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UK Government & Catholic Church Claim Children Can “Consent” To Sexual Abuse

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Catholic churches all around the world have been accused of sex scandals, including the Vatican, which has allegedly paid an astonishing $4 billion since 1950 to settle sexual abuse claims. Far too often these stories involve priests taking advantage of their positions of authority in order to sexually abuse people, often children.

More recently, the UK government and the Catholic church have come under public scrutiny for claiming that victims of child sexual abuse “consented” to their rapes in order to avoid compensating the victims. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) establishes which victims get compensated, and they do so by determining whether or not the victim gave consent, even if the victim is a child well under the legal age limit.

The Telegraph reported last month that, according to CICA, “A victim can consent in fact even though in law they may be deemed not to have consented.” That’s right, this government loophole can be used to claim that even though a child may be under the legal age limit, they can still provide consent.

Legal Loophole Preventing Child Sex Victims From Being Compensated

To give you a better picture of how this works, one case that was explained by the charity Victim Support involved a 12-year-old girl who was led into the woods and sexually assaulted by a 21-year-old man while she was intoxicated.

Interestingly enough, despite the fact that the man pled guilty to having sex with a minor, she still wasn’t compensated because she allegedly “gave consent” by “voluntarily” going into the woods with him.

“No child ever gives their ‘consent’ to being abused, and the increased use of this line of defence, although still quite rare, is worrying,” said Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England. “I have contacted the Ministry of Justice previously and again recently about this issue and the Government should look urgently at what can be done to tackle it.”

They also argued that she was able to give consent because she had recently had sex with someone her own age. That’s like saying, “If you consent to someone your own age, you consent to everyone. If you’ve consented in the past, you consent to everyone.” That is not an ethical argument, and we should not be teaching children that this irrational logic is okay.

A Freedom of Information Act request introduced by Victim Support indicated that since this loophole came into fruition in 2012, a total of 693 cases in which child sexual abuse victims came forward were denied compensation by the CICA. Though many of these cases involved children who were 16, some of the victims were much younger.

So, Where Does the Catholic Church Fit Into This?

As it turns out, this loophole most often benefits private schools, religious groups, and the local authorities. For example, lawyers for the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark explained to one of the sexual abuse victims that his rape “actually occurred in the context of a consensual relationship (albeit one the Claimant in retrospect now appears to regret).”

Although this particular case was actually settled to the tune of £80,000, the victim stated that the defence was both insulting and highlighted the fact that he was below the legal age of consent. There’s a legal age limit for a reason, and it’s strange that this law is being bent through the use of another law.

Dino Nocivelli, a specialist child abuse solicitor at Bolt Burdon, explained on Kent Live: “It is time for the church to practise what they preach and to admit their failings, to take account of the damage this has caused to the lives of far too many children and lastly to apologise for the abuse.”

An important question we need to start asking ourselves and the government is: Why are people in authority positions let off the hook for violent crimes? Sexual abuse and rape are not crimes that should go ignored, yet time and time again, higher-ups and government officials are excused from the law.

To name a few examples, we have the Jeffrey Epstein case, in which he was accused of recruiting and forcing dozens of children into an underground network of sex slaves, who served many of the elite members of society, including former American President Bill Clinton.

Epstein owned a private jet, referred to as the “Lolita Express” by mainstream media (MSM), which was used to transport Epstein and his elitist friends to Little St. James, Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands — dubbed “Orgy Island” by the tabloids. Despite all of these allegations and proven facts, he only served approximately one year in jail time.

Former U.S. representative Cynthia McKinney also knew about the government’s relationship to human trafficking, and she actually addressed it in 2005. She grilled Donald Rumsfeld on military contractor DynCorp’s child trafficking business of selling women and children.

Ted Gunderson, former FBI special agent and head of their L.A. office, worked to uncover years’ worth of information on high-level pedophilia, sexual abuse, and satanic rituals performed by the government and the elite (or the cabal). In my opinion, Ted Gunderson is a wonderful place to start your research on this subject. You can read more about that in our CE article here.

Although these examples are outside of the UK, they still speak to how the government provides special treatment when it comes to crimes committed by those in higher social classes.

Final Thoughts

Time and time again, the government allows perpetrators of sexual violence to go unpunished. If we’re not willing to face these issues, regardless of who the perpetrator is, then how will we fix this clear issue within society? Sexual violence is never okay, and we should not be blaming the victims for crimes they were not responsible for.

