiritual” councilor & cleric. Again, you have made many valid points. Given the current discussion, we must take what we have presented before us as stated above as fact. I must speak to the need for healing, which is the theme of Irishcannonlawyerpriest discussion. However, before we begin the journey of healing, we will need complete disclosure. Given the facts that have been presented, Richard Burke himself needs to come forward (as opposed to hiding in the Church) and confess his wrongs, not only to Dolores, who is the principal of this complaint, but to all those that have been hurt and victimized by his self-indulgences and seemingly unquenchable lust of the flesh. This includes his other victims, the parishioners of the Churches that he has served, The SPS, the Catholic Church at large, his family and in fact, the whole nation of Ireland, for which he represents when serving abroad. Given the facts that have been presented before us, we can only conclude that Richard Burke’s current situation is solely of his own making. If in 1982 when he first met Dolores and if he had done his JOB as a priest, which was to provide spiritual and emotional support and counsel, none of this would be coming out today. Irishcannonlawyerpriest is again correct, that the attention that this topic is being given is because of the rank that Archbishop Richard Burke has attained within the Church. Again, was it not Richard Burkes’ ambitious nature that brought him to his current position? It is true that this would most likely not be getting the same level of attention if the abuser had been a teacher, doctor or other professional. However, in stating that, if the abuser had been a teacher, doctor or other professional, that individual would have had their professional credentials and or licenses stripped and they themselves would have been removed from their practices immediately once the allegation was made. This would have been done long before the courts would have had an opportunity to review the facts and allegations. This leads to another very disturbing fact of this case. We know, that a written complaint was made to the Church back in March 2008, and we can only suspect that the allegations against Richard Burke were probably made verbally even earlier than that. Why then, was Richard Burke allowed to stay in Ministry and in Nigeria until July 2009? Negligence in these matters are not an excuse for the Church, given that the Church has adopted strict policies and procedures to address sexual abuse allegations. I fear that the Church’s neglect in this matter may once again cost the Church much embarrassment. This is very sad, especially when we examine the process that Dolores Atwood began. It is apparent, from the facts that we have before us, that Dolores Atwood felt that by coming forward to the Church with her complaint, that the Church would be willing and able to address this grave and serious matter. The Church, as it has done so often in the past chose to play the game known as “pass the buck” in the hopes that the situation would just go away. As I stated in my earlier comments, we, the people that represent the Body of Christ need to look beyond our fraternal obligations and return to the fundamentals of our faith, which was bought by the Blood of Christ. Instead of trying to “demonize” the victims in cases such as these, we need to embrace them, not with hollow words of “ We are sorry” but with strong actions against offenders. Let us not forget what the Catholic Church is, which is the “Universal” Church of God. It should not be up to the worldly courts of the nations to teach us morality. It should be our responsibility to teach the world a higher standard of morality through living our lives as our Savior Jesus Christ taught us. “More is expected to whom more is given”! We must not forget that our faith teaches us, that at the end of our days there is only one true court and that is the Court of The All Mighty, and His judgment of each one of us will be both true and just. Are you prepared for The Judgment?
On Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 01:33 am, prisca writes:
You are not a very serious person, you are curnny . you intentionally came to this forum to insult this innocent lady who have done the right thing to speak out,you dont like it and that was confirmed by the seeker of justice and truth. You have a temper and I can tell from the way you write. Yourself and richard have been invoved in this seek and hide game or sick game for many years until you were inplicated yourself and you were booted out. You call yourself a priest with a bad temper. Please stay in your ireland, no body need you were narrowminded people live. you are lucky that for now ,you got away because those village girls are not knowledgeable enough to put you away,but one day you will be caught, that is why you can open your mouth without shame to say what you are saying. You just quot the bible some few time ago and now you are calling me narrowminded person,you are a shame to your st patrick congregation,you abandon priest. you are a bitter man. If ARCHBISHOP RICHARD BURKE have any shame as some as a needle eye, he will resign and if you have any shame yourself you will stop communicating in this forum patrick.
On Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 01:42 am, prisca writes:
Are you bright,? you are not.Yes , Dolores Atwood is very bright,we all know that, and that is why richard burke was exposed. She was 14 ,richard burke was 35years, .Tell me,who should know better. She is not in a mess. How many qualify canonlawyers do you know or heard that put themselves to this low? The good priest are all behind this lady and praying for her and you are here attacking her and myself, because we are not saying what you want to hear.
On Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 01:48 pm, David writes:
I ran out of reading as after ten posts the brain wash was affecting me.Thankfully the last post has come down from the clouds. I have met these type of power hungry monsters and their double act is quite amazing, mostly from show biz but quite a number of priests in mIreland.
On Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 05:42 pm, irishcanonlawyerpriester writes:
The best response to this issue has been the one that seekerofjusticeandtruth has presented. That says it all. The kind of verbiage by folks like Prisca, would only end up diminishing the significance of this behaviour, which I have counted as appalling, distateful, and had in my first posting called for certain lines of actions such as Dolores to contact the church in New Jersey to see if she could come up with some additional supportive facts, and had equivocally called for Archbishop Burke to resign. Folks like Prisca and her tribe are just so eaten up by their gut feelings, without looking at the entire facts of this matter. That does not help. Healing occurs at many level for individuals and communities. I do agree that a public confession and acceptance of responsibility is essential here. Archbishop Burke cannot continue to hide within the canopy of prestige and privilege to scuttle this. His reaction, I agree is a kind of trying to buy time, so that the passage of time would let this go into oblivion. I also agree that the St. Patrick's fathers must also respond to this serious allegations. I am afraid that being afraid of their culpability they are scare of the consequences of litigation. It is in this that I agree, that while the church is Holy, and also imperfect in its human constitution, that it must live above board and act honestly. The church must, as seekerofjusticeandtruth has stated be more than the rest of society, offering prime examples of accountability and responsibility. I must also state that we must not be gullible here too. Priests are human beings, with all the characteristics that accrue to all humans, which includes weaknesses and sinfulness. They too are struggling people who need to overcome sin in their own constitution, both personally and institutionally. The structures and systems of the church needs healing. I therefore agree too, that the Nigerian Catholic Bishop Conference, must also react to this unfolding drama, and call the shot in ensuring a transparent investigation, rather than pretend nothing is happening. As I stated in my first post, here in Ireland, like the rest of the world, principally in the United States, Australia, Austria, and elsewhere, we have had to deal increasingly with this situation, in a way that is saddening. In this vein, while I would like to gloss over Prisca, unintelligible ravings and rantings, I must state that I loved the Nigerian people, and I love the Church. Nonetheless, I would not subject issues like this to mere sentimentalism, without drawing acutely upon the various vignettes to see how best to resolve this- especially mainly for Dolores Atwood, who is a pained and allegedly violated victim. But more significantly, one has also to be concerned that while Dolores case may be germane, some fake people who hate any priest or public figure can just create hoaxes that would damage the reputation of a good public official. This would also be unfair. In today's world, the legal system is the definitive arbiter in "she-say-he-say."
On Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 07:07 pm, Irishcanonlawyerpriester writes:
This is getting more elaborately official now. It is in today's Irish Times that the Vatican is investigating this case.- Hosted by Back to Google NewsArchbishop accused of sex assault (UKPA) – 7 minutes ago An Irish archbishop is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Africa before having a 20-year affair with her, it has emerged. The Vatican is investigating a complaint made against Archbishop Richard Burke, who stepped down from his post with the Archdiocese of Benin in Nigeria earlier this year. He is one of the most senior members of the Catholic Church to be accused of assaulting a minor. Archbishop Richard Burke was a member of St Patrick's Missionary Society, based in Kiltegan, Co Wicklow. In a statement the society, also known as the Kiltegan Fathers, confirmed it received a complaint from the woman last December. "She alleged that she was sexually abused as a child by Richard Burke," it said. "We expressed the deep sorrow and regret of the society for the suffering the complainant and her family are going through and we affirmed the society's commitment to child protection. The society offered to provide counselling for the complainant." Archbishop Burke, who is from Co Tipperary, was ordained a priest 34 years ago and later worked as a missionary in Nigeria. He became an archbishop in 2008. It is alleged he sexually assaulted the victim in April 1983, when she was a 14-year-old patient in a hospital. The victim, a married 41-year-old mother of three who now lives in Canada, maintains she also had a relationship with the cleric for more than two decades. Archbishop Burke withdrew from ministry while the complaint is being investigated. Copyright © 2009 The Press Association. All rights reserved. Related articles Abuse llegations against archbishop investigated Irish Times - 20 minutes ago Archbishop accused of sex assault The Press Association - 2 hours ago Rome investigating abuse complaint RTE.ie - 5 hours ago More coverage (1) »
On Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 07:45 pm, Johnson Grant writes:
Fr patrick corcoran, what kind of a man are you? No shame? I read through your writing, all I see, is unstable person,changing his strory and views like a papper being blow around by the wind to different dirrection. You are not a good priest. I do not mean to offend you,but it is the truth. You miss lead richard burke, thinking you know it all and you are doing just that in this forum.All that prisca wrote about you is true. You are going to reap all that you had sow. You are happy to be the first one to annouced the bad news to this forun. What the man did was wrong, however ,should you be the first to annouce it? You are a trator. i just want to let you know that.
On Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 08:26 pm, irishcanonlawyerpriester writes:
It seems that Prisca and Johnson Grant and one and the same person- except for the split personality. The language and mode of writing are the same with their flawed English, punctuations, that are typically characteristic. I wonder, where the name of Fr. Patrick Corcoran comes from. You seem to be a manufacturer of identity- such an industry! Who is Fr. Patrick Corcoran? This priest did something to you, and you cannot voice, and you prefer to hide under the cloak of Dolores story, then come out and be bold like Dolores, who has shown tenacity and audacity. You also seem to read superficially, maybe less than a fourth grade student. Anyway, my friend, you are truly a unique character among humans! You surely enjoy chaos and all that make you feel relevant. Good luck, small and myopic mind- and of course not to add psycho. In that I can only hope that you seek a good psychiatrist for help.
On Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 05:05 pm, Titiyo writes:
I think that Dolores is trying to become famous by all means as she did not achieve anything tangible in her life especially in politics in Canada.
On Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 12:45 am, sarak writes:
It is very sad that you said that titiyo.What do you expect her to do .keep quite and not say anything and that richard burke continues to hurt more of our young girls?
On Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 12:48 am, Abayomi Kolade writes:
Thanks sarak,this lady is fighting a just cause and we wish you the very best Dolores.
On Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 12:55 am, clementina. writes:
You are a very brave woman and I admire you alot. These catholic priests were not force to be a priest. but why should the y continue in this act? I read the irsh news papers on line and there was alot of surport for this lady here in nigeria and around europe. She is indeed a brave woman,no wonder the bishop cant let her go. Keep up the fight and may God keep and bless you Dolores Atwood,our prayers are with you.
On Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 12:59 am, Sister charity obenbe writes:
Please titiyo,what ever you call yourself,please kindly run for office here in nigeria,even your own village and see what you can do.Enemy of progress.
On Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 01:23 am, Abrahim writes:
You are the once who call yourselvs christians, who know it all, who think you know God better than any other religion, and here all of you tearing yourselves away, because dolores was abused and was bold enough to come out, and tell the inconvinent truth and some of you attacks her, including a priest. If I may ask,what kind of God children are you? Do you think if God was here in person ,he will kiss richard burke and say you are above my law? If this abuse was to take place in europe or america, this man would have been in prison,but here in nigeria,it is akay.The world is watching and they are scraching their heads and laughing at some of you the comments you are making. Good lucky Dolores. cheers
On Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 01:34 am, prisca writes:
please fr patrick corcoran, come out first.Hiding under fake name irishcanonlayerpriest? Shame.
On Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 02:39 pm, writes:
This is arrant nonsense. If you have anything to say, go to the police or to the investigative panel that the catholic church must have instituted. Idle gossips have done worse than the most powerful warheads. Both the accusers and defenders should go through the right channel. Am sure that time will reveal the whole truth. If it is true that the archbishop has already withdrawn from pastoral service, I think it is a sign that he is willing to submit himself to investigations and to allow the truth take its course. Every good christian should pray for both the archbishop and the young lady Dolores. Let us forget these idle shabby debates and submit all evidence to right judgement through legitimate means. May the peace of God reign in all hearts! Amen.
On Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 11:57 pm, Christopher (Ireland) writes:
Dolores, I SALUTE YOU FOR YOUR COURAGE. I am a Catholic, living in Ireland and the PROVEN sex scandals of the Catholic Church in this country alone are as stomach churning as they are many. For many decades Irish people to did not want to believe the victims of sexual abuse by the religious orders here. As a result, many children and former children died or committed suicide in terrible distress while the Church hierarchy betrayed the Christ they claimed to represent and protected the abusers. It may be difficult for people who have come to rely on the Church -any Church- to accept facts but they would do well to remember that the Church is its people, not its priests. In castigating its people, they are therefore doubting the Church itself. That is betraying the very message of Christ. The Catholic Church has many good priests and servants but also has its evil practitioners who use and abuse their power. Its quite appalling and sad that mature adults cannot accept that evil and self-interest can coincide with vestments, collars and ceremonies. it can, it has and it does and for the sake of their children and themselves they need to recognise that, for in such denial they facilitating evil. Again I salute and admire your courage in speaking out and take strength always in the Truth for it can never be defeated. Be proud. You are an admirable woman. Christopher (Ireland)
On Friday, October 30, 2009 at 01:05 pm, titiyo writes:
I know personally Dolores and I am just saying that it is a pity phat she use this matter to begin a pseudo political career. For the rest, let God be judge and let Vatican and Police do their job...
On Friday, October 30, 2009 at 03:05 pm, Dicto akin writes:
Who is free? Instead of you to face your personal life and see how you can better the life of millions of poor ones, you are there pocknosing in a claim that has not yet verified.You are condeming a man that hasnt said anything and who hasnt been convincted in any legal system/court. You better be careful so as not to incure the wrath of God in your household
On Friday, October 30, 2009 at 04:49 pm, Rita writes:
You are all shame that accuse this lady. You so call titiyo, I do not belive for one second that you know dolores, if you do why not call her and see for yourselves the powerful evidence this lady have. We have seen the papers and the irish paper and people cannot just turn agaist their own like you people are because you are benefiting from this man. Even st patrick knows that Richard Burke has done this lady wrong. Shame on you Titiyo ,what ever you call yourself. Dolores did what you cannot do, that is why you are were you are and she is were she is. Be proud Dolores Atwood ,we admire you.
On Friday, October 30, 2009 at 04:52 pm, Paul writes:
Were is it writen in the bible that richard burke is above the law of God?
On Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 05:21 am, FEDECO writes:
For those who frawn on celibecy, be sure that those who chose this part made it as a matter of choice, not by force.One who is unable can always uptout at any time.Why must one wait till a law is made to uptout? A priest make this choice as an adult about 25yrs of age, and can not cleam ignorant of what is envolved -FEDECO-
On Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 08:46 pm, Ibrahim from Ghana writes:
Celebacy 4 the catholic Priest is nt an imposition but a matter of chioce in answering God,s definitive call.If this lady has freely gone into evil wt the prelate why the crucifixion.For so many years she enjoyed the affair wtout prick of conscience.we have only held from one side,what is Burke saying.Let him come out and express himself.pls pls.Irespect the catholic church alot.
On Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 09:34 pm, Michael, Ekpoma writes:
This is shocking! I'm speechless
On Sunday, November 01, 2009 at 04:13 am, victoria Nwakwa, Ghana writes:
This is not a one sided story, the media have prove of this man ,in his own word. very damaging. 14yrs old girl? what does she know. It is a shame. I am a catholic and Some of those priest have brought shame to the church. A wrong is a wrong. He did abused her from what we know here. Why do you think vatican suspended him?, because of the damaging evidence. May God bless and keep us all.
On Sunday, November 01, 2009 at 04:23 am, Caro writes:
You think you are speechless michael, wait and hear what happen to more than 32,000 irish boys and girls when they were just 9-15years. These men are sick. Do you think that the victims should be silent and not say anything? What do you expect from them? It is a very sad thing that you will not wish on anyone. We must stand up and speak against this kind of evil. The fact that Dolores Atwood was abused when she was 14th,does not mean that she cannot speakout when she is 40years of age. It is not easy to come out and speak about things like this. Dolores Atwood did well speaking out.
On Monday, November 02, 2009 at 08:49 am, Gerald Goldberg writes:
Well, what did you expect? A FALSE church, with a FALSE gospel, preached by FALSE celibates.
On Monday, November 02, 2009 at 04:15 pm, Me writes:
Is this the right approach to this issue? Instead of crucifying the man of God, why not pray for him? Let him that is without sin cast the first stone. All you critics, if some other priest has erred in issues like this, does that mean that the Archbishop in question has done likewise? Be careful how you criticise God's children. No matter what they have done wrong, God loves them as his own and the only duty we owe them is to pray for them. Careful not to invite the wrath of GodSome of you have witnessed the mercy of God. i hope you do not want to witness the wrath of God.
On Monday, November 02, 2009 at 08:05 pm, writes:
It is a sign of ignorance and nilly willyness to arrive at hurried conclusions. Some people even talk of \"false church\" with \"false gospel\" and \"false celibates\". Over generalization is the first logical falacy. The devil is the accuser of our brethren who accuses them day and night before our God. Going to make noise in the media and to weep up sentiments is a sign of lack of reasoning! If anybody has a case to prove, let him go through the right channel. The devil is using this site to destroy the many good works done by so many good and faithful priests all over the world. The young woman in question should publish her contact address so that those who wish to console her may do so directly. I am praying for her and for the archbishop but am sure the solution to this whole problem is not this public show of shame!
On Tuesday, November 03, 2009 at 08:03 pm, Philip writes:
if the nigerian/canadian woman has kept that in her heart for such a long time, then she should have allowed herself to die with it. dolores is almost fifty and is just waking up, she is up to something.this small noise from dolores will soon die like any of the rumours. dolores, get another think . u cant get not even a dime from any court instead get ready to pay for defamation till u die.
On Wednesday, November 04, 2009 at 11:32 pm, mike writes:
i just read through and saw that many of you are less busy and jobless.If i were you,i will knee and pray to God for the forgiveness of my own sins.Who are you to judge and conclude?Has investigation finished?
On Thursday, November 05, 2009 at 02:47 am, Paul writes:
Please our prayers to these people is what matters now. We pray for healing for the Lady concern and pray for forgiveness for the archbishop and pray for cleansing of the holy church of God
On Thursday, November 05, 2009 at 10:42 am, Dicto Akins writes:
"RE-Well, what did you expect? A FALSE church, with a FALSE gospel, preached by FALSE celibates." Geralg Goldberg, You better watch your tongue so as not to incure the evalasting curse on yourself and your generation yet unborn by the sin against the Holy spirit the only sin that have no forgiveness as Jesus told the Jews. Be warned. You are not in any way up to a MASS SERVER not to talk of a DEACON in the Catholicism
On Friday, November 06, 2009 at 05:51 am, Matthew writes:
I always ffind this sex scandals about catholic priests so sensational. I am not condoning what he did nor I am in support of any type molestation of teenage girls and boys by people in positions of authority. However, why are we the public (Catholic and non-Catholic) so fixated on sexual scandals and none of the crrimes that are perpetrated by Catholic priests and other Christian pastors? There are priests (african and european) who have been known to smuggle contraband in and out of nigeria, yet no one ever raises and eyebrow. There are priests who have been known to be diamond smugglers and arms dealers (oh yes they procured arms and sold them to rebel groups) in Liberia, Uganda, Southern Sudan, Congo, Ireland, Bosnia etc but the public and those concerned have never viewed such crimes with the same anger as that shown in sexual abuse cases. Why? What is the reasons behind it? Money laundering and tax evation is another common activity among soem Nigerian priests as well as missionary priests working in various African nations. Yet one never hears a voice raised against such evil actions. If I may ask why are so fixated on anything sexual that involves clergy or political figures in our midst? Is it because sex sales?
On Saturday, November 07, 2009 at 06:49 pm, Peter edeh writes:
I find interesting all the comments that have been exposed here and then about this case. If it is true let ask God to console this woman and heal her injuries. And also forgive bishop Burke. But this story is a warning to the catholic church in nigeria. Some priests are very far from their callings and we should expect more of such allegations againts them.
On Sunday, November 08, 2009 at 02:34 pm, michael idowu writes:
You people are jobless in here. If you know the truth, you will keep quiet. The Archbishop has a prestigious position which some people are envious of. They want to rubish the name of an innocent person inorder to pave way for their take over. TRUST BLACK MEN.
On Sunday, November 08, 2009 at 11:04 pm, mike writes:
if i were you people i will honestly just keep mute and watch the entire thing in silence.Because if this whole story turns out to be untrue, i really sorry for you guys because the wrath of God will locate you.
On Sunday, November 08, 2009 at 11:43 pm, steven writes:
This man has done wrong and it is sad that there are some of you who are so blind accepting it. What about the evident itself by richard burke own words? You guys dont even know what is going on.The fact that he is a bishop does not mean that he is above the law of God or civil athority. It is sad that this is true. unfortunate for him, he did this to a wonderful and resonsible person. Take for example that the truth was coming from just any woman, this is how richard burke who have gotten away and nobody will know. God has a way of exposing the truth. .The truth will aways be truth. Dolores Atwood is a very courageous woman, this is the type of women the world need, stong and brave.
On Monday, November 09, 2009 at 12:14 am, paul writes:
Dolores ,you are indeed an admireable woman. It is true that there are good priestsand that Richard burke is some of the bad few, like Jesus put it ,beware of wolf in sheep clothing. This bbishop has deceived and lied to everyone, including his fellow priests and family. it is very sad. I pray that God in his mercy and goodness will save his soul. we should all pray for Dolores for the pain she has to go through. come to think of it, it is not easy for her to come out , it must take alot of courage and faith in God for her to do what she did.My sincere pity go to the good priest out there who are doing a good job. This exposure of richard burke is accualy good for the church in africa, because this is just too much here.
On Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 08:27 pm, Titiyo writes:
Dolores, I guess you read each message from this website because you hide yourself behind some people writing about your love story with Archbishop Burke. I guess you really enjoyed each steps of your love story and each goodies you benefited from Burke. 1 : What happened to the principle of innocent until proven guilty? You are as guilty as him if you do not know yet. 2 : You are disgracing yourself and putting shame on yourself. You are dirtying the name of your family. In fact, do not go back to Nigeria unless you want to die. 3 : You will get the reward you deserve for what you are doing or saying because you know that you don't have evidence that implicate the victims. I wish you good luck and try to sleep well, you will need it. I am sorry for you...
On Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 10:04 pm, sarak writes:
My dear lady ,do you know what you are saying, you are saying she is going to die? You have implicated yourself. What is your problem? Your real name is not titiyo, i already know who you are.if anything happen to this lady you and burke your boyfriend is going to be held resposible for it. You are very angry because your bank burke is disgraced out of nigeria, and no sex money coming in for you any more and no job. Your job bank is gone back to ireland. Sorry, you have to go and join him there or you will roost forever. You are just a serigate that he was using and now he is done with you. Please kindly look for another oyibo bishop or get a life or a job. That is what happen when you sleep around. for your own information ,ex- seregate,Dolores is right here in nigeria. Meet her tommorow at the cathedral, the same building were burke use to pay you. Hopeless and shameless woman. Get a job and a life. You are a disgrace to nigeria .
On Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 10:16 pm, sarak writes:
Jenice egbede,what ever you are.Richard is gone.You are now titiyo from jenice. You are the one communicating with richard and all the informations? We know who you are. Burke is history,please go on with your shameless life. You though he was going to return as once promised by him, you are a small wayward girl. shame on you. he is not coming back here again.You are one angry lady and bitter lady,all because of money. please tell richard to bring you to ireland ,if he really love or care for you as you think,seregate. all the letters you sent to st patrick never work.we know who you are.
On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 06:06 pm, Titiyo writes:
Dolores or Sarak, This is exactly the answers i was exring from you. Now everyone know that you hide yourself behind many names on this website. in fact you are polluting this website. I will not be the one who will kill you. You forgot the ones Bishop used to help financially. Poor people will not forgive you.
On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 06:22 pm, writes:
Who are you , why are you so angry with this lady? let the poor people come and kill her and you said she wil die. Are you a christian? You are not acting as one. Every human being has the right to voice their opinion and respect for others and their religion, but you titiyo is turning it to a place of killing her, please make your point and respect yourself and others. you sound like someone gaining from the bishop.
On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 06:24 pm, prisca writes:
Mumu,mind your own business.
On Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 05:03 am, Okonta James writes:
It is really sad if this is true, let the truth surface, let's study the facts at hand and come up with a genuine judgement. To either exonorate the Archbishop and clear his name or justify the confesion of Miss Atwood.
On Friday, November 13, 2009 at 04:56 am, Robert writes:
Ahh Bishop too dey bang? na him be say I go dey bang
On Friday, November 13, 2009 at 01:05 pm, Dennis Egwuonwu writes:
it is not true. if i were you people i will honestly just keep mute and watch the entire thing in silence.Because if this whole story turns out to be untrue, i really sorry for you guys because the wrath of God will locate you. call: +2348037812724
On Friday, November 13, 2009 at 03:12 pm, Paul writes:
It is true, that is why he is out of ministry. Do you think that they will just ask him out of ministry if it is not true? His own word tell it all. You are paid to do this. let see weather he will return back. Time will tell.he is trying to use some of you to see if things will go through for him,sorry not this time.
On Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 12:30 am, Chike writes:
Benin people, una well done. U ppl have finally made good ur threat to unseat the bishop whom u claimed cannot stay since he is not a son of the soil. u always wanted ur own man to be there. now that u have frustrated him, ur infighting will still not allow u ppl to properly take the seat. come o, how come she only cried foul when the favours ran out? young lady post ur identity let us see and verify befor u win the sympathy that will nail him, if it is true. dont hide under any shadows of the internet.
On Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 02:00 am, writes:
This is very sad. How can you say that chike. This man did something wrong and you are talking about the benins. I am not from that area, but this has nothing to do with the people. What about his own irish people who reporded about him,are they also benin people? Do you think the irish media will just publish something that is not true against their own for a nigerian?. Open your eyes and your ear and look and listen around you, the truth is around the corner next to you.. Real people are just watching and shaking their heads and not saying anything. Be careful what you say.
On Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 11:09 am, Dex writes:
No more comments. It is time to have a rethink about our comments and situate it.
On Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 11:20 am, Praise writes:
Dex, I think you may be right, because no matter what we do or say, no one can quench the light God has put into the Catholic Church as sign of salvation and hope to the nations to see
On Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 05:07 pm, writes:
As a catholi, I believe there are good and bad priests. Richard burke is one of the wolf in sheep clothing. The fact that we are all human and have weaknesses does not mean that we should break the law and give the excuss that we are human. like cardinal Olubummi puts it, when you work in the bank and tempted to steal money, do you steal it and say because you are human and that you are tempted and then steal it? No priest is pointed with a gun on their head that they must be a priest. if a priest think he cannot go through the temptation of being alone, he should please go and get married, God will never send him to hell because of that, but stay in the priesthood and abuse young girls and children and also abuse of power will not be toloreted by GOD or civil authority. If the heat is too hot in the kitchen, get out of the kitchen, dont stay there and keep complainning. Some of this bad priests want to eat their cake and have it too. They have polluted the image of the church. There is nothing wrong with the church herself, the problem is that the good priests close their eyes to the wolf in sheep clothing in their mist and so they also choose to do it that way . archbishop richrd burke is a disgrace to himself and to his family, not the church like praise put it. Not the gate of hell shall prevail against the church of christ, that is why richard burke name is alone with the shame he brought upon himself. Exposing this monster is good for the church. read epehtian 5;10-14,it says it all.Dolores Atwood did well exposing him and if he goes back ,he will continue from were he stop. he lied to alot of people and he has also deceived his fellow priests and congregations, now they all know that, and he has also turn to innocent and ignorrant people using them and calling them by phone from were he is promising them heaven and earth to help him with one thing or the other, what an evil man. He is a sociopath and very dangerious manipulator. may the good Lord save us all and open our eyes to see the wolfs in sheep clothing in our mist. satan is not going to come with horns on his head and forks in is hand, like the bible puts it, he will appear like an angel. Open your eyes my dear friends and your hearts to God so that he will direct you. We are in the last days. peace to you all.
On Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 10:53 pm, Mercymercymercy writes:
The whole Bible is inspired. And it can profit all of us especailly at this difficult time. Let us read it and use it to pray for one another, and beg God to heal us of our wounds and give us his peace in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
On Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 11:11 pm, Ngozi writes:
My sisters and brothers who are calling others names and even going as far as cursing them, please remember, even at this most difficult time in which so many of us are angry, that all of us are children of the same Father in heaven, that we all are children of Abraham. And God assured Abram, saying, "I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee, and in thee shall all kindreds of the earth be blessed" Genesis 12,3. Pause for a minute and think about that. ... Let us not curse, but rather bless one another ... so that God may truly bless us as he has promised in Numbers 6,27.
On Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 11:21 pm, writes:
Ngozi is my native name, while Mercy is my English name. I called myself Mercymercymercy here because in truth I need so much of God\'s mercy. And may God have mercy on the two parties that have brought us together on this webpage. And may God have mercy on us all in Jesus name.
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On Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 07:19 am, Shingie Mapfumo writes:
What a disgrace, no comments. what a bad holy boy.
On Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 01:38 pm, writes:
When St Paul prayed to God to take away the pain he was going through at that time , God said to him, my grace is sufficiant for you. Our good God will not allow any temptation beyond our human streight. We are not tempted beyond what we can take, that is, the Grace of God is always there and if we say that is not true, then we call God a lier and if we say it is true, the Archbishop richard Burke should humble himself and be a real man and take responsibility for his own actions, rather hiding behind the church he has betrayed and let down. Hiding behind perternity of brotherhood that the leaders of the church put first before spirituality and God will not change who he is and will not bring him close to God. Richard burke should resign, apologys to Dolores Atwood and finally spend the rest of his life making peace with God and pray, but never to go near young girls , children and even hear confession again. We are all waiting and watching to see what vatican decision is going to be. This is a very seriou issue. I hope vatican for once will do the right thing to save the church another giant ambarrasment. Peace to you all.
On Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm, Pas,Enugu writes:
we do not need to waste so much time in here, taking sides on this issue,allow the authorities concerned to ascertain the veracity of the matter.just wait for the church to give her report on the issue ...we may not be the best arbiter.thank you all for your comments.
On Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 08:09 am, Jude, Warri writes:
I have read your article with utter disgust! My Bishop is someone well known to me to be a very Holy Man yet Human as we all are. I have a few questions for you. 1. Why did you wait this long to speak. You are a liar and these verses stem from a deceptive and manipulative person, whom you are. You probably have been trying to manipulate the man of God, until he resists, and you decide to then tarnish his image. I have observed how a lot of girls and women in Nigeria folow after Men of God, to manipulate them with the hope of draining them and i can quickly recognise you as one of them. All your verses are not factual but based on speculations. I think......, i imagine......, i guess........! You should be ashamed of your jobless and lying self. SInce u are married and have a family why dont you face your family rather being as jobless as you are. 2.Do you realise how many souls you are leading astray with your baseless and lying article, Miss tell-all? You must have been thinking you will get an applaud or a pat on the back for your blasphemy. You are satanic and an agent of our old enemy the devil. You have been engineered to do this work and lead souls astray. If you dont repent you will perish and rot in hell. About your sister and all the speculations u have made. You must come from a family with a long history of prostitution. Shame on you.It does run well in your family then. About your stated hospital experience. Listen you fool. The man of God (If he did) was only showing love and affection to a dying child. And you have failed to recognise pure empathy and compassion because your heart and mind are evil and vile. Thats all. infact i read further down your stupid article to see if you claim he had done something more than just showing you compassion while you were sick, and keeping up communication with you over the years as a good friend. I could not see any thing more compared to the headlines this article is carrying. You must repent or you will surely perish.
On Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 12:22 pm, Angela writes:
Shingie mapfumo, you are indeed correct. Archbishop richard Burke is a disgrace and unholy bad boy.
On Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 12:48 pm, Emmanual writes:
I hope he has resigned? As long as I live , he is not my bishop and so with the rest of our family. It is sad and a great shame .
On Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 01:01 pm, Paul writes:
He is a holy bad boy not an unholy bad boy. Celebracy my foot. Stop deceiving yourself and others Richard burke.
On Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 10:06 pm, Kachas writes:
pls and pls let us not crucify this man because of this singular accusation. there is more to this than just passing judgement on him. first, this could be a mere allegation and I want to believe that this accusation was engineered by some people who wanted nothing but his exist from the diocese in the name of \'the quest for the son of the soil\' and have tried all possible means but to no avail. so, the next possible option was to take resort to this acccusation. but will they succeed? the truth will surely come out but with time. people send time to plan evil instead of good. may God help us all.
On Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 12:32 am, Chike writes:
shingie and mapfumo and angela, so u dont know dat there are some desperate women who wnt to have men of God in their beds with hope that it will bring them good luck? U should be ashamed of urselves for casting such slur on the poor man without first hearing his version of the story. All the information we have is from the alias woman. Kindly read what Jude wrote on this and be very wise on what u say. Same goes to Emmanuel. I hope u are critical people and not just the blind types. If u write so much and insult those who have impoverished u while in Govt. and rendered u jobless, since that is what I sense, our poor country would have been better. See, Judge before u Speak.
On Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 02:29 am, Abigal writes:
Kachas and chike, I am the type of person who do not hear one side of a story and make judgement. Infact I saw the evidents myself and I happen to know one of the irish priest who was involve in this case and some other priests who know Richard burke,most importantly, I heard the tapes where richard did apologised to Miss Atwood for all what he did against her. I can understand you guys, but the truth again is that I keep asking myself, why will some body who is happy and so blessed will want to do something like this, and then ,the search for the truth. Richard burke did wrong and I am very suprise that knowing what he is done to Dolores, he keep allowing you guys to continue to say this to this lady ,there by adding more salt to her injury. That makes me sad. This is not an easy case because of the people who do not know what is happening and saying what they like. If you notice, those who were contributing earlier on ,are not doing so anymore,why? they now know the truth, even some of the priests in ireland and nigeria will tell you the same thing, so be careful what you say. Those who are cursing and angry and talking of how to kill her, shows to you that through richard they are trying to intimmidate those who will try to come out and talk about what richard had done to them. they will eventually come out, just mark my word. This is indeed a very sad story. Have you ever noticed those very few who are on the side of Richard burke are always cursing ,angry and talking about killing her? bird of the same feather ,they say floks together. It does not go well or speak well of a bishop who suppose to be holy. It is a very sad story. For your own information, to those of you who care to read this, what ever you say or do, will not change the consiquences of the crimes Arch bishop richard burke has committed. The way I feel about the church now is not the same again, judging from what I know now,, not just what miss atwood said or wrote, but what archbishop richard burke himself said and wrote. it is sad. Please I will sincerely advice you to stop saying what you are saying, it is wrong. Jude sound like a very bitter woman, i mean, very very bitter and angry for nothing. You can tell that she has no christ in her life and definatly gaining from richard burke. i can understand, but still ,cursing and angry against somebody who have not wrong you always backfire,believe me, it always backfire and she is the one who is going to be bitter for a very long time for nothing. Archbishop richard burke, i know you read this forum, listen, you are not making things easy for yourself and those you use. Please ask miss Atwood for frogiveness openly and publicly. You did wrong her and i pray that the good lord will heal her wounds and pain and forgive you. I wish God grace to repent. The point is that you did abuse dolores atwood when she was 14yrs old and I do believe that because of your own words and writting. Her story has be consistence and yours have be here or there. You told different people different story, depending on what you think they want to hear. This is indeed a very sad story. i cannot continue to write anymore. I cannot take this . bye everyone.
On Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 02:43 am, writes:
Thank you angela. this man has misled alot of people.He was in ministry for more that a year after the allegations against him and the church is trying to cover up for him. We are all waiting and watching to see what vatican reaction to this will be. i know it will take them forever to discipline richard burke. If it was an african that commited this crimes, he would have been in prison and be removed immidiately from the priesthood. there was an african bishop who did something not as bad as richard burke ,and he is out. lets wait and see.
On Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 08:01 am, Word writes:
Hi Abigal, I know that you said you will not continue to write anymore, that you cannot take this. And then you said bye to everyone. But I really do hope you will come back to read more comments, especially my comment which I cannot write now because I am in a hurry. My comment will be written later today. Thanks.
On Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 11:20 am, P.A JOS writes:
Peole should not be using evil means to achieve thier ambitions.I am praying for you Arch Bishop Burke. Even if he has done it,so what! The Grace of God is sufficient for you Arch Bishop. Be strong the Lord is your strenght!
On Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 11:33 am, Angela writes:
So what then, why are you complaining? it is sad that the archbishop did something seriously bad as this and you are saying so what? I t is sad.
On Friday, November 20, 2009 at 10:08 am, mm kasgong writes:
it is sad, insulting the two parties pray for them think of your own hidden sins and confess them.
On Friday, November 20, 2009 at 10:22 am, moses kogi writes:
just pray for them. It may be you tomorrow.God help us!Angela pls watch the kind of things you say. Everyboby can express himself.It's a free world.
On Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 02:50 pm, Omoba writes:
P.A JoS, it is so what, when a white archbishop who should know better abused an Africa teenage 14years old girl, but if it was an Africa Priest who abused a white teenager, it is not so what. He will be put in jail and the church will pretend as if he was never a priest. This is a reality and you stay there and think that is okay ?VERY SAD INDEED. I know this ,because I live here.
On Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 02:27 pm, Franka writes:
Let he who is not without sin be the first to cast the stone. When ones points a finger to another, the rest fingers are pointing to him. A word is enough for the wise.Please, Please Please let us pray for God's mercy & forgivenenss on the whole world. Your mercy and compassion O Lord, your mercy and compassion. Jesus I trust in you, Jesus I trust in you, Jesus I trust in you...
On Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 03:17 pm, writes:
Franka, i am glad to know that you have changed from the way you first wrote, it must be the grace of God that must have touched you. i know no body is perfect , but that is not the reason to hurt someone and not care weather they are hurt or not. This richard hurt this lady, you were one of those who quickly condemed her, unless it was not your franka, if not my apology, but I think you are the same person. if you are, God knows your heart, you must have find out the truth one way or the other. We all know it is true what richard burke did, but we are not happy about it. It is not something to celebrate, but as you put it, pray , pray ,pray. it is sad that there are some of you who wrote on this forun to in sult this lady without first wait and see, now the whole truth is out, how can you take back your own words? you all have taken it back spiritualy through the truth, that is why ,be careful what you say, it will aways come back to bite you. The point is, the game is over ,richard burke is history, until he commit the offence again some were else. I pray that the good Lord will help him. The only thing now is that they are trying to intimidate others from coming out to speack out and that will not work, because you cannot destroy the truth, it is a question of time.
On Monday, November 23, 2009 at 04:59 am, Peter writes:
I am so suprised at some of the reactions to this case. First of all, I am happy that the case of abuse of any kind like the above allegation evokes a strong feel of disapproval and anger. However, I am sad at the way people are castigating both the Archbishop and Ms Atwood. This case calls to my mind an experience which His Eminence Anthony Cardinal Okogie shared, one day. He went visiting prisoners at Kirikiri prison and during their discussion, he told the this and I quote \"The difference with you men here in prison and those of us outside the prison is that you committed your crime and was caught, but we have not been caught yet\". I guess this was a joke, but behind this joke is a truth that most people who have contributed on this case have missed. Let him or her who is withought sin be the first to cast the stone or in this case, cast the condemnation. This is a very difficult time for both the victim and the accused. As I said, earlier, if a case of abuse of a minor did not evoke anger in us, I would be shocked, but let us be reminded that we all have our weaknesses and our hidden offenses. Why then are people castigating the Archbishop with so much hate and vulgar words. I seriously pray for healing for Mrs, Atwood, that she would, in some ways, find rest of mind and move on with her life. I also pray for Archbishop Burke (I know most contributors would not want him to have any support-- and this is sad--) I pray that he too would find God\'s love. By the way what has happened to the internationally held view of \"innocent until proven guilty. For those of you castigating Mrs, Atwood, I want you to know that this can happen to your sister, aunty, cousin or friend, is this how you would react to the case? For those castigating Archbishop Burke, This can happen to your brother, uncle, cousin and friend, is this how you too would respond to the case? It is good for us to bring this who issue home to ourselves, that is if we really need to get involved. I am sure that Archbishop has tourched many lives as we have heard from many people, bot spiritually and materially. I really wonder if this case should make us reduce him to a devil and all the names that many people have called him. Let me affirm my strong belief that justtice must be done. If truely Mrs Atwood was abused, she has every right to seek justice. But if on the other hand, Archbishop Burke is innocent, his dignity much be restored. I have often wondered why people do not recover easily from sad experience. From my research, I found out that anger, hate and vengence stops us from achieving our healing. Recently, one man who lost a son at the 9/11 attack, said he found true healing because forgave. This does not mean that those who carried out this crime will not be brought to justice. But my point here is that all this name calling, condemnation and judgmental attitude does not help either the victim or the accused. I also heard on CNN recently, how some family member of a mudered man when to watch the man who killed their relative, being executed. One of them honestly confessed that she left the hall with more pain. She felt that having the man killed will bring her and her family healing. My advice to Mrs Atwood is that if she wants seek justice, she has every right to do that. However in her own her and for her own healing, she should forgive Archbishop Burke and pray for God\'s love on him. For Archbishop Burke, if he is innocent, my advice is that he should trust in the God he has serve over the years, to vindicate him. If he actually abused the woman, I ask him to ask for forgiveness from Mrs Atwood, which I hear he has done, and also seek how to help her get healing. There is no sin that is too great for God to pardon, if only we sincerely regret our sins and honestly ask confess them. For those who have taken to become judges, I ask you all to go back to yourselves and think about your lives. Our own sins may not be sexual abuse of a minor, which is sand enough, but it may be other issue. What moral standing then do we have to condem Archbishop Burke, even if he commited the offense. Let us all learn to condem evil when we see it, but let us equally learn to show compassion to both victim and offender. Is this not what our catholic and christian faith in general teaches us. Many people have reacted so aggresively to this case, because the accused is a priest, this also calls into question, what we think about priests and what we think they are. Mrs, Atwood, my love an prayers go with you and so Your Grace, I pray for strenght for you. This is surely a trying time for both of you, but I am confident that our good Lord will and is able to transform this very sad experience into great healing and purification for us all and Holy Mother Church.
On Monday, November 23, 2009 at 08:33 am, tosan,sacred heart cathedral,warri writes:
Nah,i think its a whole lot of lies,it might be another burke cos the one i know is a God fearing man,but anyway judgement is for God and not man,nothing is hidden under the sun.I realy like to know the womans biography,stop hiding under the shadow of the internet.I pray God see Richard Burke through this trial and temptation.
On Monday, November 23, 2009 at 10:25 am, Korede writes:
This is very shocking. It is unfortunate that people you helped could turn against you at the end of the day. Please, could anyone ask Dolores what exactly she wants by bringing disgrace to this man of God and to the Catholic Church, if she was not pleased, she should not have consented to this so called secrecy through the years, she must have been gaining something from this act too. She should know that she is rather disgracing herself and her family, it is better she goes back to her Muslim family because, she is not a true Catholic, she gained a lot from the Catholic Church by even marrying a Canadian volunteer who came to work with the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo. She should keep quiet and ask God for forgiveness for all her mis-doing because the wrought of God will come upon her and her family if care is not taken, this case will be judged by God only and not any human being.
On Monday, November 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm, writes:
Korede, you are a shame, and i am ashamed of your shabby mind and comments. You that God blessings have come upon, take a good look at yourself in a mirrow and tell us what you see? I am very positive that you will lament and it is that lamentation that have reflected in your comments. Unlike peter, he is the opposit of you. he has a very possitive mind and it reflected in his comments. now you can see what I mean. Like you, peter is also a catholic and a christian. The bible says from the aboudant of the heart ,the mouth speaks. you korede is a good example of that. You are a misrable person and posible one of bishop burke "touch and pay" client, I know who you are, titiyo writing with a different name again? listen, it is over, go and get a job and stop minding your roting life on richard burke and dolores atwood. They have their own life, you are only going to be bitter for nothing. The time that you use minding others business, use it to search for job. i heard that you pay hundred naire for 30mines to use a computer, so what about your lunch? richard burke is gone for good, you will need that hundrad naria for eba and egusi soup. GO GET A LIFE. Richard burke brought his own disgrace upon himself and his family ,not the church, get that sraight, Touch and pay. Thank you peter, may the good Lord grant you more wisdom and peace,Amen. Please keep up your good nature, you are indeed a good christian. By their fruit you shall know them.
On Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 11:13 am, omome writes:
PLEASE CLOSE THIS BLOG AND LET ALL OF YOU MIND YOUR BUSINESS. WE SHOULD NOT BE THE JUDGES IN THIS CASE. IF YOU HAVE SOMTHING TO SAY TELL IT TO GOD IN PRAYER BECAUSE HE IS THE ONLY RIGHTOUS JUDGE. PRAY FOR BOTH DOLORES AND THE ARCHBISHOP. DO NOT BRING CURSES UPON YOURSELF BECAUSE OF OTHER PEOPLE\'S ACTIONS. NON OF US REALLY KNOW THE TRUTH AT THIS STAGE ALL WE KNOW IS THAT IF IT REALLY HAPPENED THEN IT WAS BAD FIRST ON THE SIDE OF THE BISHOP AND THEN LATTER ON THE SIDE OF DOLORES FOR REMAINING IN THE SIN FOR SO LONG. IF THE STORY IS FALSE THEN IT IS WRONG ON THE SIDE OF DOLORES WHO IS TRYING TO BRING DOWN GOD\'S ANOINTED. THE REST OF US SHOULD BE CAREFUL AND PPPPPPRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY
On Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 07:15 am, frank young writes:
it is realy a pity that things has turn this way. but i pray that all things work unto Good.
On Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 07:40 pm, Titiyo writes:
Yes, even after what Dolores did wrong and all the poeple she disgraced...
On Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 08:16 pm, writes:
Titiyo, i think it is time for you to stop your shameless argument.I did not comment for you to be nagative towards anyone here. I am not here to judge anyone like you have been, so be careful and mind your own life. I pray that the good Lord will heal Ms Atwood and forgive richard burke. God mercy is all we ask and pray for.
On Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 08:24 pm, Philip writes:
Thank you for that comments. Sweet and short. titiyo which is not her real name is a coward, a very shemeless and jobless trach,who has nothing to do. I think she needs more prayers than richard burke and dolores Atwood put together
On Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 08:42 pm, Penny writes:
Archbishop richard burke, in due time, more people are going to come out. You cannot intimidate anyone in this forum, just like you could not intemidate Dolores Atwood. Most of the people you abused do not have access to computers and the very few that did, you cannot erace the hurt you caused them ,just like the way you could not eraced the hurt you caused Dolores Atwood. You are indeed a "DISCRACED TIPPERARY BORN ARCHBISHOP" Period.
On Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 09:12 pm, flora writes:
Thia is a better way to put it,Richard burke is a didgraced Fethard, clonmen,Tipperary born arch bishop,originaly from the Lisronagh area. Now living in an institude in the United States, very close to the victim. Amazing.
On Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 11:15 pm, think writes:
if dolores says that Burke has abused hundreds of nigerian girls including her sister, where is her sister? where are the nigerian girls, we cant find any except dolores. if many of u praise her for her courage and sincerity;how sincere is someone who decides to have an extra marital affair with a man of God for about 20yrs.and if she has evidence how authentic and credible are they and again, why now?.as the bishop said,\"i know i am not a saint but in this case i am innocent\".
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 02:20 am, Flora writes:
Ask richard burke, since you do have ascess to him, why is he paying off girls with church money and why did he not step down when he need to? why having sex with under age girls, prostitutes, religious sisters and married women and you can still call him a holy man? So how about the above mentioned> who are you for anyone to own you an explaination, are you a judge?. You that is speaking, how are you sure that he is telling you the truth, did you follow him everywhere he went to? Why should she come out to speak in your own time, and not hers. Be careful and mind your own business . Richard burke, if you are innocent, go to the irish media and police and prove your innocent ,just as Ms Atwood had proven you not innocent. We have seen your types before and all you are doing is hiding. Come out from your hiding place. Like my friends once said, he will keep claimimg he is innocent until he is left alone. You think we are fools? The only reasons the other ladies are not out is because some are payed off by richard burke and there are people who comfirm that and that is why he is using people like you to intimidate the others ,you ignorrant purpet. Take it to court.Stop running away and face the law. And you that is asking all these ignorrant questions, how did you get intouch with him? I guess the same way he got intouch with the girls he payed off with church money. I hope that anwsered your ignorant questions.
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 02:33 am, writes:
I think it is time for you to think well. I like the name you used "THINK". It is time for you to think. She never have any extral marital relationship with him. Old filthy man? Lets pretend you are right,which is not the case, how old is he, who should know better? "More they say is expected to who more is given" Richard Burke is more older and more experienced, he is holy one,did anyone raped him? Now you are going after the victim, and you expect the other innocent girls who can hardly eat a day to come out for surogates like you and your likes in this forum to judge them. You are a narrowminded thinker. I not should be bordered with you and you types.
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm, Titiyo writes:
God bless you ! Where is her sister ? Every body wants to hear her testimony !
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 12:59 pm, writes:
Archbishop richard burke, you are a diagrace indeed. You cannot even come out and you are using people to do your dirty job. Before this lady came out, I have been hearing things about you and from what I know now, you dont only own Ms Atwood an apology, you own the Church an apology also. may God have mercy on you.
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 01:18 pm, christy writes:
I will like to congratulate you Dolores Atwood for your courage and braveness. You did well and we are all very proud of you and I encourage anyone who these sick people abuse in the future should come out. In your case, what you have already provided is good and damaging enough. Keep up the fight for what is right.
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 01:37 pm, Paul writes:
In the 60s,70s,and 80s,there were more than 32,000 boys and girls, from between the ages of 5 to 15yrs that were abused by bad priests and religious people in ireland, and these people ,most of them were just coming out not long ago to tell their stories. it all started with one lady who was bold enough, some, may their poor souls rest in peace, committed suicide and some left ireland and some became addits of one thing or the other, and some were depress and went for counselling. Are you saying that these victims should not have come out now and not immediately they were abused? If you were never sextually abused in your life, please do not make any comment here that will cause more pain to sex abused victims. If you are gaining from a child abuser, Richard Burke, go on, but dont come to this forum and start writing or interfering in something that you know nothing about. Were you there when it all started?
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 01:46 pm, omome writes:
CHRISTY STOP CONGRATULATING DOLORES. I DO NOT SEE WHAT SHE HAS DONE THAT DESERVES CONGTATES. PLEASE DO NOT PROMOTE SCANDALS AND MAKE PEOPLE LOOSE THEIR FAITH.
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 02:38 pm, writes:
Omome, You Can loose your faith for what is right, that is your wrong choice. you do not have the right to tell me how to speak and who to congratulate. I never appose to you and what you have to say,so now,please ,mind your own and make what ever comments you wish to make. Once again, Dolores Atwood, CONGRATULATIONS, WE LOVE YOU AND OUR PRAYERS ARE STRONGLY WITH YOU MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU, NOW AND ALWAYS,AMEN.
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 02:42 pm, Ngozi writes:
So it has come to this. You people supporting the bishop richard Burke are making things worse for him,this is a shame.
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 03:26 pm, writes:
Omome, this not a about a title of being an archbishop or church, this is about a man who surpose to know better and preaching about the light and was taking more souls away from God and giving it to satan. From what he wrote and said himself is pretty bad. Read the irish newspappers and see what he said .It is not Dolores word, it is his. This man has done wrong and he is hiding behind furternity. which come first, God and sprituality or fueternity and brotherhood? The sad thing is that Richard Burke refuse to repent and there are some who are trying to cover up for him. This is sad. Please ,make sure you turn on your bbc news today and listen to more abuse. It is not a joke. It is very sad.
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 09:48 pm, Magbara Madu writes:
It is amazing how people make conclusions about issues.The woman alleged she was abused and this has invoked a lot of reactions. I really feel she should be challenged to present proofs by the same method- publish email and others Correspondences to establish her case .Perhaps, we should wait for the Archbishop's respeonse before making our conclusions. If she wishes to convince the public , she could institute a legal process. This is will be the mother of suit. Why do we haveto make derogatory comments just because someone alleged she was abused. Dont be surprised that the said woman is in Nigeria not Canada. Dont also be surprised that she is not a woman but a man or group of persons who are aggreived ? Dont be surprised that if she is a woman or whoever that she/ he is anti-clerical, anti-catholicor worst anti-christain. All christains should therefore pray that the truth be reveale. ABused woman come forward with your facts-publish all you have as claimed above.All who are interested let us be slow in making our conclusions. For me , I am not convinced the story is true. She is a hired religious assasin.
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 10:06 pm, Raymond from Sapele writes:
Y castigate Bishop Burke bcos one woman from nowhere alleges dt she assaulted many years ago by this Holy man of God.Since she has alleged, she shld com out and prove beyond reasonable doubt dt the Bishop really committed such act wit her. I pray God dt tru the intercession of our Blessed Virgin Mary Intercede for him so dt those behind this evil act will be brought to book.May Our Lady Help of Christians continue to intercede 4 us all. Amen
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 10:21 pm, Titiyo writes:
Everyone wants to know the truth. Answer Dolores : what is your sister saying about your story coming frm your imagination ?
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 10:23 pm, Philip,warri writes:
One thing that amazed me about this whole thing is that you all are saying that the vatican is stupid for removing richard burke from ministry. Do you think they did that because one lady just complain and that is it? What about his fellow bishops in Nigeria, why are they not saying anything? because they all know he is guilty. They all know better than any of you here complaining and cursing yourselves. richard burke know what he is doing now, trying to intimidate those who try to come out through people like you with church moneyttmujqq. It will never work. Please listen to the news today, and see the abuse that have been imported to Africa and latin america.
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 10:28 pm, Ese onomen, warri. writes:
This man call richard burke cannot be innocent. This is a good example of a man who has no respect for women. I am glad he is caught. God help us.
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 10:32 pm, Tosan writes:
I am not surprice, is it archbishop richard burke? I BELIEVE THIS LADY 100 PER CENT.
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm, Briget Obi writes:
Dolores Atwood, I trully believe you and I also believe that the good Lord is using you to expose the evil of sex abuse here in Africa. it is a big problem. Your courage and boldness is coming from the good Lord. Never let anything or anyone distract you by what they say. Keep on. Just also want to let you know that all the women here and expecially those with children and fathers here are all wishing you well and praying for you. Basically every of our parishoners here are saying that you are a challage to them,they all wish you well. I bless and wish you the very best.
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 11:06 pm, Bolanle writes:
From all I read from Ms atwood story, I was moved and I belive her story. It make alot of sence. Common sence. There is truth in all she wrote, no wonder the child protective investigators find her allegation credible. She is indeed a credible and a capable person as they discribed her. The st patrick priest who investigate both paties,find Dolores Atwood stories cridible and Richard Burke wrong. This is coming from the horses mouth. Richard Burke should take some responsibility. Judging from my education back ground, she is telling the truth. Good for you girl.
On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 11:18 pm, Tope writes:
Dolores Atwood is a good friend of a friend of my while we were in school. She is one of the most like able students on campus both by students and lecturals in our department. I do like her and I will not believe that she will come up with a lie like this. The first thing our friends said, is that, if it is coming from her it is true, we dont have to read what she wrote. She is a very compationate and kind person who have helped alot of people,expecially the poor. She is well known for that. For her to expose this richard burke, he must have been doing alot of bad things and Dolores cannot take it any more. We love you Dolores and we are thinking of you.
On Friday, November 27, 2009 at 02:20 am, Nora Cornell writes:
It is obvious that many of you that are commenting on this are not aware of the media attention that this case has received in Ireland. On Ocober 25th in the Irish Mail on Sunday there was a story that focused on a converstation between the said accuser and Richard Burke. In the conversation the "so called" Archbishop state, when speaking to the accuser... and I quote... "I know that I have hurt you deeply... I have stepped on your sacred ground... I have done wrong ". In other media reports it has been stated that the Vatican has suspended Richard Burke.
On Friday, November 27, 2009 at 02:26 am, Rita writes:
Not only is he suspended, he is out too. May God save us from wolf in sheep clothing in our mist.
On Friday, November 27, 2009 at 08:14 pm, Titiyo writes:
In fact, everyone knows that she slept with lecturers to get diploma. Dolores, are you going to sue your lecturer for that ? Ashawo
On Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 01:46 pm, Juliet ,warri writes:
We were talking about Dolores Atwood ,how unique she is and how much she has make a lot of difference in her work overseas. Her Principles and values,she never gives up for what she believes in and this reflects in her fight against injustice ,even to the church she loves and that means alot.
On Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 02:01 pm, Mabel, warri. writes:
I happen to know both Dolores Atwood and the archbishop richard burke.I read about this story on the irish website. It is true that dolores is a lady of principles and values. She is a very smart and intelligent person and she hates injustice and very private person. She fight her own war in a very silent way, and not saying anything is for her waiting for the right time. i believe her story and we all do. Those who knows her know that this is true. A lady who was the head girl of her school,that tells alot about her. There are so many lives she had touched. May the good Lord be with you expecially at this time, Amen.
On Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 02:14 pm, FRANKE and CARO writes:
Dolores Atwood is Well loved and admirable fine and God gifted person. Friendly and no none sence. Richard burke, you may think because you are a bishop ,you can do what ever you want, certainly not with Dolores atwood. You mess up richard burke. Dolores wants to put a stop that, that is why she exposed you. TO PUT A STOP OF YOU ABUSING MORE TEENAGE GIRLS IN AFRICA.THIS IS WRONG OF YOU AND SHAME ON YOU RICHARD BURKE.
On Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 04:14 pm, Titiyo writes:
This is a very good auto satisfaction ! Very funny in fact ! Any one who has senses will know that Dolores is writing about herself because she did not find anybodody to talk about her in good words. Sorry to disturb again, if you know Dolores, please tell me where is her sister so that i can hear her story myself...
On Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 09:26 pm, Abigal writes:
It is very sad that the vatican knew all about the abuses that have been taken place in the 50s,60s,70,80s to this present day and did nothing in ireland and now less than two years, the case of Ms Atwood. I wonder what is next. Their actions in Rome contradict the teachings of Christ and st paul. The Dublin report also states that there were very few good priests who were bold enough like Dolores Atwood and their reports were ignored by their superior and the vatican. This is very sad and we are surpose to continue as if nothing is happening. Wake up,this is bad news for us christians and catholic.
On Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 09:43 pm, pamela writes:
Franke and caro, thanks alot for your comments. The three things that is going on for this couragious lady is the facts that she is honest and sincere,that is why the reports and news about her around the world and among catholics and non alike stated"she is credible" and so is her allegations.secondlly, she has a very good reputaion ridht from the beginning of her life ,her history is wonderful., this is also coming from those who were interviewed and thirdly, richard burke own word, "I step on your sacred ground and I have hurt you so deeply". That is why Brain coonoly ,an irish jurnerlist described Richard Burke as " a DISGRACED TIPPERARY ARCHBISHOP". Dolores, please keep up the struggle and fight. Richard burke need to be put in the dock to face justice.
On Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 09:55 pm, Yinka, lagos. writes:
Pamela, if that is all you know, that means you have seen nothing and know nothing yet. Did you read all the articles yet. There is more that this so call archbishop burke have sad to this poor lady. I feel sorry that she have to go through all this. What a life. She is indeed a strong person. My prayer is that all these abuses on innocent people will not be invain. Please read about the abuses in ireland on irish times, very sad.
On Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm, writes:
I forget to mentioned that he aslo admitted to it to other teenage girls. Very damaging, very damaging. For the sake of investidation,we cannot say anything more than the media have writen. very sad.
On Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 11:44 pm, Ann Hellen writes:
Richard Burke? Just about time.I am not surprise.The saying that "what ever sow you shall reap" is true. It is just a question of time. I am very angry with this man. he is a shame and a first class pretender.
On Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 11:55 pm, Vincent. writes:
It was John Cooney, who described richard burke as a "disgraced tipperary-born archbishop." well done pamela, you said it all, and well done Dolores for your courage.
On Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 04:18 am, writes:
The leaders of the catholic church have lost what it takes to lead people to God. As much as I love God and his Church,it is very said that the opportunities that the church have to help direct lost souls and young people has been tramble under feets and wasted. The leaders of the church so obsessed with power, became victims of power itself. Now they loose respects from all works of life ,because they failed in showing respect for humanity and others . the injustice , rot and corruption in the church and the very sin of the flesh that christ preaced against is the very sin that leads them. They put purternity and assets first before the good Lord and spirituality. I think the leaders have lost it and it is now time for them to stop and think about the fact that they cricify christ everyday. were are the young people?, they are angry with the church and that include my family and friends and the ones I speak to. They dont like the church or want to go there on sunday. very sad story. Again here is an archbishop who should be leading young girls to God, because he is in position of power in Africa, he is leading them to satan. touching their breasts and having sex with teenage girls and giving them church money in exchange for sex that belong to the poor in the first place, filty old man. These girls are less privilage and poor girls who could hardly eat once a day. They are poor physically and spiritually. Their precious souls are at steak and here is a archbishop richard burke abusing them and paying some off not to say anything and also taking advantage of the culture of silent of such is a shameful stagma in Africa.Now, the question is ,were do we go from here?.I can tell you, more cover ups and more denials. The leaders of the church are sorry because they are caught and because society say it is wrong. if you are truely sorry, expose this monsters, remove the from the priesthood and at least society will credit you for your move, dont protect people who abuse children and think God is happy about it? No body listen to the church any more and the church have a very serious problem at hand, young men are not interested in joining the priesthood and now they are turning to anglicans to join them. That is good, but on what ground? because no more young catholic joining the priesthood? Please stop protecting priest and archbishops abusing children and young people and expose them and live the way christ will do if he was here on earth. Wake up. we hope the Vatican will something concerning archbishop richard burke? The world is waiting to see if they are really sorry about the reports from dublin diocese and move on to expose and get this man out of the way so he cannot abuse any more teenager. I think this is going to be another very interesting case, judging from those involve.The world is watching to see if the old method of trying to discredit the victim which people are use to and will not tolorate any more and will not work or pass this time due to the nature and evidence in richard burke case The world is watching and waitng to see what the next move will be with the case of archbishop richard burke. Very interesting.
On Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 04:27 am, Ngozi writes:
I hear you my dear friend, you said it all. very sad.
On Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 12:32 pm, think writes:
it is painful that many of us are only reacting, we are not looking at the issue as it is. some are using this as an opportunity to express their anger against the catholic church or the arcbishop in person. some just want to protect the church or the archbishop at all cost. i still believe that time is a just judge of hidden realities.dolores, if what u are saying is true, no doubt the archbishop did wrong, but no credit to you too. i will be stupid to believe that u were ignorant of what u were doing. if u are described as honest, just, intelligent,sincere and everything, how could u enter into such a relatiionship and sustain it for that long. besides is your sister afraid to come out too as well as all the many nigerian girls? i will only smile at those who believe the report of jounalists especially in matters like this, i will say 'continue' untill u hear them report that ur mother is a prostitute.No man shall be condermed untill he is given a fair hearing. i like the catholic church because silence is wisdom's first answer. those who speculate and spread rumours, be careful, for whatever goes around comes around. the above does not mean that the archbishop is innocent for any man can do anything in as far as he is a man. the church has experienced worse things and it knows how to deal with it. if he is guilty, he should apologise and resign. i believe that it is better to free a criminal than to sentence an innocent man.think
On Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 01:51 pm, writes:
You sound very bias and one sided person, the church know what the church is doing. No, the leaders in the church dont know what they are doing. This lady was abused when she was only 14yrs untill richard burke left nigeria and after she got married , richard burke was the one who went out of his way to look for her phone number and keep calling her, because he is afriad of her exposing him. it became a mental and a pycholigical abuse. this is coming from richard burke himself. Everthing that was said was richard burke own word mr priest. A 35 yrs old man having sex with a 14yrs old and you say she is not ignorant of the affair?. You call that an afair? if he had not touched dolores, this whole thing will not be. he brought his own trouble for himself. hRichard burke is a child abuser. he even admit in the tapes that he touched and have sex with these girls,so there is no need to argue with .The tapes are out there . His own words is plenty good enough. I cannot believe all you wrote. Why is it that when the leaders of the church cover up this evil, there are people like you , a priest will try and excuse for them ? Look at what is happening in ireland? The leaders know what they are doing that is why things are in a mess. No body in their right mind will hate the church of God, they hate the cover ups and protecting of abusers like you are trying to do here now. it is sad and a shame. I am glad that the power is shifting from the leaders of the church around the world. power and money and assets is thir god. the power is out now and a priest like you dont like that. The next thing that shoud be taken away is the money. I think people should stop donating their money to any group or church whos member abuse or cover up for abusers, because their money is not use for the poor any more,it is use to protect and defend abusers of children. The old people who go to church are angry, and my heart and soul go to the innocent priests who have try for many years to expose this evil in the church, not people like you "think'. Bird of the same feather flocks together. Now you are blemming a 14yrs old over her 35yrs old abuser archbishop richard burke.Can no one see the picture that I see.? No child should be put in the position of an adult. You dont seems to know what is happening and what richard burke have done. His own word is what i go by. He may be telling you all kinds of lies. This is a waste of time with you "think"
On Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 01:55 pm, Sarak writes:
"Think", lets put it this way, It is very painfull what Archbishop richard Burke did to Dolores Atwood when she was 14yrs old. That is what this case is all about. SAD
On Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 06:16 pm, Prisca. writes:
Fr patrick corcoran, you are back again with a new name "THINK". You are not hard to detect. Have you no shame, you were once "CANONLAWYER PRIEST" We do remember you and not surprice you surface again. You are definatelly not a good priest and I have a prove on that. Until then, lets finish first with richard burke. One step at a time. We most expose the evils in the church. My dear friends, I have one thing to say to you all,and that is, "NEVER, EVER,LOOK UP TO ANYONE AS YOUR ROLE MORDERN. YOUR ROLE MORDERN MUST ALWAYS BE CHRIST. FOCUS ON OUR GOOD GOD WHOS GREAT LOVE FOR HUMANITY IS UNCONDITIONA> ALWAYS LOVE GOD. NEVER GO TO CHURCH ,BECAUSE OF ANY ONE,BUT FOR GOD ONLY, AND NEVER STOP LOVING GOD BECAUSE OF ANY CRIME OR ATROCITIES OF ANY LEADER OF ANY RELIGIOUS GROUPS. LET YOUR FOCUS BE ON CHRIST JESUS. NEVER STOP LOVING GOD, BECAUSE GOD WILL NEVER HURT ANYONE,HE CARES FOR US ALL. BELIEVE ME, I HAVE EXPERICED THE GOODNESS OF GOD BEYOUND ANY ONE CAN IMAGINE> ALWAS FOCUS ON GOD.IF YOU SEE ANYONE DOING EVIL,DO NOT PARTAKE IN IT. DO NOT TAKE THE COUNCIL OF THE WICKED. THERE ARE WICKED AND SELFISH LEADERS AMONG US ,WHO ARE WOLFS IN SHEEP CLOTHINGS. OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS SAID, "IT WILL BE BETTER FOR ANYONE TO HANG HIMSELF WITH A MILL STRONE AND FALL IN TO THE OCEAN,THAN TO CAUSE ANY OF THESE LITTLE ONES TO SIN AGAINST ME". GOD DO NOT JOKE WITH SOULS,THAT IS WHY JESUS CAME DOWN ALL THE WAY FROM HEAVEN. HE HATES TO SEE CHILREN SUFFER OR PUSH INTO SIN.SO, DO NOT TAKE SIDE WITH EVIL, BUT BE ON THE SIDE OF THE RIGIOUS GOD. GOD JUDGEMENT IS VERY NEAR. READ YOUR BIBLE EVERDAY, SO THAT NO ONE MISLEAD YOU AND PRAY ATWAYS. May the good lord provice his people with good sharpards who will lead the to God and expose the wolves in sheep clothing in our mist, in Jesus name ,Amen.
On Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 09:50 pm, writes:
It is their lost to want to protect a an abuser like Richard burke and it is a question of chioce.
On Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 10:14 pm, writes:
Fr patrick corcoran, you were the one who write a short story on richard burke when he was installed as an aerchbishop,this was before a complain was made against him in Nigeria on sexual abuse on a minor. You know what has been going on between you two. as you go searching and googlo others , so others are doing exactly the same on you. this is only the beingning, trust me.
On Monday, November 30, 2009 at 02:35 pm, Ann writes:
If you have a problem with what the medias in ireland wrote mr patrick corcoran, while dont you write to them or call them, i thought you right there in ireland?and again, why dont you tell the irish victims of ireland or comment the same way as you are doinging with Dolores. You left the issues in your own backyard and going after Dolores Atwood who is an Africa? What is wrong with you? You are bitter and angry because your selfish ambitions are shartted. Laeave Dolores Atwood alone
On Monday, November 30, 2009 at 03:15 pm, Adamu Abubakar writes:
So what if Archbishop Burke slept with Atwood Dolores at the age of 14? What is the big deal about it, if not the media's obsession with sex.
On Monday, November 30, 2009 at 04:20 pm, Abrahim Abdullia writes:
The big deal about it is that Richard Burke is an archbishop who supose to live by example ,it is against the law to have sex with minors and your parishoners. and finally the big deal is THAT," YOU ARE A SHAMELESS PERSON WITH NO MORALS AND INTEGRETY".I am sure, your type is the kind who will ask Moses "what is the big deal if we disobey God Commadmants? Again, if it is not a big deal, he should be out of his position, because it was because of that he was send to nigeria. Can you tell me why in the first place he came to nieria,? I am sure you will say to preach the Gospel. So what is this Gospel about? For Richard burke to have sex with minors, prostites, married women and religious sisters? Doest that contradict the teachings of Jesus christ? Again, i can hear you say he is only human. in that case, he should leave the priesthood and go back to were he came from. No body is forced to be a priest, it is a question of chioce. If it was a common civilian who commited this crime, like priest did in ireland, he will be in prison now as we are talking. More they say is expected to who more is giving to. Jesus live by examples and those are his follows and diciples did the same., Richard burke is just a wolf in sheep clothing and a pretender who has misled his own congregations and turn people against one another. Very , very sad. That is why the church is loosing alot of her members around the world. God forbid, If i did what rechard burke have been doing to teenage girls, I will be in prison by now. So , tell me, were is it written that priest,bishops and archbishop can sexually abuse teenage girls? If you can show me any were in the bible that archbishops and priests are allowed to abuse teenage girls, I will give you my home and appologis to you and richard burke publicly and if not, you should for ever hold your peace. All you and the few and the church suporting richard burke is doing, is to "ITIMIDATE OTHERS FROM COMING OUT. TO MININIZE THE DAMAGE RICHAND BURKE HAS DONE TO HIMSELF ,AND FINALLY TO DISCREDICT DOLORES ATWOOD AS IT IS THE TRADITION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ON THOSE WHO TRY TO SPEAKOUT. This is a fact. It happens in every child abuse case.
On Monday, November 30, 2009 at 07:41 pm, Iyke writes:
You should all better be careful what you say and write.This fight is for God. All you are supposed to do is to pray that God should reveal the truth thats all. Moreso, you even pray for yourself to make heaven and you are busy judging others. How can you prove what you don\'t know (I mean for both sides) Leave this matter alone you are not helping God. What efforts are you guys making to better our world? Are you without sin? and is it by publishing this article that repentace could come if atall it is True? Think, pray for you are not even sure of tommorow. God bless and help us.
On Monday, November 30, 2009 at 07:43 pm, Francois Atlas writes:
I am not a Catholic, not even a Christian. A friend directed me here. But as a legal person with an analytical mind, it is glaring that Dolores is using many aliases to respond to those who write inquiring to know the truth. She seems to be adept at inventing identities and aliases such as Pamela, Frank and Caros, and many others; or if not herself her subterfuge, is the one minting all kinds of verbose, inchoate, and even at times logically valueless responses. Now, the issue is simple, do not continue to use the media, internet to fight, if there is a credible case, let Dolores Atwood with all her assumed documents go to Court, and fight for her rights and not on newspaper pages and internet forum. Dolores seems to be on a killer mission that is so vengeful. Maybe she does have a case. Typically, she is exhibiting some signs of post-traumatic stress while aggressively trying to get even with Archbishop Richard Burke. If the Archbishop was truly involved with this woman, it is truly a sad case of abuse of power and privilege. No one should assume who is innocent before the case is fully laid out. Presumption of guilt or innocence can dent someone's image, even when not actually involved. FA
On Monday, November 30, 2009 at 09:38 pm, Prisca writes:
Fr patrick Corcoran, you are at it again, this time using other names like Francois, Think and so on. You and Richard burke have been involve with abuse and disrespect for women. You do not have any shame and your superior O'Neil seems not to have control over you. you are indeed a shameless priest. Why dont you question the abused victims in Ireland that came out to expose the monsters in the catholic church. They are next door to you, but you choose to take your time to turn on your computer and go after Dolores Atwood. Do you think you can silent us in Africa? Just wait and see. Thank God for the media, if not for the media, the vatican would have done worse then colonialism. more than 80 per cent of the children of the world would have been abused. The media helped to exposed this monsters disgard in white robe and letting people speak evil of God good name.Shameless Archbishop richard burke.
On Monday, November 30, 2009 at 09:44 pm, writes:
Please leave Ms Atwood alone. Yes , it is true richard burke abuse her. Let the bishop repent and let move on.What a shame. he is only puting himself down.
On Monday, November 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm, Gem writes:
All these comments are of no significance, people are just raining abuses from all corners. If this allegation is true, it is indeed sad. But rather than people ranting here to no avail, let Atwood go to court and let the law take it course. I know mine will not be the last, people will just keep going on. Please do the proper thing, go to court.
On Thursday, December 03, 2009 at 06:43 pm, Temi writes:
folks where are you all- say something...
On Thursday, December 03, 2009 at 08:03 pm, Titiyo writes:
Nobody heard your sister's testimony. Maybe nothing happened between her and Burke... The truth will come soon. Dolores can open legs for Archbishop but cannot open eyes on her people's life... Sorry to disturb again...
On Thursday, December 03, 2009 at 08:29 pm, Temi writes:
she is not my sister
On Thursday, December 03, 2009 at 11:28 pm, Ibrahim Abudulia writes:
You dont need to apolozise you jobless client of richard burke.
On Friday, December 04, 2009 at 08:38 pm, Titiyo writes:
If you lie about the fact that your sister is no more your sister, how many lies did you say about your love story with Burke ? The truth will come soon. The truth will come...
On Friday, December 04, 2009 at 10:56 pm, Surakat writes:
Dolores Atwood and I went to the same school. She was a very popular and well respected by other students on campus. She says to this person come here or do this and they listen. She was called "mother" by other students, because of her caring nature. She was called "diplomat" by the staffs and well respected. She was also the vise- president of our department. She chooses her friends and fair and just to everyone. smart and very intelligent.
