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Mar 21 2013

The Book of Gommorrah, By Peter Damien and History of Clergy Sex Abuse in the Early Days of the Catholic Church: Recovered Memory Series:

As someone raised in the Catholic Church in the 1950’s and 1960’s, I am especially sensitive the extensive damage done to innocent children, adolescents and adults by Catholic clergy.

The myth defenders of the Catholic church like to spread is the sex abuse by its clergy is a modern and recent phenomenon caused mainly by homosexual priests influenced by the societal upheaval of the so called sexual revolution of the 1960’s.

Nothing can be further from the truth.
The Book of Gomorrah by Peter Damian, completed in 1051, offers clear and definitive evidence that Catholic clergy routinely were involved in the sexual abuse of children, adolescents and adults.
In his “A Very Short History Of Clergy Sexual ABuse in the Catholic Church,  Rev. Thomas Doyle, J.C.D., C.A.D.C. provides an excellent summary of historical evidence the Catholic church knew about the sexual abuse of children and others over a thousand years ago

The most dramatic and explicit condemnation of forbidden clergy sexual activity was the Book of Gomorrah of St. Peter Damian, completed in 1051.   The author had been a Benedictine monk and was appointed archbishop and later cardinal by the reigning pope.  Peter Damian was also a dedicated Church reformer who lived in a society wherein clerical decadence was not only widespread and publicly known, but generally accepted as the norm.   His work, the circumstances that prompted it and the reaction of the reigning pope (Leo IX) are a prophetic reflection of the contemporary situation. He begins by singling out superiors who, prompted by excessive and misplaced piety, fail to exclude sodomites (chap. 2).  He asserts that those given to “unclean acts” not be ordained or, if they are already ordained, be dismissed from Holy Orders (chap. 3).  He holds special contempt for those who defile men or boys who come to them for confession (chap. 6).  Likewise he condemns clerics who administer the sacrament of penance (confession) to their victims (chap. 7).  The author also provides a refutation of the canonical sources used by offending clerics to justify their proclivities (chap. 11, 12).  He also provides chapters which assess the damage done to the church by offending clerics (chap. 19, 20, 21).  His final chapter is an appeal to the reigning pope (Leo IX) to take action.

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Mar 21 2013

History of Sexual Abuse By Catholic Clergy Has Been Tacitly Condoned Since The Earliest History of the Church: Recovered Memory Series

Despite the efforts to portray the sexual abuse scandals of the last few decades as a modern phenomenon only, the abuse of children, adolescents and adults dates back to  the early history of the Catholic church.

In his essay, “A Very Short History of Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church”, Reverend Thomas Doyle states:

“The most dramatic and explicit condemnation of forbidden clergy sexual activity was the Book of Gomorrah of St. Peter Damian, completed in 1051.  The author had been a Benedictine monk and was appointed archbishop and later cardinal by the reigning pope.  Peter Damian was also a dedicated Church reformer who lived in a society wherein clerical decadence was not only widespread and publicly known, but generally accepted as the norm.   His work, the circumstances that prompted it and the reaction of the reigning pope (Leo IX) are a prophetic reflection of the contemporary situation. He begins by singling out superiors who, prompted by excessive and misplaced piety, fail to exclude sodomites (chap. 2).  He asserts that those given to “unclean acts” not be ordained or, if they are already ordained, be dismissed from Holy Orders (chap. 3).  He holds special contempt for those who defile men or boys who come to them for confession (chap. 6).  Likewise he condemns clerics who administer the sacrament of penance (confession) to their victims (chap. 7).  The author also provides a refutation of the canonical sources used by offending clerics to justify their proclivities (chap. 11, 12).  He also provides chapters which assess the damage done to the church by offending clerics (chap. 19, 20, 21).  His final chapter is an appeal to the reigning pope (Leo IX) to take action.”

My friend Elaine alerted me to an article using a report on clergy abuse in the Catholic Church by the John Jay Report claiming the victims of rape and abuse were homosexual young men who often were consenting partners.

Really?

The article goes on to claim the sexual abuse scandals within the Catholic Church were a result of the societal upheavals of the 1960’s, notably the so called sexual revolution.

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Mar 21 2013

Inquisition: Ongoing Documentation of Sexual Abuse, Including Seduction in the Confessional by Catholic Priests: Recovered Memory Series IX

Here is a question for you, especially if you were raised Catholic. What is the origin of the confessional?

I hope you are sitting down. The confessional was created in the year 1565 as a way to protect the penitent from the sexual abuse of the priest.

