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Outswinger: Arvind Kejriwal’s cheap personal attack on RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

It is easy to mock a Hindu organization head in India than an Islamist Zealot. Kejriwal knows this.

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Bharat Maata. Wikimedia Commons

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Have a look at this tweet by Shri Arvind Kejriwal:

It goes without saying that this kind of personal attack on RSS chief shows the level of Kejriwal himself. One may have political differences, but why is Kejriwal so desperate?

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RSS Meeting in 1939. Wikimedia Commons

To be an RSS parcharak, one has to be a man without family responsibilities so that he can dedicate time to society for the Hindu cause with the singular focus. Thus, you will see that majority of Parcharaks are not married. Mr. Mohan Bhagwat has devoted his life to the cause of Sanatan Dharma at the expense of personal pleasures and needs. Surely enough, pseudo-secular Kejriwal can not appreciate this fact. Kejriwal is proving that Cheap minds harbor Cheap thoughts.

On a related note, Kejriwal has accepted the invitation to attend Mother Teresa’s sainthood ceremony at Vatican city to be held on Septemeber 4. Bengal CM Mamta deedi has also grabbed this invitation. Both these liberal pseudo-seculars will grace the event for an evangelical nun who devoted her entire life in glorifying poverty and opposing abortions and of course converting Hindus to Christians. This nun was no one else than Mother Teresa!

In his eagerness to succeed in politics, Kejriwal is stooping to Miseries of politics,i.e., minority appeasement, Dalit card and populism. Set out on a path to bring vyastha parivartan, his allurement to quickies is disgraceful. This is what happens when yo do not have the substance (read Chintan), yet you attain a quick success playing by the sentiments of gullible voters and then showing them the back!

Meanwhile, if you do not understand my Outswinger, just wait a few months. MCD election results will deflate the balloon of AAP hype in Delhi where people are crying for civic amenities and good governance.

 

 

 

  • Aakash Sinha

    Arvind Kejriwal is total flop man. He only loves to do political stunts and advertisement.
    So these type of statements is usual for him.

  • Vijayalakhmi Menon

    The lowly character that he is, Kejri,like his ‘twin’ Pappu, loses no opportunity to take a swipe at our visionary PM, Shri Narendra Modi or Shri Mohanji Bhagwat,the revered head of RSS. It just proves that neither Kejri, nor Pappu are worthy of respect.

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  • Aakash Sinha

    Arvind Kejriwal is total flop man. He only loves to do political stunts and advertisement.
    So these type of statements is usual for him.

  • Vijayalakhmi Menon

    The lowly character that he is, Kejri,like his ‘twin’ Pappu, loses no opportunity to take a swipe at our visionary PM, Shri Narendra Modi or Shri Mohanji Bhagwat,the revered head of RSS. It just proves that neither Kejri, nor Pappu are worthy of respect.

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Vatican May No Longer Allow Bishops To Escape Sanction Who Cover Up Clergy Sex Abuse Cases

For decades, the Vatican has been criticized by abuse victims and their advocates for having turned a blind eye to the bishops and religious superiors who failed to punish sexual predators in the priesthood. While the Vatican began cracking down on the abusers themselves under Pope Benedict XVI, the superiors who enabled the crimes and allowed abusers to continue raping children largely got a pass.

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Founding member of the Ending Clergy Abuse organization, Denise Buchanan, right, and member Leona Huggins, second from right, participate in a protest outside the St. Anselm on the Aventine Benedictine complex in Rome, Feb. 22, 2019. VOA

The legal loopholes that have allowed Catholic bishops to escape sanction when they cover up clergy sex abuse cases may be closing.

Two U.S. cardinals have confirmed that the Vatican is working on a “clarification” to a 2016 law that was supposed to hold bishops and religious superiors accountable when they fail to protect their flocks, but it never really did.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston told a press conference Friday during Pope Francis’ sex abuse prevention summit that he had been guaranteed that the new document would “come out very soon.” Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich said the document would standardize procedures within the various Vatican offices to investigate bishops and order their removal.

