DR JIDEOFO KENECHUKWU DANMBAEZUE ALONG WITH MEMBERS OF HIS ASSOCIATION HAD BEEN CRUSADING FOR THE ABROGATION OF COMPULSORY CELIBACY IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.
HERE IS A SAMPLE OF THE EVIDENCE ON THE ISSUE....
A Picture of Past Members of Sex Abuse Commissions tell of Struggles with Their Bishops was posted here
Commissions set up by church officials to advise church officials on clergy sexual abuse have a checkered history. No one knows this better than Catholics who answered their bishops' call to serve but found themselves and their advice rejected or ignored.
The U.S. bishops named a 12-member blue-ribbon panel of lay advisers amid the firestorm of media coverage in 2002.
"A lot of American bishops would not want to see any of us of the original review board named to this [pontifical] commission," said Nicholas Cafardi, who served on the National Review Board from 2002 to 2004.
"The report we wrote in 2004 was pretty rough on the bishops," said Cafardi, a Duquesne University law professor, dean emeritus and canon lawyer. "If [the pope and the Vatican] want a credible board, they should have at least one American who has dealt with the realities. This is hardly something to claim credit for, but we had the largest crisis in terms of victims and perpetrators -- more than Ireland, Belgium and Australia -- because our country has the biggest church."
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, who also served on the original U.S. National Review Board, said the bishops resisted the board on many points, such as whether there would be audits of priest personnel files and who would do the audits. "I don't think they realized that this was a time bomb and the magnitude of what was left to come."
NCR enlarges my soul! It nourishes the "Catholic" in me with its faithful voice of truth, integrity and compassion.
- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
She also noted, "The bishops didn't honestly deal with each other."
Cafardi, Burke and several others were present in 2004 when Chicago Cardinal Francis George celebrated Mass for the review board, and then afterward told them, according to several review board members there, "You will be the downfall of the church." The archdiocese's spokesman later denied the cardinal said this.
In 2005, George would ignore the U.S. bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People by failing to remove an accused priest, Daniel McCormack, who was subsequently prosecuted and sent to prison. The archdiocese has settled lawsuits with at least five of about a dozen plaintiffs for more than $7 million.
In 2012, when Cafardi learned that the Vatican was planning a conference on clergy sex abuse, he tried to get invited. He wrote to the organizer, German Jesuit Fr. Hans Zollner. Vice rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Zollner has been named to the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
Cafardi sent Zollner a copy of his 2008 book, , on the bishops' failure to abide by voluntary guidelines prior to the 2002 conference in Dallas, where they adopted the youth protection charter.
"I wrote to Fr. Zollner ... offering to cover my own expenses. I pointed out I was a graduate of Gregorian and had this experience. Zollner sent a nice letter but it was a typical Roman kiss-off, saying the schedule has been set," Cafardi said.
Bishops spurning the advice of their own oversight groups are sources of disillusionment for people like Cafardi and Burke.
Sharing their frustration is Lieve Halsberghe of Louvain, Belgium, a researcher for, an advocacy organization for victims of clergy sex abuse. 2010 saw the churches in Belgium, Ireland, Austria, Germany and Italy engulfed in scandals as revelations about the extent of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests became public. In Belgium, this led to a civil investigation and even a police raid on national church offices.
Lieve Halsberghe's aunt, Godelieve Halsberghe, was a magistrate who served on a church commission of inquiry into abuse cases. In 2010, the commission issued a report that contained testimony given by hundreds of people who had been sexually abused by priests.
On the commission from 2000 to 2008, Godelieve Halsberghe clashed with the hierarchy over their concealing information about offenders.
Most notoriously, Roger Vangheluwe resigned as bishop of Bruges in 2010 after admitting to abusing a nephew over a 15-year period, beginning when the boy was 5.
Lieve Halsberghe, a member of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) in Belgium, said that Cardinal Godfried Danneels, retired archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, and his successor, Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, allowed Vangheluwe to retire quietly and did not seek justice. They are still respected public figures, often in the media, "as if nothing ever happened," Halsberghe said.
All these men have caused so much harm to so many people -- and they are unpunished," she said.