We need to start treating everyone as equal and extend more compassion to others; only then will we be able to not only improve our judiciary system, but hopefully prevent these crimes from occurring in the first place.



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Multiple Catholic Priests Expose The Practice of “Satanism” Within The Vatican

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The works of multiple scholars, from Plato to Manly P. Hall and further down the line, suggest it is essentially the use of rituals and techniques to invoke and control “spirits” or lifeforms that could be existing within other dimensions or worlds. For example, according to Hall, “a magician, enveloped in sanctified vestments and carrying a wand inscribed with hieroglyphic figures, could by the power vested in certain words and symbols control the invisible inhabitants of the elements and of the astral world. While the elaborate ceremonial magic of antiquity was not necessarily evil, there arose from its perversion several false schools of sorcery, or black magic.”

A distinction is made early in the article about black magic and white magic. Basically, black magic is the process of using entities to accomplish a goal through ceremonial magic.

Hall writes:

“By means of the secret processes of ceremonial magic it is possible to contact these invisible creatures and gain their help in some human undertaking. Good spirits willingly lend their assistance to any worthy enterprise, but evil spirits serve only those who live to pervert and destroy. . . . The most dangerous form of black magic is the scientific perversion of occult power for the gratification of personal desire.”

In his book, The Secret Teachings of All Ageshe goes on to describe how the elites in ancient Egypt, all the way up to the present day, have used these concepts in conjunction with their desire to completely control our world. Today, it starts with the government, up through the corporations and further along up the pyramid into our major financial institutions, into the Vatican and beyond.

Religion is interesting, to say the least. On one hand, you have multiple religions preaching the same message at their core, and, on the other hand, it’s not uncommon to come across several contradictions between them all. Don’t forget about different interpretations of the same religion, which has created ‘mini-religion’ spin-offs  which take these different interpretations into account. Obviously, multiple religions and their own interpretation of reality resonate with millions of people, and that’s because they preach a message of peace, love, non-violence and good-will.

It’s hard to understand how conflict (like war) can arise with religion being the catalyst, especially if most preach a message of peace and love. This means that all those who claim to fight in the name of religion, must have a twisted understanding of the religion they claim, or, something else is going on…It’s completely hypocritical.

A great modern day example would be the “Islamic State.” Today, it’s not a perspective that’s commonly expressed by mainstream media, but despite that, multiple professors, politicians and more have emphasized that the Islamic Sate, the group the United States and their allies claim to be fighting against, is actually a creation of the United States (and their allies) themselves. You can read more about that here.

This is supported by more than just research and insider witness testimony, but by multiple documents that have surfaced, as well as multiple examples. It’s called false flag terrorism, and it’s been around for decades. The greatest example of this could be 9/11, an event created and used in order to justify the invasion of another country, and impose ‘their’ own ideas and  political will on other countries, as well as globalization and resource extraction. This tragic event served as a big catalyst with regards to more people becoming aware of extreme corruption within our own governments.

They’ve had plans to do this for years, with multiple countries, as emphasized years ago by Four Star General, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Wesley Clark. As he says, there are no legitimate reasons to go to war. Are the “powers that be” manufacturing problems so they themselves can propose the solution?

Related CE Article: Putin Calls Out “The Powers That Be” & The “Imaginary & Mythical” Threats They Use To Control Us.” 

In this way, and many others, religion has been used. It’s become dogma, rather than a question for knowledge, wisdom, truth, and spiritual guidelines, and a tool to push elitist political agendas. It’s been used to manipulate the decisions and behaviours of others, as well as close off their minds to new information that’s emerging which challenge the belief system of that particular religion. It’s also been used, in some cases, to drive a tremendous amount of fear into the mass population.

There, in my opinion, appears to be deliberate manipulation of human consciousness when it comes to various religions. Based on my understanding, most of the wisdom we did have was burned, hidden, taken and done away with.

This narrative has been emphasized by multiple people from within the field.  Jon Shelby Spong, a retired American Bishop, for example, told the world that that “religion is always in the control business, and that’s something people don’t really understand. It’s in the guilt producing control business.”

Perhaps this is why so many aspects of religion resonate with people, yet so many others, like the fear of harsh punishment, doesn’t.

If we examine the cultures that pre-dated modern day religion, most had a ‘spiritual’ understanding which connected them all, and, there are more examples of commonalities, and hardly any examples of conflicting information when it comes to guidelines for ones life and the description of what we call reality.

There are also multiple stories of Jesus travelling to the far east to obtain knowledge and wisdom from these spiritual teachers. This is also elaborated on by Hall, among many other scholars like him.

