The Sacrament of Matrimony

Why did Catholics allow the beautiful word ‘Matrimony’ to just ‘slide away?’  Oh yes, there is a reason!

The Cathechism of the Catholic Church still calls it ‘The Sacrament of Matrimony’ … Both Editions.   So why don’t we?

It’s something like ‘Have a Nice Day’  It fits everybody’s PC vocabulary which is now pretty well ensconced in their word bag  Everybody who’s getting married calls it marriage … there’s gay marriage for example, and, all the other marriages.

When I got married, it was called ‘Holy’ Matrimony! WOW !  Let’s take a look at this never heard word:

 

“Matrimony:   The word first appeared in middle English sometime in the 14th century.  It enters English through the Old French word matrimoignie, which comes from the Latin matrimonium.

The root matr … is derived from the Latin word mater, for mother;   the suffix … mony refers to a state of being, a function, or a role.

Therefore, matrimony is literally the state that makes a woman a mother.

The term highlights the extent to which reproduction and childbearing are central to marriage itself.

In Canon Law 105 is we read these words:  ” The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring”                                                                                                                                                   https://thoughtco.com/what-is-matrimony – 542851                                                                          Scott P. Richert

 

 

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Mary Immaculate Queen of Peace

A glorious Immaculate Mother of God

Wondrous Star of the sea

Through mist and darkness and storms of wrath

Thy purest light gleams constantly

 

Loveliest lily, virgin most fair

Mystical Flower of God’s will,

The essence of Thy graciousness

Commands the waves to still

 

Glory of morning, garden of love

Gentle and noble thy birth

Here at thy holy shrine we kneel

Imploring thy grace for a troubled earth

 

Queen of the angels, light of the world

Behold from thy throne our unrest

Let heralds of peace bring their tidings once more

Shed thy light on the sea of distress.

 

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Poor Foote ! Poor Poor Foote !

Courtesy: Boston College Library Irish Section  JUNE 9, 1917   

A MARKED COPY ALWAYS EXCITES INTEREST – EVEN IN AN EDITOR’S OFFICE.  We got one the other day.  It was marked in blue pencil.  Above the name of the paper – SPRINGFIELD DAILY NEWS – WAS WRITTEN IN DISPLAY LETTERS – ??????

Arrow heads pointed downward to a paragraph framed in blue lines which we quote for our readers’ benefit: –

“None of the residue of the estate of William H. Foote, late postmaster of Westfield, which is left for the purpose of establishing free beds in the Noble Hospital of Westfield, must be used in providing free beds for those of the Roman Catholic Faith, according to the terms of his will, which has been filed for probate.

The will provides that the free beds shall be established with the residue at the expiration of two life interests in the estate.

The clause of the will containing this provision is as follows: –

I direct my trustees to turn over to the trustees of Noble Hospital of Westfield all of my estate then in their hands, principal and accumulated income, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining free beds for the respectable poor of Westfield, without regard to sex, color, race or religious creed, with the exception that such free beds shall no be available for persons belonging to or professing faith in the Roman Catholic Church.

I am led to make this distinction and exception because of the reason that I am:

(1)  a member of the Republican political party

(2)  a member of the Masonic Fraternity

(3)  a Protestant

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The White Rose Leaflets

Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans were leaders of a group of students who wrote and distributed anti National Socialist Philosophy.  (Nationalsozialismus/Nazi) leaflets which they wrote and printed themselves.  Sophie converted to Catholicism after reading Cardinal Newman.

  “When terror is in the air” and when  “a wave of unrest goes through the land we will allow ourselves no  rest until many join the cause and in a great final effort this system can be shaken off.”  The Scholls

After all, an end in terror is preferable to terror without end.”    Hans Scholl                                                                              download 4.jpg

Geschwisget ersi     The Scholl Siblings

The Second Leaflet of many by the Scholls:”

“After all, Hitler states in an early edition of “his” book (a book written in the worst German I have ever read, in spite of the fact that it has been elevated to the position of the Bible in this nation of poets and thinkers.

It is unbelievable to what extent one must betray people in order to rule.

If at the start this cancerous growth in the nation was not particularly noticeable, it was only because there were still enough forces at work that operated for the good, so that it was kept under control. (Hitler’s National Socialism)

As it grew larger, however, and finally in an ultimate spurt of growth attained ruling power, the tumor broke open and infected the whole body.  The greater part of its former opponents went into hiding.  The German intellectuals fled to their cellars, there, like plants struggling in the dark, away from light and sun, gradually to choke to death.

