The university administration certainly conspired to cover up Sandusky’s abuse, but was he also pimping kids to rich pedophile donors?
Probably not, but there is a possibility it could be true.
There are rings and networks of pedophiles. How they network is a great mystery to the agents of the law, but they definitely network and have done so for decades, well before computers, much less the internet, came into being. How do they recognize one another? It is dangerous to reveal to an honest person that you are engaged in sexual activity with children. He might just go to the police – although pedophiles may have an accurate opinion about the general lack of courage in the human species.
Sandusky would be in the ideal position to feed victims to other pedophiles, all the while pretending he was helping the kids associated with his charity. As a psychopath, he would have no qualms about doing it. There are certainly other pedophiles out there. The Rev. Gordon McRae in New Hampshire was sending boys to other pederasts and the Rev. Paul Shanley passed his victims around to other priests in Boston – and mysterious envelopes taped to victims’ bodies contained, I assume, either cash or drugs. There were well-documented rings of abusers in the dioceses of Davenport, Iowa, and El Paso, Texas. The Casa Pia orphanages in Portugal provided victims for pedophiles among the elite.
But did Sandusky do this at Penn State or Second Mile? Did the pedophiles in turn make donations to Penn State or to Second Mile? If this happened, did the university or the charity administration have any inkling of it? The administration has clearly demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice children to maintain the reputation of the football program. How far did this willingness go?
The victims would be the best source of information; I trust that they have been interviewed and the police are following all leads; the governor seems to be wholly behind the investigation even if it leads to the highest places.
Although such a conspiracy would help to explain the events at Penn State, one should not assume in the absence of positive evidence that it exists. It is simply a working hypothesis, because pedophiles tend to network and use charities as fronts. But Sandusky may well be a lone criminal.
Canada, like some U.S. states, (e.g. Maryland) does not have a statute of limitations on felonies, so child abusers can be prosecuted whenever the evidence comes forward. As far as I can see, the statute of limitations is for the benefit of the administration of the courts. It is difficult to process very old cases and they would tend to tie up the administration of justice. Some people (including canon lawyers) seem to think that if you’ve gotten away with a serious crime for a certain period, in natural justice you should not be prosecuted. I am not sure if they intend to use that defense at the Last Assizes.
Canada is a less violent land than the U.S. The U.S. is the land of liberty, Canada of good government. My temperament leans to the latter. We lived in Montréal for several years, and it was refreshing to be able to walk all over the city – although there was some drug related crime.
Because it is less violent, Canada needs to use incarceration less than we do to protect the public. It costs c. $60,000 a year to imprison someone, and the drain on public finances is creating a strain. I do not think drug offenders should be locked up, but I suspect that many if not most of the imprisoned drug offenders financed their habits by violent crime. It was easier to nail them on a drug offense than a violent crime.
But Canada has been too influenced by European models and (like Holland and Denmark) has shown laxity in pursuing child pornographers and tends to thinks that pedophiles can be rehabilitated and put back into the community rather than imprisoned. With some very young pedophiles perhaps, but most pedophiles and pederasts are sociopaths who can manipulate the system to get what they want and cannot be trusted except in prison or electronic monitoring.
Unfortunately not all crime can be prevented; attempts to prevent any and all cases of molestation would entail a Big Brother monitoring of the population, and a total loss of the private sphere.
It is odd that people have a greater horror of sexual abuse of children than of homicide. I am not saying they shouldn’t, but I wonder why.
One of my regular commentators has been hacked. I got an e-mail from him, claiming he was in Madrid, had his wallet and passport, and needed 1,500 to get home. Atlantic magazine has an article this month “Hacker” on this precise scam.
Moreover, his e-mail may be attached so that any e-mails sent to him are not getting to him but instead are going to the hacker.
I am hesitant to name him but if any of you are not getting email your whole contact list may be getting desperate requests to send you 1,500 in Madrid.
You can e-mail me privately if you think you are the one (and there may be more than one) who has been hacked.
Those of us of a certain age share pop cultural refereces that are lost on the younger generation, whose references I find mystifying.
When I was hiking a fellow hiker of my age and I were resting, When he decided it was time to go, he turned to me and said Let’s went! To which I replied Pancho!
The students occupying the Plaza del Sol in Madrid call themselves los indignados. To those of my generation, this brought back memories of Al Capp’s S.W.I.N.E.
Speaking of Al Capp, I often reference to an alcoholic concoction as Kickapoo Joy Juice.
After I grew up I discovered there were in fact Kickapoo Indians. I am not sure what they thought of the cartoon – although Al Capp was an equal opportunity caricaturist – most of the characters are 100% Wasps. The Indian in the cartoon is Lonesome Polecat, by which name I often address our resident cat.
