The Vatican is preparing a response to Viganò's accusations

Pope Francis attends a meeting with new bishops from mission territories at the Vatican Sept. 8. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)Pope Francis attends a meeting with new bishops from mission territories at the Vatican Sept. 8. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

The Council of Cardinal Advisors issued a statement on Sept. 10 expressing their “full solidarity with Pope Francis in the face of what has happened in these last weeks”—namely the attack against him by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former nuncio to the United States. They added that they were aware that the Holy See is preparing “the eventual and necessary clarifications” in response to the grave allegations Archbishop Viganò made in August.

Archbishop Viganò had accused the pope of covering up the abuses committed by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and of lifting the sanctions he believes Pope Benedict XVI imposed on the former Washington cardinal. He also accused many Vatican officials during the previous two pontificates of the same cover-up. The archbishop stunned the Catholic world by calling for Francis’ resignation.

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The cardinal council members said in their statement that they were aware that “in the present discussion” the Holy See “is formulating the eventual and necessary clarifications” to these events. In this way, they confirmed the news that had circulated in the Italian media in recent days that the Vatican is preparing a response to what Archbishop Viganò stated in his letter, the contents of which has become a source of scandal and division in the church, particularly in the United States, and a direct attack on the pope and his moral authority.

The cardinal council members said that they were aware that the Holy See “is formulating the eventual and necessary clarifications” to the Viganò documents among other recent events.

In another part of the statement, the cardinals expressed “satisfaction” for “the good outcome” of the World Meeting of Families that was held in Dublin at the end of August. It had been organized by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.

They also revealed that at their meeting, which began on Sept. 10 and concludes on Sept. 13, they presented Pope Francis with “the proposal for the reform of the Roman Curia” that has been under development over the past five years.

Pope Francis established the Council of Cardinal Advisors, informally known as C9, soon after his election. He tasked it with advising him on the governance of the universal church and the reform of the Roman Curia.

The council has devoted much of its time over the past five years to drafting a reform project for the Roman Curia. That work is almost finished, but there are many other things to be addressed, particularly in relation to the universal church.

The September session of the council was the first since news broke in late June about an investigation finding credible sexual abuse allegations against then-Cardinal McCarrick, since the release in mid-August of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on how six dioceses handled abuse allegations and since the publication in late August of a document by Archbishop Viganò, former nuncio to the United States, alleging that Pope Francis knew of Cardinal McCarrick’s sexual misconduct yet allowed him to continue in active ministry.

The nine cardinal advisors appointed by the pope come from Europe, Asia, Latin America, the United States, Africa, Asia and Oceania, but there were only six present at today's meeting: Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state; Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Seán P. O’Malley of Boston; Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India; Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, Germany; and Giuseppe Bertello, president of the commission governing Vatican City State.

The three absentees were: 85-year-old Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, retired archbishop of Santiago, Chile, who is facing judicial questioning over his handling of abuse allegations; Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Congo, who turns 79 in early October and is in a country marked by political crisis and armed conflict; and the 77-year-old Australian Cardinal George Pell, who currently is facing two trials by jury in Australia on sex abuse charges.

In their statement today, the six cardinals asked Pope Francis to provide “a reflection on the work, the structure and the composition” of the Council of Cardinal Advisors, “taking into account the advanced age of some of the members.”

This last remark appears to confirm what has been rumored in Rome for some time, namely that Pope Francis intends to change the membership of the council and replace some of its members—including Cardinal Errázuriz Ossa, Cardinal Pell and Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya. Pope Francis is expected to make the changes before the end of this year.

Harvey Milk, MD
1 week 1 day ago

The Pope is wise and being led by the Holy Spirit as to this man-made, Satanic assault on the Church, coming from the United States. The US Church has been in chaos and restless for decades. The country with the most wealth has the most rot in the people. The Pope has much more important issues to govern than engaging Americans, people with ill-will who are so caught up in their own pathology and dysfunction, while gleefully throwing stones at others never mind pausing to strike their breasts to see their own sins. This is a man-made crisis largely in the USA.

The recent statement by Dr. Thomas Plante on priests abusing children can just as easily be applied to people with personality disorders, many of whom are found as internet trolls who meet diagnostic criteria for Axis II mental disorders, delighting in sadistic behaviors

"Clergy sex abuse not about gay priests, top psychologist says"
"Generalists do not have a specific sexual preference for youth, but instead “turn to children as a sort of substitute” due to psychological and emotional difficulties in bonding with peers, Plante observed. Such individuals - who often exhibit issues with substance abuse and impulse control - “can’t develop successful, negotiated, intimate relationships with adults,” said Plante, who recently served as vice chair of the USCCB’s National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth."

https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2018/09/10/clergy-sex-abuse-not-a…

Harvey Milk, MD
1 week 1 day ago

"Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists: Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response."
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/your-online-secrets/201409/inte…

"the associations between sadism and GAIT (Global Assessment of Internet Trolling) scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists." "Trolls truly enjoy making you feel bad. To quote the authors once more (because this is a truly quotable article): "Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others. Sadists just want to have fun ... and the Internet is their playground!"

"The next time you encounter a troll online, remember:
1. These trolls are some truly difficult people.
2. It is your suffering that brings them pleasure, so the best thing you can do is ignore them.
References
Buckels, Erin E., Paul D. Trapnell, and Delroy L. Paulhus. "Trolls just want to have fun." Personality and Individual Differences 67 (2014): 97-102."
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886914000324

John Orsulan
1 week 1 day ago

It looks like You are the Biggest Internet Troll of All...

T. Saenz
1 week ago

So let me get this straight. You commented, then replied to your own comment. Anyone who disagrees with you is a sadist, psychopath, or a person mired in some other depravity. Hhhmmm let me think about this as I casually stroke the human skull in my lap.

Tim O'Leary
1 week 1 day ago

"people with ill-will who are so caught up in their own pathology and dysfunction, while gleefully throwing stones at others never mind pausing to strike their breasts to see their own sins" - But George, do your hear yourself? Your whole comment is throwing stones at others you believe are greater sinners than yourself.

