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Anatomy of a Coverup: An Open Letter to Pope Francis

 

You suppressed and ignored a tsunami of requests, pleas and evidence about Bishop Juan Barros’ complicity and involvement with predator priest, Fr. Fernando Karadima. In 2011, Karadima was removed from his priestly duties and banished to a life of penitence, after a guilty finding at the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

You made a mockery of your self-proclaimed, “zero tolerance policy.”

Your arrogance and clericalism blinded you to the obvious and sustained pleas of the abuse victims of Karadima and Barros.

You dismissively scorned all the protestations from Chile, like the clever dictator pope that you are. You believed that threatening and deriding victims would silence them. After all, your Bergoglian strong-arm tactics worked so well throughout your years in Buenos Aires as Bishop and Cardinal. As you told your buddy, Rabbi Skorka, in the book On Heaven and Earth, “In my diocese it (clergy sex abuse allegations) never happened to me.”

Nothing there, says Bergoglio.

Yet, the Argentine media was replete with dozens of clergy sex abuse cases during the years that Bergoglio was Bishop and Cardinal in Buenos Aires.

So you employed your cover-up tactics, employing well-worn denials and name calling with the Barros scandal.

And you almost got away with it.

Except for a photograph…..

 

You foolishly misjudged these Karadima/Barros victims. Clergy sex abuse victims are some of the most broken and traumatized of sex abuse victims. They seldom possess the perseverance and strength to challenge Church bureaucracy, especially the Vatican hierarchy, and the Pope himself.

You arrogantly thought that if you lashed out at them, calling them ‘slanderers’, and haughtily dismissed their protests, that they would fade away, like most clergy sex abuse victims. It worked in the past for you as Cardinal of Buenos Aires. Better yet, now, you are the powerful Pope, the Vicar of Christ.

Yet, you misjudged these Karadima survivors. These men are damaged, but unbowed. They were not intimidated by your notorious temper and scurrilous scorn. These men had survived the worst imaginable abuse and they were not going to be silenced by your repeated empty threats and vicious verbal assaults.

You never expected that the Karadima/Barros victims would outsmart you.   Despite the vicious abuse they suffered, these men are smart, persistent. They possessed power; it’s called the Truth.

 

They knew that they needed demonstrable proof that you, Pope Francis were aware of the specific allegations of horrendous abuse by Fr. Karadima while Bishop Barros watched and did nothing. Imagine, the anger and shock felt by these victims toward a priest who watched their abuse and did nothing. Nothing. Imagine their fury when they learned that you honored and elevated Barros, as Bishop of Osorno?

You were cornered when the world saw the photograph of the envelope detailing the abuse suffered at the hands of Fr. Karadima by Juan Carlos Cruz. The photographic evidence and documentation handed to Cardinal Sean O’Malley by Marie Collins in April 2015. Gotcha.

You were cornered when Cardinal O’Malley told the victims that Juan Carlos Cruz’s letter was given to Pope Francis.

It would be nearly 3 more years when that photograph would finally surface for all the world to see that you were given evidence, the sordid evidence of Barros’ utter unsuitability for any clerical role.

Below is the timeline of your coverup. It establishes uncontrovertibly that you possessed knowledge about the reprehensible conduct and unsuitability of Juan Barros. You waged a personal, very public, media campaign to destroy any critics of Bishop Barros. You personally defended Barros and excoriated the Barros victims. Your own Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the CDF) investigated this case had reams of files and documents about the Karadima case and Bishop Barros. You refused to listen to anyone who possessed the facts and the truth.

The Case Against Francis

This is the case against Pope Francis for ignoring and failing to adhere to his own zero tolerance guidelines:

Jan. 31, 2015 Letter from the Chilean Bishop Conference to the Vatican protesting the appointment of Bishop Barros- Ignored and Suppressed

Feb. 2015A month later, over 1300 Catholics in Osorno, along with 30 diocesan priests, and several members of the Chilean Parliament sent a letter to Pope Francis urging him to rescind the appointment of Bishop Barros which was scheduled for March 21, 2015. The letter was given to Pope Francis, yet the appointment was not rescinded by Francis. As the Osorno Catholics would soon learn, Church internal politics trumps the will of the people in the pews.

Ignored and Suppressed.

Feb. 3, 2015-Juan Carlos Cruz delivers a letter to Vatican Ambassador objecting to the appointment of Bishop Barros, detailing Barros’ protection of Fr. Karadima. Ignored and Suppressed.

