Catholic Archbishop Says Pedophilia Is ‘Spiritual Encounter With God’

A high-ranking Catholic Church archbishop says sexually abused children can experience "a spiritual encounter with God through the priest".

One of the highest-ranking officials in the Catholic Church says sexually abused children can experience “a spiritual encounter with God through the priest” while being molested.

Australia’s most powerful clergy, Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart, says the Catholic practice of confession is satisfactory for dealing with pedophilia in the church as it helps priests absolve “their own guilt” after sexually abusing children.

Asked whether he was prepared to be jailed for failing to report child sex abuse by Catholic pedophile priests, Archbishop Hart confirmed he was willing to serve prison time.  He also claimed the right to cover for pedophiles in the church is an “absolutely sacrosanct communication of a higher order.

He made the shocking statement in response to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse which stated there should be “no excuse, protection nor privilege” for Catholic clergy who failed to alert police of abuse within the church.

But Archbishop Hart disagreed and insisted that sexual abuse was “a spiritual encounter with God through the priest” and was “of a higher order” than criminal law.

A new report by the commission proposed 85 sweeping changes to the criminal justice system and recommended that priests face criminal charges for failing to report serious crimes such as sexual abuse to the police.

As the law currently stands, clergy are not legally obliged to report crimes to the police and disciplinary proceedings for criminal activity by members of the Catholic Church are handled internally by Canon law, which operates independently of the regular legal procedure.

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Following an investigation by the commission, officials believe that the Catholic Church is using “confessional confidentiality” as a cover for not reporting child sex abuse by active pedophiles to the authorities.

We understand the significance of religious confession – in particular, the inviolability of the confessional seal to people of some faiths, particularly the Catholic faith”, said the report. “However, we heard evidence of a number of instances where disclosures of child sexual abuse were made in religious confession, by both victims and perpetrators.

We are satisfied that confession is a forum where Catholic children have disclosed their sexual abuse and where clergy have disclosed their abusive behavior in order to deal with their own guilt.”

Asked on Tuesday if he would rather go to prison than breach the seal of confession, he told ABC Radio Melbourne:

I’ve said that I would. I believe that this is an absolutely sacrosanct communication of a higher order.

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  • LowellST13

    Well, the catholic church or at least this archbishop are still cowering with knowledge that they have perverts in the catholic hierarchy. In the Bible, which the catholic church has ignored for quite some time it states 3 scriptures regarding the same harming of innocents, (little ones). Matthew 18:6, Luke 17:2, Mark 9:42. These three state similar punishments for those that harm them. Luke 17:2 “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” Nowhere in this scripture does it indicate that these children would have some type of spiritual encounter with GOD, if they were abused, molested by these Criminals. It Does state what should happen to the perpetrator. Bring them to JUSTICE, Follow GOD’s bible in punishment. THAT IS JUST.

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    • InfidelNumberOne

      Lowell, it is not ‘The Church’ doing the evil you describe but rather men within it’s hierarchy.

      It is those men who need to be brought to justice for damage done to The Church and the victims.

      • etyrnal

        the ‘CHURCH’ is not a building…. the people in it’s hierarchy ARE the church….

        I heard that Paedophile Priests can have a very very VERY spiritual encounter with God in the electric chair, guillotin, or firing squad… might just be something executioners say to justify what they do tho…

        • Percy

          Burning them at the stake could even heighten their spiritual experience to a new level

        • InfidelNumberOne

          The people in the hierarchy are an infinitesimal few. The people in the pews are The Church.

          Reflect and rejoice on the following
          Matt 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

          • etyrnal

            there seems to be some prevailing of priests on innocent children… and so far, quoting verses at them doesn’t seem to be prevailing in the opposite direction. Zero Effect. Don’t you imagine these priests are in an environment where “”prevailing”” scriptures are all around them?

            There’s some very REAL prevailing happening. Also quoting verses doesn’t absolve any responsibility as far as, “… knows what’s right to DO, and doesn’t DO it, them them it’s a sin…”

            We have an ACTUAL admission — a testimony by a priest suggesting (saying?) that paedophilia invokes spiritual encounters with god?? How would one know that?

          • InfidelNumberOne

            Please don’t misunderstand me, I am not giving them a pass. I was trying to take the focus off ‘The Church’ and lay blame on the shoulders of those responsible. The Church is the body of the faithful.

          • CrissCross

            By maintaining and sustaining a culture and an environment which knowingly shields the parasitic pedophiles in the clergy, the church is complicit in the cover up, it provides a haven for pedophilia to thrive & flourish.
            If the church is to be exempted from prosecution and liability for the actions of the house of pedophilia they built, then are mafia organisations to be exempted from carrying liability for the actions of the mafiosi within them?
            Or should dodgy building corporations which construct unsafe non-compliant buildings to be exempted from carrying liability for the actions of their employees when an occupant of one of their buildings is killed when the building fails?
            Or should we exempt from liability any corporation which blatantly ignores health & safety law to the point that employees & clients are injured or killed, and instead prosecute the employees who did not unilaterally apply the health & safety law themselves at their own cost?
            Or should we exempt the bank that accommodates money laundering, and instead only prosecute the employees of the bank who arranged the money laundering?

            Attempting to exempt the church from liability, effectively creates an environment in which the mafiosi, or the dodgy builders, or the inherently negligent can simply register their organisation as a church and never have to bother structuring their actions in accordance with the law.

            It turns churches into havens of criminality, which is exactly why we had to have the royal commission in the first place.

            In our society an organisation has obligations, and failure to meet those obligations is a prosecutable offense.
            In our society, to intentionally create an unsafe environment in which harm is routinely inflicted, is an act of willful criminal negligence.

            If your organisation harms our children with its willful negligence, we will crush it under the full weight of the law.

            We must all make sacrifices for the common good.

          • Gerald Mcgarrigle

            Very well said.

          • Antiques

            By comparing the LAW of GOD to what the Priests are professing! And, the Earthly Laws for Isra-el also condemn such acts, with severe consequenses of Law… but it was there to DISCOURAGE people from attempting to break… and there were other CONTROLS which helped to avoid erroneous sentences. Of course many priests of the OT broke a lot, and died for it (by strange “Accidents” or events.

          • Leanne Harvey

            Actually, this priest didn’t say that, he has been misquoted. In fact, not a direct quote is an understatement. The article deliberately lies it seems:
            Hart insisted that sexual abuse was “a spiritual encounter with God through the priest” and was “of a higher order” than criminal law.
            Which seems to be a nasty twisting of
            Asked on Tuesday if he would rather go to prison than breach the seal of confession, he told ABC Radio Melbourne
            “I’ve said that I would. I believe that this is an absolutely sacrosanct communication of a higher order.”
            How much priests or psychologists should divulge to authorities is the debate we should be having, not getting outraged by something that wasn’t said.

          • Antiques

            And the ROCK was the Bible and it’s teachings… not a physical stone rock… just that Gods teachings cannot change, unlike mans teaching do whenever they please themselves.

          • InfidelNumberOne

            So you’re saying the Bible existed in Jesus’ time?

            My point was regarding the phrase “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”
            In that phrase Jesus tells us the the devil will be attacking ‘the church’ but will not prevail.

          • Antiques

            Jesus Phrase about the “Gates of Hell” not able to destroy it is something not kept merely here on Earth where anything can be destroyed, but THE LAW of God which is kept also in Heaven for reference to at any time by Angels and mortals that have been taken there, like some ancient Jewish (Hebrew) Prophets are. That MASTER RECORD will one day be compared to OUR OWN keeping of THE LAW… as only Keepers of such, may enter Heaven. And for SURE, at least the Disciples kept it, and many thousands in AD70 did. But VERY FEW who call themselves “Christian” on Earth now actually keep The LAW… and so are called to “COME OUT OF BABYLON (of errors that they have not attended to, and so remain in SIN of defiance or ignorance, thus are INFIDELS to God.) Some preachers say that The Law was done away with… not what Jesus said or did! – Read Matthew 5-17, and UNDERSTAND the context position of “BUT” …

          • Antiques

            That “CHURCH” left God’s LAWS a long way back, and thus, the only ones Hell did not prevail against were the martyrs and Christian escapees… The new Roman church that took hold after… became that BEAST POWER wearing “666” on his head and lived in a city of 7 Hills, that was overthrown by 10 tribes… work it out! “VICARIVS FILII DEI in roman numerals = 6 hundred and sixty six.

