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‘Saint with pure semen’ imprisoned

Nissim Aharon, a former Defense Ministry employee convicted of severe sexual offenses, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by the Petah Tikva District Court as part of a plea bargain.

Aharon was convicted of rape, sodomy, indecent acts, aggravated fraudulent acquisition, making threats, forgery, using a forged document, and attempted disruption of legal proceedings.

Aharon, a resident of Rishon Lezion, was arrested last August. The indictment issued against him said that for many years he presented himself as a righteous holy man with healing properties in order to prey on women and perform sexual acts on them. In addition, the women gave him large sums of money under false pretenses.

The indictment also revealed that Aharon, in his 60s, targeted a religious audience or those seeking to become religious. He lied to them, saying he is a holy, pure rabbi whom other rabbis consult. He would say that he is a hidden righteous man, one of the 36 righteous men in Judaism and fixes broken souls and controls angels.

To this end, he would tell women that his semen is a holy liquid, and whoever comes in physical contact with him will be healed in body and soul. He even went as far as to say that it is a religious commandment to touch the body of “Rabbi Nissim Aharon.” He claimed that his holiness is transferred to others via physical contact and that it purifies them.

I wonder if this story will get any of the attention and “in depth quality journalism” of the similar scandals in the Church? Probably not. But then again pointing out the beam in the Church’s eye while not seeing the boulder in their own has never -once- gone out of style.

'Saint with pure semen' imprisoned

Nissim Aharon, a former Defense Ministry employee convicted of severe sexual offenses, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by the Petah Tikva District Court as part of a plea bargain.

Aharon was convicted of rape, sodomy, indecent acts, aggravated fraudulent acquisition, making threats, forgery, using a forged document, and attempted disruption of legal proceedings.

Aharon, a resident of Rishon Lezion, was arrested last August. The indictment issued against him said that for many years he presented himself as a righteous holy man with healing properties in order to prey on women and perform sexual acts on them. In addition, the women gave him large sums of money under false pretenses.

The indictment also revealed that Aharon, in his 60s, targeted a religious audience or those seeking to become religious. He lied to them, saying he is a holy, pure rabbi whom other rabbis consult. He would say that he is a hidden righteous man, one of the 36 righteous men in Judaism and fixes broken souls and controls angels.

To this end, he would tell women that his semen is a holy liquid, and whoever comes in physical contact with him will be healed in body and soul. He even went as far as to say that it is a religious commandment to touch the body of “Rabbi Nissim Aharon.” He claimed that his holiness is transferred to others via physical contact and that it purifies them.

I wonder if this story will get any of the attention and “in depth quality journalism” of the similar scandals in the Church? Probably not. But then again pointing out the beam in the Church’s eye while not seeing the boulder in their own has never -once- gone out of style.

Eleven-year-old girl refuses abortion, understands a ‘life is growing in her womb’

.- Despite protests and pressure from feminists and pro-abortion groups, an 11-year-old girl in the Mexican city of Chetumal has refused to undergo an abortion.  The young girl explained her decision saying that she understands, “a life is growing in her womb.”

The girl is receiving medical attention at a local clinic, where doctors say the results of psychological tests have been positive.  The recent tests, said Lizbeth Gamboa Song, director of the National System for the Comprehensive Development of the Family, show the girl has a proper understanding of the new life within her and of what to expect during the pregnancy.

Dr. Juan Carlos Navarrete Jaimes of the Merida Clinic performed an ultrasound on the girl and found the mother and child to be in excellent health.  He also provided guidance on the prenatal care she needs during the coming months to ensure the pregnancy proceeds without complications.

Gamboa said that while the girl understands she is carrying a new life within her, “She does not yet fully realize the consequences of what it will mean to raise and care for a child” because of her young age.

“She understands what happens before a pregnancy, she knows her womb will grow, she knows at some point her water will break, and she knows how the baby will be born,” Gamboa said.

Related Post: Willful abortion is never the answer

This is some pretty positive news concerning the young girl in Mexico who was seemingly being pressured into having an abortion after her stepfather raped and impregnated her.

CNN reported that the girl was 10 rather than 11 and although it does not make a difference in the grander scheme of things (horrible crime and the sanctity of life) it does lend to the feeling that secular media is in favor of killing babies in the womb and vehemently opposed to the Catholic Church. Just sayin’

Eleven-year-old girl refuses abortion, understands a 'life is growing in her womb'

.- Despite protests and pressure from feminists and pro-abortion groups, an 11-year-old girl in the Mexican city of Chetumal has refused to undergo an abortion.  The young girl explained her decision saying that she understands, “a life is growing in her womb.”

