Separation Of Church And State?
by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics I was quite irritated by the spectacle of the Pope giving a speech to Congress today. Perhaps if the circus had been hosted at the National Cathedral and the Congressmen were forced to donate their Taxpayer funded salary attributable to the time spent listening to the Pope, I would have been okay with it. But, then again, if the Congressmen were docked pay for time spent in the Pope’s audience, I doubt very many would have attended. I will say that I was somewhat consoled by noticing that the Supreme Court Justices remained seated and solemn during the entire event, not even clapping along with the Congressional hypocrites at the designated “clap times.” I would love to see a full accounting of the amount of Taxpayer funds that were spent hosting the Pope, including the mentioned prorated salary attributable to Congress’ attendance. I would like to bring your attention to commentary published by Wall Street On Parade. For me it embodies the extreme hypocrisy and tragic corruption that engulfs not only the Vatican City but the entire Catholic Church. I have no doubt that seated in that audience are Congressmen who have been victimized and/or participate in the white elephant topic that the Papacy deftly avoids ever addressing:
Last September, the New York Times reported on a Pennsylvania priest, Rev. Joseph D. Maurizio Jr., who was traveling to orphanages in Central America despite his diocese being aware of charges against him and taking no action to remove him as a pastor. Only when a whistleblower went to the Department of Homeland Security was an indictment brought against the Priest. Just one day before the Pope’s arrival at the White House, Maurizio was found guilty by a Pennsylvania jury of having sex with three boys at a Honduran orphanage, money laundering and possessing pornographic photos of children. A prosecutor in the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Haines, told the Pittsburgh Tribune that Maurizio got away “with horrific crimes against children for over a decade.” Last Thursday, USA Today reported that the “Catholic Church has allowed priests accused of sexually abusing children in the United States and Europe to relocate to poor parishes in South America.” Following a year-long investigation, the report found that five men “were able to continue working as priests, despite criminal investigations or cash payouts to alleged victims. All enjoyed the privilege, respect and unfettered access to young people that comes with being clergy members.” The most strident media critic of the Catholic Church is a Catholic herself – columnist Maureen Dowd of the New York Times. She has been decidedly bolder, and more courageous than any of the bishops the Pope thanked yesterday for their “courage.” After the horrific grand jury findings in Philadelphia, Dowd wrote a column on two of the young boys impacted by the abuse, Billy and Mark. Dowd accurately describes what can only be viewed as a pedophile cult operating with impunity inside the Catholic Church, passing around children for abuse like sex toys. Referring to the Philadelphia grand jury report, Dowd writes on March 15, 2011
You can read the rest of this here: Pope Francis to Lecture Congress on Morals Today As Priest Victims Say Abuse Rages On