For Burke, the overriding question is: "What is the church going to do with bishops who permit this behavior?" She cited the case of St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt. Last year, the archdiocese's canon lawyer, Jennifer Haselberger, resigned and made public what she described as the archdiocese's "disregard" for canon and civil law in its handling of sex abuse allegations. In January, prosecutors announced they would not press criminal charges against the archdiocese for failure to report two cases prominent in documents Haselberger provided. One case involved a priest who was convicted of molesting a minor, and the other a priest accused of possessing child pornography.
"You can go around the world and see bishops who knew these things," said Burke. "If the state isn't going to charge these men with obstruction of justice, the church can still do it. They can implement penalties."
Watching the larger scandal unfold over a decade has hardened her opinions. "They are not going to defrock bishops. I don't think they have the capacity or desire. ... We live in a society of transparency; the church has lived for 2,000 years in secrecy."
Marie Collins, the Irish sex abuse survivor who is a member of Pope Francis' new commission, told The Associated Press that her top priority was for the Vatican to punish bishops who have covered up for priest abusers.
"There's no point in my mind of having gold-plated child-protection programs in place if there's no sanction for a bishop who decides to ignore them," Collins said. "The reason everyone is so angry is not because they have abusers in their ranks. Abusers are in every rank of society. It's because of the systemic cover-up."
"Putting Marie Collins on the commission was a brilliant decision," said Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle, the American priest and canon lawyer who has become one of the church's harshest critics. "She is probably the only one with true credibility among the victims, who are clearly the most important people in this equation, not the bishops."
The highest-ranking churchman on the commission is Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley. O'Malley, who has a long history in Hispanic ministry, has known Pope Francis for years, having stayed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with then-Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio. One of eight on Francis' Council of Cardinals, he is a confidante of the pope and likely to wield influence on the new sex abuse commission.
His reputation is of a problem-solver, having served successively at three dioceses battered by abuse scandals -- Fall River, Mass., Palm Beach, Fla., and Boston. He has met individually with victims and led penitential services, and he arranged for Pope Benedict XVI to meet with abuse survivors on his 2008 trip to America.
However, O'Malley's reputation isn't as sterling among advocates for abuse victims, who question his transparency. They point out that he avoids the press and has refused to publish full lists of priests who served in his dioceses who have been credibly accused of abuse.
In Boston, O'Malley has withheld names of 70 accused religious order priests, "including some who have gone to prison," according BishopAccountability.org. In Fall River, he withheld names of perpetrators for 10 years, until 2002, by which time the priests could not be prosecuted because of statute of limitations law.
O'Malley's appointment "does not bring instant credibility to the effort," . "Probably the only bishop on the planet with the authentic qualifications to serve, if the goal really is to help victims and help the church, is Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, retired auxiliary bishop of Sydney."
Robinson led the Australian bishops' committee that addressed sexual abuse by clergy. In 2008, he was touring the U.S. to promote his book , when his bishops' conference issued a statement saying they found "doctrinal difficulties" with it.
Last June, Robinson launched an online petition in conjunction with the release of his latest book, . The book and the petition called on the church hierarchy to confront the systemic causes of the abuse crisis, like moral immaturity and the celibate culture.
Doyle also wondered why Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin wasn't appointed. Martin "is one of the very few bishops who really get it," Doyle told . "The Irish church has been brought to its knees by these scandals and Martin has done things that are meaningful. ... Why was Martin excluded?"
For Halsberghe, a policy to assist victims in countries where legal systems are weak and principled journalism rare should be a priority for the papal commission.
She has been researching a European missionary who was deported from an Africa country and sent back to his home country. "He was laicized, after a mutual decision of the hierarchy in the mission, his country and the Vatican," she said.
"The police were not notified (until I did it) and the alleged perpetrator is on the loose in his country of origin. The victims are being bluffed. Church officials tell them there are no treatment possibilities for them, that they are free to go to the police, in a country where everyone knows the corrupt police will run back to the bishop instantly."
"The only standard the pope should seek is justice," Halsberghe said.
Some question if Francis truly understands the scope of the sexual abuse crisis in the church. He rarely speaks about it, and when he does, abuse survivors don't like what they hear.
"The cases of abuse are awful because they leave profound wounds," Francis recently told , an Italian daily. He then said, "The Catholic church may be the only institution to have moved with transparency and responsibility. No one else has done more. Yet the church is the only one to be attacked."