On Friday, December 04, 2009 at 11:03 pm, + writes:
Madam, – My instinct is to defend the church from unfounded attacks. But the revelations of the Murphy report are something else. The actions, or rather, for the most part, the inactions of the bishops named there are simply indefensible. At the very least, it would seem, all were guilty of negligence – some, such as Bishop Donal Murray of Limerick, whose behaviour was described as “inexcusable”, more than others. But all were deemed guilty of inaction, of failing to listen to their conscience, as Mary Raftery put it on radio and television. They were deemed guilty of putting the interests of the institution above the safety and welfare of children. Their failure to act when necessary, whatever the motivation, caused profound emotional damage to the victims of clerical sexual abuse and their families, and facilitated even more abuse. Their failure to act decisively has also, as Fr Tom Doyle, the American canon lawyer, said on Prime Time , caused untold spiritual damage to those entrusted to their pastoral care. To begin with, all bishops mentioned in the report should resign immediately from their current pastoral positions. The longer they delay in doing so, the greater the damage they will do to all faithful Catholics, and in particular to the survivors of abuse who are still paying the price for the sins of their priests and bishops. – Yours, etc, Rev Dr D VINCENT TWOMEY SVD, Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology, Divine Word Missionaries, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Madam, – I have just finished cutting Bishop Donal Murray out of my child’s confirmation photographs taken in 1990. I couldn’t stomach the sight of him standing there, not a care in the world, his arm resting around the shoulders of my lovely, innocent child. It breaks my heart to think that on that day that was so happy for my children and me, Bishop Murray was exposing other lovely, innocent little children to the demonic practices of his cohorts. I’m a practising Catholic; one who is finding it very difficult to believe a word coming from the mouths of any bishop, priest, or the pope. None of them cared a whit for those little children, if they did they would have, if necessary, placed themselves between those “monsters” and their tiny prey. I have no doubt their minds were on more important things, like minding the church’s millions. I am a mother of retirement age, and feel sick every time I see any of those old reprobates on TV, their big heads swollen with self- indulgent piety. Where was Bishop Murray’s conscience in all of this, “his judgment of reason”? He was told and therefore knew that deeds were being done that ran contrary to the law of the land. Bishop Murray and the others are supposed to be “servants of God.” Poor God, what a disservice they’ve done him. He should resign immediately. – Yours, etc, LIZ BOWIE, Highthorn Park, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Madam, – I am dumbfounded by Brian Cowen’s remarks reported in your paper today (December 2nd) regarding the Murphy report. Mr Cowen and his predecessors have all bowed to church influence and bullying. Had they been politicians of worth and standing, these horrors would never have been inflicted upon the children of Ireland to such a shameful extent. It sickens me that once more the game of politics is being played out, our Taoiseach is defending a institution which ignored decades of child abuse. I wonder if a school principal had ignored mass child abuse in a school, would the Taoiseach publicly defend this person and insist he or she should not be brought to justice, that it was a matter for the school to deal with and not the State? Heads must roll, the papal nuncio must leave our land. – Yours, etc, ANDREW HYLAND, South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Madam, – The Murphy report must surely confirm, if confirmation were needed, that the Catholic Church in its various guises is not a suitable organisation to be involved in the provision of any service to the young in this country and that it should be asked by Government to hand over to the State its schools, hospitals and other facilities. If it should refuse, then, what I imagine are necessary, constitutional changes should be proposed to permit their expropriation. The subsequent referendum would allow the people to have their say on this matter. – Yours, etc, GERRY MOORE, Donegal, Cobh, Co Cork. Madam, – It seems Brian O’Sullivan (December 2nd) may have inadvertently provided the bishops with what in the final analysis will prove the most fitting defence: we were only following orders. – Yours, etc, JASON MORDAUNT, Woodbrook Hall, Riverwood Road, Dublin 15. Madam, – The victims of clerical sexual abuse have borne the burden for long enough. It is time for the rest of us to take action. We can no longer expect either the bishops or the Taoiseach to do anything. Their response to the Murphy report shows us clearly that either they do not understand, or they do not care. There are two simple actions which every Catholic can take. 1. Stop attending Mass. 2. Stop donating money. – Yours, etc, CATHERINE BROPHY, Corke Abbey, Bray, Co Wicklow. Madam, – How is it that ordinary priests and nuns are not shouting out both in support of those who were violated, or in criticism of their brother religious, calling for complete and radical change? Except perhaps to apologise? Apologise for heinous crime? How can any of us have any respect for any of them? The institutional church is obviously deeply corrupt. They should be out there in sackcloth and ashes. There needs to be a new Reformation, but it may be too late? – Yours, etc, ANNE Le MARQUAND HARTIGAN, Northbrook Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Madam, – The Pope, we learn, has written to his Irish bishops directing them to report, solely and exclusively, all matters pertaining to child abuse by their clergy, to the Vatican alone, and not to the civil authority. A second and following letter commanded total secrecy regarding both. The two letters were in Latin. May I suggest that it’s now time to convey the view of the Irish people in this ghastly matter in like language? Vox populi suprema lex; Causa finita est. – Yours, etc, DAVID GRANT, Pleasant Drive, Mount Pleasant, Waterford. Madam, – As any normal Christian and Catholic family would be, we are shocked and deeply angered by the lack of response of the most senior church men in Ireland, to the horrific and sustained violence visited on the nation’s defenceless, helpless and innocent children, as detailed in the Murphy report. Save for Diarmuid Martin, their silence is deafening and speaks volumes for how much out of touch with the people, these relics of a long bygone age have become. Shame on them! Those evil predators amongst their clergy have preyed for many years on their countless victims — cunningly and with malice aforethought, using their “access all areas” collar to gain privileged and unsupervised access to their carefully selected targets. Their bosses over many years have wilfully hidden – indeed aided and abetted – serious, criminal activity of the most depraved kind and then, incredibly, moved them on to “pastures new” where they could start all over again and wreak their unforgivable havoc on a new and unsuspecting audience of innocent children. There is only one thing for it – hit them where it hurts. Parishioners of those men named in the Murphy report should not attend Mass next Sunday – or any future Sunday – in their local churches until all six of those excuses for men, have resigned. We are appalled by them and deeply distrustful now of the senior people in our church. Men of God, indeed. May God save our children from their evil kind. – Yours, etc, THE CURTIN FAMILY, Dollymount Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3. Madam, – Cardinal Connell’s exposition to the Murphy commission of the contorted “mental reservation” concept seems to have appalled/”shocked” some observers, including your own columnist Breda O’Brien (Opinion, November 28th). They thereby unwittingly proclaim their (relative) youth and innocence, God bless them. The “mental reservation” casuistry has long been a feature of Catholic moral theology. This was frequently illustrated in the “Notes and Queries” pages of the Irish Ecclesiastical Record. These replies afforded me much inexpensive entertainment in my younger days, in the long nights after Samhain. However, it is a letter in your own correspondence columns many years ago that best reflects the convoluted Connell mentality – and in startlingly similar terms. On May 23rd 1953, a “Catholic layman” signing himself as “J.T.F.” and claiming considerable expertise in the area of morality-and-taxation, made the following priceless contribution which evoked no comment thereafter from professional theologians or revenue commissioners: “To the objection that to sign an incompleted declaration of income is to sign to a lie and therefore to sin, the answer is quite simple. It is that the authorities do not expect the complete declaration. They know that in practice virtually every taxpayer who is in a position to suppress part of his income will do so. Consequently, they are not in the formal sense “deceived” by an incomplete return, and the essence of a lie is deceit”. – Yours, etc, JOHN A MURPHY, Emeritus Professor of Irish History, University College Cork. Madam, – What a contrast on your Letters page (December 1st). Kevin Denny accurately hit the nail on the head, while Pat Brunicardi et al floundered in the mist of obfuscation. Des O’Malley stated, some years ago, – “I stand by the republic”. It’s about time we refused to doff the cap or bend the knee, be it to politician, banker or cleric! – Yours, etc, AIDAN CARROLL, Kilmallock, Co Limerick. Madam, – What were your own great “investigative” journalists doing during the past 60 years when these abuses were taking place; or was the press too, under the thumb of the bishops? – Yours, etc, MICHAEL KAVANAGH, Joseph Street, Wexford. Madam, – There were only six teachers in the secondary school I attended in northeast Donegal in the 1960s, four of whom were priests. Classes were small, most having fewer than 12 students. These should have been ideal teaching conditions where boys and teachers alike could have learned so much from each other. That, however, was not what happened. I remember senior maths and science classes being whittled down to a mere handful of boys, as the rest of us were terrified away from these subjects by the sadistic violence of one priest. This same “teacher” rarely taught a class, but used brute force on boys ranging in age from 12 to 16 years simply so that he could enjoy a quiet classroom. “Brute force” here meant boys being stretched across his desk and strapped, and this priest gave students two to four dozen wallops of his strap. Another of these priests regularly beat boys with a hurley stick and a strap. He also abused his position, both as a priest and a teacher, by having sexual relationships with at least one young female student from the local convent school. Yet another of these priests nicknamed his strap “Susie” and used it to terrify young boys in particular. More than once he battered students in front of the class until the blood flowed their face. What I remember most about my schooldays was not just the terror and the regularity of the beatings, but the camaraderie among the clerical teachers in such a small school where so much fear and hypocrisy reigned. Three out of four of these priests seemed to actually enjoy terrifying young boys. I bring this to the attention of your readers simply to ask if this was some sort of record? Certainly it is worth remembering that the abuse of clerical power and privilege extended well beyond State institutions where young children were incarcerated and so violently abused. It was the common experience of far too many defenceless boys and young men of my generation for whom secondary education was a profoundly damaging and terrifying experience. – Yours, etc, DR JIM Mac LAUGHLIN, Ashford Estate, The Lough, Cork. Madam, – The Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) welcomes the publication of the Murphy report. The extent of the abuse of children and the cover up of the allegations against some of the priests and religious, the failure of senior clerics to report the abuse to the relevant State organisations and the collusion of some State agencies are of great concern. While we acknowledge the work to date of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in addressing these failures in the Dublin diocese, the IASW remains concerned that without enshrining the rights of the child into the Constitution, achieving the Government policy of ensuring the rights of the child are paramount will remain an aspiration and not a reality. The IASW plans to campaign for the necessary change in the Constitution. – Yours, etc, FRANK BROWNE, Communications co-ordinator, Irish Association of Social Workers, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Taken from the Irish Times December 3, 2009
On Saturday, December 05, 2009 at 04:38 pm, Titiyo writes:
Please we need your sister's testimony urgently so that we can close the Burke file
On Saturday, December 05, 2009 at 09:03 pm, writes:
Madam, – I started reading the Murphy report at 10am in an office of the Department of Justice last Thursday week and quickly became both very angry and very sad as chapter after chapter revealed sickening details of acts of abuse perpetrated by priests on vulnerable young children. No matter how many other reports I may have read or how easily I recall my own childhood experiences at the hands of former priest Ivan Payne, there is nothing that prepares a decent human being for the details of how any adults, let alone priests, sexually abused young children. And then there is the cover-up of that abuse. The knowing calculating self-serving cover-up of the sexual abuse of children in order to maintain secrecy, avoid scandal, protect the reputation of the church and preserve its assets. The report is quite clear that these were the preoccupations of the archdiocese in dealing with cases of child sexual abuse, adding that the commission of investigation had no doubt that child sexual abuse was covered up by the archdiocese and that the structures and roles of the church facilitated that cover-up. Bishop Donal Murray’s behaviour is described as inexcusable; he protests that this is not the only description of his behaviour. He is right: the report also says he was aware for many years of complaints and/or suspicions of clerical child sexual abuse, dealt badly with a number of complaints, and he did not deal properly with the suspicions and concerns that were expressed to him. These comments don’t exactly balance out the finding of his actions being inexcusable. Although Bishop Jim Moriarty told the people in Kildare and Leighlin, he was not directly criticised in the report, in fact he was. He claimed his reason for not properly investigating Fr Edmondus was because he did not have access to the archives, but the report says that he could have asked the archbishop to conduct a search which would have revealed earlier sexual abuse by the priest. Bishops Drennan, Walsh and Field, were auxiliary bishops of Dublin during some of the period (1975-2004) covered by the commission of investigation. The report tells us that a number of auxiliary bishops were made aware of complaints of child sexual abuse by priests in their geographical areas. Others found out about such priests through the regular monthly meetings involving the archbishop and the auxiliary bishops. It is not believable to me that none of these three, as bishops attending those meetings, were unaware that child sexual abuse was covered up by the archdiocese. They were bishops working in a diocese where children were sexually abused by priests, priests that the diocese knew were dangerous. They were all part of a structure and culture that facilitated the sexual abuse of children. It is time for Bishops Murray, Moriarty, Drennan, Walsh and Field to resign. Some of them tried to keep a low profile, others are trying to hold onto office in a manner that has become obscene. I would urge them not to hide behind the fact that some of them were not criticised in the report; the report details only a sample of allegations against 46 priests, but it found allegations against 172. There are almost 40 pages missing from the report: what will they reveal when they are published? For the Murphy report to so conclusively find that child sexual abuse was covered up by the archdiocese at a time when these men were all bishops in the diocese, and for them all to remain in office is to add insult to injury to me, and many people like me, who were sexually abused by priests. It is deeply hurtful and distressing that none of them can see that the hurt and pain caused to so many children in the archdiocese at a time when they were bishops is reason enough for them all to respect those sad experiences and go. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has told his fellow bishops that they must come out and answer questions raised in the report. But there are no questions raised in the report, each chapter concludes with findings of fact. It doesn’t ask Bishop Murray if he thinks his actions were inexcusable, it tells us they were. It doesn’t accuse him of behaving inexcusably, it tells us he did. Archbishop Martin has no right to tell bishops that they should respond to this report and if their responses are acceptable to him and his priests then maybe things will be okay. Things are not okay; he is not the one to judge their actions, Judge Yvonne Murphy has done that and on the basis of her findings, the bishops, as named here, should resign. And if they don’t, Archbishop Martin should resign before his meeting with them next week. In the meantime, Archbishop Martin should stop trying to undermine the commission of investigation and its findings. – Yours, etc, ANDREW MADDEN, Meath Square, Dublin 8. Madam, – Would this be a good time to consider repealing the 21st Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which prohibited the death penalty? It might then be possible to make it a capital crime in Ireland to rape a child, and obtain appropriate retributive justice against the Irish religious brothers, sisters, priests, bishops, and cardinals who practised, facilitated, or covered up these rapes. – Yours, etc, DENIS COTTER, Dover Road, Middleburg, Virginia, US. Madam, – The Pope needs to come to Dublin for 24 hours as a humble priest – without all the fanfare and “bling” of the Vatican – to apologise for all that has happened in the past 50 years. Only then can the healing begin. – Yours, etc, MICHAEL J McNAMARA, Ballyclough, Limerick. Madam, – It is futile, and sadly facile, for readers of your publication to call for the expulsion of the papal nuncio from a country whose elected leader feels compelled to defend his inaction and that of his employers in the Vatican. Would that such loyalty was shown to Ireland. – Yours, etc, MICHEAL O’DOHERTY, South Wood Street, Chicago, Illinois, US. Madam, – Your report “Taoiseach defends behaviour of Vatican” (Home News, December 2nd) evokes echoes of the Charles McQuaid era when, during the “mother and child scheme” controversy the then taoiseach John A Costello said he was a Catholic first and an Irishman second. The Vatican, being an independent state which appears to play the diplomatic card when it suits it, should be called in by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and asked to explain itself, and the breaking of diplomatic links should be seriously considered in the light of what its “agents” have perpetrated on innocent children of this independent state. Brian Cowen needs to realise that he should be standing up for the children of Ireland, not trying to kowtow to what he calls the “Holy See”. – Yours, etc, SEÁN MARTIN, Kenure Lawns, Rush, Co Dublin. Madam, – What your photograph (Front page, December 1st) of a soldier escorting the papal nuncio, while carrying a raised sword, perfectly epitomises is the malign relationship between my church and secular power for almost all of Christian history. Jesus Christ told Peter to put away his sword (John 18/11). But since, the 4th-century Christian leaders have presumed to know better. A sword represents above all violence and as such is the very antithesis of the power-rejecting Jesus. Catholic spirituality enjoins personal humility. But Catholic practice constantly supports a quasi-demonic institutional obsession with the church’s control and prestige. Virtually no regime seems too brutal or corrupt to merit total condemnation. Not that of Hitler or Pinochet or many other murderous governments in Latin America – not so long as the authority and position of the church are recognised in significant ways. This, I believe, is part of the wider context of episcopal indulgence towards paedophile clergy. Innocent victims of abuse are seen in practice – if not in theory – as expendable so long as the “authority” of the church is preserved. Many prophetic priests and religious have abandoned their ministry in utter disgust with the double standards of church leadership in regard to fundamental values. My church has cared for countless poor and sick children with exemplary dedication throughout its long history. But until it fully confronts clerical paedophilia wherever the church is present, it does not deserve any longer to be entrusted with the care of the defenceless. And it should ask itself very seriously what its elitist, secretive, sexist and power-hungry governing structures have to do with the example and teaching of Jesus Christ. – Yours, etc, JOHN FEIGHERY SVD, North Circular Road, Dublin 7. Madam, – Absent from Revd Vincent Twomey’s comments on the Murphy report (December 3rd) is any recognition that the reality of clerical sexual abuse and the moving about and protection of these abusing priests by their superiors, both in this country and in the US, has been known about in the Vatican for several decades. Cardinal Ratzinger, as he then was, wrote to Catholic bishops in 2001 to remind them of the penalties for leaking details of inquiries into offences such as clerical sex abuse which hardly suggest his primary concern was for the victims. The calls for the resignation of those bishops named in the Murphy report seem like an exercise in damage limitation. Mary Raftery articulated the feelings of many us when she referred to the “moral bankruptcy that permeates the ranks of the supposed moral and religious leaders of our society” (Opinion, December 3rd). Indeed it is very difficult to reconcile a belief in God with the actions of those who protected the abusers for so long and those who stood by in silence. No doubt the churchs theologians or its public relations experts have a ready made answer for that naive question. – Yours, etc, GEAROID O DUBHAIN, Clarkeswood, Mount Oval Village, Rochestown, Co Cork. Madam, – As I set up my crib for the Christmas period, I reflected on the year 2009, and what it told us about the children of Ireland. My reflections concerned the sad legacy of our State where innocent children are concerned. In my head I dedicated it to all the survivors of abuse. It will not alleviate their suffering, but does help me to deal with the rage and impotence I feel. What an ugly, craven, history we have, where those in power did not have the courage or even humanity to tackle what was so wrong! They still do not. – Yours, etc, DEIRDRE BREEN, Fosterbrook, Booterstown, Co Dublin A chara, – The concept of “Sins of omission” was invented by the Catholic church. Why can’t the hierarchy recognise it in itself? – Is mise, CÁIT Ní CHEALLACHÁIN, Old Park Road, Corbally, Limerick Taken froim the Irish Times Deceber 4, 2009
On Sunday, December 06, 2009 at 02:59 am, writes:
October 29, 2009 - Ferial Day Benedict-Ratzinger's Personal Archbishop Appointee Sexually Assaults 14-Year-Old Girl The Smoking Gun Is Getting Closer and Closer to the Unholy Father Richard Burke, Newchurch Archbishop Personally Appointed by Benedict-Ratzinger Burke Is One of the Criminal Bishops, Some Two Dozen in the United States Alone Whom Benedict-Ratzinger Is Sheltering from the Consequences of Their Crimes of Violence Against Newchurch Women and Children Newchurch's Great Sex & Embezzlement Scandal is now percolating higher than Newchurch presbyters up to bishops and archbishops -- corrupt prelates whom Benedict-Ratzinger himself has appointed, not holdovers from prior administrations. Richard Burke, appointed personally by Benedict-Ratzinger as Newchurch archbishop of Benini City, Nigeria, has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. She was lying sick in a Newchurch hospital when Burke assaulted her. For twenty years thereafter he continued to assault her. The scandal has forced Burke to suspend himself as archbishop. He is one of the most senior members of the Newchurch to be accused of assaulting a child. According to Monsignor Charles Scicluna, an official of the Newchurch Congregation for Bishops. Benedict-Ratzinger was informed of the assault charges, but failed to take any personal action. There are a number of other bishops and archbishops, not to say cardinals, of Benedict-Ratzinger, who now have been caught with their cassocks down. The Unholy Father refuses to take direct action to rid his administration of such people, many of whom he has himself personally appointed. Thus, Benedict-Ratzinger becomes an accessory both before and after the fact to child rape and assault. That is the verdict of both Catholic theology and civil law. We will see how long Benedict-Ratzinger can hide behind his diplomatic immunity of Newrome before his Newchurch falls down around him, as it is already happening. Newchurchers are leaving the Newchurch ship at every accelerating rates, and Newchurch collections are way down. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Press Association.]
On Monday, December 07, 2009 at 07:22 am, Ray O. I. writes:
I like to add my voice to all I have read. There is no doubt that things happens in life - good and ugly. Human beings have become evil and perfected their wickedness. Reading through her story, I see a vindictive spirit at work. Such spirit does not know the TRUTH. I see, smell and read lies on the lips of this lady. People who want things by all means become dangerous when they cannot get it. The fact of going to the Net is not because you seek the truth but prove the wickedness of her heart and the extent such evil can go. How can the bishop who meant you in the hospital for the first time start kissing you in an inappropriate way when you are not in a secluded room knowing that you are poor and orphan. I believe you were dying for the Archbishop and full of jealousy because he refused your moves.He did not call you satan but gently take you as a daughter inspite of your many moves to have him to yourself. knowing that he is a man who is open to people, you were threatened by that. You are known to be flirting with many men and so you finally met your Cannadian husband whom you promised to stop going with other men. Your inability to have the bishop remains a wonder to you and that increased your intense feelings for him which has translated to blackmail and must-pull-him-down. His refusal to yield to your threat of going public if he refuses you what you want make you carry out your threat. This threat is been on for the past two years. The first year prove no serious enough and now feel need to go publishing. You promised to take the evil to the bishop home town so as to rubish him before his people which you did. You promised he will pay both with his name and resources.You know that you are not working alone. The world may believe because lies are easily believable and the world is happy to celebrate the fall of great people especially men of God EITHER in truth or by falsity. I know that the world's hatred for the Catholic Church is being promoted by certain group(s) who contaminate the naive, innocent and weak humans with their stories. Is that surprising? Their Master has warned them before now: THE WORLD WILL HATE YOU BECAUSE THEY HATED ME FIRST. A word for the Archbishop: It is more difficult to face lies and falsehood. More diffificult still from an acquitance or friend. Take courage and be strengthened by Christ's Word: If they have called the Master of THE HOUSE belzebub, how much MORE members of HIS HOUSEHOLD.If they did it to JESUS, they will do it to His followers. Fear not they that can kill the body but cannot kill your soul; can smell your name with their lies but cannot take the glory of God from you because it does not belong to men.Be strong and you must not give up your service to God because men demands your head. Remember His Word to you at your ordination: You did not choose Me;No, I CHOSE YOU. Do not let any close the Kingdom against you. God needs you. You are a servant of the KINGDOM, not of this world but of God. So, be strong and do not be distracted.God still loves you and needs you, no matter what. Your God came for sinners after all not the righteous. Do not GIVE UP YOUR ROBE, pigs will trample on it because they do not know the value. Bring it back to the LORD who knows how to make all things well again. I hope and pray that you will receive and read this. BE STRONG AND DETERMINED.
On Monday, December 07, 2009 at 08:56 pm, writes:
The Nigerian Catholic Church has been known for the tremendous progress she has made relative to increase in priestly and religious vocations. However, it is apparent that in spite of such endearing goodnews one wonders, what at times these advantages actually translate into. Many Nigerian priests and religious nuns often forget the primary purpose of their calling; which is mainly spiritual. Often they are high handed abusing and harrassing their congregants, greedy for church funds, which they misuse wrecklessly and without any form of decorous probity and accountability. Many perceuve themselves as another estate within the realm of domination that is perpetuated by the ruling class, especially at the moments politicians. Most hobnob with these corrupt and greedy politicians who buy them over with money, expensive gifts of cars, luxuriant vehicles and SUVs, and living above their means. Many of these priests who come from humble background are often arrogant insulting their parishioners and acting arbitrarily without concern for how they are viewed and what God demands of them as shepherds, immediately our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the eternal good shepherd. The news footage regarding the mode of behaviour of the Catholic priest who was shut out by his parishioners reflect one of many such incidences, often unreported on the pages of newspapers. This is evidence of the kind of palpable discontents harboured by many Catholic parishioners against the malfeasant behaviours of their "overlord" and arrogant priests. Even more intriguing is the reaction of the office of Archbishop, whose letter signed by the Archbishop Matthew Ndangoso, shows a reactionary rather than progressive approach to resolving this issue. It depicts the lack of management and conflict resolution skills; and tilts more toward an approach that is milked in authoritarianism rather than a pastoral approach to resolving the issues and differences. It is even surprising that the archbishop seemed to have taken the side of the priest prior to an investigation being carried out. This lack of transparency, partisanship, and arrogance is one of the reasons that many young Catholics are becoming increasingly discontented with a church that they voluntarily gave their assent of truth, only to be betrayed at many levels. It is laughable that in Ndagoso's letter he quotes the Code of Canon Law. When it is convenient to these bishops they haphardly utilize the text of the Canon Law, but in others they violate it, like the mode in which a new bishop of Maiduguri did not meet the canonical requirements but because of some intriguing politics among the bishops- notably the same Ndagoso and the archbishop of Jos, Mr. Ignatius Kaigama- such blantant choice was named. It is on record that Nigerian Catholic bishops are too out of sync with the daily realities of faith, providing mouth-watering illusive and deceptive reports during their ad limina visits to the Vatican, when these reports hardly are attuned with reality. These bishops pride themselves upon presenting a false image that parallels with the image of politicians, and often act accordingly, and like these politicians very corrupt and easy to coopt by the corrupt political and ruling classes; so easily bought with money. It is a sad manifestation of not just of what is wrong with the Nigerian society as a whole, but even more with the global image of the Catholic Church. It is also a sad commentary on the quality of bishops either made or elevated since Pope Benedict XVI became a Pope in 2005. One of the bishops, he promoted to archbishop, the Irish, Richard Burke, today stands suspended for sexually molesting a 14 year old girl that began a sexual relationship running into almost thirty years, including after the woman became married, and even the archbishop switching to the lady's sister much later with his amorous pleasures. Many more, like the Archbishop of Abuja, Mr. John Onaiyekan, in circles of priests, nuns, and some lay faithful is known to be a serial sexual molester and abusers of young women, especially vulnerable young nuns. It is our hope that those so abused by this impostor would find the courage and the voice to speak out, to document this attrocious personality, a wolf in sheep's clothings. The act reported below reflect the beginning of more crises for the Nigerian Church, which flaring would be worst than the fate of the French anti-clericalism. I hope that this church, arrogant and stained with enormous blemish would read the warning sign promptly and redress this ugly and unfolding specter. A looming crises is in the offing for the Nigerian Catholic Church. God save us! The Daily Sun SACRILEGE! Worshippers attack Catholic priest, lock up church ...As Archbishop of Kaduna reads riot act From NOAH EBIJE, Kaduna Friday, November 13, 2009 Following a hatched plot by some members of a Catholic Church in Kaduna, who attacked the Priest, and locked up the church, the Archbishop of Kaduna State, Most Reverend Matthew Manoso Ndagoso has dissolved the parish. Trouble started when on Sunday, October 11, 2009, some members of Saint Dominic Catholic Church in Ungwan Pama area of Kaduna were said to have taken laws into their hands by chasing away the Priest, Gabriel Enuagha. The aggrieved members, according to findings, were not comfortable with the new timing of church services as put in place by the priest. Daily Sun gathered exclusively that the initial timing was from 6am for English session, 8am for Hausa and 10am for English listeners, but the new arrangement by the parish Priest pegged 6am and 8am session for English listeners and moved Hausa listeners to 10am. On that fateful day, the perpetrators were said to have forced the priest to conduct the Sunday service under a tree within the church premises, using his car as the altar of God. Ndagoso had in a letter dated October 30, 2009 to the entire Catholic Priests, religious and laity in the Archdiocese of Kaduna which was read to parishioners on Sunday, November 1, 2009, the Bishop condemned the action of the perpetrators and described it as unchristian. The letter which was titled: ‘The Internal Crisis of St. Dominic’s Parish U/Pama,’ read in parts: “You may have heard of the unfortunate and scandalous event that took place in St. Dominic’s Parish U/Pama on October 11, 2009, when some members of the parish community without regard to lawfully constituted authorities took the laws into their hands and locked up the church and the parish house thus hindering the community from worshiping in the church and the priests having to seek refuge elsewhere. “As if that was not enough, the perpetrators went further to use what is tantamount to force on their parish Priest. “Whatever their grievances, there are avenues and structures within the church for settling them without resorting to the use of force and violence. “The action was not only unchristian but also condemnable and intolerable anywhere especially in the church-as-family of God. Those responsible cannot be said to be true Christians because their action runs contrary to the Christian spirit of dialogue, reconciliation and peace. “They should have known that such behaviours have no place in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. “To say the least, what happened in St. Dominic’s is a disrespect of the highest degree to me and my office. Msgr. Gabriel V. Enuagha is my Vicar General under whose care I left the Archdiocese while away. “He was at that time the archbishop of Kaduna . The assault on him therefore was a direct assault on me and my office. Consequently, after due consultations, I have decided to take the following measures. “St. Dominic’s ceases to be a parish until further notice. It is now an outstation of St. Mary’s U/Boro with one combined Mass every Sunday. The parish priest is to fix the time for the mass. “The Parish Laity Council is hereby dissolved. The Parish Priest of St. Mary’s U/Boro is to form a caretaker church committee to run the affairs of the church. “Consequently, anyone in possession of church property should hand them over to the Dean of Rimau Deanery, Very Reverend Father Alfred Mako. “Anyone found to be involved in the crisis in anyway will be sanctioned appropriately in accordance with the provisions of the law (cf. Cans 1374 & 1375). “A thorough investigation is in progress. You will be dully informed of the outcome. “Finally, let it be known to one and all that no individual or group is indispensable in the Catholic Church. “While the church is better off with all on board, it cannot cease to exist because of an individual or a group. The rich history of our church is there for those who care to confer.” Posted by African Synod II- Roman Catholic at 11:59 AM Labels: Archdiocese of Kaduna crisis, Church abuse, Ignatius Kaigama, John Onaiyekan, Matthew Manoso Ndagoso, Msgr. Gabriel V. Enuagha, Priest chased from Parish, St. Dominic Catholic Church, Ungwa Pama
On Monday, December 07, 2009 at 08:59 pm, writes:
A New Irish report heavily indicts the Irish Bishops of the Catholic Church of elaborate cover-up relative to children sexual abuse within the Irish Catholic Church. This report coming on the heels of another one regarding the modes of abuses of children confined to church institutions reflect another bad publicity and despicable stunt upon the image of the Catholic heritage in Ireland. This, too, has significant ramifications for the worldwide church, especially given the Irish exportation of her missionaries across the world into various global polities, including the United States, Africa, Asia, and even Australia, among other global spaces. The impacts of these Irish missionaries can be greatly felt in many areas. However, the impact upon the formation of priestly candidates in seminaries across the world is to be particularly noted. Their examples, ethos, and ethics, as well as their lifestyles, have enormous influence upon these candidates and the diverse church communities that owe their emergence or sustenance to the missionary drive of the Irish missionaries. This is especially because of their ability to transmit and ingrain certain values and consciousness upon the psyche of the native clergy and Christians; including implanting particularly bad examples among these cleric in the area of priestly celibacy and shaping a screwed view of human sexuality in general. Irish missionaries have been acute agents in the expansion of global Catholicism. Many, including Africans owes a grand appreciation for their enonmous and most times exemplifying modest lifestyles, often consistently in line with the values, orientation, and ethics of the Christian gospel and the doctrinal teachings of our beloved Church. The Irish dedication to social services, including their services to humanity in the arena of missionary and educational initiatives, forged a significant differences in the lives of individuals and fortunes of specific communities. Bishop Joseph Shanahan is one example of an intrepid and courageously hardworking bishop whose influences extend across national spaces in Southeastern Nigeria, the Middle Belt to eastern Africa. Other Irish missionaries were also stellar witnesses to the ideals of self-abnegation and sacrificial giving of selves, internalizing and embodying sufferings living in arid conditions, in attestation to our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. For these acts, we congratulate and celebrate their positive examples. In other cases, these missionaries were equally agents of abuses of Africans under their care. It is our hope that these were rare incidences. However, the recent case of an Irish-born Nigerian Archbishop, Richard Burke, of the St. Patrick's (Kiltegan) Society, accused of molesting a Nigerian woman beginning from the age of 14 in an hospital unit in Nigeria, and carried out over 20 years of relationship with her even while she was married, bespeaks volume as to the subtle nature of such abuses carried out by Irish missionaries, and also of the examples they transmitted to their Nigerian and African counterparts. The instances of Catholic missionary abuses rendered by such African spiritual and literary writers like Patrick Malidoma Some in his book, Of Water and Spirit (cf. pages 109-111) would make one cringe with nausea and blush in shame of one's Catholic heritage.. The cases of the Central African Republic is another example. Herein, the Vatican acting against African clergy in two diocese, including removing their bishops, precipitated the African clergy to instance the sexual abuse scandals and bad instances of European clergy, also points to a scary manifestation of the bad models of priestly lifestyles which was perpetuated and reinforced over time by European missionaries in Africa and globally, where they carried out their works. In some sector, it is believed that some of the missionaries were deliberately scurried to the mission territories in Africa and Asia dumped there steering them away from an enlightening European public, adverse to some of their perverting sexualities. The Irish church widespread role in missionary work, and the fact that even in America the majority of priests accused in the minor sexual abuse scandals are of Irish origin or descent, necessitates that the Vatican authorities investigate the Irish role in the widespread globalized culture of priestly sexual abuses. This is not to downplay the enormous positive roles that many of these Irish missionaries have played in the evangelizing work of the Church. To these great sons and daughters of Ireland we stand in debted, but for those who tarnish the Irish and ecclesiastical images by their conscious acts, we are truly ashamed of their acts of shame. Irish Catholic Church and Sexual Abuse Scandal: Damning Report Indicts Bishops of Cover-up: News World news Ireland Irish church and police covered up child sex abuse, says report. Devastating report on abuse of children by clergy from 1975 to 2004 accuses church and Garda of colluding to cover up scandal . Roman Catholic church in Ireland hid decades of child abuse by its leaders to protect the church's reputation, inquiry found. Photograph: Danilo Krstanovic/Reuters Ireland's police colluded with the Catholic church in covering up clerical child abuse in Dublin on a huge scale, according to a damning report on decades of sex crimes committed by priests. The devastating report on the sexual and physical abuse of children by the clergy in Ireland's capital from 1975 to 2004 accuses four former archbishops, a host of clergy and senior members of the Garda Síochána of a cover-up. The three-volume report found that the "maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the church and the preservation of its assets" was more important than justice for the victims. Four former archbishops in Dublin – John Charles McQuaid, who died in 1973, Dermot Ryan, who died in 1984, Kevin McNamara, who died in 1987, and retired Cardinal Desmond Connell – were found to have failed to report their knowledge of child sexual abuse to the Garda from the 1960s to the 1980s. But the report added that all the archbishops of the diocese in the period were aware of complaints. The report, launched today by the Irish justice minister, Dermot Ahern, also concluded that the vast majority of priests turned a "blind eye" to abuse, although some individuals did bring complaints to superiors, which were not acted upon. The report, commissioned by the government, strongly criticises the Garda and says senior members of the force regarded priests as being outside their investigative remit. The relationship between some senior gardai and priests and bishops in Dublin was described as "inappropriate". Rather than investigate complaints from children, gardai simply reported the matter to the Dublin Catholic diocese, the report says. The Garda Síochána is accused of connivance with the church in stifling at least one complaint of abuse and letting the alleged perpetrator flee the country. Ahern said there should be no hiding place for abusers. "The persons who committed these dreadful crimes will continue to be pursued. They must come to know that there is no hiding place. That justice – even where it may have been delayed – will not be denied," he said. He told a press conference: "I read the report as justice minister. But on a human level – as a father and as a member of this community – I felt a growing sense of revulsion and anger at the horrible, evil acts committed against children." The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre welcomed the report, saying it was "another acknowledgment of the abject failure of our society to take care of our children". The report states that senior clerical figures covered up the abuse over nearly 30 years and that the structures and rules of the church facilitated that cover-up. It says that state authorities facilitated the cover-up by allowing the church to be beyond the reach of the law. The Murphy Commission of Inquiry into the abuse of children in Dublin identified 320 people who complained of child sexual abuse between 1975 and 2004. It also stated that since May 2004, 130 complaints against priests operating in the Dublin archdiocese had been made. The report details the cases of 46 priests guilty of abuse as a representative sample of 102 priests within its remit. But it concludes that there was no evidence of an organised paedophile ring in the Dublin archdiocese, although it says there were worrying connections. One priest admitted abusing more than 100 children. Another said he had committed abuse every two weeks for more than 25 years. The report highlights the case of a Father Carney and Father McCarthy who it claims in one case both abused the same child. The abuse by Carney often occurred at swimming pools, sometimes when he was accompanied by another priest. The report states that it was not until 1995 that the archdiocese began to notify civil authorities of complaints of abuse. The commission concludes that in the light of this and other facts, every bishop's primary loyalty was to the church itself. A move by the archdiocese to take out insurance against potential compensation claims arising from abuse, according to the report, proved knowledge of child sexual abuse as a potential major cost. The Garda Síochána's current commissioner, Fachtna Murphy, said the report made for "difficult and disturbing reading, detailing many instances of sexual abuse and failure … to protect victims." Pope Benedict was urged today to go to Ireland and apologise for his clergy's behaviour. John Kelly, of Irish Survivors of Child Abuse, said only a papal visit would exonerate the worldwide church in the abuse scandals. Abuse reports Since June 1994, when paedophile priest Father Brendan Smith was sentenced to four years in prison for the abuse of children in Northern Ireland, there have been three major reports into the abuse of children at the hands of Ireland's Catholic clergy: • October 2005 the Ferns report detailed extensive child abuse and the cover-up of paedophile activity in the south-east of Ireland. • November 2005 Judge Yvonne Murphy was appointed to head a commission of investigation into clerical child abuse in the Dublin diocese, which concluded today. •May 2009 the Ryan report detailing abuse at orphanages and industrial schools run by Catholic religious orders across the state was published. 26 Nov 2009 Catholic church in Ireland covered up child abuse, says report 22 Jul 2009 Catholics want accountability Breda O'Brien 23 May 2009Letters: We want real contrition for our abuse 21 May 2009Child abuse row goes on as Catholics get new leader Devastating report' into Catholic schools abuse 20 May 2009: The Guardian's Ireland correspondent on a long-awaited report into abuse suffered by thousands of children at institutions run by priests More video: 20 May 2009Thousands raped and abused in Catholic schools 10 Apr 2009Ireland archbishop admits child abuse report 'will shock us all' 10 Mar 2008Pope could face protests in Ireland over abuse cases 3 Feb 2008Call to seize secret church abuse files St Patrick's Day parades around the world 15 Mar 2009: Thousands of people join the festivities in Trafalgar Square prior to 17 March, the official day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Various Irish organisations are holding similar parades in other cities throughout the world Posted by African Synod II- Roman Catholic at 11:32 AM Labels: Archbishop Richard Burke, Archbishops guilty, Church cover-ups, Dublin, Ireland Catholic Church, Irish Missionaries, Minor sex abuse, Priests' sexual abuses
On Wednesday, December 09, 2009 at 06:36 pm, sinner in need of God's mercy writes:
If the Lord should mark our guilt,who would survive.but with the LORD is found mercy and fulness of redemption.(psalm 130).this is a tale of --"there goes either of us,if not for the grace of God".let us remember that there is a big difference between the sin and the sinner.while,we must all condemn every form of sin,let us remember that the sinner needs love.if we truly want to be fair and sincere we'll condemn the sin and not the sinner.dolores,God will see u through your difficult n trying times,and give u a new heart to forgive the wrong done to u,if its true.Your Grace,St.Augustine of hippo,st.Paul and st.Peter betrayed Christ, but His mercy is ever sure.i know its difficult,but this too shall pass. my prayers go even more for both the victim and the accused.let us all join voices and storm heaven with prayers as we celebrate the year of priests,that God will continually shower them with more grace to overcome the temptations and the lures of the world and the flesh, guarding them from the snares of the enemy.for all Christians,let us keep praying for ourselves that we all may live and lead Christlike lives.its could happen to any of us.enough of the aspersions cast on both parties,because we all need HELP.Let him who thinks he is standing tall above sin take heed,lest he falls.HAVE MERCY ON US OH LORD,FOR WE HAVE SINNED!
On Wednesday, December 09, 2009 at 07:14 pm, sinner in need of God's mercy writes:
Let us all read 1Cor 4:5
On Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 02:01 am, writes:
Irish Bishops heavily indicted in Priests Child Sex Abuse Report indicates that Irish Church stand accused of covering up sex abuse of minors: Commentary: A New Irish report heavily indicts the Irish Bishops of the Catholic Church of elaborate cover-up relative to children sexual abuse within the Irish Catholic Church. This report coming on the heels of another one regarding the modes of abuses of children confined to church institutions reflect another bad publicity and despicable stunt upon the image of the Catholic heritage in Ireland. This, too, has significant ramifications for the worldwide church, especially given the Irish exportation of her missionaries across the world into various global polities, including the United States, Africa, Asia, and even Australia, among other global spaces. The impacts of these Irish missionaries can be greatly felt in many areas. However, the impact upon the formation of priestly candidates in seminaries across the world is to be particularly noted. Their examples, ethos, and ethics, as well as their lifestyles, have enormous influence upon these candidates and the diverse church communities that owe their emergence or sustenance to the missionary drive of the Irish missionaries. This is especially because of their ability to transmit and ingrain certain values and consciousness upon the psyche of the native clergy and Christians; including implanting particularly bad examples among these cleric in the area of priestly celibacy and shaping a screwed view of human sexuality in general. Irish missionaries have been acute agents in the expansion of global Catholicism. Many, including Africans owes a grand appreciation for their enonmous and most times exemplifying modest lifestyles, often consistently in line with the values, orientation, and ethics of the Christian gospel and the doctrinal teachings of our beloved Church. The Irish dedication to social services, including their services to humanity in the arena of missionary and educational initiatives, forged a significant differences in the lives of individuals and fortunes of specific communities. Bishop Joseph Shanahan is one example of an intrepid and courageously hardworking bishop whose influences extend across national spaces in Southeastern Nigeria, the Middle Belt to eastern Africa. Other Irish missionaries were also stellar witnesses to the ideals of self-abnegation and sacrificial giving of selves, internalizing and embodying sufferings living in arid conditions, in attestation to our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. For these acts, we congratulate and celebrate their positive examples. In other cases, these missionaries were equally agents of abuses of Africans under their care. It is our hope that these were rare incidences. However, the recent case of an Irish-born Nigerian Archbishop, Richard Burke, of the St. Patrick's (Kiltegan) Society, accused of molesting a Nigerian woman beginning from the age of 14 in an hospital unit in Nigeria, and carried out over 20 years of relationship with her even while she was married, bespeaks volume as to the subtle nature of such abuses carried out by Irish missionaries, and also of the examples they transmitted to their Nigerian and African counterparts. The instances of Catholic missionary abuses rendered by such African spiritual and literary writers like Patrick Malidoma Some in his book, Of Water and Spirit (cf. pages 109-111) would make one cringe with nausea and blush in shame of one's Catholic heritage.. The cases of the Central African Republic is another example. Herein, the Vatican acting against African clergy in two diocese, including removing their bishops, precipitated the African clergy to instance the sexual abuse scandals and bad instances of European clergy, also points to a scary manifestation of the bad models of priestly lifestyles which was perpetuated and reinforced over time by European missionaries in Africa and globally, where they carried out their works. In some sector, it is believed that some of the missionaries were deliberately scurried to the mission territories in Africa and Asia dumped there steering them away from an enlightening European public, adverse to some of their perverting sexualities. The Irish church widespread role in missionary work, and the fact that even in America the majority of priests accused in the minor sexual abuse scandals are of Irish origin or descent, necessitates that the Vatican authorities investigate the Irish role in the widespread globalized culture of priestly sexual abuses. This is not to downplay the enormous positive roles that many of these Irish missionaries have played in the evangelizing work of the Church. To these great sons and daughters of Ireland we stand in debted, but for those who tarnish the Irish and ecclesiastical images by their conscious acts, we are truly ashamed of their acts of shame. Irish Catholic Church and Sexual Abuse Scandal: Damning Report Indicts Bishops of Cover-up: News World news Ireland Irish church and police covered up child sex abuse, says report. Devastating report on abuse of children by clergy from 1975 to 2004 accuses church and Garda of colluding to cover up scandal . Roman Catholic church in Ireland hid decades of child abuse by its leaders to protect the church's reputation, inquiry found. Photograph: Danilo Krstanovic/Reuters Ireland's police colluded with the Catholic church in covering up clerical child abuse in Dublin on a huge scale, according to a damning report on decades of sex crimes committed by priests. The devastating report on the sexual and physical abuse of children by the clergy in Ireland's capital from 1975 to 2004 accuses four former archbishops, a host of clergy and senior members of the Garda Síochána of a cover-up. The three-volume report found that the "maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the church and the preservation of its assets" was more important than justice for the victims. Four former archbishops in Dublin – John Charles McQuaid, who died in 1973, Dermot Ryan, who died in 1984, Kevin McNamara, who died in 1987, and retired Cardinal Desmond Connell – were found to have failed to report their knowledge of child sexual abuse to the Garda from the 1960s to the 1980s. But the report added that all the archbishops of the diocese in the period were aware of complaints. The report, launched today by the Irish justice minister, Dermot Ahern, also concluded that the vast majority of priests turned a "blind eye" to abuse, although some individuals did bring complaints to superiors, which were not acted upon. The report, commissioned by the government, strongly criticises the Garda and says senior members of the force regarded priests as being outside their investigative remit. The relationship between some senior gardai and priests and bishops in Dublin was described as "inappropriate". Rather than investigate complaints from children, gardai simply reported the matter to the Dublin Catholic diocese, the report says. The Garda Síochána is accused of connivance with the church in stifling at least one complaint of abuse and letting the alleged perpetrator flee the country. Ahern said there should be no hiding place for abusers. "The persons who committed these dreadful crimes will continue to be pursued. They must come to know that there is no hiding place. That justice – even where it may have been delayed – will not be denied," he said. He told a press conference: "I read the report as justice minister. But on a human level – as a father and as a member of this community – I felt a growing sense of revulsion and anger at the horrible, evil acts committed against children." The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre welcomed the report, saying it was "another acknowledgment of the abject failure of our society to take care of our children". The report states that senior clerical figures covered up the abuse over nearly 30 years and that the structures and rules of the church facilitated that cover-up. It says that state authorities facilitated the cover-up by allowing the church to be beyond the reach of the law. The Murphy Commission of Inquiry into the abuse of children in Dublin identified 320 people who complained of child sexual abuse between 1975 and 2004. It also stated that since May 2004, 130 complaints against priests operating in the Dublin archdiocese had been made. The report details the cases of 46 priests guilty of abuse as a representative sample of 102 priests within its remit. But it concludes that there was no evidence of an organised paedophile ring in the Dublin archdiocese, although it says there were worrying connections. One priest admitted abusing more than 100 children. Another said he had committed abuse every two weeks for more than 25 years. The report highlights the case of a Father Carney and Father McCarthy who it claims in one case both abused the same child. The abuse by Carney often occurred at swimming pools, sometimes when he was accompanied by another priest. The report states that it was not until 1995 that the archdiocese began to notify civil authorities of complaints of abuse. The commission concludes that in the light of this and other facts, every bishop's primary loyalty was to the church itself. A move by the archdiocese to take out insurance against potential compensation claims arising from abuse, according to the report, proved knowledge of child sexual abuse as a potential major cost. The Garda Síochána's current commissioner, Fachtna Murphy, said the report made for "difficult and disturbing reading, detailing many instances of sexual abuse and failure … to protect victims." Pope Benedict was urged today to go to Ireland and apologise for his clergy's behaviour. John Kelly, of Irish Survivors of Child Abuse, said only a papal visit would exonerate the worldwide church in the abuse scandals. Abuse reports Since June 1994, when paedophile priest Father Brendan Smith was sentenced to four years in prison for the abuse of children in Northern Ireland, there have been three major reports into the abuse of children at the hands of Ireland's Catholic clergy: • October 2005 the Ferns report detailed extensive child abuse and the cover-up of paedophile activity in the south-east of Ireland. • November 2005 Judge Yvonne Murphy was appointed to head a commission of investigation into clerical child abuse in the Dublin diocese, which concluded today. •May 2009 the Ryan report detailing abuse at orphanages and industrial schools run by Catholic religious orders across the state was published. 26 Nov 2009 Catholic church in Ireland covered up child abuse, says report 22 Jul 2009 Catholics want accountability Breda O'Brien 23 May 2009Letters: We want real contrition for our abuse 21 May 2009Child abuse row goes on as Catholics get new leader Devastating report' into Catholic schools abuse 20 May 2009: The Guardian's Ireland correspondent on a long-awaited report into abuse suffered by thousands of children at institutions run by priests More video: 20 May 2009Thousands raped and abused in Catholic schools 10 Apr 2009Ireland archbishop admits child abuse report 'will shock us all' 10 Mar 2008Pope could face protests in Ireland over abuse cases 3 Feb 2008Call to seize secret church abuse files St Patrick's Day parades around the world 15 Mar 2009: Thousands of people join the festivities in Trafalgar Square prior to 17 March, the official day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Various Irish organisations are holding similar parades in other cities throughout the world Posted by African Synod II- Roman Catholic at 11:32 AM 0 comments Links to this post Labels: Archbishop Richard Burke, Archbishops guilty, Church cover-ups, Dublin, Ireland Catholic Church, Irish Missionaries, Minor sex abuse, Priests' sexual abuses Saturday, November 14, 2009 High-Handed Catholic Priest chased away from Kaduna, Nigeria, Church Moderator's Commentary: The Nigerian Catholic Church has been known for the tremendous progress she has made relative to increase in priestly and religious vocations. However, it is apparent that in spite of such endearing goodnews one wonders, what at times these advantages actually translate into. Many Nigerian priests and religious nuns often forget the primary purpose of their calling; which is mainly spiritual. Often they are high handed abusing and harrassing their congregants, greedy for church funds, which they misuse wrecklessly and without any form of decorous probity and accountability. Many perceuve themselves as another estate within the realm of domination that is perpetuated by the ruling class, especially at the moments politicians. Most hobnob with these corrupt and greedy politicians who buy them over with money, expensive gifts of cars, luxuriant vehicles and SUVs, and living above their means. Many of these priests who come from humble background are often arrogant insulting their parishioners and acting arbitrarily without concern for how they are viewed and what God demands of them as shepherds, immediately our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the eternal good shepherd. The news footage regarding the mode of behaviour of the Catholic priest who was shut out by his parishioners reflect one of many such incidences, often unreported on the pages of newspapers. This is evidence of the kind of palpable discontents harboured by many Catholic parishioners against the malfeasant behaviours of their "overlord" and arrogant priests. Even more intriguing is the reaction of the office of Archbishop, whose letter signed by the Archbishop Matthew Ndangoso, shows a reactionary rather than progressive approach to resolving this issue. It depicts the lack of management and conflict resolution skills; and tilts more toward an approach that is milked in authoritarianism rather than a pastoral approach to resolving the issues and differences. It is even surprising that the archbishop seemed to have taken the side of the priest prior to an investigation being carried out. This lack of transparency, partisanship, and arrogance is one of the reasons that many young Catholics are becoming increasingly discontented with a church that they voluntarily gave their assent of truth, only to be betrayed at many levels. It is laughable that in Ndagoso's letter he quotes the Code of Canon Law. When it is convenient to these bishops they haphardly utilize the text of the Canon Law, but in others they violate it, like the mode in which a new bishop of Maiduguri did not meet the canonical requirements but because of some intriguing politics among the bishops- notably the same Ndagoso and the archbishop of Jos, Mr. Ignatius Kaigama- such blantant choice was named. It is on record that Nigerian Catholic bishops are too out of sync with the daily realities of faith, providing mouth-watering illusive and deceptive reports during their ad limina visits to the Vatican, when these reports hardly are attuned with reality. These bishops pride themselves upon presenting a false image that parallels with the image of politicians, and often act accordingly, and like these politicians very corrupt and easy to coopt by the corrupt political and ruling classes; so easily bought with money. It is a sad manifestation of not just of what is wrong with the Nigerian society as a whole, but even more with the global image of the Catholic Church. It is also a sad commentary on the quality of bishops either made or elevated since Pope Benedict XVI became a Pope in 2005. One of the bishops, he promoted to archbishop, the Irish, Richard Burke, today stands suspended for sexually molesting a 14 year old girl that began a sexual relationship running into almost thirty years, including after the woman became married, and even the archbishop switching to the lady's sister much later with his amorous pleasures. Many more, like the Archbishop of Abuja, Mr. John Onaiyekan, in circles of priests, nuns, and some lay faithful is known to be a serial sexual molester and abusers of young women, especially vulnerable young nuns. It is our hope that those so abused by this impostor would find the courage and the voice to speak out, to document this attrocious personality, a wolf in sheep's clothings. The act reported below reflect the beginning of more crises for the Nigerian Church, which flaring would be worst than the fate of the French anti-clericalism. I hope that this church, arrogant and stained with enormous blemish would read the warning sign promptly and redress this ugly and unfolding specter. A looming crises is in the offing for the Nigerian Catholic Church. God save us! The Daily Sun SACRILEGE! Worshippers attack Catholic priest, lock up church ...As Archbishop of Kaduna reads riot act From NOAH EBIJE, Kaduna Friday, November 13, 2009 Following a hatched plot by some members of a Catholic Church in Kaduna, who attacked the Priest, and locked up the church, the Archbishop of Kaduna State, Most Reverend Matthew Manoso Ndagoso has dissolved the parish. Trouble started when on Sunday, October 11, 2009, some members of Saint Dominic Catholic Church in Ungwan Pama area of Kaduna were said to have taken laws into their hands by chasing away the Priest, Gabriel Enuagha. The aggrieved members, according to findings, were not comfortable with the new timing of church services as put in place by the priest. Daily Sun gathered exclusively that the initial timing was from 6am for English session, 8am for Hausa and 10am for English listeners, but the new arrangement by the parish Priest pegged 6am and 8am session for English listeners and moved Hausa listeners to 10am. On that fateful day, the perpetrators were said to have forced the priest to conduct the Sunday service under a tree within the church premises, using his car as the altar of God. Ndagoso had in a letter dated October 30, 2009 to the entire Catholic Priests, religious and laity in the Archdiocese of Kaduna which was read to parishioners on Sunday, November 1, 2009, the Bishop condemned the action of the perpetrators and described it as unchristian. The letter which was titled: ‘The Internal Crisis of St. Dominic’s Parish U/Pama,’ read in parts: “You may have heard of the unfortunate and scandalous event that took place in St. Dominic’s Parish U/Pama on October 11, 2009, when some members of the parish community without regard to lawfully constituted authorities took the laws into their hands and locked up the church and the parish house thus hindering the community from worshiping in the church and the priests having to seek refuge elsewhere. “As if that was not enough, the perpetrators went further to use what is tantamount to force on their parish Priest. “Whatever their grievances, there are avenues and structures within the church for settling them without resorting to the use of force and violence. “The action was not only unchristian but also condemnable and intolerable anywhere especially in the church-as-family of God. Those responsible cannot be said to be true Christians because their action runs contrary to the Christian spirit of dialogue, reconciliation and peace. “They should have known that such behaviours have no place in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. “To say the least, what happened in St. Dominic’s is a disrespect of the highest degree to me and my office. Msgr. Gabriel V. Enuagha is my Vicar General under whose care I left the Archdiocese while away. “He was at that time the archbishop of Kaduna . The assault on him therefore was a direct assault on me and my office. Consequently, after due consultations, I have decided to take the following measures. “St. Dominic’s ceases to be a parish until further notice. It is now an outstation of St. Mary’s U/Boro with one combined Mass every Sunday. The parish priest is to fix the time for the mass. “The Parish Laity Council is hereby dissolved. The Parish Priest of St. Mary’s U/Boro is to form a caretaker church committee to run the affairs of the church. “Consequently, anyone in possession of church property should hand them over to the Dean of Rimau Deanery, Very Reverend Father Alfred Mako. “Anyone found to be involved in the crisis in anyway will be sanctioned appropriately in accordance with the provisions of the law (cf. Cans 1374 & 1375). “A thorough investigation is in progress. You will be dully informed of the outcome. “Finally, let it be known to one and all that no individual or group is indispensable in the Catholic Church. “While the church is better off with all on board, it cannot cease to exist because of an individual or a group. The rich history of our church is there for those who care to confer.” Posted by African Synod II- Roman Catholic at 11:59 AM 0 comments Links to this post Labels: Archdiocese of Kaduna crisis, Church abuse, Ignatius Kaigama, John Onaiyekan, Matthew Manoso Ndagoso, Msgr. Gabriel V. Enuagha, Priest chased from Parish, St. Dominic Catholic Church, Ungwa Pama Sunday, November 8, 2009 Onaiyekan rigmarrolling: Excuses that eclipse a look at himself Nigerian Bishop Discusses Clergy Sex Abuse By James Butty Washington, D.C. Voice of America- 25 July 2007 Butty interview with Onaiyekan Listen to Butty interview with Onaiyekan This month, the Roman Catholic diocese of Los Angeles, California agreed to pay 660 million dollars to more than 500 people who said they were sexually abused by catholic priests. If approved, it would by far be the largest payout made by any single diocese. In 2002, the Archdiocese of Boston paid 85 million dollars to 552 people who claimed they were also abused by priests. So how prevalent is sexual abuse by church clergy in the church in Africa? John Onaiyekan is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria. He told VOA that what is alleged to be happening in the church is part of human weakness. “I can’t really have any comment or reaction to what is happening in California because that is the business of the church in America and in California in particular. One thing is certain, namely that whatever abuses may have been alleged have never been condoned by the church. And by the way, this is valid not only for priests. Everybody knows that we ought to lead a good life. But we are not always able. Many people do fall by the way side, including journalists also,” he said. Archbishop Onaiyekan said allegations of sex abuse by clergy exist everywhere in the world, including the church in Africa. But he said he would not hesitate to deal with such abuses if they happen in his church. “There are always cases where adults sexually and physically abuse children and among others who happen to be priests. Some of them will be teachers; some will be just ordinary people. Even parents abuse their own children. The question is what do you do about it? If I see any such case within my diocese, I will call whoever is responsible for whatever action he or she may have undertaken,” Onaiyekan said. In Zimbabwe, Archbishop Pius Ncube, an arch critic of President Robert Mugabe was reported by government media to have had an affair with a married woman who works as a secretary in his diocese. Some blame the church’s policy of celibacy. But Archbishop Onaiyekan said celibates are not the only people who commit adultery. “After all, the biggest number of adulteries is committed by married people. I am not saying that the allegation made in Zimbabwe is true, and the archbishop concerned has clearly denied the allegation. And it is easy to understand that the government of Mugabe may want to tarnish the image of his greatest and vocal opponent. I wouldn’t be surprised,” he said. Onaiyekan said it is not fair to blame the church for the mistakes made by some priests. “I do agree that if somebody like a priest has a particular role and responsibility to give good advice and to lead people, if he fails, his crime is considered most serious than if he did not have any such responsibility. But at the same token, the people in government who are supposed to take care of our money, who steal it regularly, they are also equally to be seriously sanctioned by the society,” Onaiyekan said. Posted by African Synod II- Roman Catholic at 11:48 AM 0 comments Links to this post A Divided Catholicism: Who decides who is a Catholic? Time- Sunday, Nov. 08, 2009 www.time.com/time/nation/.../0,8599,1934924,00.html Powerhouse Priests Spar Over What it Means to Be Catholic By Amy Sullivan The leaders of the Roman Catholic Church traditionally couch even the harshest disagreements in decorous, ecclesiastical language. But it didn't take a decoder ring to figure out what Rome-based Archbishop Raymond Burke meant in a late-September address when he charged Boston Cardinal Seán O'Malley with being under the influence of Satan, "the father of lies." Burke's broadside at O'Malley was inspired by the Cardinal's decision to permit and preside over a funeral Mass for the late Senator Ted Kennedy. And it has set the Catholic world abuzz. Even more than protests over the University of Notre Dame's decision to invite President Barack Obama to speak, disputes over the Kennedy funeral have brought into the open an argument that has been roiling within American Catholicism. The debate nominally centers on the question of how to deal with politicians who support abortion rights. Burke and others who believe a Catholic's position on abortion trumps all other teachings have faced off against those who take a more holistic view of the faith. But at the core, the divide is over who decides what it means to be Catholic. (See pictures of Pope Benedict XVI visiting America.) A Bull in a China Shop It strikes no one as surprising that the 61-year-old Burke is at the center of the current fight. The former Archbishop of St. Louis made national headlines in 2004 when he became the first Catholic leader to say he would deny the Eucharist to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. He led an unsuccessful drive to bar Communion for politicians who support abortion rights. And as Election Day approached in 2004, Burke issued a warning to Catholics in the key swing state of Missouri that they should not present themselves for Communion if they voted for pro-choice candidates. The Archbishop's outspoken comments did not go unnoticed in Rome. In June 2008, Burke was unexpectedly transferred to the Vatican. The move was widely interpreted as a way to put some distance between Burke and the political contest in the States. "It was not unrelated to issues of political timing," observes Mark Silk, a professor of religion at Trinity College. Burke's new assignment came with an impressive title: Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura — essentially chief justice of the Vatican's highest court. But the job, which involves hearing appeals of lower-canon-court rulings on issues like annulment requests, did not stop him from commenting on American politics. In January he charged that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was responsible for Obama's victory because it overwhelmingly approved a document suggesting that Catholics could consider issues besides abortion when deciding how to vote. The conference's in-house news service, he added, failed to highlight Obama's moral failings in its campaign coverage. And he called Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a pro-choice Catholic, a "source of deepest embarrassment to Catholics." (See the top 10 unfortunate political one-liners.) Burke's confrontational approach doesn't always mesh with the more discreet diplomacy favored by his Italian colleagues. "He's seen as a bull in a china shop," says an American priest and longtime Rome resident. "I've seen Italian bishops roll their eyes." In retrospect, it should have been obvious that the funeral plans for Kennedy would reignite a lingering dispute within the church. The question of whether the Senator should even be described as a Catholic because of his support for abortion rights and his checkered life history was hotly debated on Catholic blogs and religion websites like Beliefnet.com. Right-wing Catholics lobbied the Boston archdiocese to refuse the Kennedy family a church funeral. Robert Royal of the Faith & Reason Institute called O'Malley's decision to go ahead with the Mass a "grave scandal" on a par with the sexual-abuse crisis. But it's one thing for partisans and bloggers to disparage a Mass for a dead Senator; it's quite another for a Vatican official to do so. Even some leading conservative Catholics may find they cannot support Burke's latest salvo. When told of the Archbishop's assertion that pro-choice Catholics should not be permitted funeral rites, Princeton professor Robert George was taken aback: "That's a very different, and obviously graver, claim than that with which I would have sympathy. I haven't heard before any bishop say that pro-abortion politicians should not be given a Catholic funeral." See pictures of Obama meeting Pope Benedict XVI. See pictures of John 3:16 in pop culture. CardinalSeansBlog.org Friends of O'Malley's say the cardinal was stunned by the criticism. The 65-year-old O'Malley is temperamentally Burke's opposite, a shy man who dislikes celebrity and shuns politics — a major reason he was appointed to the sensitive post in Boston. With his full beard and preference for wearing the brown robe of a Capuchin friar, the man who goes by "Cardinal Sean" is not easily identified as a Prince of the Church. When O'Malley received his red hat in 2006, he persuaded some friends to go out for a late-night snack in Rome after a long day of ceremonies. But he ran into some trouble when he tried to return to his quarters. The Vatican guards didn't believe that the casually attired man who smelled of pizza was a newly minted Cardinal. Though he has presided over the difficult task of closing parishes and schools within the archdiocese, O'Malley is well liked in Boston and the broader Catholic community. He celebrated his inaugural Mass in Boston at a Spanish service, and he once joked that his scarlet Cardinal's robes would come in handy if Dick Cheney ever invited him to go hunting. O'Malley, however, should not be mistaken for a liberal member of the hierarchy. He is a conservative on matters of doctrine, and for the past few years, he has been the face of the church's opposition to Massachusetts' gay-marriage law. (See pictures of the gay rights movement.) But O'Malley did not hesitate to push back against the uproar that surrounded the Kennedy funeral. In a Sept. 2 post on CardinalSeansBlog.org — he is the only Cardinal with a blog — O'Malley wrote, "In the strongest terms I disagree" with those who believe Kennedy did not deserve a funeral Mass. "We will not change hearts by turning away from people in their time of need and when they are experiencing grief," he continued. "At times, even in the Church, zeal can lead people to issue harsh judgments and impute the worst motives to one another. These attitudes and practices do irreparable damage to the communion of the Church." It was the first time a Cardinal had directly and publicly challenged the Burke position. O'Malley's statement was followed by another from Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wis., who lamented that "the death of Senator Kennedy has called forth at least an apparent rejection of mercy on the part of not a few Catholics." It was inevitable that Burke would emerge to fire back. At a Sept. 18 dinner in Washington sponsored by the conservative media outlet Inside Catholic, Burke declared that "neither Holy Communion nor funeral rites should be administered to [pro-choice] politicians." The audience gave Burke a prolonged standing ovation. (See the top 10 Jesus films of all time.) Silence from Rome The American hierarchy has been divided before, most recently in the 1990s by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's argument that abortion is not the only issue in the "seamless garment of life" that Catholics are called to promote. But the current debate, which is expected to surface again when the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) holds its general meeting later this month, is the bitterest yet. A minority faction of bishops had hoped Pope Benedict XVI would lead the way in punishing those who dissent from church teaching. His preference for avoiding the political fray has both frustrated them and emboldened them to act on their own. The question now is whether the Vatican will move again to muzzle Burke. When he criticized Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl last spring during a videotaped interview, he was forced to apologize less than 24 hours after the video aired. In early September, the bishop of Scranton, Pa. — a Burke protégé — abruptly resigned after a stormy tenure and was not reassigned. Veteran Vatican watchers took it as a sign that some Burkean antics — such as threatening to refuse Vice President Joe Biden Communion and disparaging the USCCB — would not be tolerated. Rome has been silent about Burke's most recent public statements. In late September, O'Malley was named to the Pontifical Council for the Family, a minor and expected appointment, but also a reminder that the Boston Cardinal has friends in high places. "From the point of view of doctrine, Benedict has absolute firmness," says a Vatican insider. "But he does not want to see it play out in a confrontational way." There are other signs that the word has gone forth, at least for now. In years past, the annual Red Mass held the Sunday before the U.S. Supreme Court's term opens has been so heavily steeped in pro-life rhetoric that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg now declines to attend. This year's service, however, featured a homily by the new chair of the bishop's pro-life committee that included only the subtlest of references to abortion. More striking was the image of Biden taking Communion without incident. —With reporting by Jeff Israely / Rome *********************************** NEWS POLITICS OPINIONS BUSINESS LOCAL SPORTS ARTS & LIVING GOING OUT GUIDE JOBS CARS REAL ESTATE SHOPPING Who Is a Real Catholic? By David Gibson Sunday, May 17, 2009 All you need to know to diagnose the state of the Catholic Church in America today is that Pope Benedict XVI -- who has a knack for ticking off Muslims and Jews -- spent the past week wandering the Middle East, yet Catholics here barely noticed. They were too busy fighting over Barack Obama's appearance as commencement speaker at Notre Dame or arguing about the fate of a popular Miami priest known as "Father Oprah," who was caught on camera sharing a seaside embrace with his girlfriend. Is this what Catholicism in America has come to? Bickering about whether Notre Dame is really Catholic, or whether a priest can make out on the beach with his gal pal? Well, yes. And that should come as no surprise. Since the emergence of Catholicism in the 19th century as a counterweight to the United States's reigning Protestant culture, American Catholics have struggled to balance their desire to assimilate into society with the fear of losing their faith in the nation's melting pot. These new controversies show that, in the Catholic saga, assimilation is winning. That is because American Catholics -- and there are upwards of 65 million of us -- are going their own way on many matters of faith and especially on issues ranging from priestly celibacy to political candidates, and there seems to be little the bishops can do about it. If there is a true swing vote in the U.S. electorate today, it is the Catholic bloc. This disturbs conservative members of the faith, the self-styled "orthodox" who often dismiss such fickle folks as "cafeteria Catholics." In the vacuum left by the disappearing Catholic subculture, conservatives have made politics the eighth sacrament, with one's position on abortion and gay marriage becoming the litmus test of whether one is a "good Catholic," or a Catholic at all. This civil war, as the Catholic writer Peter Steinfels recently called it, between hard-liners and those seeking greater engagement, is one the church cannot win. A recent Pew survey showed that despite a generally greater "brand loyalty" than most faiths, Catholicism in America is bleeding out, to the point that nearly one in 10 Americans identifies as a former Catholic. For every one convert, four Catholics are leaving the church -- half of them to traditions like evangelicalism that they find more spiritually fulfilling. Without the inflow of millions of Latino immigrants in recent decades, American Catholicism would be in decline, and even still the church is shrinking in many areas. The conflicting identities of American Catholics have deep roots. Beginning in the 1800s, American Catholics insulated themselves by building an alternate universe of schools to educate their children, hospitals to care for their sick, and cemeteries to bury their dead. They were forbidden to marry outside the fold, and stepping inside a Protestant church was considered hazardous to the soul's health. On the other hand, just as Catholics wanted to show Rome they could be every bit as Catholic as the pope, they also wanted to prove to their fellow citizens that they could be as red, white, and blue as any Connecticut Yankee. They fought in the nation's wars, labored in the country's factories, and turned out generations of college graduates who took their place among America's elite. And after the presidential candidacy of Al Smith was thwarted in 1928 thanks in part to anti-Catholic canards, the faithful helped power John F. Kennedy to the White House in 1960. Of course, just as Catholics finally arrived, they almost immediately set to fighting among themselves with a bitterness that would make even the most fractious Baptists blush. The Second Vatican Council of the early 1960s brought contested reforms that coincided with the social upheavals of that decade, and in 1968, as women were rejoicing in the liberation of The Pill, Pope Paul VI issued his encyclical Humanae Vitae reaffirming the ban on artificial contraception. Some Catholics stormed off but others simply defected in place, feeling free to stay and disregard papal teaching. Then came Roe v. Wade, drawing Catholicism into the culture wars with a fury that seemed to peak during the 2008 election. But it didn't end on November 4. In March, when the University of Notre Dame invited President Obama to deliver its commencement address -- as it has done for presidents going back to Eisenhower -- conservative Catholics and a growing number of bishops (about 60 at last count, though still a minority of the nearly 290 active bishops in the United States) denounced the school and its president, Holy Cross Father John Jenkins, in the harshest terms. Bishop Thomas G. Doran of Rockford, Ill., had perhaps the sharpest (and most insider) of jabs, calling Jenkins's invitation "truly obscene" and suggesting that he rename the school "Northwestern Indiana Humanist University." As such purple rhetoric was flying about on the Notre Dame affair, American Catholics suddenly faced a more sordid one: A tabloid published shots of popular Cuban American priest Alberto Cutié -- a multimedia star among U.S. Hispanics -- in risqué poses on the beach with a woman who turns out to be his girlfriend of two years. Nothing draws media flies like a sex scandal, especially one involving a man of the cloth, but a funny thing happened on the way to Father Cutié's disgrace: He did not slink away in shame but instead proclaimed, with Luther-like dignity, that he wasn't worried what the hierarchy thought. "What worries me most is how God views me. The institution, the church, is something else." Cutié is now reportedly considering whether to marry his girlfriend, and has said he thinks priestly celibacy should be optional. What's more, 78 percent of Miami-area Catholics said they had a favorable impression of him, and 81 percent backed his call for a married priesthood, according to a Miami Herald poll. That willingness of American Catholics to break ranks with such long-held tenets is evident in surveys on a number of issues, including church teachings regarding celibacy and birth control. But for conservative Catholics, "opposition to abortion is the signpost at the intersection of Catholicism and American public life," as Jody Bottum, who recently succeeded the late Father Richard John Neuhaus as editor of the theocon journal First Things, wrote recently in the Weekly Standard. To Bottum, Notre Dame's president and others who could engage a pro-abortion rights politician like Obama "lack the cultural marker that would make them Catholic in the minds of other Catholics." While those "other Catholics" are a distinct minority, they have adopted the tactics of hard-line activists. For example, when Obama visited Georgetown University last month to deliver a major economic policy speech, his set-up crew covered up a religious symbol behind the podium to make the setting conform to a non-religious standard. The move was immediately cited as proof that Obama was anti-Catholic -- the speech's references to the Sermon on the Mount notwithstanding. These activists have also exploited -- or worked with -- bishops whose views match their own. And they can get away with it because the do-it-yourself trend in Catholicism is also infecting the hierarchy, with bishops openly contradicting each other on such fundamental issues as one's suitability to receive Communion, in terms that might have once been reserved for the church's archenemies. And this is perhaps the greatest irony: Conservative Catholics are proving to be the greatest assimilationists, with their efforts to decertify fellow Catholics mimicking a sectarian and divisive culture that classic Catholicism has always rejected. A recent courageous editorial in the national Jesuit weekly America (which has at times felt the wrath of Rome) cited the dangers that the Notre Dame furor has revealed: "For today's sectarians, it is not adherence to the church's doctrine on the evil of abortion that counts for orthodoxy, but adherence to a particular political program . . . They scorn Augustine's inclusive, forgiving, big-church Catholics . . . [and] threaten the unity of the Catholic Church in the United States." This priority on unity is the principle that most American Catholics still live by, and it makes them accept Father Cutié, girlfriend and all, and welcome Obama to the iconic campus in South Bend. As the conservative Catholic legal scholar and Reagan administration lawyer Douglas Kmiec put it in Slate earlier this year, "Beyond life issues, an audaciously hope-filled Democrat like Obama is a Catholic natural." When he speaks at Notre Dame, Barack Obama -- an African-American Protestant with a Muslim father -- may enunciate a vision that resonates more genuinely with American Catholics than the pronouncements of the church's high-decibel spokesmen. This state of affairs can emerge only in a church that is compromising its historic self-definition as the biggest of tents. A century ago, the church was deeply divided over Pope Pius X's campaign against "Modernism," which was a catchall for anything Rome deemed suspicious. When Pius died, the conclave of 1914 elected Benedict XV, who immediately issued an encyclical calling on Catholics "to appease dissension and strife" so that "no one should consider himself entitled to affix on those who merely do not agree with his ideas the stigma of disloyalty to faith." "There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism," Benedict XV concluded. "It is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname.'" If the Catholic Church had a bumper sticker, that could be it. And it means that the real dilemma for American Catholics today is not whether Notre Dame is Catholic, but whether we are. david@dgibson.com David Gibson is author of "The Coming Catholic Church: How the Faithful are Shaping a New American Catholicism" and "The Rule of Benedict: Pope Benedict XVI and His Battle with the Modern World." Posted by African Synod II- Roman Catholic at 11:08 AM 0 comments Links to this post October 2009 Home Subscribe to: Posts (Atom) Followers Blog Archive ▼ 2009 (22) ▼ November (5) Ireland Drying Well: Decline in Priestly Vocations... Irish Bishops heavily indicted in Priests Child Se... High-Handed Catholic Priest chased away from Kadun... Onaiyekan rigmarrolling: Excuses that eclipse a lo... A Divided Catholicism: Who decides who is a Cathol... ► October (17) African Priest in Chicago embrace cast out abused ... The African Synod 2009- Final Acts Scriptural Quote of the day... The Myth of "Superstar" Archbishop Onaiyekan- An A... 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On Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 04:46 am, Tom, Abuja - Nigeria writes:
It\'s best we stop all further comments/reactions and allow the Vatican to finalize its investigation on the matter. In the interim the Vatican has appropriately suspended Archbishop Burke and have had interactions with Dolores. This is a clear demonstration that the Catholic Church/Vatican never condones sexual abuses by it's clergy. None of us have all the facts. All we can do now is to pray for both of them, the Catholic Church and it\'s clergy. It is very clear that Archbishop Burke is not supposed to have any sexual interactions with Dolores. Same applies to Dolores whose actions and inactions have created a puzzle for her and her family.
On Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 06:39 pm, writes:
Again, you are a shameless st patrick priest. From canonlawerpreiest to Think and now to Tom from Abuja. Keep your rotting prayers to your self, you bi-sextual. You know what you and richard burke have been doing, abusing young girls in Nigeria and touching each other. Richard burke created a puzzle for himself and his family. I will be concern if I was a neighbour with minors next door to his family and your family house, just incase the old gene is still in the family. I am very positive you need your prayers for yourself you old fool.You left the problem in your backyard and going after an innocent person. How do you know that the vatican have contacted her. The vatican do condone sextual abuses.That is why there are so many sick priests who abuse children and minors around the world and are cover up by the vatican.Now look at the results. It is because of people like you that make people speak evil against the name of our good GOD. You are cornny and evil and yet in your own eyes, you think you are smart. The fool think to himself that he is wise. You started your statement, pretending to be a good person who is trying to be fair, only to attack Dolores silently like a snack afer it prey. Please go and tell the irish people what you wrote here in this forum if you are a real man. Richard burke is out.You are the only existing priest who does not have the facts. Your superior O'neil, should put you on a leach. Soon the police will be knocking on your door. Shame on you and all the priests and bishops and archbishops that abuse children and those that cover up for them. As Jesus put it "It will be better for you all to hang a mill stone around your neck and fall into the sea".Shameless abusers.
On Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 10:46 pm, writes:
Irish prelate in Nigeria withdraws from ministry after abuse charges DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS) -- An Irish archbishop who serves in Nigeria has withdrawn from active ministry while the Vatican investigates allegations of sexual abuse. The St. Patrick's Missionary Society, known as the Kiltegan Fathers, said Oct. 25 that the allegations against Archbishop Richard Burke of Benin City, Nigeria, are being investigated by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The charges came from a Nigerian woman, Dolores Atwood, 40, who now lives in Canada, where she is married and has run for public office. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, refused to comment on the issue Oct. 26. The newspaper Irish Mail on Sunday reported Oct. 25 that Atwood claimed she had been attacked by Archbishop Burke when she was a 14-year-old hospital patient in Warri in 1983; he is said to have continued to have sexual relations with her until 2003. Atwood lodged a formal complaint against the archbishop last year, and Kiltegan Fathers Gary Howley and John Marren met with her in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in December. Afterward, in a summary of what was discussed, Father Marren wrote: "Her allegation was very credible and was supported by corroborative evidence. ... She is a very capable person." END
On Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 11:07 pm, writes:
'Sexually violent' priest moves in 'Sexually violent' priest moves in Convicted pedophile lands in neighborhoodthat’s already home to 8 sex offenders By Josh Adams Editor A former priest with the unsavory distinction of being the first man of the cloth in the U.S. deemed to be "sexually violent" was released from state custody late last month and has moved into an apartment on the south side of Forest Park. Fred Lenczycki, 65, was imprisoned in 2004 after pleading guilty to abusing three boys during the early 1980s while serving at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Hinsdale. Prosecutors, however, have said Lenczycki's abusive behavior most likely involved some 30 victims. In addition to ministering in suburban Chicago, Lenczycki also worked in California and Missouri during the course of a 25-year career. That he was categorized as a sexually violent person means Lenczycki must follow more stringent protocols than other sex offenders no longer in state custody. A GPS monitoring device will be attached to him, and every three months he must check in with local law enforcement. Currently, Forest Park is home to 18 registered sex offenders, according to the state's online database, but Deputy Chief Tom Aftanas said Lenczycki's case is somewhat exceptional. "It's the amount of victims," Aftanas said. "There were quite a few victims assaulted by Mr. Lenczycki." Oddly, 50 percent of the village's registered sex offenders live within a few blocks of one another. Lenczycki's new address puts him squarely in the middle of that cluster. The state does help paroled sex offenders find housing, but that assistance is not offered to convicts who've completed their sentence, according to a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Corrections. "I think part of the reason they're concentrated in that area is because it's one of the locations that isn't next to a school, or a park, or a daycare center that would prohibit them from living there," Aftanas said. Officially, Lenczycki was released last month by the state Department of Human Services. A spokesperson for that office, too, said that discharged offenders are not aided in their search for housing. Lenczycki was sentenced to serve five years in prison, but in April 2006, when he became eligible for parole, Attorney General Lisa Madigan argued to have him detained at a Rushville facility where he could receive sex offender treatment. At the time, 215 sexually violent offenders had been civilly committed under a law enacted in 1998, according to a statement from Madigan's office. Lenczycki earned the label of "sexually violent" in 2008 when Madigan convinced a DuPage County jury that it was not safe to release the former priest, and that he should remain in the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services. On Sept. 22, Lenczycki was discharged from that facility and cleared to continue treatment on an outpatient basis. Of the 18 registered sex offenders in Forest Park, Lenczycki is the third deemed to be sexually violent. One of those offenders, Benjamin Hernandez, may no longer be living in the community. Aftanas said that Hernandez has failed to notify police of his current address. The state lists Hernandez as "non-compliant" with registration guidelines, which is a felony. Coincidentally, the third sexually violent person registered in Forest Park is living in the exact apartment once occupied by Hernandez. The neighborhood in which sex offenders in Forest Park are most prevalent is bound by Desplaines Avenue to the west and Hannah Avenue to the east. Along the 1100 block of Lathrop, Dunlop and Hannah are six of the village's registered offenders. Two others reside on the 1000 block of Desplaines and another lives on the 7700 block of Taylor. A smaller cluster of three registered sex offenders live on the 500 block of Desplaines. As a matter of course, police officers give extra attention to these parts of town, said Aftanas. The deputy chief could not recall ever taking a registered offender into custody for behaving inappropriately, and only occasionally have offenders failed to comply with the terms of their release. "It's not often," Aftanas said of cases like Hernandez's. "We have two currently, right now. Most of them know it's part of their sentence." District 91 Lou Cavallo said he was notified of Lenczycki's arrival in Forest Park, as is required by law. However, news coverage of the pedophile priest's release raised the profile of the case, and Cavallo said he received a phone call from village officials when the Chicago Tribune reported that Lenczycki was headed to Forest Park. Flyers were distributed to building principals and staff. "To my knowledge, not since I've been here, have we had a problem with registered sex offenders trying to gain access to school grounds or being around school property," Cavallo said. At the park district campus on Harrison - roughly a half-mile from Lenczycki's apartment - Executive Director Larry Piekarz said that regardless of the nature of any potential threat, local police have protected the area well. Piekarz, too, received notification of Lenczycki's arrival in town, but said he could not recall ever having an incident with any registered sex offender at the park.
