Monday, July 12, 2010

Depose the Pope!

Let's see it was all of June 28th that I predicted that in the wake of the Supreme Court's refusal to hear the Vatican's appeal in Doe v. Holy See that Jeff Anderson would seek to depose the Pope, over the weekend the LA Times reported that Jeff Anderson has announced that at the first opportunity he will seek to depose, Guess Who? 

Under the caption, Pope Benedict to be Deposed, the American Catholic reports:

"The most evil inspired man in the world, attorney Jeffrey Anderson, plans to 'sue the sh-t out of [the Catholic Church] everywhere'. Because the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Vatican, a court case will move forward allowing for the Vatican to be sued.

'I have known for 25 years that all roads lead to Rome,' said Jeff Anderson, the Minnesota attorney who represents the plaintiff. 'This is the beginning for us of a new journey, a uniquely difficult odyssey.'Anderson, who has represented hundreds of abuse victims and has tried for years to sue the Vatican, said he hoped to persuade a judge that he should be allowed to depose Vatican officials.

Jeffrey Lena, the American attorney for the Holy See, argued the Vatican is not responsible for individual priests in dioceses, saying the existence of the priest in the case 'was unknown to the Holy See until after all the events in question.'

The original lawsuit, John V. Doe v. Holy See, was filed in 2002 by a Seattle-area man who said the Rev. Andrew Ronan repeatedly molested him in the late 1960s.

'The Holy See does not pay the salary of the priest, or benefits of the priest, or exercise day-to-day control over the priest, and any of the other factors indicating the presence of an employment relationship,' Lena said.

Saint Paul, Minnesota attorney Jeffrey Anderson also added that he will depose Pope Benedict once the opportunity presents itself."
Shows precisely where the editors of American Catholic come down on values. It's not the sexual predators, it's an American civil lawyer who has spent the better part of his working life holding sexual predators accountable that is "the most evil inspired man in the world."  You would have thought maybe Adolph Hitler or Pol Pot would have headed the list before Jeffrey Anderson.

Jeffrey Anderson slept in my house, and borrowed some of my athletic clothes to go for a run--not once did I denote any sign of evil.  In fact the garment that he borrowed laundered up, real nice without any sign of Satanic staining. 

In all seriousness, Jeffrey Anderson is a fine lawyer and a great man.  I hope he accomplishes the goal of deposing the Pope Benedict, and that henceforth, the Church remembers that it can not without consequence enable then turn a blind eye to child sex abuse by priests. 


  1. Dear BL,

    Adolph Hitler was a fine organizer and motivator. He made many friends, loved pets, and was able to make the trains run on time.
    He was also still able to be inspired to do evil.

    You have inferred that the Church turned a blind eye? Bishops have been recalled, priests defrocked, and seminarians ejected.

    Not enough?

    How about the closing down of various schools, hospitals, and hospices to pay the judgments against Holy Mother Church?
    Want to squeeze blood from stone?
    How about completely new, aggressive, and transparent guidelines to root out, prevent, and warn others of possible pedophiles?

    Still not enough?

    I guess deposing the Pope may not even be enough to for your bloodlust.

    This pope was the one that gave no room for these pedophiles to continue once he was aware of it.

    But the New York Times continues to publish lies, innuendo, and anti-Catholic propaganda to paint this holy man as bad.

    We at The American Catholic do our best to get these pedophiles and their cases as much coverage as possible to get rid of the bad bishops and their enablers.

    Yet you have the gall to accuse us without any evidence?

    When this depraved human being, Jeffrey Anderson, wants to "sue the s*|t out of the Church" and depose the pope, you know he isn't doing it to get to the Truth. He's doing it for money. There is no noble cause behind his evil rhetoric. He is no knight in shining armor.

    The Church operates the world’s largest educational school system.

    The world’s largest hospital network.

    The largest aid program to the poor, hungry, and homeless.

    No organization, nation, or entity does what we do on a worldwide scale by people dedicated to doing these jobs for love rather than for money.

    Ask your neighborhood priest how much money he makes, you’ll be surprised that he doesn’t make as much as a burger flipper at your local McDonalds.

    Yes there are a few bad apples, but to indict an entire Church and a Pope with these wide brushes is irresponsible journalism at best.

    I can say more but it would take to long of the many virtuous programs that the Church does each and every day to respond to the muck thrown against Her.

    What have you done?

    Make a wild accusation against a bunch of editors that within a nano-second would put our bishop’s feet to the fire once we catch a whiff of any evil activities they do.

    These editors that in addition to working long hours for their vocation, be fathers to their beautiful large families, and are so full of love for their fellow man as Jesus asked us to do to find time to pray, meditate, and be active contributors to their parish and communities.

    And you accuse us of misplacing our values?

    I hope he accomplishes the goal of deposing the Pope Benedict, and that henceforth, the Church remembers that it cannot without consequence enable then turn a blind eye to child sex abuse by priests.

    We know what is good and evil.

    We've experienced many lapses of human frailty for 2000 years from the persecutions under Nero to the Nazi and Communist death camps of World War II.

    You think we turn a blind eye and do nothing?

    We pray, ask for direction, and are careful in what we say and write.

    I’ll give you that Mr. Anderson may be a nice guy, but to paint the Church as he does and go after the Church with an evil bloodlust as he does doesn’t make a good man.

    You have poor researching skills and a poor grasp of the details involved.

    Yet you still make those accusations.

    Shame on you.

    And yet despite the calumny you and Mr. Anderson lump on us we still will find the time to pray for the repose of your soul, your family, and your vocation so you to can see the Truth and realize the false accusations you haphazardly throw around.

    God bless you.

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  4. Brother Tito--

    Thank you for your post, your anger is palpable--but misguided. Unfortunately in American jurisprudence the only available for civil wrongs is money; and, the Church, my Church while it has done great good, has also done great wrong. I refer you to not only the individual cases of pedophilia by priests, but of the return of these priests and the cover up of these crimes by Bishops and others. Let me cite to you one name: A. James Quinn, Aux. Bishop--beginning with Father Gauthe. If you know as much as you seem to, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. Jeff Anderson and I deposed Bishop Quinn and he lied under oath about his role in manufacturing procedures for covering up crimes by priests in remarks to the Midwest Canon Law Society--not knowing we had the recording of his speech.

    Discovery, dear Brother Tito is nothing more than civil inquiry into facts, it is not persecution unless the person subject ot discovery seeks to hide the truth.

    You folks at American Catholic need to calm down and begin to exercise reason. The hyperbolic language betrays your irrational fear of the the truth--in fact I believe that the prayers of the faithful are the very instrument setting the Church free from its sins and to use your word, calumny.

    Thanks for the personal prayers, I believe in the power of prayer, I'll pray for you tonight and for my Church.

  5. Thanks BL.

    Prayers are always appreciated.

    We'll agree to disagree.