Eddy LeRoque
1 week 1 day ago

Tim Oleery. whose posts are rather dreary , whose tradition is that of Calvin, Luther and Knox, seems to think with a protestant box, He no longer is aligned with Rome, but like John Calvin calls Geneva his home. Latae sententiae for Oleery and his kind, stop your schismatic posts or your teeth you will eternally grind! Matthew 13:42

Tim O'Leary
1 week 1 day ago

Eddy Le Rogue- are you Catholic or Protestant or something else? I am a life-long Roman Catholic, a lover of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church he founded, united with the Pope in Rome, His vicar on earth. I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God. More specifically, I accept all the teachings in the Catechism and bind myself to the Holy Scriptures, the inspired word of God, as understood by the Catholic faith. Can you say the same? Can you bind yourself to something greater than you? Even for an afternoon?

Eddy LeRoque
1 week 1 day ago

yes Odreary, of you I am leery. you bind your self to scripture, sola scriptura. I. me I me. Holiness is proportioned to obedience. You are a schismatic. Henry Tudor considered himself a loyal catholic too. The sin of Pride pops out from your post. Can you consider someone greater than you? Don't tell me you love God whom you cannot see when you do not love your neighbor whom you can see. Luke 10:25-37 I will not boast of my perfections but of my weakness, Because Christ Grace is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12:9 I still think you are Ignatius Reilly

Tim O'Leary
1 week 1 day ago

Eddy LeRogue - Can't be the sin of pride at least. I have never marched in a Sin of Pride parade. My greatest weakness in relation to blogging is hoping against hope some reader will come back to the Church.

Eddy LeRoque
1 week 1 day ago

yes Odreary, of you I am leery. you bind your self to scripture, sola scriptura. I. me I me. Holiness is proportioned to obedience. You are a schismatic. Henry Tudor considered himself a loyal catholic too. The sin of Pride pops out from your post. Can you consider someone greater than you? Don't tell me you love God whom you cannot see when you do not love your neighbor whom you can see. Luke 10:25-37 I will not boast of my perfections but of my weakness, Because Christ Grace is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12:9 I still think you are Ignatius Reilly

Jorge Luis Luaces Rabaza
1 week ago

Welcome to the insane asylum, Eddy. Make sure to wash in the shower with Betadine after visitng these forums because the toxins Tim “physician in his own mind” ODreary flings are Shigella-like. Ask him to define that for you. ha

RANDELL BUSBY
1 week 1 day ago

Please be reminded that that this is not only a U.S. problem--it really isn't ALL about us. Per capita, the situation is far worse in Ireland, Argentina, etc. Additionally, I'm not sure how a homilette on sociological minutiae is relevant to this article.

Will Niermeyer
1 week 1 day ago

You should read about the Church in Ireland.........

arthur mccaffrey
1 week ago

hey GC, next time they let you out for exercise, ponder what you have just said about "the country with the most rot in the people" and worry that one of those rotten folks might just take just vengeance by forcing you into McCarrick's bed (if there's room!)

James Haraldson
5 days 19 hours ago

Nope. The Holy Spirit is not a moral relativist, and the Holy Spirit is not a process theologian who believes in an imperfect God, as Francis does, Who is learning how to be a "good God" over time and needs the help of smart theologians to help Him understand the modern world.

Karl Miller
1 week 1 day ago

Let us all pray the response is measured, reasoned, and offers factual responses, as well as a path forward. The silence from the top levels on the this matter have been discouraging, as well as harmful to the Church.

Trent Shannon
1 week 1 day ago

Its coming, and there should be enough ground in Vigano's gay bashing "testimony" for us to know about what he and his ilk care about - and its neither abuse survivors, the church moving forward, or more importantly, curia and broader church reform.

Vigano and his ilk are clericalists, want to bring back the good old days of dishing out fire and brimstone on homosexuals.

Vigano was stepping on toes, and he got cut. Enter the sour grapes of wrath

Tim O'Leary
1 week ago

Karl - I hope so too. Nature abhors a vacuum, and silence in the face of the detailed and specific charges from Vigano is like a vacuum. I see even Steve Bannon, while correctly rejecting the idea of Pope Francis being forced to resign, has told Reuters "he was working on setting up an independent, non-partisan tribunal to investigate decades of scandals within the U.S. Church, warning that dioceses across the country faced financial ruin because of the wrongdoing."

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-bannon-interview/pope-should-no…

RANDELL BUSBY
1 week 1 day ago

Tragic as this is, it is nonetheless just the tip of the iceberg. Here in my own diocese (Louisville), we recently had a priest administrator who engaged in a sexual relationship with a younger adult and then at some point broke the illicit affair off.

When the priest notified the Archbishop, the diocese spent months developing a damage control strategy and then had the Vicar of Priests announce the situation to the parish (without the offending priest even bothering to be present). Two weeks before the scandal was announced publicly, and with the Archbishop’s full knowledge and consent, the priest announced that the Archbishop had officially appointed him Pastor of the parish. After the public announcement of the scandal, the priest took (what amounted to) a two-week vacation and was then right back in the parish as if nothing had happened.

The most shameful part of this travesty is that at no point was there a single note of concern for the jilted lover. Not from the offending priest, not from the parish staff or parish leadership, and absolutely nothing from the Archdiocese. They simply closed ranks and all sang from the “poor Father so-and-so” hymnal. Until there are real consequences for the clergy and hierarchs who wantonly and repeatedly violate sacramental promises and every standard of pastoral and/or professional conduct, the McCarrick scandal will just keep repeating itself.

John Orsulan
1 week 1 day ago

Hello Randell...I'm here in a small Town in Southern Missouri, I so sorry to have heard of what happened at Your Parish...Have You read Archbishop Vigano's Letter?...You must Read it to get some idea what the Gay Lobby in the Church Has done (And is doing) to the Body of Christ. Here are some comments and Recommendations of Bishop Athanasius Schneider >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>From the document of Archbishop Viganò one can draw the following conclusions:
That the Holy See and the Pope himself will start to cleanse uncompromisingly the Roman Curia and the episcopate from homosexual cliques and networks.
That the Pope will proclaim unambiguously the Divine doctrine about the grievously sinful character of homosexual acts.
That there will be issued peremptory and detailed norms, which will prevent the ordination of men with a homosexual tendency.
That the Pope restores the purity and unambiguity of the entire Catholic doctrine in teaching and preaching.
That there will be restored in the Church through papal and episcopal teaching and through practical norms the ever valid Christian ascesis: the exercises of fasting, of corporal penitence, of abnegations.
That there will be restored in the Church the spirit and the praxis of reparation and expiation for sins committed.
That there will start in the Church a securely guaranteed selection process of candidates to the episcopacy, who are demonstrably true men of God; and that it would be better to leave the dioceses several years without a bishop rather than to appoint a candidate who is not a true man of God in prayer, in doctrine and in moral life.
That there will start in the Church a movement especially among cardinals, bishops and priests to renounce any compromise and any flirt with the world.