Pope Pius IV authorize the use of the Inquisition to identify and punish priests for “seducing women during the sacrament of confession

Around 1565, the confessional booth is invented in Milan by St. Charles Borromeo, as a screen between two chairs. The idea is to prevent sexual contact between priests and penitents. Within half a century, the Vatican would order them installed in every church in the world.
The more one researches this issue, the more upsetting it becomes. I was shocked to learn one of the most common forms of sexual abuse by priests was the seduction of penitents during confession.

After the act of confession became a requirement for Catholic laity in the 6th Century, the seduction of penitents during confession by clergy became a widespread problem.

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Feb 05 2013

“Personal Growth Weekends”, Cults, and How They Use Recruitment as a Strategy for Survival and Profit

Cults…I talk a lot about the Yearning for Zion Ranch (YFZ Ranch) and the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), but what are some of the characteristics of a cult?

Keeping it simple, it’s an organization of narcissistically driven (usually) men who use a variety of methods to manipulate and exploit vulnerable people.

Here are the essential characteristics of a cult:

  • mind control…use of bizarre religious or secular ideas to enforce the obedience of followers
  • emotional disclosure…participants are encouraged to disclose private, emotionally important information…while the leaders do not share emotional information with the larger group
  • recruitment…participants are encouraged/expected to go out and recruit others to join the cult organization using deceptive and manipulative tactics
  • restriction from all outside ideas and influences ( no radio, television, computer/internet, newspapers)
  • claims that the outside world is evil and will lead to the death or damnation of anyone who betrays the cult
  • participants are manipulated to believe that they can not survive without all the cult offers them
  • participants may also be physically and sexually abused, in addition to the pervasive emotional abuse
  • intimidation by threatening to harm others or animals, especially pets, like a pet white rat, a rabbit, puppy or kitten
  • leaders are a few men who directly benefit from the cult by abuse, manipulation, threat of harm, sexual control of women and intricate financial arrangements
  • methods during the activities include various rituals, guided imagery, psychodrama, native american spirituality, sweat lodges, and over-simplified and out of context psychological ideas
  • key to all these experiences is the claim they can “change your life”
  • marketing literature will often claim the programs are based on science, but they don’t mean research. These claims are often followed by non researched based psychological ideas, such as those of Carl Jung (the shadow and persona in personality archetypes)
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Nov 28 2011

Sex Abuse in the Sports World: Tape Recording with Laurie Fine, Wife of Bernie Fine Confirming Sexual Abuse of Bobby Davis Is Chilling

Listen to this tape recording here.

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Nov 28 2011

Recovered Memory: Freud’s Belief, Then Rejection of Recovered Memories of Abuse

One only needs to examine the work of Freud to see the origins of the recovered memory debate.

In 1896, Freud wrote of a pattern of sexual abuse of women in eighteen consecutive cases.

Robert Dewey quotes Freud in his “Introduction to Psychology”:

“The event of which the subject has retained an unconscious memory is a precocious [unusually early] experience of sexual relations with actual excitement of the genitals,

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Nov 23 2011

Dogs, painful electric shocks, and explanatory style: What does the research tell us about feeling discouraged and helpless? (Part 1)

It’s pretty simple. The research shows us that when people feel discouraged and helpless, they are more likely to become depressed. There are several landmark studies conducted by Martin Seligman and Steven Maier describing the phenomenon of learned helplessness using dogs and the effect of exposing the dogs to unpleasant electrical shocks while in a harness.
Ouch! While it does seem unpleasant to expose dogs to electric shocks,

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Nov 20 2011

Damage of Secrets: Research Shows Secrets Clang (my word) Around Inside Our Brains

How do you spell relief? D-I-S-C-L-O-S-U-R-E

Therapists and clients alike understand the relief provided by the disclosure of sad, angry, fearful memories. Therapy is a place where people should feel safe enough to disclose anything they choose, significant or insignificant.

In dysfunctional families or organizations, people are often exposed to behavior which shocks
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Nov 19 2011

Yes, Rage And Fear Are Automatic Responses Triggered By The Sympathetic Nervous System

The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for triggering the “fight, flight, or freeze” reaction in human beings.

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Nov 14 2011

Ray Gricar and the Penn State Tragedy: Did Someone in Power Pressure Gricar to Ignore the Incriminating Results of the “Police Sting” of Jerry Sandusky?

People in power routinely stay in power through intimidation, bribery, threats, and other malignant methods.

In one of the most alarming pieces of evidence in the allegations of sexual abuse against Jerry Sandusky, we are learning a boy stepped forward, Victim 6, and accused Sandusky of taking a shower with him nude with another boy.

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