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The Child Abuse-Confessional Connection

Pope Francis delivered a sermon emphasizing the importance of Confession, then, a week later, he acknowledged the RCC’s long history of child abuse by its priests on Catholic Radio, saying “I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests, quite a few in number…to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children”. The Catholic practice of confessing has a long and turbulent history, and has undergone many changes as it evolved into the ritual familiar to modern-day Catholics. This evolution and it’s modern consequences have recently been published in a book “The Dark Box; A Secret History of Confession” by John Cornwell; fully documenting that the child abuse scandal that has plagued the RCC for the past two decades is hopelessly intertwined with the confessional.



Confession originated in the early centuries of Catholicism as a way for sinners to be “reconciled” to their communities by way of a public confession followed by external “penance”. This penance included going barefoot, fasting, monetary fines, making pilgrimages, and abstaining from sex or rich food, among other punishments. After a pre-set time period, the “penitent” would be accepted back into the fold. It became customary for royals and high-ranking government officials to have personal Confessors, priests who became privy to their secrets and were responsible for the spiritual well-being of their sponsors. This allowed the RCC to become very influential on a high level with the majority of powerful European families in the centuries leading up to and into the Middle Ages.


It was common practice for these priests to exploit their influential positions, furthering RCC interests in government decisions and causing these rich penitents to build churches or make large monetary donations to Catholic institutions. As the threat of Heresy consumed the Catholic Church, annual Confession became obligatory. Refusal to submit to annual confession was grounds for excommunication, arrest and imprisonment, often becoming subject to the Inquisitors. Parishioners were encouraged to report those who avoided confession. Outspoken papal critics, such as the Cathars and Albisengiens in France, openly opposed confession to a priest, advocating the Catholic sacrament of Confession to be a false doctrine. Pope Innocent III initiated a military campaign against them, ultimately wiping them out. It is a common belief that the institution of the confession requirement was a subtle way to enforce regular submission to a priest for systematic questioning in seeking out heretics and heretical influences among local communities.

Inquisitors resorted to cruel torture in an effort to extract confessions. This process is detailed in the book “Malleus Malifecarum” (“Hammer of Witches”), a popular manual for Inquisitors. Resulting in the imprisonment, torture and death of tens of thousands of people, mostly women. The forced confessions were obtained under extreme duress and many victims fabricated “sins” to confess just to escape the pain. As the Inquisition swept through Europe, many people backed away from the Roman Church due to distrust of the motives of the clergy, giving rise to the Protestant Reformation. It was widely reported that confessor priests would blackmail women into performing sex acts. Sexual immorality became a defining theme of Confession, with masturbation deemed more sinful than rape.

Prior to the 20th century, it was common for young Catholics to submit to Confession for the first time at about the age of 14 or 15 years old. Around the turn of the century, when Pope Pious X came into power, attendance at Confession was at an all-time low. Pious felt that by waiting until after puberty to indoctrinate young Catholics into the church, they were losing them to “Modernism”, a term he used to describe the secular corruption of Catholics. In response, he ordered that Catholic education begin at the age of 5 or 6 years old with the first Confession and Communion occurring around 7 years of age.


This early education strongly featured memorization of prescribed prayers and descriptions of “sin”. Needless to say, this early exposure to subjects such as masturbation, sex, and “impure thoughts” contributed greatly to the guilt and sexual confusion felt by the pre-pubescent students. These children were inappropriately interrogated by priests, who they had been taught were “Vicars of Christ”, about their personal sexual activities without their parents being present. In his book, Mr. Cornwell describes the mental anguish felt by young boys who struggled with their emerging sexuality against the background of the moral teachings of the RCC. He also relates stories of bewildered young children being confessed while on the lap of the priest who is grilling them about their “impure thoughts”. By their method of teaching young children using guilt and fear, along with the requirement to confess their sins (even their sexual thoughts) to a sexually repressed priest, created the environment for the exploitation of the confessional to molest children.

Molestation of children in the confessional included mutual masturbation, rape, the display of pornographic images, and inappropriate questioning to feel out likely victims. Children of single mothers and widows were preyed upon under the auspices of being “taken under [the priest’s] wing”, these relationships being encouraged by the grateful mothers of those children. Often, the children were offered alcohol or drugs. Molestation commonly occurred during outings or overnight trips with priests. However, the confessional was the tool used by priests to scout for their victims. Complaints about offending priests went largely ignored as the RCC shuffled priests to other parishes to inevitably offend again. The most appalling aspect of this criminal molestation of children was that it was perpetrated by men who these children had been taught to believe were holy men, God’s representatives on earth. Some children were even told by their molesters that the attacks were the manifestation of God’s extraordinary love for them. While many incidents of child oppression, rape and molestation have been exposed, the vast majority have gone unreported. The RCC takes great pains to protect those accused priests even going so far as to absolve offenders who had “confessed” to fellow priests, concealing their crimes under the guise of the confessional “Seal of Secrecy”.