Now the end is at hand.  Now it is our task to find one another again, to spread information from person to person, to keep a steady purpose, and to allow ourselves no rest until the last man is persuaded of the urgen need of his struggle against this system.

Since the conquest of Poland three hundred thousand Jews have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way.  Here we see the most frightful crime against human dignity, a crime that is unparalleled in the whole of history.  Jews too are human beings.  Someone may say that the Jews deserve their fate.  This assertion would be a monstrous impertinence;  but let us assume  that someone said this – what position has he then taken toward the fact that the entire Polish aristocratic youth is being annihilated?  May God grant that this program has not yet fully achieved its aim as yet!  All male offspring of the houses of the nobility between the ages of fifteen and twenty were transported to concentration camps in Germany and sentenced to forced labor, and all the girls of this age group were sent to Norway, into the bordellos of the SS!

Why do German people behave so apathetically in the face of all these abominable crimes? Crimes so unworthy of the human race!

Hardly anyone thinks of it.  It is acceepted as fact and put out of mind.  The German people slumber on in their dull, stupid sleep and encourage these fascist criminals.  They give them the opportunity to carry on their depredations; and of course they do so.

Is this a sign that the Germans are brutalized in their simplest human feelings, that no chord within them cries out at the sight of such deeds, that they have sunk into a fatal consciencelessness from which they will never never awake?

It seems to be so, and will certainly be so, if the German does not at last start up out of his stupor, if he does not protest wherever and whenever he can against this clique of criminal, if he shows nosympathy for these hundreds of thousands of victims.  He must evidence not only sympathy, no, much more, a sense of complicity in guilt.Printing press used to create the leaflets.jpg

This Printing Press was used to print thousands of leaflets, stunning in their ability to awaken the multitudes and …  detested by Hitler for obvious reasons.  The leaflets  were spread by hand by the students in the group.

One day, Sophie thought she had an opportunity to spread more leaflets as she was walking down a hall at the Munich University, where there was a railing where one could see the floor below.  She thought no no one was there.  She scattered a few leaflets over the railing.  A janitor saw her and called the SS.

She was arrested and taken to the SS station and peoples court all in one.  She was convicted of high treason and beheaded all on the same day. Hans Scholl was also found guilty of high treason and Christopher Probst.  They were all executed a few hours after the judgment by Johann Reichart in Stadelheim Prison.  Scholls last words were “Es lebe die freiheit”  ( Long live Freedom)

On the day that Germany was finally conquered, their leaflets were dropped by the Allied planes all over Germany.  wr monument.jpg

These leaflets are a treasure to read.   We need a Sophie Scholl!!

We need all her friends!  We thank you for trying, Scholl Siblings!

Thanks for the Inspiration.

Did Francis Know What This Gift of a Ferule Really Was?

This was presented to Pope Francis, Merciful and not guilty of Clericalism, on  August 11, 2018, at a gathering which he held with 70,000 Italian youth in the Circus Maximus, the place where the chariot racing once took  place.

The two young ladies pictured are presenting the apparent ferule as a gift to be  used at the upcoming Youth Synod, which began yesterday October 4, 2018

Did the Pope just put it away without an examinatiion?  Perhaps.  Perhaps not.  Nonetheless, he carried it proudly in procession to the opening of the Youth Synod which was to take place with a Mass in St. Peters Square.

The ‘ferule’ is unusual, being made of wood.  Looking closely at it, one can see the figure of Christ at the ‘Y’ juncture.A3C083E5-63A9-4873-A67F-D8E398B72C95.jpg It would not be unusual for Francis, in his humility, to prefer a wooden ferule. We skate on thin ice!

But it is not a ferule.  It is a stang, a ritual tool in witchcraft.  If you have a stang, and only a witch would, you can do anything.  You can use it for an altar, you can ‘cast circles’ with it, and, it is portable for outdoor rites and festivals.

Casting circles?  What is that?  It is a term used in Wiccan tradition for setting up a temporary space as a psychic boundary.  To ‘cast a calm’ hold your stang in your right hand and point it outwards as you turn your body sunwise essentially drawing a circle with your stang.  As you do so you can recite a charm or call on your guardians.  When the circle is complete, drive your stang into the ground.  The calm is cast.  Let it be so.  Or, as Malachai Martin writes, in describing the chant response during the black mass he wrote of in his book:  ‘Keys of the Kingdom,’ ‘So mote it be’  Now you can perform your rite, spell, or invocation while in this protected space between the worlds.

