Thursday, March 22, 2012

Um... The Dutch Catholic Church... DIDN'T CASTRATE Those ten boys... actually

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Marc Aupiais  -  07:17  -  Public
Um... The Dutch Catholic Church... DIDN'T CASTRATE Those ten boys... actually
Serious holes in New York Times story, and history of the case suggest otherwise

Mark Shea, of the National Catholic Register newspaper, quotes a view from Get Religion, on the castration issue, which he believes, adequately shines doubt on New York Times Reporting, here's the quote of the quote:

Patheos | 'Catholic and Enjoying it by Mark Shea'| 'As I suspected, there’s a lot less to the Dutch Castration Story' by Mark Shea at March 21, 2012

"Read through the journal article and you will find all the details you will ever want to read about a dark chapter of Western medicine which saw castration as a tool in a public health program to improve the human race through eugenics and to combat what that age saw as criminal sexual deviancy.

The Times story fails the test of good journalism on several levels. It begins with an over the top headline and lede that implies the existence of Catholic cabal worthy of Dan Brown that preyed on young men — abusing them and castrating them.

It offers uncorroborated anecdotal evidence from a man dead 54 years to insinuate the Church was complicit in a gruesome crime — yet we don’t know if it was a crime. The history offered is full of gaps and makes assumptions — was the victim in the care of a Catholic institution when he reported the abuse? Was he passed from Catholic institutional custodial care to a Catholic-affiliated psychiatric hospital to a Catholic-affiliated surgery center for sterilization? Under what circumstances was the claim of abuse made? The journal article reports that castration was ordered by the state for those found to be mentally deficient or who were incorrigible sexual offenders. Who was the victim? Could the Catholic Church order the castration of a young man? How was that possible?

Professionally this is sloppy work. It is also offensive. The Catholic pedophile scandal in Holland is a horrific case of abuse, betrayal and evil. Tossing the incendiary charge of castration into this cesspit of moral corruption cheapens the suffering of those who were abused. It tells the true victims of abuse, “well it could have been worse, you could have been castrated.”
There is a story in this mess that a good journalist could bring out — a story of state sanctioned abuse of those whom science adjudged to be defective — of a church that relaxed its standards in the face of government and public opinion. We do not get that here. (One of the lacunae in the journal article is the objection by Catholic theologians in the 1930s to state castration programs on moral grounds and its disquiet over the whole field eugenics.)"

here Mark Shea quotes 21 March '“Hare, hunter, field” — Castration for deviancy'
Posted by geoconger, of Get Religion
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This is a disturbing story. But is it fair or thorough reporting? No. The lede states there is “new evidence that only adds to the scandal engulfing the church there.” The body of the story reports th...

Monday, February 13, 2012

So sad! Catholic monks just somewhat sell treasures entrusted to them over the years

(SACNS Europe News; Catholic Watchdog South Africa)

Marc Aupiais  -  17:08  -  Public
So sad! Catholic monks just somewhat sell treasures entrusted to them over the years
Sacred objects and those given and inscribed as gifts to monks at abbey sold like items at a garage sale, when they downgrade premises! The Catholic Herald suggests it may have been better to give them back to donars or find them another home.

"This week’s print edition of The Catholic Herald, in this week’s Charterhouse column, contains a very remarkable article which you will not have seen on this website. It is a stinging critique, by John Gummer (also now confusingly known as Lord Deben), of the actions of the 11 Benedictine monks of Ramsgate Abbey, and in particular of their abbot. The Ramsgate Benedictines have moved into smaller and more manageable premises: and on doing so, they have put up many of their treasures for sale by auction. (For the Herald’s news report, see here.)

“What has shocked many in the Catholic world,” says Lord Deben, was “to put on the secular market the sacred vessels made for the abbey or bequeathed to it by generations of the faithful: chalices used by generations of abbots and inscribed by their donors”:

I went to the viewing to find heartbreaking examples of impiety. Under a table was a cardboard box full of assorted “silver plates and dishes”: the catalogue’s misdescription of patens inscribed in memory of those who loved the abbey and the Faith it had nurtured in them… There were altar candlesticks with the Benedictine insignia, monstrances and reliquaries, incense boats and cruets, higgledy piggledy with games trophies, sports cups and school shields.

Yet most outrageous of all were the chalices and patens. A recusant cup… was pushed in on a shelf of holy vessels displayed as if they were of no more account than a range of golf club tankards. Yet once they had held the blood of the Lamb. Given by the faithful, taken by their shepherds, now left to be bought by whoever, for whatever.
“If the monks felt that they no longer needed what they had been given,” Lord Deben concludes, “they should have given [it] where it could be used and valued”. There is frankly not much more to be said; and many will share his anger and disgust."

The Catholic Herald COMMENT & BLOGS "The monks of Ramsgate have shockingly put on the secular market sacred vessels given by generations of the faithful" 'I believe this is one example of a failure of witness to the faith by today’s religious' By WILLIAM ODDIE on Monday, 13 February 2012
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This week's print edition of The Catholic Herald, in this week's Charterhouse column, contains a very remarkable article which you will not have seen on this website. It is a stinging critique...