That "was like a kick in the gut," said Monica Barrett of Milwaukee. Now 53, she was raped by a priest when she was in grade school.
"I don't think if you create a problem, worsen it by lying and systematic cover-up, and are then forced to respond to public outcry, that it means you should get credit for being transparent and responsible."
Barrett is one of 500 victims who have been in court for years, seeking restitution from the Milwaukee archdiocese, which is in the third year of grinding bankruptcy litigation with the plaintiffs.
"I would like to see some consistent, universal laws that apply to those within the church, to the abusers, the people who covered it up and knew about it and did nothing," Barrett wrote in an email to .
The church's actions today, she said, can either re-victimize or promote healing. That is why, she said, the church must "treat survivors in a universally fair manner. Show them compassion. Compensate them equally. Treat them with respect and dignity rather than distrust and anger."
[Jason Berry was a co-producer of the recent Frontline documentary "Secrets of the Vatican" on PBS.]
This story appeared in the print issue under the headline: .
BREAD AND BUTTER CLERICS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Are Parading As Indigenous Priests Whereas They Are Foreign Stooges
There has been a retinue of charlatans in every profession in the world since the agricultural perspectives that Cain, the farmer and Abel, the shepherd introduced to the rest of humanity if the biblical legends and/or religious fables are worth their whiles! What is indigenous in a half-baked cleric who does not realise that he is only a pawn in the chessboard of Roman Sacredotal Nationals that have dominated the scene in Christendom since the Constantinian misadventure of bastardising the true ‘Good News of the Lord Jesus’ with the Mithranism era of Roman idolatry? For 500 years the baton of Papacy had always been handed over to only Roman citizens until lately, when Pope John Paul I was poisoned to death by fellow cardinals contesting for the throne of the Roman Catholic Papacy! Pope John Paul II surfaced as a belated consensus candidate. To date the reconciliatory position of the late Pope has not been accepted by hardcore Roman Theologians who see the throne as their birthright! When can other nations produce Popes as in past centuries? Was Jesus a native of Rome? Why has the Papacy continued to operate from Rome, whereas the birthplace of Jesus was/is Nazareth or Bethlehem? Why Muslims go to Mecca and Medina is obvious! When, therefore, shall Christians all over the world, especially Roman Catholics, become as reasonable as Muslims?
Take a cue from the Roman Catholic Priests of African descent who, to date , do not realise that the elite members of their congregations see them merely as the ‘Matthews’ and ‘Zaccheaeus’ of our times. To date, without being conscious of their neo-colonial roles in destroying our authentic cultural heritage; they are the errand boys of Roman Christian Imperialism and gradually events they stage-manage in the name of the Papacy reveals they are nothing but saboteurs in the overall panoroma of genuine religiosity in the land of our birth!The desecration of our ancient taboos (*nso ala*) and bastardisation of the authentic norms and mores of our pristine holy ancestors is the remote cause of religius apathy among the politicians and youths of today! Some of our ‘been-to’ clerics revel in the moral decadence they learnt at the various European countries they are sent to study and only return to corrupt the few upright clerics who they consider naive and inexperienced because they hold on to the sacred vows they took at their ordinations! These nonchallant ‘tax collectors’ or AMC for Roman Theologians and their Religious Imperialists should be halted. It is better we have a few priests who can sanctify our parishes than a long retinue of Satan’s disciples hiding under the cloak of Roman Catholic Clergy while leading the whole congregation to hell. The time to call a spade by its real name is now. I am only blowing the whistle early enough so that our lovely children and generations yet unborn will not end up in hellfire, if what we are brainwashed to believe as doctrines and dogmas really exist!
This is an up-date on the original diatribe entitled “ GRADUATES OF SATAN’S UNIVERSITY” that the enthusiastic or avid reader can find at my other websites:
Where I was born, we have this local saying; ‘He who does not know where the rainfall starting beating him, will never know where it stopped’. Another warns; “A rat that joins a lizard in playing in the rain, to remember that when the lizard is dry, it will still be wet.”
In my culture, one does not interpret proverbs. I dare do so for my readers who are non-indigenes of Igbo land; both idioms imply that anyone who does not know who he is or where he is coming from will definitely not know where he is going! The words of the elders of my people of Biafra are definitely words of wisdom. They can write a doctoral thesis with just an idiom or a statement of the fact with a simple analogy!
