Clergy Sex Abuse

VictimsSpeakDB.org Data Infers Suicide Rates Among Victims of Clergy Sex Abuse Exceed 50 Times the General Population

Out of a possible 100,000 victims of Catholic clergy sex abuse in U.S., more than 725 will never be heard from again. These are suicides, not drug overdoses.

Victims of Catholic clergy sex abuse have a 50 times higher incidence of suicide than the general population. The bishops who covered up for clergy sex offenders seemed oblivious or indifferent.”
 — G.R. Pafumi

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, November 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Since 1950, the number of victims of Catholic clergy sex abuse in the United States is estimated to be approximately 100,000. VictimsSpeakDB.org has identified over 6,600 of those victims. These victims have provided sufficient detail to be included in the SACADDAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence) database. Of those 6,600 victims, 48 have successfully committed suicide, most likely because of their abuse. Compared to the general population, the rate of suicide among Catholic clergy abuse victims is 50 times higher. Here is the data.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), 21 males and 6 females successfully commit suicide per 100,000 of population. Collectively, 13 people kill themselves per 100,000 of U.S. population. The CDC data is for the year 2016 and is age-adjusted to account for changes in the distribution of the population by age. This adjustment makes the data compatible with prior years when the age of the population was distributed differently. The CDC also identified victims who committed suicide at the age of 10 or older between 2014 and 2016. According to the CDC in this survey, 25 males and 7 females successfully commit suicide per 100,000 of population. Collectively, 15 people kill themselves per 100,000 of U.S. population.

Out of 6,600 victims included in the SACCADAS database, 44 male and 4 females purposely ended their lives. Extrapolating to 100,000 possible abuse victims in the United States suggests that more than 830 males and 300 females have already committed suicide or will commit suicide at some point in the future. Together this works out to 725 victims per 100,000 of population. Compared to CDC age-adjusted data for 2016, male clergy abuse victims are 39 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population, female clergy abuse victims 51 times more likely. Overall, all clergy victims are 54 times more likely. Compared to CDC data for 2014-2016 (of victims 10 years old or older), male clergy abuse victims are 34 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population, female clergy abuse victims 44 times more likely. Overall, all clergy abuse victims are 47 times more likely.

The comparison made by VictimsSpeakDB.org should be considered a rough estimate. It may be comparing apples and oranges. Recognize that most individuals in the United States are not victims of abuse or depression. It is to be expected that suicide rates would be low. Victims of Catholic clergy abuse, or abuse of any kind for that matter, would likely be more prone to use suicide as a way to escape their pain. In any event, the data strongly suggests that priests and other clergy who abuse victims, usually kids, place the victims at a substantially higher risk of suicide at some point. The period when suicides take place is widely distributed by year and age.

The 48 victims of suicide included in the SCCCADAS database resided in four countries. As previously noted, there were 44 male and 4 female suicides. The youngest suicides were 12 years old; three suicides. There was one suicide each for the ages 13, 14 and 15 years old. The oldest suicide was 63 years old. There was also one suicide for the age 56 and two for age 50. The earliest known suicide among victims included in the SACCADAS database occurred in 1971. The last suicide occurred in 2017. There were two suicides in 2017, one in 2016, and one in 2015. With all of the resources available to victims today to get them into therapy, it is most disconcerting that some victims still view suicide as the only option to end their pain.

The bishops who covered up for clergy sex offenders seemed oblivious or indifferent to the pain. Victims need therapy, not legal fights. The Church needs to stop fighting the victims and take ownership of the problems it created not only by the abuse, but also by the cover-up of that abuse. Denying victims therapy and/or restitution may lead to an early death, i.e. suicide. With an age range when victims committed suicide from as low as 12 to as old as 63, it is never too early or too late to get victims into therapy.

Most recently, the Archdiocese of Agana (Guam) announced it was filing for bankruptcy. It said it would not follow the Milwaukee approach. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee challenged the validity of each of the more than 570 claims on legal grounds. The Milwaukee bankruptcy took four years to complete. The victims got $15 million, their lawyers, $7 million. The Church spent $23 million on the litigation. That $15 million works out to about $26,000 per victim. A victim can’t buy a whole lot of therapy for $26,000. The Church in Milwaukee was dealing in bad faith with the victims. The $23 million it spent on litigation to defend itself makes my point. Had it just settled the matter, the victims could have gotten twice as much cash.

