🇵🇭 Sexual misconduct in the Philippines' Catholic Church: Sins of the Father | 101 East

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priests in the Philippines are trusted and loved for what happens when that power is exploited despite growing reports of sexual misconduct inside Asia's biggest Catholic Church it's all been kept hidden behind closed doors I'm Steve Chow on this edition of one on one used we investigate sexual misconduct in the most powerful institution in the Philippines the Catholic Church on the remote Filipino island of gammarus baby J crystal is being welcomed into the Catholic faith her father Elma kilig is among the many celebrating her baptism but this is no ordinary Sara me because t hillock is a Catholic priest who took a vow of celibacy a father kahin League has a long term partner joy and three other children all named after the most important figure in his life first of all I am a priest the messenger also of God through Jesus Christ so that's why I call them you know JC so that Jesus Christ J Chris J Christian Jake Christine and Jake is still just to remind them that they are the sons and daughters of Jesus Christ Falak a helix decision to have children puts him at odds with the Vatican's sacred law for ordained priests to be celibate it's considered sexual misconduct and a sin but K he league wants Rome to reconsider we've made a lot of noise already so we call it noise in order for us to be heard by our bishops and also by Rome we wrote letters we send emails in order for them to accept us but according to Catholic officials the points of celibacy is to devote your entire life to make that sacrifice to God yeah correct that's correct aren't you showing disrespect to God in Church when we talk about celibacy this was only a man-made rule God did not say this so I think I am I cannot say that I have committed sin I am just continuing his mandate to go and multiply far the key healing and to other priests who also father children were kicked out of the diocese so they set up their own self starred Catholic ministry where they preach at privately owned churches to a supported congregation Heilig wanted to be a priest since he was a child first of all it was a like a priest is there in the altar advising people telling them what to do that was the start of my vocation and of course they have also good lives now they're living yes they're good food if I would say to be a priest is comfortable here in one of the world's biggest Catholic nations there's a chronic shortage of priests so most worshipers just accept who they can get but senior church figures condemn the three men as disgraceful renegades they're like sociopaths I mean they're making use of the Catholic Church they're making use of the fact that they have a semblance of being priests the further their own needs and that's really dishonest you know essentially father killing is presenting himself as a Catholic priest what can you do about that nothing because the the church will have right now that priest has been it's not exactly excommunicated but he's outside of the church the church can do anything about him a secretary of the country's Canon Law Society Father hi mayor Archer Corsos job is to advise the faithful and keep the clergy in line in some diocese he says one in five priests who father children that's horrendous they're doing so much harm but the bishop is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea so to speak that if he has this priest and he's the only ones he has to say Mass to attend to the needs of the faithful and if they're misbehaving he's caught do I fire them then who will say Mass etc raising me in the capital Manila retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz heads up an internal tribunal that investigates allegations of sexual misconduct against Filipino clergy he lives some senior church figures are reluctant to punish a priest who has fathered a child say some of your colleagues condone this practice I think that is possible I concede that but the way I see it our culture has been impacted by a lot of immoral practices little by little by little by little and so that there are more and more cases of this clinical abuses but Archbishop Cruz says these abuses by Catholic clergy can be far more sinister than fathering children the cases he investigates include the sexual abuse of vulnerable children even rape he handles up to 60 cases at a time and says it's the tip of the iceberg because bishops can investigate cases in their own diocese without bringing them to his tribunal there are eight death toll jurisdictions in the Philippines 82 when say 82 Archdiocese diocese prelature etcetera etcetera and supporting they'll send the cases all here I might drown Archbishop Cruz is speaking out to condemn that abuse I may be now offending a lot of my fellow bishops but it's a personal stand gone are the days when you can just close your eyes and plug your ears the bishop as if nothing is happening from your experience of investigating cases are we saying a rise in rates of sexual misconduct within the church yes because the people in the urban areas have become rather alert and courageous in denouncing the Aaron see a priest what about pedophilia are there more PS – yes yes more reports on pedophilia and homosexuality more it is Hindus crying at all and present that violating a minor come on there must be something wrong clerical abuse of children is not a new issue in the Philippines some victims have born the skies for years it was not the church that I read from my books in my Catholic high school it was not the same church that I've heard from the priests homilies it was basically a mafia doing a concerted effort to drive me out at the age of 17 Marko Khatami served as an altar boy in Sabu's main Basilica he loved the responsibility and freedom of going to church without his parents it was at the Basilica where he and the other altar boys met the charismatic father Apple Inari o maharaja he was very warm in fact he's one of the more sought-after priests they're not like the other