Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse: Claims of Vatican Cover-Up

The cover-up by the Catholic Church was
obvious but it is pretty astonishing to learn 
that it was written in Canon Law

Shannon Deery, Melbourne Herald Sun

THE Vatican orchestrated the active cover-up of child sexual abuse cases through secret archives and church law, the child abuse Royal Commission has been told

It also tried to stop victims of abuse coming forward by imposing a strict limitation on bringing claims of abuse as the horrors of the global child abuse crisis began to be exposed, it was alleged.

On the fourth day of the 15th and final probe of the Catholic Church by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse a panel of witnesses is testifying about church discipline and secrecy.

Furness revealed that 40.4% of St John of God brothers
were pedophiles. Unbelievable!

Did they just have no clue that they would stand before God one day, or that they would actually stand face-to-face with St John, one day. Obviously, that's not likely to happen now, but it points to the motivation to join the order and it wasn't to serve God or to reflect the holiness of St John.

In an opening address to the commission counsel assisting Gail Furness, SC, said canon law, the law of the church, regulated and proscribe the Church’s response to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Church kept child sex investigations in secret archive

She said among the laws was an obligation that each diocese must keep a ‘secret archive’ which is to be separate from the diocese’s general archive.

Ms Furness said evidence would be given that “canon law explicitly states that all the documentation pertaining to the preliminary investigation into any alleged canonical offence including the sexual abuse of minors must be kept in the secret archive”.

“The circumstances in which such documents can be destroyed will be the subject of evidence,” she said.

The commission will also explore a document dating to 1922, Crimen Sollicitationis, that may have been used to hide sexually abusive priests or to prevent the disclosure of sexual crimes committed by clerics to the civil authorities.

A 1974 instruction by Pope Paul VI, known as Secreta Continere, will also be examined over claims it more than doubled the number of people within the Church who would be covered by the pontifical secret in cases of the sexual abuse of children.

Experts say it permanently prohibits the publication or communication of any such allegations and information even after the trial has ended, including the judgment of the canonical court.

The commission was told in 1983, as the global Church’s sexual abuse crisis was being exposed, the Vatican introduced a five year limitation period for victims of abuse to come forward with an allegation.

It remained in place until 2001 when the limitation was extended to 10 years but has since been extended further to 20 years and can be disregarded altogether.

Whistleblower US priest Fr Thomas Doyle told the commission Canon law had been used as an excuse in some instances by ecclesiastical authorities to not report abuse and to allow clerics to continue in ministry.

Canon law expert Kieran Tapsell said a study of 400 child sex cases in 2000 found under church laws at the time bishops had the power to dismiss just 3 per cent of abuser priests.

“They could have their faculties removed but that was not a permanent thing,” he said.

The hearing continues.