Updated February 3, 2013. Super Bowl Sunday
Joe Paterno vis-à-vis Cardinal Mahony of Los Angeles
Today is Super Bowl and it is right and just to commemorate - Sports and its secular moral justice - versus the Catholic Church and its perpetual Vatican Injustice and Vatican Deceits.
Joe Paterno of Penn State University
- His crime: he covered-up one (1) pedophile football coach, Jerry Sandusky, who was found guilty on 45 of the 48 counts against him and is now serving 60 years in prison for sexually abusing about 8 boys who testified
- 1) Penn State University removed his statue, see images below
- 2) NCAA annulled his winnings (NCAA also punished Penn State with a hefty fine of $60 Million, read story below)
Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles
- His crimes: he covered-up more than 124 pedophile priests and settled a historic $660 million in compensation, the highest in the USA, with more than 500 victims
- His punishment: Opus Dei Archbishop Gomez wrote that Mahony will be “relieved of public duties” (but he is already retired so nothing changed really. Read articles in
- 2) as a cardinal, he can vote for the next pope
- 4) When Mahony dies, his big statue of his full figure as Cardinal with mitre and robe and all - will be placed on top of his tomb as his permanent shrine at the huge LA basilica.
Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston
- His crimes: he transferred from one parish to another (80) pedophile priests allowing them to satiate their bestial lust on hundreds if not thousands of children.
- His punishment: he resigned as Archbishop of Boston, only after we the laity and priests forced him to resign
- 1) John Paul II PAPAL FARTed at us Bostonians by taking Cardinal Law to Rome to reign as High Priest of the St. Mary Major, the Mother of all basilicas of Rome
- 2) he had a glorious retirement party
- 3) he now lives the lifestyle of the rich and famous in the Vatican with his pal criminal Benedict XVI, read more below and read about his glorious retirement here,
We see again how NCAA and Penn State University are more just and more moral than Opus Dei Archbishop Gomez, Benedict XVI, John Paul II and the Vatican Titanic sinking in moral bankruptcy, read our original commentaries below.
We see time and again that Vatican Terror is only against Galileo, innocent priests and the poor, women and children…and never on Catholic criminals like Cardinal Mahony and Cardinal Bernard Law, read more here http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2013/01/vatican-terrorism-on-galileo-women-and.html
On Super Bowl Sunday, it is timely to meditate again on how Sports is more moral than the Vatican, and how old Vatican Deceits are being re-marketed in new clever ways that surpass those rare ads at Super Bowl that cost 4 million dollars in 30 seconds. It is quite a coincidence that the ruling of Judge Elias would come on Thursday, a few days before Super Bowl Sunday, read our full coverage here, Los Angeles files. Mahony must be jailed as Nazis caught in their old age and retirement. People are right in going to the stadium rather than to the church - because in sports, they learn to be honest and ‘play by the rules’ more than they can in the Vatican Catholic Church sinking in moral bankruptcy.
We can see again today how Vatican Deceits is being played out in the largest archdiocese of Los Angeles. Cardinal Emeritus Mahony covered-up countless pedophile priests with more than 500 victims and he paid out more than $660 million in compensation…and all he got was a “relieve of his public duties”…but he is still "a priest in good standing" who can celebrate Mass and even, as a cardinal, vote for pope, or even be a candidate for the papacy himself for another 3 years till he turns 80. And when Mahony dies, the big statue of his full figure as Cardinal will be on top of his tomb as a permanent shrine at the huge LA basilica. Joe Paterno covered-up one (1) pedophile football coach but his statue was immediately removed from Penn State Unversity and his winnings stripped by NCAA. And Penn State was also severely punished by NCAA (read more below).
Opus Dei Archbishop Gomez exhausted all legal option up until last Thursday to conceal the name of Cardinal Mahony from those LA confidential files. Gomez absolutely wanted to redact the name of Mahony and top church leaders from the documents and only provide the names of those officials in a generic cover sheet attached to the priest’s file. Through his expensive lawyers, Archbishop Gomez desperately tried to black out the handwritten comments on the files inked by recently retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and to provide those in typewritten form instead.”
When Gomez was defeated, by Judge Elias, he concocted a brilliant media spin that he relieves Mahony from public duties. He wrote a public letter to be read in all churches in Los Angeles on (SuperBowl) Sunday and Mahony wrote him back a reply in his blog, read them here Los Angeles files. Mahony must be jailed as Nazis caught in their old age and retirement http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2013/01/los-angeles-files-mahony-must-be-jailed.html . What may appear like a holy spat between Gomez and Mahony is nothing more than the recycling of Vatican Deceits. Below we cite special articles that explain best these - Vatican Deceits in Los Angeles – in news by the LA Daily News, LA Times, San Bernardino Sun and SNAP.