          • Diane Smith

            The ROCK was Peter

          • PatriotDave

            The rock was Jesus. If you read that passage in the original Greek, it actually says “you are petras (little rock) and on this Petros (big Rock, or Jesus) I will build My church. Picture Jesus first pointing to Peter and then to Himself as He was speaking. Jesus knew better that to rely on man to be the bedrock of His church. And He was right. Look what has happened over the last two millenia.

          • Antiques

            That is more correct! – The LAW and The PROPHETS books are kept in Heaven so as to compare with what we on Earth have been misled by. BUT we can see that there ARE errors IF we care to LOOK and understand God’s wish for all mankind to be given a CHOICE to follow Him, or die with no afterlife as spirits. Jesus in Heaven, keeps the MASTER RECORD of Scripture and THE LAW there, for to compare with our understanding. And… IF we are worthy, and misled, He will send Angels to TELL US where we went wrong… and if we don’t.. only then we are doomed.

          • Joan Flemming Kendrick

            The law and the prophet’s books are kept in heaven?
            Who told you that and where is heaven?

          • Antiques

            Jesus told the old Prophets that The Law (not the prophecies) are kept in Heaven to reprove the infidels at a later time… as the Angel of God that He was at the time… some Hebrews also called Him a god. And most good scholars can tell you that Heaven is in The EYE OF ORION, where He will come from very soon when all is stuffed up on Earth to the point many of His people would be tortured beyond Human recovery. This is sometimes called the 2nd. Coming… really a return to pick up only HIS people and not infidels or insulting anti-God ppl. It also excludes ALL who refuse to KEEP ALL THE COMMANDMENTS THE WAY JESUS TAUGHT… so that certainly leaves out all Catholic priests who obey the Pope above God’s Laws. Many “protestants” also have not got back to what Jesus taught either, making excuses that dont stand any tests for not keeping them … so no Heaven for them either.

          • Antiques

            I answered this query before to someone else. Peter was just the INTERMEDIARY for THE LAW… go read what he says about those who do not keep it, that they cannot be recognised as belonging to God… and so remain in the hell of their graves… not that they feel or see anything coz they are dead. The LAW and The PROPHETS books are kept in Heaven as to compare with what we on Earth have been misled by. BUT we can see that there ARE errors IF we care to LOOK and understand God’s wish for all mankind to be given a CHOICE to follow Him, or die with no afterlife as spirits.

          • Hone Tana

            Who do you say I am ? You are the Christ the son of God. It is my Father in heaven who has revealed this to and upon this rock I will build my church … it is revelation from God himself that is the rock..

          • Israel

            No …the Rock was Christ
            1 cor.10:4

          • STEVE

            wrong wrong wrong. Typical papist stupidity. LET’S LOOK AT THE ORIGINAL GREEK CHRIST said ” YOU ARE PETER ( PETROS IN GREEK ) AND ON THIS ROCK ” PETRA ” ( IS A FEMININE NOUN IN GREEK FOR ROCK) THIS PETRA ( ROCK ) I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH AND THE GATES OF HADES SHALL NEVER PREVAIL AGAINST HER ” PETRA (ROCK ) REFERS TO THE CONFESSION OF FAITH THAT CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD WHICH ST PETER REFERS TO IN EARLIER VERSES. THIS DOES NOT REFER TO THE APOSTLE PETER THAT THE PAPISTS TEACH ALONG WITH OTHER HERESIES LIKE THE INFALLIBILITY OF THE POPE, PURGATORY AND OTHER FALSE TEACHINGS.

          • Robynn Kerr

            Petra is also a Place, in the Middle East. There is a Temple cut right into the Rock.
            http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/326

          • JD

            The “rock” was Peter’s faith and his
            congession that Jesus was the Son of God. And it was upon that truth that Jesus said He would build His church.

          • Antiques

            The rock of faith was Peters faith in Scripture and The Law, therefore, in out terms “The Bible” – since it was literally taken from the Torah et al of the Jewish scriptures which Jesus taught the WAY they should have been preached and practiced according to more ancient scripture that Jesus expounded upon, including what was handed to Moses when He was the “I AM” handing over The Law to Moshe. It was the Priesthood of Jesus’ time tyhat was the problem, not The Law of God… the priests made a business out of that and extremely burdensome… much lie the catholic Church did much later… by disposing of such rules… and very much like what Mohammad did to scripture as well! (making the rules to suit themselves (“hypocrites” as Jesus said).

          • David Castles

            Er um. The Bible wasn’t compiled then. Perhaps 3 centuries later.

          • Antiques

            Bible was called the Torah and Talmud and Writings in Jewish part of OUR BIBLE… therefore it existed from ADAM’S time to now… The NewTestament is mainly about a reformation back to the SIMPLICITIES of the OLD Law, and the change from physical Killing of a Lamb for penance, to a direct connection to God via Jesus who acts as our intermediary and “lawyer” for our defence. In a way, we all are Judeo-Christians IF we keep the Law as we all are supposed to under The Christs teachings.

          • Patrick Names

            The people in the pews are the enablers. How about just grow up, and get rid all this childish nonsense?

          • Antiques

            Actually… it was written that the Catholic Church (Daniel the Prophet) would be the one to change the LAWS and TIMES and PLACES as the “Vicarivs Filii Dei” as written in Latin… the V = U in english… just that a number of centuries the Latin “V” (U) got misadjusted and mispronounced in Language changes and additions from other tribes..

        • Rebecca Kleitz

          I heard they can reach NEW HEIGHTS of religious bliss as they are being GASSED. I’m all for gassing pedophiles and all those who protect and make excuses for them.

          • Cheryl Abe

            Me too.

        • Antiques

          Correct: a church is not the bUILDING; it is the congregation or group of believers… as Jesus (Yehoshua nicknamed Yeshua.) mentioned. And he taught not to make grand expensive edifices like those Cathedrals which kept the congregation poor with unnecessary high “donations” screwed from the people… and tied them down with ongoing input to pay for the loans and interest payments.

        • Leslie

          Not only will these demonic monsters have to answer to Jesus Christ for their horrific crimes against little children, they will also be held responsible for each and every one of these children who turned away from and rejected Jesus as a result of being raped by these demons.

          These people are dead men walking. They are on borrowed time and are facing an eternity in hell where the torment will never stop.

          • Antiques

            HELL, Jesus told us is NOT a place of eternal torture! – That is another fable made by the Church of Rome to bring in penance money! God does not allow torture after death.. exclusion from heaven is that end, and their spirits killed along with Satan’s and His angels in that final “Lake of Fire” – which seems to be more like a dispersal of all the atoms and quarks and sub-particles of the offenders, while the faithful Law-Keepers look on. (Read Revelations)…

          • Leslie

            Wow have you ever deluded yourself.

            God explicitly says the lost “will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night” (Rev. 14:10–11). Jesus tells us that He will tell the lost “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25: 41).

            Revelation 20:12-15 plainly states that the unsaved will be thrown into the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels:

            “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

            And here are some more Scriptures – written by GOD, not the Church of Rome – that state emphatically that those who reject Jesus Christ spend an eternity in a place of active torment – otherwise known as hell:

            And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Rev. 20:10)

            Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown in to the lake of fire. (Rev. 20: 14–15)

            But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death. (Rev. 21:8)

            Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
            (22:14–15)

            At what point did you ascend to the level of God where you can say that God is a liar and the Word of God is false?

