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Remember disgraced Archbishop Weakland – his advisor to speak at pedophilia conference August 17, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, priests, religious, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.

I blogged yesterday on a horrific development, a conference being held to begin the push to “normalize” pedophilia, starting with pressure on the American Psyciatric Association to “de-list” pedophilia as a mental disorder.  And while I don’t like having much to do with SNAP, since they seem most interested in suing and using the notoriety so gained to push for their often heterodox agenda, they make a valuable contribution today when they note that one of the speakers at this upcoming pedophile normalization conference was an advisor to disgraced Archbishop Rembert Weakland and many other bishops, apparently, on the issue of homosexual priest abuse of young boys.  Not only that, he counseled Weakland and other bishops to keep pedophile priests in service and to cover up their crimes:

Dr. Fred Berlin, [Berlin was quoted extensively in the report on the pro-pedophile conference I linked to yesterday] a chief consultant for decades to the American Catholic Bishops and Religious Order Provincials on sex offender priests, will address tomorrow in Baltimore a controversial symposium sponsored by an organization that calls itself “B4U-ACT”. B4U-ACT advocates the decriminalization and tolerance of persons who have a lifelong attraction and desire for sexual contact with youngsters. B4U-ACT, when describing its core values states: “Individuals who are attracted to children are the focus of everything that we do.”

Not surprisingly, Archbishop Emeritus Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee, in a deposition taken in 2008, cites Berlin as the chief expert on pedophilia that the U.S. bishops consulted when faced with the growing sexual abuse crisis. (Locally, Berlin was also hired by at least one major religious order, the Capuchin Franciscans.) [This is incredibly disturbing.  The man the bishops entrusted to advise them on how to deal with pedophile priests, is an advocate for the de-criminalization of pedophilia?!?  How could such an individual be chosen?  While the pedophile “normalization” conference is a frightening event, given the success such push groups have had in influencing the American Psychiatric Association in the past, that pro-pedophile group is still a tiny minority.  The vast majority of psychiatrists and counselors would take a very different view.  How did he wind up getting selected for this very important role?]

Weakland explains that Berlin addressed the U.S. bishops in 1985 and urged them against removing pedophiles from the priesthood. Of course, no one, or virtually no one, especially the Vatican and John Paul II, was making such a recommendation, and Berlin as the company doctor was simply telling the CEO’s what they already wanted to hear. And, not surprisingly, as the bishop’s psychiatrist, Berlin still remains actively opposed to reporting sex offenders to the civil authorities, [As such, he is advising bishops to BREAK THE LAW] although all major psychiatric and mental health organizations and professional associations have strongly supported mandatory reporting for decades.

In a typical interview posted on a diocesan website, Berlin explained what he believes are the generally beneficent motives and characteristics of the criminal behavior of priests against youngsters: “The most common thing we see with priests is that they enjoy the company of youngsters, like the companionship, want to do good for them, and then, unfortunately, as a bond develops emotionally, begin to feel sexually tempted and persuade the youngster to go along with sexual activity.” As if normal and healthy adult respect, affection and regard for a youngster can somehow naturally and effortlessly “morph” into a criminal drive to have repeated sexual thoughts and contact with a child.

The sexual abuse crisis in the archdiocese of Milwaukee and elsewhere has shown that Berlin’s controversial policy recommendations, far outside the mainstream of the psychological and research communities, was eagerly accepted, if not sought, by Weakland and other bishops…..

If that’s not bad enough, at the B4U-ACT conference, Berlin will be discussing the ways in which “minor attracted individuals” (soon one can anticipate they will have their own acronym “MAI’s”) can contribute to the upcoming DSM 5 which is currently under revision, in order to change the expert mental health and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association. The DSM is the standard reference manual used by mental health professionals.

So, I read the interview with Berlin.  He has a view that pedophilia is “treatable,” like alcoholism.  Many other psychiatrists would disagree – as the Mayo Clinic study I linked to yesterday indicated, once one is so damaged or corrupted as to have a very strong attraction to children, an attraction so strong that one is willing to break not only the law but some of the most profound cultural taboos (some of the few remaining), “treatment” becomes nearly impossible.  The recidivism rate for pedophiles is very high, over 50% according to some studies, even after lengthy prison sentences and even after castration!  But under the guidance of this man, the bishops collectively tried the “treatment” route, and the result is hundreds or thousands of lives damaged by abuse, and the reputation of the Church has taken its greatest hit in centuries. 

It is difficult to understand why this man, who appears far outside the mainstream of psychiatry (such as it is), would have been chosen to advise the bishops on this critical matter.  Is SNAP correct, that the bishops chose this man because he told them what he wanted to hear?  Are they still using him as an adviser?  Given that an interview with him is on the Diocese of Tuscon’s “restore trust” website, it seems he is.  Are the bishops, then, on board with having an advisor who is speaking at a conference aimed at “de-criminalizing” pedophilia? 