Trent Shannon
1 week 1 day ago

I am a child sexual and emotional abuse survivor. Moreover, I'm bisexual. I know more about abuse and sexuality than you do - and the two are not connected in any way, shape of form (power, control, and supply, mate)

Youre a homophobe, and like Vigano and his ilk youre blaming gays for the clericalist, pastoral superiority that makes this crisis what it is. Only youve been led astray from survivors and the real reason for Vigano's sour grapes of wrath - curia and wider church reform

This is the actual story. Vigano and his ilk are against reforms, because they see their chance at power and the silverware slipping further from their fingertips - hence the noise

I cannot stress enough, and you'll probably ignore me and call me a part of the supposed "gay mafia" that the scandal revolves around PAST abuses (between the 40s and 90s), not gay priests and survivors lost from God's love and church life in todays church - who youre hurriedly stepping on in your rush to cast stones, without once seeing your division and separation from God

"Get away from me, Satan" [Jesus] said. "Your thoughts don't come from God but from human nature!"
- Mk 8.33

Jack Feehily
1 week 1 day ago

I have a pile of stones here, if you need to throw one. We are a church of sinners called to turn away from our sins with humble and contrite hearts. Who wants past sins to be dredged up?

Trent Shannon
1 week 1 day ago

The church sins need to be revealed, by the church itself rather than waiting for AGs to come calling

not for us to cast stones, but to stand with survivors, to bring the church forward, cleansed, reformed, whatever is necessary to proceed rather than flounder

Dont dredge through those sins, and nothing changes. We need changes, and need to see them happening. Yes they are happening and have happened, but we cant wait to go through the church door to discover it

Its time for the shepards to come find their flock

Tim O'Leary
1 week 1 day ago

This is hopeful. Delighted to see the Vigano letter will be addressed, rather than ignored as so many secular partisans hoped for. The statement regarding the composition of the Council “taking into account the advanced age of some of the members.” makes me think there will be several resignations. Given Maradiaga's problem in Honduras, O'Malley's office returning a letter on McCarrick, Pell's fight in Australia, Parolin's problems re the Vatican, and Marx on everything bad in Germany, this should be a good thing.

Jim Spangler
1 week 1 day ago

Sounds like the Choir Boys are singing in harmony to back up the Soloist. Until they officially appoint a committee of equals to investigate the whole Church, nobody in their right mind is going to believe anything coming out of the Vatican. I have lost all confidence in Pope Francis and the whole network. Each day more and more cases of deviant behavior cries out from Diocese after Diocese. We have a lifelong priest in the Diocese of Boise who is sitting in jail waiting for his trial to come up in October. He was busted by the internet on uploading Child phornagaphy and chat rooms for stating what he wanted to do with children. To kill and molest! When they raided his house in Boise which was a home where he had retired to which belonged to the Diocese of Boise. They found thousands of photos, and three different drugs that he was involved with. He is blaming everybody else, but himself who is the sicko! May God have mercy on his soul!

Trent Shannon
1 week 1 day ago

Dont forgey, the laity and the church buildings are the church, not the hierarchy

But yes its a horrible time, and many are questioning faith and the vatican - and so we should, especially as the way forward and to redress the past is slow to trickle through rather than presented for us.

Wait until you see the curia and church reforms due this year... this is the reason Vigano and co are making lots of noise, theyre resistant to changes, then make your judgement.

Meanwhile make your parish and diocese know youre not happy and will withold yourself from the collection plate, reconciliation, protest silently in mass (a sign on your shirt with a hashtag like #transparencynow), prayerful protest outside your church.

Many things you can do to make your feelings known

Henry Brown
1 week 1 day ago

I admit that I am behind the times.

But why is a new Bishop taking photographs of the Pope ?

I will ask again:

How is it that McCarrick, when known to have coerced Seminarians,
to have his many "nephews" how is that he ever became a Bishop and
a Cardinal, We have proof that the Vatican knew in 2000 what McCarrick was up to ?

I can accept that the Pope does not have the time to read every letter and report that is
sent officially and un-officially to the Vatican, but nothing will change unless the bureaucrats
make sure the Pope knows about these cases.

When I read that two of the Cardinals on the "C-9" commission are themselves
unders suspicion of inappropriate behaviour and/or cover-up - I don't know what to say.

So I will say this:

Every Bishop needs to resign, every Cardinal needs to resign, Pope Francis needs to resign,
Pople Benedict needs to resign, if it can be shown conclusively that John Paul II knew about
Bishops and others who did these things, then strike him from the Sainthood. Every Rector that approved a Seminarian for the Priesthood who offended the least in the Kingdom of
Heaven needs to resign. Fr. Martin, S.J. and any other priest who says they knew of rumours or facts about McCarrick needs to step aside.

No one has a right to be Pope, Cardinal, Bishop, Rector or work for America - No one,
least of all those who knew and did nothing.

Yes, we are all sinners and all subject to temptation and God help us when we fall,
but this is organised cover-up and the paying of "Hush-Money" goes beyond any
simple falling to temptation, it was well organised and well planned and used money
that the Poor should have received to deceive the laity and protect those who should have been laicised.

It has to stop.

If the whole governance of the Church has to be replaced, let it be done as soon as possible.

Will Niermeyer
1 week 1 day ago

So the Cardinals in the Popes camp will stand by their man! I wonder if any of them know what is going on with this sex ring. I would suggest they all work together to end this scourge and forget about defending their leader from attack even if totally or partially true. Do not attempt to deflect what is going on since this will not go away. Dozens of other diocese in the USA will be investigated then hold your royal hats when the news hits the fan.

Jim Spangler
1 week 1 day ago

The 72-year-old inmate's body looks frail, but his mind and voice are sharp and clear.

His demeanor reads more stunned victim than shamed perpetrator.

His tone is burdened, not broken.

The Rev. W. Thomas "Tom" Faucher, best known as Father Faucher, is clad in a maroon jail jumpsuit and sitting in a wheelchair at the Ada County Jail. He uses a wall phone to communicate with a reporter on the other side of the glass partition.

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"I get probably six or seven letters or cards every day almost from supporters," he says of his life behind bars the previous 10 weeks. "And I have the newsletter. Now, did you get your copies of the newsletter? There's now 15 editions of it."