The Roman Catholic Church can no longer assert its moral authority. It has become an institution controlled by men who are intrinsically immoral. What happened in Milwaukee was immoral. The Church in Guam is using the bankruptcy process to circumvent a recent Guam law which eliminated the statute of limitations in civil cases. This is immoral, although perfectly legal. This is a Church acting in bad faith with victims. Perhaps it ought to consider the victims who killed themselves. How many more need to die before the Church acts responsibly? Cardinal Timothy Dolan spent $177 million on a facelift for St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. He spent less than $60 million on his archdiocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program. The 278 victims got a mere $215,000 each (before legal fees). This is a paltry sum for a lifetime of pain and certainly insufficient to a grieving parent who has had to bury a child after a suicide. Is the Church about monuments or people? Its historic record is not encouraging.

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VictimsSpeakDB.org Launches Book Promotion to Coincide With Its New Study of Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse in Pennsylvania

Clergy Confessing His Sins in Vatican

To help victims better understand why their abuse was covered up for so long by the Catholic Church, VictimsSpeakDB has launched a book promotion on Amazon.com.

SPRING VALLEY, NY, UNITED STATES, September 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In an effort to help victims better understand how and why their abuse was covered up for so long by the Catholic Church, VictimsSpeakDB.org and G. R. Pafumi have announced a Kindle Countdown Deal/book promotion. For one week, between September 18 and September 25, all four of Pafumi’s books on Catholic clergy sex abuse and the history of the Church will be offered at substantially reduced prices. The promotion coincides with the release of Pafumi’s comprehensive study of abuse in Pennsylvania, including new disclosures made in a recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury report.

• Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume I: Pain and Suffering, Aftermath of the Catholic Church’s Belief in its Own Infallibility (Volume 1). Print Length: 515 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, February 19, 2018.
Kindle List Price: $7.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 63%.
• Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes. Print Length: 360 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, May 1, 2018.
Kindle List Price: $7.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 63%.
• Clergy Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church. Print Length: 615 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, June 28, 2015.
Kindle List Price: $4.99. Promotion Price: $1.99. Discount: 60%.
• Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers. Print Length: 458 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, June 29, 2015.
Kindle List Price: $4.99. Promotion Price: $1.99. Discount: 60%.

Pope Francis and the Catholic Church are presently going through a crisis of papal proportions in many parts of the world. In January of this year, Francis accused victims in Chile of calumny against a bishop who protected sex offending clerics. Last month, a Pennsylvania Grand Jury released a report detailing abuse of over 1,000 minors by more than 300 Catholic clergy. A recent study noted that over the course of 65 years (1945 and 2010), 20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and their auxiliaries covered up sexual abuse. Another recent study documented the abuse of 3,677 minors by 1,670 priests and other clerics in Germany between 1946 and 2014. How is the Church reacting?

In Iowa, a bishop invited all local parishes to pray and fast each Friday in September. In Pennsylvania, a bishop is asking clergy to fast and abstain from meat, and have a Holy Hour of prayer. Recently, Pope Francis claimed that the devil is working to uncover the sins of bishops so that they will be visible and a cause of scandal. The Pope even asserted that sexual abuse never happened in his diocese when he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Denial, prayers, fasting, the devil? The only way to deal with the Church is law enforcement. The people of Chile figured this out. The Chilean government requested that the Vatican share canonical documents related to nine clergy accused of sex crimes. The Vatican did not turn over the requested documents. On September 13, 2018, the Chilean national police raided the offices of dioceses in Concepción, Valparaíso, Chillán and Osorno in its investigation into sex crimes against minors committed by Catholic clergy.

Pafumi’s four (4) books about clergy abuse delve into abuse worldwide They are, in part, based upon the research he compiled for the SACCADAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence) database. The database has thus far tracked the abuse of 15,000 minors and vulnerable adults by 3,500 clerics in 52 countries. But his books not only report the hard facts (data and its analysis), but also the history of abuse by Catholic clergy and coverup by bishops, including the Bishop of Rome, the Pope himself. In “Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes,” Pafumi covers the protection given to Father Julio Cesar Grassi by Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergogli, now known as Pope Francis. Bergoglio’s secret intervention with judges after Grassi’s conviction is believed to be at least in part the reason that Grassi, despite a 15-year sentence, remained free for years pending the outcomes of his many appeals. Grassi finally was sent to prison in September 2013, more than a decade after he was first charged, following the rejection of his third appeal. In the interim, he was free to abuse more kids.