On Friday, December 11, 2009 at 08:42 am, Peter writes:
I still cannot come to terms with the reaction of some people. In my earlier contribution, I strongly deplored the wrongness of the abuse of a minor. I also stated that such experience is a pain and hurt for both the victim and the accused. My sincere and honest wish is that Ms. Atwood wood find healing for her self and her family and also that Archbishop Burke would find peace for himself too. I find all these angry, judgmental and abusive words towards Ms. Atwood and Archbishop Burke, very disturbing. I recomended earlier that the best way to approach this issue, that is if we really need to trouble ourselves over this, would be to see both Ms. Atwood and Archbishop Burke as our sister, aunty, friend and our brother, uncle friend, respectively. The question is, 'What would we wish for them?' For some people, it is so nice to seek justice, while condoning excessive and dehumanizing name calling of the victim. Is this abuse horrible because the accused is a priest? Would it have been different if it was a lay person? Please brothers and sister, let us learn to condemn evil when we see it, but let us also learn to pray for people who sin. I am saying this with the assumption that Archbishop Burke guilty. Many of the contributors are playing God. Just listen to the kind of abusive words rendred to Ms. Atwood and Archbishop Burke. One wonders if these people have ever done anything wrong. Others have found a golden opportunity to render their anger and greviances towards the catholic church. Men and women, boys and girls, please look at yourselves first and see where you have gone wrong in your lives. I am seeing things this way, because I am aware of my own weakness and the many ways that I have sinned against God and my fellow men and women. What then gives me the right, no matter my anger, to judge, abuse, insult and condemn another person. Look at what happends in some families. How many evils have been hidden. Again I do not judge these people. sometimes, these things are hidden, not because they family feels it is a good things, but because of shame. Thanks God that now we have been enlightened. Can we see the church in this light? Is it not human beings like us who are in the church? Is it not people who were cultured in the same way as all of us were? How then can someone honestly abuse the church so much. I continue to pray for forgiveness for the negligence of the church to act when she was supposed to act. But does this take away all the other good that the church has done over the ages. Many people in the world especially those of us in Africa woulod not be where we are, if not for the goodwill of the church. Please don't get me wrong, I don't in any way suggest that this is a reason for the church to neglect her duty. I just want us all to be sympathetic to both victim and offender. I honestly acknowledge the pain and emotional turmoil that many families have had to undergo, as a result of their son or daughter being abused and my love and prayers go to you all. I wish to say that true healing will not come in abusing and bedeviling those who have hurt us. Yes, let the law take its course, but for us and for our spiritual and emotional lives, let us search for sincere healing. Some of us are saying she is this, he is that, but I ask, who are you? Sin is sin and all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, so please instead of us all acting as saints without sin, let us reflect on our own lives and pray for Ms. Atwood and Archbishop Burke. Once again, let us learn to hate and condemn every sin and evil that we see, but please, for the sake of our world and ourselves, let us also learn to forgive and love the sinner too, for despite their sins, they are still children of God, whether we wish to so or not. God bless us all and may God's loving kindness and love, be with Ms. Atwood and Archbishop Burke, during this trying period of their lives.
On Friday, December 11, 2009 at 05:23 pm, The Bull writes:
This story is very had to believe, as a mass-server, Bishop Burke has been my mentor. Definately this is a false accusation and at the end of the day the bishop will be vindicated.
On Friday, December 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm, Ann writes:
It is very sad and a bad news for you that richard burke is your mentor.
On Friday, December 11, 2009 at 11:03 pm, writes:
Byline: Warren Swords THE Vatican invited Archbishop Richard Burke to meet the Pope this year - despite being told a month earlier that he was under investigation for child sex abuse in Nigeria. It also appears likely the Pope was personally aware of the abuse claims against the Irish archbishop - revealed in last week's Irish Mail on Sunday - when they met twice at the Vatican in February this year, over a month after the official investigation began into the child sex abuse allegations. Last week, a Vatican spokesman said the Pope was being kept up to date about the allegations. The Vatican also ignored its own child protection procedures and that of St Patrick's Missionary Society by inviting the Archbishop to meet with Pope Benedict in February of this year and allowing him to perform public ministry. Under Church child protection procedures, the archbishop should have stood down immediately from public ministry. He agreed to do so when St Patrick's Missionary Society began its investigation in January of this year. However, the archbishop reneged on this agreement in a high profile manner a month later by leading prayers at the Papal Basilica in February 2009. Last night, the St Patrick's Missionary Society said : 'The Vatican was told of the complaint in January, when one of the society leaders in Nigeria met with the papal nuncio and informed him.' St Patrick's also wrote to the alleged victim, Dolores Atwood, on January 11 to inform her that the archbishop had agreed to 'step down while an investigation of the allegations takes place'. A month later, the archbishop was photographed on February 16 in Rome meeting Pope Benedict. They also met two days earlier at the Vatican. Archbishop Burke was allowed to travel despite informing the Vatican's representative in Nigeria weeks earlier of the allegations. He preached a homily about praying at the tombs the apostles, St Peter and St Paul. Last week, the MoS revealed that the 60-year-old archbishop from Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, is being investigated over allegations he seduced Miss Atwood when she was 14 and then carried on a 20-year relationship with her. No one was available for comment at the Vatican last night, but Fr Brendan Cooney of the St Patrick's Society in Rome said he was at the mass and recalls seeing Archbishop
On Friday, December 11, 2009 at 11:11 pm, writes:
PARISHIONERS in Fethard are surprised and disappointed about the allegations being made against local man Archbishop Richard Burke, a Kiltegan Bishop who served with the Society of African Missions (SMA). Metropolitan Archbishop of Benin City by Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Burke came under fire during the week when Dolores Atwood - a Nigerian-born Canadian politician - made allegations in her book about what she says was an inappropriate relationship between herself and the Archbishop when she was under the age of consent. One local man who spoke to the Tipperary Star said older members of the parish felt let down. The parish remains strong, and committed to their faith. \"We have a great parish priest here,\" he said. Still, \"we\'re shocked. It\'s totally against the run of the mill.\" The family of Archbishop Richard Burke hail from the Lisronagh area originally, though he grew up in Fethard before moving to Africa with the SMA. \"He was one of our own. You couldn\'t have seen this coming. People feel let down.\" However, discussion in the village has centred more on the recent death of a local man, rather than the allegations contained in Ms Atwood\'s book.
On Friday, December 11, 2009 at 11:56 pm, Emma writes:
Basically, i think the Church has undergone lots and lots of scandals and so many factors has been ascertained as been the underlying problems. However, it is equally essential that we reason like rational beings. It is true that an allegation has been leveled against Archbishop Burke by Dolores of sexual harassment, but it has to be proved before taking stands, i am not saying that the Archbishop is innocent or guilty rather the accusations has to be proved first. Thank God she spoke of the taped conversations and other Nigerians girls he has assaulted according to her. I know so many critics have gotten an opportunity to say what ever they feel like about the Church, but please let the principle of charity be your watchword. No denomination is devoid of scandals whether Catholics or others, we only pray for the grace of God on our ministers. After all, somebody must be a priest in other to represent us in our relations with God. No one takes on the honour upon himself, it is only gratuitous. Archbishop, i wish you God's grace in this trying period. The truth will surely prevail.
On Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 02:03 am, writes:
Another day, another scandal. As reports emerged that another member of the clergy, on this occasion an Archbishop (Richard Burke), is accused of sexually assaulting a minor, and subsequently having a 20 year affair with her, I find it very telling of our times that the thing I found most memorable from the reports were not what he did, but what he said. Apparently I have reached the stage where I am sufficiently desensitized from reports of such incidents that the semantics stand out more than the specifics. Or, would the phrase ‘I stepped in her sacred garden‘ have stood out anyway? Quite a phrase, and not one that brings pretty images flooding to mind. Lets hope that this guy never becomes Pope because it would really be asking a lot to have people kissing those feet, given what he has, apparently, been doing with them. Now, I have done some weird stuff in my time but I have never put my feet in anybody’s garden – sacred or otherwise. The Vatican is investigating the complaints made against the Archbishop Richard Burke. He stepped down from his post earlier this year with the Archdiocese of Benin in Nigeria.
On Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 02:16 am, writes:
Outraged by Dublin revelations, Pope plans pastoral letter on abuse scandal VATICAN CITY Catholic Culture December 11, 2009 After meeting on December 11 with the leaders of the Irish Catholic hierarchy, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his “outrage, betrayal, and shame” at the revelations that sex-abuse complaints had been covered up in the Dublin archdiocese. Recognizing the devastating effects of the scandal on the faithful, the Pope promised to write a pastoral letter on the subject to the people of Ireland. In a statement released after the meeting, the Pope voiced “his profound regret at the actions of some members of the clergy who have betrayed their solemn promises to God, as well as the trust placed in them by the victims and their families, and by society at large.” He offered his prayers for the victims and vowed that “the Church will continue to follow this grave matter with the closest attention in order to understand better how these shameful events came to pass and how best to develop effective and secure strategies to prevent any recurrence.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 PM Pope to Write Letter to Irish on Abuse Scandal VATICAN CITY Zenit VATICAN CITY, DEC. 11, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is sharing the "outrage, betrayal and shame" felt by many of the faithful in Ireland over the scandal of abuse by clergy. A communiqué from the Vatican affirmed the Pope's sentiments as he met today with Cardinal Sean Brady, president of the Irish episcopal conference, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. The Holy Father called the prelates to the Vatican to discuss the Murphy Commission Report, which details abuse cases in the Dublin Archdiocese from 1975 to 2004. High-ranking members of the Roman Curia also attended the meeting. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 PM Pope Expresses Outrage at Abuse in Ireland VATICAN CITY The New York Times By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO Published: December 11, 2009 VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI, “shares the outrage, betrayal and shame” felt by Catholics in Ireland over a child sex-abuse scandal and plans to write a letter to Catholics there, indicating actions church experts say could include resignations of bishops there. . The Vatican released the statement after the pope met here with top Irish church officials two weeks after a report was issued in Ireland accusing the Roman Catholic Church and the police in Ireland of covering up decades of child sex abuse by priests in Dublin. The abuse “deeply disturbed and distressed” the pope, who expressed “his profound regret at the actions of some members of the clergy who have betrayed their solemn promises to God, as well as the trust placed in them by the victims and their families, and by society at large,” the statement said. In 2008, the pope publicly apologized during papal visits to the United States and Australia, two countries badly shaken by clerical sexual abuse scandals. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 PM Pope 'disturbed and distressed' at Irish child sex abuse cases and cover-up VATICAN CITY Irish Central By DONAL THORNTON, Irish Central.com Pope Benedict has said he is disturbed and distressed at the sexual abuse perpetrated by members of the Catholic Church in Ireland. The Pope said he shared the "outrage, betrayal and shame" felt by Irish people over the abuse and cover-up. The pontiff said the Vatican was working on developing new safeguards to ensure such "heinous crimes" never happened again. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 PM Clergy drop in poll rating honesty and ethics of professions UNITED STATES Associated Baptist Press By Bob Allen Friday, December 11, 2009 PRINCETON, N.J. (ABP) -- Americans' views of the honesty and ethics of clergypersons has dropped to a three-decade low, according to the latest Gallup poll. The annual ranking of ethics of various professions found that 50 percent of Americans rated clergy's honesty and ethics as "high" or "very high." That is down 6 percent from last year's poll. The all-time high rating for clergy in the 32 years the poll has been taken was 67 percent in 1985. As recently as 2001, however, the profession saw a peak of 64 percent. The six-point drop was the largest among any profession, followed by lawyers, who had a five-point drop. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 PM Irish Catholic Church shake-up 'likely' after abuse IRELAND BBC News There is likely to be a big shake-up in the Irish Catholic Church following a damning child abuse report, the Dublin archbishop said after meeting the Pope. Diarmuid Martin made the comments after he and the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, attended Friday's meeting in Rome. Pope Benedict XVI was "disturbed and distressed" by the report's findings, according to a Vatican statement. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 PM Pope shares 'outrage' at priest sex abuse IRELAND ABC News (Australia) Pope Benedict XVI has apologised once again for the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, this time directing harsh words to Irish clergy. The Vatican issued a statement saying the Pope felt "outrage, betrayal and shame" over the scandal and would write to the Irish people about sexual abuse. Meanwhile, Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has called for the Pope to step down over his "contemptible silence" on the Irish government report, that said church leaders covered up widespread sexual abuse of children for 30 years. "Popes have had no problem voicing their opinions when we wanted contraception or divorce... no problem criticising The Da Vinci Code. No problem criticising Naomi Campbell for wearing a bejewelled cross," O'Connor said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 PM Diocese paid $40,000 to settle abuse claims against monsignors BRIDGEPORT (CT) Connecticut Post By Daniel Tepfer Staff writer Updated: 12/11/2009 A nationwide organization advocating for people abused by clergy Friday criticized the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport after the disclosure that the diocese paid $40,000 in 2004 to two men who claimed they were abused by priests still active in the diocese. "Even now, with new disclosures of secret clergy sex abuse payouts involving two accused priests, Lori can't bring himself to be honest. The obvious question is, 'Why pay $40,000 to men who say they were molested unless you believe them?' Lori's cynical and shrewdly worded written response, cowardly issued through his public relations office, ducks that crucial question," said Barbara Dorris outreach director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "How is this any different from what's gone on for decades: Victims report abusive priests, quietly get paid off, the clerics keep working and the public is kept in the dark?" Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM Priest Released on Conditions CANADA VOCM Anglican Reverend Robin Barrett who is facing charges of possession of child pornography and making child pornography available will spend the holidays at home. He has been released from custody. Barrett's parents sat in the back of the court room as he was led in this afternoon. The judge agreed to release the Anglican priest on two $25,000 sureties being covered by his parents. He is due back in court on January 5. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:30 PM Pope meets with Irish bishops, plans measures to respond to abuse VATICAN CITY Catholic News Agency Vatican City, Dec 11, 2009 / 10:55 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI and high-ranking members or the Roman Curia met with two members of the Irish bishops’ conference in the papal library on Friday to listen to their concerns and discuss the issue of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin. The Pope was admittedly “deeply disturbed and distressed” by the contents of the Murphy Report released on Nov. 29 and expressed his commitment to investigating the matter further. Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, Northern Ireland, and Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin met for 90 minutes with Vatican representatives, including Secretaries of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, Archbishop Fernando Filoni, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti. Also present were Cardinal Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Cardinal Re, Cardinal Ballestrero, Cardinals Wells and the Irish Nuncio. In a press communiqué delivered to the press by Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Holy Father responded that he “wishes once more to express his profound regret at the actions of some members of the clergy who have betrayed their solemn promises to God, as well as the trust placed in them by the victims and their families, and by society at large.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:10 PM Child abuse crisis to spark Irish Church shakeup VATICAN CITY Montreal Gazette By Philip Pullella, Reuters December 11, 2009 1:59 PM VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict expressed "outrage, betrayal and shame" on Friday at the sexual abuse of children by priests in Ireland, which Church leaders said would lead to a shake-up of the Irish Roman Catholic Church. Church sources expected some bishops to resign in the wake of a government report that said Church leaders in overwhelmingly Catholic Ireland had covered up widespread abuse of children by priests for 30 years. "I think that we are looking at a very significant reorganisation of the Church in Ireland," Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said after he and other Irish Church leaders held an emergency meeting with the Pope. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM Pope 'deeply disturbed' by Irish sex-abuse scandal VATICAN CITY NECN [with video] (NECN/APTN: Vatican City) - Pope Benedict XVI said on Friday that he was "deeply disturbed and distressed" by a child sex-abuse scandal in Ireland and would write a letter to the nation's Catholics on the church's response. Benedict met senior Irish clergy after a report from government investigators found that the Roman Catholic church had shielded more than 100 child-abusing priests from the law. "The Holy Father was deeply disturbed and distressed by its (recent child abuse report) contents," Papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said. "He wishes once more to express his profound regret at the actions of some members of the clergy, who have betrayed the solemn promises to God, as well as the trust placed in them by the victims and their families and by society at large." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM The pope is outraged over sexual abuse cases in Ireland, promises solutions VATICAN CITY YouTube Rome Reports [video presentation] Upon receiving the head of the Irish bishops, the Pope has expressed his outrage and shame over the sexual abuse cases committed by priests in Ireland between 1975 and 2004. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM N.L. Anglican priest out on bail CANADA CBC News An Anglican priest from Newfoundland and Labrador who's been charged with possessing and distributing child pornography was released from custody Friday after his parents posted bail. Father Robin Barrett of Conception Bay South, near St. John's, was arrested and taken into custody Tuesday. Barrett, 50, served at St. Paul's Church in the Goulds area of St. John's until his arrest. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM Pope 'shares outrage and shame' at Murphy report VATICAN CITY The Irish Times PADDY AGNEW in Rome and ELAINE EDWARDS Pope Benedict shares the "outrage, betrayal and shame" felt by the Irish people over the Murphy report into the handling of allegations of child sex abuse in the Dublin archdiocese, the Vatican has said. In a statement issued after the Pope held a meeting with Cardinal Seán Brady and Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, the Vatican also said the Pope was "disturbed and distressed" by the contents of the report published last month. He will write a pastoral letter to the Irish people about sexual abuse in Ireland and the Vatican's response to the crisis. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM Priest facing sexual exploitation charges showed tragedy, inspiration of Haiti HAITI Canada.com By Don Lajoie, Canwest News ServiceDecember 11, 2009 LABADIE, Haiti - There was something messianic in the man, arms raised, straddling the bow of a boat in the Caribbean Sea off Haiti's north coast. The weathered water taxi, loaded to the gunwales with medical supplies, building tools, aid volunteers from Canada and locals bound for Labadie, a tiny fishing village, was rocking back and forth. Night had fallen and bonfires illuminated the shoreline as the craft drew near. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM Murder probe after abuse reports IRELAND Wicklow People Friday December 11 2009 The murder of an innocent schoolgirl in Ireland almost four decades ago was being investigated in the wake of two harrowing reports into the cover-up of clerical abuse. Bernadette Connolly was 10 years old when she was abducted in Sligo and her mutilated body found in a bog four months later in August 1970. As the Pope finally spoke of his regret over a sickening child sex abuse inquiry in Dublin, it emerged the case of a young girl's horrific death will be re-examined. The prime suspect in the case was a local priest called Fr Columba, who was said to be protected by a wall of silence by his superiors at the time. He died in 2001. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM Catholic abuse scandals IRELAND Canada.com • April 2002, Bishop Brendan Comiskey of Ferns, one of Ireland's best-known clerics, resigned over his handling of charges against a priest of his diocese who committed suicide in 1999 while facing 66 charges of sexual abuse. • March 2009, Bishop John Magee of Cloyne, under fire for his handling of reports of sexual abuse, quit his daily duties to deal with the inquiry. • May 2009, The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse issued a harrowing five-volume report that took nine years to compile. It said priests beat and raped children during decades of abuse in Catholic-run institutions. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:35 PM McGimpsey And Bishops Discuss Abuse NORTHERN IRELAND 4NI After the recently uncovered cases of child abuse within the Catholic Church in Dublin by the Murphy Report, a dialogue between bishops and NI-based politicians continues, writes Carla Liébana. The Stormont Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, said - as a response to the Roman Catholic Bishops' proposals about child protection in Northern Ireland - that it is necessary first for an "assessment of abuse" to be undertaken. The Irish Bishops's Conference expressed their wish for the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland to explore a new mechanism to ensure best practice in its current policies in relation to the safeguarding of children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:27 PM Pope ‘Deeply Disturbed and Distressed’ by Irish Abuse VATICAN CITY Bloomberg By Louisa Fahy Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Pope Benedict XVI was “deeply disturbed and distressed” by a report that said Roman Catholic Church authorities covered up abuse of children by priests in Ireland and he plans to write a letter to the Irish people. The pope shares the “outrage, betrayal and shame” felt by people after the publication of the report and takes the issues raised very seriously, the Vatican said in a statement today. The report, the second this year to document abuse of children by clerics in Ireland, said senior clergy moved priests to a different location when told of allegations. It examined how the church handled claims of sex abuse against a sample of 46 priests in the Dublin diocese between 1975 and 2004. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM Pope shares 'outrage' at sex abuse by Irish priests VATICAN CITY AFP VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI "shares the outrage" of Irish Catholics over revelations of decades of child sex abuse by priests and a cover-up by top churchmen, the Vatican said in a statement. "The Holy Father shares the outrage, betrayal and shame felt by so many of the faithful in Ireland, and he is united with them in prayer at this difficult time in the life of the Church," the statement said. The statement came after the pope met with Ireland's top two Catholic churchmen, primate of all-Ireland Cardinal Sean Brady and Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM Pope tells Irish bishops he was 'disturbed and distressed' by Murphy report VATICAN CITY The Times (United Kingdom) Richard Owen in Rome Pope Benedict XVI has told Irish bishops that he was "disturbed and distressed" by the Murphy report on sexual abuse by clergy in Ireland and shares the "outrage, betrayal and shame" felt by the Irish people over the report's findings. In a statement issued after the Pope's hour-and-a-half meeting with a delegation headed by Cardinal Seán Brady, the Primate of All Ireland, and Monsignor Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin, the Vatican said that the Pope would issue a pastoral letter to the Irish people on the sexual abuse cases. The pontiff was asking for prayers for the victims of "these heinous crimes" and the Vatican would "develop effective and secure strategies to prevent any recurrence". The Murphy report last month on the Catholic Church's handling of hidden clerical child abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese over a period of 30 years gave a detailed account of abuse perpetrated by priests against more than 300 victims which it said had been systematically covered up by the Church authorities. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:19 PM Pope to write to Irish Catholics about 'shameful' clerical sex abuse VATICAN CITY Guardian (United Kingdom) Riazat Butt, religious affairs correspondent, and Fiona Winward in Rome guardian.co.uk, Friday 11 December 2009 Pope Benedict XVI is "deeply disturbed and distressed" by a report detailing clerical sexual abuse in the archdiocese of Dublin and is writing to Irish Catholics to help them ensure the future safety of children in the church, the Vatican said today. The pontiff wished "once more to express his profound regret at the actions of some members of the clergy who have betrayed their solemn promises to God, as well as the trust placed in them by the victims and their families, and society at large". His statement followed a meeting yesterday with Irish bishops and senior-ranking members of the Roman Curia to discuss the crisis. Benedict shared the "outrage, betrayal and shame felt by so many of the faithful in Ireland", according to the Vatican. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:17 PM SNAP responds to Pope’s planned letter to Irish Catholics re Irish clergy abuse UNITED STATES Voice from the Desert The Pope professes to be “outraged” by horrific, extensive clergy sex crimes and cover ups in Ireland. That’s what his predecessor claimed about horrific, extensive clergy sex crimes and cover ups in the US. But claims of ‘outrage’ protect no one. Nor will a letter from Rome to Ireland. Instead of writing a letter, we hope the Pope takes action. Action, not words, protect innocent kids and heal wounded victims. Specifically, we oppose a papal letter, a papal apology, a papal visit and/or a papal meeting with victims. Such moves are purely symbolic and only lead to premature complacency and assumptions of reform. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:14 PM Settlement involving priests accused of abusing children in N.S. to proceed CANADA The Canadian Press HALIFAX, N.S. — A class-action settlement involving Roman Catholic priests accused of abusing young boys in Nova Scotia will proceed. The lawyer handling the historic $15-million settlement says the Diocese of Antigonish has agreed to go ahead with the deal after passing a Dec. 4 deadline. John McKiggan says alleged victims had until then to opt out of the settlement, at which point the diocese could pull out of the arrangement. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 PM Pope’s Response Woefully Inadequate, NSAC Seeks Removals, Recall UNITED STATES National Survivor Advocates Coalition The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) based in the United States, today called Pope Benedict’s response to the Irish sexual abuse scandal as “woefully inadequate.” Pope Benedict said today after meeting with Irish bishops at the Vatican that he was “deeply dissturbed and distressed” and would write a pastoral letter to the people of Ireland outling future changes in dealing with abuse. The coalition said in a statement., the Pope should: · immediately remove the Bishops who protected sexual abusers in the Irish clergy · remove any person in Ireland and in the Vatican hierarchy complicit in protecting abusers recall the papal nuncio Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:09 PM Singer Sinead O'Connor demands Pope steps down IRELAND Reuters DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish singer Sinead O'Connor called on Friday for Pope Benedict to step down over a government report that said Church leaders covered up widespread sexual abuse of children for 30 years. The Vatican issued a statement on Friday saying the pope felt "outrage, betrayal and shame" over the scandal and would write to the Irish people about sexual abuse. But O'Connor, who once inflamed Catholic sensibilities by ripping up a picture of Benedict's predecessor Pope John Paul II on live television, said in a letter published in a British newspaper earlier on Friday that the pope had remained silent on child abuse for too long. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:52 AM Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests BROWNSVILLE (TX) Reflections of the Spirit We wish Brownsville's new bishop well, and hope that a breath of fresh air in this diocese will help heal the still fresh wounds of both clergy sex abuse victims who are suffering and Catholics who are feeling betrayed because of the church's on going child sex abuse and cover up scandal. It's ironic that Brownsville's new bishop was named today. It was five year ago today that media reports surfaced suggesting that Brownsville's former bishop may have helped a predator priest flee the US and escape justice. (see below) There's a tendency among Catholics, however, to assume that almost any new bishop will be better than the old one. However, wishful thinking and naive assumptions don't protect kids. Only vigilance protects kids. So we urge Brownsville Catholics to remember that children are safe when abuse suspicions and reports go to law enforcement officials, not to Catholic church officials. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 AM New parish financial relationship model ready for roll out MASSACHUSETTS The Pilot By Jim Lockwood Posted: 12/11/2009 BRAINTREE -- The archdiocese is seeking volunteer parishes for its new system that it says will provide a simpler and more equitable way for parishes to contribute funds to the central ministries of the archdiocese. On Dec. 4 Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley sent a letter to all pastors and administrators asking if their respective parishes would like to be part of the launching of a first phase of a “proposed model of financial relationship” -- a relationship which archdiocesan officials are hopeful could produce more collaboration between the archdiocese and the parishes, as well as between parishes. The cardinal is requesting the participation of 30 parishes in this leading phase which is set to launch in the fiscal year beginning July 2010. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:43 AM Vatican says pope outraged by sex abuse in Ireland VATICAN CITY Catholic News Service By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI shares "the outrage, betrayal and shame" felt by Irish Catholics over cases of clerical sexual abuse and the way abuse claims were handled by church leaders, and he plans to write a special pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland, the Vatican said. The letter "will clearly indicate the initiatives that are to be taken in response to the situation," said a statement issued by the Vatican Dec. 11. The statement was released after the pope and top Vatican officials spent 90 minutes meeting with Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, Northern Ireland, president of the Irish bishops' conference, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said Pope Benedict approved the statement, which "obviously reflects his style and tone" in discussing revelations about clerical sex abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:24 AM IRISH BISHOPS MEET WITH POPE VATICAN CITY Vatican Information Service VATICAN CITY, 11 DEC 2009 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office released the following English-language communique at midday today: "Today the Holy Father held a meeting with senior Irish bishops and high-ranking members of the Roman Curia. He listened to their concerns and discussed with them the traumatic events that were presented in the Irish Commission of Investigation's Report into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. "After careful study of the report, the Holy Father was deeply disturbed and distressed by its contents. He wishes once more to express his profound regret at the actions of some members of the clergy who have betrayed their solemn promises to God, as well as the trust placed in them by the victims and their families, and by society at large. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM Bernadette Connolly case to be reviewed IRELAND RTE News [with audio] Friday, 11 December 2009 The investigation into the death of a ten-year-old girl, whose body was found in a bog in Co Roscommon in August 1970, is to be reviewed. Bernadette Connolly went missing on 17 April 1970. She had been out on her bicycle but failed to return to her home in Collooney in Co Sligo. It is believed she may have been sexually assaulted before she was killed. Her remains were discovered in bogland near the town of Boyle. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM Pope "ashamed, outraged" by Irish sexual abuse VATICAN CITY Reuters By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict shares the "outrage, betrayal and shame" felt by the Irish people over a government report that said Church leaders covered up widespread sexual abuse of children for 30 years, the Vatican said on Friday. In a statement issued after the pope held a meeting with Irish Church leaders, the Vatican also said he would write a pastoral letter to the Irish people about sexual abuse in Ireland and the Vatican's response to the crisis. It will be the first time a pope has written a document exclusively devoted to sexual abuse of children by clergy. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM Pope will write letter to Irish Catholics on abuse VATICAN CITY The Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI says he is "deeply disturbed and distressed" by a child sex-abuse scandal in Ireland and will write a letter to Catholics there on the church's response. Benedict met Friday with senior Irish clergy in the wake of a report detailing the abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 AM Pope stops short of outright apology for clerical abuse VATICAN CITY Irish Examiner Friday, December 11, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI today has expressed his "profound regret at the actions of some members of the clergy". Following a meeting with Cardinal Sean Brady and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in the Vatican regarding the Irish Commission of Investigation’s Report into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, the pontiff said that he "shares the outrage, betrayal and shame felt by so many of the faithful in Ireland", but did not use the words "sorry" or "apologise" in the statement issued. Last Wednesday, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference formally apologised over abuse and mishandling of allegations in the Dublin Archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 AM Catholics Need the Truth, Not 12% Shy of the Truth BRIDGEPORT (CT) National Survivors Advocates Coalition The National Survivors Advocates Coalition (NSAC) calls upon Catholics in the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT and throughout the country to be actively vigilant regarding the release of documents that the diocese fought up to and including a request for an appeal hearing from the United States Supreme Court. The Coalition joined two other national groups, Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and BishopAccountability.org, calling for continued and sustained efforts by the attorneys for the four newspapers that brought the court case for release of documents. ” 1,488 secret documents were withheld recently by the Bridgeport Diocese, “the coalition said. BishopAccountability.org estimates that 12% of the records. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM Extradition sought of priest (82) from US IRELAND Irish Independent By Jeff Parrott and Brendan Farrelly Friday December 11 2009 US Lawyers for an elderly Irish priest, wanted here for allegedly twice raping a 15-year-old boy in 1968, told his extradition hearing yesterday that they had got the wrong man. But the judge dealing with the case of Fr Francis Markey (82), who has been living in South Bend, Indiana, quickly dismissed this argument. US Magistrate Judge Christopher Neuchterlein ruled that the man in court clearly was the same man the Irish Government wanted, the 'South Bend Tribune' newspaper court report said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM CHURCH MEMBERS ATTACK REPORTERS AS PRIEST DENIED BAIL BOTSWANA The Voice By Calistus Bosaletswe Tempers flew as Eloyi church members turned on The Voice team and hurled insults at them after their pastor who was jailed for ten years was denied bail pending an appeal to the High Court recently. The pastor, Samuel Ntsebele, who once boasted in court that he was a celebrity pastor was sentenced to 10 years after he was convicted of having unlawful sex with a 14-year-old primary school girl who was a member of his church. The disgruntled members tried to stop the photographer from taking pictures as they were threatening to smash his camera. It was the police who came to the rescue and dispersed the young unruly church members who threw abuses at The Voice team. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM US JUDGE RESERVES JUDGMENT ON IRISH PRIEST EXTRADITION IRELAND Galway News December 11, 2009 A US judge is reserving judgement on the extradition of an 81 year old Irish priest charged with sexually abusing a teenage boy in Donegal and Galway. Fr Francis Markey is accused of raping the alleged victim during a pilgrimage to Lough Derg and again after the funeral of the boy's father in Galway in 1968. At yesterday's hearing, his defence lawyers argued a case of mistaken identity. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM Liberal Church wouldn't handle abuse differently Irish Independent By David Quinn Friday December 11 2009 There is a notion doing the rounds that, if only the Church and its theology had been more liberal, the abuse scandals would have been far less severe than they were. There is absolutely no evidence for this. On the contrary, there is some evidence to suggest that they would have been at least as bad. To begin with, we know from international experience that, whatever kind of bishop was in charge of a diocese, allegations of abuse were handled badly. For example, one of the most liberal bishops in the United States, Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, has been savagely attacked because of his management of abuse cases. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM Pope to meet cardinal over abuse VATICAN CITY BBC News The Pope is due to meet the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland later to discuss the findings of a damning report into clerical child abuse. Last month, the Murphy report found that church leaders had covered up child abuse in Dublin for decades. The Pope summoned the Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, to Rome after the Vatican was criticised for failing to respond to the inquiry. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM Pope to meet with Irish church heads VATICAN CITY RTE News Friday, 11 December 2009 Pope Benedict is due to meet the Primate of All Ireland Cardinal Seán Brady and Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin at the Vatican to discuss the fall-out from the Murphy Report. The Pontiff is scheduled to be accompanied by the heads of five Vatican departments. A spokesman said Pope Benedict would not personally issue a statement following the meeting, but that the Vatican would issue a communiqué. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM 'Assessment of abuse' must take place in Province NORTHERN IRELAND News Letter Published Date: 11 December 2009 AN "assessment of abuse" needs to take place in Northern Ireland - but it should not be one which prevents justice being done for the victims. That was the response of Michael McGimpsey last night to proposals from the Roman Catholic Bishops which outline their policies for protecting children and ensuring that allegations of abuse are dealt with properly. The Health Minister has been selected by the Executive to be the lead Minister in relation to all of the issues arising out of the Ryan Report, which was published in May. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM Call for abused to seek help and report crimes to Garda IRELAND The Irish Times JAMIE SMYTH VICTIM SUPPORT: VICTIMS OF clerical child sex abuse who have not yet sought help or counselling should make contact with a support group and report the crime to the Garda, the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime has said. In a statement welcoming the publication of the Dublin diocesan report yesterday, the commission said the impact of the crime was comparable to that experienced by victims of the most serious acts of violence. “The abuse is all the more appalling given that it was perpetrated by men in positions of great trust and publicly committed to high Christian standards, but sadly betrayed both trust and standards,” it said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM 'The reason I didn't report it . . . was because I didn't know' IRELAND The Irish Times PATSY McGARRY INTERVIEW: Auxiliary bishop Ray Field explains why it would be ‘wrong’ of him to resign Asked about being named in the report, auxiliary Bishop of Dublin Ray Field began by saying: “Firstly, let me apologise wholeheartedly and unreservedly to the victims of child abuse for any hurt they might have suffered as a result of what priests have done to them. I really, really feel ashamed. I feel horrified by what the report has said about us and I can only offer my sympathy, my deepest sympathy, my deepest regret and my repentance at what has happened. I apologise to them and to their families.” The report said the bishop believed Fr Sergius (one of the priests named in it) had an alcohol problem and was not aware of abuse complaints against him. Is this true? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM Martin and Brady meet pope today over abuse VATICAN CITY The Irish Times PADDY AGNEW in Rome VATICAN MEETING: POPE BENEDICT XVI will today hold a midday meeting with the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, and Cardinal Sean Brady to discuss the “painful situation of the church in Ireland” in the wake of the publication of the Murphy commission report. Both senior Irish church figures are likely to communicate to the pope the sense of outrage in Irish public opinion prompted by the report’s findings. Pope Benedict will be accompanied by a formidable delegation of Curia heavyweights including, among others, the secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the prefect for the Congregation of Bishops, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, the prefect for the Congregation For the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal William Levada, the prefect for the Congregation of the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes and the prefect of the Congregation of Consecrated Life (Religious Orders) Franc Rodé. The papal nuncio in Ireland, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, is also due to attend. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM No grounds to resign, says Bishop Moriarty IRELAND The Irish Times PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent STATEMENTS: THE BISHOP of Kildare and Leighlin Jim Moriarty, who was named in the Murphy report, said last night, “I do not consider that there are any grounds there upon which I should resign from office.” An auxiliary bishop in Dublin from 1991 to 2002, he received in 1993 a complaint about a particular priest’s contact with children. It was this priest – identified in the report by the pseudonym Fr Edmondus – who abused Marie Collins in 1960 when she was a patient at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM A shameful legacy… IRELAND The Irish World The recent allegations of child abuse in the Catholic Church casts a shame on all of Ireland, not just the clerics, writes Don Morgan - 11/12/09 The Murphy Report on child abuse in the Dublin Diocese has revealed almost as much in the actions of some in its after math than within its pages. Apart from the ongoing emergence of Diarmuid Martin as being the shrewdest church operator since Cardinal Richelieu, few people, be they friend or foe of the church, have helped the dignity of the victims of abusers from the clergy. The fallout instead has been an offensive mix of lynchmob and the keystone cops. I want to cause offence. I want to offend every idiot baying for blood, every fool looking for someone to blame, every cretin who thinks that if we can get our fix of easy retribution, we can find instant closure and everything will be solved. The fact is that the institutions of our state colluded with the church who had done little to earn its position of pre-eminence, and who were busy running rings around government officials when they were, occasionally, put on the spot. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM Flanagan says clergy had Garda immunity IRELAND The Irish Times MICHAEL O'REGAN THE MURPHY report on clerical sex abuse in Dublin had revealed a cover-up, with the hierarchy in effect being given immunity by the Garda, Fine Gael’s spokesman on justice Charlie Flanagan told the Dáil. “I welcome the comments made by the Minister for Justice, Dermot Ahern, in the immediate aftermath of the report’s publication when he stated that nobody was above the law and appropriate investigations would take place with a view to criminal proceedings not only being issued but convictions being attained,” Mr Flanagan added. Mr Ahern said it was important to recognise that the Murphy commission’s report described a 2002 Garda investigation as probably the most comprehensive into clerical sexual abuse ever undertaken in the State. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM Case review set for SW Mo. pastor accused of abuse MISSOURI Belleville News-Democrat NEVADA, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri pastor charged more than two years ago with abusing children in his congregation has a case review hearing scheduled in court later this month. George Otis Johnston, of Granby, has pleaded not guilty to several counts of child molestation and statutory sodomy. The charges were filed in 2007 and stem from alleged incidents from 1998 to 2006. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM McKENZIE v. DOW JONES & COMPANY, INC. NEW HAMPSHIRE Leagle Plaintiff-Appellant Brett McKenzie appeals from the opinion and order, dated July 22, 2008, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Scheindlin, J.), which granted Defendant-Appellee Dow Jones & Co.'s motion to dismiss the complaint pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) on the ground that it was untimely filed under New York Law. We assume the parties' familiarity with the relevant facts and procedural history. Brett McKenzie is a resident of New Hampshire and Dow Jones, Inc., which owns and publishes The Wall Street Journal, is headquartered in New York City. On April 27, 2008, the Journal published a column by Dorothy Rabinowitz, a member of the paper's editorial board, concerning litigation arising from sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests in New Hampshire. The column, entitled "A Priest's Story," contains the following passage: Nine years after he had been convicted and sent to prison on charges of sexual assault against a teenage boy, Father Gordon MacRae received a letter in July 2003 from Nixon Peabody LLP, a law firm representing the Diocese of Manchester, N.H..... Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM Suit against Cardinal Francis George: Chicago archdiocese accused of bias against African-American victims of sex abuse CHICAGO (IL) Chicago Tribune By Manya A. Brachear Tribune reporter December 11, 2009 A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago alleging that church officials discriminated against African-American victims of sexual abuse by trying to silence their claims and proposing smaller settlements than those offered to white victims. The suit, filed Thursday in the Northern District of Illinois by Seattle attorney Phillip Aaron on behalf of 41 men and eight women, seeks $98 million, accusing the archdiocese, Cardinal Francis George and retired Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Goedert of racial discrimination, breach of contract, infliction of emotional distress, fraud, conspiracy and racketeering. "The defendants have acted intentionally to silence the voices of African-American and minority victims while defendants distributed false and deceptive information to the public in an attempt to prevent the victims of clergy sexual abuse, their families and the African-American and minority community from expressing and exposing racism and discrimination," the suit says. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM Irish bishops’ conference decries ‘failure of moral leadership’ in clerical sex abuse scandal IRELAND Catholic News Agency Dublin, Ireland, Dec 11, 2009 / 03:21 am (CNA).- The Irish bishops have apologized to victims of clerical sexual abuse, decrying the “failure of moral leadership” and “the scale and depravity of abuse” described in a newly released report on the issue. The first day of the Irish Bishops’ Conference’s Winter General Meeting gave full attention to the Commission of Investigation Report into the Archdiocese of Dublin, which was published Nov. 26. “We, as bishops, apologize to all those who were abused by priests as children, their families and to all people who feel rightly outraged and let down by the failure of moral leadership and accountability that emerges from the Report,” the bishops said in a statement. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM Bishop Moriarty will not resign IRELAND Leinster Express 11 December 2009 By Conor Ganly BISHOP Jim Moriarty has said he will not be stepping down from his position as head of the Catholic church in parts of Laois Offaly and other Leinster counties. The Bishop is among the five Irish bishops who are named in the Murphy report on clerical child sexual abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese. None have stood down so far despite pressure coming from victims of abuse. Bishop Moriarity appears determined to stay on. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM Alleged Victims Got $20,000 Payments Not To Sue Diocese For Abuse BRIDGEPORT (CT) The Hartford Courant By DAVE ALTIMARI, EDMUND H. MAHONY and MATTHEW KAUFFMAN The Harford Courant December 11, 2009 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport in 2004 quietly paidtens of thousands of dollars to two men who claimed they were abused as teenagers by the second-highest ranking member of the diocese and another priest who now serves as pastor of a Greenwich parish. In exchange for $20,000 payments, the two men agreed not to sue the diocese or the two priests — Monsignor William Genuario, who was vicar general of the Bridgeport diocese for nine yearsand remains a priest in good standing, and Monsignor Frank Wissel, pastor at St. Mary Parish in Greenwich and founder of a home for underprivileged boys in Bridgeport. In a two-page settlement, a copy of which was obtained byThe Courant, the diocese agreed to settled the "disputed claims" in order to avoid "the inconvenience, expense and uncertainty of litigation." But Wissel on Thursday said that he was surprised to hear that the diocese paid any money for claims against him and that the allegations were "completely false." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 AM December 10, 2009 U.S. Clergy, Bankers See New Lows in Honesty/Ethics Ratings UNITED STATES Gallup by Jeffrey M. Jones PRINCETON, NJ -- The percentage of Americans rating the honesty and ethics rating of clergy as very high or high is down to 50% in 2009, the lowest percentage it has been in the 32 years Gallup has measured it. Gallup conducted its annual Honesty and Ethics of professions poll Nov. 20-22 this year, with one of the major findings the deterioration in ratings of members of Congress. Nurses continue to rate as the most highly regarded profession in terms of honesty and ethics. In last year's Honesty and Ethics update, 56% of Americans rated the clergy's honesty and ethics very high or high. The reason for the decline to 50% this year is unclear; but now the clergy's ratings are below where they were earlier this decade during the priest sex-abuse scandal. Ratings of the clergy dropped from their 2008 levels among both Catholics and Protestants, as well as among regular and non-regular churchgoers. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM Americans' view of clergy's ethics hit 3-decade low UNITED STATES USA Today By Solange De Santis, Religion News Service Americans' views of the "honesty and ethics" of clergy have hit a 32-year low, with just half rating their moral caliber as high or very high, according to Gallup's annual Honesty and Ethics Ratings of Professions survey. The reason for the decline from 56% last year to 50% in 2009 is "unclear," according to a Gallup news release, which also noted that "now the clergy's ratings are below where they were earlier this decade" at the height of the Catholic Church's clergy abuse scandal. Barbara Dorris, outreach coordinator for the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, attributed the drop to ripple effects from seven years of negative press surrounding predatory priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 PM Church sacks principal, superiors over sex scandal AUSTRALIA Brisbane Times LACEY BURLEY December 11, 2009 Parents of children at the centre of a Toowoomba Catholic primary school sex abuse scandal yesterday cried in happiness after the principal and his two superiors were sacked. Bishop William Morris said the principal and senior education officers Christopher Fry and Ian Hunter sat “stunned and surprised” in his office after he terminated their employment. The principal had earlier been charged and acquitted of failing to report allegations of the rape and molestation of students by a school teacher to police. Bishop Morris said the principal’s admissions during the November court case that he suspected sexual abuse came as a “great shock”. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM Pope appoints archbishop from Spain as new representative in Canada CANADA Times-Herald OTTAWA - Pope Benedict has appointed a new representative to serve in Canada. The pontiff named Most Rev. Pedro Lopez Quintana to the position of Apostolic Nuncio on Thursday, said a statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:24 PM Top clerics to meet pope over sex abuse report IRELAND Irish Examiner Thursday, December 10, 2009 The country's most senior Catholic clerics are due to meet the Pope tomorrow to discuss the fall-out from the child abuse inquiry in the Dublin Archdiocese. Cardinal Sean Brady and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will hold talks with the Pontiff in the Vatican with other leading church figures. It is understood Pope Benedict and the heads of five Vatican departments will attend the meeting with the Cardinal and the Archbishop. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM Head of archdiocese schools faces drunken driving charge MILWAUKEE (WI) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel By Crocker Stephenson of the Journal Sentinel Posted: Dec. 9, 2009 Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee David E. Lodes told police he was driving home from an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting when he was arrested on drunken driving charges last month, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County. Lodes, 59, of the Town of Delafield, is charged with driving while intoxicated, a second offense. If convicted of the misdemeanor, he faces up to six months in jail and revocation of his driving license for up to 18 months. He was convicted of drunken driving in August 2004, the complaint says. Lodes could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 PM Adam Horowitz Named Most Effective Lawyer for 2009 UNITED STATES Mermelstein & Horowitz Adam Horowitz, a nationally recognized advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, has been honored as the Most Effective Personal Injury Lawyer of 2009. The award, given by the Daily Business Review, recognizes attorneys for outstanding results obtained for clients. Horowitz received the honor at a ceremony on Dec. 4. Horowitz was selected for his work in Elk v. United States, a landmark federal court case brought by an Oglala Sioux woman who was sexually assaulted as a teenager by her U.S. Army recruiter. The case centered on an 1868 treaty between the U.S. and the Sioux nation that had never been used to remedy a personal injury. Horowitz spent countless hours researching Congressional records from the 1860s to interpret the meaning and intent of the treaty, since there was no prior case law to guide the decisions of the Court of Claims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM Parents refuse to be silenced over church abuse action AUSTRALIA ABC News By Fidelis Rego Parents of children suing the Catholic Church over child sex abuse allegations on southern Queensland's Darling Downs say they will not sign any confidentiality agreements when the matter is settled. Three claims have been filed against the Toowoomba diocese over the church's handling of allegations at a Toowoomba primary school. The school principal was found not guilty of failing to report the claims to police but a former teacher has been charged with 46 offences and is still before the court. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:39 AM Reb Shmuel Kamenetsky speaks . . . Project Innocent Heart [video presentation] Description: In May of 2007, Project Innocent Heart identified 10 therapists with graduate degrees in mental health, social work or related fields to participate in the clinical training program. Training included 31 hours (10 hours of web-based and 21 hours of classroom-based) of TF-CBT, 15 hours of SPARCS, clinical supervision and continuous quality assurance by expert consultants in order to facilitate therapist adherence to the treatment principles and model. On July 11th the clinicians spent the entire day focusing on the sensitivities of the Jewish comunity. Presenters included, Rabbi Berish Goldenberg (Principal, Yeshiva Toras Emes of Los Angeles), Mrs. Debbie Fox (Director, Aleinu Child and Family Services) and HoRav Shmuel Kamenetsky shlita. In this fifteen minute message, Reb Shmuel speaks to the PIH clinicians about the severity of the problem and gives Daas Torah perspective on the issues. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:36 AM Sacked staff 'acted in good faith' over sex abuse claims AUSTRALIA Courier Mail Margaret Wenham December 11, 2009 A CATHOLIC primary school principal and two senior Catholic Education Office staff who failed to report allegations of child sex abuse had "acted in good faith", the Catholic Bishop of Toowoomba said yesterday. Before announcing at a press conference his decision to sack the three men, Bishop William Morris said it remained his view there had been no attempt at a cover-up. "Based on the material available to me, the staff involved exercised very poor judgment and made a number of significant errors in the process," he said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:34 AM Internet aims to bond women religious visitation supporters UNITED STATES National Catholic Reporter Dec. 09, 2009 By Thomas C. Fox Women religious, upset their orders are not cooperating with a Vatican study of their religious congregations, are using the Internet to bring together like-minded souls. They have formed a Yahoo group and are working with author Anne Carey who is to moderate contributions. The Vatican announced last January an Apostolic Visitation of some 340 U.S. women religious congregations, saying its purpose is to assess the quality of life in the communities. The study has stirred controversy with some women religious vocally opposed to the effort and others supportive. “We came up with the idea for the Yahoo group first of all because it was free. There are no funds for this effort. Also, since some sisters fear retribution from their superiors for their support of the visitation,” explained Carey in an email to NCR. “Our Yahoo group allows sisters to exchange information and ideas while still protecting their identity if they so choose.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM No reason to step down, says Bishop Field IRELAND RTE News Thursday, 10 December 2009 Another Dublin Auxiliary Bishop has said he does not feel he should resign following the Murphy Report. Bishop Raymond Field, who was named in the report, said he does not believe there is reason for him to step down. Yesterday his colleagues Bishop Eamonn Walsh and Bishop Martin Drennan of Galway said the report does not criticise them. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 AM CNN to ponder faith and money NEW YORK National Catholic Reporter by John L Allen Jr on Dec. 09, 2009 The Future Church I’m in New York this week, with part of the agenda being to tape a panel discussion for an upcoming CNN special on “Faith and Money.” The program is hosted by Christine Romans, and is scheduled to air on Dec. 19. (Coincidentally, that’s the first day of Hanukkah this year.) I don't identify money management as a self-standing trend in The Future Church, but it's hard to imagine much of a future for any religious enterprise if it's broke. As the saying goes, the love of money may be the root of all evil ... but you sure do miss the money when it's gone. ... Second, impressions of vast wealth in the Catholic church, perhaps especially the Vatican, are more myth than reality. As I’ve pointed out many times, the annual budget of the Vatican is about $300 million, while the University of Notre Dame by itself has a budget of over $1 billion. That means Notre Dame could fund the Vatican three times ever year and still have money left over for new football uniforms! As a result, there are no bags of cash sitting in the basement of the Apostolic Palace in Rome that could be shipped off to the United States (or anywhere else) to help local churches out when money is tight. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 AM Steve Coronella: Irish church in need of renewal this holiday season MEDFORD (MA) Medford Transcript By Steve Coronella/At Home Abroad Thu Dec 10, 2009 Just two weeks until Christmas. What better time for a feel-good story to lift the spirits and carry us buoyantly into the New Year. No such luck, I’m afraid, on this side of the water. Another report on child sexual abuse by Catholic priests has just appeared in Ireland, and it’s generating a whirlwind of controversy. The Murphy Report, commissioned in 2006 and published at the end of November, tells a depressingly familiar story. In brief, children’s welfare was routinely disregarded for almost 30 years. The report covers cases of abuse in the Dublin diocese from 1975 to 2004 and shows that Irish bishops and cardinals were concerned primarily about avoiding scandal and preserving the status and assets of the Church and its priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM School abuse: three sacked AUSTRALIA The Australian A PRIMARY school principal and two senior Catholic Education officials have been sacked after they failed to report to police complaints of child abuse against a teacher, who allegedly went on to rape 12 young girls. Toowoomba Bishop William Morris yesterday admitted the school and church officials had failed to protect children in their care, despite suspicions the teacher, who is now facing 46 charges, was sexually abusing young girls at the school. The school's principal, who cannot be named for legal reasons, became the first person in Australia to be charged under laws mandating the reporting to police of any suspicions of sexual abuse by a school staff member.
On Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 01:30 pm, Joseph writes:
I have read so many comments on Richard Burke since the break of this scandal. I feel dissapointed and shocked by those who are denying for him and making Dolores look like a bad person. It only goes to portray how Nigerians use external means to judge religiousity. It is a known fact that sex abuse is prsent in all cultures. I sympathise with Burke and admire the courage of Dolores. Two lessons here really. I hope this is a wake up call for clergy men in Nigeria to be more responsible and live what they claim they are. Come on let us face it...many clergy men are more sexually active than married men in nigeria. I left my girlfriend for a high profile clergyman, it is the highest bid that matters. Many of them sponsor and use church money to take care of these girls and before you know it...they sack you to your face. I can quote and mention names that i know in nigeria. Bishops and preists in nigeria let this be a wake up a call...stop decieving us, we know what is going on. Even in the seminaries..many students have girlfriends..and because they see the priests enjoying sex and living with ladies..they are encouraged to become priests...yes we know these things. Secondly, as a way forward, i am encouraging all the so many young girls who like Dolores have been used and abused sexually by priests and bishops..to pleasse speak out their minds. This is one big way forward to make these ungodly sexaul abuse stop in nigeria. Many of our victims are afraid to talk...speak out your mind and ask God for forgiveness and move on with your life. It does not matter how long it toook Dolores to speak out but thank Gof she finally did. Now she can have great peace and healing.
On Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 03:06 am, writes:
The Vatican Statement is a disgrace as just as a Sovereign Country takes issues with another Sovereign Country (as stated very clearly in a recent Irish Times Editorial where it was pointed out the Papal Nuncio and Vatican invoked \'diplomatic channels\' as a reason for treating the Irish people and State with contempt) we must condemn the Pope for this insult. The details of all this are many years old and it would be unbelievable to think that none of the contents of the files sent from the RC aparatchicks to the sovereign state that is the Vatican (beyond the timid reach of the Irish legal system).were well known throughout the reach of the disgraced body of officials who were party to the meeting that generated this woeful response. Further insult has been added to injury. The State needs some real leaders to take on those who perpetrated or participated in the cover up of the perpetration of crimes against humanity. Over 300,000 children were affected - thats likely to be over 10 million rapes of children - many of whom were treated like slaves for their youth - the scale of this seems not to become part of the psyche that will generate an adequate response in the widest sense. No Moss Gathered Ireland It is high time for the Irish people to run all so called clerics out of this country once and for all. The Pope knew all about this filth for years and has helped to sweep it under the carpet and keep a lid on it. That they still refer to themselves as the \"Holy See\" beggars hypocrisy itself. How can anybody in their right mind pay any heed to them and keep giving them money after all that has been exposed about these Satanic deviants. Those who covered up should be brought before the courts and charged-and, if the Heavens fall - so be it. The only loser will be the Church and it\'s master, Satan. Nollaig Ireland A certain amount of sympathy-giving is fine, of course, but a time comes when we are doing people more good by by giving tough love and saying - as the psychiarist said to the curtains - pull yourselves together. owen United States Minor Outlying Islands Owen, p.2: \"I think it\'s rather sad when people have so little in their lives that they can\'t let go of their only claim to fame - that something bad happened to them 30 years ago.\" You know not of which you speak. Have you ever hard of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and anxiety disorder? I call tell you that they are very real. I do some volunteer work in a homeless shelter and, by doing so, I\'ve developed a very different perspective from you. The havoc that sexual abuse brings down on the heads of youngsters does not go away easily. Years of therapy are needed. In many instances, they were just kids, and did not fully understand what as happening to them; they looked up to the priests who were held in the highest esteem; for years afterwards, they thought that they \"allowed\" the sexual abuse to happen - it was all they fault, somehow; they felt \"dirty.\" So, Owen, practise some empathy, and stop posting such drivel. Catherine, Ireland/ United States I know Church Leaders are trying to do their best. However, their Low Levels of Emotional Intelligence, is yet again displayed for all to see. Unfortunately for all, Church Leaders live in A Bubble of Self Believe tightly secured by A Total Lack of Common Sense. Colette Athlone Ireland It was an emotionally and morally sterile response. But we also have to ask why our soverign state did not instruct our Ambassor to the Vatican to attend this summit. Micheal Martin did the optics last week with the Papal Nuncio...but that\'s all it is..a PR Stunt. Real change will only come about when clergy are treated as civilans first and clergy second. That means they must be held accountable to civil law in Ireland. It is patently clear that several bishops oversaw and covered up the sexual degredation of children, indeed even the sexual torture of children and did not report sexual abusers and paedophile priests to the Irish police. Let\'s take all the nicities out of this and deal with the facts...thousands of children in Ireland had their lives destroyed by a Church which can only be considered as the largest paedophile club in the world. Is this it\'s raison d\'etre we have to wonder? The absolute lack of emotion towards the pain suffered by children by priests, bishops, cardinals and the Pope is simply beyond comprehension...and yet we see a priest in the diocese of Bishop Willie Walsh shedding copious tears for the bishop. The bishop himself shed tears on the altar in response to emotional words about his own departure...I saw no such tears for children for the last 20 years. Shame on them...shame on them all! Arrest those responsible for reckless endangerment of children and let\'s get to the bottom of all this for once and for all. Action is what is needed. Chris Ireland P.S. Owen, p.2: In case you were wondering, yes, I am a practising Catholic. Words cannot describe what I think about the priests who committed such atrocities and the bishops who are just as guilty by hiding the abuses. What happened does not shake my beliefs. But I refuse to belittle the pain and suffering of these victims. No one should. Catherine, Ireland/ United States owen (p4), Archbishop McQuaid was pre-Vatican 2 and certainly far from being a \" lefty Fifth Columnist \". His record too is blemished, to say the very least, on the question of covering up sexual abuse of children by those over whom he had authority. The Magdalen scandal was taking placing under his watch. The sexual abuses being revealed are not just a modern day phenomenum. I know anelderly man, now 92, who had a close encounter with a potential abuser. He told me about 30 years ago that when he was a boy a priest tried to molest him, but he escaped. As he ran off the priest shouted, \" Damn you! \" - or words to that effect. In my two earlier comments I mentioned some of the criminal history of the Roman Catholic Church and I asked you need I say more. You haven\'t acknowledged these facts of history and it\'s as if you would like to think them not revelant. But they are but a few examples which gives us the picture of the reality behind the facade of the Church of Rome. Ignoring them won\'t make them any less true. But taking them into account may help open-minded people realize that nothing better could be expected of the Roman Catholic Church than that She has done where the rape and sexual abuse of children are concerned. The words of the Pope and those over whom he has authority have the ring of \" mental reservation \" about them. One word cropping up in many of their weasel word statements is \" mistakes \" instead of wrongs or crimes - thus minimizing them. Hopeful! Ireland Owen..p2..You need to grow up. I do not think that the rupture of children\'s genitals by paeophile priests or clergy is something that goes away over time. The physical rupture combined with the mental and emotional rupture carries on for the entire life of that person and indeed the damage is generational. It passes down through the generations through alcohol abuse, mental illness, drug abuse, illiteracy, violence...all of the ills in fact which afflict our society more than most. Your thoughts on the matter are juvenile. If you really want to understand the impact of child sexual abuse I would advise that you start reading Afro-American literature...that should open your eyes...if you want to open them. There you can read about the generational abuse if you study the subject...and we are only at the beginning of exploring it here. Bear in mind that many of these abused children sought help through mental institutions which were under the control of the religious orders...so not only did they have access to their bodies as children but they later had access to their minds...and believe me that is a huge scandal which has not even explored yet...but it will come. So Owen...a little humility on your part. I also agree with another poster that it seems like a lot of fundamentalist Catholics are on this site...Opus Dei indeed...sinister to say the least. 42% agree with the question...speaks for itself. chris Ireland
On Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 02:18 pm, Titiyo writes:
Dolores, Maybe you should do DNA test to know who is the father of your kids... I guess you forgot how many men you opened legs to have sex with. anyway, I understand you because since you are jobless, either you open legs or you continue to use this love story with Burke to start your political career. Dirty politics, dirty life, isn't it? Such is life in Canada, abi?
On Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 06:32 pm, writes:
A Church VICTIM of an UNHOLY PRIEST said... QUOTE FROM ABOVE FEATURE IS VERY FAMILIAR - IN PARTICULAR NOTE THE PART BETWEEN "". This is a well known tactic used by an Irish Parish Priest and his paid medical specialist Dr. Damian Mohan to discredit a former Church employee. Seems all the Clergy are cut from the same cloth. Use the same lies to discredit those who stand up to them and look for justice and take legal advice. See the relevant wording below. Is this part of training for Clergy one would wonder seeing as it has occurred so many times!!! I also know that he has taped past conversations that I have had with him "and have told others, including his family in Ireland as well as my husband that I am obsessed with him in order to discredit me and make me appear to be crazy When it comes to sexual matters, we must be careful in denying for those accused. It is a known fact that many clergy men hide under ther garb of priestly holiness and commit terrible sexual crimes that may never be found out. I admire the courage of this woman, am sure she was able to speak out because she is in a western world. There are many more in her position, in Nigeria who suffer from such molestation from church ministers-Bishops and priests under the guise of poverty and can never speak out. Its the highest form of manipulation and enslavement. The fact that this woman waited for so many years before she spoke out is not the issue, can the Archbishop Burke deny her claims? The Kiltigan Fathers in Ireland, the congregation Burke belongs we also heard have affirmed the credibility of this woman's evidence. Let this be a wake up call to Bishops and Priests to live what they claim they are and stop deceiving themselves.
On Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 06:45 pm, writes:
whether the story lacks substance or not, it is a fact that "fathers" in the catholic church here in Nigeria sexually molest/abuse young girls. I personally know someone;a girl, who was molested sexually here in nigeria by one of the priests of her parish for close to two years when she was between the ages of 11 and 12. She hasn't made it public yet;I'm the only one she has told so far. I convinced her to report the case so something should be done about the priest or else,other young girls would be subjected to the same trauma. She agreed but is yet to go public with it. My people what is wrong is wrong. And in islam, I do condemn terrorism and terrorists, as if they are not Muslilms, since the ideology is not Islamic. And my mother was a Christian for almost 80 years, and I went to Christian schools, roommated with christians, married one, and many times did I read the devotional passages from the Bible. You cant say that I know about Christianity through hear-say, with my taking BK in WAEC. Yes? My people, how do you not get upset that a filthy man came to Nigeria and abuse our women, when no Nigerian can do that in their own land without being arested and jailed? I know, because I am living among them, that is my issue, and of course, I am a MUSLIM!
On Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 06:46 pm, writes:
let me briefly address another false teaching of Paul that the Christians like very much. It's the false doctrine of salvation by faith alone. This false doctrine claims that you'll live eternal life in 'heaven' with Jesus if you only accept that he died for all your sins. You don't have to do anything else. Just believe that, and you're free and clear to fly all the way to 'heaven'. It doesn't matter if you were a murderer or rapist, a child molester, a slaver or a genocidal maniac. All you have to do just before you die, is to say, "Jesus, I accept you as the son of God who died for all my sins", and off to heaven you go. This doctrine is the chief cause of all the evil that Christian white men and women have committed against black people, especially the twin evils of slavery and colonialism. They committed unspeakable crimes against our people, knowing fully well that they were sinning, and at the same time planning to accept Jesus as their 'savior' just before they died as a way to buy their ticket into heaven. This doctrine is nothing less than a license to commit crimes. It tells them they can commit every kind of despicable act and sin, even as Christian priests continue to sexually molest young boys, as long as they repent just before they die and believe that Jesus already took all their sins away when he died 2,000 years ago. So blatant is their attitude about child molestation that these priests have named their place of living and molestation as a 'seminary' and 'rectory', alluding unashamedly to the rectum and the depositing of their semen.
On Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 06:47 pm, writes:
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
On Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 06:48 pm, writes:
Should a woman not defend womanhood? A person who says he is not going to have sex, declaring it as an oath (lol, the liar did not mean it. just like his trinity is not real), should have lowered his gaze around women! Whats an oath when you can even live it? Whats a God that does not have the power to be different from common man? Whats a God begging another God? I can go on for days on this alone.
On Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 06:50 pm, writes:
would believe the posters story. Here in ireland the catholic church has been rocked to the core over child abuse cases dating back to the early 60's. The people who were abused took action against the catholic church. The way the church dealt with it was to move the priest to a different parish where he was free again to start abusing again. But finally the people who were abused are finally been listened to. I have watched a true movie called the boys of saint vincents it was horrific to watch.
On Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 06:51 pm, writes:
Yeah it true but no one fored anyone to take a oath he cannot kee. well who is just?who has not sinned? No one
On Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 07:24 pm, writes:
At Saturday, November 07, 2009 1:32:00 PM, Anonymous said... Thank God for the courage of this nigerian lady. I hope the other Bishops and priests will learn from this and be sincere with themselves. Sadly I know of some similar cases of molestation of young girls by clergy men in nigeria. I wish other girls will be bold to speak out and be liberated like this lady
On Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 07:34 pm, writes:
can only speak for my reasons. I post these things because I believe people have a right to know. As a Catholic I think we have a duty to know. It's important to know who these people are. When I read this stuff, I start Googling. I find out more about them. Things they've said, where they went to seminary. Who made them a bishop, etc. etc. Doing this is incredibly interesting, as I've found that these bastards tend to come from the same few hornets nests, and associate with one another. Quite interesting these 'birds of a feather'. I've no idea if anyone else uses this information in the same manner I do.
On Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 07:49 pm, writes:
? I can only speak for my reasons. I post these things because I believe people have a right to know. As a Catholic I think we have a duty to know. Hear Hear! I think too many people want this sex abuse crisis to just disapear as if it never happened and ignore it. Just because the Pope made a few apologies doesnt mean its time to forgive and forget we lait are still waiting for action from the Pope on down. These pervert child molesters need to be called out. One can only wish we lived in a more civil age when they would have been executed.
On Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 08:02 pm, writes:
Too little too late. When the Vatican and the Papal Nuncio refused to respond to the Murphy commission it was obvious where their intentions lay. I think the Papal Nuncio should have been expelled immediately when the report was published. That would haave made them sit up and take notice. A great opportunity lost by a spineless Cowen who chose a SINFUL church ahead of abused Irish Citizens. Well done again Mr. Cowen. Toirdhealbhach Ireland Dear Bob Albania,....If you had been following this BB ,you would have seen that I have not let up on the Church or the Church~run institutions since the publication of the Ryan Report, I have also constantly stressed that it was the children of the poor who were the main victims numerically.....But a crime against any child no matter what his or her class is a crime against humanity.....My own father as a profoundly deaf orphaned child of six was put with the Brothers .for eleven years so I know what I'm talking about !....Owen those of us able to demand justice for the victims are not self indulgent as your post implies,,, In the absence of millstones and holy necks to attach them to, I feel quite justified in seeking justice for the six year old boy. jaygee United Kingdom Another damage limitation exercise. Who cares what the Pope has to say. We should concentrate on minimising clerical access to our children. Mick Ireland "Inadequate" doesn't begin to describe it. It's just more arrogant pol-speak, intended to give the impression of doing something while continuing with business-as-usual. We can expect more stonewalling, while the Vat waits for us to forget about it - or to be distracted by the next emergency. It's time, and overtime, for the Church's stranglehold to be broken. Peadar United States I am one of thousands of abused. My time was in 1949-51 and I have not received an apology from the Church. Those before me have not either, The report does not address the whole issue from the 1800s to present instead from the 70s to the early 2000. The pope could not say anything different but it has taken quite some time for this outrage expression by himself. sean morrison Canada Give me a break, the ONLY reason the Vatican is gum flapping now is they were caught red handed and are backed into a corner. WHERE pray tell were these bozo's years ago when our innocent kids were being tormented by their bishops and priests and nuns. Rome was brought to its knees NOW due to the educated populace and the megga Media outlets who report such crimes and unlike some of our Garda, are not 'in bed with the Vatican' and turning the other FACE cheek to such horrendous clergy crimes. Its all so sad, but maybe there is a God afterall- since the light is now brightly shining on the corrupt Vatican living in the lap of luxury. I say introduce a law that forces them to sell all their worldly possessions and compensate these poor innocent victims... Nuff already...........their game is UP and exposed for what it really is....a fabulous hypocritical FAKE. mark miller Ireland No...The Pope's just as guilty as our own at "Home"! Jaker Ireland Words are clearly not enough and this is especially true when there is absolutely no action behind those words. To echo others who have posted before me, heads should roll! Pete United States BTW Owen, good job today, you really outdid yourself, your right of course, just cause some so-called "people" were raped as alleged "children". Them thinking they should be allowed to express their opinions about their own lives, and not even waiting for anything longer than only 30 years, the cheek of them! Oh, and linking climate change and Irish clerical sex abuse was sheer genius, epic. I love that word "warmerists" too, goddam them, so-called "global scientific community", obviously a bunch of tree-hugging, enviro-nazi Obama worshipping pinko fags, the type that liberal gun laws are supposed to deal with, yeehaaw. Not like that brilliant and dedicated dude from Jesusville State University who did a couple of experiments with soap and underwear in his kitchen and worked out it was actually all whitewashed pants; now that's rugged individualism at its best, you know, like Enron. Yes, warmerists; so that's people who accept that there may be a bit of an auld problem with the climate then. So what do you call the people who claim its all hunky dory and that we should actually be putting more CO2 into the atmosphere, to help the plants grow and stave off Ice Age II (the event now, not the movie)? . I suppose they would be called "fossilfuelofiles" perhaps? Or "denialistas". Hmmn, this trying to score playground points on non-existent arguments by using stupid labels is great, I must do it more often. Paul Ireland A divine institution with many fallible and sinful members! This scandal in the Irish church, the pedophile cover-up in the United States, and the horrors of the Legionaries of Christ and their denial of Father Maciel's mistress and worse, point to a breakdown and failure of church governance. It is incredible that Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger knew nothing. Now, many years later it is all exposed as a result of outside pressure. Complaints of the laity to the Vatican are bounced back to the local bishop or ignored. We need an enforcement of discipline rather than post facto condemnation and apology. alan United States
On Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 08:09 pm, writes:
communities in Kerala have already sold out of Amen, the autobiography of Sister Jesme, who has alleged that priests and nuns not only broke their vows of celibacy with each other but regularly forced novices to have sex with them. The Catholic Church in India is mired in a series of sexual controversies, and has only just begun to recover from the dismissal of a senior bishop who "adopted" an attractive 26-year-old female companion as his "daughter". Related Articles Priests demand end to celibacy Founder of Catholic order Legionaries of Christ fathered child with mistress Pope Benedict XVI unfrocks Medjugorje priest Gelato Italiano ice-cream advert banned over seductive nun The latest child abuse scandal is as Irish as it is Catholic Irish Catholic church aide calls for more compensation to abuse victimsThe book by the former nun reveals how as a young novice she was propositioned in the confession box by a priest who cited biblical references to "divine kisses". Later she was cornered by a lesbian nun at a college where they were teaching. "She would come to my bed in the night and do lewd acts and I could not stop her," she claims. When she was sent to Bangalore to stay with a priest known for his piety, he lectured her about the need for "physical love" and later assaulted her. "Back in his room, he tried to fondle me and when I resisted, got up and asked angrily if I had seen a man. When I said no, he stripped himself, ejaculated and forced me to strip," she writes. According to Sister Jesme, senior church officials twice tried to admit her into rehabilitation clinics and claimed she had mental problems after she complained about the scale of sexual abuse and the number of illicit affairs between nuns and priests. Dr Paul Thelekkat, a spokesman for the Syro-Malabar Catholic church said he had some sympathy for sister Jesme, and respected her freedom to express her views, but he believed her claims were trivial. "How far what she says is well-founded I can't say, but the issues are not very serious. We're living with human beings in a community and she should realise this is part of human life," he told the Daily Telegraph.
On Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 07:54 pm, writes:
Wednesday, December 16, 20093 °C Dublin » THU 2 °C FRI 2 °C SAT 3 °C YOUR WEATHER »MobileRSS FeedsSite Mapirishtimes.comireland.comNewsSportBusinessCommentLifeSocietyCultureShopClassifiedIrelandWorldIn DepthIrishTimes150Today's PaperWeatherCloseNewsIrelandWorldIn DepthIrishTimes150Today's PaperWeatherLifeTravelFood & DrinkStyleConsumerHomes & PropertyMotorsLiving TodaySportSoccerGaelic GamesGolfRugbyOtheririshracing.comSocietyHealthFamilyEducationScienceEnvironmentNews FeaturesPeopleBusinessBusiness newsMarketsExchange RatesAgendaPersonal FinanceThe EconomyTechnologyInnovationCultureFilmBooksStageMusicArt & DesignComment & MediaTreibhCommentOpinion & AnalysisLettersBlogsPollsBlogsCurrent AccountMechanical TurkMiniBytesOn The RecordOutside InPoliticsPricewatchPursued by a BearScreenwriterShopPage SalesReader OffersFinancial ServicesTravel OffersPhoto SalesDVD ClubAbout usCompany informationTerms & conditionsAdvertiseContact usCopyrightPrivacy policyHelpClassifiedHomesJobsCarsDatingFamily NoticesOtherDigital ArchivePremium EmailDigital editionPrint on demandIrish AncestorsIrish Times TrainingRSS feedsGamesCrosswordsSudokuCompetitionsHome » Ireland » Email to a friendEmail to AuthorPrint RSS Text Size:irishtimes.com - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 15:05Priest gets three years for sexual assault Related » Timeline Ireland | 27/11/2009External » Report of the Murphy commissioThe Irish Times takes no responsibility for the content or availability of other websitesALISON HEALYPaedophile priest Fr Thomas Naughton has been sentenced to three years' imprisonment following his conviction on charges of sexual assault. In June this year, Naughton pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault in relation to a complainant from the Wicklow parish of Valleymount. The 78-year-old priest was sentenced to three years' imprisonment with the final year suspended on each of five counts of sexual assault committed between 1982 and 1984. During sentencing, Judge Michael O'Shea said the offences were at "the higher end of the scale" and described the offences as "shocking and horrific abuse". He said Naughton abused his position of trust and said the abuse was "premeditated". The maximum term allowed for each count is 10 years. Naughton's barrister, Orla Crowe, asked the court to take into account the fact he co-operated with gardaí, pleaded guilty, his age, and the fact he suffers from a medical condition. She indicated Naughton was going to appeal the sentence. The barrister for Naughton's victim read out a victim-impact statement in court. In the statement, the victim said he was abused about 70 times by the priest and had attempted suicide twice. He said he was extremely paranoid, was afraid to get close to people and was being treated for a sex addiction that he blamed on the abuse. In July 1998, the priest was sentenced to three years for abusing four young altar boys. The Murphy commission report into the handling of allegations of child sexual abuse in the Dublin archdiocese found the archdiocese did everything in its power to protect him and ignored his victims, until the problem became so great it could not be hidden. As a result, he was left to continue to abuse for several years. Prior to sentencing, Naughton has lived under the supervision of the Kiltegan Fathers in the Dublin archdiocese. More than 20 named people have made complaints against him and number of civil claims have been settled with complainants.
On Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 01:07 am, writes:
WHO HAVE NOT SINNED? even if the bishop is guilty, the lady is egually guilty, she should have come up with all these allegations since her friends said she is good, honest, fair, e.t.c. Doing it now shows she has something to gain from it all. Is she looking for money compensation? She should be the one paying the church back all what the bishop spent on her, i wonder why she agreed to continue sleeping with the bishop for so long knowing that it is not right and her friends claimed that she is honest. If she is truly an honest person and very intelligent as her friends said, she should have reported this a long time ago the first day it started without fear. I believe something is wrong somewhere. She is suppose to go to God quietly and asked for his forgivesness and also pray for the bishop, because both parties are guilty from her story. If she is not asking for money compensation and want to prevent young girls from going through all want she claimed she went through (though she benefited all the way in the relationship), then this is not the right way to go about it. In all, i think both parties should asked our merciful God for forgiveness. No body should compensate the other since both are guilty, both should beg for forgiveness. Infact, i will sue any compensation being made full stop
On Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 08:24 pm, anonymous writes:
This last comment is very funny...that is the typical nigerian mentality. Instead of admiring the couage of the victim and seek to correct evil from its root...the write is considering the benefit the victim received. Just wondering how the write knew that the victim received benefits....is he indirectly saying bishops and priests in nigeria use ladies and spend so much money on them? Does that make their sinful act right? What about the intergrity of these fake church leaders..who pose as Holy men? Why dont their actions match what they preach? We should call a spade a spade.....without been judgemental..i feel its high time catholic minsters make it known that they are sexually active men and stop pretending and showing to the outside world that they are celibates when indeed they are not.
