Bearing False Witness: The Pope Commits Perjury

Over the past several weeks the evidence of institutionalized rape within the Catholic church has sent the world into a dizzying state of almost-disbelief. Harsh truths have been tempered by long standing suspicions, fueled by stories whispered, but never allowed to be spoken.

As the global media illuminates the shadowy world of the Vatican, emboldened victims continue to step forward demanding justice. The evidence continues to mount and the mantle of blame begins to cloak the entire hierarchy of the Church. The lives of tens of thousands of children, abused by Priests, Nuns and Bishops, have been silently cast away, forming a mountain of atrocities burdened under the full weight of the Vatican. There have been so many cases that many seem to be suffering from a sensory overload, unable to comprehend the scale of these crimes.

It has become exceedingly clear that the current Pope, Benedict XVI, was directly involved in the cover-up. As early as 1985 Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Ratzinger, was personally aware of specific cases where children were being victimized by pedophiles under his authority. In each of these cases he operated under a doctrine that protected the Church and the perpetrators of these heinous crimes while abandoning the defenseless victims to the hell that had been created for them.

Since the exposure of the Vatican as an enabler and co-conspirator, the Pope has communicated, both directly and through his agents, a qualified remorse that reflects more disdain for the scandal than for the scandalous criminal abuses of the Church. On March 21, 2010, a Papal letter to Irish victims was the first of several communications from the Vatican that made it clear that the Church was attempting to present itself as a co-victim. Subsequent statements portrayed the Pope as an innocent in these matters. It was suggested that the reality of such scandalous behaviors by the clergy was a revelation to the Pope, and that he was working diligently to increase his learning curve on these matters.

Despite the posture of innocence, sexual abuse within the Catholic Church is by no means a new or modern issue. For almost 2000 years, rape and abuse have been rampant throughout the institution. As a Cardinal, charged with overseeing disciplinary policy and procedure for the Church, Joseph Ratzinger would have been implicitly aware of this. Presenting him as a veritable neophyte, struggling to comprehend the crisis, is a disingenuous misrepresentation.

Historically, the Vatican has been able to control the flow of information regarding its crimes and misdeeds. The influence it wielded politically assured it immunity from local prosecution, and its financial power and political capital assured it amnesty with the elite and ruling classes. The advent of democratic societies, armed with independent media, brought about the first threat to the age old fortress of silence. The development of personal and social media has further eroded, and now altogether dismantled, the structure of secrecy that for so long housed an egregious reality.

As the flood of information continues, the Pope and the Vatican have altered their tact from deflection to defensiveness. The original attempt to identify itself as a victim has been replaced with an aggressive agenda of attacking its critics and those whom it has harmed. The truth of the churches actions have been dismissed as “petty rumors” as the Pontiff adopts an air of defiance, claiming he will “not be intimidated” by those whose only goal is to attack the Catholic faith.

At first the Church tried to play the victim of its own crimes. Throughout the scandal the church has worked to hide the fact that the Pope and the administration had any knowledge of, or involvement in, the crimes. Now, the Catholic Church and the Vatican aggressively postures itself as victimized by those who have exposed it and want it to be accountable for its crimes. The reactions and responses resemble those found in any abusive relationship. From denial of responsibility for the abuse; to the deception required to hide culpability; to an aggressive attack against those who expose the abuse. The behavioral pattern seems obvious.

As the magnitude of the scandal and the Vatican’s involvement becomes increasingly clear, many struggle with feelings of disillusionment and betrayal. Denial and disbelief become sanctuaries from the painful reality, and the urge to defend something loved and depended on for so long is overwhelming. An intimate spiritual relationship has been exploited. Trust has been given and malice returned, and the wounds have been salted with denial and self-righteous outrage.

The healing process, which has yet to begin, will be long and difficult. The wounds are deep and have become infected with deception. In order to progress, the wounds must be debrided. They must be completely cleaned out, so that healing can occur. The true nature of the problem must be revealed and analyzed. There is no other choice. The Vatican has attempted a band-aid where surgery is required.

The Pope’s failure has been attributed to his lack of perfection in administration while claiming infallibility in spiritual matters. It is claimed that Joseph Ratzinger, CEO, may have erred while Pope Benedict XVI remained infallible on spiritual matters. While lost paperwork may be accounted for with this reasoning, bearing false witness is not. It is becoming increasingly clear that the Pope has committed perjury.

