While most Catholics were distracted by the media circus surrounding Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, Marco Tosatti reported on a biography of Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Belgium. The story was picked up by Rorate and Edward Pentin, and others.
Among the information brought forward is that Danneels himself claims credit for the election of Bergoglio to the papacy. Quoting from Danneels himself, the authors of the biography state that Danneels affirmed he was part of a “‘Mafia-club’ called St. Gall” which worked for years to get Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope. Tosatti then quoted from the Belgian newspaper “Le Vif”, “On March 13, 2013, an old acquaintance was at the side of the new Pope [at the St. Peter’s Basilica loggia], Francis: Godfried Danneels. Officially he stood there in his role as the dean of the cardinal-priests, but actually he had operated for years in secret as the king-maker.”
And now we know that Pope Francis has once again appointed Cardinal Danneels to this final Synod to start in a few days. For the time being, let’s ignore the discussions over whether this additional information, indicating manipulation of the papal conclave affects the validity of Bergoglio’s papacy. Let’s focus instead on:
What sort of man is Danneels, the man behind the Bergoglio Papacy?
What does it tell us about the Synod on Marriage and the Family?
Today, we’ll look at just a bit of information. If at all possible, I hope to follow up with at least one more on this crucial issue.
Elizabeth Yore is an internationally known advocate for children. Let’s see what she says about His Eminence Cardinal Danneels. In an article on November 4, 2014, she wrote:
“During his 30 year reign from 1979-2010, as primate of Belgium, Cardinal Danneels oversaw the disastrous free fall of Catholicism in the once strongly Catholic country. Danneels presided over the precipitous secularization of Belgium which instituted abortion on demand, same sex marriage, and euthanasia. In June 2013, Danneels indicated his support for providing legal recognition for same-sex couples. … Not surprisingly, under his episcopacy, religious vocations sunk to a historic low and church attendance dropped to a pitiful 6%.
“… But there is even more disturbing behavior which raises serious questions about the Pope’s judgment in choosing Danneels to advise him on family issues and propagating the Catholic faith. On April 8, 2010, the newly retired Cardinal Danneels received some visitors at his home. They were the relatives of the Bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, Danneels’ close friend. At this meeting, the nephew of Vangheluwe described a long and sordid 13 year molestation by his uncle, the Bishop of Bruges. Cardinal Daneels advised the nephew not to go public with the sexual abuse. During the meeting, Danneels advised the young man not to “make a lot of noise” about the abuse he endured from his uncle bishop because Vangheluwe was scheduled to retire in a year anyway. “It would be better that you wait,” advised Danneels, while also urging the young man to forgive his uncle.
“The conversation was tape recorded by the nephew and subsequently released to the press. Cardinal Daneels, the former head of Belgium’s Roman Catholic Church for 3 decades, could be heard on tape urging this sexual abuse victim to stay quiet and not disclose the abuse until after the bishop who repeatedly molested him over a span of 13 years could retire. After the release of the recording, Danneels did not dispute the authenticity of the conversation. A media firestorm was unleashed in Belgium, a country still reeling over institutional coverups of child sex abuse.
“Bishop/Uncle Vangheluwe admitted to the sexual abuse of his nephew and stepped down from his post shortly after the April 8 meeting between his nephew and Danneels. Because of the statute of limitations law, the Bishop of Bruges was never charged with the crime. However, the plot continues to thicken.
Yore noted that one priest states that he had “personally informed Cardinal Danneels about Bishop Vangheluwe’s child sexual abuse several times between the mid-1990s and early 2000s. Father Deville told the Associated Press that he told Cardinal Danneels about a number of sexual-abuse cases. “The cardinal sometimes got angry and said it was not my job, that I should not get involved.”
Yore quotes Pope Francis in his remarks on the clergy sex abuse scandals,
“You don’t play around with the lives of children. The shame of the Church! But are we all ashamed of those scandals, of those failings of priests, bishops, laity. Where was the Word of God in those scandals? They did not have a relationship with God! They had a position in the Church, a position of power, even of comfort.”
Then Yore aptly remarks that, “Cardinal Godried Danneels served in a ‘position of power and comfort’ in his palace office for 30 years. And now, the retired Cardinal enjoys a position of power at the Family Synod.” I would add that by his remarks, the Humble and Merciful Bishop of Rome® shows us that he is fully cognizant of the gravity of the sins of clerical sexual abuse. So why?… Oh, never mind…
“The Belgian Police conducted a surprise raid on the Cardinal’s residence and office looking for documents relating to clergy abuse and questioned the Cardinal for 10 hours. Although the Cardinal was never charged, the Catholic Church’s own investigation commission issued a 200 page report on 10 September 2010.
“According to the report, the commission heard allegations from 488 complainants, concerning incidents that took place between 1950 and 1990. The report contained testimony from 124 people. Two-thirds of the complainants were men, now aged in their 50s and 60s. As head of the commission, Dr. Peter Adriaenssens, a prominent and respected psychiatrist, disclosed that Cardinal Godfried Danneels name surfaced in 50 cases, not as an abuser, but as someone who knew of the sexual child abuse by the clergy. [My Note: And the only action he took was to cover it up!]
