Roman Catholic Church leaders in Dublin spent decades sheltering child-abusing priests from the law and most fellow clerics turned a blind eye, an investigation ordered by Ireland’s government concluded Thursday.
Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who handed over more than 60,000 previously secret church files to the three-year investigation, said he felt deep shame and sorrow for how previous archbishops presided over endemic child abuse — yet claimed afterward not to understand the gravity of their sins.
Martin said his four predecessors in Ireland’s capital, including retired Cardinal Desmond Connell, must have understood that priests’ molestation and rape of boys and girls ”was a crime in both civil and canon law. For some reason or another they felt they could deal with all this in little worlds of their own.
“For some reason or other” — and I wonder what that might have been… wanted to keep the party going, I guess.
Pantingly posting as “breaking!!” the news that Dr. Carhart was at the press conference, along with a picture (likely taken without his permission), seems to be sending a message of some kind. I won’t speculate on what that might be, but I think it’s worth noting that Dr. Tiller was relentlessly stalked the same way.
As a sidebar, the sleazy freak who creeped up on Dr. Carhart and took his picture is Wendy Wright of “Concerned Women of America”. Wright, a pig-ignorant Christofascist who’s dumber than a bag of brain-dead hammers, was interviewed by Richard Dawkins earlier this year. The resulting video is enough to make you want to shotgun a 26er of Everclear:
But remember: the fact that they’re intellectually-bankrupt scientific illiterates doesn’t make them any less dangerous.
Police said on Tuesday that they have made considerable progress in the death investigation of part-time Census employee Bill Sparkman and are confident the case will be solved — and probably within weeks, not months.
“There will be a resolution,” said Capt. Lisa M. Rudzinski, commander of the state police post in London, which is leading the investigation. “We’re much closer than we were.”
Rudzinski said investigators are waiting for forensic-test results from the State Police Crime Lab, but she wouldn’t go into specifics except to say that the “nature of the scene and subsequent investigation” were complicated and police wanted to make sure they were certain before making an announcement.
“Complicated”: so complicated that they still won’t confirm whether it was murder, suicide or “accident” (euphemism for autoerotic asphyxiation). Although given the state of the body, anything other than murder seems unlikely. Mr. Sparkman’s son also revealed that some items were stolen from his father’s truck, making suicide or accident even less likely:
… his father’s truck, which was found at the scene, had been rifled through, with his grandfather’s wedding ring, Bill Sparkman’s credit cards and a cell phone charger all stolen, making it difficult for him to believe his father committed suicide or died in an accident.
One thing, at least, has been confirmed: that the murder actually took place at the site where the body was found:
A part-time census taker died at the tree in a Kentucky forest where his body was found with a rope around his neck and the word “fed” scrawled on his chest, officials said Wednesday.
And that’s it. The secrecy around this investigation almost as weird as the crime itself, but it sounds like we’ll know the reason for it fairly soon.
Y’all remember Troy West, the entity possessing the Y chromosome that technically makes him a man, who (allegedly) beat the living piss out of an African-American woman while cursing and screaming racist epithets at her — all while the woman’s horrified 7-year-old daughter stood by. Now one of Troy West’s relatives, a cousin or a douche-in-law, has offered his 1/2-a-cent’s worth about who might have been at fault for the attack.
The interview was short because he was late for his Klan meeting.
Apparently the Ten Commandments have been edited for the sake of brevity, specifically lopping off the ones that deal with stealing and lying. I’ve noticed the fetus fetishists on Twitter have recently engaged in the anti-health care reform battle with great gusto, bearing false witness for the express Godly purpose of enabling private insurers to continue robbing everyone blind.
This week the newly-formed “Freedom Federation“, made up of dimtwits like “Concerned Women of America” and the “American Family Association”, pronounced that the US Healthcare System Is Working — though they neglected to say exactly “who” it’s working “for”:
Conservative Christian groups on Wednesday ramped up opposition to health care reform, saying the current system “has problems” but “it is working.”
