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March 25th, 2012
07:46 AM ET

New book accuses Vatican of hiding cases of sexual abuse of minors

By Rafael Romo, CNN

Leon, Mexico (CNN) - On the same day Pope Benedict addressed and blessed a group of 1,800 children in Guanajuato, Mexico, three Mexican authors released a book accusing the Vatican of hiding or ignoring cases of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

The book, "La Voluntad de no Saber" (Willing Not to be Aware), chronicles multiple cases of sexual abuse of minors committed by Marcial Maciel, a Mexican-born Roman Catholic priest who was influential at the Vatican.

Maciel, who died in January 2008 at age 87, was the founder and director of the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi movement.

The book was authored by Jose Barba, a former seminarian who says he was the victim of sexual abuse by a priest. Historian Fernando M. Gonzalez, a co-author, says the book is based on 212 documents leaked from the Vatican.

Alberto Athie, a former Catholic priest and whistle-blower, also contributed to the book.

According to the book, the Vatican had knowledge of multiple cases of sexual abuse committed by Maciel decades ago, but church authorities chose to do nothing about it.

Pope Benedict removed Maciel from active ministry in 2006 as a result of an investigation launched by his predecessor, Pope John Paul II.

Athie said the church either ignored or archived for years allegations of child sex abuse when he reported them during his years as a priest.

"How could this have been possible?" Athie said. "How can one explain it? I had to face a reality that I never imagined, that I never expected and I never looked for."

Gonzalez said the Vatican documents provide solid proof of a policy geared towards hiding cases of abuse.

"Anybody would have been able to perfectly learn about it by simply asking for the dossier (of sexual abuses cases). Be it John Paul II, Paul VI, John XXIII, any of them should have figured out that a series of denunciations was being hidden, euphemized, protected, delayed, silenced and distorted," he said.

Speaking to reporters Saturday, Cardinal Jose Francisco Robles, head of the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, defended the pope and the church.

"If there has ever been a pope who has faced (the sexual abuse problem) with realism and energy that's Pope Benedict," he said. "Nobody can accuse him of being complicit or lacking will."

Pope Benedict has not specifically addressed the accusations, but in his message to the children at Plaza de la Paz, or Peace Square, in the colonial city of Guanajuato, he spoke about the church's role in protecting children.

"I raise my voice," the pontiff said, "to invite everybody to protect and take care of children so that their smile never fades away, allowing them to live in peace and to look at the future with confidence."

Later, the 84-year-old pope on his first trip to Mexico, said, "You, my little friends, are not alone. You can count on the help of Christ and his Church."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Church • Pope Benedict XVI

soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    just sayin thinks Hitler spoke the truth.

    I wonder what it thinks it is speaking.

    March 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • just sayin

      Quite the opposite, it has been you who quoted Adolf Hitler as truth. All my posts have noted that he was a lying atheist. The posts are all there for any to read if they so desire. You had better steal the name' just sayin' again and post a lie against me quickly to justify your error.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Liam

      Hitler is to Truth as Rosie O is to straight!

      March 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So, just sayin, do you deny that Hitler spoke or wrote the words I posted?

      March 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hurry up. If you can prove Hitler never uttered or wrote those words, post your evidence. Cite it.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • just sayin

      I do not accept the words of Adolf Hitler at all. Period. Hitler was a lying, murdering atheist. Anyone who would quote Adolf Hitler for truth has more problems than they realize.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • The true catholic is a liar

      Hitler was a devout catholic. He supported the catholic views as they hated Jews. In fact Hitler, mentally ill, learned to hate Jews from the catholic church. Simple.. just google 'Pics of pope and hitler'. Also take note that the vatican was never bombed.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Are you denying that Hitler spoke or wrote the words I posted, just sayin?

      March 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, that's what I figured.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • just sayin

      I do not accept the words of Adolf Hitler. Period. The fact that you do speaks more loudly than any you realize.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So you don't believe that the quotes I posted were accurate? You don't believe Hitler wrote or said them?

      March 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • wrong side of the bed

      @ just saying..Just google Hitler's oath, then tell us he was atheist.Hitler was catholic, get used to it!