The retired Roman Catholic priest is in the fight of his life. Faucher talked exclusively to the Statesman several times, including during a May 7 jail visit, though on his attorney's advice he declined to discuss the charges that landed him behind bars.

His legacy as a good shepherd for nearly a half century has been marred by allegations that he collected and traded images of children being sexually abused, and that he talked in chat rooms about wanting to rape and kill children. Investigators said they found the illicit drugs LSD, ecstasy/MDMA and marijuana during a Feb. 2 search of his church-owned home in Northwest Boise.

Prosecutors say he had more than 2,000 child porn images and videos on his computer and cellphone. Most of the 24 charges against him are felonies, carrying a maximum penalty of 275 years in prison.

Faucher is a native Boisean with deep and wide roots across Idaho; the allegations against him hit the Catholic community hard. It prompted some of those who were abused by Catholic clergy to contact the Statesman, including one alleged victim of Faucher himself.

Others have offered Faucher support.

"It is fair to say that hundreds of people are supporting Father Faucher because they have been touched and helped by him, his message, his homilies, his good works," wrote Mike Ellsworth, a longtime friend. "These are people of every background, nationality, religion and profession."

After an investigation into past abuses within the Diocese of Boise, the Statesman found that during a four-decade period in Idaho at least two bishops, eight priests — including Faucher — and five other church members became aware that the Rev. James McSorley was sexually abusing children.

None of them called police.

Since Faucher was arrested in February, two men have told authorities that he molested them as children decades ago. Diocese of Boise officials said they never received any allegations of abuse by Faucher before he was arrested. No charges have been brought in those cases, and it's unlikely they will because state lawmakers' removal of the statute of limitations for most child sex crimes in 2006 wasn't retroactive.

A man who is now 41 and was a sixth-grader at Sacred Heart School in the mid-1980s told the Statesman that he didn't tell anyone about Faucher's abuse at the time because he was afraid of getting into trouble.

"I was hoping someone would piece it together without me possibly getting into trouble," he said. "I didn't tell anybody because I didn't think I should have to."

Jail life, writings
Faucher, an avid reader and writer, is sharing his experiences at the Ada County Jail with supporters through what he calls a "newsletter" — actually hand-written letters that are then distributed via email by Ellsworth.

Faucher has been held in a medical unit at the jail since mid-March, when a judge remanded him to custody after raising his bond to $1 million. In interviews with the Statesman from the jail, Faucher said he was diagnosed in 2004 with hemochromatosis, a genetic illness that has weakened his body and robbed him of his mobility.

"My body doesn't expel iron," he said. "If it builds up within your organs, you die. If it builds up within your bones, you become crippled."

He was initially able to use a cane to get around but now needs a walker. In custody, he uses a wheelchair. He's living in a 14-person cell, and he interacts regularly with cellmates. He shares observations about them, their cases and life in the jail in his newsletter.

Faucher court
The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, 72, chose to waive his preliminary hearing Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise. A judge increased bail to the amount of $1 million after prosecutors brought forth new evidence and additional charges. After being handcuffed, Father Faucher was taken from the courtroom in his wheelchair to be placed back in prison.
Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com
"I have been asked to write more about the food here. When I told someone that, they said, 'How can you write more than one word. All the food is c--p,' [sic],' " Faucher wrote on April 15. "It is consistently the worst food I have ever seen or eaten."

He notes that guards are inconsistent in what time they allow TV viewing, that it is sometimes so quiet that you can hear whoever is talking on the phone and that he sometimes gets bored.

"I am out of things to read, out of things to write, out of a need for rest, and I really have no desire to watch 'The Hobbit' one more time," he wrote in one eight-page missive.

He is sharing his faith with fellow inmates. He says a half dozen have joined him in worship and prayer.

"I have the breviary, the priest's breviary. I say that," Faucher said of the book containing the Catholic Church's daily liturgical texts. "Other people have asked me, they've joined me for that. On Sundays, I have mass ... It's technically a 'dry mass' because there isn't the wine."

He was optimistic that he would be released from jail on April 13, when a district judge heard his attorney's argument for reduction in bond. But he wasn't released — and described it as one of the worst days of his life.

"How am I going to deal with the reality that I will be here for at least three more months and then probably here or in prison for the rest of my life," he wrote April 14. "How am I going to deal with all of that spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and in any other ways."

"This is my time to make some major decisions about who I want to be and how I want to live in the future. There was a day not too long ago when I would have dealt with all of this with anger, hatred and a desire for revenge. I cannot, will not, let myself go down that path."

He wrote that he decided to forgive and pray for the prosecutor, the judge and the bishop, who "worked together to keep me in prison."

'He'd have me sit on his lap'
The two men who have come forward to authorities to accuse Faucher of sexual abuse have remained anonymous.

"I have read the anonymous stories (obtained from officials), and they're nonsense," Faucher said. In two interviews, he denied ever sexually abusing anyone.

A Boise mother told the Statesman that her adult son was one of the two men who contacted prosecutors. The former Sacred Heart student initially declined an interview but changed his mind after reading defense attorney Mark Manweiler's comments in court that the decades-later allegations were not credible, and that the men were simply seeking money from the church.

The alleged victim told the Statesman that Faucher repeatedly sexually abused him. The Statesman does not typically name victims of sexual abuse.

Faucher worked at Sacred Heart twice, first as an associate pastor from 1972 to 1975 and later as pastor from 1979 to 1989. The alleged abuse occurred from 1987 to 1989, when the student was in sixth and seventh grades.

His mother said the family was new to town, having moved here in 1986. Her then-10-year-old son — one of four kids — was small for his age and very shy. It took some time for him to make close friends.

The alleged victim told the Statesman that he got called out of class to help Faucher with chores, such as cleaning and dusting the church.

"Usually there was two of us. Sometimes there was just one of us," he recalled in a phone interview from Portland.

After the chore was finished, he said, Faucher would pull him aside to "pray and reflect" in a back room of the church.

"He'd have me sit on his lap. He'd (masturbate), using me instead of his hand ... He rocked back and forth," he said. He described being fondled through his clothes, and also said Faucher put his hand down the back of his pants.

"I felt very uncomfortable. I didn't know what was going on," he said.

He said the abuse occurred even when two or three boys were called out of class because the boys were separated, out of view of each other.

