Pope to meet sex abuse victims as he admits to it’s ‘Satanic Mass’

The pope has admitted it as a “Satanic Mass”

Pope Francis has likened the sexual abuse of children by priests to a “satanic Mass” – and announced his first meeting with a group of victims at the Vatican. Speaking to reporters on the plane taking him back from his Middle East trip, he also said he was in favour of celibacy for priests but that the “the door is always open” to change. In arguably his toughest statement on a crisis which has beset the Church for more than a decade, he said he would show zero tolerance for anyone who abused children. Asked about his approach to bishops who were accused of sexual abuse, he said “there will be no daddy’s boys”, adding that three bishops were currently being investigated. “Sexual abuse is such an ugly crime … because a priest who does this betrays the body of the Lord,” he said.

“It is like a satanic Mass.”

The pope met senior rabbis during his trip to the Holy Land

He said he would hold a meeting with around eight victims of sexual abuse at the Vatican early in June. It would be attended by Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley of Boston, who is leading a commission set up to study ways of dealing with the issue. Asked whether the Catholic Church could some day allow priests to marry as they can in some other Christian churches, he said: “Celibacy is not a dogma. “It is a rule of life that I appreciate very much and I think it is a gift for the Church but since it is not a dogma, the door is always open.” The Pontiff went on to reveal he would travel to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January 2015. He also suggested he may follow in emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’s footsteps and retire if he felt he no longer had the strength to do the job.

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#Ukraine: ” Pope Francis on `Sunday’ Called for `Constructive Dialogue’ in `Ukraine’ saying he was `Praying’ in the `Vatican’ for the Country

#AceNewsServices says `Ukraine’ and the `unrest’ continues and spreads across the country. 

Sunday, January 26

16:49 GMT:

At least 311 police officers have been injured in the Kiev riots, 118 of whom have been hospitalized with head injuries, fractures, burns, and stab and slash wounds. Some have also been poisoned by “unknown substances,” the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said in a Sunday statement.

The ministry’s press service also informed UNIAN news agency that 116 people have been detained in connection with the mass riots in central Kiev and that a criminal investigation into “mass disorder” on Grushevskogo Street has been opened.

Several people who were previously convicted, including those who have been charged with especially grave crimes, are among the detained.

15:45 GMT:

Pope Francis on Sunday called for “constructive dialogue” in Ukraine, saying he was praying in the Vatican for the country and for those who have lost their lives in the ongoing unrest there. Following the Pope’s speech to thousands of faithful who gathered in St. Peter’s Square, two doves were released by children standing alongside his holiness.

Pope Benedict XVI (C) watches as children release doves during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican January 26, 2014 (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Benedict XVI (C) watches as children release doves during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican January 26, 2014 (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)

However, as soon as the birds of peace took off, they were immediately attacked by a crow and a seagull. The crowd gasped as one dove broke free from the gull, losing some feathers, and another one was repeatedly pecked at by the crow. It was not clear what happened to the doves after they flew off.

0_0 RT @dominicru: Pretty sure I read this in Nostradamus: Pope’s peace doves attacked by crow http://t.co/HC53bGj709 pic.twitter.com/26JM3jgtlY

— Jana Kasperkevic (@kasperka) January 26, 2014

A dove released during an Angelus prayer conducted by Pope Benedict XVI, is attacked by a seagull in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican January 26, 2014 (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)

A dove released during an Angelus prayer conducted by Pope Benedict XVI, is attacked by a seagull in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican January 26, 2014 (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)

15:35 GMT:

People in Donetsk are rallying in support of President Yanukovich and against the unrest gripping some of the country’s regions, Igor Chechesov of the Donetsk Party of Regions branch told Itar-Tass.

“The common thought voiced at almost all of those rallies is supporting the president and calling for the mayhem happening in several regions to end… The speakers are also demanding to abide by the Constitution of Ukraine,” Chechesov said.