Sports is more real and Dolly the cloned sheep is more real… than the cloned Flesh of Christ in the Eucharist theologically cloned by the hypocritical Pope, Cardinals and Bishops who have made themselves unto gods who can clone God!
The Mass is pure BLACK MAGIC by BLACK clothed men, read here why the Eucharist is pure SORCERY -- OC Diocese buys Crystal Cathedral as flesh-factory of Christ... for wealthy God-flesh-eating Catholics http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2011/11/oc-diocese-buys-crystal-cathedral-as.html
process that produced Dolly
- video how they cloned Dolly
Christ said, by their fruits you shall know them, and the Vatican Deceits has yielded again - fruits of deception - as we can see today in the largest archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Octopus Dei Tentacles that produce Catholic Injustice in the JP2 Army – John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army - surpass Hollywood movie productions, read the excuses of Opus Dei in their cover-up of the JP2 Army in Los Angeles files. Mahony must be jailed as Nazis caught in their old age and retirement http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2013/01/los-angeles-files-mahony-must-be-jailed.html .
Read news updates below for February 3, 2013
Updated December 23, 2012
The year 2012 gave us one of the biggest living proofs of Pope Crimes and Vatican Evils and Catholic Injustice in the glorious retirement of Cardinal Bernard Law – and it also gave us the proof of the goodness and justice system of Secularism - in the punishment of the late Joe Paterno at Penn State University. All measures of judgement on the most heinous crimes of pedophiles against children should study and remember these men-one a “Prince of the Vatican Catholic Church” (it’s no longer RCC Roman Catholic Church because Rome is a secular city of Italy…while the Vatican is the Holy See that controls Catholics worldwide) and the other a football coach, read their stories below. Cardinal Bernard Law is the living proof of the most corrupt system of injustice in the world of the Vatican Sacrament of Confession that protects criminals and persecutes their victims, read here http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2012/11/sacrament-of-confession-protects.html
How Cardinal Bernard Law can continue to be a Cardinal, let alone a priest, after he admitted that he transferred from one parish to another – EIGHTY (80) Pedophile priests is beyond good reason and it shows the fanaticism of Catholics who tolerate such Pope Crimes and Vatican Evils and Catholic Injustice. Catholics are like those medieval people who obeyed their king no matter what crimes he committed and they cheered on the public squares as they see people being beheaded at the order of the King. Likewise today, Catholics allow Cardinals, Bishops and pedophile priests to continue performing the Magic of the Eucharist despite knowing the crimes they have committed against children.
No other state in the United States of America could emulate our courage as Bostonians as we, together with priests, demanded the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston. And he did resign as the historical one-and-only , first-and-last Cardinal to resign for his secular (not religious) crimes of covering-up 80 pedophile priests of the JP2 Army-John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army.
Catholics continue to call Benedict XVI their “Holy Father” inspite of the fact that he was not a kind “father» to those Italian victims who walked across Italy to meet with him at the Vatican doorstep, read here http://pope-ratz.blogspot.ca/
Ten years after the eruption of the JP2 Army-John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army in Boston – named aptly after the longest papacy of John Paul II the Great who did and said NOTHING to stop this most heinous crimes against children,-there seems to be no end in sight of the JP2 Army, because now it is Australia discovering that 75 % of pedophiles are Vatican Catholic priests http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2012/07/why-vatican-must-end-as-country-vatican.html
And now, Benedict XVI continue to PAPAL FART at us Bostonians by appointing one of the cohorts of Cardinal Bernard Law, Fr. Robert Oliver, as the Vatican’s chief prosecutor of sex crimes against minors, read news updates below. His past handling of several controversial policy changes has critics questioning his objectivity. “We are concerned that he is primarily someone who looks out for the rights of the accused priests,” said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org.
John Paul II and Benedict XVI should be buried in the dungeons for covering-up the most heinous criminals against children of all times – the JP2 Army John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army http://jp2army.blogspot.ca/
And Cardinal Bernard Law should be buried there too, together with Cardinal Mahony and all Cardinals and Bishops who covered-up these criminals of the JP2 Army.