Pafumi’s books provide a comprehensive history of clergy abuse and a description of a Church under fire worldwide, with limited prospects for recovery. His books are available at a substantial discount over the next seven (7) days on Amazon.com. The promotion is available in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Anyone requiring a PDF copy should fill out the Contact Us form on the VictimsSpeakDB.org website.

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VictimsSpeakDB.org Releases Comprehensive Study of Clergy Sex Abuse of Minors and Vulnerable Adults in Pennsylvania

Clergy Confessing His Sins in Vatican

VictimsSpeakDB.org has released a comprehensive study of clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania, including abuse data recently disclosed by a Pennsylvania Grand Jury.

SPRING VALLEY, NY, UNITED STATES, September 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — VictimsSpeakDB.org has released a comprehensive study of Catholic clergy abuse of minors and vulnerable adults in Pennsylvania. The SACCADAS DB (database) Profiler for the state of Pennsylvania can be viewed on the VictimsSpeak.org website. It can also be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking on the icon on the top left side of the page. The study of abuse in Pennsylvania can be viewed also on the VictimsSpeak.org website and downloaded as a PDF file by clicking on the icon on the top left side of the page. Following are its key findings:

• Of the 341 Pennsylvania clerics included in the clergy section of the SACCADAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence) database, 74 (22%) continued to abuse minors even after they had been identified as sex offenders. No bishop has resigned or was removed in Pennsylvania for covering up child abuse.
• The Church in Pennsylvania knew for at least three quarters of a century, as far back as the 1940s, that priests were abusing minors. For example, an adult male notified the Diocese of Pittsburg in 1944 of sex abuse by Father Joseph Ganter. It involved at least three boys aged 13 to 15. Ganter retired from the priesthood in 1964, two decades later. Neither the Church or Ganter’s bishop ever disciplined him or held him accountable for the sexual abuse of least seven (7) boys.
• The Harrisburg and Greensburg dioceses asked a Pennsylvania court in 2017 to stop a grand jury from investigating sex abuse allegations at six dioceses in Pennsylvania.
• Nearly all of the victims in Pennsylvania (97.4%) are over 29 years old (30+ years). Under current laws, they do not qualify to sue the Church civilly for the abuse they suffered. Expanding the time to come forward (statute of limitations) to age 50 could potentially leave over half the victims without recourse.
• Over 25% of the victims reported their abuse prior to 1990 and nearly half prior to Y2K. This is two years before the Spotlight Team at The Boston Globe made international headlines with revelations of pervasive abuse of minors in the Boston archdiocese. Had the bishops in Pennsylvania dealt with this problem as it arose, there would have been no need for Grand Jury investigations (there were four) in Pennsylvania.
• Nearly 28% (more than a quarter) of victims first reported their abuse in the 2000-2004 time period, coinciding with the Spotlight Team coverage of clergy abuse in Boston. Nearly three quarters of victims first reported their abuse in the 2000-2004 time period or before. In Pennsylvania, the peak decade of abuse was the 1980s. Prior to the 1990s, the number of victims who first reported their abuse is significantly lower than the number of victims who were last abused. After 1990, the opposite is true.
• Over 95% of the victims in Pennsylvania, according to the victims included in the SACCADAS database, were abused in the last century. Less than 5% were last abused after the beginning of Y2K.
• Former altar boys represented 1 out of 4 male victims.
• Over 12% of victims were plied with drugs or alcohol prior to their abuse. Almost 6% of victims were exposed to pornography prior to or as part of their abuse. About 2½% of victims were photographed pornographically.
• Over 7% of victims were molested by more than one cleric.
• Nearly 5% of victims contemplated suicide. Five (5) victims successfully committed suicide.
• Six (6) victims were disabled or mentally challenged.
• Over 16% of female victims were either raped or coerced into vaginal sex.
• Not a single female reported the use of condoms during the vaginal sex. Three (3) percent of females (4 girls) became pregnant.
• More than 13% of male victims claimed they were anally raped. Not a single male indicated the use of condoms during anal sex.
• Over 17% of victims claimed oral sex was involved, either as a giver or a receiver. This percentage is probably also understated. However, 58% of victims claimed the abuse included fondling/touching, including masturbation. This statistic is in line with other research.