The information given to us by modern day religion might be a complete mix of truth, manipulation and lies all wrapped into one story.

Theodor Roosevelt once said of politics that, instead of instruments to promote the general welfare of all people, political parties have become “tools of corrupt interests which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes.”  Modern day mass religion has become the same thing.

When man started to conquer the world, and events like the burning of the Library of Alexandria took place, the world lost a wealth of information and knowledge, and the conquerers seemed to be on a mission of indoctrination. Perhaps the best example would be the stripping of indigenous wisdom from Native North Americans, and the process of indoctrination into a completely new belief system, one that denounced many teachings of their elders prior.

Today, even questioning the beliefs that are given to one via their religion can be met with a harsh response. If we as a collective are so ingrained in our beliefs, how can we ever be open to new ideas pertaining to the nature of reality?

Religions and people’s interpretations of them have been adjusted for years, spiritual teachings and concepts that pre-date religion have not, which is why we at Collective Evolution resonate deeply with what many call “Spiritually.” That being said, even spirituality has transformed into something completely different today, with multiple ‘new age’ type dogmas emerging, modern day spirituality seems, in some sense, to be its own religion.

We are also very interested in the science of spirituality, because they tend to merge a lot. We now know that matter is not the only reality. There is a reason that most of our founding fathers of science were spiritual mystics. 

The Vatican, One of The Best Examples

(Painting on the left done by Michael Pacher) The Vatican might be one of the best examples of potential manipulation. In the view of the public, the Vatican and its many representatives from all over the world represent a force of love and peace, at least that’s how they portray themselves. Despite this fact, and especially over the past few years, representatives of the Vatican have been accused and caught molesting children, and ties to large pedophilia rings have been discovered. The Vatican has had to spend billions of dollars settling and dealing with pedophilia cases, this is no secret.

Unfortunately, many of these children are, it seems, used in various ‘Satanic type rituals.’ The Vatican claims to be following the word of ‘God,’ but multiple insiders have come forth speaking about the predominant practice of Satanism within the Vatican.

In Hall’s book, he provides many examples of how ceremonial magic, sorcery, and more were all practiced, and are a driving force among some very powerful people. He goes into the hows, whats and why, but that which used to be pure, according to hall, was taken and perverted by the world’s elite, who, according to him and many others, still practice “black magic” till this day.

I go into more detail into this article:

How Some of The World’s Elite Used Black Magic Rituals To Conjure Up Entities For More Power & Control

For example, according to Malachi Martin, an Irish Catholic priest and writer on the Catholic Church. Originally ordained as a Jesuit priest, he became Professor of Palaeography at the Vatican’s Pontifical Biblical Institute.

“Most frighteningly for [Pope] John Paul [II], he had come up against the irremovable presence of a malign strength in his own Vatican and in certain bishops’ chanceries. It was what knowledgeable Churchmen called the ‘superforce.’ Rumors, always difficult to verify, tied its installation to the beginning of Pope Paul VI’s reign in 1963. Indeed Paul had alluded somberly to ‘the smoke of Satan which has entered the Sanctuary’. . . an oblique reference to an enthronement ceremony by Satanists in the Vatican. Besides, the incidence of Satanic pedophilia – rites and practices – was already documented among certain bishops and priests as widely dispersed as Turin, in Italy, and South Carolina, in the United States. The cultic acts of Satanic pedophilia are considered by professionals to be the culmination of the Fallen Archangel’s rites.” (Written in his book about  geopolitics and the Vatican, The Keys of This Blood, page 632)

On multiple occasions he spoke about Satanism being the predominant practice within the vatican.

The list of figures like Martin speaking of such things is a long one. The Reverend Gabriele Amorth is another example, he was an Italian Roman Catholic Priest, and an exorcist of the Diocese of Rome, which is an administrative branch of the Catholic Church of Rome.

He claimed to have performed tens of thousands of exorcisms over his half a dozen plus decades as a Catholic Priest, and has mentioned a number of times how Satanism is practiced within the Vatican.  He has also claimed that girls are commonly kidnapped by a gang of Vatican police and foreign diplomats. He claimed that these girls are recruited for Vatican parties, and crimes with a sexual motive.

Perversion and sexual rituals go hand and hand with Satanism. According to the Telegraph, and various other sources, Amorth was Holy See’s chief exorcist for 25 years.

“The Devil resides in the Vatican and you can see the consequences…The evil influence of Satan was evident in the highest ranks of the Catholic hierarchy, with “cardinals who do not believe in Jesus and bishops who are linked to the demon.”

