99¢ Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal for Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus

Announcing 99¢ Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal for New Book: Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus

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G.R. Pafumi and VictimsSpeakDB Books, in conjunction with Amazon.com, is offering a new book on clergy sex abuse at the reduced price of 99¢ for next 7 days.

“The DNA of the Catholic Church and its belief in its own infallibility didn’t just make the cover-up of clergy abuse possible. It made it inevitable. Victims were regarded as collateral damage.”

— G.R. Pafumi

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, April 11, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The website VictimsSpeakDB.org, in conjunction with Amazon.com, is offering G.R. Pafumi’s latest book on clergy sex abuse at the reduced price of 99¢, a 90% discount off the list price of $9.99. The Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal on Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus, Volume I: Pain and Suffering, Aftermath of the Catholic Church’s Belief in its Own Infallibility, remains in effect until 3:00 AM (EST) Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The discounted price will only be available only through Amazon.com in the United States and Amazon.co.uk in the United Kingdom. Simultaneously with this promotion, Pafumi’s two other books on abuse will be made available for free, until 3:00 AM (EST) Monday, April 16, 2018.

Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident Evil in a Catholic Church populated with Sexual Deviates, Psychopaths, Sadists and NonBelievers, also marketed as Clergy Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church, were published in the summer of 2015. These books were based on Pafumi’s initial investigation into the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy worldwide. His research led to the creation of the SACCADAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence) database, chronicling the abuse of 12,000 victims by more than 3,000 Catholic priests and clergy.

Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus is the first of two volumes about sex abuse in the Catholic Church. With sex abuse accusations against major celebrities and public figures, such as Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer, Pafumi focused on victims abused by Catholic clergy. They paved the way for the #MeToo movement. Victims of Catholic clergy are no longer willing to remain silent about the abuse they suffered, sometimes decades ago. Pope Francis is currently dealing with the fallout from his recent trip to Chile, where he defended a bishop who covered for a clergy sex offender. The Pope accused the alleged victims of calumny even though he was given an eight-page letter from one of the victims. It seems the Pope lied. Why?

The Catholic Church, including the sex abuse crisis, is not easily understood without a consideration of the Church’s history. The cover-up of sex abuse was inevitable because of the Church’s belief in its ecclesiastical infallibility and its long history of unchecked power. Since the second century, Church leaders recognized there was abuse of minors. But as recently as 2018, the pope himself became an abuse denier. One way to view the cover-ups of child abuse is unapologetic clericalism. Pope Francis called accusations against a Chilean Bishop [Juan Barros] who covered up sex abuse, “all calumny.” Pope Francis steadfastly refused to rescind that appointment despite objections from Chilean clergy. Pope Francis implicitly invoked the medieval concept of privilegium fori, i.e. only the Church can judge itself. Privilegium fori seems to be the reason why there is no mandatory reporting requirement. Clergy supervisors, mainly bishops, are not required by the Church to turn over clergy offenders to the civil authorities unless required by local civil law. The Church would rather protect offenders instead of ridding itself of this cancer, i.e. child molesters in its midst. The promotion of Bishop Barros in Chile clearly shows that this attitude goes all the up to the pope.

The Church opposes sex abuse laws which include a look-back period for victims abused years or decades ago. When Guam enacted legislation in 2016 eliminating the statute of limitations for past sex crimes against children, a bishop challenged the constitutionality of the law as a violation of ex-post facto provisions in the U.S. Constitution. The State of New York has failed to pass the Child Victims Act for more than a decade, in part due to lobbying by the Church. Expanding or eliminating the statute of limitations is less about protecting kids from Catholic clergy now and in the future (at least in the developed countries). It is more about making restitution to people who are still in pain from the abuse they suffered years or decades past.

This book promotion is an attempt for as many interested parties as possible to obtain this book at little cost. It is hoped that readers will better understand sexual abuse of minors and encourage their legislators to amend the statute of limitations and include a look-back period for prior abuse. It is high time that victims be given an opportunity for the restitution they have been denied for years, decades in many cases.

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New Book Review

A review of my new book was included in the March 30, 2018 edition of Pacific Daily News, part of the USA Today network. New book on Catholic clergy sex abuse cover up cites Guam

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A new book on sex abuse in the Catholic Church has cited the Guam church and former Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron’s attempts to invalidate a 2016 Guam law lifting the civil statute of limitation for child sex abuses.

G.R. Pafumi released the first of two volumes of his book, “Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus,” which argue the church’s history and teachings made the cover-up of clergy sex abuse inevitable because of unchecked power and the belief in ecclesiastical infallibility.

More: Another Capuchin priest named for first time in clergy sex abuse suit

More: Apuron found guilty, says he will appeal

“The Church believes it is never wrong because it has been guided by the Holy Spirit for nearly 2,000 years,” he said.

He said victims of Catholic clergy are no longer willing to remain silent about the abuse they suffered, sometimes decades ago.

“Guam is mentioned in Volume 1 about how Apuron and his lawyers are trying to get the Guam law enacted in 2016 invalidated under the ex-post facto laws of the U.S.Constitution,” Pafumi said.

Apuron, in court filings through attorney Jacqueline Terlaje, said the 2016 law doesn’t apply retroactively.

Volume II

Most of the information about Guam will be on Volume II of the book, due out this summer, Pafumi said.

“The Vatican trial of Apuron will be in Volume II if something more than being removed from Guam arises,” Pafumi added.

