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Published on January 26th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

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What Do the Vatican, Mussolini and 25 Pedophile Priests Have in Common?

 

This has already proven to be yet another rather exceptionally bad year for the Roman Catholic Church. More unpleasant scandals continue to unfold for the beleaguered religious institution — from the revelation of Mussolini’s enormous offshore Vatican nest egg investment and papal money laundering banking troubles, to the release of more secret information concerning the church’s expanding horrific pedophile priest cover up. 

Thanks to a California Supreme Court decision last October, many long hidden files on 25 known child abusing priests, which the Los Angeles Archdiocese had been desperately struggling to keep secret, must now be made public. The court mandated release of this information is part of the terms of a $660 million settlement that was reached with more than 500 victims of child sexual abuse way back in 2007.

 

Church Hid Child Rapists for Decades

 

Although the LA Archdiocese and Cardinal Mahony had agreed to hand over the detailed personnel records, the Catholic hierarchy still continued to spend the past 5 years fighting to keep this damaging information hidden. These records clearly illustrate how several church leaders shielded numerous pedophiles for many years, repeatedly transferring the brutal child abusers to different unknowing churches in various parts of the state, in an attempt to cover up the serial molesters’ crimes, to avoid criminal prosecution, as well as public scandal.

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Notorious Catholic pedophile priest, Father Lynn Richard Caffoe

One of the priests named in the lawsuit, Father Lynn Caffoe, was the parish clergy in residence at our Catholic school for several years. He was placed at Saint Callistus in 1971, when I was just five years old; several of my fellow young classmates were among the earliest documented victims of this vile child sexual predator. In the seventies the first of many sexual abuse allegations were filed against Caffoe at our Orange County school, yet he was never prosecuted for his most heinous crimes; the pedophile was not even defrocked until 2006, more than thirty years after he began attacking children.

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Catholic church officials never warned new parishes about the behavior of these dangerous child sexual predators; instead the senior leadership consistently worked to hush up reports from multiple victims, disregarded physical evidence and videotaped sexual assaults upon students, even choosing to ignore direct eyewitness reports of child sexual abuse in progress. But wait, the sordid Vatican revelations get even worse…

 

Mussolini’s Money Seeded Papal Wealth

 

This week Britain’s Guardian reported that the Vatican has built a secret property empire using millions in bribes that Mussolini paid to the papacy back in 1929 to purchase their political endorsement of his brutal dictatorship in Italy. The church has now parlayed that enormous 20th century political bribe into an enormous hidden empire of wealth and international influence:

“…these office blocks in one of London’s most expensive districts are part of a surprising secret commercial property empire owned by the Vatican. Behind a disguised offshore company structure, the church’s international portfolio has been built up over the years, using cash originally handed over by Mussolini in return for papal recognition of the Italian fascist regime in 1929. Since then the international value of Mussolini’s nest-egg has mounted until it now exceeds £500m.”

 

In light of these corrupt criminal revelations concerning the Catholic Church, and the convoluted monetary scandals riddling the Vatican, I am even more pleased than ever to be a devout atheist.




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  • http://theroadtoserendipity.wordpress.com narf77

    Another reminder why we shouldn’t put our “faith” in the hands of organisations…power corrupts…absolute power corrupts absolutely!

    • http://community.importantmedia.org/rhondawinter/ Rhonda Winter

      You are absolutely correct about not putting our faith in entrenched corrupt institutions. Just when I think that the criminal Catholic Church can not possibly sink any lower, the Vatican always seems to find new and interesting ways to surprise me.

      • http://theroadtoserendipity.wordpress.com narf77

        When religious instititutions are worse than up front political greed you have to really start worrying about the state of the world! Who the heck are we supposed to trust eh?

  • VICTOR CARLOS

    MY DEAR THIS IS THE REASON WHY YOU NEED NOT TRUST IN INSTITUTION, BUT IN GOD, HAVE YOU NOT HEARD THAT MAN WILL FAIL YOU, YOUR FATHER EVEN MOTHER WILL FAIL YOU, THERE IS ONLY ONE WHO WILL NOT FAIL YOU. NO ONE SHOULD BE PUTING THEIR FAITH IN HUMANS RATHER THAN GOD HIMSELF. MAN CAN DO ALL IN THE NAME OF GOD MAN CAN START RIGHT BUT THEN OUT OF NOTHING IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR DOING FOR GOD, FOR BEEN HUMAN WILL GO OFF FROM THE TRUTH AND SATAN OR PERSONAL DESIRE WILL TAKE OVER, WHEN THE FLAHS TAKES OVER IT DOES NOT RESPECT ANY ANOINTING. INDEED THE STUTUS OF THE WORLD IS NOT GOOD THOU IT IS NOT NEW THING FOR THE BIBLE SAYS THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN, BUT AS PEOPLE WE SHOULD NOT FIND EXCUSE NOT TO SERCH FOR GOD JUST BECOUSE SOME PRIEST DID SOMETHING WRONG. ANY ONE ONE WHO TURNS BACK OR JUSTIFIES TO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD JUST BECOUSE A PASTOR OR PRIEST DID SOMETHING WRONG, IS JUST TRYING TO FIND EXUSES NOT TO SEE GOD, BUT THE THING IS IT IS NOT ABOUT THE PASTOR OR CATHOLIC CHURCH IT IS ABOUT YOU, YOUR LIFE AND YOUR DESTINY, LET THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO USE GOD TO DO WRONG ANSWER FOR THEMSELVES, IF YOU WANT MOVE FROM YOUR CONGREGATION AND FIND OTHER THAT WILL FEED TO YOUR SPIRITUAL NEEDS, JUST BECOUSE ONE OR TWO CHURCHES DID WRONG IT DOES NOT MEAN THERE IS NON THAT IS IN GOOD STAND WITH GOD.

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