          • Antiques

            God does not torture anyone dead or living, if you dont BELONG to HIM the WAY Jesus TAUGHT, you are just IGNORED as being unrecognisable to Him… So torture is unnecessary to a Being that does not care anymore about an infidel. And again, Jesus showed ppl in Israel where HELL was… just the dirt in which we are buried… or by extension, wherever our bodies lay undiscovered. You REALLY MUST go read your bible again.. and if you are misled by your Pastors/Priests… pray to God to show you where the answers lay. OR go to some churches that LEEP ALL THE LAW and The Sabbath… they will help with no ties!

          • Leslie

            So it is your position and belief that Jesus lied when He said this?

            ““Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25: 41).

            It’s your belief that Jesus lied when He plainly states that the lost will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night (Rev. 14:10–11)?

            Do you have a list of Scriptures in which you believe that God lied or do you just keep those to yourself? And where is the Scripture that validates your assertion that “if you dont BELONG to HIM the WAY Jesus TAUGHT, you are just IGNORED as being unrecognisable to Him”? Where is the Scripture you’re using to support your belief that the lost – contrary to what God has explicitly and repeatedly stated – are “ignored as being unrecognizable” to Jesus?

          • Gerald Mcgarrigle

            Death and hades,hell,grave,gave up their dead.Hell is the common grave.Leslie,look for the meaning of hell in a dictionary.

          • Leslie

            Did Jesus lie or tell the truth when He said this:

            ““Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25: 41)

            “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Rev. 20:15)

            Did Jesus lie or tell the truth when He said that there is an “eternal fire” and “a lake of fire” that the lost will be thrown into?

          • badconscience

            Luke 16:19-31
            Please read
            The story of Lazarus and the rich man

          • Leslie

            I am well aware of the story of Lazarus and the rich man – thanks!!

          • Antiques

            Go read your bible AGAIN… it is all there! – Your pastors or priests are keeping you in the dark… this is a kind of answer you would have got from Jesus (Yehoshua The Risen Messiah)… and if you argue against it, you are misleading yourself.

          • Antiques

            Read 2 first letters of John… and seek the answers… if you dont find them, then you are already lost… coz you dont WANT to know!

          • Gerald Mcgarrigle

            Antiques,the
            late Arnold Murray had it right,now his son preaches the truth.The catholic church invented hell,to scare people back to the church.

          • Antiques

            …. and make money out of them “confessing” their sins to a common Priest – without going direct to Jesus (Yehoshua The Living Christ who rose to Heaven)

          • badconscience

            During his life,
            Christ forgave sins, as in the case of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1–11)
            and the woman who anointed his feet (Luke 7:48).
            He exercised this power in his human capacity as the Messiah or Son of man,
            telling us, “the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (Matt. 9:6),
            which is why the Gospel writer himself explains that God “had given such authority to men” (Matt. 9:8).

            God had sent Jesus to forgive sins,
            but after his resurrection Jesus told the apostles,
            “‘As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’
            And when he had said this, he breathed on them,
            and said to them,
            ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (John 20:21–23).

          • badconscience

            Luke 16:19-31
            The story of Lazarus and the rich man

          • Gerald Mcgarrigle

            Leslie,so you think that fire would be painful to Satan,a supernatural being?I don’t think so.God destroys the devil,poof,he’s no more.You must remember who made Satan.

          • Leslie

            Really? satan won’t feel the pain of fire when he is flung into hell? Why does Jesus say just the opposite?

            Revelation 20:10

            And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

            Why does Jesus plainly state that “the devil” will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone where he will be TORMENTED forever? If satan doesn’t feel pain, why does Jesus say that he does? Is Jesus lying when he says that satan will be TORMENTED forever?

            Where is the Scripture that backs up your assertion that satan won’t feel the pain of fire? And why does your doctrine require you to believe that Jesus is a liar?

          • Antiques

            And, just so you can understand MORE, HOW did God create anything from dust and air? – A: control of all the atoms on Earth and the skies or just in the ether … and just as easily destroyed by dismantling those same subatomic particulates.

          • Antiques

            I did not say Jesus LIED at all… but you do not KNOW scripture and never read any further than that statement! – Jesus (Yehoshua) was simply describing those last hours for the destruction of all the really wicked people… a “lake of Fire” as seen by John… however, it describes a FINALITY, not an ongoing Torture… much as mere men would like to see others suffer, especially the evil ones… but that is in itself EVIL. The FINALITY for evil men PLUS Satan and all his angels (spirits) is, a dismantlement of all their atoms, and Quarks and subatomic particles of human flesh and spirit… wE can understand this, though John would have had mere basic education, and didn’t know… that both body and spirit would be “burned” — and to understand HOW a human body and spirits can be destroyed, means a dismantling of such subatomic particles, which most likely would look like a “FIRE” to a low-educated person not knowing of such scientific methods.

          • Leslie

            Are the following Scriptures, written by God, true or false?

            Revelation 14:10

            The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and HE SHALL BE TORMENTED with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

            Matthew 25:41

            Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

            Revelation 20:15

            Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

            Revelation 20:10

            And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

            Did Jesus lie or tell the truth when He says that anyone whose name is not found written in the book of life will be thrown into the EVERLASTING lake of fire? Did Jesus lie or tell the truth when He said that satan will be thrown into the lake of fire and will be TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOREVER AND EVER (which means that the TORMENT NEVER ENDS which means there is NO FINALITY to the TORMENT)?

            And where are the Scriptures that support your assertion – which contradicts the Word of God- that the “finality for evil men PLUS Satan and all his angels (spirits) is, a dismantlement of all their atoms, and Quarks and subatomic particles of human flesh and spirit.”? Where is the Scripture where God says that?

          • Gerald Mcgarrigle

            You’re positively correct Antiques.Hell is also the grave.Jesus stated there would be no more death and no more hell (grave),no more death,so no more graves.

          • Patrick Names

            they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

            they will go away to eternal punishment

            and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

            If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.

            They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

            ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

            The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

            but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment;

            The lake of fire is the second death.

            You religious nutters should actually read the vile pile of dung that is your holly book.

          • Antiques

            You have been listening to those descendants of The SUN GOD WORSHIPERS for far too long, and addled your brain with their mantra, which keeps them supplied with your $$$$$.

          • Patrick Names

            This is the kind of nonsense that keeps them from real punishment. The cure for absurdity is not more absurdity.

          • Leslie

            What nonsense?

          • Antiques

            So, now you are saying that God is ABSURD? … you are merely a mAN without real knowledge, use what you have, study MORE of the Bible, and ask Jesus to point OUT the flaws you are following and than point out the TRUTH of what Jesus spoke.

          • Christopher Deaves

            You are saying that Patrick is ” merely a man”, the highest form of evolvement; whereas you are a complete looney.

      • calliope

        Many pedophiles and homosexuals hide behind their Catholic Garb. What do you expect from men ( and women, nuns many lesbians) who are not allowed to have normal sex lives. Catholicism has been out of synch with humanity for 2,000 years. Imagine going to these frustrated unhappy and frequently perverse people for advise or absolution. You’ve got to be nuts.

        • InfidelNumberOne

          What do you know of the practice? There is sound reasoning as to why celibacy is the norm for those unmarried becoming RC priests.

          • MikeyIII

            yes…it goes back a long time to when priests where land owners and their wives would inherit their land and holding. The Church said “No” and so now they get them. That is your “sound reasoning”.

          • Lynn-no-duh

            The Roman Catholic Church makes nuns and priests forfeit all their assets to their “church”. That is one of the reasons for the celibacy dictate that so often leads to sexual perversions. If they were allowed to have children, their kids could receive that inheritance.

