A child seen, during a youth gathering with Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's square, at the Vatican, Thursday, March 25, 2010. (Daylife-AP)
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VATICAN CITY, 25 MAR 2010 (VIS) - Given below is the complete text of the English-language declaration made yesterday, 24 March, by Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. to the New York Times:
"The tragic case of Fr. Lawrence Murphy, a priest of the archdiocese of Milwaukee, involved particularly vulnerable victims who suffered terribly from what he did. By sexually abusing children who were hearing-impaired, Fr. Murphy violated the law and, more importantly, the sacred trust that his victims had placed in him.
"During the mid-1970s, some of Fr. Murphy's victims reported his abuse to civil authorities, who investigated him at that time; however, according to news reports, that investigation was dropped. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was not informed of the matter until some twenty years later.
"It has been suggested that a relationship exists between the application of 'Crimen sollicitationis' and the non-reporting of child abuse to civil authorities in this case. In fact, there is no such relationship. Indeed, contrary to some statements that have circulated in the press, neither 'Crimen' nor the Code of Canon Law ever prohibited the reporting of child abuse to law enforcement authorities.
"In the late 1990s, after over two decades had passed since the abuse had been reported to diocesan officials and the police, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was presented for the first time with the question of how to treat the Murphy case canonically. The Congregation was informed of the matter because it involved solicitation in the confessional, which is a violation of the Sacrament of Penance. It is important to note that the canonical question presented to the Congregation was unrelated to any potential civil or criminal proceedings against Fr. Murphy.
"In such cases, the Code of Canon Law does not envision automatic penalties, but recommends that a judgment be made not excluding even the greatest ecclesiastical penalty of dismissal from the clerical state. In light of the facts that Fr. Murphy was elderly and in very poor health, and that he was living in seclusion and no allegations of abuse had been reported in over 20 years, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggested that the archbishop of Milwaukee give consideration to addressing the situation by, for example, restricting Fr. Murphy's public ministry and requiring that Fr. Murphy accept full responsibility for the gravity of his acts. Fr. Murphy died approximately four months later, without further incident".
Also on 24 March, Bishop John Magee S.P.S. of Cloyne, Ireland, released the following English-language statement following the Holy Father's acceptance of his resignation from the pastoral care of his diocese:
"On 9 March 2010 I tendered my resignation as bishop of Cloyne to the Holy Father. I have been informed today that it has been accepted, and as I depart, I want to offer once again my sincere apologies to any person who has been abused by any priest of the diocese of Cloyne during my time as bishop or at any time. To those whom I have failed in any way, or through any omission of mine have made suffer, I beg forgiveness and pardon. As I said on Christmas Eve 2008 after the publication report of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, I take full responsibility for the criticism of our management of issues contained in that report.
"On 7 March 2009 the Holy See appointed Fr. Dermot Clifford as apostolic administrator of the diocese of Cloyne. This was in response to a request I had made to be relieved of the burden of administering the diocese so that I could concentrate on co-operating with the Government Commission of Investigation into child protection procedures in the diocese in my capacity as bishop of Cloyne. I will of course continue to be available to the Commission of Investigation at any time.
"I also sincerely hope that the work and the findings of the Commission of Investigation will be of some help towards healing for those who have been abused.
"I welcome the fact that my offer of resignation has been accepted, and I thank the priests, religious and faithful of the diocese for their support during my time as bishop of Cloyne, and assure them of a place in my prayers always".
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LAICIST LOBBY AGAINST THE POPE. The New York Time's big HOAX.
by Massimo Introvigne
(Sociologist; expert on new religious movements)
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A Newspaper, if any, whose name springs to our mind as soon as we talk about laicist and anti-Catholic lobbies, that is New York Times. March the 25th 2010, New York's newspaper has confirmed this "vocation" of his by putting the Pope on the opening page alongside an incredible hoax about Benedict XVI and Card. Tarcisio Bertone, State's Secretary.
According to the newspaper, Card. Ratzinger and Bertone would have covered up a case about a pedophile priest, signaled by the Arch-diocese of Milwaukee to the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith in 1996. Oddly enough – after years of clarifications and after the document had been publicized and thoroughly commented, unveiling falsifications and translation errors due to laicis lobbies – New York Times still blames the Crimen Solicitationis instruction from 1962 (actually the second edition of a text dating back to 1922) to have operated in order to ensure that don Murphy's case could never be brought to the attention of civil authorities.
Facts are a bit different. Don Murphy was accused of particularly serious and unsetting abuses performed on deaf minors, hosted in a college, around 1975. The case was promptly brought to the attention of civil authorities, who could not find sufficient charges in order to proceed against don Murphy. The Church, in this case being more strict than the State, kept on investigating don Murphy and, since it suspected him being guilty, limiting his practice of the ministry, even though all charges against him were already archived by civil investigators.
Twenty years later, in 1995 – while a lot of polemics were being thrown out on "pedophile priests" cases – Milwaukee Arch-Dioceses thought it would be convenient to signal the case to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The signaling was about some violations of the discipline about Confession, a matter that falls under the Congregation's jurisdiction, and had nothing to share with the civil inquiry, discussed and closed twenty years before. The lack of any new case, or new charge against don Murphy before 1995 should also be noted. The only facts being discussed were still those from 1975. The Arch-diocese also signaled to Rome that don Murphy was about to die. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith obviously didn't publish documents and declarations twenty years after the events but insisted that pastoral activities from don Murphy kept on being restricted, and that a public admission of guilt was performed by the priest. Four months after the intervention from Rome, don Murphy died.
This shiny new example of garbage journalism, pretty much confirms how do "moral panics" work. In order to soil the Holy Father's reputation, a notorious and well discussed by local news back in mid '70s case is brought up after 35 years, even tho it was handled – although under it's jurisdiction, and a quarter of century after the events – in a canonically and morally flawless way by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who was even stricter than American civil law.
How many more "discoveries" like this do we need in order to understand that the attack against the Pope has nothing to do with defending the victims of pedophilia – certainly serious, unacceptable and criminal just like Benedict XVI has reminded us so severely – and only aims to decry a Pontiff and a Church that annoy lobbies because of their hard-hitting actions in defense of life and family?