Mar. 21, 2015- Barros Installation Mass Protest-Global Media carried footage of the massive protest by Chilean Catholics over the appointment of Barros. Ignored and Suppressed

March 31, 2015Francis’ Vatican publicly defends Bishop Barros saying it “carefully examined the prelate’s candidature and did not find objective reasons to preclude the appointment.” Ignored and Suppressed.

April 2015-Members of the Pope’s Commission for the Protection of minors relate that in April 2015, they sent a delegation to Rome specifically to hand-deliver a letter to the Pope about Barros. Marie Collins gave the letter to Cardinal O’Malley and click the photo was taken and O’Malley conceded that he gave the letter to Francis. Suppressed and Ignored.

May 2015 A video surfaces of Chileans in St. Peter’s Square personally plead with Pope Francis to rescind the appointment of Barros: On video, Pope Francis angrily calls them ‘stupid.’ Suppressed and Ignored.

May 2015Chilean Supreme Court issues a subpoena to the Vatican for information regarding Bishop Barros. Suppressed and Ignored

January 2018Papal Chilean Trip. Pope Francis again defends Barros appointment in an airplane press conference.

Pope Francis says that “The day that they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, then I will speak. There is not a single piece of proof against him. Everything is slander. Is that clear?” He also said: “no one has come forward, they haven’t provided any evidence for a judgment. This is all a bit vague. It’s something that can’t be accepted.” In the Barros’ case, it was studied, and it was restudied. And there is no evidence…I don’t have any evidence to convict.” Suppressed and Ignored.

January 2018 Papal return trip to Vatican on plane…confronted by an AP reporter, the pope said: “You, in all good will, tell me that there are victims, but I haven’t seen any, because they haven’t come forward.” Suppressed and Ignored.

This author has investigated many clergy sex abuse cases. I witnessed the lies, threats, and hard-ball tactics of episcopal coverups. This is nothing new or particularly complex. The intimidation tactics of Pope Francis demonstrate the classic insidious coverup by a Bishop….the Bishop of Rome.

Francis was forced to relent and concede defeat because of photo of an envelope, full of sordid and violent allegations of a notorious predator who preyed on minors. Pope Francis was handed “the evidence and the proof” by his very own Cardinal, head of the Commission for the Protection of Children. Pope Francis was handed “the evidence and the proof” in April of 2015.

When the photo emerged in February 2018, the papal cover up gig was up.

Francis could stonewall no more.

He thought he could deny, suppress, and ignore the baleful pleas of wounded victims, like he did so many times in Argentina.

Francis, and only Francis, is personally and authoritatively responsible for this contemptible coverup.

Using the power and prestige of the Holy Office of the Papacy, Francis has repeatedly denied allegations, covered up the evidence and when he is caught in his web of lies, what does he do?

Francis now blames and scapegoats the 34 Chilean Bishops of the Chilean Episcopal Conference, a number of whom had originally protested the appointment of Juan Barros.

Zero Tolerance is an empty trope, unless Pope Francis resigns in shame and spends his remaining years in penitence for his failure to protect Chilean children and respond to the pleas of faithful Chilean Catholics, clergy abuse victims and countless Chilean priests.

How much more could the victims and Chilean Catholics have done to bring this matter to the Pope’s attention? They used every means humanly possible to stop this dangerous appointment. In response, Francis derided them, scoffed at them and insulted them repeatedly. Some Holy Father.

So much for the Pope of Mercy.

The College of Cardinals should immediately convene and remove Francis, the Bishop of Rome for his gross and grave negligence and personal complicity in the systematic flouting and abuse of his own zero tolerance policy causing a scandal of epic proportions brought upon the global Catholic Church and the Chilean Catholic Church. In Francis’ new Motu Proprio Guidelines on Bishop Removal the standard for removal is “In the case of the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults it is enough that the lack of diligence be grave.” § 3. Three years of papal stonewalling and coverup is the definition of grave.

It is easily arguable that the Francis coverup timeline demonstrates overwhelming evidence of a pernicious and wanton breach of ecclesiastic duty to ensure the protection of children and the moral integrity of the episcopacy. For once, will the Princes of the Church protect the little children? Or will they continue to quake in their mitres in the face of the dictator Pope?

Next installment: The coverup continues…

Elizabeth Yore is an international child advocate attorney who has investigated clergy sex abuse cases.