          • InfidelNumberOne

            The reason pre-dates ‘The Church’

          • Antiques

            Now that is an Earthly and Churchy reasoning that sounds very true! What trickery the old Sun-Worshipping group got up to after they usurped the Earlier Christian Church of Rome! (why do they call the ILLUMINATI such? Rays of the SUN as in one of the celebration artefacts, are all part of it! But there are more… like that ancient crown an ancient pope wore which read “Vicarivs Filii Dei” – add the Roman numerals all together in that description. 666… was the number of a MAN who lived in among 7 HILLS and badly influenced all the World.

          • InfidelNumberOne

            Totally ridiculous.
            There are biblical reasons that go back to Christ himself.
            I conclude you are either a poorly informed Catholic or not Catholic at all.

          • Jim Huxley

            With due respect Sir or Miss, a poorly informed catholic- what would a catholic knowÉ Just listen to george pell rattle off his so-called complex theological doctrine or magisterium, which really is a load or meaningless garbage or in fact a wank. I do not mean to be disrespectful to you Infidelnumberone as your opinion is important and this is mine. Regards Jim

        • Antiques

          And yet, Jesus spoke about some men who had to go overseas for many years, to remain single… only for such time as they are away… if they settled elsewhere, that necessity was void. It showed compassion on the men, as well as the wives… so as not to place them in temptation’s way sexually. But a lifetime of remaining single was NEVER on God’s books… enter that qualifier: “But if ye are tempted, better that ye marry, than sin…” And if anyone was tempted, he would stay at home and marry. The Catholic Church is following an ancient Sun-Worshipper doctrine since 230AD.

        • Sparkone

          Didn’t nuns, priests, etc. choose celibacy as part of their new relationship with God? They weren’t forced and I don’t believe celibacy turned them into perverted folk just like magic…

      • KurtofLA

        it is the law. do not screw little children and boys under the age of 18. Period. This is the biggest criminal enterprise in the world

        • InfidelNumberOne

          Why do you draw a line and accept such behavior at the subjective age of 18?

          • Lady D

            reply because at 18 years old, according to anatomy the human body is 98% completely mature. Even when you get in your 20’s to 25 your body still has one last growth spurt. that is why it says When i was a child i thought like a child, spoke & acted like a child, but when i became a man, i put away those childish things. A child physically and mentally are not in the correct place in their lives to engage in sexual behaviors. their train of thought & physical has everything to do with it. that is why it tells us later in the Bible that kids should honor and obey their parents but it also says fathers provoke not your children. Our jobs as parents/adults are to protect these STILL DEVELOPING HUMANS until they reach the level of maturity and can sustain on their own. you dont take advantage of someone in their state of weaknesses.

        • kaycey351

          Yes,…there’s a scripture that says to not hinder the children from coming to Him. For it would be better to have a millstone placed about your neck and for you to thrown into the depths of the ocean. In other words,…don’t harm or hinder the children physically and spiritually.

      • Scott Williams

        No very wrong. The Roman Catholic church is the HARLOT talked about in Revelations.. The substitute The pope actually claims to be God on earth.

      • Jim Huxley

        You cannot be serious-the catholic church protected these scumbags!

      • Mike C.

        Nothing that Lowell says is incorrect. The men who are raping young children and/or protecting the paedophiles are representatives of ‘The Church.’ The Church has sold off and hidden assets so it wouldn’t have to pay reparations to its victims, thereby victimizing them again. For decades The Church ignored the abuse, moving the rapist priests from parish to parish when they got caught and telling the victims that it was their fault they were abused. The Church is still abusing and victimizing children. This needs to stop.

    • Lady D

      you are correct on all levels. the catholic church IS a CHURCH… The Synagogue of Satan that is. they cover these pedophiles, because they are into the same thing too. The Statue of Liberty here in the US is actually the statue of a Goddess Libertus or Ishtar. that goddess has a slogan behind her- “do what makes you feel good”. those words are similar to Alister Crowley’s Do what thou wilt. See, temple priest and priestess that operated the temples of this goddess had ceremonial practices that would empower the king for the next year. the king was required to participate in basically orges. This included engaging in pedophilia. Why that? Because in spiritism they believe that while engaging children they take on the energy of that child. The same magic is believed in the ingestion of people (cannibalism). that is why these Luciferians take these practices. A great deal of the “saints” statues in that church are not really the saints. they are actually idols of other gods/godesses & some demi-gods. that is why that 6 point star is not only featured in the catholic church, but buddist, hindu temples and others as well. Back in the day when another pagan group conquered another pagan group, they would simply take over the other’s temples. hand pick the gods/goddesses they want to keep, throw the other away and then slap new names on them. just like libertus is to ishtar is also Ashtoreth and Astarte. Like Hermes in greek myth is mercury in roman myths.

    • Sparkone

      Thank you for putting the truth in forefront. Pedophiles covering for pedophiles and trying to make the world believe they can rape and rob with GOD’S blessing because they’re priests. Nothing could be farther from the truth, Luke 17.2 is a direct admonition against hurting children in any way. How could one misunderstand that verse at all? Especially one who purports to be spiritually ahead of most others simply because he’s a priest…robbing children of their innocence and raping them can’t be a spiritual experience, no matter who tells the lies about it. The Catholic Church has satan for a pope, at least that’s how he’s coming across. The Catholic Church has sunk to new depths, horrifically trying to call rape of children by priests a positive spiritual experience. Sick and disgusting and very near blasphemous.

    • Dee Nicholson

      let us kneel before your throne oh great who knows everything

      • LowellST13

        You need to research the amount of pedophila there has been in the catholic church, even the BOSTON GLOBE reported on this and it is a huge problem in the Catholic church, I watched the interview with this Bishop and his words regarding this were horrific. Snopes, really that is where you check facts, again I listened to his own words. Try again, and read the bible and see what it says about harming the innocents. Mercy, I never said I know everything, and You might be well served to open up the good book before you start whining. But again young and no nothings that have been indoctrinated by the NEA or whatever socialist institution they have worshipped at never surprise me. Don’t like facts just like to regurgitate what you heard in some sociology class. Hope you grow forward and up sometime soon. My Prayers though are still with you. God Bless

  • Black Swan

    Misquote, he was really referring to Sodomy?

  • strider

    WTF?

  • sarah

    He didn’t say that ‘sexual abuse’ was a spiritual encounter with God, he said confession was. That’s bad enough, you don’t need to twist it to make it worse :/

    • Mozalbete

      Confession is a spiritual encounter, no matter how much modernists like you want to destroy their church, the confession seal can’t be broken under any circumstance

  • Ronald Rika

    Blatant dishonest cut & paste journalism to suit the writer’s agenda.
    The following is a link to what the Archbishop actually said in August, 2017.
    https://www.google.com/amp/www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/archbishop-denis-hart-child-abuse-confession-roman-catholic-report-melbourne-a7895856.html%3famp

    August 16, 2017 – What the Archbishop actually said.

    Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne, insisted confession was “a spiritual encounter with God through the priest” and was “of a higher order” than criminal law.

    But Archbishop Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, called for the confessional seal to remain protected by law.

    “Confession in the Catholic Church is a spiritual encounter with God through the priest,” he said in a statement.

    • Verna Brightwell

      Thank you…I looked it up for myself & saw the same thing. most people just believe everything & don’t research for themselves. This is another group I’ll add to my list of biased reporting.

    • jason

      spot on,what a low life journalist to twist a story in such a sick way

    • bodica

      Thank you, Ronald.

    • Jim Huxley

      Why would anyone let a priest come anywhere near their soul- actually most are happy with the body not the soul. What a bunch of scumbags-dennis hart included.

    • Robert Osowiecki

      What an outrageous lie! Author even linked to YT clip, where bishop talks about CONFESSION. I found this manipulative article on Facebook, some people actually BELIEVE it 🙁

  • Ron Hussey

    It is just the usual war on the Catholic church, while not perfect, it does not condone what the priest supposedly said. And like many religions today, even the catholic church has be infiltrated by evil to do just what this story does, divert people away.