The most notorious priest to use the confessional for the molestation of children is Marciel Maciel Degollado, a Mexican-born priest and founder of the “Legion of Christ”. For decades, he molested young boys, urging them to masturbate him in his quarters or in the confessional, even giving them absolution afterwards for the sex acts they had performed at his behest. When a group of these boys, now adult men – including some who became priests themselves, complained in 1998 to the Vatican (via the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then headed by Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI) the investigation was shelved on the orders of Pope John Paul II. During the remainder of Pope John Paul II’s rule, he continued to publicly praise Maciel as an “efficacious guide to youth”. It was only after the death of John Paul II that Maciel was removed from the priesthood by Ratzinger, now the new Pope, in 2006, ten years after the allegations were brought to light. He died 2 years later, at the age of 87, having never had to answer for his crimes. Two of his own illegitimate children would even come forward, saying he had molested them as well.


Young women were not spared, especially in Ireland during the early to mid 1900’s. As these pubescent girls “confessed” their burgeoning sexuality to confessor priests, the parents of those girls considered too flirty, too pretty, or in danger of moral lapses were encouraged to send them to Magdalene Institutions where the girls would be imprisoned for years and forced to perform harsh manual labor, often being physically and sexually abused themselves while incarcerated there. The last of these institutions closed in 1996.

These men and the organization they represent are the Sons of Perdition spoken of in 2 Thessalonians by the Apostle Paul, the men of sin that are being revealed now, in the last days. Their teachings and practices are against God, yet they present themselves in an image of godliness. The RCC is fond of asserting that these crimes have been perpetrated by a small number of “evil” priests - that statement has proven false. Their skirt has been pulled up over their head, their crimes have been exposed. Their organization has purposely cultivated the perfect opportunity for child abuse inside the confessional booth and used it to control children through violence, fear and guilt. They cannot separate the modern ritual of confession from the exploitation of children by priests, the two have been interwoven together for a century. It will do no good to beg forgiveness for their crimes, God has passed judgment on them already, their fate has been sealed. Babylon has fallen, that Great Whore.

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Pope speaks empty words re: greed and slavery.

May 18th, 2013 (09:57 am)

Pope Francis has addressed the recent, terrible collapse of a Bangladesh building and death of hundreds of people, many working there as garment makers for very low wages.  In a private service, Francis spoke of the tragedy, saying that greed and slave labor are against God.  This is coming from the wealthiest organization on the planet with a long history of participation in and support of many different types of slavery.

The enthusiastic persecution of heresy by the RCC lasted hundreds of years, during which they amassed great wealth through seizing the property of suspected wealthy “heretics“.  Donations (bribes) of property and money to the Vatican by those wealthy seeking to protect themselves from the scrutiny of Inquisitors were commonplace.  When that well started to dry up, Inquisitors began to target even the poor.  Their aggressive pursuit of heretics, and later, witches, resulted in the death, torture and seizure of the property of millions. 

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In modern day, they remain one of the richest and most affluent groups existent.  They proclaim themselves the rulers of kings and have used their influence to protect their ill-gotten gains.  They even sanctioned Hitler who later created the infamous concentration camps where millions of Israelites were imprisoned and horribly killed.  To this day, the Vatican continues to downplay their extensive involvement in Nazi activities.  Papal Bulls issued in the 15th Century sanctioned slavery of natives in the New World as well as seizure of their properties.  When native slaves became scarce through disease and mistreatment, the Transatlantic Slave Trade was proposed by Bishop Las Casas, and over the next 3 centuries, approx 12 million African slaves were shipped to the Americas.

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Books against slavery were Indexed and even Catholic missionaries that spoke out against slavery were excommunicated.  Jesuits, the Order to which the current Pope Francis belongs, were also slave-owners.  Vatican opinions regarding slavery were inconsistent and ambiguous, with various officials offering vastly different teachings on the subject.  Even their dogmatic teachings created a kind of moral slavery where every aspect of a person’s life was subjected to their scrutiny.

 

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Moral scrutiny even caused the imprisonment and forced labor of tens of thousands of women in Magdalene Laundries, the last of which was closed as recently as 1996.  Let's not overlook the irreparable harm they have done to countless children, changing their young lives forever with their perverse attentions.  As though raping children were not enough, their long-standing practice of protecting offending priests, transferring them to a different church to continue their disgusting activities, and blaming the victims is well established.