Let’s look at these: The bat is totally blind and is neither an animal of the sky nor of the land! The bat is neither a bird nor a rodent for it hasn’t any feathers yet it flies! And though it has the anatomy of mammals and a skin with furs it neither crawls nor runs on all fours, yet it feeds like birds, amphibians and rodents! The bat says he knows how ugly it is, so it has resolved to fly only at night! What a tragedy! These unreverend men and women should emulate the bat!
A DIALOGUE OVERHEARD IN HELL
An armed robber who died on active service found himself in front of Lucifer, the Prince of Hell. He was hailed as an exemplary ambassador who had done very well while on earth. He had despatched hundreds of souls who were not given time to repent and so was placed nearest the top echelon of the executive class, as a Superintendent - Grade 1. While on a guided tour of his area of command, he saw two of the mass servers in his former parish. Surprised finding them here after their pious services at all liturgical celebrations; he queried them with an air of authority.
“What are you two doing here?” “King Kong!” (For that was his popular nickname on earth) “Paddy, Na-waoh! Na so we see-a-moh- ooh! We stole and drank more altar wine than all the priests and bishops did in five years during our six months service as altar boys. The wine was not only sweet but also very intoxicating. We died on our way to hospital because of a fatal accident we had after the Good Friday vigil mass. It was our last bout of twenty litres of the red Italian brew!”
“Sorry, so you common thieves pretended that you were good boys! Who said that armed robbers were worse? Yeah, the Catechist.”
They cut in, “Sh-sh – that Parish Catechist you’re talking about is down here in a hotter part of this inferno!”
As, if in doubt, he called out to the elderly man to taunt him. “Baba-a how now?” To his greatest amazement, he was informed that the Parish Priest that officiated at his wedding was still far down below. He protested to his tour guide, “No, this is injustice! How can my friend, ‘the man of God’ we all revered on earth be condemned to hell after his twenty-five years meritorious service as a Rev. Father on earth? No, something’s wrong here!”
He only sobered when the priest responded thus: “King Kong, my dear, the Archbishop who ordained me is even farther down below and he arrived before all of us. He was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Satan I attended. We are graduates of the seminaries where they taught the art of preaching, deception and subterfuge! He holds three doctorate degrees! One of them, a post-doctoral, he earned in sexual promiscuity.”
The Archbishop was in so much pain, he just kept mute!
Now, refresh your mind with what earned Phinehas, the son of Aaron, the special favour of God that turned away his wrath from the idolatrous and promiscuous life they turned into while he delivered them from Egypt:
25:1 While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women,
2 who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods.
3 So Israel joined in worshipping the Baal of Peor. And the LORD's anger burned against them.
4 The LORD said to Moses, "Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the LORD, so that the LORD's fierce anger may turn away from Israel."
5 So Moses said to Israel's judges, "Each of you must put to death those of your men who have joined in worshipping the Baal of Peor."
6 Then an Israelite man brought to his family a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
7 When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand
8 and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear through both of them-- through the Israelite and into the woman's body. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped;
9 but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.
10 The LORD said to Moses,
11 "Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites; for he was as zealous as I am for my honour among them, so that in my zeal I did not put an end to them.
12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him.
13 He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood, because he was zealous for the honour of his God and made atonement for the Israelites."
14 The name of the Israelite who was killed with the Midianite woman was Zimri son of Salu, the leader of a Simeonite family.
15 And the name of the Midianite woman who was put to death was Cozbi daughter of Zur, a tribal chief of a Midianite family.
I have no commentary to add. If the cap fits your head, then wear it!
This association is the Phinehas of this century and has a duty to perform.
You can also replace ‘son of Eleazar’ with ‘the son of Kenez’ to get my gist!
Today, the errand pseudo-clerics are bastardising our cultural festivities, like ICHI OZO, NEW YAM FESTIVALS & IGBA OFALA, which the white missionaries, in their ignorance labelled heathen rituals with ‘holier-than-thou’ missionary fiat!