“In 1998, a Catholic catechism textbook for Belgian children called Roeach 3 showed comic-book-style pictures of toddlers asking sexual questions and engaging in sexual play. The Belgian Catholic hierarchy, of which Danneels was the head, stated that the textbook was intended for adolescents, (as if that is a valid and Catholic justification) and that the pictures were meant to convey the idea that young children experience lust, a prevalent theory in contemporary psychology. Catholic parents were enraged and demanded that the Catechism be pulled from classrooms. Danneels repeatedly rebuffed the parent’s requests for meetings and removal of the book. Ultimately, the textbook was withdrawn after Catholic parents were required to seek intervention from the Vatican.
“Will Cardinal Danneels’ sexualized approach toward child catechesis and his dismissive and arrogant attitude toward Catholic parents be reflected in the final Family Synod document?
“Read the shocking and sordid story of Cardinal Danneels’ callous and imperious treatment of Catholic parents here.
“It is unconscionable and baffling that a prelate who covers up clergy child sex abuse, condones laws in direct violation of Church teaching, and allows the publication and distribution of prurient images and heretical teaching in a Catholic catechism for children provide advice and guidance to Pope Francis on the status of the Catholic family. What pastoral value and insight could this discredited Cardinal bring to the Synod’s understanding of the Catholic family?
“It boggles the mind and rattles the soul that this Cardinal who oversaw the precipitous decline and destruction of the Catholic faith in Belgium, promotes the sexualization of children is providing expertise on the future of the Catholic family.
“One final legacy from the 30 year ‘pastoral leadership’ of Danneels hangs over the Belgian Catholic Church. As a result of the rampant clergy child sex abuse scandal throughout Danneels’ reign, there were 13 suicides of victims of the clergy abuse. Inflicting and ignoring the criminal sexual abuse of children has deadly consequences and destroys families; it’s a nod to sin.”
I have accumulated dozens of documents on Cardinal Danneels but offer this one article by Liz Yore as it is the most factual and succinct of them. There are a few items that must be added to understand Danneels more fully. In the article above, it is stated that the Belgian police raided Danneels’ residence and office; that occurred in June, 2010 and in that raid, literally hundreds of files were confiscated and many of them contained confidential police reports connected with the Marc Dutroux case. Although much of the information which was formerly available online about the Dutroux case has now “disappeared” especially those connecting the Catholic Church, and most particularly “His Eminence” Cardinal Danneels, the facts remain that Dutroux, a notorious and admitted murderer and pedophile always claimed to have been only a minor figure in what he claimed was an extensive, international ring of abusers linked to prominent figures in international politics, finance and even the clergy. Interestingly, the online resources linking the Dutroux affair to the clergy have largely disappeared. If you search on, “Marc Dutroux and Cardinal Danneels”, you get a bit of information, but largely, it has been purged. You will get lots of “404” pages.
As I researched the Dutroux file online for this article, it became obvious that the most accurate, that is verifiable information had disappeared from what was available in 2010. However, what is still online does connect Dutroux with prominent persons in this horrible scandal in which snuff films, pornography, child abduction, pedophilia, torture and murder all figure.
Likewise, the extensive press coverage of Danneels ends abruptly after about September, 2010. No charges were filed. Danneels truly leads a “charmed life”. Danneels possession of the confidential police records in the Dutroux case has been glossed over and almost every bit of evidence linking him to the nasty Dutroux affair or even any other abuse has been purged from the public record. However, Alexandra Cohen at Brussels Journal still has information on Cardinal Danneels disgusting determination to plant filth in innocent young minds under the guise of Catholic Education. See Cardinal Danneels Responds In Character To Pedophilia Report, here, and The Fall of the Belgian Church here.
Readers, I have not dragged you into this cess pit of crime just to waste our time. The point I hope to make in the next post is that the people pushing the Bergoglio/Kasper Agenda are the same filth that has been working tirelessly to corrupt the doctrines and practice of the Faith. And they are now in total control. The Catholic media, amazingly continue to pimp for them. As always, the only remedy for this filthy infestation is the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We will address this in a follow-up post very soon.
Meantime, please continue to prepare for Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and beseech God’s mercy for our priests and Church as this Synod approaches.
On this, St. Michael’s Feast Day, let us pray again Pope Leo XIII’s great Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.
O Glorious Archangel St. Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and Powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in his own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil.
Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan, who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of his Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity.
These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered.
Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and Patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered, the root of David.
Let thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
As we have hoped in thee.
O Lord, hear my prayer.
And let my cry come unto thee.
Let us pray.
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon thy holy name, and as suppliants we implore thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel St. Michael, thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Queen and our Mother, we fly to thee in our need! Show yourself our Mother, protect us from all evil and lead us safely to Jesus. Amen.
~ by evensong for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, Queen of our hearts.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!