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Sex abuse victims favor Tagle for papacy


Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, makes a sign of the cross on the foreheads of devotees during a mass in observance of Ash Wednesday which ushers the 45-day Lenten Season Wednesday February 13, 2013 in Manila. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Out of the 115-member conclave that will elect the next Pope, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is one of only two cardinals who show “promising” signs of dealing adequately with the sex abuse scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church, according to a US-based group of clergy sex abuse victims.

In a statement posted on its website, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said Tagle and Vienna Archbishop Christoph Cardinal Schonborn were the “most promising candidates” for the papal throne for sex abuse victims.

The group also identified Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin but he is not a member of the College of Cardinals.

The statement, titled “SNAP’s list of ‘least worst’ papal candidates,” said the three candidates “were chosen based on their words and actions with regard to the clergy sex abuse crisis.”

The group said it based its assessment on mainstream media accounts, legal filings and victims’ experiences.

SNAP came out with the statement after releasing on Wednesday a list of 12 cardinals who it said were the worst candidates for the papacy.

“Cardinal Tagle is one of very few prelates who have spoken clearly about the ‘culture of shame’ that surrounds victims of sex abuse. He has said that the Church has contributed to this culture, and that in order to move on, the Church must find ways to help victims heal,” SNAP said.

“At a talk in the Philippines, Tagle noted that ‘media practitioners observe that when they report on abuses committed by politicians, financiers, etc, the Church appreciates them. But when they expose anomalies within the Church, they are branded as anti-Church and anti-Catholic, even if the information comes from people close to the Church,’” it said.

The group quoted Tagle as saying that the Church should also be prepared to be scrutinized by media and that the norms of fairness and truthfulness should be applied to all, “especially the victims.”

“In 2012, Tagle spoke at a Vatican abuse symposium, in mentioning the cover-ups, he argued that the Church must stop ‘waiting for a bomb’ and instead should prevent the scandal from happening, rather than try to ‘prevent it from exploding’,” SNAP said.

The group said one of its members on the American west coast was assaulted in the 1990s by a Filipino priest, Fr. Jose Superiaso, and that he pleaded guilty in 2005.

“Tagle has reportedly been helpful in starting the process of defrocking her perpetrator,” SNAP said.

According to the group, the Philippines has “also seen horrific clergy sex abuse and cover-up cases.”

“A brave and beloved SNAP member, Rita Milla, was abused by seven Filipino priests in California beginning when she was 16. After two years of abuse, her original abuser… passed Rita on to six other priests who violated her as well,” SNAP said.

“Two years after that, Milla became pregnant by one of these priests who then sent her to the Philippines so she could keep her pregnancy and baby a secret,” it added.

The group said that Milla spoke with the bishop of Laoag during that time but the bishop told her that “he would help her when she returned to California if she kept the baby a secret.” Milla had the baby in 1982.

A Church source, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said the Filipino bishop identified in the SNAP statement is now “very old, retired and has difficulty hearing.”

“These predators were from the Laoag diocese and the Los Angeles archdiocese. During this time, Tagle was a priest in the Diocese of Imus,” SNAP said.

Msgr. Joselito Asis, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) secretary general, said the Church in the Philippines has already formulated a set of “pastoral guidelines” to prevent the sexual abuse of children.

“We have submitted these guidelines to the Vatican for approval. They are now being reviewed,” Asis said in an interview.

He said the Church and its personnel were committed to fight child abuse and were using the Canon Law to deal with it.

“So far, we have (no report) here in the Philippines. Pending the approval of the pastoral guidelines by the Vatican, Canon Law will be followed,” Asis said.

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  • Islaslolo

    “So far, we have (no report) here in the Philippines. Pending the approval of the pastoral guidelines by the Vatican, Canon Law will be followed,” Asis said.

    Msgr. Asis must have a different definition of child abuse if he had not heard or read of a reported child abuse in the Philippines!

    • rBanasig

       Asis is lying through his teeth.

    • rBanasig

       This Asis character is obviously lying through his teeth.