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December 13, 2012
- 10th year anniversary of criminal Cardinal Bernard Law's resignation as Archbishop of Boston
This is not kosher…the "slimy bastard" Weberman: "The accuser, who turned 18 yesterday, had the grave misfortune of loving and revering this human piece of filth
...I’m ashamed to be of the same faith as this evil, malicious creep
Peyser said about one
(1) pedophile, Rabbi Nechemya Weberman, among the 250,000 population of
Satmar Hasidic community in Brooklyn New York
(see news below).
Now go to Boston where there are now in Massachusetts, 6,547,629. Boston city *(capital), 617,594
population but there were eighty (80) pedophile priests
transferred from one parish to another by Cardinal Bernard Law as he publicly admitted in public in 2002 - to avoid prosecution, and we can say this same thing about him, 80 times over, multiplied by the victims this JP2 Army in Boston – John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army have sexually abused. One of those pedophile priest admitted to having more than 200 victims. So 80 times 200 = 16000 victims.
This is not “holy” - that is Vatican Holy Shit -
the "slimy bastard
" Cardinal Bernard Law,
those thousands of little boys and little girls who had the grave misfortune of loving and revering this human piece of filth
...I’m ashamed to be of the same faith as this evil, malicious creep." But to prove that he is "the Great" John Paul II PAPAL FARTed at us Bostonians and took Cardinal Law to Rome to be the High Priest of the Mother of all Basilicas, that is why Cardinal Law is the Achilles Heel of John Paul II and therefore he can never be a saint because he satiated himself with the Devil's Bowels smelling them like roses and condoning this slimy bastard Cardinal Bernard Law read mroe here http://jp2m.blogspot.ca/2011/05/heil-satanas-jp2-patron-saint-of.html John Paul II proved that --
Only in the VCC Vatican Catholic Church are criminals glorified and canonized.
The VCC Vatican Catholic Church is no longer RCC Roman Catholic Church because Rome is now a secular city and secular Rome is NOT the Holy See of the Pope and the Vatican is the theocratic country that controls the Catholics worldwide. The Vatican and Rome are not one and the same and all journalists must be aware when they write about Catholics to stop referring to them as Roman Catholics because the Vatican and Rome
are no longer synonymous.
is the smallest theocratic, autocracy, ‘it is not a democracy’
country while Rome
is the secular city of the democratic state of Italy
, read more here http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2012/07/why-vatican-must-end-as-country-vatican.html
The RED DEVIL
the "slimy bastard" Cardinal Bernard Law, those thousands of little boys and little girls who had the grave misfortune of loving and revering this human piece of filth...I’m ashamed to be of the same faith as this evil, malicious creep." But to prove that he is "the Great" John Paul II PAPAL FARTed at us Bostonians and took Cardinal Law to Rome to be the High Priest of the Mother of all Basilicas, that is why Cardinal Law is the Achilles Heel of John Paul II
Updated October 21, 2012
Sandusky is sentenced to 30 - 60 years in prison and yet none of the thousands of perpetual priests pedophiles of the JP2 Army - John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army are rotting in jail
including the newly convicted Bishop Finn of Kansas City who are continuing to be the most powerful wizards of the flesh and blood of God in the Eucharist (see news updates below). Catholics make Christ a very stupid God who is a slave to be daily reincarnated by evil Catholic priests hands and they eat out of those "forever priests" evil hands http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2011/11/oc-diocese-buys-crystal-cathedral-as.html
What the judge said applies to John Paul II the Great and Benedict XVI the Builder who covered up thousands of pedophile priests by gaining first the trust of 1.2 billion Catholics and the world through the deceitful spectacles of canonizations and Angelus papal prayers in St. Peter's Square: “You have done much positive work. But you used that to conceal your vices
. The reality is the nature of pedophiles is to gain the trust of parents and children, and then cover their crimes
." John Paul II concealed his evil Achilles Heels well in Rome and the faster John Paul II becomes a saint, the sooner will be the total demise of the Vatican to the ground as predicted by the Third Secret of Fatima.