The girl is receiving medical attention at a local clinic, where doctors say the results of psychological tests have been positive.  The recent tests, said Lizbeth Gamboa Song, director of the National System for the Comprehensive Development of the Family, show the girl has a proper understanding of the new life within her and of what to expect during the pregnancy.

Dr. Juan Carlos Navarrete Jaimes of the Merida Clinic performed an ultrasound on the girl and found the mother and child to be in excellent health.  He also provided guidance on the prenatal care she needs during the coming months to ensure the pregnancy proceeds without complications.

Gamboa said that while the girl understands she is carrying a new life within her, “She does not yet fully realize the consequences of what it will mean to raise and care for a child” because of her young age.

“She understands what happens before a pregnancy, she knows her womb will grow, she knows at some point her water will break, and she knows how the baby will be born,” Gamboa said.

Related Post: Willful abortion is never the answer

This is some pretty positive news concerning the young girl in Mexico who was seemingly being pressured into having an abortion after her stepfather raped and impregnated her.

CNN reported that the girl was 10 rather than 11 and although it does not make a difference in the grander scheme of things (horrible crime and the sanctity of life) it does lend to the feeling that secular media is in favor of killing babies in the womb and vehemently opposed to the Catholic Church. Just sayin’

Willful abortion is never the answer

The recent case of the rape and impregnation of a 10-year-old girl in Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mexico is igniting the usual debate concerning the legality of abortion and the necessity thereof.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS FROM CNN

  • Girl, 10, has been pregnant too long to have a legal abortion in her state, Quintana Roo
  • Groups allege state didn’t inform her of her abortion rights
  • Stepfather is accused of raping the girl
  • Groups call for federal officials and the U.N. to investigate the state’s handling of the case
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    10-year-old’s pregnancy fuels Mexican abortion debate

    Mexico City, Mexico (CNN) — A pregnant 10-year-old, allegedly raped by her stepfather, has become the latest lightning rod in the country’s heated abortion debate.

    The girl’s stepfather has been arrested. But advocates on both sides of the issue say their battle is just beginning. [We know this all too well. Pro-death advocates will always seize on cases such as these in order to claim their that abortion is the only answer when clearly it is not. As a commenter on the original site stated, physiological maturity of a person can vary. In this case it is obvious the girl was at a point where she was menstruating. With the proper care (mental and physical) this girl can come out on top and so can her child who would probably be adopted.]

    “This girl is much more than an isolated case,” said Adriana Ortiz-Ortega, a researcher at Mexico’s National Autonomous University who has written two books on abortion in Mexico, “and there is much more influence now from conservative groups that are trying to prevent the legalization of abortion.”

    Abortion is legal in Mexico’s capital city, but prohibited or significantly restricted in most of the country’s states. The girl’s home state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan peninsula, allows abortion in cases of rape during the first 90 days of the pregnancy. But the 10-year-old girl is at 17½ weeks, nearly a month past that limit.

    Advocacy groups are calling for federal officials and the United Nations to investigate Quintana Roo’s handling of the matter, claiming officials did not inform her of her abortion rights. [Pro-aborts will argue that this child is not capable of understanding the ramifications of her pregnancy; however, they make the case here that she is capable of understanding her right to an abortion. This is contradictory and makes no sense. More than likely the camp on the side of death is probably counting on this child not understanding the fact that abortion would kill the child within her. But consider that many times the maternal/paternal instincts will begin to manifest at an early age so I would argue that the girl understands in some what is going on in some way. Think of Our Blessed Mother’s fiat. She was not much older than this girl and knew full well what would happen when she said “Be it done to me according to thy word (Luke 1:38).” What she did not understand was how since she “knew not man (Luke 1:34).”]

    “We don’t know what is happening, and the institution that is supposed to provide support and care for these minors hasn’t been transparent. We’re really asking for accountability,” said Maria Luisa Sanchez Fuentes, director of the Information Group on Reproductive Choice. [Then they should take care to ensure that the stepfather is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.]

    State Attorney General Francisco Alor Quezada said he did not know whether officials had told the girl she had the option of pursuing an abortion, and he did not know how far the girl was into her pregnancy when her mother reported the assault to authorities last month.

    He said the girl is in the custody of state protective services, and officials are closely monitoring her physical and psychological care.

    “I do not think there is another instance in which the girl could be in better hands,” he said Monday.

    Child protective services officials in Quintana Roo said in a statement last week that the girl and the fetus were in good health. [For the child and her unborn baby, this is what should take precedent.]