Alfred Kunz, a Catholic priest found murdered in a Church in ritualistic fashion after investigating reports of ritualistic child abuse by priests.

Again, the list goes on and it’s a long one.

Related CE Articles: Another Massive Pedophile Ring Uncovered With Clear Ties To Pope Benedicts Brother 

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Pope Francis

Sexual abuse scandals within the Vatican have been made public, and the Pope has been forced to comment on it many times. Whether he is involved or not is unknown, there may very well be good forces within the Vatican as well, and perhaps conflicts among those who are parts of the various orders.

Francis recently compared sexual child abuse to a “satanic mass,” which was interesting.

The Take-Away Message

The past five to six years have been quite the rollercoaster. The birth of multiple independent media outlets have shown the world that a lot more is going on behind the scenes than what we are presented with, or what the mainstream media chooses to present us with. Secrets have a way of emerging, they get so big that, eventually, mainstream media outlets have no choice but to pick up the story and, usually try to debunk. This is, in my opinion, a result of their relationship with powerful entities in several different ways. The relationship between government and mainstream media is one of many examples. 

The point is, a lot of information is emerging that’s hard to believe, to the point where most people don’t want to believe it, or pay any attention to it. If we don’t pay attention to it, and bring the darkness to light, that means we can’t identify it and thus, efforts to stop it can’t even begin. Awareness is key.

That being said, it’s clear that the majority of the people resonate with love, caring, kindess, the Golden Rule and a better human experience for everybody. If those whom we deem our leaders, and those who have amassed tremendous amounts of power and influence are engaging in such activities, what does that tell you?

Can we continue to give those who have influence over the direction the human experience takes unlimited amounts of power? Are these really leaders? Or are they simply tools, puppets and and people used to push an agenda of a small group of people who, above all, desire power more than anything else?

Our world has and is encountering so many problems, and for decades, our current system and forms of leadership have failed to act. There are so many instances where one is able to see that these people are really not concerned with making the world a better place.

It seems many are disguising  themselves as bringers of good-will, doing “good” in the public eye, only to be engaging in “evil” behind closed doors.

Have we been fooled?

The ability for the human race to make this world a better place is quite grand, and we’re living in a time where we no longer look towards the Barack Obamas, the Pope’s, the Clintons or the Trumps, but instead, we’re looking to ourselves. We are the change we want to see, and we can shift this human experience at any time. Once we begin to see and awaken to what’s really been taking place on our planet, our ability change the world increases tremendously.

If mass human attention was taken away from consumerism, for example, and the intent in everybody’s heart was a desire for a better world, the action steps would manifest, and they are manifesting.

It’s easy for us to label this as “good” or “bad,” “dark” and “light.” There is still a lot we don’t know, but at the end of the day these are just experiences that are happening on our planet, and if they don’t resonate with us, that’s a good indication that it’s a time for change.

Exposing this type of activity within powerful organizations that have tremendous ability to influence our world, be it the vatican, global politics, Hollywood, medicine, or finance, is all part of one big revelation and a process of transparency our world is currently going through.

The last thing I’d like to say is, judgement is not the answer. By that I mean, too often we judge the victimizer, and console the victim, when both parties need consolidation and love. Hurt people hurt people, and perhaps the “evil” in this world has its roots in a tremendous amount of fear and pain, and feel they can never really face the masses with truth and transparency and come clean, that is if they want to do that…


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TNT Show: Killer Catholic Priests Trying to ‘Reestablish the Dark Ages’

If you haven’t seen TNT’s sci-fi series The Librarians, the season four premiere “The Librarians and the Dark Secret” might not be the best place to start. The show centers on “an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around.” The season four premiere, which aired on December 13, saw the group trying to save the Library of Alexandria by stopping a secret sect of the Catholic Church determined to use the library’s cornerstones to destroy it. 

The first murder committed by a Catholic priest came 12 seconds into the episode. It was not the last. 

At one point in the episode, the evil priests are described by one of the team members, played by John Larroquette. They are the “Heretic Order of Shadows, a sect hidden deep within the Roman Catholic Church,” he explains, “The symbol represents the fire that destroyed the Library Alexandria. The order was formed in the 1700s as a revolt against Age of Enlightenment. And the Order of Shadows’ primary purpose, its reason for being, is to reestablish the Dark Ages.”

While it’s true that many Enlightenment philosophers were against most organized religions, especially Catholicism, those religions were hardly trying to reestablish the Dark Ages. Catholic Churches were actually a driving force behind education, including the creation of universities.

