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“It’s Easier to Develop a Child than to Rehabilitate an Adult”: How Many Child Molestation Investigations Overlap?

Messin' with The Kid": Jimmy Savile, Cardinal Keith O'Brien and friends

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COMMENT: With Benedict XVI having exited precipitously, one can but wonder how many of the emerging child-molestation scandals emerging actually overlap and what sort of power-political  interests have been utilizing those enmeshed in the affairs for blackmail and political and/or economic gain?

Among the long-time pals and supporters of former Penn State defensive coach Jerry Sandusky is Senator Rick Santorum. Santorum continued to defend Sandusky after it emerged that he was molesting kids.

In FTR 559, we have noted Santorum’s close relationship with Opus Dei–a secretive, fascist-connected order that has gained great power under the last two papacies. 

When that most sullied of Federal retirees former FBI director Louis Freeh was appointed to head the Penn State molestation scandal, it was apparent that there was more to that investigation than met the eye at first.

Might there be a Vatican/Catholic Church connection to the Penn State case?

The now-disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien was very close to the late child-molesting BBC star Jimmy Savile, who presided over the popular “Top of the Pops” show for many years. Savile had been made a Vatican knight by Ratzinger/Benedict’s predecessor, John Paul II.

Might there be a Vatican/Catholic Church connection to the Savile case?

We also note that Britain’s highest-ranking Roman Catholic will not have any say in who replaces the recently-resigned Ratzinger/Benedict as Pope.

One should remember that “having the goods” on a well-placed individual such as Sandusky or Savile could be of considerable use to a potential blackmailer. The fixing of sporting events and promoting music acts are both long-standing mainstays of organized crime. Both arenas of activity would also be of interest to any entity involved in serious money-making.

In FTR #724, we highlighted the collaboration of one of Australia’s most prominent Catholic theologians in the Santikenitan Park association–a mind-control cult with which we believe Julian Assange is affiliated.

Is there a Vatican/Catholic Church link to the Santikenitan Park group and/or the Nazi-linked WikiLeaks.

As one wag who blogged about the San­ti­nike­tan Park Asso­ci­a­tion observed; “What good is an LSD mind con­trol reli­gious cult sex­ual abuse story with­out the Catholic Church mak­ing a guest appearance?”

When pondering these questions, remember that central to Catholic religious practice is the ritual of confession–of major interest to intelligence services and potential political blackmailers.

“Santorum: ‘Angel’ award for Penn State’s Sandusky”; Seattle PI; 11/9/2011.

EXCERPT: Ex-Sen. Rick Santorum, running for the Republican presidential nomination, in 2002 nominated former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky for a “Congressional Angels in Adoption Award.”

The nomination by Santorum was made in the same year that a Penn State graduate assistant spotted Sandusky allegedly performing a sex act with a young boy in a shower at the university’s athletic complex. He reported the incident a day later to head football coach Joe Paterno.

“Its philosophy is simple: It is easier to develop a child than to rehabilitate an adult,” read the citation from Santorum in an awards dinner program dated Sept. 24, 2002.

The citation was referring to The Second Mile, a charity launched by Sandusky in 1977 to serve disadvantaged children. It was first reported Wednesday by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sandusky has since been charged with multiple counts of child abuse. The university’s athletic director and a vice president have been charged with perjury. Paterno, 84, coach for more than four decades, announced on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the year.

Santorum is running for president as a social conservative and family values champion. He is a strong opponent of abortion, critic of contraception, and outspoken foe of such gay and lesbian causes as marriage equality. . . .

“Jimmy Savile and the Cardinal: Britain’s Top Catholic Cleric Was Friend of Disgraced TV Host” by Steve White; The Mirror [UK]; 2/26/2013.

EXCERPT: Grinning and giving a thumbs-up, Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric poses with his friend, disgraced paedophile Jimmy Savile.

The snap, taken six years ago, emerged last night after Cardinal Keith O’Brien quit amid allegations of “inappropriate acts” towards fellow priests.