The Pope’s signature is on documents discussing information to which he has denied being privy, and his involvement has been discovered in situations of which he has claimed ignorance. The evidence is damning, and the Pope’s reaction only compounds the problem. The only way this can be resolved is through full disclosure. Tens of thousands of children have been abused and the Catholic Church has aided and abetted these felonies. The time for putting a ‘spin’ on things is over. It is time for the Catholic Church to change its age-old policy of self protection and do what is right. It is time for Pope Benedict XVI to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; because regardless, the truth is coming out.

The credibility of the Church has already been devastated and the future of the institution may not survive full disclosure. Benedict XVI must not exacerbate that fate by waging war on the truth. The truth remains unassailable and only the victims will be harmed by his denials. If there was ever a time for the Pope to act with grace, this is it. The continued suffering of the innocent must not be allowed in order to protect the pride of the Catholic Church and the perjury of the Pope.

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45 Responses to Bearing False Witness: The Pope Commits Perjury

  1. +14 Vote -1 Vote +1fred
    April 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Did you really need 10 different pictures of crying children? I got the point after 8.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1Dee
      April 11, 2010 at 7:41 am

      I agree fred. Kinda OTT and “Foxish”

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1sylvain
      April 11, 2010 at 8:14 am

      +1

      so “too much” it becomes ridiculous

      • +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Liam Fox
        April 11, 2010 at 8:44 am

        Then you get it. Tens of thousands of children raped IS very over the top. The intent wasn’t to exploit crying children for the sake of an article, it was to remember the crying children when the Vatican seems unwilling to.

        • +3 Vote -1 Vote +1James Cash
          April 11, 2010 at 9:57 am

          It’s very distracting trying to read the article, which is why I didn’t.

        • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Davu
          April 12, 2010 at 9:08 am

          Why read? I didn’t bother. Too many photos and too much scrolling.

        • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1fred
          April 12, 2010 at 9:42 am

          Yeah, that’s what it was. Oh wait, no. It was a ridiculous amount of uneeded stock photos. Do you honestly think people will forget about the victims of sex abuse in an article about sex abuse? Sometimes less is more.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1j.Keny
      April 11, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      I agree—overkill. Having said that, none of this is surprising to anybody who is Catholic. The church is inundated with people with deep seated psycho-sexual problems. They run into the clergy to hide from the world. If this Pope resigns, his replacement will be the same person with a different name. No Heroes Here.

    • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1J.Keny
      April 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm

      Also, NO REASON to show boys and girls—-only boys would be more appropriate. THE Church is a FARCE.

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    +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
    April 11, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I don’t know Fred, I sort of dig the design pattern and the reinforcement. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

  3. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Sheila
    April 11, 2010 at 6:16 am

    It’s gotten to the point where I would be averse to stepping foot in a Catholic Church even if only in the interest of viewing the artistry within and surely not for spiritual reasons.

  4. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1brandon
    April 11, 2010 at 7:50 am

    The use of those pictures is disgusting, and where applicable, completely insensitive to the ACTUAL reasons why the children are crying.

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1olranger
      April 11, 2010 at 8:02 am

      I think i`ll join the catholic church now. If it gets disbanded the members will get to split up the loot the church has stolen over centuries

  5. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
    April 11, 2010 at 7:50 am

    This is why I am an atheist.

    • +2 Vote -1 Vote +1James Cash
      April 11, 2010 at 11:20 am

      Pretty dumb if this is the only reason you’re atheist.

      • Vote -1 Vote +1Chad
        April 11, 2010 at 8:08 pm

        At least atheism doesn’t provide cover for raping children…

  6. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1condom
    April 11, 2010 at 7:55 am

    But they teach that condoms will send you to “not heaven” so they produce more kids for priests to molest.

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  8. Vote -1 Vote +1zarina
    April 11, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I agree with Brandon, the pictures of the children was unnecessary…

  9. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1anon
    April 11, 2010 at 8:06 am

    @Jim: What does this have anything to do with your being an atheist? Nothing.

    Christianity doesn’t teach pedophilia, or to lie and cover up heinous crimes. No my misinformed friend, these are all acts of sick twisted men.

    • +4 Vote -1 Vote +1sdf
      April 11, 2010 at 8:17 am

      and women…

    • +3 Vote -1 Vote +1ahisma
      April 11, 2010 at 8:41 am

      As a leader, knowingly turning a blind eye to that kind of behavior is the same as teaching it. This is more proof that Catholicism is sick and twisted all the way to the top.