In this scene, just a few minutes into the episode, we see again how respectfully the writers have created dialogue for the Catholic priests as another one commits murder. 

Ranger: Hey, what in the goddamn hell do you think you’re doing? Oh, sorry, Father. I didn’t see the– 
Priest: – It’s quite all right.
Ranger: Look, this is park property. You can’t go smashing it with crow– Hey, what’s that you got there? 
Priest:Tell me… Do you believe in God? 
Ranger: Um, yes. 
Priest: Good. It’s time for you to meet him. 

Really? This is almost comically bad dialogue, but it’s really something that our culture is willing to go after Christianity (Catholicism specifically) over and over again without fear of retribution while being respectful of and differential to other religions. We’ve recently seen Trump-nominated Catholics subjected to what nearly amounts to a religious test for appointments. Some seem to be trying to reestablish a dark period in our history when Catholics were widely discriminated against.

The Librarians picked a strange thing to attack them on, however, Catholic schools educate children around the world, including in outreach and missionary programs for kids who can’t afford private education. Priests aren’t going around hiding secret maps so that libraries will be destroyed to keep us in the Dark Ages while also going into communities with scholarships, educational opportunities and, you guessed it, books. The Dark Ages? Hardly. Maybe it’s time these librarians read a history book.

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Watch: The Moment ‘Major Crimes’ Anti-Catholic Attacks Jumped the Shark

If you wanted to hear some terrible hot takes on immigration, religion, and race, look no further! TNT’s drama Major Crimes has you covered, and you only have to watch one scene to get it all.

The November 28 episode “Sanctuary City: Part 5” mercifully wrapped up a storyline in which we have seen quite a bit of anti-Catholic and anti-conservative bias in previous weeks. But first, they had to hit their favorite topics one more time, just to make extra sure we know where they stand, (Don’t worry, we do!) including new one attack on a Catholic priest that has to be seen to be believed.

The story of the “Sanctuary City” episodes centers around three 15-year-old boys who go missing during a field trip. Father Jonas, a teacher at the school and mentor to the boys, is treated as a criminal (maybe a murderer, maybe a pedophile, who knows what else?) in the aforementioned episodes based on little more than being a Catholic priest. Turns out that he isn’t super into keeping his vows, but he also isn’t the awful things the detectives assume.

In this scene, Father Jonas is being questioned by the police and we get his political opinions as well as the show’s views on the Catholic Church – and a weird bit of racial commentary thrown in for good measure. 



Father Jonas: Shifting immigration policies have demanded extraordinary measures on those of us working to keep families united during crisis. And when it comes to my travels to and from Mexico, my responsibility to Christ-
Flynn: Let me stop you right there, okay, Father? Because when you talk about your responsibilities to Christ, the defense will interrupt and ask if that included refusing to use birth control while having sex with the single moms of some of your students. 
Nolan: Yeah. Sorry, Father, but by not answering our questions today, you’ll be on the stand explaining whether or not you used a condom when having sex with Ms. Garza. 
Father Jonas: I deserve this accusation. But I didn’t have sex with any of the boys’ mothers. Including Sara Garza. That was not me. 
Nolan: Okay then, Father, if it wasn’t you, who was it? 
Father Jonas: Lucas only spoke about this subject during confession. I can’t —
Flynn: Lucas is dead. And the privileged nature of his confession died with him. 
Priest: No. No. The Seal of Confession is never broken. 
Nolan: Well, we just need to know it wasn’t you, Father. 
Father Jonas: Do you really believe Lucas would confess to me anything regarding his mother if he thought that I slept with her?
Flynn: Hey, look, Padre. You have a pattern of behavior the defense will use to build up reasonable doubt. You don’t like the way I’m questioning you now? Wait until you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Nolan: So help you God. 
Father Jonas: Okay. You want proof? Yeah. Here it is. I’m not physically, uh…tempted by Latinas.
Nolan: Excuse me? 
Father Jonas: I’ll identify all of the women with whom I… I broke my vows. And you’ll find every one of them was white. I’m not proud of it. But Latinas just aren’t my type. 
Flynn: But you’re a Latino yourself. 
Father Jonas: That’s all the explanation you get.

Right off the bat, he’s talking about “shifting immigration policies,” which is slightly less subtle than using Trump’s name, but just barely. Father Jonas has been traveling between California and Mexico to work with families that have been broken due to immigration policies, by which he seems to mean enforcing existing laws. Nobody wants families to suffer or to be separated, and it’s not as though ICE and deportations are new under Trump (in fact, deportations are slower now than under Obama) but one wouldn’t know that by watching television. 