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How we did this story
The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher was a longtime leader among Idaho clergy. So it shocked many when the retired priest was arrested in February on child porn and drug charges.
The Statesman dug into Faucher's background to find out more about the man and his career, and to determine if there were any unreported allegations of wrongdoing while he was an active priest.
We filed nine public record requests with law enforcement agencies in places where Faucher lived or visited often. We found no evidence that he was ever arrested or investigated before February of this year.
We sought Catholic church directories from the Diocese of Boise, but were denied due to privacy concerns. We reviewed Statesman and library newspaper archives going back to the 1970s for all articles that referenced Faucher, as well as columns written by him.
We looked at social media accounts and video, then conducted dozens of background and on-the-record interviews with those who knew Faucher as a parishioner, neighbor, friend, colleague and/or professional acquaintance in Idaho or Oregon.
We had numerous conversations with the mother of a man who alleges he was sexually abused by Faucher, reviewed school documents, contacted a former school official, interviewed the alleged victim, and contacted his sister and friend.
We interviewed Faucher twice, once by phone and a second time during a visit to the jail.
The entire investigation took three months.
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Coming forward
He suspected other classmates were being abused too. When the time came for him to be confirmed in the church — an affirmation of Christian faith — he told his parents he wasn't sure he wanted to do that, though he did go through with it. His mother said she thought he was just being a rebellious teenager.

It was years before he disclosed the alleged abuse to friends, and even longer before he revealed it to family. The Statesman contacted one of the friends he said he told about the abuse, and the friend — a Santa Cruz, California, man — confirmed it.

"I do remember (him) sharing this story of abuse and betrayal. ... I really don't remember the details," the friend said.

The alleged victim's sister said he first told her in 2010, but quickly retreated and declined to talk about it.

"When I pressed the issue the next day, after calling my mom, he did just brush it off as nothing," she said.

He regretted having "blurted it out one night" in a conversation with his sister, as he hoped to protect his loved ones, he said. When they asked him about it again recently, following the charges against Faucher, he admitted the abuse happened.

"I'm in pain knowing that my mother and sister are going through that pain," he said.

"I lost faith and respect for the church," he said. He's in counseling now, hoping "to find some sort of peace."

His mother provided the Statesman with his sixth- and seventh-grade report cards and photos from Sacred Heart. His grades in several subjects dropped from the third to fourth quarter in sixth grade (for example, his reading grade fell from a B- to a D). His teacher was Karen Harr, now a principal at Crossroads Middle School in Meridian.

The Statesman reached out to Harr to find out whether she recalled students being called out of class to do chores with Faucher.

"I have no recollection of that at all. The only thing I can recall is that (students) were called to the office," said Harr, noting that 30 years have dulled her memories of the goings-on and people at Sacred Heart. "I've heard all this on the news (about Faucher) but it's not popping with me."

'This was a setup'
Those who know Faucher expressed their shock and disbelief about the charges in many ways, including sadness over the loss of his reputation as a good and kind minister who helped many people.

"People are going to remember the terrible things he did now, and not the great things," said Henry Krewer, an active octogenarian who taught at Bishop Kelly High School for 20 years and, in 2003, co-founded the homeless day shelter Corpus Christi House.

Krewer got to know Faucher as a parishioner at St. Mary's Catholic Church. That was Faucher's childhood church — and the one at which he was pastor before he retired.

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The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher.
"He was a terrific priest, as far as I was concerned. He was a wonderful homilist," said Krewer, impressed by the priest's well-crafted sermons. "As I said to my wife, 'When I die, I'd love to have Tom Faucher do my eulogy.' "

Several others interviewed for this article lamented that Faucher would probably not be able to preside at their funerals.

"I always told him: 'Don't you die before I do,' " recalled Dorothy Gratton, a Sacred Heart Emmett parishioner and mother of five, including David Gratton, now chief judge of the Idaho Court of Appeals.

Some of Faucher's supporters simply don't believe it happened at all.

"This type of (computer) 'hacking' could happen to any of us at any time, but in this case, it has been sensationalized to tarnish the image of all involved, except the real perpetrator ... He would never purposely download these images. This was a setup," Ellsworth wrote to the Statesman.

A jury will decide Faucher's fate in October — unless Faucher takes a plea deal. On Friday, Manweiler told a judge that he was optimistic that an agreement could be reached.

In the meantime, former parishioners are left to wonder: Who is Father Faucher? Did he lose a battle with inner demons amid failing health and the isolation of retirement? Was he living a double life while an active priest?

"The astonishing discoveries made by the police naturally cast a shadow of suspicion backward," Bishop Liam Cary of the Diocese of Baker, Oregon, said in a release after Faucher's arrest. "In an instant, the trust and respect of many years is shattered, and we find ourselves plunged into sorrow and confusion and pain which only God's grace and the passage of time can cure."

But Faucher sounds optimistic that his legacy won't be under a cloud forever.

"When I get out, I'll have at least one or two more chapters after that," he said. "I think in the long run my legacy and reputation will be restored, simply because what I'm being accused of is not me."

He communicates regularly with his two older brothers — Jim in Coeur d'Alene and Dennis, a retired attorney, in Philadelphia — though not in person. The jail allows only attorney and clergy to visit inmates. In an email, Dennis Faucher confirmed that they are supporting him and declined further comment.

What sparked the investigation?
A Diocese of Boise spokesman said there were no allegations of illegal activity of any kind raised against Faucher prior to his arrest in February. The Statesman filed nine public record requests with law enforcement agencies in places where Faucher lived or visited frequently and found no evidence that he was ever arrested or investigated.

It was a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that led the Idaho Attorney General's Office to investigate Faucher. It's unclear how long officials monitored Faucher's activities online before showing up at his door in February.

Manweiler said in court that at least one of the online chatroom conversations was "role playing," with Faucher talking to another author in Brazil.

"They discussed all kinds of fantastic scenarios, like two murder novelists talking — only the issue is child abuse," Manweiler said at a court hearing in April.

Faucher is alleged to have shared three images depicting sexual exploitation of children — the first on or about Nov. 1, 2017 and the second two on or about Jan. 17, 2018, and Feb. 2, 2018, the day he was arrested, according to the amended criminal complaint filed by the Ada County Prosecutor's Office. Those account for three of the 24 charges against Faucher.

Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Kassandra Slaven said in court that Faucher has a “very sophisticated knowledge” of exchanging and viewing child pornography.