    • Quentin Dunmore

      Revelation ch 18 tells you what’s going on with the Whore ..that Catholic Church…..God will not inhabit a building with demons on it!

      • Philip fabiano

        Your problem is that you really need to get your news from legitimate sources as opposed to sites like this, Fox News, Hannity, Rush or InfoWars. This cleric did not say pedophilia is an encounter with God. He said the sacrament of reconciliation is an encounter with God and the priest is not permitted to disclose to authorities what someone says in the confessional. You may disagree with that and certainly, there is legitimate room for debate; just like a lawyer should contact the police and testify against her client if the accused admits to a crime and spouses should be forced to testify against the other spouse if they know anything about a crime and doctors should allow access to a patients medical records if there is any evidence of the patient committing a crime.

        • Quentin Dunmore

          Well I get my Information from one who lives outside of eternity and knows ALL things.
          The warning is … come out from amongst them and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you saith the Lord.
          Continue to follow man to your destruction if you wish.
          As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

          • Philip fabiano

            Yikes: The Lord condones you spreading falsehoods. What a God?

    • Lynn-no-duh

      “even the catholic church has been infiltrated by evil” LOL!
      EVEN?!!!!Yehoshua
      Most Protestant churches carry over vestigial pagan practices of the Roman Catholic Church! (ChristMass, Easter, infant baptism etc.) By it’s inception (around 300AD), the Roman Catholic Church had already perverted what the Messiah and Scripture teach; today’s teachings of the Roman Catholic Church stand antithetical to the teachings of Yehoshua and Scripture.

  • Annette Newton

    Why is that priest still alive? It is absolutely disgusting that ANY church protects any pedophile! Completely unacceptable and totally outlandish statements! Idiots just letting pedophiles live out their lives freely without reprimand! How f.u. can the churches be to KEEP harboring those assholes! I would kill every damn pedophile ando screw the justice system! No child has the system behind their back when a pedophile is molesting and raping them!

    • Mozalbete

      It is disgusting that retards like you believe literally any headline you see.

  • Verna Brightwell

    Research what he really said…this article has misrepresented all of this. If we continue to share bad reporting we are guilty as well. I read two different reports that had none of this written with this bias…go look for yourself.

  • hbs4y2001@yahoo.com

    F#%K a bunch of pedophiles, drop them in a brush chipper and be done with it.

    • Theresa Gordon

      well, thats just too easy for all the torture that the children went through

      • Alison Campbell McCarthy Westo

        Agreed Theresa. They need to suffer for the rest of their lives just as us victims/survivors do.

  • etyrnal

    I heard that Paedophile Priests can have a very very VERY spiritual encounter with God in the electric chair, guillotin, or firing squad… might just be something executioners say to justify what they do tho…

  • Tommy La Grone

    Yes..a bullet to the head is in order…anyone who would molest a child or cover for a child molester needs a bullet to the cranium !! maybe a double tap just for good measure,,,and let him answer to the Lord !!

    • Theresa Gordon

      well be careful when jehovah’s witnesses come to your door, they aid and abet pedophiles in ALL their churches.

  • Martha D Leadback

    it really matters not how this satanic influenced, so called catholic priest, justifies the actions of priest against children. It is not The actions of God and these so called elders and leaders of the churches will be punished by God his first act in Revelation. When Christ returns.to
    deal with the leaders elders who have mislead the people

    • Tård Øksnes

      That’s about as reassuring as telling us the easter bunny will punish him.
      This is a matter for the law and no bloody fairytale is above the law

  • Angela Obbrien

    So this man is probably part of the peadophile ring and protects them. He needs to be locked up so he can do no more damage.

  • GonzoG

    Someone slap that bastard until his head spins like a top.

    • Philip fabiano

      Clearly this is something you just want to believe. You really need to get your news from legitimate sources as opposed to sites like this, Fox News, Hannity, Rush or InfoWars. This cleric did not say pedophilia is an encounter with God. He said the sacrament of reconciliation is an encounter with God and the priest is not permitted to disclose to authorities what someone says in the confessional. You may disagree with that and certainly, there is legitimate room for debate; just like a lawyer should contact the police and testify against her client if the accused admits to a crime and spouses should be forced to testify against the other spouse if they know anything about a crime and doctors should allow access to a patients medical records if there is any evidence of the patient committing a crime.

      • GonzoG

        NO. I will not let that pass.

        Either he’s a participant in these crimes against children or he’s an enabler who has the power to stop it yet chooses not to.

        Along with the Sacrament of Confession goes the Acts of Penance. Absolution should be withheld from any penitent who does not turn himself over to civil authorities for prosecution.

  • tw parkhurst


    40 plus years this organization under color of religion continues to
    enable, endorse, sanctify, deify child molestation and rape, of child
    molestors and rapists, the entire organization, it’s adult members are
    accountable, complicit, child molesting child molestors, are they not?

  • tw parkhurst

    – the put him in prison for contempt, enabling, complicity, molestation and rape(accountability theory), the knowing endangerment of minor children, not all enumerated, and every other member that by their silence/inaction allows this perversion to continue. You can choose to look away but you cannot ever say again you did not know, now can you?

  • KurtofLA

    Hang him by the balls

  • David Hollebone

    Misquotes which have created fake news. This article is a rank distortion of the original found in the Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/archbishop-denis-hart-child-abuse-confession-roman-catholic-report-melbourne-a7895856.html

  • Jennifer Anne Marshall-Sasser

    Sick,
    just mentally ill, I can’t believe this~ Covering up crap the Catholic
    Church is doing.. Grrr! wish they got it on video where he said it’s a
    spiritual encounter with God.. what a bunch of bunk.

  • Bobbie Lippse

    This guy should use himself to demonstrate what a crucifixion does.

    • HermitTalker

      More twisted posts.

  • Frank Spencer

    His Church is nothing but a child sex ring which should be burnt to the ground.

  • Ben

    This guy and all pedophiles should have their cocks cut off and sewn to their foreheads as a warning to everyone they meet that they like to fuck children

    • HermitTalker

      SICKO

  • bodica

    This is an UTTERLY FALSE AND MISLEADING STATEMENT; THIS COMMENT BY RONALD RIKA EXPOSES THE LIE: Catholic Archbishop Says Pedophilia Is ‘Spiritual Encounter With God’

    Ronald Rika a day ago
    Blatant dishonest cut & paste journalism to suit the writer’s agenda.
    The following is a link to what the Archbishop actually said in August, 2017.
    https://www.google.com/amp/
    August 16, 2017 – What the Archbishop actually said.
    Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne, insisted confession was “a spiritual encounter with God through the priest” and was “of a higher order” than criminal law.
    But Archbishop Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, called for the confessional seal to remain protected by law.
    “Confession in the Catholic Church is a spiritual encounter with God through the priest,” he said in a statement.

    • HermitTalker

      Knew his words were twisted

  • MikeyIII

    the entire thing is sick nonsense based on ignorance and money. Go pray to a tree…it’s more “spiritual” than 90% of this organization of criminals hiding behind robes.

    • Joan Flemming Kendrick

      Totally agree MikeyIII

  • HermitTalker

    Presume this archbishop’s full citation or meaning was not conveyed. Excuse for critics to attack the Church all over

  • Mela

    This is EVIL of basest order. These low-life forms of ‘the cloth’ are having a spiritual encounter and communication with demonic spirits. This goes beyond a deceived soul; this is an example of a totally seared conscience. I’m continually amazed by God’s restraint.

    • Joan Flemming Kendrick

      I’m even more amused by people’s tolerance of this debacle in this day and age of information and technology.