      March 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Ooooh, you're about to incur just sayin's wrath! Gird yourself for battle against an opponent armed with....um...nothing.

      March 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Just sayin, you should say Yes and you don't believe that Hitler wasn't saying the statements that I quoted so that I can pour him the sources like a pee. Your soo KJ just sayin. HMP!

      I hope just sayin will say it befor my incontinence strikes.

      March 25, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • Reality

      "The allegation is sometimes made that Hitler was a Catholic – a Christian until the day he died. This claim is based upon the fact that Hitler was born and raised in a Catholic family.

      However, as an adult, Hitler specifically rejected the Catholic Church, as well as Christianity in general. He described himself as "a complete pagan".

      The book Hitler's Secret Conversations: 1941-1944, published by Farrar, Straus and Young, Inc. (1953), contains definitive proof of Hitler's real views. The book was published in Britain under the t-itle, Hitler's Table Talk: 1941-1944, which ti-tle was used for the Oxford University Press paperback edition in the United States.

      Some excerpts:

      All of these are quotes from Adolf Hitler:

      Night of 11th-12th July, 1941:

      "National Socialism and religion cannot exist together.... The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity. Bolshevism is Christianity's illegitimate child. Both are inventions of the Jew. The deliberate lie in the matter of religion was introduced into the world by Christianity.... Let it not be said that Christianity brought man the life of the soul, for that evolution was in the natural order of things. (p 6 & 7) "

      10th October, 1941, midday:

      "Christianity is a rebellion against natural law, a protest against nature. Taken to its logical extreme, Christianity would mean the systematic cultivation of the human failure. (p 43)"

      March 26, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Another dumbbell rings. I don't believe Hitler was Catholic. I don't believe he was Christian.

      And that isn't why I posted words he wrote and spoke about the church and God. But you and just sayin are so dim you can't figure it out.

      March 26, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And lastly but not the least, I posted it because I have nothing to do after I changed my diaper.

      March 29, 2012 at 1:37 am |
  2. GT Study

    Year / # of accusations

    2010 8
    2009 6
    2008 10
    2007 4
    2006 14
    2005 9

    Meanwhile, according to government numbers, in 2010 alone, there were 63,527 reported cases of child s exual abuse in the United States.

    March 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • The true catholic is a liar

      You can thank the victims and families to put the filthy catholic church in its place.. Otherwise it be ra-p-es and so-d–om-i-es as usual.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • The true catholic is a liar

      and don't forget the worst crimes against humanity, the cover ups. Denying small children help. Imagine THAT! These big grown men, the pope, bishops and cardinals, denied small children help. Today they continue the cover ups by lobbying to stop laws that would expose the truth. The catholics hate the truth.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Darn those pesky fact things!

      Nice cherry picking of the numbers, buddy! You only gave numbers from well after the point that the problem became very public and lots of pressure was on the church and the priests.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  3. lol

    The entire history of the Catholic Church (up to and including today), is a giant reeking latrine overflowing with lies, robbery, murder, slavery, and rape.

    March 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Marty Kay Zee

      Correct! And Hitler was a practicing Catholic and Pol Pot, Stalin and Kin Jong Il were all worshiped as gods in Cults of Personality, which atheists also eschew. Once you believe one thing, you'll believe anything.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • An inconvenient truth

      Hitler was not a practicing catholic, Hitler was the ultimate atheist, his own god, the savior of greater Germany and national socialism. His involvement with the catholic church was reduced to lying political rhetoric, nothing more. There was no priest to der furher or participation in any of the sacraments because Hitler had long since abandoned Catholicism.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • bol

      Hitler was as much Catholic as much as Sam Harris is a Quaker you tool

      March 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      guess you've never read "Mein Kampf" where Hitler invokes God many times. Christians hate Jews for "killing their savior." many Christians, since the days of Rome, have dreamed about getting rid of the Jews. Nazi belt buckles said "In God's Light" or something like that. do your homework. Hitler had communications with the Vatican, and they backed up much of his philosophy.