priests who if you meet them let me just give their hand out for you to bless but he would actually interact with most people he was asked us out go out to dinner elsewhere watch movies he was really like a magnet one evening after a busy Sunday Mass father Maharaja took Marco and another altar boy to the movies inside the dark empty cinema michael says the priest reached over and began fondling him that was the day I could never forget I think it stunned me it stunned me to a point that I couldn't even really describe how I felt but I quickly recall what happened could I could even remember that he whipped out a hankie with some weird smell on it and he wiped it on my face he just said you smell of incense you should take a shower his hands so heavy I tried lifting it off I think out of surrender I just pretended to fall asleep thinking that he might stop doing what he was doing at that time but instead of stopping Marco says father Maharana began molesting the other altar boy he acted like he was not doing anything by the death around the same time halfway across the world allegations of clerical sexual abuse surfaced in the US and the church was swamped by a tsunami of complaints in 2002 Filipino bishops drafted these guidelines to investigate sexual misconduct within their own ranks but the Vatican wouldn't approve them because they included a controversial clause 1 which pardoned priests who had fathered a child it took a decade flat clause to be removed and to pass the guidelines during that time father at Chico so admits a lot of damage was done during this period from 2001 to 2013 which is fairly recent without these guidelines you have to concede investigations but probably not handled well oh yes they weren't unfortunately and then adequate investigations in the past have festered so things have not been solved priests continue to be there what do you mean by priests continue to be there meaning to say those priests who did who are guilty of sexual misconduct they continue in the ministry until 101a started investigating father at Chico so wasn't aware that the Vatican had in fact approved the new guidelines on sexual misconduct in 2012 as a result many churches here didn't know they existed I was going to keep that from you because it's very embarrassing know what what aspect makes it embarrassing because it was it was misplaced no I mean the document is one-page no saying approved when I was misplaced okay now that it has come to fore you can be sure they will be just disseminated immediately these internal guidelines matter because no one outside the church scrutinizes the conduct of Catholic leaders including the government in fact the church wields incredible political influence in the Philippines toppling two presents and lobbying against government policies over 80% of Filipinos follow Catholicism and it underpins every pillar of society here so if clerical abuse victims take on the most powerful institution in the Philippines it's a David and Goliath battle in 2014 a 15 year old choir girl says she was sexually assaulted by a priest at her local village church we'll call her Imelda first he told me to sit on his lap that's when I started to feel nervous I felt my heart beating so fast like it was going to burst no naka good done now he said he will kiss me but only on the forehead but go home run up door then he started hugging me after that he told me to give him a massage she says the priest then tried to grope her I was crying and shaking so much I really couldn't believe it why did he do that to me am elder reported the matter to police but her god-fearing family forced her to drop the complaint they actually beat me to the point that I was afraid to go home they were angry at me they were telling me that what I did was wrong they treated me like a stray dog because of what I did because I felt a case imelda claims to church members then paid her 150 dollars to keep silent for a village girl from a poor farming family such money is a fortune at first I really didn't want to accept the money because I knew it was from the priest but they were so insistent that I take it 101 aced understands the priest is still working in another community the reality is Marian Aldea a former nun is one person who helped church abuse victims she says she often hears of cases like am elders the most recent was last week I receive a text and the mother told me that my daughter confessed she could not sleep she could not eat so then she confronted the daughter and the daughter told her about these things Marian says in another recent case the victims have barely started school how young are the children the youngest is six she concedes because of fear and intimidation it's impossible to know the scale of clergy abuse in the Philippines they don't talk about it because they are afraid that they will be cursed Oh God will curse them if we go against theirs people church authorities claim not a single priest has ever been found guilty of sexual misconduct in the Philippines 101 ace knows of one priest who was convicted but he was exonerated on appeal the church is not just a religious institution the church is also a political institution and that's the reality the power of the church is so big that you cannot really pursue these things we will never win Michael gajillion is one of the few victims of clergy abuse who tried to take on the Filipino Catholic Church two years after being molested Michael and three other altar boys who also said they were abused by Father Manor Anna lodged a complaint with the church I could still recall the phrase you write the letter that's it the other priest who was our former spiritual director he said we will just pay them you're going to get paid anyway he was really insulted at that time it was like their dog was has bitten somebody and they're telling the victim – oh don't worry we'll be here anyway like Imelda the boys were given money $9,000 to not press charges they were told father mayor Harada would be rehabilitated and reassigned to a parish in Africa but only a year later