    But Quintana Roo state legislator Maria Hadad said the girl’s doctors aren’t telling the whole story. She said continuing the pregnancy could cause severe mental and physical health problems for the girl. [This is what gets me. After seeing what pregnancy can do to the mother, anyone can make this argument which weakens the case for abortion. On the flip side, we know for sure that abortion can cause sever mental and physical scars. Better to side with God’s will for the protection of innocent life.]

    “It’s not just a high-risk pregnancy. It’s a pregnancy that puts the girl at risk,” Hadad told Mexican broadcaster Channel 10 in Chetumal, Mexico. [Again, many  pregnancies but the mother at risk. Does that mean that you abort every child in the same situation?]

    The Roman Catholic Church vocally opposes abortion in Mexico [As she does everywhere. Yet it appears from this article that the local Church has not made any comment on this particular case. So why even mention her by name? Controversy and the desire to undermine the Church.], and the topic has long been controversial there. The debate has been particularly heated since 2007, when the nation’s more liberal capital city approved a law legalizing abortion during the first three months of pregnancy with no restrictions. That decision was challenged and ultimately upheld by the country’s Supreme Court in 2008.

    Since 2007, 17 states have passed laws “protecting life beginning at conception,” according to the Information Group on Reproductive Choice. Legislators in Quintana Roo, which is also is home to the popular resort city of Cancun, approved such changes to its constitution last year.

    CNN’s Nadia Sanders and Krupskaia Alis in Mexico City, and Catherine E. Shoichet and Rafael Romo in Atlanta contributed to this report.

    via edition.cnn.com

    As usual, pro-aborts will attempt to use this horrid case of abuse and rape to suit their desires. Yet their arguments are tired and fly in the face of natural and moral law. Killing a baby in the womb does nothing to repair the harm done to this child. In fact will probably harm her further.

    As I mentioned earlier, maternal instincts tend to surface very early in human development. I can already see the complimentary paternal instincts manifesting in my two boys through their defence of one another in addition to how they care for their “babies” albeit they prefer bears, bananas and brontosauruses. The natural God-given instincts are there.

    Consider the knowledge of Our Blessed Mother, who was not but a couple of years older than this girl when she was “overshadowed,” and compare it to many children of this age in developing nations already know what happens during pregnancies and child birth. Mary lived in poverty like many in these nations still do and yet her only concern was how this gift of a child (Our Savior) would come to be because she was a virgin – a consecrated virgin who was never going to have intercourse because she belonged wholly to God. Again, the familiarity with the miracle of life and the tragedy of death is already there.

    How can anyone truly believe that murdering the child of a child would help the child? Jesus himself said in Matthew 18:6, “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Abortion is murder and murder is a sin no matter how you wish to dress it.

    “Aunque vistes la mona de seda, mona se queda.” In other words, “You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig.” 

    To emphasize the derelict nature of abortion and those who support such a heinous crime against life, read the following comment from the original article:


    Boricuawife: The reality of any pregnancy is that it is a parasite on the mother. [This is the logic. That every baby is a parasite. It is dehumanizing the child. The same tactic used by advocates of every genocide I can think of.] (please don’t take offense. I have 3 children of my own) In truth, for the fetus to survive, it must live off of its mothers body until gestation is complete. [And then that same child eats you out of house and home for 18 years costing you your “me” time, vacations, gadgets, etc…Parenthood is the embodiment of the love of God within us. The parent is the servant of servants; we must completely empty ourselves to our spouse and then for our children. This is the what I LIVE FOR – to serve God through my marriage and my children!] Pregnancy takes its toll on a full grown woman, including depleting a woman of vital nutrients. [Again, making the baby the adversary – the stumbling block.] This child is on the beginning edge of puberty. During puberty, a child’s nutritional requirements change drastically and all of the necessary nutrients have a place to go. For this poor child, those nutrients are being diverted to the fetus, robbing her body [Yes nutrients are diverted to the baby but they cannot deplete the mother for this would be the death of both. Trust in Christ Jesus and all will turn out for the best even if that is beyond our human comprehension.] of vital nutrients which will in turn affect her possibly for the rest of her life. The strain of carrying the fetus to term carries a far greater risk than terminating the pregnancy now. The longer the pregnancy continues, the greater the risk to this young life. [Once more the baby is the adversary and there is a dehumanizing disregard for the importance of the child in the womb.]

    There is no reason to further injure the child-mother and the baby because of this horrid act. On the sole understanding that God is the author of life and the one who made a soul specifically for that child in the womb (Job 31:15, Psalms 139:13-14, Isaiah 44:2, Jeremiah 1:5, Luke 1:15, Luke 1:41,1 Corinthians 6:19-20) we should understand that this baby is part of His Divine Mercy. He makes all things new (Revelation 21:5) – turning this horrible sin into a miracle of life. It may not be for this mother to raise her child but there could be another willing to take the burden. Only God knows the full potential of any one person, who are we to interfere?