      Martin Luther who nailed his declaration to the church doors absolutely hated Jews. his hate-filled writings were used as propaganda in the war on all things Jewish.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hitler's religious beliefs and fanaticism (quotes from Mein Kampf)

      Hitler wrote: "I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.." As a boy, Hitler attended to the Catholic church and experienced the anti-Semitic att itude of his culture. In his book, Mein Kampf, Hitler reveals himself as a fanatical believer in God and country. This text presents selected quotes from the infamous anti-Semite himself.

      March 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Lenten

      The crucifixion and resurrection of Christ has NOTHING to do with either the Jews or the Romans.

      This is part of God's plan for the redemption of mankind. Every Christian has already accepted this plan of salvation as fulfilling a divine purpose.

      March 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Moder

      National Socialism and religion cannot exist together.... The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity. Bolshevism is Christianity's illegitimate child. Both are inventions of the Jew. The deliberate lie in the matter of religion was introduced into the world by Christianity.... Let it not be said that Christianity brought man the life of the soul, for that evolution was in the natural order of things. (p 6 & 7)
      Adolf Hitler: Night of 11th-12th July, 1941:

      March 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • Urafkntool

      You tools ever think Hitler was right (sort of anyway..) removal of the Jews would have stopped the rise of Zionism in the middle east (Israel), even if it wasn't done for religious reasons it should have been done for the betterment of mankind.

      March 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I did not want this struggle. Since January, 1933, when Providence entrusted me with the leadership of the German Reich, I had an aim before my eyes which was essentially incorporated in the program of our National Socialist party. I have never been disloyal to this aim and have never abandoned my program... Only when the entire German people become a single community of sacrifice can we expect and hope that Almighty God will help us. The Almighty has never helped a lazy man. He does not help the coward. He does not help a people that cannot help itself. The principle applies here, help yourselves and Almighty God will not deny you his assistance.
      radio broadcast from Berlin, 3 October 1941

      March 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Moder

      The best thing is to let Christianity die a natural death.... When understanding of the universe has become widespread... Christian doctrine will be convicted of absurdity.... Christianity has reached the peak of absurdity.... And that's why someday its structure will collapse.... ...the only way to get rid of Christianity is to allow it to die little by little.... Christianity the liar.... We'll see to it that the Churches cannot spread abroad teachings in conflict with the interests of the State. (p 49-52)

      March 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Zeke81

      Regardless of whether or not Hitler was Catholic, most of the Nazis who actually committed all those brutal atrocities in WWII were Christians.
      Thanks, Baby Jesus!

      March 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The only real 'tool' here is you, you freak.

      March 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Anyone who dares to lay hands on the highest image of the Lord commits sacrilege against the benevolent creator of this miracle and contributes to the expulsion from paradise.

      – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf Vol. 2 Chapter 1

      March 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Kinda blows YOUR assertions all to hell, huh, Incontinent Liar?

      March 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • just sayin

      Are you actually quoting Hitler himself as truth ?

      March 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • An inconvenient truth

      I cannot tell i lie. I cut down the cherry tree.
      I cannot tell a lie. I have no more territorial ambitions in Europe after Czechoslovakia.

      March 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • Moder

      Hitler is your baggage atheists; deal with it!

      March 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why didn't a merciful God give you a brain, just sayin. Another poster claimed that Hitler never spoke of God in his speeches. I produced proof that he did.

      That's a hell of a lot more proof than you've posted in all your sorry little life.

      March 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • just sayin

      Might you be the same Tom, Tom who quotes Adolf Hitler as truth ?

      March 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Might you be the same just sayin that claims prayer makes a difference?

      March 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Did you ever reach that BIG O, just sayin? Or are you still a s3xually frustrated old coot?

      March 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • just sayin

      So you do not deny that you quote the atheist butcher Adolf Hitler as truth ? How fond are you of Hitler ?

      March 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hitler claimed he was Christian. He claimed God was on his side.

      Was it "truth"? Of course not. No more truthful than the posts just sayin burps.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Really, just sayin, are you under the misapprehension that you're somehow my intellectual equal?

