The scandal exploded last month when Francis’ trip to South America was marred by protests over his vigorous defence of Bishop Juan Barros, who is accused by victims of covering up the abuse by the Reverend Fernando Karadima.
During the trip, Francis callously dismissed accusations against Barros as “slander,” seemingly unaware that victims had placed him at the scene of Karadima’s crimes.
On the plane home, confronted by an AP reporter, the pope said: “You, in all good will, tell me that there are victims, but I haven’t seen any, because they haven‘t come forward.”
But members of the pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors say that in April 2015, they sent a delegation to Rome specifically to hand–deliver a letter to the pope about Barros.
The letter from Juan Carlos Cruz detailed the abuse, kissing and fondling he says he suffered at Karadima’s hands, which he said Barros and others witnessed and ignored.
Four members of the commission met with Francis’ top abuse adviser, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, [pictured here] and explained their objections to Francis’ recent appointment of Barros as a bishop in southern Chile, and gave him the letter to deliver to Francis.
“When we gave him (O’Malley) the letter for the pope, he assured us he would give it to the pope and speak of the concerns,” then-commission member Marie Collins told the AP. “And at a later date, he assured us that that had been done.”
Francis belatedly apologised for having demanded “proof” of wrongdoing by Barros, saying he meant merely that he wanted to see “evidence.”
But he continued to describe the accusations against Barros as “calumny” and insisted he had never heard from any victims.
Francis Performs Coronation for Mary
Whilst in Chile Francis placed a crown on the head of a statue of Mary during his visit on Tuesday. [pictured above]
The coronation took place during mass at O’Higgins Park in Santiago, where the tens of thousands in attendance watched Bergoglio place a crown on the head of the Christ child, and then also on the head of Mary.
In Chile, the statue is known as “Our Lady of Mount Carmel,” who is also known by Roman Catholics in the country as the patron saint and “queen” of Chile.
“[T]he virgin who wanted to be called Your handmaid was chosen mother of the Redeemer, and true mother of all the living, and now exalted above the choirs of the angels, reigns gloriously with Your Son interceding for all men as an advocate of grace and queen of mercy,” he prayed during mass, moments before crowning the statue.
“Lord, look kindly upon these your servants, who by adorning with a visible crown the image of the mother of Your Son, recognise Your Son as King of the universe and invoke the virgin as queen,” Bergoglio said.
As part of his trip to South America, Bergoglio is scheduled to likewise travel to Peru, where, according to the Catholic site Aleteia, “the pope’s first Mass in Trujillo will be in honor of ‘Holy Mary, Door of Heaven.’”
“While he will not crown any statues here, the opening and closing prayers will be focused on Our Lady,” the outlet explains. “Later that same day he will lead a Marian celebration during which he will venerate Our Lady and a special litany will be sung in her honor. The litany that will be used was composed by Turibius of Mogrovejo, who was archbishop of Lima from 1579 to 1606.”
Mary…Millions of Catholics travel to shrines to pray before her image. But what is not commonly known is that Muslims also hold her in high regard, and even among Hindus and Buddhists there is worship of goddesses that bear a striking resemblance to the Catholic Mary.
Mary is not only Queen of Rome, but will be the unifying factor to bring all the great religions of the world into unity under Rome. She will be “Queen of All.”
Did you know that the catholic religion calls Mary the QUEEN OF HEAVEN?
For more on the wicked QUEEN OF HEAVEN and what God thinks of this false god, read Jeremiah 44 where the Israelites were PUNISHED for worshipping her.
Let’s continue our look into darkness–the worship of Mary as the queen of heaven and CO-REDEEMER with JESUS CHRIST.
First of all, the Mary of the Catholic religion is NOT the Mary of the Bible.
They have simply taken her name and superimposed it on top of a pre-existing goddess.
The passage from Jeremiah 44 was written hundreds of years BEFORE Mary was born–the queen of heaven was already being worshipped, and the people were making God angry.
This is the Bible, we’re not looking at history books, we are looking at God’s holy word. Blessed be the Lord Who hath preserved His word (Psalm 12:6-7) so that we don’t have to be deceived.
Taken from Alexander Hislops – The Two Babylons
The Roman Church maintains that it was not so much the seed of the woman, as the woman herself, that was to bruise the head of the serpent.
In defiance of all grammar, she renders the Divine denunciation against the serpent thus: “She shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise her heel.” [ Compare Gen 3:15]
The same [idea] was held by the ancient Babylonians, and symbolically represented in their temples.
In the uppermost story of the tower of Babel, or temple of Belus, Diodorus Siculus tells us there stood three images of the great divinities of Babylon; and one of these was of a woman grasping a serpent’s head.
