Ireland attacks confessional secrecy after Catholic sex abuse scandal

Ireland’s prime minister has said Catholic clerics would be prosecuted if they failed to tell the authorities about crimes disclosed during confession, the latest blow to the prestige of the once-dominant Church. A report this week found that the Church concealed from the authorities the sexual abuse of children by priests as recently as 2009, and that clerics appeared to follow Church law rather than Irish guidelines to protect minors.

“The law of the land should not be stopped by a crozier or a collar,” Prime Minister Enda Kenny told journalists on Thursday, referring to the hooked staff held by Catholic bishops during religious services. Kenny said his government would submit legislation to parliament that could jail clerics for up to five years if they failed to report to authorities information about the abuse of children.

The law will override the confessional privilege in Church law that prevents clerics from sharing information, he said. A series of revelations of rape and beatings by members of religious orders and the priesthood in the past have shattered the dominant role of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Ireland’s Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore on Thursday summoned the Pope’s representative, the papal nuncio, after the report said that the Vatican had undermined Irish guidelines on reporting sex abuse by referring to them as “study guidelines.”

“We consider it absolutely unacceptable that the Vatican intervened here in a way which had the effect of undermining the efforts to deal adequately with the issue of child sexual abuse,” Gilmore said. “We want a response from the Vatican.”

The report on the diocese of Cloyne in county Cork lists how the diocese failed to report all sexual abuse complaints to the police and did not report any complaints to the health authorities between 1996 and 2008. The bishop formerly responsible for the diocese, John Magee, who had previously served as private secretary to three popes, falsely told the authorities that he was reporting all abuse allegations to the police, the report said.

So whatcha gonna do if no one confesses that they abuse? In the words of Deborah Barone, "Idiots."



Blessed Anna Maria Taigi

"What is your wish? To follow Jesus poor and naked and stripped of all, or to follow Him in His triumph and glory? Which do you choose?" "I embrace the Cross of my Jesus," she answered. "I will carry it, like Him, in pain and ignominy. I await at His Hands triumph and glory in the hereafter."

When I had my first Communion in 1962 we were all given a Five Fold Scapular by the sisters* at St Alphonso's in Chicago. The top Scapular was white. I had no idea what it was for or what to do with it other than wear it. It is wool 100%, and as far as protection from the near occasions of sin, well, all I can say is it worked. It is impossible to have ones mind stray while wearing it. Wearing it, one is constantly reminded of it's presence.

I knew only of the brown scapular, one of the scapulars in the fold.

I have carried that scapular everywhere while I was in the Marines Corps, California, Washington DC, Naples Italy, Catania Sicily, Israel, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Saudi Arabia. I have been medivaced wearing it. Still I had no idea what the white fold with the blue and red cross meant until I heard of Anna Maria Taigi. When I first heard of her I was watching EWTN. The announced an upcoming program about her and as she was Italian and having a love for that place my ears tuned up... I found out the white fold was a Trinitarian Scapular. **

...Jesus told Anna Maria that by being a simple wife and mother she was to be a sign that holiness and union with God is available to everyone. He further stated “Jesus described her mission: "I destine you to convert sinners, to console people of all sorts and conditions-priests, prelates, My very Vicar himself. All who listen to your words will be granted signs and graces at My hands .... But you will also meet with false and treacherous people; you will be submitted to ridicule, scorn and calumny, but you will endure it all for love of Me."

Her parents, Luigi Giannetti and Maria Masi, kept an apothecary shop at Siena, but lost all their fortune and were obliged to go to Rome in search of a livelihood.

Anna Maria was then five years old. Having been educated in all the domestic virtues, she was married in course of time, 7 January, 1789, to Dominico Taigi, a retainer of the noble family of Chigi, with whom she lived happily for forty-eight years.

Hitherto nothing extraordinary had happened in her life. But one day while she knelt with her husband at the Confession in St. Peter's she felt a strong inspiration to renounce such little vanities of the world as she had allowed herself. She began to pay little attention to dress and to listen to the inner voice of grace. Soon afterwards she was received publicly in the Third Order of Trinitarians in the Church of S. Carlo alle Quarto Fontane, and having found holy spiritual directors, she made rapid progress in the way of perfection.