      • Philip fabiano

        How do you tolerate fake news. O is it just something you want to believe. You really need to get your news from legitimate sources as opposed to sites like this, Fox News, Hannity, Rush or InfoWars. This cleric did not say pedophilia is an encounter with God. He said the sacrament of reconciliation is an encounter with God and the priest is not permitted to disclose to authorities what someone says in the confessional. You may disagree with that and certainly, there is legitimate room for debate; just like a lawyer should contact the police and testify against her client if the accused admits to a crime and spouses should be forced to testify against the other spouse if they know anything about a crime and doctors should allow access to a patients medical records if there is any evidence of the patient committing a crime.

    • Philip fabiano

      You really need to get your news from legitimate sources as opposed to sites like this, Fox News, Hannity, Rush or InfoWars. This cleric did not say pedophilia is an encounter with God. He said the sacrament of reconciliation is an encounter with God and the priest is not permitted to disclose to authorities what someone says in the confessional. You may disagree with that and certainly, there is legitimate room for debate; just like a lawyer should contact the police and testify against her client if the accused admits to a crime and spouses should be forced to testify against the other spouse if they know anything about a crime and doctors should allow access to a patients medical records if there is any evidence of the patient committing a crime.

  • Bernard Zwicky

    errare humanum est,
    perseverare diabolicum
    (to err is human, to persist is diabolical)

  • Antiques

    First, Priests are not exempt from the Law, just as Mullahs are not… then there is the fact that a Priest can hear confessions against Biblical teachings? – Then never help solve crimes committed by the penitent? And WHAT kind of spirit is involved in sex crimes? – Most times it is Satans angels helping it to happen. Is the Government going to send these sort of people to be “DE-PROGRAMMED” by military or ASIO? They seem to believe that they have a RIGHT to molest!? God forbid, and we also should forbid such doctrine as not relevant to any true moral stance… as God taught man what to see as moral and ethical, and man seems to want to change that to head for his own demise… Yes, there is a CURSE that follows immoral nations and people.

  • akble

    simple question to Catholic members – Do you agree with this high ranking Catholic Arch Bishop?

    • Philip fabiano

      Here is my answer: This cleric did not say pedophilia is an encounter with God. He said the sacrament of reconciliation is an encounter with God and the priest is not permitted to disclose to authorities what someone says in the confessional. You may disagree with that and certainly, there is legitimate room for debate; just like a lawyer should contact the police and testify against her client if the accused admits to a crime and spouses should be forced to testify against the other spouse if they know anything about a crime and doctors should allow access to a patients medical records if there is any evidence of the patient committing a crime.

  • kaycey351

    Well,…then hook him up with a cell and 3 hots and a cot. check back with him in 3-4 years and see if he’s changed his mind.

  • Jack Fecalman

    He actually said this: One of the highest-ranking officials in the Catholic Church says sexually abused children can experience “a spiritual encounter with God through the priest” while being molested. Please tell me how that statement can bee seen as anything short of ultimate blasphemy?

    • Philip fabiano

      This cleric did not say pedophilia is an encounter with God. He said the sacrament of reconciliation is an encounter with God and the priest is not permitted to disclose to authorities what someone says in the confessional. You may disagree with that and certainly, there is legitimate room for debate; just like a lawyer should contact the police and testify against her client if the accused admits to a crime and spouses should be forced to testify against the other spouse if they know anything about a crime and doctors should allow access to a patients medical records if there is any evidence of the patient committing a crime.

  • Kerry-Ann Howitt

    I don’t get it. Where’s the proof that he said what is being claimed, the whole ‘connection with God’ bull? The video doesn’t match the allegation, so I can’t share it.

    The Catholic Church and the Patriarchy it houses is something that I utterly despise. But I can’t go sharing something that as far as I know could have been made up to make something else look more salacious, or I’d be no better than the men who wrote the Bible.

    Sorry xXx

  • Davaughn Wistrom

    Catholicism is just as much a part of the problem as priests are! What do they expect when they make up a rule that priests can’t get married? There’s nothing in the Bible that backs up that stupidity!! Priests have sexual desires just like everyone else, and to deny the right to a wife and the sexual pleasure that goes with marriage is about as stupid as it is ignorant not to mention cruel!! Then there’s confession. What a joke. “Padre, I just sodomized a ten year old boy.” “That’s OK my son, go your way and say ten hail Mary’s and 20 Our Father’s. Sorry Catholics, but forgiveness only comes through Jesus Christ, not men or saints. Praying to saints falls on deaf ears because they’re dead. They cannot hear you, and no where in the bible does it say to pray to dead people. There’s only one way to talk to God where He’ll hear us and that is through His Son Jesus Christ. John 14:6 New King James Version (NKJV) 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. And one last thing, communion is not the literal body and blood of Jesus, the wafer and whine are representative of His body and blood. 1 Corinthians 11:24-25 New King James Version (NKJV) 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

  • maryohio

    THIS IS A TOTALLY BOGUS STORY.

  • Roger Panton

    The law needs to be changed before there’s a mass(?) joining of the Catholic church by rapists and paedophiles, knowing that all they have to do is confess to a priest and all will be well.

    • Philip fabiano

      i This cleric never said pedophilia is an encounter with God. He said the sacrament of reconciliation is an encounter with God and the priest is not permitted to disclose to authorities what someone says in the confessional. You may disagree with that and certainly, there is legitimate room for debate; just like a lawyer should contact the police and testify against her client if the accused admits to a crime and spouses should be forced to testify against the other spouse if they know anything about a crime and doctors should allow access to a patients medical records if there is any evidence of the patient committing a crime.

  • Jim Huxley

    Higher order-this guy is kidding right! The catholic organisation has produced more scumbags, as proven in the last decade, day after day; and as far as saying letting priests tamper with peoples souls is on par with letting Dracula be in charge of the Bloodbank. The sooner this mob give back all the land , tear down their buildings and turn it into a peaceful place , open parkland, the better.

  • Diane Smith

    ONLY IN THE CONFESSIONAL IS ANYTHING PRIVATE. The act must be reported if someone comes and complains and tells the church authority what has happened to them. The church is responsible for taking action . It is not to hide. It is not to support pedophiliua. One wonders if news reports are correct in quoting this archbishop. I am sure that Rome does not support priests who commit these felonies against children. This Archbishop is a PUBLIC DISGRACE and should be yanked from his position of authority if this quote from him is correct: “But Archbishop Hart disagreed and insisted that sexual abuse was “a spiritual encounter with God through the priest” and was “of a higher order” than criminal law.” Another lie was the three year old asked for it… This man and the pedophiles will be having, one day, a “spiritual encounter with God”. I pity their souls.

    • Philip fabiano

      It’s outrageous because it is not true. It’s just something you want to believe. You really need to get your news from legitimate sources as opposed to sites like this, Fox News, Hannity, Rush or InfoWars. This cleric did not say pedophilia is an encounter with God. He said the sacrament of reconciliation is an encounter with God and the priest is not permitted to disclose to authorities what someone says in the confessional. You may disagree with that and certainly, there is legitimate room for debate; just like a lawyer should contact the police and testify against her client if the accused admits to a crime and spouses should be forced to testify against the other spouse if they know anything about a crime and doctors should allow access to a patients medical records if there is any evidence of the patient committing a crime.

  • Anita Rosey

    i just dry reached

  • Lady D

    Not the God of Abraham, Issac & Jacob. He is talking about Molek and them them lizards in the abyss. those are the gods he is talking about.

  • Lee Akers Sr.

    That is one of the most outrageous statement I’ve ever read.

    • Philip fabiano

      Maybe it’s outrageous because it is not true. It’s just something you want to believe. You really need to get your news from legitimate sources as opposed to sites like this, Fox News, Hannity, Rush or InfoWars. This cleric did not say pedophilia is an encounter with God. He said the sacrament of reconciliation is an encounter with God and the priest is not permitted to disclose to authorities what someone says in the confessional. You may disagree with that and certainly, there is legitimate room for debate; just like a lawyer should contact the police and testify against her client if the accused admits to a crime and spouses should be forced to testify against the other spouse if they know anything about a crime and doctors should allow access to a patients medical records if there is any evidence of the patient committing a crime.

