The Sin of Solicitation

William Kennedy mentioned a Vatican document called “The Sin of Solicitation” during our interview about pedophile priests on The Eagle 93.9 yesterday. As a faithful Roman Catholic (like Bill Kennedy), my producer, Justin, was upset by the topic — and I have to admit that I was skeptical about the existence of a document directly from the Vatican that ordered bishops to cover up sex crimes by priests.

Bill just sent me the links, and he’s right.

The confidential Vatican document, obtained by CBS News, lays out a church policy that calls for absolute secrecy when it comes to sexual abuse by priests – anyone who speaks out could be thrown out of the church.

The policy was written in 1962 by Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani.

The document, once “stored in the secret archives” of the Vatican, focuses on crimes initiated as part of the confessional relationship and what it calls the “worst crime”: sexual assault committed by a priest” or “attempted by him with youths of either sex or with brute animals.”

Bishops are instructed to pursue these cases “in the most secretive way…restrained by a perpetual silence…and everyone {including the alleged victim) …is to observe the strictest secret, which is commonly regarded as a secret of the Holy Office…under the penalty of excommunication.”

Read the entire CBS News report here, and a report by the BBC here.


9 responses to “The Sin of Solicitation

  1. Well you’re like all the rest of the flock. See the light late and no way to make amends for the light you’ve cast on the poor victims from the past. I bet you will still give to the church in the morning as you’re still addicted to the giving they have programmed you with! Good day and welcome to my world reporter.


  2. You’re mistaken. It’s Justin, my producer, who’s Catholic. I’m an evangelical Christian who believes that God never intended for man to create a political hierarchy around the worship of Jesus Christ, whether it’s Roman Catholic, Lutheran, or Southern Baptist.

    And I mentioned Justin’s and Bill Kennedy’s upbringings in the Church to defuse the notion that yesterday’s show was about Catholic-bashing.

  3. Every last one of the bishops who diverted cases away from the criminal courts should be criminally prosecuted under federal RICO laws.

    Take for instance, the Toledo Catholic Diocese. When the scandal broke in Boston, they claimed that there were only two priests who had ever been accused of being pedophiles. When it was revealed that there were more, they claimed (read that: lied) that the reason that the cases were so poorly handled is that the “alleged victims ” (geez . . . I hate that word) the bishops didn’t know that these acts were crimes.

    Then this was published in the local paper:

    How can these bishops (read that: liars) claim to not know something was a crime and yet go to the police to divert the case from the courts?

    Liars. Liars. Liars.

    How can you tell when a bishop is lying?

    Answer: His lips are moving.

  4. Here in the Richmond Diocese we still have one of the Church’s darkest secrets still being kept under wraps: That the former bishop as well as key diocesan players (V.G., Vicar for Clergy) KNEW that the late Rev. John Hesch was an active pedophile of the worst order and did absolutely NOTHING. He was never reported to the authorities despite the outcries from teachers at a local Catholic school. Hesch killed himself in the bishop’s own house hours after being told the police wanted to question him about the suicide of a young man he had been diddling for years. Hesch’s response was to take his own life. This “secret” still haunts many in the Richmond area. These people are still around and one of them may soon be implicated in litlle naked pool parties at the former diocesan seminary where he was rector! How sick.

  5. The article from the Toledo Blade is eye-popping. I was aware of some of the things disclosed in the piece because I followed the trial of Fr. Gerald Robinson, the priest convicted of the ritual murder of Sister Margaret Pahl, but the complicity of the Toledo Police Department in covering up for pedophile priests is disgusting.

  6. For vetted DAILY coverage of the ongoing global criminal cover-up of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of sexual assaults, physical debocheries, oral copulations, rapes, and sodomies, of many tens of thousands of children, in the past, present, and contuning, with no RICO Act Actions in the USA, by many organized religions, but in particular the Roman Catholic Church, and a DEVIL like Roger Mahony, we suggest:

    If this salient and cogent coverage is not enough evidence to convince even the most ardent Kool Aid Drinkers, of the only way out of this is to withhold ALL MONIES in any form of contribution, tithing, offetory, donation, charities, pences, appeals, building funds, schools, hospitals, missions, wills, trusts, good works, offered volunteering, etc., then NOTHING will.

    No Roman Catholic Bishop Personal Accountability?
    No Laity Monies!

    I will fight from here, now, forever!

    Mahony and his criminal ilk, like Law and Egan, need to canonically censored, placed under house arrest like Marciel, the serial pedophile of the Legionnaires, or EXCOMMUNICATED!!!

    We the laity, at 1.1 BILLION strong globally, and paying 100% of all bills, will not longer tolerate the immoral and illegal crimnal actions of less than 3,500 miters, and red hatted ENABLERS, and demonic souls!!!

    This ongoing scandal (a mild term) makes the Protestant Reformation look like a minor infraction…

    The Roman Catholic Chuch is in a MAJOR SCHISM at the direct hands and multi decade unaccountable GUILT of the CURIA!!!

    Russ Bianchi
    Lay Member of the Diocese Of Monterey, CA, under the LA Archdiocese

  7. Hi,
    Thanks for all the interest in my interview. Here is a great free online documentary on the priest crisis:

    Its worth watching!
    Bill Kennedy

  8. Derek –

    Some of the complicity between law enforcement and the Toledo Catholic Diocese still goes on.

    Check this out:

    While I’m grateful for the courage that Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates showed in going after Robinson for the murder of Sr. Margaret Ann Pahl, her office still hasn’t gone after diocesan officials for their most recent conduct of not cooperating with the re-opened murder investigation.


  9. John Paul II’s press secretary was an Opus Dei member who controlled everything the Pope did. He was the go-between for the Pope and the outside world. “No one goes to John Paul II except through me.” And most of all “The Pope will say nothing except through me”. Or in more positive terms, “The Pope will only speak through me”.

    And what did John Paul II say and do for the 12,000 American victims of pedophile priests? NOTHING (or Crimen Sollicitationis — see video — ). Instead, he covered up and protected the JPIIPPA John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army who surpass the Vatican Swiss Guard Army in numbers. Meaning the Opus Dei covered up clergy sex abuse for the Pope for more than 26 years.

    See more coverage in The John Paul II Millstone

    Compare the CRIMES and their VICTIMS in America

    Victims – Attackers – Responsible Leader

    Pearl Harbor – 3,000 victims – 170 planes – Admiral Yamamoto

    WTC & 9/11 attacks – 5,000 victims – 19 Muslims – Osama bin Laden

    USA Priest Pedophilia – 12,000 victims – 5,148 priests – John Paul II & Josemaria Escriba

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