Michael saw him wandering the grounds of supposed Basilica so he shouted at them Father and he looked at me and we need recognized it was me he just waved at me as if saying hello how is it mean I was afraid that a lot of young kids will be exposed with him again that was the time I decided to take legal action Marco says the prosecutors initially supported his child abuse criminal complaint against father May Harada but may Harada tried to discredit the boys citing they were smoking and gambling and the judge and prosecutor both reversed their decision the reviewing prosecutor said that my behavior the way I acted was not that of a child that was justification who so he decided to drop the charges he recommended that the charges against father me rather be dismissed do you feel dark forces were apply behind that decision oh yes there's no doubt about it at that time and even until now what do you have are the faces of the priests but they're not the ones whose hands are playing the justice system they have powerful friends they have benefactors there are people who want to be associated as being close to the church so that's the scary part just just to begin with the church assigned father Ned Zissou to investigate father maharaja he then defended the priest in court father de su says the outcome was fair despite the priests admission of guilt our first in fairness to this guy father Narada he admitted of the case and he said I am willing to go to jail for this so why didn't you go to jail because addict Lord throw in the garbage the kite was thrown in the garbage yes because it was clear that they were just after money they had a deal already with him we've heard counselling but if he was a normal human being he would probably be in jail well if that is the finding of the court so be it what the case was a Toronto the garbage father de su has handled five other clerical sexual abuse cases in Cebu every case was either dismissed or settled out of court in those cases did you know the accused priest before you began the investigation oh yes so you knew all of them mmm oh yes yes would you say your relationship with them was close oh yes dear friends we are all friends in their priesthood the winner a friend is scrutinizing the conduct of another friend can they be impartial oh yes I think so can you can you can you know our aim is that really who is guilty or not guilty we find what is the truth and what would be the best for its individual in my own experience it is better resolve behind closed doors with the priest ellagic continue working yes yes and this was the case with Michaels abuser father Maharaja 101 East understands the church moved him from Cebu to Manila then out to a number of rural communities this Catholic directory lists all the priests in the Philippines and it says that father Mauer Harada is working right here in the province of Saucer Ghana it's a farming region home to vulnerable and impoverished communities considered one of the most about corners of the country it's the perfect place to put a problem priest and this is father Mijares church inside we find he is still preaching and enjoys unfettered access to some of the youngest members of his congregation we try to talk with father maharaja but he refuses to meet with us instead his church superior responds by phone on his behalf he molested a number of altar boys in Cebu are you aware that he has a history of molesting young men the superior tells me he knows about father Mohandas history and that doesn't concern but he insists the troubled priest has been rehabilitated and describes him as a transformed man who doesn't pose a risk to young members of his congregation the church may not be concerned but the local mayor wants to investigate him she was shocked to hear that they moved a priest with such a troubled past to an area with a high number of schools and a young population in this place we would like our children to be safe to be protected and so as of now I would like to see the records the legal papers surrounding that priest and I have to investigate because as she said he is assigned to our place I will do what should be done now a parent himself Markel worries father may harada my pride one other young children there's still a churchman in me who deeply wish that he should be given a second chance but there is also the pessimist in me that the church as of this time could not does not have that faculty to rehabilitate priests like him in a frank admission Archbishop Cruz agrees the church rehabilitation for priests rarely works in the Philippines if you have this character flaw if you have this personality disorder because with you till they kingdom come so to speak and their yes guy doesn't counselor can lessen it it's a treat cetera but it doesn't kill really a rehabilitated priest allowed back in the community that shouldn't be essentially they're just started here they're transferred there it's the same person you're transmitting it'll commit the same mistakes wherever he is despite admitting that there are clear weaknesses in the system father a Chico sir believes only the Catholic Church can police its priests the church handle these cases with a lot of discretion both to protect the dignity of the a the good name of the priest and also for for the victim so you're saying the public has to accept that the best agency to investigate the church is the church itself I think so definitely the Vatican didn't respond to our inquiries about clergy abuse in the Philippines but the fact that Asia's largest Catholic Church is avoiding scrutiny is not lost on the main investigator of clergy abuse we still have a long way to go because we have too many Catholics the judges are contradiction are the lawyers are Catholics the accusers are Catholics the ACLU's is a Catholic yes Tosh's own disadvantage the church remains a strong guiding presence across the Philippines but there are serious failings in how it deals with clergy abuse and misconduct its secrecy and unchallenged power is leaving the most vulnerable at risk in this devout nation