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On Friday, December 18, 2009 at 01:02 pm, writes:
VATICAN REACTION: THE HOLY See confirmed the resignation of Bishop Donal Murray with a typically curt Vatican statement: “The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the diocese of Limerick, presented by Monsignor Donal Brendan Murray, in conformity with article 401,2 of Code of Canon Law.” Article 401.2 of canon law, as promulgated by John Paul II in 1984, states: “A diocesan bishop who has become less able to fulfil his office because of ill health or some other grave cause is earnestly required to present his resignation from office.” Asked about the “other grave cause” that prompted the bishop’s resignation, senior Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi told The Irish Times : “That seems to me obvious, given the situation that had been created by the publication of the report and given that he was one of the people involved in the events dealt with by the report. “For that reason and for the good of the church, for a greater serenity, he spontaneously presented his resignation.” Asked if Bishop Murray had met the pope while in Rome last week, Fr Lombardi said: “I don’t believe he did. I have no information in regard to that, as far as I know the normal procedure was followed and that would mean that Bishop Murray discussed his situation with Cardinal Re at the congregation of bishops. Then the cardinal will have informed the Holy Father.” Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re is the prefect of the congregation of bishops, the Vatican body that oversees not only the appointments but also the resignations of Catholic bishops. Pope Benedict made space in a busy schedule last Saturday, the day following his Vatican meeting with Cardinal Seán Brady and with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, to meet Cardinal Re. It is believed that Bishop Murray’s position was discussed on that occasion. The bishop originally presented his resignation to the congregation of bishops on Monday, December 7th. Given that the pope was due to meet Cardinal Brady and Archbishop Martin last Friday, the Holy See opted to delay any decision about the bishop until after that meeting. Vatican spokesman Fr Lombardi conceded that the resignation had come as no surprise in the Holy See: “This was not a surprise, he was in Rome a number of days ago and he presented his resignation off his own initiative and his own will. The diocese now remains vacant and a diocesan administrator will now be put in place until such time as a successor, a new bishop, is appointed, all in line with normal practice.” Bishop Murray is just one of five serving bishops mentioned in the Murphy report, which also mentions Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Jim Moriarty, Bishop of Galway Jim Drennan and Bishops Éamonn Walsh and Ray Field, both auxiliary bishops in the Dublin archdiocese. Asked if the resignation of Bishop Murray might be merely the first of several resignations prompted by the fallout of the Murphy report, Fr Lombardi said: “I know there has been a lot of speculation about that and you can speculate as much as you want but I have no idea and I have nothing to say about that.” ADVERTISEMENT Latest12:44 France to keep faith with Domenech12:32 Rise in over-65 deaths in cold weather12:31 As you were for Leinster12:29 Iranian troops entered Iraq - report12:21 AUDIO: Wogan says his sad farwell11:57 Wogan signs off as tears go by11:55 DNA evidence clears man after 35 years11:47 Chirac investigated for \'corruption\'Popular Stories Most ReadMost Emailed1 Dozens sympathise with sex offender2 Bishop apologises in wake of priest\'s support of sex offender3 Two more bishops named in report may resign4 Auschwitz death camp sign stolen5 Motorists warned over icy roads1Bishop apologises in wake of priest\'s support of sex offender2Auschwitz death camp sign stolen3Two more bishops named in report may resign4Bishop Murray\'s resignation510 painless ways to cut your costsYour Vote « YesNo »ResultsDo you think the latest GDP figures showing slight growth indicate a turnaround in the State\'s economic performance? 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On Friday, December 18, 2009 at 01:06 pm, writes:
THE BISHOP of Kerry Bill Murphy has dissociated himself from Fr Seán Sheehy, the priest who shook hands with a sex offender awaiting sentencing in court and provided him a character reference in which he said he was always respectful to women. The priest later criticised the “extremely harsh” seven-year jail term imposed by Judge Donagh McDonagh at the sentencing hearing in Tralee, Co Kerry, on Wednesday, of Danny Foley (35), Meen, Listowel, Co Kerry. Fr Sheehy has defended his actions, saying he shook Foley’s hand in court because he wanted to “support him and let him know he was not alone”. In a statement last night, Bishop Murphy said he wished to dissociate himself and the diocese from Fr Sheehy’s actions and statements. “I wish to offer my sympathy to the victim and to apologise to her on my own behalf and on behalf of the diocese of Kerry,” he said. “I pay tribute to her courage. I hope what has happened will not undermine the progress that has been made in bringing perpetrators of sexual abuse to justice.” Fr Sheehy is retired from an American diocese and is substituting for the parish priest of Castlegregory, Fr Tadhg Ó Dochartaigh, who has been ill. Fr Sheehy was one of up to 50 people who queued in the courthouse in Tralee to shake hands with and embrace Foley before he was sentenced. In her victim impact statement the woman, who has not been publicly identified, said she felt “judged”, adding that everybody in Listowel knew she was the woman at the centre of the case. Gardaí on patrol found the victim, then aged 22, semi-conscious alongside a skip in a Listowel car park early on June 15th, 2008, with a man “crouching over her”. She was naked from the waist down. She had extensive bruises and scratching. Vera O’Leary, manager of the Kerry Rape Crisis Centre (KRCC), said the victim was in court waiting to give her statement as Foley was supported by Fr Sheehy and others. The victim had been “confused and just completely in shock that this could be allowed to happen”. The KRCC had been inundated with calls from people dissociating themselves from the actions of those in court. Ms O’Leary said it was important the victim, who is suicidal, knew she was supported by the majority of the community. The Irish Courts Service said if an offender was in custody – which Foley has been since his conviction two weeks ago – the issue of people approaching him was a matter for the prison officers who brought him to court or for the Irish Prison Service. There were no protocols relating to approaches in court to people not already in custody. A prison service spokesman said it had no role in maintaining order in a courthouse. 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On Friday, December 18, 2009 at 01:09 pm, writes:
TWO OTHER bishops named in the Murphy report have acknowledged they may have to step down, following the announcement yesterday by Bishop Donal Murray that he had resigned. Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Jim Moriarty and auxiliary bishop of Dublin Éamonn Walsh both said they had done nothing wrong. Bishop Moriarty said he would step down ahead of his planned retirement, due in two years, if this would serve the church and victims of clerical sex abuse. Bishop Walsh said it would be an injustice if he had to resign, but he would do so if he became a “block on the gospel”. In announcing his resignation at St John’s Cathedral in Limerick yesterday Bishop Donal Murray “humbly apologised” to those who were abused as children. “I believe that my presence will create difficulties for some of the survivors who must have first place in our thoughts and prayers,” he said. Bishop Murray had been under pressure to resign since the publication last month of the Murphy report on how the Dublin archdiocese handled cases of the sexual abuse of children by priests. The report described as “inexcusable” Bishop Murray’s handling of an allegation of clerical child sex abuse when he was an auxiliary bishop in Dublin. Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said yesterday in a statement that Bishop Murray had done the right thing “for his diocese and for the wider Irish church”. “This is without doubt, a period of deep crisis in this archdiocese,” Archbishop Martin said. He added that he would be meeting all those in his diocese who were named in the Murphy report “about the way this archdiocese is managed and about changes I want and that I consider vital for the future of the archdiocese of Dublin”. He said he would not discuss this process publicly until it was completed in the new year. The archbishop released his statement following the first meeting of the Dublin Council of Priests, at Clonliffe College, since the publication of the Murphy report.The council’s chairman, Fr Joe Mullan, said there had been “an honest, open, and robust exchange of views which concluded when Archbishop Martin read his statement”. It emerged yesterday that Bishop Murray announced his decision to resign to priests in Limerick on December 1st and that it was accepted by the pope last Monday. Cardinal Seán Brady said he acknowledged and respected Bishop Murray’s decision. “The survivors of abuse must have first place in our thoughts and prayers,” he said and he apologised again “to all who were abused as children by priests”. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Bishop Murray’s resignation “was not a surprise, he was in Rome a number of days ago and he presented his resignation off his own initiative and his own will.” Meanwhile, the College of Consultors in Limerick diocese, comprising senior priests, must meet within eight days of the resignation announcement yesterday to appoint an administrator. He will run the diocese on an interim basis until a new bishop is appointed. Marie Collins, abused as a child by “Fr Edmondus” when a patient in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, said yesterday she was “sorry Bishop Murray didn’t go a bit earlier and we would not have had the trauma of the last few weeks”. The other serving bishops mentioned in the Murphy report “have to go too”, she said. “They were all part of a system which allowed children to be hurt,” she said. Welcoming Bishop Murray’s resignation Andrew Madden, who was abused by Ivan Payne, called on Bishops Moriarty, Drennan, Field and Walsh to follow suit. “Their continued presence in office is an insult to every child sexually abused by a priest in the Dublin archdiocese, they display a contemptible level of arrogance and an inappropriate lack of humility,” he said. 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On Friday, December 18, 2009 at 06:17 pm, writes:
Bishop Murray's resignation In this section » Rights and wrongsTHE FALL from grace of the Bishop of Limerick, Donal Murray, is a necessary and inevitable consequence of the Murphy report into the cover-up of child sexual abuse in the Dublin diocese. But it is by no means a sufficient response to the amorality and recklessness detailed in that grim document. Indeed, it would be grossly unfair to Dr Murray were he to be the sacrificial lamb who must atone for the collective sins of the Roman Catholic Church. If his departure were to be seen as the end, rather than the beginning, of a radical process of accountability, the implication would be that his behaviour was the exception rather than the rule. The truth is he operated a system that seems to have been universally applied throughout the church. It would almost be comforting if Donal Murray’s tragedy were that of an evil man. It is actually much more profound than that. It is the tragedy of a decent man who was drawn into collusion with evil and who, even in his resignation statement showed no sign of understanding or accepting the consequences of his failures. Although he continued yesterday to try to excuse the inexcusable, there is no evidence that he set out to be cynical or cruel or that he was, in the ordinary course of events, indifferent to the sufferings of vulnerable children. Were he any of those things, the church could regard him as an aberrant and anomalous figure, a malignity in an otherwise healthy body. To realise that, on the contrary, he most probably believed himself to be acting properly and morally is to confront the unavoidable reality of a power structure that distorts the most basic impulses of human decency. It is that larger system that has to make itself accountable.The Catholic Church is still far too deeply embedded within Irish society and retains far too much temporal power for this to be a matter of concern to the faithful alone. Undemocratic institutions who see themselves as answerable only to a God to whose will they believe they have privileged access, are a danger to society as a whole. Conversely, a complete change in the institutional church’s culture, away from the arrogance of power and towards the humility and openness of service, is the only way to make restitution for the terrible damage it has done. That change has to start with something that the church itself demands of its flock – an honest confession. If the Pope and the Roman curia are as outraged as they have claimed to be, they should give us a detailed and complete account of their own dealings with child abuse cases in Ireland. They should start by handing over all relevant archives to the Murphy commission and every serving and retired Catholic bishop should open his own record to scrutiny. More broadly, the Vatican and the Irish hierarchy must finally deal with an obvious truth. They must recognise that the accumulation of temporal and political power has ultimately not served the faith in which they purport to believe. It has corrupted and corroded it. If they are ever to renew that faith, they must learn how to be, not the shepherds of flocks of sheep, but the servants of citizens
On Friday, December 18, 2009 at 06:20 pm, writes:
Listowel priest steps down A priest who shook hands with a Listowel nightclub doorman awaiting sentencing in court for sexual assault has today stepped down. The Bishop of Kerry Bill Murphy has accepted an offer by Fr Seán Sheehy to withdraw from his work in the parish of Castlegregory. Fr Seán Sheehy, having retired from an American diocese, was substituting for the parish priest of Castlegregory. He had stood as a character witness at the sentencing of nightclub doorman Danny Foley (35). The Bishop of Kerry yesterday disassociated himself from Fr Seán Sheehy, who shook hands with Foley, awaiting sentencing in court, and provided him a character reference in which he said he was always respectful to women. Fr Sheehy was one of up to 50 people who queued in the courthouse in Tralee to shake hands with sex offender Danny Foley (35) and embrace Mr Foley before he was sentenced. Foley (35), of Meen, Listowel, Co Kerry, was sentenced to seven years in jail, with the final two suspended, for sexually assaulting the woman outside a nightclub in Listowel in June 2008. Director of the National Women's Council Susan McKay said the scenes in the courtroom of people queueing to shake hands with Foley before he was jailed have no place in a civilised society. Ms McKay said it is “intolerable” that the victim had to suffer the “insulting and outrageous behaviour” of those who queueing and it “must never be allowed to happen again”. Yesterday it emerged the victim of a sexual assault told counsellors she feels she may have to leave her home town having watched people queue in the courtroom sympathise with her attacker Dan Foley. The victim had been discovered by a Garda patrol in a semiconscious state and naked from the waist down, alongside a skip in a car park near the nightclub. Foley told gardaí he had found her there, but later changed his story when it emerged CCTV footage showed him carrying her from the club to the spot. Ms McKay said: "This man used extreme violence against his victim, then lied about what he had done, forced her to go through a court case and denigrated her in his evidence. “She was brave to bring her case, and brave to see it through. She deserves our respect and gratitude." Sinn Féin’s Justice spokesman Aengus Ó Snodaigh said the scenes in the courtroom “sent out a dangerous and very negative signal to victims”. He said the case underlines the urgent need for reform of procedures in the courts service. "What we do not need is such cases being made all the more difficult by the type of scenes witnessed in Kerry this week,” he said. 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On Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 03:45 pm, sola from ibadan, nigeria writes:
this is a trying moment for both the so called victim and bishop burke. the woman in question needs to present the prostitutes, religious and young girls who wre molested by the bishop. for those who sit on the fence and condem the man of God should take things easy and be patient cos truth will surely surface no matter how long
On Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 03:58 pm, sola from ibadan, nigeria writes:
this is a trying moment for both the so called victim and bishop burke. the woman in question needs to present the prostitutes, religious and young girls who wre molested by the bishop. for those who sit on the fence and condem the man of God should take things easy and be patient cos truth will surely surface no matter how long
On Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 05:05 pm, youngest sister's friend writes:
Yes, for now, the main witness (the youngest sister) did not confirm what Mrs Atwood said.
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On Friday, December 25, 2009 at 12:30 am, Yinka ,Abuja writes:
You that call yourself younger sister friend, you are a fruad and a lier. When did her sister confirded that to you? I am a coucin for both Dolores and her sister. Her sister is amberassed by Richard Burke shameless attitude, Dolores is the one who do not put up with a pretender like richard Burke. One thing you do not know is that her sister do not need to say anything, you fool. For your information, Richard Burke had already confessed to very thing that he did and before he even confessed , there are tapes were he confessed himself. So, shame on you fool.
On Friday, December 25, 2009 at 12:38 am, writes:
Titiyo, You must be a very bitter woman, you are writing and pretending to be younger sister friend. Chrismas this year must have bitten you so hard. I am also richard Burkes girlfriend. I asked him about you and he said and spit on the floor and said, that one is another crazy one and that he never asked you to write on this forum. You are indeed what he said you are. I feel sorry for you. Just move on with your life.All you are writing does not make any sense.
On Friday, December 25, 2009 at 12:41 am, writes:
The Irish media has received most of Richard Burke's confessions. He is truly guilty of the crime, and will not be returning to Nigeria. There is no more need of witnesses, since Richard has already admitted to his crimes.
On Friday, December 25, 2009 at 01:11 pm, Paul Richard, Abuja writes:
Archbishop Richard Burke, I wish a merry Christmas. But one important thing I also wish, is for you to tender your resignation and please apologys to Dolores Atwood. You have hurt that lady very deeoly, beyond your imagination. that is one lady you have really ofended, and as a christian, God tought us to make peace with those we offend. I pray that the good Lord will help you see things the you should see it.
On Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 11:50 am, Titiyo writes:
I pity you Dolores now that you will have a difficult Christmas since Burke incomes will not allow you to eat like pig again. Now Burke will enjoy his holidays far from you and your bad character.
On Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 08:21 pm, writes:
what are you people talking about? fuck is for all. is he not a man? let all go on fucking
On Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 12:44 am, writes:
the problem with Burke, is that he fuck up! He need to resign and then fuck as a married man, not as priest. Priest arent to know fuck.
On Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 12:48 am, women right advocates. writes:
Thank you Dolores Atwood, if I was in Canada I will vote for you. We need your type of woman in our Country , not what we have here. It takes a real woman to do what you did. Merry christmas to you my dear and cheers.
On Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 02:27 pm, Warri Boy writes:
This whole story smells like a very huge setup. There is no way that such a string of abuses will not blow ot in the small and compact city of Warri. Only God knows.
On Monday, December 28, 2009 at 12:13 am, Helen ,Warri writes:
Do you think you know anyone 100%? think again. Alot of us know what was happening. We do see these girls go in and out of this so call richard Burke house. If I tell you that this man has touched me before, would you believe me? I believe the story of Ms Dolores !00%,judging from my own personal experience with thi bishop. This lady is just courageous to expose him and personally I am very pleased with ,so with our friends. Thanks for your courage .We all know what was going on, people talk behind him.None sense Man Richard Burke
On Monday, December 28, 2009 at 12:32 am, Ann, Warri writes:
This is not a set up you area boy. When people are caught with wrong doing, they blame the devil. Archbishop Richard Burke is caught with his pants down and you say it is a set up? Think again. In europe and North America, they do not have enough priests and Bishops, why is it that Richard Burke do not stay in europe were they need bishops and priest? In Ireland many bishops are resigning because of the sex abuse scandles there. Surely Richard Burke could find a job there? If he is caught abusing children there, they would put him where he belongs.... JAIL!!!!
On Monday, December 28, 2009 at 03:03 pm, Titiyo writes:
This website is smelling shit since Dolores wrote on it. This matter has nothing to do on the web. It is between Dolores, Burke, and those who feel they have the right to say something including witnesses. Those who want to know who is Dolores Atwood should write to this address gl85110@yahoo.com
On Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 09:00 pm, writes:
Thanks for your many contributions. Now you can get the truth. Dolores, you will now understand that you can not spoil somebody's image like that. Prepare for the worst... Happy new year...
On Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 09:51 pm, Abigail, England. writes:
Hi Dolores Atwood. You are indeed a courageous woman. I too was abuse by a priest and I know those who are surporting you. You are a winner and you have done well . All is well with you in JESUS name,Amen. I love the way you do things. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your beautiful family. We love you and we are praying for you. The Nigerian and British community here, all are behind you 100%. God Bless you, Cheers...
On Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 07:37 pm, sam king writes:
Interesting story though Ifeel like this story is one sided, yes the Archbishop might have accepted, but there is more to this gist than the eye can meet. Pity though since am a catholic. I choose to say that if we are true christians then we would know that the truth can never truly be understood except by God since as humans there things we never really get to say no matter how human or inhuman we choose to be we are only mere mortals and need the Holy Spirit to transcend this level of reasoning.
On Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 12:10 am, Angela, Warri. writes:
You are right Sam King. The fact that the bishop had admitted doing this things Ms aAtwood wrote, is a lesson for us all, that with every smoke come fire. I pray that God will give him the grace to coop and change and for him to also ask Ms Dolores Atwood for forgiveness. It is indeed a sad story. Please let us pray for God to heal Ms Atwood for all the pain Bishop Richard Burke has cause her and that God will help the Bishop. I Pray for both of them. Amen.
On Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 12:29 am, Paul writes:
This lady must be a very brave woman. I did believe her story along and I still do.You see, I do not believe for one moment that a woman who is happy and doing well will just cook up a story like this. And again, two other st patrick priests testify to her allegation to be very true, plus the fact that Richard Burke now confessed it to be true. I hope you all that said bad words against this lady will have to ask for her forgiveness? From what I now head, she was not the one who posted this aticle in this website, one of those she wrote to did. My people, look before you jump and be very careful.
On Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 10:29 pm, muzo, warri writes:
Let us not allow ourselves to be used by the devil. At 14, a warri girl has known what is good from bad. For u to have kept this all these yrs shows that u are just not a good girl....obvioulsly, ur story is just a story of a frustrated obsessed woman. If i was to be ur husband, i will run away from u cos u can kill. I just hope u are not one sick psycho........May God help u.
On Friday, January 01, 2010 at 11:06 am, Titiyo writes:
Very good. Dolores is trying to use this love story to do dirty politics and to spoil people name including her sister's name
On Saturday, January 02, 2010 at 02:06 am, Warri Boy writes:
I still maintain that there is something fishy about this woman and her story. May God protect me from a wife like that. Only God knows what truly happened.
On Sunday, January 03, 2010 at 02:16 pm, Bianca, Benin City writes:
Dolores, Meery Christmas to you and a very happy new Year to you. A friend of my that knows you very well told me about this website. First I will want to commend you for your courage and secondly for who you are as a person. When I read through this site, those who were supporting the so call richard burke, seems to use a very dirty language and judging from the way they write, one can tell their back ground. it is just ,maybe five people who keep writing again and again and again,andknowing the population of those who support you, this so call richard burke should forget about showing his shameless face in public.
On Sunday, January 03, 2010 at 02:50 pm, Sr Clementina writes:
This is my first and my last comment on this site. First and most importantly, Richard Burke had admitted to this horrible crime and he had confessed it on tape also about other women and that including the victim sister. Even if her sister was to come out publicly, would you not say because they are sisters? The truth is that all the prove they need is all with the vatican, plus the fact that all these other women,including her sister had testify. If you expect them to come out in pubic, you are not serious. Does this case concern any of you? If you really want to know more about this case, please go to the vatican and ask them. I am sure you will not even get a visa to ghana, talkless of rome. You can write or send the vatican an email and hear what they say rather than making so much noise like way ward people.
On Sunday, January 03, 2010 at 03:01 pm, Tessy writes:
Dear Sr Clemenntina, you said it all. Peaople should stop commenting on this site. Alot of people had stop writing and even reading this story, because their periest and bishops had explained things to them,expecially the ones that care to know. Our bishop here just laugh and said it is true that he did what they accused him of and that he is not comiming back here again. Richard burke had let us all dowm, expecialy lies to everyone. Stop wasting your time and no matter what you say or do, richard burke is a cooked goose.Shame on him. We do not want him here again.
On Sunday, January 03, 2010 at 03:21 pm, writes:
joy sucess Re: Catholic Archbishop Of Benin City In Serious Sex Scandal « #43 on: December 20, 2009, 12:47 PM » -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Such is not suprising.weather,true or false the truth is the way catholic priests exploit ladies,girls is alarming.let s stop covering dis priests.God will not allow us go thru d odds of dis life,even wen ure an xtian u wont hesitate to beg from a muslim,cos all dats on your mind will just be for your probs to be solved.my dear people im catholic only God knows hw genuie dis story is, but catholic priests today ve children,priests exploit girls who go to them for help.i say it here public a priest once wanted me to go to bed with him cos i needed school fees i refused and he never gave d money.today i bless God for my life cos anytime he see me nw he s ashamed.dis not blackmail.the catholic bishops of nigeria shld find a way to stop dis mess.some girls see it as prestidge dating priests,i knw of a priest in Ibadan Archdiocese who after 2months ordination a lady showed up with a baby boy who is d priest replical,no need for DNA to be told d priest is d father but all d church could do was to cover dis up,compensiate the girl s family and withdrew d priest faculty and posted him to a tripical village were he s attitude is even worse.just of recent he was reported by his parish priest about the way a lady has permanently been staying in d parish house wt him,d lady was invited and d outcome of dis whole mess is not pleasing.why cant dis priest be denied and finally wthdraw priesthood from him?no one is a saint but,u go willingly without being forced and take d oath of celibacy with a right state of mind and barely afterwards girls and rev sisters become, ahhhhhhhhh rev fathers your own too much.i nw wat am saying.who re u deceiving?sure not the people of GOD, AND DO U KNW WAT?GOD CAN NEVER BE DECEIVED!!!!!!A priest who just finish having sex with a lady cuns to the altar to say MASS d lady still waiting for him to come back ummmm ummm ummmm GOD NO BE LIKE MAN!
On Sunday, January 03, 2010 at 05:42 pm, Titiyo writes:
Sr Clementina will never write such a comment on this site. She knows her sister and she believes she never took part in such a stupid affair. As i said it before, this web site is smelling shit because Dolores started to write her rubbish about her love story with Burke and everybody want to taste how is her shit smelling. Dolores, you can keep your shit for yourself and your husband. Stop corrupting your people
On Sunday, January 03, 2010 at 09:49 pm, Ogale, Warri writes:
My people, this richard burke of a man is indeed a serial rapist. He don transport and import his sextual sociopathtic sickness come to africa. From prostitute to two sisters and now all the bishops and priest and even rev sisters are saying it is a shame. No body want to be a friend of child abuser. Joy Sucess, I hear your story. Ms Dolores story sound very true and very similar to your story. It good to know that the vatican forced him to resigned, they know what is good for them. the man done spiol the name of our church here in nigeria. people done leave my parish go join other churches because of this richard burke. Well done my sister for exposing this man
On Sunday, January 03, 2010 at 10:12 pm, writes:
Ogale you have said your mind and I respect that. My friends that are catholic are all ashamed of this bishop and sad about the whole thing. Dolores ,who ever you are , you are going to play a great part cencerning God Church. You are a very significant person on this earth for what is just and right. Your name will always be remembered in this world. You have made history and a very brave one. I do not know you, but you stand out. Pease of God to you.
On Monday, January 04, 2010 at 02:10 pm, writes:
One thing we were all saying at the church the other day was that, those poor girls who went to this bishop richard burke for help and be taken advantage of , some of them as we now know want to come out, but their problem is that they do not have evidence or proves like Dolores have. One of the girlssaid I quot"he touch my breast the first day i met him and he asked me to come back again the following week and he will help me with school fees and I did went th following week to collect the money. The first time we both have sex was at the pastoral center Agharo." Who will believe my story? I have no prove and it is useless to come out, but was happy to see him expose. This whole thisn have changed the way most people see the priests. This is a very serious issue and I hope that this kind of sexual and phschological abuse do not happen again. Nigeria case of priest sextual abuse is going to be worse than Ireland and Ameria.
On Monday, January 04, 2010 at 02:21 pm, Ngozi Okafor, Warri writes:
My dear girl, I do not need your prove to believe you. I believe you 100%. The man call Richard Anthony Burke is a sociopath and he is a very sick man and that include those who suport him as you can see in this forum.We are not surprise.
On Monday, January 04, 2010 at 02:29 pm, Ngozi Okafor, Warri. writes:
We are very happy to see Richard Burke go. But I personally, the best thing that ever happen to me in 2009 is to see him exposed. I am not afraid to put my real names, unlike some cowards in this forum. Thank you Madam Dolores.
On Monday, January 04, 2010 at 08:15 pm, Titiyo writes:
Is somebody stupid enough to beleuve that Dolores did nor write those last messages ? Dolores is really jobless
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On Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 07:11 pm, Joyslyn Aluyu, Benin City writes:
Happy New year to you all. Glad to know and see this new Year. Our New Year prayer is that may the good Lord provide for us a New Bishop who will be child abuse and fonicator free. I am not joking. That is our prayer point in our charismatic prayers. If the head is rotting ,the whole body will too. I also pray that God will will give Bishop Richard Burke the grace to repent and live a normal life again, Amen.
On Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 07:14 pm, Susan, Warri writes:
When are we as catholics going to stop pretending as if our priests are not messing around. 85% of them are more sextually active than most married men.
On Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 11:02 pm, writes:
When all the less privilage children and minors have all been abused in the churches or may be donals should help by stopping to give donations to the churches involve. These church money are used to pay for sex and to cover up abusers like Richard Burke and his kind, rather that helping the poor or go for the gospel of christ that it is meant for. sad.
On Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 11:19 pm, writes:
FR MICHAEL KELLY (34) Diocesan priest in Dublin, based in Crumlin One year ordained It was always at the back of my mind that I wanted to be a priest. I looked up to priests when I was a child. I was seven when I first started thinking about it. In my late teenage years, I fell away from the church, and didn’t attend Mass that often. I dropped out of school after my Junior Cert, and started up a rock’n’roll band with my brother. We called it Whyne. We thought that was a cool name! I volunteered at the Capuchin homeless centre in Blanchardstown, which developed my faith life – helping people who were having a difficult time in their life. It made me start reading the Gospel on my own. I have a friendship with Jesus as well as knowing he is my Lord and Saviour. After the band, I’d worked at Motorola and then at St Luke’s Hospital, where I was a ward orderly – helping people again. I decided I wanted to get to know Jesus. When it comes down to it, I became a priest because I believe that’s what God called me to do. Everyone in my family was quite shocked, especially my brother I’d been in the band with, but they were supportive. There were 16 of us who started in my year. Only seven were ordained. I wasn’t even born when the abuse in the church went on, so I don’t feel guilty – but I do feel a collective sense of shame. The people named in the reports should resign. I’m angry. I’m upset. When trust has been broken the way it has, it’s very difficult to rebuild it. There has been so much hypocrisy in the church, and people can’t get past that. It’s not easy. I’ve been called a child rapist on the street. It has affected my faith: I’ve been spending more time in prayer. It has made me question and look at the structure of the Catholic Church. There was so much deceit and cover-up. It’s time for big changes. In one way, it is a great challenge to be a priest now, because the church faces such challenges; I have to see it as an opportunity. Those priests who abused children studied moral theology when they trained. I just don’t know how you can be a Christian and do the things they did.
On Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 11:29 pm, writes:
Diocesan priest in Cork; chaplain at Cólaiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co Cork Fifteen years ordained I was 18 when I went into Maynooth. The world is a very different place now from when we were going to school; faith was accepted, a part of everyone’s life then. Back in the 1980s, the priesthood was an option that was just there as something to do after school. I thought: why not try it out? Looking back now, it was definitely way too young. In those days, people went straight from school to Maynooth. But you need a gap. I came into the priesthood as vocations were peaking. There were 72 with me in the class when I started; 27 of them finished. That was still a big number. There’s been nothing like those numbers since – they’ve tumbled. In the school, the students are aware of the stories about the church, but it’s outside their world. The institutionalised church means nothing to them. They have abandoned the church formally, but in terms of their own inspiration, they’re in a great place, and are very open to all forms of spirituality. The stories about the church really started coming out in 1995, and they’ve been coming constantly since. Personally, I’ve found it very, very difficult. At times, I’ve felt very lonely, and very isolated. Isolated in the sense that there’s that thought that you’re tarnished with the same brush. People feel genuinely hurt and let down, and I share people’s horror and disgust. There are no words to describe the anger, horror, betrayal, everything . . . There are no words to describe the horror of this story. I do think people should resign. Absolutely. I would certainly say that. There has been too much holding on to power, too much hiding behind the institution of the church. There has been a lack of openness and honesty. They let so many people down and I feel angry about that. If I saw what was ahead when I was starting out, no way would I have gone into the priesthood. Not a hope. That’s just being honest with you. There have been times when I felt: “Why bother? Why stay?” I would have been there. I would have thought of moving on. Faith is obviously still important to me, that’s what keeps me here. But the church is in huge transition. It can never ever go back to where it’s been. It’s going to take years and years to rebuild openness and trust. The reason I’m still in the priesthood is the young people, who give me great inspiration and hope. We need to tap into that. The liturgy and the way the church speak to people doesn’t connect with people – people have walked. In the future, we’ll be looking at smaller faith communities. The days of big numbers are long gone. People won’t come back to the church. FR DICK LYNG (59)
On Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 11:37 pm, writes:
FR DICK LYNG (59) Augustinian parish priest, Galway city Ordained 35 years Idealism. That’s why I wanted to be a priest. I wanted to do something useful with my life. I was born into a Catholic culture, and priesthood was the obvious channel in those days for finding expression for idealism. I went into training straight from school, when I was 18 – 95 per cent of people did that. At the time it was considered the most normal thing to do – you went into medicine; you became a priest. I had faith, but for that time it was normal. It was no different to the faith of fellas sitting beside me at school. It is almost impossible for me to comprehend that fellow priests were damaging small children. I was shocked to the core. But if it didn’t shock people, that would be more shocking still. A priest who doesn’t feel tarnished, contaminated – to use all the diseased terms there are – is living in cloud cuckoo land. Older people feel very contaminated by what happened. My parishioners tell me their faith is safe, but that they are extremely hurt and confused. Confused is the word I hear most. They are extremely supportive of priests on the ground, but anger is articulated to me privately. There is huge confusion and disappointment. I have had parishioners asking me should they have demonstrations. I tell them: only the victims can call for rallies. It will be the victims who make that decision. There is already a missing generation in the church. My parishioners are old. Whenever I do a wedding, I think: where are these young people on a Sunday morning? The young generation was gone already from the church, but all this will accelerate it further. We’ll be dealing with this for the rest of my lifetime, and for generations after me. There is no quick fix. The contracts of trust are gone. We’ll have to be a very different church. The church that encouraged secrecy and deceit – that will all have to be flushed out. The future church will be a very small church, a very shrunken church. Would I have joined the priesthood if I had known what lay ahead for the church in Ireland? That’s impossible to answer. I wouldn’t even attempt to answer. I did what I did. I believed at the time what I was doing was right.
On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 08:46 am, Ogumagala Ikponmwonsa Benin City,Nigeria. writes:
If care is not taken, all priests will soon be tagged victim in the media and many will believe without any atom of doubt. the earlier Rome begin to shun these accusations about priests the better for the Church's reputation and growth. People are out there to crucify the priests.
On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 02:22 pm, writes:
The earlier Rome begin to deal with these issues of sextual abuse, sextual immorality and abuse of power amoung priests and bishops here in Africa,the better it is for the Church. Take a look at what is going on in Europe and North America, the coverups , the lies , secrecy and deceits and all that came out of it. people feel betrayed and sincerely angry with the Church and most young people looking for directions has left the Church to fall in wrong hands.People are confuse. personally, I do not know why children and minors are the taget of terrorists and abusive priests.. It is very true that there are some very good priest who do their job very well and are holy and they are not happy with what is going on and they too suffer for all these mess. But one questions I do ask, where are these good priests when these abuse and sextual imorality is going on in their parishes? I believe that they also shun the problem believing that it will just go away, and now they are feeling the consiquences of shuning the problem. Thank God that this lady call Dolores came out to expose richard burke, if not, this man would have been pretending and deceiving people, hearing confession and blessing people with ungodly hands. My sincere thought are with the innocent priests. Please pray for them, that God will see them throught this storm.
On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 02:28 pm, writes:
What the church need ,is true spirituallity and then comes growth. Spirituality in God is the key and if the church lacks that, and justice and peace, then they have a very serious problem .
On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 02:36 pm, writes:
I love my Catholic Church, but I "HATE" what is happening in it, such as curuption, abuse and injustice.Many young souls are already lost and many more about to. Please let somebody join me in shuting, STOP, STOP, STOP all these evil.
On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 02:51 pm, writes:
I do know Dolores Atwood. She is one of the few true catholics around. very devoted. The first time i heard that she was not from a catholic home, i was shocked. she said to me one day, let your focus be on christ ,not on man. i love God she said, and that mean more to me than anything. she is a very loveable person, and she is unforgetable to forget. She is an inspiration to many people. Those who get to know her loves her very much. i do wish her the best at this time. this is nothing to her.
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MY BRODA NO ONE IS REJOICING OVER DIS, INFACT ITS SHAMEFUL TO WE CATHOLICS AND PAINFUL.WE HEAR ONLY A FEW OF THOUSANDS OF DIS TYPE OF ATTITUDE.RELIGIOUS TOO SHLD RESPECT DEMSELVES.IM NOT SAYING THE STORY IS REAL OR FAKE BUT,WAT OF D ONES VE SEEN AND EXPERIENCED, PRIESTS SHOULD CAUTION DESLVES IM NOT CONDEMING I NO DIS
On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 06:55 pm, writes:
There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.Richard Burke use this opportunity to change.
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On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 07:00 pm, writes:
Hear Hear! I think too many people want this sex abuse crisis to just disapear as if it never happened and ignore it. Just because the Pope made a few apologies doesnt mean its time to forgive and forget we lait are still waiting for action from the Pope on down. These pervert child molesters need to be called out. One can only wish we lived in a more civil age when they would have been executed.
On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 07:04 pm, writes:
God explicitly commands us to judge. "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge just judgment." - John 7:24 However, we are to do so in accord with justice and the Law of our Lord and His Church to which we must submit ourselves to as well. "For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again." - Matt. 7:2 To judge is a necessary and essential activity that man must constantly employ for the salvation of his soul. Individuals must make judgments on any given situation to determine its morality and its accordance with the law of God and His Church. Individuals must also make judgments on other individuals so as to avoid danger and occasions to sin. This is especially true of parents who are entrusted with both the spiritual and temporal well-being of their children. In addition, our Lord has even granted to lawfully deputed servants of the state to render judgment concerning life and death (i.e. capitol punishment). Our Lord's words of which you make use of have been warped by our culture into nothing more than moral relativism. You and countless others fallaciously equate criticism with "judgmentalism". The Angelic Doctor states: "To correct the wrongdoer is a spiritual almsdeed. But almsdeeds are works of charity, as stated above (Question 32, Article 1). Therefore fraternal correction is an act of charity." Don't drink the Kool-Aid, Glgas. Learn what the Church teaches and not what her enemies from without or spineless members from within claim she teaches. In Corde Regis, Joshua
On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 07:11 pm, writes:
Despite my many sins I have never sodomized a little boy or molested a girl something most of our Priests ... cant say.
On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 07:17 pm, writes:
Novus Ordo yes. Read Randy Engells book The Rite of Sodomy. Perhaps I should have changed that to most of our Priest NO have engaged in some kind of perversion.
On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 07:18 pm, writes:
Despite my many sins I have never sodomized a little boy or molested a girl something most of our Priests and as it turns out many of our Bishops cant say.
On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 07:27 pm, writes:
I think this is sick and will pray that this richard Burke is charged. As a father I pray that God would give me the strength not to swear and scream
On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 07:30 pm, writes:
Oh my! Few words!!! Few words!!!! Though I must admit I'm getting less and less suprised at these monstrosities and betrayals! I dunno. Execution lads! I just can't think of any other way for child molesters bishops ewho child moleat need to be burned at the stake! I just can't fathom any other way! Few words.
On Thursday, January 07, 2010 at 02:19 am, Eileen writes:
The truth will ultimately free those who are wronged. Do not despair. The gifts of the wise men are significant. united in prayer.
On Thursday, January 07, 2010 at 02:21 pm, writes:
Thank you very much Eileen.A man who sleeps around with young girls, prostitude ,religious sisters and married women cannot be innocent, expecially when he is not surpose to fonicate. The truth have a way of coming out and it has. who could believe that Rechard Burke is capable of these crimes?
On Thursday, January 07, 2010 at 03:01 pm, writes:
In the book of 2Corinthians:11:13-15. For such men are false apostles,deceitful workmen,masquerading as apostles of Christ.And no wonder for satan himself masqueradings as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then,if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.Their end will be what their actions deserve.
On Thursday, January 07, 2010 at 11:11 pm, writes:
by wise men I meant the Magi on this feast of the Epiphany.
On Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 01:57 pm, Sabaínna writes:
Too bad Mrs. Atwood!! How come your love affair suddenly turned out to be a nightmare of child abuse? What went wrong in the supposed long standing relationship with your Prince charming? It took you such a long time before you let out the cat from the cupboard. It this story of yours really true or you have made it up for the big some of money paid to you to defame such an innocent man whom from my own point of view never even saw your pants for once. I can guess where all this is coming and like Farouk Umar was trapped in Yemen and sent to kill himself and some 289 innocent people on that fateful Christmas day and thank goodness God intervened, so also are you trapped by some power drunk clergies of your country to ruin the life of AB Burke so that they can step into his shoes. God will intervene also because he is Just and Merciful. Congratulations once again for throwing away your African culture, of course you are married to a Canadian and perhaps you have seized to become a Nigerian. Again your nuslim background says everything. And what is your Canadian husband say about your infidelity? What do your three half casted kids think about the whole affair. The 100 and more Nigerian girls abused by your "friend" , Why are they so quiet? After all you have given them the opportunity to speakout or forever remain silent. Can you not contact them as co-victims to support you course? Your incoherency is absurd!!!! will continue in my own little conner to pray for the one you have tried to blast with your time bomb and I an certain that with time God will intervene.
On Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 04:51 pm, Christian writes:
Sabainna, A. If you think that richard burke is innocent, pray and fast for him for a week, that is if you care for him. i am sure the good Lord will answer your prayer for an innocent man, after all, God here the cry of the rigious man.B If you do the above and this so call richard burke is still hiding, then it means that richard burke is not innocent as you think. C. I know you know he is not innocent, you are upset because of the relationship between the two of you and what you are gainning from him. D. richard burke is history. he had already confessed to his crimes and he had resigned as a bishop and will never returned to africa even again and this case is a closed one.E. You will and can never set your eyes on him ever again as long as you live. And finally, dear lady, you deserve better than richard burke. The bible says all good things come from God. repent and turn away from sin and God will forgive you. Leave this lady in question and richard burke alone and you should move on. May the good Lord heal you from all bitterness and give you peace in christ Jesus, Amen
On Friday, January 15, 2010 at 03:08 pm, writes:
I just want to add to what christian wrote. Sabainna, you do not represent the African culture yourself. Are you saying that it is the Arican Culture for a young girls to be abuseed and not to say anything? You are out of your mind . Your problem is low self esteem and poverty in your up bringing. I can tell from the way you wrote ,your back ground and you are very cheap. I salute this brave lady Ms Atwood for her courage. You are cheap sabainna and I feel sorry for you. listen to yourself, that is why richard burke can use and touch you when ever he likes and you can not do anything, as long as you are paid some change for gum. Cheap girl.
On Friday, January 15, 2010 at 03:32 pm, writes:
Cannonlawyerpriest is now Eileen. It is very true that he is bisextual. He is is now wearing a female mind , not only acting as a female sextual. may God help you.
On Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 01:13 am, writes:
Although the bishop of the child abuse scandal in Ireland will resign, will help the victims and their families who have been emotionally traumatized, not to forget the alienation from God caused by such “STALWART DEFENDERS” of religious faith! Where does the responsibility lie? Enforced celibacy has no biblical foundation at all! Why was it instituted in the first place? And why was such a perversion covered up for so long by an organization that claims to be the guardian of Christian ethics and morals? And why was this allowed by the authorities for so long? Were church and state in each other pockets? May we hope that the discussion with the Pope at the Vatican next week will HELP clear up ALL THE TRADITIONS AND PRACTICES, DOGMAS AND RITES that CONTRADICT the teachings of the greatest Prophet of all times, Jesus of Nazareth? AND PERHAPS, WHILE THEY’RE AT IT, start compensating for ALL THE wrongs DONE OVER THE ages?! What would Jesus of Nazareth say if He came to the Earth and saw what the church – which claims to speak for Him – has made of His life’s work? A small group in Germany called “The Free Christians for the Christ of the Sermon on the Mount in All Cultures Worldwide” is against such shameful sham Christianity. They announced a lawsuit against the Catholic Church. As they put it, they do not want to remain silent anymore on the “brazen labeling fraud,” with which Christ is mocked and His name abused to such an extent. They demand that the Catholic Church no longer call itself “Christian.”As a Christian. Perhaps your readers would like to check them out: http://www.christus-oder-kirche.de/christ-or-church/index.php There seems to be a grassroots movement to bring this up for discussion on the internet. Surely this could be very healthy for our society!
On Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 11:37 am, FRANCISCA FROM WARRI writes:
she is crazy if it is true why did she not speak up for 25 years? she knows what she was doing. infact she was the one that raped him. WHAT DID SHE GO AND DO IN HIS HOUSE? MAKE UNA ASK AM. WETIN SHE GO FIND FOR HIM BEDROOM. BECAUSE SHE WANT SLEEP WITH OYIBO. NOBODY USE A.K 47 BELLOP AM TO SLEEP WIT THE MAN. O.K AFTER THE 1ST TIME WHY SHE NO RUN. IF THE THING NO DEY SWEET AM. HOW ARE WE NT SURE SHE DOES THIS TO OTHER MEN. NOW MARKET DON FALL PRESS AM SHE DEY SET D GUY UP. THOSE OF U BLAMING D BISHOP IF NA U, U FOR FIT COPE? PLEASE TELL THE WOMAN TO GO HIDE AND STOP THIS RUBISH BEFORE THE CALAMITY OF HER IRRESPONSIBILITY AND BIG EYE FOR OYIBO. I GUESS SHE MUST HAVE BEEN ONE OF ALL DS GIRLS WHEN NO DEY LET WHITE MAN REST FOR NIGERIA
On Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 06:45 pm, Ese, FROM WARRI writes:
Francisca what ever you call your self you are mad.you have no training. You cannot speak ,because you are part of these nonesense. Go and look for another customer. I am not speaking for dolores or richard burke, I am speaking for the personal experience I had with this man call richard burke. When he touched my breast, did I invite him to do so? Shame on him. i am glad to know that she was able to exposed him. When the time come, I too will testify agaist the pretender. You cannot find any decent priest in warri to give you church morney like richard burke use to. That time have past street girl. Your enlish is so poor and bad. Please go to school and stop wasting your time on the lives of others that God has bless.
On Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 06:55 pm, Janet, Warri writes:
Thanks Ese, there are alot of hungry angry people out there. Touch and pay. They cannot find any man out there who touch and pay with offering monies. Richard burke rot in hell. male prostite bishop that will sleep with anthing in raper or skit. Francisca, go for HIV test, because, richard Burke may be HIV positive.
On Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 07:02 pm, paul writes:
I had that he is hiding, and richard burke is no were to be found. Please if you know were he is ,please tell us. Our archbishop told my family that, is secret is now open, and that richard burke is not innocent As he put it , i quot"Innocent for where."He had beem doing this rubbish for long and now his secrets are out.
On Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 01:44 pm, writes:
only God can judge. let us pray not to be victims of any scandal.
On Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 06:58 pm, writes:
I also pray that God will give Ms Atwood the grace to forgive Richard Burke for all he must have done against her.,Amen.
On Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 07:53 pm, writes:
THE GOVERNANCE of the Catholic Church in Ireland is likely to be at the heart of two days of discussions between Pope Benedict, senior Curia cardinals and the Irish bishops when they gather in Rome next month for a meeting to examine the implications of the church’s 15-year clerical child abuse crisis. Plans for the meeting will be discussed at an extraordinary general meeting of the Irish bishops at Maynooth tomorrow. Vatican senior spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi yesterday confirmed Irish media leaks that the bishops’ meeting with the pope will take place in the Vatican on February 15th and 16th but he was unable to give any further details. Vatican commentators, however, suggest that secretary of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has played a major role in the pope’s decision to summon the Irish bishops. In the wake of his decision last month to write a pastoral letter to the Irish faithful, due before Lent, the “Irish question” has been doing the rounds of the Holy See. As the pope consulted with his closest advisers, Cardinal Bertone was one of those who argued that, given the dimensions of the Irish crisis, the Holy See’s response should not limit itself to just a pastoral letter. Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican equivalent of prime minister, has long been one of Benedict’s closest advisers, having served for seven years as secretary for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) under Benedict, then Cardinal Ratzinger. In June 2006, a little over a year after his election as pope, Benedict appointed Cardinal Bertone secretary of state. In his time at the CDF, Cardinal Bertone was involved in controversial disciplinary cases such as the (temporary) excommunication of the Sri Lankan theologian Tissa Balasuriya and restrictive measures against the now laicised Zambian “faith healing” archbishop, Emmanuel Milingo. Cardinal Bertone was also a contributor to Cardinal Ratzinger’s hardline Dominus Jesus document of 2000, a document which stated that non-Christians are “in a gravely deficient situation” while other non-Catholic Christian churches had “defects”. At next month’s meeting, the Irish bishops will most likely be asked to explain the full range of child protection measures now in place in their dioceses. Questions will most likely be asked as to what went wrong in, for instance, the diocese of Cloyne where, it seems, such measures were in place but not followed. It is understood that next month’s meeting will be attended by all serving bishops. Vatican spokesmen were unable to confirm if this means that the meeting will be attended by those bishops, Eamonn Walshe, Ray Field and Jim Moriarty, who offered their resignations in the wake of the fallout from the Murphy report. For the time being, the pope has not accepted those resignations but he may well do so before next month’s meeting.
On Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 07:46 pm, writes:
Why should she forgive that lier and a thief? who had destroy many souls in discard of been a white missionary to commit crimes against God and humanity.
On Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 07:02 pm, writes:
Please my dear sister try and forgive him as God forgive us. I know it is hard, but please. God bless.
On Monday, January 25, 2010 at 03:50 pm, writes:
IRELAND Benedict XVI - Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler Paris Arrow Talk is cheap. Papal talk is cheaper. For over 26 years, as General Cardinal Ratzinger he commanded the absolute secrecy and threatened every priest with excommunication if they disclosed in public the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army and now as Pope Benedict XVI he will convene Irish Bishops to Rome to discuss how to make the Irish people forgive-and-forget the Ryan and Murphy Reports…the Pope’s words work like magic all the time similar to the way he turns the Eucharist into the instant flesh of Christ see Magisterium Benedict VERSUS Holy Mary: Priests' transubstantiation instant reincarnation of Christ VERSUS Mary’s 9-months pregnancy& child birth http://stella0maris.blogspot.com/2010/01/magisterium-benedict-versus-holy-mary.html Doesn’t this news sound impressive: Pope convenes Irish bishops for talks on priestly sex abuse? (Hidden subtitle: for crocodile tears session with special consultant Rome Archpriest Bernard Law the criminal-Cardinal of Boston) “The meeting will take place Feb. 15-16, and was expected to include the heads of major Vatican agencies. The Vatican press office confirmed the meeting… The pope will address the bishops and each bishop will have seven minutes to offer his views on the crisis. The meeting was expected to produce some concrete proposals, with final reflections by the pope”. Let’s see now, what can 7-MINUTES encounters really tell Pope Benedict XVI about the YEARS of living hell imbedded on victims by the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army in Ireland?
On Monday, January 25, 2010 at 03:54 pm, writes:
MALTA/ITALY The Malta Independent A Maltese priest who spent two-and-a-half-years in a special community near Trento after plea bargaining to abusing children some years ago, was later sent to a parish in Malta where he spent some time before returning to Italy. Fr Felix Cini plea bargained in 2004 to abusing 17 youngsters between 10 and 14 years of age, while he was in Comunità Siloe in Sasso d’Ombrone in the commune of Cinigiano near Grosseto. The proper Italian legal term used is ‘patteggiamento’ – in other words he accepted the sentence to shorten the trial. Later he said that he was advised to do so, even though he felt he was innocent and that it was a case of mistaken identity. He claimed that unnamed ‘political pressure’ was brought to bear upon him to make him take this legal way. His claim was met with rather widespread scepticism. During the investigation, all 17 youngsters, accompanied by their parents, testified to “undue attention” received from the priest. Two computers were also taken from him and police investigators claimed they found traces of porno-paedophile webpages having been accessed. ... According to Italian media reports over the past days, the people of this small community in Molise, a southern Italian region, were outraged to find out through the internet, and through a local paper, about the murky past of the new priest in their parish. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM
On Monday, January 25, 2010 at 03:55 pm, writes:
VATICAN CITY Press TV (Iran) The Bank of the Vatican has been accused of laundering USD 200 million by proxy through an Italian creditor, a report indicates. The allegation of the Vatican bank's financial corruption has been made by an Italian magazine that pointed to the financial institute's purported involvement in stealth fiscal transactions —via several accounts —with Italy's UniCredit Bank, Russia Today television network quoted the Panorama magazine as reporting. “This corruption is continuing on a regular basis in the Vatican,” claimed Janathan Levy, a lawyer familiar with the bank. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM
On Monday, January 25, 2010 at 04:00 pm, writes:
I do not want to be baptized by Mormons posthumously. It is not a valid baptism; yet to me it is the idea. Amazing that groups use the Bible and also baptism as weapons of sorts against others. I know a family that became Mormon, and have now gotten out I am happy to say. The Mormons are not bad people by any means; they are just being taken in by a scam. Ecumenism has become more important than trying to rescue people from religious scams. Too bad.
On Monday, January 25, 2010 at 04:03 pm, writes:
CANADA CBC News The diocese of Bathurst, N.B., has asked the Vatican to strip a priest, who was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for 22 sex-related offences, of his status. The laicization would limit retired priest Levi Noel to being a lay person within the church, Father Wesley Wade said Saturday, speaking on behalf of the diocese. The request is in the hands of officials in Rome, he said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM
On Monday, January 25, 2010 at 04:05 pm, writes:
IRELAND Irish Independent The voices of the survivors of abuse need to be heard in Rome, writes Colum Kenny. Sunday January 24 2010 THIS is a crucial moment for the Irish hierarchy and Pope Benedict. They must not meet in Rome next month without lay involvement, including representative survivors of abuse. They must not meet if bishops attend who have been compromised by the Murphy report, or who would be likely to be so compromised by similar official reports into other dioceses outside Dublin. And they must not meet without first assuring us that no "mental reservation" or other forms of deception will pollute their public statements. Contacted last week to find out what is on the agenda and whether Cardinal Desmond Connell or lay Catholics have also been invited, the Vatican, would only say: "You will know everything, but in the future, not now". At their meeting in December last, the Irish bishops said that "the report raises very important issues for the Church in Ireland, including the functioning of the Bishops' Conference, and, how the lay faithful can be more effectively involved in the life of the Church. We will give further detailed consideration to these issues." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM
On Monday, January 25, 2010 at 04:09 pm, writes:
The damage to Catholic Church Related » Catholic Church 'should give up control of primary schools' | 25/01/2010In this section » Ethiopia's rulersTHE NEED for reform of the national school system has become increasingly urgent as society undergoes rapid change. Two years ago, the Ryan report into the abuse of children in religious-run establishments generated debate on whether the Catholic Church should retain control of the sector. Now, following publication of the Murphy report, the electorate has made up its mind and supports ending that control by a margin of almost two-to-one, according to today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll. Loss of confidence in the Catholic hierarchy, because of its handling of clerical sex abuse issues, may account for some of this shift in public opinion. Other factors should also be taken into consideration. The census of 2006 provided evidence of a growing multicultural student population and changes in religious demographics. In that context, control of more than 90 per cent of national schools by the Catholic Church, while they are fully funded by the State, raised questions concerning the right to religious practice under the Constitution while also touching on possible discriminatory treatment under equality laws. Overcrowding at some Catholic-run national schools in the Dublin area during recent years and the refusal by the authorities there to accept immigrant children of different faiths caused Government whip Pat Carey to speculate that it might be time for the State to take responsibility for delivering an educational system. The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin believed the Catholic Church was ready to relinquish control where there was little or no demand for Catholic input. But he warned the Government would be on “dodgy ground” if it attempted to take over the entire system. Since then, apart from a handful of multi-denominational, VEC-run national schools being established, little has happened. The Murphy report on clerical sex abuse in the Dublin archdiocese has reignited the debate. Demand for change is strongest in this area and 61 per cent of those questioned felt the Catholic Church should relinquish its control at primary school level. Fianna Fáil supporters were least committed, but large majorities favoured such a development within Fine Gael and the Labour Party. Support for a retention of the status quo amounted to less than one-third across all social classes and age groups. The extent of the damage caused by decades of clerical child abuse and systematic cover-ups is reflected by the fact that almost three-quarters of those surveyed believe the church did not responded adequately to the Murphy report. Only 16 per cent felt it had. With close on half of those questioned now regarding the church in a more negative light, members of the hierarchy face a monumental task in rebuilding trust with their congregations. They have limited grounds for hope. A slight majority of 52 per cent believe the church will change in order to prevent future clerical abuse. But more than one-third of respondents take a negative view. As bishops prepare for their visit to Rome, they have much on which to ponder . ADVERTISEMENT Latest 15:54 'Chemical Ali' executed in Iraq15:49 EU to send 350 police to Haiti15:45 Ireland U20 Six Nations squad named15:40 No survivors in Lebanon plane crash15:30 EU to investigate BHP-Rio venture15:30 Denman in line for Cheltenham run15:21 People living longer with ill health15:18 Government's child policies criticisedPopular Stories Most ReadMost Emailed1 Irishman died trying to save band mate2 Public servants in work-to-rule3 Passenger plane crashes off Lebanon4 EUR 52m Farmleigh hosted only two foreign dignitaries in 20095 Catholic Church 'should give up control of primary schools'1 Catholic Church 'should give up control of primary schools'2 Hundreds consider emigration option at Australia visa seminar3 Did Yeats accept a prize of Nazi gold?4 No flight to cheaper hols5 A city imbued with civic pride - O'Higgins would be proudYour Vote « YesNo »ResultsShould an election be called in Northern Ireland? Crossword Club » Today's Interactive Irish Times Crosaire and Simplex crosswords, plus 10 years of crossword archive.Mobile Services » News alerts and crossword solutions to your phone.ADVERTISEMENT
On Monday, January 25, 2010 at 04:12 pm, writes:
The Irish Times - Monday, January 25, 2010Catholic Church 'should give up control of primary schools' Related » 74% think church did not react properly to report | 25/01/2010The damage to Catholic Church | 25/01/2010In this section » Leaders in last-ditch talks to save NI Executive€52m Farmleigh hosted only two foreign dignitaries in 2009STEPHEN COLLINS Political EditorIN THE wake of the Murphy report a majority of people believe that the Catholic Church should give up its control of the primary school system, according to the latest Irish Times /Ipsos, MRBI poll. When asked about the issue, 61 per cent of people said the church should give up control of the school system, 28 per cent said it should maintain its position and 11 per cent had no opinion on the matter. Fianna Fáil voters were most supportive of the church maintaining its current role, while Sinn Féin voters were the most hostile to it continuing to have control of the system. There were no great differences in terms of age. Over 65s were marginally more supportive of the church’s position, but the views of the 18-24 age group were almost identical. There was also a uniform response in terms of social class but there were some regional variations with voters in Dublin most strongly against continuing church control and voters in the rest of Leinster most supportive. This reflected a national urban/rural divide on the issue, with the response of people in urban areas more negative than those in rural areas. The poll was taken on Monday and Tuesday of last week among a representative sample of 1,000 voters aged 18 and over in face-to-face interviews at 100 sampling points in all 43 constituencies. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 per cent. When asked if their attitude to the Catholic Church had changed following the disclosures in the Murphy report about its handling of child abuse allegations, voters were almost equally divided. Forty-seven per cent of voters said their attitude to the church had become more negative; 47 per cent said it had not changed; 3 per cent said it had become more positive; and 3 per cent had no opinion. Asked how they felt about the response of the church to the Murphy report, 74 per cent said the church had not responded adequately, 16 per cent said it had, and 10 per cent had no opinion. People aged 65 and over were more inclined to believe that the church had responded adequately but even in this age group a large majority felt the response had not been adequate. Voters in Dublin were strongest in the view that the church had not responded adequately while those in Connacht/Ulster were most inclined to the view that it had responded adequately. In party political terms Fianna Fáil voters were more inclined to say the church had responded adequately but a substantial majority of party supporters still felt that it had not responded adequately. Sinn Féin voters were the most negative about the church’s response. The only positive aspect of the poll from the church’s point of view is that a majority of voters believe that it will change to prevent clerical child abuse from happening in the future. In response to being asked if they thought the church would change to prevent abuse 52 per cent said they believed it would, 35 per cent said it would not and 13 per cent had no opinion. As with the other questions on the Murphy report, Fianna Fáil voters were most inclined to the view that the church would change with 61 per cent of them believing that it would. Fine Gael voters were almost equally inclined to the same view with 57 per cent saying the church would change. Labour Party supporters were more negative, followed by the Greens with Sinn Féin voters the only ones to show a majority for the view that the church would not change. In age terms those over 50 and the 18-24s were most inclined to the view that the church would change to prevent abuse in the future. Across the regions Dublin was again the most negative from the church’s point of view while Munster was the most positive. 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On Monday, January 25, 2010 at 04:18 pm, writes:
The Irish Times - Monday, January 25, 201074% think church did not react properly to report Related » Catholic Church 'should give up control of primary schools' | 25/01/2010In this section » MRBI MOVE: Market research company joins Ipsos groupSTEPHEN COLLINSTHE NEGATIVE impact of the Murphy report on the public perception of the Catholic Church is evident in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos, MRBI poll. One consolation for the church is that a majority of those polled believe it will change to prevent child abuse happening in the future. A very substantial majority of people, 74 per cent, think that the church did not respond adequately to the report, with just 16 per cent believing it did respond adequately and 10 per cent having no opinion. The view that the church has not responded adequately to the report clearly influenced the response of the substantial majority of voters who feel its control of the primary education system should no longer be maintained. Surprisingly enough there were no wide variations in terms of age. While the over-65s were marginally more supportive of the church’s position, the views of the 18-24 age group were very similar. In line with the responses to the other questions about the church the 18-24 age group were less hostile than middle-aged voters and more in line with their grandparents’ generation than their parents. The most positive aspect of the poll from the church’s point of view is that a majority of voters believe the institution will change to prevent clerical child abuse from happening in the future. When asked if they thought the church would change to prevent abuse, 52 per cent said they believed it would, 35 per cent said it would not and 13 per cent had no opinion. Fianna Fáil voters were most supportive of the view that the church would change, while Fine Gael voters were almost equally inclined to the same view. Labour, Green Party and Sinn Féin voters were more negative. The church might also take something positive from the response of people to the question as to whether their attitude to it had changed following the Murphy report disclosures. While 47 per cent of voters said their attitude to the church had become more negative, precisely the same percentage said it had not changed. However, some people taking this view already had a negative attitude to the institution. There was a similarity in the responses by region to all the church-related questions. Dublin was easily the most negative region in all cases, while there was no great variation across the rest of the country. People living in rural areas were much more positive than those in urban areas. In party political terms Fianna Fáil voters were least hostile to the church, with Sinn Féin voters the most hostile.
On Monday, January 25, 2010 at 04:20 pm, writes:
Comment » Echo 1 ItemsAdmin Log In Moderation General Settings Admin Notices – Loose Cannon Surely it is time this self-appointed, judgmental and outdated institution was treated with the indifference it deserves. There has been little yet of the mental abuse and cruelty they exercised with immunity over Irish Society for generations. The abuse of women, Gay people and anyone not toeing their line for starters. Surprise has been expressed at the anger Society is now displaying. Of all institutions the catholic church ought to know that the down-trodden's day will come. For centuries they have been allying themselves with the down-trodden so that they may sit at their right hand side when dictators are overturned. They even did it here, pushing their sinister agenda under the guise of nationalism. Well guess what? power really does corrupt and the veil of altruism drops eventually to display raw wanton abuse and self indulgence. We need rid of them from all areas of authority and public policy and the sooner the better. And before the usual blinkered apologists for the catholic church in Ireland with their selective memories come rushing to the defense perhaps they might ponder the following. Hundreds of thousands have been deeply hurt psychologically and physically by the catholic church and its meddling. It took the only moral ground available on sexual matters while its representatives indulged in the most vile of sexual abuses. Despite this utterances from the pope continue to negatively label, judge and insult much of mankind. Sadly, many appear to be either incapable or unwilling to try to see why millions feel justified in their hostility if not scorn to this outdated. abusive and cameleon-like institution. Perhaps this report will help society, and not the church itself, to put this institution firmly where it belongs Yesterday, 10:33:52 PM– Flag – Like – Reply – Delete – Edit – Moderate Leave a comment » @ Controls
On Monday, January 25, 2010 at 04:54 pm, writes:
UGANDA Sunday Vision Chris Ocowun GULU Grade One Magistrate’s court on Friday charged a Catholic priest, the Rev. Fr. Anthony Bosco Mawa, with aggravated defilement and remanded him at Gulu Central Prison. Rev. Fr. Mawa who was arrested by Gulu Police for allegedly defiling and impregnating a 16-year-old girl, was charged and remanded by Gulu Grade One Magistrate Joan Achiro. Prosecution alleged that Mawa, 41, an Acholi priest, between the months of April and November 2009 at plot 4/2 on Awich Road, Pece Division defiled a girl below 18 years old who was under his guardian contrary to section 129 (3) and 4 of the penal code Act of 2007. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM
On Monday, January 25, 2010 at 04:57 pm, writes:
ITALY DI-VE (Malta) Italian media have reported that a Maltese priest, who lives in Italy and was sentenced with child molestation in 2004, will be moved out of the parish of Cercemaggiore in the province of Campobasso and will be assigned new tasks in another locality. This decision was taken by the Holy See and was announced by Bishop of Campobasso Bregantini. Havoc was created in this locality after it was announced that the priest had child molestation charges in Grossetto. The priest had served a sentence of 2 and a half years in a community in Trento. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM
On Monday, January 25, 2010 at 05:00 pm, writes:
BEAUMONT (TX) Beaumont Enterprise By BY KEN FOUNTAIN January 22, 2010 When the Catholic diocese of Beaumont accepted Frank Paduch for ordination, it knew of no allegations of sexual misconduct at the time, according to a diocese statement released today. In the formal statement, Bishop Curtis J. Guillory, S.V.D., D.D., Bishop of Beaumont, said, "We were not aware of the complaints of abuse that allegedly occurred in the 1980s in Chicago until a lawsuit was filed there in 1997 against the Augustinian Order. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM
On Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 12:35 am, writes:
Every time I look at any catholic websites, all I see is abuse, sex and archbishop richard burke.That is, Richard Burke and sex, Richard Burke and abuse. May God help us. The leaders of the catholic church need to take a good look at themselves. this nonsense of abuse and immorality, and corruption must stop, because the church of christ is good and her teachings. There are good priests, but some of the leaders are agents of satan. May God expose the wolves in the Church, Amen.
On Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 09:31 pm, writes:
craddle-robber ? Pastor burketete, what a disgrace to Holy Ghost cemetry
On Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 09:34 pm, writes:
Whether she enjoyed the relationship or not is not the question here.The issue here is that the priest if found guilty should face the full punishment by the law & church.The letters & emails he wrote will be used to nail him as craddle-robber & a hypocrite.
On Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 09:40 pm, writes:
With all the priests, Bishops and now Archbishops involved in intimacy abuse what amazes me is that the Catholic church is still operating as a church.
On Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 09:53 pm, writes:
Greed has eaten through the bones of Nigerians that in every club, community and even amongst church leaders, you must fnd similarity of corruption, wickedness and insensitivity. Imagine the attricities these people inject amongst the most vulnerable members of the society they supposed to protect ? Imagine what these so called men and ladies of the chuch and guidians of the the salvation of the society do. They murder, beat, molest, abuse, neglect, ban isolet and abandon their congregates. Remember attrocities commited during nthe Spanish Inquisitions,the exploitation of housewives they rape, infaticides they commit, molestation of the underaged boys and girls, etc. Pick any international magazine, you must hear stories about these so called leaders of the church doing the opposit things against society requiring intervention of the Law. They claim to have surrendered their lives in pursuit of God’s mission but tell me if all their crimes are ordained by God ? Withholding a child’s development and false imprisonment is s criminal matter that must be reported to the police. It is a child abuse and it is punishable under Child Protection Act any part of the world for a period not less than 6-years. Perhaps, this preist is equally sodomizing this innocent poor child throughout the 15-years this child has been lvining with him. But why should any one or parent allow their natural child to live with unmarried preist for 15-years, is this case in any way associated with Slave-Trade; Orphanage or “Illegal Adoption” or Kidnapping ? Police shouls look into this matter because every thing about this preist and his relationship with his “confined chef” sounds too suspicious. I am convinced that both the preist and family of the child would have long time to explain to a legal Court why a child must serve unmarried preist and withheld under duress, intimidation, biblical spell or voodoo for 15years ? May be the child is his own child born out of wedlock with a another lady prsumeably, in a Convent and the church is turning a blind eyes ? Why has the Bishop, Archbishop and other priest ignored to ask valued questions ? Who is this child, where are his parents, why must he live and work in the church premises that long ? Is he paid, as what and how much , and how often ? Why has he not gone for a holiday, does he not have other relations? If yes, where do they live, and how often do they visit him, do they know anything about his not going to school and the impact that would have on the child during his adulthood and what have they done to help ?
On Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 10:00 pm, writes:
Another day, another scandal. As reports emerged that another member of the clergy, on this occasion an Archbishop (Richard Burke), is accused of sexually assaulting a minor, and subsequently having a 20 year affair with her, I find it very telling of our times that the thing I found most memorable from the reports were not what he did, but what he said. Apparently I have reached the stage where I am sufficiently desensitized from reports of such incidents that the semantics stand out more than the specifics. Or, would the phrase ‘I stepped in her sacred garden‘ have stood out anyway? Quite a phrase, and not one that brings pretty images flooding to mind. Lets hope that this guy never becomes Pope because it would really be asking a lot to have people kissing those feet, given what he has, apparently, been doing with them. Now, I have done some weird stuff in my time but I have never put my feet in anybody’s garden – sacred or otherwise. The Vatican is investigating the complaints made against the Archbishop Richard Burke. He stepped down from his post earlier this year with the Archdiocese of Benin in Nigeria. More on the story here…
On Monday, March 08, 2010 at 07:41 pm, tender writes:
just then ...
On Friday, March 12, 2010 at 09:45 pm, Dennis Egwuonwu +233546994998 writes:
Nah,i think its a whole lot of lies,it might be another burke cos the one i know is a God fearing man,but anyway judgement is for God and not man,nothing is hidden under the sun.I realy like to know the womans biography,stop hiding under the shadow of the internet.I pray God see Richard Burke through this trial and temptation. The Vatican is investigating the complaints made against the Archbishop Richard Burke.
On Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 01:09 am, writes:
question is did the bishop do it or not? not even heard a single word from him atleast to thank those who are surporting him with their prayers.alot of comments,analysis and many sided views only make matters worse. if the bishop abuse her and still kept a 20yr relationship with her: i think its not a bad idea to some extent unless we know the content and the magnitude of the relationship.i suspect and i'm pretty sure i might just be close to being correct that this lady had a relationship with the bishop as well as other girls.but she could not let go of the bishop cos of the level of finacial assitance given to her by the bishop eventhough she may not agree with what the bishop is doing to her and other girls.guess she got use to it.but we all know no woman will like to share a man with another woman.considering the fact that she was only 14 and the bishop was ovwer 30.there's no ruling out that the bishop must have brainwash her to his taste(slavery).consider her family background and how she made it to the church,couple with the fact that the bishop was then a young white priest then,and civilisation was not as it is now,it will only be a God asnwered prayer for her! this bishop must have seen the poverty and lack of of a third world country coupled with the corruption of the country filled with lawlessness and decided to extend his arm of abuse to other girls. she might have nurse all that and probably try to warn this bishop about it in the last 20yrs because according to her,they had conversation even recorded on tape where the bishop confessed to her. if this is true,it means she must have been warning the bishop until he got close to her own very sister! i'm telling all of you.nobody with his right sences will ever allow that to happen in their family. according to her,she wrote to st patrick and they did not respond to her.there are no politics here! No! i refuse! she's doing well and married knowing fully well what that might mean to her carrier and marriage but still she came out! to me that's boldness cause she will not want to soil her name,carrier or marriage for one unsure and unprofitable benin archbishop politics! she's only forced out because one,her sister,2.continous warning of the bishop,3.she's now more learned and expose and found out that the effect and truma and stigma that resulted from it might be tranfer to other girls including her sister who the bishop might be abusing.The bishop on the other hand has not said anything! There must be an element of truth in this issue. I stongly need the bishop to say something. if st patrick had responded to this woman early enough or the bishop had appologise and repent,the issue would'nt have come this far and besides it shows from some of the comments that this people take nigerians for granted and think they can just buy their way through anything. the world is watching to see what the highest authority of the church will do.they need to do the rifht thing to save the image of the church not to find a way of denting the truth with the laws of the court that contracdicts the law of the Bible and God. the law should learn from the church not the church hidding under the law. This is ti vatican: Do justice according to righteousness and forget about the law court. that way the whole world will know you people don't tolerate and abhor nonsence in the name of the Lord.
On Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 12:06 am, writes:
You said it all my dear friend. There is no other way than all you wrote. You are a very God gifted person and very inteligent. GOD bless you.
On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 05:29 pm, writes:
it is complicated but only God knows the truth and He alone can be the judge.If she has a tape why is it taking her so long to come up with it.I pray for Bishop Burke during this trying period.
On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 05:33 pm, ANGELA writes:
I KNOW A LOT OF YOUNG GIRLS AND MARRIED WOMEN WHO TARGET THESE MEN OF GOD .THEY ALSO NEED OUR PRAYERS WARRI IS NOTED FOR THEIR WOMEN DATING CATHOLIC PRIEST SOME REFUSE TO GET MARRIED INSTEAD RESIGN TO DATING PRIESTS WHO ARE VERY VULNERABLE.
On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 05:53 pm, SR CLEMENTINA, OSF writes:
My name is Sr. Clementina, OSF. I just came across this site and noticed that somebody has written a comment here and used my name. I am not the one who wrote this statement. \"On Sunday, January 03, 2010 at 09:50 am, Sr Clementina writes: This is my first and my last comment on this site. First and most importantly, Richard Burke had admitted to this horrible crime and he had confessed it on tape also about other women and that including the victim sister. Even if her sister was to come out publicly, would you not say because they are sisters? The truth is that all the prove they need is all with the vatican, plus the fact that all these other women,including her sister had testify. If you expect them to come out in pubic, you are not serious. Does this case concern any of you? If you really want to know more about this case, please go to the vatican and ask them. I am sure you will not even get a visa to ghana, talkless of rome. You can write or send the vatican an email and hear what they say rather than making so much noise like way ward people.\" I happen to know Dolores and her sisters very well, in case this person does not mean my own Clementine, then, let her add her surname and identity the next time. I dissociate myself from this rubbish in case somebody thinks that I am the one, I am not the one who wrote that comment. If this person refuse to own up for this statement, then I will consider this whole story including that of Dolores as very untrue because, I don\'t know anything about Dolores story and I don\'t want to know anything about it either, please stop using my name as someone who has written a comment here before. If you have intentionally used my name, GOD WILL SURELY PURNISH YOU FOR THIS because every unfaithfulness is sin in the presence of the Lord. Thank you Titilayo, I don\'t know you but I sensed that you must have realized that I know Dolores and her sisters. If I come back to this forum one day and find my name, I am not going to take it lightly at all. PLEASE, STOP USING MY NAME. THANK YOU!!
On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 06:34 pm, writes:
Who can we trust? How do we know who is writing now? You all bleam these girls for the wrong doing of priest. The question is , who should know better? When I sin against God, and do not have to repent, but tell God the devil is responsible for my sin and let see what happen. Please dont go to confession again, because it is not your fault, it is the devils fault. These shame less Priests and bishops that abused children around the world will rot in hell. For your own information, God anointed means a good born again christian who live for God and does God will is an anointed man or child of God, not fonicators and liers . Archbishop Richard Burke can and is not an anointed man of God. I pray that he repent. For your information Angela, I have heard the tapes. Another ignoant nigerian.
On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 06:43 pm, PG writes:
Can you imagin a rev sister saying God will purnish who ever did what? What kind of a christian are you rev sister?
On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 06:54 pm, writes:
IRELAND Two major reports into allegations of paedophilia among Irish clergy last year revealed the shocking extent of abuse, cover-ups and hierarchical failings involving thousands of victims, and stretching back decades. In one, four Dublin archbishops were found to have effectively turned a blind eye to cases of abuse from 1975 to 2004. The Dublin archdiocese, it said, operated in a culture of concealment, placing the integrity of its institutions above the welfare of the children in its care. In the wake of the report, four bishops resigned and the entire Irish hierarchy was summoned to the Vatican to give an account of themselves in person before the Pope. Six months earlier, another report - the result of a nine-year investigation - documented some six decades of physical , sexual and emotional abuse at residential institutions run by 18 religious orders. With the Church still reeling from the reports' findings, a fresh scandal erupted in March 2010 when it emerged the head of the Irish Catholic Church, Cardinal Sean Brady, was present at meetings in 1975 where children signed vows of silence over complaints against a paedophile priest, Fr Brendan Smyth. Cardinal Brady resisted calls to resign and issued an apology . A few days later, on 20 March, Pope Benedict XVI apologised to victims of child sex abuse by Catholic priests in Ireland but stopped short of an apology for abuses in other countries. He then accepted the resignation of Bishop John Magee, an aide to three popes before being assigned to Ireland, who was found to have mishandled allegations of clerical sex abuse in his County Cork diocese.
On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 06:58 pm, writes:
UNITED STATES Over the past two decades, the Roman Catholic Church in the US - with the archdiocese of Boston in particular - has been embroiled in a series of child sex scandals. There was public outrage after abuses in the 1990s by two Boston priests, Paul Shanley and John Geoghan , came to light, with suspicions that Church leaders had sought to cover up their crimes by moving them from post to post. In 2002 the then-Pope John Paul II called an emergency meeting with US cardinals, but allegations continued to emerge. Despite an apology and pledge to take a tougher line, Archbishop Bernard Law resigned over the scandal at the end of the year. In September 2003, the Boston archdiocese - the fourth-largest in the US - agreed to pay $85m to settle more than 500 civil suits accusing priests of sexual abuse and church officials of concealment. A report commissioned by the Church the following year said more than 4,000 US Roman Catholic priests had faced sexual abuse allegations in the last 50 years, in cases involving more than 10,000 children - mostly boys. A series of huge payouts has been made by US diocese to alleged victims of abuse - the largest being some $660m from the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 2007. During a tour of the US in 2008, the Pope met privately with victims of abuse by priests and spoke of "the pain and the harm inflicted by the sexual abuse of minors". In March 2010 documents emerged suggesting that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, before he became Pope, failed to respond to letters from US clergy about cases of alleged child sex abuse by a priest in Wisconsin. Archbishops had complained about Fr Lawrence Murphy in 1996 to a Vatican office led by the future Pope, but apparently received no response. Fr Murphy, who died in 1998, is suspected of having abused some 200 boys at St John's School for the Deaf in St Francis, Wisconsin, between 1950 and 1974. One of his alleged victims told the BBC the Pope had known for years about the accusations yet failed to take action. GERMANY
On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 07:00 pm, writes:
GERMANY Since the start of 2010, at least 300 people have made allegations of sexual or physical abuse by priests across the Pope's home country. Claims are being investigated in 18 of Germany's 27 Roman Catholic dioceses. Accusations include the abuse of more than 170 children by priests at Jesuit schools, three Catholic schools in Bavaria, and within the Regensburg Domspatzen school boys' choir that was directed for 30 years by Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, the Pope's brother. In March, Father Peter Hullermann , who was convicted of molesting boys during his time in the archdiocese of Munich and Freising, was suspended from his duties after breaching a ban on working with children. Days earlier, the Pope's former diocese said Benedict had unwittingly approved housing for Fr Hullermann when serving as archbishop of Munich; the Vatican denounced what it called "aggressive" efforts to link the Pope to the scandal. The Regensburg diocese confirmed on 22 March new allegations of child sexual abuse against four priests and two nuns, saying most of the incidents occurred in the 1970s. Two days later the German government announced it was forming a committee of experts to investigate all the abuse claims.
On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 07:02 pm, writes:
ITALY A number of deaf men have come forward to say they were abused as children at the Antonio Provolo Institute for the Deaf in the northern city of Verona between the 1950s and the 1980s. The allegations were first reported in the Italian press in January 2009. Later last year the Associated Press news agency obtained a written statement from 67 of the school's former pupils naming 24 priests, brothers and lay religious men who they accused of sexual abuse, paedophilia and corporal punishment. The diocese of Verona said it intended to interview the victims following a request from the Vatican to do so.
On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 07:04 pm, writes:
NETHERLANDS In March 2010, Dutch bishops ordered an independent inquiry into more than 200 allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests, in addition to three cases dating from 1950 to 1970. Allegations first centred on Don Rua monastery school in the eastern Netherlands, with people saying they were abused by Catholic priests in the 1960s and 70s. This prompted dozens more alleged victims from other institutions to come forward.
On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 07:06 pm, writes:
AUSTRIA A series of claims of sexual abuse by priests has emerged in the Vorarlberg region. Some 16 people have reported 27 alleged incidents there, spanning half a century. Ten children are also alleged to have been abused at a monastery in Mehrerau in the 1970s and early 80s. Meanwhile five priests at a monastery in Kremsmuenster in Upper Austria have been suspended after complaints of sexual and physical abuse of boys there. Separately, the head of a Salzburg monastery, Bruno Becker, resigned after confessing to having abused a boy 40 years ago, when he was a monk.