The photo was taken in Edinburgh in 2007 as fund-raiser Savile and the cardinal unveiled a £375,000 vehicle for the disabled.

The pair first met in the 70s, when O’Brien was a priest in Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire – and worked with a friend of Savile’s mum.

Another priest at Kilsyth at the time has been suspended following claims of abuse against two young victims.
It was Cardinal O’Brien who ordered the investigation last September.

When Savile’s vile secrets became known, the cardinal called for him to be stripped of his papal knighthood, awarded in 1990.
Cardinal O’Brien quit just 24 hours before he was due to fly to Rome to help choose the next pope. . . .

“Ronald Con­way: The Hands-On Psy­chol­o­gist Who Helped the Catholic Church’s Trainee Priests”; clericalwhispers.blogspot.com; 5/17/2010.

EXCERPT . . . Conway’s auto­bi­og­ra­phy says that he began his LSD exper­i­ments at St Vincent’s Hos­pi­tal. And for­mer patients say that Con­way also admin­is­tered LSD to them at the Newhaven psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal which was sit­u­ated at 86 Nor­manby Road, Kew, in Melbourne’s inner east.

In the late 1960s and dur­ing the 1970s, Newhaven hos­pi­tal was owned and man­aged by Mar­ion Vil­limek, a mem­ber of a “New Age” sect called the San­ti­nike­tan Park Asso­ci­a­tion, also known as “The Fam­ily”. A leader of the sect, Anne Hamilton-Byrne, was also an admin­is­tra­tor at the Newhaven. Con­way, Eric Seal and other ther­a­pists hired con­sult­ing rooms there on a ses­sional basis, and were not involved with the sect. Newhaven ceased being a hos­pi­tal in 1992.

Ronald Con­way became one of Australia’s most promi­nent Catholic intel­lec­tu­als, writ­ing books and news­pa­per arti­cles about Aus­tralian soci­ety. He also appeared in radio and tele­vi­sion dis­cus­sion pro­grams as a psy­chol­o­gist and social commentator.

When the church’s sex­ual scan­dals became news in Aus­tralia in the 1990s, Con­way some­times com­mented on the issues of celibacy and sex­ual abuse. . . .

. . . “After sev­eral ses­sions with Con­way, it was sug­gested that I undergo LSD ther­apy in Newhaven Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal as an overnight patient. It was explained to me that this ther­apy was a way to fast-track psy­cho­analy­sis and would be very help­ful in accept­ing my sex­u­al­ity. Con­way, as a psy­chol­o­gist, had no qual­i­fi­ca­tions to admin­is­ter drugs. I did not under­stand this at the time.

“Dur­ing the last ses­sion I came to believe that I had been in the pres­ence of God who autho­rized me to lead the sex­ual life which had been cho­sen for me.

“Con­way then sug­gested that I con­tinue to see him with­out the use of LSD.I explained to him that my finances were stretched and that it was not pos­si­ble. He said that it was impor­tant that I con­tinue to see him and that if I were will­ing he would see me at his home in Tor­ring­ton Street, Can­ter­bury, gratis.

“What a shock I got when one night he made advances to me and we ended up on the floor of his sit­ting room. The room was dec­o­rated as if it were the inside of an Egypt­ian tomb. He said this should not have hap­pened but that, as it had, we should do it prop­erly in his bed­room. It was a spar­tan room with the bed cov­ers on a sin­gle bed already turned down and elec­tric bar heaters turned on rest­ing on tables either side. . . .

. . . ”In the early 1990s, when I was 48 years of age, I was a patient in the Freemason’s Hos­pi­tal and woke up one after­noon to find Ron Con­way sit­ting on my bed hold­ing my hand. He had heard from some­one that I was in hos­pi­tal. I made it clear that I was not happy with his pres­ence . He explained to me that he had been fol­low­ing my life through a work col­league of mine, another psychologist.“Ron Con­way never appeared again.” . . .


3 comments for ““It’s Easier to Develop a Child than to Rehabilitate an Adult”: How Many Child Molestation Investigations Overlap?”

