Ciudad Del Este responds to Vatican Investigation
Paraguayan Diocese Under Investigation Fires Back: Priest Accused of Homosexual Conduct ‘Recommended by Cardinal Ratzinger’
You may have heard that the diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, is currently under investigation by the Vatican. Its vicar general, Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity, has a history of homosexual abuse allegations in the United States (Scranton, Pennsylvania), from where he was eventually transferred to Paraguay. A few days ago, “Cardinal” Santos Abril y Castello announced that priestly ordinations were suspended in the diocese until further notice. (A brief summary of the case can be found here.)
But now, the diocese has fired back: In a lengthy defense of its local ordinary, “Bishop” Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, the diocese states flat-out that the accused predator priest, Fr. Urrutigoity, was incardinated after having been recommended by various Vatican cardinals in 2005, including none other than Joseph Ratzinger, who shortly afterwards became “Pope” Benedict XVI. (Find substantial details and evidence against Urrutigoity at the end of this post.)
The Novus Ordo news and commentary site Catholic Culture reports:
The Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, has published an aggressive defense of the leadership of Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, claiming that a priest who had been accused of abuse in the US was placed in ministry on the recommendation of then-Cardinal Ratzinger.
Bishop Livieres incardinated Father Carlos Urrutigoity, who had been accused of sexual abuse in Pennsylvania, into his diocese in 2005. The diocese stated that the priest “came recommended by some cardinals with functions in the Holy See (one of them, elected a few days later Successor of Peter).”
(“Paraguay: diocese defends bishop, say Cardinal Ratzinger recommended accused priest”, Catholic Culture, Aug. 1, 2014)
The original text posted by the diocese reads verbatim:
Un capítulo aparte en esta historia de oposición a nuestro Obispo y al nuevo Seminario es, sin duda, el ataque contra el Padre Carlos. Llegó a la Diócesis en 2005, junto con otros sacerdotes y laicos que después establecerían las Comunidades Sacerdotales de San Juan. Vino recomendado por algunos Cardenales con funciones en la Santa Sede (uno de ellos, elegido pocos días después Sucesor de Pedro). Traía a cuestas una dura campaña de difamación y calumnia en EE.UU., sobre la que Mons. Livieres escribió una detallada carta aclaratoria.
It will be interesting to see how this battle between the Vatican and the diocese continues.
The Staggering Evidence against Fr. Urrutigoity:
(CAUTION! Disturbing, Explicit Content)
- A Special Report on the Society of St. John (2000)
- Exploiting Traditionalist Orders: The Society of St. John (by Randy Engel)
- Leaving Predators Free To Prey Over and Over Again (2011)
- Adding Shame On Top of Shame (2012)
- Led By Thoroughly False Spirits, Part 2 (2014)
- No Excuses For Those Who Indemnify the Society of Saint John (2014)
- Documentation [PDF]: Pray for the Children (by James Bendell, 2011)