    Willful abortion is never the answer

    The recent case of the rape and impregnation of a 10-year-old girl in Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mexico is igniting the usual debate concerning the legality of abortion and the necessity thereof.

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS FROM CNN
    • Girl, 10, has been pregnant too long to have a legal abortion in her state, Quintana Roo
    • Groups allege state didn’t inform her of her abortion rights
    • Stepfather is accused of raping the girl
    • Groups call for federal officials and the U.N. to investigate the state’s handling of the case

    Mexico's abortion debate became particularly heated in 2007, when Mexico City passed a law legalizing abortion.

    10-year-old’s pregnancy fuels Mexican abortion debate

    Mexico City, Mexico (CNN) — A pregnant 10-year-old, allegedly raped by her stepfather, has become the latest lightning rod in the country’s heated abortion debate.

    The girl’s stepfather has been arrested. But advocates on both sides of the issue say their battle is just beginning. [We know this all too well. Pro-death advocates will always seize on cases such as these in order to claim their that abortion is the only answer when clearly it is not. As a commenter on the original site stated, physiological maturity of a person can vary. In this case it is obvious the girl was at a point where she was menstruating. With the proper care (mental and physical) this girl can come out on top and so can her child who would probably be adopted.]

    “This girl is much more than an isolated case,” said Adriana Ortiz-Ortega, a researcher at Mexico’s National Autonomous University who has written two books on abortion in Mexico, “and there is much more influence now from conservative groups that are trying to prevent the legalization of abortion.”

    Abortion is legal in Mexico’s capital city, but prohibited or significantly restricted in most of the country’s states. The girl’s home state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan peninsula, allows abortion in cases of rape during the first 90 days of the pregnancy. But the 10-year-old girl is at 17½ weeks, nearly a month past that limit.

    Advocacy groups are calling for federal officials and the United Nations to investigate Quintana Roo’s handling of the matter, claiming officials did not inform her of her abortion rights. [Pro-aborts will argue that this child is not capable of understanding the ramifications of her pregnancy; however, they make the case here that she is capable of understanding her right to an abortion. This is contradictory and makes no sense. More than likely the camp on the side of death is probably counting on this child not understanding the fact that abortion would kill the child within her. But consider that many times the maternal/paternal instincts will begin to manifest at an early age so I would argue that the girl understands in some what is going on in some way. Think of Our Blessed Mother’s fiat. She was not much older than this girl and knew full well what would happen when she said “Be it done to me according to thy word (Luke 1:38).” What she did not understand was how since she “knew not man (Luke 1:34).”]

    “We don’t know what is happening, and the institution that is supposed to provide support and care for these minors hasn’t been transparent. We’re really asking for accountability,” said Maria Luisa Sanchez Fuentes, director of the Information Group on Reproductive Choice. [Then they should take care to ensure that the stepfather is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.]

    State Attorney General Francisco Alor Quezada said he did not know whether officials had told the girl she had the option of pursuing an abortion, and he did not know how far the girl was into her pregnancy when her mother reported the assault to authorities last month.

    He said the girl is in the custody of state protective services, and officials are closely monitoring her physical and psychological care.

    “I do not think there is another instance in which the girl could be in better hands,” he said Monday.

    Child protective services officials in Quintana Roo said in a statement last week that the girl and the fetus were in good health. [For the child and her unborn baby, this is what should take precedent.]

    But Quintana Roo state legislator Maria Hadad said the girl’s doctors aren’t telling the whole story. She said continuing the pregnancy could cause severe mental and physical health problems for the girl. [This is what gets me. After seeing what pregnancy can do to the mother, anyone can make this argument which weakens the case for abortion. On the flip side, we know for sure that abortion can cause sever mental and physical scars. Better to side with God’s will for the protection of innocent life.]

    “It’s not just a high-risk pregnancy. It’s a pregnancy that puts the girl at risk,” Hadad told Mexican broadcaster Channel 10 in Chetumal, Mexico. [Again, many  pregnancies but the mother at risk. Does that mean that you abort every child in the same situation?]

    The Roman Catholic Church vocally opposes abortion in Mexico [As she does everywhere. Yet it appears from this article that the local Church has not made any comment on this particular case. So why even mention her by name? Controversy and the desire to undermine the Church.], and the topic has long been controversial there. The debate has been particularly heated since 2007, when the nation’s more liberal capital city approved a law legalizing abortion during the first three months of pregnancy with no restrictions. That decision was challenged and ultimately upheld by the country’s Supreme Court in 2008.

