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11 Feb

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Vatican guide says ‘not necessarily’ bishop’s duty to report suspects to police despite Pope Francis’s vows to redress Catholic church’s legacy of child abuse

The McGlynn: This is criminal.

A charge could be made that the Roman Catholic Church Hierarchy is an organized criminal enterprise in the world today. They should be dealt with accordingly, and the full force of laws in all countries should be brought to bear against them.

Jail a few bishops and cardinals and they might get serious about solving their pedophile problem that has destroyed countless lives all over the world for many years. Did “their Jesus” ever teach that it was OK to molest children and conspire to cover it up? HELL NO!

One wonders who is in charge at the Vatican.

A US cardinal, Bernard Law, in 2005. Law was forced to resign over sexual abuse scandals in his Boston archdiocese

Cardinal Bernard Law, who was forced to resign over sexual abuse scandals in his Boston archdiocese, where 150 priests were accused of molesting children. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty

The Catholic church is telling newly appointed bishops that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police.

A document that spells out how senior clergy members ought to deal with allegations of abuse, which was recently released by the Vatican, emphasised that, though they must be aware of local laws, bishops’ only duty was to address such allegations internally.

“According to the state of civil laws of each country where reporting is obligatory, it is not necessarily the duty of the bishop to report suspects to authorities, the police or state prosecutors in the moment when they are made aware of crimes or sinful deeds,” the training document states.

The training guidelines were written by a controversial French monsignor and psychotherapist, Tony Anatrella, who serves as a consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Vatican released the guidelines – which are part of a broader training programme for newly named bishops – at a press conference earlier this month and is now seeking feedback.

Details of the Catholic church’s policy were first reported in a column by a veteran Vatican journalist, John Allen, associate editor of the Catholic news site, Cruxnow.com.

Allen noted that a special commission created by Pope Francis, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, had appeared to play no role in the training programme, even though it is supposed to be developing “best practices” to prevent and deal with clerical abuse.

Indeed, a church official familiar with the commission on abuse said it was the committee’s position that reporting abuse to civil authorities was a “moral obligation, whether the civil law requires it or not”. The official said the committee would be involved in future training efforts.

The current guidelines written by Anatrella make only passing references to prevention policies. The French monsignor is best known for championing views on “gender theory”, the controversial belief that increasing acceptance of homosexuality in western countries is creating “serious problems” for children who are being exposed to “radical notions of sexual orientation”. He did not return a request for comment……………..

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  • Dramatic talks are live-streamed after FBI closes in on remaining militia
  • Cliven Bundy is arrested in Portland, en route to Malheur wildlife refuge
The remaining Oregon militia members at the Malheur national wildlife refuge tentatively agreed to walk off the refuge Thursday morning, appearing to back down after the FBI dramatically closed in on their occupation.

The remaining Oregon militia members at the Malheur national wildlife refuge tentatively agreed to walk off the refuge Thursday morning, appearing to back down after the FBI dramatically closed in on their occupation. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

The armed militia occupying a wildlife refuge in Oregon said they would surrender to the FBI in front of the world’s media on Thursday, after several hours of tense and at times frantic negotiations that were broadcast live on YouTube.

The remaining militia members at the Malheur national wildlife refuge tentatively agreed to walk off the refuge at 8am, appearing to back down after the FBI dramatically closed in on their occupation.

“We are not surrendering, we’re turning ourselves in,” Sean Anderson, one of the remaining militia members at the site near Burns, Oregon, said on a phone call with mediators, which was live-streamed on YouTube on Wednesday. “It goes against everything we believe in, but we’re going to do it.”

In another dramatic twist late on Wednesday, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, whose 2014 standoff with the federal government inspired the occupation in Oregon, was arrested, apparently en route to Burns. The FBI said Bundy was taken into federal custody in Portland but declined to disclose the charges.

Shortly before setting off to Oregon, Bundy, 69, had told the Guardian in a phone interview that he was heading to the standoff to protect the holdouts. “I hope I save some lives,” he said. “I guess if they wanted to murder somebody tonight, that’d be a good way to do it.”

