Monday, 11 December 2017

Sex abuse bishop Peter Ball and brother seek Catholic switch- BBC

Peter BallImage copyrightPA
Image captionPeter Ball was jailed for sex offences against teenagers and young men between the 1970s and 1990s

A former bishop jailed for sex offences and his twin brother have said they are looking to join the Catholic Church to "live and worship in anonymity".
Peter Ball, who is now 85, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for offences against 18 teenagers and men.
The former Bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester carried out the abuse between the 1970s and 1990s.
Ball's identical twin and former bishop Michael Ball said in an email events had "wearied and reduced us".

Email from Michael Ball

In the email, mistakenly sent from Michael Ball to BBC South East's Colin Campbell among others, the brothers said having been "battered by the Church" they would be looking to join the Roman Catholic Church.
They said they would like to "end our days in a church where we can live and worship in anonymity and without constant fear".
The BBC contacted Michael Ball about the email and he said a move to the Catholic Church was "a possibility".
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton said in a statement: "We confirm that Peter Ball has been in contact with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton, in which diocese he now lives, expressing an interest in becoming a member of the Catholic Church.
"This matter is subject to discussions between Clifton Diocese and the statutory authorities, who are the lead with regards to Peter Ball's risk management in the community."

'Manipulative' campaign

An independent review of Ball's case by Dame Moira Gibb criticised the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.
Dame Moira said he had received seven letters from families and individuals following the arrest and cautioning of Ball in 1992 for gross indecency - when he stood down as Bishop of Gloucester - but failed to pass six of them to the police.
Lord Carey had also failed to put Ball on the the "Lambeth List" which names clergymen whose suitability for ministry had been questioned.
Dame Moira also heard Bishop Michael Ball allowed his brother to attend functions in his place, even after his resignation, and on one occasion Peter Ball had introduced himself as his brother.
In 1994 Michael Ball campaigned to Lord Carey to return his brother to the ministry, with one bishop calling the brothers' activities "manipulative", Dame Moira reported.
Between 1995 and 1997, with Lord Carey's backing. Peter Ball returned to church ministry, eventually undertaking duties such as confirmations.
After a series of investigations Balls' ministry ceased in 2011, Dame Moira reported.
He was released from jail in February after serving 16 months.

I don't think that the Catholic church needs these two Balls!
I'm afraid we have enough homegrown pedophile priests ourselves without importing more from the Church of England.
If these two men do become part of a worshipping congregation the child protection officers in that parish will need to take a special interest in them to make sure that the parish's children and vulnerable adults are not put in any danger. 
They complain of "battering" by the Church of England! Surely those who have abused children and vulnerable adults have to be dealt with in a rigorous manner.  
It strikes me that they feel sorrier for themselves than they do for their victims.
They brought their trouble on themselves.
It is not a good sign that they are wallowing in self-pity instead of being totally repentant for what they did.
Self-pity and feeling hard done by are the marks of an abuser who does not realize the gravity of the crimes they committed. 




Sunday, 10 December 2017



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I have written to the D&C bishop Noel Treanor to inform him of the matter - but sad to say I do not expect him to do anything about it!


"Dear Noel,

I have received information that Rev Xxxxx Xxxxxxx, PP of Xxxxxx parish is involved in gay sexual cruising at various locations in Belfast including The Giant's Ring at Shaw's Bridge and a number of laybys on the AI motorway.

I'm afraid that I am wasting my time letting you know this as I expect you, as usual, to do nothing!

However, I would inform you that this matter is known to people in the media and will not remain secret for much longer.

Yours etc,

+Pat Buckley"

This priest, who was recently recognized giving oral relief to another man by one of his parishioners is only ONE of SEVERAL D&C priests who are currently involved in gay cruising, cottaging etc.

These priests names and activities are known to many of the other D&C priests and to an increasing number of diocesan laity.

EVERYONE is asking why Noel Treanor is tolerating all of this?

Some people say that he simply does not care?

Others say that he so short of priests he does not want to lose any priest no matter what he is at?