A Vatican tribunal on March 16 found Apuron guilty of certain of some accusations. The accusations against Apuron include child sexual abuses.

Pafumi said his book isn’t only about clergy abuse, but the cover-up of that abuse by bishops and popes.

More: Victims to give sworn statements, mediation moves forward in Guam’s clergy sex abuse cases

More: Questions remain after Apuron’s guilty verdict

“It was written to help a reader understand how such horrible events could have happened in the Church of Jesus Christ. It was written to show that the cover-up of abuse was not only possible, but inevitable given the Church’s history and belief in infallibility, both papal infallibility and its own ecclesiastical infallibility,” Pafumi said.

He said money spent fighting the new Guam law could be better spent compensating the victims Apuron allegedly molested.

“The church is distrustful of America because it sees the United States as modernistic and Protestant. Yet it uses our Constitution, which separates church from state, to shield itself from the liability created by its priests who have abused children,” Pafumi wrote in his book. “The church will not fix the problem without external pressure.”

‘Not defrocked’

Pafumi, in commenting on the outcome of the Vatican trial of Apuron, said Apuron will probably be sentenced to meditate and pray for his sins, but the Vatican hasn’t been specific about his sentence.

“He was not defrocked and no restrictions on his ministry as a priest have been issued thus far than keeping him (out) of Guam. He is 72 years old. In 2014, Pope Francis confirmed the retirement age of 75 for bishops, including in the curia,” Pafumi said. “Apuron was on his way out anyway. You need to focus on where he is to retire and pray. It might be on the ltalian Riviera.”

The Catholic Church on Guam, now led by Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes, apologized again to Apuron’s accusers after the Vatican announced a guilty verdict. The church continues to offer counseling to victims through the Hope and Healing Program. It strengthened its policies and has required mandatory training for clergy, staff and volunteers for the church to help prevent and address abuses of children.

The Archdiocese of Agana also is pursuing mediation to try to settle the clergy sex abuse cases filed in federal and local court.

Attorney Michael Patterson, co-counsel for the archdiocese, said there were at least 10 individuals who said they’re abused by clergy but have not hired a lawyer. Patterson said the archdiocese has decided to include them in the mediation process.

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Reporter Haidee Eugenio covers Guam’s Catholic church issues, education, government, business and more. Follow her on Twitter @haidee_eugenio. Follow Pacific Daily News on Facebook/GuamPDN and Instagram @guampdn.

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Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus

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Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus

Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Catholic Dogma Which Led to the Holocaust also Led to the Cover-Up of Clergy Sex Abuse

New book argues that it is the history and magisterium of the Catholic Church which made the Holocaust possible and the cover-up of clergy sex abuse inevitable.

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, USA, March 21, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — G.R. Pafumi has released the first of two volumes about sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus. Volume I: Pain and Suffering, Aftermath of the Catholic Church’s Belief in its Own Infallibility. With sex abuse accusations against major celebrities and public figures, such as Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer, Pafumi focused on victims abused by Catholic clergy. They paved the way for the #MeToo movement. Victims of Catholic clergy are no longer willing to remain silent about the abuse they suffered, sometimes decades ago. Pope Francis is currently dealing with the fallout from his trip to Chile, where he defended a bishop who covered for a clergy sex offender. The Pope accused the alleged victims of calumny even though he was given an eight-page letter from one of the victims. It seems the Pope lied. Why?

The Catholic Church, including the sex abuse crisis, is not easily understood without a consideration of the Church’s history. The cover-up of sex abuse was inevitable because of the Church’s belief in its ecclesiastical infallibility and its long history of unchecked power. The Church believes it is never wrong because it has been guided by the Holy Spirit for nearly 2,000 years ago. The Holy Spirit would not allow the Church or its popes to make errors in its magisterium, i.e. teaching authority. Pafumi asks, “Where was Holy Spirit when the Jews were being persecuted and children sexually molested?” Since the first century, Jews have been identified by the Church as Christ killers. Jewish disdain is manifest in the Apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus (Ineffable-indescribable-God), a decree promulgated by Pope Pius IX in 1854. The Virgin Mary was claimed to be conceived without the stain of original sin. Her entire ancestry back to Adam needed to be immaculately conceived, since the Jewish faith is passed along through maternal parentage. By having an immaculately conceived heritage, Mary had no Jewish blood. It appears that the real purpose of this constitution was to de-Jewify Jesus by de-Jewifying his mother and her ancestry.

Since the second century, Church leaders recognized there was abuse of minors. But as recently as 2018, the pope himself became an abuse denier. One way to view the cover-ups of child abuse is unapologetic clericalism. Pope Francis called accusations against a Chilean Bishop [Juan Barros] who covered up sex abuse, “all calumny.” Yet the Pope was given an eight-page letter from a Chilean victim in April 2015, shortly after the elevation of Barros to bishop. Francis steadfastly refused to rescind that appointment despite objections from Chilean clergy. Pope Francis implicitly invoked the medieval concept of privilegium fori, i.e. only the Church can judge itself. Privilegium fori seems to be the reason why there is no mandatory reporting requirement. Clergy supervisors, mainly bishops, are not required by the Church to turn over clergy offenders to the civil authorities unless required by local civil law. The Church would rather protect offenders instead of ridding itself of this cancer, i.e. child molesters in its midst. The promotion of Bishop Barros in Chile clearly shows that this attitude goes all the up to the pope.

