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R.R. Book

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Prayer request for Pennsylvania: Graphic Signs of the Times
« on: August 15, 2018, 05:10:51 AM »
There has been a massive sex abuse scandal just announced on the news in PA affecting thousands of children, at the hands of area clergy who were in collusion with one another.  The District Attorney has graphically described the incidents as being violent in nature, to such an extent that a seven-year old boy's back was broken while he was being raped, other children were bound to a cross and raped and then physically marked for a network with gold cross necklaces, and girls were forced to have abortions by priests who were supposed to stand against abortion.  More than 300 priests are involved, with the cover-up extending to the bishops.

Parents and some now-adult victims were weeping during the press conference.  So much harm has been done here, and much trust violated.  Please pray for healing of the children and families, and that more such truth will be told, wherever it needs to come out.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Pennsylvania-Catholic-Church-Child-Sex-Abuse-Report-Grand-Jury-490837551.html
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Re: Prayer request for Pennsylvania: Graphic Signs of the Times
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2019, 02:02:58 PM »
While a number of Pennsylvania legislators have been working to remove the statute of limitations on child abuse laws in the state, the Catholic church has spent over $3 million on a slick legal team to block the legislation, according to this York, PA news article:

https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2018/10/25/insurance-lobbyists-catholic-church-block-pa-child-sex-abuse-reform-statute-limitations-priest/1742969002/

Here's a timeline, updated at the end of last year, of spin-off cases that arose throughout the nation as a result of the 300 clergy members accused of sexual and ritual abuse of Catholic children in PA, as well as an update on how the PA Senate and Supreme Court are handling the issue:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/how-a-catholic-sex-abuse-report-in-pennsylvania-echoed-around-the-u-s

It's disturbing that the PA Senate stood down from a vote to remove the statute of limitations on child abuse, as a result of the Catholic legal lobby, and instead departed for home recently.  It's also disturbing to me that the $3 million spent by Church officials to block beneficial legislation might have been spent on the homeless population in this state.

I will also note up-front that children in our former Protestant congregation were also victims of sexual abuse at the hands of eventually-convicted Quaker clergy within this decade, which is a bit of a muddy issue as Quakers will state that they do not have any clergy (they are called "Clerks" and "Elders" instead).  I have also personally witnessed a number of incidents of verbal and psychological abuse of youth in some of the remote rural Meetings, and have actually been warned in writing by church (a.k.a. "Society") officials not to speak about it openly, even among Friends.  Am speaking as a retired member of the Quaker clergy myself, a retired trustee of a Quaker school, a decades-long teacher in the Sunday ("First-Day") school program, and a mother of Quaker youth, who would be in awareness of these issues.

So this is by no means exclusively a Catholic issue.
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Re: Prayer request for Pennsylvania: Graphic Signs of the Times
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2019, 06:07:11 PM »
It is truly shocking that the Catholic church, or any church for that matter, would spend millions of dollars to prevent the truth from getting out.

So, now that you are retired from the Quaker Clergy, do you feel freer to speak? (as you just did?)

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Re: Prayer request for Pennsylvania: Graphic Signs of the Times
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2019, 06:08:20 AM »
Still have a lot of connections there, but instead of devoting these last precious days to fixing an institution, we are spending Sundays on family outings and really enjoying our time with each other. 

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Re: Prayer request for Pennsylvania: Graphic Signs of the Times
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2019, 10:29:17 AM »
Zerohedge reports that a new precedent has been set by the Catholic Church:  U.S. Cardinal William McCarrick has been defrocked as a result of convincing testimony that he had engaged in coercive sex with minors and seminary students during his tenure as a member of the clergy.  He had most recently served as Archbishop of Washington, D.C. until his retirement.



McCarrick has not been excommunicated from the Church, but is now considered to be a member of the laity - in other words, just a parishioner with no title.  He has lost his retirement benefits and residence as well.

Victims have expressed approval that Pope Francis has taken such a strong step to weed out abusers from Church administration (there have been a few high-level defrockings outside the U.S. as well), but at the same time regret that the harm done in the past cannot be undone by anything in the present.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-16/unprecedented-move-catholic-church-expels-cardinal-sexual-abuse

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Edgar_McCarrick

 

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