 

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    Hey Cardinals of the 2013 conclave, “nice job.” There were a number of strong candidates who were and are holy men of God, very knowledgeable of the Catholic Faith, including theology,(unlike Francis)yet you seemingly chose the worst possible candidate by far. And from reading Dictator Pope, the vote wasn’t close. How does this happen?

 

 

 

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    “You foolishly misjudged these Karadima/Barros victims.”

    And the power of the internet to expose the truth. The one thing the Bergoglians are failing steadfastly to understand is the internet and how it works. Thank God for our only advantage.

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    I think the Second Coming has come and gone. Welcome to the Hell Phrancis says doesn’t exist.

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    Elizabeth Yore, very well said.

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    We have to pray for the bad pope.
    Not insult him.

    “Even though the Catholics who are faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the true Church of Jesus Christ.”
    The Holy Athanasius

    “Where faith is in danger, it is legal, even correct, to resist the Pope’s decision publicly, as did Saint Paul, oppose the Holy Peter.”
    The Holy Thomas ab Aquino

    “If a future Pope teaches something that is contrary to the Catholic faith, do not follow him.”
    The Blessed Pope Pius IX

 

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      Regarding the ” … do not follow him” quote of Blessed Pope Pius IX … this is why I haven’t been to Mass for several years now. I haven’t been able to reconcile the prayers that include the statement that we offer the sacrifice in union with Francis. I just can’t. I DON’T follow him; I believe, based on his actions, that he is a heretic and therefore cannot be Catholic, therefore cannot be Pope.

      I have been in a quandary for years … I hate not assisting at Mass, but I can’t pretend I’m in union with a heretic. I haven’t even been to a priest because even the ones I believed were orthodox started changing after Francis. One friend in the Catholic publishing world told me that priests are afraid not to change to Francis’s party line. How is one to know? I suffer because I feel I am offending God; but wouldn’t it be worse to go to Mass hypocritically?

     

     

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      Reference?

      “As it is permissible to resist the Pope that attacks the body, it is also allowed to resist the Pope that attacks, worries and distresses the souls – especially the Pope trying to destroy the Church. I say it is highly legal to resist him through not to do what he wants and to prevent his will to be carried out – but it is not allowed to judge, punish or abstain from him, as there are acts that only suit him who is superior to him.”
      The Holy Robert Bellarmine, SJ

     

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      Tis a wicked time we live in. It was predicted: this false church. We must cling to the Truth and Teachings that can never change and look past the evil shepherds and look to Christ and Our Lady and seek holiness, the counter to evil, and await the Lord’s intervention and Our Lady’s Triumph which surely must be drawing closer.

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      The cover-up long predates Francis. It has been a systemic problem in the Church for a long time. The case of the Legionnaire’s and Marcel. Personally I believe JP2 knew a lot more than is admitted by his supporters and helped cover that up. The refusal to accept the resignation of Cardinal Law. The scandal in the US in which almost no bishops were held accountable and in which it is likely most bishops knew what was going on.

      Right now the Southern Baptist Convention is experiencing a scandal which has been met with a breathtaking act of leadership in which Pastor Mohler this week gave an outstanding address on the scandal and admitted openly that there has been a huge problem as regards the participation of SBC leaders in a cover-up of the scandal. Some leaders have already been removed and other will soon be removed.

      Imagine if a US Catholic cardinal had given an address like that back in 2002, at the large bishops’ meeting in Dallas that addressed the sex abuse scandal, how might things have been different — and better — for the Catholic Church today? Sadly, despite the latest from the Vatican, I believe the cover-up continues. The homosexual element in the priesthood and among the hierarchy is so pervasive and controls so much of the Church that correction/removal/punishment on a large scale is not going to happen.

     

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      In Mexico, the general word was that Maciel asked Pope John Paul to hear his confession, and thereby tied JP’s hands via the Seal of Confession. I heard this years ago, when the scandal was just starting to really break out. Apparently, Maciel bragged about his shrewdness, and the word got out. I couldn’t say whether or not it’s true, but I think it’s possible.

     

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      I hope the holy father does resign in shame-soon-and can spend the rest of his life in a dreary drafty old convent like they did to pope benedict.