The Church opposes sex abuse laws which include a look-back period for victims abused years or decades ago. When Guam enacted legislation in 2016 eliminating the statute of limitations for past sex crimes against children, the Church challenged the constitutionality of the law as a violation of ex-post facto provisions in the U.S. Constitution. The State of New York has failed to pass the Child Victims Act for more than a decade, in part due to lobbying by the Church. Expanding or eliminating the statute of limitations is less about protecting kids from Catholic clergy now and in the future (at least in the developed countries). It is more about making restitution to the people who are still in pain from abuse of decades past.

The Church is still muddled in the Counter-Reformation, which began shortly after the Protestant and Anglican Reformations of the early and mid 16th century. Now the Counter-Reformation is less about fighting the Protestants and more about fighting modernity. The Church’s rejection of modernity is clearly seen in its views about birth control, abortion, divorce, and females in the priesthood. The misogyny of the Church and belief in its own infallibility makes it think it can interfere with the right to choose for women who are not even Catholic. The Church’s view in its infallibility limits its ability to change its mind or alter its principles to adopt to changing social mores. It was widely believed that Pope Paul VI would allow women to use birth control after “The Pill” was approved by the FDA in 1960. Instead, Paul VI limited birth control to the “rhythm method” or abstinence. In 1968, Paul VI chose to sustain the precedent set about birth control in an encyclical issued by Pope Pius XI in 1930.

This book will explore the history of the Church from the first century until modern times. It will describe how the marriage of the Christian Church and state in the fourth century changed the course of Western history. This will help the reader understand why the cover-up of clergy abuse of children has become a worldwide phenomenon, where victims are treated as nothing more than collateral damage. Without new legislation and better law enforcement in the developed countries, kids would likely still be abused in large numbers by Catholic clergy. Sadly, they still are being abused in Africa, the Philippines, and other less-developed countries where the Church wields significant influence. Pafumi concludes, “The Church may well be a dinosaur on its way to extinction.” Like a dinosaur, it has failed to adapt to a changing environment.
Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus by G. R. Pafumi
Volume I: Pain and Suffering, Aftermath of the Catholic Church’s Belief in its Own Infallibility
Publication Date: February 19, 2018
Trade Paperback; $18.99; 546 pages; Kindle Edition; $9.99
ISBN-13: 978-1547152223, ISBN-10: 1547152222

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Podcast on Clergy Abuse

On this episode of the Recovering from Religion podcast we discuss Catholic Church child sexual abuse. We interview G.R. Pafumi, author of Clergy Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church and founder of VictimsSpeakDB.org.  And Emily highlights eleven upcoming secular events. You can check out this episode and previous episodes on iTunes, YouTube, iHeartRadio and all the other main podcast catchers. You can also stream or download the show from: http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcast

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VictimsSpeakDB.org announces the launch of the SACCADAS DB Profiler

The SACADDAS DB Profiler provides summary statistics about clergy abuse for individual states/provinces, countries or regions included in the SACCADAS database.

Extend the statute of limitations for sex crimes against children. Justice delayed is not necessarily justice denied.”    — G.R. Pafumi

 

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 10, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — We are pleased to announce a new feature of the VictimsSpeakDB website, the SACCADAS DB Profiler. It provides summary statistics about Catholic clergy abuse for individual states/provinces, countries or regions included in the SACCADAS database. VictimsSpeakDB viewers can request profiles of individual states/ provinces, countries or regions by sending a Profile Request. Profiles of individual clerics, such as priests, brothers or nuns, are also available upon request.

The SACCADAS DB Profiler was created to provide summary data about specific locations and/or individuals. Not every user requires the detail provided on the dozens of charts on this website. In some cases, the user would like to obtain an overview of clergy abuse in his particular state/ province or by a specific abuser. Viewers can request a profile of a specific state/province or abuser by sending a Profile Request. We have included on this website a profile of the entire SACCADAS database as well a sample of an individual state/province. The state/province we chose was the U.S. territory of the Guam. We chose Guam because the pattern exhibited in the data is a primary reason this website was created.

There are 67 records of victims abused in Guam. Of those 67 records, only one victim was abused in this century (in 2015). Of the remaining 66 records, 57 records represent victims abused prior to the 1980s. On the other hand, 57 records of the 67 records represented victims who made the first public accusation of abuse in the 2015-2017 time slot. Why? In September 2016, Guam enacted a law removing the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children. Fifty five of the 67 records are from victims who made their first accusation of abuse after September 2016. Clearly, eliminating the statute of limitations had a major effect. Moreover, when victims come forward it encourages other victims to come forward who might otherwise have continued to remain silent. There is another interesting aspect to abuse in Guam. The most prolific abuser in Guam was Father Louis Brouillard. His abuse represents 37 out of the 67 records. Interestingly enough, not only did Father Brouillard sexually assault a large number of minors, but a large percentage of them came forward. This compares to the overwhelming majority of abusers who are typically accused by three or fewer victims. It is expected that more victims abused by Father Brouillard will come forward. When victims come forward, it encourages other victims to come forward too. As we have indicated in a variety of venues, the statute of limitations needs to be expanded or eliminated. Guam is a great example of how a change in legislation can provide enormous, but long delayed benefits to the victims. Guam has demonstrated that justice delayed is not necessarily justice denied.