Your stang can also be a conduit.  Sit or lay beside your stang in  the protected ritual space when you practice hedgecrossing.  You may find that having a stang as conductor for your spirit to travel down to the underworld, or up to the heavens,  significantly aids in your travels.  Think of the stang as a horse or chariot.  It is your ride to the otherworld.  If you wrap yourself in an animal hide while performing this rite you will be able to practice hag riding,  as when, your spirit travels through the stang,  it will take on the form of the animal.  You will be riding the animal, rather than your stang.

Your stang can also be used as a tool of fate.  (Not yours)

From a stang as distaff one can spin thread to represent a specific person’s soul.  Simply spin thread to represent the soul  Use magical thread and spin counter clockwise for use in spells and charms.  To bind someone’s spirit, the woven thread is kept sealed in a box or bottle after it is taken off the tines (without cutting it).  To unbind someone, the thread is removed and burned or cut up with a ritual knife.  The thread generally used is red to represent life force and energy.  Not the red threaded bracelet on the left wrist of the young lady presenting the ferula to the Pope.                                                                                    http://sarahannelawless.com/2011/02/27/how-to-use-a-stang/

Comment:  “I do disagree that fallen wood has no spirit in it.  A few months ago my betrothed found a piece of wood on the ground when we were out in the forest and handed it to me saying “this would be a good height for a walking stick.  A couple of weeks later I took it out when going into the same forest for a bat walk.  Some time into the walk I became aware that something was wrong, so I tuned in.  It was the stick … worrying that it would be thrown away and wanting to be used for something.

“I plan to carve some protective ogham when the stick is dry enough and I have tools and a vice set up.  But, it is happy now to be used as a walking stick and I use it at present to cast a circle.” Querus Robur

 

                                   

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Pray! Pray! For the Holy Father!  St. Jacinta Marto 

Oh! God of the Trinity, help us!

Our Lady of the Clergy, Help our Priests                                                                                                      And our Seminarians!

                                     Viva Cristo Rey!   Ecclesia Vivat!                                                         

Pope Opens Youth Meeting as Sex Abuse Survivors Stage Sit In

ABC News  Pope Francis urged Catholic bishops to dream of a future free of the mistakes of the past as he opened a global church leadership meeting Wednesday amid renewed outrage over the Priestly sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

Yet down the block from the Vatican’s synod hall, about two dozen abuse survivors staged a sit in, demanding their cause be taken up at the meeting and voicing outrage that some of the delegates had covered up for abusive priests.

“Make Zero Tolerance Real” read one protest sign.

Francis welcomed more than 250 priests, bishops and cardinals … as well as 34 young Catholics … to a monthlong meeting on ministering to future generations, urging young and old to listen to one another without prejudice.

He prayed for God’s help to ensure the church “does not allow itself from one generation to the next, to be extinguished or crushed by the prophets of doom and misfortune, , by our own shortcomings, mistakes and sins”

There’s the “prophets of doom” again, generally meaning the Fatima children and the children of LaSalette.  ms

The Oct. 3-28 synod comes amid new revelations about decades of sexual misconduct by priests and cover-ups in the U.S., Chle, Germany, and, elsewhere.  That has sent confidence in Francis leadership to all-time lows among the American faithful.

A new survey by the Pew Research Center found that just 31 percent of U.S. Catholics felt the pope was doing an excellent or good job in addressing the abuse issue, down from 45 percent in January and 55 percent in 2015.

Those cases, coupled with the release of devestating studies about decades of abuses and cover-ups in Pennsylvania and Germany that predated his papacy, have fueled doubts about his oft-stated pledge of having “zero tolerance” for that, since implicated bishops remain in place.

“Pope Francis talks about zero tolerance, and that bishops who cover up should be removed and put on trial” said Alessandro Battaglia, who was 15 when he was abused by a Milan-area priest who last month, was convicted, and, sentenced to over 6 years in prison.

The current archbishop of Milan, Mario Delpini, testified at the trial of the Rev. Mauro Galli that he had transferred Galli to another parish rathen report him to police or keep him away from other potential victims, as Battaglia’s family had requested.

Despite publicity about the case, Francis named Delpini archbishop of Milan in July and named him a papal delegate at the synod.