      Thanks for the laugh.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • just sayin

      I cannot be your equal, I would never quote Adolf Hitler as the truth.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, you certainly can't be my equal, since you're an idiot.

      Do point out where I said Hitler spoke the truth, little hypocrite. Go ahead.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • just sayin

      So your final argument was you were quoting Hitler not for truth but to illustrate his lies. In essence saying that Adolf Hitler was a lying atheist, which is what I have said all along.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nope. Nothing of the kind. Unless you can prove otherwise, just lyin.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      just sayin: "I cannot be your equal."

      Finally, the liar speaks a single truth.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It's instructive to note that quoting Hitler as to his Catholic and Christian beliefs is so threatening and embarrassing to just sayin that it would pretend such statements were never made.

      Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      *crickets*

      March 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You're nothing compared to me, just sayin! STICK it inside your vestigial cranium! You need to eat a lot of SH!T to upgrade your level of IDIOCY to the highest to equal mine.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • Urafkntool

      "Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The only real 'tool' here is you, you freak"

      Hmm. Insults. The escape strategy of the intellectually challenged when they can't offer a rebuttal of any kind in a normal fashion.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Aww. I must have hit a nerve.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • just sayin

      So you ARE accepting the words of Adolf Hitler as truth. I do not and will not. Your sympathies are obvious, millions murdered in the death camps by your lying atheistic furher, who you quote as truth.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Do you deny that Hitler said or wrote the words I posted?

      March 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sie sind ein Stück Scheiße und gerade sagen. Sie sind solch ein Feigling Sie won' t sogar besitzen bis zu Ihrer Dummheit. You' Relächerliches, Sie Scheißekopf.

      March 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      It's Groundhog Day!

      March 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • just sayin

      It is groundhog season – duck

      March 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  5. The true catholic is a liar

    –> http://promoteliberty.files.wordpress. com/2011/12/308685_10150345906628493_512568492_8075487_1198277801_n.jpg?w=560

    March 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  6. The true catholic is a liar

    Imagine the horrors these children went through. What a filthy and disgusting religion.

    March 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • The true catholic is a liar

      the catholics want these stories buried, along with their 10's of thousand children victims around the world. Thank you CNN for exposing the truth. Only wish these stories were in the criminal section and not the Belief one.. Few people will see it in the Belief section.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Proof?

      Tens of thousands of children? where is the proof for your accusation?

      Catholics are liars? by that statement Muslims,Buddhists, Maoists, Mayans etc do not lie?

      March 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Leon

      You filthy LIAR. Do you make a living lying about Catholics?

      March 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Darn those pesky fact things!

      There are a reported 10,667 victims in the United States alone, and 4,392 priests involved – 4% of the priests in America in the relevant years. The Vatican has admitted to the 4% number for priests WORLDWIDE, meaning that the number of victims is staggering.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • Proof

      CNN-The LIAR still cannot provide a source or proof for tens of thousands claim it made?

      March 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • An inconvenient truth

      The most dangerous place for child abuse to occur is not the church or the school, it is the home at the hands of trusted family members or neighbors. If you multiply the numbers based on "your" figures it would be impossible to find a child that has not been abused.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • chief

      i would suggest you look at your own data that your bishops have put out ...... or go to bishop accountability dot org.... find the abuse tracker or database of cases .... theres your data ... perhaps you might recognize someones picture there... your own ... BTW the catholic church in the US has paid out over 3 billion in out of court settlements

      March 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The Incontinent Liar is desperate to absolve the Catholic Church of its crimes.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Proof

      That is proof of the tens of thousands you claim? really? How about separate fact from fiction @uraliar.com

      March 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I'll get back to you soon after my nurse done changing my (adult) diaper. Excuse me!

      March 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Aww, another score! Poor little things. I am sorry you're such inept debaters.

      My soul weeps for you!

      March 25, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I dunked my diapers in a bowl with a FOUL smell. A charity throw for a three-point basket! YEESSSS!!!

      March 25, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  7. Debbie

    @ Helpful Hints: Try putting as much time, energy and thought into improving your own life as you do trying to outsmart the moderators.