Cliven Bundy’s two sons, Ammon and Ryan, were both arrested in connection with the standoff in Oregon two weeks ago, following a firefight with federal authorities that resulted in the arrest of close to a dozen militia members and the death of the occupation’s spokesman, LaVoy Finicum……………..

Exclusive Syrian Centre for Policy Research says 470,000 deaths is twice UN’s figure with ‘human development ruined’ after 45% of population is displaced

A man carries a child from a building following a reported barrel bomb attack

A man carries a child from a building following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces on Aleppo. Some 50,000 people have fled the recent upsurge in fighting there. Photograph: Karam Al-Masri/AFP/Getty

Syria’s national wealth, infrastructure and institutions have been “almost obliterated” by the “catastrophic impact” of nearly five years of conflict, a new report has found. Fatalities caused by war, directly and indirectly, amount to 470,000, according to the Syrian Centre for Policy Research (SCPR) – a far higher total than the figure of 250,000 used by the United Nations until it stopped collecting statistics 18 months ago.

In all, 11.5% of the country’s population have been killed or injured since the crisis erupted in March 2011, the report estimates. The number of wounded is put at 1.9 million. Life expectancy has dropped from 70 in 2010 to 55.4 in 2015. Overall economic losses are estimated at $255bn (£175bn).

The stark account of the war’s toll came as warnings multiplied about Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, which is in danger of being cut off by a government advance aided by Russian airstrikes and Iranian militiamen. The Syrian opposition is demanding urgent action to relieve the suffering of tens of thousands of civilians.

The International Red Cross said on Wednesday that 50,000 people had fled the upsurge in fighting in the north, requiring urgent deliveries of food and water.

Talks in Munich on Thursday between the US secretary of state, John Kerry, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, will be closely watched for any sign of an end to the deadly impasse. UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva are scheduled to resume in two weeks but are unlikely to do so without a significant shift of policy………………..

US politics

Election 2016

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Sanders defied the pragmatists – don’t count him out

How Trump tore up the rulebook of US politics

Kasich, buoyed by New Hampshire success, goes after Sanders – video

Chris Christie suspends presidential campaign after New Hampshire result

Carly Fiorina drops out of Republican presidential race

After New Hampshire, candidates turn attention to South Carolina and Nevada – campaign updates

Sanders and Trump victories vindicate the ‘outsiders’

Everything you need to know

Opinion

chris christie goodbye

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the crowd at his election night party Nashua, New Hampshire on 9 February 2016. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

It isn’t hard to say goodbye to Chris Christie. It’s just that, with so many members of the Republican field vanishing like teens partying overnight in an abandoned asylum on the anniversary of several unsolved murders, it’s becoming difficult to say goodbye uniquely. There isn’t time, and anyway there are only so many ways you can point out how they themselves were the monsters in the crazy house while you wait for the dawn.

That Chris Christie was not much different from every other horror lurking in the dark of the Republican party ultimately says everything about his campaign that a bridge outage can’t tell you. With a roster of Republican candidates that started out large enough to nearly hold a full baseball scrimmage against itself, there was nothing he sold that you couldn’t buy somewhere else.

If you wanted an amorphously false appearance of centrism and the ability to intimately work a room, there was John Kasich – who just beat Christie at his own game in the only state (New Hampshire) at which Christie threw the works.

If you wanted a personal story of loss to drug addiction (one that Christie told remarkably effectively), you had Ted Cruz and his sister or Carly Fiorina and her stepdaughter. If you wanted someone who could ad-lib a speech at the drop of a hat, there was Cruz again.

If you wanted someone who talked big about running a state like a business and pretending his destination hadn’t been “into the ground”, you had Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal (to whom we deservingly already bade farewell).

If you wanted someone spouting economic policies that made no economic sense and advocating for a war without aim or end, well, then you had everyone else in the field from which to choose.

Christie’s signature bullying might have taken him far in another year: he understands in a visceral way the suck-up, kick-down, validation-by-humiliation relationship that conservative voters have with their leaders. They not only enjoy seeing their enemies – that anxiety closet of commies and Muslims and minorities and women who are sexually active with someone who is Not You – attacked, but they enjoy seeing the punishment of failure. Chris Christie could stomp on the lowly with the best of them……..

 

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