Wednesday, May 30, 2012

After castration case in Netherlands, new study on links between Church and psychiatry

Minister: Onderzoek naar invloed kerk op psychiatrie - Kerknieuws - Kerk & Religi

Study of church influence on psychiatry

There is to be an independent scientific research into the history of psychiatry and the influence of the Roman Catholic Church. Particular attention will be paid to the role of the church when it comes to castration of people, Netherlands Health Secretary, MarliesVeldhuijzen  van Zanten said in Wednesday to the Houses of Parliament.

The minister wants to look at the legal, ethical, religious, historical and health law aspects of castration. The insistance on an investigation came from Parliament and also from the Deetman Commission who investigated abuse in the church. Veldhuijzen will consult with scientists who have previously been consulted on the subject, to see how research can best proceed.

Recently concern arose from a story about a sexually abused boy who in the '50s who had been castrated in a psychiatric institution linked to the Roman Catholic Church. The Chamber launched a consultation about castration, which had been scheduled for Thursday.

Full details of the original case in a series of Cathcon articles

The sins of the President of the Vatican Bank

Ior, il documento contro Gotti Tedeschi - Il Messaggero

"erratic and wrong behavior"

excessive centralization in management policies

"inability" to provide information about the bank and the viability of its operations

.........are just some of the criticisms by the Vatican Bank (IOR) board of Ettore Gotti Tedeschi in the document of no confidence in the possession of Corriere della Sera published on its website. The memorandum - the basis for no confidence in President Gotti Tedeschi - was discussed on 24 May this year, stressing that it was conceived and written in "under exceptional circumstances."

It says, inter alia, that the President of the IOR during the confrontation in the board, "has had the opportunity to express themselves freely and to make the necessary observations." Gotti Tedeschi has spoken for more than 70 minutes at around 15.40 when he was then presented with a motion of no confidence passed by the directors."

Gotti Tedeschi, the document reads, "around 4 pm left the board, before knowing the outcome of the vote."

The reasons that lie at the root of the decision to censure the President are divided into 9 points:

1) failure carry on the duties of President,

2) failure to be informed about the activities of the institute and accordingly to inform the board of directors

3) not participating in the work of the board

4) lack of prudence and precision with respect to the policy of the bank

5) inability to provide explanations on the distribution of documents in the possession of the President;

6) dissemination of inaccurate information about the institution

7) inability to publicly represent and defend the bank in response to inaccurate information by the media

8) excessive centralization

9) progressive wrong and erratic behavior

In the light of these comments and criticisms, we read in the Memorandum, "at 5 pm the board of directors approved a motion of no confidence. "The board of supervision of the Vatican Bank do not have any more confidence in President Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, and suggests the end of his term as president and adviser." The meeting ended at 17.30.

Cardinal- The Pope will not resign


Resignation of the Pope because of the betrayal of state secrets from his immediate circle is not on the cards in the opinion of Roman Cardinal Angelo Comastro. Benedict XVI suffered from the betrayal, but he will not avoid difficulties and would "never give up his office," the Cardinal said in an interview with the daily newspaper "Il Messaggero" on Wednesday.

Comastro, Archpriest of St. Peter and Vicar General of Vatican City, also denied at the same time that a Cardinal could be involved in the publication of the secret Papal documents.

Betrayal of secrets and the disclosure of confidential documents has happened again and again in church history, the German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller said in an interview with "La Stampa" (Wednesday). During the First Vatican Council's 1870/71 secret papers were leaked to German publications. The longtime head of the Vatican Historical Commission then referred to the French King Philip the Fair, who had forged a papal bull, in order to discredit Boniface VIII (1294-1303).

He argued decisively against the Brandmüller argument that the leakers of the documents wanted only to help the Pope. "You can not claim to help the pope by committing crimes. Such an approach helps nothing, but only does harm," said the German cardinal.


How the Pope's butler was caught

There is a confidential document, including those stolen in the Holy See, which speaks more than others. And it nailed the former aide to House of the Pope, Paulo Gabriele, as the suspicion of being a "mole". Not the only document nor perhaps the most substantial. But it ensured that Father Georg Gänswein, the personal secretary of Pope Benedict XVI, identified the individual through the pages of the book by journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. And a few hours before the police arrest Gabriele, there was an interview between the two. From the dramatic events.

Let's step back, to Tuesday, May 22. Four days before Nuzzi released his book. Among the papers published there was one that had attracted the attention of Father Georg. This is the budget document of Joseph Ratzinger Vatican Foundation. A recent piece of paper, perhaps dating back to March, which certifies a budget surplus in 2012 of one million euros. The president of the Foundation, Monsignor Giuseppe Scotti sent it directly to the Pope for his approval. This is not the most compromising of the paper. But it has a peculiarity. It had to be returned after the Papal signature, without going directly to the Foundation, in contrast to other documents which went into the archives of the Secretariat of State. Whoever had stolen it to forward it to the journalist, then, had either taken it from the Foundation (hypothesis immediately rejected) or taken it directly from the desk of Father Georg.

The Vatican Gendarmerie commanded by Domenico Giani was immediately informed of this fact. One detail that has in fact shifted the focus from the offices of the Secretary of State, from which it was thought initially that the leaks came to the inner circle of assistants of Joseph Ratzinger. But why Paulo Gabriele, among the twenty-four members of the pontifical family that shares those rooms? What told against him is a message that arrived six months earlier and then takes shape. A voice that indicated the forty year old Roman was too close to people outside the Church. Those who meet Gabriel in those hours before the arrest describes him as quiet. He was unaware of the clouds gathering over his head.

Then on Tuesday evening, Father Georg called him to talk. A highly confidential conversation, that this newspaper is able to reconstruct. The Secretary of Ratzinger wants to know if he is the author of the leak and whether he has any contacts outside the Holy See. He is offered the opportunity to give himself up but "Paoletto" said that he had nothing to confess. The rest is the record of an arrest. In the afternoon of Wednesday, May 23 Giani's men search the house in Via di Porta Angelica, where Gabriel lives with his wife and three children. They take four chests of documents, the computer and some books. Towards evening, they take him to the cell of the police station and question him. And from there, he has not moved.

Butler to face formal questioning