CLERICAL CELIBACY HAS OUT-LIVED ITS USEFULNESS
There was a time when Catholic Reverend Fathers and Reverend Sisters on missionary services in this country were really admired, respected and idolised! That was in my teens when the Late Bishop Shanahan was still an ordinary priest! Rev. Fr. Bindel was the Parish Priest of Ihiala, then a very large area extending as far away as Emekuku, Orlu and Oguta! They rode long distances on Hercules bicycles carrying out their evangelistic duties. They trekked most of the time and made converts by using the very few semi-literate natives as their interpreters!
These interpreters were later promoted to Catechists and soon wielded much power! They taught pagans catechism classes in the vernacular language and only those they certified as having passed their examinations were baptised. They stood between every catechumen and the sacraments of baptism, confession, confirmation, matrimony and even the irregular reception of the Holy Eucharist! You could neither see any Rev. Fr. nor receive any of these sacraments without greasing their palms! No girls or women ever came close to the parish houses, not to mention having handshakes with any priest!
The Rev. Sisters wore sparkling ankle-length white gowns and their head-gear with a tall hood and overflowing veils covered every part of their heads except for just the outline of their faces. I never saw their ears! To us little urchins at the turn of the century, they were angels. After all the pictures in our catechism classes were made of white skins. They were all white women. We never dreamt that we would, in later years, have our own black sisters and daughters qualified to become Rev. Sisters. No one ever imagined that a black skinned woman could ever be dressed like these white angels. These angels were our earliest teachers, nurses, midwives and doctors. They ran the few mission schools and hospitals that were then in existence at Ihiala and Emekuku. We adored and loved them for their motherly care but, at the same time, we hated their injection needles!
We were told that both the priests and nuns were virgins. It was even rumoured that they had no sexual parts to their bodies. They were ‘castrated’ was the naïve belief that made the rumour rounds then! We assumed that the nuns had neither breasts nor large buttocks like our mothers and aunts! How were we to find out? The priests were covered all over with their flowing white soutanes that they never put off in our presence. “Did they ever urinate or defecate?” we wondered! I never saw any of them in short knickers although I was a mass server for several years at St Martin’s Parish, Odo-ata Ihiala, now in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State. In addition, we never saw the ears, necks and feet of the nuns. During clinical attendance they wore gloves, so we were partially denied seeing their hands and fingers. “Did these ladies know how to cook?” we pondered!
That the priests were chaste and the nuns, virgins, were assumed! We never saw the priests and nuns chat together, hug each other or stroll along any road side by side. They were discreet and circumspect. They were conscious of their vows of celibacy and public image knowing that they were continuously being watched day and night. So, they never scandalised us nor gave us the chance to suspect them! That was in the early 1930s and 1940s. We gradually began to notice that many nuns went on leaves that were termed “annual” and understood why some others that lasted beyond twelve months were termed “sudden”, “casual” or “sick.” Soon, our own sons and daughters were admitted into seminaries and convents. By the 1950s, some were ordained and professed respectively. This first set never scandalised us! We never suspected that they could lower the standards set by these missionary white angels! That was before the Nigeria-Biafra civil war that lasted from 1967 to 1970. The wind blew hard and the hen’s anus was clearly seen by all!
All that changed as the scales fell off our eyes. Our religious blinkers were forcibly removed by what we saw during the civil war at the few Caritas Feeding Centres that we naturally located within the parish premises. We saw a lot. Some printable, others not whisper-able! Promiscuity was the mildest term for describing what the refugee women described as own contributions to the war effort! Our clergymen and women were the butt of their sexual exploits as relief items like stockfish, egg-yolk and milk were exchanged for amorous relationships. Some wore the glamorous foreign dresses donated by CARITAS & WCC that were meant for homeless refugees that left their wardrobes behind!
“Have they also eaten the forbidden fruit” was the mildest joke about what we knew was happening at our local parishes. There was a conspiracy of silence by all the culprits!
The war unmasked everyone. Today, my ten-year-old niece knows that priests are anything but celibate! Most mass servers can swear that beside heterosexual indulgence involving widows, married and unmarried women in our parishes, our self-professed celibates clandestinely practise homosexualism and lesbianism! It is no longer news that paedophilia is the scourge of the Catholic clergy in the United States of America. Nor is it news here in Africa that our own brothers and sisters, ‘self-proclaimed celibates’, have secret wives and husbands with their illicit children tucked away in remote villages and the dark alleys of streets in our urban areas!