Next, they go after Catholicism by making it clear that Father Jonas is a hypocrite for talking about his “responsibility to Christ” when broke his vow of celibacy – multiple times. While they’re on the subject, they also go ahead and make fun of Catholics for not believing in birth control and assuming that they aren’t faithful about sticking to that rule, either. 

Then Father Jonas throws them a curve ball. He didn’t have an affair with the woman they thought … because he just isn’t that into Latina women. (That splash you just heard was Major Crimes jumping the shark with the most ridiculous villainization possible.) They’re horrified because he is Latino so, to their thinking, he should be attracted to Latinas.

So they’re basically saying this lying, cheating, birth control-using adulterous priest is also a self-loathing racist. Yep, that pretty much sums up what the show thinks about Catholicism.

In just a few short weeks, Major Crimes will be put out of its misery. If you ask me, the major crime is that it was allowed to air for this long.

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Where Do Church Donations Go? The Catholic Church Has Used Almost $4 Billion Settling Child Molestation Lawsuits

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Pedophilia has become a huge topic of discussion over recent weeks as not only have sexual abuse outings been taking place in Hollywood, but the exposure of pedophilia in Hollywood and amongst the elite is becoming more common.

The reality of child molestation by the Roman Catholic Church has surfaced time and time again, and yet, somehow, it continues to happen. If you watched the movie Spotlight, perhaps you have an idea of just how things are going down. But let’s break it down to date.

While you can’t put a price on the innocence of a child, you can put a price on just how much the Roman Catholic Church has paid out in lawsuits over the never-ending epidemic of child molestation wreaking havoc in its ranks.

We hope the facts below help us to realize that in some ways our financial support of the catholic church is helping to cover up and defend pedophilia and child sexual abuse. Not to mention the government is providing tax breaks to what may be the biggest pedophile ring on the planet.

Also consider that the church has known about this for years and has done little to nothing to deal with it, instead they cover it up.

According to Jack and Diane Ruhl of the National Catholic Reporter, who decided to research this particular topic, since 1950, the Vatican has spent $3,994,797,060.10. That’s nearly $4 billion to keep the issue hush hush. That number may even be a bit conservative considering the amount of  “under the table” dealings have taken place which were uncovered in Spotlight investigations. Most cases were never reported nor were they taken to court, leaving their reality in the dark.

The figure is based on a three-month investigation of data, which includes a review of over 7,800 articles from LexisNexis Academic and NCR databases and information from Reports from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops were also used. 

If the amount of money dished out was divided evenly amongst the U.S.’s 197 dioceses, each one would get almost $20 million.  An incredible amount of cash from hard working people who chose to support the good faith and intentions of the Church — people who are parents to little boys being sexually abused — is being used to cover up unfathomable crimes executed by priests.

In the early nineties, a monk who worked at the Vatican opened up to The New Yorker, admitting: “You wouldn’t believe the amounts of money the church is spending to settle these priestly sexual-abuse cases.” By 1992, U.S. Catholic dioceses had given 400 million dollars to settle hundreds of molestation cases. That was a shocking chunk of change then, and that figure has only risen exponentially since. The men running the Vatican are well aware of the problem, and yet they refuse to provide justice.

When Pope Francis addressed hundreds of bishops on the issue, he said:

I realize how much the pain of recent years has weighed upon you, and I have supported your generous commitment to bring healing to victims — in the knowledge that in healing we too are healed — and to work to ensure that such crimes will never be repeated.

His words of “generous commitment” only further show just how tightly knit the Church truly is — worried more about reputation than morality.

“The people he was talking to are the people who moved the pedophiles around to prey on kids,” said John Salveson, a 59-year-old Philadelphia businessman who was abused as a child by a priest. “If you gave me 100 years to pick a word to describe the U.S. bishops’ reaction to this crisis, ‘generous’ would never make the list.”

Terry McKiernan, who runs, noted that Francis overlooked the fact that many dioceses around the country haven’t disclosed the names of abusers, and furthermore, continue to lobby against reforming statute of limitations laws that shield priests from prosecution for crimes from the past.

David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, was once optimistic that Francis would push for change in how the Church handled the scandal, but has since lost hope. “There’s nothing he could say that would be helpful, because Catholic bishops have said it all before — ‘I’m sorry, we didn’t know, we’ll do better.’ We’ve heard that for decades,” he said. “This is a pope who has refused to take steps to expose one predator or punish one enabler. . . . He could simply defrock, demote, discipline, or even clearly denounce just one complicit bishop. He refuses, not one.”