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  1. Simula pa nung umpisa ganyan na ang katoliko gainawhan pa nga ni dr jose rizal ng libro yan ehhh el fili at noli

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  2. Why is not the law of land being applied to priests? Why does the Church have to say anything? Misconduct is a misconduct. Within or out of the Church system

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  3. Prophet Messenger Kacou Philippe :
    10. This Message says that Islam, Christianity and Judaism are the three spirits of frog in Revelation 16:13. These three religions claim to be of Abraham. These three religions believe in Moses. These three religions do not believe in living prophets but each claims to be of a prophet that it did not know. Each of them has its own holy book. And all three are waiting for the Messiah. They are the three spirits of frog in Revelation 16:13. This Message says that they are the same demons that raised up Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, James Brown, Madonna, Papa Wemba that have raised up, today, those Christian groups and singers like Tabitha Lemaire, Don Moen, Exo Eclats, Yolanda Adams and Celine Dion… [Kc.59v33] [Kc.113v10] [Kc.118v11] [Kc.131v4]

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  4. 12. After Moses,Joshua came with a new Gospel because he is a prophet! Samuel came with a new Gospel! Each prophet comes with a new Gospel! The midnight Cry is the Gospel of Jesus Christ for our time that means the time of Prophet Kacou Philippe. The book of Jeremiah is the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the time of Jeremiah! The book of Zephaniah is the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Zephaniah!

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  5. Prophet Kacou Philippe :
    21. I have told them that after the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, no one could receive Salvation except by believing in Jesus through the prophets that He promised according to Matthew 23:34-35. In Matthew 16, the Lord Jesus Christ said that the Church would be built upon the revelation of who He is. That is to say that in your time, the Lord Jesus Christ will reveal Himself to you through a prophet and you must discern, like Peter, that this prophet is the Christ, the son of the living God. And that today, for the forgiveness of your sins, you cannot reach the blood of Christ at Golgotha except through the public confession that I have instituted. I have told them that when they hear about me, Kacou Philippe, they must believe and go to the baptism of the restitution and from there, confess their future sins before the whole Church.

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  6. Angry😠Earthling🌎.
    WHAT AN AMAZING STORY AND ONE OF MAN BEING A REAL MAN AND NOT A ROBOTIC VERSION OF HIMSELF AND CELEBACY IS A THING OF THE PAST SO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SHOULD WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES BECAUSE DECENT HUMAN BEINGS WILL BE MORE ATTRACTED TO A CHURCH WHO SHOWS HUMAN EMOTION RATHER THAN COLD HEARTED EVIL AND I COULD WATCH VIDEOS SUCH AS THIS ALL DAY LONG BECAUSE THEY HIGHLIGHT HUMAN BEINGS BEING THEMSELVES AND I WOULD RATHER NOT READ HORROR STORIES OF CATHOLIC PRIESTS RAPING LITTLE CHILDREN.

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  7. 20. And you members of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Judaism, I am not a Pentecostal or a magician of Egypt but a prophet. I perform miracles but I am a prophet and it is therefore with the word that I come to you. In the beginning was the word. When the posterity.

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  8. God has said it to Prophet Kacou Philippe on April 24, 1993. And if you are a child of God, it is in him, Kacou Philippe that you must believe to be saved. And if you really have the Holy Spirit, this Holy Spirit will lead you to him, the prophet of your time, as one day, this Holy Spirit led Cornelius to Peter who had the keys of the Kingdom of the Heavens. And if you must serve God, it is to echo what Prophet Kacou Philippe, the living prophet of your time, says. And this is the only thing you can do.

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  9. A doctor will save lives
    A police officer will protect lives
    A Priest will Produce lives!

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  10. 27. The enemies of God on earth are religions and their leaders. Islam and Christianity and Judaism, it is the fullness of Satanism. They are the three attributes of Satan.

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  11. I don’t believe pedophiles should have access to children again because most of the time it’s not only a moral issue it’s more complex than that, so if convicted pedophiles have access to children again they have a high percentage rate to reoffend. They should serve God in a different manner where communities won’t suffer!! There are plenty ways to serve God. There are plenty suffering in the works away from children

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  12. Today you cannot speak about the Lord Jesus Christ because you have not known the Lord Jesus Christ. But the one you have known is prophet Kacou Philippe. And at the judgment day, when you will see prophet Kacou Philippe, you will recognize him as the one who was fighting you on earth.Isaiah and Jeremiah are not disciples of Moses but they are prophets like Moses. And I, prophet Kacou Philippe that is speaking to you, am neither a disciple of Moses, nor the disciple of Jesus of Nazareth nor the disciple of one of the prophets of the Bible for me to conform to the Bible, but I am a prophet messenger like them.

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