  1. Re: Sandusky, Penn State and The Catholic Church

    No doubt this D.A. could have revealed a lot, if he was still alive:


    “One of the questions surrounding the sex-abuse case against Jerry Sandusky is why a former district attorney chose not to prosecute the then-Penn State assistant coach in 1998 after reports surfaced that he had inappropriate interactions with a boy.
    The answer is unknowable because of an unsolved mystery: What happened to Ray Gricar, the Centre County, Pa., district attorney?
    Gricar went missing in April 2005. The murky circumstances surrounding his disappearance — an abandoned car, a laptop recovered months later in a river without a hard drive, his body was never found —
    “No one got a bye with Ray,” said Anthony De Boef, who worked as an assistant district attorney under Gricar for five years. “He didn’t care who you were; he had a job to do.”

    De Boef said Gricar did not share any information with him about the case in 1998, which involved Sandusky allegedly showering with an 11-year-old boy. Gricar, he said, reviewed the police reports in private including, presumably, notes or recordings of two conversations that the police heard between Sandusky and the boy’s mother. But Gricar had a reputation for thoroughness, and if he thought he had enough to charge Sandusky, he would have, De Boef and other lawyers said.

    Still, the circumstances surrounding Gricar’s disappearance prompt many questions.

    On April 15, 2005, Gricar, then 59, took the day off. At about 11:30 a.m., he called his girlfriend, Patricia Fornicola, to say he was taking a drive on Route 192. About 12 hours later, she reported him missing.

    The next day, Gricar’s Mini Cooper was found in a parking lot in Lewisburg, about 50 miles from his home in Bellefonte. Gricar’s cellphone was in the car, but not his laptop, wallet or keys, which were never recovered. Months later, the laptop was found in the Susquehanna River without its hard drive, which was discovered later. It was too damaged to yield any information. On the fourth anniversary of his disappearance, investigators revealed that a search of his home computer yielded a history of Internet searches for phrases like “how to wreck a hard drive,” according to a report at the time in The Centre Daily Times.

    The Catholic Ministry at Penn State:


    Campus Ministry at Penn State University

    “The Benedictine Monks who run the Penn State Catholic Campus Ministry assist the 10,000 Catholic students and employees at Penn State in nurturing their faith through daily and weekend liturgies, retreats, service and social justice projects, prayer and faith sharing groups and organizations such as the Newman Catholic Student Association.
    For those preparing to join the Church, Campus Ministry provides the opportunity to learn about the faith in the company of a warm and supportive community through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. In addition, Catholics discerning a religious vocation have the support and guidance of ordained clergy and professional staff.
    -pictured in the above page is this: “A glimpse at the future -The Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center at Penn State University”

    Posted by Swamp | March 5, 2013, 9:09 am
  2. Finding a SNAP-approved pope: requires more secrecy than you might expect:

    Washington Post
    College of Cardinals imposes media blackout

    By Jason Horowitz, Updated: Wednesday, March 6, 10:48 AM

    VATICAN CITY — The College of Cardinals that will elect the next pope cut off formal communications with the news media on Wednesday after their private deliberations emerged in the Italian press, raising the specter of a leaking scandal that cast a pall over the last year in office of Pope Benedict XVI.

    “Concern was expressed in the General Congregation about leaks of confidential proceedings reported in Italian newspapers,” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who has organized news conferences with American cardinals in recent days. “As a precaution, the cardinals have agreed not to do interviews.”

    The decision, communicated only an hour before a scheduled news conference with American cardinals on Wednesday afternoon, marked a quick end to a brief period of openness on the part of the Americans, who had said they hoped to keep reporters as informed as possible without breaking vows of secrecy.

    The Vatican declined to specify who in the college expressed opposition to the news briefings, saying only that as the cardinals prepare for the conclave that will elect the next pontiff, “they realize the importance of keeping things among themselves,” said the Rev. Tom Rosica, a Vatican spokesman.

