We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Truth will out » Catholic Priests Falsely Accused

We live in a day and age when fiction trumps facts leading to justice denied. What about the Catholic priests wrongly convicted on the basis of trumped up charges pushed by zealous (and not too infrequently malicious) prosecutors and greedy contingency lawyers? Follow the money. Lawyers and fraudulent accusers have exploited the blood thirsty mainstream media to profit in one way or another from a grossly misshaped narrative that focusses on Catholic clergy while ignoring other threats.

Double Standard? Sensationalism sells the news.

Catholic priest accused of abuse?—tar, feather and front page news. Los Angeles school teachers charged and convicted of abuse?—buried in the 'B Section' of the LA Times.
A 2004 report commissioned by the US Department of Education relayed the shocking finding that “nearly 9.6 percent of [public school] students are targets of educator sexual misconduct sometime during their school career.” Yet the report was barely touched in the major media. The author of the report, Hofstra University’s Charol Shakeshaft, later said, “Think the Catholic Church has a problem? The physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.”—CWR
Little has changed since that 2004 report. The mainstream muddle (media) continues to generate slanted reporting that blinds society to the massive abuse perpetrated against elementary school children, for example. Arguably, the media have contributed to the perception there is little abuse outside the Church, which has allowed a culture of abuse to thrive in schools, thus putting countless children at risk.

Newspapers and lawyers profit from the selling of the news and the bilking and bankrupting of dioceses. Shame on the police authorities and courts for failing to do their due diligence at uncovering fraud. And no—they may not give back their 30 pieces of silver. Derelict courts have made it much more difficult for those who have actually suffered abuse to come forward with a hope that justice will be served.

A New Narrative Emerges—The Falsely Accused Priest


Fr. Eugene Boland

Derry, Northern Ireland, Mar 13, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA).- A priest exonerated of sexual assault charges against a teen girl will return to his parish with “great joy,” almost four years after he left public ministry, and two years after his acquittal.

“It is with a sense of great joy and anticipation that I return to public ministry in my parish of Cappagh with my good name and standing in the Church fully restored,” Fr. Eugene Boland told the Tyrone Herald March 9.


Archbishop John Nienstedt

Archbishop John Nienstedt will return to full duties in the Catholic Church after the Ramsey County attorney’s office found insufficient evidence to support what it called an “unlikely” allegation that he touched a boy’s buttocks after a confirmation ceremony in 2009.

The office began reviewing reports and evidence provided by police in late December and on Tuesday announced that the investigation didn’t support the filing of criminal charges.


Fr. Gordon MacRae

In a stunning article that bravely veers from the media's usual, tired coverage of the Catholic Church abuse story, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dorothy Rabinowitz has taken up the case of Fr. Gordon J. MacRae, who has been serving a 33½-to-67 year sentence in a New Hampshire state prison since 1994 on abuse charges.

Rabinowitz's article in the Wall Street Journal reports that MacRae was wrongfully convicted in a grave miscarriage of justice.


Conspiracy to Attack Catholic Clergy?


Philadelphia Assistant D.A. Mariana Sorensen – whom many have identified as the "architect" of the attack against the Church for the past decade – is a woman whose profound animus against the Catholic Church has been thoroughly chronicled. While aligning herself with SNAP, Sorensen has publicly championed legislative efforts specifically designed to financially cripple the Catholic Church. She has also deliberately cast Catholic clergy in the most mean-spirited and sinister light in order to advance her bigoted efforts.

And according to Cipriano, Sorensen most recently engaged in a sordid "whisper campaign" to try to prevent the Reporter from publishing his article, an ill-fated and pathetic episode which only underscores her lack of respect for the truth and her venom against the Church. Once again, however, Sorensen's malicious efforts have gone completely unchallenged by a complicit press.

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