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originally posted by: TrueAmerican
A former Vatican archbishop accused of paedophilia stored tens of thousands of child porn videos and photos on a computer in his office at the Holy See diplomatic compound in the Dominican Republic, it has emerged.
Details of Jozef Wesolowski's massive child porn stash have been revealed after the 66-year-old was arrested at the Vatican earlier this week.
He is the highest-ranking Vatican official ever to be investigated for sex abuse, and the first top papal representative to receive a defrocking sentence. He has been charged with sexually abusing minors and child porn possession and might face up to seven years in the Vatican's tiny jail.
Vatican detectives analysed the PC Wesolowski used in his office in Santo Domingo, where he served as Holy See envoy from 2008 to 2012 as part of an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of underage boys.
More at link:
Some 160 videos showing teenage boys forced to perform sexual acts on themselves and on adults and more than 86,000 pornographic photos were meticulously archived in several category-based folders, the paper said.
So here we go again, with another boy-toy scandal infecting the Catholic ranks. What is it with these people?
Categories? I'm not EVEN going to go there.
I spent some years in the DR, so this hits a little harder to me. Having been there, I can easily see how some youth would be lured into doing this for small sums of money. When you are so poor that there is nothing to do but hunt with slingshots for food, and follow tourists around begging for a peso- any chance to earn money, even doing THAT, is welcome. SAD, but true. In some parts of the DR, it is no better than the starvation and poverty in Africa. I can say that cause I've been there. In Santo Domingo, the capital, things may be a bit better, but on the streets that mentality still prevails. It is survival, pure and simple.
Blasted be these archbishops that would take advantage of such a situation to gratify themselves. Sickening.
originally posted by: Josephus
a reply to: whyamIhere
This is Satan's very purpose for this sin. It is so repulsive that it drives people away. Certainly the children subjected to these atrocities will have a poor opinion of God. When the first thing that comes to mind when one sees a priest is pedophilia how successful can one imagine their efforts of evangelism will be?
They certainly aren't men of God. Just because someone claims to be of God does not make it so. As Jesus said to the priests of his era (The Pharisees):
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
Regarding these Catholic priests I believe Jesus also had something to say:
But whoso shall cause one of these little ones who believe in Me to fall, it were better for him that a millstone were hung about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
Now, what does it say of the largest single denomination in the world that one of it's leaders does something corrupt? I suppose the same thing it says when a Republican, a Democrat, a President, an Attorney General, the Superindendent of a school district, or any one else does a despicable act.
Pedophiles find hunting grounds everywhere. They enter the Catholic priesthood, they enter the Protestant clergy and the ranks of the schools teachers as well. They were pedophiles BEFORE they took these positions. Like any predator, they hide their true nature in order to hunt. This is a predator problem and it is in any place that has children trusting adults and having to be subjected to adult authority.
Sexual orientation is an enduring personal quality that inclines people to feel romantic or sexual attraction (or a combination of these) to persons of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or to both sexes or more than one gender. These attractions are generally subsumed under heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality, while asexuality (the lack of sexual attraction to others) is sometimes identified as the fourth category.
Pedophilia or paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, generally age 11 years or younger. As a medical diagnosis, specific criteria for the disorder extends the cut-off point for prepubescence to age 13. A person who is diagnosed with pedophilia must be at least 16 years of age, but adolescents who are 16 years of age or older must be at least five years older than the prepubescent child before the attraction can be diagnosed as pedophilia.
Hahahah So wait a second here pal! You are trying to say because we find CHILD abuse as sick and disgusting because well... IT IS! That we are somehow WORSE than a child abuser!
This is an illegal and sinful act for anyone to be doing. For a priest to be doing it, it's especially bad. Hypocrisy is too light a term. He should have understood the eternal consequences as well as the legal ones. I expect he'll serve the toughest sentence allowable by law, and that's fine with me.
originally posted by: Answer
originally posted by: Char-Lee
originally posted by: whyamIhere
How can this happen ?
How many people turned their heads ?
Why would men of God do this.
I am repulsed and disgusted. This is why I dislike Religion.
I am going to assume these kinds of people had other motives than being "men of god" for becoming priests.
It seems a pretty great job even at the lower levels, you make a short speech a couple times a week and get free car, cloths, food and even housekeepers.
I think a lot of priests turned to the church in the first place because their sexuality or pedophilia conflicted with everything they were taught in the church growing up. They didn't know how to reconcile so they tried to fold fully into the church in hopes that it would help. I've seen many priests whose body language and mannerisms suggest that they're homosexual but they were raised in a strict Catholic household so they refused to accept it. To clarify, I'm not suggesting that homosexuality and pedophilia are related... they aren't.
originally posted by: Quetzalcoatl14
Eh, with all due respect, I've seen a lot of horrific behavior from many of the most "Christian" people out there. George Bush claimed to be a Christian but tortured people and killed 200,000 civilians in Iraq.
Of all of the women I have dated, the only one who cheated on me fully was a born-again Christian who goes to church 2-3 times a week. I'm not impressed to say the least by Christians and their "fruit of the spirit."
originally posted by: Klassified
originally posted by: mikell
If you want porn and videos Go th the University of Noter Dame I recall they have the largest collection in the world. Of course it's for research only.
I think the Pentagon has them beat.
Nearly 300,000 "attempts to access websites categorised as pornography" were made from computers within parliament in the past year, official records show. The figure, which averages more than 800 per day, was released by IT chiefs at the Palace of Westminster in response to a freedom of information request.
originally posted by: CagliostroTheGreat
originally posted by: whyamIhere
Why would men of God do this.
Short answer? The God they want us all to worship is not the God they tell us it is. That consciousness energy produced during prayer and worship is not going where they claim. Its spiritual embezzlement.