Alaska horror

Newsweek has a devastating account of Jesuit malfeasance among Eskimos.

It is one of the darkest chapters of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. More than 110 children in Eskimo villages claim they were molested between 1959 and 1986, raped or assaulted by 12 priests and three church volunteers. Families and victims believe that another 22 people were sexually abused by clergy members but have since killed themselves. The Jesuit Oregon Province, which includes Alaska, has agreed to pay $50 million in damages. It is believed to be the largest settlement ever against a religious order.

Religious colonialism.  Closed system.  Rampant lack of accountability.

Robbing Peter to clothe Ed

Bishop Ed Braxton of Belleville IL, once pastor of St. Catherine-St. Lucy parish in Oak Park, dipped into a forbidden cookie jar for $8,000 to pay for new vestments from the House of Hansen in Chicago, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.  He took the money from sacrosanct Propagation of the Faith funds raised for Vatican “outreach,” once called mission work.

“We attempted to discuss it,” said one member of the diocese’s Presbyteral Council. “But no progress was made. The bishop did not want to talk about it.”

As long ago as a diocesan finance council meeting Nov. 17, Braxton was asked how he had paid for the vestments, according to sources who were there. Braxton told the council the cost of about $8,000 was paid from a fund for international mission work, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because council members take an oath of secrecy.

Braxton, two deacons and two priests who were being ordained in a ceremony in May wore the new garments.

The papal nuncio in Washington has been informed of the breach by the diocese’s 16–member finance council.  Catholics the world over are familiar with the annual Vatican appeal.

On the second-to-last Sunday of October — called World Missions Sunday — parishes around the world take up a collection to be distributed to about 1,150 dioceses and territories that are considered underserved by the church. All of Africa and most of Asia are included.

Worldwide, donations reach as high as $120 million per year, according to Monsignor John Kozar, national director for the U.S. office of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, in New York. About 40 percent comes from U.S. dioceses.

This year it’s 40% minus Belleville’s $8,000.

Keep your eye on that tortoise

Fred’s #2 in S. Carolina, says Rasmussen:

Fred Thompson’s lagging campaign finds solace in the latest Rasmussen poll in South Carolina which shows he is TIED with Huckabee and Romney for SECOND.

His campaign launched a new ad in South Carolina on the heels of the good news.

Like Avis a long time ago, he’s trying harder?  This site has his new ad, in which he says things (briefly) that in our hearts we know are right — and that we know no Dem would be caught dead saying.  In him we have a choice not an echo?


In a crazy, mixed-up world, good advice from Refdesk’s thought of the day, something from the eminently quotable Emerson:

“Explore, and explore. Be neither chided nor flattered out of your position of perpetual inquiry. Neither dogmatize, or accept another’s dogmatism.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Open mind but not so open that everything falls out. Something like that.