On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 07:07 pm, writes:
SWITZERLAND A commission set up by the Swiss Bishops Conference in 2002 has been investigating allegations of abuse involving the Catholic Church there. A member of the commission, Abbot Martin Werlen, said in a newspaper interview this month that about 60 people have said they were abused by Catholic priests. The alleged incidents are reported to have occurred over the past 15 years. A priest in the canton of Thurgau was arrested on 19 March on suspicion of sexual abuse of minors, police said.
On Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 02:36 am, writes:
From The Times March 25, 2010 Irish bishop John Magee resigns over sex abuse scandalDavid Sharrock, Dublin, and Richard Owen, Rome 3 Comments Recommend? (2) (PA) Bishop Magee served in Rome as personal secretary to three Popes Pressure mounted yesterday on Cardinal Sean Brady, the Primate of All Ireland, to step down after the Pope accepted the resignation of Bishop John Magee of Cloyne over his handling of clerical sex abuse allegations. Dr Magee, 73, a former private secretary to three popes and the most prominent casualty so far of the Roman Catholic Church’s abuse scandals, offered to step down last March after an independent report found that his diocese had put children at risk. His resignation has only now been accepted. He formerly served in Rome as personal secretary to Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul I and Pope John Paul II, making him privy to the Vatican’s innermost secrets. In a statement, Bishop Magee said: “As I depart, I want to offer once again my sincere apologies to any person who has been abused by any priest of the diocese of Cloyne during my time as bishop or at any time”. Related Links Vatican investigating 14 sex abuse cases in Spain Bishop admits failing to report paedophile Focus: Our little secret He added: “To those whom I have failed in any way, or through any omission of mine have made suffer, I beg forgiveness and pardon.” Bishop Magee, from Newry, Co Down, faced criticism after the Church’s watchdog found that he took minimal action over accusations against two priests. It branded his child protection as dangerous, focusing on the needs of the accused rather than the victims. The Diocese of Cloyne is under investigation by the Murphy commission, which reported last year on cover-ups of clerical child abuse in the Dublin Diocese, saying that it had obsessively concealed abuse from 1975 to 2004. Four other Irish bishops, criticised for the way that they dealt with sex abuse cases, offered their resignations to the Pope. He has accepted only one of them. Cardinal Brady said last week that he was considering his position after calls for his resignation when he admitted his role in a cover-up of sexual abuse when he was a priest in 1975. At the time he took part in a secret canonical tribunal that swore the abused children to silence. Yesterday he wished Bishop Magee good health in his retirement, adding: “However, foremost in my thoughts in these days are those who have suffered abuse by clergy and those who feel angry and let down by the often inadequate response of leaders in the Church”. Bishop Magee was a missionary in Nigeria for six years before becoming secretary to the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples in Rome, where he was chosen by Pope Paul VI as one two private secretaries. He remained in the post with Paul’s successor, Pope John Paul I, whom he claimed to have found dead in his bed in September 1978 after only 33 days as pontiff. He later admitted that it was Sister Vincenza, the nun who served the Pope’s coffee each morning, who had found the body, saying: “I did find the body of His Holiness. I just didn’t find it first.” He told an Italian magazine on the thirtieth anniversary of John Paul I’s death in September 2008 that he had been questioned by police over conspiracy theories that the pontiff had been poisoned because he was about to expose a Vatican financial scandal. Bishop Magee said that the Pope had died of exhaustion brought on by the stress of his election. He remained as secretary to John Paul II after his election in October 1978, and in 1981 was dispatched to Northern Ireland in an 11th-hour bid to try to convince IRA members, including Bobby Sands, to end their hunger strike. He was made papal Master of Ceremonies in 1982 and Bishop of Cloyne five years later. Last Saturday Pope Benedict issued an apology to the victims of decades of sex abuse in Ireland, expressing his “shame and remorse” for decades of “sinful and criminal acts”. The letter drew criticism from abuse victims for not acknowledging any responsibility by the Vatican. The scandal has spread to a number of other countries across Europe, including the Pope’s native Germany. In Berlin, the Cabinet of Angela Merkel, the Chancellor, met yesterday to establish a panel of 40 representatives from the Church, the Government, charities and educational institutions that will examine abuse and compensation claims and review the ten-year statute of limitations on sex crimes. She said that the only way to come to terms with the despicable crimes was to find out everything that has happened. The Pope has suffered a sharp drop in popularity since the scandal broke, with only 24 per cent of Germans polled expressing trust in him, compared with 38 per cent in January, Stern magazine said. Even among German Catholics the Pope’s ratings had dropped — 39 per cent said they trusted him compared with 62 per cent six weeks ago. Print Email Your Comments
On Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 02:39 am, writes:
Edward Green wrote: Should have been excommunicated.
On Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 02:41 am, writes:
iain rae wrote: More pious begging for forgiveness.On your bike sunshine.
On Friday, April 02, 2010 at 10:57 am, Joanna writes:
Dolores Atwood only has her conscience to judge her until she faces her maker. I can only observe as a human being that years after she could have been said to have been a vulnerable, impressionable little girl, she continued, was a willing partner and relished in this relationship with a Catholic Father if her accusations can be dignified with even an iota of probability. All of a sudden at age 41, after years of 'frequent amorous telephone conversations with a Catholic Father, she has decided under the guise of rescuing other young girls from being 'abused' by Father Richard Burke to report him to the world. Why did she not remember the many girls she alledged were sexually abused by the Catholic Father whilst she was enconsed in the warmth of her husband's arms but still carrying on an illicit affair with another man. It really does not matter whether or not the man was or is a Catholic Father, she, Dolores was married and having an affair. And whilst I do not condemn people who carry out extra marital affairs as I am not God, I cannot understand why a willling adult in a consensual relationship should all of a sudden claim sexual abuse. Would this be a case of sibling rivalry. A case of an insane and destructive jealousy of a younger sister with a preferable proximity to Father Burke? I leave readers to make up their minds on this. I already have.
On Friday, April 02, 2010 at 08:10 pm, writes:
Archbishop richard burke is not an innocent man Joanna. Who ever you are, you seems to speak from a bias mind. You have to understand the culture in Africa, were things like this, people dont easily speake out. Richard Burke continue to have sex and abuse young girls and took advantage of the situation of the culture. This lady cannot be having a relationship with a man who is thousands of miles away from her. As a reader and a fair person and from the tapes I read and heard , Richard Burkes own words is what put him away. he even confess it himself on the tapes.He even went out of his way picking up prostitutes and meeting them intheir own world. What does that tell you about him? sometimes when it does occure to me, what if this lady did not tape him, it would have been hard for me to believe, but after listening to the tapes, I sincerely think that Bishop Richard Burke should be put in the dock. You Joanna did not help matters. You have judged her and take side with Burke. Mind you , richard Burke is a sex addict. I think she was able to come out now ,because she now live in a different society were people are educated about this abuse and more over freedom of speech. What about those around the world who are just now speaking about their own abuse? Some are 50 to 60yrs, are they too lying ? Why dont you ask those people or psychologist that question and hear what they tell you. Happy Ester to you all. Dolores, I pray that the good Lord see you through all this and heal your pain,Amen. please if you read this, do not mind Joanna.
On Friday, April 02, 2010 at 08:33 pm, writes:
The crisis that is facing the Catholic Church today is a result of abuse victims who have been silinced by the "wolves in sheeps clothing" parading around as "Holy men of God". They have used their positions to silince those that are vulnerable. It is only now that the victims in North America and Europe are feeling free to speak out about the crimes that they have endured. We must not forget that Dolores was 14 years old when she was sexually abused and victimized by a man 20 years her senior. A man, who took an oath of celibacy a man that took advantage of his position and should have been removed from his position more than 25 years ago!!
On Friday, April 02, 2010 at 08:48 pm, writes:
Archbishop Richard Burke only has his abused victims to judge him ,until he faces the Pope? I can only observe as a victim advocate. Get a life my dear.
On Friday, April 02, 2010 at 09:01 pm, writes:
This bishop like young girls alot O. Abeg, burke, make you apologise to this lady now, and matter go close. What is this nonsense of debate about, apologise. Dont be proud. This is the problem with the vatican. The church is good, but some of their leaders are bad.
On Friday, April 02, 2010 at 09:12 pm, writes:
SINCE THE publication of Pope Benedict’s pastoral letter to Irish Catholics, most commentators and critics have focused on his reaction to the present abuse scandal which has deeply damaged the Catholic Church in Ireland and on the many bewildering silences in the document. His letter failed to meet the expectation of the victims of abuse – and of many faithful Catholics – but it also contained timely reminders of the significance and relevance of the Gospel message that is at the heart of this season of Lent, Holy Week and Easter. In the part addressed to “the victims of abuse and their families”, Pope Benedict reminds them that “Christ’s own wounds, transformed by his redemptive sufferings, are the very means by which the power of evil is broken” and that “the healing power of his self-sacrificing love – even in the darkest and most hopeless situations” has the power to bring liberation and the promise of a new beginning. He tells those “priests and religious who have abused children” that “Christ’s redeeming sacrifice has the power to forgive even the gravest of sins”. And he tells “the children and young people of Ireland” that Christ loves them and “has offered himself on the cross for you”. These are age-old beliefs that are at the heart of Christianity and it was seasonally appropriate that they should be re-told and reiterated only days ahead of the great Paschal solemnities. But it is also at the heart of the message of Good Friday and Easter that all Christians are crucified with Christ and that all who believe can find hope in the Resurrection. At the heart of Christian faith is the belief that the church is the Body of Christ, as Saint Paul says throughout his Epistles.Indeed, he is so explicit about this, that in some versions of the New Testament he says “we are members of his body, of his flesh and of his bones” (Ephesians 5: 30). Baptism is incorporation into the Body of Christ and the Eucharist is not only a memorial of Christ’s death but a real sacrament or sign of the Body of Christ. These apostolic and sacramental teachings are reminders that when members of the church are injured – when innocent members of the church are abused – Christ himself is wounded and assaulted, as truly as he was crucified on Good Friday. It is for these very reasons that the current crisis for the Catholic Church is truly what the word crisis means – it brings the church to the very cross of decision-making. The Body of Christ has been tortured, abused and forced to face the crucifixion of Good Friday constantly and perpetually across the world. But Good Friday is meaningless for Christians without faith and joy in the Resurrection. That resurrection hope is for new life, new joy and renewed justice. Pope Benedict – however inadequately – has responded to the sufferings of the Body of Christ. But he and the bishops of the church need also to bring Easter hope to many. And that can only be brought through decisive, firm and resolute action. Otherwise, the stone remains rolled across the tomb and, like the women who came to the grave on the first Easter morning, many will weep and wonder what they have done with the body of Christ.
On Friday, April 02, 2010 at 09:19 pm, writes:
An editorial in the current issue of influential English Catholic weekly the Tablet has recommended that an international commission be set up to review what occurred and why with the Vatican’s handling of clerical child sex abuse and to make recommendations. It noted that the Murphy report described, in the words of Msgr John Dolan, chancellor of the Dublin archdiocese, how in 1996 the Irish bishops “did not feel Rome was supporting them in dealing with this issue . . . they were meeting an onslaught of complaints and Rome was pulling any particular solid ground that they had from under them.” It continued, “so far there has been little evidence that the Vatican accepts responsibility for what went wrong [in Ireland].” “A great service to the church and to the truth would be done” if an international commission was set up to do so, it said.
On Friday, April 02, 2010 at 09:21 pm, writes:
DAN KEENAN, Northern News Editor THE NORTH: THE PSNI is to set up a specialist team to investigate clerical abuse of children, a move that has been welcomed by the Catholic Church. Asst Chief Constable Will Kerr told a session of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, which oversees the PSNI, that the unit would be established under a senior detective who would report to him. It will also liaise with the North’s Department of Health. Mr Kerr said the move was in response to the numbers of recent allegations made. The PSNI supports the establishment of a state inquiry into child sex abuse, a move called for by the main Assembly parties last November and demanded by survivors of abuse. Bishop of Down and Connor Dr Noel Treanor said he supported the move and confirmed he and other senior colleagues had held talks with the assistant chief constable prior to the announcement made at the policing board. “I welcome this development because in this matter of sexual abuse, be it of children, of minors or of vulnerable persons, the only way in which this plight – both in church and in society – can be addressed is by inter-agency co-operation,” he said. He said the decision would “help all of us in church and in society to promote the public good and to foster the safety of children and vulnerable persons.” Church agencies in Down and Connor would continue to hand over to police investigators any relevant documentation “without reserve”. He said some of the most recent abuse allegations are some 15 years old and that the caseload of abuse is entirely “historic”. Mr Kerr told the policing board: “Our responsibility is reasonably straightforward, but is two-fold. One is the investigation of offences reported, but we have to prioritise against current and future risks.” He added: “If you look at the out-workings of the Ryan commission it’s more than just a policing issue. “The Ryan commission looked at addressing the effects of abuse, particularly the welfare and support for victims, preventing and reducing current and future abuse, dealing with offenders. Compensation for victims as well, this is a massive issue.” The Bishop of Derry, Dr Séamus Hegarty, used a Holy Thursday sermon in St Eugene’s Cathedral in the city to apologise to victims of clerical child abuse. “Children and young people have been scarred for life as a result of heinous crimes,” he said. “These hidden and vile crimes are a source of great shame. They are a contradiction of priesthood.” Email
On Friday, April 02, 2010 at 09:25 pm, writes:
PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent ARCHBISHOP'S HOMILY: THERE CAN be no overlooking or rewriting of the past, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. In a homily at the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass in Dublins Pro-Cathedral, he spoke of the difficult time it has been for priests. “Shameful abuse took place within the Church of Christ. The response was hopelessly inadequate. I do not wish to give the impression that I want to go on forever hammering home a message of grief about the past, that I am obsessed with the past. Some ask me: ‘Can we not leave all that aside now, proclaim closure and move on?’ I cannot agree.” He continued “there can be no overlooking the past. There is no short-cut in addressing the past. The credibility of the church in this diocese of Dublin will only be regained when we honestly recognise the failures of the past, whatever our share of responsibility for them. There can be no rewriting history. There is no way we should impose fast-track healing on those whose vulnerability was abused.” He added: “We have to address the past but we cannot become imprisoned in the past.” In the first place, “we must turn to Jesus”, he said. “We must move forward, but we can only do so bearing within us the wounds of what has happened. Yet recognising our woundedness may indeed be our strength, if we witness more authentically to the Jesus who renounced all arrogance of power,” he said. He also said, “we should never overlook the fact that we share the same Baptism with Christians of other confessions . . . We need to develop new and more practical forms of common ecumenical witness.” He thanked the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin John Neill “for his unfailing kindness”. Earlier in his homily, greeting all priests who minister in Dublin, he said “it has not been an easy year for the diocese. It has not been an easy year for the priests of Dublin as we all grapple with a dark moment in the past history of our presbyterium.” He noted how, in his recent letter, Pope Benedict “reached out to priests who feel discouraged and even abandoned. ‘I am also aware,’ he said, ‘that in some people’s eyes, you are tainted by association, and viewed as if you were somehow responsible for the misdeeds of others’.” Archbishop Martin thanked the priests of the diocese “for the continued commitment to their calling. I thank the lay members of our parish communities for the support you have given to your priests at a moment which was trying for all of us. “I thank the priests whose first thoughts in the midst of such a situation went out not to themselves, but to the victims and survivors and their families and also to the need for reparation and renewal in the life of the church.” He thanked the many people who had written to him in recent months and also “those who have been frank and even sharp in their criticism of the past and of the slowness of the present”.
On Friday, April 02, 2010 at 09:32 pm, writes:
David Willey BBC Vatican correspondent The then Cardinal Ratzinger was one of the best-informed Vatican officials Allegations have surfaced in the US that Pope Benedict failed to take action before his election as pontiff in yet another serious case of clerical paedophilia which has just come to light, this time at a school for deaf children in the state of Wisconsin. The case has been confirmed by the Vatican. The Pope's spokesman, however, defended the pontiff's silence on the grounds that the Vatican department responsible for disciplining errant priests, formerly headed by the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, had not been informed until 1996 - 20 years after the priest's victims first informed the police. Hardly a day goes by without new cases of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests somewhere in the world being reported in the media. A crisis has broken out for the Catholic Church which for decades swore bishops and Vatican officials who dealt with cases of priestly paedophilia to secrecy. Fr Lombardi, the official Vatican spokesman who is also director of Vatican Radio and Vatican TV, has been working overtime on what has developed into a major damage-control mission organised by the secretariat of state - the small group of top Vatican officials who advise the Pope on policy matters. In practically every country paedophilia is punished as a serious crime. The Catholic Church teaches that it is also a particularly grave sin, in theory subject to extreme sanctions, but the evidence is that priests accused of molesting children were usually moved to another parish rather than being punished or removed from office. Scandal silence The Vatican department headed by Joseph Ratzinger consistently seemed to listen to the priests rather than to their victims and tried to sweep all details under the carpet. The rather lame excuse for lack of any action by the Vatican given by Fr Lombardi in the case of Fr Lawrence Murphy is that canon law, as Church law is called, "does not envision automatic penalties". The crisis is deepening, even though last week Pope Benedict asked forgiveness and apologised on behalf of his Church for acts committed by paedophile Catholic priests in Ireland. He has apologised previously for similar acts committed in the US and Australia but has said nothing publicly about similar scandals which took place for many years in his own country, Germany, including at the school where his own brother was choirmaster. Clerical abuse victims demanded answers outside the Vatican The Pope, as a senior Vatican cardinal head of department, was responsible for dealing with these cases for more than 20 years before his election as pontiff in 2005 and is therefore one of the best informed in the Vatican about the extent, and even the detail, of every paedophile scandal reported to Rome. So although he now appears to be instructing his 5,000 bishops scattered around the world to apply a new policy of "zero tolerance" of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests, similar to that devised by US bishops earlier this decade, the suspicion remains that for many years the best informed person in the Vatican about priestly paedophilia failed to react to the damning evidence which arrived on his desk. Meanwhile in Rome, leaders of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (Snap) demonstrated in front of St Peter's Square, holding up pictures of Fr Murphy and some of his victims. Pope Benedict only has to look down from his study window overlooking St Peter's square to see that the wave of international protest against his silence has arrived on his own doorstep.
On Friday, April 02, 2010 at 09:38 pm, writes:
The possibility has been raised that Pope Benedict XVI should resign over the snowballing paedophile priest scandal in the Catholic Church. The BBC's Vatican correspondent, David Willey, examines the question. The Vatican has vigorously defended Pope Benedict's record in office In theory, there is nothing to stop Pope Benedict taking a piece of paper out of his writing desk and drafting a letter of resignation to hand to the College of Cardinals, the supreme electoral body of the Catholic Church. Under Canon Law, the only conditions for the validity of such a resignation are that it be made freely and be properly published. But no pope has done this in modern times. There has, however, been persistent speculation by historians that during World War II, Pope Pius XII drew up a document stating that if he were to be kidnapped by the Nazis he was to be considered to have resigned, and a successor should be chosen. As the Vatican has delayed the full release of its archives relating to Pius's pontificate, because of a dispute over his reaction to the Nazi Holocaust, there is no means of verifying whether this is true. Rival claimants Going back further in time, the last case of a pope resigning dates back a further five centuries. Pope Gregory XII - who reigned from 1406 to 1415 - did so to end what was called the Western Schism. No pope has resigned as head of the Catholic Church in modern times There were three rival claimants to the papal throne at that time, the Roman Pope Gregory XII, the Avignon Pope Benedict XIII, and the Antipope John XXIII. Before resigning, Gregory formally convened a Church Council and authorised it to elect his successor. The only other significant example of a papal resignation dates back even further in time. In 1294, Pope Celestine V, only five months after his election, issued a solemn decree declaring it permissible for a pope to resign and then did so. He lived for two further years as a hermit, and was later declared a saint. The decree that he issued ended any doubt among canon lawyers about the validity of a papal resignation. Having said all this, the likelihood of Pope Benedict voluntarily laying down his high office remains slim. The Vatican is for the moment vigorously defending the record of his five-year papacy, and Benedict's previous conduct during the period when he was Cardinal Archbishop of Munich and subsequently head of the CDF, the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the watchdog Vatican department responsible for disciplining priests guilty of bad conduct.
On Friday, April 02, 2010 at 09:42 pm, writes:
Dutch Catholic bishops have ordered an independent inquiry into alleged sexual abuse of children by priests. The investigation would be launched "as soon as possible" into more than 200 reported cases of abuse, they said. Earlier, the Vatican defended its response to child sex abuse allegations in a number of European states, saying it had reacted rapidly and decisively. In the latest revelations, the head of an Austrian monastery confessed to abusing a boy more than 40 years ago. Monastery resignation The Dutch Catholic Church offered its apologies to the victims: "To the victims of abuse in Catholic boarding schools, the religious leaders and bishops offer their deep-felt condolences and apologies," a statement said. Allegations first centred on a school in the eastern Netherlands, with people saying they were abused by Catholic priests. This prompted dozens more alleged victims from other institutions to come forward in recent days. It also emerged on Tuesday that the head of a Salzburg monastery, Bruno Becker, had offered his resignation on Monday after confessing to having abused a boy 40 years ago, when he was a monk. Church authorities accepted his resignation immediately. The German, Austrian, Irish and US churches have all been damaged by sexual abuse scandals, and suggestions that senior clergy covered up what was happening. No 'culture of silence' Earlier on Tuesday, a Vatican spokesman said in a statement the sexual abuse scandals were especially deplorable given the educational and moral responsibilities of the Catholic Church, but that the institutions in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands had shown that it wanted to be transparent. "They have demonstrated their desire for transparency and, in a certain sense, accelerated the emergence of the problem by inviting victims to speak out, even when the cases involved date from many years ago," said Father Federico Lombardi. "By doing so, they have approached the matter 'on the right foot', because the correct starting point is recognition of what happened and concern for the victims and the consequences of the acts committed against them." He denied the Vatican had tried to erect a "wall of silence" around the scandals surfacing in many countries. On Monday, the German justice minister said Vatican secrecy rules were complicating investigations of the cases. Allegations of sexual abuse are being investigated in 18 of Germany's 27 Roman Catholic dioceses, where former students from a number of Catholic schools have alleged sexual abuse by teachers. The worldwide media publicity given to the scandals has proved disconcerting to the Vatican, says the BBC's David Willey in Rome. Broader problem It is doing its best to limit the moral damage caused to the church by stressing that paedophilia is a problem not limited to Catholic institutions and teachers, but which must be tackled in a broader context within civil society, our correspondent adds. In Germany, there have also been allegations of abuse at a church choir in the Regensburg Diocese. These are especially sensitive because the choir was run by the Pope's own elder brother, Father Georg Ratzinger, from 1964-1993 - though the abuse is alleged to have happened before he took charge. He has denied any knowledge of the sex abuse cases. But he admitted in an interview that discipline was strict, and that he himself had sometimes slapped pupils in the face. "Pupils told me on concert trips about what went on. But it didn't dawn on me from their stories that I should do something. I was not aware of the extent of these brutal methods," he told the Passauer Neue Presse. "At the start, I also slapped people in the face, but I always had a bad conscience," he said, adding he was relieved when corporal punishment was banned in 1980.
On Friday, April 02, 2010 at 09:45 pm, writes:
By Matthew Price BBC News, Milwaukee A Budzinski family photograph shows the young Arthur (circled left) attending a funeral with Fr Murphy (right) What must it feel like to have lost 50 years of your life? For that is what 61-year old Arthur Budzinski has endured. Five long decades of personal pain. And he has to rely on others to speak of his anguish. The Pope is accepting some resignations from some bishops who did what he did Professor Daniel Maguire Milwaukee theology lecturer It is made worse by the fact that no-one has been held to account for the sexual abuse he says he suffered as a child while at the Roman Catholic St John's School for the Deaf in St Francis, Wisconsin. That is despite the fact that as a youngster he told adults around him what was happening. Despite the fact that later - as an adult himself - he has continued to fight for justice. All to no avail. Arthur and around 200 other boys are said to have been sexually abused at the school by Father Lawrence Murphy, a Catholic priest. He says he and others told members of the clergy back then that they were being watched, touched and exploited by Fr Murphy. No-one listened. 'Ignoble attacks' Even when - decades later - the archbishop here did send a letter to the Vatican informing senior clergy about Fr Murphy, nothing was done. Arthur Budzinski is one of some 200 boys said to have been abused The Vatican department tasked with looking into such abuses was headed by the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - now, Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican insists there was no cover-up. It has accused the media and others of an "ignoble attack" on the Pope. Yet what of the "ignoble attack" on Arthur Budzinski? His daughter Gigi sits by his side as he goes through the black and white photos of his days back at St John's. She translates Arthur's sign language. "It goes all the way up to him," she says. "The Pope knew for many, many years. He knew." It is an allegation the Vatican firmly denies. It is, however, an allegation that is becoming harder to ignore. 'Reeking of hypocrisy' A few miles away, Professor Daniel Maguire is wrapped up against the unseasonably cold wind chill. A dark blue woollen hat, green mittens, a smart beige three quarter-length overcoat. Victim Arthur Budzinski says Vatican members knew about the scandal A former priest, the professor lectures in moral theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee. The latest allegations, centred around the events at St John's, are "the clearest example yet of the cover-up of crimes by Church authorities and colluding local law enforcement officers", he says. The picture he paints is of an old boys' network, closing in to protect the group and its members. For that is what the victims of paedophilia in the Catholic Church say they have been up against. They feel the Catholic Church has acted like a powerful group inclined to protect its own interests with scant regard for the victims. The Vatican says things have changed - the Pope has pledged a policy of zero tolerance of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. That is welcome, of course, but it is hardly justice for men like Arthur Budzinsky. And for critics like Professor Maguire, the whole sordid affair reeks of hypocrisy: "The Pope is accepting some resignations from some bishops who did what he did, ie allowing the transfer of sexual predators to other venues, failing to report crimes to the appropriate authority, seeing the crimes as public relations embarrassments, to the neglect of both law and the victims."
On Sunday, April 04, 2010 at 08:56 pm, melvin polatnick writes:
The revelations of child abuse in the catholic church and its cover up has shocked the world. What makes the crimes even more puzzling is that there is no rational reason why a holy man would sodomize a child. The Devil must take the blame for this sacrilege. It is his way of gathering Legion. He knows that an abused child will become a hater of the church. And Jesus asked him, saying “What is thy name?” And he said, “Legion”: because many devils were entered into him.
On Tuesday, April 06, 2010 at 05:03 pm, writes:
Vatican confirms report of sexual abuse and rape of nuns by priests in 23 countries The Catholic Church in Rome has made the extraordinary admission that it is aware priests from at least 23 countries have been sexually abusing nuns. The Catholic Church in Rome made the extraordinary admission yesterday that it is aware priests from at least 23 countries have been sexually abusing nuns. Most of the abuse has occurred in Africa, where priests vowed to celibacy, who previously sought out prostitutes, have preyed on nuns to avoid contracting the Aids virus. Confidential Vatican reports obtained by the National Catholic Reporter, a weekly magazine in the US, have revealed that members of the Catholic clergy have been exploiting their financial and spiritual authority to gain sexual favours from nuns, particularly those from the Third World who are more likely to be culturally conditioned to be subservient to men. The reports, some of which are recent and some of which have been in circulation for at least seven years, said that such priests had demanded sex in exchange for favours, such as certification to work in a given diocese. In extreme instances, the priests had made nuns pregnant and then encouraged them to have abortions.
On Tuesday, April 06, 2010 at 05:06 pm, writes:
Vatican confirms report of sexual abuse and rape of nuns by priests in 23 countries The Catholic Church in Rome has made the extraordinary admission that it is aware priests from at least 23 countries have been sexually abusing nuns. The Catholic Church in Rome made the extraordinary admission yesterday that it is aware priests from at least 23 countries have been sexually abusing nuns. Most of the abuse has occurred in Africa, where priests vowed to celibacy, who previously sought out prostitutes, have preyed on nuns to avoid contracting the Aids virus. Confidential Vatican reports obtained by the National Catholic Reporter, a weekly magazine in the US, have revealed that members of the Catholic clergy have been exploiting their financial and spiritual authority to gain sexual favours from nuns, particularly those from the Third World who are more likely to be culturally conditioned to be subservient to men. The reports, some of which are recent and some of which have been in circulation for at least seven years, said that such priests had demanded sex in exchange for favours, such as certification to work in a given diocese. In extreme instances, the priests had made nuns pregnant and then encouraged them to have abortions. The US article was based on five documents, which senior women from religious orders and priests have presented to the Vatican over the past decade. They describe a particularly bad situation in Africa. In a continent devastated by Aids, nuns, along with early adolescent girls, are perceived by some as safe sexual targets. The reports said that the church authorities had done little to tackle the problem. The Vatican reports cited countless cases of nuns forced to have sex with priests. Some were obliged to take the pill, others became pregnant and were encouraged to have abortions. In one case in which an African sister was forced to have an abortion, she died during the operation and her aggressor led the funeral mass. Another case involved 29 sisters from the same congregation who all became pregnant to priests in the diocese. The reports said that the cultures in some African countries made it almost impossible for a young woman to disobey an older man, especially one seen as spiritually superior. There were cases of novices who applied to their local priest or bishop for certificates of good Catholic practice that were required for them to pursue their vocation. In return they were made to have sex. Some incidents of sexual abuse allegedly took place almost within the Vatican walls. Certain unscrupulous clerics took advantage of young nuns who were having trouble finding accommodation, writing their essays and funding their theological studies. Forced to acknowledge the problem, the Vatican has tried to play down its gravity. In a statement issued yesterday the Pope's official spokesman, Joaquin Navarro Valls, said: "The problem is known and involves a restricted geographical area. Certain negative situations must not overshadow the often heroic faith of the overwhelming majority of religious, nuns and priests". One of the most comprehensive documents was compiled by Sister Maura O'Donohue, an Aids co-ordinator for Cafod, the London-based Catholic Fund for Overseas Development. She noted that religious sisters had been identified as "safe" targets for sexual activity. She quotes a case in 1991 of a community superior being approached by priests requesting that the nuns be made available to them for sexual favours. "When the superior refused the priests explained they would otherwise be obliged to go to the village to find women and might thus get Aids."Sister O'Donohue said her initial reaction to what she was told by her fellow religious "was one of shock and disbelief at the magnitude of the problem". While most of the abuse happened in African countries, Sister O'Donohue reported incidents in 23 countries including India, Ireland, Italy, the Philippines and the United States. She heard cases of priests encouraging the nuns to take the pill telling them it would prevent HIV. Others "actually encouraged abortion for the sisters" and Catholic hospitals and medical staff reported pressure from priests to carry out terminations for nuns and other young women. O'Donohue wrote in her report how a vicar in one African diocese had talked "quite openly" about sex, saying that "celibacy in the African context means a priest does not get married, but does not mean he does not have children." The head of the Vatican congregation for Religious Life, Cardinal Martinez Somalo, has set up a committee to look into the problem. But it seems to have done little beyond "awareness raising" among bishops. More recently, in 1998, Sister Marie McDonald, mother superior of the Missionaries of Our Lady of Africa, put together a paper entitled The Problem of the Sexual Buse of African Religious in Africa and Rome. She tabled the document to the Council of 16, made up of delegates of the international association of women's and men's religious communities and the Vatican office responsible for religious life. She noted that a contributing cause was the "conspiracy of silence". When she addressed bishops on the problem, many of them felt it was disloyal of the sisters to send reports. "However, the sisters claim they have done so time and time again. Sometimes they were not well received. In some instances they are blamed for what happened. Even when they are listened to sympathetically nothing much seems to be done" One of the most tragic elements that emerges is the fate of the victims. While the offending priests are usually moved or sent away for studies, the women are normally chased out of their religious orders, they are then either to scared to return to their families or are rejected by them. they often finished up as outcasts, or, in a cruel twist of irony, as prostitutes, making a meagre living from an act they had vowed never to do. One of the few religious in Rome willing to talk about the report was Father Giulio Albanese, of MISNA, the missionary news agency. "Missionaries are human beings, who are often living under immense psychological pressure in situations of war and ongoing violence. On one hand it's important to condemn this horror and it's important tell the truth, but we must not emphasise this at the expense of the work done by the majority, many of whom have laid down lives for witness" said Fr Albanese "The press only talks about missionaries when they are killed, kidnapped or are involved in something scandalous" he added. As the Vatican digests the unpalatable evidence of how their own priests are ruining the lives of their sisters, many Catholics hope a strong message may come from on high. With the American bishops, the Pope spoke in clear terms about paedophile priests, telling them this was a scourge that had to be faced. Some now hope that he may be equally courageous in denouncing an evil which has been covered by silence and shame for too long.
On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 11:52 am, Efe IYOMI writes:
I still find it difficult to believe what i have heard, well i know the Arch. Bishop Burke personally, well for me he is still my lord bishop........my grace may God see thru this.
On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 11:56 am, Efe IYOMI writes:
My lord i have always known you to be a humble and gentle man of God...........be strong!
On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 02:06 pm, onyeka john writes:
ever since the allegations broke out we catholic faithfuls who know him well have refuted the allegations. Even if the allegations are true, i believe it is something that happened in the past which was brought up just to tarnish and scandalize his image because the people didn't want him to be installed as archbishop in the first place due to tribal sentiments. It's unfair
On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 03:20 pm, writes:
He is not our lordship. Please when you speak, speak for yourself and not for the rest of us. This man is a sociopath.
On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 03:23 pm, writes:
Archbishop Richard burke is a wolf in sheep clothing.He love to have sex with young girls. He is a shameless man.
On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 03:25 pm, writes:
I have heard alot about Nigerians as smart people, but efe iyomi sound the opposite.
On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 05:50 pm, writes:
Now, I can undersand when the bible stated that many will be lead astray by the anti-christ. There are 8% of the people that are lead astray and misled by this deceiver call richard Burke. may God judge you burke for misleading poor souls. I believe he had already done so.
On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 05:52 pm, Eunice writes:
Put him in the DOCK and send him to jail. Shameless old man.
On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 05:56 pm, writes:
Archbishop Richard Burke touched my breast at a pastoral centre, he almost fuck me there, if not for a knonk on the door. Richard burke later gave me what I asked for.
On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 06:02 pm, Florence writes:
Please we do not want him back. If he dear come back, I hope interpol will take care of him and the media.
On Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 12:15 am, writes:
When it comes to sexual matters, we must be careful in denying for those accused. It is a known fact that many clergy men hide under ther garb of priestly holiness and commit terrible sexual crimes that may never be found out. I admire the courage of this woman, am sure she was able to speak out because she is in a western world. There are many more in her position, in Nigeria who suffer from such molestation from church ministers-Bishops and priests under the guise of poverty and can never speak out. Its the highest form of manipulation and enslavement. The fact that this woman waited for so many years before she spoke out is not the issue, can the Archbishop Burke deny her claims? The Kiltigan Fathers in Ireland, the congregation Burke belongs we also heard have affirmed the credibility of this woman's evidence. Let this be a wake up call to Bishops and Priests to live what they claim they are and stop deceiving themselves.
On Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 12:17 am, writes:
A Church VICTIM of an UNHOLY PRIEST said... QUOTE FROM ABOVE FEATURE IS VERY FAMILIAR - IN PARTICULAR NOTE THE PART BETWEEN "". This is a well known tactic used by an Irish Parish Priest and his paid medical specialist Dr. Damian Mohan to discredit a former Church employee. Seems all the Clergy are cut from the same cloth. Use the same lies to discredit those who stand up to them and look for justice and take legal advice. See the relevant wording below. Is this part of training for Clergy one would wonder seeing as it has occurred so many times!!! I also know that he has taped past conversations that I have had with him "and have told others, including his family in Ireland as well as my husband that I am obsessed with him in order to discredit me and make me appear to be crazy."
On Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 12:19 am, Peter writes:
My sincere prayers and good wishes to all those who have in any way endured sexual abuse, especially as children. I always pray that in some ways, they will find peace and be able to move on with their lives. The point I want make here is that we have allowed our sense of anger towards priests, to block us from seeing that there are others who need to be brought to justice too. Some people act as if child sexual abuse is only peculiar to priests. There are cases of family abuse, children abused by their teachers, neiboughrs and family friends. I can understand the fact that priests, by virtue of their ministry should show better example, but its good to realise that they are human beings too. Because we focus on priests so much, others are carrying out their acts and go free. Let us begin to show true justice and take everyone to account, no matter the person's status, whether priest or lay person. God bless us all.
On Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 07:26 am, Efe IYOMI writes:
Enough of these comments, lets see how Vatican will conclude this issues.
On Monday, April 26, 2010 at 12:06 am, Peter writes:
That is after you are have enough, silly woman. .Richard Burke should be ashame of himself for puting people through this mess.
On Monday, April 26, 2010 at 01:15 am, writes:
If you really cares for this man call Richard Burke, you will pray for him and be quiet. You sound more like somebody efe that is gaining from him financially. May God have mercy on us all for the crimes and sin taking please in the Church.
On Monday, April 26, 2010 at 10:37 am, Rita writes:
Efe, you said you know the bishop personally, that explain your frustation. Perhalps , one of is chewgum girls. I feel sorry for you. Please go look for something to do. He must have call you to comment for him just as he used the other girls. I think they know better now. Move on and get a real job. God help and save you, amen.
On Monday, April 26, 2010 at 11:48 am, Efe writes:
Rita, am not one of his chewgum girls like u stated in your comment, am a guy not a female and am not speaking for his defence. lets just see how the vatican which is the governing body of the church will handle the issue.
On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 12:40 am, writes:
Efe what ever you call yourself, your real name is not efe. and you are not from warri. The vatican itself are not to be trusted. see what is going on in the world. Even the pope himself did the same. Only the good Lord will purge the church through the media. If you think we trust the vatican, think again.
On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 05:45 pm, writes:
i believe everybody should go and do something better. why not allow the authorities to see to this matter or why not leave the judgement for God.
On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 09:32 pm, Ify writes:
I hear women say that priests abuse them sexually. where did the abuse happen? was it in the priests' house or in the women's family houses. Women accusers of our brethren, leave priests alone to do the work for which the good God has called them. Stay in your homes and mind your business. Even if a priest like Arch Bishop Burk has made a mistake in the past, surely 'God has long forgiven him and you decide to potray that you are evil and a devil's advocate. May God forgive you. Sex is not the worst sin in the world, your wickedness of destroying priests is worst than that. Are you possessed?
On Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 12:50 am, writes:
You are the possessed one in this case Ify. You defile the word of God for man. You call God a lier by what you wrote. You are spiritually blind and I encourage you to go to the chritmatic renuewa to do some deliverance for you. as for you archbishop richard burke, you are done for good, may God destroy the evil in you, so that you can be free. You are wolf like in sheep clothing, like most poeople wrote. Why are you hiding? Come out from your hiding please if you are a real man. Shame on you ARCHBISHOP RICHARD BURKE,for the young lives you have destroyed. May the good Lord set them free.
On Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 12:56 am, writes:
Richard Burke, Newchurch Archbishop Personally Appointed by Benedict-Ratzinger Burke Is One of the Criminal Bishops, Some Two Dozen in the United States Alone Whom Benedict-Ratzinger Is Sheltering from the Consequences of Their Crimes of Violence Against Newchurch Women and Children Newchurch\'s Great Sex & Embezzlement Scandal is now percolating higher than Newchurch presbyters up to bishops and archbishops -- corrupt prelates whom Benedict-Ratzinger himself has appointed, not holdovers from prior administrations. Richard Burke, appointed personally by Benedict-Ratzinger as Newchurch archbishop of Benini City, Nigeria, has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. She was lying sick in a Newchurch hospital when Burke assaulted her. For twenty years thereafter he continued to assault her. The scandal has forced Burke to suspend himself as archbishop. He is one of the most senior members of the Newchurch to be accused of assaulting a child. According to Monsignor Charles Scicluna, an official of the Newchurch Congregation for Bishops. Benedict-Ratzinger was informed of the assault charges, but failed to take any personal action. There are a number of other bishops and archbishops, not to say cardinals, of Benedict-Ratzinger, who now have been caught with their cassocks down. The Unholy Father refuses to take direct action to rid his administration of such people, many of whom he has himself personally appointed. Thus, Benedict-Ratzinger becomes an accessory both before and after the fact to child rape and assault. That is the verdict of both Catholic theology and civil law. We will see how long Benedict-Ratzinger can hide behind his diplomatic immunity of Newrome before his Newchurch falls down around him, as it is already happening. Newchurchers are leaving the Newchurch ship at every accelerating rates, and Newchurch collections are way down. [Some information for this Commentary was contributed by the Press Association.]
On Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 01:00 am, Rita writes:
Why bother about Archbishop richard burke chewgum touch and pay clients. He is using them as much as he had destroyed their lives. That is the fruit of richard burke labour.
On Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 01:06 am, writes:
Ify, the priest abuse them were richard burke fuck you and turn you to a way-ward barstared ,or maybe the same place like the pastoral centre or may be is office. Please dont prertend as if you do not know. warri girl.
On Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 11:17 am, michel writes:
I have taken time to go through the story of this so called accuser of the bishop. I do believe that only God knows who has the truth here.However,every contributor to this discussion should realise that we are not all saints,the priests did not write the sixth commandment and are also human eventhough no one applauds the bad.Some are too bitter in their reactions,pls. take it easy,there is always a tomorrow.For my dear priests every experience has a lesson to teach,a word is enough for the wise.
On Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 11:31 am, writes:
Those Arm robbers and rapist out there who have stolen and murdered people should all be forgiven and be realise from prison, after all ,they are humans and God has forgiven them. Please get them all out of prieson, they are not saint, they are only human. Please tell the police to get them out, and the judge in the court should not judge them , because the Bible say judge not so that you will not be judge. Michel, take a good look at yourself. i am afraid to say think again, because I know you cannot think.
On Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 12:23 am, michel writes:
My dear,I am really surprised that you are taking this too personal.Swear that you never did anything wrong in your life.Remember that there is no one who is being carried on the back whose buttocks is not open.If you are really thinking,you should ask yourself why this lady kept calm as she claimed untill she realised that the sister is also a beneficiary before she took offence,meaning she had no problems with the relationship while it lasted,only to turn jealous as the sister appeared in the scene.You can say whatever you like because you have custody of your mouth,examine your conscience and realise that no one even you have licence to sin,it can be anybody even you so take it easy
On Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 12:37 am, Dafe writes:
Some of you guys talk as if you have an issue to settle with the catholic clergy befor now.The fact that they are priest does not give them immunity over temptation.I thought the girl would say she was raped but she did not,why could she not leave the man of God alone all the while even after marriage.I hate situations where people cry when it does not favour them and keep their cool when it suits them.However ;the man attacking Michel should please repeat his course on GS101Use of English for Beginners,possibly consult Prof.Benson Oluikpe to go through his material before posting them on this site
On Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 04:57 pm, writes:
Michel and Deaf. I will call deaf, because you are both norrow minded people who are uneducated. It is true that money is the mind of nigerians. You are two shameless people who have no morals and that is why and for once I can say, you people in nigeria deserve the leaders you have in nigeria. By their friut you shall know them. This criminal call archbishop richard burke is a wanted man here and he had committed a serious crime against young people were ever he went and all you can say is bleam the girls and vitims. You are people to be pityed indeed, shame on you all.
On Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 05:03 pm, writes:
Please, dont mind these hopeless people. if you look back into their hopelss past, they are rapist , who do not have respect for women. Women mean nothing to them. Trace who they are.
On Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 07:49 am, speak truth for Jesus sake writes:
Infact my heart bleeds as i read though all comments. it is time we all turn to God in repentance. Most priest of warri and Benin dioceses are guilty of this abuse. if you notice, no priest dare comment.The girls, ladies,married women who entice the priest/bishops, the money men who entice the religious sisters, married men who go after young girls cos they are from poor homes. Uncles who have sex with nieces cos they are orphans and need money to survive.Aunties who seduce their nephews or young boys old enough to be their child the list is unending......... The whole world stinks of one sin or the other. It is TIME TO REPENT BY ALL!!!!!!! IF YOU HAVE NO SIN GET A PRIEST OR BISHOP PICTURE AND CAST A STONE.You think Jesus did not know that all this will happen when he said in gospel of John 8 please read? Enough!!!!!!! let all go back to their shell and pray. Bishops and priest are just tools in the hand of God who created ALL to minister to us all. Let the master be the Justified jurdge. Guilty/Abuse God can and will settle all in due season, time and place. May His perfect peace reign in all our disturbed HEART AND MIND IN JESUS NAME AMEN.
On Friday, May 07, 2010 at 09:21 pm, Julius writes:
why did Dolores keep this unholy relationship for this long? Is it not possible she had fallen out of favour with the Archbishop and she thinks the only way to 'Punish' him was to be mouthy about her 'sexual romp'?
On Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 12:45 am, writes:
She did because of sick people like you , who will never speak the truth and when people speaks out, you speak evil about them ,like you are now doing. You are a very dispicable person. Also, she did because of currupt people like you in the church. I hope that answer your question. Before I forget, archbishop burke had been reported by another irish lady for abusing her, please write to the police and the lady and tell them what you just wrote. Stupid lady. Please, go and bring the burke back to nigeria, let see if that will ever happen.
On Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 12:46 am, writes:
Na wa for this irish people self. they like your children to destroy.
On Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 12:49 am, writes:
Archbishop richard burke should get a serious help. The man is bad.
On Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 10:48 am, thetruthshallsetyoufree writes:
Victor, we know what you can do.May God forgive you.
On Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 11:45 pm, writes:
We hope it set you free first. I mean Richard burke and yourself kind of truth.
On Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 08:22 am, writes:
People stop! I am a Nigerian and Arch-Bishop Burke is my bishop. I am not here to defend him. But lets wait till the investigation is over and lets use this opportunity to pray for our priests and bishops
On Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 05:32 pm, writes:
Which investigation? and by whom? Think again, the vatican is as corrupt as the nigeria police. That is why priests and bishops like richard burke get away with the crimes they have commited and still commiting. SHAME.
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On Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 06:12 am, thetruthshallsetyoufree writes:
Vic, well done for your prompt response. you still carry your bitterness along with you. it is evident from your response. did the vatican ask for you defense on their position on corruption? Your wasted time to respond to every comment sent in is a pity. You should have used it to prepare good lesson notes for your students rather than accusing an innocent soul.
On Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 10:48 am, Rita writes:
What is wrong with you people? Why are you bleaming an innocent man for the crime and sins of richard burke. All that is said about burke is true. This is not a question of being against anybody. Please do not point your finger against anyone. If richard burke have live is life by example or by his own teachings, nobody will speak of him this way. Sleeping with young girls, prostites, married women and even a bysextual is wrong. I pray that God forgive us all.
On Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 10:54 am, Paul writes:
Is it not true that the vatican is corrupt, it is even corrupt more than the nigeria police, not like the nigeria police. The prove is all over the place. You people sit in your ignorant society, not knowing what is going on in the world. i can understand that you have no pover for media information, that is why you should be quiet when knowlegeable people are speaking.
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An Irish-born Archbishop has been suspended by the Vatican over an allegation that he carried on a 20-year relationship with a woman that began when she was only 14. The archbishop is currently said to be in the U.S. and once served in New Jersey. Archbishop Richard Burke, from Fethard, County Tipperary, a member of the Kiltegan Fathers, a missionary order in County Wicklow, has been removed from his post as Archbishop of Benin in Nigeria after church officials described the person who made the allegations, Dolores Attwood (40) now resident in Canada as as "a credible witness."
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Only the truth (Jesus) can set us free. Pray for both the lady and the man of God. Thanks
On Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 09:53 pm, writes:
Please stop calling richard burke man of God . He can be call a man of God until he appologies to all the girls he abused and he should repent.Just a word of wisdom
On Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 09:55 pm, writes:
My dear emma, I do understand you and your good heart, this richard burke has fooled alot of us.Wolf in sheep clothing.
On Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 09:59 pm, writes:
"Priest faces indecency trial " - Ireland A PRIEST is to go on trial next month accused of sexually abusing three young girls in Co Fermanagh more than 30 years ago.Fr Eugene Lewis is charged with three counts of indecent assault between 1962... - full story Published in: Ireland » Europe » by The Irish News OnlineOctober 16, 2009 Filed under: environment, law_crime Sign in or Sign up to comment.
On Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm, writes:
Page last updated at 19:18 GMT, Wednesday, 12 May 2010 20:18 UK E-mail this to a friend Printable version Fr Eugene Lewis denies he abused sisters Father Lewis denies the charges against him A priest accused of abusing three sisters at their home in County Fermanagh has told his trial that he never touched them in any indecent way. Father Eugene Lewis, 75, denies 11 charges of assault between 1963 and 1973. The sisters say the abuse began when they were as young as seven. On Wednesday, Father Lewis took the witness stand at Omagh Crown Court. When asked if he had committed any sexual offence against any of the sisters he replied "absolutely none". During cross-examination by the prosecution, he said: "I never approached these girls with any sexual intent and I never abused them in anyway." The sisters have claimed he often called at bedtime or on Saturday bath night and would indecently assault them while telling them bedtime stories. Fr Lewis was ordained in 1958 and after his time at seminary in Blacklion, County Donegal between 1960 and 1970, he went to Dublin and then served on missions overseas. More recently he has worked in west Belfast. The trial is expected to last several weeks.
On Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm, writes:
Sister claims priest sexually abused her at college grotto FOLLOWING the break for the May bank holiday, the case against Father Eugene Lewis, resumed on Tuesday at Omagh Crown Court. The seventy five year-old priest faces eleven charges of indecent assault against three Fermanagh sisters in the 1960s and the 1970s while he was a senior figure with the White Fathers Order which, during the period in question, had a college in Blacklion. A fourth sister, whom it is understood, has not taken a complaint against the priest in her own right, gave evidence throughout Tuesday. She said that her parents would have revered the priests as people who would further enable their children's education. She said that the accused would have been considered as somebody important and intelligent and that her parents would have had huge respect for him. She said that the priests from Blacklion would have frequented the family home and that students from the college would also have come to the house and that Father Lewis would have called at the family home 5-6 times per year. She said that Fr Lewis would read or tell her and her sisters stories at bed time but that she was easily bored and not much interested by the stories and would probably have continued reading her book. "Our names had been put in the stories, I thought this was a bit silly. My attitude was to just continue reading." The witness said that she and her family would have visited the Blacklion College on occasions, including the occasion of the pantomime. When asked by the Crown counsel, "Did anything happen regarding Fr Eugene Lewis?", she said she recalled an incident when she and her family were visiting Blacklion and went to the grotto along with her elder sister and the priest. She said that while all three were sitting on a rock, one sister on either side of the priest, Fr Lewis began one of his stories. "I remember wanting to see this grotto...after a few minutes I could feel his hand under my dress. He put his hand in and began massaging my breast." She said that she had presumed she was seven or eight but now believes that she may have been a little bit older, as she was conscious of her development. "I didn't like what was happening so I got up and walked away. She said that she had been wearing a cotton dress with short sleeves. "I had very little tolerance for priests after that. I developed a healthy disrespect and also resented the fact that these people had such power in the house." She said she began to disregard Fr Lewis and the other priests that came to the house. She said that she recalled a huge row with her parents when she was 15 and refused to go to confession. "After that I was considered a bit of a rebel in the house." She went on to say that when she'd finished her studies at Trinity College Dublin, she got some teaching work at the Templeogue college of the White Fathers teaching European priests English. She said that Fr Lewis was the superior during that period. When asked by the Crown if there was anything out of the routine during this time she said that she recalled that on the occasion of having passed her final exams, she asked Fr Lewis if she could use the phone in his office to phone home. He acquiesced and after she had made the call, he suggested a celebration and poured her and himself a glass of Southern Comfort whisky. She said she pretended to sip it and made her excuses to leave. "As I got up he attempted to kiss me. I pushed him away and left." The witness told the court that she had no compensation claim against the witness in this or any other jurisdiction. Defence counsel, when he began his cross-examination began, "Let me make it quite clear on behalf of Father Lewis, he denies that any indecent assault ever happened. Witness had no recollection of when Father Lewis stopped telling stories in her home. Referring to the fact that the witness, in her direct evidence, changed her approximate age (from that in her statement to police) at the time of the alleged incident in Blacklion the defence counsel pressed the witness as to what age she actually was. She replied, "When I was approached to make this statement I thought about this , as to why I was embarrassed. It was because I was developing I was 9 or 10." Witness had indicated that it was in her character that if she didn't like something that she would walk away from it. She added that she may have walked off back to the college and left her sister with the priest Defence asked, "Is it in your character that if you didn't like something that you would tell someone?" The witness said that that was not necessarily what she would have done because the person in question was a priest. "I think there was a sense of 'I won't say anything - this is a priest' - I removed myself from the situation." Defence responded, "But you can't say where you removed yourself to?" He continued, "Father Lewis says he never took you or you sister to the grotto...and that nothing indecent ever happened." The court heard that in later years the witness helped Fr Lewis in relation to helping exhibit the works of an African artist, and that Fr Lewis had had a meal in her home and stayed the night around that time. She denied that she had invited him there as an intermediary between her and her estranged husband, and when it was put to her that it must have been difficult to bear the presence of someone whom she had alleged indecently assaulted her as a child, she said that he had long since ceased to be a threat to her. That he was an insignificant person to her and she knew how to deal with him. She also said that she and he slept in opposite wings of her large house. Defence suggested that had the incident happened as she recalled she would have been loath to take the teaching position at the school at which he was the senior figure. She replied , "I would have accepted the position because I wanted to teach. Father Lewis would have been insignificant in my life. The chance of earning some money was important to me." The case continues tomorrow.
On Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm, writes:
I do know this father eugene Lewis in question. Infact , a rev sister call him a "Play Boy". This man fucked most of the young and married women in OYO STATE surroundings and even beyond. He Fucked rev sisters, both white and black. I am so greatful that God has brought judgement on him and I pray they put him in jail, which will be. for those of you blaming Ms Atwood for coming out to speak the evil of bishop burke, I hope you will hide you shameless faces. These are white women who reported this man who abused them 30yrs ago when they were just 7 and 8yrs. This eugene lewis worked in nigeria and left few years ago because someone reported him and they removed him quietly. I personally know this shameless Child abuser. He and bishop richard burke were also very good friends, same irish priests. Shame on them and may God countinues to expose the evil wolves in sheep clothing in the church. God save us all, Amen
On Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 02:01 am, writes:
Africa is now a dumping groung for irish child abusers. Interpo should watch out for this new so call irish missionaries coming to developing countries. Please watch out for them. the police in these countries are corupt and they know that and take advantage of the bad system and abuse the poverty people and these developing countries are save havens for them.
On Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 02:05 am, writes:
As much as I dont care what the pope says, I do agree with him on a comment he made, " THis abuse, is an irish thing , an irish problem". Bishop richard burke need serious help
On Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 02:16 am, writes:
Please stop calling him a bishop. He is richard burke, period. Child abuser who slept with prostitutes and his perishoners wives.
On Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 02:25 am, writes:
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Why taken Catholic Church so long to acknowledge role in child sex abuse? UNITED STATES CNN FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty: The pope is finally admitting that the Catholic Church itself is to blame for the worldwide child sex abuse scandal. It took long enough. Pope Benedict XVI calls the crisis "truly terrifying" and suggests "the greatest persecution of the church doesn't come from enemies on the outside but is born from the sins within the church." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 PM
On Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 06:52 pm, writes:
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Dear Sr. Clementina. You have been a very bad fruit in the house of God and this is a message for you. "Repent or God judgement will come upon you". It is not too late sister. Your evil for the love of money and imorality, God see's them all . Please sister, repent before it is too late. Thank you.
On Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 11:56 pm, Seeker of Truth writes:
Archbishop Richard Burke, has resigned as the bishop of Warri and a new bishop has been install. I have heard people say; “what a relief and that the people in Benin are demanding for a new bishop too”. A group in the church that I spoke with personally spoke about Richard Burke and it was not a good news. In fact, another woman that I had spoken with said that Richard Burke’s installation began on a wrong foot and that she hoped that they would never send him back to Nigeria. From the damaging evidences that I have seen and heard about this bishop, shows the level of corruption in the church in Nigeria, and how some of the foreign priests can use Nigerian people and their local priests to cover up the ills that are happening there. People like Ms Atwood are very brave to speak their mind and to want to see changes in the Catholic Church. I was able to contact Ms Atwood last February and she appeared very calm, confident and collected. She articulated herself very well and you could see sense and tell from the way she spoke that she meant well for the Church, but hate the corruption and the cover-ups of criminal priests and activities in the Church. My prayer is that God will help this man Richard Burke, because if this case should go to court or any public hearing, Richard burke will be thrown in jail, without a doubt! The evidence against this man is so damaging. Now, three women also accuse another Irish priest that had work in Nigeria here in Northern Ireland. I know many who considered Eugene Lewis to be a “womanizer and A play boy". I also heard that before Eugene was charged, in Northern Ireland, that he had planned to run away from Ireland, but before he could run away, the police in Northern Ireland took his passport and charged him. My question to you is, how can anyone call these men "HOLY" or "GOD FEARING MEN?" I have met good and Godly priests, but these two men described above are neither God fearing nor Holy!!! I heard again that two Nigerian rev sisters and a bishop wrote letters concerning fr. Lewis in the abuse case pending. Their letters contradicts the many people that I spoke with, both in Nigeria and in Ireland who knows this man. The credibility of these Rev sisters and bishop are at stake here. In conclusion where is Richard Burke? Why has he chosen to run and hide for this past year if he is innocent? Fr. Eugene Lewis is facing the courts in Northern Ireland and will soon be facing his judgment here on earth. But where is Richard Burke? This is only the beginning of what is yet to come or should I say, the “tip of the iceberg” Africa, the priests and “holy men, who have chosen to hide from the law in you, will soon face judgment. Are you ready to be held accountable for your sins now, or in Hell, where Satan is waiting to embraces you with open arms for your crimes against humanity?
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 12:12 am, Rita,Lagos writes:
This Bishop Burke story is all over Nigeria and around the world, and it has divided the church here alot. I believe that the bishop abuse this lady and that is one thing that most people agreed on. Interpo should intervail in these issues or it should go to international court. My friends from Ausralia and the US call me to inform me about this Bishop in the news. Is the Vatica not doing anything about this issue before it get out of hand?
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 12:17 am, writes:
My dear sister, it is out of hands already. The corruption in the church is worse than the coruption in the world. We are in the end times.Not everyone who says Lord , Lord with inherit the kingdom of God.
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 12:26 am, writes:
If I were the Pope, I will not undermind this lady, she is a force. I believe she is a fighter.
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm, writes:
It is very sad that the church is come down to this. The evil in the church
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 01:04 pm, writes:
My dear Aburo a lot is happening o. May d Lord grant us and our loved ones a discerning heart so dat we do not become victims. The important fact dat is very comforting is dat in d midst of d deception God is gathering is own people to himself who are without spot or wrinkle. Yesterday at 1:43pm
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 01:06 pm, writes:
Even though they appear as true, Jesus Christ says that they are wolves in sheep's clothing. They will deceive many. If possible they will seduce even the very elect with signs and wonders. This means they are within the Christian world showing themselves as true powerful charismatic workers of the gospel, even working miracles. God wants the true believers to be aware of them and to reject them.
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 07:24 pm, Titiyo writes:
Leave Sister alone, She a great woman of God. Now, the only way for you to spray your evil is to write liars on the web.
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 07:50 pm, Paul writes:
I am back on this web for you titiyo. I will meet you soon
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 07:53 pm, writes:
that na bishop richard burkette dick hoohoo hooooooooooooo hole
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 07:57 pm, writes:
wetin dey do this burke ashawo,titiyo? bishop richard burke don do some service lately ,so she de resume service, pick up or delivery prostitude?
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 08:02 pm, writes:
Please, lets focus on the issue. titilayo is not her name,she is wayward, period.
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 08:07 pm, Prisca writes:
May God have mercy on you all. You all call yourselves christians, you are not different from unbelievers. This includes the rev sister clementina cursing and so on. Shame. I do not believe in any of you.
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 08:10 pm, Joanne writes:
I am not here to judge any one. This matter does not concern you for God sake. Mind your own business.
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 08:14 pm, writes:
I will never allow any of my sons or daughters be a sister or priest.
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 08:19 pm, Paul writes:
99.9% of them are no vigins, 85% are not call by God. They are called by money, materialism, worldlyness and power.
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 08:21 pm, writes:
Please readers stop puting your money in church, give it to the poor and motherless home and bambialas.God will still bless you.
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 09:00 pm, writes:
Priest guilty of abusing sisters A priest has been convicted by a court in Co Tyrone of sexually abusing three sisters over the course of a decade. Fr Eugene Lewis (76), was found guilty by a jury at Omagh Crown Court guilty of 11 counts of indecently assaulting the three Co Fermanagh sisters separately and on differing dates between August 1963 and September 1973. Lewis, the former provincial superior of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, based in Dublin, had denied the charges.
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 09:05 pm, writes:
A Dublin-based priest has been convicted of sexually abusing three young sisters in Northern Ireland. Fr Eugene Lewis is the former provincial superior of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, better known as the White Fathers, who was based at Cypress Grove House, Templeogue in Dublin. He was found guilty by a jury at Omagh Crown Court of 11 counts of indecently assaulting the three sisters between August 1963 and September 1973. AdvertisementThe charges cover a period when Lewis lived at the White Fathers' College, Blacklion, Co Cavan. During the six-week trial the 76-year-old denied all the charges and described the claims of abuse as 'absolute rubbish'. He will be sentenced next month.
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 09:11 pm, writes:
court in Omagh has found a Catholic priest guilty of sexually abusing three young sisters. Father Eugene Lewis, 76, denied 11 charges of assault between 1963 and 1973. The sisters said the abuse began when they were as young as seven. The abuse took place at their County Fermanagh home. A jury of six men and six women unanimously convicted the former provincial superior of the Society of Missionaries of Africa. The priest was also accused of raping one of the sisters, but since the alleged incident happened in Dublin he could not be tried for the offence in Northern Ireland. During the six-week trial the jury heard that Lewis had befriended the girls' parents nearly 50 years ago. Prosecuting QC Ken McMahon said the priest had "wormed his way" into the family through a fellow, but innocent cleric. Mr McMahon told the jury that although welcomed into their home at anytime, he often chose to call at bedtime or on Saturday bath night. Lewis, who currently resides in Dublin, was ordained in 1958 and after his time in a seminary between 1960 and 1970, he went to Dublin and then served on missions overseas. More recently he has worked in west Belfast. He will be sentenced in June.
On Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 11:16 pm, Seeker of Truth writes:
Is this Father Eugene Lewis, the same father Eugene Lewis that worked in Ife and Ondo? That priest was known throughout Nigeria as a "womanizer and a play boy. He was also a close friend to the infamous Richard aka "Dick" Burke. I feel sorry for the Bishop of Oyo and Sister Clementina who wrot letters of support for Eugene Lewis. You know what he did in Nigeria and are a part of the sinister and evil that ropt the Catholic Church in Nigeria and defend the abusers of children and violators of human dignity! REPENT FOR THE TIME IS nEAR!!!!
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 01:14 am, writes:
Priest convicted of sexual abuse A Co Tyrone jury has convicted Dublin based priest Fr Eugene Lewis of sexually abusing three young sisters. Thursday, 27 May 2010 Tags: Court Local News It took the Omagh Crown Court jury of six men and six women four and a half hours over two days to unanimously convict the former provincial superior of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, or White Fathers as better known, based at Cypress Grove House, Templelogue in Dublin. The 76-year-old disgraced pensioner priest, who had dismissed the abuse claims as "absolute rubbish ... they never happened", showed no emotion, never once looking up, head bowed all the time as he palmed a set of rosary beads in the dock. Article Continues
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 01:16 am, writes:
Please do not talk about credibility when it comes to these wolves in sheep clothing. Shame on you all. The world has changed
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 01:22 am, writes:
A country were a 70yrs old man can marry a 13yrs old girl, what do you expect from them, Holyness and morality? Shame on you all again. Send interpol to these shameless people who call themseves rev sisters and bishops. Shame again and again.
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 01:29 am, writes:
Why is it that the irish priests, rev sisters and bishops who live next door , did not speak for this man? They all know him as a play boy, buy the nigerian sisters and bishop are quick to defend an abuser, because that is what their lives is about, were sisters and bishops can have sex with archbishops and underage girls and they get away with it.Sad.
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 01:34 am, writes:
This was a man who abused lots of nigerian girls and got away with it, only for God judgement on him in his own country." The day of the Lord shall come like a thief at night" What ever you sow, you shall surely reap. Thank you Lord Jesus for your gracious word, Amen.
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 01:36 am, writes:
"My judgement will begin in my own house," says the Lord. It has indeed began.
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 01:38 am, writes:
There was a revelation in Fatima about these mess happening in the Church and God judgement upon these wolves in sheep clothing.
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 01:39 am, writes:
Aburo well done. this is in deed the end times.
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 01:49 am, writes:
May the good Lord keep the few good priests and sisters save until he returns. Not like the sisters and bishops mentioned above.
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 09:45 am, Titiyo writes:
Dolores benefited a lot from Fr Lewis and Archbishop Burke. She a prostitute. Her husband should start praying that she will not leave him after she took all his money.
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 10:51 am, writes:
year-old priest yesterday palmed a set of rosary beads in the dock and never once looked up as he was convicted of sexually abusing three young girls. Eugene Lewis had described the allegations as "absolute rubbish . . . they never happened" and showed no emotion as a jury found him guilty of 11 counts of indecently assaulting the three sisters. During Lewis's trial it was also alleged he later raped one of his victims after she visited him for counselling over an affair she had with a married policeman. Omagh Crown Court was also told that Lewis, who is based in Dublin, had committed serious sex crimes in the Republic. One victim told the court he raped her twice in the White Fathers' house in Dublin. The court also heard a claim by a fourth sister that she was sexually abused at the Order's former home in Blacklion, on the Fermanagh-Cavan border. However, these allegations were not the subject of charges as they had been allegedly committed in the Republic and outside the court's jurisdiction. Married Gardai could not confirm whether they had investigated, or received complaints about Lewis. A garda spokesman said last night: "Unfortunately we are not in a position to comment on a matter that has been before a court, or on named individuals." The serious sex attacks were outlined by prosecutor Ken McMahon who said the priest had wormed his way into the family through another, innocent cleric. Mr McMahon told the jury that although welcomed into the family's home in the North at anytime, Lewis often chose to call at bedtime or on Saturday when the girls were bathing. One of Lewis's victims told the court he abused her while telling her and her sisters bedtime stories. However, when she was aged 21, the priest raped her at the Templelogue base of the White Fathers after her parents sent her to him when they discovered she had an affair with a married policeman. The court heard she was left traumatised, but that he raped her again the following night despite her begging him to stop. She later complained to her mother about the abuse, although she said nothing of the rapes. But it was not until two years ago that she finally went to the authorities in the North and South. It took the jury of six men and six women four-and-a-half hours over two days to unanimously convict the former provincial superior of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, better known as the White Fathers, who was based at Cypress Grove House, Templelogue, Dublin. The charges related to differing dates between August 1963 and September 1973. The priest, who told police and the jury that he "never touched those children", will be sentenced next month after pre-sentence reports are completed. Joe McVeigh, defending, said that while his client respected the decision of the jury, "he is very disappointed and he wants to stress that he remains adamant in his denials". Mr McVeigh said that Lewis's defence team are now to "consider the position and give some thought to our grounds of appeal"
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 10:54 am, writes:
I am very pleased to see that Eugene lewis will be jailed. Archbishop Richard Burke and the Archbishop of abuja will be next , to the glory of God. Shame on you.
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 11:04 am, writes:
Paul thanks for all your contributions, you said it all well.
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 11:09 am, writes:
Bishop Richard "Dick" Buckettee ,you can run, but you can hide.
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 11:15 am, writes:
It is a disgrace that, instead of the Church correcting the world, the world is correcting the Church.
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 11:19 am, Paul writes:
You are welcome. I see all the corruption and immorality wey he dey for this our church. I use to be a alter boy.I know bishop burke well well, the man na snake.
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm, writes:
Have you ever notice that this priests never take responsibility for their actions, they bleam the victims and they deniel everything to the end, until they are send to jail. What a liers. Priests lying. God help us.
On Friday, May 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm, Janet writes:
I will trust no priests or sisters with my dogs.Dont even think of my home
On Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 12:33 am, Johnson, Benin writes:
I happen to meet a sister in lagos that i know for some time now, and we were talking about abuse and I did asked her what does she thibk about the issue of Bishop Richard Burke abuse case? Surpricing to me she said "Ms Atwood story make sense, I believe her" That changed my view , and I went back to the web to read it again, sister was right.
On Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 12:35 am, Janet writes:
The more I read and hear in the News about this abuse thing the more I believe her story.
On Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 12:43 am, Iyabo writes:
Ms Atwood is a well respected lady around the world and nothing can take that away from her, we all know that. I believe her story from the beginning and I still believe her 110%. she has nothing to gain, infact she is doing well. My question is, why is the Bishop Richard Burke still hiding? why is he not back since,if he is innocent? I will cut my arm if he comes back,that is how sure I know he is done for good.
On Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 10:50 am, writes:
this opinion pull is mere calumny! If anybody has a case against Bishop Burke, let him go to court
On Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm, writes:
You are right, but the man is hiding. No one knows were he is, even the media is looking for him. Have you seen him? He is in serious trouble.
On Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm, writes:
Thiefs and criminals and offenders aways hide. He knows he has done wrong.
On Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm, Rita writes:
Richard Burke is thanking God that he was able to go into hiding before he was caught. Eugene Lewis was going to do the same, and they took his passport away from him. he knew what did and now he is found guity so quick by 12 jury, 6men, 6 wemen.He will be sentence to jail in a few days. What a shame.
On Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 07:52 pm, writes:
i am sorry for you that thik this is a good and christain man ,, it has been proven he has a case to answer here ,, maybe if the courts had of taken these children seriously over the last 30 years there wouldnt be so many victims of these mens crimes ,, it doesnt matter if they are nice people ,, look normal !!! it comes down to the bare facts they are paedophiles !!! plain and simple ,, they are the most devious people they hide their evil ways ,,, they are simply EVIL !!! good luck to the girls who may i say are so brave to come forward ,, you all should be praying for these victims not their abuser even though he hides behind the church !!! time to weed out these animals !!!!
On Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 07:57 pm, writes:
Do you think you could spot a paedophile by looking at him or that his predilection for children would interfere with his other duties? Of course, he would appear to be intelligent and caring, why else would anyone leave him alone with their children? It is unusual that it only involved one family that he wasn't related to and not many more. By the way, in this case he isn't holding his head up high, as they pointed out in the article, he just hung his head down and mumbled to his rosary beads.Shme on you eugene Lewis and Richard Burke
On Monday, May 31, 2010 at 01:10 pm, Olu writes:
Archbishop of Benin resigns May 31, 2010 1:46 PM | By Sapa-AFP Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Irish prelate and archbishop of the Nigerian diocese of Benin City Richard Anthony Burke. The resignation follows the prelate being accused of molesting a teenage girl. Burke, in a statement to the weekly Irish Catholic, voiced “deepest sorrow for my inappropriate, irresponsible and repeatedly sinful conduct,” but denied having abused a minor. (SOURCE: http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/article479693.ece/Archbishop-of-Benin-resigns ) For those of you fellow Africans defending this Archbishop (becuase as someone rightly said on this threda, we have a culture of automatically ascribing respect, honour and homeage to people in position whether or not they deserve it) the reality is, Richard Anthony Burke has now fully acknowledged having carnal knowledge of women. Whether or not he had sexual relationships with them as minors, he definetely violated his oath of chastity and celibacy, and it was right for him to have resigned from hisn position. If more women, like Dolores Atwood, should come out of the closet, more heads heads would certainly start to roll, and the Catholic Church in Africa would begin to have its own share of the shameful clerical sex abuse and scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church in other parts of the world.
On Monday, May 31, 2010 at 03:52 pm, writes:
Hi Dolores, Congratulations on your work in getting rid of that creep Burke. At least he cannot use his "office" to abuse other youngsters. The pope has accepted his resignation.
On Monday, May 31, 2010 at 03:55 pm, writes:
Well done my dear Dolores Atwood and shame on all of you who claimed that richard burke was "Holy and God fearing". I hope you can see to it yourselves.
On Monday, May 31, 2010 at 03:59 pm, writes:
I knew from the beginning that Ms Atwood was telling the truth. I hope the other girls will come out and tell their own stories or they will live forever with that sin and pain. Now is the time. CONGRATULATIONS Ms Atwood. May God bless you.,Amen
On Monday, May 31, 2010 at 08:23 pm, writes:
The Vatican said Monday that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of a senior Catholic cleric who has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Nigeria. Archbishop Richard Anthony Burke resigned from the pastoral care of the archdiocese of Benin City, Nigeria, the Vatican said, without elaborating on the reasons for the cleric's departure from office. Earlier this year, a woman aged in her 40s and living in Canada made a complaint against Burke in which she claimed he had sexually assaulted her while she was still in her teens and then engaging in a 20-year affair with her. The St Patrick's Missionary Society in Kiltegan, Ireland of which Burke was a member, said in a statement that he had admitted breaking his vow of celibacy, the Press Association news agency reported. 'He has apologised to all those whom he has hurt by his actions and has taken full personal responsibility for what he has done wrong,' the society said. Archbishop Burke denied the allegation of child sex abuse but admitted having the affair with the woman when she was over 18. SEARCH
On Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 02:20 am, writes:
I am Catholic and am starting to see that we have two Churches. One that is based upon the doctrine of the teachings of Jesus and the Catechism of the Church. The other is a group of old men, completely out of touch with reality and trying to maintain their power through whatever means necessary. I am having difficulty reconciling the two
On Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 09:00 am, EMELUE IKECHUKWU JOSEPH writes:
It is the end time and crazier things will soon happen, why all the ohhhs and ahhhhs about this? for Chrissake anybody that is a Catholic and active in Church activities with close relationships with almost all the priests know that they are men and been men they err, i personally know about 3 confirmed cases in two different parishes i have attended, two in St John Catholic Church Ladipo, Oshodi, Lagos State, and one in St Patrick Catholic Church Benin City, Edo State. As a Catholic my advice to the Priests is that they should really be sure they have God's calling before embarking on the Priesthood journey and not get into the Priesthood because they were Altar boys or because they don't intend hustling for jobs after graduation. They should also know that their judgment would definitely be different because to whom much is given much is expected, my prayer for them is that they learn how to control their urges, even idolaters do abstain! And for us all commenting and judging, let us remember that we have committed more greivous sins and we should not think that because they are the Clergy it makes thiers worse! it does not we all have to try to live according to God's words and teachings which we all know i very hard to do, i pray that God should be lenient in his Judgment and Have Mercy on us all....for all of us have sinned and come short of his Glory
On Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 11:53 am, writes:
Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of an Irish archbishop who was accused of molesting a teenage girl in Benin City in Nigeria. A Nigerian woman accused Richard Burke of molesting her when she was 14. He denies child abuse, but says the two had a relationship that caused him to breach his vow of celibacy The archbishop started the relationship with the 20-year-old woman when she was as young as 14 years old, news that is certainly going to shake the Catholic faithful in Nigeria. This is because sex scandals, child molestation and inappropriate relationships involving priests are not too common in the country. Archbishop Richard Anthony Burke, 61, was investigated by the Catholic Church in Benin, which passed on its findings to Saint Patrick Missionary Society in Ireland, to which he belongs. Investigations show he had the relationship with the lady. The Archbishop has apologised in a Catholic newspaper in Ireland, stating his "deepest sorrow for his inappropriate, irresponsible and repeatedly sinful conducts". Burke served at various times in Warri in Delta state and Benin in Edo state in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria. He was even involved in several negotiations between rebels and government officials when foreigners were kidnapped in the Niger Delta area. The Catholic Church in Nigeria is yet to comment publicly on this matter
On Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 04:51 pm, Dre Wilson writes:
Isn't it so obvious, the Catholic church should call for a vote & change the idea of priests being celibate....It shouldnt be made mandatory. Man has blood flowing in his veins, whether a priest or mere man. Sex is part of human existence, they should be allowed to have a 'holy' outlet in marriage. For everyone above who has been saying this & that about the Archbishop, this goes to prove U can't vouch for any man, we have all sinned & come short of HIS glory...but GOD in his infinite mercy can always forgive. See David in the bible, despite his sins, he was the man GOD said is a man after his own heart. I don't want to desecrate this page with my thots, but i'm sure even people far higher in heirachy in the catholic church have commited greater sins. Let's not hide under the cloak. GOD alone will reveal on the last day.
On Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 05:08 pm, Patricia writes:
David confesses his sins and sincerely asked God for forgiveness. David is indeed a true man of God. Never, and I take offence for you to compare David with this wolf and lier call Richard Burke who do not have respect for women and the people .He took him for ever to come out after presure on him. He let some wayward and norrow minded individuals speaks ill against Ms Atwood who came out and speak the truth. I hope those shameless people will forever hide their shameless faces. Richard Burke need to go in person to apologise to this lady before we can forgive him, if he is truely sorry. Just want to let you know that.
On Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 05:12 pm, Ibrahim writes:
Never speak for anyone but yourself. Lesson learned. I AM VERY SORRY MS ATWOOD FOR WHAT I SAID, PLEASE FORGIVE ME.
On Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 08:02 pm, Catherine writes:
I am a Catholic and I know and believe these abuses are true. I am so scared about the scale in Nigeria where the culture does not allow people talk openly about it. I have tried writing to the Catholic Secretariat calling that abuses shoul be investigated but got no reply. I am sure that many of the cildren then were abused by priests.
On Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 09:00 pm, writes:
Cathererine write to interpol and make sure you gather enough evidence to present to them or write to the media, both local and interntionally or post it on line. Good luck my dear and God bless.
On Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 11:11 pm, Mike Fife writes:
There is no god. This is an action of a man. Plain, simple. Wrong. No excuse. My wife was abused as a child in the 70's. The abuse has blighted her life. The church's pursuit of money and power has put obstacles in the way of justice. Mythology and dark age beliefs should not get in the way of bringing these peadophiles to account. Congratulations Dolores. You keep telling the world your truth. We are listening.
On Wednesday, June 02, 2010 at 07:44 am, Victor writes:
They were men before they became priests through the Grace of God.If they fall out of grace it does not reflect the \'face\' of the church.As events unfold we hope the church allows the offending clergy to bear the full weight of the law as individuals.We pray for the victims to find healing, let us also pray for the priests who are always confronted (than we will ever know) with the wiles of the evil one
On Wednesday, June 02, 2010 at 02:02 pm, Musa writes:
I hope we can all learn from this, priests and lay folks as well. The story should humble those who think because they are clerics that are no longer subject to the laws of nature or the natural secrutinty of the people, and those who think they have a vocation to defend clerics in any case, even before they have the full facts, and also those who like to condemn people without knowning who they are. Let us learn, and stop the blame game. We are no God.