Noel Treanor does not have a pastoral bone in his body. He is a desk man - aloof and indifferent.

Paddy Walsh, his predecessor was no great shakes, but at least he challenged a priest if the story was in danger of becoming public.

Treanor does not seem to care who knows?

He is simply sitting in his ultra luxurious £ 4 million palace on the Antrim Road in Belfast - fiddling while "Rome" burns.

I have spoken to people who have visited Lisbreen - nicknamed "Chateau Noel" - who have been gobsmacked by its luxury and the fine food and wines available there.

Is it any wonder that Maynooth Seminary and many religious orders are going to hell - and becoming gay clubs - when bishops like Treanor are operating the way they are?

And, with the fact that most of the seminarians are actively gay we can expect the future church to be manned almost exclusively by priests who are cruisers and cottagers.

Here we are not even talking about priests who fall in love with another man and live in a discreet relationship - away from public view.

We are talking about men who are, while in seminary, being introduced to an outlandish and carefree promiscuous gay lifestyle enjoying sex with each other, priests, bishops and laymen.

These men then arrive in parishes and other ministries with robust sexual histories and begin a priestly life  with sexual abandon as its driving force.

Personally, I believe that a priest, who is gay, should be able to find a loving partner, commit to him openly and minister in a spirit of openness and authenticity.

But how can any man who spends his weekdays hanging around men's toilets, truck stops, traffic laybys, cruising sites etc have any credibility on a Sunday when he stands up in front of the People of God to lead them in Gospel way virtues?

Don't get me wrong. Any man can fall. The just man falls seven times a day. We have all fallen short.

But surely a promiscuous gay lifestyle - or a promiscuous heterosexual lifestyle for that matter - is in marked conflict with being a priest?

But for this generation of priests and bishops, it is now becoming the NORM!!!

Have any of our Blog readers encountered or spotted any of these priests? 


POPE FRANCIS HAS said that the English wording for the Our Father prayer should be changed, because it implies that God “induces temptation”.

The close of the Lord Prayer’s asks God to “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”.
The pontiff told an Italian broadcaster that the wording should be changed to reflect that it was not God who led humans into sin.
He said to TV2000: “It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation.
I am the one who falls. It’s not him pushing me into temptation to then see how I have fallen. A father doesn’t do that. A father helps you to get up immediately. It’s Satan who leads us into temptation. That’s his department.
Pope Francis highlighted the French translation of the Our Father, which uses the phrase “do not let us fall into temptation” instead.
The Lord’s Prayer appears in the gospel of Matthew.
The version we have now was translated from Latin, which was in turn translated from Ancient Greek, which was then translated from Aramaic, the language spoken at the time of Jesus.

I think that Pope Francis is unnecessarily fiddling around with the Our Father.
We all know that the Lord's Prayer was not composed in English and that it has undergone many different translations.
I never met ANYONE who took the words Francis is talking about literally.
"Lead us not into temptation" has always meant to me: "Do not allow us to fall into temptation". I never thought of it, until now, as possible meaning that God Himself leads us into temptation. 
Nor do I like it when priests or people say: "Our Mother/Father who art in Heaven" or simply: "Our Mother who art in Heaven" in an effort to placate extreme feminists.
Why mess around with ancient formulas just because someone, someone thinks it is not PC?
God, in so far as we can say anything about Him is a Spirit. That Spirit embraces masculinity and feminity and any other "inity" that exists.
But because we are human and have limited human language we have to use human concepts to think about God and human words to speak about God.
I know that thinking of God as "Father" - while it is Biblical - is also traditional and tradition has been patriarchal.
But we do not create a new "matriarchal of bi-archal tradition" in an attempt to try and understand the non-understandable.
Of course, we can use INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE on a daily basis and in the liturgy.
Often in Mass instead of saying things like "all men" I say "all men and women".
But I have no desire to start saying "Our Mother who art in Heaven" - whether the feminists like it or not!!!