    March 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      Debbie, try putting as much time, energy and thought into improving your own life as you do trying to criticize others. Helpful Hints is a popular member of the blog. Who the fuk are you?

      March 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Helpful Hints

      Thanks, AO.

      ----------------------------–

      Debbie,

      I just try to help out when I see people who are struggling with the automatic word filter. Sometimes I even have to grit my teeth when I know that it's going to be someone like you, but I do it anyway... to ease their frustration and to be fair.

      p.s. perhaps you are not savvy enough to know that I copy/paste it from a Word doc. that I have saved - I don't spend even 2 minutes at it.

      March 25, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
  8. Urafkntool

    I have to wonder, where are all the negative stories about Islam and Judaeism? Why is it always the white churches or something involving white people on CNN? Hell, is nothing bad ever committed in the name of Buddhism, or Shinto, maybe Hindu?

    March 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      Yes, I am reminded of the constant references to white players in the NHL.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Lester Gester

      CNN like many US media giants tends to make a big deal of "white" issues/crimes, and less noise about black American crimes, etc.
      CNN will continue to talk endlessly about the current Florida shooting of an innocent black youth (yes, I do believe that the youth
      was totally innocent....but that is not the issue. The issue is if CNN is really "...the most reliable news service...."
      Me thinks that CNN doth protest too much! Prove me wrong and I will be more than a happy camper.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      where are the bad stories about other religions? yep, not many. also not many good stories. christianity has bad stores, but not nearly as many positive stories. the pope farts and it gets coverage as a miracle.

      and if christians don't want 'bad' stories, stop molesting children and that kind of coverage will stop. instead of protecting child molesters, help prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law - and the coverage will stop. christians doing bad things gets bad coverage. it's simple.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Urafkntool

      @Sports Fan: Sorry, not a hockey fan.

      @Lester: Actually, there's several pieces of false information in the MSM about the MArtin case. Factoid one is that zimmerman isn't white. He's a mexican/jew hybrid. Factoid two is that Martin attacked Zimmerman when Zimmerman turned around to leave.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Urafkntool

      @Bootyfunk: Sorry missed yours. Not a Christian, I'm an agnostic. I'd gladly turn in anyone I thought was molesting a child. Assuming they survived my revenge first 😀 I just wonder why CNN, Faux News, ABC,NBC, CBS.. all believe they have to attack whites, white countries, and white traditions with such fervor.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  9. Human Ape

    This is just a test. I was wondering why my comments were not published.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      I blocked your post.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      CNN has a cr@ppy filter. sometimes i can't even find which word they could possibly want to filter. in a long post, it's very frustrating.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Helpful Hints

      Human Ape, There is a dumb automatic word filter on these blogs: (go back, if you can, and check your post for these)

      Bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to get past the CNN automatic filter:
      Many, if not most, are buried within other words, so use your imagination.
      You can use dashes, spaces, or other characters to modify the "offending" letter combinations.
      ---
      ar-se.....as in ar-senic.
      co-ck.....as in co-ckatiel, co-ckatrice, co-ckleshell, co-ckles, etc.
      co-on.....as in rac-oon, coc-oon, etc.
      cu-m......as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, circu-mnavigate, circu-mstances, cu-mbersome, cuc-umber, etc.
      cu-nt.....as in Scu-ntthorpe, a city in the UK famous for having problems with filters...!
      ef-fing...as in ef-fing filter
      ft-w......as in soft-ware, delft-ware, swift-water, drift-wood, etc.
      ho-mo.....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, ho-mogenous, etc.
      ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
      hu-mp… as in th-ump, th-umper, th-umping
      jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
      ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
      koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
      nip-ple
      o-rgy….as in po-rgy, zo-rgy, etc.
      pi-s......as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, therapi-st, etc.
      p-orn… as in p-ornography
      pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
      que-er
      ra-pe.....as in scra-pe, tra-peze, gr-ape, thera-peutic, sara-pe, etc.
      se-x......as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
      sl-ut
      sn-atch
      sp-ank
      sp-ic.....as in desp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
      sp-oon
      sp-ook… as in sp-ooky, sp-ooked
      strip-per
      ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, etc.
      va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
      who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
      wt-f....also!!!!!!!