  • Erwin
  • Surly Curmudgen

    That man needs to be removed from his position and receive an injunction Keeping him a minimum one thousand feet from all minors.

    • Philip fabiano

      What you need is to get your news from legitimate sources as opposed to sites like this, Fox News, Hannity, Rush or InfoWars. This cleric did not say pedophilia is an encounter with God. He said the sacrament of reconciliation is an encounter with God and the priest is not permitted to disclose to authorities what someone says in the confessional. You may disagree with that and certainly, there is legitimate room for debate; just like a lawyer should contact the police and testify against her client if the accused admits to a crime and spouses should be forced to testify against the other spouse if they know anything about a crime and doctors should allow access to a patients medical records if there is any evidence of the patient committing a crime.

  • Lise Pitman

    I am not religious and NOT supporting this by any means but…. I understand the confession confidentiality – otherwise no-one with brains would ever confess. But the actual victims confessing are crying out for help, in a place where they feel safest! Surely the “church” at the VERY VERY LEAST, can report confessions of under 18’s with an illegal nature! At least then the child could be protected and possibly be encouraged to report it formally.

  • bluewren

    With all due respect I think he was quoted quite out of context in order to make a more newsworthy report. I could almost laugh out loud at you all.Well I hope so anyway.Of course the confessional is sacred and because a priest hears a peodophiles’s confession he cannot take it upon himself to inform the police. But I think he might make it a condition and part of his penance to go confess to the police and prove his sincerity and remorse .face the responsibility for his crime ,before he can receive the sacrament of the confession and or absolution for his actions.Bloody hell it is about time the Church stopped pussyfooting around this crime against betrayal of a child’s innocence and a child’s right to protection from all priests.

  • Debbie Thompson

    If molesting children is a spiritual experience that someone believes is worthy of perpetrating, they are worshiping the wrong God! Jesus, Mohammud nor Father Abraham, Moses or the Almighty Creator by whichever name you choose to use would have NEVER condoned this behavior. Even Druids and Wicans don’t condone this behavior! The millstone is already around this man’s neck, and now it is up to the church hierarchy to let the law function and in his death let God decide if he has any redeeming quality. I would vote to send him over the cliff with the pigs, except I’m a pig farmer’s daughter and I would not want the pigs contaminated with this unbelievable piece of filth!

    • Philip fabiano

      Perhaps you need to get your news from legitimate sources as opposed to sites like this, Fox News, Hannity, Rush or InfoWars. This cleric did not say pedophilia is an encounter with God. He said the sacrament of reconciliation is an encounter with God and the priest is not permitted to disclose to authorities what someone says in the confessional. You may disagree with that and certainly, there is legitimate room for debate; just like a lawyer should contact the police and testify against her client if the accused admits to a crime and spouses should be forced to testify against the other spouse if they know anything about a crime and doctors should allow access to a patients medical records if there is any evidence of the patient committing a crime.

  • RE Almanace

    Send him to jail — there WILL be a “Welcoming Reception” for sure

  • Pratim Gupta

    Funny, they labeled us non-Abrahamic Pagans as murdering,raping,pedophilia what not, and yet they are the ones who are committing it.

    Irony level is too damn high

  • Mimi Becker

    We are so excited to see Jesus throw you satanists in the lake of fire. Real soon pal.

  • Tito

    So many lies against the church.

  • Manual Paleologos

    Hart needs a spiritual encounter with a rope.

    • Philip fabiano

      Try to get your news from legitimate sources as opposed to sites like this, Fox News, Hannity, Rush or InfoWars. This cleric did not say pedophilia is an encounter with God. He said the sacrament of reconciliation is an encounter with God and the priest is not permitted to disclose to authorities what someone says in the confessional. You may disagree with that and certainly, there is legitimate room for debate; just like a lawyer should contact the police and testify against her client if the accused admits to a crime and spouses should be forced to testify against the other spouse if they know anything about a crime and doctors should allow access to a patients medical records if there is any evidence of the patient committing a crime.

  • Thomas Mandile

    This article is total bullshit. He never said any of what you reported. That makes you a liar, Baxter Dmitri.

  • JD
  • Danuta Pawłowska

    For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. ( 2 Timothy 4:3-4 )

  • Robert White
  • Philip fabiano

    You really need to get your news from legitimate sources as opposed to sites like this, Fox News, Hannity, Rush or InfoWars. This cleric did not say pedophilia is an encounter with God. He said the sacrament of reconciliation is an encounter with God and the priest is not permitted to disclose to authorities what someone says in the confessional. You may disagree with that and certainly, there is legitimate room for debate; just like a lawyer should contact the police and testify against her client if the accused admits to a crime and spouses should be forced to testify against the other spouse if they know anything about a crime and doctors should allow access to a patients medical records if there is any evidence of the patient committing a crime.

  • Quentin Dunmore

    Catholics are NOT Christians anyway because of what they put their faith in to get them to heaven…..and it’s not the pope.
    Besides if they were true Christians they would not have so much blood on their hands against the Church of God by killing it’s Saints.

  • Christian Christian

    The headline is a false quote. Look, there is plenty of evidence of paedophilia in the priesthood. You don’t have to lie in order to make the point. The guy did not say that “sexual abuse is a spiritual encounter with God through the priest”.

  • Roly Nkdvkng Gutierrez

    what happened to the judeo Christian belief (in the torah and Christian bible) that one must “obey the laws of the land” – so that alone supercedes all his little pervy “God like” encounters.

  • Mike Oboza

    As an adult survivor of clergy abuse (long list) living with Chronic PTSD, I say “F**k no! It is a crime. It is the most evil thing beside murder, because the survivor, if lives past 50 is lucky and still often broken for life.”

  • tubbycanoe

    I hope that while in prison the gentleman has a spiritual encounter with Bubba the 300# babysitter.

  • Les Smith

    THESE PERVERTS SHOULD BE FLAT OUT KILLED! YOU FUCKING PIECES OF HUMAN EXCREMENT SHOULD BE ERADICATED FROM THIS PLANET.!… YOU FUCKS!!!! I WOULD BE HONORED TO EXECUTE ANY PERSON THAT WOULD DO SUCH THINGS TO AN INNOCENT CHILD! YOU FUCKING CATHOLIC SATANIST PUKES!!! WHAT CHILD WHO HAS EXPERIENCED THIS KIND OF TREATMENT WOULD EVEN CONSIDER SUCH PERVERSION AS COMING FROM THE CREATOR OF THIS GRAND UNIVERSE!

  • http://patmurster.blogspot.com/ Pat Murray

    What IS amazing is people who think others are “deluded” because they don’t share the BELIEF [no proof whatsoever] that the Bible is divinely inspired. so they go around quoting this pastiche of LIES called the Bible thinking that proves something.

    DELUSIONAL.

    Now I know for these folks, nothing can shake them from their hypnotic dream laid on them by 1st) the lying priests of the Roman Church, who merely carried the rule of Rome forward in an updated form; and 2nd) the idiot Protestants who tried to clean up some of the mess of Rome, BUT entirely bought into the FAKE manuscripts the Romish Church had concocted.

    Now they will point to all the “scholars” who just quote from each other, but FAIL to show us the original sources. Oh you think or BELIEVE all those books are trustaorthy but you rely on someone else. Is it because you don’t think you are smart enough to be able to question authority????

    For you few who might wish to pursue the path of truth instead of blind belief, may I recommend very highly the site Origins of Christianity https://sites.google.com/site/originsofchristianity/ where you will learn from the EVIDENCE [what very little there actually is] that even the name “Jesus Christ” did not appear textually for centuries! The early form of the church was ChrEstianity, and synthesized Cult created by Cleopatra, passed to Julius Caesar, his inheritor Augustus, and spread to the ruling elite in the Empire. It was not for the masses until they later made a popular version called ChrIstianity, but they made sure to control your soul.