Earlier on Sunday, five people described as provocateurs were detained at a pro-government rally by the police. A group of masked people with clubs briefly clashed with members of the rally, prompting police intervention. One man received a head injury after being hit with a club, Itar-Tass reports.

14:36 GMT:

Protesters occupied an administrative building in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy, proclaiming “People’s Rada” – an alternative regional parliament. The occupation of the building followed an opposition rally that claimed to have gathered 5,000 people. No clashes or resistance were reported during the taking of the building.

Meanwhile in Zaporozhye, the authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the attempt to storm the administrative building there. The attempt followed negotiations with a local city administration official, with media reports saying it was led by “radicals.” According to reports on Twitter, several people were injured in explosions from police stun grenades.

14:10 GMT:

Hundreds of protesters, who gathered near government buildings in the southern Ukrainian cities of Odessa and Dnepropetrovsk, are being urged to storm the buildings, say reports on Twitter.

Earlier in Dnepropetrovsk, protesters who attempted to breach the barriers cordoning off the city administration building clashed with a group of men in sports uniform, Interfax-Ukraine said, citing local media.

#Одесса #Евромайдан #euromaidan#euromaidanodessa pic.twitter.com/v9Fidr8bWJ

— Nick (@NickSerkoff) January 26, 2014

The majority of people in Odessa do not support the rioters, the head of the city’s administration, Nikolay Skorik, told Itar-Tass. According to Skorik, the people have voiced their desire for the “stability and integrity of the country.”

Sunday’s riots in the south of Ukraine have been described as a daring action by the opposition, as this part of the country is traditionally considered to be supportive of President Yanukovich and his Party of Regions.

 13:26 GMT:

Hundreds of anti-government protesters have besieged a city administration building in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporozhye. Footage from the scene showed a large crowd of protesters facing off against a police line at the main entrance to the building. Media reports said there was an attempt to storm the premises, but there was no immediate confirmation of any demonstrators breaking inside.

Image from Twitter user @LPetrakovaImage from Twitter user @LPetrakova

12:28 GMT:

Taking a photo of himself wearing protective helmet and vest, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky says he “still can’t get used to the fact that this is the average Kiev selfie now.”

12:16 GMT:


Ceasefire in Kiev. Protesters reinforcing barricades and mourning a deceased activist. Traditional Sunday rally has been cancelled

— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) January 26, 2014


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UN: ” Vatican and the `Rights of a Child` in Today’s World”

#AceWorldNews says UNITED NATIONS – last Thursday in Geneva a panel from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in an open hearing televised live on the Internet, grilled Vatican officials over the handling of cases of sex abuse by clergy, while neglecting to reference the many different sex scandals involving U.N. personnel that have plagued the organization for decades.

Pope Meets with UN 2013Bishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican official responsible for prosecuting clergy accused of sex crimes over 10 years, from 2002 until 2012, explained to the U.N. panel that it is not the policy of the Holy See to cover up sex crimes committed by the clergy.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi cautioned the U.N. panel that the legal jurisdiction of the Vatican to punish clergy criminally was often trumped by criminal laws within the jurisdiction in which the accused clergy resided.

Rights of a ChildThe Vatican ratified the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, but did not submit any reports until 2012, when the Vatican reported it was aware of 612 new cases of sexual abuse charges in 2012, 418 of which involved minors.

Since the 1970s, sex abuse scandals involving clergy have cost the Vatican a loss of credibility across the globe, with accusations the Holy See’s reaction until recently has been to shuffle the accused clergy to another diocese or assignment in an effort to cover up rather than prosecute the crime.

Pope Francis copes with sex-abuse scandal

In December 2013, after refusing a U.N. request for information on alleged sexual abuse cases involving the clergyPope Francis announced through Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, the decision by the Vatican to set up a child sex-abuse committee involving a panel of experts charged with producing guidance of conduct for Catholic clergy and church officials.

