Another Clerical Scandal

Awwww… this news was once again a shocker..

Read at abs-cbnnews.com

BERLIN – A Catholic priest admitted in a German court on Thursday to sexually abusing three boys over eight years, including one he was preparing for his first communion and two brothers during trips that included Disneyland in Paris, German media reported.

The 46-year-old, named in court documents as Andreas L., admitted to charges of abusing the boys from 2004.

“The worst aspect is that he exploited their trust,” said Klaus Ziehe, lead court prosecutor in the central city of Braunschweig, in comments published by Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

Abuse allegations have rocked the Roman Catholic Church in Germany in recent years, forcing it to open its files to independent investigators and allow searches for potential abuse cases as far back as 1945.

The priest, who had been arrested last summer, used a document folder to cover his face in the courtroom, where some of his former parishioners had come to witness the proceedings.

Some shook their heads or covered their mouths in shock as the charges were read aloud, the paper reported.

The cases may be partly behind disenchantment among the faithful. One study shows some 180,000 German Catholics left the Church in 2010, a 40 percent rise over the previous year, amid allegations that priests sexually abused children for decades.

The number of people quitting the Church surpassed the total of those leaving main Protestant churches for the first time in postwar Germany, the study by the magazine Christ & Welt said.

Pope Benedict met victims of clerical sex abuse on a visit to his native Germany in September and expressed his deep regret, while Berlin has set up a 100 million euro ($128 million) fund to pay for their therapy.

The German Catholic Church faces some 600 demands for compensation.

Scorpio in 2012

Scorpio, 2012 is your year of reckoning!

You worked yourself to the bone in 2011, and now you’ve hit a major impasse. You’ve got until October to continue experimenting with what you want out of life; after that, big decisions must be made. Saturn is about to take up residence in your constellation for the first time in nearly 30 years. This planet rules karma, time and integrity, so each of these will be key themes throughout the year. Your values will be tested during the last quarter of the year, so get all your ducks in a row by then to avoid the stress of Saturn’s inquisition. The good news is that a weight is about to be lifted from your consciousness, and all the background melancholy you may have felt over the past few years should lighten up.

A major eclipse pattern takes hold of your stars in autumn 2012. November’s total solar eclipse in Scorpio is sure to rock the very foundation of your life, so get ready for some major shifts in your relationships. Your life will definitely not be the same by the time 2013 rolls around. You’re a butterfly and a phoenix – expect to shed some major skin this year.

This could also be one of the most socially driven years you’ve ever seen. With Mars activating your house of friendship and goals in the sign of Virgo, expect a majority of your energy to be engaged with a barrage of social situations. It’s all for a good cause, however, and will translate into your bigger life goals; in fact, a good portion of the parties you attend will have some sort of work component behind them. And with glamorous Neptune moving back into your pleasure sector in February, life will suddenly become very art-house cinema for you.

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Spartacus: Vengeance

My favorite series will soon be back on TV! Im so excited (and I just can’t hide it!)..

Can’t wait!

Spartacus Vengeance returns on 27 January! Yeah men!

Glow In The Dark Condom

For those who like to do it with lights off.

Who wants to have one? ๐Ÿ™‚

Octopus crawls on dry land

I dont know if this is cute and amazing or a little creepy..

Whatchathink?

Weird People

What’s wrong with the world, momma?

Click photos to enlarge.

Disclaimer: The photos shown are not mine. I just saw them on web. ๐Ÿ™‚

Philippine Trivia

  1. American University of the Philippines was the first name of the University of the Philippines.
  2. The famous Rizal Monument in Luneta is originally facing the Manila Bay.
  3. The popular bookstore in Manila which is the National Bookstore used to offer slippers aside from books.
  4. Quezon City was the original capital of the Philippines and not Manila.
  5. “Marangal na Dalit ng Katagalugan” composed by Julio Nakpil is said to be our original national anthem. But the president Emilio Aguinaldo asks Julian Felipe to create another one which is the “Lupang Hinirang”.
  6. Cebu is the first Philippine City.
  7. The Philippine Basketball Association is Asia’s premier and the world’s second oldest professional league.
  8. After Happy Birthday, the song most sung in thePhilippinesis Lupang Hinirang, the national anthem.
  9. The symbolic name for the Philippines, Juan dela Cruz, is not a Filipino invention. It was coined by R. McCulloch-Dick, a Scottish-born journalist working for the Manila Times in the early 1900s, after discovering it was the most common name in blotters.
  10. Of the 500 known coral species in the world, 488 are found in thePhilippines.
  11. In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the English language in 1762 by British invaders, not Americans. Philippines is the world’s 3rd largest English-speaking nation, next to the USA and the UK.
  12. In 1578, the oldest hospital which is the San Lazaro Hospital was built.
  13. The first modern building in the Philippines is considered to be the Crystal Arcade in Escolta, completed in 1932.
  14. Aurora is the only Philippine province named after a first lady.
  15. After the United States, the Philippines have the most Boys Scouts.
  16. The Cagayan River, the Philippines longest river, originates in Nueva Vizcaya.
  17. The first womenโ€™s magazine in the Philippines was El Hogar (The Home), which first came out in 1893.
  18. The first Philippine map was drawn in 1734 by Nicolas dela Cruz and Francisco Suarez under the instruction of Jesuit historian Pedro Murillo Velarde. The original map was 27 inches wide and 42 inches long.
  19. In 1637, Tomas Pinpin published Successos Felices (Fortunate Events), a 14-page newsletter in Spanish that is now widely regarded as the first Philippine newsletter. On December 1, 1846, La Esperanza, the first daily newspaper, was published in the country. Other early newspapers were La Estrella (1847), Diario de Manila (1848) and Boletin Oficial de Filipinas (1852). The first provincial newspaper was El Eco de Vigan (1884), which was issued in Ilocos.
  20. The Philippine Airlines (PAL), which was established in 1941, takes pride in being Asia’s oldest commercial airline.
  21. Alto Broadcasting System (ABS) Channel 3, the first television station in the country, went on the air in 1953.
  22. Kristo the Tagalog name of bookmakers at cockfights. He’s called that because he poses like Jesus when he calls for bets and shouts the odds (arms extended like the Lord himself).
  23. Manila Hotel is the first building to be air-conditioned.

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