In an effort to help victims better understand how and why their abuse was covered up for so long by the Church, VictimsSpeakDB.org has made arrangements with Amazon.com to offer, for a limited time, G.R. Pafumi’s books about clergy abuse at substantially discounted prices. Between today, September 18th, the day the study is being released, until Tuesday September 25th, all four (4) of Mr. Pafumi’s books will be available in Kindle format for $1.99 or $2.99 on Amazon.com. Anyone requiring a PDF copy should fill out the Contact Us form on the VictimsSpeakDB.org website.

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Amazon Hot New Releases in Child Advocacy Law, Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus

What a nice surprise. Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes is ranked #13 in a new group, Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Law > Family & Health Law > Child Advocacy. Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume I: Pain and Suffering, Aftermath of the Catholic Church’s Belief in its Own Infallibility is ranked #20 in the same category. My prior book on clergy abuse is getting attention too from my new releases. Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers is ranked #42. Perhaps the lawmakers in Albany will read one of my books and finally, after more than one decade, pass the Child Victims Act.

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Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Untethered Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church, on sale at Amazon.com, in print and e-book

E-books on sale for $2.99 while print copies are priced at $12.99 on Amazon.com.

The Catholic Church cannot assert its moral authority because it is an institution controlled by men who are intrinsically immoral.””  — G.R. Pafumi

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — VictimsSpeakDB Books and G.R. Pafumi are pleased to announce a substantial price reduction on his recent two-volume series, Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus. The series includes Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus, Volume I: Pain and Suffering, Aftermath of the Catholic Church’s Belief in its Own Infallibility (Volume 1) and Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus, Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes. Also on sale is Pafumi’s first book on abuse, Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers.

Pafumi notes there is pending legislation in New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia to extend the statute of limitations for sex crimes perpetrated against children. For victims of Catholic clergy abuse, the most important element of the potential legislation is the so-called look-back window. These windows give victims of abuse the opportunity to seek restitution for sex crimes committed against them by Catholic clergy years or decades in the past. The offenders were often protected by the Church’s hierarchy. Pafumi states the purpose of this book promotion is to get his work on clergy abuse into the hands of as many people as possible. He wishes to provide the research and data to demonstrate the importance of enacting pending legislation.

Pafumi is the founder of VictimsSpeakDB.org, a public website which provides comprehensive and detailed statistical data about Catholic clergy sex abuse of minors and vulnerable adults in 50 countries on six continents. It is the conduit for the proprietary SACCADAS database, which Pafumi designed and created. SACCADAS: Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence. The database and website use statistical inference to analyze patterns of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. The database is based on first-hand accounts of abuse committed by 3,200 Catholic clergy, mostly priests, on 12,000 victims.

From now through the end of June, all three books will be sold at $2.99 for the e-book versions and $12.99 for the print hard copies. After June, the books will revert to $9.99 for the e-book versions and $14.99 for the print hard copies. Pafumi hopes legislators and victims will take advantage of this book promotion and become better informed about “crimen pessimum.” This from the Vatican’s instruction, Crimen sollicitationis, the crime of solicitation. “The term crimen pessimum [‘the foulest crime’] is here understood to mean any external obscene act, gravely sinful, perpetrated or attempted by a cleric…Equated with the crimen pessimum, with regard to penal effects, is any external obscene act, gravely sinful, perpetrated or attempted by a cleric in any way with pre-adolescent children [impuberes] of either sex or with brute animals (bestialitas).” Pafumi concludes, “It is high time that clergy offenders get punished for their crimes and that the Church make restitution to the victims it has harmed.

Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus by G. R. Pafumi
Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes
Publication Date: May 2, 2018
Trade Paperback; $14.99; 358 pages; Kindle Edition; $9.99
ISBN-13: 978-1983642760, ISBN-10: 1983642762

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 20, 2018
Trade Paperback; $14.99; 514 pages; Kindle Edition; $9.99
ISBN-13: 978-1547152223 ISBN-10: 1547152222

Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Trade Paperback; $14.99; 456 pages; Kindle Edition; $9.99
ISBN-13: 978-1511887168 ISBN-10: 1511887168

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Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Untethered Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church, and its Tolerance Under the Last Six Popes

So far, 2018 has been a tumultuous year for the Pope. First, his calumny accusations in Chile and now the pending trial of a high-ranking cardinal in Australia.

“The Catholic Church can not argue for its moral authority in matters of society’s mores and public affairs because it is an institution controlled by men who are intrinsically immoral.”