In 2002, Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, then the archbishop of Boston, was forced to resign after accusations of sexual misconduct by priests in the Archdiocese of Boston. The resignation was triggered by particularly sensational accusations of child molestation involving Father John Geoghan tracing back to 1984 that resulted in Geoghan’s criminal conviction for indecent assault and battery on a 10-year-old boy.

Pope Francis raised further questions about the Vatican’s sincerity in prosecuting clergy accused of sex abuse when Law was given an appointment as archpriest at the prestigious Basilica of St. Maria Major in Rome.

Last Thursday, howeverin a particularly blunt homily delivered at a Vatican Mass, Pope Francis explained scandals in the Catholic Church happen because there is no living relationship with God and his Word, thus corrupt priests, instead of giving “the Bread of Life,” give a poisoned message to the faithful.

Pope Francis Radio Homily“But are we ashamed?” Pope Francis asked in the homily broadcast by Vatican Radio.

“So many scandals that I do not want to mention individually, but all of us know … we know where they are! Scandals, some who charged a lot of money [to] the shame of the Church! But are we all ashamed of those scandals, of those failings of priests, bishops, laity? Where was the Word of God in those scandals; where was the Word of God in those men and in those women? They did not have a relationship with God! They had a position in the Church, a position of power, even of comfort. But the Word of God, no!”

On Friday, the Associated Press reported Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests in 2011 and 2012 for molesting children.

In a document prepared for release to the U.N., the Vatican confirmed a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009 for alleged sexual abuse.

The AP acknowledged “a remarkable evolution in the Holy See’s in-house procedures to discipline paedophiles since 2001,” when thenCardinal Joseph Ratzinger [subsequently elected Pope Benedict XVI] ordered bishops to send to Rome for review all cases of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.

Et tu, U.N.?

Yet even as the Vatican is making strides to explain to the U.N. its efforts to clean house of sexual abuse, the international body head quartered in New York has its own skeletons in the closet.

On March 13, 2005, for example, Washington Post staff writer Colum Lynch reported “a culture of sexual permissiveness” has plagued U.N. peacekeeping operations worldwide for the past 12 years.

“The reports of sexual abuse have come from U.N. officials, internal U.N. documents and local and international human rights organizations that have tracked the issue,” Lynch wrote. “Some U.N. officials and outside observers say there have been cases of abuse in almost every U.N. mission, including operations in Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Kosovo.”

Meeting of MindsOn May 8, 2006, the BBC reported a widespread scandal in which UN peacekeepers were demanding “sex for aid” from girls as young as 8 years old in Liberia.

In 2008, an international scandal developed when U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti were involved in gang-rape charges in the Ivory Coast, and in 2011, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica apologized to Haitian President Michel Martelly over the alleged rape of an 18-year-old Haitian man by Uruguayan U.N. peacekeeping troops then in Haiti.

Despite a U.N. “zero tolerance” policy toward sexual abuse announced in 2003, the U.N. has focused serious attention on addressing sex crimes among more than 120,000 personnel deployed in 16 different peacekeeping missions globally, the New York Times reported in 2011.

“What do we do when those we entrust with our greatest hopes betray that trust?” asked Gerald Caplan writing in The Globe and Mail published in Canada on Aug. 3, 2012. “If the betrayers are United Nations peacekeepers, the answer seems to be nothing at all. There is distressing new evidence, most of it reported here for the first time, that foreign soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo can sexually and violently violate young girls with impunity so long as they wear that iconic blue beret or blue helmet.”

MaliIn 2013, the United Nations acknowledged in what appears to be a continuing problem for the U.N. worldwide its peacekeeping mission in Mali had received allegations of serious misconduct by its peacekeeping troops then in Mali, including an alleged incident of sexual abuse.

“The secretary-general is treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and, in line with established procedure, is in the process of notifying the troop-contributing countries,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman, Martin Nesirky, told a news briefing in New York on Sept. 22, 2013, in reference to the sexual abuse allegations against U.N. peacekeepers in Mali.

Additional Information Courtesy of Jerome K Corsi


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