08 Aug

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

The Tiputini river on the border of Ecuador's Yasuni National Park, which is threatened by oil drilling. Ecuador's UN-backed plan to leave the oil in the ground would mitigate global warming

The world’s first really green oil deal

Esmé McAvoy: Ecuador’s £3.6bn scheme to save its rainforest from exploitation could point the way to sparing other threatened landscapes


Pope acts against incest priest’s group

 Immensely wealthy Catholic organisation, set up by controversial Mexican cleric and favoured by John Paul II, likely to be closed down 

By Hugh O’Shaughnessy, Sunday, 8 August 2010 

The late John Paul II gives his blessing to Father Marcial Maciel in 2004. Senior figures in the church benefited from the huge fortune amassed by Maciel's Legionaries of Christ
 The late John Paul II gives his blessing to Father Marcial Maciel in 2004. Senior figures in the church benefited from the huge fortune amassed by Maciel’s Legionaries of Christ

 The Legionaries of Christ, the Roman Catholic group that combines an estimated £21bn fortune with intense moral turpitude and extreme conservatism, is facing its nemesis this month. For years the organisation was protected by John Paul II, the Polish pope, and his former secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow. Now the reputation of Father Marcial Maciel, a Mexican who founded the group in 1941 when he was studying for holy orders, is at last falling victim to the reforming drive of John Paul II’s German successor, Benedict XVI.

Incestuous father of three – or perhaps six – children, serial paedophile, morphine addict, lover of la dolce vita, and pretend CIA agent, Maciel, who died in 2008, aged 87, built up a huge religious empire. It commanded the allegiance of 750 priests and 2,500 seminarians from 39 countries in the Legion proper, with 70,000 members in a lay offshoot, Regnum Christi, the Kingdom of Christ, and 131,000 students in its schools and universities. ……………………………….


Lockerbie bomber: Scottish Catholic leader attacks US ‘culture of vengeance’

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of Scotland's Catholic church

Outspoken cardinal Keith O’Brien described Scottish government decision to release Abdelbaset al-Megrahi as ‘merciful’

 Cardinal Keith O’Brien has hit out at US senators criticising the Scottish government’s decision to release Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PAThe leader of Scotland’s Roman Catholic church waded into the furious international row today, launching a caustic attack on US politicians who have criticised the early release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien contrasted the “merciful” decision of the Scottish government to release Abdelbaset al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds with the culture of “vengeance and retribution” which permeated the US justice system. Writing in the Scotland on Sunday newspaper, he also said Scottish ministers were right to decline a US request to give evidence to senators investigating Megrahi’s release. “We shouldn’t be crawling out to America, or having them come here and questioning us on our own territory,” he said……………………….


‘Secret hand’ in French Sahel raid

Jeremy Keenan on why attempt to liberate French hostage was an ‘unmitigated disaster’………………..

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