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(RNS) A priest with a troubled past in Pennsylvania who resurfaced in Paraguay was "recommended by some cardinals with roles in the Vatican," including Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected as Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.


  1. As Jesus himself said, “Be on the watch for false prophets that come to you in sheep’s covering but inside are ravenous wolves.

    By their fruits you will recognize them. Never do people gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do they?

    Likewise, every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit; a good tree cannot bear worthless fruit, neither can a rotten tree produce fine fruit.

    Every tree not producing fine fruit gets cut down and thrown in the fire. Really, then, buy their fruits you will recognize them. (Matthew 6:15-20). We can see what kind of fruitage there is here.

      • I will never quote from the Quran or the Book of Mormon, but from the Bible, since that is what my faith and beliefs are based on.

        False religion will receive its due judgment from God for misrepresenting him and its actions through the centuries according to the Bible (Revelation 17 and. 18). Its demise will be swift.

    • You are right, Max. Too many of the clergy are totally corrupt, plain fakes. The fox is guarding the henhouse. As with the government of the United States, the government of the church will continue rolling along in filthy corruption as long as canon law is distorted to limit the management of the church to the clergy.

      The people in the United States accept all the corruption in their governments. In fact, the elect it, hire it–over and over. From every parish level up to the selection of pope, the people in the pews should be fully included. There is no hope for any good from the church until that happens. The people in the pews must be part of all management, from parishes up to cleaning out the clerical filth in the Vatican.

      How good can the church be even if the people in the pews are part of management? Look what we have in this so-called democracy at local, state, and federal levels. Corruption! Plain, bold, blatant corruption! And we put up with that rot in our civil governments just as we put up with rot at all levels of church management.

      The people in the pews must put an end to clergy claims that they are the bosses.

  2. This story heightens the disgusting situation of sex abuse and sex by so-called celibate clergy in the church. When will definitive action be taken? Never! Not until people from the pews are added to those who investigate all these claims of sex abuse and sex and the hiding of charges, the obstruction of justice ceases. and those people from the pews are given a full part in church management at all levels. The main purpose of the hierarchy is to keep the people in the pews who pay all the bills from having any say in church matters.

    As Bishop Livieres himself attempts to undo the will of the People of God as represented by them at the Second Vatican Council, he is blatantly undoing the will of the church and he himself should be removed. He has a bold history of defying that Council. He was able to get away with that with John Paul II and Benedict because they also despised and defied the Council over and over.

    Francis must clean up the church. It appears it is already too late. The church has become too big and it has failed. Benedict has a lot of nerve hanging over Francis’ shoulder in the Vatican gardens. He should have gone home to Germany when he retired instead of lingering like a threatening icon over Francis’ shoulders.

    The only salvation for the church will come when its management ceases to be the sole domain of clergy. The church exists for the people in the pews. The people in the pews pay all the bills. It is long past the time when the people in the pews demand a real part in running their parishes, their dioceses, and the international church.

    Celibacy should be dumped. It was foolishly instituted for material reasons more than a thousand years after Jesus. Women should be ordained. Most of our cultures today are shining with enlightenment about gender. When are we going to put it to practice?

    Bishops, like “Bling” in Germany and Meyers and Gregory in the United States, and many others around the world, even in poverty-stricken Africa, would not be allowed to build or live in mansions of luxury paid for by the people in the pews if those people had something to say about it.

    Francis and his “cabinet” must take positive and quick action. After all, he is in his advanced years. How much more time does he have? How much more time do we have?

  3. If you think that things like this are usually are about something much deeper, you’re right. Here is a very good article explaining the real conflict: (Use Google to translate.)
    And for those interested, here ( ) is a good summary of the truth of the matter regarding Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity.

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    […] Some curious questions come to mind. If the archdiocese found that the law firm it employs did pro bono work for hot button culturewar folks (same-sex married persons, women Catholic priests, etc.) would it sever the relationship? And what does it say that financial mismanagement, plummeting academic standards, and inappropriate bedfellows, actually gain one support in high places, so they say? […]

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