  • Snap LoyolaAlum

    Hopefully Philippines Cardinal Tagle can check if Fr. Angel Crisostomo Mariano has returned to the Philippines. The police caught Fr. Mariano, a Jesuit cross-dresser, in a sex act with a 17 year-old boy in a parish car in California. Fr. Mariano, posing as a 25 year-old woman, used the internet to meet two boys. He wore lipstick and rouge. Fr. Mariano was arrested, convicted and jailed. Marinao was also suspected of abusing two disabled Jesuit employees at the Jesuit Los Gatos, California retreat in a case that settled for $7 million.
    Fr. Mariano was a roommate of Fr. Thomas Smolich, now the top USA Jesuit. Fr. Smolich said he was clueless about Fr. Mariano in spite of being Mariano’s roommate for two-years. Fr. Mariano may still be a priest and may have returned to the Philippines where his crime is not known. Hopefully Cardinal Tagle can check whether the Vatican plans to defrock Fr. Mariano.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Scripture Alone – Protestant Fundamentalist/Born Again – Fallacy

    Catholics take note!

    The next one is ”Scripture Alone”, which does not appear anywhere in the bible.  The text most often used by protestants to back this one up is:

    2 Timothy 3:16:  All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,However great this passage is, the word “alone” does not appear in it anywhere.  The word profitable does not mean only. If it did, then Titus 3:8 below would mean that good deeds are all we need to be saved:

    “The saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men.”Applying the word “alone” to scripture also means that anyone can properly interpret it, without the Magesterium and Sacred Tradition. In other words, the Catholic Church only claims infallibility with the official documents of the Church, spoken “ex cathedra” (“from the chair”) by the Pope.  

    This sola claims that anyone and everyone who interprets scripture on their own is infallible! And how wrong is this today, with over 30,000 Protestant denominations, with some even claiming that homosexuality is no longer sinful!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Faith Alone – Protestant Fundamentalist/Born Again

    James 2:24:You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.

    Strange that the one sola that does appear in the bible contradicts the very sola itself.  Works (good works, not useless Jewish works of the law) are part of being justified.  

    The Catholic Church teaches that justification begins at Baptism, when the Holy Spirit comes to us, even while we are infants.  And “being saved” is a lifelong journey that doesn’t end until we die and are allowed into heaven.  A lot of Protestants talk about “when they were saved”, as if it’s in the past tense.  Catholics would agree that whenever you began taking your faith in Christ seriously was certainly a great time, but it was only a first step, not the entire journey.
    What really counts is your faith at the time of death, not your faith when you first started believing 20 years ago.

    Go ask you pastor!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Modern heretics are here! Like protestants, they rust in Hell!

     “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you…”

    Sorry, heretics don’t have a chance in heaven! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Protestantism acknowledges the biblical doctrine of the priesthood of all believers, and that individual Christians can trust the Holy Spirit for guidance in reading and interpreting the Bible for themselves…what do you have…hundreds of new religion each one in disagreement!Fruits of the Holy Spirit? Of course NO!!! Fruits of SATAN!!! whatelse!

  • isalcordo

    One reform that the new Pope must carry out is to take the words of Jesus in the Bible seriously. In (Mt 23:8-11) NIV, Jesus said:
    8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and  you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ.” My Commenatary:Jesus’ command implied a warning against potential abuse of children by religious teachers calling themselves ‘father’ through deceitful use of parental sentiments, prerogatives, and authority. The same can be said also of such other titles of authority such as “rabbi” and “teacher or master” to prevent potential abuse of their students and disciples. I hope the Catholic Church will have the wisdom and humility to take the words of her LORD seriously.