Spanning many hundreds of years, children have suffered at the hands of child predators who remain safe in the authority and integrity of an honorable faith, yet organizations, investigators, reporters, etc. continue to raise awareness, while the Catholic Church continues their fight to block bills that would extend the statute of limitations for reporting sex abuse.

Final Thoughts

There is more coming to light about the true nature of workings of many of the things we follow and believe in. Truth is coming to the surface more now than it ever has and it’s all happening for us to question the true nature of the systems and structures around us as well as the veil that has been pulled over our eyes about them.

Another key reflection point, how does covering up child sexual abuse serve to make humanity better or more peaceful? Especially from a religious institution.

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TNT’s ‘Major Crimes’ Majorly Smears Priests and Catholic Church

When a show begins with a main character looking at Jesus on a crucifix in a Catholic Church while snidely saying to Him, “Thanks for nothing,” and then remarks, “We found Lucas Garza’s body at a Catholic church. You know who hangs out at Catholic churches? Priests,” you know right away that there is a clear anti-Catholic bias and that things will all be downhill from there.

TNT’s Major Crimes spent most of their Tuesday, November 7 episode, “Sanctuary City: Part 2” bashing priests and the Catholic Church with similarly offensive remarks, and made a priest a prime suspect in the disappearance of three teenage boys, referred to as the “St. Joseph’s Three,” who went missing while on a field trip with their Catholic church and school.

Father Jonas is a teacher at St. Joseph’s and a mentor to the three boys, one of whom has already turned up dead at the church in a flower bed. One detective notes, “Father Jonas just can’t stop telling us enough how close he was to these boys.” Father Jonas further tells the detectives that he had an “intense” relationship with Ryan, and that doesn’t sit well with them.

Ryan came from an abusive home and was neglected, which leads main character Sharon (Mary McDonnell) to suggest during Father Jonas’s interrogation, “Neglected kids make better targets for exploitation.” Another detective, Camila Paige (Jessica Meraz), asks Father Jonas, “If you knew that Ryan was getting knocked around, why didn’t you report it?” “Apart from the Church’s little habit of covering up abuse,” District Attorney Andrea Hobbs (Kathe Mazur), watching the interrogation from another room, adds in another dig.

When Father Jonas storms out of the room after the interrogation, one detective states, “At least we have a pretty good idea he’s hiding something.” To which another one remarks, “Well, he’s a priest. Of course he’s hiding something.”

Other characters, such as Ryan’s estranged father, join in insinuating an improper relationship existed between Ryan and Father Jonas, and he’s referred to as “that freaky priest,” and “that asshole priest.”

Finally, detectives get a tip from an intern working at the Office of the Archdiocese that makes it appear that Father Jonas may indeed be guilty:

Nolan: Your lovely intern gave up what might be damning information on Father Jonas.

Raydor: What sort of damning information?

Nolan: He’s been transferred to six different dioceses over the past five years. Monterey, Tucson, Denver, Reno, Phoenix, and L.A.

Tao: And two of these transfers happened in the middle of the school year.

Flynn: Sounds like another one of the Church’s tried-and-true tactics to cover up sexual abuse.

Provenza: Well, our priest has told us over and over how close he is to these boys. Intensely close.

Raydor: And Father Jonas gave Ryan driving lessons.

Sykes: Yeah, well, front seat or back?

Provenza: Could’ve been the trunk.

After obtaining a search warrant for Father Jonas’s room, they discover that he’s fled the country.

Illegal immigration is also a focus of this five-part series, as one of the missing boys’ parents is in the country illegally. This leads to a debate over sanctuary cities between the F.B.I. and the L.A.P.D. with one officer arguing, “Do you want them to stop stepping forward as witnesses, to quit reporting rapes, missing children, and murders out of fear of being deported?”

Of course, such a show wouldn’t be complete without having an angry white male who hates illegal immigrants and wants them dead living next door to one of the missing boys:

Fey: Turns out Marvin Garret does more than make calls to ICE about his neighbors. We found an IP address linked to a computer he uses at home.

FBI Agent 2: Not sure who owns the website, but it’s called, and Marvin is its administrator.

Vega: “Unhyphenated Nation” is dedicated to the end of multiculturalism and the removal of all extensions to the word “American.” For example, the hyphens between African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Asian-Americans…

Tao: Hmm. What about Irish-Americans and Italian-Americans?