    Since 2007, 17 states have passed laws “protecting life beginning at conception,” according to the Information Group on Reproductive Choice. Legislators in Quintana Roo, which is also is home to the popular resort city of Cancun, approved such changes to its constitution last year.

    CNN’s Nadia Sanders and Krupskaia Alis in Mexico City, and Catherine E. Shoichet and Rafael Romo in Atlanta contributed to this report.

    via edition.cnn.com

    As usual, pro-aborts will attempt to use this horrid case of abuse and rape to suit their desires. Yet their arguments are tired and fly in the face of natural and moral law. Killing a baby in the womb does nothing to repair the harm done to this child. In fact will probably harm her further.

    As I mentioned earlier, maternal instincts tend to surface very early in human development. I can already see the complimentary paternal instincts manifesting in my two boys through their defence of one another in addition to how they care for their “babies” albeit they prefer bears, bananas and brontosauruses. The natural God-given instincts are there.

     
    Consider the knowledge of Our Blessed Mother, who was not but a couple of years older than this girl when she was “overshadowed,” and compare it to many children of this age in developing nations already know what happens during pregnancies and child birth. Mary lived in poverty like many in these nations still do and yet her only concern was how this gift of a child (Our Savior) would come to be because she was a virgin – a consecrated virgin who was never going to have intercourse because she belonged wholly to God. Again, the familiarity with the miracle of life and the tragedy of death is already there.
     
    How can anyone truly believe that murdering the child of a child would help the child? Jesus himself said in Matthew 18:6, “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Abortion is murder and murder is a sin no matter how you wish to dress it.
     
    “Aunque vistes la mona de seda, mona se queda.” In other words, “You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig.” 

    To emphasize the derelict nature of abortion and those who support such a heinous crime against life, read the following comment from the original article:

    Boricuawife: The reality of any pregnancy is that it is a parasite on the mother. [This is the logic. That every baby is a parasite. It is dehumanizing the child. The same tactic used by advocates of every genocide I can think of.] (please don’t take offense. I have 3 children of my own) In truth, for the fetus to survive, it must live off of its mothers body until gestation is complete. [And then that same child eats you out of house and home for 18 years costing you your “me” time, vacations, gadgets, etc…Parenthood is the embodiment of the love of God within us. The parent is the servant of servants; we must completely empty ourselves to our spouse and then for our children. This is the what I LIVE FOR – to serve God through my marriage and my children!] Pregnancy takes its toll on a full grown woman, including depleting a woman of vital nutrients. [Again, making the baby the adversary – the stumbling block.] This child is on the beginning edge of puberty. During puberty, a child’s nutritional requirements change drastically and all of the necessary nutrients have a place to go. For this poor child, those nutrients are being diverted to the fetus, robbing her body [Yes nutrients are diverted to the baby but they cannot deplete the mother for this would be the death of both. Trust in Christ Jesus and all will turn out for the best even if that is beyond our human comprehension.] of vital nutrients which will in turn affect her possibly for the rest of her life. The strain of carrying the fetus to term carries a far greater risk than terminating the pregnancy now. The longer the pregnancy continues, the greater the risk to this young life. [Once more the baby is the adversary and there is a dehumanizing disregard for the importance of the child in the womb.]

    There is no reason to further injure the child-mother and the baby because of this horrid act. On the sole understanding that God is the author of life and the one who made a soul specifically for that child in the womb (Job 31:15, Psalms 139:13-14, Isaiah 44:2, Jeremiah 1:5, Luke 1:15, Luke 1:41,1 Corinthians 6:19-20) we should understand that this baby is part of His Divine Mercy. He makes all things new (Revelation 21:5) – turning this horrible sin into a miracle of life. It may not be for this mother to raise her child but there could be another willing to take the burden. Only God knows the full potential of any one person, who are we to interfere?

    Catholic League Calls Out the Times

    The Catholic League has weighed in with a full page ad in the New York Times (aka Hell’s Bible).

    The text:

    GOING FOR THE VATICAN JUGULAR

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    Recent accusations against the Vatican deserve a response.

    • Fr. Lawrence Murphy apparently began his predatory behavior inWisconsin in the 1950s, yet the victims’ families never contacted the police until the mid-1970s. After an investigation, the case was dropped.

    • The Vatican did not learn of the case until 1996.

    • Cardinal Ratzinger, now the pope, was the head of the office that was contacted. There is no evidence that he knew of it. But even if he did, he would have had to allow for an investigation. While the inquiry was proceeding, Murphy died.

    • The Times questions why Murphy was never defrocked. But only the Vatican can do that, and since it never learned of the case until he was dying, it was never a realistic option.