      • +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Liam Fox
        April 11, 2010 at 8:46 am

        Yes.. and the supposed infallibility of the Pope who knowingly commits perjury.

  10. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1mike ference
    April 11, 2010 at 8:28 am

    War tactics should be applied to Vatican City ¬– where the devil takes his holiday
    By Mike Ference

    Every day brings new evidence that we no longer live in a civilized and principled society. The worst part, it usually concerns another case of sexual misconduct involving a Catholic priest, young children and a church hierarchy that helped to cover up the case.

    The Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal continues to spiral out of control from one country to the next; while the pope still refuses to solve the problem. It’s now clearly documented that across the globe tens of thousands of innocent girls and boys have been sexually violated – used and abused as sex toys by Catholic clergy, yet, nothing has or will ever be done. Thousands of pedophiles, former Catholic clerics, roam the world and no one really knows where these monsters are, how many victims they have left behind or how many more will suffer from priests trained to sexually abuse since their seminary days.

    So — what should be done now that we know it’s a pattern of terror orchestrated by the Catholic Church hierarchy and repeated everywhere the dysfunctional sex freaks have established a church, school, hospital or other institution; then covered up in every layer of the all male run society – even by the pope, himself. Given the level of wreckage and anguish caused in the lives of so many people, it seems appropriate to look to the war on terror for a model strategy.

    A first prong of attack at the Vatican might involve a Special Forces unit made up of highly skilled and trained military personnel capable of tracking down and obtaining confessions from any current or former priests accused of acts of sexual abuse against children. If rights are violated, if military personnel sometimes go a little too far, so be it. The Catholic Church had ample opportunity to fess up and repent. Those incapable of civilized behavior shouldn’t expect the rights and privileges of civilization.

    A deck of cards can be created to help identify hard-to-find priests as well as the disgraceful church leaders who permitted, and in essence, condoned the sexual abuse of young children. Photos of the most deviant and reprehensible church officials accompanied by a list of their offenses will encourage us all to do our patriotic duty in helping the authorities track down suspected priest-terrorists or at least be able to identify the culprits as they come and go freely because their sins where covered up and the time to criminally prosecute has expired.

    Another option would be to divide the world into territories. A color-code warning system would be established, alerting parents about abusive priests being transferred into their respective regions. Depending on the designated color for a particular region, parents would know whether their children should serve at Mass, go on field trips, or even attend Catholic school that day.

    To aid this unique war on terror, a pool of money should be collected, not involuntarily from taxpayers, but voluntarily from those decent human beings who believe crimes committed against our children are sins that God takes very seriously. Some of the funds raised could then be turned into outrageously tempting reward sums for information leading to the capture of our targeted criminals. Once the rogue clerics have been imprisoned and forced to talk, I recommend that their confessions be given to someone like Steven Spielberg or George Romero. Hollywood writers and producers could create a blockbuster movie like Roots or Schindler’s List to serve as a bitter reminder that these crimes should never again be permitted to occur. Tom Savini could be hired to recreate the horror on the faces of child actors chosen to play parts.

    Proceeds from the movie could go to victims of abuse and their families. And no matter how old the crime, compensation would be available. There should be no statute of limitations when the rights of children have been violated by those who lived much of their adult lives perched on a pedestal heightened by the trust of innocent and vulnerable believers. In fact, I would extend compensation to the second and perhaps even third generation of sufferers. It would certainly include siblings denied the experience of growing up with a brother or sister untraumatized by such abuse. And since crimes of abuse tend to echo, it would extend to the victims of the victims as well.

    If all else fails, is it any less rational to declare war on the Catholic Church as part of a war on child abuse than it was to declare war on Iraq (which had nothing to do with 9/11 or Al-Qaeda and apparently had no weapons of mass destruction) as part of a war on terror? How many innocent children have been verifiably lost to this menace — and how many more will be lost if we don’t make a preemptive strike?

    As horrific as sexual abuse by priests may be, the perpetrators might merit a more forgiving place if only their superiors had the courage to do the right thing. For a few, counseling and close supervision might have been enough to prevent future abuses. Others clearly required something more intensive — a mental hospital or a prison.