Saturday, 9 December 2017


MAYNOOTH SEMINARY created a worldwide scandal last year after it emerged that the seminarian body was primarily homosexual and that heterosexual seminarians were being bullied, expelled and leaving.


CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS ORDERS - like the REDEMPTORISTS and the DOMINICANS now seem to be heading in the same direction according to the many reports that this Blog is continuing to receive from people who are claiming to have been bullied.

These reports are coming in surprising numbers from both Ireland and England - but the trend also seems international.

In the past few days, I received a long report from an English religious priest, who has spent decades in his religious order telling me the names and details of members of his order who are in homosexual relationships with each other!

Of course, this is a contradiction of these orders vows of chastity.

But the almost bigger problem is that the actively gay members of these order are forming vicious gay cabals and are persecuting other order members who are either not gay or simply keeping their vow!

In many cases some of the people involved in what this old priest called: "a cabal of gay bitches" those involved are in leadership positions in their orders and are making life a hell for others who are not so involved.

In one case a very elderly priest, who has always been faithful to his vows, is being persecuted simply because he has had a totally platonic friendship with a female friend for many years.

His leadership team accused this old priest of having sex with this woman on the basis that they went through the old man's laptop and found ONE perfectly normal facial photograph of his friend in his pictures folder. Nothing else! Just one picture of a friend.

This old priest has been moved from one place to another by his superiors to put distance between the two friends.

And now he is to be moved again as his friend has, for employment reasons alone, moved near where he is living.

AND - the problem for this old priest is that any complaint he makes would be investigated by the people who are persecuting him!


In 2015 an Italian Dominican - Father Adriano Oliva published a book which said that St Thomas Aquinas' teaching -while not promoting the sin of sodomy - allowed for the love between two gay people who gave their love sexual and genital expression.

Other Dominicans were appalled at what Oliva was claiming and accused him of misinterpreting the teachings of St. Thomas.

Father Oliva and those like him were called: "Gay Thomists".

In 2015 the former Master of the Dominicans - Father Timothy Radcliffe was named a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

This caused controversy as Radcliffe had written: "Certainly, homosexual activity, can be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual and nonviolent. So in many ways, I would think that it can be expressive of Christ's self-gift".

Many people think that it was Father Radcliffe's views on homosexuality that stopped him being appointed, as was expected, to the Archdiocese of Westminster.

I agree with Father Radcliffe's words.

But what of men and women with vows of chastity?

And what of cabals of queeny "bitches" running around dioceses and monasteries behaving as if they were in a gay sauna and persecuting those who are not part of their set?

I wonder how St Dominic would feel about that?

I wonder if that is justified in the writings of the Angelic Doctor?

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Pedophilia is a paraphilia that involves an abnormal interest in children. A paraphilia is a disorder that is characterized by recurrent intense sexual urges and sexually arousing fantasies generally involving: nonhuman objects; the suffering or humiliation of oneself or one's partner (not merely simulated); or animals, children, or other nonconsenting persons. Pedophilia is also a psychosexual disorder in which the fantasy or actual act of engaging in sexual activity with prepubertal children is the preferred or exclusive means of achieving sexual excitement and gratification. It may be directed toward children of the same sex or children of the other sex. Some pedophiles are attracted to both boys and girls. Some are attracted only to children, while others are attracted to adults as well as to children.
Pedophilia is defined by mental health professionals as a mental disorder, but the American legal system defines acting on a pedophilic urge as a criminal act.

