JUDAISM’S PEDOPHILIA BEGINS WITH RABBI BEN YOHAI
By Rev. Ted Pike
25 Sept 13
Yeshiva University in New York City is the latest Jewish educational institution to be rocked by accusations of extensive pedophilia by rabbis and teachers. Yeshiva, including an elite high school, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, and an endowment of nearly 1.3 billion dollars is the Harvard of Orthodox Judaism in America.Â But now 31 former high school and Yeshiva affiliate students allege sexual abuse by two highly respected Yeshiva rabbis during 1969-1989. They are suing Yeshiva U. for 380 million dollars. â€œYeshiva University High School held itself out as an exemplary Jewish secondary school when in fact it was allowing known sexual predators to roam the school at will seeking other victims,â€ said attorney for the plaintiffs, Kevin Mulhearn. Mulhearn asserts that hundreds of boys were sexually molested or sodomized.
Typically, as with other Jewish child abuse scandals in Brooklyn, Sydney, Melbourne, Jerusalem, etc., Yeshiva’s administration is evasive. As a result, AIG (American Insurance Group) may not continue insuring it.
Why do Jewish authority figures continue to be accused of pedophilia against primarily Jewish children?
The Talmud, highest authority for modern Talmudic Judaism, endorses pedophilia. It calls it “Halachah” or binding Jewish law!
The Talmudic rabbi most instrumental in persuading rabbis today to indulge in pedophilia is 2nd century A.D. Simeon ben Yohai.Â It’s hard to imagine a rabbinic sage more esteemed than ben Yohai. He is credited by Ultra-Orthodox Jews as the author of the Zohar, or Kabbalah.Â Every year in Meron in Israel (where ben Yohai died), more than 10,000 Hasidic Jews gather for a week of singing, dancing, and praising ben Yohai, who may well be Kabbalist Judaism’s most venerated authority.
In Orthodox Judaism, the most ancient first and second A.D. rabbis, the “Tannaim,” are considered most authoritative. This is largely because they lived in Palestine closest in time to the Pharisees, who, originating in Babylon, created the Mishnah (oral law), which later became written down as the Babylonian Talmud. Some â€œTannaâ€ receive greater respect from Orthodox Jews than does Moses. Jesus accused the oral law of “making the law of God of none effect.”
The Talmud is the greatest religious authority for observant Jews today. It teaches that when sages of ben Yohaiâ€™s stature pronounced new laws, they did so out of the memory of what God had taught them in heaven. The Talmud says such memory was imparted to ben Yohai’s teacher, Rabbi Akiba: when Moses died he went to heaven and beheld Rabbi Akiba â€œexpounding wondrously on the Torah.â€ Thus, when ben Yohai authorizes pedophilia in the Talmud, such permission becomes law for Orthodox Jews for all time.
In Yebamoth 60b the Talmud says:
It was taught: R. Simeon ben Yohai stated: â€˜A proselyte who is under the age of three years and one day is permitted to marry a priest. For it is said, But all the women children that have not known men by lying with them, keep for yourselves; and Phinehas surely was with them.â€™
Ben Yohaiâ€™s interpretation comes from Numbers 31:18. The Hebrews, after defeating the Midianites, were allowed to keep virginal females of all ages as wives or potential wives when they sexually matured. Ben Yohai exploited this verse to claim God gives Jews rights to sexual use of females of virtually any age, although he puts the lower bar at three years and a day. Further, he says that because the righteous Phinehas was among the Hebrew congregation who accepted the Midianite women, it means that Phinehas endorsed child sex.
Footnote 5 to this passage says ben Yohai’s permission for sex with 3-year-old girls stands for all time.The footnote asks, â€œHow could they [any other rabbi in history], contrary to the opinions of R. Simeon ben Yohai, which has scriptural support, forbid the marriage of the young proselytes?â€ Clearly, they can’t.Â Â (The full text of this footnote and the entire passage from the Soncino edition of the Talmud are at the end of this article.)
Thus, the question posed by the Talmud footnote is extremely significant and timely. It says that just as no rabbinic authority can defy ben Yohaiâ€™s halachic permission for sex with 3-year-old girls, so no rabbinic authority in any Jewish organization, synagogue, Yeshiva high school, college, or seminary today is empowered to declare that pedophilia for the Jew is wrong!