The VictimsSpeakDB (DataBase) website was created to provide statistical information about the abuse of children and vulnerable adults by Roman Catholic clergy. Also known as the SACCADAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence) database, it is derived exclusively from the first-hand accounts and experiences of the victims, or alleged victims. It is the only database which provides comparative information about abuse internationally, divided into five, not necessarily contiguous, regions: the United States, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Developed Countries and LDCs (less-developed countries).

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Newly Launched Website Details the Alleged Sexual Abuse of Minors by Roman Catholic Clergy in 49 Countries; Advocates Expansion of the Statute of Limitations

New website provides comprehensive statistical information about the alleged abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by Catholic clergy. It covers alleged abuse on six continents during the past century. It was created and designed to encourage legislation to expand the statute of limitations on sex crimes committed against minors.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Spring Valley, NY–April 26, 2017–(PR.com)–Author and quantitative analyst G.R. Pafumi announces the launch of his newest website, VictimsSpeakDB.org. It is derived from the proprietary Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence (SACCADAS) database. The site provides comprehensive analyses of the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults in 49 countries on six continents. VictimsSpeakDB.org includes statistical data detailing the abuse of over 9,000 victims molested by nearly 3,000 Catholic clergy, dating as far back as the 1920s, and as recently as 2017. The launch of the new website was timed to coincide with pending state legislation to expand the SOL (statute of limitations) for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Key findings of the SACCADAS database include:

• Abuse patterns in Australia/New Zealand and Canada mirror patterns observed in the United States, including the gender of the abused and the decades in which the greatest abuse occurred (1960-1989).
• The average age at the time the abuse was first reported was 43 years for victims who came forward in the 21st century. Their average delay in reporting that abuse was 29 years after the abuse ended. This is strong evidence as to why the statute of limitations to report sex crimes against children must be expanded.
• There is a spike in first reporting of abuse at ages 30-49 for men (nearly half of the male victims) and ages 40-59 for women (nearly half of the female victims).
• Three times as many male abuse victims (8.4%) became substance abusers as compared with females.
• 1 out of 4 molested male minors were altar boys, while only 1 out of 100 females were altar servers.
• Nearly 10% of clergy abusers continued to abuse after their first accusation, in some case for more than 25 years after.
• Attempted suicide rates were 5.3% of clergy-abuse victims, as compared with 8.6% in the general population. However actual suicides identified in the SACCADAS database were over 30 times the rate in the general population (based on Centers for Disease Control–CDC–data).
• Over 80% of the victims abused by priests were male. Nearly 90% of the victims abused by brothers were male. Brothers represented nearly one third of clergy abusers in Australia/New Zealand, as compared with 6% in the United States. This is the result of a greater number of Catholic children who resided in Catholic boarding schools. Well over half of the victims abused by nuns were female. Only 4% of clergy molesters abused children of both sexes.

The website is both fee-free and ad-free. It does not require registration, although there is a Contact Us feature for users who wish to be notified about major updates to the site. There is also a companion VictimsSpeakDB Blog. It permits registration for users who wish to keep apprised of ongoing research studies derived from the SACCADAS database.

About the Publisher

G.R. Pafumi is an author, financial engineer, content engineer and quantitative analyst. He developed risk analysis products for hedge funds and was chief investment strategist and co-portfolio manager of a São Paulo based hedge fund. He is the founder and chief executive of InvestmentMetriX Corp., a website-based provider of quantitative financial information, and was a content engineer at NewsGrade.com, Inc., an early internet startup. He has over 40 years’ experience as a research analyst and portfolio manager. He was previously associated with Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and HSBC Bank.

Mr. Pafumi received his B.S. degree in finance and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He also has an M.S. in Quantitative Analysis as well as an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University. He has been cited in the financial media and has appeared on the CNBC, CNN, NBC and PBS television networks. His book, “Is Our Vision of God Obsolete? Often What We Believe Is Not What We Observe,” compared the universe and our place in it, as articulated in the Bible, with the evidence available from contemporary science and discovery. In “The Origin and Rise, Decline and Fall of the God Known as Yahweh: Why the God of Abraham Is Incongruous in the 21st Century,” Mr. Pafumi traced the history of the Israelites back 4,000 years to Egypt, based on modern archaeological discoveries. His most recent book, “Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers,” delves into the worldwide abuse of children by Catholic clergy.

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Press Release: New book asks, is the Catholic Church widely populated with psychopaths, pedophiles and atheists? Is the Catholic Church a dinosaur on its way to extinction?

Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned

Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers

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Is the Church widely populated with psychopaths, pedophiles and atheists?

G.R. Pafumi compares what the Church preaches to how its clergy acts in his latest book

Spring Valley, NY– July 09, 2015 – According to the author G.R. Pafumi, the Catholic Church is rife with resident evil. He asks, is the Church widely populated by psychopaths, pedophiles and atheists? How else does one explain nearly 2,000 years of Church history? How does one explain the Church’s involvement in so many evil deeds in the name of Jesus Christ, including persecution, murder, and widespread clergy sex abuse. Revelations of sex abuse by Catholic clergy is the prevailing explanation as to why Catholics are fleeing the Church in droves. The Pew Research Forum recently estimated that 13% of Americans are former Catholics, up from 10% a mere three years ago. That is nearly one out of eight Americans. Is the Church a dinosaur? Catholics seem to be leaving the Church like rats on a sinking ship. These and similar issues are addressed in Mr. Pafumi’s most recent book.