The focus of pedophilia is sexual activity with a child. Many courts interpret this reference to age to mean children under the age of 18. Most mental health professionals, however, confine the definition of pedophilia to sexual activity with prepubescent children, who are generally age 13 or younger. The term ephebophilia, derived from the Greek word for "youth," is sometimes used to describe sexual interest in young people in the first stages of puberty.
The sexual behaviors involved in pedophilia cover a range of activities and may or may not involve the use of force. Some pedophiles limit their behaviors to exposing themselves or masturbating in front of the child, or fondling or undressing the child, but without genital contact. Others, however, compel the child to participate in oral sex or full genital intercourse.
The most common overt aspect of pedophilia is an intense interest in children. There is no typical pedophile. Pedophiles may be young or old, male or female, although the great majority are males. Unfortunately, some pedophiles are professionals who are entrusted with educating or maintaining the health and well-being of young persons, while others are entrusted with children to whom they are related by blood or marriage.
Causes and symptoms
A variety of different theories exist as to the causes of pedophilia. A few researchers attribute pedophilia along with the other paraphilias to biology. They hold that testosterone, one of the male sex hormones, predisposes men to develop deviant sexual behaviors. As far as genetic factors are concerned, as of 2002 no researchers have claimed to have discovered or mapped a gene for pedophilia.
Most experts regard pedophilia as resulting from psychosocial factors rather than biological characteristics. Some think that pedophilia is the result of having been sexually abused as a child. Still, others think that it derives from the person's interactions with parents during their early years of life. Some researchers attribute pedophilia to arrested emotional development; that is, the pedophile is attracted to children because he or she has never matured psychologically. Some regard pedophilia as the result of a distorted need to dominate a sexual partner. Since children are smaller and usually weaker than adults, they may be regarded as non-threatening potential partners. This drive for domination is sometimes thought to explain why most pedophiles are males.
A pedophile is often very attractive to the children who are potential victims. Potential pedophiles may volunteer their services to athletic teams, Scout troops, or religious or civic organizations that serve youth. In some cases, pedophiles who are attracted to children within their extended family may offer to babysit for their relatives. They often have good interpersonal skills with children and can easily gain the children's trust.
Some pedophiles offer rationalizations or excuses that enable them to avoid assuming responsibility for their actions. They may blame the children for being too attractive or sexually provocative. They may also maintain that they are "teaching" the child about "the facts of life" or "love"; this rationalization is frequently offered by pedophiles who have molested children related to them. All these rationalizations may be found in pornography with pedophilic themes.
Pedophilia is one of the more common paraphilias; the large worldwide market for child pornography suggests that it is more frequent in the general population than prison statistics would indicate. Together with voyeurism and exhibitionism , pedophilia is one of the three paraphilias most commonly leading to arrest by the police.
The onset of pedophilia usually occurs during adolescence. Occasional pedophiles begin their activities during middle age but this late onset is uncommon. In the United States, about 50% of men arrested for pedophilia are married.
The frequency of behavior associated with pedophilia varies with psychosocial stress . As the pedophile's stress levels increase, the frequency of his or her acting out generally rises also.
Pedophilia is more common among males than among females. In addition, the rate of recidivism for persons with a pedophilic preference for males is approximately twice that of pedophiles who prefer females.
Little is known about the incidence of pedophilia in different racial or ethnic groups.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fourth edition text revised, the following criteria must be met to establish a diagnosis of pedophilia.
  • Over a period of at least six months, the affected person experiences recurrent, intense and sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges or actual behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children aged 13 or younger.
  • The fantasies, sexual urges or behaviors cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of daily functioning.
  • The affected person must be at least age sixteen and be at least five years older than the child or children who are the objects or targets of attention or sexual activity.
A diagnosis of pedophilia cannot be assigned to an individual in late adolescence (age 17 to 19) who is involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with a 12- or 13-year-old person.