     

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      Other than Pope Francis dressed in the other trappings of papal attire, much like wolves in sheeps clothing I find very little distinguished attributes to give accolades by saying this man is truly holy. His deceitful verbal utterances and written actions thus far have given proof that this so-called pope is anything but holy; despite Bergoglio being named the present Vicar of Christ. If he were a true Vicar of Christ he should emulate Christ Jesus in every manner of humble upright speaking and action without question. (“By Their Fruits You Will Know Them”)

     

     

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      He is neither a father nor holy, even though he successfully connived to be elected to the office that merits that designation.

      But your genuine piety for the Petrine office assuredly is praiseworthy.

     

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      To allow him to meditate and pray, as do the HOLY Contemplative Orders. A charism he utterly and sorely lacks.

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      One of a few Georgetown graduates I admire (Pat Buchanon another one). I pray for her safety…She is shaking a big tree.

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      Being a Victim of a horrendous torturous gang-rape at gunpoint outside the Church. I never really found any help from within the Church after speaking in private with both a pretty-much speechless priest and later an Archbishop struggling to deal with the affront of 150 victims and counting of clergy sexual abuse of children. The profound richness of my interior Catholic Faith is what brought the better part of an acquiesce of peace not found in this realm of existence. Pope Francis appalling cover-up of clergy-abuse of minors goes beyond contempt. I’m just satisfied I’m not his judge.

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      This Pope needs to be ignored and suppressed.

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      As always Elizabeth maps out the truth with expertise precision! We must say a full decade of the rosary for this pope. This brings to mind the excellent talk given by Elizabeth last year, what an eyeopener!

       

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      Francis is the most corrupt Pope in history. And not far behind are the Cardinals and Bishops who lack the courage to do anything about removing him. The Church today exists without a moral clerical leader. Thus Church sovereignty has devolved to the laity who will have to fend tor themselves.

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      He surely has a pal in Hillary Clinton whose moral standards are pretty shady and who has become quite professional at shifting blame.

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      “Pope” Frank has got to go!

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      God help God help us all!

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      The quotation from V.S. Naipaul is a tribute to the intellectual background of the author.

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      Unfortunately, what Elizabeth has chronicled is the Truth. I know, I watched it unfold in real time, as she did and as many readers here have done.

      May the Lord come and rescue his poor children from these deceitful false shepherds.

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      Let us pray.

      O King, O Lord Jesus Christ, help Pope Francis, put him under the protection of Your most Holy Heart.
      O God, O Lord and Master of Your Church, look from heaven mercifully to Your servant Francis, whom You have chosen for Your deputy on earth.
      We beg You grant him the graces:
      – to be preserved from all heresies;
      – to be released from Satan’s influence;
      – to be able to be a model for everyone in Your Holy Church.
      O Almighty and eternal God, have mercy with Your servant Francis, and give him Your help to ask only for what is best for You.
      Amen.

      Our Father
      (three times).

      O Mary, Mother of Mercy and Refuge for all sinners. We urge You to look with mercy at the infamous heretics. You who are the Seat of wisdom, enlighten those miserably encircled in the darkness of ignorance and sin, so that they can clearly get to know the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, which is the true Church of Jesus Christ, beyond which there is no salvation. Pray for their conversion and induce them to accept the truths of the Holy Throne.
      O Rejoice, Glorious Virgin Mary, You Who Have Destroyed All Heresies.
      Amen.

      Hail Mary (three times).

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      I am wondering why Barros has not yet been removed…..

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      The little princes of the Church have failed the children for so many years.

      I doubt if any prelate shall respond to this excellent essay, which shows credible evidence of Francis’ direct complicity in the sexual abuse of children by priests.

      The Walls behind the Vatican are a cesspool of stench. I doubt if the princes of the Church shall respond.

      thank you most kindly for your essay, Ms. Yore.

      For all the victims………….God’s mercy shall be shown greatest to those who are victimized by priests……..by Catholic priests………by Catholic bishops and Catholic cardinals who looked the other way and allowed it ALL to continue. all the way to Rome.

      For all the perpetrators, and in particularly, those who covered up this diabolical attack on the most innocent……….not even all the prayers on this earth for your soul, shall deliver you from the hands of the Almighty’s Judgment, unless you repent and do great penance for the rest of earthly life. ,

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    Elizabeth Yore served on the Heartland Institute Delegation that traveled to the Vatican in April 2015 to urge Pope Francis to re-examine his reliance on UN population control proponents who promote climate change.  She is an international child protection attorney who has investigated several cases of clergy sex abuse of children. She served as Special Counsel and Child Advocate to Oprah Winfrey. She is the former General Counsel of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and former General Counsel at National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

     

     

     

     

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