Vega: That doesn’t seem to come up.

Fey: Unhyphenated’s main issue appears to be crimes by illegal aliens.

Tao: The site is operated by Marvin?

Vega: Under the pseudonym “Buddy E. Lee,” so he didn’t pay for it, and it’s not listed under his real name, which is why it slipped by you guys. You see? The Patriot Act comes in handy now and then.

Flynn: A disgusting website isn’t enough to arrest this Marvin dirt bag.

To top off this caricature, they of course make Garret a federally licensed gun dealer as well.

As an aside, the show completely mishandled a type 1 diabetes storyline, from mislabeling the disease as “Type A diabetes” several times by several different characters, to showing grossly unrealistic diabetic supplies (I know because my daughter is a type 1 diabetic), proving that the writers don’t know what they’re talking about and are lazy with their research and information. So, can they really be trusted to handle these other serious issues properly?

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Catholic Priest Conducts Spiritual Cleansing Of Las Vegas Shooter's Hotel Room

A Chicago Catholic priest has performed a spiritual cleansing of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino room used by gunman Stephen Paddock during a mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month. 

The Rev. Clete Kiley told Newsweek that he confronted what he called the “mystery of evil” while performing a Roman Catholic rite on October 18 inside a room on the hotel’s 32nd floor. It was from this room that Paddock unleashed a barrage of bullets onto a country music festival on Oct. 1, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more.

Morning light reflects off the Mandalay Bay hotel and the broken windows where shooter Stephen Paddock conducted his shooting spree from the 32nd floor in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 3, 2017. Morning light reflects off the Mandalay Bay hotel and the broken windows where shooter Stephen Paddock conducted his shooting spree from the 32nd floor in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 3, 2017. 

Kiley, who is affiliated with the hospitality workers’ union UNITE HERE, was in Las Vegas to comfort traumatized staff at the Mandalay Bay ― some of whom he said were nervous about returning to the 32nd floor. After the FBI released the floor back to the hotel, he told the Chicago Sun Times that he brought a glass of water and a palm branch with him to perform a cleanse.

When the temporary door that had sealed the crime scene was opened, Kiley said he felt as if he was “pushed back.”

 “In my mind, I found myself saying to myself: ‘Oh no, you have to go.’ I instinctively began to pray in silence: ‘St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Protect us against the wickedness and snares of the devil,’” he told the Sun Times.

A view of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, overlooking the Las Vegas Strip after a mass shooting at a music concert October 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Drew Angerer via Getty Images)A view of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, overlooking the Las Vegas Strip after a mass shooting at a music concert October 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Drew Angerer via Getty Images)

Kiley then walked through a hallway littered with plaster and broken light fixtures, with bullet holes still visible in the walls. As he entered Paddock’s former room, he said he felt a “profound silence.”

“I kept saying this is just evil, raw evil,” he told the Sun Times. 

The priest then blessed the water and used the Catholic prayer for the blessing of a house to pray over every corner of the suite. He also asked the Holy Spirit to descend into the room with ” light, joy, peace, hope and life.”

Kiley said that leaders of other faith traditions may also be invited to pray in the space. HuffPost reached out to MGM Resorts International and UNITE HERE to confirm, but has not heard back.

“I really saw the whole thing as part of a healing process. A small part of a healing process,” Kiley told Newsweek.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Catholic institutions announce largest ever faith-based fossil fuel divestment

From the Church of England to the Islamic Society of North America, we’ve seen many religious groups grappling with the moral issues around investments in fossil fuels.

While each investment has a somewhat of a direct economic impact, the significance is usually more about sending a moral signal that we need to change our ways. That said, when the Guardian reports that 40 Catholic institutions have simultaneously announced that they are making significant divestments from fossil fuels, I suspect it hits the oil, gas and coal companies in the pocket book too.

Institutions involved include the Archdiocese of Cape Town, the Episcopal Conference of Belgium and the diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, as well as the German Church bank and Catholic relief organization Caritas, which alone is worth €4.5bn.

What will be interesting to watch for is when “moral” divestments like these start getting lost amid simple, financially-motivated shifts in capital. After all, with coal on the ropes and everyone from GM to Nissan getting into electrification, it can’t be long before Big Oil’s profit projections start to head south.

Add the prospect of electric passenger flights, startlingly low offshore wind costs and viable energy storage, and I find it hard to see why anyone would be placing long term bets on fossil fuels.

But maybe laggard investors are just throwing a Hail Mary…

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