Among the Greeks the same thing was symbolised; for Diana, whose real character was originally the same as that of the great Babylonian goddess, was represented as bearing in one of her hands a serpent deprived of its head. As time wore away, and the facts of Semiramis’ history became obscured, her son’s birth was boldly declared to be miraculous: and therefore she was called “Alma Mater,” * “the Virgin Mother.”
* The term Alma is the precise term used by Isaiah in the Hebrew of the Old Testament, when announcing, 700 years before the event, that Christ should be born of a Virgin.
If the question should be asked, how this Hebrew term Alma (not in a Roman, but a Hebrew sense) could find its way to Rome, the answer is, Through Etruria, which had an intimate connection with Assyria. The word “mater” itself, from which comes our own “mother,” is originally Hebrew. It comes from Heb. Msh, “to draw forth,” in Egyptian Ms, “to bring forth” (BUNSEN), which in the Chaldee form becomes Mt, whence the Egyptian Maut, “mother.” Erh or Er, as in English (and a similar form is found in Sanscrit), is, “The doer.” So that Mater or Mother signifies “The bringer forth.”
It may be thought an objection to the above account of the epithet Alma, that this term is often applied to Venus, who certainly was no virgin. But this objection is more apparent than real. On the testimony of Augustine, himself an eye-witness, we know that the rites of Vesta, emphatically “the virgin goddess of Rome,” under the name of Terra, were exactly the same as those of Venus, the goddess of impurity and licentiousness (AUGUSTINE, De Civitate Dei).
Augustine elsewhere says that Vesta, the virgin goddess, “was by some called Venus.”
Even in the mythology of our own Scandinavian ancestors, we have a remarkable evidence that Alma Mater, or the Virgin Mother, had been originally known to them.
One of their gods called Heimdal, who is described in the most exalted terms, as having such quick perceptions as that he could hear the grass growing on the ground, or the wool on the sheep’s back, and whose trumpet, when it blew, could be heard through all the worlds, is called by the paradoxical name, “the son of nine virgins.” (MALLET)
Now this obviously contains an enigma. Let the language in which the religion of Odin was originally delivered–viz., the Chaldee, be brought to bear upon it, and the enigma is solved at once. In Chaldee “the son of nine virgins” is Ben-Almut-Teshaah. But in pronunciation this is identical with “Ben-Almet-Ishaa,” “the son of the virgin of salvation.”
That son was everywhere known as the “saviour seed.” “Zera-hosha” and his virgin mother consequently claimed to be “the virgin of salvation.” Even in the very heavens the God of Providence has constrained His enemies to inscribe a testimony to the great Scriptural truth proclaimed by the Hebrew prophet, that a “virgin should bring forth a son, whose name should be called Immanuel.”
The constellation Virgo, as admitted by the most learned astronomers, was dedicated to Ceres (Dr. JOHN HILL, in his Urania, and Mr. A. JAMIESON, in his Celestial Atlas), who is the same as the great goddess of Babylon, for Ceres was worshipped with the babe at her breast (SOPHOCLES, Antigone), even as the Babylonian goddess was. Virgo was originally the Assyrian Venus, the mother of Bacchus or Tammuz. Virgo then, was the Virgin Mother. Isaiah’s prophecy was carried by the Jewish captives to Babylon, and hence the new title bestowed upon the Babylonian goddess.
That the birth of the Great Deliverer was to be miraculous, was widely known long before the Christian era.
For centuries, some say for thousands of years before that event, the Buddhist priests had a tradition that a Virgin was to bring forth a child to bless the world.
That this tradition came from no Popish or Christian source, is evident from the surprise felt and expressed by the Jesuit missionaries, when they first entered Thibet and China, and not only found a mother and a child worshipped as at home, but that mother worshipped under a character exactly corresponding with that of their own Madonna, “Virgo Deipara,”
“The Virgin mother of God,” * and that, too, in regions where they could not find the least trace of either the name or history of our Lord Jesus Christ having ever been known.
* See Sir J. F. DAVIS’S China, and LAFITAN, who says that the accounts sent home by the Popish missionaries bore that the sacred books of the Chinese spoke not merely of a Holy Mother, but of a Virgin Mother.
The primeval promise that the “seed of the woman should bruise the serpent’s head,” naturally suggested the idea of a miraculous birth. Priestcraft and human presumption set themselves wickedly to anticipate the fulfilment of that promise; and the Babylonian queen seems to have been the first to whom that honour was given.
The highest titles were accordingly bestowed upon her. She was called the “queen of heaven.” (Jer 44:17,18,19,25) *