Of course, Jewish leaders and rabbinic councils do vocally condemn pedophilia while embroiled in scandal. But that is in order that, as the Talmud commands, â€œthe name of God be not profanedâ€ by bringing a bad reputation to Judaism. But if an Orthodox rabbi believes anything, it is that every letter of the Talmud is divinely inspired. If it is necessary to lie about its contents, then the Talmud encourages such subterfuge, saying â€œit is permitted to deceive a goyâ€ (gentile). (Baba Kama 113b)
In order to stem the plague of child abuse within Orthodox Judaism, Israelâ€™s Supreme Rabbinic Court of Appeals needs to confront pedophilia in the Talmud and declare it no longer halachic. This may be impossible, however, considering the stature of ben Yohai and the fact that historically many of the most eminent ultra-Orthodox rabbis have challenged the authority of the court in the first place. Certainly no rabbinic court (Bet Din) in history has questioned ben Yohaiâ€™s halachic pronouncements.
With ben Yohaiâ€™s authority in mind, Yebamoth 60b presents a succession of the most authoritative rabbis, who conclude that just as the entire male population of Israel was entitled to marry â€œwomen childrenâ€ of Midian, so not just the rabbis, but all Jewish men are permitted to sexually violate underage girls. The Talmud continues: “Consequently, it must be said and scripture speaks of one [a 3-year-old baby girl] who is fit for cohabitation.”
An eminent sage goes on to summarize: “The Halakah is in agreement with Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai.” He cites a historical precedent: “There was a certain town in the land of Israel the legitimacy of whose inhabitants was disputed, and Rabbi R. Romanos who conducted an inquiry and found in it the daughter of a proselyte who was under the age of three years and one day, and Rabbi declared her eligible to live with a priest.” Footnote 15 says Romanos “permitted her to continue to live with her husband.”
Note: in this case, rape of a baby girl under three years is permitted. Such imprecision introduces an important fact: just as the Talmud was flexible concerning age limits of sex, it was also flexible about gender. Footnote 1 to Kethuboth 11b opens a wide door for Jewish homosexual pedophiles by pronouncing â€œthe intercourse of a small boy is not regarded as a sexual act.â€ (See Judaism and Homosexuality: A Marriage Made in Hell) Pedophile rabbis today, molesting and raping both male and female children, exercise this sociopathic freedom.
The Talmud in Kethuboth 11b summarizes permission for child sex under three years, citing the authority of Raba.Â “Raba saidâ€¦ when a grown-up man has intercourse with a little girl it is nothingâ€¦” The footnote to Rabaâ€™s statement says â€œi.e., tears come to the eye again and again, so does virginity come back to the little girl under three years.â€ Another of the greatest Tannaim, Rabbi Meir, says that the sexual status of a 3-year-old baby girl is no different than a sexually mature woman. This supports ben Yohai’s edict that the Midianite “women children” were, to the age of three years and a day, or under that age, ready for sexual use.
What exists, then, in these passages and among predominant elements of Orthodox/Ultra-Orthodox rabbinical leadership today, is the firmest conviction, based on alleged Old Testament scriptural precedent, as well as the greatest and earliest Talmudic authorities, that sex with girls from the age of three years or under is sanctioned by God.
Why Jewish Authorities Protect Pedophiles
Orthodox leaders are thus obligated to protect rabbinic pedophiles because such perverts are acting out sexual liberty granted by God. Â This helps explain a consistent pattern today of Jewish authorities taking no effective action against Jewish pedophiles or stringent measures in Jewish religious schools and courts.Â Instead there exists a sordid record of pedophile rabbis and Yeshiva teachers being sent to other areas or safe haven in Israelâ€”or even kept on staff. Such indulgence goes back to the towering influence of Simeon ben Yohai.
Yet the Talmudâ€™s incitement of child rape is never mentioned in the Jewish population today, even by well-meaning Orthodox Jews who protest sexual abuse of 1 out of 5 Jewish children. Why the silence? They fear dominant rabbis who may well be pedophiles and protect their own. There are many instances cited at the FailedMessiah.com of such would-be reformers being verbally, socially and even physically assaulted.