“What is this ‘zero tolerance?” Battaglia asked at the protest Wednesday.  “If he wants to give a sign of zero tolerance and coherence and credibility, remove him (Delpini)”

Among those participating in the protest were the hearing impaired victims of the notorious Antonio Provolo Institute in Verona, Italy, where deaf children were sodomized for years by Catholic priests and brothers.  The victims have found no justice even though Francis and the Vatican were informed of their plight in 2014.  They are no preparing a case to take to Italian prosecutors.

“Clericalism is a perversion and is the root of many evils in the church” he told the delegates.  “We must humbly ask forgiveness for this and above all create the conditions so that it is not repeated.”

Clericalism is a perversion?  I don’t think so.   It may be classed as a culture in the Church where the clergy and newly formed lay positions since Vatican II (Liturgist ex.) think they are above the ordinary lay.  How can a Priest or Lay Liturgist think that, just because he or she is there to help and to instruct … he or she can sexually attack a child.  Where is the connection?  Where does it turn into evil lust? 

Francis choked up during his homily when he welcomed two Chinese bishops to the gathering, the first time Chinese bishops have attended a Vatican synod.  That was made possible thanks to a landmark agreement with Beijing over bishop nominations that unified the Chinese Catholic leadership for the first time in decades.

Yes, something like the Treaty of Metz where Cardinal Eugene Tisserant met with the Russian Orthodox Patriarch in Metz, France, and a treaty was signed agreeing to absolutely not mention the word communism at Vatican II in exchange for the attendance of Russian Orthodox ‘biggies’ at the  Vatican II Council.  m.a.

 

photo : Bishops and Cardinals attend a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis for the opening of a synod, a meeting of bishops, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican.

Opus Dei Sex Abuse Case: an Exclusive Interview

By Randy Engel                                                                                                                 AKA Catholic                                                                                                                     September 24, 2018

Photo: Gaztelueta, an Opus Dei private boys school in Leioa (Bizkaia) Spain

AN INTERVIEW WITH MR. JUAN CUATRECASAS ON THE GAZTELUETA SEX ABUSE CASE

(Note: The following interview with Mr. Juan Cuatrecasas Asua is a follow up to the detailed investigative report of the Gazelueta sex abuse case by this writer  (Randy Engel) that appeared as a two-part series, “The Gaztelueta Sex Sex Abuse Case – Opus Dei on Trial” on AKA.  The reader may want to refer to that report before reading this interview with Mr Cuatrecasas, the victim’s father.  The Gaztelueta case is expected to go to trial on October 4 to October 11, 2018, at the Audiencia provincial de Vizcaya (Bizcaia) in Basque, Spain. – RE

Randy Engel:  Thank you, Mr. Cuatrecasas, for agreeing to this interview.  I am grateful that you write and speak English so well  Is this your first American interview on the Gaztelueta case?

Mr. Juan Cuatrecasas:  Yes, it is.  You are very kind to interview me and allow me to talk about this terrible case, which is important not only for Spain but also for the whole world.  The sexual abuse of anyone, especially a child, is, in my opinion, a way to denigrate the human being.  It is a grave matter, as are the coverups and intrigues that accompany the crime and add to the misery of the victim.

RE:  You have been seeking justice for your son and your family for many years, and finally that time has come.  You must be experiencing both a sense of relief and anticipation with the criminal trial coming up in October.

J.C.:  That the possibility of a criminal trial exists is inself a triumph not only for my son, but also for all victims of sexuall abuse who have not been able to denounce their assailants and who have been silenced by the hammer of false shepherds in the Catholic Church, and subsequently re-victimized by these very same false shepherds.

RE: With your permission, let’s begin with the latest news on your son.  I believe that the Spanish press has used the pseudonym, Asier.  How old is Asier now?

J.C.:  My son is now 22 years old.

R.E.: I understand that in sexual abuse cases involving minors, especially adolescent males, recovery does not always follow a straight forward path.  Would you describe your son’s personality before and after the sexual and psychological assault on his person?

J.C.: As far as  the change in personality of my son, I think this is more of a matter for the psychiatrist.  What is clear is that my son never had problems in his young life until JMMS crossed his path at the Gazetelueta school.  From then on, his life and, ours became hell.

[Note “JMMS”  refers to Mr. Jose Maria Martinez Sanz – Opus Dei numerary and alleged perpetrator of sexual abuse who taught religion, morality and languages at Gaztelueta, a- ]2018_09_24_Engel_OpusDei_ph_Jose 2.jpg

Jose Maria Martinez Sanz

RE:  Does he remain under medical and psychological treatment?

J.C.: Yes, he does.