In establishing a diagnosis of pedophilia, it is important for a mental health professional to determine if the patient is attracted to males, females or both. It is also important to determine whether incest is a factor in the relationship. Finally, the doctor must determine whether the pedophilia is exclusive or non-exclusive; that is, whether the patient is attracted only to children (exclusive pedophilia) or to adults as well as to children (nonexclusive pedophilia).
One difficulty with the diagnosis of the disorder is that persons with pedophilia rarely seek help voluntarily from mental health professionals. Instead, counseling and treatment is often the result of a court order. An interview that establishes the criteria for diagnosis listed above may be enough to diagnose the condition, or surveillance or Internet records obtained through the criminal investigation may also be used.
An additional complication in diagnosis is that the paraphilias as a group have a high rate of comorbidity with one another and an equally high rate of comorbidity with major depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse disorders. A person diagnosed with pedophilia may also meet the criteria for exhibitionism or for a substance abuse or mood disorder.
In the earliest stages of behavior modification therapy, pedophiles may be narrowly viewed as being attracted to inappropriate persons. Such aversive stimuli as electric shocks have been administered to persons undergoing therapy for pedophilia. This approach has not been very successful.
In 2002, the most common form of treatment for pedophilia is psychotherapy , often of many years' duration. It does not have a high rate of success in inducing pedophiles to change their behavior.
Pedophilia may also be treated with medications. The three classes of medications most often used to treat pedophilia (and other paraphilias) are: female hormones, particularly medroxyprogesterone acetate, or MPA; luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists, which include such drugs as triptorelin (Trelstar), leuprolide acetate, and goserelin acetate; and anti-androgens, which block the uptake and metabolism of testosterone as well as reducing blood levels of this hormone. Most clinical studies of these drugs have been done in Germany, where the legal system has allowed their use in treating repeat sexual offenders since the 1970s. The anti-androgens in particular have been shown to be effective in reducing the rate of recidivism.
Surgical castration is sometimes offered as a treatment to pedophiles who are repeat offenders or who have pleaded guilty to violent rape.
Increasingly, pedophiles are being prosecuted under criminal statutes and being sentenced to prison terms. Imprisonment removes them from society for a period of time but does not usually remove their pedophilic tendencies. In 2002, many states have begun to publish the names of persons being released from prison after serving time for pedophilia. Legal challenges to this practice are pending in various jurisdictions.
The prognosis of successfully ending pedophilic habits among persons who practice pedophilia is not favorable. Pedophiles have a high rate of recidivism; that is, they tend to repeat their acts often over time.
The rate of prosecution for pedophiles through the criminal justice system has increased in recent years. Pedophiles are at high risk of being beaten or killed by other prison inmates. For this reason, they must often be kept isolated from other members of a prison population. Knowledge of the likelihood of abuse by prison personnel and inmates is not, however, an effective deterrent for most pedophiles.
The main method for preventing pedophilia is avoiding situations that may promote pedophilic acts. Children should never be allowed to in one-on-one situations with any adult other than their parents or trustworthy family members. Having another youth or adult as an observer provides some security for all concerned. Conferences and other activities can be conducted so as to provide privacy while still within sight of others.
Children should be taught to yell or run if they are faced with an uncomfortable situation. They should also be taught that it is acceptable to scream or call for help in such situations.
Another basis of preventing pedophilia is education. Children must be taught to avoid situations that make them vulnerable to pedophiles. Adults who work with youth must be taught to avoid situations that may be construed as promoting pedophilia.
Many states have adopted legislation that requires periodic background investigations of any adult who works with children. These persons may be paid, such as teachers, or they may be volunteers in a youth-serving organization.
The Boy Scouts of America has tried to address the problem of pedophilia by creating a training program that is required for all adults in the organization. All applications for volunteers are reviewed and approved by several persons. Adults and youth are required to use separate facilities on all activities. Secret meetings and one-on-one interactions between adults and youth are prohibited. This program has received several national awards.  Read more:

 What are the Implications and Future Directions of Neurobiology and Pedophilia?
Previous research investigated the etiology of pedophilia from a neurobiological and neurodevelopmental perspective, utilizing state-of-the-art neuroimaging equipment and methods and physical markers known to be highly influenced by developmental challenges. Although the idea of a neurodevelopmental etiology of pedophilia has a very wide scope and this idea can be attributed to other psychological disorders, we feel its relationship to pedophilia warrants stricter research.
Support for a neurodevelopmental pathway comes from research investigating epigenetic dysregulation of sexual development in general, physical characteristics, and functional as well as structural brain differences in pedophilia. Pedophilia seems to have a small hereditary component, with cases clustering in families and familial transmission of deviant sexual fantasies and behaviors (Gaffney et al., 1984; Alanko et al., 2010).
Sexually offending and incarcerated pedophilic men show increased rates of left-handedness, have shorter stature, experience twice as many head injuries before the age of 13 as normal counterparts, and seem to have lower intelligence than teleiophilic men (Blanchard et al., 20032007; Cantor et al., 200420052007). These variables are present in pedophilic men significantly more often than in healthy control, but it is not clear if the reason for this is the sexual behavior disorder, the pedophilic preference, or even another factor.
The push for neurobiological research has resulted in three major aforementioned theoretical developments, all attempting to explain various aspects of pedophilia. The frontal lobe theory is a contender to explain offenses against children from behavioral disinhibition and uncontrolled compulsive behaviors. Noticeable structural and functional differences in size and function of the left and right dorsolateral prefrontal and orbitofrontal cortex have been found in pedophilic men with a history of contact sexual offenses against children (Burns and Swerdlow, 2003; Schiffer et al., 20072008a,b; Poeppl et al., 2011).
The temporal-limbic theory tries to explain pedophilia through structural and functional differences in the temporal lobes, thus focusing on the misattributed emotional salience and valence toward children. Several case studies highlight temporal and amygdalar lesions or functional activation differences that might contribute to the development of a pedophilic sexual preference (Cohen et al., 2002; Joyal et al., 2007; Schiltz et al., 2007; Walter et al., 2007; Sartorius et al., 2008).
The dual lobe theory suggests that both frontal and temporal disturbances are responsible for the range of behaviors seen in pedophilia, such as diminished impulse control as seen with orbitofrontal deficits and hypersexuality through the temporal lobes (Seto, 20082009; Poeppl et al., 2013).
Therefore, future investigations in the neuroimaging of pedophilia should use stricter inclusion/exclusion criteria to better limit potential confounds and actively recruit non-offending pedophiles to close the gap in knowledge between offending and non-offending pedophiles. This will also aid in researchers’ abilities to understand exactly what regions of the brain are implicated in pedophilic sexual preference development, as current literature interpretation implicates the brain in an overly ambitious manner. Examinations of the symptomatology and clinical aspects of pedophilia should first try to replicate original findings before novel ideas can be properly tested, including testosterone and its role in pedophilia development or the role of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin and their receptor densities in relation to behavioral perturbations. What is ultimately needed in this research field are stricter participant inclusion criteria and studies utilizing non-offending pedophiles and non-pedophilic offenders in order to ascertain what differences are true to pedophilia and those that are true to sexual offending against children in general. Please refer to Figure  for a visual of research questions and directions for the etiology and treatment of pedophilia.
Findings and questions regarding the etiology of pedophilia.
Now that pedophilia is an increasingly accepted research field and not only a side issue, scientists are more intensively investigating not only how it develops, but also how to treat, and ultimately, how to prevent offending against children. Ultimately, the success rests with researchers willing to investigate a topic that still carries a significant societal stigma load but promises to offer a significant improvement not only to patients but also to society in general


The vast majority of right thinking people regard the abuse, sexual or otherwise, of a child, to be a very grave matter and a criminal offence punishable by severe sentences.

Paedophilia is also an ever-present item in nearly every news programme these days and therefore we are constantly being reminded of it.

Emotional and angry reactions, especially from victims and their families, is perfectly understandable. - and it is hard to see how it could not be so.

However we humans are rational creatures - and even in this debate there must be room for a rational discussion about pedophilia, it's causes, it's symptoms - and how to tackle it.

In that context the above information is useful.

As a crime - and it is always a crime - it must be punished.

But we must also seek to understand it's causes - and in understanding that - we can work on prevention.

Modern medicine and psychiatry tell us that it is an "illness".

And just because you are ill you are not allowed to commit a crime.

Others are saying that pedophilia is caused by a brain, genetic or biological disorder?

But if it is a psychological and psychiatric illness it is perfectly valid to seek to find its causes and seek its cures?

And - there are pedophiles who do not act out their pedophilia - and look to medicine to help them to manage and/or cure what is wrong with them.

I hope this blog today might elicit some rational debate about the topic?