Members of the newly formed Freedom Federation, comprised of some of the largest conservative religious groups in the country, say they oppose taxpayer-supported abortion, rationed health care for the elderly and government control of personal health decisions. [...]
The Freedom Federation said they would only be satisfied if the reform bills explicitly state that abortion is not a form of health care and would not be paid for with taxpayer funds.
Get that? What the fetophilic freaks and Christo-kooks are saying is that as long as the bill explicitly excludes abortion coverage, they wouldn’t have any other gripes. Gone and forgotten would be “rationed healthcare for the elderly” and “government control of personal decisions”. If they were being h o n e s t (a pretty massive “if”), wouldn’t they demand that the bill also explicitly address/exclude these other concerns?
Of course not, because they know good and damn well that both of these issues are mythical and made up of whole bullshit cloth. “Rationed care” is a steaming, maggoty load meant to bully and frighten seniors; all anyone has to do is look at Canada’s universal health care system and how it cares for seniors to know “rationed care” is nothing but a paranoid wingnut fantasy pulled straight out of the porcine, pimply ass of Rush Limbaugh.
As for “government control of personal decisions”, oh please! Apart from being flat-out Wrong — under Obama’s plan, people would still be able to stay with private insurers if they chose to do so — can you spell “hypocrisy“? I mean, who takes more delight in the concept of “government control of personal decisions” than the finger-wagging, laws-to-protect-you-from-your-sinful-self religious right? As long as they’re the ones in control and making the personal decisions, of course.
Although an estimated 45 million Americans lack health insurance, federation backers said they support the current system. “There may be problems,” Jackson said, “but it is working.
In case you didn’t catch that dog whistle, let me interpret it for you: that’s a big Godly “Fuck You” to the uninsured, who are probably sinners, reprobates and evildoers anyway.
The US health care system is working, alright — for private insurance companies. Here’s someone it ain’t working for:
And that’s someone who actually has insurance, but the people the insurance company employs to figure out how to screw its policyholders are obviously earning their keep.
November 5, 2008:
Planned to do this in the summer but figure to stick around to see the election outcome. This particular one got so much attention and I was just curious. Not like I give a flying fcuk who won, since this exit plan was already planned. Good luck to Obama! He will be successful. The liberal media LOVES him. Amerika has chosen The Black Man. Good! In light of this I got ideas outside of Obama’s plans for the economy and such. Here it is: Every black man should get a young white girl hoe to hone up on. Kinda a reverse indentured servitude thing. Long ago, many a older white male landowner had a young Negro wench girl for his desires. Bout’ time tables are turned on that shit. Besides, dem young white hoez dig da bruthrs! LOL. More so than they dig the white dudes! Every daddy know when he sends his little girl to college, she be bangin a bruthr real good. I saw it. “Not my little girl”, daddy says! (Yeah right!!) Black dudes have thier choice of best white hoez. You do the math, there are enough young white so all the brothers can each have one for 3 or 6 months or so.
Waterdown resident Palmira Holmes wants angry callers to know she is not the same Holmes from Waterdown whose problems with Canadian health care have made her the U.S. poster girl for forces opposed to President Barack Obama’s health-care plan.
Palmira Holmes has been inundated with phone calls from people trying to express their fury over Shona Holmes’ decision to become the face of an aggressive American TV ad that slams Canadian-style health care.
Palmira Holmes says “it was like being bombarded” in the last few days as critics called constantly, thinking they’d reached Shona Holmes. Palmira’s number is listed as S. Holmes for husband Stephen.
Well that’s gotta suck! If I was Palmira Holmes, I’d be looking for Shona with a baseball bat. (Line forms on the right, Palmira.)
I’m extremely late in commenting on this one, mainly because when I watched the video featuring Shona Holmes shitting all over the health care system that probably gave her a pretty good shake for the first 40 years of her life, I was so enraged my head nearly spun off and burst into flames. But I can’t help noticing the irony of the situation.