Updated September 8, 2012
Disgraced Joe Paterno's wife has a “Paterno Catholic Center” named after her at Penn State...would Jews accept a donation by Nazis and call it a "Mrs. Hitler Center" of any kind? The "Paterno Catholic Center" will echo her disgraced husband's name and legacy of covering up convicted football coach repeated pedophile Sandusky who's now rotting in jail. While her disgraced husband's statue was removed from the grounds of Penn State to eradicate his face and presence from campus, the naming of a center after her is a counter to that important gesture of eradicating his memory and therefore the "Paterno Center" will continue to ring memories of her husband's shameful legacy of covering up pedophile Sandusky, read news updates below. Sue Paterno said it was "all about faith". "Faith" is exactly what was the utmost important thing to the Vatican, John Paul II and the Opus Dei -- “Faith” was more important than those hundreds of thousands of little boys sexually abused by pedophile priests for half a century, hence those criminal wizards are aptly called JP2 Army - John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army because they upheld the Faith they could go on committing the most heinous crimes against children. The "Catholic Center" in Washington DC and other famous cities are all run by Opus Dei, so it is not a surprise that Mammon rules the Vatican: when you've got money you can buy prime real estate in any Catholic university or Catholic church grounds, even for your tomb like the mobster who bought a papal tomb at the Vatican, read related article below "Vatican accepted 1 billion lira to bury mobsters with popes". The Vatican Titanic is sinking in moral bankruptcy and the Third Secret of Fatima will soon happen in the total demise of the Mammon Vatican, read about the Vatican Billions http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2011_03_01_archive.html . Read our related article on the Catholic Center in Washington DC and the famous Opus Dei priest who runs it http://jp2m.blogspot.ca/2007/10/john-paul-ii-squashes-voice-of-faithful.html. Read our latest article: GUILTY Verdict Bishop Finn: a compilation http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2011/11/bishop-finn-makes-devils-bowels-smell.html
Updated August 10, 2012
Sports has morals while the Vatican is amoral
or has no morals-- especially when it comes to justice for guilty pedophiles. Sports blames and punishes the guillty pedophiles and the coaches and institutions that covered them up... while the Pope and the Catholic Church blame the Devil and reward and glorify their pedophile priests and worship the Popes, Cardinals and Bishops who covered them up as Opus Dei Golden Cows . No wonder millions of Catholics prefer to watch sports or go to the football stadium and have stopped attending Mass on Sundays because they know that sports have honest rules like the Olympics while the Eucharist is the wizardry of the fake flesh of Christ read more here http://popecrimes.blogspot.com/2011/12/eucharist-feeds-dysfunction.html
Joe Paterno shielded ONE (1) pedophile football coach and his statue was removed from Penn State University and the NCAA stripped from Penn State its every victory since 1998 to 2011 — a program that took decades to build has been leveled in a matter of weeks.
Photo of Cardinal Bernard Law in Catholic Emperor's clothing as he celebrates Mass during a ceremony for Our Lady of the Snows in St. Mary Major's basilica, in Rome on his glorious retirement. Andrew Medichini/The Associated Press Source: The Associated Press
NCAA slammed Penn State
with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine, a four-year ban on bowl games, and the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years, read news articles below.
WTC & 9/11 attacks - 3,000 victims - 19 Muslims - Osama bin Laden
JP2 Army – 100,000 victims - 6,100 pedophile priests - John Paul II & Benedict XVI & Opus Dei, the new Vatican Trinity
July 31, 2012
Joe Paterno covered-up ONE (1) pedophile football coach and the NCAA revoked all of his victories from 1998-2011 and Penn State University removed his statue. NCAA also slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine, a four-year ban on bowl games, and the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years. Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston covered-up EIGHTY (80) pedophile priests and after the laity successfully forced him to resign as Archbishop of Boston, John Paul II the Great papal farted at us Bostonians and elevated him as High Priest to the ‘mother of all basilicas of Rome’, the St. Mary Major where he lived the lifestyle of the rich and famous until he retired in the glories of Rome, read more here http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2012/01/boston-10th-anniversary-and-bernie-law.html So who has a higher moral conscience and higher moral values, NCAA and sports or John Paul II and the Vatican who covered-up more than 6,100 pedophile priests in the USA alone and thousands more around the world for half-a century hence they are aptly called the JP2 Army – John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army named aptly after the longest papacy who did and said nothing but instead rewarded those Cardinals and Bishops who covered them up like Cardinal Bernard Law? John Paul II also shielded and glorified Fr. Marcial Maciel, a serial pedophile, and so he has two historic evil Achilles Heels hence he should never be called a “saint” especially by American children in this generation and all generations to come. SNAP and all victims of the JP2 Army and other pedophiles should commemorate all these stories of John Paul II the Great if they want the children of the world to be alert and vigilant to pedophiles in authority like the priests and football coaches, read more here
May 1 & September 11 anniversaries for SNAP and JP2 Army victims. SNAP ad in New York Times should be framed and permanently exhibited in all churches, schools and children venues: U.S. Catholic Bishops and Child Sex Crimes
Catholics who “Pray, Pay, Obey” better donate their hard-earned money to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations who are trying to eradicate all diseases in the world and alleviate sufferings of women and children instead of giving their money to the Vatican and the Pope who live the lifestyle of the rich and famous and only fiddle with their almighty pens as they condemn the most vulnerable women like the American nuns as likewise they did nothing for the most vulnerable children who suffered “Living Hell” in the cunning hands of the JP2 Army. The Pope is not St. Peter who “Feed my Sheep” but is now rather “the Thief of My Sheep” as they hoard wealth for their own selfish interests and no absolutely nothing for children and women like Melinda Gates, read more here,
Those Cardinals who are medieval “Princes of the Church” are better off without their “diplomatic immunity” because they do not need it to re-incarnate Jesus in the Host, but instead they use it to transfer the wealth of despots into SECRET Vatican Swiss Banks, read more here SO WHAT, new 22 Cardinals and Pellini. FOCUS:Benedict's crimes against humanity, Vatican violation of human rights. http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2012/01/benedict-appoints-22-new-cardinal.html
Read our related articles:
John Paul II miraculously cures his German barber of hernia in Rome… as the John Paul II Pedophile Priest Army jolts Germany http://jp2m.blogspot.ca/2010/03/john-paul-ii-miraculously-cures-his.html
Updates August 10, 2012
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NCAA's swift blow to Penn State
NCAA president Mark Emmert announces swift, substantial, unprecedented punishments against Penn State and its football program.