      There are more, some of them considered "racist", so do not assume that this list is complete.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      Helpful Hints, your name suits you. thanks!!!

      March 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      Ok, I didn't block your post. Forgive me, I am just an orifice.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Helpful Hints

      Bootyfunk,

      Thanks. Glad to help. The real thanks, however, goes to a long-ago poster @Raison/@SumDude, who laboriously inputted tons of words (late at night, several times), trying to work out the bugbears and fixes.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Helpful Hints

      p.s. Why CNN can't provide a list is beyond me.... it's just cruel and frustrating to new posters.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Sir Not Appearing in this Film

      I'm still trying to figure out how to work "Scunthorpe" into one of these discussions.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  10. Bo

    I heard, many years ago, that all the nunneries in Mexico (at one time) were closed because there were too many cases of nuns being r.a.p.e.d by the priests and the babies were being killed to hide the evidences, but I can find nothing on the Internet about it, does anyone know about this?

    March 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Penitration Investigation

      I am on the case!!

      March 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Penitration Investigation

      The shocking testimony of Sister Charlotte Wells should have led to an open investigation of murder and child killing in all cloistered Vatican convents in the U.S. and around the world.

      But instead, after Sister Charlotte went public with her shocking account of murder, torture, s.e.xual abuse and child killing behind the walls of a Carmelite convent, the whole tragedy was hushed up after she was murdered by the Pope’s henchmen in the Jesuit Order.

      http://wesdancin.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/the-sister-charlotte-keckler-story-the-horrors-deep-within-the-church-of-rome-get-this-to-every-female-male-woman-man-of-all-ages-all-parents-all-grand-parents-2/

      March 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Bo

      OK, I found what I was looking for. All the Convents and Monasteries in Mexico were closed in 1861 because of the mistreatment of the Nuns including the mentioned abuse. They became the property of the government and were reopened in 1934 as museums.
      So the comment I wanted to make is: I think the government ought to investigate the Monasteries and convents in the U.S., no, the whole world, for the abuse that goes on. Perhaps, just perhaps these places may be closed also.
      I'm all for issuing an ultimatum to the Catholic church that if one more undisclosed [covered up]case of child molestation by a priest occurs in the U.S., that the church be closed down.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  11. Bootyfunk

    how do you get a nun pregnant?

    dress her up like an altar boy...

    March 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I am reminded of the advantage Jimmy Johnson has at Fontana every year.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Lester Gester

      ...and the pregnant nun will have a baby in secret and hidden away from the local Archbishop!

      March 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  12. Pipe-Dreamer

    The Denigration of the human body by another body of samely human vestige is not only emotionally disgusting, such is sociologcally immoral and stands against all leavened righteousness.

    March 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • Penitration Investigation

      You mean it's wrong? That is just the type of info I need.

      March 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Feel Free to Ignore Pipe-Moron

      Don't encourage Pipe-Dreamer. He is just playing a cutesy-pie game of writing Jabberwocky non-posts. It's the kind of thing that dim bulbs like him do in their desperate efforts to convince themselves how clever they are.

      March 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah. What was the old screen name he used to use?

      Same drivel.

      March 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      The renal conscripts of vented salutations are self-stimulative abuttments of the ill who need to be led and fed verbally righteous facts regarding fingerling momentums that give frugal weightiness upon their diets. Malnourished embolisms need to be burped before they start to throw-up.

      March 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Brad

      PD, Did you categorize these trolls as malnourished? Nah, these are masses that carry excess body fat with poor self image.

      March 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Darn those pesky facts things!

      @ Chad – If you have seen the studies of obeisity, you will clearly see that the highest rate of obeisity in the United States is in the Bible Belt, and in the developed world, the more atheist countries of Europe are less obeise than America, especially Bible Belt America.

      But don't let the facts stand in the way of your delusions.

      March 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  13. Sports Fan

    I am reminded of how many putts Tiger put in the hole to take the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week.

