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Catholic Priest Ian Dempsey Wants Nick Xenophon to Apologise

It’s the very least. Personally, I think he should seriously consider taking civil action against both Xenophon and Hepworth, and sue them for defamation.

Dempsey is relieved he will not face prosecution over allegations he abused a child in the 1960s, but says he is humiliated that his name has been “rubbed in the mud”.

He says that if Senator Nick Xenophon “has any integrity”, he will apologise for making the allegations in Parliament – but the independent MP says he won’t be apologising.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions will not pursue Monsignor Dempsey over alleged sex abuse against now-Bishop John Hepworth in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It said there was insufficient evidence to convict him.

“I can concentrate on being a good priest, and continuing to be a good priest, which is what I love doing,” Monsignor Dempsey said yesterday. In September 2011, Bishop Hepworth – the former global primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion – alleged that he had been sexually abused by Monsignor Dempsey a few decades earlier. He said Monsignor Dempsey and two other Catholic priests – both of whom are now dead – committed the abuse. Bishop Hepworth reported the allegations to the police after an investigation by the Catholic Church found no substance to the allegations.

At the time the allegations were raised, Senator Xenophon named Monsignor Dempsey in Federal Parliament.

“It’s a humiliating thing to have one’s name so rubbed in the mud and your reputation, especially when it’s done nationally as Senator Xenophon did, and that’s been difficult to cope with,” Monsignor Dempsey said.

“I hope if Senator Xenophon has any integrity he will apologise for doing something that made life very difficult for me.”

 

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Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Pope Francis

And hopefully, Pope Francis will not mince his words.

The newly-installed Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will visit Pope Francis on 14 June, the Vatican has confirmed.

It will mark the first meeting between Pope Francis and the new head of the Church of England and spiritual head of the global Anglican Church.

The brief courtesy visit is expected to be “informal” but “important” according to a representative of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, whose president Cardinal Kurt Koch will meet and pray with Welby. The Archbishop of Canterbury is also expected to visit the tomb of Blessed John Paul II.

Pope Francis has made uniting Christian churches one the key priorities of his pontificate. Following his inaugural mass as pontiff, Francis spoke of his determination to pursue dialogue with other religions, in respect and friendship.

The visit of the new head of the Anglican Church comes just a few weeks after the arrival of the new director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, Archbishop David Moxon, who is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See. The Anglican Centre promotes Christian Unity and is the Anglican Communion’s permanent presence in Rome

Archbishop David Moxon? The name sounds familiar… And here’s why.

 

 

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Atheist Chaplains Would Call Fallen Soldiers ‘Worm Food’

In the Huffington Post:

There are no atheists in foxholes, the saying goes. Republicans in Congress don’t want them in the military chaplain corps, either.

That’s after New Jersey Democratic Rep. Rob Andrews offered an amendment to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act Wednesday that would allow humanists or members of ethical culture groups to join the chaplain corps. Andrews’ idea was to help members of the military who don’t believe in God, but want someone to talk to about problems without having to seek a medical professional.

But Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee objected mightily, saying that atheists can’t offer spiritual counseling and would likely offend dying soldiers or their families.

“They don’t believe anything,” said Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) “I can’t imagine an atheist accompanying a notification team as they go into some family’s home to let them have the worst news of their life and this guy says, ‘You know, that’s it — your son’s just worms, I mean, worm food.'”

“This I think would make a mockery of the chaplaincy,” said Rep. John Fleming (R-La.). “The last thing in the world we would want to see was a young soldier who may be dying and they’re at a field hospital and the chaplain is standing over that person saying to them, ‘If you die here, there is no hope for you in the future.’…

Rest here.

Atheist Chaplains? Beyond being an oxymoron, it’s pointless and utter humanist madness.

 

 

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Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen…

John Hepworth in 2013… This picture in the Couriermail just says it all:

Further:

Bishop John Hepworth, the former global primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, made public allegations in September 2011 that he had been sexually abused in the 1960s, while he was in an Adelaide seminary, by Monsignor Dempsey and two other Catholic priests – both of whom are now dead.

Bishop Hepworth reported the allegations to the police after a three-month investigation commissioned by the Catholic Church found no substance to the allegations…

Exactly (!) because there WAS NO SUBSTANCE to the wild and clearly false allegations. Hepworth wanted in the Ordinariate and the Catholic Church was being firm, fair and predictable:

John Hepworth will be forced to relinquish his role as the primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion if he is to reconcile with the Catholic Church, after being informed he will only be accepted as a layperson.

Archbishop Hepworth has been notified by the Catholic Church that his bid to reunify the TAC with Rome has been successful, but his own case is conditional…

… the document confirmed any Catholic priest or bishop who became an Anglican and then wanted to return to Catholicism would only be able to do so as laity.

A toxic Hepworth was defiant and his malicious response was to go public via Senator Nick Xenophon who, using some kind of parliamentary privilege, named and humiliated poor Msgr Ian Dempsey by dragging him into Hepworth’s fanciful world of lies and deception.

Adelaide Now well captured his warped yet plain intentions:

CONTROVERSIAL Anglican Archbishop John Hepworth has offered to drop demands for action over rape allegations against a senior priest identified in Parliament.

In exchange he would like help to return to the Catholic Church.’

Blackmail? You decide. The sex abuse allegations date to over four decades ago (!) and suddenly they are on the table simply because you don’t get your way?! Well, a column in the Herald Sun points out what any other reasonable person should be able to see:

Hepworth has a history. One more reason to wonder why the media treats every contested thing Archbishop Hepworth says as the gospel truth, and why Senator Nick Xenophon even publicly named the priest Hepworth claims raped him as an adult, some 45 years ago…

Msgr Dempsey is a former Director-General of the Chaplaincy in the Australian Navy, Vicar General, an Officer of the Order of Australia, and an otherwise functioning Priest in good standing with an impeccable pastoral record. His reputation was trashed despite even the most basic facts of the case [having] raised grave doubts. Throughout, Hepworth has shown little or no regard for anyone but himself.

There is an Afrikaans saying that goes like this: Wat jy saai, sal jy maai. Taken from Gal. 6:7-9, God’s system of natural justice is always at work. Slow, sure, sometimes, but always at work. You cannot get away with making a mockery out of God and His Holy Church. That should serve as fair warning to all. Hepworth will get everything he deserves here. Would but that he repent (Matt. 3:8; 11:20; Lk. 13:3). Sadly repentance, to date, has simply been beyond this man whose public arrogance, pride and defiance has known absolutely no limits, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake.

Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin…

– Ezekiel 18:30

I have long blogged on Hepworthian matters. A ‘litany’ of sorts, covering his wicked dealings, can be found here.

UPDATE I:   Fr Anthony Chadwick: My Former Archbishop.

UPDATE IICatholic Priest Ian Dempsey wants Nick Xenophon to apologise.