If greed and slave labor are against God, then the Vatican, by it’s very existence and history, is against God.  Once again, attempting to project a godly image when their organization is overflowing with unrighteousness since it‘s inception.  Pope Francis' words ring hollow when confronted by the historical attitude of the Vatican towards slavery, their history of large scale oppression and the vastness of their stolen fortune.  God's Word has this to say about them...

Mic 2:1-2 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand.  And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his inheritance.

Psa 73:6-8 (of the prosperous wicked) Therefore pride encompasses them about as a chain; violence covers them [as] a garment.  Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than their heart could wish.  They are corrupt, and speak wickedly [concerning] oppression: they speak loftily.  :12   Behold, these [are] the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase [in] riches.

Mat 15:7-9 (Y’hoshua says of the Pharisees)  Hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like unto white-washed tombs, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead bones, and of all uncleanness.

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Modern Day Idol Worship

June 7th, 2009 (01:31 pm)

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Land of Confusion

December 1st, 2006 (09:59 pm)

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‘CULTURE OF LIFE’? or ‘LIFE-SUPPORT’

February 16th, 2006 (04:54 pm)

On Jan 17, 2006, the Supreme Court addressed Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act”. Approved by voters of that state in 1994 and again in 1997, the court ruled that then Attorney General John Ashcroft tried to use his federal muscle to block the practice. The courts have ruled against him, saying that it is a matter for the states to decide – not the federal government. (Right to Die)

After the ruling was released on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan reaffirmed the President’s stance on this issue, saying “The president remains fully committed to building a ‘culture of life‘, a culture of life that is built on valuing life at all stages.” This is the same man who smiles and brags about being a ‘war president’. (2,265 U.S. casualties so far – and counting) And when asked how many Iraqi victims he figured there were, he was cavalier in his response of, “30,000 more or less.” (Culture of Life – More or Less) A short estimate by far.

The “Culture of Life” the president is so committed to also opposes abortion, birth control, stem cell research, and capitol punishment. Coined by the late Pope John Paul II in 1993, it is meant to describe the Catholic belief that all life is holy from conception on till death.

Well, what if you were in constant, excruciating pain, with little or no hope of relief? What if your ‘life’ consisted of horrible pain, watching your body waste away and your medical bills piling up? There’s more consideration for pets, when quality of life issues come up regarding a pet’s age, developing devastating illnesses or suffer accidents; a “humane” decision can be made for them. But are people allowed to make that “humane” decision for their loved ones or themselves? No, people must go through it, often for years and despite great pain and agony. There has not always had the technology and science which makes it possible to keep people alive who would have normally died. This “Culture of Life” message is being touted by the very same people who stand to profit a great deal by keeping these poor people alive. Catholic Healthcare is big business in this country, with revenues exceeding $30 billion annually. By encouraging people to do everything to keep a loved one alive as long as possible, they will continue to ‘rake it in’. So, this “Culture of Life” would be to drain your life’s earnings. Whose life is really being supported? And if money wasn’t the motive in this “Culture of Life” there would be health care provided at no cost to all people. How long do you think “life support” continues when there’s no cash to pay for it? There is no power forcing life in a horrible condition.

If you personally want to be kept alive for whatever reason, you should be allowed that freedom. But if you don’t, you should be allowed that freedom. Either way, other people should keep their personal beliefs to themselves and not busy themselves in other people’s matters.

Euthanasia means to have a “good death” – the “Culture of Life Support” often means prolonging great pain and suffering against a person and their loved ones wishes. If it were your desire not to be kept on “life support”, nay, “prolonged agony” at the cost of you life’s earnings and thereby your children’s inheritance, don’t you think you should have that option? Worse yet, if you heard your grandfather or grandmother, your father or mother, your son or daughter, husband or wife cry to be allowed to die and end their suffering, what would you want for them? When in morbid condition, being allowed to die and the assistance to do so is an act of mercy. To be forced to remain in that morbidity is no “Culture” at all.

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How Brash for Someone to Assume They Can ‘Accept’ Jesus!

January 20th, 2006 (10:04 pm)

 
The mantra of today’s fundamentalist Christians is “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior?”  Why would it be up to you to “accept” Jesus?  That is assuming that Jesus has already accepted you.  Today’s Christians have got it all backwards.  By claiming to “accept” Jesus, you are placing yourself above him, putting yourself in the place of God. 

Jesus left an example to be followed.  That’s something you have to do, that he did. What was that?  Do you think Jesus really cares if you “accept” him? What is acceptable to God?  It is that you aren’t conformed to the way of the world and that means the way the rest of the majority thinks and conducts themselves. That includes the “religious” world calling itself “Christian.” You are cautioned to transform your mind so you can prove what the “acceptable” Will of God is. If someone has convinced you that all you need to do is “accept” Jesus and his sacrifice you have been deceived. Altar calls are worthless and do not benefit the comers thereunto in any way. That’s a “con job”!

