Pope Francis says about 8,000 pedophiles are members of Catholic clergy, including bishops and cardinals

I am now starting to realize why Pope Benedict retired early rather than deal with this mess.

Pope Francis has said two per cent of the Roman Catholic clergy worldwide, the equivalent of 8,000 members, are pedophiles.

The figure was revealed as the Archbishop of Canterbury separately admitted he expects more sex scandals to emerge from within the Anglican Church.

The Pope described child sex abusers as a “leprosy” within the Catholic Church and said the offenders include “priests and even bishops and cardinals.”

In an interview with La Repubblica newspaper in Italy, the pontiff cited his aides as saying that “the level of pedophilia in the Church is at two per cent.”

As the Catholic clergy numbers 414,000, it would mean more than 8,000 priests fall into this category. Estimates of the prevalence of paedophilia in the wider population range from a fraction of one per cent to four per cent.

In an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show Sunday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, said it was becoming clearer that pedophilia had not been properly addressed within Anglicanism and disclosed that he deals with the issue on a daily basis.

Asked if he was braced for the child abuse inquiry led by Baroness Butler-Sloss to uncover “bad stories,” the Archbishop replied: “I would love to say there weren’t, but I expect there are.

“There are in almost every institution in this land.”

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Guyana’s third world problems

It’s hard to believe that Guyana is still unable to do basic civic governance.

A total US$31.6 million, which is being provided by IDB and the European Union’s Caribbean Investment Facility (CIF), is to assist the Government of Guyana as it seeks to correct deficiencies, including inefficient equipment, less than adequate operation and management practices as well as high energy costs.

According to an IDB, 50% to 70% of the water produced by Guyana Water Inc (GWI), estimated at 123,241,062 m3 in 2013, goes unaccounted for despite advancements in annual billing, while the current sewerage arrangement covers 48,000 people living in Georgetown. This figure represents just 6.5 per cent of the national population, as the vast majority continue to use septic tanks and pit-latrines.

When asked why the PPP/C administration has taken so long to address these deficiencies, Minister of Housing and Water Irfaan Ali told Stabroek News that steps were initiated to improve GWI’s efficiency some years ago. He admitted, however, that there have been challenges along the way.

With regard to reducing losses, Ali reiterated that the system is old and inefficient but also said that many of the problems are caused by customers. He said many persons continue to tamper with the system, going as far as breaking pipes so as to redirect the flow of water. He noted that several mining operations in Region 8 are known for perpetrating such acts. When this happens it compromises the integrity of the distribution system, opening it up to contamination.

Ali also said there are instances of meter tampering, which means persons are not paying what they ought to for the water they use. The minister added that persons opt not to pay their bills. GWI has stated before that many customers illegally reconnect their water without paying arrears.

How will you remember your parents?

Scathing obituary goes viral

George Ferguson, a late B.C. inventor and United Church minister, was a bounder, a scoundrel and a ne’er-do-well. That’s according to his daughter, who wrote an unusually acerbic obituary of her father in the July 6 edition of the Victoria Times Colonist that has since gone viral.

“Certainly, no one could accuse him of having been a loving son, brother, or father,” wrote Karen Shirley, 53, in her unforgiving but lyrical send-off.

“Was he a small-time con-man with grandiose schemes? Probably.” He was also “a poor man’s rhetorician who beguiled certain women into buying into his promises and dreams.”
Speaking to the Star by phone, she said she amassed the energy to pen her father’s story when she found herself locked out of his apartment because the rent was past due.
Instead of packing up the dead man’s things, she unpacked his life on the page. The writing was unclouded by grief, she says. “He’s left us with all kinds of paper work — I don’t have time to feel anything! . . . It’s just strange when a very powerful person in your life, who you don’t love, dies. That shadow is gone.”

Shirley, a philosophy teacher at Camosun College in Victoria, left the obituary unsigned but was identified by Tom Hawthorn, a veteran obituary writer himself, in a story for Legacy.com.
The assessment of her father’s character has attracted attention online for its wry tone and rare candour. The piece has been making the Twitter rounds since appearing in print, and the web version has dozens of comments.

Despite arriving at a much gentler judgment, it was received with the same astonishment as a now-famous obituary of Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick, written by her children in

2013 and featuring the line, “She is survived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way possible.”

It started me thinking how I would remember my parents.  I won’t be writing their obituary as I doubt I will be invited to the funeral but it’s an interesting exercise to think of their legacy and impact on you and the world.

I would have very different experiences with my mom and dad.  From all accounts they are great parents and grandparents to my brother and his family.  They are loved by the church but at the same time they rejected me when I told them I was molested and sexually assaulted growing up.  What else is there to say after that?  Probably the harshest thing in that was the line, 

It’s just strange when a very powerful person in your life, who you don’t love, dies. That shadow is gone.

I have wondered what it will be like when my parents die.  For years I wanted to resolve our relationship so I wouldn’t have to deal with like this but 15 years later and no real contact and as they have gotten older, fiction has replaced fact, I realize that it is never going to get better.  Maybe it will be a shadow that has gone.

Jordon says that a person writes their own obituary by the life they live.  So while Karen Shirley may have put words to paper, it was George Ferguson who wrote it by how he lived.