VIRTUS® and Porn: No concern? Today…

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When I was teaching up in the Josephinum, I sat through the VIRTUS® course that was obviously tailored to seminarians and priests. I objected to the statement that on a list of questionable and evil behaviors there had to be at least two which presented with an individual before it would be considered enough of a concern to do some reporting. I objected because one of the items listed was showing porn to minors. That, said I, was more than enough on its own to do some reporting. It would be more than enough for me to knock the idiot unconscious, regardless of any laxity in civil law, regardless of any laxity in local diocesan chancery personnel policy. However, for VIRTUS®, it’s fine and dandy as long as there are no other questionable behaviors presenting at the moment. I have to wonder if in the story linked below, this particular kind of VIRTUS® presentation played a part, acting as a kind of permission to show porn to minors. If so, I have to wonder if the parents have the legal standing to sue VIRTUS® and its parent company, The National Catholic Risk Retention Group (TNCRRG) six feet into the ground.

The Irish Independent, Ireland’s largest-selling daily newspaper, carried this story about what seems to be a jaw-dropping cover up in the USA. I myself don’t have all the details. I wasn’t there, etc. There may be more to this. It may be reported wrongly. But the Irish crowd are upset because it seems like the Irish whistle-blower priest is being treated like trash to be thrown away: ‘I’ve been frozen out by the Church for warning police about paedophile’ by Greg Harkin – (PUBLISHED 25/01/2016 | 02:30). I find that kind of going to bat for a priest in Ireland to be absolutely amazing. It’s now over there what 2002 was like over in the USA.

Note that “paedophile” is incorrect terminology. We’re talking about homosexual predatory behavior here. Why won’t anyone admit that? Anyway, there may be some updates to this post. I mean, isn’t that the diocese where two bishops were removed because of […]? And isn’t that the diocese where […] came from? And, more than that…

As a Missionary of Mercy who has long battled for priests being smacked down unjustly, I really do think that a big part of this Year of Mercy should be dedicated to those thrown into the meta-peripheries, where mercy is purposely made to seem impossible, where mercy is mocked by those who could provide mercy. Just to say, justice is mercy for those who are innocent.

I’ve been ranting for years that the same abuse of power which abuses is the same abuse of power which does a cover up, moving people around, which is the same abuse of power which provides zero due process to the accused so as to make oneself a tough hero in the perception of others (the iron policy of VIRTUS®’s TNCRRG), which is the same abuse of power which, after some years of a good track record, does the cover up thing all over again. Is that what happened here? Is this about good risk retention policy which is purposely hurtful to the people of God? Abuse of power is always hurtful. Lack of due process is always hurtful. At one time or another it gives an excuse not to pay attention to the real victim. That’s not good.

Just to say, I not infrequently hear anecdotes from other priests about a particular attitude that is worthy of mention here:

“If there was an incident, even though you stopped it and did the right thing, there was an incident and you were involved in it and are therefore somehow guilty of being in an incident, and since there are so many incidents, we’re holding you guilty of being an incident magnet, and something is wrong, and you need to get evaluated, because we wish that there weren’t any incidents at all and you seem to notice them and we don’t and therefore you are suspect: we don’t want to be bothered.”

All abuse of power comes about because of having lost sight of the Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception, who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. It’s better to get to know Jesus. All Missionaries of Mercy and in fact all priests have the faculties to absolve from sins of grave abuse of power. This is the Year of Mercy. One might well take advantage of this mercy, but it must be done in the right way:

  • Just remember John the Baptist’s question: “Who told you to flee from the wrath to come?” Was it merely political correctness? Self-hero worship?
  • Just remember John the Baptist’s exhortation: “Bear the fruits that befit repentance!” Have you restored the good names of those wrongfully treated?

Go and check out:  ‘I’ve been frozen out by the Church for warning police about paedophile’

4 Comments

Filed under Abuse, Confession, Holy See, Mercy, Missionaries of Mercy, Year of Mercy

4 responses to “VIRTUS® and Porn: No concern? Today…

  1. James W. Anderson

    If the story is correctly reported, the “put him on a plane” diocesan official should be arrested. This story also raises the question, are other nation’s catholic churches exporting their active homosexual priests to the US?

  2. meshugunah

    I’ve stuck it out as a Virtus facilitator precisely to combat abuses like these at the “ground level”…Definitely NOT part of the “approved program”! I have a session coming up on 1/30, at which people will be given links to your blog, These Stone Walls, The Media Report.com, and other subversive resources.

    Had my head handed to me at a recent session for quoting chapter and verse from the CCC about homosexuality – was holding the book in hand! We have a whole lot of praying to do; a whole lot of catechesis to work on…Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.

  3. sanfelipe007

    Wolves among our own.

  4. What happened to our church? To our Bishops? Wolves in sheeps’ clothing indeed.

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