Highlights include:

  • Disturbing comparisons of the Church to the Mafia and the Nazis.
  • A 1,700 year history of sex abuse of children and animals by Catholic clergy.
  • The sale of babies by Church officials for profit, “stolen” from unwed mothers, in Ireland, Australia and Spain.
  • Sadistic physical abuse of young boys at a reform school in the Bronx run by the Catholic Church.
  • Father [Tyrannosaurus] Rex, who molested dozens of Philippine women and children, and was the prime suspect in two murders of young women who rebelled.
  • The Church’s 2002 admission that 200 of its priests had abused women and children in the Philippines. Yet there has never been a successful prosecution of a priest there.
  • A Philippine facility which cares for young women impregnated by Catholic priests to limit illegal abortions.
  • The clergy pedophile manifesto, a manual designed by a priest on how to groom children for sexual abuse.
  • A blueprint for the Holocaust designed at the Vatican; Church assistance to Nazi war criminals to evade justice.
  • Conversations with Cardinals Dolan (New York) and Tagle (Manila) which “never” happened.

Pafumi notes that Brazil, the largest Catholic country in the world, has only a couple of cases where the Church was assessed a fine relating to clergy sex abuse. In Mexico, another large Catholic country, there has only been two well-publicized cases of clergy sex abuse. No clergy in Mexico has ever been convicted of a sex crime. One notorious Mexican priest, had children with two women, and sexually assaulted numerous altar boys. His case was reported to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) when Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, was in charge. The priest was sentenced to life of penitence and prayer. Pafumi concludes, “Children are not well protected in less-developed countries dominated by the Catholic Church.”

The book publication was timed to coincide with Pope Francis’ visit to New York in September 2015. He has begun a petition asking the Pope to require all Catholic personnel to pledge to an honor code patterned after the Cadet Honor Code at U.S. military academies. “I will not abuse women and children, intimidate them or their families, cover-up for fellow clergy or subordinates, nor tolerate among us those who do so.” Pafumi asks the Pope to insist that bishops and supervisors who fail report abusive priests are turned over to the civil authorities for prosecution. In June of this year, the state of Minnesota sued the Catholic Church for failing to supervise appropriately clergy sex abusers. Ten days later, the archbishop and his auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese resigned. Had these two bishops been investigated by the CDF instead, it is not likely they would have resigned, at least not in 10 days.

Thoroughly researched, the book presents a disturbing description of the Catholic Church over the last 17 centuries. He not only details sex and physical abuse of women and children, but also widespread homosexuality among the Church’s clergy. It is against same-sex marriage. Yet 81% of priestly sexual abuse in the United States is of male minors. The Church is against abortion, but it is also against contraception. It prefers that women die, rather than condoning an abortion when a woman’s life is at stake. It automatically excommunicates clergy who do not keep secret Church tribunals investigating sex abuse. Yet it sometimes sentences the abusers only to a life of prayer. Defrocking a priest can take years, while they sometimes continue to abuse. Whistleblowers are excommunicated in seconds. The Church is against physician-assisted suicide. It would rather people suffer painful deaths. Only one in five Americans are practicing Catholics. But the Church wants to determine the lifestyle for the entire American population. The citizens of Ireland, once residing in a virtual Catholic theocracy, overwhelmingly approved same-sex marriage by popular vote.

Is the Catholic Church a dinosaur on its way to extinction? Pafumi ultimately concludes, indeed it is!

About the Author

G.R. Pafumi is a former financial engineer and consultant specializing in quantitative investment analysis and financial accounting. He developed risk analysis products for hedge funds and was chief investment strategist and co-portfolio manager of a São Paulo based hedge fund. Mr. Pafumi has 40-years’ experience as a security analyst and portfolio manager in domestic equities, international equities, and derivatives (listed equity and index options). He was previously associated with Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and HSBC Bank. Mr. Pafumi received his B.S. degree in Finance and Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He also has an M.S. in Quantitative Analysis as well as an M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He has been cited in a variety of financial newspapers and investor magazines and has appeared on the CNBC, CNN, NBC and PBS television networks. His first book, Is Our Vision of God Obsolete? Often What We Believe Is Not What We Observe, compared the universe and our place in it, as articulated in the Bible, with the evidence available from contemporary science and discovery. His second book, The Origin and Rise, Decline and Fall of the God Known as Yahweh: Why the God of Abraham Is Incongruous in the 21st Century, traced the history of the Jewish people back 4,000 years to Egypt, based on recent archaeological discoveries. His most recent book delves into the abuse of women and children by Catholic clergy in less-developed countries.

Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned

Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers

Publication Date: June 29, 2015

Trade Paperback; $24.99; Kindle Edition; $9.99; 456 pages; ISBN-13: 978-1511887168

For more information, contact Bless Me Father Public Relations at PafumiBooks@Outlook.com, or on the web at http://www.amazon.com/author/grpafumi and http://www.facebook.com/pafumibooks

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Catholic clergy sex abuse and its effect on the declining number of Catholics in the United States

I have recently published a book about Catholic clergy sex abuse and its effect on the declining number of Catholics in the United States. I timed the release of the book and my petition to the Pope to coincide with his arrival in New York. Clergy sex abuse is under a fairly high level of control in the United States due to media coverage, in particular revelations published by The Boston Globe in 2002. We have seen what media coverage can do to calling attention to problems and getting the appropriate laws enacted. Without the revelations in the Boston archdiocese, it is not likely that clergy sex abuse in the United States would have fallen as much as it has. Indeed, the Church resists responsibility for abuse and to do the right thing by the victims. At a hearing of the Maryland legislature to extend the statute of limitations for clergy abuse, the Church testified against the then pending bill. Cardinal Timothy Dolan attempted to shelter $57 million while he was the archbishop of the Milwaukee archdiocese. It took the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule that those funds are available for victim compensation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy. A priest in Uganda was suspended indefinitely for exposing child sex abuse. He was told to help cover up the crimes because “that’s what one is supposed to do.” He refused and was suspended.