Out of more than 2,000 images and videos found on Faucher's devices, prosecutors selected 21 to charge him. The complaint describes them in sickening detail:

In one video, a 4- to 6-year-old child "yells out in pain and starts crying" as he's being raped by a "post-pubescent male," the criminal complaint says.

In another video, two boys who are 10 to 15 years old and wearing hockey masks sexually abuse and pour hot wax on a 10- to 15-year-old girl, who is shackled at the ankles and later subdued with leather handcuffs.

There was also video that depicted bestiality.

Independent, dedicated priest
In a video celebrating Faucher's 40 years in the priesthood, the narrator briefly describes an idyllic Boise childhood, including trips he took to his grandparents' farm in Washington and Disneyland in California two weeks after it opened.

He was the youngest of three sons of Florence and Bernard Faucher, who owned Royal Tire & Battery.

At 13, he left home to go to Mountain Angel Seminary in Oregon. He studied there through his second year of college, then finished his degree at Saint Thomas The Apostle Seminary in Seattle. After completing graduate school at Catholic University, he was ordained in 1971.

He spent most of his priesthood at Idaho churches. But he also pastored a church in Sisters, Oregon, for six years and did shorter stints at churches in Wales and Scotland. He was a student and instructor at a sabbatical center in England.

He is described by those who know him as intelligent, and sometimes arrogant.

"If he meets you, he will be very gracious," said Jim Sowell, brother of Statesman reporter John Sowell, both of whom were altar boys for Faucher at Sacred Heart Emmett. "If you challenge him on a point of theology, he will rip you a new one."

Faucher has six academic degrees in philosophy, theology and canon law. He's an expert in liturgy, or Catholic worship, and has served on several national church committees.

The Diocese of Baker needed a canon lawyer in the late 1990s. They sponsored Faucher's schooling at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in exchange for him working in Oregon from 1996 to 2002.

"I released him to do that work for Bishop Connelly," said former Diocese of Boise Bishop Tod Brown in a phone interview from Orange County, California. "(Canon lawyers) do a lot of church annulments, advising the bishops, dealing with aspects of canon law. It's a multitask job."

Brown described Faucher as a gifted person and dedicated priest.

"He was very independent, and we weren't always in agreement," Brown said. "We weren't always on the same wavelength."

Faucher was a prolific writer, publishing six books. They included "Describing Color to the Blind: A Novel to Stir the Soul," which had a main character who was repeatedly sexually abused. He also wrote columns on faith, politics and a variety of timely topics for the Statesman, Bend Bulletin, Idaho Catholic Register and the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops news service.

He was a progressive priest who spoke out against the death penalty, advocated for immigrants and highlighted the contributions of women in the church.

He drew fire for a 2006 column in the Statesman that criticized Idaho lawmakers' efforts to block same-sex unions through a constitutional amendment to define marriage, calling it an "anti-gay movement."

"The gay lifestyle is criticized for its lack of structure, its promiscuity, its disregard for convention. But society has worked very hard to deny homosexual people opportunity to have structure," Faucher wrote.

In 2010, in response to the church sex abuse scandal, he wrote in a column that many American bishops "should have been retired" a decade earlier for "terrible errors in administrative judgment." He also called for Pope Benedict to step down.

"He is much too old to lead the church through this mess," Faucher wrote.

Two days later, then-Boise Bishop Michael Driscoll published a response in the Statesman.

"Father Faucher is free to express his own personal opinions, but they certainly do not reflect my opinion as bishop of Boise," Driscoll wrote.

Driscoll died of natural causes in October 2017, at the age of 78. In Faucher's jail newsletter, he blamed the late bishop for being in jail.

"It was Bishop Driscoll's evil actions that helped get me here in jail and my hatred of him and anger," Faucher wrote. "I cannot go down that path again with Bishop Christensen and Monsignor Joe da Silva."

Asked to elaborate on that, Faucher said, "I feel he chose to treat me unfairly, all during his time as bishop." He declined to say anything further.

Support for a struggling teen
Between his two stints at Sacred Heart Church in Boise, Faucher served as priest at Sacred Heart Emmett.

"He was never inappropriate at all," said David Foruria, who was an altar boy in the mid-1970s.

He remembers Faucher as kind and caring, showing extra concern for the well-being of a disabled child in the community. When Foruria was in a car crash at 19, the priest came with Foruria's parents to the hospital ICU and accompanied him to his best friend's funeral.

"This has blown me away," he said of Faucher's sudden fall from grace. "I just can't believe it."

Jim Sowell was also an altar boy at that time.

"Father Faucher had a very serious view of the liturgy and mass. He was always way more detail-oriented and expected way more perfection than previous priests had," Sowell recalled.

Altar boys help priests during worship in many ways, carrying the Bible, candles, cross, water and wine as part of church rituals. As a senior altar boy, Sowell helped Faucher with masses throughout the week, including weddings and funerals.

"There would be weeks where I would serve 10 masses with Father Faucher," he said.

He recalled one month when he helped Faucher clean out the "scary unfinished basement" of the church to prepare it for renovations. He said the priest never did or said anything inappropriate.

They often talked theology and church politics. Faucher was preparing him for the priesthood, in case he got "the call" to serve.

It was a hard time for Sowell. His parents had split, and his father was gone.

"I would not be alive today if he had not been my priest in those years. I was depressed and suicidal. He made me a challenge about committing suicide," Sowell said.

"This is not the man I knew. I have very strong feelings on this subject. I do not believe in mercy for a child molester. It's impossible to know the heart of another person. All I can attest to is what I know."

'It never crossed our minds'
When the police cars appeared outside Faucher's house on Feb. 2, his neighbors had no idea what was happening.

He retired in 2015 and was rarely seen by neighbors long before that. He had lived in the diocese-owned house for about 15 years, renting it since his retirement.

"It was a lot of commotion," recalled Tom Bassista. "Our neighbors started chit-chatting — maybe he's sick? It never crossed our minds that he would be arrested."

When they found out why, neighbors pressed the diocese to evict him.

The diocese served him with an eviction notice on Feb. 13. Faucher failed to have his belongings removed by the 60-day deadline, so the diocese filed a complaint with the court on April 16.

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Retired priest W. Thomas Faucher was served with an eviction notice on Feb. 13 to leave a home he leases from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise.
Katy Moeller kmoeller@idahostatesman.com
Faucher challenged the eviction in Catholic Church court, while having supporters clear his belongings out of the house. The keys have been turned over to the diocese.

