The Catholic Church’s pedophilia investigator, in charge of child protection and interviewing adults who as children had been victims of pedophile priests today was jailed on pedophilia charges in England. 49-year old Christopher Jarvis, a married man with four children of his own, began serving his 12-month sentence after serving the Catholic Church for nine years in a dioscese that included 120 Catholic Churches. Jarvis admitted to the charges, which included possession of 4000 images of pre-pubescent boys, including several depicting sadism, child rape, and torture.
“The revelations that the church hired a peadophile in a key child protection role will add to the controversy surrounding the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales over its handling of sexual abuse,” The Daily Mail reported today.
At the time of his arrest in March this year, Jarvis was leading an investigation into an historic sex abuse allegation at Buckfast Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Devon.
He was arrested after uploading images of pre-pubescent boys on to the Ning social networking website.
Police officers who traced him to his home in Plymouth, Devon, found more than 4,000 child porn images, mainly of boys aged 10 to 12, on his church-supplied computer and a memory stick when they raided the house in Penrose Road.
The court heard that 4,389 images were found on the laptop and memory stick.
The majority, 3,721, were at Level One, the lowest level for abusive images.
But there were 120 at Level Four, which includes scenes of child rape, and 12 at Level Five, which can include scenes of torture and sadism.
The judge who sentenced Jarvis told him, “The people who confided in you of their own misery and abuse may well themselves be shocked and horrified that the person they were speaking to was, in his personal life, downloading images of children being abused in the same way.”
The Huffington Post adds,
“One diocese official says he was surprised to learn about Jarvis’ actions but stressed “this particular incident was not a systemic issue in the Roman Catholic Church. It is more about an individual who had got himself into a position of trust,” the BBC reports.”
Sadly, this abuse in the Catholic Church is not uncommon.
Earlier this month, The New Civil Rights Movement reported on the case of a 46-year old unnamed priest in Salzgitter, Germany, who was arrested and indicted on 267 counts of child sexual abuse, involving at least three boys over a seven-year period.
In May, The New Civil Rights Movement reported on a priest, Father Riccardo Seppia, in the archdiocese of the top advisor to Pope Benedict XVI, who was arrested on pedophilia and drug charges in a drug and sex ring investigation. Charges against Seppia included a recorded cellphone conversation in which the 51-year old priest reportedly said, “I do not want 16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for needy boys who have family issues.”
In a 2010 end-of-year, shocking Christmas statement to Cardinals and other Vatican officials, Pope Benedict XVI announced, “In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” and added that paedophilia wasn’t even considered an “absolute evil.”
It’s important to remember that this is the Pope who has declared that laws which legalize same-sex marriage “contribute to the weakening of the principles of natural law,” and to “confusion about society’s values,” and claimed that same-sex marriage “attacks” the “endangered species” that is mankind. Even before he was elected Pope, he knew of the pedophile priest sex abuse scandal, yet did not act.
This is also the same pope presiding over a Vatican that has said the Vatican was being treated like Holocaust victims, and blamed homosexuality and Jews on the Catholic Church’s international pedophilia scandal.
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