Even among our Protestant communities, legally married pastors indulge in adulterous relationships without any qualms of conscience. Prominent television evangelists are now caught pants down at brothels. In the Catholic hierarchy, most of our so-called celibates, males and females, are not only promiscuous, but revel in homosexual and lesbian relationships. Some are pathological Casanovas and Nymphomaniacs! Hell is let loose as most of the demons there are now living in our parishes and convents. It is more of a rat race than an epidemic! There seems to be gold, silver and bronze prizes reserved for those who excel in this sexual revolution among our celibate community!
In addition, no one wants to be left behind to pick up a bronze medal! Some have secretly fathered children and are using church funds to maintain them. The female celibates go on the pill or commit abortion monthly, dilatation & curettage being their favourite option! Others build houses and sponsor their concubines in tertiary educations. The ‘been-tos’ among them send their girlfriends overseas for summer holidays. Others receive and entertain their white girlfriends, right here in Nigeria!
No one seems to be bothered by this anomaly. Recently, however, some local ordinaries were forced to set up special diocesan tribunals to investigate some of the reports they received from parishioners who were/are the victims of this immoral revolution! Some married women have lost their husbands to some pretty and sensuous Rev. Sisters! Equally, some members of the C.M.O, whose wives have been snatched by vivacious and amorous Rev. Fathers, are also complaining. Who can redeem us from these demonic onslaughts?
The association for the abrogation of celibacy in the Catholic Church is the answer! Their Animator International, Dr Jideofo Kenechukwu Danmbaezue, categorically states; “Celibacy is a legislation that can be abrogated anytime.” It is a convenience that can be dispensed with as soon as it is grossly abused and becomes counterproductive. That is what it is for now! Therefore, it must be abrogated or, in the least optionalised!
In support of this assertion, I reprint here unabridged, a letter downloaded from the Internet, which states in concise and unequivocal terms that the Catholic Church does not, has never and will never teach CELIBACY.
“CELIBACY AND CATHOLIC TEACHING
Father Mateo, August 28, 1982
GZ | Blessings in The Name of Our Lord!
GZ | For centuries The Roman Rite has been teaching the laity that celibacy is demanded of ALL Priests... Yet since the beginning of The Catholic Church this has not been so... I.E. St.Peter had a wife per St Paul’s Writings... Anglican Priests are being accepted on a case by case basis into The Roman Jurisdictions... Not to mention Other Rites that have always held celibacy as an option rather than a mandate....
GZ | What source is generally available to the laity that will clarify this issue?
GZ | Shalom, GZ | Gayle
Dear Gayle: May I humbly suggest that the Roman Rite doesn't teach anybody anything!
The official teachers of the Church are the Bishops in
union with the Pope, and they can be and are of all the rites. For
example, Pius XI belonged to the Ambrosian Rite, as did Paul VI. John Paul II recently celebrated Mass in the Mozarabic Rite, although he comes from the Roman Rite.
Secondly, the Church doesn't "teach the laity". The Church teaches
all her members. The Church is not "us" vs. "them". We are all the
Church and members of one another, in need of the gospel of God.
Thirdly, the Church does not "teach" anything whatever about
Celibacy. The objects of Church teaching are (1) doctrine and (2) morals. Celibacy is neither. Celibacy is a matter of Church legislation.
The law of celibacy, which has been universal in the Latin rites since the Middle Ages, is of ecclesiastical origin and may therefore be dispensed in individual cases. Conceivably, it could be entirely abrogated. An easily available treatment of this matter (it is scarcely an issue) is the article "Celibacy" in the New Catholic Encyclopaedia.
Sincerely in Christ,
Signed on October 28, 1996……………………………………..Father Mateo
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This is coming from an authority on the subject under scrutiny. He is an Israelite! He studied in Rome! He is an ordained priest of the Roman Rite and has been in service for thirty-five years. You have no reason to doubt what he says! “If clerical celibacy has out-lived its usefulness, what is the need of clinging tenaciously to it? This is an absurdity on the part of the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy”. In medical language, it is giving a wrong diagnosis while a sick patient is in a comatose state! Alternatively, shall we take it that the Church Fathers support the numerous sex scandals rocking the boat? Or, has it become so insensitive to the evidence of cases of paedophilia in USA, of lesbian and homosexual relationships reported in the mass media and so many incidences of promiscuity in other parts of the globe and that warrants our “separated brethren” laughing us to scorn? Why has the Pope and the Cardinals turned their eyes the other way? Are they neck deep in these scandals themselves? Probably it is a case of those living in glass houses not throwing stones at each other? They are blind pastors leading the faithful!
