Folks who read what I post may get the idea that I find nothing positive in the world of Catholicism. While it is true that there is no shortage of grist for the mill in which I grind the false doctrine and evil practices that seem to typify the Roman Catholic Church, it is also true that I sometimes report on praiseworthy efforts by some laymen and members of the priestly hierarchy.
One example is The Roman Catholic Faithful (RCF), a traditionalist group of Catholic laymen, priests and religious doing what they can to identify and cleanup sexual misconduct within the Catholic priesthood. On its website, the RCF identifies alleged closeted and not-so-closeted homosexual and pedophile priests, with supporting documentation to support allegations of sexual misconduct. The RCF publishes a monthly newsletter, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, the archives of which are available online. To read in the AMDG archives, it is necessary to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on one's computer. If you don't have this useful application, it is available as a free download from Adobe.
With Acrobat Reader on one's machine, it is possible to read issues of AMDG going all the way back to 1997.
I encourage folks to read this article in its entirety. Then, so long as one already has the December 2003 issue of AMDG open on his monitor, why not read the rest of the articles, such as the one concerning the fundraising and personal activities of a Catholic priest at an archeological dig among Mayan ruins?
Another Catholic organization that merits recognition for its efforts to expose the sexual activities and perversions of RCC priests and religious is The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company. The NCR Publishing Company mission statement is:
A notable activity of the NCR was its Abuse Tracker, which it described as “A digest of links to media coverage of clergy abuse.” The site was kept up to date by folks who submit reports from their local newspapers. The archives went back to 2002 and furnished a wealth of information concerning priestly misconduct and diocesan efforts to cover it up. Apparently, NCR no longer hosts Abuse Tracker. However, Kathy Shaw has picked up the baton and continues the concept on her Abuse Tracker blog page.
I am greatly encouraged by the efforts of groups such as the above to not just identify but also to address the problem of sexual misconduct within the Catholic priestly hierarchy.
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