Last year alone it generated $72 million in revenue, all guided by an iconic coach, Joe Paterno
, who had been at Penn State's helm for nearly a half-century. As the face of not just the football program but the university, Paterno was sainted with a statue outside Beaver Stadium
. His Division I record for coaching victories (409) dated to 1966.
To bring the program back to earth, the NCAA might not have given the school the dreaded "death penalty," which would have meant the elimination of the program for a year or longer.
But by cutting its scholarships, banning it from bowl games for four years, issuing a $60 million fine and stripping it of every victory since 1998 — including 111 of Paterno's wins to drop him to 12th on the all-time list — a program that took decades to build has been leveled in a matter of weeks.
INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno's victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Other sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, and the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years.
NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the staggering sanctions Monday at a news conference in Indianapolis. Though the NCAA stopped short of imposing the "death penalty" -- shutting down the Nittany Lions' program completely -- the punishment is still crippling for a team that is trying to start over with a new coach and a new outlook.
Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was found guilty in June of sexually abusing young boys, sometimes on campus.
INDIANAPOLIS – Penn State football was all but dismantled Monday by an NCAA ruling that wiped away 14 years of coach Joe Paterno's victories and imposed a mountain of fines and penalties, crippling a program whose pedophile assistant coach spent years molesting children, sometimes on school property.
The sanctions by the governing body of college sports also imposed unprecedented fines of $60 million, ordered Penn State to sit out the postseason for four years, capped scholarships at 20 below the normal limit for four years and placed football on five years' probation.
Current or incoming football players are free to immediately transfer and compete at another school.
The NCAA's sanctions following the worst scandal in the history of college football stopped short of delivering the "death penalty" -- shutting down the sport completely. It actually did everything but kill it.
"The sanctions needed to reflect our goals of providing cultural change," NCAA President Mark Emmert said as he announced the penalties at a news conference in Indianapolis.
The NCAA ruling holds the university accountable for the failure of those in power to protect children and insists that all areas of the university community are held to the same high standards of honesty and integrity.
"Against this backdrop, Penn State accepts the penalties and corrective actions announced today by the NCAA," Penn State President Rodney Erickson said in a statement. "With today's announcement and the action it requires of us, the University takes a significant step forward."
Paterno's family said in a statement that the NCAA sanctions defamed the coach's legacy, and were a panicked response to the sex abuse scandal.
The family also says that punishing "past, present and future" students because of Jerry Sandusky's crimes did not serve justice.
The Big Ten announced that Penn State would not be allowed to share in the conference's bowl revenue during the NCAA's postseason ban, an estimated loss of about $13 million. And the NCAA reserved the right to add additional penalties.
Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was found guilty in June of sexually abusing young boys, sometimes on campus. An investigation commissioned by the school and released July 12 found that Paterno, who died in January, and several other top officials at Penn State stayed quiet for years about accusations against Sandusky.
Emmert fast-tracked penalties rather than go through the usual circuitous series of investigations and hearings. The NCAA said the $60 million is equivalent to the annual gross revenue of the football program.
The money must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at Penn State.
"Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people," Emmert said.