    • The Times says the Vatican’s canonical inquiry was done in secret. Correct. The proceedings of internal investigations—even in organizations like the Times—are never shown on C-SPAN.

    • The Times says repeatedly that Church officials did not report accusations of abuse to the police. The common response of all organizations, secular as well as religious, was to access therapy and reinstate the patient (I prefer the term offender). Today it is obvious that a more hard-line approach is necessary, though therapy is still popular in many quarters.

    • The Times continues to editorialize about the “pedophilia crisis,” when all along it’s been a homosexual crisis. Eighty percent of the victims of priestly sexual abuse are male and most of them are post-pubescent. While homosexuality does not cause predatory behavior, and most gay priests are not molesters, most of the molesters have been gay.

    Here’s what’s really going on. The Times has teamed up with Jeffrey Anderson, a radical lawyer who has made millions suing the Church (and greasing professional victims’ groups like SNAP), so they can weaken its moral authority. Why? Because of issues like abortion, gay marriage and women’s ordination. That’s what’s really driving them mad, and that’s why they are on the hunt. Those who doubt this to be true need to ask why the debt-ridden Times does not spend the same resources looking for dirt in other institutions that occurred a half-century ago.

    Bill Donohue
    President

    CATHOLIC LEAGUE for Religious and Civil Rights
    450 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York 10123
    (212) 371-3191 Fax: (212) 371-3394
    www.catholicleague.org

    UPDATE: I like the Curt Jester’s observation via Twitter: The NYT rejected Archbishop Dolan’s response but accepted a paid ad from Catholic League: at the NYT you have to pay for balance.  Kudos to the Jester.

    Thanks to Fr. Z for posting this and the Catholic League for its defense.

    Catholic League Calls Out the Times

    The Catholic League has weighed in with a full page ad in the New York Times (aka Hell’s Bible).

    The text:

    GOING FOR THE VATICAN JUGULAR

    Recent accusations against the Vatican deserve a response.

    • Fr. Lawrence Murphy apparently began his predatory behavior inWisconsin in the 1950s, yet the victims’ families never contacted the police until the mid-1970s. After an investigation, the case was dropped.

    • The Vatican did not learn of the case until 1996.

    • Cardinal Ratzinger, now the pope, was the head of the office that was contacted. There is no evidence that he knew of it. But even if he did, he would have had to allow for an investigation. While the inquiry was proceeding, Murphy died.

    • The Times questions why Murphy was never defrocked. But only the Vatican can do that, and since it never learned of the case until he was dying, it was never a realistic option.

    • The Times says the Vatican’s canonical inquiry was done in secret. Correct. The proceedings of internal investigations—even in organizations like the Times—are never shown on C-SPAN.

    • The Times says repeatedly that Church officials did not report accusations of abuse to the police. The common response of all organizations, secular as well as religious, was to access therapy and reinstate the patient (I prefer the term offender). Today it is obvious that a more hard-line approach is necessary, though therapy is still popular in many quarters.

    • The Times continues to editorialize about the “pedophilia crisis,” when all along it’s been a homosexual crisis. Eighty percent of the victims of priestly sexual abuse are male and most of them are post-pubescent. While homosexuality does not cause predatory behavior, and most gay priests are not molesters, most of the molesters have been gay.

    Here’s what’s really going on. The Times has teamed up with Jeffrey Anderson, a radical lawyer who has made millions suing the Church (and greasing professional victims’ groups like SNAP), so they can weaken its moral authority. Why? Because of issues like abortion, gay marriage and women’s ordination. That’s what’s really driving them mad, and that’s why they are on the hunt. Those who doubt this to be true need to ask why the debt-ridden Times does not spend the same resources looking for dirt in other institutions that occurred a half-century ago.

    Bill Donohue
    President

    CATHOLIC LEAGUE for Religious and Civil Rights
    450 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York 10123
    (212) 371-3191 Fax: (212) 371-3394
    www.catholicleague.org

    UPDATE: I like the Curt Jester’s observation via Twitter: The NYT rejected Archbishop Dolan’s response but accepted a paid ad from Catholic League: at the NYT you have to pay for balance.  Kudos to the Jester.

    Thanks to Fr. Z for posting this and the Catholic League for its defense.

    Aggie Catholics: Newsweek Does It Again

    Lisa Miller from Newsweek is at it again. Her favorite advesary, the Catholic Church, sells a lot of books and magazines when you throw it under the bus. So, why stop? She sure got this one wrong again, just as she did when talking about heaven recently.

