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Subject: Oh, that Pope  

It would seem that the history of rapist priests goes back a bit further than the 1980s.  
Yesterday I  bought a bracelet on the boardwalk in Venice.  It's a lot like one I got in Chinatown last year - they have little pictures of saints on them.  
When I was a kid, the nuns would give us holy cards - pictures of saints, mostly, on one side, with a prayer on the other.  They were beautifully printed, and wonderfully ornate.  
We were supposed to treasure them, but I often ate mine.  Guess I was trying to get holy from the inside out, but I'd nibble on the edges, then tear off little bits, until nothing remained.
Anyway, the bracelets have the same pictures I remember from childhood.
Except the one from yesterday - it also has JP II, and one of the newer saints, Padre Pio.
I remember when he was canonized, but didn't pay much attention.  
So, last night I went to wikipedia to read up on him.
Pio of Pietrelcina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

He was known for his stigmata....

Sifting through the horseshit, stumbled on this:

His accusers brought several accusations against him, including insanity, immoral attitude towards women
- claims that he had intercourse with women in the confessional; misuse of funds, and deception - claims that 
the stigmata were induced with acid in order to gain fame, and that the reported odor of sanctity around him 
being the result of self-administered eau-de-cologne.[14]

The founder of Milan's Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, friar, physician and psychologist Agostino Gemelli, 
concluded Padre Pio was "an ignorant and self-mutilating psychopath who exploited people's credulity."[14] In short, 
he was accused of infractions against all three of his monastic vows: poverty, chastity and obedience.[15]

In 1923, he was forbidden to teach teenage boys in the school attached to the monastery 
because he was considered "a noxious Socrates, capable of perverting the fragile lives and souls of boys."[16]

By 1933, the tide began to turn, with Pope Pius XI ordering the Holy See to reverse its ban on Padre Pio’s public
celebration of Mass. The Pope said, "I have not been badly disposed toward Padre Pio, but I have been badly informed."[8] 
In 1934, he was again allowed to hear confessions. He was also given honorary permission to preach despite never 
having taken the exam for the preaching licence.[8] Pope Pius XII, who assumed the papacy in 1939, encouraged 
devotees to visit Padre Pio. According to a recent book, Pope John XXIII (1958-1963) apparently did not espouse
the outlook of his predecessors, and wrote in 1960 of Padre Pio’s “immense deception." [20] However, it was 
John XXIII's successor, Pope Paul VI, who, in the mid-1960s, firmly dismissed all accusations against Padre Pio.[15][18]


In 1947, Father Karol Józef Wojty?a, a young Polish priest who would later go on to become Pope John Paul II, 
visited Padre Pio who heard his confession. Austrian Cardinal Alfons Stickler reported that Wojty?a confided 
to him that during this meeting Padre Pio told him he would one day ascend to "the highest post in the Church."[24] 

In other words, John XXIII, the last relatively sane voice to run the outfit, dismissed him as a charlatan.  
The conservatives who took over after John XXIII 'resurrected' Padre Pio, and since they've been running the show since the 1960s, he's now a saint.  
A saint who was compared to Socrates, and kept away from boys for 10 years.  
So, my pretty little bracelet with the pictures of saints also has an enabler and a perv, making it much more special.  
As my Sicilian relatives like to say "it rots from the head".

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