— G.R. Pafumi

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 8, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — VictimsSpeakDB Books and G.R. Pafumiare pleased to announce the publication of Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus, Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes. The more recent cover-up of clergy abuse in the Catholic Church began with Pope John XXIII in 1962 when he re-issued Crimen sollicitationis (Latin for the crime of solicitation). It established procedures which required that secrecy be deployed when priests used the confessional to make sexual advances to penitents. It reiterated the principles of an identically named instruction issued in 1922. It was adhered to by three popes in addition to John XXIII: Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul II. The instruction was replaced by new norms promulgated in the motu proprio Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela in 2001. That instruction was updated in 2010 under Benedict XVI and is still in effect under Francis.

It appears that Pope John XXIII was the first pope since Pius XI (in 1922) to acknowledge and address the issue of clergy sex abuse. Instead of re-issuing Crimen sollicitationis, John XXIII could have made a greater effort to address the real problem of the actual abuse. Indeed, it was the early 1960s when clergy abuse, or at least reporting of clergy abuse, rapidly escalated. It peaked in the 1970s. So much pain could have been avoided. All of the popes since John XXIII have followed John’s lead and have done almost nothing to substantially address the problem. 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.

The book’s timing could not have been more opportune. In this moment, Pope Francis is trying to explain away the pain he created during his January 2018 visit to Chile. There he accused sex abuse victims of calumny, i.e. slander. In this same moment, the number three man at the Vatican, Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy (i.e., head of the Vatican Bank), is set to begin two separate criminal trials. He has been charged with sexual abuse of minors dating from the 1970s to the 1990s when he was a priest in the Melbourne area and later Archbishop of Melbourne. Pell was appointed to his prestigious position as head of the Vatican Bank by Pope Francis in 2014. Despite these accusations, the Vatican has stated that Pell will not be forced to quit his role in the church hierarchy.

In Canada, the Members of Parliament voted overwhelmingly to invite the Pope to formally apologize in person to the Indigenous Peoples. They suffered for decades of abuse meted out in residential schools across Canada. The motion was passed by a margin of 269-10. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had personally asked the Pope to issue an apology during a visit to the Vatican in 2017. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a letter saying they had raised the matter with Pope Francis but said “he felt he could not personally respond.” Three other Christian denominations that ran residential schools have issued formal apologies. The United Church did so in 1998, the Presbyterian Church in 1994 and the Anglican Church in 1993. The Catholic Church ran two-thirds of the schools and has refused to apologize or pay the restitution it has been ordered to give as compensation to the victims. Catholics are challenging the Church elsewhere. With less than two months until the close of its annual fundraising appeal, Catholic Charities of Buffalo is stressing to potential donors that their dollars will not go toward settlements to abuse victims. The Diocese has been in the spotlight for several months regarding a growing number of priests acknowledged to have sexually abused children and teens in past decades.

Several states look to expand the statute of limitations for sex crimes against children despite vehement opposition from the Catholic Church. In New York State, a measure known as the Child Victims Act was endorsed by the Democrat-led Assembly. Prospects in the Republican-controlled state Senate are not so promising. Current law gives victims until age 23 to file civil cases or seek criminal charges. Under the act, victims could file civil suits until age 50 and seek criminal charges until age 28. The bill would also create a one-year window allowing victims to file civil lawsuits for alleged abuse now barred by the existing statute of limitations (SOL). Similar bills have failed to pass the New York legislature for over a decade. Measures to expand or eliminate the statute of limitations are also being considered in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia. Even Chile has gotten into the act. The president of Chile recently introduced a bill to eliminate the statute of limitations on sexual offenses against minors. Guam and California have eliminated the SOL for sex crimes against children.

The only way to deal with the Church is through litigation and legislation. Pope Francis proved this point last January. While visiting the northern city of Iquique, Francis is asked by a Chilean journalist about Bishop Juan Barros. Barros was accused of protecting priests who abused children. Francis said, “The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I’ll speak. There is not one shred of proof against him. It’s all calumny. Is that clear?” Whether it be defending a bishop who protected child molesters, or refusing to apologize to victims of abuse in Canada, Pope Francis has clearly established that protecting children is not his highest priority. This book chronicles clergy abuse over the last century. It was written to endorse legislation, and provide the statistical data, to provide better protection for children from predators.

Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus by G. R. Pafumi
Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes
Publication Date: May 2, 2018
Trade Paperback; $12.99; 356 pages; Kindle Edition; $9.99
ISBN-13: 978-1983642760, ISBN-10: 1983642762

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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

Cover of the Kindle version of book

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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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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