On Wednesday, June 02, 2010 at 07:35 pm, writes:
i wonder what place grace and forgiveness still holds in christiandom
On Wednesday, June 02, 2010 at 09:28 pm, writes:
Surely this man is a disgrace. He denies child abuse, but says the two had a relationship at what age!!! what a whole lots of rubbish let's not beat around the bush this man is a child molester he probably disvirgin the poor 14 years old girl,groomed her and now claiming they had a relationship.resigning shouldn't be allowed to be and easy way out for the untrustworthy bastard.and I think he should be arrested and dealt with in a court of law.
On Wednesday, June 02, 2010 at 09:31 pm, writes:
They will give account of all the young girls they abused
On Wednesday, June 02, 2010 at 10:56 pm, writes:
Why are we defending Burke Submitted by Lagospikin (not verified) on Jun. 01, 2010. Why are we defending Burke when he has admitted to having had canal knowledge of the victims thrice? In his statement, he said he did not abuse her as child but that they were lovers for 20 years. As a catholic, I hate to run down my church leaders but if we must be honest, half of the catholic priests today in Nigeria sleep with women. One is even eyeing my wife and trying hard to be nice but I pity him and pray for him but the day he goes beyond admiration, he will be exposed the bad way. What is making me mad is that the lady only spilled the milk when she found out that Burke had also slept with the younger sister. I have followed this case up to this level please read his resignation letter here: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0601/1224271588331.html
On Thursday, June 03, 2010 at 08:01 am, writes:
Well,I wouldn't want to crucify this abused lady or Archbishop Burke neither supporting. Both of them had their faults. From the above write up, she continued and he continued. From the track record of her job experiences, what did she do? Had she at any time talked to the Archbishop to stop. And I think when serving priest can no longer hold themselves, they should marry and given the opportinuty to do so. They can resign. That emotional feeling is put there by God. And when one finds his/her self wanting in their inability to tape into the grace of God, they should marry. I don't God will be angry with marriage. "Instead of burning, they should have wives". Many atimes I hear stories of when people do some terrible things, they say he needs help he is suffering from so, so and so.That is when the so called psychlogists, medical experts, etc will spring up to defend claiming the persons need help. They suffer from so, so and so. When it comes to things that involves christianity, I don't see where help is rendered.
On Thursday, June 03, 2010 at 03:49 pm, isokpan margaret newjersey writes:
it is all just so funny that some people are beginning to get it all while others may never truly or ever get it. Religion whether christianity or islam has always been used from time immemorial as an instrument to satisfy selfish desires. It goes beyond Archbishop Burke and the present instance. It goes as far as the seperation of the ANGLICAN church from the catholic,the guise of slave trade perpetrated with religion as an excuse, the colonisation of Africa,the killing of innocents in Northern Nigeria in the name of religion,sucide bombings all over the world in the name of jihad and what about finacial exploitation of individuals in our churches to satisfy the flamboyant live styles of some pastors while members are roped in financial burden.All i am saying is that this is just a joint responsibilty of ever one whichever is your religious group sit up and sit tight. As for the issue at hand no one can actually vouche for anyone it is not a time to condem the complainant or surport the accused, with religion we all know from experience that anything can happen so let us never allow ourselves to be manipulated in anyway in the name of religion and always scream out with the truth afterall God is going to be the judge of all we do here on earth not MAN!!
On Thursday, June 03, 2010 at 03:59 pm, Vion writes:
My dear people of God, I have this to say to you all both supporters and haters alike. Please read my information with care. Some few years ago i have a relationship with a woman i considers to be a virtuous woman, to my observation she was so God fearing,and yet she has dated and will continue to date priest even though she is no longer a catholic after all she has done, through her i came to discover the plot against our humble Bishop and the people of Warri diocese of which the Bishop Burke and Rome are not strangers in this issue. The plot is this, that all catholic priest will someday start to get married to bastardize the catholic faith as they will now have divided attentions. This lady told me that she has dated several priest while pretending to be thier helper, she also told me that the priest are the best people to date on earth as they will never allow your secret or thiers to be out, as time goes on i will reveal thier names to all. I want you to also know that Mrs Atwood has not done this on her own as there is nothing bad going on between herself and the bishop to lead to this, but she has done it as a result of this plot on ground. Recalling, Some few weeks before bishop Burke was made a Bishop in warri, the majourity group held a meeting that they wanted an indigenous bishop of which Late Bishop Edmund Fitzgibon refused to thier plea and they almost killed him these stories are not fake, please read on. Few days after that also before Bishop Burke will come to warri for his installation as Bishop of Warri Diocese his sister who was serving then as a reverend sister was murdered by her own cook in one of the majority land Agbarho precisely to warn him not to return to warri else same thing will be done to him, my dear people of God, since then after the installation it has not been easy for His lordship. Let me tell you that 50% of the priest are not strangers to what is happening they know about it, it is their plot becuase his lordship has refused to give warri an Urhobo bishop against their will after approving two new diocese Ughelli and Kwale. The very year he was posted to Benin was the year this so called Mrs Atwood made this complian. To every one of you supporting the bishop don\'t you ever think His lordship has betrayed you, i am not saying he is innocent after all he is only a human, no human is perfect. But what i am saying is that bishop burke is not the only Clergy as far as i know engaging in this act if at all but why is it that his story is coming out this way in almost all the forum on net? His lordship has refused to compromised and has resigned as an Hero. Warri will never fall. Finally, please don\'t bother to waist your time replying those ladies against his lordship they are all the same and they know themselves. I want to stay back and read your replies from those people against Bishop as i reveal more secret to you all from the people of warri diocese as i return. No matter what they do water cannot run up the mountain. Vion From Warri.
On Thursday, June 03, 2010 at 05:55 pm, writes:
You are a mad person. This lady in question does not even have anything to do with the warri people and not from warri. From our investigation, I think you should be arrested.
On Thursday, June 03, 2010 at 05:57 pm, writes:
All she was doing was put light in the sameful things that is going on in the church and to stop priests and bishops from abusing children.
On Thursday, June 03, 2010 at 06:04 pm, writes:
I have a question for you, miss or mr know it all, if Richard Burke is not the only one, why did you not come out to say this long before now, and if this is a plot agaist these so call abusers , and they know, why do they still continue and not stop or you the good one, why did not warn them ? You are sick. May God help you. What about Nigerias killed abroad, is it a plot as well? You think we are narrow minded like you to tell us your stupid false stories.
On Thursday, June 03, 2010 at 06:06 pm, writes:
I commend you Ms Atwood for your courage to expose this creep call Richard Burke. Shameless old man
On Thursday, June 03, 2010 at 06:08 pm, writes:
I feel very sorry for you Vion. Your story is a sick one with no substance.
On Thursday, June 03, 2010 at 06:14 pm, writes:
Richard burke abused a 14yrs old girl and he came out to confess it , because he is caught and you are writing nonsense here. I hope the bishop of Abuja, John and the other bishops are investigated by interpol. I hope Vion you can warm your other bishops now, since they now know the plot agaist them, yhey can now stop. Stupid woman
On Thursday, June 03, 2010 at 06:17 pm, writes:
Your english Vion is nothing to write home about. You are the enenymy as far as i am concern.
On Thursday, June 03, 2010 at 07:33 pm, writes:
Any same person who doubt the sexual activities of catholic priests and the so-called pastors and pastor (Mrs/miss) is a real hater of the TRUTH. I have witness countless of priests and other (fake) men of God whose activities on bed is much more ferocious than the X-rated movies from the west. Granted they are all humans, they should come out to wreck evil in the name of their father the Devil. Enough of lies, deceit, stealing and killing. Their preaching = lies, appearance=deceit, congregation's money= looted, impregnated lover= baby aborted(killing) MAKE UNA SHINE UNA EYES ABEG MY PEOPULU
On Thursday, June 03, 2010 at 07:36 pm, writes:
Shame on you Vion, you wrote on anyother site as Paul Berry. You have been going around in the internet making the same commet all along. You are on a mission and You will be sorry. Wait and see. I am tailing you.
On Thursday, June 03, 2010 at 11:55 pm, Peter writes:
Quite an unfortunate story, the Archbishop who was a priest then unfortunately fell to his human weakness (as a priest not as an Archbishop), only God knows if the lady in question did not contributed to his fall, cos she didnt state that the Archbishop forced her. We must Pray for our Priests. "They are mere human's not machine". and our girls who fall willingly to their plots to me are also guilty and God will hold them accountable. Pls lets not crucify the Archbishop, that he commited this act years ago does not means he may not have repented and turn a new leave. God is merciful and he shows his mercy to those who ask for it. Am sure even God has forgiven the Archbishop if he was actually involved.
On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 12:51 am, writes:
You are to be pitied peter. Richard Burke is older. He was 40yrs and this lady was only 14yrs and you say she tempted him? You are sick. Richard Burke, popularly know as and call Dick have been sleeping with even married women as an archbishop. He continues sleeping with young and undertage girls and you say he is tempted, maybe the women are tempted too. May God judge you and put you in a situation were you will be unjustly treated, Amen. Shame on you slave
On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 12:52 am, writes:
Richard Burke should be put in the dock,period.
On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 12:57 am, writes:
Shame to you cardinal olubumi and bishop of Abuja, that seriel sextual abuser of women. These men are not men of God. They are also thieves. If any of these men , including richard burke baptized your children, please rebaptized your child again.
On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 12:59 am, writes:
These men has no shame to even come out on national T.V to speak. You think we are fools?
On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 04:48 pm, writes:
hey, i still don't understand what is going on here for the past 8 months. Richard failed ok i mean failed his calling and vow, but dolore was not abused reason she was not raped. she was enjoying the relationship even when she is married so she failed too. she came because she is jealious that Richard is doing it with other people. that is her problem she is not repentant of her sins either. but jealious simple she must have tried hard to make sure the relationship did not go bad but at last it went bad she felt well if i can't have you no one will and i will bring you down. so there no need siding any of them both of them failed this generation and many are still going through that side too be warned. those in their marital home and doing extra marital affairs are also failing in their vows not differrent from dolore and richard i want somebody here to know that dolore is an old lady now so she knew what she was doing enjoying herself
On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 05:44 pm, paul darlinton writes:
what are we saying? what is going on here are we all narrow minded? this woman is not repentant she is only jealious if care is not taken they will make up and continue from where they stopped so for @ patricia i don't know how much you know bible richard has never said it is a lie from day one he also came out and confess that he is sorry david went all out to cover his sin at all cost till the man of God the prophet came and admonished him. so stop putting up holier at thou atittude. it will not get any body any where dolore is also guilty as sinned Richard is also guilty as sinned it is found every where pastors with wife at home fall into the same sin married men and women do same too all we need now is prayers for our generation some other churches also allow gay and lesbianism so what do we say pray for our generation is a dead generation that needs help of God he who think he stand take heed lest he falls stop calling people names dolore should repent and stop hidding under anything the idea of he who is down fears no fall is what she used but God alone knows who will make it to heaven you too repent or you will like wish perish.
On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 07:08 pm, Atipola writes:
I read everything in this forum and I need to understand somethings : Did Archbishop Burke abused Dolores younger sister ? What is the link between Dolores, Burke and Fr Eugene lewis ? Why is Sister Clementina insulted in this website ?
On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 11:36 pm, writes:
Paul, i feel sorry for you. Richardd burke should know better and if you hear the tapes we head you will hide your face. by the way your english is so poor that I can hardly understand what you are saying.Richard burke also abused girls in ireland and he is been sue for that ,what do you have to say about. Richard Burke was the one pursing Dolores, every one knows that She finally put a stop to is abuse. Good for her
On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 11:37 pm, writes:
you must be a man who has no respect for women , Paul
On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 11:40 pm, writes:
I said that this burkettee of a man should be put in the dock and jailed for crime against humanity.
On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 11:44 pm, writes:
This is not about Dolores now, it is about a man who call himself an archbishop like paul puts it sleeping around and having sex with young girls. Something that he preached against. What a shame. This Richard Burke is a disgrace, I hope he never say mass again. Shameless old man.
On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 11:47 pm, Febian writes:
My husband and I are going to renew our marriage vows with someone else. This shameless man married us and was eyeing me throughout our wedding and my husband even notice it, we thought it was normal. Richard Burke is indeed a sex addict.
On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 11:49 pm, Wumi writes:
If he baptized your child, I say rebaptized that child again.
On Friday, June 04, 2010 at 11:54 pm, Mrs susan writes:
Congratulations Ms Atwood , well done for briging light to the dark evil that is happening in our society and destroying our Church, you are a very brave woman. We are happy for you here.
On Saturday, June 05, 2010 at 12:01 am, Liam writes:
As a jounalist, I cannot ,but noticed the large number of international reporters supporting and behind this lady. I asked one of them why, he said we believer her story and we have seen the evidence against this man and he is a lier who is not taking full responsibility of his actions. He is taking a easy ride by going out to the catholic news. he knows what he is done. very damaging evidence. The whole story from Dolores angle seems true to me and I feel sorry for those who are still taking side with this man. Trust no one.
On Saturday, June 05, 2010 at 12:17 am, Vivian writes:
If Richard Burke can go around abusing young girls and having sex with peoples wives, what make you think he cannot lie? He has been lying to us all along, pretending to be holy , preaching against the very thing that he does and hearing others sins,confession.He even lied to us that he was leaving because he was sick, not knowing that he was been investidated. What a disgrace,and you bleam Dolores that brought him to light? I heard he never stop pursing her.
On Saturday, June 05, 2010 at 12:17 pm, Fath writes:
The church investigating one of her own, is like a mother investigating her own son. What do you expect the result to be? Innocent ofcourse
On Saturday, June 05, 2010 at 12:22 pm, writes:
The internatioal court and interpol should be investingation Richard Burke and the Church. Please if Richard Burke has abused you, this is the time for you to come forward. Write to the news paper in Ireland or the united States, they will hear you or phone and write the Irish police\interpol.
On Saturday, June 05, 2010 at 09:00 pm, Jamo writes:
I was a church organist in one of the parishes in Nigeria. Some priest do worst than Archbishop Burke. I was disgraced by a priest during a mass in the full glare of the large congregation just because he was having a bad day. It was so sad I had to leave a church I loved so dearly then. A lot of rubbish happen in the catholic church and the church leadership closes its ear to the complainants. As I speak to u, My landlord is a priest and he would not let us rest.
On Sunday, June 06, 2010 at 04:08 pm, Tojumore warri writes:
TIME UP,LET EVERY ONE GO TO SLEEP. THE CATHOLIC REPORT PLS SHORT THIS SITE BEFORE MORE DAMAGE IS DONE. TRUST ME IT WILL BE LIKE CASE OF KIDNAPPING SOON. ANY WAY WARD CHILD WHOSE PARENTS HAVE FAILED IN BRINGING UP PROPERLY AND SEES A PRIEST AS FATHER XMAS WITH FREE MONEY WILL ENTICE THEM AND DEMAND FOR MONEY FROM THEIR VICTIMS FAILLING WISH WILL SAY "PAY ME OR I WILL RICHARD BURKE YOU" CARDINAL,ARCH BISHOP,BISHOP AND PRIEST PLEASE BE ON YOUR GUARD. DO NOT LEAD PEOPLE TO HELL BY YOUR ACTIONS. STOP HAVING AFFAIR WITH UNDER AGE, YOUNG GIRLS AND MARRIED WOMEN. IF YOU MOST THEN LOOK FOR MATURED SINGLE LADY, WIDOW OR DIVORCES. FROM THE LITTLE I KNOW ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, PRIEST USED TO BE MARRIED. LET THE CHURCH REVERT TO THAT IF IT WILL HELP.POPE BENEDICT XIV PLEASE TAKE NOTE!!!!!!! ARE WE BLAMING GOD FOR CREATING THEM MALE AND FEMALE? GIVING THIS SWEET THING CALLED PRICK AND TOTO?(AFRICAN/WARRI LANG) THE HOLY MEN DO NOT WANT THIERS WASTED HENCE THEY MISS USE IT. WARRI PRIEST MAKE UNA TAKE A LONG BREAK IF NOT I SORRY FOR BISHOP JOHN AFAREHA. HE WILL WAKE UP ONE DAY AND FIND THAT ALL HIS PRIEST DON RESIGN LIKE BURKE FOLLOW WOMEN GO!!!!!!!!!! BENIN DIOCES PRIEST, MAKE UNA ALSO TAKE BREAK OH BECAUSE THE ONE THAT THROWS STONE IN THE CROWD DONOT KNOW IF IT WILL LAND ON THEIR OWN FAMILY MEMBER. MAY GOD THE FATHER,GOD THE SON AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT WASH US ALL CLEAN FROM OUR SINS WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS AND BRING US ALL TO ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH CHRIST THE LORD AMEN!!!!
On Sunday, June 06, 2010 at 06:44 pm, writes:
You are right Tojumore. These priests and bishops are all the same. They are so corrupt and rotting, that is while they are still abusing young girls and women, because no one hold them accountable for it. they are also using Church and offering money to do their dirty acts. Please give the money to beggers at the church gate and not the offering plate, God will still bless you, because your money is not going for the right cause. Bishop of Abuja, John, will be next, follow by the others.
On Monday, June 07, 2010 at 02:51 pm, Ivy writes:
Somebody said- sins of priests & mere mmembers are same but the priest's jugdement is different. What a contradiction. Please the sins of preists are different. If a church member commits fornication, it CANNOT be the same as a PRIEST committing it. If a church member goes to a herbalist for a solution, it could be regarded as the work of the devil but imagine, a Bishop, an arch-bishop or a general overseer doing it!!. Because they have been 'chosen' by God to lead people. Arch bishop Burke should become a catechist or holy water carrier so that his pushiment would be less.
On Monday, June 07, 2010 at 03:04 pm, Grace writes:
Do catholics ever agree that their Fathers or Sisters have SEX. They call it blasphemy. Then, they regarded Arch bsihop Burke as next to God. People like serving man instead of God. When they say ALL have sinned, they do not include their Pope or priest in the ALL. His Holiness! Do you know the heart of man? It is desperately wicked and who can know it except God- so says the bible. A 'Man Of God' will pass by and another man will pack the sand and go and use it for healing or blessing- they quote paul in this regard. Have they done 1/3 of what paul did in the bible?.- There is ONLY ONE WAY- JESUS. All other is sinking sand. No excuse that day- you will give account of YOURSELF. If you worship image or man , it is the same thing. Those worshipping their G.O. take note.
On Monday, June 07, 2010 at 03:15 pm, Ruka writes:
Catholics always claim to be the first church in the whole world but see the bringing down of the 'proud'. I am particularly happy about this. You peolple are now humbled by SIN. You book mass, go for confessions- to who?. There is occultism in the church and judgement is on. Remember, worship God in truth and in spirit. Those that do God's will, same is 'my brother or sister'- check the bible. It is not to do sign of the cross or appearing holy during the holy communion- JESUS I KNOW, PAUL I KNOW, WHO ARE YOU?- DEPART, I KNOW YOU NOT
On Monday, June 07, 2010 at 03:53 pm, Basil from Warri. writes:
For the sake of Christ, and, the Church, Bishop Burke has asked for pardon from both the woman and the Church, in the same way I enjoin you out there who is a corrupt Judge, Laywer, Priest, Government oficials, Pastors, doctor,You who sleep with girls and women that are not married to you; you who rig election; you, involved with cheating in Exams; those of you who collect bribe from contractors before awarding contracts: you who sleep with other people's husbands or wives: lectures who ask to have sex from female students to give them marks in exams. You wo visit juju and spiritual houses in other to unseat others: you who tell lies against others to get money from benefactors....many more; search yourself to see where you have offended God and neighbour and repent. Lets see whether you would be bold enough to confess and give up your own career. we all fail God one way or the other, but when we confess from our hearts God forgives us. Let us love one another.
On Monday, June 07, 2010 at 06:24 pm, writes:
Who told you that Richard Burke has repented or sorry? The man is not taking ful resposibility for his actions. He say sorry because society say it is wrong. Criminals in jail say sorry and when they are release, they commites the same crime again. If Richard Burke is truely sorry he should go to the girls he abused and apologies to them and take full responsibility for what he did. Basil do not let these wolves in sheep clothing fool you. Thanks IVY , Grace and Ruka for your insight. You said it well.
On Monday, June 07, 2010 at 06:26 pm, writes:
More,they say, is expected to him that more is given to. More is expected from Richard Burke.
On Monday, June 07, 2010 at 09:57 pm, writes:
Put the Richard Burke in a dock and jail him, period.
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 06:22 am, Basil from Warri. writes:
Sometimes we get too engrossed with the failings of others that we forget how deeply seated and rooted sin is in our lives. May the Lord help us to judge ourselves wisely so that we can sympathize with people like us who are suceptible to sin.
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 11:00 am, writes:
Please Basil, continue in your sin until God calls you and when you get there ,please do not tell God that no one told you, because God is going to tell you that when you were told ,your response was that people were judging you. Richard Buurke is gone, look for other means for finantial support. I suggest you look for a job outside the church, rather than being a parasite. The church of today is not the best please to get a job. I wish you good luck in life and God directions. You sound like someone who is on the wrong track and refuse to admite to it. All the best in life.
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 11:03 am, Lady writes:
My thoughts exactly. I'd have more respect for anti-catholics if they used more logic, but then again they won't be anti-catholic if they used logic. Anyway, all this problem comes form people who are not supposed to be Priests becoming Priests. We have a really high unemployment rate in Nigeria and therefore people are looking for ways to make a buck. So these men are entering the Priesthood looking for a meal. It would be better if they could be honest with themselves and leave the Priesthood, which they can do. But they want the benefit of the Church, so really the Church has become the victim, and they are causing a great wound to the bride of Christ.
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 11:04 am, Nwamary from Escravos writes:
these is exactly what the devil want to achieve from all this, that men will forget about how to save themselves and just fill their hearts with the failures of others. Bishop Burke is not an angel for God's sake. what is this to much noise about what he has done. you who has been asking for his head, how many times have the you worship seek fro your imprisiment for all your sins and evils in this your little life here on earth. indeed, if men where God.......
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 11:07 am, top writes:
Let's call a spade a spade, what is wrong is wrong, no sugar-coating it! It's embarrassing to him, his family, all who look up to him and all Catholics, which i am proudly one! But does it mean all Catholic Priests are like that? Certainly not! That will be a Fallacy of Hasty Generalization. Do we really judge him? Let's leave that for God! I condemn vehemently what he has done cos these are men of God that we are supposed to look up to. . . . such stories really break my heart! God help us all
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 11:08 am, writes:
Any same person who doubt the sexual activities of catholic priests and the so-called pastors and pastor (Mrs/miss) is a real hater of the TRUTH. I have witness countless of priests and other (fake) men of God whose activities on bed is much more ferocious than the X-rated movies from the west. Granted they are all humans, they should come out to wreck evil in the name of their father the Devil. Enough of lies, deceit, stealing and killing. Their preaching = lies, appearance=deceit, congregation's money= looted, impregnated lover= baby aborted(killing) MAKE UNA SHINE UNA EYES ABEG MY PEOPULU
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 11:14 am, Lady writes:
If the public face of Islam are terrorists shouldn't we conclude that muslims are terrorists and that Islam is definitely not a religion from God? Be careful not to sound like a fool, your logic can be used against you
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 11:25 am, Charle writes:
I fear that the "situation in Nigeria" ie with priests and Bishops having girl friends and wives (traditional) and children seems to be similar to what is happening in Zimbabwe, where I was born and bred, and only left 3 years ago, aged 68. I have an informant within the official church, and she is horrified but out of loyalty, she will not denounce these men.Publicly. I do not know any names. But I would trust this lady if my life depended on her honesty. One reason for appointing bishops "from outside" is because such bishops are more likely not to be affected by the "family clan" favouritism that affects local clergy. It is sad but true that the Catholic bishops of Zimbabwe are divided along tribal lines. The majority - of bishops and population - are Shona , the implacable enemies of the Ndebele, the other major tribe in Zimbabwe. Moreover, a "foreign" bishop may be less liable to the terrorism that Robert Mugabe rules Zimbabwe with. Read what happened to the Anglican communion when it made a friend of Robert a bishop...........Please God this does not happen to the Catholics in Zim!
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 11:26 am, Joy writes:
Everyone condemning my Lord Bishop, retreat and repent, he is a priest of God, anointed. People go ahead making exaggerations and flamboyantly spicing up stories. I am very sorry for you because whether you like it or not, you are digging a pit for yourself. He remains a priest forever. Stop spreading stories you have no evidence about - be careful, lest you condemn an innocent man. Just be careful, cos you never know. God bless you!
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 12:46 pm, Angela writes:
You should be call sadness, bad news and a disaster waiting to happen, not joy. You sholud feel sorry for yourself instead, because you are either ignorant or you are spiritually blind or you are one of those touch and pay clients. No one here condems richard burke, richard burke condems himself. He gave a different imppresion of who he really is. Yes he may be your bishop, but not my . This man abused a 14yrs old girl and other teenage girls and you say he is innocent? you need help.
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 04:36 pm, Joy writes:
Angela, I am sure you you have your facts, I have no single grudge against you. I stand by what I say, don't be quick to condemn by hear say, I do not support evil, but I still say, be careful how quick you are to condemn a priest. He is my Bishop, I am not ashamed of him. I pray for my priests, cardinals and bishop everyday, and I will do so always. I remain a joy, no negative comment or opinion can erase that. Joy I am, and Joy I will always be...
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 08:34 pm, Jamo writes:
Joy, Richard Burke has resigned. He's no longer your Bishop. Pray for him because he's in time of need. You ladies should try and avoid sleeping around because of peanuts only to be confessing later. I don't support Burke but even a 14yr old can say NO to sex.
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 08:37 pm, Thanks writes:
Whether you are a priest o, or a pastor or even a young woman dating them, please, repent! repent!! repent!!!
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 08:44 pm, thanks writes:
God help us to show that we are christians because the plenty talking here doesnt show that we might be better than Bishop Burke.
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 10:53 pm, Pat writes:
Please tell that to your burke not us, and no thanks. Nonsense.
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 11:00 pm, Angela writes:
You are a lier Joy, you are sadness and sadness shall you remain. The evidence against this man call richard Burke is there and I have it. We know you have slept with him and you choose to remain were you are. You are sadness and sadness is what you shall be for yourself until you repent. You are far from joy. Your sadness is for you alone.
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 11:03 pm, Rita writes:
That is enough, we are talking about this abuser call richard Burke, may God judged him and all the bishops out there who abuse young girls and women. Creeps
On Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 11:13 pm, Vincent writes:
Jamo, you are an illitrate. I feel sorry for you and the man who will ever put you in his house as a wife. You may not understand now, but one day you will. What happen to the separation between the upper and lowwer class? The fact that you can find computer cafeterial on the street, does not give you the right to write rubbish. Send the disgraced Richard Burke to jail were he belong for sleeping with a 14yrs old.
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 10:07 am, tk writes:
Now, there is no justification for what Burke did. "Lord pls, forgive and take care of him." but one thing i would like to point outis that sometimes our priests are being chased by girls. i have experiences of women and young girls making advances on priests. priests are men taken from among men, from a society that is sex-driven.being a priest is one of the most difficult things u can ever think of. lord protect your priests
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 10:59 am, writes:
Everthing is difficult in life. I feel and think that the work of a widow and a parent with a child or childred with medical problems are more difficult. The life of a priest is so easy. All they have to do is obey God and live for God which married people also have to do. Priests do not have to go around to look for job, look for money to buy car, pention is there, they travel abroad when they want , go back to school when they want and dont have to look after a sick child of wife and you say their life is diffeicult? think again. If their lifes is so difficult, why do these girls according to you chasing them? Evil they say runs from rightousness. Choose between God and the world. God will never allow temptation that is beyond you, come to you. Please stop bleaming others for your wrong and take responsibility.
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 11:21 am, writes:
In spite of previous debates on NL (http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-340156.0.html ), with some people claiming the innocence of Richard Anthony Burke when they neither went in and out bedrooms with him, nor stayed with him 24/7, 7-day p/week, and 367 days p/year, he has now, finally acknowledged his sinful, immoral act of sleeping-with women despite his oaths of chastity and celibacy. Should more women in Africa come out, heads would certainly start to roll, and the Catholic Church in Africa would begin to have its own share of the shameful clerical intimacy abuse and scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church in other continents.
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 11:22 am, writes:
NIGERIAN/AFRICAN WOMEN, PLEASE COME OUT OF YOUR CLOSETS AND BLOW THE COVER OPEN. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE. IN FACT, LIKE IN USA, CANADA, EUROPE, AUSTRALIA, YOU CAN SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTE THESE PRIESTS AND THE CHURCH, AND YOU MAY SMILE YOUR WAY TO AND FROM THE BANKS IN TERMS OF COMPENSATION AWARDS ACCRUABLE FROM SUCH PROSECUTIONS
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 11:23 am, writes:
When this beast and wolf in shepherd's clothing have, to quote Dolores Atwood who let the cat out of the bag, "inapproprite sexual relations with young girls, married women, religious sisters and love-peddlers," any wonder Edo girls and women constitute the largest group of Nigerians in the oldest trade in the world - p.r.o.s.t.i.t.u.t.i.o.n?
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 02:12 pm, Ivy writes:
SEX is from God. For us to procreate, enjoy & make amends with our partners. You MAN/Priest chose not to do it. Later you chose to do it. Then you chose not to do it again. Why this dillydallying. Just do what God has made. You cannot change nature, instead conform with nature- ask those who claim the river to land and build houses on top!.
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 02:20 pm, Grace writes:
SEX in itself is NOT bad. What could be bad is the circumstances surrounding the 'act' A 12yr old doing it, is bad. That same 12 yr old doing it at 35yrs is good or even said to be late in starting to do it. Not having sex at all could be a health problem. 'Doing it' in marriage is lawful. The same thing outside marriage is unlawful but both are the same act!
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 04:08 pm, udoye writes:
Folks, this is important and no diversions or unbriddled faith. Attacking Vanguard or the reporter in a crude way, does not make for civility. The Vatican would not accept the resignation of an Archbishop, without due investigation. It is not Burke alone. Four other Bishops in his native Ireland, have been relived of their positions and some in Germany, by the Vatican, in similar circumstances. We also need to be concerned about the conducts of our indigenous priests and Bishops. Bishop Burke’s conduct and revelations are merely tip of the iceberg.
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 07:40 pm, hi writes:
hope we too are learning to be good?
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 07:46 pm, Jamo writes:
Vincent, for your info, I am not a woman. I am a responsible who empathise with people. Stop being irresponsible by attacking people foolishly. tk has said it all.
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 08:34 pm, writes:
Folks, this is important and no diversions or unbriddled faith. Attacking Vanguard or the reporter in a crude way, does not make for civility. The Vatican would not accept the resignation of an Archbishop, without due investigation. It is not Burke alone. Four other Bishops in his native Ireland, have been relived of their positions and some in Germany, by the Vatican, in similar circumstances. We also need to be concerned about the conducts of our indigenous priests and Bishops. Bishop Burke’s conduct and revelations are merely tip of the iceberg. in
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 08:37 pm, Patrick writes:
Vincent, thanks for your insite. Jamo , be quite and be good. uK is just like you. Richard Burke is not only an abuser, but a lier also.
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 08:38 pm, Blessing writes:
We are all human.No one is perfect, we all striving to be. To err is human to forgive is divine.
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 10:59 pm, writes:
Please keep on sinning and when you face judement day, tell that to God. The problem is that the priest and bishops know what they are doing and so they have brainwash you guys with judge not so that you will not be judge. My dear blessing or what ever you call yourself, if the above is the case, please stop going to confession, it is of no use then. Nonesense.
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 11:33 pm, writes:
•The worst abuses by Catholic priests take place in the Third World countries where the Church weilds enormous power and the protection of people’s rights not taken very seriously by the government. In the Eastern Nigeria where the Catholic Church commands a large followership, if the attrocities commited by the priests are documented and exposed, the world would be in shock. The Western media is just scratching the surface. Just get down here, it is a mess.
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 11:35 pm, writes:
•God the Father,the Son and the Holy spirite.I suggest that the vatican should look in to the activities that is happening in the Churchs these days,becouse the so call choir and prayer meetins have become so dreffrent
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 11:36 pm, writes:
•I suggest dat d catholic should review their law nd gve their priest d freedom 2 ve their own wife. I believe dis wil go a long way in minimizing d sexual embarrassment encountered by some of dis teenagers in d hands of d catholic priest.
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 11:37 pm, writes:
•This is what happens when men lay down the counsel of God and institute their own – God never asked anybody to forbid marriage. It is time for the Catholic popes to accept their errors and allow the priests to born instead of letting them burn in hell.
On Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 11:39 pm, writes:
•Nature can not be cheated except if the priests are sexually castrated or impotent. Please abrogate that man–made law because it’s a cause of disrepute to catholicism. Probably, Jesus would marry had he not killed by his kinsmen [ jews ].
On Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 09:08 am, Joy writes:
I am sorry for any girl who goes after men of God; they shall experience the wrath of God cos I see no reason why one would want to ruin the life of a priest who has taken up a vow to live and serve Christ. Angela, its a shame, and more dishonorable still cos you are a woman, uttering such childish words. Its really a shame, like I said, I am joy, to the world. I will continue to speak against evil, and continue to be a joy, and no opinion of yours can change who I am. You didn't create me, remember? Your statement proves that you sure have no facts, you just make conclusions in your mind and expect them to be true, its a pity. Remember God sees, HE knows our hearts, pray for the Priests of God, and be very cautious in your condemnation of the Priest of God. There is no need trying to forge false accusations against me (either to spite me or to make yourself feel happy), be careful, its in the commandments of God in the book of Deuteronomy. Exchanging words is not the reason of my contributing to this column. I'll continue to pray for my Catholic priests, Bishops and I enjoin you all to please please join in praying for them. They took a decision to serve us, let's help them in prayers all the time, and discourage anyone who wants to bring pain to the priests of God. Christ Jesus is my Lord and personal saviour and I advise everyone speaking for or against, to embrace Christ, in HIM alone is joy, content and life, through HIM the Holy Spirit gives insight and wisdom which are priceless.
On Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 09:37 am, Joy writes:
Tk, thank you for your comment earlier, I pray we have more people who think, understand and speak wisely.
On Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 10:43 am, Paul writes:
Please what ever you call yourself, you do not sound like joy to me. You sound like a trouble maker. . If you love the priests so much ,pray for them and be quite. You don't have to go around sounding your own trumpet.There are people who pray and they do not go around making so much noise as you are doing. By the way so call joy, a point of correction, YOU ARE NOT THE JOY OF THE WORLD AND WILL NOT AND CAN NEVER BE> JESUS IS THE JOY OF THE WORLD> Mind what you say, trouble maker. I believe that Richard Burka should be put in the dock. The man is a disgrace to the good missionaries who have done some good work in the world.
On Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 10:56 am, Sarah writes:
Certainly, reading from what you have written, I will not listen to any preaching of yours. You swear and course on one side and preached on the other, this is the problem with you people that preach. A man in his late 40s abuse a 14yrs and all you say is to take side with him? and calling yourself the goood one? This is why there are so many people who are not willing to go to church. You have to stop this self rightousness and condamnation of others. By the way , you cannot discourage anyone of speaking against the priest who abuse children. More they say is expected to whom more is given to. Do you think the disciples of Jesus would abuse Children? absolutely not. Joy, you sound like one who is either having a sweet intimate relationship with a priest or may be or have benefited from richard burke finantially. May God open your eye.
On Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 12:43 pm, Joy writes:
Thank you, thank you all. Its been really an interesting experience seeing all your views. As everyone is quick to condemn the priest. If you do not have your facts straight, remember the other fingers are pointing at you. Pls continue to put the religious in prayers. Please young ladies, don't be an instrument of pain to the anointed ones. Cheers, I am Joy, and always a JOY.
On Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 03:41 pm, Alen writes:
Damn! What should we do to these so-called PRIESTS? So many damning reports about their sexuality and sexual abuses still mounting at an alarming rate. All they get away with is acceptance for their apologies. How many of the priests should we have to keep forgiving? "For once again, under the carapace of glittering, hedonistic priest, the ooze of a very different and more dangerous sexual lifestyles has seeped out for all to see." They should all better be castrated or have their manhood cut-off for good. Good go continue to punish them especially those paedophiles preying on innocent kids on earth and may they never gain entry into the Kingdom of God. (AMEN)
On Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 03:49 pm, Caroline writes:
Shame on you joy. You are not of any use here. You cannot be joy . Please keep your prayer to yourself. Learn from Peter who wrote well and touching, I can say peter is peace and joy from how he wrote. You do not know how to talk to people, you lack that and I will think that the person who named you joy must be drinking and must be drunk , and so happy with the drinks around him and name you joy. You are a jock and sadness plus darkness. This is who you are and that is what you will continue to be until you have a deliverance. Good luck.
On Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 07:04 pm, hi writes:
hope we are learning to be good?
On Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 08:47 pm, Eugene writes:
Joy, I will bet you will soon fall out of your priest boyfriend, which richard burke may be one. Things are still going now. Foolish woman. Make you nor go look for a husband, be hanging around with priests, Ashawo. As for richard burke, he is done for good.
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 12:50 am, Bukky writes:
Titilayo is the correct spelling, not Titiyo. The person that has been posing to be a lady , is actualy an irish male predetor that has just be convicted for child abuse. SHAME ON YOU AND MAY YOU ROT IN JAIL for a very long time, AMEN.
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 08:41 am, Austine writes:
Thanks joy for firmly maintaining your position. It's not easy. God bless. I invite your all who are vehemently critizing Burke to listen to dthe tomorrow's gospel reading taking from Luke. 7:36-8:3. We are all sinners. Let us all work out our own salvation in fear and in trembling. No one is wholly good. No one is totally bad. God bless us all.
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 09:04 am, Austine writes:
If Christ were to ask all of us who are without mercy "stoning" Archbishop Burke to "death" the same question he asked the pharisees, who will be justified to pick a stone to throw at him? We are gonig to be saved by the mercy and grace of God. We are all commanded to live a chaste life. We commonly share in the priesthood of Christ once at baptism. The Bishop has sinned. I'm sure he is undergonig penance and Christ who came to call sinners will surely forgive him. may some of us mind how they talk. You too are sinners only that you have not been caught.
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 11:16 am, Semus writes:
Austine, why do you speak with no wisdom.? Do you know all the facts? Why judge a book by it cover?We are all sinners, yes. But do you really know this man ?I have all the facts and this man is not repentant. Even his fellow priests in ireland knows that. Please do not comment on a situation that you do not know the full details about. My people God said, perish because of lack of knowledge. Be carefull what you defend . God help you.
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 01:41 pm, Austine writes:
Thanks dear Semus, I know everything concerning this issue. I read the letter of Ms Atwood. I have been following all the arguments. But then, shuldnt we be now objective and real? What happened has happened. He failed in his vocation! True enough! When Judas failed in his vocation, did the rest of the apostles and the other early believers continue an endlessly criticism on Judas? Did you hear he has started molesting women now in Ireland?
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 02:10 pm, TITIYO writes:
Titiyo is the spelling of my name. Everything I said in this dirty forum has a deep meaning that you can not understand. I know that Dolores can do everything to succeed in politics in Canada. She will use this matter to start her dirty carrer. She is an ungrateful person. She should thank Fr Lewis and Archbishop Burke even if they are not saint. Moreover, she likes to dirty people\\\'s name including her family members. The way she exist is only by fighting or lying on people\\\'s reputation. Dolores if you read this text, I pity you
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 08:48 pm, Conneill writes:
I dont think anyone here care about you convicted crimina. You may call your self toti or tiyo , sincerely speaking I do not care about you one beat. You have been judging this lady from day one. You are not related to richard burke. As far as I am concern, you are a coward. If you have any serious problem with her, please go and meet her were she is and challage her. You are the one who is actually dirtying people reputation, not her. She has a case with burke and she went for it. If this burke case was not here in the web, will you be saying all this? I suggest you mind yourself. This case does not concern you. I do not know her or burke, but one thing for sure, we all like her and her courage and braveness. All the jornatists that wrote here believe her story . You will have a very difficult time convincing us here with your nagative attitudes. I personnaly think and believe that Ms Atwood should press a criminal charges against this creep call richard burke .I have been try to get to her to encourage her, possiblly raise funding for her to bring this creep to justice.I know it will come.
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 09:00 pm, Sandra writes:
That is the mentality of an evil person,conneil. This person means nothing really. You can tell from the way he wrote that he is in pain and angry. The fack that he is in pain, is plenty good enough. That is the sweet part. By their words and attitudes , you can tell their pains , fursrations and nagative comments and nagative attitudes. Please titi, continue to comment, your pain alone is another man\'s joy. Please keep it up.
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 09:16 pm, Fath writes:
The difference between you and Ms Atwood is that she has a life and have it inaboundance and you have no life. You are a vanity.
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 09:20 pm, writes:
Please leave Dolores alone, she is our African Queen and champion. We love you Dolores
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 09:28 pm, writes:
In spite of previous debates on NL (http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-340156.0.html ), with some people claiming the innocence of Richard Anthony Burke when they neither went in and out bedrooms with him, nor stayed with him 24/7, 7-day p/week, and 367 days p/year, he has now, finally acknowledged his sinful, immoral act of sleeping-with women despite his oaths of chastity and celibacy. Should more women in Africa come out, heads would certainly start to roll, and the Catholic Church in Africa would begin to have its own share of the shameful clerical intimacy abuse and scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church in other continents.
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 09:30 pm, writes:
If Richard Burke can go around abusing young girls and having sex with peoples wives, what make you think he cannot lie? He has been lying to us all along, pretending to be holy , preaching against the very thing that he does and hearing others sins,confession.He even lied to us that he was leaving because he was sick, not knowing that he was been investidated. What a disgrace,and you bleam Dolores that brought him to light? I heard he never stop pursing her.
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 09:32 pm, writes:
Any same person who doubt the sexual activities of catholic priests and the so-called pastors and pastor (Mrs/miss) is a real hater of the TRUTH. I have witness countless of priests and other (fake) men of God whose activities on bed is much more ferocious than the X-rated movies from the west. Granted they are all humans, they should come out to wreck evil in the name of their father the Devil. Enough of lies, deceit, stealing and killing. Their preaching = lies, appearance=deceit, congregation's money= looted, impregnated lover= baby aborted(killing) MAKE UNA SHINE UNA EYES ABEG MY PEOPULU
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 09:34 pm, writes:
Do catholics ever agree that their Fathers or Sisters have SEX. They call it blasphemy. Then, they regarded Arch bsihop Burke as next to God. People like serving man instead of God. When they say ALL have sinned, they do not include their Pope or priest in the ALL. His Holiness! Do you know the heart of man? It is desperately wicked and who can know it except God- so says the bible. A \'Man Of God\' will pass by and another man will pack the sand and go and use it for healing or blessing- they quote paul in this regard. Have they done 1/3 of what paul did in the bible?.- There is ONLY ONE WAY- JESUS. All other is sinking sand. No excuse that day- you will give account of YOURSELF. If you worship image or man , it is the same thing. Those worshipping their G.O. take note.
On Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 09:49 pm, writes:
You were right there, he never stop pursing and calling her , , he himself testify to it that he loves her. What a man. i am sure if Dolores says yes to him today, he will abandon his priesthood and run after her. I trust she will never or else, i will be angry with her. The lady is beautiful,oooo
On Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 04:18 pm, writes:
I have not met Dolores Atwood, the Nigerian woman at the centre of a child sex abuse controversy that led to the recent resignation of Archbishop Richard Burke of the Benin Archdiocese. But I cannot but salute her courage. You have got to be courageous to go public with that kind of story for several reasons. For starters you have the cynicism of the general public to deal with. This was obvious from the way a sizeable percentage of commentators on virtually all on-line forums took her story with tonnes and tonnes of salt. Next, you have the church establishment locally and internationally to deal with. These establishments have powerful machines at their disposal which they are never reluctant to use in furtherance of perceived institutional interest and against opposition. Anyone who has followed this issue with even passing interest will recall that it was to the Saint Patrick’s Missionary Society in Ireland, to which the cleric is affiliated, that Mrs Atwood first reported in December 2008. She only went public in October 2009, when the wheel of justice had snailed for ten months and didn’t seem anywhere near destination. And to illustrate how these things really work, it has emerged that the society actually interviewed the Bishop as early as January 2009, but mysteriously had yet tot complete investigation at the time Dolores went public. But easily the most brazen evidence of institutional support for “one of our own” came through a statement credited to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria during the week. I shall return to it presently. It also takes tremendous courage to brace up for all the potential fall-outs of such a disclosure on her reputation and esteem within her family - nuclear and extended. But most important of all, it takes courage to, having done what she felt convicted to do, go on with your life without allowing the weight of yesterday to drag you down today. That is my fascination with the story and my admiration for the heroine of the story. All available information leave one in no doubt that since settling down in Canada with her husband after a stint in Thailand, Dolores Atwood has simply been unstoppable these past twelve years. Indeed she has become a prominent member of her Yarmouth Town community in the Nova Scotia province of Canada. Mrs Atwood serves on such town council committees as the Yarmouth Municipal Planning Advisory Committee, Tri-County Housing Authority and the Yarmouth Town and Municipal Heritage Committee. She is a public advocate for the Cancer Society and is a one-time president of the Business and Professional Women's Club both in Yarmouth Town and in the province of Nova Scotia. She once represented Nova Scotia on the board of CUSO Atlantic. The list of her local, provincial and national organisations also include the Children’s Aid Society. Prior to settling in Canada, she worked as and as a Child Welfare Officer in Thailand where she had responsibility for raising funds to establish rural childcare centres. Dolores Atwood has not just been active on the social scene, she’s been involved in politics as well. She has her sight on service in public governance which she hopes to kick-start through membership of the provincial Legislative Assembly through the Liberal Party of which she’s a prominent member. She explained her motivation in these words : " Since coming to Yarmouth, I have want to make a difference, so I chose to roll up my sleeves and get involved…All three of my children were born here and I want to make sure that they have an opportunity to stay here and raise their families here." Of her vision, she told an audience of electors recently : “From my experience, the challenges that Yarmouth is facing are similar to those in many rural communities around the world. They include the erosion of critical transportation infrastructure, out migration of youth and skilled trades people and a lack of support for small and medium sized business…Governments at all levels need to focus on growing rural economies by investing in critical infrastructure, encouraging industry and business development and cutting back on bureaucratic waste. The people of Yarmouth are looking for more than just the status quo from their elected officials. I will represent a new and bold way of thinking and will be a strong voice for Yarmouth”. She didn’t get the Liberal Party ticket to run this time, but, there sure is no stopping this woman of conviction and courage. I have gone through all of these, dear reader, to demonstrate to someone out there with a baggage from the past trying to keep you down. You can say no! You can take a cue from this Nigerian graduate of International Relations, sexually abused as a 14-year-old by a priest she said she saw as a pair of available listening ears during a traumatic period when her parents’ marriage was going trying times. Like Dolores Atwood, you can pick up the pieces of your life and match forward to victory. But as I said earlier, institutional preservation, important as it is can become a stumbling block to justice. I am a Church Unity campaigner who also believes strongly that the church must refrain from shooting its wounded generals, of which Archbishop Burke count as one. But to say, as Archbishop Alaba Job, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, has been quoted as saying that the accusations against Bishop Burke are “unsubstantiated sexual allegation” which are “unfounded” and “has created confusion not only among the lay faithful but also the entire people of Nigeria,” is to stand the truth on its head. Not even Father Burke said that! His public statement was clear: Although “I was recently officially informed by the Society Leader of St Patrick's Missionary Society that, following their investigations in Nigeria, no corroborating evidence was found to support the allegations of child sexual abuse made against me”; but, “I have been unfaithful to my oath of celibacy. I am deeply ashamed of my behaviour…I take full responsibility for my actions. I wish to express my deepest sorrow for my inappropriate, irresponsible and repeatedly sinful conduct.” Did Bishop Job and his colleagues read this or were they misquoted?
On Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 04:27 pm, writes:
With the boring news that an Irish Catholic Archbishop has resigned from the priesthood and that the Pope with surprising alacrity accepted this resignation because the Archbishop says he cannot keep to his vows of celibacy, comes the thought that, that was hard luck on him and another nail in this stupid medieval rule that priests have to be celibates. But then the news came through that he has been shagging young Nigerian girls for the last 30 years according to Dolores Atwood, a 41 year old Nigerian who had been under his physical and sexual spell for 27 years. Dick Burke, has he is known to his friends, has been under investigation by his order, the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society or the Kiltegan Fathers, since 2007 or so they tell us and although they could find no evidence of abuse against young girls, they have accepted Dick’s confession that he cannot leave women alone. They also say that they accept Dolores Atwood’s sworn statement that he had been molesting her since she was 14. It seems though, that they only accept bits of her statement because molesting a 14 year old girl in a hospital bed seems to me to be sexual abuse of young girls. These Kiltegan Fathers also claim to have given Dolores counselling after her ordeal. Dolores says she does not trust the Kiltegan Fathers one bit. Richard Burke, from Fethard in Tipperary, was made bishop of Warri diocese in Nigeria in 1997 by Pope John Paul II and then promoted to Archbishop of Benin City in 2008 by Benedict XVI. This excuse that he failed to observe his oath of celibacy puts a new slant on child abuse and makes it seem not to much of a sin. But what kind of a sin is it if the Church knew of his abuse of juveniles before he was made a bishop and I will come onto that later. So now we have the boring bit over with, what made me start to look into this, is what Dolores also said in her statement, that Old Dick had visited St. Luke’s in Manchester in 2009. That started me thinking that the only St. Lukes I knew in Manchester was the clinic for sexually transmitted diseases, founded in 1818 as the Lock Hospital in Ancoats, it became St. Luke’s in 1918, serving the returning soldiers who had picked up all sorts of nasties in France and the Middle East. However after a little research I found the name of St. Luke’s, an unfortunate misnomer. The St. Lukes Centre in Manchester is a private clinic which deals with a slicker form of sexual subversion that of supporting the psychological and physical needs of priests, and that is what Old Dick needed in 2009 when he stayed there. This St. Luke’s Centre opened in a blaze of silence in December 2005 to try to straighten out those bent clerics who had previously been treated by the Paraclete Fathers at Stroud in Gloucestershire. To get sent to Stroud as a priest meant you were well bent, you needed lots of straightening out. Brendan Smyth, the most infamous serial abuser of children in Ireland, was a past pupil. The Paraclete Fathers said they neither had the resources or the manpower to run this establishment and were going to have to close down and the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales, with an eye on the Indians coming over the hill, decided they definitely needed such a place but run on more modern, sleeker lines. They looked around and realized that the Church in America was in the deepest mire and decided to learn from them. The American Church had opened up such a place some years before, called the St. Luke’s Institute in Silver Springs, Maryland and using their experience and model, the Bishop’s Conference opened up St. Luke’s in Manchester. Now Dick Burke, in his travels, before bishopric tapped him on his shoulder, was sent by his order to New Jersey in 1995 according to Dolores Atwood’s statement. A strange place to go for a man steeped in the missionary ethos of the Kiltegan Fathers, but on perusing a map of America, I realized that Silver Springs and the St. Lukes Institute, just north of Washington D.C. are only 65 miles from the border of New Jersey. In American terms, only a hop step and a jump away. I just hope he was not treated at St. Luke’s Institute in 1995 because to suggest he was is to cynical to consider. The Rev. Dr. Gerard Fieldhouse-Byrne BA(Hons), STB, MA, MSW, D.Min., MBAPC (Accred), a very highly qualified psychotherapist is the head of St. Luke’s in Manchester. His education reads like a Who’s Who in the mindbending game. 1989-1992 Lancaster University BA (Hons) 1992-1996 Venerable English College and the Gregorian University in Rome 1996-1997 Angelicum University in Rome. 1997 Boston University School of Theology. 1998-2000 Boston University School of Social Work 2000-2002 St. Luke’s in Maryland. Special treatment for priests’ addictive, sexual and psychological disorders And then after these 13 years of intensive study and on his return to the Salford Diocese, he was sent as parish priest to St. Teresa’s, Little Lever, in Bolton. It was like sending a rocket scientist to mind the corner shop. He was only there for a year and he was then sent to St. Joseph’s parish in Todmorden for two years until July 2005 whilst retaining his status as Ex-Officio member of the Salford Diocese Child Protection Commission. He is top dog when it comes to priestly abuse of minors and it was to St. Joseph’s Todmorden he was sent, the parish where the homosexual abusing priest Fr Thomas Doherty left his slimy trail when he was imprisoned on 5 counts of buggery of children. It was seven years after Doherty was sentenced and Featherstone-Byrne’s move coincided with his release from prison. Was this to tidy up or to cover up, but again we can all get too cynical by far. To return to Dick, who St. Luke’s could not straighten out and to Stroud where the Paraclete Fathers could not straighten out Brendan Smyth and to all the other serial abusers who could not straighten up. Is there any point. Commendable as all this psychotherapy is, do you not think that Featherstone-Byrne and his cohort are just pissing in the wind. Paedophiles are born with that preference and nothing will make them divert from their path. All that can be done is to keep them under proper surveillance and do not give them opportunity. Read Dolores Atwood’s statement here And read Richard Burke’s statement here
On Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 04:34 pm, writes:
God bless the above writers, you said it all. The truth will surely prevail at the end. Well said ,well writen, well annalized . Bonjour.
On Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 05:00 pm, TITIYO writes:
I slept with your husband Chris. It was sweet. Not only you tell my secrets on the internet.
On Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 05:15 pm, writes:
Like I said earlier in this forum, Dolores Atwood is an hero to us here. How many women can be courageous enough to do what she is doing? I pray for all the victims of the church and victim of abuse, that the good Lord will grant them the courage and braveness that he has given to Dolores. God bless you Dolores.
On Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 05:20 pm, writes:
Courage and fath is among the gift of the Holy Spirit. Dolores Atwood definatly have both. I sense very strongly that she is spiritually very prayerful and powerful. God is surely with her and this battle that she is fighting is truly of the Lord
On Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 05:27 pm, writes:
Titoto or titi, what ever you call yourself, male of female, listen to yourself, you are going mad, you are the one who call someone else a prostitude and now you are the one saying it yourself that you slept with someone husband. Indeed you are going mad and I love seeing people like you going mad. You are a dirt. Please continue.
On Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 05:33 pm, writes:
This titiyo is A convicted child abuser, to be sentenced in a few days. he is lost, but cannot be found. my regard to charles Talor if you see him or your convicted pretend in- laws with out papers. Bye, Bye,ooo and leave normal to perfect people alone.
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 11:19 am, writes:
Still waiting titiyo. Are you not responding? or you have been sentenced earlier than we thought? I hope you rott in jail for a very long time and die there, the world do not need your type, criminal. You think you are smart and we cannot figure who you are. Shameless old man.
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 11:23 am, writes:
Richard Burke will soon join him soon. I hope they are both room mate, so that they can both sextually abuse each other.
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 11:30 am, writes:
titiyo, which is not his name . he is a man, who use the name of a woman,and cannot spell it correctly. Sick phycho. You are in jail were you were born and destine to be and die. Evil man disgauid in white robe. You have been lying to yourself ,but cannot lie to God.Rott in your destination, jail.
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 11:59 am, Paul writes:
A disgraced Catholic priest found guilty of sexually abusing three young sisters will be sentenced in June. Father Eugene Lewis, 76, denied the charges. The sisters abuse nightmare began when they were as young as seven years of age. The abuse took place at their Fermanagh home. Lewis was found guilty by a jury at Omagh Crown Court of 11 counts of indecently assaulting the three sisters between August 1963 and September 1973
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm, writes:
cut his balls off.
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm, writes:
Are they going to excommunicate him??
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm, knowthyself writes:
Only God knows the real truth .But if this priest is Guilty of those Grave sins. then may he Burn in Hell
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm, Faith writes:
I hope richard burke should be charge to court?
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 12:27 pm, missspook writes:
When is this outrageous behavior going to stop in the Catholic Church? When they don't even check into a persons background and allow them to be in contact with children and then it is swept under the rug as if it was unimportant because the universal church and its male hierarchy must be protected from scandal at all cost
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm, Glorybe writes:
WHY ARE YOU AFRAID TO PUBLISH THE OPINION I JUST WROTE ? I AM AN 80 YR. OLD MARRIED EX ROMAN CATHOLIC, THAT LEFT THIS CHURCH IN 2001 ON OUR 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. IT IS A VALID OPINION AND I WAS THE BEST RC YOU COULD EVER FIND. WE FOUND THE LIGHT AND WE'RE HOPING A FEW OTHERS WILL TOO
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm, Godscre writes:
I'm also grateful for Irish Central. Without the media, the abuse would probably still be going on. Jesus is the head of the Body of Christ. Obedience to God comes before obedience to church authority (which the present Pope wrote about in 1967 which seemed to be forgotten when he wrote a letter to bishops in 2001). Teachers will be judged more strickly as James 3:1 states. It seems that God is doing some Spring cleaning in the Vatican. God's Creatures Ministry
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm, Kathy writes:
There is nothing worse than a psychopathic priest on the loose and feeling and acting like he is entitled to work with children and molest them over and over again. This has all the under pinnings of a NAMBLA like operation. North America Man Boy Love Assoc Not about love. What we have here is 'INTAMBPPA' International Alliances Man Boy Pedophile Priest Association
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm, dunbekin writes:
This is digusting. This a very sick person.and needs to be dealt with
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 01:04 pm, writes:
May 11 (Bloomberg) -- Diarmuid Martin, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, said “strong forces” who still want to hide the extent and cover-up of clerical sex abuse leave him “discouraged and disheartened.” The Catholic Church is facing a mounting compensation bill for victims after the Ryan Report, published last year, said abuse in church-run homes in Ireland was “endemic.” A 2005 report into the Ferns Diocese found authorities didn’t do enough to end attacks. “There are still strong forces which would prefer the truth did not emerge,” Martin said in a speech late yesterday in Dublin. “I have never since becoming Archbishop felt so disheartened and discouraged about the level of willingness to really begin what is going to be a painful path of renewal,” Martin, who became Archbishop in 2004, said there are signs of “subconscious denial” of the extent of abuse in Ireland. He said that new rules designed to protect children are “not being followed with the rigor required.” Church attendance has dropped in Dublin, in some cases “dramatically,” he said. Separately, Pope Benedict XVI said today the clerical abuse scandal represents the greatest threat to the Catholic Church, the Associated Press reported, citing comments made during a trip to Portugal.
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 01:21 pm, The truth shall set us free writes:
As you can see, they move them from parish to parish, now , it from country to country. They are now moving these abusive priests from europe and north america to developing countries like asia and africa and south america were government corruption is the order of the day and save heaven for them.. People of Nigeria, open your eyes, God is using Dolores Atwood to see what is happening here in Africa. This is very seriou, we as people and the media should join and support this lady in our prayers or in any way we can to help her expose this monsters in Jesus name,Amen. She is fighting a just war here. God is on her side my people, open your eyes and see the good work God is doing through her
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 01:58 pm, writes:
Two hours ago (today Monday) the Pope has urged the Irish Catholic community to support the investigation and see it as a chance for renewal. It is at the same time the Vatican announced the pope had accepted the resignation of an Irish-born archbishop who had led the diocese of Benin City in Nigeria and faced accusations that he carried on a 20-year relationship with a woman that began when she was 14 years old. Archbishop Richard Burke had been suspended pending investigations. This is just one step the Pope has taken to clean house and get rid of bishops who either admitted they molested youngsters or covered up for priests who did. Major ones are expected to come as the scandals continue to tint the church
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 02:08 pm, writes:
Africa has not been in the news much over abuse in the church. However, there are many reports of widespread flouting of rules on celibacy. Now, there is news that a bishop in Nigeria, Richard Burke of Benin City, has resigned following a sexual scandal. He denies that there ever was any question of "abuse", but only of a broken vow of celibacy, as the partner involved was an adult of 21 when the relationship started. She says she was much younger
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 02:11 pm, writes:
Entirely inappropriate", indeed. The problem is, for an ordained priest, there is no possibility of an "appropriate" sexual or even emotional relationship with anyone
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 02:33 pm, Otoiheoma writes:
People, The Truth of the matter is SEX is as natural and satiable urge as the Hunger for food, or the the other natural urges like: Excretion; Eating; Sleeping, Thirsty, etc. For any human or a union of them to Ban all these natural act is a high level of Ignorance. The serving or the worship of God is NOT a function on one's abstinence from Sex. Again, Sex is a Natural and a very good thing for All Creatures of the universe. It is also the Most Powerful Force that we know of, through which everything on earth is brought about. Through Sex, Everything comes into existence, from Good to Bad. The Roman Catholic earlier intention was to preach against sex, especially to the young, so that they would not abuse it and misuse it in the destruction of youths. Nevertheless, they did infact understand that Sex is a powerful force, and can be used to create and destroy. Based on this, the act of sex was regulated in the catholic church. However, they made provision for the satisfaction of sexual urge by the catholic priests via the introduction of the Nuns Order. This was to prevent the priests from running wild over sex, with the community they serve. Insipte of this provision to curtail wild activities, by these priests, we still find some, who will go beyond the call of duty to sexually abuse members of their congregation. This is the case with this Archibishop Burke. Again, Sex is very good for all living things, and Naturally nobody should be barred from having Sex. Just do not misuse any good thing, cos too much of anything is Bad for one's health. This is where our Discipline comes into play.
On Monday, June 14, 2010 at 04:46 pm, Truth writes:
titiyo ,{a man}, a convicted child abuser,Titilayo was one of your nigerian victims that you sextually abused before you left nigeria to face justice in northern ireland for abusing children, including three sisters and found guilty and be sentenced in a few days to prison and you still do not have respect for her, you are using her name to blackmail dolores and her husband in this forum. Now we have found you out. why are you not commenting again?, Are you tired or hiding or running? useless old man
On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 02:20 am, My Prayers. writes:
I pray and I bless all those who have been abused by priests and bishops, or any form of abuse who have come out to tell their stories, and especially the three siters in Northern Ireland recently, that exposed the abuse and evil of a child abuse monster, fr. eugene lewis , that the good Lord will bless them and keep them and prosper them and their love ones. May the good Lord turn their sorrows and pain into joy and may they be an inspiration to others and instruments of God. May the Lord go before them and behind them and may he council them and bring healings to their hearts and may he grant them their hearts desire, and no weapon that fartion against them and their families shall prosper and no curse or evil shall come upon them,and may the ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES, THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT ,AMEN. It is well with you all, so shall it be in Jesus name ,AMEN.
On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 02:29 am, writes:
Justice will always come. Sometimes it takes time and sometimes it comes as soon as it happens, but all in God\'s time. The Bible says \"vengence is my, says the Lord\". \"All things work together for good for them that love God\" and \"what so ever a man sows , so shall he reap\". Justice will surely come,. Be patient and be prayerful. God is on the thrown.
On Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm, IVY writes:
If some people say that ALL have sinned and should not throw stones at Burke, I hope they are including the POPE in the 'ALL' have sinned. No man is an exemption no matter the outward look or outward conduct. What do you do in secret? Man is man and can be fallen down by the devil. The VERY REVREND SISTER can be doing it with the VERY REVREND POPE! People will shout- blasphemy!! But man is man. It is only the Grace of God that will avoid that fall. When they say Pope, Bishop or General Overseer is visitng, the preparation of man waiting for man will be so much that daily routine is obstructed. But when God says He is visiting, man will start running because he is full of 'dirt'. See Adam's story. So clean up your inside and the outward will be clean. God looks at the inside and not your outward display or drama.
On Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 03:08 pm, writes:
Thanks alot Ivy, and may God bless you. God him self said"My judgement will begin in my own house". I believe the judgement has began, and they look for who to bleam. When a priest or bishops abuse or have sex with young girls and married women, they bleam their victims and cover up their dirty acts and continues, using church money that is meant for God work for womanizing. They use all have sinned as an excuse. They apologise when they are caught or when there are very damaging evidence against them, but their appology is just word, but go back again and do even worse things. They get away with it. Let you or I, abuse a child, even when we say we are sorry, we will still be arrested, is it not true? How come these men are allowed to get away? More they say is expected to whom more is given. That is why I congratulate Ms Atwood for her courage and hope more Nigerian girls will come out and expose these men like Richard Burke before it is too late. Please go to all the newspaper in ireland or the us or europe, post it on the web, the many irish newspeper will surely publish it. Do what Ms Atwood did.
On Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 07:44 pm, Toby I. writes:
interesting, how quick we are in the condemnation of people. two sides but the same coin. who shall be the judge of these. is it by rattling abusive words at the duo that you shall have your fill. some support artwood, many the the Arch - bishop. but we tend to forget one vital question. If it were me? no one is above mistake and therefore no one can laudably say, i cannot commit such atrocity/ scandal. we are only saved by the graces which Christ has bestowed upon us. who knows what God has in Mind for he may have used this case as an example to teach us something, what then do we decipher as the teaching of God from this case. Always remember dear folks, in the words of St. Augustine, God caused Good to come out of Evil. Let us then seek for the Good that should come out of this. the Good of learning How to forgive those who have manipulated you and those you have manipulated. If a sin can hold as long as this only to come out signifies something. You cannot hide forever, but I would have only wished that it was brought forward in mature way. If the Arch bishop manipulated you at a young age, did he also manipulate you at your age of maturity even after your marriage. One thing common in the sin of sex, the combined consent of both to engage in the affair. if you did not consent, then we should be treating a case of rape. you consented, because you said that even after that you maintained a close relationship with Him, even till you became mature to think for yourself and differentiate the good from the bad. Now it is called sexual abuse on the part of one, not on the part of the other who gave in willingly to it. For all I ask, what is behind bringing this scandal to public?, what was the quarrell?, what was the dispute? for mature people will call themselves together and agree mutually to quit the evil in which they abide in. In as much as we sympathize with the two, we must nevertheless not cease to ask what was the smoke that led to this fire which is burning the heart of the church, the heart of Artwood and the heart of all of us here who cannot comprehend this matter. For it is all saddening and frustrating.
On Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 08:52 pm, Christine writes:
I have heard and read, including an irish in this forum that classify Nigerians as norrowminded people. Indeed, I am beginning to believe that. Richard Burke indeed knows you nigerians and know how to manipulate you. This man commits a very serious crime, and all you say is who have not sin? This man abused a 14yrs old and this is all you say? That is why you people are refused visa to enter developed countries. For your information, Richard Burke has been picking up prostitutes, abuse young girls and have sex with his perishonals wives and according to findings, the man is a serious sex addict and a sociopath. 98% of the people here support her and alots of Nigerians christians and people support her. So the victims are always to be bleam? that is why the catholic abuse priest continues to abuse children. What about the 5 to 10yrs old that they abuse? So the childre also tempt the priest? May God punish all of you that take side with this man. .Firstt you said he was holy and cannot do a thing like that.Listen you useless tobi, go and find out the truth first before you write away your future. God is not on your side. I feel sorry for you.
On Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 04:21 pm, annonymous writes:
i dont know dis man they are talking about.But each time i read this article,I always have piain in my heart bc i just see it on internet.Mrs Atwood said that she was abused when she was 14yrs,But after dat 4 d past 26yrs,is Richard Burke continue to abused her????Mrs Atwood herself continue to enjoy the relationship.I know she was the course of all the blame she puts on Richard Burke.She is married & stying in canada with her husband,How come she is still have access to comunicate & have relationship with Richard Burke?How come Richard Burke have her number?is she not d one that gave him her number?Thats means she enjoy being with him.but as soon as she heard that Richard Burke is having an affair with her younger sister,she decided to destrol Richard Burke life by speak out,i would & like her younger sister & those young girls,married woman to come out wiyh evidence.why can she speaks out b4 dis time?Richard Burke has admitted dat he had a relationship with her but not @ d age of 14yrs.Who can come out & accepeted dat he had a relationship without any proof?it is very disgraful 4 a so called archibishop to do a things like that & he has apology to Mrs Atwood,So on his behalf,i'm pleading to Mrs Atwood to find it in her heart to forgive him,so dat God will forgive her all her sins also.Mrs Atwood remember,THE LORDS PRAYERS.THANKS.
On Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 05:54 pm, Patricia. writes:
Listen to yourself. After judging and conderming her before hearing from her personally and at the end asking for her forgiveness. If I was her, after judging me, even if I wanted to forgive him, I will not do so again. Are you a judge? If richard burke think he is innocent, let s both of them go to court. You think the case is just black and white as you say it?.Please find someting to do. I hope you continue to have pain in your heart. Because there are worse pain coming your way soon, probably heart attack is on it way., Nonsense.
On Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 09:23 pm, writes:
What i mean by pain in my heart is that how can she kept quiet 4 26yrs when she knows dat Richard Burke abused her?But after she married to her husband,she still continue d relationship till 2003.Patricia can we still called that one CHILD ABUSED?I know by that time she is knows dat as a married woman,she is not suppose to have any affair with any man,but she continue.So she wanted to tell us now that Richard Burke still force her to do that also or abused her?Mrs Atwood puts salt & papper to her story so dat they can nail Richard Burke.I have it in mind dat one day the truth will come out & lets leave everything for God to judge.
On Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 09:38 pm, Kunle.(Lagos) writes:
But Richard Burke has resigned.What else did Mrs Atwood wants again?As the last writer say lets leave everythings for God to judge.
On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 01:13 am, Patricia writes:
I think you people have a problem. She never had any intimate relationship with with the bishop when she was marry or ever. Even burke himself testify to that. What is wrong with you? Maybe you have to check your english dcitionary , if you do not understand the grammer. I can tell from the ways yourself and kunle wrote that you are not science students and you both have no job. I will never employ narrowminded people like you two. Do you know why you still don\'t have a job? because of the way you both think. No need to argue with you two. Someday you will remmeber what I just told you. You are not technical in your thinking. A science student will speak differently, trust me, I can tell you are no science students or graduate.
On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 01:25 am, Paul writes:
Convicted child abuser, you are back again, and shame on you old man. You are trying again with another name and no name. We know who you are and the police will soon be knonking at your door. Shame on you old man.
On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 01:26 am, writes:
I prefer to say, shame on you old fool.
On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 01:30 am, writes:
Please cut his saur balls , or lets say his infected balls and dick'"as to burke'"? what do you think? I say shame on you old fool for abusing children
On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 11:21 am, writes:
think Nigeria cultutre is a deterrent to our developments. I said so cos every time something happen we blame the victim and then ask god to help us as our culture do not allow us to fight for ourself. Then come our corrupt rulers that disobey their own law, were you are purnished even hanged without charges. With all these, crime always go unpurnished. Sex abuse has been going on in the catholic church for years as I remebered in the 60's in Ondo where two girls were abused by the priests and ran away cos the locals was after them and not the law. I could not remeber what happen to the case uptil date. So this is not new only that our culture supprressed the victim and make you bear the pain alone
On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 02:15 pm, Ivy writes:
Tobi, you must be a Nigerian! and amongst those that worship bishops and general overseers without knowing what the bible says! Some pack their footprints sand so as to receive blessings!. You said the teaching is learning how to forgive what about learning not to trust or worship man? Someone said the issue should have been brought out in a matured way forgeting that JESUS made an OPEN shame of the devil. They say she consented. Why didn\'t the Bishop \'disconsent\' since he is spiritually \'higher\'. He should say NO to her phone number. Some are looking for evidence when the man has pleaded guilty. Forgiveness is not by force. We are only encourged to do so. Maybe she was quiet since not to stain his name but Holy Ghost \'koboko\' flogged her to come out since the man of God was adamant. He has resigned, what about judgement?. Example- an armed robber killed your wife, 4 children, your mentor, your provided and cut off your right hand. Later repented and became a pastor and no restoration for you yet- so forgive???? People have been know to be arrested for crime of 10yrs ago
On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 03:29 pm, writes:
IVY, MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU, MAY GOD FACE SHINE ON, MAY GOD BE KIND TO YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE IN JESUS NAME, AMEN. Please keep up the good work. You are among one of the few intellegent ones in this forum. Well done my dear, well said and well written.
On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 04:08 pm, Christy writes:
May God forgive Richard burk for what he has done. Pls if you are there and you have not forgiven him, pls do forgive him. For those that have forgiven him may God Bless you through Christ our Lord. Amen
On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 05:52 pm, writes:
Published: Thursday, 3rd June, 2010 4:00pm Priest convicted of 11 charges of indecent assault against sisters by Chris Donegan Comments (0) | Print | Email Fr Eugene Lewis, pictured outside Omagh Courthouse during his trial. Paedophile priest Eugene Lewis fooled a lot of people: the Fermanagh couple whose three young daughters he sexually abused, his family and friends, and fellow clergy who joined in singing his praises. But he could not fool the six men and six women of the jury at Omagh Crown Court. They saw the priest in his clerical garb, a silver crucifix on his left lapel, take an oath on The Bible to tell "the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth". But they didn't believe the 76-year-old pervert was telling the truth when he denied sexually abusing the three sisters at their home in Fermanagh. Those little girls are now mature women in their 50s but for the one he allegedly raped when she was just 21, the fear and revulsion were all too evident. During the trial it was obvious she did not want to have him anywhere near her and at one point a prosecution lawyer had to act as a human shield, screening her from her abuser as she walked from one side of the court to the other. It was an unrepentant and defiant Lewis who sat in the dock. On the opening day of his trial he stared long and hard at his three women he abused all those years ago. They were sitting just a couple of feet away from him in the public gallery. He didn't look like a man who was straining to recognise faces from his distant past but a man who was trying to make eye contact with his victims and perhaps re-establish the power he had over them when he was a priest in his 30s and they were little girls. But his victims did not return his gaze; their eyes stayed fixed on the judge at the front of the court. And when the jury delivered its guilty verdicts on the final day of his trial his victims were not there to watch but were reported to be "relieved and pleased". It took those six men and six women four and a half hours over two days to unanimously convict the former provincial superior of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, or White Fathers as they are better known. The disgraced priest, who'd dismissed the abuse claims as "absolute rubbish ... they never happened", showed no emotion as the guilty verdicts were delivered. Standing in the dock with his head bowed, he never once looked up, all the time fiddling with a set of rosary beads. By their verdicts the jury accepted that Lewis was a vile, evil paedophile who preyed on the sisters after befriending their parents nearly 50 years ago. By their verdicts they also rejected the picture painted by his defence, backed by testimonies from around the world, including an African Bishop, that he was simply a loving, caring, wonderful man of God. Lewis was convicted on all 11 charges of indecently assaulting the three sisters when they were youngsters, on differing dates between August 1963 and September 1973. The court heard evidence that the priest raped one of the sisters when she was 21 after her parents sent her to him for counselling about her affair with a married police men. She described how the sex attacks took place in a bedroom of the White Fathers' Cypress Grove house at Templelogue in Dublin. She said she didn't shout or scream; she was traumatised, and that he raped her despite her begging him to stop. The court also heard from a fourth sister who claimed she was sexually abused by Lewis at the Order's former home in Blacklion. The prosecution introduced the rape and Blacklion abuse claims as evidence of Lewis' bad character but because the offences were allegedly committed across the Border the court had no power to do anything about them. However, from the start the jury heard of these alleged brutal sex attacks from prosecuting QC Ken McMahon, who said the priest had wormed his way into the family through a fellow, but innocent cleric. Mr. McMahon told the jury that although welcomed into their home at any time, he often chose to call at bedtime or on Saturday bathnight. The lawyer further stated that Lewis, his actions hidden by a large kitchen table, managed to abuse one of the girls in front of her father, who was oblivious to what the priest was doing. The girl, now a grown woman, later told the court that Lewis also abused her while telling her and her sisters bedtime stories in their darkened bedroom. Speaking after the trial, Lewis' solicitor, Mr. Joe McVeigh, said "while he respects the decision of the jury, he is very disappointed and he wants to stress that he remains adamant in his denials". Mr. McVeigh said that Lewis' defence team is to "consider the position and give some thought to our grounds of appeal". The priest, who swore to police and the jury that he "never touched those children", will be sentenced next month once pre-sentence reports are completed. Lewis was born in Cloghan, County Donegal. His father was a founding member of An Garda Siochana, the Republic's police force. He was one of 15 children, telling the jury how his eldest brother was also a missionary priest and an older sister was a member of the Good Shepherd Sisters. He himself was ordained a missionary priest in Cavan Cathedral on May 7, 1958, and was Superior of the House at Blacklion when the White Fathers left what is now Loughan House Prison on the shores of Lough Macnean and moved to Dublin in 1971. He worked as a missionary in Africa and on his return to Ireland in 2001 asked to go to work in a "frontline" parish in Belfast. He worked in St. John's Parish and in Nativity Parish, Poleglass. He had planned to go and teach English and French to White Fathers students in Poland.
On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 05:58 pm, IVY writes:
Tobi, you must be a Nigerian! and amongst those that worship bishops and general overseers without knowing what the bible says! Some pack their footprints sand so as to receive blessings!. You said the teaching is learning how to forgive what about learning not to trust or worship man? Someone said the issue should have been brought out in a matured way forgeting that JESUS made an OPEN shame of the devil. They say she consented. Why didn\'t the Bishop \'disconsent\' since he is spiritually \'higher\'. He should say NO to her phone number. Some are looking for evidence when the man has pleaded guilty. Forgiveness is not by force. We are only encourged to do so. Maybe she was quiet since not to stain his name but Holy Ghost \'koboko\' flogged her to come out since the man of God was adamant. He has resigned, what about judgement?. Example- an armed robber killed your wife, 4 children, your mentor, your provided and cut off your right hand. Later repented and became a pastor and no restoration for you yet- so forgive???? People have been know to be arrested for crime of 10yrs ago
On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 06:06 pm, Faith writes:
This is how Richard Burke is also fooling alot of people and they are so stupid to fall for it. Please read the above. Those of you who started by saying Richard Burke was a holy man of God, I hope can now rethink your word. The man is fooling you all and some of you are still bleaming the victims. I hope when the truth finally comes out, please do not talk about forgiveness, because you have to think of it first when you are judging this lady. As for me I pray that this richard burke will be finally brought to justics
On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 06:35 pm, Christiana writes:
This priest by the name Fr. eugene Lewis worked in OYO STATE, OSUN STATE, he did abused alot of our young girls there, he left nigeria in 2001, because there was talk that he was sleeping around too much with the underage girls there. Nigeria was a save heaven for him and richard burke alike. He had useless the lives of so many girls, only for him to go back to his own country, Ireland to face justice for the crimes he commited there before he left. This is a man who abused our children, young girls and our daughers and women any how, and our govt. did nothing, the church did nothing and the people of the church did nothing, to him,they all turn a blind eye as if nothing ever happen. If not for God who finally brought this man to justice, he would have gone to his grave a free man and be call after ten years st. lewis and he was a very holy man, like some nigerian sisters and bishops and priests sing praises to his defence. Dolores Atwood came out to speak of Richard Burke evil, there are people again, expecially Nigerians say he is a holy man and very humble. may God help our people from darkness. Shame on you who support or take side with Richard Burke
On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 08:28 pm, Ivy writes:
The genesis is this morbid fear in our people- 'touch not my annoited and do my prophets no harm'. God knows His own, His sheep. They seem to fear the real God's punishment, and at the same time they fear being slapped by spirits of ancestors. So who do you serve?? When God says do this or that, man will say he will try. But when God says DO NOT DO THIS OR THAT, man will oppose and ask 'why' vehemently instead of saying God help me to comply! God said BY THEIR FRUITS, YOU SHALL KNOW THEM. Not by their miracles, not by their quiet nature, not by receiving holy communion in a very holy way, not by big names in churches but who so ever that 'does my will, same is my own!' chikena! Not how many houses you have, but how many you sheltered, not how much you earned but how many you provided for with your God's blessing, not the kind of car you drove in but how many people drove in it who didn't have transportation, not how many clothes in your wardrope but how many you clothed and not how many friends you have BUT HOW MANY CALLED YOU FRIEND! God's judgement is really not like man's. Praise singers please note.