Everyone knows the backstoryby now: Shona Holmes chose to jump the queue and go stateside for treatment she didn’t really need, then came back and launched a lawsuit, bankrolled by the right-wing CCF, to shake OHIP down for the money she spent. (And to provide the anti-reform lobby in the US with a poster girl to lie her douchebag ass off in commercials and further their odious goal of continuing to deny health care coverage to 50million Americans.) Think about that for a minute…
Talk about having and eating the proverbial freaking cake.The irony is that if Shona Holmes had been living in the US and had private health insurance, it probably wouldn’t have paid for her treatment at the Mayo Clinic either, since it was very much an elective procedure. If she chose to mortgage her home and get the treatment anyway, she’d then have no recourse for recovering the cost, as she does with OHIP.
But I guess when you’re busy shilling for the private health insurance lobby in the US, such points of logic are meaningless trivia.
UPDATE: In the comments, RossK retiterates a point that he made in his post about Holmes, which is well worth highlighting:
The benign cyst for which Holmes was treated is caused by what’s called an “embryological remnant” — that is, it formed before Ms.Holmes was even born. Safe to say that would put it in that terrifying (but much beloved to private insurance companies) category known as “Pre-Existing Conditions“.
So not only would this surgery not have been covered under private insurance because it was elective, the fact that it was a pre-existing condition might well have been reason for her insurer to cancel her policy… at which point there’d be nothing she could do but say “D’OH!“
It should be interesting to watch the anti-abortion scum struggle to restrain their joy at the news that the Tiller Clinic won’t be re-opening.
If Dr.Tiller himself had made the decision to close after 30 years of relentless harassment and violence, the fetus fetishists would be delirious with ecstasy — but this might be a little unseemly given the fact that the closure is due to the murder of the doctor by one of their own. I don’t expect to see too many “Praise the lord! The accursed abortuary/abattoir/slaughterhouse/concentration camp/death house is gone!”-type blog posts celebrating this closure. But so what? Their goal has been achieved.
This is how terrorists win. They are powerless to achieve their goals within the law (69% of Americans, including a lot who personally identify as “pro-life”, don’t want Roe v. Wade overturned), so they resort to other means to achieve the same end: restricted access.
Congratulations, you murderous motherfuckers, you won. Enjoy it — it’s the last time you’ll ever be able to say it.
If you’ve got an hour to spare and a strong stomach and want to see the ugliest side of the anti-choice movement, watch “Soldiers in the Army of God”, on Youtube in 7 parts (3 parts posted here and links to the rest).
This is the most extreme fringe, openly advocating violence, executions and even civil war to impose their authoritarian/theocratic vision of society on an unwilling majority. This is not the “mainstream” anti-choice movement, but a distilled version — however, it’s hard not to notice that their language is similar: Murder. Genocide. Slaughter. Holocaust.
Towards the end of the film, one of the victims of anti-abortion terrorism comments about how all their hateful rhetoric causes some to flip out and spiral into violence. This film was made ten years ago, but that statement resonates more than ever today.
…and start pouring, because here we have a genuine, “24″-worthy “ticking clock” scenario of the kind that conservatives are always using to justify torture: a terrorist who claims to know about more planned terrorist attacks:
The man charged in the shooting death of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller warned Sunday that more violence is possible.
Scott Roeder, being held on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in Tiller’s killing one week ago, called The Associated Press from the Sedgwick County jail. [...]
“I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal,” Roeder said.
He would not elaborate.
Oh yeah? Well, hook his nuts up to a set of jumper cables and crank on the juice, he’ll be elaborating his lungs out.
Of course I’m just kidding — torture is always wrong, even for rotten shit-eating terrorist scum like Roeder. In all likelihood, he’s just enjoying his notoriety and intends to keep yapping to any media that will listen. And I say: let him yap!