How incredibly wrong is all of this?  Something is incredibly broken. 

h/t culturewarnotes


1. glorybe1929 - August 17, 2011

From my mouth to God’s Ears…and I hope from many mouths, a prayer that HE will do something DRASTIC to let Christians know HE will not stand for this evil anymore. I ask HIM to do this in Jesus ‘ Name!

2. JuneAnnette - August 18, 2011

Not Surprising when you consider what your former “pope” said in his 2010 Christmas message:

Article: Pope’s child porn ‘normal’ claim sparks outrage among victims
Source: Belfast Telegraph
Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Victims of clerical sex abuse have reacted furiously to Pope Benedict’s claim yesterday that paedophilia wasn’t considered an “absolute evil” as recently as the 1970s.

In his traditional Christmas address yesterday to cardinals and officials working in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI also claimed that child pornography was increasingly considered “normal” by society.

“In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said.

“It was maintained — even within the realm of Catholic theology — that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a ‘better than’ and a ‘worse than’. Nothing is good or bad in itself.”
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil;” God’s Word as it is found in Isaiah 5:20a

tantamergo - August 18, 2011

The Holy Father was plainly attacking this terrible theology and moral relativism (in truth, amoral vacuum), not endorsing it. Read the comments in context, he was saying how faulty was that terrible hippy dippy free love mentality from the 70’s, as well as attacking the relativists within the Church.

The Pope has done more to attack this hideous problem than anyone, both before and since he became Pope Benedict XVI.

I wish we could say as much for the bishops of this country.

3. JuneAnnette - August 18, 2011

Correction to my earlier post. First sentence should have read:

Not Surprising when you consider what your “pope” said in his 2010 Christmas message:

Catholic - August 18, 2011

Why did you bother correcting it? That was the most insignificant error in your previous post. Why don’t you go back and fill in what Pope Benedict said before and after your quotes, if you are really interested in accuracy?

4. TheSuccesLife.com - August 18, 2011

Are Mental Health Professionals Working to Normalize Pedophilia?…

As law enforcement agencies around the world continue to round up adults who prey on children, a small group of mental health professionals appears to be trying to facilitate a change in how pedophilia is defined and diagnosed. In fact, as reported by …

5. Catholic - August 18, 2011

“As law enforcement agencies around the world continue to round up adults who prey on children,” Oh really? Not in Hollywood.



I am sure that JuneAnnette will fight vigorously against this kind of abuse of children. Or not. Because people like JuneAnnette who so ridiculously misrepresent another person’s statements do so because they have an agenda, and her agenda is not against pedophiles, but against the Church. Such people express outrage over the sex abuse scandal, but only if the perpetrators are Catholics. Yes, priests should and are held to a higher standard (except by some bishops, unfortunately), but it is the evil of pedophilia that is the disgusting crime. The hypocrites who so vociferously attack the Church make their agenda plain when they ignore this crime if it is committed by anyone other than a priest.

I have believed that evil eventually destroys itself. I pray that we are at that point – that people will find all of this so abhorrent that they will realize that pedophilia has been one of the motivators for the sexual revolution all along. The reason sex “educators” want to teach our younger and younger children about deviant sexual practices (intolerant of me to call them that, huh?) is because they want to desensitize our children – and then get access to them – all without parental consent. Children are the ultimate target, and I don’t believe that JuneAnnette truly cares about them at all.

6. JuneAnnette - August 18, 2011

What a sad, but predictable response my comment evoked by some participants at this forum. When you consider that the “pope” presumes to be the moral voice of authority to the world, such comments are utterly preposterous!
To the poster “Catholic” who wrote: “Children are the ultimate target, and I don’t believe that JuneAnnette truly cares about them at all.”

My Response: Such a remark coming from someone who remains in a thoroughly compromised institution beggars belief!
To that I would add, it is your “church” who TRULY does not care about children!

Christ is the very essence of truth. Your bishops . . your cardinals . . your pope . . who claim to be Christ’s representatives on earth are masters of deception. It is they who have brought Christ and His TRUTH into disrepute. It is your sanctimonious bishops, cardinals and pope who have conspired to cover-up what they themselves have denounced as the *”WORST CRIME”, namely the sexual abuse of children. This they have done on a global scale.

The reckless and careless policy deliberately adopted by the RC hierarchy of your “church” in addressing these issues which consistently placed the reputation of both they and their church above that of the welfare of children is ample evidence that they know little or nothing of the TRUTH or of the 2nd greatest of God’s commandments to “LOVE thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39)

The consistent pattern of lying, deceit, secrecy and cover up that has characterized the manner in which the clergy abuse scandal has been addressed by those who have the spiritual rule simply cannot be reconciled with the teaching of Christ and evinces a worldly spirit rather than a Christlike spirit. We are exhorted in God’s Word to “try the spirits whether they are of God.” (1 John 4:1 )

Instead of telling the TRUTH the so-called “princes of the church” have routinely answered the charges of clergy abuse by resorting to the clever ploy “mental reservation”, as they capriciously deem necessary and in order to avoid at all costs . . SCANDAL to both themselves and to “their precious church” . . not to be confused with Christ’s church!

