Saturday, February 19, 2022
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Archdiocese’s Most Wanted: The ‘Perps’ Corner: Be aware that Father Benedict Andersen, OSB, who until recently was at Silverstream Priory in Stanmullin, County Meath, Ireland, may present himself for ministry here in the archdiocese. He is not allowed to serve in any capacity in any parish or institution here. - Some Things to Know
Transparency regarding this situation is important, to protect the innocent and rid the Church of corruption. Every incident like this vindicates the calls for reform made by Pope Francis, who is so often maligned for his warnings and policies to rid the clergy of worldliness and sexual hypocrisy.
An independent and proper visitation by the Holy See needs to proceed now that new information is made available.
I think I'm finished with this now.
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Like a river.
The investigation into the goings on at Silverstream Priory is getting more attention - by credible online writers, such as Mike Lewis of WPI and of course, theologian Dawn Eden Goldstein who is a contributor to the site. I will link to the new post, which helps support Fr. Benedict Andersen's case while also vindicating his claims of harrassment. I'm ashamed to say I had my doubts about all of that, but I'm convinced otherwise now.
I'm especially relieved that scolding and intimidation will no longer have its effect upon me. I seem to always second guessing myself regarding 'mystic monks and nuns' and their cults. I really think a false mysticism has served to cover up a great deal of corruption over the years - especially now days with the resurgence of pre-Vatican II traditionalism.
Silverstream Priory, one-sided narratives and spiritual abuse.
On Friday of last week, Irish blogger Pat Buckley reported that four men have come forward with allegations including boundary violations, spiritual abuse, and sexual harassment against Dom Mark Kirby of Silverstream Priory, the author and alleged visionary behind the popular devotional book In Sinu Jesu. These new allegations follow a lengthy August 2021 interview with Fr. Benedict Andersen in the Pillar.
Fr. Andersen is a Silverstream monk who is currently in canonical limbo, unable to minister as a priest after his complaints of inappropriate behavior and spiritual abuse by Fr. Kirby resulted in an apostolic visitation of the priory. Formerly the sub-prior of the community, Andersen was the first person to publicly bring forward allegations against Kirby, although stories about Kirby’s past and his allegedly abusive treatment of his subordinates had been circulating for years.
If these new allegations are true, it appears that Fr. Andersen has been vindicated. Not only was he mistreated by Fr. Kirby, but his treatment by the diocese has been unjust. Read the article in the Pillar for Fr. Andersen’s account of his story and Pat Buckley’s blog post for details about the new allegations (warning: sexually explicit language).
You may recall the four-part analysis of In Sinu Jesu by theologian Dawn Eden Goldstein that we published in June of 2020. She wrote the series in order to foster dialogue about the book. It was remarkable, Goldstein observed, that the book, a Catholic bestseller with over 250 five-star reviews on Amazon at the time, had until then “escaped theological critique—especially given its claim to contain messages from Jesus that are intended for all the faithful.” - Mike Lewis
A glimpse into a lonely heart.
In closing, I want to share something Fr. Mark wrote about friendship on his blog, Vultus Christi - now ten years ago. The piece has since been removed from his site, but I kept the quote with the link on a post I did on friendship:
"... one must have friendships in life. [ . . .] Let yourself love. There is no danger so long as the spirit of prayer exists in you. And young priests have hours of loneliness that are very hard. They need affection and tenderness. If you don't give it to them, they will go looking for it just anywhere.
at certain hours we need someone to show us affection: a mother, a sister, a brother. Otherwise, if the heart is not anchored, it goes anywhere at all, and is lost." - One must have friendships in life.
Polish priest and theologian Dariusz Oko on trial.
On 11 February 2022, Don Dariusz Oko, a priest and professor of the Catholic University of Krakow, will be judged by the Court of Cologne, accused of " inciting hatred " for having raised the problem of homosexuality in the Church with one of his articles published in the numbers of January / February and March / April of the Theologisches magazine , "On the need to resist homosexual lobbies in the Church" (" Über die Notwendigkeit homosexuelle Cliquen in der Kirche zu begrenzen "), and for a book entitled Lawendowa mafia [literally: La lavender mafia ] (Wydawnictwo AA, Krakow 2020).
The professor. Fr Dariusz Oko was denounced by Fr Wolfgang Rothe , whom Fr. Oko defines as a "living illustration" of his writings against homosexualism in the Church and as a confirmation of the veracity of his message. Don Rothe is known for having given, on November 4, 2021, a homosexual blessing in a Munich gay sauna called Deutsche Eiche , and for having released, in 2004, some images in which he seems to kiss on the lips of seminarians. - Corrispondenza Romana
Prayers for Fr. Dariusz Oko.
Ed. note: I did a retablo/ex-voto style painting called Seminary Visitation based upon the Wolfgang Rothe seminary scandal. It's a weird painting, no doubt - but it is part of my series on documenting the sexual scandal and cover-up.