But at the same time, the FBI should get cracking on their investigation into Dr. Tiller’s murder. Whiiiirrrr chopchopchop whiiiiir chopchopchop — what’s that sound? Oh, that’s the sound of shredders going full-bore at the offices of Operation Rescue, American Right to Life, and the rest of the anti-choice scum across the country. The rock has been lifted, the cockroaches are scattering.
It’s all yours, anti-choice freaks. Own it. Wear it. Enjoy it.
…and went on to suggest that another “target” has stepped up to the plate, referring to Dr. LeRoy Carhart, one of the last few doctors who provide late term abortions in the US:
But no doubt Turner is just an “extremist”, not a peace-loving fetus fetishist like Jill Stanek, who wouldn’t dream of doing something as incendiary as posting pictures of doctors and their clinics… err uh what’s that?
Nice license plate shot there… Operation Rescue probably already has this person’s name and address. But not wanting to focus on just one doctor the way they focused on Dr. Tiller, Stanek adds Dr. Warren Hern to the hit list err perfectly harmless “photograph album”:
Oh, what? What’s the problem? No dog whistles there! It’s nothing: just an entire post with pictures of doctors and their clinics, spiced up with provocative language about baby-killing “pro-aborts”. Because heaven knowsnobody in Stanek’s spittle-flecked readership might be a fucking nutcase with an urge to make a name for himself by doing something like this. (And should the post go down the memory hole, well, cowardly, pants-pissing, murder-inciting anti-choice bloggers are why Google cache and screenshots were invented.)
Here’s a situation where police must be wishing for a do-over: The suspect in Dr. George Tiller’s murder was caught vandalizing a clinic the day before Sunday’s shooting. Scott Roeder wasn’t arrested or questioned; he didn’t even have a patrol car intimidatingly cruise by his house late at night. Instead, Roeder was left undisturbed while he allegedly planned his next-day attack on the Kansas doctor. This news comes on the heels of Kate Harding’s excellent post about how difficult it is for abortion providers to get law enforcement to respond to harassment from pro-life groups, and it raises an important question: Could Tiller’s assassination have been prevented by law enforcement?
While I wouldn’t recommend they go full-metal-Patriot Act on every fetus fetishist who stumbles by a clinic (or in the case of Tiller clinic protesters, crawls on their hands and knees), law enforcement clearly has to start taking these creeps more seriously. A lot more seriously. Vandalism at a clinic — are you fucking kidding me? That should set off alarm bells and screaming red alerts. If they’d taken Roeder in and run a check on him, they would have found that he was arrested with a bomb 13 years ago and maybe put 2 + 2 together. This was a law enforcement failure of epic proportions.
Armed marshalls are now guarding some clinics (and about fucking time), but there’s something else that needs to happen immediately: bubble zones around clinics. Protests should never be allowed within high-powered rifle range of a clinic. Clinic protests serve no purpose anyway but to whip the deranged into an even more feverish frenzy, escalating their madness and contributing to the kind of wretched violence that happened on Sunday. It’s long past time that this ghoulish practice was ended — the fetishists can protest their shriveled little hearts out, 1/2 a mile away.
The NatPo’s Colby Cosh understands why the anti-abortion “movement” and its ongoing campaign of protests and virulent, poisonous rhetoric that targeted and demonized Dr. Tiller for over a decade, shares at least some collective culpability in his death:
…Jim Hughes, president of our own Campaign Life Coalition, said that “Those of us in the pro-life movement do not want to see abortionists die, we want to see them convert.”
A charming, coy thing to say, no doubt, but the everyday rhetoric of the CLC would have us believe that abortion is murder, and that abortion clinics are therefore ethically equivalent to concentration camps. The Coalition strongly supports, for example, the so-called “Genocide Awareness Project” being run on Canadian campuses by the California-based Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. Are we to believe that if Mr. Hughes stumbled across Auschwitz, he would try to “convert” the guards first? Is he opposed to taking up arms against “genocide”? Can he consistently condemn someone who did so?