This spring, Rabbi Herschel Schachter, former dean of Yeshiva University and internationally renowned halachic scholar, decreed that Jewish families whose children had been sexually abused must always go first to rabbinic authorities and courts. He and Agudath Israel of America, a prominent body of Torah sages, say this is Jewish law. (See The Great “Raping Rabbis” Cover-Up) Will Jewish families obey and consign their children, as they have for decades, to no effective redress or protection from rabbinic predators?
The answer, in most cases, is yes. The power of rabbinic leaders, Jewish courts and the overwhelming consensus of the Orthodox community not to embarrass leadership is simply too great. Added to this is the protection Jewish-dominated media gives rabbinic pedophiles by near-total silence about the growing scandal. (See Jews Confirm Big Media Is Jewish)
In times of deepest apostasy in ancient Israel, evil Jewish religious leaders instructed Hebrew parents to offer up their firstborn to Canaanite idols as burnt offerings. Only then would God send rain and sunshine on their crops. The people, theologically illiterate, obeyed.
Today, the great majority of Jewish laity are ignorant that the Talmud encourages their trusted leaders to prey on their children as sexual toys. In exchange for the sunshine of acceptance in the Jewish community, they trust the innocence and safety of their sons and daughters to the increasingly devouring lusts of their trusted rabbinic idols. As a result, for millennia, little has changed for the flock of Israel, trodden down and devoured by false shepherds.
â€œThey that rule over them make them to howl,â€ sayeth the Lord, â€œand my name continually every day is blasphemed.â€ (Isaiah 52:5)
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One can see from the news stories below how victimized the Little Jews are by Talmudic Big Jews. The Big Jews unleash an unholy terror on them if they protest the lies, abuse, coverups and atrocities AGAINST THEIR OWN CHILDREN.
Ultra-Orthodox Sex Abuse Whistleblower Describes “Child-Rape Assembly Line”
The last we heard from ultra-Orthodox sex abuse whistleblower Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg,Â he was recovering from an assault involving a cup of bleach tossed in his face on a Williamsburg sidewalk. Rosenberg, who was nearly blinded, has become anathema in the tightly-knit Satmar community for exposing perpetrators of sexual abuse. Almost a year after the bleach attack, Vice checks in on Rosenberg, who of course has more horrifying stories to tell:
On a visit to Jerusalem in 2005, Rabbi Rosenberg entered into a mikvah in one of the holiest neighborhoods in the city, Mea Sheâ€™arim. â€œI opened a door that entered into a schvitz,â€ he told me. â€œVapors everywhere, I can barely see. My eyes adjust, and I see an old man, my age, long white beard, a holy-looking man, sitting in the vapors. On his lap, facing away from him, is a boy, maybe seven years old. And the old man is having anal sex with this boy.â€Rabbi Rosenberg paused, gathered himself, and went on: â€œThis boy was speared on the man like an animal, like a pig, and the boy was saying nothing. But on his faceâ€”fear. The old man [looked at me] without any fear, as if this was common practice. He didnâ€™t stop. I was so angry, I confronted him. He removed the boy from his penis, and I took the boy aside. I told this man, â€˜Itâ€™s a sin before God, a mishkovzucher. What are you doing to this boyâ€™s soul? Youâ€™re destroying this boy!â€™ He had a sponge on a stick to clean his back, and he hit me across the face with it. â€˜How dare you interrupt me!â€™ he said. I had heard of these things for a long time, but now I had seen.â€
Rabbi Rosenberg believes around half of young males in Brooklynâ€™s Hasidic community have been victims of sexual assault, but Ben Hirsch, director of Survivors for Justice, tells Vice, “From anecdotal evidence, weâ€™re looking at over 50 percent. It has almost become a rite of passage.” And yet it’s extremely rare that any of the perpetrators are brought to justice, a fact that may have cost Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes his job.
Hynes was widely criticized for failing to aggressively prosecute sex offenders in the politically-powerful community (as well as refusing to publicize the names of the few who were convicted). Last week he lost a desperate reelection bid to Ken Thompson, who slammed Hynes for failing to properly vet allegations against another sex abuse whistleblower, Sam Kellner.