Then there were Dogpatch’s Civil War Hero – Jubilation T. Cornpone (Hero of “Cornpone’s Retreat,” “Cornpone’s Disaster” and “Cornpone’s Rout”) and the true-to-life U. S. Senator Jack S. Phogbound (His motto – “There’s no Jack S. like our Jack S.!)
And Earthquake McGoon, Moonbeam McSwine, Big Barnsmell (Inside Man at the Skonk Works), Fearless Fosdick, the schmoos, hammus alabamus, Evil-Eye Fleagle, Marryin’ Sam, Joe BTFSPLK, and Sadie Hawkins Day – and let us not forget the great industrialist General Bullmoose (“What’s good for General Bullmoose is good for the USA!”). He seems to be the ideal of the current lords of the earth on Wall Street.
The hiatus in my blogging was the result of my trip to Utah and New Mexico.
I camped in Chaco Canyon, which is still isolated (30 miles down a corrugated dirt road and across several washes). The ruins are still impressive, and arouse in everyone the questions — why here? And why did everyone leave?
Reconstruction of Pueblo Bonito
Archæoastronomers have found strong evidence that the Anasazi (the term I still like) had a complex calendar. Not only did they calculate the solstice and equinoxes, they (unlike the Mayans) calculated the 18.6 year cycle of the lunar standstill. Each building, and the whole complex of buildings and roads that fills the San Juan basin, an area bigger than Portugal, seem to be aligned with both lunar and solar movements.
In 1977 Anna Sofaer discovered the sun dagger on Fajada Butte. At the solstice light from between two slabs forms a dagger in the center of a 19 revolution spiral, and equinox and lunar movements are also marked by movements of light on this and other spirals.
The Anasazi seemed to have reproduced on earth the order of the heavens and to have constructed the Center Place that the Hopis sought in their many wanderings.
But everyone left.
The Navajo explain the departure by the story of the Great Gambler. The Great Gambler lived in Chaco, and the Native Americans, then as now, had a fascination with gambling. The people first pledged and lost their lands to the Great Gambler, then their goods, then their wives and children, then themselves. They lost everything, and became the slaves of the Great Gambler, who built the magnificent buildings of Chaco. He then tried to extend his dominion over the sun and rain, but the Holy People formed a young man who challenged the Great Gambler, who lost, and was thrown outside the universe.
The Hopi Gambler
The people of Chaco scattered, and some joined the Navajos. They brought with them the construction of houses and pottery. But later, when the Spanish tried to subdue the Navajos, the Navajos gave up living in houses and making pottery and became complete nomads, to avoid being enslaved again.
Somehow the resemblance to the history of finance capitalism (and the stock market is a great gamble) is altogether too striking.
Since 2002 Msgr Scicluna has been investigating cases of sexual abuse for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, at first under Cardinal Ratzinger. Scicluna gathered the evidence against Maciel and spoke to numerous victims, They and Jason Barry have a high opinion of his honesty, sincerity, and sympathy.
Like all the others – Jason Barry, Tom Doyle, Richard Sipe, myself – who began looking into sexual abuse in the Church, he had no idea of what he was getting into or how it would change his life.
When the question about what it had meant in terms of his life path, to be involved in these huge scandals, is asked, his face turns serious: “I understood that the Church did not crumble, despite these scandals, and this is precisely because its foundations are supernatural. There is no other way to explain it.”
Some seek to minimize the effects of abuse or to compare it to abuse by a coach or teacher.
Scicluma used strong words to underline the fact that violence shown towards minors by clergymen constitutes “an abuse of spiritual power”. “Yes, it is true – adds the Maltese prelate – there is a specific difference between repeated abuse by a lay person and that carried out by a priest, on victims that expect to see in them the figure of the “good shepherd”. Scicluna’s face darkens and he looks saddened. “If a priest commits the abuse, the trauma caused to the victim is even deeper, the spiritual trust that existed is destroyed and a person’s faith is lost.”
We ask the “promoter of justice” whether the change in mentality that Benedict XVI has asked for, is taking root in the Church. “I believe – he says in a faint voice – that a change in mentality is only possible for those who have the courage to meet the victims of abuse, to welcome them and to listen to their stories. If this does not happen, one may have read up on every detail of the scandal, be fully prepared, but that person will not be able to fully comprehend the trauma that these immense sins cause. The reaction and anger expressed by the victims of priests is unlike that found in any other type of case, because it comes from deep within the soul”.
Scicluna seems to suspect and fear that the bishops still don’t get it, but hopes they will.
For this reason, reveals Scicluna, the bishops that will be participating in the seminar in February 2012 will need to have met with the victims of paedophile priests in their respective countries, prior to attending. “It is a traumatic experience that is life changing, as in my case. Thanks to God, to the strict laws that are in place and to the development of a new conscience, these cases have decreased dramatically compared to previous years. We need to continue to support the victims who have for so long been seen as “threats” to the good name of the Church, instead of being treated as individuals who have been wounded in their innermost soul. We need to welcome and help these victims ensuring above all that the traumatic experiences they have been through are not repeated”.