By vacating 112 Penn State victories from 1998-2011, the sanctions cost Paterno 111 wins. Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will now hold the top spot in the NCAA record book with 377 major-college wins. Paterno, who was fired days after Sandusky was charged, will be credited with 298 wins. Vacated wins are not the same as forfeits -- they don't count as losses or wins for either school.
"I didn't want it to happen like this," Bowden told the AP. "Wish I could have earned it, but that's the way it is."
The scholarship reductions mean Penn State's roster will be capped at 65 scholarship players beginning in 2014. The normal scholarship limit for major college football programs is 85. Playing with 20 less is devastating to a program that tries to compete at the highest level of the sport.
In comparison, the harsh NCAA sanctions placed upon USC several years ago left the Trojans with only 75 scholarships per year over a three-year period.
The postseason ban is the longest handed out by the NCAA since it gave a four-year ban to Indiana football in 1960.
Bill O'Brien, who was hired to replace Paterno, now faces the daunting task of building future teams with severe limitations, and trying to keep current players from fleeing to other schools. Star players such as tailback Silas Redd and linebacker Gerald Hodges are now essentially free agents.
"I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead," O'Brien said. "But I am committed for the long term to Penn State and our student athletes."
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said that players will likely be allowed to transfer within the conference, something that is usually restricted. The possible exodus isn't confined to just the next few months. Penn State players currently on the roster are free to transfer without restrictions for the length of their careers.
Penn State players left a team meeting on campus in State College, Pa., without talking to reporters. Penn State's season starts Sept. 1 at home against Ohio University.
The sanctions came a day after the school took down a statue of Paterno that stood outside Beaver Stadium and was a rallying point for the coaches' supporters throughout the scandal.
At a student union on campus, several dozen alumni and students gasped, groaned and whistled as they watched Emmert's news conference.
"It was kind of just like a head shaker," said Matt Bray, an 18-year-old freshman from West Chester, Pa. "You knew it was coming, but it was hard to hear."
Emmert had earlier said he had "never seen anything as egregious" as the horrific crimes of Sandusky and the cover-up by Paterno and others at the university, including former Penn State President Graham Spanier and athletic director Tim Curley.
The Penn State investigation headed by former FBI Director Louis Freeh said school officials kept what they knew from police and other authorities for years, enabling the abuse to go on.
There had been calls across the nation for Penn State to receive the "death penalty," and Emmert had not ruled out that possibility as late as last week -- though Penn State did not fit the criteria for it. That punishment is for teams that commit a major violation while already being sanctioned.
"This case is obviously incredibly unprecedented in every aspect of it," Emmert said, "as are these actions that we're taking today."
Penn State football under Paterno was built on -- and thrived upon -- the premise that it did things the right way. That it was not a football factory where only wins and losses determined success. Every major college football program tries to send that message, but Penn State built its brand on it.
Paterno's "Grand Experiment" was about winning with integrity, graduating players and sending men into the world ready to succeed in life, not just football. But he still won a lot -- a record-setting 409 victories.
The NCAA had never sanctioned, or seriously investigated Penn State. Few, if any, national powers could make that claim.
Southern California, Ohio State, Alabama, all have run afoul of the NCAA. Even Notre Dame went on probation for two years after a booster lavished gifts on players in the 1990s.
The harshest penalty handed down to a football program came in the `80s, when the NCAA shut down SMU's team for a year. SMU football has never gotten back to the level of success it had before the "death penalty."
Emmert said there were concerns about the collateral damage of shutting down Penn State football for a year, and that's why the death penalty was ruled out.
"It hurts people who had absolutely nothing to do with this process, which is always the case," he said.
Emmert added that no attempt was made for the sanctions to be more severe than the death penalty.
"That isn't a comparison I or anyone else needs to make," he said. "People in the media can make those comparisons."
Delany said he believes Penn State is capable of bouncing back from the sanctions.
"I do have a strong sense that many of the ingredients of success are still at Penn State and will be there in future years," he said.
Cardinal Bernard F. Law resigns as ArchPriest of St. Mary Major
By Francis X. Rocca
Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Nine years after the clerical sex abuse scandal forced his resignation as archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Bernard F. Law has stepped down from his controversial post as head of a prominent basilica in Rome.
The Vatican announced on Monday (Nov. 21) that Pope Benedict XVI has named Spanish Archbishop Santos Abril y Castello as the new archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Mary Major.
The announcement made no reference to Law, who has served as archpriest since May 2004. Advocates for sex abuse victims criticized the late Pope John Paul II for giving Law the prestigious post after his mishandling of clergy sex abuse in Boston, which broke open the abuse scandals that shook the Catholic Church in the U.S.