    But repeated abuse, as well as willfully hiding the crimes and the criminals — as far as I can see, this brings us much closer to the realm of mortal sin. And the sinners include not just the church hierarchy, but also attorneys who ill-advised parents not to buck the system and take on the Catholic Church, or may even have provided inside information to thwart legitimate cases against the church, law enforcement officials who may have thought it best to warn church officials of pending investigations, and janitors, housekeepers, teachers, and employees of the Catholic Church who kept silent because of concerns about a paycheck, a 401K, a pension, or a fear of standing up to church authorities. God has a place for everyone — and if you abuse children or protect the abusers of children, we can only hope that your place is called hell.

    Mike Ference has been an advocate for clergy sex abuse survivors for over 21 years. He has written about the problem and works with clergy abuse families in Pennsylvania and across the United States helping victims work through the corrupt bureaucratic maize of injustice. He attributes much of the problem to corrupt leaders in government, organized crime and Catholic Church hierarchy more concerned about power and money than the salvation of souls. He has labeled the commonwealth of Pennsylvania a Pro-pedophile state where Catholic clergy sex abuse cover-ups are still the norm. Mike can be reached at 412-233-5491 or email him at Ference@icubed.com.

  11. Vote -1 Vote +1Antony
    April 11, 2010 at 8:34 am

    great article, but yeah, overkill on the pictures dude.

  12. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1v
    April 11, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I hope the entire thing comes crashing down.

    Lets all just believe in karma. You do nice things, and nice things will happen to you. Pretty easy and fair I’d say.

  13. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Michael
    April 11, 2010 at 8:48 am

    The pictures were a nice touch. It seems that more people are interested in defending the indefensible. These photos project a small fraction of the damage that has been done to young vulnerable children by these monsters. If they could just cry to make it better. These children have been damaged for life, their trust irreparably damaged by these selfish predators with frocks. Even though these photos don’t represent the real victims, they do communicate a feeling that words alone could not.

    • +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Liam Fox
      April 11, 2010 at 9:07 am

      Thank you. They were meant to represent the forgotten story.. stories… as we all focus on the Pope, the Vatican and the Priests. It’s interesting that people have so much trouble with those pictures. They are meant to make the reader uncomfortable. I’m glad they’re working.

      • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1James Cash
        April 11, 2010 at 11:33 am

        You’re so deep mann..

      • Vote -1 Vote +1brandon
        April 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm

        That’s BS. It’s a cheap attempt to get an emotional response from your reader because you don’t have enough faith in your writing or the truth.

  14. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Human
    April 11, 2010 at 9:27 am

    What does anyone expect to happen when men and women deny the instincts and urges that God gave them with a pompous vow of celibacy?

    The very first commandment given to us was not “I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other gods before me”… it was “Go forth and multiply”

    As any first year psych student can tell you, if you suppress sexual urges, they will find some way of expressing themselves… often in unhealthy behavior.

    Catholics don’t worship God, they worship the Catholic Church. And the Catholic Church only worships money and power.

    The Vatican should be burned to the ground.

  15. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Stephen Kraushaar
    April 11, 2010 at 9:32 am

    This story seems long winded, perhaps because near the beginning it attempts to attach a suddenness to these atrocities.

    Let’s be realistic with ourselves. Swearing men to celibacy is a bad idea. Historic Biblical cultures understood that people completely change on a 7 year cycle. It has always been the practice of the Vatican to adopt Dogma in order to exert control over their followers. This does not mean we should simply forget these actions, but we must understand that there is a reason we should oppose dogma. Placing extra restrictions people in the name of God will ALWAYS have a boomerang effect. This is why He spelled out the principles, not ourselves.

    For those struggling physically and spiritually due to these monsters, remember the promise we’ve been given. Men may do evil, but Jehovah does not. There is an organization out there that serves true worship, but it’s obvious now that it’s not led by the Vatican.

  16. Vote -1 Vote +1matt
    April 11, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Many of your sources fail to back up your assertions. You didn’t even give sources for the perjury claim. You also linked to an atheist article, really? The Vatican does things thoroughly and deliberately, this obviously takes time. I agree that the process should be streamlined considering the risk involved, which is exactly what Ratzinger did in 2001. 5 anti-catholic articles in as many weeks?

  17. Vote -1 Vote +1Amos
    April 11, 2010 at 10:04 am

    It’s always the cover up that’s the worst of all. Had there been no cover up, the individual clerical perverts could have been outed immediately, and summarily dealt with by both the Church and the Public authorities. However, the hierarchy’s obsession with secrecy has been its undoing and a grave cause of scandal. It was inanely foolish, on the part of the local ordinaries, their advisors, the Vatican dicasteries, and eventually the Pontiff, to think these sexual deviant acts could be minimized and kept from public scrutiny.