Our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, had prophesied about them when he compared them to the religious leaders of his time. He reiterated that they were hypocrites that devoured the homes of widows. He labelled them, “white sepulchres, which on the outside looked clean but were rotten and decaying on the inside.” Anyone who deceptively takes a vow of celibacy and deliberately violates it regularly without any pricks of the conscience is a demon and definitely a disciple of Satan! That is why we refer to them as ‘Postgraduates of Satan’s University.’ They are candidates for hellfire and they will lead as many of us as they can to the same place. They are only working for their master, Lucifer! Listen to what Jesus Christ said about such hypocrites who take false vows in the New Testament account of Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 23, vv. 25 - 28:
“How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You clean the outside of your cup and plate, while the inside is full of what you have obtained by violence and selfishness. Blind Pharisee! Clean what is inside the cup first, and then the outside will be clean too! “How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look fine on the outside but are full of bones and decaying corpses on the inside. In the same way, on the outside you appear good to everybody, but on the inside, you are full of hypocrisy and sins.”
My dear false clerics; does anyone need an interpretation for those simple statements of facts? What does a tomb covered with tiles look like theses days? Sparkling White! Suppose you dig up the contents after three months of burying a human corpse in it, what will you find inside? Dry bones, the skull nails, hairs, the teeth and may be some decaying flesh!
Today, that is what the Nigerian clergy is! Our Protestant married priests are now preferred by rational Christians! Many of these erring brothers and sisters of our Catholic community come to my clinic. Others go to physicians and gynaecologists who are not Catholics to procure abortion; and probably in mufti, and still accomplish their infanticide missions. Nevertheless, that does not solve the matter! Our teaching hospitals and private clinics are inundated with so many cases that I blush whenever I meet with some of the irreverent ‘Rev. Fathers and Sisters!’ I may be forced to document some of these aberrations if nothing tangible is done by the local ordinaries of these erring sons and daughters of ours! This is definitely a case of “abomination standing in a holy place”!
During the civil war, I handled more than five hundred cases, mostly out of paternal concern and humanitarian principles. I pitied the refugee girls and women who were the commonest preys of these amorous parish priests that used stockfish, egg-yolk and milk, donated by CARITAS as their baits! Often, I had to turn some unrepentant ones back. To date, the story has not changed much! Only their baits have changed and their methodologies have greatly been improved on. Their new treacheries and cover-ups have undergone metamorphosis, but they can never outwit old hands in our profession!
My colleagues, still in active service, report that the upsurge is astronomical. The most current evidence to buttress the incidence and frequency of these scandalous practices by our ‘celibate children’ is that five hundred cases of HIV/AIDS involving Rev. Fathers and Sisters have been recorded at all the teaching hospitals nation-wide. The story is the same in other sister African countries; Ghana, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Uganda, Gambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Angola and South Africa! The papacy must exempt Africans from this foolery of pretences at a celibate culture! It is ‘Un-African’, to say the least. Moreover, the scandalous lessons this clerical subterfuge passes on to our youth, most especially the young girls and women who are the victims of these amorous relationships does more harm to their spiritual development than whatever ablutions they get at their routine weekly confessions. It is a blatant mockery of the Sacrament of Reconciliation!
By God’s grace, I am nearly an octogenarian. It is ‘Un-African’ for an elder to see evil, sit complacently and not warn the youth about its impending and disastrous consequences. I have done my duty! If nothing is done, and fast too, we shall be left with no option than to assert that celibacy is a canonical camouflage designed by the Papacy to shelter all those who are incapable of living the monogamous lifestyle demanded by the sacrament of Holy Matrimony! It shall then be obvious that it is an institutionalised welcome haven for those having socio-pathological inadequacies! For now, that is what it represents among the Igbos of Biafra in West Africa, who love children and cherish ethical family life dearly!