On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm, writes:
IVY, you have a very beautiful heart. You are gifted, and you have a heart like a King choosen by God. I thought I was smart, and gifted, but I confess that you are smarter than me. God bless you, you definately have the gift of wisdom. Please keep educating the ignorants in this forum, including the convicted priests, rev sisters and pervert archbishop Burke.
On Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 12:18 am, Charity writes:
Did I hear that the bishop of Nigeria gave a clean bill for Richard Burke, after he Burke had confessed his crimes? This show to you that these men can not be men of God. I hope people can see and hear themselves. They bleam the media and others for exposing their darkness, they claim they are human, and so they can sin any way they like. These wovles in sheep clothing. How can anyone call these men God anointed? The phareses and saduces are better than them. The bishop of Abuja John is a serial abuser who is destine for hell. SHAME ON YOU OLuBUMI WHO backs like a dog all the time and think he can intimidate the Nigerian people. Shamelss bishops, Alaba job who does not know who is standing beside him, should resign his post and prepare to meet his God, cannot think to know so. I have no respect for any of you, because you do not have respect for God word. Thanks alot Ivy
On Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 12:22 am, writes:
Chrity, richard Burke is not taking full responsibility for what he has done. The confession he made was a periperi confession , so that people will feel sorry for him. Richard Burke is a sociopath.
On Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 11:06 am, Ivy writes:
Thanks Charity. They shout- we are one with God! God loves a cheerful giver, sow a good seed unto Him etc. But when it is SIN from their 'clique'- they shout- who have not sinned? throw the first stone, God is merciful, He is faithful to forgive etc. They forget to add- Jesus said 'Go and sin no more'; the wages of sin is death; all liars are to the pit of hell, God hates 6 things and amongst them is fornication while the 7th one is an abomination unto him- pls check the bible. There is good and evil only- God said choose good which is more profitable. We all strive to be perfect by God's grace- we are all advised to pursue good and do good. Another problem is the governement who sees church/ men of God as a-no-go-area; an untouchable breed until their activities have eaten deep, then the goverment will come out and arrest them but this should have happened at the budding stage e.g prophet eddy and prophet king were dealt with by the people in Nigeria. Though many had 'gone' to their early graves from these men of God activities. Jesus our Lord said come to me ALL ye that labour and ... He sat amongst the disciples who would not even want others to come close to Him but he rebuked the disciples and people come to Him at will. When He had an outburst in the temple, it was against sin. But what about our so called ordained? when they come visiting or have a programme to WALK round the street, they ride in a vehicle, you come to them with appointment, they send you away if care is not taken. He can be a real annointed of God but same God can take it away due to his sins which he refused to repent from and the man of God will be living in past glory- deceiving the congregation but YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE. Trust in God! He will send your helper. Minimize running after men of God
On Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm, Charity. writes:
Thanks again IvY, I love reading from you. Yes , people should serve God , not man. These men have deceived alot of people and at the end of the day ,God and religion are bleamed because of these men. Read your bible ,pray to God, and learn what is pleasing to God , shown what is evil. Richard Burke has deceived alot of people and he is still doing so. My people, rather than running after these men you say are not perfect when they sin, why not run after God who is perfect. Richard Burke knew what he does in secret, no wonder he always preach "judge not so that you will not be judge" He was again brainwashing and manupulating the people. I always wonder why? Now I know. Love God my friends and never turn your back on him, and stop running after these false teachers. Thank Ivy
On Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 01:08 pm, writes:
These Bishops and priests and pastors and general overseers enjoy and know the facts that the government, police and Nigerian media are very corrupt . They take advantage of the conditions of the people. Every streets in nigeria, have a church, you cannot tell between the stores and the churches which one out number the other, but yet the country have the highest form of evil. if only half of these so call men of God were real, the country will be better than what it is today. Because of these evil men , using God name for crime against humanity, people and unbelivers blame God for the evil that takes place in the world. May God judgement come on these men in Jesus name, Amen. Shame on you that let men speak evil of God good name.
On Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 04:56 pm, Ivy writes:
Thanks to the writers above. God almighty gave us reasoning faculty. He enjoined us to have a discerning spirit so we can know the tricks of the devil/enemy alike. He encourages to ask questions/listen to Him. He wants us to interact with him and He is ready to take us to His secret place e.g through prayers, going to \'mountain\' if need be. Mary, Abraham, Hezekiah, Moses etc they asked how could this be, how can this happen, will it happen? and God answered and gave further instructions. Jesus sat with the people and interacted with them- wants them to believe and know that God alone is almighty. He asked the blind man what He could do for him even though He knew the man\'s problem. See the man at that pool. So He loves to be with us! But because of some men of God\'s shady characters, they tell you not to ask questions that you are offending God, that you should just be \'push and start\' in the house of God. The way some people took Bishop Burke back then as next to God in Warri, some were asking some questions like \'what if...\' members not even allow you to say something. They say \'you are gosipping the man of God\' but you were just asking. So how far now??. Lesson is for us all to turn away from atrocities because God will expose even if it is post-humous. Whatever \'saint\' people have given can them be revoked
On Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 11:52 pm, writes:
Dear Ivy, You have a good sense of God in you ,different from the usual catholic. You do not sound like a catholic, but a true christian who read your bible regularly. I thank God for you and I pray that God will never allow these corrupt priests and archbishops cross you path. May the good Lord continues to give you his grace to keep up his call for your life and may the good Lord who have begin a good work in your life, accomplish it till the coming of Christ, Amen, keep well and continues to educate the ignorants in this forum and in warri. God bless you.
On Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 02:13 am, Dave writes:
It's a sin to coveth thy neighbour's wife. It's a sin to coveth thy neighbour's servant. It's a sin to coveth thy neighbour's goods and anything what you ain't aughta. But praise the Lord it's not a sin to coveth thy neighbour's daughter
On Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 02:15 am, Dave writes:
Seriously now... this guy deserves to be de-frocked. What a burk!
On Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 02:21 am, Nezan writes:
What is more damning? adultery or paedophilia?
On Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 02:24 am, Carol writes:
I would believe the posters story. Here in ireland the catholic church has been rocked to the core over child abuse cases dating back to the early 60's. The people who were abused took action against the catholic church. The way the church dealt with it was to move the priest to a different parish where he was free again to start abusing again. But finally the people who were abused are finally been listened to. I have watched a true movie called the boys of saint vincents it was horrific to watch.
On Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 11:02 pm, writes:
That's an interesting point. Burke nevertheless still feels the need to call the woman a liar by maintaining that she was 21 when his sexual contact with her began. According to this site, the legal age of consent in Nigeria is 13, so he would not need to lie about this in order to avoid legal penalty, either. But obviously, regardless of the laws of church or state, a 33-year-old man (Burke says he was 40 when she was 21) cannot enter into a relationship of equality with a 14-year-old, making genuine consent impossible. Add the moral authority that a priest has over a young person in his flock, and anyone who would neither do it themselves nor collaborate in a cover-up of it would call any sexual contact between a priest and someone under the age of 18 "abuse", and Burke seems to know that.
On Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 11:28 pm, Kyla writes:
I postulate that there can be a rapist without a specific, hurt victim in the conventional sense. I.e. even if some 14-year-olds could/would freely consent to such a thing, and be the last person on Earth to consider it assault, it still constitutes a maliciously negligent and irresponsible act for the adult in question to accept that consent at face value. Even supposing a 14-year-old girl could freely and legitimately consent to sex with a 30-year-old in a position of authority over her to the point that she felt no negative consequences on any level, arguing that that makes it OK in this case is like arguing that a given person driving drunk one night was OK because he made it home without killing anyone. That is, regardless of the success of the endeavor, the action is still so deeply irresponsible as to be unacceptable, and puts others at risk they do not agree to. To accept someone's agreement to have sex is a gamble that they indeed chose it freely. Any power differential raises the odds that the power imbalance played a role in pushing her decision towards "yes." And given that women are individuals with different tolerances for pressure and differing abilities to recognize it and different types of reactions depending on other circumstances such as where they are and how they're feeling and how much support they can count on from others, there is utterly NO way of predicting how much power/pressure/status it takes to turn a no into a coerced yes. And, just as the drunk driver has no right to gamble with the lives of other people on the road, it is the prospective partner on whom the consequences of such an assault would fall, and the instigator has no right to gamble with hir emotional well-being. The assumption of "well, if she REALLY had a problem with it, she would say no" is held and wielded as a weapon (whether deliberately or cluelessly) by a whole lot of rapists and child molesters---it is devastating to the victims, and destructive as well to those attackers whose justification for acting out their desires on people is the misconception that agreement or lack of refusal---from a child, from an unconscious person, from a subordinate, from a frightened and isolated person---is legitimate consent. At the absolute least, they're deliberately agreeing to pull the trigger in a game of Russian Roulette without checking how many bullets are in the chamber. I don't know how many pedophiles think "I would never hurt them, it's OK and good and loving because he agreed" or how many dudebros think "I'm not a rapist, this chick half my size (with the history of being bullied that I don't know about) that I cornered alone on her way home really digs me," or how many of them would legitimately stop their behavior once that excuse is removed, but it really needs for everyone to know what solid, poisonous bullshit it is.
On Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 11:31 pm, Scott Madin writes:
Even supposing a 14-year-old girl could freely and legitimately consent to sex with a 30-year-old in a position of authority over her to the point that she felt no negative consequences on any level, arguing that that makes it OK in this case is like arguing that a given person driving drunk one night was OK because he made it home without killing anyone. That seems to me like a really good way of putting it, Kyra_Cat_Soul.
On Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 11:34 pm, Rhiain writes:
On the age-difference thing, I was at a conference about brain development a few weeks ago. It's not something I knew a lot about before going, so this was all kind of revelatory for me. (I'm sure there are other Shakers more well-versed in this stuff than I, who will correct me if I'm not accurately conveying this information.) The keynote presentation featured a bunch of MRIs of brains taken at different stages in the subjects' lives. What was most fascinating to me (and to most of the group--many of the attendees were high school teachers) was that the prefrontal cortex is one of the last things to develop; that is, it's done developing in the early 20s. The PFC is what controls a lot of things like personality, social behavior, and impulse control. So, basically, everything that's needed to successfully navigate a sexual relationship.* In the early teens, the PFC is a tiny fraction of what it will be fifteen years later. The presentation wasn't supposed to have anything to do with sexual abuse. It was more like, "Hey, teachers? Sometimes your students are going to have trouble with impulse control, because the bit of their brain that does that isn't done growing yet. They can't help it, so try new ways to engage them." And all I could think was, holy shit, this is what happens with adults who rape/sexually abuse children. The adults literally have a whole extra part of their brain that's "helping" them sexually abuse someone who can't even begin to access these resources. It's not just societal/physical superiority, or even that the adult just has more experience from being in the world longer. The children do not have physical access to the mental facilities needed to successfully navigate a sexual relationship. It's like fifteen extra helpings of fucked up, on top of the several dozen already-apparent types. *I'd like to reiterate that there isn't anything wrong with someone at that age having sex with a peer, because peers are peers, and everyone in that situation is working with more or less the same amount of social development.
On Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 11:37 pm, Celesteh writes:
The age of consent, according to the church, is 14. Ergo, he never abused a child. She was old enough, according to them.
On Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 11:39 pm, writes:
Yes, the church seems quite eager to "disappear" from the conversation the female victims, the girls and women abused by far too many priests, because then they can blame it on infiltration by Teh Evul Gayz (TM). It would not surprise me if there are far more priests who abused women and girls, than boys.
On Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm, Banancat writes:
"It would not surprise me if there are far more priests who abused women and girls, than boys. " I don't know the exact numbers, but abuse of girls is a widespread problem in the Catholic Church, and it's actually disappointing that nobody really cared about it at all until it came out that boys have also been victims. Sexual abuse of any female human is barely considered news in our society. It's part of rape culture that female victims are overlooked, because it's just accepted that men will do stuff like that and there's no way to stop it.
On Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 02:11 pm, Ivy writes:
Let's keep this thread alive- to throw more light on bible issues and help us strive to live a perfect live
On Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 01:03 am, writes:
I which the vatican is reading your comment and hope they include somebody like you to turn their conduct around. Bless your heart and sweet soul,Amen.
On Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 10:54 pm, writes:
Father eugene Lewis, may you rott in jail and die there and after that, may you rott in hell for abusing children. You are arrogant , proud and violent. Shame on you and richard burke and all the priests and bishops and archbishops and also those of you who cover up for these preditors and molesters out there who abuse children and young people, may you all rott in hell ,in Jesus name, Amen.
On Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 06:11 pm, writes:
Each time i passed thru dis website i also share tears 4 dis man called Richard Burke because how can a man spoiled his life & what he build 4 35yrs bc of one day enjoyments.Very painful.I really feel sorry for him & I pray dat God should forgive & have mercy on him & Mrs Atwood should find it in her heart to forgive him also because he has apologies to her & he is very sorry for what he has done afterall we are just human beings.Merely mortals.Only God is God.I will continue to remember him in my prayer.
On Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 06:35 pm, Rita writes:
My dear friend, He has been abusing young girls before he abused Dolores, and be has also been having affairs with his perishoners wives and also picking up prostitutes. He has been that way for a very long time. Take for example, if Ms Atwood did not come out, you will still be thinking that this man call Richard Burke is a saint and a holy man. He fooled you all to make you think he is Holy. Again, he is not sorry , because he is still saying that he had sex with her when she was more than 18yrs, not 14, so he is calling her a lier. What will she gain if she consented with him , to come out and speak? Richard Burke was forced to resign, he is not repentant, he is sorry because he was caught. Please do not let him fool you as he did in the past. Peaple are having problem believing him. The more he speaks, the more he put his own foot in his mouth. Liers alway lie to cover up lies. He is not sorry. He say sorry, but do not mean it. What about judgement. So o you think he should just walk away like that? what example will be given to the priests? Continue and ask for forgiveness and you will walk away? No.
On Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 08:47 pm, Jude.Warri. writes:
This topic is on internet 4 one yr now.So what i can say on this topic now is that the CATHOLIC REPORT should close this website & lets everybody minds his or her business.Afterall we are all sinners & lets God be the judge.As the second to the last writer say:We are all just human beings.Merely mortals.Only God is God.
On Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 12:18 am, Christiana writes:
Please jude, continues to sin and when you die, tell that to God not us. We have heard that comment before, is just like an old music," we are all sinners" If you cannot handle the truth, I suggest that you stop coming to this site. You have no right to tell anyone to close this site, it is not about you or your family members.If the heat is mush for you in the kitchen, please get out of the kitchin and stop complaining. No body put a gun to your head to come to this site.
On Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 12:25 am, writes:
I suggest that you close your mouth jude, not this web site.If anything that should be closed, is your mouth.
On Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 01:05 pm, Ivy writes:
I wish this site is open to other christian denominations or better still religious leaders of any sect. who decieve their members. 'Imam' will tie bomb over you to go and die for Allah and his son is studying abroad! Pastor's daughter will get pregnant outside wedlock and the pastor quickly rushes the marriage but will conjure a member who made the same mistake to the point that the member will feel that she is the 'biggest' sinner and may go and abort it & may die in the process whereas the pastor's daughter will be called a'fruitful' woman. Jesus was implying to that woman- though you have sinned now, I will forgive you but go and sin no more. Not to abort the baby! I feel that the people that want this site closed are those that have grown to think that a religious leader is a 'touch not' and are always spiritually higher than the church members forgeting that 'ALL things are possible to THEM that believes' and not to a priest, pastor, man or woman of God only
On Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 05:25 pm, Christiana writes:
Thanks , you are right. They want the site close, because they cannot handle the truth. They hate the truth.I feel sorry for anyone who allow someone else, make them feel like they are the worse person on earth.Jesus himself said that those you consider prositite and robbers will get to heaven before you, you hypocrete. I see them in church every sunday, you can help butnotice them. When they go and take communion, they appear holier than Jesus and Mary herslf and go back to their dark room and secret cults and fight their neigbours who do not go to church, they cheat their customers and put down other people children. I do not stop serving God because of these liers. There are good christians, you surely know them by their fruit and I have met some of them. Richard Burke is one of the wolves in sheep clothing and have decieve many and is still doing so. Thanks again IVY
On Monday, June 28, 2010 at 05:39 pm, Joe writes:
I applaud this lady (then a child since I do not believe this child molester called bishop!) for her boldness. I just hope that thousands (perhaps millions) of Nigerian and other African children who been molested (ie. destroyed) by catholic priests, bishops, cardinals, etc, (and continue to be so destroyed!) would be so bold as to come out. Many of them are adults now but the pain and the emotional destruction they suffered in the hands of these preachers continue. I find it hard to believe this bishop that he "has never abused a child". If he waited this long for him to admit his evil deeds, it does not take much brain to know that he is lying! By the way, during all this time, he was listening to people confess their sins, right? I wonder who he confessed his to. I wonder when vatican first knew of this man! Hopefully Nigerian legal system would investigate this man and the church to save our vulnerable and gullible children! Hopefully others he molested for all these years would be bold enough to come out. Hopefully he and vatican would pay for his evil deeds. Hopefully other bishops, priests, etc in Nigeria who have for years enjoyed the destruction of young boys, girls, marriages and lives would come out! Hopefully Nigerian public and the catholic church would not "blame America for creating all these problems" of exposing evils that have been going on for ages within the catholic church but instead focus on how they can identify priests, bishops, etc who even as I write this note are molesting more children!
On Monday, June 28, 2010 at 05:42 pm, Benjamin Anosike, Ph.D writes:
>Benin City's Archbishop Richard Burke has made the admission - even though >only AFTER he had been caught red handed at longlast! That's great and at >least to his credit that he has now come clean and told the truth. That does >not, of course, in any way negate or mitigate the crime or the deceit! > >But my immediate concern: how many other "Richard Burkes" are still >roaming around in Nigeria and elsewhere around the world (in deed, more >particularly in Nigeria where corruption and moral decadence is more the order of >the day), still molesting children and indulging in illegal sexual escapades >with parishioners, even with peoples' wives? > >That is the aspect the Vatican and the Church authorities in Nigeria >should immediately turn their attention to - putting in place a stringent regime >for policing the church hierarchy and disciplining the offenders from such >acts against their sacred Oath of Celibacy and Public Trust. > >Thank you.
On Monday, June 28, 2010 at 05:44 pm, Ken Okorie writes:
Celibacy is unrealistic. Jesus was born as a man, but He was and is God. >The Roman Catholic Church wants her priests to play God! How insincere >can you get? Recall the story of the Canadian nun, Maria Monk! It will >keep replaying itself until the Roman Catholic Church sees reason.
On Monday, June 28, 2010 at 05:47 pm, Cornelius writes:
Celibacy is unnatural and I do not think any humab being or even any >animal for that matter can adhere to it. As a catholic, its one of the doctrines >I hate most. Its an abnomality if there is any evidence of adherence to >celibacy. Just how does that happen and from when and how long?
On Monday, June 28, 2010 at 05:50 pm, writes:
All these news is nothing new. When you castrate a Dog or a he Goat they focus on other things other than sex. You don't have to be in it if you can't keep the terms. Do go into it and decieve yourself. Better still advertise and agree to castration let's see who really wants to be in it.
On Monday, June 28, 2010 at 06:04 pm, Ejiogu Orizu writes:
Election rigging in Nigeria is a child's play compared to what happens in the catholic church at the election of popes and bishops.I weep for those GODFEARING citizens who have fallen prey to these hypocrites.In the name of GOD They 'extort' money,fear,respect and sexual consent, all under the church.
On Monday, June 28, 2010 at 06:08 pm, Holy Mary writes:
So people will do anything. Let them marry and they will still do what they must do. They were vessels made unto dishonour by Jehovah. This Burke guy could have saved many grown-up girls from going to do ashewo in Turino by turning them into his harem of Bini beauties. But he chose the path of sex abuse. Perhaps he raped an underage boy. May the Good Lord have mercy on us all.
On Monday, June 28, 2010 at 06:12 pm, Digital Wisdom writes:
Did his parishioners not know about this ages ago? whether indigenous or foreign, the fact is celibacy in the catholic church has always been a law made to be broken, there are even historical instances where popes had children who latter became popes themselves. And this is what I say, If a law cant be obeyed, change it, or just leave it as window dressing.
On Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 04:00 pm, Sadiq.Abuja. writes:
Richard Burke is very very wrong & he has admit it.But what i dont understand on this matter is that the relationship continue till 2003 & Mrs Atwood is a married woman by dat time & Richard Burke know that she married also & they both continue the relationship.I wish to meet both of them & ask them dis questions.1st to Mrs Atwood.Why is she continue to have the relationship with Burke when she know that she is a married woman & is she enjoying the relationship with him more than her husband or Mr Burke DICK is bigger than her husband & is Mr Burke know how to do it more than her husband?afterall both are oyinbo men.Is Burke still abusing her till 2003?Bc as that time Mrs Atwood is a grown up woman & she know dat to had a relationship with another man when you are married is a sin but she continue till 2003 & when she heard dat Burke is having the same relationship with her younger sister,out of jealousy she open the man yash to the public.My question to Mr Burke.As a Bishop,why did he decided to keep a relationship with married woman?is Mrs Atwood PUSSY so sweet dat he did not remember his VOW?is Mrs Atwood SUCK his DICK very well dat he forget dat he is not suppose to have sex with anybody talkless of married women?Why can he keep to his VOW & wrap his DICK far from women?He does not know dat women has power to destroy if they decided to do it.This is a funny story.Where is Mr Burke now & he is facing the law?
On Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 06:39 pm, Ivy writes:
Sadiq thanks but marriage or a relationship is not only all about 'dick' and 'pussy' according to what you referred- trust, honesty, integrity and others count. That aside, I do not know who derobed the bishop to Mr. I think he only resigned from the catholic faith and I know when money changes hands, he will be accepted in other faith- saying that God spoke to them to accept him! That is how serving of God has deteriorated to
On Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm, writes:
Please IVY, continue to educate these ignorants in this forum. Sadiq, we are taking about a man in power of authority and a manupulator with a 14yrs old girl, and continues to manupulate her. From what I gather, she never had sextual relationship with burke after she was marry. He was the one calling her and talking her from exposing the truth. According to the findings from his assesment and interview, do you know that Richard Burke is a Sociopath and a sex addict?
On Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm, writes:
Sooner or later he will be call generel over seer Richard Burke and he will be performing alot of miracle, which,Sadiq will be one of his client.
On Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 11:20 pm, Sadiq.Abuja. writes:
Im not a christian & Im very proud 2 be a muslim man.So i cannot be Richard Burke client.
On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 12:49 am, writes:
Sadiq is not your name, infact you do not live in abuja as we are speeaking. Just want you to know that. I know who you are, please do not let me go further. I pity you.
On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 01:00 am, Prisca writes:
You are irresponsible white man, who pretend to be a Nigerian male muslim. Shame on you for the dirty languege you are using. Father my foot.
On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 01:11 am, writes:
Hi Titiyo, Father molester of young children, mr child abuser, welcome back. Your life will soon end were you were destine to be for abusing children around the world. You are an international child molester and I hope you rott in jail and die there and later may you rott in hell,in Jesus name, Amen. All eyes are watching you here. Your name is all over town and your description also.
On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 01:15 am, Rita writes:
Richard Burke should be ashamed of himself. He is a disgraced archbishop who need to face justice and put in a dock.
On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 03:27 am, writes:
Byline: MIRROR REPORTER A PERVERT priest prayed with his rosary rosary [rose garden], prayer of Roman Catholics, in which beads are used as counters. The term, applied also to the beads, is extended to Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist prayers that use beads. beads yesterday as he was found guilty of sexually abusing three sisters. Fr Eugene Lewis denied assaulting the girls, aged between eight and 12 when the abuse started. He labelled the allegations "absolute rubbish" and said "they never happened". But the jury at Omagh Crown Court convicted the Dublin-based priest of sexually abusing three young sisters, one of whom he allegedly went on to rape while counselling her for having an affair with a married policeman. The 76-year-old showed no emotion, never once looking up, head bowed all the time as he held a set of rosary beads in the dock The jury accepted Fr Lewis was a vile paedophilepaedophile or US pedophile Noun a person who is sexually attracted to children Noun 1. paedophile - an adult who is sexually attracted to children pedophile ..... Click the link for more information. who preyed on the Co Fermanagh sisters after befriending their parents nearly 50 years ago. By their verdicts they also rejected the picture painted by his defence, backed by testimonies from around the world, including an African Bishop, that he was a loving, caring man of God. In all, following his six-week trial, he was convicted of a total of 11 counts of indecently in·de·cent adj. 1. Offensive to good taste; unseemly. 2. Offensive to public moral values; immodest. See Synonyms at improper. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- in·de assaulting the three sisters when they were youngsters, separately and on differing dates between August 1963 and September 1973. What the jury did not return verdicts on was a claim by one sister that he raped her twice in the White Fathers' house in Dublin, and a claim by a fourth sister that she was sexually abused at the Order's former home in Blacklion, on the Fermanagh/Cavan border. They were not the subject of charges as these alleged crimes were said to have been committed in the Republic, and thereby outside the jurisdiction of the North. However, from the start the jury heard of these alleged brutal sex attacks from prosecuting counsel Ken McMahon who said the priest had wormed his way into the family through a fellow, but innocent, cleric. Mr McMahon had told the jury that although welcomed into their home at any time, he often chose to call at bedtime or on Saturday bath night. The lawyer further claimed Fr Lewis, his actions hidden by a large kitchen table, managed to abuse one of the girls in front of her father, who was unaware of what he was doing. The girl, now a grown woman, later told the court Fr Lewis also abused her while telling her and her sisters bedtime stories in their bedroom. When she was 21, the priest raped her in the Templeogue base of the White Fathers after her parents sent her to him when they discovered she had an affair with a married policeman, it was claimed. The court heard he raped her again the next night, despite her begging him to stop. She later complained to her mother about the abuse, although said nothing of the rapes, and it was not until two years ago she finally went to the gardai and PSNI PSNI Police Service of Northern Ireland (UK) PSNI Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland PSNI Professional Systems Network, Inc. . Her sisters, one of whom had initially "forgiven him", also told the police of the abuse they suffered. The disgraced pensioner PENSIONER. One who is supported by an allowance at the will of another. It is more usually applied to him who receives an annuity or pension from the government. is a former provincial superior A provincial superior is a major superior of a religious order acting under the order's superior general and exercising a general supervision over all the local superiors in a territorial division of the order called a province (not to be confused with an ecclesiastical province of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, or White Fathers as they are known, based at Cypress Grove Cypress Grove is an English singer and guitarist who has worked with Jeffrey Lee Pierce from The Gun Club .He is noted for his attacking vocal delivery and raw guitar sound. Both Nick Cave and Jack White from The White Stripes are said to be admirers. House, Templelogue in Dublin. He swore to police and the jury he "never touched those children", but will be sentenced next month once pre-sentence reports are completed. His convictions came just as Judge Philip Babington was about to recall the jury into court to give them directions on the possibility of them returning verdicts by a majority of at least 10 to two. However, it was unnecessary as the judge quickly established the jury, who had asked for "two more minutes" before coming back into court, had already reached unanimous verdicts on each of the 11 counts. Fr Lewis, who has been freed on continuing bail to await sentence, "remains adament in his denials of the allegations that were put forward during this trial". Belfast solicitor Joe McVeigh, speaking on behalf of the priest, said "while he respects the decision of the jury, he is very disappointed and he wants to stress that he remains adamant in his denials". Mr McVeigh said Fr Lewis' defence team are now to "consider the position and give some thought to our grounds of appeal". While his victims were not in court it has been reported they were "relieved and pleased" at the verdicts. 6 WEEKS How long the trial lasted before the jury reached unanimous verdicts on each of the 11 counts of indecent assault indecent assault n. Sexual assualt. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- indecent assault Noun a sexual attack which does not include rape indecent assault n (BRIT) → CAPTION(S): BASE Cypress Grove House in Dublin VILE Fr Eugene Lewis is awaiting sentencing
On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 03:43 am, writes:
Resignations of clerics. The Irish born Archbishop Richard Burke, head of the Nigerian Diocese of Benin City has resigned after admitting the abuse of a lady when she was a minor. They have known each other for many years now. Sadly too, in Brentwood Diocese, Fr Glynn, well known hymn writer who wrote "I watched the Sunrise" a very popular hymn which even I like, has now left the ministry to take unto himself a wife. Greater torment in hell for abusive priests Said Mgr Scicluna of the office of Doctrine of Faith recently. He was speaking to Seminarians and priests to be careful of the friendships they formed and also warned priests who try to advance their own careers for reasons of vainglory. He however did not (at least in the reports) made any reference to the possibility of forgiveness offered to all in the confession which seems a pity
On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 04:26 am, Father Tim writes:
For the Catholic Church In Ireland, the game is over. The Irish people, and I am convinced it is the majority, no longer wish to have the Catholic Church in their country, or in their lives, and possibly not in their faith. I cannot blame them. The Church is solely to blame for this, from front to back, start to finish. It is reaping what it sewed. Although running away from a fire rather than toward it is not the example many of us in the Church believe should be our service to God and His Children, it may be best for all that we settle up our debts, hand over our criminals, and catch the next plane out of Dublin. I am sure that, after a transition period, many of the services the Church provides in Ireland can be contracted to others, and I would hope whatever damage settlements we must and should pay will smoothe that changeover. Ireland is strong, and it will live on, and heal. Yes, it can and will do this without us. And, assuming it has learned anything, the threads that were once the garment of the Irish Church will heal too, and not repeat the horrible mistakes and misdeeds that have doomed its work in "the land of scholars and saints." Perhaps, in some tomorrow, the Church and Ireland will again be together. That is a prayer worth saying and a dream worth having -- but not a reality worth expecting, not now or anytime soon. There is simply no way that an institution so horriby tainted and so utterly mistrusted can or should speak in the name of Jesus Christ in Ireland, nor attempt to project spiritual and moral leadership. So many of my dear online friends have written me with the same question, which I cannot answer: "How can we ever trust the Church again?" While the Church can and must surrender its criminals and the highly placed conspirators who made the crimes possible and policy, it will never be enough in Ireland. The rage is too strong, a dam has burst. No matter what it does or says, the Church cannot and will not be believed anymore. Without that, its ministry is finished, at least for now. There never was much reason to expect that Benedict XVI or his legion of Roman red hats would rise to this or any occasion requiring Divinely-inspired leadership. They are better examples of the problem than the solution. Of course, the sorrow from Rome IS genuine, the contrition IS real. But it doesn't really matter. Many readers have rightly said that, if the Church was a corporation (and it is), all those responsible would have been locked up in prisons or hospitals by now, and the company would have been driven out of Ireland on a rail. The best the Irish Church can do now is to buy its one-way tickets. All the Faithful, or what's left of them, can only pray that Our Loving Father will find a way to restore a pure Church to Ireland, and that Ireland will want it back. In a way, the dramatic scenario I have described is already well under way, albeit in a quieter way. In an ominous aticle titled "Irish priests will disappear," a prominent clergyman in the West of Ireland revealed that Irish priests are literally dying off, and that the Catholic faith in Ireland will soon be ministered by a small bunch of old men. Irish priests are becoming an endangered species, and very few men are joining the seminary in Ireland these days. "There is little interest among Irish men to ... be part of an institution that is responsible for some of the most-sickening abuse the country has ever seen." And so, the end of the game. Perhaps quickly, perhaps slowly -- but certainly. As they take one last look at their parishes, I know many Irish priests -- many of good heart and who abhor what has happened -- will wonder why, after all the sincere apologies, all the jail sentences that no doubt will soon be served, all the millions of dollars in damages that will soon be paid, and all ther shakeups atthe upper echelons, why the Irish still cannot forgive them? Unfortunately, the answer is a boomerang that will come right back to strike. History shows us that few churches ever exerted such domineering social power as the Irish Catholic Church. It specialized almost exclusively in sin, shame, Satan and hell; or why God should be feared(?!), and what terrible vengeance and judgment awaited us all. We were not worthy of His Love, or so they taught for centuries -- an arrogant slap in the face to the very God they "quoted," who spoke ONLY of His Love for His Children Whom He made in His Own Image of Perfection and Purity. Like guards at a prison camp, they separated God's Children into the clean and the unclean, the good and the bad -- their sole judgment, or whim, was all that was necessary. They looked down on other religions and taught their parishioners to do the same -- even if this meant decades of civil war that civilians and soldiers, not men of God, brought to a close. Although many "held the center" and managed to both support the victims and preach for peace, others (and on both sides) presided over funerals for the war's fallen that were little more than pep rallies for death squads. Small wonder that so many of those who could never teach love, never understand forgiveness, never accept the Unity of All God's Children, and embraced judgment like a blunt instrument of punishment, would wind up lost at sea themselves -- degenerating into abusers of innocent children, and even worse, into protectors and guardians of the abusers. They helped teach Ireland to hate, to never forgive, to fear, to be suspicious. Now, they are the hated, and the ones who can never be forgiven, not even by their own people and not even in spite of many, many, many good and Godly works they have done for them. It is the life they made for Ireland, and ultimately, for themselves. God bless you all. -- Father Tim
On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 04:34 am, Monsoonman writes:
The church needs outside blood to come in and take over. I say draft Sheriff Joe Arpaio into the Church and let him clean the mess up. He will have the offenders behind bars and in pink jumpsuits before they know it. Evidently the church does not have the will or the intention of cleaning itself up....The evil is too entrenched over the centuries.
On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 04:35 am, Murphy66 writes:
I blame it on the children--the little seducers
On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 04:41 am, writes:
The day of reckoning has arrived at last, and Our Heavenly Father has opened the dark skies to let His Light pour in. No one can escape God's Final Judgment, and let us pray that those who abused His Dear Children by vile act or vile cover-up, will not escape earthly judgment as well. God bless you all! -- Father Tim
On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 04:43 am, writes:
My friends: The Catholic Church's "defenders of the fake" have begun their expected counterattack to those pesky critics who still don't believe -- despite Pope Benedict sending them a letter -- that the Church's leadership (if that's the right word) is serious about putting pedophile priests behind bars along with the conspiratorial clergy who covered up their heinous crimes. In my adopted hometown of New York City, the Church's defensive lineup was especially pathetic, and even comical. Archbishop Timothy Dolan, leader of some of the city's Catholics, used his Palm Sunday performance to compare Benedict to Jesus Christ, a hysterical analogy that may in fact become blasphemous if the Pope is found to have been complicit in cover-ups himself. The best comment on this absurd remark came from a commenter on IrishCentral's Facebook page: "The Pope is like Jesus Christ as much as Britney Spears is like the Virgin Mary." As an IrishCentral blogger, I'm obviously biased, but I found it absolutely remarkable to see the unanmity of opinion on several articles about the Church scandal, as well as its critics and defenders. The sheer number of comments was astounding, and barely one had anything but criticism and rage to vent at the Church hierarchy and those who think the Pope made everything better with a letter. But as it turns out, Dolan was just a warm-up act for the star comedian, Catholic League president Bill Donohue. Of course, this "league" isn't exactly the NFL; the staff list begins and ends with Donohue, who can devote all his time to it now that he's divorced (Oops! A cheap shot! Sorry!). Donohue donated several thousand dollars to the newspaper he considers to be the pen of the anti-Christ, The New York Times, to run an ad declaring that gay people and homosexuality -- not child abuse and certainly not any cover-up -- was the real problem. Donohue is a gifted writer -- of fiction, and this pathetic attempt to shift the blame and find a scapegoat was the work of a veteran actor. It's a classic Donohue move, but it's like a re-run you've seen a few times too often. The "reviews" on the IrishCentral Facebook page in this case are so severe I can only repeat a few without racing to the confessional: "Complete moron." "Total b---wipe." "Stupid man." "Eejit." "Jaysus, what a f---ing gobshite." Donohue must have thought he had a sure winner by blaming it on gays. The priests were men, right? Most of the victims were boys, right? There ya go! Fags, right? Wrong, and everybody saw through it like glass. As I said in my last blog, pedophilia is a dangerous mental illness that is arguably one of the most-studied in psychiatry. While no truly effective therapy or medication exists to deal with it at present, it is well-established that almost all pedophiles are heterosexual. They are sexually attracted almost exclusively to children, not to adult members of their own sex or the opposite sex. Most were not sexually abused as children -- another common myth. Johns Hopkins University psychiatrist Dr. Frederick Berlin, who runs a treatment program for offenders, says it's flawed to assume that men who molest young boys are gay, and are attracted to adult men. Interestingly, he defines attraction to children as a separate "orientation" of its own. As pedophilia relates to priests, psychotherapist Dr. A.W. Richard Sipe argues that the sexual deprivation that occurs in the priesthood could lead a sick individual to turn to children, and that boys are more accessible to priests and other male authority figures than girls. The same is true of prison rape, where male and female offenders are segregated. Needless to say, Donohue is not a doctor -- although he may need one, for his thinking is delusional and his passion uncontrollable. Facts are facts for most people, but sadly and pathetically, not for him. I'm sure he considers generations of scientific studies of pedophilia to be the work of pedophiles, or socialists, or whomever else is handy as a scapegoat. People's comments on this comedy act may have given me a brief smile, but there's nothing at all funny, really. Terrible, unspeakable crimes have been committed, with God's most-innocent the helpless victims. They were abused, beaten or raped by a clergy entrusted with their care. Almost as bad, their crimes were routinely covered up by the Church hierarchy -- perhaps even by Benedict -- and the perpetrators were left to prey on others. Church officials swore victims to secrecy and blamed them for their own abuse in acts of psychological torture. The Church used its self-made throne in society to hold police and political leaders at bay. Until now, thank God. The day of reckoning has arrived at last, and Our Heavenly Father has opened the dark skies to let His Light pour in. No one can escape God's Final Judgment, and let us pray that those who abused His Dear Children by vile act or vile cover-up, will not escape earthly judgment as well. God bless you all! -- Father Tim
On Thursday, July 01, 2010 at 02:41 am, writes:
Please my people, do not stop serving the good Lord because of these things that are happening. God should be our goal ,not man. May God bless you all. Please focus on christ and serve God truelly with all your heart and soul and remember , one day we will all die and face God judgement. God loves you all.
On Thursday, July 01, 2010 at 06:33 pm, writes:
The thing aboutthe Archbishop, is that he is a liar. He has lied to the SPS, he has lied to his family, he has lied to his friends, he has lied to his congregation in Nigeria and he is lying to the Catholic media. The Archbishop has pretended to take responsibility for his actions, but he is lying about that too! The Archbishop needs to take full responsibility for everthing that he has done and disclose all his criminal acts for the sake of all those that are being hurt by his neglectful and shameful acts against women and young girls. The Church itself must stop running away from it's problems and face them head on rather than protecting those that commit crimes against humanity.
On Friday, July 02, 2010 at 01:17 am, writes:
The only way Richard Burke can get true help, is by telling the truth, which he cannot do. The man has deceived alot of people and he is still doing so. My prayers for him , is that God will give him the grace to come clean, if not, he will keep hurting his family and friends that he pretend to love and his concern for. May God heal Ms Atwood for the pain this man has put her through, it must be very difficult for her and her family in Canada to go through the pain. My question now is, will this man Richard Burke get away with this and move freely? Can somebody answer this question that most people have been asking?
On Friday, July 02, 2010 at 04:05 am, writes:
The only thing I hate about the catholic church, is the fact that they use their streight to destroy lives that oppose to them, for example, the covering of priests , archbishops and cardinals who abused children. If christ was to be visible on earth, do we think that christ will cover these abuse up, or will he expose them like he always do in the gospel?This is what make me think and believe that the evil one is already in the higest place in the church, but God in is glory is still in control,he permits things for a purpose, which he later turn to good. Most people do not like this pope, there is something about him ,that makes me unconfortable. The pope is not my lord, JESUS IS MY LORD AND SAVIOR AND MY SALVATION AND HOPE. I hope the same apply to you that is reading this?
On Friday, July 02, 2010 at 04:18 am, writes:
I will never allow this pope benedit to lay his hand on me. I do not mean to offend anyone, but if I do, I do not intend to. I do not, sincerely have respect for people who make people speak bad or ill about the name of God. The pope need to repent and give his life to Christ sincerely. He need to humble himself, and be immitator of Christ. I do not have any thing against him, but like the saying go,"if the head is rotting,the whole body will be rotten as well".
On Friday, July 02, 2010 at 03:33 pm, The Truth shall set you free. writes:
I commend you father Tim. You are one in every hundred Priests and one of the very few good ones. May the good Lord continues to bless and preserve you in Jesus name, Amen. Please father, continue doing the will of God in your life. SHAME on you sister clementina Obenbe, bishop Badejo, Fr. eugene Lewis, archbishop richard burke and all you so call religious who abused children and those who cover up for the abusers, that the good Lord will bring his judgements up you all in Jesus name, Amen. You make men and sinners speak evil of the name of God, you make people backslide and left the church of God, the very people that christ left his throne for and came to this world, suffered, insulted, wounded ambarrased and died a shameful death,you discourage them for following him and knowing him.So therefore shall shame and judgement come up you that abused children and those that cover up for them,in JESUS NAME , Amen.
On Friday, July 02, 2010 at 05:19 pm, Titiyo writes:
This is very funny ! Dolores is talking about herself to people she has never met in her life... Dolores need serious deliverance.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 01:40 am, Caroline, Dublin writes:
Paedophile priest Eugene Lewis fooled a lot of people: the Fermanagh couple whose three young daughters he sexually abused, his family and friends, and fellow clergy who joined in singing his praises. But he could not fool the six men and six women of the jury at Omagh Crown Court. They saw the priest in his clerical garb, a silver crucifix on his left lapel, take an oath on The Bible to tell "the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth". But they didn't believe the 76-year-old pervert was telling the truth when he denied sexually abusing the three sisters at their home in Fermanagh. Those little girls are now mature women in their 50s but for the one he allegedly raped when she was just 21, the fear and revulsion were all too evident. During the trial it was obvious she did not want to have him anywhere near her and at one point a prosecution lawyer had to act as a human shield, screening her from her abuser as she walked from one side of the court to the other. It was an unrepentant and defiant Lewis who sat in the dock. On the opening day of his trial he stared long and hard at his three women he abused all those years ago. They were sitting just a couple of feet away from him in the public gallery. He didn't look like a man who was straining to recognise faces from his distant past but a man who was trying to make eye contact with his victims and perhaps re-establish the power he had over them when he was a priest in his 30s and they were little girls. But his victims did not return his gaze; their eyes stayed fixed on the judge at the front of the court. And when the jury delivered its guilty verdicts on the final day of his trial his victims were not there to watch but were reported to be "relieved and pleased". It took those six men and six women four and a half hours over two days to unanimously convict the former provincial superior of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, or White Fathers as they are better known. The disgraced priest, who'd dismissed the abuse claims as "absolute rubbish ... they never happened", showed no emotion as the guilty verdicts were delivered. Standing in the dock with his head bowed, he never once looked up, all the time fiddling with a set of rosary beads. By their verdicts the jury accepted that Lewis was a vile, evil paedophile who preyed on the sisters after befriending their parents nearly 50 years ago. By their verdicts they also rejected the picture painted by his defence, backed by testimonies from around the world, including an African Bishop, that he was simply a loving, caring, wonderful man of God. Lewis was convicted on all 11 charges of indecently assaulting the three sisters when they were youngsters, on differing dates between August 1963 and September 1973. The court heard evidence that the priest raped one of the sisters when she was 21 after her parents sent her to him for counselling about her affair with a married police men. She described how the sex attacks took place in a bedroom of the White Fathers' Cypress Grove house at Templelogue in Dublin. She said she didn't shout or scream; she was traumatised, and that he raped her despite her begging him to stop. The court also heard from a fourth sister who claimed she was sexually abused by Lewis at the Order's former home in Blacklion. The prosecution introduced the rape and Blacklion abuse claims as evidence of Lewis' bad character but because the offences were allegedly committed across the Border the court had no power to do anything about them. However, from the start the jury heard of these alleged brutal sex attacks from prosecuting QC Ken McMahon, who said the priest had wormed his way into the family through a fellow, but innocent cleric. Mr. McMahon told the jury that although welcomed into their home at any time, he often chose to call at bedtime or on Saturday bathnight. The lawyer further stated that Lewis, his actions hidden by a large kitchen table, managed to abuse one of the girls in front of her father, who was oblivious to what the priest was doing. The girl, now a grown woman, later told the court that Lewis also abused her while telling her and her sisters bedtime stories in their darkened bedroom. Speaking after the trial, Lewis' solicitor, Mr. Joe McVeigh, said "while he respects the decision of the jury, he is very disappointed and he wants to stress that he remains adamant in his denials". Mr. McVeigh said that Lewis' defence team is to "consider the position and give some thought to our grounds of appeal". The priest, who swore to police and the jury that he "never touched those children", will be sentenced next month once pre-sentence reports are completed. Lewis was born in Cloghan, County Donegal. His father was a founding member of An Garda Siochana, the Republic's police force. He was one of 15 children, telling the jury how his eldest brother was also a missionary priest and an older sister was a member of the Good Shepherd Sisters. He himself was ordained a missionary priest in Cavan Cathedral on May 7, 1958, and was Superior of the House at Blacklion when the White Fathers left what is now Loughan House Prison on the shores of Lough Macnean and moved to Dublin in 1971. He worked as a missionary in Africa and on his return to Ireland in 2001 asked to go to work in a "frontline" parish in Belfast. He worked in St. John's Parish and in Nativity Parish, Poleglass. He had planned to go and teach English and French to White Fathers students in Poland
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 01:56 am, Tk writes:
Father eugene lewis is the man pretending to be Titiyo, the correct name is titilayo, Titilayo was one of the girls that Father eugene lewis, who is a convicted child molester abused when he was in africa, and he does not have respect for his victims. He is a dangerous sick phyco and very violent. Please if you see him near your home, call interpol,he is consider harmed , sick and dangerous. He is a bold headed stocky, thick body ugly irishman, who has no shame and like to have sex with children. He is a crazy man too.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 02:09 am, Jenwitemi writes:
Whiteman's religion isn't so clean, afterall. We are being taught a hard lesson here. More to come. . .
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 02:11 am, Olulaw writes:
NIGERIAN/AFRICAN WOMEN, PLEASE COME OUT OF YOUR CLOSETS AND BLOW THE COVER OPEN. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE. IN FACT, LIKE IN USA, CANADA, EUROPE, AUSTRALIA, YOU CAN SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTE THESE PRIESTS AND THE CHURCH, AND YOU MAY SMILE YOUR WAY TO AND FROM THE BANKS IN TERMS OF COMPENSATION AWARDS ACCRUABLE FROM SUCH PROSECUTIONS.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 02:36 am, Ttalk writes:
personally know someone;a girl, who was molested sexually here in nigeria by one of the priests of her parish for close to two years when she was between the ages of 11 and 12. She hasn't made it public yet;I'm the only one she has told so far. I convinced her to report the case so something should be done about the priest or else,other young girls would be subjected to the same trauma. She agreed but is yet to go public with it.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:00 am, First Lady writes:
Na today? all those Christian mothers that were fetching firewood and sending their children to carry buckets of water to fada should start speaking up. Those little kids that ther parents will send on vacation to fada's house nko? How can any woman trust their little under-aged children with any man be it a pastor,priest of Imam. I am certain that the victims number in their hundreds. The heart of man can be desperately wicked. If ever paternity tests were conducted in a place like Nigeria frequently,some men would die of heart attacks. The prophets in prayer houses that fathered many a miraculous babies eh. I remember a case of a couple in Naija, my hubby told us of. The man had sperm count so low,he couldn't knock up a woman even if he tried 24/7 yet they came back sometime later with a baby after visiting prayer houses testifying to the clinic staff. Well,only God knows.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:01 am, Agensheku writes:
That oath of celibacy is the most impractical thing ever devised by any group of human beings. If the Catholic Church does not want their priests to shine congo, they should just castrate them, simple. The orientals never took chances with their harem. To be a guard of those women, you must be a eunuch, no more, no less.MJ,castration will only reduce the number of illegitimate kids.they can still shine congo but thankfully they wont need condom as they wont produce any sperm nor would they have any guilt feelings when they see a baby looking like them in future.:D
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:06 am, superego writes:
The problem I have with all these is- rape and pederasty on all other grounds results in jail time and jail for any co conspirators. But the church is above the law, and we see cases like the 200 deaf boys raped by one priest in aMerica that the Pope covered up for (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/25/world/europe/25vatican.html), nothing happens to the Pope and all other church members who knew of these offenses and covered up for them. In any other situation, Texas polygamy ranch, school settings etc, if anyone is caught, he goes straight to jail, and all who covered up go as well, and if it's seen as an establishment level operation, which the church certainly is as these crimes and cover-ups cut accross church to church, continent to continent, there should be some sort of official police action on these churches. It's occultist, and it proves the world is still a christian world with the church in charge of all Governments and the UN.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:07 am, Sisi Eko writes:
So you think only the "working"stick and its attachments that people use to abuse women?hands nko?even eyes...some people can use their eyes to virtually undress a woman and rape her!:D
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:16 am, Alutu writes:
This matter get K-leg well well o! How can archbishop Richard Burke know the age of Mrs Atwood pass am? Wetin the Richard Burke do the woman wey she go lie against am like this? Why did the Bishop Richard Burke not fess up on his sins all these years until the woman had to disclose the liaisons? Was the woman at the time Richard Burke was brushing or na spinster? What of Mr Atwood? Is he happy to be brushing his spiritually desecrated shrine of pleasure? Are there any other Mrs Atwoods in this Richard Burke closet in Warri, Benin or Ireland? In short, could there be any mulattos looking like this Archbishop Richard Burke roaming around in our beloved south-south? Walahi talahi, me I no believe this randy Father at all o. Him talk say na only three times him brush congo but me I sure say e pass like so. Mrs Atwood nko? How many times she count? The Bishop Richard Burke sef know say congo no get meter. Thats why he dey tell porkies so. This Lady sef na real temptress. Haba! Na man wey Kai! Subahanallahi!
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:22 am, Chucks writes:
The Archbishop is a disgrace. He is trying to get away from being charged as a child molester. Stupid jerk.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:25 am, writes:
una free dat man.. before person go become archibishop, dem suppose cut off his rope so dat he no go dey get the feelings
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:26 am, Ksurrina writes:
The days of Priesthood ended when Jesus Christ came and died on the cross. Those who join Priest hood and attend Catholic churches are living in the past just like the Sabbath keepers. They were the same ones who crucified Jesus Christ and was using God laws has a hang man rope around peoples neck. We don't need human to mediator on our behalf because the bible done tell us that Jesus Christ is our mediator and that God doesn't see us He sees His son's blood even though He know all of us by name. As for those Pastors who are working contrary to the bible they are allow to do it because persons are not building their one and one relationship with God and believe everything that comes from their pastor's mouth. Paul told us that we gather to gather to strengthen each other as christian and uses the tithes for the poor amongst the fellowship but tithes are being used in whatever way the pastors and his elders seems fit. We has christian should stop quoting the bible and start living it. Sex Scandal are amongst the catholic churches because this pope used to denied its existence. So it is being shown up under his watch. I wonder how they do celibacy don't they eat salt?
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:28 am, KenyaWest writes:
why not allow them to get married like every other human. that would help in curbing these shameful situations where u have some so-called priest molesting young alter boys and some so-called sisters engaging in the act of lesbianism. these re the stuffs that's bn going on all along even as we speak here right now. so why not change such laws, after all the Almighty never ask anyone who wants to serve him to become a celibate, rather he blessed man and asked man to go into the world and multiply all over the earth. so where did this conflicting doctrine of celibacy sprang from. those pastors who get married dont they still indulge in sexual abuse? ordinary people who are not religious and are free to have sex dont they get involve in child molestation, lesbianism and homosexualism? the call to priesthood is not by force is a personal decision and if any of them gets tired of the life there he or she is free to come out or resign..................the fact is that the devil is trying to make a mockery of Christ teachings and Christians belief through men. Amen.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:29 am, Sexy writes:
Sick phedophile.Hope dey deported him?
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:31 am, KenyaWest writes:
They better after he has served his prison sentence.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:33 am, Jokech writes:
wetin dey even worry all this priest self?dem just dey fall catholic memebers hand...........na wa ooooooo.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:34 am, DivineProject writes:
so where did this conflicting doctrine of celibacy sprang from. I think in one of Paul's epistles......he didnt make it compulsory though.....if you know u cant handle the burning passion, get married, else you can remain single......I think he remained single....(my thought though).......
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:36 am, Lutta writes:
Let them marry instead of dis disgrace allover.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:37 am, Goool writes:
That man is never atrue mn of God, he shld resign..... he shld never be found in the pulpit preaching....
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:38 am, writes:
He was raping her when she was a child.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:40 am, TalkandSave writes:
There problems are not marriage or adult women or men. They are child molesters. The catholic church was used as a loophole for pedophiles to become priests and nuns to molest children (male and female). The moslem religion has a loophole where you can molest children by marrying them. You can divorce them after you have uselessed them as well. All the molesters are now flocking into the moslem religion because it is now easier to hide under the religion to continue to abuse children in the disguise of marriage. The catholic church is being exposed at the moment and so are the moslem religions. The cathlic church and the moslem religion both have the same roots of origin.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:41 am, writes:
there are wolves on sheep clothing, any priest or rev. sister that are engaging in one atrocity or the other is inviting the riot of God upon himself or herself.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:44 am, TalkandSave writes:
THEY DO NOT CARE. THEY JUST WANT TO MISLEAD PEOPLE TO JOIN THEM IN HELL AS WELL.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:46 am, writes:
HE ADMITTED HALF WAY ONLY., that lier call Archbishop Richard Burke
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:52 am, writes:
Nigeria is not left out of the wave of child sexual abuse sweeping across the Catholic Church worldwide, as a serving Irish Bishop and Archbishop of Benin City, Richard Burke, resigned over child sexual abuse he allegedly committed while serving as a priest and archbishop in the Warri Diocese.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:53 am, Uk writes:
Another fine Catholic scandal. The sooner the Catholic church dumps celibacy the better.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 05:38 pm, Titiyo writes:
Dolores, Your IQ is very low. Maybe you don't need deliverance,but only some years in primary school... Since you are jobless, it can help you to become usefull as a cleaner in Canada
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 06:54 pm, Paul writes:
Revelations in the United States and Europe have also shown that many of the sexually abused are young boys. In a society like ours, will any Nigerian boy or man be able to come out and say, “I was sexually abused by my priest”? Or if there are abused boys, would they understand what happened to them as abuse? Many would rather die with the hurt and pain or simply dismiss the encounter, while the priest walks free to prey on; such is the respect we sometimes have for men of the cloth.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 07:07 pm, Africa writes:
We live in a society where many laws are often disregarded and often rarely enforced, a double tragedy because any errant priests would know this and their abused victims would too. What will come of it if he or she were to confess, apart from the priest resigning? Will our government seek redress for its citizens? Do we have a solid judiciary system that will address the issues? It will be interesting to see how the Pope and the Vatican respond to Ms. Atwood’s case in Nigeria. We have seen how the other nations like America and Britain have shaken an apology out of the hesitant Holy Papal. We never ask for apologies and very soon we start to hear “let’s forgive and forget, nobody is perfect, everything is in God’s hands”; then follows the usual – let us pray about it. But while we are praying about priests sexually abusing our young ones, we should also start talking about it and loudly too.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 07:34 pm, Franca, Warri writes:
I salute you Dolores Atwood for your braveness. We were talking about priest abuse in our office yesterday, even the catholics among them paised you to my surprise. Nigerians are tired of this sex abuse in the catholic church and pretend. If this lady did not come out and exposed this discraced archbishop, this man will still be pretending to be holy. Archbishop Richard Burke,you are not a true man of God. Your lies will only make matter worse. The dam has been puction, Africa is now next.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 07:39 pm, Smith writes:
I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg! I will not be surprised if a member of the College of Cardinals is exposed for sexual abuse of children. It's only a matter of time and the clock has been ticking faster.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 07:50 pm, Angela writes:
Please stop donating money and offering to the church. You can give your money to beggers , motherless home, old peoples home and charity and organizations that help women survive or trfficking of children. plese stop donating money to the catholic church. Your money go for abortions of unwanted pregnanccy by priest and bishops, and also for protecting and defending for priest that abuse children and for priests girlfriends for clothing and shoes. Your money is not use for the poor. Give to the poor yourselves. In the US, and europe, people are not donating money to the church like they do in the past
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 08:17 pm, Info writes:
A pastor that rape a girl that he can father. He must have gone insane. Is this not worst than Yerima case
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 08:22 pm, writes:
To speak the truth, I was devastated by the Burke affair. The fall of highly placed men of God always comes with ripples. In all truth, he strayed and this is likely to lead many astray. Burke should take responsibility for his actions.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 08:26 pm, Pat writes:
My dear, do you think he cares. The man is thinking on how to get his new victims ,since his dirty secrets is out to the whole world. Forget about the disgraced bishop and pray for all the abused victims out there.
On Saturday, July 03, 2010 at 08:33 pm, Esa, Benin City. writes:
However, Mr. Burke has been out of Nigeria for more than one year now, with the church saying he was sick. This was the official reason until last month when it became known that the former Arch-Bishop was facing interrogation over a sex abuse scandal in Ireland. He has resigned his appointment.'" Can you imaging that this man lied to his own priests that he was sick and was going for treatment. How can we believe the lies that he is telling now?
On Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 06:38 pm, writes:
Dr Paisley, who will be introduced to the House of Lords on Monday as Lord Bannside, also denied he had changed his opinions since deciding to enter government with Sinn Féin at Stormont. Regarding the pope’s visit to Britain, the first by a pope since 1982, Dr Paisley said it was a mistake. “I think he should not be invited to the country,” he said. “But I don’t know how it has been done because they have had it all secret. Nobody knows who made the thing. You go and ask a question of any Minister and he says he doesn’t want to have anything to do with it.” He criticised the Irish Catholic Church for its stand on sex abuse of children, claiming the bishops had been “very weak”. “I believe that any man that destroys a child’s life, as we have seen scores of young people in this day and generation – and then the church having to wait until it’s uncovered – is an absolute disgrace,” he said.
On Tuesday, July 06, 2010 at 08:09 pm, Grace. writes:
The pope and the vatican, should not take the criticism against them as hostile, rather, they should see it as God judgement on them for the artrocities they have commited against humanity. I was watching the Queen Elizebeth tour in north America and the respect and honor given to her. I never notice any demostrations or people carrying signs, but, if it was the pope, you will see all kind of signs on atrosities against children and humanity. I do not think that people hate the church of God, they hate what these men in long white rope and big gold cross chain , preaching against things that they do worse behind closed doors. The vatican, to my point of view is the most corrupt and rotting state in the whole world. If I have to pick between the Queen and the pope, I will sincerely pick the Queen. It is a shame that I have to say this as a christian and it is even sad and worse that it is from my sincere heart that I speak. This is so because , in my broken heart and with all sadness, the vatican is a disgrace to Christianity. They have mislead alot of people , as well as they have hurt the future generation of millions of young people around the world and young people hates to go to church . I think it is about time to stop these abuse and cover ups and the time for repentance. Pope John paul suffer greatly and silently the politic in the vatican , which this present pope was part of. Now that Benedith is the Popo, he cannot test his own bitterness that he inflicted on Pope john paul II. I wish this pope God mercy and I pray he can turn the table the other way as he had been playing it. Please listen , "action they say , speak louder than voice". If people speaks ill about the church, it is because your actions speacks louder ill to the church. May the Good Lord Bless, Protect, preserve and reward the good priests , religious and good christians out there, Amen. My sincere prayers are with you.
On Wednesday, July 07, 2010 at 02:26 am, The Truth writes:
All I do, is go to church only on sundays to serve my God, and after that, I leave as soon as possible, and I do that for God. If not for God, i will never step my feet on the pavement of the church, it is a big sacrifice that I make every sunday just going to church. This men in white robes, have done more harm to the church than good. The church of christ, which is the body of Christ, is also a victim of this abuse. They keep abusing children, they say they are sorry, just words, but in action, they cover and protect the abusers, give them conselling and treatments, and abandom the victims and abusing them phychologically and in the face of the world, we are sorry. God sees your hearts,you can lie to yourselves ,but not to God. May God judgement come down upon you all that abused children and those who cover up for the abusers. I pray everyday and I ask God for justice for every child that was abused, dead or alive and I do this with a broken heart. I have never go before God and do that before. The only way I can do something is seek the face of God everyday for justice, and mark my word, more shame , disgrace and exposure is coming soon. What is happening is nothing compare to what is yet to come. God judgement will begin in his own house and he will clean his house and men will be very surprise. The rightouse shall be preserve. This is a prophecy that will soon happen. Thank God for his mercy, goodness and faithfulness.God is truely God and his enemies are my enemies. I bless God, for he is not man for him to lie. I thank God for being the God of the poor, the oppress, the lonely and a God who trully cares and his great love for humanity. Thank you Lord Jesus for being who you are and that you are not man. Instead of the vatican , the church, teaching the world how to live for God and morality, the world is teaching the church morality, be cause we have men in the vatican who are protecting their power and money and even collecting money from criminals for thier own comfort. It is all about money, lets face the truth. Repentence is the only option to these crisis, it is not too late.
On Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 11:43 pm, writes:
The thing aboutthe Archbishop, is that he is a liar. He has lied to the SPS, he has lied to his family, he has lied to his friends, he has lied to his congregation in Nigeria and he is lying to the Catholic media. The Archbishop has pretended to take responsibility for his actions, but he is lying about that too! The Archbishop needs to take full responsibility for everthing that he has done and disclose all his criminal acts for the sake of all those that are being hurt by his neglectful and shameful acts against women and young girls. The Church itself must stop running away from it's problems and face them head on rather
On Friday, July 16, 2010 at 09:04 pm, Titiyo writes:
You are very right Dolores, Church must give you money since this is what you have always wanted. Poor Dolores... Thank God, you are doing a wonderful carreer in politics defending the widows and the orphans...
On Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 12:46 am, writes:
I applaud this lady (then a child since I do not believe this child molester called bishop!) for her boldness. I just hope that thousands (perhaps millions) of Nigerian and other African children who been molested (ie. destroyed) by catholic priests, bishops, cardinals, etc, (and continue to be so destroyed!) would be so bold as to come out. Many of them are adults now but the pain and the emotional destruction they suffered in the hands of these preachers continue. I find it hard to believe this bishop that he "has never abused a child". If he waited this long for him to admit his evil deeds, it does not take much brain to know that he is lying! By the way, during all this time, he was listening to people confess their sins, right? I wonder who he confessed his to. I wonder when vatican first knew of this man! Hopefully Nigerian legal system would investigate this man and the church to save our vulnerable and gullible children! Hopefully others he molested for all these years would be bold enough to come out. Hopefully he and vatican would pay for his evil deeds. Hopefully other bishops, priests, etc in Nigeria who have for years enjoyed the destruction of young boys, girls, marriages and lives would come out! Hopefully Nigerian public and the catholic church would not "blame America for creating all these problems" of exposing evils that have been going on for ages within the catholic church but instead focus on how they can identify priests, bishops, etc who even as I write this note are molesting more children!
On Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 12:54 am, writes:
They shout- we are one with God! God loves a cheerful giver, sow a good seed unto Him etc. But when it is SIN from their 'clique'- they shout- who have not sinned? throw the first stone, God is merciful, He is faithful to forgive etc. They forget to add- Jesus said 'Go and sin no more'; the wages of sin is death; all liars are to the pit of hell, God hates 6 things and amongst them is fornication while the 7th one is an abomination unto him- pls check the bible. There is good and evil only- God said choose good which is more profitable. We all strive to be perfect by God's grace- we are all advised to pursue good and do good. Another problem is the governement who sees church/ men of God as a-no-go-area; an untouchable breed until their activities have eaten deep, then the goverment will come out and arrest them but this should have happened at the budding stage e.g prophet eddy and prophet king were dealt with by the people in Nigeria. Though many had 'gone' to their early graves from these men of God activities. Jesus our Lord said come to me ALL ye that labour and ... He sat amongst the disciples who would not even want others to come close to Him but he rebuked the disciples and people come to Him at will. When He had an outburst in the temple, it was against sin. But what about our so called ordained? when they come visiting or have a programme to WALK round the street, they ride in a vehicle, you come to them with appointment, they send you away if care is not taken. He can be a real annointed of God but same God can take it away due to his sins which he refused to repent from and the man of God will be living in past glory- deceiving the congregation but YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE. Trust in God! He will send your helper. Minimize running after men of God
On Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 04:46 pm, Bola, Ede writes:
I fnally finished reading all the comments today in this forum. I have not met richard burke, the disgraced archbishop who have been abusing under age girls. However, I have met fr. eugene lewis. At first, i was not sure if it was the same fr. eugene lewis I know ,then I google search him, behold, ladies and gentle men, it was the same man. I will come back to how i got to know him later. The thing that is so unique and interesting about the case of richard burke and fr., eugene lewis is that, they were both very good friends, they were both irish men, they were both priest , they both work in Nigeria,they both slept with sisters, they were both womanizers and they were both child molesters, and they were both reported and disgraced at the same time, and the interesting part is this, they were both reported by two different groups of women, who have never met or konw each other. One is an african and the others were europeans. fr. eugene lewis is already find guilty of all 11 counts of sex abuse on children by northern ireland court and will be sentence. mr richard burke on the other hand reigned, knowing the consequences of his crimes admit to it half way., which I believe that one day he will be put in the dock like mr eugene lewis. Back to how i get to know fr. eugene lewis. I caught fr. eugene lewis having sex with a minor, I will never for get that day, I told my mother and she said I hope he never touched you and I said to her her No, I told her that I caught him havig sex with this minor, she said we all know him, he is ashawo man," ashawo okunrin"in yoruba, meaning male prostitude. This man is a sick man, he should have been arrested here in nigeria long ago, but the church turn a blind eye to this evil. One reasons why they force him out of nigeria, is because the senior old priests like the mongrs. were complaining about him him. some good church goers were also complaining. Fumilayo was telling the whole town about him too. Fr. eugene lewis, you are like a sand that is missed with salt, and you cannot be separated. You deserve more than what is happening to you now, You deserve to be locked up for a very long time. "Olori buruku" bad head.
On Monday, July 19, 2010 at 03:47 pm, Veronica writes:
Thank alot Bola. I hope more Nigerian girls will speak out. From what I know know now, the whole Church here is taking about them and people here do not have anything nice to say about them. may God help us. Thank God that people are now speaking openly about it everyday.
On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:15 am, writes:
I can only speak for my reasons. I post these things because I believe people have a right to know. As a Catholic I think we have a duty to know. It's important to know who these people are. When I read this stuff, I start Googling. I find out more about them. Things they've said, where they went to seminary. Who made them a bishop, etc. etc. Doing this is incredibly interesting, as I've found that these bastards tend to come from the same few hornets nests, and associate with one another. Quite interesting these 'birds of a feather'. I've no idea if anyone else uses this information in the same manner I do.
On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:28 am, Nosa writes:
Unfortunately this story while unpleasant is not surprising; true accunts of paedophilia, rape, molestation etc by priests on young chlderen (particularly boys) have been in the news in Europe and the States for many years. It was only a matter of time before I heard of the same horror occuring on African soil. I too, imagine there to be hundreds of thousands of African victims that have not spoken up. I dont think it is a matter (just for) prayer and I could care less about praying for this Archbishop, the victims are my concerns. Africans are the most religious people the world over. I dont know of any other race that prays more than we do, goes to church/mosque (wherever) more than we do ... but where has it gotten us? ... on the bottom rungs of the ladder everywhere in the world. Foreign settlers are STILL living it up in Agfrican nations while many Africans live below the poverty line in Africa and the rest of the world. No, no praying is not the solution ... it hasnt been for centuries. It is plain that the Roman Catholic religion has been infiltrated by paedophiles and other forms of sexual deviants (much like the UN). I think Paedophiles should be shot and killed; there is something mentally wrong with an individual who is sexually attracted to a child and to my knowledge, there is no record of a paedophile being 'cured'. Picking up on the comments in this thread, the only way we can change the status quo on the positions of Africans in the world is to change ourselves today. While we need to have an understanding of our great contributions to civilisation both past and present (that have been deliberately hidden from everyone) we also need to move on from our past glories. Without this, our race WILL die out, we are the underclass all over the worls, even in our own backyard. This can only be African led, as it is not in any other races best interests for us to have economic, educational or political freedom. Individualy we must seek our own economic liberatiuon. Nigerians are an industrious and entreprenuerial people, if we use such skills to bring us wealth we can use this wealth to affect change. Economic independence means we can own our own tv channels that provide true acounts of our past, provide films and documentaries where the black person doesnt have a negative stereotypical role, celebrate and enamour our people to a different standard of beauty to the European etc. We can use our wealth to benefit us scientifically, technologically etc. Everyone who is concerned about Africa and Africans can make a difference.
On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:32 am, writes:
one tin i know for sure is that d Archbishop is human, // I am wondering if you would say the same thing if you were in the girl shoe and if it happened to your own daughter or a family member of yours.It is Not ok for vatican to send us Homosexuals,Paedophiles in the name of Christ.
On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:36 am, writes:
the level of ignorance and self hate amongst black in africa is alarming,lisa and flint you are willing to forgive the sick catholic church for raping kids yet you set fire to your own for stealing maggi seasoning cubes in the market....the so called black race is finished
On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:38 am, Omo writes:
To resign is not enough consequence. The Church and heaven may forgive him but he must face the consequence and the law of the land. Edo State Commissioner of Justice and Ministry of Justice, Delta State Commissioner of Justice and Ministry of Justice, The Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Attorney General and Ministry of Justice must commence investigation immediately and encourage all victims of Burke and Roman Catholic Church to come forward. It would be pure foolishness for Edo and Delta state to ignore this heinous crime and try not to convict this criminal. It would be a collosal moral failure and iresponsibility for the Nigeria govt to pay a deaf hear and not do anything to protect her citizens from these religious sexual prodators. I can tell you this, there may be hundreds of thousands of Nigerian victims of sexual molestation by Catholics priest and bishops and millions of victims across Africa. The explosion of deviant sexual behaviour is not by default, immoral sexual deviant have be let lose in the continent of Africa preying on our people while posing as representatives of God on earth. Shame on the Roman Catholic Church. The priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church is nothing more than a coven of sexual deviants. Sincerely, Omo.
On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:40 am, Bruce Nosa writes:
I think it is time for the catholic parishies to re-consider allowing Archbishops to start getting married so that this problem of minor molestations can be brought to a hault. I sincerely believe that if the Catholic organization don't do something to alleviate this problem the origination of bisexual and sexually abused females around the World will continue to multiply at an alarming rate. I hope that in the near future sexually abused persons by Archbishops will not become the new nuisance of the homeless population that society will need to start finding solutions for?
On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:42 am, Rossella writes:
Marrying is not solving the mental disease of pedophilia. Don't forget priests have molested male and female children all over the world for years...Vatican knew about it and covered everything. Now that usa, England and Switzerland are acting against Vatican asking billions of Euros for the victims, all abuses are comeing out at the sunlight! The personal idea that I have is: pedophilous are very smart and they are well organized in Europe, they deliberate became priests to have free access to children, knowing that the Church would have covered them. What make me feel sick is: vatican condamn omosexuality and abortion but is ready to forgive pedophilia, why? if it's up to me the vatican should be burned up toghether with itsl clerical memembers....
On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:44 am, Enosakhare writes:
We have been telling those who would listen that all this foreign religions are not doing Africa No good.They are spreading Homosexuality with this religions.All kinds of immoral behaviours. There are more churches in Nigeria than any country I have visited and despite that abomination has become the order of the day.Africa needs to rediscover herself and reject foreign Ideologies. why is the vatican still sending white priest to Africa when there are Africans who are priest?Infact in Europe the Europeans do not attend churches no more except the Old folks.
On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:48 am, writes:
His resigning is nt the soln.I still believe this is God's way of riding the church of bad eggs.the church shld intensify it requriemt and ensure potential priests r actually called to celibacy accept admitting them in.
On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:50 am, Rita writes:
Na wa oooo. Who forced them into being a priest?
On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:58 am, writes:
We have been telling those who would listen that all this foreign religions are not doing Africa No good.They are spreading Homosexuality with this religions.All kinds of immoral behaviours. There are more churches in Nigeria than any country I have visited and despite that abomination has become the order of the day.Africa needs to rediscover herself and reject foreign Ideologies.
On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 02:22 am, writes:
My dear friends in Christ, Jesus said, "you shall know them by their fruit" " Not everyone who say Lord, Lord, will inherit the kingdom of heaven, and he went on to say that "my judgement will begin in my own house". These men and women who abuse children and those who cover up for them are not anointed men of God. Infact they do not represent God, they represent their master the devil. Remember the revelation of Daniel? he said ,' the evil one will be in the high place' and that is what we are see now. The only thing one can do is to expose them and shame them for the whole world to see. We must weed these men out of the church. There are good priests, but we must be vigilant and expose these shameful ones. The vatican is to be bleam for these, expecially this pope benedith. He had been the master mind of all these cover ups. If these sick child abusers had been exposed and thrown out of the church and put in jail,paedophiles and child abusers would have all left the priesthood or not even dear to become priets. But because there are paedophiles already in high places in the church, they choose to protect their kind. I am so heart broken beyond any one can imagine, how these evil men disgard in the name of the true God to abuse children and cover the act and try to discredit the victims. They let men speak evil of God Holy name and allow the enemies of God to make mockry of the death of Christ and someone out there say they are just human? I will curse anyone who say that again.They have misled alot. all in the name of money. Please stop donating to the catholic Church. donate your money to Joyce Meyer Ministry and other good churches out there or give the money yourself to the poor and homeless people, God will surely bless you. Giving your money to the catholic church, is like flushing your money through the toilet, paying to defend priests and archbishops who abuse children, paying for abortions,paying for sex abuse case victims and discredit the victims and also use for bribing corrupt government official.. Your money is not going to the poor or use for the poor.they are now turning to criminals that they openly conderm and go behind closed doors and beg for donations. The battle is of the lord. Shame to all Child abusers and to them that coverup for the abusers. We are sorry they say, but behind closed doors, they plan and turn against the same people they told they are sorry to and look for a way to destroy them. The Church investigating the church, is like a mother investingating her own son. let the authorities do their job, that is why they are there in the first place. This is nothing compare to what is coming for you paedophiles. Come out of the church and stop using God name to commit crimes against humanity. God is Love and he cares greatly for humanity. Shameless abusers.They use the church as a cover up, they have easy lives. Everything is there for them and are well provided for, lazy abuser. They turn God children against each other and divide them, they promote hate in the church, there by puting one group above the other, saying , they know better. If not for the church, most of them will never had been educated or even move an inch from their little village. Now they are comfortable and travel around the world, pretending to preaching the world of God and wasting poor people money and saying God loves a cheerful giver, only to start abusing children and make men speak evil of the name of God. May the good Lord bless and keep the good priests and good nuns, who have worked tirelessly for God's people . May the good Lord bless and keep them .I salute you and I bless you.
On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 02:36 am, writes:
Another Archbishop/socio-path resigns for having sex with a 14 year old teenager. However the Archbishop still will not admit to it. He only claims he broke his vows of celibacy. According to this article from Today's Belfast Telegraph, he did followed Catholic Doctrine by refusing to use a condom when he raped her.
On Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 03:45 pm, writes:
Ex-chaplain sues head chaplain. A COUNSELLOR, who is on leave from the priesthood, has sued the head chaplain at a Dublin hospital for defamation of character. Ciarán Dalton, a former chaplain at Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin, has claimed in the Circuit Civil Court that Fr Martin Geraghty had slandered him. Fr Dalton alleged Fr Geraghty had told a lay chaplain, Caroline Mullen, that money was missing from a fund that had been built up from collections at Masses and that he, Fr Dalton, had taken it. Ms Mullen told the court Fr Geraghty had passed on this information to her “with a smirk on his face”. Fr Geraghty, who lives in Phibsborough, has denied he made such a statement and told the court yesterday he had never bad mouthed Fr Dalton. He had never spoken in such terms to anyone about Fr Dalton. Fr Dalton, who resides in Blanchardstown, told the court he had legitimately obtained money from the fund to pay for a two-year counselling course at Trinity College Dublin, where he had obtained a masters degree and had been one of only two graduates to obtain first class honours. Fr Geraghty said he was head chaplain at the hospital and the fund had been lodged in the Bank of Ireland in his name. It was used for defraying expenses of chaplains who attended day courses, conferences or retreats and for buying gifts for patients. It was funded by collections taken up at Masses in the hospital. Fr Dalton had obtained leave of absence from the priesthood in 2007 and there had been a tea and buns farewell party for him. Later Fr Geraghty had noticed a large sum of several thousand euro had been paid out of the fund. Fr Geraghty told Judge Joseph Matthews he became nervous and frightened about the withdrawal and had gone to Bishop Ray Field, his boss and an auxiliary bishop in the Dublin archdiocese, about what he should do. He had been advised to “regularise” the fund and have the money paid back. The bishop had advised him to deal with two accountants associated with the archdiocese and they had carried out an investigation. It had been discovered the money had been paid to Trinity College and vouched for. Fr Geraghty said he had telephoned Fr Dalton about the money and Fr Dalton had said, “What’s behind all of this?” He knew he was not going to get anywhere with Fr Dalton and had gone to the bishop about the matter. He was surprised by the size of the withdrawal. It was for a few thousand euro and he was concerned about it. He told the court the fund had been started about 20 years ago when chaplains were paid very poorly. They were now appointed and paid by the Health Service Executive. The money was collected at Saturday and Sunday Masses in the hospital and lodged in the bank. Fr Geraghty said there was more than €6,000 in the fund up to two weeks ago when the new manager at the Blanchardstown hospital directed it be discontinued and broken up among various charities. The HSE had not been aware of its existence until the matter of the alleged defamation had occurred. He told Judge Matthews he had worked in many other hospitals, both in Australia and Ireland, as chaplain and had never known of such a fund anywhere else. He denied he had been operating “a slush fund” or that he had run at the last minute to the bishop to “cover his tracks”. Judge Matthews is expected to deliver his judgment on the €38,000 defamation claim by Fr Dalton today.
On Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 03:58 pm, writes:
For those who read the above and those who have been miss quoting the bible , "Touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm" Can anoited sue another Anoited? here we go again, by their fruits we shall know them. A true Anoited man of God is the one who live a Godly live and leave a life that is pleasing to God. An anoited man of God do not abuse children, , cover up for abusers of children, steal from God , that is church money, lies , etc. They do not only abuse children, they are thiefs too, that is why you people should stop donating money to the catholic church until they mend their ways. Give the money to the poor yourselves. The true priests called by God will stay and join the priesthood, ,while the bad ones will run and not join the preiethood , if they know there is no money in the church anymore. God will prefer a good few, than many bad and lost ones..
On Thursday, August 05, 2010 at 04:15 pm, writes:
Archbishop Richard Burke's Boomerang: Nigerian Bishops breed unholy lies to cover-up unholy sex Alleged unholy sex: Catholic bishops back Burke ****************** Commentary on the story below: It is a shame that our Nigerian bishops can tell blatant lies. In the story below, the Archbishop Felix Alaba Job, the Archbishop of Ibadan, arranged a fax paux conference to attempt to cover-up a known fact regarding the circumstances that led to the recent resignation of Archbishop Richard Burke, SPS, as Archbishop of Benin City, and administrator of Warri diocese (which he relinguished at the end of March, 2010), with that diocese now having its own bishop. Archbishop Job and his colleagues, most of whom, like the notorious sexual exploiter of Nigerian nuns, Archbishop John Olurunfenmi Onaiyekan, attempted to create the impression that the reasons that led to Archbishop Burke relinguishing his position is unsubstantiated. It smacks the imagination as to whom they are fooling. Christ, our Lord and Savior, told us to always tell the truth (Matthew 5: 37) and that the truth shall set us free (John 8:32). Archbishop Burke, himself, has greatly acknowledged his sexual indiscretions and misconducts, though he continues to deny the charges of sexually abusing a minor against him made by one Delores Atwood, a Nigerian and now Canadian resident. Burke never denied his indiscretions, so why is Archbishop Job trying to do the dirty job of a devil's advocate, ending up become more filthy than the swine? The reason here is simple. Archbishop Alaba Job and his coterie of Nigerian bishops are highly corrupt. Not only do they get funded by corrupt politicians, but the ilks of Archbishop Onaiyekan, has crafted a crafty theological reasons to justifying colluding with politicians in receiving their stolen and blood tainted money. These men are full of corrupt practices such as nepotism in the way they appoint bishops, and undue interferences in the operations of dioceses within their metropolitan jurisdiction or outside of it, in trying to place their favoured candidates, often one who will not expose their heavy corruption, especially unaccountable, wreckless, and irresponsible usage of church fundings. Therefore, it is not surprising that these folks who will suppress credible and meritorious candidates for their own preferences, often sadistic and egoistic, without regards to the fate of local churches, devoid of conscience and moral probity, can go to great length to cover up anything that is detrimental to their own images. Their current efforts to burnish the image of Archbishop Richard Burke, is not because they really care for him. Rather, it is that if they sound loud enough, there would be saved from the palpable anger and possible scrutiny of themselves. Unfortunately, no matter how much they try, the die has been cast. In a free world with easily accessible information, we know that the church has its weak nodes, and the human imperfections are evidently apparent, and the blot and spots of its misconduct is evident. The happenings in America, Ireland, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and elsewhere is not hidden from the human eyes. True, we would go against media offensive that inordinately tries to taint the Holy Father and the teaching dogmatic and ethical authority of the Catholic faith, as has been pursued by some sections of the western press. But, we are courageous enough that the church does have her problematic issues that needs to be resolved appropriately. Denials and incessant attempts to dump the toxic bye products of these issues in a way that is truly insulting to the public imagination, to the teachings of Christ regarding the truth, and to arrogance that is rooted within a clerical culture of deceit and fraud, would not help the faith. In this regard, in spite of having to pay the price, we want to appraise the fact that Archbishop Burke, owned up, even if partially and apologized for his misdeeds. Herein, even while paying the price for his own acceptable flawed actions, he showed he is capable of reform and hopefully entering into the grace of renewal, in seeking true reconciliation with God, the church, and the victim especially whom he so dearly pained and exploited. In fact, Archbishop Burke, though unfortunate, is the not the only bishop of late who has violated the public trust reposed in him, and lived lies and presented a false and hypocritical face to the people of God. Only God will ultimately judge him. Here, Archbishop Burke is in the good company of the Zimbabwean Archbishop Pius Ncube, and even the former Nigerian bishop of Okigwe, Anthony Ilonu, who was accused of impropriety by a Nigerian nun, Sr. Paschaline Aligweke, and other bishops such as the Austrian Cardinal Groer, the two bishops of Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A., who molested young males. It is instructive, therefore, that the Nigerian Catholic Church continues to live in utter falsehood, playing up one lies against another. The hierarchy of the Nigerian Catholic Church need to be thoroughly investigated. The Vatican can no longer continue to delude itself with reports that the Nigerian church is growing and that all is well. It is time for an apostolic visitation to take stock of some of the rubbish muddied under the carpet. For instance, one of the way the Nigerian bishops intend to ensure a priest incardinated, and who by law is their corporate responsibility, is dealt with in the face of abuse, is to such send an irritant priest to his family. It is one of those most phony ways of dealing with issues of such significant, and it attests to the intellectual deftness that sometimes regretably defines the thinking of the Nigerian hierarchy- as a result of mediocre choices of episcopal candidates. Sad! Sooner, than later, the church would pay for its shortcoming, if it refuses to deal with this issue now than later. ************************************************
On Thursday, August 05, 2010 at 06:13 pm, writes:
Louise Vella(on 19/3/10) I The following is the list of abusive priests defrocked by the Vatican which I sent to the Archbishop. Diocese Name Date of Press Release 1 Boston Rev. J. Garret Thomson January 15, 2010 2 Raleigh Father Edgar Sepulveda January 15, 2010 3 Buntingford Fr Ian Dickie December 14, 2009 4 Baltimore Rev.John Wielebski January 10, 2010 5 Baltimore Mgr. Thomas Bevan November 26, 2009 6 Rochester Rev.Conrad Sundholm November18, 2009 7 Chicago Rev. Edward Maloney November 13, 2009 8 Chicago Rev. John Calicott October 28, 2009 9 Nigeria Bishop Richard Burke October 26, 2009 10 Albany Rev.Salvatore Rodino October 25, 2009 11 Franklin Fr.John Sappenfield October 23, 2009 12 Lexington Rev.Joseph Muench October 22, 2009 13 Nothern Ireland Fr. Eugene Lewis October 10,2009
On Thursday, August 05, 2010 at 06:16 pm, writes:
These are the links to the list sent previously. They include press releases issued by the diocese asking parishioners for more info about a priest that is being probed for sexual abuse. 1. http://www.bostoncatholic.org/Utility/News-And-Press/Content.aspx?id=16832 2. http://www.wmbfnews.com/Global/story.asp?S=11829358 3. http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/hertfordshiremercury-news-royston/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=477103 4. http://www.gazette.net/stories/01142010/laurnew110933_32554.php 5. http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=98169 6. http://www.mpnnow.com/news/x1792900517/Former-priest-in-Irondequoit-faces-sex-abuse-allegations 7. http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2009/nov/13/news/chi-priest-removed-13-nov13 8. http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2009/oct/28/news/chi-priest_removedoct28 9. http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Irish-Archbishop-suspended-by-Vatican-in-sex-abuse-probe-65936162.html?page=2 10. http://blog.timesunion.com/schools/accused-priest-worked-at-many-area-schools/436/ 11. http://www.wsmv.com/news/21401152/detail.html 12. http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/4694442
On Thursday, August 05, 2010 at 06:18 pm, writes:
Cover-ups of paedophilia and homosexuality John Guillaumier, St Julians The sex abuse scandals by the Roman Catholic clergy in several countries, including the United States, Ireland, Germany and Australia, are causing grievous damage to the Roman Catholic Church. For non-Catholics like myself, the Roman Catholic Church is now a disgraced institution. Among Catholics, especially in the United States and in Ireland, the Church has lost its trust and its credibility. For how can Catholic priests be credible in preaching good morals to others when hundreds of their fellow priests have committed such crimes as most laymen are loath to commit? The sexual abuse of boys by priests has been going on for decades - and so have the cover-ups by the Church, as The Times reported on May 22, 2009: "Sexual abuse was endemic in boys' homes in Ireland and Church leaders turned a blind eye to it." Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said: "There is no escaping the cruel irony that the Church, partly motivated by a desire to avoid scandal, in fact created a scandal on an astonishing scale. In many cases, the welfare of children counted for nothing, and abusers were left free to abuse - to visit evil on the innocent." (November 27) Cover-ups of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests have in fact been going on for centuries without being exposed as they are nowadays. A write-up on this topic was published in The Sunday Times of August 13, 2006 as a review of a book entitled Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes - The Catholic Church's 2,000 Trails Of Sexual Abuse. In a review of another book entitled Fallen Order by Karen Liebreich, the reviewer writes: "Father Josè de Calasanz, who founded the first school of the Piarist Order in 1597, was made the patron saint of schools and education by the Pope in 1948. He might just as well be the patron saint of the cover-up for, back in the 17th century, he was covering up child abuse in his own schools." (The Sunday Times UK, Culture magazine, April 18, 2004) Another scandal that is slowly emerging is the scandal of homosexual priests who engage in sexual activity with adult males. On December 31, 2009, The Times reported: "The Catholic former archbishop of Argentina's Santa Fe province has been sentenced to eight years in prison for aggravated sexual abuse against a seminarian." On March 5, 2010, The Times reported about a lay member of an elite choir in St Peter's Basilica who colluded with one of Pope Benedict's lay ceremonial ushers in allegedly procuring men for seminarians, according to wiretap transcripts published by La Repubblica. In the late 1990s, Mgr Hans Hermann Groer, Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna, was dropped like a hot potato by the Vatican after he was accused of having sex with young men. I lived in North America for 24 years and during my time there I met several Catholic priests, both in the United States and in Canada, who led double lives - as priests and as sexually active homosexuals. The Church is aware that it has homosexual priests in its ranks, as Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the US Conference of Catholic bishops, observed: "It is an ongoing struggle to make sure that the Catholic priesthood is not dominated by homosexual men" (The Malta Independent on Sunday, April 28, 2002). But I very much doubt whether Pope Benedict and his bishops know about the sex lives of their homosexual priests and what these priests are actually up to when they doff their clerical collars to assume their alter egos as practising homosexuals. Isn't it ironic that the homophobic Roman Catholic Church turns out to have had hundreds of paedophile priests in its own ranks as well as other priests who were sexually active with adult male homosexuals?
On Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 01:28 pm, Patricia Oboa writes:
It is really sad that this is happening. We know Bishop Burke well right from our childhood. We never saw any trace of these allegations. Bishop Burke came back to Warri diocese and jealousy started. Worse still when he became an Archbishop. The Bishop Burke of today experiencing this now, we know, is a holy man. We don't just believe it, we know it. You woman, whatever reason you have to do this, know that one day you will face God on this matter. Know that you have only succeeded in making him a holier man. You cannot destroy the Catholic Church, no matter what your kinds do.
On Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 01:32 pm, Patricia Oboa writes:
It is really sad that this is happening. We know Bishop Burke well right from our childhood. We never saw any trace of these allegations. Bishop Burke came back to Warri diocese and jealousy started. Worse still when he became an Archbishop. The Bishop Burke of today experiencing this now, we know, is a holy man. We don\'t just believe it, we know it. You woman, whatever reason you have to do this, know that one day you will face God on this matter. Know that you have only succeeded in making him a holier man. You cannot destroy the Catholic Church, no matter what your kinds do.
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On Monday, August 16, 2010 at 04:19 am, Foot fault writes:
Another day, another scandal. As reports emerged that another member of the clergy, on this occasion an Archbishop (Richard Burke), is accused of sexually assaulting a minor, and subsequently having a 20 year affair with her, I find it very telling of our times that the thing I found most memorable from the reports were not what he did, but what he said. Apparently I have reached the stage where I am sufficiently desensitized from reports of such incidents that the semantics stand out more than the specifics. Or, would the phrase ‘I stepped in her sacred garden‘ have stood out anyway? Quite a phrase, and not one that brings pretty images flooding to mind. Lets hope that this guy never becomes Pope because it would really be asking a lot to have people kissing those feet, given what he has, apparently, been doing with them. Now, I have done some weird stuff in my time but I have never put my feet in anybody’s garden – sacred or otherwise.
On Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 08:06 pm, tonia writes:
no one take upon himself de honour of priesthood. my lordship u remain a priest and de God who called you is de only one that can condem you. its is my prayer that through de intercession of our Mother Mary you will find forgiveness and mercy!may Her son Jesus Christ continue to strengthen de church and all her priest,Amen!
On Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm, tony writes:
U condemn him so much, for his human mistakes. don\'t forget dt despite saul\'s mistakes and attempts to kill David, he (David) neither castigated nor touched \"the Lord\'s annointed\". Don\'t forget. Let he or she who\'s not guilty be the first to \'cast the stone\'. How often do u pray for Burke, nay God\'s servants. Do u also remember all the good works he did all his life in priesthood? Or u\'re only concerned wt his human mistakes? May God forgive Burke and may He never judge us according to our daily sins. Judge not my dear.
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On Friday, August 20, 2010 at 09:49 pm, Peace writes:
Richard Burke, in fare case, should be put in the dock. I do not feel sorry for this man, because if his evil deeds were not exposed , he would still be abusing more minors and pretending to be what he is not. Please let God do his job of his judgement beginning in his Church. Were is it writen that a priest should abuse minors and not face the consequences? Mind yourself. God is not a respecter of man.
On Friday, August 20, 2010 at 09:59 pm, Ann writes:
God did not destine hell for man, man destine hell for himself. Do you bleame God for the souls that go to hell? Jesus said " what ever a man shall sow, so shall he reap" Richard Burke is reaping what he sowed. Why the noice about him being human? So what? we are all human, so we should all leave our lives recklessly and go to heaven, because we are all human? Think again.
On Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 06:42 pm, Patrick writes:
Who is praying for the victims abused? Are they not human , also created by God who created Richard Burke? What about the priests and Bishops who left the priesthood and get married, are they still priest forever? Come to think of it, if it was a white woman Richard Burke abused with all the evidence against him, St. Patrick would have done something, they would never have allowed it out, they would have settle the white victims and beg until their mouths are dry.When it comes to a black woman they took her forgranted and see what happen to them.
On Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 07:14 pm, writes:
It’s more of the same hypocrisy and insincerity that victims have had to deal with for years.
On Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 03:40 pm, writes:
Tony, are you saying that God anointed should abuse children and minors and walk away freely and that they should not face the law because they are God anointed? I think there is something wrong with you. You forget to mention the part of the bible when Jesus said,"It will be better for anyone to put a mill stone around his neck and fall into the sea, than to cause one of these little ones to sin against me". Please read your bible well again. Just wait and see the judgement of God. This is nothing compare to what is coming. Before Jesus will come again, his Church will be without spot or wrikkles. So you can imagine and can see that he is cleaning his house before he reture again. Do not see what the church is going through as people hating the church, rather, God is cleaning his church , and that includes exposing the evil that is taking place in his house. No one can distroy the church, not the priests, bishops and archbishops and cadinals, even the pope and those in the church that abused children and those who hate the church cannot destroy the church. The gate of hell shall not prevail against it. Richard Burke is one of the darkness and satan generals in the Church. I know that you will be very surprise to know or hear this. It is all spiritual my dear. " we fight not against flesh and blood, but against all spiritualities in high places. Be careful what you defend and pray that God will open your eyes to see beyond the physical. Peace of christ be with you.
On Wednesday, September 01, 2010 at 01:44 pm, writes:
So those who are not priest can be condemn for what ever sin they commit, and those who are priests or religious ,if commits the the same as non priests should not be condemn? If an hungry man steals a loaf of bread in warri, people run after him and shut ole, ole , and if cought, they will put tre on his head and burn him to death, even when he is begging for forgiveness. But an aechbishop abuse a child or minor, some sing judge not. What a world. I thank God that the judgement of God is different.
On Wednesday, September 01, 2010 at 04:06 pm, writes:
What is more damming, a hungry man stealing bread to eat or a preditor?
On Thursday, September 02, 2010 at 01:16 am, Ogor writes:
shame to you evildoers under the coat of priesthood. Mind you priesthood is not for dogs who cannot chew bones and the catholic church will not change her doctrine because of the likes of you so its either you in or you get out snd get lost. parents beware! protect your children. it starts by staying late in the church on a priets request or church activities where the child supposedly participating becomes a sex toy. Many people allow this because of their trust in these men and are not to be blamed for wanting to bring up their children in the fear of God. just to serve as a warning,to those involved,people are becoming aware of their rights,and would not have it infringed upon be or a priest or an agent of the devil. gone are the days when you can easily gain poeple's pity, where the abused is called the tempter instead of blaming you the deceiver. A child comes tou for direction and guinddance and then you be the first to take her virginity. What disgust!
On Thursday, September 02, 2010 at 01:18 am, writes:
May God forgive us all. It's so heartbreaking and disappointing that trusted people of God should let us down in this manner. i think people especially parents should be more careful in allowing their children stay back in the church for whatever church activity or visits just because a priest has requested him/her to because that's how it starts. i sure know cos i'm experienced.Many people allow this because of the trust they have for these men,but this is how they are repaid.These children will forever live with the memory. The catholic church will not change her doctrine because of dogs who cannot chew bones. it's either you arein or you are out. So just to serve as a warning to these priests who indulge in these aborminable acts, -we are humans,yes! we can be tempted, agreed! instead of having priest rapists or child abusers,it's better you get out and get lost..maybe you think priesthood is a avenue to do whatever you like and get away with it becase probably you will gain the pity of the people around you as "a celibate who has been tempted" or "who was defied by a woman".watch it. the world has changed. people are becoming more aware of their rights and would not let it be infringed upon be you a priest or agent of satan.
On Thursday, September 02, 2010 at 01:21 am, TP writes:
I thought they sent all those aberrant priests to nigeria for a purpose...
On Thursday, September 02, 2010 at 11:31 pm, Justice will always prevail, Amen. writes:
Priest jailed for abusing sisters Related Priest (76) guilty of abusing three sisters | 28/05/2010A Dublin priest has been jailed for four years for sexually abusing three sisters in their Co Ferrmanagh home almost 50 years ago. Fr Eugene Lewis (76), was found guilty by a jury at Omagh Crown Court in May of 11 counts of indecently assaulting the three Co Fermanagh sisters separately and on differing dates between August 1963 and September 1973. Lewis, the former provincial superior of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, based in Dublin, had denied the charges. The former provincial superior of the White Fathers, who are based at Cypress Grove House, Templeogue, Dublin, denied the charges. In a statement issued through his solicitor Joe McVeigh outside Belfast’s Laganside Courthouse today, the priest claimed that his trial was a “miscarriage of justice”. During the six-week trial, the jury was told of indecent assaults on the three sisters. Prosecuting QC Ken McMahon said the priest had wormed his way into the family through a fellow, but innocent, cleric. Mr McMahon had told the jury that although welcomed into their home at any time, Lewis often chose to call at bedtime or on Saturday bath night. One victim said Lewis abused her while telling her and her sisters bedtime stories in their darkened bedroom. She finally went to the PSNI and Garda two years ago.
On Friday, September 03, 2010 at 01:12 am, writes:
A CATHOLIC priest was jailed in Belfast yesterday for indecently assaulting three sisters at their home in Northern Ireland more than 40 years ago, after he befriended their parents. Fr Eugene Lewis (76) was based at the College of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, also known as the White Fathers, in Blacklion, Co Cavan, when he abused the young girls in Co Fermanagh between 1963 and 1973. He denied 11 charges of indecent assault but a jury at Omagh Crown Court was unanimous in finding him guilty at the end of a six-week trial in May. He was sentenced to four years in prison in Belfast yesterday. Immediately afterwards his solicitor said he would be appealing the conviction. In a brief statement last night the Society of the Missionaries of Africa said that it was “a matter of deep regret that a member of the society has been found guilty of a number of very serious offences by a court in Northern Ireland. “It is understood that the priest is lodging an appeal against his conviction. Pending a resolution of that matter, it would be inappropriate for the society to comment further.” In his judgment, Mr Justice Phillip Babington said the priest was introduced to the family by a fellow cleric who was related to them. Lewis would call at the family farm from time to time, generally in the evening. The court heard the girls’ parents welcomed the visits, not only by Lewis but by the other White Fathers and students. They felt they would be beneficial for the children because of their experiences in life, in travelling the world and their Catholic ethos. The court was told that Lewis in particular would spend time with the girls, telling them stories. The sisters did not tell each other or anyone else of the offences at the time. They told the court they did not feel able to do so as the White Fathers were, to an extent, revered by their parents. The catalyst was when one sister found a photograph which brought back memories. She subsequently made a complaint to the police. Her sisters did likewise. Lewis has consistently denied all the allegations and suggested they were motivated by conspiracy or compensation claims. He claimed in a pre-sentence report that his visits to the family home were “primarily to visit the girls’ father, acknowledge the children, tell a story, have a cup of tea and go”. The judge yesterday referred to statements given about the good character of Lewis. He said there was no doubt the priest was held in high regard by ex-students and colleagues and those he met while working in Africa, Germany and Britain. The judge noted, however, that the type of offending behaviour the priest engaged in usually took place in private and well away from the eyes of colleagues, family and friends. The judge also took account of the fact that Lewis is 76, was of generally good health and had a clear criminal record. Judge Babington said it was clear from impact statements that the girls had all been adversely affected by the abuse and found the trial, which had to take place because Lewis denied the offences, deeply upsetting and stressful. He said the three complainants were “very, very young” when they were abused. There was a “blatant and very serious breach of trust” as the complainants were abused in their home while their parents were in the house by a person seen as a figure of authority. Other factors were that the abuse continued for more than 10 years and some of the offending was of a very serious nature. Mr Justice Babington also disqualified Lewis from working with children indefinitely and ordered him to sign the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.
On Friday, September 03, 2010 at 01:27 am, writes:
Share Digg del.icio.us Google Stumble Upon Facebook Reddit Print Email Text Size NormalLargeExtra Large Father Eugene Lewis, 76, has been jailed for indecently assaulting three sisters Also in National News Six-year-old dies after boat crash Paedophile arrested after tip-off Bishop issues sectarianism warning Traveller life expectancy unchanged Tax take fall takes state into red National News Home Thursday September 02 2010 A Catholic priest has been jailed for indecently assaulting three sisters at their home in Northern Ireland more than 40 years ago after befriending their parents. At the time, Father Eugene Lewis, now 76, was based at the College of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, which was also known at the Order of the White Fathers in Blacklion, Co Cavan, when he abused the young girls in Co Fermanagh between 1963 and 1973. He denied 11 charges of indecent assault, but a jury at Omagh Crown Court was unanimous in finding him guilty at the end of a six-week trial in May, when he was living in Dublin. He was sentenced to four years in prison in Belfast. Immediately afterwards his legal representative said he would be appealing against the conviction. Lewis consistently denied all the allegations and suggested they were motivated by a family conspiracy or compensation claims. He claimed in a pre-sentence report that his visits to the family home were "primarily to visit the girls' father, acknowledge the children, tell a story, have a cup of tea and go". The judge referred to statements given about the good character of Lewis. He said there was no doubt that he was held in high regard by ex-students and colleagues and those he met while working in Africa, Germany and Britain. He noted, however, that the type of offending behaviour he engaged in usually took place in private and well away from the eyes of colleagues, family and friends. The judge also took account of the facts that Lewis is 76, of generally good health and had a clear criminal record. Judge Babington said it was clear from impact statements that the girls had all been adversely affected by the abuse and found the trial, which had to take place because Lewis denied the offences, deeply upsetting and stressful. The three complainants were "very, very young" when they were abused. He said that there was a "blatant and very serious breach of trust" as the complainants were abused in their home while their parents were in the house by a person seen as a figure of authority. Other factors were that the abuse continued for more than 10 years and some of the offending was of a very serious nature. Mr Justice Babington also disqualified Lewis from working with children indefinitely and ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.
On Friday, September 03, 2010 at 09:35 am, Titiyo writes:
Thanks be to Dolores Ungreatfull,shameless !
On Friday, September 03, 2010 at 02:24 pm, Bola , Ede writes:
What has Dolores got to do with with your shameless abuse of children aroud the world. You are in jail eugene lewis for the offence you commit against children and humanity. Your life is destroyed and you are going after an innosent lady. I knew that one day, your sins and evil will caught up to you. Here in Ede and Oshogbo, your victims are celebrating your reward. After Mass this morning, you are the talk of the town. Wonderfully, many people here were not surprise, even the priests and sisters are not also. Please leave Dolores alone. Go to your irish sister who reported you. You are a coward eugene lewis. Thank God you will and can never return back here to Nigeria again. Ashawo , Ole.
On Friday, September 03, 2010 at 02:46 pm, Bola, Ede. writes:
Eugene lewis, you expect your victims not to speak out because of the shameless things you did to them, and if they speak out, you consider them shameless. For your information, the world consider them "Brave and Caouragious". You choose the path that you are now.
On Friday, September 03, 2010 at 02:53 pm, Patricia. writes:
Thanks Bola, Richard Burke is next. The Church is a victim as well. These men who abuse children and use the Church as a sheild, are doomed. The church is also a victim of these abuse.
On Friday, September 03, 2010 at 05:06 pm, Titiyo writes:
May God forgive you Bola and Patricia. Father Lewis is a very good man of God as far as I am concernerd. Before you say bad things about him, make sure you know the man and the good things he has achieved in Osogbo Diocese. The parishioners of Osogbo Diocese must be very greateful to him. Dolores has forgotten all the help she has received from him.
On Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 01:04 am, Bola, Ede. writes:
Good men do not abuse children. Eugene lewis, you are trying to paint your destroyed and stained name with a white paint. You are a trash and you cannot tanish a trash. You never helped anyone but yourself. All the priests I spoke with said you ruined the lives of many of our young girls. By their fruit you shall know them. Please leave Dolores alone. What is it about her, what do you want from her, are you richard Burke who abuse her at the age of 14yrs? Shameless old man. I and others here in Ife and Ede saw how you mess up minors here. My people hear, can a good man abuse children ,have sex with them? that good man cannot be call a good man. if it was a Nigerian juries that find him guilty or judge that sentence him, you will hear them say because he is not a Nigerian. Shame less old man. Eugene lewis, you have disvirgin many children, some as young as seven, shame on you.
On Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 01:13 am, Peace writes:
What I do not understand is that, what has this poor lady got to do with this eugene lewis being put in jail for abusing children. The lady live in canada as I know, and this molester live in ireland. Is dolores the judge? What has he done for her that he will not let us rest? His he God? If he is a real man, let him go and meet her were she is. My question is ,how come he could not help himself get out of the mess he put himself? Richard Burke is hiding now. Is this abuse an Irish thing or what?
On Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 01:19 am, writes:
Please lets not loose our forcus on a job well done by a good judge, he did well getting this abuser and criminal off the street. Richard Burke is the reason for this site. Lets focus on him. I believe that he should be put in the dock.
On Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 01:27 am, Bola,Ede writes:
If the people here as he said are so greatful for all the good work he has done,why was he forsed out of this please? and why is it tha he was not install as a bishop? was it not the senior priests here that were reporting him about his misconduct to the seniour priersts and bishop, that is why they asked him to leave? if he was a good man why was he moved around like a barber chair from parish to perish?, and finally, when they could not move him around again, they push and forced him out of Nigeria. Shame. oloshi, ashawo.
On Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 01:33 am, Bola, Ede. writes:
we also talked about Dolores after mass. All We heard about the lady were very positive and good things. A lady who do not put up with nonsense. Well respected and liked. From her elementry school to university, she was highly respected. I am sure she must have been one of those who put you in your place eugene lewis and you never liked her for doing so and finally your own people put you in jail. ashawo, ole.
On Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 01:44 am, Ann writes:
This useless sister clementina, who have had sex with so many of these priests, i know the relationship between you and eugene lewis. All the money you told us you received from him. Sister clementina Obeben close your leg.
On Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 04:09 pm, Bola, Ede. writes:
Some of these rev. sisters and priests has nothing to write home about, because they help someone does not mean that they should be abusing children about. What are they religious for in the first place. Dolores have helped people also and some of the sisters here in oyo, they do not go around abusing children and sing their own praise. What about mother Theresa? did she abuse the children and people she helped and cared for? She was a good woman, that is what I call good Godly person, not like sister clementina, eugene lewis and richard burke and their types who did things for their personal gain and pretend to be helping others to sing their own praise. Shameless people.
On Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 04:14 pm, writes:
Well done Bola. Please continue to expose them.
On Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 04:25 pm, Bola,ede. writes:
Unfortunately, I know Eugene Lewis very well and I caught him many times and I told people including my mother. Remember sister Clementina, when you were still in Ede, you know me very well and i do attend the same mass with you, I see everything and know most of the things that were going on between yourself and Eugene Lewis, i just turn a blind eyes because of my work. Things are now out and I will expose you all. Oloshi.
On Tuesday, September 07, 2010 at 03:21 pm, Titiyo writes:
Bola, Go and confess all your lies and wrong accusations to a father in ede since you are living there. At least, you will hear the TRUE words of God from Father in PC Oke gada. This one does not take rubbish
On Tuesday, September 07, 2010 at 11:56 pm, Bola, Ede writes:
Lets the truth begin with you, by telling us your true identity. After all, my name is here. You are continueing from where eugene lewis stop. he is now in preson and you are writing for him with the same name ,Ashawo sister, close your legs. There is no more money coming again .You are fighting a lost battle , with no pay. I will not waste my time with you. justice has be serve, That is okay with me. I am fine with the result. He is in prison, and I cannot ask for anything more. You and him are the greatest losers and you will continue to be.
On Wednesday, September 08, 2010 at 12:01 am, Ede writes:
Shame on you, maybe you try to open your legs for him and he put you in your place. You are telling us about your dirty self, Shame. Experince, they say is a teacher. you her telling us your experience.
On Friday, September 10, 2010 at 01:50 pm, writes:
Eugene lewis is the one writing from jail, do not be fooled. May God help us and save us. Do not blame the sisters, they too are eugene lewis victims. He is still abusing the sisters psychologically. Sisters,please pray to God to help you.
On Friday, September 10, 2010 at 01:51 pm, writes:
Where is Richard Burke? What is next for him?
On Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 12:19 am, writes:
At 10:51 on 03 September 2010, david moore wrote: The crimanal system is a total sham 4 years for over 50 years of abuse on them girls and no doubt more kids allong the line he should be put in a room with them poor girls perants and let them have there justice At 18:36 on 02 September 2010, Tommy wrote: While I to think 4 years is a disgrace, it is a move in the right directin and hopefully a sign of things to come for the sake of all the poor victims. I hope this priest enjoys his first night behind bars, no easy prey where he's going!!! At 18:24 on 02 September 2010, Kate wrote: Disgusting, I could use other words but they wouldn't be allowed on here, how 4 years is justice baffles me, this 'man' is disgusting!! At 17:48 on 02 September 2010, heather wrote: a total disgrace !!!!!! when oh when are we going to get sentences which fit the crimes commited !!!! At 15:43 on 02 September 2010, jonathan wrote: Only four years?? Outrageous! Now THAT is a miscarriage of justice. At 15:08 on 02 September 2010, Martin wrote: More like "Very many people from all over the world will express their outrage at his much too lenient sentence for his unforgiveable crimes against innocent young girls!!!" At 13:57 on 02 September 2010, big ernest wrote: this is an absolute disgrace , 4 years , yet he put his victims through the courts and made them give evidence , he still denies it too , also he solicitor should note that many many people over the world would be sickened that this man put his victims through hell and has the cheek to deny it still after being found guilty .
On Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 12:55 am, writes:
A paedophile priest convicted of abusing three young Co Fermanagh sisters has refused to say sorry for his sickening crimes. Sunday Life confronted evil Fr Eugene Lewis, 76, in the corridors of Belfast Crown Court on Thursday minutes before he was sentenced to four years in jail. We asked the filthy father if he would apologise to his victims, but he brushed past our reporter saying “no”. After ushering an unrepentant Lewis into the courtroom one of his legal team complained to police that Sunday Life had used a mobile phone to tape our short conversation with the pervert priest. But we disproved this unfounded allegation by voluntarily handing over the phone to cops who found no traces of a recording. For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life. Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/i-will-not-say-sorry-14934371.html?r=RSS#ixzz1c9zH8
On Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 02:01 am, writes:
It is with the same loathsomeness that one reacts to the shocking news that the Catholic Archbishop of Benin Diocese, Irishman Richard Burke, had tendered his resignation letter to the Pope in Rome after a long period of sexually abusing a teenage Nigerian woman, one Mrs. Dolores Atwood. Describing his action as "inappropriate, irresponsible and repeatedly sinful", the disgraced cleric said he had never sexually abused a child but that he has serially been "unfaithful to my vow of celibacy." As far as I know, he has broken the most important vow of his priesthood. He has lost the respect of his flock. His sainthood has been blemished by sins of the flesh. His soul was willing but his flesh is humanly weak. Another priest has bitten the dust, shamefully so! Why are the mighty fallen?
On Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 02:10 am, writes:
Byline: Warren Swords THE Vatican invited Archbishop Richard Burke to meet the Pope this year - despite being told a month earlier that he was under investigation for child sex abuse in Nigeria. It also appears likely the Pope was personally aware of the abuse claims against the Irish archbishop - revealed in last week's Irish Mail on Sunday - when they met twice at the Vatican in February this year, over a month after the official investigation began into the child sex abuse allegations. Last week, a Vatican spokesman said the Pope was being kept up to date about the allegations. The Vatican also ignored its own child protection procedures and that of St Patrick's Missionary Society by inviting the Archbishop to meet with Pope Benedict in February of this year and allowing him to perform public ministry. Under Church child protection procedures, the archbishop should have stood down immediately from public ministry. He agreed to do so when St Patrick's Missionary Society began its investigation in January of this year. However, the archbishop reneged on this agreement in a high profile manner a month later by leading prayers at the Papal Basilica in February 2009. Last night, the St Patrick's Missionary Society said : 'The Vatican was told of the complaint in January, when one of the society leaders in Nigeria met with the papal nuncio and informed him.' St Patrick's also wrote to the alleged victim, Dolores Atwood, on January 11 to inform her that the archbishop had agreed to 'step down while an investigation of the allegations takes place'. A month later, the archbishop was photographed on February 16 in Rome meeting Pope Benedict. They also met two days earlier at the Vatican. Archbishop Burke was allowed to travel despite informing the Vatican's representative in Nigeria weeks earlier of the allegations. He preached a homily about praying at the tombs the apostles, St Peter and St Paul. Last week, the MoS revealed that the 60-year-old archbishop from Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, is being investigated over allegations he seduced Miss Atwood when she was 14 and then carried on a 20-year relationship with her. No one was available for comment at the Vatican last night, but Fr Brendan Cooney of the St Patrick's Society in Rome said he was at the mass and recalls seeing Archbishop Burke, pictured, meet the Pope there.
On Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 02:23 am, umene writes:
Anyway, all this problem comes form people who are not supposed to be Priests becoming Priests. We have a really high unemployment rate in Nigeria and therefore people are looking for ways to make a buck. So these men are entering the Priesthood looking for a meal. It would be better if they could be honest with themselves and leave the Priesthood, which they can do. But they want the benefit of the Church, so really the Church has become the victim, and they are causing a great wound to the bride of Christ.
On Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 02:24 am, Seyibrown writes:
Anyone in a position of authority or guardianship who takes advantage of a child/vulnerable person in their care should not be excused at all. She was 14 when it started; what did she know? It's a shame she did not make sure her sister was kept miles away from him knowing what he did with her when she was younger. We need to talk about sexual abuse and expose the perpetrators so that others don't fall victim!
On Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 11:15 pm, peace writes:
Why on earth should anyone listen, care or take serious what a disgrace child molester and a pervert have to say? Someone who used the church to achive their dirty goals and selfish ends. "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is enternal life through Christ Jesus". "vanity upon vanity, all is vanity."
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On Tuesday, November 02, 2010 at 02:04 am, writes:
if what has been reported is true, then it leads one wonder how many other victims are out there in nigeria? it's because it is so easy for such victimizers to take advantage of several victims at a time. furthermore, i am sure if there are similar cases that have taken place in nigeria, it would be very difficult to uncover due to the fact that some of the victims (current/former) may have been silenced with gifts over the years or received special favours such as scholarships for high school, college and even had the chance to attend colleges in ireland or eleswhere. while there maybe other victims out there who may have entered the convent or are now married and wouldn't want to deal with their shameful past or even make it known for public consumption at this point and time. as it turns out, many victims from africa and asia would rather remain silent for the rest of their lives rather than "collectively shame their entire family and immediate community" as stated by one former nigerian seminarian (a victim/survivor) now living in north america. by the way, i had no idea that foreign missionary clergy were still being appointed bishops in a country like nigeria. that was shocking discovery to say the least. one would have hoped that in a nation with over "10,000 priests or more" (i stand to be corrected), rome would at least find one suitable (native) candidate to be appointed bishop in nigeria forty some years after the vatican 11 council. can someone help me understand why missionary clergy are still being appointed bishops in african countries like nigeria, kenya etc? is it a question of economics or is it a question of politicla control? iam very sure of the fact that all hell would break loose if the vatican had the courage to appoint an african or asian missionary priest as a bishop in ireland, germany, italy, spain, united states of america or worse in austria.
On Tuesday, November 02, 2010 at 02:07 am, writes:
I was not surprsied to hear of this story. I am aware that many young ladies are being molested by so called priests and Bishops whom they regard as their guardian. I admire the courage of Dolores, the time it took her to speak out for me is irrelevant. There are many more sad cases like hers still taking place in Nigeria. I know priests and Bishops in Nigeria who are very promiscuous, they are very sexually active. My girl friend in Nigeria left me for a priest, it all began with pouring of gifts,and finally became full sponsorhip of this said girl. I wish many Africans can speak out, am sure there will be many cases similar to Burke. I know priests and Bishops are human beings, perhaps its time to make celibacy optional for them, instead of many of them deceiving themselves and living false lives. I hope the clergy in Nigeria will wake up now and live what they profess they are and stop deceiving themselves.
On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:10 pm, writes:
As a former Seminarian (St. Augustine's Abakaliki), I cannot reveal all that I saw at a tender age of 12 :( We had Irish priests as principal and teachers and I assure you they were my main motive of leaving the priesthood. These priest were sent to Africa as a punishment for bad behaviour in Europe but we in Africa see it as a blessing having white priests:-(
On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:16 pm, writes:
pres jonathan seeks approval for budget cut, and no comments. cath priest uses magic stick and we have 96 comments. na wa o! the thing pain us small, abi? my thinking is, i feel for any lady who is the partner for a priest whose magic has been locked up for 10 years. might be a life-changing experience (d type that makes you travel to canada, australia or sumwia off the map, knowwhatamsaying)
On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:19 pm, Nnaendi Nwoko writes:
Celibacy...in Warri; how can? I forgive you priest, for the 1st one. Why 6 more times. I think you should go get married, cannot stop now. Welcome to marital bliss or marital strife. One day you will regret being married but for the remaining 364 days you will love and cherish your wife. Good luck on a new journey in life...I know more priests in my good country, Nigeria that are questionalble, building mansions and fathering children; morally decadent.
On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:22 pm, Omoluwabi writes:
It is all going to come out soon. Those catholic fathers who took sports and showered with the boys after. It will all come out eventually. We live in a society where there are a lot of repressed stories about incest, rape et al. There is no doubt there are many stories of Church authority covering sexual abuse yet to come out. The Catholic Church continues to do a lot of good things in Nigeria and I prefer them to the new type churches but it also has a lot that it has covered up. It is better to get ahead of this story and open up a panel of enquiry than wait for the flood gates to open.
On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:32 pm, writes:
Peeps: this one was with a woman. However, there are countless homosexual acts that have taken place in Nigeria by white priests in secondary schools all over. The kids(boys) were being constantly raped by catholic priests and nothing has ever been done about it. It is also true that the Vatican knowingly sent these sick "priests" to Nigeria after discovering what they were all about. I know for a fact that it went on in all boarding schools with Irish and Italian priests.
On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:34 pm, Chinedu Eze writes:
This is just a tip of the Ice berg. A lot of things are happening in the household of God especially among the clergy. A lot of our Catholic Priests are actively engaged in sexual promiscuity. Most of the undergraduates have the so called Revd Fathers as sugar daddies. I don't blame them they are only human. The policy of celibacy should be scrapped as it is no longer in tandem with the reality of our time, moreover the bible did not in any way prohibit marriage by priests. It is high time people stop deceiving themselves about celibacy as more than 90% of those who profess it are sexually active.
On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:37 pm, writes:
Between Yerima and Archbishop. Where do we get from here? Marrying a child and chopping a child and clean mouth?
On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:39 pm, writes:
@Jwaka! Mistake? He started it in 1989 and returned in 1996 to continue from where he stopped, and you call that a mistake? So he did not find time to repent his 'mistake' in the six years in between. Dont defend the indefendable, please
On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:41 pm, Joe KD writes:
At least he went for a woman. Others go for (1) boys (2)underaged church members. So the sins are (1)unlawfu sex (2)peodeophilia And yet it is estimated that only 5 percent of sexual abuse cases get reported. Some randy and raunchy celebates, if you ask me!
On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:44 pm, writes:
Shame on all who are comparing the scandals in the church with that of being married and having an affair. In most cases in the church, the case is one of PAEDOPHELIA! How can this be equated to a married priest having an affair! Most of the complainants accuse the priests of child abuse not just fornication! In trying to protect propoerty, we have created paedophiles and produced scarred individuals. WIll society ever gte better? I tire...
On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:46 pm, Tile Tile writes:
I hope that at last all those innocent brothers and sister that have been abused while they suffered in silence because noone would belive them or those that bravely reported but where silenced or ignored can now speak out. A lot priets where sent to africa as punishment for such offences in the west in the knowledge that they will be able to operate with full impunity. They arrive in Africa and get treated like gods because our people are seriously brainwashed about the 'men of God' especially if he is white. Now we wait for the west to first raise this matter before we reluctantly discuss it. WHAT A SHAME on Jun 01 2010 I hope that at last all those innocent brothers and sister that have been abused while they suffered in silence because noone would belive them or those that bravely reported but where silenced or ignored can now speak out. A lot priets where sent to africa as punishment for such offences in the west in the knowledge that they will be able to operate with full impunity. They arrive in Africa and get treated like gods because our people are seriously brainwashed about the 'men of God' especially if he is white. Now we wait for the west to first raise this matter before we reluctantly discuss it. WHAT A SHAME
On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:51 pm, Ahmad writes:
Celibacy is humanly impracticable unless they will be castrated ...........however if it were a shirk or mallam guess what will happen by now............CNN, BBC, etc will all carry the story
On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:53 pm, daniel Uk writes:
I knew it was only a matter of time that the current wave of scandal will soon blow its wind into Nigeria. My prayer was that when victims begin to come out that their voice should be heard and that they should be believed knowing the situation of our country where religious men can do no wrong. I am sure there will be many more cases yet to be unfolded.
On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 11:59 pm, writes:
Imagine if the Lady is not living in a developed country like Canada;image if the priest concerned is not a white man........ Only GOD knows who serve HIM rightly.
On Thursday, November 04, 2010 at 12:01 am, okumagba writes:
this man let the city of warri down he should be spat on wat a disgrace.....
On Thursday, November 04, 2010 at 12:03 am, writes:
WHEN YOU GET ORDAINED AS A PRIEST, YOU CLEARLY KNOW THAT SEX is not for you, as long as you remain a priest. Leave priesthood, get married and STOP molesting children. ENOUGH.
On Thursday, November 04, 2010 at 12:07 am, Smilingprince writes:
This means that one can not even bust of a man that his clean and free from this sin of sex. Even Bishop too? Catholic here we come here we see the unseeable and ungbicuable. My people beware ooo
On Thursday, November 04, 2010 at 12:09 am, Lumina writes:
its no news, in the coming weeks and months, more revelation will come up. i think the vatican should review this celebacy thing and give access to their priest to get married because they all (in quote) partake in this act of sexual imorality. its time they face reality.
On Thursday, November 04, 2010 at 12:11 am, Boli Atepa writes:
Gee, this one slept with a girl. Not so bad. All he needed was a wife. Even the Pope needs a wife. I don't think that men should sleep alone, I don't think it's right. Shoobeedobee!!!!
On Friday, November 12, 2010 at 02:27 pm, Titiyo writes:
Dolores said that Archbishop Burke had an affair with her youngest sister witch is very wrong. The world must know that Dolores is trying to spoil her sister's name all over the world. Dolores is a liar. She does not have any evidence about her youngest sister case...
On Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 03:04 am, Rick writes:
Shameless pervert, the media is right calling you shameless mr pervert eugene lewis. May God punish you and the womb that gave bath to you. Please do anyone knows how I can contact Dolores ? If she knows anything about eugene lewis, she should please try and contant us. Heis a finished man and I need her help to finally bring this frick to final justice. Even from prison, he is writing and this is what the irish public neet to know. Someone job is at stake here. Curupt wardens.
On Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 03:28 am, Bola. Ede writes:
As long as this pervert balls are still rolling , Eugene lewis will still abuse more children.I hope} his inter. name Titiyo }die in jail.Love to know that he is jail. Ashawo, ole.Eugene lewis, everyone here is laughing at you . We predicted you will comment on this site from jail and we were all right , that is how well we know you. Dolores do not need any prove, we know the truth is out there for the world already. The world believed her story, even the vatican did. Mind your own life in prison. Dolores and Richard Burke case does not concerns you. Why dont you ask burkttee why he resigned. Your case is not over yet, this is just the tip of the iceburg.I heard that another case is waiting for you in the republic. Dolores issue will finally end your arrogant nature. Rick please, let us know how far, thanks.
On Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm, writes:
Even Bishop Burke did not have anything good to say about you Mr lewis, that is how bad your life and situation are.
On Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm, TK writes:
This man na wa o, he no get shame. Mr eugene lewis, abi no be prison you de? and you are still arrogant and proud.
On Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm, Ufoma, Warri writes:
I read about the shameless stories of these clegy from my handset everyday. What an interesting story. I salute you my brave lady, Ms Dolores, you should be the LADY OF THE YEAR IN NIGERIA AND IRELAND.
On Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm, Max, London writes:
Richard Burke is a shameless perverted paedophile who should be arrested and tried in a court of law for his sex crimes. The worst thing is that there are some people out there who still think that this pervert is innocent and a "man of God". Mr Burke, you are a disgrace to the Catholic Church. The evil person here is NOT the lady who was abused by this pervert but the twisted man himself who abused his position of power to rape and take advantage of young, impressionable girls. Richard Burke, I hope you rot in hell along with all the other demented lunatic priests out there.
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On Monday, November 29, 2010 at 03:05 am, Clara. writes:
Thanks Max, well said. It is very sad that a bishop could tell alot of lies to look and feel good. He lied to his family, friends and st patricks society and he is still maintaining that sin. What a heartless creasure, wolf in sheep clothing.
On Thursday, December 02, 2010 at 11:39 pm, Margret writes:
My dear Max , there are alot of people who believed Ms Atwood story and that include me. We Believe her story is very credible. Why will she come out and tell a story like that? She has nothing to gain, and more over, her story make alot of sense. If there is a lier in this unfortunate case, it is painful to say that Richard Burke is the lier here. My heart gos for Ms Atwood for all that she went through. The emotion torture and manupulations that she suffered in the hand of this demented lunatic bishop. She is very brave and courages. Two thumbs up for you Dolores.
On Saturday, December 04, 2010 at 11:04 pm, writes:
I am hoping and waiting to hear that eugene lewis died in jail ,so that I can spit on his rotting grave three times for all the children he had abused. May you rot in hell when you die, eugene lewis.
On Sunday, December 05, 2010 at 10:45 pm, Nosa, Benin. writes:
Richard Burke, I am glad your hopeless life have ended up in shame. May you suffer and rot in hell for the turture you put this poor lady and other children you abused throught. Bastard.
On Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 06:30 pm, Please Read This. It is very sad. writes:
Tony Walsh’s abuse of one boy from 1978 to 1983 was so extreme that he was sentenced this week to a total of 123 years. On Wednesday the High Court is expected to release an unpublished Murphy report chapter dealing with Walsh. It contains shocking material THE EXTENT OF Tony Walsh’s abuse of one young boy over the five years from 1978 to 1983, when the child, “David”, was aged between seven and 12, can be gleaned from the sentences imposed by Judge Frank O’Donnell in the Circuit Criminal Court last Monday: a total of 123 years. Five of the 13 counts, for buggery, attracted sentences of 10, 12, 14, 16 and 16 years each. The remaining counts, for indecent assault, brought sentences ranging from four to nine years. As Walsh is to serve his sentences concurrently, 16 years is the maximum time he will spend in jail. It is the most severe sentence ever imposed on a clerical child sex abuser in the State. (Four years were suspended, as a psychologist’s report said it was unlikely Walsh would offend again.) With good behaviour Walsh could be out of jail in 2019. Fr Brendan Smyth, probably Ireland’s most notorious clerical paedophile, was jailed for 12 years at the Circuit Criminal Court in July 1997. He died a month into his sentence. Another notorious abuser, the Donegal priest Fr Eugene Greene, was released in 2008 after serving nine years of a 12-year sentence. But there were elements to the Walsh case that make it stand out and that highlight the bravery and persistence of the now 38-year-old man who pursued it for 17 years, since he first went to the Garda, in 1993. Walsh spent eight years trying to stop his trial, exhausting the judicial-review process. He failed. He had failed also in another case in 1997. Then, after a round-the-houses judicial review, also under free legal aid, he pleaded guilty and served time. In David’s case Walsh did not plead guilty and forced a trial. The jury last month found him guilty, unanimously and after just 94 minutes, on the 13 counts. The speed of the conviction was down to David himself, who, as Justice O’Donnell said on Monday, had been “an absolute stalwart” in his evidence to the court. David’s victim-impact statement, prepared by the psychiatrist Prof Ivor Browne, includes the details of three shocking incidents. One took place in “a small tunnel” at the Phoenix Park, “towards the Furry Glen”, where there was “a small cream mattress”. David was raped there by Walsh. The boy “felt severe pain and cried a lot”. Afterwards Walsh wiped him with “a purple sash (stole) he had with him”. When Walsh picked up his jacket “a small receptacle for holding Holy Communion wafers fell out of his pocket”. He brought David back to the presbytery, “put on Elvis records . . . and gave him a glass of Coke”. He then showed David “a Bible with pictures of hell and said if he told anyone he would burn in hell and never go to heaven and then he let him go home”. Two of the original counts in the trial related to that incident, but Judge O’Donnell directed the jury to find Walsh not guilty of either, as David had given differing dates for it between his two statements to the Garda and what he insisted was the correct date in his evidence to the court. Another cruel incident, in which Walsh raped the boy, whose wrists were tied to his ankles, as he lay over a coffee table at the presbytery, led to one of the 16-year sentences. On that occasion David was “crying loudly” and “hysterical”. Walsh, who had turned up the music to drown out the boy’s cries, took “about an hour to calm me down. I then went home”. The third incident occurred on a holiday in the summer of 1982 in Inniscrone, Co Sligo. About 50 altar boys, including David, and many other children from the Ballyfermot parish choir were there. They were accompanied by Walsh and three other priests, including Fr Michael Cleary, then also serving in Ballyfermot parish and sharing a presbytery with Walsh. Walsh took David for a walk in the sand dunes, where he raped him. The sand caused David to bleed, so Walsh brought the crying child down to the sea, to wash the blood off. The saltwater stung the child’s wounds, as David told The Irish Times when recounting this episode some years ago. Again, he was “crying a lot”, and Walsh had to calm him down before he rejoined the others. These were not isolated incidents. As Prof Browne said in the victim-impact report, they were described in detail “because they were particularly heinous”. But, he continued, “it should be stressed that over the five years, between the ages of seven and 12, that this abuse continued, David was raped anally and buggered by the priest on average a couple of times a week.” When David told his uncle what Walsh had been doing to him, his uncle also raped him “on a couple of occasions”. It was partially thanks to Esther Rantzen that David’s abuse ended, he told The Irish Times. Coming up to his confirmation, he was at home watching TV with his mother. Rantzen was presenting an item about child sex abuse, and David began to cry. His mother asked what was wrong. He told her an edited version of what had been happening to him. She went to the presbytery, accompanied by David’s aunt. Phyllis Hamilton, later revealed as Fr Michael Cleary’s partner, answered the door. She denied Walsh was inside. The women insisted he must be in, as his car was there and they thought they had seen him at a window. Hamilton went inside, and Walsh came to the door. He denied everything. As Prof Browne puts it in the victim-impact report, “then knowing the game was up, Walsh stopped abusing David altogether and terminated their relationship”. Despite his awful experiences and equally awful history since the abuse ended, David, according to Prof Browne, remains “a highly intelligent and capable person”. Judge O’Donnell also recognised this in his comment last Monday and, again, in an observation he made about David’s intelligence and articulacy during one of many jury absences that Walsh’s counsel instigated. A priest who had been part of The All Priests Show with Walsh in the 1970s and 1980s told The Irish Times that revelations about his former colleague had come as “the biggest shock”. Walsh became part of the show in the late 1970s, when his Elvis Presley impersonation act was “very popular”, the priest said. “Instead of joining the rest of us backstage afterwards, he’d usually be with kids in the front row. Parents thought he was great. It’s shocking how ignorant we all were about the whole catastrophe.” High expectations: What is Chapter 19? There is a general expectation that the High Court will publish the 29-page chapter 19 of the Murphy report next Wednesday. Most of the report was published on November 26th last year. It detailed findings of the Murphy Commission following its investigation of the handling by Catholic Church and State authorities of clerical child sex abuse allegations in the Dublin archdiocese, made between 1975 and 2004 and involving a sample of 46 priests. Two chapters, 19 and 20, were withheld, as court proceedings were pending against two men who were the subject of each. That remains the case where chapter 20 is concerned. With the jailing of Tony Walsh last Monday, however, the way now seems clear for publication of chapter 19, and of 21 other references to Walsh in the Murphy report. “David” has spoken to the commission about his abuse by Walsh. It is also known from the report itself that it investigated the church tribunal in Dublin that found in 1992 that Walsh should be laicised on foot of allegations of child sex abuse. It states that “only two canonical trials took place over the 30-year period [investigated]. Both were at the instigation of [then] Archbishop Connell and the Commission gives him credit for initiating the two penal processes which led to the dismissal of Fr Bill Carney in 1990”. The report also says: “Archbishop Connell was one of the first bishops in the world to initiate canonical trials in the modern era. He did so in relation to . . . Fr Bill Carney in 1990.” The blank in the report indicates the missing name of Tony Walsh. Sitting on the tribunal that laicised Walsh in 1992 were three canon lawyers: the recently retired bishop of Killaloe, Willie Walsh; the current Bishop of Dromore, John McAreavey; and Fr Paddy Corcoran. Bishop Willie Walsh has said he understood at the time that the archdiocese had told the Garda about the tribunal findings. It had not. Neither did McAreavey, Corcoran or Bishop Éamonn Walsh, who was aware of the tribunal and its findings at the time. Tony Walsh appealed the tribunal decision to Rome, and the ensuing process took a further three years. In 1994, as that appeal progressed, Walsh sexually assaulted the 11-year-old grandson of a man whose funeral he attended dressed as a priest. The boy’s parents contacted the Garda. Walsh received a one-year jail sentence for the offence in 1995. By then Rome had commuted Walsh’s laicisation. He would remain a priest but spend a decade in a monastery. When Walsh was convicted in the courts Archbishop Desmond Connell flew to Rome and insisted that Walsh be laicised. He was.
On Monday, December 13, 2010 at 09:20 pm, writes:
what a mess and a shame. These men should be locked up for life and if they refuse to repent of their shameless sin , they should burn in hell for ever. My thoughts and prayers for all victims of sex abuse
On Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 01:56 am, writes:
Election rigging in Nigeria is a child's play compared to what happens in the catholic church at the election of popes and bishops.I weep for those GODFEARING citizens who have fallen prey to these hypocrites.In the name of GOD They 'extort' money,fear,respect and sexual consent, all under the church.
On Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 05:23 pm, writes:
Unacceptable management failures in Northern Ireland’s prisons mean they deliver an ineffective service despite having more staff than inmates, a damning report has found. An inspection of corporate governance and working practices in the region’s three facilities exposed a shocking litany of debilitating “deep-seated” problems that is preventing the development of a modern, efficient system. The devastating assessment by the Criminal Justice Inspection (CJINI) is the latest blow to the beleaguered Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) which has been reeling from a series of critical reports on prisoner care. The CJINI found that of 1,300 recommendations made in those previous reports, 600 remained outstanding. Past investigations into a number of deaths in custody exposed failings in the observation of vulnerable inmates, while in the last two months three prisoners have been wrongly released, including an accused rapist. The high security Maghaberry prison in Co Antrim has been ranked as one of the worst performing in the UK. All this is despite the fact there are almost 1,900 uniformed officers and 400 support staff for Northern Ireland’s 1,500 prison population. This 1.14 staff-to-prisoner ratio is far in excess of the 0.47 ratio in England and Wales. Officers in the region are also paid a third more than their counterparts across the Irish sea. Partly as a consequence, money spent keeping prisoners is also comparatively much higher, with the cost per prisoner place in the region approaching £78,000 a year in contrast to the £45,000 in England and Wales. With Northern Ireland’s jails only four fifths full, the actual cost per individual prisoner is almost £95,000. The NIPS’s annual operating budget is around £137 million, of which £90 million is spent on staff costs. Chief inspector with the CJINI Dr Michael Maguire, who produced the report, said major changes were needed within the service. He noted that prisons had been left out of the wide-reaching peace process reforms of the criminal justice system, which among other things led to the creation of a new police service. As a result, the system was effectively still operating as it had done during the Troubles, when the focus was more on security than on rehabilitation. “It has been unable to deliver better outcomes for prisoners in terms of time out of cell, access to work, education and other purposeful activity, or to address the need for more constructive engagement between prison officers and prisoners, which can be critical in helping to reduce re-offending and make communities safer,” he said. As well as Maghaberry, the NIPS operates the lower security prison at Magilligan in Co Derry and Hydebank Wood in south Belfast which accommodates young offenders and women prisoners. Current Prison Service director Robin Masefield is retiring at the end of the year, but a successor has yet to be selected. Noting the number of outstanding recommendations, Dr Maguire said he was not making any further specific strategic or operational ones. “The Prison Service has at it disposal 1,883 uniformed grade officers and almost 400 civilian grade staff members,” he said. “Yet, there are many occasions when local working practices create insufficient staffing levels to deliver an effective service, which has exposed management to reliance on the ‘goodwill’ of staff to make the prison work. “Accountability is related to performance management. Unfortunately, we found little history or culture of accountability within the Northern Ireland Prison Service. As the organisation seeks to transform itself into a modern, efficient prison service, strengthened corporate and individual accountability needs to become a reality.”
On Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 05:33 pm, writes:
I believe the above aticle, if a pervert like eugene lewis could have access to comment on this site from prison, it go's to show the seriousness of the situation and how bad it is. I hope that pervert rott in jail. eugene lewis, I hope and wish you trouble and hard life this Christmas and a life of continues shame and sadness through out this coming decade for all the kids you have destroyed, may you know no peace, Amen.
On Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 09:16 am, titiyo writes:
Happy New Year Dolores, You already have prosperity through the money you have collected from oyimbo. You should use this money usefully to pay hospital bill for your dad who is sick in Warri.
On Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 06:06 pm, Bola, Ede writes:
Fr eugene lewis,please leave Dolores alone,Please face me ,You know me well that I have nothing to loss. I cannot get married because people who saw me with you think bad of me. you are indeed a shameless man, how about your dick that you fixed so that you can have sex with seven years old or is it part of the request of being a priest to fixed your self so that you cannot pregnate a woman? The question is how do I know you fixed yourself? Because I know you very well. I thoght here in Nigeria, the officials are corupt, but I can now see that northern ireland is more corupt than Nigeria. Nigeria is indeed better off. How can a pervert write from prison or he is paying someone out there to do it for him? The investigation continues. For your information, your name is on the international list of perverts. Leave Dolores alone, she did not put you in prison, your crimes and sins put you there. Ole Ashawo, thief and male prostitute. May you did in jail. You use the fake name titiyo. You abuse titilayo and now you are using her name to commit crime. You know your life is over. You are not only a pervert, you also steal people identity and name to attack others. You also know that you have another case of rape in the republic of ireland for raping a teenager, so the rest of your hopeless and useless life on earth is from prison to prison, in Jesus name Amen.
On Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 06:22 pm, Bimpe. ede writes:
This note is for shameless poluted and so call sr clementina obenbe. Do you see your self as a christian? As for me I do not. I just want to let you know that you do not have the image and the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD does not dwell in you. Money , sex and power are your enemy and you love and enjoy these self indulgence. May God give you the grace to see yourself as you really are, Amen.
On Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 06:27 pm, Bola, Ede writes:
Fr. eugene Lewis, even your own father that brought you into this world did hates you.You are a cursed person even from the womb. Thanks Bimpe, you are right about that shameless clementina.
On Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 06:52 pm, Joy writes:
Bola and Bimpe, please leave this man call Father lewis. It seems like he enjoy dividing you all. We are all christian here and we should act as one. What I mean is that, this man call Father Lewis cannot be a good man. I have been reading all his comments, he cannot be a christian and you all are sinning against God because you are allowing a manupulator to deceive you all. He loves this game, he has nothing to loose. my advice is that you ignore him. for those giving him information about others, Christ do not like this, and it cannot be coming from his children either. Peace of Christ to you all.
On Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 06:54 pm, writes:
Where is RICHRD BURKE? Do anyone know wre he is? I hope he pays for his crimes too .
On Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 07:14 pm, writes:
Joy, this man is fighting for his own survival when he comes out of prison. he is pretenting as if he is helping out with richard burke and his fellow perverts. . He is indeed a manupulator. But the truth is that the priest community in ireland and here in Nigeria , know him well.Who do not know fr lewis? we all know him .Sex is like food and water for him, without sex , fr eunege lewis cannot survive. he like them young.
On Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 07:51 pm, writes:
They are one and the same feather.Shameless priests.
On Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 07:55 pm, MK writes:
He is fighting hard to drag others down with him, he knows it is over with him. He will not make it. They have deceived alot of people.
On Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 03:54 pm, writes:
low life they say, love company.
On Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 03:00 pm, writes:
Ole, Ole Ole ole , Ole ole. do you remember that song? I am sure you did. Shame to you father eugene lewis.
On Friday, January 21, 2011 at 02:05 am, Stella writes:
This site is all about richard burke"Dick", another shameless pervert who love to have sex with teenage girls. Richard Burke is also a sex addict, I hope St. patrick have enough offering money to pay for his sex addiction.
On Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 01:59 pm, Titiyo writes:
Dolores, Bible says : You will honnor your father (before he dies in the hospital) and you will not fight against anyone in your family...
On Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 06:04 pm, writes:
Father eugene lewis, i say the man who brought you to life hates you. You fork small, small girls as small as five years old. Shame on the womb that gave birth to you.
On Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 06:06 pm, Laurence writes:
My wife told me everything about his drinking.
On Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 06:13 pm, Stella. writes:
I love to see this man write. Father lewis is the same as Richard Burke, they are both pervert, both irish men who have distryed the lives of many nigerian youth with sex. dolores is the brave one who could put them in their place. Lewis have been destroying life as young as five. Bishop Richard burke as been having sex with teenage girls. Both are now were they were destine to be, prison
On Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 06:15 pm, writes:
they join the priesthood because of free sex
On Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 06:23 pm, Bola, Ede. writes:
How are we sure that father lewis did not furk his younger sisters when they were five years of age? Here in Nigeria, he furked two sisters and their mother. Richard Burke furked two teenage sister. What a people, and they come here to open their impure mouth to say Nigeria is finish. You are the once who is finish. Ole ashawo. Father lewis , I hope you enjoy your cheese and prison whiskhy in prison.
On Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 06:38 pm, Ufoma, Warri writes:
Unholy ...........: Catholic Archbishop of Benin , Richard Anthony Burke is a disgrace and should be spat on.
On Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 06:40 pm, writes:
St. Patrick Society should also be spat on and poop or shit on as well.
On Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 06:46 pm, writes:
61 year old Irish archbishop, Richard Anthony Burke who molested a Nigerian woman when she was 14 years old resigned from his post following protests from various quarters. He has now formally resigned, stating that he had broken his vow of celibacy. But here in Kerala even after 18 years, Father Kottoor and Father Puthrukayil who murdered a Sister Abhaya to hide their sexual escapades with Sister Sephi is being protected by the church.
On Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 06:47 pm, writes:
criminal church They're protected by the church because if convicted, they may reveal the sins of bigger fishes. So, these bigger fishes are protecting these 'fathers'.
On Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 06:48 pm, writes:
Dear all, Please go thro the link http://exchristian.net/testimonies/2010/02/being-missionary-showed-me-light.html
On Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 06:55 pm, writes:
nobody is forced to become a priest. those who feel they cannot keep up with the celibacy rule should not join. simple. for those who are weak, it is unrealistic.
On Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 01:08 am, writes:
We are waiting to see were the vativan will post richard Burke to. Eyes are watching, walls have ear.-+
On Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 01:36 am, writes:
Any religion which requires a "vow of celibacy" is automatically a homosexual and pedophilia bound religion. Religion should never go against nature's intent and expectations. What is ironic is that the very bible they constantly preach about is filled with characters categorized with holy status who had wives and many children (not to mention concubines). For the longest time I have maintained that Euro-Western Christianity is homosexual and pedophilia religion where a great amount of effort is exerted in keeping it a secret and not getting caught. Looking from the outside in since I am neither a Christian, Muslim or Khazar(Jews), Priests, Bishops, Popes and so on should all be allowed to have wives and families if they choose to. This will solve to many problems and anything less is bound to create problems.
On Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 02:23 am, O'Neil, Ireland writes:
“Paedophiles are born with that preference and nothing will make them divert from their path.” I’m more of a nurture man, myself!
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 02:52 am, Bruce Okonedo writes:
I think it is time for the catholic parishies to re-consider allowing Archbishops to start getting married so that this problem of minor molestations can be brought to a hault. I sincerely believe that if the Catholic organization don't do something to alleviate this problem the origination of bisexual and sexually abused females around the World will continue to multiply at an alarming rate. I hope that in the near future sexually abused persons by Archbishops will not become the new nuisance of the homeless population that society will need to start finding solutions for?
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 02:54 am, Aimua Idehen writes:
plus the developing countries, especially those of South East Asia & Sub-Saharan, will be most @ the receiving end. This is due to the painfull fact that even as many of the indegenes in those places suffer from inferiority complex towards the caucasian race, the average person there (even the adults) would not muster enough courage to report such dastardly acts, & the authorities would hardly do a thing about such child abuse. then again, what how does the average Nigerian (for instance treat their female house-helps (hose-girls/maids/servants or what u will)? about 8 months ago · Report
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 02:55 am, Rossella Renosto writes:
@ Bruce, marrying is not solving the mental disease of pedophilia. Don't forget priests have molested male and female children all over the world for years...Vatican knew about it and covered everything. Now that usa, England and Switzerland are acting against Vatican asking billions of Euros for the victims, all abuses are comeing out at the sunlight! The personal idea that I have is: pedophilous are very smart and they are well organized in Europe, they deliberate became priests to have free access to children, knowing that the Church would have covered them. What make me feel sick is: vatican condamn omosexuality and abortion but is ready to forgive pedophilia, why? if it's up to me the vatican should be burned up toghether with itsl clerical memembers....
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 02:57 am, Ekpenede Idu writes:
We have been telling those who would listen that all this foreign religions are not doing Africa No good.They are spreading Homosexuality with this religions.All kinds of immoral behaviours. There are more churches in Nigeria than any country I have visited and despite that abomination has become the order of the day.Africa needs to rediscover herself and reject foreign Ideologies. why is the vatican still sending white priest to Africa when there are Africans who are priest?Infact in Europe the Europeans do not attend churches no more except the Old folks.
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 02:58 am, Emwanta Idodeh Erhahon writes:
Emwanta Idodeh Erhahon OH MY GOD.......OH SHIT MEN, SHIT.
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 03:00 am, Osunyoyin Alake writes:
"Africa needs to rediscover herself and reject foreign Ideologies." Yes Enosakhare Idubor...you said it right there. We knew the Supreme Being long before the European or the Arab came to Africa and imposed their gods on us... I also agree that priest should be allowed to get married IF they want to. If a priest willingly chooses abstinence, then that is just that THEIR CHOICE. It should not be mandatory.
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 03:01 am, Flint Nosa writes:
In every religion, there is always the bad eggs, be it foreign or home. I have known, heard and seen african religious chief priest sleeping with wives of their loyals even taking their wives for themselves. Foreign idiology or religion is not the african problem for now, all we need do is just prove ourselves to the world that the black race can also make positive things happen. If it is good, the rest of the world will join us, respect and see less of the colour of our flesh.
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 03:03 am, Ekpenede Idu writes:
@Flint Nosa all we need do is just prove ourselves to the world that the black race can also make positive things happen. If it is good, the rest of the world will join us, respect and see less of the colour of our flesh.// we led the whole world for thousand of years,why do we have to prove ourselves to who?Most of the things you see today Africans laid the foundations.Please go read ourstory and not HIStory. I have known, heard and seen african religious chief priest sleeping with wives of their loyals even taking their wives for themselves.// I tell you what before colonialism that was severe punishment mented for any crime like what you just said.
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 03:06 am, Ekpenede Idu writes:
Ekpenede Idu To resign is not enough consequence. The Church and heaven may forgive him but he must face the consequence and the law of the land. Edo State Commissioner of Justice and Ministry of Justice, Delta State Commissioner of Justice and Ministry of Justice, The Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Attorney General and Ministry of Justice must commence investigation immediately and encourage all victims of Burke and Roman Catholic Church to come forward. It would be pure foolishness for Edo and Delta state to ignore this heinous crime and try not to convict this criminal. It would be a collosal moral failure and iresponsibility for the Nigeria govt to pay a deaf hear and not do anything to protect her citizens from these religious sexual prodators. I can tell you this, there may be hundreds of thousands of Nigerian victims of sexual molestation by Catholics priest and bishops and millions of victims across Africa. The explosion of deviant sexual behaviour is not by default, immoral sexual deviant have be let lose in the continent of Africa preying on our people while posing as representatives of God on earth. Shame on the Roman Catholic Church. The priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church is nothing more than a coven of sexual deviants. Sincerely, Omo.
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 03:07 am, Ebesunun Osahon Michael writes:
flint nosa, very impressed with your level of intelligence
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 03:08 am, Flint Nosa writes:
Thanks Osahon .
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 03:10 am, Flint Nosa writes:
Flint Nosa@Enosakhare Idubor all we need do is just prove ourselves to the world that the black race can also make positive things happen. If it is good, the rest of the world will join us, respect and see less of the colour of our flesh.// we led the whole world for thousand of years,why do we have to prove ourselves to who?Most of the things you see today Africans laid the foundations.Please go read ourstory and not HIStory.// We led the world for thousand of years and pehaphs since we were taking into slavery, we probaly forgot who we were. My brother, let us stop living in the past. This still remain the african problem today. When the white man confronts him with not inventing anything except the banana boat, he is quick to say civilization started from africa (egypt) My brother Enosa, history is the event of the past, we read it so that we can build a better future learning from the mistakes of the history we read, and not priding ourselves on the exploits of our forefathers. You belong to todays generation and I would love to see u move somthing new so that we can join the rest of the world and be celebrated as such.
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 03:13 am, Rachel Folu writes:
Unfortunately this story while unpleasant is not surprising; true accunts of paedophilia, rape, molestation etc by priests on young chlderen (particularly boys) have been in the news in Europe and the States for many years. It was only a matter of time before I heard of the same horror occuring on African soil. I too, imagine there to be hundreds of thousands of African victims that have not spoken up. I dont think it is a matter (just for) prayer and I could care less about praying for this Archbishop, the victims are my concerns. Africans are the most religious people the world over. I dont know of any other race that prays more than we do, goes to church/mosque (wherever) more than we do ... but where has it gotten us? ... on the bottom rungs of the ladder everywhere in the world. Foreign settlers are STILL living it up in Agfrican nations while many Africans live below the poverty line in Africa and the rest of the world. No, no praying is not the solution ... it hasnt been for centuries. It is plain that the Roman Catholic religion has been infiltrated by paedophiles and other forms of sexual deviants (much like the UN). I think Paedophiles should be shot and killed; there is something mentally wrong with an individual who is sexually attracted to a child and to my knowledge, there is no record of a paedophile being 'cured'. Picking up on the comments in this thread, the only way we can change the status quo on the positions of Africans in the world is to change ourselves today. While we need to have an understanding of our great contributions to civilisation both past and present (that have been deliberately hidden from everyone) we also need to move on from our past glories. Without this, our race WILL die out, we are the underclass all over the worls, even in our own backyard. This can only be African led, as it is not in any other races best interests for us to have economic, educational or political freedom. Individualy we must seek our own economic liberatiuon. Nigerians are an industrious and entreprenuerial people, if we use such skills to bring us wealth we can use this wealth to affect change. Economic independence means we can own our own tv channels that provide true acounts of our past, provide films and documentaries where the black person doesnt have a negative stereotypical role, celebrate and enamour our people to a different standard of beauty to the European etc. We can use our wealth to benefit us scientifically, technologically etc. Everyone who is concerned about Africa and Africans can make a difference.
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 03:16 am, Olatunji Mwamba writes:
We will forgive the enemies of our people a thousand times, but we never forgive even the slightest wrong committed by someone closest to us. This is what Christianity will do and has done our minds. His actions are the most despicable, the most unconscionable act that one can commit against our children and to even think about forgiving him is unfathomable. He is 'worthy of death' , as his own Bible says in Romans 1: 27&32 and were it up to me, he would receive it, according to that same Bible -Levitucus 20:13. The Organization known as War On The Horizon (WOH) has produced some powerfully informative power point DVDs entitled (1) "Christianity And Racism-white Supremacy" (2) "Where's Your Black God" (3) "Predators In Our Midst" by The Irritated Genie Of Soufeese and can be purchased at http://www.shop.waronthehorizon.com/ and the organization known as Positive Kemetic Visions (PKV) has produced one, as well entitled "Understanding & Identifying white Supremacy" by Kush The Black Unifier and can be purchased at http://www.pkvstore.com/ Both DVD's are extremely important and highly informative. Baba Olatunji
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 03:19 am, Ehis Ogieriaikhi writes:
resigning is nt the soln.I still believe this is God's way of riding the church of bad eggs.the church shld intensify it requriemt and ensure potential priests r actually called to celibacy accept admitting them in.
On Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 03:25 am, writes:
why not allow them to get married like every other human. that would help in curbing these shameful situations where u have some so-called priest molesting young alter boys and some so-called sisters engaging in the act of lesbianism. these re the stuffs that's bn going on all along even as we speak here right now. so why not change such laws, after all the Almighty never ask anyone who wants to serve him to become a celibate, rather he blessed man and asked man to go into the world and multiply all over the earth. so where did this conflicting doctrine of celibacy sprang from.
On Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 05:42 pm, wanua writes:
I don't think getting married will change anything, because there are still good preists. The ones who are sick and evil would still be doing evil acts even if they were married. Furthermore,I think, this young woman has some emtional problems.Why would she allowed herself to a victim until she was grown? I know it is not uncommon for the Nigerian priests and sisters to be engaged in double lifestyles. I know some of then even have fathered children and are still priest, but they are content with it. As far as I am concern, Nigerians are bunch of wackos. They is one on my university campus nowwalking around trying to scam everyone.
On Monday, February 14, 2011 at 04:23 pm, Grace writes:
Dear wanua, as a phychologist, i think you are wrong to conclude that this brave lady came out when she did. It is not as easy as you think. The abusers often manupulate and intimate their victims, thinking that no one will believe them, expecially if the abuser is in position of power. Again, there have been countless of victims who came out to speak when they were first abused, not even their own family believed them, they silent them so that shame will not come to their family. Many victims ,out of shame cannot come out to speak about what happen to them, plus the fact that you have to be emotionally ready and supports from friends and family, it is hard to come out. Now , for you to jump to conclusion on something you do not have experience on , from my experience as a phychologist, you are the one with an emotional problem. You are the type who had never had a child, who say to a pragnant woman who is in labour to stop shouting and that it is not that hard. Come back when you have been abused at age 14 and tell the world who abused you. Word of advice, "If you have never climbed a mountain, please dont try and tell those who have been able to reach the top of the mountain, how slow it took them to climb it". You can only make that conclusion after you have reach the top.
On Thursday, March 03, 2011 at 02:53 pm, ave13 writes:
These cases are not occurring only in Nigeria that The so called men of the cloth are misusing their powers and positions and living a double life style. I come from Bombay (India) and have encountered many priests here living intimately with women, having secret affairs, encouraging their lovers to have abortions and even sleeping around with nuns. Not to be against the church but i feel some change has to come about sooner.
On Thursday, March 03, 2011 at 06:40 pm, writes:
May God judge them, and may they go to their graves in shame, these men and women , may they enter their graves in shame for the pain they cause to the body of Christ Church , unless they confess and repent. Shame on you . They go after the weak and vonurables and the children. Shame on you and may you all rott in everlasting hell prepare for satan, their father, Amen.
On Thursday, March 03, 2011 at 06:45 pm, writes:
The only change that can come about is 1. if they die, 2. if Christ come again, 3.if they are paralized or repent. I wish them all.
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On Friday, April 01, 2011 at 07:12 pm, The man who knows the truth writes:
Dolores, When you talk about "my youngest sister" in your first message, are you talking about Abike Yaya, this lady who married oyinbo from France ? Did Burke sexually abused Abike Yaya? Are you trying to say that she opened legs for Archbishop Burke ? Have a nice day ?
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