Law turned 80 earlier this month, the normal retirement age for cardinals, and also lost his right to vote in any future papal election. The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican's chief spokesman, said Law's membership in several Vatican offices -- including the body that advises Benedict on the selection of bishops -- has expired.
Archpriests of papal basilicas often serve past retirement, however. Law's immediate two predecessors at St. Mary Major both held the largely ceremonial post until the age of 82.
Law has not announced where he will go next or what activities, if any, he will pursue. A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston referred reporters to the Holy See. Lombardi said that he had no knowledge of Law's plans, which he said would be "entirely up to his discretion."
November 21, 2011
VATICAN CITY Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned in disgrace as Boston’s archbishop in 2002 after the priest sex abuse scandal erupted in the United States, has retired from his subsequent job as head of a major Roman basilica.
The Vatican said Monday that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted the 80-year-old Law’s resignation as archpriest of St. Mary Major basilica and had named Spanish Monsignor Santos Abril y Castello to replace him.
Law’s 2004 appointment as the archpriest of one of Rome’s most important basilicas had been harshly criticized by victims of sex abuse, who charged that bishops who covered up for pedophile priests should be punished, not rewarded.
Law turned 80 earlier this month. While the pope could have kept him on longer — the dean of the College of Cardinals will be 84 this week, for example — Benedict decided to replace him.
The Vatican announcement made no mention of Law’s resignation, though, merely noting in a perfunctory, two-line statement that Benedict had named a new archpriest for the basilica.
Law became the first and so far only U.S. bishop to resign for mishandling cases of priests who sexually abused children.
The abuse crisis erupted in Law’s Boston in 2002 after church records were made public showing that church officials had reports of priests molesting children, but kept the complaints secret and shuffled some priests from parish to parish rather than remove them or report them to police.
The crisis spread as similar sexual abuse complaints were uncovered in dioceses across the country. To date, U.S. dioceses have paid nearly $3 billion in settlements to victims and other costs.
Law himself was named in hundreds of lawsuits accusing him of failing to protect children from known child molesters. After 18 years leading the nation’s fourth-largest archdiocese, Law resigned in 2002, having asked Pope John Paul II twice before receiving permission to step down.
Ten months after he left office, Law’s successor, now-Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, helped broker an $85 million settlement with more than 550 victims of pedophile priests.
While in Rome, Law has been a frequent presence at major Vatican ceremonial and diplomatic events, a lifestyle that galled many abuse victims who have long insisted that the Vatican crack down on bishops who would transfer abusive priests rather than report them to police.
Raymond Flynn, the former mayor of Boston and onetime U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, said Law also did plenty of good for the city. He recalled that when Law was appointed in 1984, Boston was still a city divided racially over court-ordered busing. “Religious leaders, Protestant, Jewish and Catholic, led by Cardinal Law, came together at city hall and pledged their unqualified support for racial, social and economic justice,” Flynn said. (Read article above about justice for Joe Paterno's when NCAA stripping Penn State of its every victory since 1998 — including 111 of Paterno's wins to drop him to 12th on the all-time list — a program that took decades to build has been leveled in a matter of weeks.
Law’s successor at St. Mary Major — one of the four basilicas under the direct jurisdiction of the Vatican — retired earlier this year as the Vatican’s ambassador to Slovenia and Macedonia.
Abril y Castello, 76, is also the No. 2 prelate who helps take care of matters dealing with a papal death and runs the Vatican until a new pontiff is elected in a conclave.
Now that he is 80, Law can no longer vote in a conclave, but he remains a cardinal.
The Associated Press
By DeWayne Wickham
I didn't have much sympathy for people who complained about the punishment the NCAA doled out to Penn State, until I discovered how an even larger institution in the Keystone State has escaped punishment for shielding dozens of pedophiles in its midst.
In June, Jerry Sandusky, a longtime assistant football coach at Penn State, was found guilty of raping and sodomizing 10 young boys. Top university officials were told of Sandusky's deviant behavior years earlier and did nothing to stop him. They, apparently, were more worried about the damage that exposing him would do to the school's reputation than the harm he was doing to his victims.
For its inaction, Penn State on July 23 was fined $60 million, its football team was banned from post-season play for four years and the games it won from 1998 through 2011 — the span of time during which university officials were aware of Sandusky's pedophilia and looked the other way — were wiped off the record books.
Another troubling case
The next day, an even more troubling case of child sex abuse — given that so many more predators were involved — played out in a Philadelphia courtroom without any hint that justice would reach beyond a low-level official of that city's Catholic archdiocese.