    March 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  14. Pipe-Dreamer

    Socialists are diverse variations of Life's Minglings. As Social circles overlap, they become as naughtiness in the eyes of those who find discourse against others' lamentative figurines. Life itself does not change issues of Socialism. Life continues on as it once was in the beginnings. The Choices one takes on is how one denotes their social wants. Ergo, to infect another with subversive acts that denegrates the human body is,,,,,,, need I say more?

    March 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, we already know it'll be gibberish, too.

      March 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  15. momoya

    And nobody is surprised.. What a comment on the organization that no one is shocked to learn of MORE s.e.xual abuse cases!

    March 25, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  16. Bootyfunk

    hard to believe?

    not really...

    and these guys have the nerve to say they should be examples for living a 'good' life. monsters that protect monsters.

    March 25, 2012 at 8:22 am |
  17. Rahul

    Maybe, they should also release a book highlighting the millios of North Korean and Vietnamese lives lost due to atheism. Atheism is not good for the environment.

    March 25, 2012 at 7:59 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      and the Jews killed by Catholic Hitler? the difference being no one kills in the name of atheism. atheism has no rule book saying kill g.a.y.s and keep women subjugated.

      compare Christianity to Humanism for a set of good rules to live by. Humanism is far superior. and it's not a cult.

      March 25, 2012 at 8:16 am |
    • rick

      how were these lives lost due to atheism?

      March 25, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • Rahul is lying

      It was not the atheism that caused the deaths. Of all the totalitarian regimes that mass-murdered people, only a minority were atheist. Most had connections to the dominent religion, as was true in Latin America and Africa.

      To a thinking human, the problem is obviously totalitarian regimes, but to people like you who like to pervert history into a lie that supports your bigotries, then the problem is the irrelevant tangential association.

      March 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Otto

      There is a difference between immoral actions by atheists and immoral action in the name of atheism.

      You want to connect being immoral with atheism and so the opposite should be true, a higher percentage of moral people because they are theists. But you know that is not the case, you arguement on correlation falls flat.

      March 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Answer

      What Rahul and his lot have been doing is just constantly rehashing falsehoods.

      They can only use falsehoods because that is the sum of their entire life.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  18. Reality

    Only for the newcomers:

    Why did today's pope, prelates, preachers and rabbis, so focused on society's se-xual sins, lose sight of clerical se-xual sins?
    "
    FEAR, SHAME and GUILT and COVER IT ALL UP!!!

    Obviously ordination in any religion is not assurance of good behavior !!!!!

    Neither is coronation!!! e.g. Henry VIII, King David.

    Neither is marriage as 50% of those men convicted of pedophilia are married.

    Neither is being elected president of the USA!! e.g. Billy "I did not have se-x with that girl" Clinton, John "Marilyn Monroe" Kennedy"

    Neither is possessing super athletic skill!!! e.g. Tiger "I am so sorry for getting caught" Woods.

    Neither is being an atheist or pagan since pedophilia is present in all walks of life.

    If someone is guilty of a crime in this litany of "neithers" they should or should have been penalized as the law dictates to include jail terms for pedophiliacs (priests, rabbis, evangelicals, boy scout leaders, married men/women), divorce for adultery (Clinton, Kennedy, Woods), jail terms for obstruction of justice (Clinton, Cardinal Law) and the death penalty or life in prison for murder ("Kings David and Henry VIII).

    March 25, 2012 at 7:54 am |
  19. Keith

    Allow me to shove this in your face again-until maybe you address it....
    Hey Prothero, Gilgoff,and Marrapodi, I've got another story you seem to have overlooked:
    Saudi Grand Mufti: 'Destroy All Churches'

    Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah declared that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region."
    Why don't you guys pull your heads out of your asses, quit being hypocrites, and show us your pet religion of "love, peace, and tolerance" in action? Or is islam your 2nd favorite-right behind atheism?
    The Crescent News Network strikes again!
    C'mon you guys. You could run a story about the Saudi Grand Mufti saying how all the churches should be destroyed right next to one with Imam Rauf wanting to build the Ground Zero mosque so such things can be brought to our continent.

