One has to wonder how much longer Vatican leaders will continue covering up the sins of their deviant, criminal, child-molesting priesthood? Pedophilia and child exploitation are rampant in the Roman Catholic clergy, by many independent accounts.
On May 14, 2019, five U.S. citizens filed a lawsuit against the Vatican, alleging that each of the men was sexually molested by Catholic priests. Three of the plaintiffs are brothers who claim they were abused by former priest Curtis Wehmeyer in St. Paul, Minnesota, as recently as 2012.
The Minnesota lawsuit is asking for the release of approximately 3,400 names of priests thought to be involved in “credible cases of abuse,” along with their “files and pertinent histories.” Prosecuting attorney Jeff Anderson said that his legal team plans to prove that “the Vatican engaged in a cover-up to shield top officials, such as former St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt.”
Wehmeyer entered a plead of guilty to criminal sexual conduct and child pornography related to his contact with two of the boys, aged 12 and 14 at the time of the sexual assaults.
French author Frédéric Martel published In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy in February 2019, which he says, “exposes the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today.”
Martel gained access to the Vatican after submitting a request to write a book about the Church’s city-state and was thereby “able to compile valuable information about criminal immorality at the highest ranks of the Catholic Church. About sex parties and drugs inside the papal residence, about the prostitutes, the sexual harassment and also of course about the pedophilia.”
On February 23, 2019, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx admitted during a landmark summit held at the Vatican to discuss and resolve the problem of pedophilia in the clergy that documentation on priests who committed sexual crimes against children was destroyed or never even drawn up, to serve the official papal policy of denial:
“Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed, or not even created. Instead of the perpetrators, the victims were regulated and silence imposed on them. The stipulated procedures and processes for the prosecution of offenses were deliberately not complied with, but instead canceled or overridden.”
Two years ago, on July 2017, an “unprecedented” quantity of child pornography (images, videos, and other explicit content) was discovered by police detectives inside Vatican City. Gian Piero Milano, the Vatican Promotor of Justice, issued a report which he read in full to Catholic Church officials during a judicial ceremony, saying that he was “under no legal obligation to actually name names of people accused of pedophilia and possessing child pornography.”
Archbishop Josef Wesolowski was voluntarily named as a pedophile by a representative of the Holy See, Federico Lombardi. In 2014, Wesolowski was exposed as a miscreant and sexual deviant, possessing more than 100,000 images and videos of children being forced into sex acts, including some showing him sexually abusing multiple children in Poland and the Dominican Republic.
The problem is, as journalist Michael D’Antonio sees it, is that children are at risk today from sexual predators among the clergy because “Catholicism became the only religion in the world with the status of a country, ruled by a churchman who was also a monarch.” The absolute power of the office of the Catholic Pope in Rome’s Vatican City “there is the power to demand complete obedience and to require secrecy in order to preserve that power,” wrote D’Antonio in his book Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal.
Given the Vatican’s disgusting protection of their own pedophiliac culture – which allegedly goes right up to the office of the Chief Pontiff – world citizens are taking matters into their own hands.
In the U.S., a grand jury investigation of Catholic Church sexual abuse in Pennsylvania lasted from 2016 to 2018, probing the history of clerical sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses.
The grand jury’s report, released on August 2018, Pennsylvania published the names of 300 “predator priests” who abused 1,000 children over the course of seven decades. The reaction from Pope Francis was silence. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church neither acknowledged the report’s release nor offered a prayer for the victims of his rank-and-file.
Small wonder, then, that protestors in predominantly or majority Catholic states in Latin America and Europe are demanding gay and transgender recognition, clear separation of church and state, and the Church’s acceptance of contraceptives under the rallying slogan:
Nope to the Pope!