    From Barnes and Noble:  Matthew 23:8″But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’” Jesus forbade his disciples to seek such titles of distinction. The reason which he gave was that he was himself their Master and Teacher, They were on a level; they were to be equal in authority; they were brethren; and they should neither covet nor receive a title which implied either an elevation of one above another, or which appeared to infringe on the absolute right of the Saviour to be their only Teacher and Master. The direction here is an express command to his disciples not to RECEIVE such a title of distinction. They were not to covet it; they were not to seek it; they were not to do anything that implied a wish or a willingness that it should be appended to their names. Everything which would tend to make a distinction among them or destroy their parity-everything which would lead the world to suppose that there were ranks and grades among them as ministers, they were to avoid. It is to be observed that the command is that they were not to RECEIVE the title – “Be not ye called Rabbi.” The Saviour did not forbid them giving the title to others when it was customary or not regarded as improper (compare Ac 26:25), but THEY were not to receive it. It was to be unknown among them. This title corresponds with the title “Doctor of Divinity” as applied to ministers of the gospel; and, so far as I can see, the spirit of the Saviour’s command is violated by the reception of such a title, as really as it would have been by their being called “Rabbi.” It makes a distinction among ministers. It tends to engender pride and a sense of superiority in those who obtain it, and envy and a sense of inferiority in those who do not; and the whole spirit and tendency of it is contrary to the “simplicity that is in Christ.” Matthew 23:9″And call no man your father upon the earth:” for one is your Father, which is in heaven.[And call no man your Father ...] This does not, of course, forbid us to apply the term to our real father. Religion requires all proper honor to be shown to HIM, Ex 20:12; Mt 15:4; Eph 6:1-3. But the word “father” also denotes “authority, eminence, superiority, a right to command, and a claim to particular respect.” In this sense it is used here. In this sense it belongs eminently to God, and it is not right to give it to people. Christian brethren are equal. Only God has supreme authority. He only has a right to give laws; to declare doctrines that shall bind the conscience; to punish disobedience. The Jewish teachers affected that title because they seem to have supposed that a teacher formed the man, or gave him real life, and sought, therefore, to be called father. Christ taught them that the source of all life and truth was God, and they ought not to seek or receive a title which properly belongs to him. Matthew 23:10Neither be ye called masters/teachers: for one is your Master/teacher, even Christ.That is, leaders, guides, for this is the literal meaning of the word. It refers to those who go before others; who claim, therefore, the right to direct and control others. This was also a title conferred on Jewish teachers.Neither of these commands forbids us to give proper titles of civil office to men, or to render them the honor belonging to their station, Mt 22:21; Ro 13:7; 1 Pe 2:17. They prohibit the disciples of Jesus from seeking or receiving mere empty titles, producing distinctions among themselves, implying authority to control the opinions and conduct of others, and claiming that others should acknowledge them to be superior to them. (from Barnes’ Notes, Electronic Database Copyright © 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

  • isalcordo

    Here are the most basic teachings of Jesus from “Jesus – A New Revelation” from the Urantia Book.
    Key Teaching No. !:  “This is the kingdom of heaven—God is your Father and you are His sons, and this good news, if you wholeheartedly believe it, is your eternal salvation.”
    Key Teaching No. 2: “God is your Father, and religion—my gospel—is nothing more nor less than the believing recognition of the truth that you are his son. And I am here among you in the flesh to make clear both of these ideas in my life and teachings.”Key Teaching No. 3:  “God is a Father, not a great and supreme bookkeeper who is chiefly engaged in making damaging entries against his erring children on earth, recordings of sin and evil to be used against them when he subsequently sits in judgment upon them as the just Judge of all creation.” TRY BELIEVEING THESE TEACHINGS AND LIVE BY THEM AND SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN!Key Teaching No. !:  “This is the kingdom of heaven—God is your Father and you are His sons, and this good news, if you wholeheartedly believe it, is your eternal salvation.”
    Key Teaching No. 2: “God is your Father, and religion—my gospel—is nothing more nor less than the believing recognition of the truth that you are his son. And I am here among you in the flesh to make clear both of these ideas in my life and teachings.”Key Teaching No. 3:  “God is a Father, not a great and supreme bookkeeper who is chiefly engaged in making damaging entries against his erring children on earth, recordings of sin and evil to be used against them when he subsequently sits in judgment upon them as the just Judge of all creation.” TRY BELIEVEING THESE TEACHINGS AND LIVE BY THEM AND SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN!

    • jpeter262

      The Gospel of the Kingdom of God/and or Heaven can explain all those good teachings. Read the red letters (word of Jesus Christ) especially the Sermon on the Mount.
      Jesus Christ Himself preached the Gospel of the Kingdom of God – - the true gospel that need to be preached in the world and the end will come.
      - – - “”Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)

      - – - “”but He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” (Luke 4:43)

      - – - “”And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matt 24:14)

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    the new pope should read the bible aloud and see if he has a place in christianity.

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