    Well, now that the cat’s out of the bag, what’s to be done? Liam used the expression, “the wounds are to be debrided.” True enough, but how? In the field of surgery, debriding is an extremely painful experience for the patient. I know this from personal experience. The healing process itself, can be painful as well, and can be of long duration, depending of the overall health of the human body.

    Understanding the physical analogy and applying it to a corporate body like the Church requires more space than that of a mere comment. However, to cut to the chase, what is needed is a full public admittance of guilt by the Pope, and a public repudiation of both “Crimen” and “De delictis.” Unless and until there is an “admission of guilt,” there is no contrition; without contrition, there is no sorrow for sin; without sorrow for sin, there is no forgiveness. The sin remains, no matter how many apologies are made.

  18. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Lacey Davenport
    April 11, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Another great piece, Liam. I’ve been a fan ever since your brave and forthright article on Scientology’s IRS status.

    Now it’s time for people to follow Paul Constant’s lead:
    http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/dear-catholic-church-excommunicate-me/Content?oid=3799091

  19. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1mark
    April 11, 2010 at 11:03 am

    i’m wondering how in the world ppl are even getting the incriminating letters. i thought the Church was really good at burning things they don’t like.

  20. Vote -1 Vote +1Richard
    April 11, 2010 at 11:42 am

    It’s time to bring up the Pope (and by association, the entire Catholic Church) before the Hague on charges of international corruption. That’s what we’re looking at here. The Catholic Church has not only help to support an international crime syndicate (known as their “church”) but has also been found guilty, repeatedly, of promoting the spread of AIDS in countries world-wide. As one of the world’s largest criminal organizations, they have been given a freedom to operate for decades and it’s time that they pay for their crimes.

    The Pope must be arrested and tried in an international criminal court. This is long past due.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1KelliG
      April 14, 2010 at 5:17 am

      I agree, however I fear the Catholic Church is too wealthy and powerful to be properly prosecuted. They are above the law, which a lot of the time is just as corrupt.

  21. Vote -1 Vote +1Woot
    April 11, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I had thought that there were too many pics of crying kids but after you explained your reasoning for it I changed my mind.

    Religion needs to quit teaching people that sex is wrong. It’s how you go about it that can make it right or wrong.

    Also, the greedy ass church is getting what was coming to them all along. They didn’t want priest’s property going to a bunch of offspring when they died(being a priest comes with many gifts) so they enacted celibacy to ensure that they, the church, would get everything.

    These monstrosities have perverted “The Word” damn near from day 1. And as soon as I saw the pope I knew he was dirty- that dude looks evil as hell. It’s obvious to Me that he doesn’t feel bad because he’s still denying the truth rather than admitting he was wrong and taking the steps to fix it.

  22. Vote -1 Vote +1Absolutely
    April 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I didn’t read this article because of the wack of crying children pictures. I’m not stupid, I know what a crying child looks like. Do you need to shove the idea into my face like I am some red neck right wing retard? Thank you.

  23. Vote -1 Vote +1Math
    April 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    The Catholic church is a monolithic, mega-billion dollar organization based on certain fundamental moral precepts….which now appear to be internally unsustainable. It ain’t easy to admit mistakes at the same time you’re claiming Divine guidance and infallibility. Well, good luck with that……

  24. Vote -1 Vote +1Brian Brawdy
    April 12, 2010 at 7:13 am

    The chauvinistically contrived hierarchy imposed by the Holy See is in fact that; a manmade distinction that has no connection whatsoever to the Divine. Jesus doesn’t believe in gender bias; the all male pecking order for priests was not his idea. The first person he visited upon his return from death shows that the Vatican certainly didn’t get their rampant and abusive sexism from him.

  25. Vote -1 Vote +1electronic cigarettes
    April 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Could you imagine if the Pope actually gets jailed for this?

    • Vote -1 Vote +1KelliG
      April 14, 2010 at 5:18 am

      That would be great, but I don’t think it will happen. Money goes a long way!

  26. Vote -1 Vote +1Ken
    April 15, 2010 at 12:22 am

    For one, the stock photos provided are of children whereas the majority of victims were post-pubescent boys. Secondly why didn’t you mention that more children get molested in the US public school system in one yeat than in 40 years in the Catholic Curch. Next article could you print pictues of the many aborted children, victims of a procress endorsed by the US government. Let’s be fair Mr Trendy Progressive