No: Like most pro-lifers, he is simply a purveyor of beliefs whose literal truth he does little or nothing to act seriously upon. (As I’ve pointed out in this space, you can make Henry Morgentaler a member of the Order of Canada, thus offering the grossest provocation imaginable to Catholics and evangelicals who have received the honour, and literally 99% of them will suck it up.) But, very occasionally, some ardent religious loner is confused enough to hear those beliefs, conclude they are true, and follow through. And a doctor somewhere ends up maimed or dead. And we blame only the individual who pulled the trigger.
When copy/pasting the link to this article, I noticed with some amusement that the original title of this post was “Don’t Blame The Shooter”. I guess the editors considered that a little too hot for the socons in the audience.
Cosh is 100% right: we are all influenced to varying degrees by external stimuli and input from our information sources. If those sources repeatedly deliver the message that “So-and-so is a depraved maniac of a baby-butchering killer”, that will eventually flip someone’s batshit switch. The worst thing is, these people know it. Their hollow, weasel-worded denunciations of Dr. Tiller’s murder, always qualified with a “but he had blood on his hands” kind of statement, prove it.
Look at it this way: if Dick Cheney ever kicks the bucket, the only people who’ll be talking about the “blood on his hands” will be the ones cracking open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate.
Now somebody go log in to the NatPo and tell them the news.
KMBC Channel 9 captured this shot of a phone number to anti-abortion group Operation Rescue inside the car of Scott Roeder, the man suspected of shooting and killing Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller Sunday morning at a Wichita church.
The phone number is written on an envelope with the name “Cheryl” and “Op Rescue.” Cheryl is Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue’s senior policy adviser, who in 1988 was convicted of conspiring to bomb a California abortion clinic. She served two years in prison.
Sullenger tells The Pitch that she hasn’t spoken with Roeder recently.
If you even doubt for a second that anti-abortion hate rhetoric fueled the assassination of Dr.Tiller yesterday, I invite you to watch an Operation Rescue propaganda video about Dr.Tiller (fetus porn alert), an exercise in demonization that is absolutely depraved in its vileness.
And there’s nothing atypical about it, it just encapsulates the kind of rhetoric anti-choice extremists engage in on an ongoing basis, day in, day out, year in, year out.
Does anyone really believe that this kind of thing, on top of the constant hate rhetoric being puked out about Dr. Tiller every single day for years wouldn’t be enough to flip the batshit switch on someone who’s already unhinged?
EXHIBIT B — Dog Whistle
Courtesy of Alison at Creekside and TGB, here’s Randall Terry in the aftermath of yesterday’s terrorist killing, reiterating the “Tiller the Killer” theme and urging anti-abortion freaks to continue using the same tactics they’ve always used (including murder, one assumes):
It’s significant that in his delusional rant Terry seems far more concerned with the reaction of the White House than he does with the murder that one of his little army of terrorist freaks committed. Make no mistake: that’s a dog whistle, and I hope the Secret Service caught the play.
In March 1993, three months into the administration of our first pro-choice president, Bill Clinton, abortion provider Dr. David Gunn was murdered in Pensacola, Florida. That was the beginning of what would become a five-fold increase in violence against abortion providers throughout the Clinton years.
Today’s assassination of Dr. George Tiller comes 5 months into the term of our second pro-choice president. For anyone who would like to believe that this is a statistical anomaly, a coincidence that doesn’t portend anything, again, you are wrong.
During the entire Bush administration, from 2000-2008 there were no murders.
During the Clinton era, between 1994-2000 there were 6 abortion providers and clinic staff murdered, and 17 attempted murders of abortion providers. There were 12 bombings or arsons during the Clinton years.
During the Bush administration, not only were there no murders, there were no attempted murders. There was one clinic bombing during the Bush years.
One can only conclude that like terrorist sleeper cells, these extremists have now been set in motion. Indeed the evidence is already there. The chatter, the threats, the hate-filled rhetoric are abundant.