    Here is one snip that should get us going, as she talks about women in the Church:

    The problem—bluntly put—is that the bishops and cardinals who manage the institutional church live behind guarded walls in a pre-Enlightenment world. Within their enclave, they remain largely untouched by the democratic revolutions in France and America. On questions of morality, they hold the group—in this case, the church—above the individual and regard modernity as a threat. We in the democratic West who criticize the hierarchy for its shocking inaction take the supremacy of the individual for granted. They in the Vatican who blast the media for bias against the pope value ecclesiastical cohesion over all. The gap is real. We don’t get them. And they don’t get us.

    She got two things correct:
    1 – she doesn’t “get” the Catholic Church.
    2 – she is part of modern culture.

    Outside of these facts, she makes a mess of the rest of the article. She, as most in the media do, casts the Catholic Church as nothing more than a political or business reality and cannot think outside of these models and structures. In this kind of understanding of the Church, the hierarchy is sexist, they don’t understand modernity and progress, the Church needs to open up the doors to the sexual revolution and an enlightened understanding of humanity.

    This kind of understanding hasn’t worked so well were implemented, so why does Miller think it will work in the Church? Because she sees things such as abortion, contraception, no-fault divorce, gaining power over human life, etc. as good things.

    Our modern culture calls evil a good thing and asks the Catholic Church to do so as well. I won’t hold my breath.

    Even her sources are suspect. To talk about the inner workings of the Catholic Church she quotes a United Church of Christ female minister:

    “You can make a good argument that part of the problem is the hierarchy, in terms of it being a boys’ club, an institution that is so ingrown and conservative and out of touch with people.”

    So, the Catholic Church – which is growing leaps and bounds – should listen to a women who is part of a dying denomination about how to be “in touch”? No thanks.

    It is one thing to be critical – and we should be critical of leaders who don’t stand up to evil or allow bad things to happen. But, it is quite another to merely throw random (and silly) accusations around and hope one sticks in order to lead to “change” as you think it should happen.

    The Church of Lisa Miller isn’t gaining many members…Sr. Mary Ann Walsh agrees and starts with facts about the article:

    Observations get tossed about without scrutiny. For example, she states, wrongly, that “few women retain high-profile management jobs, such as chancellor, within dioceses.” Fact-checking proves that wrong. If you take the requirement for ordination off the table, data shows that the number of women in leadership positions in Catholic dioceses is comparable to that of the women in the U.S. workforce as a whole. One quarter of diocesan positions at the highest level, such as chancellor or chief financial officer, are held by women. You don’t find similar numbers among U.S. corporations.

    Influence in the church does not depend upon ordination, though there is no doubt that it helps. The greatest impact of the Catholic Church in the United States arguably has been through its education and hospital systems, where women have taken the lead from the start. Church women also have had an impact beyond the church. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, for example, touched hearts everywhere and educated us to the extent of abject global poverty. Historically, some women even have overshadowed popes. Most educated people have heard of Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena. Does anyone, even the highly educated, know who the popes were when these women lived?

    Lisa Miller’s article sinks into male-bashing, church-style. She notes that not everyone in the church is bad, and suggests some hope for the church, thanks to women. She scoffs churchmen just as women when alone will dis men as hopeless and helpless, etc. (and no doubt as men similarly dis women when men gather by themselves) This is good for laughs, but not to be taken seriously.

    The topic de jour for media now is sexual abuse of minors by clergy. Lisa Miller’s article seems to reduce the problem to one that could be resolved by breaking open the all-male, celibate priesthood. You can’t get a more simplistic analysis than that. Statistics show that 30-40 percent of sexual abuse occurs in the home, and that’s a conservative estimate.

    What would Mary do? This is the question Miller asks. I think Sr. Mary Ann has a better answer than Miller ever will.

    Thanks to Aggie Catholics for beating me to the punch. I first saw this Newsweek article at a local newsstand. I did not purchase it but was able to read the online version.

    Unfortunately, my work has been keeping me pretty busy (despite a couple of posts) and I have yet been unable to dedicate time to comment on the article. But why invent the wheel?

    Aggie Catholics has done a great job here and it is worth the read. The article, however, is not. Just more anti-Catholic rhetoric. What I still can’t understand is how many people write about the Church but do not understand that the Catholic Church is the only church established by Jesus Himself. This institution is of divine origins.

    Besides, the article does not even address the question on the cover of the magazine, “What Would Mary Do?” But I am going to address it here. Mary would defend the Pope, not wish to be a priest and pray for all of those who abused their power. Just as she is doing right now!

    Aggie Catholics: Newsweek Does It Again

    Lisa Miller from Newsweek is at it again. Her favorite advesary, the Catholic Church, sells a lot of books and magazines when you throw it under the bus. So, why stop? She sure got this one wrong again, just as she did when talking about heaven recently.