RE:  In addition to the physical and psychological problems your son has suffered from his abuser, can you shed some light on what the spiritual repercussions have been for him and for your family?  From previous interviews I have received the impression that you and  your family have become stronger in your Catholic faith as a result of your many trials and tribulations.  I hope this is true because other victims of sexual abuse and their families need to hear this.

J.C.:  Of course, I can only answer this question for myself.  I still think there is a God and the He is good and just. But to be honest, given the Catholic Church’s poor track record with regard to helping victims of sexual abuse and its failure to bring the perpetrators of these horrific crimes to justice, I simply no longer see the Chuurch with the same eyes I once did.  I do not think there is any room for cowardice, infamy, and lies in the Church that Christ Himself established.  Maybe Pope Francis is the beginning of a better future for the victims of sexual abuse.  I don’t know. But I do know there is a lot of work to be done, and it is taking much too long to accomplish that work.

RE:  I have some questions regarding the Gaztelueta School, where the assaults on Asier occurred.  Can you tell me what you know about Opus Dei and why you selected Opus Dei school for your son?

J.C.: Well, as conscientious parents, we looked into all our options for schooling our son, and we picked the Gaztelueta school operated by Opus Dei.  I had studied with the Jesuits, to whom I will always be grateful for  the fine education I received but I have never been a believer or member of Opuus Dei.  My wife initially favored the idea, but she, like me, was never a member.

It grieves me to say that we were wrong in our decision.

We have been humiliated, mistreated, and harassed by Opus Dei officials and have suffered from their inhuman treatment of my son and our family.  Unlike the traditional wooden Catholic cruucifix, Opus Dei reminds me of a pre crystal cross without a corpus.  It is hard and brittle.  It has no heart.  It shows no mercy.

RE:  The name of the alleged perpetrator in the Gaztelueta case is Mr. Jose Maria Martinez Sanz {JMMS]  I should explain that he is an opus Dei numerary, not an Opus Dei priest.  I understand he comes from a very prominent Spanish family?  Is he expected to testify at the trial?

J.C.:  Yes, JMMS is the nephew of a prominent conservative politician.  I do not know whether he will testify or not at the upcoming trial.  All I can say at this time is that his attitude toward my son and my family has been regrettable.

R.E.  Initially, I understand that the Director of the Gaztelueta school appeared to be sympathetic to your son and family, but this has changed as the facts of the case emerged and the consequences of JMMS’s actions became clearer.  Is this true?

J.C.: Yes, it’s true.  Imanol Goyarrola, the Opus Dei headmaster at Gazelueta, is a sad and harmful character.  His lies and his negligence in not protecting my son, but rather protecting the perpetrator of the crime against my son will never be forgotten by me.

RE:  In my own investigation of the Gaztelueta case, I was very interested in the role of the “preceptor” in the educational system of Opus Dei.  Were you aware that Asier was assigned a mentor who was an Opus Dei unmarried man (numerary), who acted not only as a teacher but also as a personal guide and spiritual director and who had private and intimate access to your son on a regular basis.

J.C.:The preceptor of Opus Dei is a rather tricky figure.  I don’t think that the concept of the preceptor is necessarily a bad one, but in thhe case of Opus Dei, the position is often used to proselytize and recruit young boys to Opus Dei.  In my son’s case, JMMS violated his position both as preceptor and religion teacher when he sexually abused myy son.

RE:  JMMS was a visitor to your home at one time, was he not?

J.C.:  Yes, he took meals with our family on occasion, as this was the usual practice for Opus Dei preceptors.

RE:  I believe you commented in another interview that JMMS was interested in recruiting your son to Opus Dei while he was still a minor.  How was your son at the time?  How did you and your wife react to this solicitation?

J.C.:  Unfortunately, we did not learn of this matter until after the abuse had occurred.  I do not know the exact age of my son when he was being recruited to Opus Dei, but I suppose he would have  been about 12 or 13 years old.

RE:  As I indicated at the start of my interview, you and your family have been seeking justice for many many years.  During this time what kind of support has your son and family received from other parents at the Gazetelueta School?  From the Spanish hierarchy?  From Bishop Mario Iceta Gavicagogeascoa of the Diocese of Bilboa where the Gazelueta school is located?

J.C. To tell the hard truth, the only interest and support we have received as come from the Jesuits, from the Monsignor Juan Jose Omella, now Archbishop of Barcelona, and from Rev. Angel Unzuet, Vicar of the Diocese of Vizcaya, whose support our family solicited.  The rest of the Spanish hierarchy has been silent.  As for Bishop Iceta, he has repeatedly lied about the Gaztelueta case.