 

My book is primarily about abuse in less-developed countries. I traveled to the Philippines late last year and I was appalled at the status quo. In 2002, when the revelations in Boston became front page news, the Church in the Philippines acknowledged that 200 of its priests had abused women and children. Here we are 13 years later and not a single, solitary priest has been convicted of a sex crime in the Philippines. The same is true in Mexico. A widely publicized case of clergy sex abuse in Mexico resulted in the priest being “sentenced” to a life of prayer and penitence by Pope Benedict XVI. There has never been a priest criminally convicted of a sex crime in Mexico. The Pope has set up a 17-member papal commission on abuse. There is not a single member from SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), which has great expertise in clergy sex abuse. SNAP has over 10,000 abuse victims internationally among its membership. Why isn’t its voice being heard or included?

 

Pope Francis announced that he will be giving the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) the ability to discipline bishops who do not report clergy sex offenders in their charge to the civil authorities. This is the fox watching the chicken coop. On June 5 of this year, the state of Minnesota filed charges against the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Two weeks later, the archbishop and auxiliary bishop of this archdiocese resigned. In April Bishop Finn of the archdiocese of Kansas City–St. Joseph resigned. He was criminally convicted of failing to report a priest who had child pornography on his laptop computer.

 

Pope Francis has the ability to issue a motu proprio (executive order) to require bishops to report clergy sex offenders to the police, in addition to the CDF. It is Church policy that bishops are not required to report offenders to the authorities unless the law requires them to do so. There are few such laws in the less-developed countries. Sadly, there are 23 American states, including New York, which do not have mandatory reporting for clerics.

 

My petition asks the Pope to issue an order requiring bishops to report offending clerics in their charge and in addition make it mandatory for all Catholic personnel to take the following oath, “I will not abuse women and children, intimidate them or their families, cover-up for fellow clergy or subordinates, nor tolerate among us those who do so.” This oath is patterned after the Cadet Honor Code at the U.S. military academies.

 

Let me end this note with a quote from Frances Kissling, former president of Catholics for a Free Choice. “Clergy sexual abuse is a global problem. It is imperative that individual nations assume responsibility for the welfare of their young citizens and take steps to protect their youth from this type of abuse…One of the reasons that governments must step up is that we have a clear sign from the Vatican that sex abuse is not a priority.” In less-developed countries, the most likely children and women to be abused are the poorest people. Indeed I describe in my book how priests seek uneducated and indigent parents and target their children for abuse, especially those kids who come from single-parent homes.

 

I would like to call your attention to a clergy abuse petition I have set up online and which I hope to present to the Pope when he arrives in New York in September of this year. It was in October 1517, nearly 500 years ago, that Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This acted is considered the spark which ignited the Protestant Reformation. I plan to post my petition on the door of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I may even dress up like Martin Luther when I post my petition on St. Patrick’s door if I can get the appropriate media attention.

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Book Review of, “Killing Jesus: A History,” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

More fiction than fact. Poorly researched and certainly not history.

Killing Jesus: A History? Not according to most modern biblical scholars. The authors of this book clearly read the New Testament too literally and rely on it as their basis for much of this book. They do not include footnotes so that the reader can differentiate from what is their opinion and what is the opinion of the few qualified scholars they cite in the appendix to the book. In a footnote (page 22) it says, “thanks to scholarship and archaeology, there is growing acceptance of their overall historicity [the Gospels] and authenticity.” Just the opposite is true. Modern religious historians now view the four Gospels included in the New Testament as only a subset of the knowledge base about the historical Jesus. Indeed with the discovery of the Nag Hammadi library (Gnostic gospels) in Egypt in 1945, we now know there were differing views about the life of Jesus among his followers during the first century and that the Canonical Gospels do not always agree about what is the true story of Jesus. In fact, the Gospels are often inconsistent with one another. Following are some of the errors and misrepresentations in this book. It seems O’Reilly and Dugard did not do their homework or wrote this book with an evangelical bias. (See end of review)

On page 7, the authors describe the killing of less than two-year old Jewish male babies by King Herod. This event is known as the Massacre of the Innocents, which the authors failed to mention. According to the Gospel of Matthew [2:16-18], Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the vicinity of Bethlehem, so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi. Whether a massacre actually occurred is dubious. The massacre is not attested outside of the New Testament, making its historicity most suspect.

In the footnote on the bottom of page 8, the authors write, “The fact that Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem eight days after his birth, and then again on the fortieth day…,” is misleading. These are stories in the gospels of the New Testament, which biblical scholars generally view as having little verifiable truth. They are not “facts,” as the authors suggest.