    A report Wednesday by Italy’s most authoritative Vatican reporter, La Stampa’s Andrea Tornielli, disclosed details of the cardinals’ private deliberations, including the revelation that they had called for reforms of the Roman Curia, the bureaucracy that governs the Catholic Church, and had asked for more information about the leaking of papal correspondence, a scandal known as VatiLeaks that engulfed the Vatican last year. Tornielli also reported that embattled Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles had spoken, that cardinals called for better communications between the pope and the heads of the various church departments, and that some cardinals wanted to extend the preliminary talks into next week.

    According to Vatican officials and experts, the media blackout might be more than a crackdown in reaction to the leak. It could also have a political dimension. One Vatican official speaking on background said that Italian cardinals, some of whom stand to benefit most from a quick conclave, had expressed misgivings about the American news conferences, during which U.S. prelates articulated what they were looking for in a pope. They often described criteria that did not match the characteristics of cardinals in the curia. The American cardinals also repeatedly said they wanted more time to listen to their colleagues and get to know one another, a position that Vatican experts said diminished the chances and power of better-known Roman officials, many of them Italian, who would gain from a speedier process.

    Vatican experts instead interpreted the delay as they did the tension over talking to the media — as another political power struggle between officials in the Roman Curia and outsiders.

    “Some people in the curia wanted an early election because it would benefit the front-runners, and it would benefit the curial cardinals who already know everybody in the College of Cardinals,” said the Rev. Tom Reese, a political scientist and author of the book, “Inside the Vatican.”

    “Who does it hurt?” he asked. “The unknown candidate who would make a great pope, the younger cardinals; they are going to be dependent on the curial officials.”

    The Vatican said Wednesday there was no connection between extended preliminary meetings and a short conclave. “We should resist the link,” Rosica said.

    News that the Americans had canceled their news conferences, which had become a daily ritual here, streamed into the smartphones of reporters during the daily Vatican briefing. It was the first thing reporters asked Lombardi about when he opened the floor to questions, reflecting the inconvenient story lines that can emerge for the Vatican in what is essentially a newsless environment.

    It is a vacuum that critics of the church have rushed to fill. Earlier Wednesday, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), an organization that supports victims of sex abuse by clerics, held a well-attended news conference in which it released a list of a “dirty dozen” cardinals it considers unacceptable leaders of the church based on their past handling of the child sex-abuse crisis. Among them were cardinals often mentioned as prime candidates for the pontificate, including cardinals Timothy Dolan of New York, O’Malley of Boston, Leonardo Sandri of Argentina, Peter Turkson of Ghana, Angelo Scola of Italy and Marc Ouellet of Canada.

    “It really isn’t up to SNAP to decide who should or should not participate in the conclave,” said Rosica.

    One Vatican insider close to the church hierarchy questioned the wisdom of a media blackout, suggesting that the church was only creating a headache for itself.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 6, 2013, 11:25 am
  3. Considering that the fallout over the sex abuse scandals is presumed to be a factor in the Pope’s resignation, this seems ill-advised:

    Vatican: Victim group wrong to criticize cardinals
    | March 13, 2013 | Updated: March 13, 2013 11:29am

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — A church sex abuse victims group is acting out of “negative prejudices” when demanding some cardinals withdraw from the papal election, the Vatican spokesman said Wednesday.

    The Rev. Federico Lombardi said at a news briefing that the criticisms raised by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests are “well known” and cardinals already have responded.

    The Survivors Network has said Cardinal Roger Mahony should withdraw from the conclave because confidential church files released last month showed the retired Los Angeles archbishop was among church officials who had shielded abusive priests and failed to protect children.

    Mahony has apologized repeatedly for how he responded to abuse claims. His successor in Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose Gomez, stripped Mahony of his public duties. But the cardinal has said Vatican officials told him to participate in the conclave, which began Tuesday.

    “We are convinced that there are optimal reasons to believe these cardinals should be held in esteem and should enter in the conclave, and they have all the right to be present in the conclave,” Lombardi said at a news briefing on the second day of the conclave. “We don’t believe they should be inconvenienced or put under pressure by the considerations made by SNAP which are, by my reading, informed by very negative prejudices.”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 13, 2013, 8:55 am

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