RE: At Christmas time in 2014, you received a letter of very welcome support from Pope Francis.  How did the pope come to know about the abuse of your son at the Gaztelueta school?

J.D.  I sent a letter to Pope Francis with a personal message, and the Holy Father responded by sending my letter and the accompanying documents on the Gaztelueta case to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which proved to be a dark hole from which no light emerged.

RE:  So, you turned over to the pope a complete dossier of evidence supporting your charges against JMMS and the Gazelueta school?

J.C.:  I did.

RE:  And Pope Francis, in turn, gave the file over to the Congregation  for the Doctrine of the Faith headed by Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Prefect?

J.C.  Correct

RE:  Please tell our readers about the mysterious role that Father Silverio Nieto played in the Congregations’s investigation of the Gaztelueta case, which, in fact, never took place.

J.C.: Silverio Nieto, who came to my home and interrogated my son, allegedly as a compassionate and caring representative of the pope, is a sinister character in the Gaztelueta tale.  He moves and walks in the shadows – cheating and lying.  He was an authentic Richelieu -a concealer of truths and creator of lie.

I believe that Nieto acted as the premeditated and treacherous instrument of Opus Dei, which has been determined to silence our truth and our complaint against their numberary, JMMS, and the Gaztelueta school, which is an Opus Dei corporate apostolate.  And I also know that Bishop Iceta and Archbishop Renzo Fratini, the Apostolic Nuncio to Spain, were complicit in the calumnies leveled against my son and my family.

RE:  Am I correct in stating that neither your lawyers nor you know that the alleged inquiry of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was taking place at the Vatican, much less that it had been completed and had come down in favor of JMMS and Gazeleueta school officals?

What you say is true.  Neither my lawyers nor I was ever informed of the so-called Vatican investigation in the Gazelueta affair.  It simply did not exist  We were never given the opportunity to state our case.  Everything that came to us was transmitted oraly  We possess nothing in terms of official and concrete Vatican documents related to our case.  All we received was a short phone call from Father Angel Unzeta who announced, “I have been told to tell you that they {the Vatican} have closed the case”  Period.

The whole non-existent “investigation” by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith  was pure Theater of the Absurd!

RE:  At what point in time did your son decide to file a criminal case in Spains secular courts rather than going through the Churchs’ ecclesiastic judicical system?

J.C.:  My son decided to start criminal proceedings against JMMS when he was 18 years old, that is, approximately 4 years ago.  He made the decision on his own, and my wife and I have naturally  supported him.

RE:  As we draw our interview to a close, what lessons do you think the Gaztelueta case could teach us?

J.C.:  While Americans have been forced to deal with the issue of the sexual abuse of children by clerics and other persons associated with the Catholic Church for decades now, I think the reader has to appreciate the fact that, here in Spain, the issue concerning child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church are relatively few.

I view pedophilia, which is the sexual abuse of young children, and pederasty, which involves homosexual attacks upon adolescent boys, as forms of terrorism.  These young victims need social recognition and moral compensation and nustice, and not just a cold and indifferent request for forgiveness unattached to any meaningful and concrete acts of reform both by Church and State.

Also when a psychiatrist, after, a thorough study of the victim, has confirmed the damage to the child and validates the circumstances of the child’s abuse, it should not be necessary that the young victim be forced to repeat over and over again the details of his assault to the point of exhaustion before any legal assembly.

RE:  What are your hopes for the upcoming trial, not only for your son personally, but also for other victims f sexual abuse, especially children and adolescents?

J.C.:  First , let me say that God is with the victims and their families.  Those who cover up for the perpetrators ofthese heinous crimes and treat the matter with abominable lightness, as is the case with Opus Dei, are not of Gd.

I am aware that there are many young victims of sexual abuse out there who, with their families, suffer in silence. Botht the State and the Church need to legislate new laws and legal processes that will make it possible for them to come forward and plead their case regardless of their social or economic status.

As for the upcoming trial which begins on October 4,1918, I expect a just sentence, that is, a sentence favorable to my son and against JMMS.  I believe that the eyes of the world will be on Sain during this historic trial as the whole truth of the Gazelueta sexual abuse case is revealed, layer by layer.  And all of the lies and deceits of Opus Dei concerning the sexual abuse of my son will be exposed for all the world to see.

RE:  That is certainly my prayer for your son and your family, Mr. Cuatrecasas.