Current sex scandals in Catholic dioceses all over the world and in many parishes of the African Church have necessitated the timely formation of an association of deeply concerned parents, with the sole objective of sanitising the congregation of what is regarded today as the greatest demonic attack on decency, purity, holiness and social ethics! Many postgraduates of Satan’s universities have invaded our churches. We urgently need to checkmate them!
IT IS SEX SCANDALS GALORE AS AT NOW!
It is hoped that this association, as a child of necessity, will save us the recurrent shame, stigmatisation and embarrassment serious minded members of the clergy and our faithful laity suffer at the hands of our separated brethren. They are fully aware of the deceit going on. Now they deride us on the false claims we make on celibacy and so laugh us to scorn! We have no excuses for the flagrant violations of the vows of chastity and virginity by our sons and daughters! The words of Apostle Peter, in 2nd Peter 2: 17-22, Good News Bible edition (GNB) is prophetic and says it all!
v.17: These men are like dried-up springs, like clouds blown along by a storm; God has reserved a place for them in the deepest darkness.
v.18: They make proud and stupid statements, and use immoral bodily lusts to trap those who are just beginning to escape from among people who live in error.
v.19: They promise them freedom while they themselves are slaves of destructive habits—for a person is a slave of anything that has conquered him.
v.20: If people have escaped from the corrupting forces of the world through their knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and then are again caught and conquered by them, such people are in a worse state at the end than they were at the beginning.
v.21: It would have been much better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than to know it and then turn away from the sacred command that was given them.
v.22: What happened to them shows that the proverbs are true:
“A dog goes back to what it has vomited” and “A pig that has been washed goes back to roll in the mud.”
What else can be more appropriate in describing our erring religious hypocrites than the last two verses? One takes a vow of chastity or that of virginity after fifteen years of training at the seminary or a minimum of seven years after a postulancy at a convent respectively. Thereafter, such candidates flaunt the vow and unrepentantly indulge in promiscuous sexual exploits shortly after a mission-sponsored tutelage and the diocesan ceremonies of ordinations or solemn professions usually well orchestrated and extensively financed by the laity! This cancerous sore deserves a surgical excision!
Is this not a variant of the abominations of desolation standing in holy places?
Has Satan taken over our seminaries and convents or are the spiritual directors and formators to be held responsible for this turn of events? Subterfuge, deceit and pretence must have been so eulogised, practised and indulged in at some of the religious training grounds, otherwise how can anyone explain how these wolves in sheep’s clothing survived the rigorous classical conditioning and role-modelling of their spiritual formators for so long. The sorrows of parents of these wayward candidates are better imagined than experienced!
The situation has so got out of hand that the warnings of Jesus Christ himself now apply to our clergy. The whole of chapter twenty-three of the gospel according to Matthew is an apt description of the depravity of most of our present day priests! Currently, about fifty-five cases of reported HIV/AIDS patients in our teaching hospitals are those of our young men and women in religious cassocks, gowns and veils of all descriptions. However only one appellation truly fits them all, and that is- HYPOCRITES!
CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER
There are many clerics and nuns, otherwise referred to as Rev. Fathers and Rev. Sisters, including those that have been elevated to Monsignors, Mother Generals, Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals in the Roman Catholic hierarchy that should summon courage and leave gracefully before the youths of our Global Village forcibly remove them fro their pecuniary, parasitic, sycophantic and adulterous lifestyles. There are no jobs in the labour market worldwide and so those who successfully pretended to have had vocations all through their training periods till they are ordained and then they continue to live false lives with impunity!
No one spits out sugar when it has already entered the mouth! Free housing, free cars, free televisions, free dresses, free toiletries as well as free food, free sex e.t.c.
These crafty tortoises in our native stories!
They think they are smart!
These crafty tortoises in our native stories!
They think they are smart!
THEY ARE ALL AFRAID OF LOSING THEIR FREE BREAD AND BUTTER! BUT, THEY ALL HEADING TO HELLFIRE IF WHAT WE ARE FORCED TO BELIEVE IN THEIR HEINOUS DOCTRINES AND DOGMAS ARE TRUE. ABOMINATIONS OF DESOLATIONS STANDING IN HOLY PLACES IS WHAT THE LORD AND MASTER JESUS CALLED ALL OF THEM... I CONCURR TOTALLY.