The new document would further clarify the law Francis issued in 2016, entitled “As a Loving Mother,” which he passed instead of creating a special tribunal section inside the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to handle abuse of office cases.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Chicago Archbishop, right, and Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, listen to reporters' questions during a four-day sex abuse summit called by Pope Francis, in Rome, Feb. 22, 2019.
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Chicago Archbishop, right, and Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, listen to reporters’ questions during a four-day sex abuse summit called by Pope Francis, in Rome, Feb. 22, 2019. VOA

Cupich said the law had been applied in “recent cases,” but the Vatican has provided no information about how it has been implemented or how many bishops have been sanctioned as a result of it.

Bishops, religious superiors got a pass

For decades, the Vatican has been criticized by abuse victims and their advocates for having turned a blind eye to the bishops and religious superiors who failed to punish sexual predators in the priesthood. While the Vatican began cracking down on the abusers themselves under Pope Benedict XVI, the superiors who enabled the crimes and allowed abusers to continue raping children largely got a pass.

Acting on a proposal from his sex abuse advisory commission, Francis and his group of cardinal advisers agreed in 2015 to create a tribunal section within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to prosecute bishops and superiors when they botched cases. A press statement issued at the time said the pope had pledged to provide the new office with adequate staffing and resources.

But the tribunal posed a host of legal and bureaucratic issues and ran into opposition from bishops and the Vatican bureaucracy. The congregation, which handles sex abuse cases, apparently was never consulted about the feasibility of creating such a tribunal before it was announced to the press to great fanfare.

A year later, Francis issued “As a Loving Mother” that made no mention of a tribunal but merely reminded the four Vatican offices that handle bishop issues that they were also responsible for investigating and punishing negligence cases. It made clear that a negligent act or omission on handling an abuse allegation was grounds for dismissal.

Sex abuse survivor Bernadette Howell, from Canada, left, cries as she listens to Evelyn Korkamaz, another survivor, during a press conference of members of the ECA (Ending Clergy Abuse), in Rome, Feb. 22, 2019.
Sex abuse survivor Bernadette Howell, from Canada, left, cries as she listens to Evelyn Korkamaz, another survivor, during a press conference of members of the ECA (Ending Clergy Abuse), in Rome, Feb. 22, 2019. VOA

Lack of tribunal good, prosecutor says

The Vatican’s longtime sex crimes prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, told reporters Friday that under the 2016 law, it was actually easier to remove a negligent bishop than if he were subject to a canonical trial in a tribunal where the bishop’s intent would have to be proved.

The 2016 law “looks at the objective state of the (bishops’) incapacity” to govern, whereas a tribunal would have required proof that an actual law had been broken, Scicluna said. The 2016 legislation benefits those who are claiming negligence by a bishop because “they only have to denounce an objective fact: that nothing was done,” Scicluna said.

O’Malley, who heads a commission that first proposed the tribunal, said the issue of holding bishops accountable was “uppermost in our minds right now.”

“Right now the Holy See is working on, preparing a clarification of the implementation that will come out very soon, I am guaranteed,” he said.

Investigation blueprint

Cupich, for his part, dedicated his speech to Francis’ abuse summit to how such investigations against bishops might be reported to the Vatican and then carried out once the Vatican has authorized an investigation. His proposal called for the metropolitan bishop, who has authority over other bishops in a particular geographic region, to conduct the investigation, using the help of lay experts.

“What I present here is a framework for constructing new legal structures of accountability in the church,” Cupich said, in a speech that implied that such structures are very much in the works at the Holy See.

Accountability, fairness

Speakers at Francis’ summit have proposed other changes to canon law as well to ensure accountability and fairness to victims and accused priests alike.

Linda Ghisoni, an Italian canon lawyer and undersecretary at the Vatican’s laity office, said the Holy See should change its laws concerning the “pontifical secret,” the confidentiality regulations that govern how sex abuse cases are handled internally.

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Victims for years have denounced the high level of secrecy, which often prevents them from learning the outcomes or progress of their cases. Accused priests, too, have complained how they are kept in the dark about the details of their cases.

Ghisoni told the summit that a degree of confidentiality must be retained to guarantee the dignity and reputations of all involved. But she said the secrecy regulations “should allow for the development of a climate of greater transparency and trust.” (VOA)