Though horrified by these allegations, many continue to pray for him.

"We would never condone anyone's actions if they were abusing children," Gratton said. "But it doesn't mean we don't love the person we knew. I say my rosary every morning, and I pray for him every morning. I pray for his soul. I pray for him to get through this.

'Good art takes us to the Spirit'
One of Faucher's undisputed legacies will be as a church renovator, expanding and beautifying sacred spaces. He managed renovations at most of the churches he pastored and found donors to support original artwork.

"Good always triumphs over evil, and good art takes us to the Spirit," Faucher told a Statesman reporter in 2008, as schoolchildren got a first glimpse of the impressive new hand-carved wood doors at St. Mary's in Boise.

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Katy Moeller
J. Chester "Skip" Armstrong, the Oregon wood sculptor who made those doors, said Faucher first enlisted him to carve 45 busts for a Sisters church project. Each statue represented a patron saint of the parishes of the Diocese of Baker, and the busts were carved into log pillars of the church.

"So the saints were symbolically and literally holding up the church," Armstrong said. "It was a great concept."

After he returned to Boise, Faucher tapped Armstrong to make the large church doors and musical roof angels at Saint Mary's. He recalled the priest's pitch at his workshop in Oregon.

"He sat down on a log and asked for his Bible — a big, big Bible. I had never seen a Bible as big as that one," Armstrong said. "He proceeded to open it to Revelations 12 and started reading."

It was about a battle of good versus evil: Saint Michael trying to slay a seven-headed dragon.

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Albert studies a dragon on the side of the door that depicts Ch. 12 of the Book of Revelations.
Joe Jaszewski / Idaho Statesman
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W. Thomas Faucher’s Ada County arrest photo, left, and official church photo.
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Crystal Watson
1 week 1 day ago

The council of 9 cardinals, one of whom, Pell, is himself about to stand trial in Australia for sex abuse.

Trent Shannon
1 week 1 day ago

"The council has devoted much of its time over the past five years to drafting a reform project for the Roman Curia. That work is almost finished, but there are many other things to be addressed, particularly in relation to the universal church."

And there it is, kids. Reform. What Vigano and his ilk fear the most, and so turn to the homosexual bogeyman to derail the narrative, steal the attention from survivors and abuse reporting/response changes to the church moving forward

In short, clericalists on the outer who hate Francis' merciful message and want to bring down fire and brimstone on gays in the church

Like child abuse and prideful, divisive hatred aren't horribly egregious sins...

Gerard Ahrens
1 week 1 day ago

Reading these comments makes it very clear that the Church, as indicated by the sentiments expressed herein, is infected with serious mental illness

Mark day
1 week 1 day ago

It seems that the $64,000 question is: Did Pope Francis know about McCarrick's abuses and did he (Francis) take any action. Or did he act like he did with the Chileans, and initiailly accept the word of the bishops vs. the voices of the abused?

Laurence Ringo
1 week 1 day ago

The way the pope is running and ducking for cover, flitting around delivering tepid homilies and warmed-over platitudes, holding forth on everything BUT the baby-raping pedophile priests, there is NO DOUBT in my mind that he certainly knows more than he's letting on.As far as I'm concerned, he's lost all so-called "moral authority ", if he ever had any to begin with. By the way, exactly what IS the purpose of the so-called Papacy anyway? ANYBODY?? 😎😎😎

Jorge Luis Luaces Rabaza
1 week ago

“By the way, exactly what IS the purpose of the so-called Papacy anyway? ANYBODY??”

To give internet trolls something to kvetch, jeer, annihilate and otherwise demean. What else would you and Tim do if not for these forums? Dont forget to send money to America Magazine for giving you a platform to look like malcontents.
You are welcome. 😘😉👍🏽

Patty Bennett
1 week 1 day ago

He should release the documents Vigano referred to in his letter. Only the truth matters.

Laurence Ringo
1 week 1 day ago

It IS a man-made, Satanic assault, Cassel, but it's certainly not limited to the U.S. Apparently it's a world-wide phenomenon, an infestation of vicious, ravaging, wolves raping the bodies and murdering the souls of countless Roman Catholic children, your pedophile priests of which your pope has no answers for; he's running and ducking for cover just like his hierarchy is doing!! So...WHAT'S YOUR POINT?? 🤨🤨🤨

Margaret W
1 week ago

“…the Vatican is preparing a response to what Archbishop Viganò stated in his letter, the contents of which has become a source of scandal and division in the church, particularly in the United States…”
The author of this article has put the cart before the horse! It was not the Vigano letter that caused the scandal and division. It was the homosexual predators and their bishop enablers causing the scandal and division in the Church!

Paul Hierholzer
1 week ago

Reading these comments reminded me not to ever read comments.

Tim O'Leary
1 week ago

While we wait for the Holy Father to “strengthen the brethren” (Luke 22:32), this is the best response I have seen to date, for balance, hope and seriousness at addressing the crisis. From Bishop Egan of Portsmouth, England, who has asked Pope Francis for an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops (and a congress of lay experts) to address the life of the clergy, in light of the crisis. He divides the crisis into three:
1) Sins and crimes against minors by members of the clergy;
2) The homosexual circles centered around Archbishop McCarrick, and others;
3) The mishandling and cover-up of all this by the hierarchy up to the highest circles.
"We know that all these issues affect many sectors of modern society, and we know that in many parts of the Church, such as here in the U.K., there have been robust safeguarding protocols in place for some years. Yet scandal impacts the very sacramentality of the Church and damages our evangelizing mission. Of course, we must also remember that evangelization is always two-way, like breathing in and breathing out. We cannot give what we have not got."

"The origins of the difficulties come from the coincidence of Vatican II with the social, sexual and family revolutions of the late 20th century. Where before religious men and women lived in strictly determined ecclesial structures, the Church was now inviting them to “update” the way they lived, thought and spoke. The good intention was to engage with the modern world."

"The structures of the Church are there, but have some of the home fires gone out? Many Catholics, including members of the clergy, no longer believe the Church’s teaching, especially on matters of personal morality. There is confusion over conscience, sin, grace and the mechanism of confession. Many seem to have lost a sense of heaven, the angels and saints and the transcendent, and are thus not strongly evangelized, catechized and converted to Christ. Secular attitudes and affluent lifestyles seem to have infiltrated. Most baptized Catholics do not practice."