All the money she could spare she devoted to the poor and miserable, and though not rich she was very charitable. Of the hospitals she regularly visited, the preferred one was S. Giacomo of the Incurables.

Despite her love for the poor, she never neglected her own family. Of her children two died young, the others grew up in piety under the surveillance of the mother. But she never availed herself of her connections with persons of good position to take her children out of their humble social environment. The whole family were wont to assemble for prayers in a small private chapel, and here, later on, in a small private chapel, and here, later on, Mass was celebrated by a priest who dwelt with the family.

The great virtues of Anna Maria were rewarded by extraordinary gifts of God's grace. During many years, when praying in her chapel she had ecstasies and frequent visions, in which she foresaw the future. She exercised a peculiar influence over individuals and converted many a sinner to God. During her life she suffered much both corporally and spiritually, and was at times meanly calumniated. But after death her name soon became venerated in Rome.

Her body was several times transferred, and rests finally at S. Crisogono in Trastevere. The process of her beatification was begun in 1863, but has not yet been finished.

Anna Maria was never out of sight from her visions which would appear as a crown of thorns with the two outside thorns being elongated producing an area in which her visions would be viewed by her.

Anna Maria would often have Bishops and cardinals at her house discussing the faith. When her husband arrived home she would stop and attend to her husband. The grace of a housewife and mother is a model.

Anna Maria Taigi is an Incorruptible.



* Sisters of Notre dame de Namur

** White Trinity Scapular. The Trinity Scapular was given to a holy priest, St. John de Matha in 1190. at his first mass.

He was honored with a vision of an Angel clad in a robe of snowy whiteness. On his chest shimmered a cross of blue (traverse) & crimson (vertical). This has become know as the Trinity Cross. The angel held his hands over a Moor & a Christian so that St John knew he was to help ransom the Christian captives.

Among the protections it offers are the protection from other religious sects and cults such as New Age, Liberalism, Freemasonry, storms and natural disasters. I can attest to that. we were left untouched by Fran, Floyd, the recent tornadoes in Raleigh and sevaral which came with in feet of our house.

Archduke Otto's Last Journey

Here is a letter of condolence from Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to Otto's oldest son, Karl von Habsburg:

To His Royal Highness, Archduke Karl of Austria:

With deepest sympathy have I learned about the passing of your father, His Royal Highness Archduke Otto of Austria. In this hour of sadness at your painful loss, I am united with you and all the royal family in prayer for the dead. During his long and full life, Archduke Otto has been a witness to the changing face of Europe. Trusting in God and aware of a significant heritage, he has been a committed European tirelessly working for freedom, for the unity of peoples and for a just order in this continent. May the Lord reward him for his diverse acts for the good of mankind and give him the fullness of life in his heavenly kingdom. Through the intercession of Mary, the mother of God, I offer an Apostolic Blessing to all family members and to all who mourn Archduke Otto, and who pray for his eternal salvation.

Benedictus PP. XVI




Requiem for Archduke Otto Von Hapsburg

The Chamberlain approaches the locked door of the Kapuzinerkirche, Capuchin Church, he knocks 3 times. The priest on the otherside of the door asks "Who wishes to enter?"

The Chamberlain repeats the Style of Archduke Otto, "By the Grace of God Emperor of Austria; King of Hungary and Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia and Lodomeria; King of Jerusalem etc.; Archduke of Austria; Grand Duke of Tuscany and Cracow; Duke of Lorraine, Salzburg, Styria, Carinthia, Carniola and Bukowina; Grand Prince of Transylvania, Margrave of Moravia; Duke of Silesia, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Guastalla, Oświęcim and Zator, Teschen, Friaul, Dubrovnik and Zadar; Princely Count of Habsburg and Tyrol, of Kyburg, Gorizia and Gradisca; Prince of Trento and Brixen; Margrave of Upper and Lower Lusatia and Istria; Count of Hohenems, Feldkirch, Bregenz, Sonnenburg etc.; Lord of Trieste, Kotor and Windic March, Grand Voivod of the Voivodeship of Serbia etc. etc."

The priest announces, "He can not enter."

The Chamberlain knocks three more times and the priest asks again, "Who wishes to enter?"