    Here is one snip that should get us going, as she talks about women in the Church:

    The problem—bluntly put—is that the bishops and cardinals who manage the institutional church live behind guarded walls in a pre-Enlightenment world. Within their enclave, they remain largely untouched by the democratic revolutions in France and America. On questions of morality, they hold the group—in this case, the church—above the individual and regard modernity as a threat. We in the democratic West who criticize the hierarchy for its shocking inaction take the supremacy of the individual for granted. They in the Vatican who blast the media for bias against the pope value ecclesiastical cohesion over all. The gap is real. We don’t get them. And they don’t get us.

    She got two things correct:
    1 – she doesn’t “get” the Catholic Church.
    2 – she is part of modern culture.

    Outside of these facts, she makes a mess of the rest of the article. She, as most in the media do, casts the Catholic Church as nothing more than a political or business reality and cannot think outside of these models and structures. In this kind of understanding of the Church, the hierarchy is sexist, they don’t understand modernity and progress, the Church needs to open up the doors to the sexual revolution and an enlightened understanding of humanity.

    This kind of understanding hasn’t worked so well were implemented, so why does Miller think it will work in the Church? Because she sees things such as abortion, contraception, no-fault divorce, gaining power over human life, etc. as good things.

    Our modern culture calls evil a good thing and asks the Catholic Church to do so as well. I won’t hold my breath.

    Even her sources are suspect. To talk about the inner workings of the Catholic Church she quotes a United Church of Christ female minister:

    “You can make a good argument that part of the problem is the hierarchy, in terms of it being a boys’ club, an institution that is so ingrown and conservative and out of touch with people.”

    So, the Catholic Church – which is growing leaps and bounds – should listen to a women who is part of a dying denomination about how to be “in touch”? No thanks.

    It is one thing to be critical – and we should be critical of leaders who don’t stand up to evil or allow bad things to happen. But, it is quite another to merely throw random (and silly) accusations around and hope one sticks in order to lead to “change” as you think it should happen.

    The Church of Lisa Miller isn’t gaining many members…Sr. Mary Ann Walsh agrees and starts with facts about the article:

    Observations get tossed about without scrutiny. For example, she states, wrongly, that “few women retain high-profile management jobs, such as chancellor, within dioceses.” Fact-checking proves that wrong. If you take the requirement for ordination off the table, data shows that the number of women in leadership positions in Catholic dioceses is comparable to that of the women in the U.S. workforce as a whole. One quarter of diocesan positions at the highest level, such as chancellor or chief financial officer, are held by women. You don’t find similar numbers among U.S. corporations.

    Influence in the church does not depend upon ordination, though there is no doubt that it helps. The greatest impact of the Catholic Church in the United States arguably has been through its education and hospital systems, where women have taken the lead from the start. Church women also have had an impact beyond the church. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, for example, touched hearts everywhere and educated us to the extent of abject global poverty. Historically, some women even have overshadowed popes. Most educated people have heard of Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena. Does anyone, even the highly educated, know who the popes were when these women lived?

    Lisa Miller’s article sinks into male-bashing, church-style. She notes that not everyone in the church is bad, and suggests some hope for the church, thanks to women. She scoffs churchmen just as women when alone will dis men as hopeless and helpless, etc. (and no doubt as men similarly dis women when men gather by themselves) This is good for laughs, but not to be taken seriously.

    The topic de jour for media now is sexual abuse of minors by clergy. Lisa Miller’s article seems to reduce the problem to one that could be resolved by breaking open the all-male, celibate priesthood. You can’t get a more simplistic analysis than that. Statistics show that 30-40 percent of sexual abuse occurs in the home, and that’s a conservative estimate.

    What would Mary do? This is the question Miller asks. I think Sr. Mary Ann has a better answer than Miller ever will.

    Thanks to Aggie Catholics for beating me to the punch. I first saw this Newsweek article at a local newsstand. I did not purchase it but was able to read the online version.

    Unfortunately, my work has been keeping me pretty busy (despite a couple of posts) and I have yet been unable to dedicate time to comment on the article. But why invent the wheel?

    Aggie Catholics has done a great job here and it is worth the read. The article, however, is not. Just more anti-Catholic rhetoric. What I still can’t understand is how many people write about the Church but do not understand that the Catholic Church is the only church established by Jesus Himself. This institution is of divine origins.

    Besides, the article does not even address the question on the cover of the magazine, “What Would Mary Do?” But I am going to address it here. Mary would defend the Pope, not wish to be a priest and pray for all of those who abused their power. Just as she is doing right now!