Jesus said that the majority, in these latter times, would go in the way of error and he cautioned to take heed no man deceives you, for many would come in his name and would deceive the majority. They do many wonderful things “in his name” and profess him as savior. Who could that be? Who fits that description today? Can you accept that?
 

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Where did the cross come from?

January 15th, 2006 (08:08 pm)
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There are old trails of evidence that go back millennia which proves that the “Christian” cross has its origin from ancient pagan religions as seen below. The Babylonian cross which was associated with the re-born sun god - Tammuz gradually morphed through many years and cultures. Eventually, it became the adopted symbol of the spreading Catholic church. However, the cross was already a well known religious symbol. It had been in use since long before the ministry and death of Jesus.

                    

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          Celtic cross               Christian cross

Strikingly similar, aren’t they?

The image below is the sun god Tammuz, carrying the cross he is symbolized by which was the Tau or “T“ for the letter in his first name.

         

Even the ancient Aztecs worshipped a deity (Yacatecuhtli) whose symbol was a cross.

The sign of the cross as performed by the hand has been said to be imbued with magical and protective powers. It can supposedly ward off evil spirits, demons, vampires, witches, even Satan. It’s thought that it can strengthen you to resist temptation, protect or heal someone from disease, it begins and ends every prayer, it is used to punctuate and sanctify any ritual. It is considered a holy symbol. But why is the instrument of the torture and death of Christ revered in this way? When Emperor Constantine in the year 306 A.D. claimed to have seen a vision of the cross in the sky, the cross was in widespread use as a pagan symbol. Even many years later, European missionaries traveling to ‘spread the gospel ‘ in the East were surprised to find the same cross used in Catholicism already adorning the jewelry and clothing of the pagans they were trying to convert. It was even used in pagan rituals in a similar way and believed to have the same powers and properties. Used for centuries before Christ as a symbol of various Sun-gods said to have been re-born or resurrected beginning with Tammuz of Babylon, all the way to modern day so-called “Christianity.”

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What is it about Mary?

December 24th, 2005 (09:14 pm)

This time of year, Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas.  The image of the baby Jesus in the arms of the Virgin Mary is a familiar one with nativity scenes and retellings of the supposed beginnings of Jesus Christ - born in a manger in Bethlehem of a virgin, heralded by angels, worshipped by shepherds and wise men. The “Virgin” plays the central role as the ’mother of God’.

Is it right to assign so much importance to Mary, the mother of Jesus? Even reverencing her more than God?  Flocking to supposed statues of her miraculously (?) crying (everything but tears) or to a supposed image of her in the bark of a tree or a stain on the wall.  Pilgrims travel great distances to visit sites where she has been said to have appeared and given divine instruction or revelation in hopes of having a spiritual experience or receive healing from disease.

Faithful Christians everywhere pray to her to intercede on their behalf with God.  Did Jesus ever regard his own mother with such reverence? (John 2:4, Mat 12:46-50)  Did Jesus ever instruct his followers to pray to her or declare that she was a divine person worthy of such worship?  Even the Bible itself tells us that Jesus had brothers and sisters.  Mary could not possibly still be a virgin after having several children. (Mark 6:2-3, Gal 1:19)

Why should sex be regarded as ‘sinful’, and why would it have been important for church fathers to declare her ‘born without the stain of original sin’.  Are they trying to imply that sex was the original sin?  It was too horrible to think that the mother of the savior could be soiled by the stain of sex, therefore not only was her son, Jesus, born without her having to commit the sin of sex, but she herself must have been born of similar means, hence the doctrine of the “Immaculate Conception.” 

This dogma has no basis in the Old Testament and was included (inserted) later on in the formation and propagation of the early “Christian church” since the worship of a ‘mother goddess’ (often virginal) was well established among the peoples they were trying to convert.  Having started in ancient Babylon and spread throughout Assyrian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman communities, vast numbers of pagans worshipped her with various names - including Isis, Ishtar, Astarte, Rhea, Diana, Ashtoreth and Semiramis.   Israel was scattered in part for their persistence in worshipping this false goddess by emulating the practices of the people in the surrounding kingdoms.  The worship of a ‘virgin’ bride to a god who is miraculously reincarnated through her in the form of his son was well known in Israel and they were constantly admonished by God through the prophets to cease their worship of her. (Jer 7:17-19, 1 Kings 11:31-33, Judg 3:7, 1 Kings 14:14-16, 2 Chron 24:18-19)  She is still a central figure of worship among Israel today. Some things don’t change, it seems.

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