The Chamberlain replies, "Doctor Otto Von Habsburg, (etc)"

"He can not enter."

The Chamberlain again knocks three more times and the priest asks again, "Who wishes to enter?"

"Otto von Habsburg, a man."

He may come in...

This is most likely the last time this will be performed for a Habsburg.

Following 13 days of mourning, the heir to the thrones of the great Austro Hungarian Empire, His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Otto of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary, Otto von Hapsburg, was laid to rest in Vienna on 16 July 2011.

In scenes recalling the Empire, his coffin was taken in one of the longest processions seen in the old imperial capital to St Stephen's cathedral where the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna Christoph Schönborn presided.

This video shows the the singing of the Hayden's Kaiserhymne, the Imperial Hymn. (The tune is well known in the English speaking world from John Newton's great hymn "Glorious things of thee are spoken/Zion, city of our God." The music was subsequently used as the German National Anthem which begins "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles")

His body was first laid in repose in the Church of St. Ulrich in Pöcking, Bavaria, and was then taken by train to Mariazell on 12 July, before being taken by train to Vienna. Five requiem masses were celebrated in Munich, Pöcking, Mariazell, Vienna, and Budapest.

In accordance with the Habsburg tradition, his body was entombed in the Imperial Crypt (Kapuzinergruft) in Vienna and his heart will be buried in the Pannonhalma Archabbey west of the Hungarian capital, Budapest.

His son Karl Habsburg said "It would always be wrong to only remember him in the context of the old monarchy or only remember him in the context of the European Union. I think he should be remembered in the whole arch that his life has been creating... over the whole changes that happened to Europe in his lifetime."

Among the mourners were King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein and Prince Michael of Kent and Marie Christine. Princess Michael of Kent, representing the royal Family of the sixteen Commonwealth Realms.


Forgive my poor German.

Knights of Columbus: High Salary and Pro-Abort Catholic Members Continue to Cause Scandal

I am saddened by this...

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson: A Man with a salary to smile about.

April 25, 2008 - A Catholic news website has published a letter from John O'Gorman of Concerned Roman Catholics of America, criticizing the fact that the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson, purchased a full-page ad in the New York Times promoting his book, A Civilization of Love, What Every Catholic Can Do To Transform The World. O'Gorman complains that Anderson, "has his book promoted in a viciously anti-Catholic, pro-abortion newspaper shows once again the double standard within the Knights of Columbus."

Personally, I have no problem with a Catholic author promoting his book in a secular, even pro-abort newspaper, if there is a good chance that he might reach those who need to hear the message.

I am a bit more concerned about some other things...

O'Gorman points out that Anderson's annual salary as Supreme Knight is $1,167,721.


Now don't get me wrong, I am not one who begrudges successful people the riches they have worked for, but Anderson is in a bit of a different position.

As a former Knight, the first thing that struck me about attending the meetings was the absolute focus on fundraising. In fact, 80 to 90 percent of the official meeting time was devoted to talking about money, how it is raised and how it is to be dispensed. It just seems a bit, well, scandalous, that the leader of a Catholic organization devoted to charitable giving is taking so much of it for himself.

Even more disturbing is the fact that the Knights of Columbus have allowed pro-abortion "Catholic" politicians to remain members in good standing. In fact, an amendment to restore traditional marriage was defeated in the Massachusetts state legislature, because a majority of "Catholic" legislators, who were all members of the Knights of Columbus, voted against it. And Anderson, following the lead of many Catholic bishops, has done nothing to discipline the pro-abort "Catholics" who bring scandal and shame upon the order..

Perhaps the most poignant comment about Anderson's apparent duplicity comes from Ken Fisher, the President of Concerned Roman Catholics of America. Here are some of his questions:

Does "A Civilization of Love" include protecting pro-abortion, pro-sodomite high profile members' membership in an organization that professes to be the strong right arm of the Church?

Does "A Civilization of Love" include expelling from the Order those who bring attention to this scandal while retaining members who are bringing true scandal to the Order and more importantly the Faith?

Does "A Civilization of Love" of love include ignoring Resolutions passed at Supreme Council Meetings time after time that call for correction of this scandal within the Order?

Would Father McGivney be proud of his Knights today?