The spirit of the pope and bishops of ROME is more agreeable to the father of lies, who would be proud of their intellectual and ingenious prowess in conceiving such a diabolical scheme to avoid telling the truth. But from Christ . . “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) . . they would only receive his unqualified censure! “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do, he was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)

Those who have lied to protect their reputation and that of their church have done so in contradiction to the most basic Christian principles of honesty, transperancy and integrity. “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (John 7:16) God in His mercy and providence has brought their heinous crimes to light in our day. “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; nor hid, that shall not be known.” (Luke 12:2),

*Title V of Crimens Sollicitationis is subtitled: “The Worst Crime” as seen from this excerpt:
The Worst Crime
73. To have the worst crime, for the penal effects, one must do the equivalent of the following: any obscene, external act, gravely sinful, perpetrated in any way by a cleric or attempted by him with youths of either sex or with brute animals (bestiality).

One consolation is that only the unquestioning Roman Catholic “faithful” take their cues from this “man”, whose comments reveal that he is amongst those whom Christ warned his followers to pay no mind.

“Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind, And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
(God’s Word as it is found in Matt. 15:14)

JuneAnnette, aka A Voice for Victims of RC Clergy Abuse . . . and a Christian . . a follower of Jesus Christ

7. Mary - August 18, 2011

JA, you sound very angry, perhaps you were once a altar server who was abused. And for that, I am truly sorry. There comes a point in everyone’s life that we have to mature and decide from this point onward I will no longer blame others but decide how to live my life as it is given to me right now.

The priests who have been accused of abuses is less than 1.5 percent of the more than 60,000 priests and clergy. Let’s compare that with other groupings: 38.6 percent of ministers reported sexual contact with a church member, in 1991, 17.7 percent of males who graduated from high school, and 82.2 percent of females reported sexual harassment by faculty or staff during their years in school; fully 13.5 percent said they had sexual intercourse with their teacher.
Other reports will reveal similar results. I include this to show that priests are humans too, and there are ones that fall extremely short, but the Church is causing less harm than schools and other ministers. I’m bothered more by the schools, as they have our children for what, 7 hrs a day, roughly 2000 hrs a year.

The Catholic Church, with all it’s problems, is still the one true Church founded by Christ. It will prevail to the end as He promised. I could see how you are angry at the Church, but even in it’s shortcomings, hope, joy, and love are found here. The sacraments allow Jesus to enter into our hearts and free us from our troubles (as we place them at the foot of the crucifix). Jesus, in the sacraments of confession and the Eucharist, wants to give us grace each day to have true peace with Him, if we but put Him first.

JuneAnnette - August 19, 2011

Mary, I’ve made several attempt to reply to your comment, but for some reason I have been unsuccessful? ? ?

8. JuneAnnette - August 18, 2011

Let the readers of this blog know that I have addressed all of the points raised in Mary’s comment above, but the Administrator has subsequently removed it.

I’m sure that if this comment is posted, an explanation will be forthcoming as to why my lengthy comment was removed that the Administrator deems in their best interest, but not necessarily TRUE!

9. Sister Eremeta - August 18, 2011

We tend to forget that of the original “12” Princes of the Church – the apostles; 10 ran away; one sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver and only one was with Jesus at the foot of the Cross with Mary – and that was the youngest – John. Granted all 11 were there on the day of Penecost; for had all repented. Why should it be any different today?
We have men and women in every faith who succumb to the temptation of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Each of us has our own “tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil” to contend with – our willingess to sell Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Let us pray for each other that each of us can resist the temptations that are thrown at us each day and not to spend useless energy in trying to point fingers at the fallen…rather let us pray and ask God’s forgiveness for He desires that all might be saved.

tantamergo - August 19, 2011

As a father of young children, it’s difficult for me to think about pedophilia without getting enraged. I agree pedophiles need prayers, but not access to children, and we don’t need further perversion of the culture through this ‘normalization’ effort.

I always pray for every religious I meet, where are you at?

10. Catholic - August 19, 2011

I agree that JuneAnnette sounds terribly angry, and I am sorry, too, that anything has brought out that anger in her.

JuneAnnette, have you contacted anyone in Hollywood regarding the sex abuse that is going on there? It must also make you terribly upset. When you read about a local teacher downloading child porn, do you write letters to your editor decrying the school system for allowing such an individual near children? Do you plan to contact the APA to voice your concern regarding any attempt to portray pedophiles as anything other than people who are highly dangerous to children? It is an important fight. I’m afraid your anger will wear you out long before the fight is won.

I hope that you were never a victim of abuse by the clergy or by anyone else. But I have a question – which do you hate more – sex abuse of children, or the Catholic Church? By any chance are you one of those people who find the abuse scandal a convenient reason to attack a Church you never liked anyhow? I hope you someday see the good that remains in the Church despite the terrible evil done by some members – an evil that is perpetrated by others, as well. Ignoring those others and hating only Catholic clergy really doesn’t help the children. And that is what you really care about, isn’t it?

I pray that you find peace.

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