It’s true: since Obama took office, the volume has been turned way up. Add to that the fact that anti-choicers are not getting anything they want — their ballot measures failed, Obama’s appointments are sailing through congress, and their little protests of his speech at Notre Dame were ineffectual. They know that their best chance to get their way, the Bush era, is history. It should surprise absolutely fucking no-one that they’ve, once again, taken it to the next level.
While I am a staunch supporter of free speech even for douchebags like Randall Terry, there’s a fine line between legitimate free expression and incitement to commit murder in the form of ongoing harassment and hate propaganda against an individual. It’s time to look at whether organizations like Operation Rescue cross that line.
Religious groups are to be forced to accept homosexual youth workers, secretaries and other staff, even if their faith holds same-sex relationships to be sinful.
Christian organisations fear that the tightened legislation, which is due to come into force next year, will undermine the integrity of churches and dilute their moral message.
Since we’re supposedly all sinners anyway, I don’t see what the big deal is if “their faith holds same sex relationships to be sinful”. But the perpetually-whining Catholic Church is worried that this new law means they won’t be able to practice their religion, presumably since they’ll be breaking the 11th Commandment, “Thou shalt not hire gays”.
Always thinking of the children, the church is also worried that they might have to hire gay youth workers — not sure why exactly, but they seem to think this might put kids at some kind of risk, and — look out! Whew. I hope nobody got hit by any flying fragments of exploding irony.
Here’s an idea: maybe some well-muscled “gay youth workers” can act as bodyguards to protect the kids from Father Fiddleabout.
In his installation service as the new leader of Catholics in England and Wales, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols called for a greater respect of religious belief. [...]
Secularists, such as Richard Dawkins, who try to rubbish religion are encouraging intolerance, the archbishop told a congregation of 2,000 at Westminster Cathedral. [...]
He urged that there should be “respectful dialogue” and that this needs to go “beyond the superficial and slogans”.
Because nothing says “respectful dialogue” like…
The archbishop played a leading role in fighting the introduction of gay rights laws in 2006, which now make it illegal to discriminate against gay couples when placing children for adoption.
Given the choice between leaving kids in the care of a gay couple I know or leaving them with a priest and a nun, I know which option I’d feel most comfortable with (talk about a No-Brainer). But speaking of kids, while the Archbish was running his yap about atheists and secularists undermining society, did he have anything to say about the latest report of (the seemingly endless list of) Catholic school child abuse? Not a thing. Although he did mention it earlier, in passing:
Earlier, the new Archbishop risked controversy on his first day in office when he said a report exposing decades of systematic child abuse by Catholic priests and nuns in Ireland would “overshadow” the good they had done.
He said it took “courage” for Catholic church members who abused children to face up to their actions.
Made the church look bad, ooh. The child abusers were courageous, oh yes. And… something’s missing here… hmm… uh… starts with “K”…oh! Yeah! Kids! Anything about the kids? Hello? Oh right, they weren’t fetuses at the time, so too bad so sad, I guess. SILLY ME! What was I thinking?
It’s been 40 years since Jerry Kobs and Jim St. Patrick roamed the halls at St. Patrick’s grade school on Milwaukee’s south side, but they said the pain of the sexual abuse they endured at the hands of their teacher Sister Norma Giannini is still fresh.
An appeals court on Wednesday upheld the 2006 conviction of a once-prominent Jesuit priest on charges he abused two students during retreats in Wisconsin in the 1960s.
…and these stories are all from within the last couple of days. And there’s more — way more — just google “Catholic” + “sex abuse”. Clearly, if it’s a day that ends in a “Y”, it’s time for more news about more diddler priests and the rotten stinking shit-eating scum that cover up for and enable them. Does the expression “systemic rot” come to mind?
If only all those abused kids hadn’t had the bad luck to have already made it out of the birth canal, maybe we might see some outrage from the church rank and file.