"Keep your nerve and draw closer to the Person of Jesus. Try to reach a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Study the Gospels. Say the Rosary. Be totally dependent on prayer. Be committed to serving the poor and needy."
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/uk-bishop-there-is-a-three-level-c…

E.Patrick Mosman
1 week ago

"responding to questions about whether there was a "gay lobby" in the Vatican Pope Francis said "If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?", nothing more,nothing less. He avoided answering the question directly or indirectly with a question. He said later that "prayer and silence" was his answer to a question on the Vigano letter.
There is a saying which a priest used on Sunday in his homily that "Silence signifies assent" and continued on by stating that he has no confidence that the Pope Francis is the man to clean house of the McCarrick defenders/supporters.

Tim O'Leary
1 week ago

I think one needs to hear everything that the Holy Father says on an important topic, not just one. Here are other things he has said:
"You have to distinguish between the fact of a person being gay, and the fact of a lobby. The problem isn't the orientation. The problem is making a lobby."
Most recently (Aug-26), Francis was asked Sunday what he would tell a father whose child comes out as gay. Francis said he would counsel prayer, dialogue and space, but that it depended on the child’s age when this “turmoil” manifested itself. He said: “Because it means something if it shows when you are still a child, when there are a lot of things to be done, either with psychiatric help, or to see how things are. While it is something else when it shows 20 years later.”

He has been harshest on gay marriage and gender ideology:
• "Today there is a global war out to destroy marriage. Not with weapons but with ideas…we have to defend ourselves from ideological colonization." "The crisis of the family is a social reality. Then there are ideological colonizations of the family, modes and proposals from Europe and also from overseas. The error of the human mind that is gender theory creates a lot of confusion."
• "Let us not be naive: this is not simply a political struggle, but it is an attempt to destroy God's plan. It is not just a bill (a mere instrument) but a 'move' of the Father of Lies [the Devil] who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God." "At stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother, and children." "At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God's law engraved in our hearts."
• "Marriage between people of the same sex? 'Marriage' is a historical word. Always in humanity, and not only within the Church, it's between a man and a woman… we cannot change that. This is the nature of things. This is how they are. Let's call them 'civil unions.' Let's not play with the truth. It's true that behind it there is a gender ideology. In books also, children are learning that they can choose their own sex. Why is sex, being a woman or a man, a choice and not a fact of nature? This favors this mistake. But let's say things as they are: Marriage is between a man and a woman. This is the precise term. Let's call unions between the same sex 'civil unions'."
• Pope Francis said only heterosexuals can form a family. "It is painful to say this today: People speak of varied families, of various kinds of family," but "the family [as] man and woman in the image of God is the only one." "Complementarity will take many forms as each man and woman brings his or her distinctive contributions to their marriage and to the formation of their children—his or her personal richness, personal charisma." "Children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child's development and emotional maturity."
• "Gender ideology is demonic!" Gender theory represents a "global war against the family." Gender theory has caused a "world war against marriage," an example of "ideological colonization." There is a "nasty" tendency in schools to "indoctrinate" children, teaching that gender can be chosen and changed.” "It is one thing if a person has this tendency and also changes his sex. It's another thing to teach this in school to change mentalities. This is what I call 'ideological colonization.'" Teaching gender theory is "the great enemy of marriage." Teaching gender theory "is against natural things." "I ask myself, if the so-called gender theory is not, at the same time, an expression of frustration and resignation, which seeks to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it. Yes, we risk taking a step backwards."

Michael Barberi
1 week ago

Let's hope that Pope Francis' response to the Vigano letter will clear things up as much as possible regarding the McCarrick scandal and the involvement of the past 3 popes or at least Pope Francis himself. This entire scandal is sickening and it sticks to high heaven and we need responsible leadership by Pope Francis.

Frankly, unless all the evidence and accusations in the Grand Jury Report, the McCarrick scandal et al, and the Vigano letter, and those implicated, are thoroughly investigated by a lay-lead impartial committee we will not know the complete truth or be able to institute the appropriate reforms. On the other hand, there is legitimate evidence at this stage that points to real systemic problems and moral corruption.

Before jumping to conclusions, I hope and pray that "all" homosexual priests and bishops do not become the scapegoat for the clergy sexual scandal. The problem is not homosexuality. The problem is moral corruption, gross negligence, immoral inaction and actions and the turning of a blind eye to illicit behavior and coverup from homosexual and heterosexual priests to those in hierarchy including the possibility of the past 3 popes "found guilty of such things". It should be made clear that the majority of homosexual and heterosexual priests abide by their vows of celibacy and chastity, are good priests and do the Lord's work.

The solution, IMO, is to defrock all homosexual and heterosexual priests, bishops and cardinals who are found guilty of the sexual abuse of minors and/or immoral consensual sex with adults. Appropriate and suitable sanctions and justice must be brought to all those found guilty of crimes, gross negligence, et al.

We need to put the culture of clericalism and moral corruption behind us and move forward with effective, responsible and significant reforms as soon as reasonably possible.

T. Saenz
1 week ago

Shouldn't be that difficult. All the Vatican needs is two words: mea culpa.

T. Saenz
1 week ago

Shouldn't be that difficult. All the Vatican needs is two words: mea culpa.

Danny Collins
1 week ago

I guess the fix is in. The Pope's Council of Advisers praises child molester McCarrick's room-mate for 6 years, Cardinal Farrell. McCarrick's serial molestation and harassment was an open secret. Everybody knew about it, from seminary rectors to the Cardinal Tobin and others who dealt with the victims and even paid out settlements/hush money. If they are going to praise the long time room-mate of McCarrick, who had to have known, how likely is it that they are going to be honest in their investigation?

Any investigation must be led by the laity and include people like Frank Keating, who saw the bishops covering for themselves and stonewalling back in 2003.
''To resist grand jury subpoenas, to suppress the names of offending clerics, to deny, to obfuscate, to explain away; that is the model of a criminal organization, not my church.''
https://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/17/us/refusing-to-recant-keating-resign…

"In another part of the statement, the cardinals expressed “satisfaction” for “the good outcome” of the World Meeting of Families that was held in Dublin at the end of August. It had been organized by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin."
https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/09/10/vatican-preparing-resp…

E.Patrick Mosman
6 days 22 hours ago

Pope Francis at Mass: Bishops must pray to overcome 'Great Accuser’ headline from the Vatican News today.So the the great cover-up begins.

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