In a footnote (page 14), the authors write, “The northern portion of this kingdom (Israel) fell in 722 B.C. to the Philistines.” In fact, the northern Kingdom of Israel fell to the Assyrians. The Philistines were never a major power nor did they ever control an empire in the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean) during biblical times. In the same footnote they write, “[the term] Israel was once again put into use when the independent Jewish state was founded on May 14, 1948 long – almost 4,000 years after the first Jews crossed into the promised land.” There were no Jews 4,000 years ago. Judaism did not arise until sometime after 1500 B.C.E. This means Judaism is no more than 3,500 years old. The first non-biblical reference to Israel resides in the Egyptian Merneptah Stele, erected circa 1200 BCE.

On page 14, the authors write, “The baby will be born in Bethlehem, the small town where the great King David was born a thousand years before. The third prophesy is that the child must also be a direct descendent of David.” On page 176, “His [Jesus’s] lineage is that of David.” It is generally accepted that Joseph, the stepfather of Jesus, is a descendent of David. However according to Christian theology, the Virgin Mary was impregnated by the Holy Spirit. Thus it makes no difference whether Joseph descended from David. Jesus is not biologically related to Joseph. Jesus is therefore not biologically connected to David. The authors ignore this huge elephant in the room. So much for the belief that Jesus is the Messiah descended from David. The authors do not even address this obvious paradox.

On page 17 the authors write, “The [First] Temple was first built by Solomon in the tenth century B.C.” There is no historical evidence for King Solomon. However there is evidence of both Solomon’s predecessor, King David, and Solomon’s son, King Rehoboam. So Solomon was almost certainly a historical figure. There is also no hard evidence for the existence of the First Temple built by Solomon. Professor Israel Finkelstein, at Tel Aviv University, strongly argues that there was no United Monarchy during the reign of Kings David and Solomon and that Solomon and David reigned over a small kingdom, not one rich enough to construct temples and other monuments. Finkelstein refutes the existence of the First Temple and its construction under Solomon.

On page 58-59, the authors write, “The lineage of Jacob and their devotion to a one true God has not changed since Abraham walked the earth 2000 years ago.” I presume they meant 4,000 years ago or 2,000 years before Jesus, since rabbinical dating puts the life of Abraham at circa 2000 B.C.E. On page 85 they write, “Galilee is the northernmost properties in what was once called Canaan by the patriarch Abraham. One of Abraham’s grandsons was a man named Jacob, who also went by the name Israel and fathered the people would come to be known as the Israelites.” I am not aware of any modern biblical scholar who believes that the story of Abraham and his offspring, Isaac and Jacob, is historical. An even if these three figures from the Old Testament actually are historical, all scholars agree they were not father, son, and grandson. The Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) was written over many centuries during the first millennium B.C.E. The authors of the Old Testament had no way of knowing who lived more than a thousand years prior, other than through the oral traditions which no modern scholar takes literally. To sum up, there is not a shred of evidence that there was a historical Abraham. Most scholars believe the story of Abraham was written sometime during the middle of the Iron Age (1150-600 B.C.E.) describing life during the Iron Age. For instance, Abraham is described as employing camels as domestic beasts of burden. It says in The Bible Unearthed, co-written by Israel Finkelstein, “We now know through archaeological research that camels were not domesticated as beasts of burden earlier than the late second millennium and were not widely used in that capacity in the ancient Near East until well after 1000 BCE.”

In the postscript, the authors write, “The legalization of Christianity by the Roman Empire, in A.D. 313, soon led to his expansion to every part of the Western world.” Christianity was never the official state religion of the empire in the way Islam is today in Iran. Christianity became the quasi-state religion of the empire in 325 C.E. after the First Council of Nicaea. On page 266 they write, “Christianity was officially legalized throughout the Roman Empire in 313, with the edict of Milan.” That edict only required that Christians throughout the Empire be treated benevolently, rather than being persecuted. Whether or not there was a formal “Edict of Milan” document is not known.

On page 80, the authors write, “These men remember the shame attached to the early days of that relationship between Mary and Joseph, when it was announced that she was pregnant out of wedlock. They recall Joseph’s stubborn loyalty and his refusal to shun her.” They did not do their homework and read the Bible (NIV). Joseph was not stubbornly loyal to Mary but planned to divorce her, according to Matthew. In Matthew [1:18-20], it says, “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.’”

On page 81 the authors say, “He [Jesus] labor six days a week as a carpenter alongside his father.” On page 90, “because Joseph is a skilled carpenter he is able to pay his taxes.” In the original Gospels composed in Greek, Jesus is described as the son of a τέκτονος (Greek for craftsman). He might have been a stone mason, and not a carpenter, or perhaps both. Describing Jesus as a carpenter or carpenter’s son is not fact, just tradition.

On page 90, the authors write, “She [Mary Magdalene] will grow up to be a prostitute, doing what she must do to survive, though she longs for something better in this world.” On page 144, “Rarely does a woman of ill repute enter the home of a Pharisee. Nevertheless, Mary of Magdala–or Mary Magdalene, as she will go down in history long–now stands behind Jesus…It is well known how Mary makes her living.” The view that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute can be traced to a sermon of Pope Gregory I (“Gregory the Great”) circa 591 C.E. This depiction of Mary has no historical basis. How can the authors claim this is a fact-based book, as they state in the beginning (on page 2) of the book? In 1969, the Roman Catholic Church amended its erroneous view of Mary and no longer claims that she was a prostitute. It appears that the authors, who are both Roman Catholic, are not even aware of the teachings of their own church.