    March 25, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • Keith

      Just shining a little light on the hypocritical b.s. propaganda that cnn spews on a daily basis.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:52 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      The facts don't change! The catholic church covers up and protects perpetrators of abuse on children. Anyone who can defend the church needs serious help. These men don't deserve a free-pass, they deserve jail. The stats don't lie...go to bishopaccountability.org and see for yourself.
      You can attempt to blame Atheists all you want for other things but it does not take away from the reality of this or any other atrocity committed in the name of a belief in a deity. If your god was so real, why would it be allowing these men to do such horrible things or is it simply that your god has an issue with children and doesn't care about them?

      March 25, 2012 at 8:35 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Obsessed much, Keith? Poor thing.

      You never did prove you're Christian. When will you do that?

      March 25, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I wonder if Keith honestly thinks anyone at CNN is reading his posts and running to the editors with the news that Keith has found them out? Does he think that writing on an anonymous board about the supposed 'hypocrisy' of the 'Crescent News Network" has any effect whatsoever on said network? Or on anyone else's opinion of it?

      Dude, why don't you just contact CNN directly and then vote with your feet?

      Oh, wait. That wouldn't give you the audience you so desperately crave, would it?

      March 25, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • chief

      what smells is that the catholic church is associated with Christianity..... it loves calling itself that but in no way is it...

      March 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Keith..as an atheist I agree that all religions are pathetic little clubs that like to think they are superior to all others. I shudder to think of the horrors most likely perpetrated on the devout and fearful by the clergy of old who were beyond reproach...I would also think the abuses are not limited to recent history. The fact that the CC influence and control is diminished with the advent of modern media and laws, means the light of justice is being shone on these unpleasant corners.

      March 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Keith

      Hey CNN! Why don't you change the subject like I tell you to, so that people will conveniently forget the atrocities of Christianity?

      March 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Keith

      The fact that I chose to post this here-on this story-has no bearing on this story. It just happend to be the most current story available to post on. I don't defend pedophiles. As far as I'm concerned they should have their nuts nailed to a stump and then get kicked over backwards.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Keith

      And as far as you're concerned, Tom Tom the Koolaid chugger, how in the hell would YOU know what a Christian is? A dip like you would probably present Obama as a classic example. I don't answer to your heathen ass.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Keith

      Besides, did any of you retards see what the sheik said???? It would be the equivalent of the pope saying every mosque in Europe should be destroyed. Now would that not be news? Would that not be covered in the Belief Blog section? Damn you people are dense.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Keith

      chief is right.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So you can't prove you're a Christian? Thanks for your honesty. Now explain how you would have Obama do so.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Keith must be busy looking for the 'real killer' in the OJ Simpson case. Either that, or he's searching for the second gunman who was on the grassy knoll in Dallas.

      It's all a conspiracy, man!

      March 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • Keith

      The chemtrails are people!

      March 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Keith..religions and its adherents say bad sh..it crazy things all the time..if any news organisation spent time reporting them as real threats there would no room for other news. You can look at it two ways..report it and incite the other crazies to act out on this Shieks madness, or ignor it and not allow it to ooze further into the normal real world. Look at the chanting mad crowds out for blood when a cartoon was drawn in a newspaper some time back..truth is most of those guys may never had heard about it but the attention paid to it my the news media got the rabid crowds going.

      March 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • Keith

      Tom the Kool-Aid chugger, I didn't say that I couldn't prove I am Christian...I did say that I don't answer to your heathen ass. See Tom, you're sooooo dense.

      March 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You can't or you'd do so, little boy. I believe you're a Muslim. Prove otherwise. You claim to be a Christian but you can't prove it. Therefore I conclude you're Muslim.

      See how that works? Just like you think it works with Obama.

      March 26, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  20. Religion is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer is delusional.

    March 25, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Yeppers 🙂 It is for the weak minded, the fear-mongering control freaks who are too lazy to think for themselves or to take responsibility for their own actions!

      March 25, 2012 at 8:37 am |
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