    The Gnostics did not buy into this BS but that is another story. It was the later monks in the “Christian” church who made up texts wholesale by claiming they were copying older texts, but conveniently, NONE of the earlier texts survive! They made up history, made up church “fathers,” made up gospels.

    so quote your idiotic verses away. Might as well rely on Donald Duck comics Issue # 1, or look to Lord of the Rings for your geography lessons.

  • Albert Combrink

    Denis HArt may be an idiot, but this article is FAKE NEWS – https://www.snopes.com/archbishop-pedophilia-spiritual-encounter/

  • sylee Kelkar

    Where does Archbishop Hart say that sexual abuse was “a spiritual encounter with God through the priest” ? At least not in the 30 second video attached to this article.

  • Mary Jo Fortuner

    The archbishop said “confession” NOT “pedophilia” is an encounter with God. Stop spreading lies.

  • Doug Thomsen

    you jesus freaks are all crackers in the brain fairies dont exist and pedos need killing

  • TheShadowKnows

    When is this piece of human excrement going to be ex-communicated/de-frocked from the church?

  • Vicky

    Sounds like Muslims wanting sharia law to supervise the laws of our country. Nobody is above the law.

  • grenadier388

    This so called Christian deserves HELL

  • Quentin Dunmore

    Most Priest and Priestestes are Sodemites or pedifiles or both.
    That whole system is wicked as hell!!!!
    God already said they will be destroyed, they don’t have too much longer anyway.
    There time is almost up.

  • Chuck1

    So they are allowed to practice sharia catholic style?

  • Harry Mudd

    I’d like to see the cops impound his laptop.

  • Maria Taylor

    I am a catholic and this makes me sick.. what Hell is wrong with these Dam priest and Archbishop . we have been told that our church will fall from the inside i can see this happening since there is more then half of them are gay or sick mind . No Kid should be put threw this EVER!!!! some needs to do that to them lets see how they praise it then

  • Daisy

    ” Speaking truth to power since he learned to talk,” yet you work for a fake news site? How does that work?

  • Sally Gillies

    I cannot believe that under ANY circumstance, God would find this abuse of children “a higher spiritual’ whatever! I’m a cradle Catholic and strongly believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The sickness of child rape and abortion are unconscionable. Pedophilia is a crime.

  • a.c.hall

    Archbishop Hart is ,as Aussies say; “lower than Shark Shit”

  • Jacquie Schmidt

    The only one who can forgive sin is the Lord; not a priest, not an archbishop, not the pope. I’m so sick and tired of the catholic church stating misinformation. The Truth is in the Holy Bible–the one and only Holy Bible. I don’t care if you disagree with me or not.

  • Leanne Harvey

    This article is nothing but a sick twisting of the REAL quote, and your “journalist” should learn how to verify his sources before libeling people. It is a nasty twisting of the following report:
    Asked on Tuesday if he would rather go to prison than breach the seal of confession, Denis Hart told ABC Radio Melbourne
    “I’ve said that I would. I believe that this is an absolutely sacrosanct communication of a higher order.”
    How much priests or psychologists should divulge to authorities is the debate we should be having, not getting outraged by something that wasn’t said.

  • Jill Higgs-Boson

    Dear religious people. The King James Bible was written to get money out of Rome and to let a British King get a divorce. We made most of it up, sorry about that.

  • WANKEROO

    Religion is a load of bollocks.

  • Jill Higgs-Boson

    Apparently it is a fake Neon Nettle article. This guy just supports keeping the confessions of paedophiles private 🙁

  • bjarne64

    Wow!!! That is sick… that can only be true… if your god is Satan!

  • Ruben Medina

    When this guy dies, he will be received by Vlad the Impaler saying… Welcome, here some spiritual stick for you…

  • Maggie Loveland

    Like many of you, I was totally disgusted by this story and so one should be….. However, this is a total lie. Typical of you to twist words around. I certainly don’t condone what the church and it’s priests have done to children and adults but what I don’t like is what has been said being twisted around for a headline. Please see the actual conversation in the link below from Denis Hart. Why do you do this to people? You create more problems and division by doing this terrible reporting.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/archbishop-denis-hart-child-abuse-confession-roman-catholic-report-melbourne-a7895856.html

  • Max Freeman

    Sorry but this is not what tha Catholicism is! How much did “they” pay you to make such a statement? Huh? You, fake priest – go to hell-from your consciousness. You are paid to talk like this.

  • Sensationalism

    False news! Sensationalism nothing else.
    read below:
    https://www.snopes.com/archbishop-pedophilia-spiritual-encounter/

  • Geoff Brandt

    What a perverted psychopath.

  • Steve C. Decker

    It’s what man does…You’ll always have interested individuals covering up for evil. But paedophilia, irrespective of the coatings given it, and by whom, is inexcusable. Period!

  • jennifer gould

    Jesus said ‘Suffer the little children and come unto me’ – Not – ‘Make the children suffer when you come unto me’

  • Richard

    Is it possible to be so stupid and anti-social at such an advanced age? That is simply incredible!
    Shouldn’t this “Priest” be arrested for openly justifying jouvenile rape ?

  • Kate

    I am surprsied with the title of the article, and the contect too! Its not true! What the arcibiscop said was:
    “Confession in the Catholic Church is a spiritual encounter with God through the priest”
    “It is a fundamental part of the freedom of religion, and it is recognised in the law of Australia and many other countries.
    “It must remain so here in Australia. Outside of this all offences against children must be reported to the authorities, and we are absolutely committed to doing so. ”

    It’s so far away from the statement in the article. It’s still difficult and strong statement, but different to what have been written in the article. I am dissapointed. What is happening with media in those recent times…

  • badconscience

    wolves in sheep’s clothing.
    innocents devoured by those they trust as someone
    holy and can bring them closer to God.

  • ironclad

    If this vile monster is allowed to stay in the Catholic Church it will be the final nail in the coffin. The insane pope has already nailed the coffin almost shut. The end of the Catholic church may be the best thing that has happened to the followers of Jesus.

  • louis devault

    Jesus said that one would be better with a millstone around their neck and thrown into the sea rather than stumble even one of the little children. Just sayin catholic leader ship well their takin, a dump on quality if this article is true…

  • Michael Agyeman

    Why is there such a high number of Catholic priests involved in pedophile abuse??? It is time the Catholic church stopped hiding behind privilege and holier-than-thou attitudes. This is NOT what Christ would have wanted and, these are supposed to be men of God. If they can’t protect children from their own, who can they save our souls or help us to better lives? Otherwise, the Catholic church should be banned. How can I believe an institution that lies to us, that hunts and hurts children and covers it up? It screams for answers like: what else have they been covering up? And if they are liars and molesters, what authority do they have to be moral guides in this world???? Either they get their act together or very soon another reformist, protestant movement with rise to challenge it. This time probably for good.

  • Katy

    Anyone defending pedophiles is a piece of shit. Humans are fuckedddd up in every religion! Wake the fuck up.

  • MetFan

    He does not even say what the title claims. Such Anti-Catholic bashing is to blatant. Its really pathetic that supposedly educated people who have just been brainwashed to believe what they are told like sheep and not really educated on how to think on their own would every believe this nonsense. He is having a deep theological discussion concerning the Holy sacrament of Confession. He is not saying that you will see Jesus while you are being molested. Don’t be ridiculous listen to what he really is saying and try to think for yourselves for once.

  • Oliver Stehl

    The church and its people say they are Christian, but their works and deeds show something very different. Love your neighbor as yourself. Is the offense to children “charity”? You are not a Christian only if you go to church on Sundays, you’re not a car if you go into the garage. There are also ACTs. The name alone does not make it.