On page 147 in a footnote, the authors write, “Miriam worked with her brothers, Moses and Araon, to lead the exodus from Egypt. And of course the prostitute Rahab helped bring about the Israelite victory over Jericho.” More nonsense! There is no evidence for the Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and Jericho was destroyed centuries before Israel ever existed. The author’s didn’t even bother to research modern archeological findings.

In the footnote at the bottom of page 22, it says, “The fact that John not only was there at every pivotal moment in Jesus’s ministry, and thus able to describe many scenes with vivid first-person imagery”…In the footnote at the bottom of page 222, it says, “Although none other gospel writers was present during Jesus’s prayer, it is believed that he shared his words and emotions with those present in the garden that night.” In the footnote at the bottom of page 224, it says, “That scene was witnessed by John, who made a focal point of his gospel;” footnote, page 231, “Based on his vivid depiction of that night’s events, is widely believed that John was this individual.” Believed by who? Certainly not modern biblical scholars. Scholars can’t even agree about which historical John the Gospel of John is based. On page 264, they write, “John…[was] exiled to the Greek island of Patmos. There he wrote his gospel.” The reason we refer to the gospels as the Gospel according to Mathew, according to Luke, etc. is because no one knows who wrote the Gospels. By using the phrase “according to,” it gives them an aura of credibility. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are called synoptic in that they are all similar to each other. The Gospel of John is not similar. Synoptic means presenting or taking the same or common view. The term synoptic comes from the Greek syn, meaning “together,” and optic, meaning “seen.” Because these three Gospels are so similar, it is hypothesized that they came from a common source known as Q, from the German Quelle, meaning source, although no Q source material has thus far been discovered. The authors conflict with current biblical scholarship by asserting that the Gospels were actually written by eyewitnesses, to wit Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. There is no evidence to support that view and this book is the first I have read which makes that assertion, other than books written by zealous evangelicals.

On pages 236-240, the authors describe the conversation between Jesus and Pontius Pilate when Jesus was presented to Pilate for judgment. Here again the authors use the New Testament as a reference. Modern scholars are not certain that their conversation was more than a few exchanges, lasting perhaps 10 or 15 minutes for the trial, judgment and sentence. At that point, it is possible that the extremely anti-Jewish Pilate decided it was simply expedient to crucify Jesus, a Jew, and a troublemaker who was making a problem during the Passover. He might incite a rebellion by the large numbers of Jews in town for the Passover celebration. Indeed a rebellion occurred nearly three decades later in the First Jewish-Roman war (66-73 C.E.).

On page 240 the authors write, “It is customary for the Roman prefect to release a prisoner at the time of Passover.” Not true. The authors cite all four Gospels as their source of this “fact.” Actually, there is little to no evidence for any such custom by Roman prefects (governors). “Pilate finds a simple solution to ease out of this politically volatile situation: he will give the crowd a choice between releasing the peaceful Jesus or the horrific Barabbas…Give us Barabbas,” the Jews in the crowd shout. Shame on you O’Reilly! Not only is this story not historically true, as any biblical historian will tell you, but it is the basis of 2,000 years of anti-Semitism ultimately, indirectly leading to the Holocaust. Even the Catholic Church rejects this idea. Nostra Aetate, issued by the Second Vatican Council, and promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1965, states that the blame for Jesus’s crucifixion cannot be laid at the door of all those Jews present at that time, nor can the Jews in our time be held as guilty, thus repudiating an indiscriminate charge of Jewish deicide.

On page 241, the authors write, “the Roman governor does not believe that executing such a popular figure as Jesus is a wise decision… I have examined him in your presence and found no basis for your charges against him…Therefore, I will punish him and release him.” This account of Pilate “washing his hands” has also been rejected by the academic community. Pilate couldn’t give a fig about whether Jesus lived or died. Killing Jesus only meant to Pilate that there was one less Jew around who could cause a revolt. This is why some scholars believe Jesus never met Pilate nor was he judged by Pilate. On page 246 the authors describe Pilate “washing his hands” of Jesus’s blood. Washing of the hands was a Hebrew custom and not a Roman one. It is not likely the anti-Jewish Pilate would engage in a Jewish custom to placate the Jews he so despised. Even the authors acknowledge that Pilate was anti-Jew.

On page 263 the authors write, “There is good evidence that Peter is buried beneath St. Peter’s Cathedral in Vatican City.” Where did they dig up this drivel? The Vatican has been quite explicit is stating it is only possible that some of Peter’s bone fragments are buried in the tombs under St. Peter’s. And leading Vatican Jesuits and other archaeologists strongly dispute the bones are those of St. Peter. Why would anyone preserve the bones of a man who was crucified upside down? If anything, they would more likely distance themselves from Peter to avoid the appearance that they endorsed his views.

On page 4 the authors write, “But the incredible story behind the lethal struggle between good and evil has not been fully told. Until now. At least, that is the goal of this book.” The authors failed to tell the full story and what they told is essentially the story told in the New Testament. A reader really interested in the life of the historical Jesus would do far better reading any one of the numerous volumes written by Bart Ehrman (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Elaine Pagels (Princeton University) or Paula Fredriksen (Boston University). These academics are true experts in the historical Jesus and the New Testament.

Note: Many of the views articulated in this review were previously expressed in my book, The Origin and Rise, Decline and Fall of the God Known as Yahweh (Amazon Digital Services, 2012).

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