I am less hopeful – it will take a massive shock, far greater than the ones we have experienced, to change the hearts of the clerical careerists who infest – perhaps dominate – the hierarchy of the Church.
I am hiking in the rain forests of thr Northwest (with the emphasis on rain).
I will moderate comments every few days.
I do not know enough about Islam to enter into that conversation, but I find it very interesting
The Jesuits are not aware that the Koran is not the Scripture of the Catholic Church. Perhaps interreligious dialogue between Jesuits and Catholics would help the Jesuits to understand Catholicism better.
A plan to allow for the reading of the Quran from the pulpit during a Mass at St. Peter Church in Charlotte June 26 has been canceled, with an interfaith dialogue planned for October instead. St. Peter Parish had agreed to take part in an event called Faith Shared, in which priests, rabbis and Muslim scholars are scheduled to read sacred texts in each other’s houses of worship. The event is a project of two groups, the Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First. In announcing the cancellation June 7, Jesuit Father Patrick Earl, pastor of St. Peter, noted that a 2004 Vatican document, “Redemptionis Sacramentum” (“The Sacrament of Redemption”) expressly forbids the reading of texts from other religions during the celebration of Mass.
Some women in Catonsville, Maryland, were supposedly ordained by a women bishop of dubious lineage, who emphasizes that
Roman Catholic Womenpriests traces its origins to the so-called Danube Seven, a group of women who were ordained aboard a ship in the river in 2002 by three male bishops. Two of those bishops were never publicly identified, while the third, an Argentine named Romulo Braschi, was called a “founder of a schismatic community” by the Vatican. The seven women were excommunicated, but RCWP believes their ordinations were legitimate, providing the “apostolic succession” that made all subsequent ordinations legitimate.
I wonder why the one doctrine that such irregular ordinands focus upon is the necessity of apostolic succession of bishops for a valid ordination. If the Catholic Church is wrong about not being able to ordain women (and about a large variety of other matters on which such people usually disagree with the Church) why do they think it is right about the issue of apostolic succession?
From The New York Times
France is Scolded over Care of Great Hamster of Alsace
Illinois: Priest Accused of Helping Mobster Keep Violin
The violin in question was probably safer with the mobsters than with the feds. Perhaps the priest was a musician .
It is a custom among Catholics to pray for those who have no one to pray for them and to pray for the forgotten dead. Daily I pray for all those who died in the wars of this past century. When our children were small I took them to a military cemetery for a ceremony on Memorial Day, and we placed flowers on the graves of those who had none. When we visited the beaches and cemeteries in Normandy, our French guide wept for all the young Americans who had come to free her country. Sunt lacrimae rerum.
The New York Times sometimes hits just the right note in its editorials:
On Memorial Day, it is also worth remembering all those antecedents, lying in cemeteries across the country, who might be said to be looking for their descendants — families now so scattered that there is no one to remember how the young man-at-arms under that modest headstone was ever connected to the living world. Of all the graves where America’s military dead lie buried, how many today will be visited by family — and how many will remain unattended, unremembered, unknown?
Whatever you make of the wars in which those soldiers fought, whatever you make of war itself, their sacrifices are real and permanent. How death came to them, now or then, is something only they can know. We who have not been called to war, or have been lucky enough not to lose anyone dear, still feel the loss. These are things worth remembering here in the last blush of spring, the first flush of summer.
It certainly looks like Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) did what he was accused of doing – it is hard to imagine why a chambermaid would have made up such a story, and there seems to be forensic evidence. But after the violent tryst, DSK didn’t seem to be worried or anxious.
My wife, a reader of detective novels, has come up with a possible explanation.
Once we were giving an important party and decided to stay at the Royal Suite in a city and in a hotel which shall remain nameless to protect the guilty. My wife mentioned to a guest it would be nice to have an espresso machine in the morning. The guest had a friend who had worked at this hotel, and she said that those who stayed in this suite would be given anything – and that meant anything – they wanted: espresso machines, orchids, cocaine, call girls, etc. We settled for an espresso machine.
DSK was staying at the poshest suite at the Sofitel in Manhattan. Perhaps he had ordered through the hotel’s special services a pre-lunch snack and mistook the chambermaid for the snack. That would explain: 1. the behavior he was accused of 2. his lack of concern after the behavior.
Of course neither he nor the hotel nor the French government would admit that this was what had happened, if indeed it did happen that way. Nor would it keep DSK out of jail. The second he is given bail he will find a way to get to France, which does not extradite its citizens. We Americans are such Puritans about rape and child abuse – enlightened Europeans in Paris and the Vatican can’t understand our obsessions. DSK has the sympathy of the elites and will live comfortably if only he can persuade a New York judge to trust him out on bail. He would forfeit a million bucks, but what is that to a Socialist?