Monsignor William Lynn was sentenced to three to six years in prison for covering up the actions of pedophile priests he was supposed to root out of the church. Instead, he sent them to unsuspecting parishes where other sexual assaults took place — an action his lawyers said was ordered by Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who headed Philadelphia's archdiocese from 1988 to 2003. He died in January.
In 2011, a grand jury said it had "no doubt that (Bevilacqua's) knowing and deliberate actions during his tenure as archbishop also endangered thousands of children in the Philadelphia Archdiocese." Lynn, it said, was carrying out Bevilacqua's policies exactly as he directed. But Bevilacqua, who was in poor health, was not indicted along with his aide.
According to that grand jury report — and another in 2003 and 2005 — the Philadelphia archdiocese's coverup of pedophile priests started before Bevilacqua became its leader and lasted after he was replaced.
So why hasn't it been penalized in some way for its bad acts — for sending pedophile priests to counseling
instead of turning them in to the cops? Why hasn't its tax-exempt status been revoked for a number of years? That might be a real deterrent against a repeat of such harmful indifference in Philadelphia and elsewhere.
But the Philadelphia archdiocese is not likely to suffer the same fate as Penn State, even though three grand juries found it left pedophile priests free to prey upon children for years after church officials became aware of them. That's because saving the church from scorn was more important to them than protecting children from those monsters.
"As powerful as Penn State officials are, their power pales before the power of the Catholic hierarchy," David Clohessy
, director and spokesman for the Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests, told me. "When sex abuse happens in a religious setting, many people back away. I think a degree of fatigue has set it."
I hope for the sake of the children who were abused, and those who might be victimized in the future if nothing is done, that what happened in Philadelphia will produce enough outrage to force the archdiocese there — like Penn State — to pay a hefty price for its indifference to the sexual abuse of children.
In Support of Sanity
U.S. law is honeycombed with examples of special benefits that organized religions enjoy.
Many conservative religious leaders insist that houses of worship in America today struggle under intense persecution. To hear some of the Catholic bishops tell it, religious freedom may soon be a memory because they don’t always get their way in policy debates.
It would be highly ironic if the United States, the nation that perfected religious liberty and enshrined it in the Constitution’s First Amendment, had become hostile to the rights of religious groups.
But that’s not what’s happening. In reality, U.S. law is honeycombed with examples of preferential treatment and special breaks for religion. Some of these practices may grow out of the First Amendment command that the “free exercise” of religion must not be infringed. Others are traditions or were added to the law after lobbying efforts by religious groups. ...
. Criminal Investigations
The sentencing of Catholic cleric Msgr. William J. Lynn of Philadelphia to three to six years imprisonment for knowingly covering up evidence of clerical abuse of children by priests captured national headlines – because it was so unusual.
Lynn is the only church official sentenced to date in a long-running scandal implicating Catholic clergy nationwide. Victims of clerical abuse have had to resort to civil lawsuits to get justice, and even there have encountered numerous roadblocks.
Plenty of evidence indicates that church officials knowingly reassigned offending priests to other parishes instead of alerting law enforcement. In one especially egregious incident, a year-long investigation by the Dallas Morning News in 2004 found that priests accused of child molestation were often given special treatment by law enforcement, and in some cases priests from other countries were allowed to return home.
Observed the newspaper, “Since the clergy sex-abuse scandal exploded anew in 2002, Catholic leaders have taken the brunt of the blame. Overlooked is the role of police, prosecutors and judges – the people expected to hold abusers accountable when the church itself will not. Law enforcement typically has helped through inaction, but sometimes the aid has been direct.”
Efforts by victims to hold top church officials accountable have been stymied by the U.S. government. When victims charged in one lawsuit that Pope Benedict XVI had helped cover up the sexual abuse of children by priests, the Bush administration filed a legal brief asking the court to dismiss the case, arguing in part that the Vatican is a sovereign nation. Similar lawsuits have been filed since then, and the Obama administration has taken the same stand.
News update September 8, 2012
STATE COLLEGE (PA)
September 8, 2012
The Associated Press
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- A new Catholic center on the Penn State campus has been dedicated to Sue Paterno, wife of veteran football coach Joe Paterno.
A local bishop on Saturday blessed the Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center, which then celebrated its first Mass with Sue Paterno and her children and grandchildren in attendance.
The Rev. Joseph Adamec, bishop emeritus of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese, praised Sue Paterno and her late husband for helping to raise money for the $6.5 million center.
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