Kellner, you’ll recall, was accused of trying to shake down an alleged child molester, Baruch Lebovits, for money in exchange for his silence. Like Rabbi Rosenberg, Kellner became a pariah in the community for his role in bringing Rosenberg to justice, but his life got even worse when Hynes’s office turned on him. Although the case against Kellner has completely fallen apartâ€”a key witness has recanted his testimony against Kellner, a secretly recorded conversation between Kellner and one of his accusers was distorted in translationâ€”Hynes refuses to drop it. According to today’s Times:
Two prosecutors with the Brooklyn district attorneyâ€™s office promised to drop all charges against Mr. Kellner. An already-weak extortion case had utterly disintegrated, with evidence falling away. Youâ€™ll soon be free of the shadow of prosecution, Mr. Kellnerâ€™s lawyers told him.That was last Wednesday. Two days later, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and his rackets chief and longtime friend Michael F. Vecchione reversed that decision and again vowed to prosecute Mr. Kellner. They promptly demoted the two veteran prosecutors, Joseph Alexis and Nicholas J. Batsidis, who had handled the case against Mr. Kellner.
Mr. Hynes was not finished. That same day, he fired Barbara Burke, a prosecutor and former nun who had had the temerity to complain that the office had not passed along â€” as required â€” all records to a lawyer trying a wrongful conviction case against Mr. Hynes and Mr. Vecchione.
Hynes, 78, had previously promised to help Thompson with a smooth transition. But as Times columnist Michael Powell puts it, Hynes has “ended a once proud career in a manner akin to crashing a car into a brick wall.” Read the whole story here, as well as the sickening Vice feature on Rosenberg, and Hella Winston’s article in The Jewish Week, which broke the Hynes news yesterday. [Via Failed Messiah]
…Jewish whistleblower whose own son was molested is harassed and indicted
Two prosecutors with the Brooklyn district attorneyâ€™s office promised to drop all charges against Mr. Kellner. An already-weak extortion case had utterly disintegrated, with evidence falling away.
Youâ€™ll soon be free of the shadow of prosecution, Mr. Kellnerâ€™s lawyers told him.
That was last Wednesday.
Two days later, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and his rackets chief and longtime friend Michael F. Vecchione reversed that decision and again vowed to prosecute Mr. Kellner.
They promptly demoted the two veteran prosecutors, Joseph Alexis and Nicholas J. Batsidis, who had handled the case against Mr. Kellner.
Mr. Hynes was not finished. That same day, he fired Barbara Burke, a prosecutor and former nun who had had the temerity to complain that the office had not passed along â€” as required â€” all records to a lawyer trying a wrongful conviction case against Mr. Hynes and Mr. Vecchione.
CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times
His Friday afternoon massacre complete, Mr. Hynes turned his attention to his vacation in Bermuda.
Electoral defeats offer wonderful character studies. Some handle defeat with grace; others take to bed, pull up the sheets and turn off the lights.
Then thereâ€™s Mr. Hynes, 78, who ran an ugly and cantankerous howl of a final campaign and lost convincingly twice in two months, first in the Democratic primary and then, as the candidate of the Republican and Conservative Parties, in the general election. Hurling accusations, stirring communal fears, he ended a once proud career in a manner akin to crashing a car into a brick wall. No grace attended.
Asked about last weekâ€™s three punishments, two of which were first reported in Jewish Week and The New York Post, Mr. Hynesâ€™s longtime press man went mum. â€œI cannot discuss personnel matters,â€ Jerry Schmetterer told me via email.
As for Ms. Burke, she â€œwas fired for cause,â€ he said.
Ms. Burke, as it happens, retained the services of Mark A. Bederow, a former prosecutor with the Manhattan district attorneyâ€™s office. â€œFor months they attempted to humiliate an honest and sincere public servant interested in seeing that justice was served,â€ he said.
Mr. Bederow said it was not at all unusual for prosecutors to have to seek a senior attorneyâ€™s signoff before dropping prosecutions. But it is deeply unusual to overrule them. And it is unheard-of to demote senior attorneys for what amounts to a difference of legal opinion.
â€œThe senior attorney on the case had 20 years in the office,â€ Mr. Bederow said. â€œYouâ€™d expect him to get a lot of rope, judgment-wise.â€
The case against Mr. Kellner offers its own theater of the bizarre. After a prominent Hasidic cantor, Baruch Lebovits, was accused of groping his son, Mr. Kellner helped investigators with the district attorneyâ€™s office to find other young victims.
He found himself denounced on the street and barred from shul. His business suffered; he pawned his silverware last year. Still he persisted, and slowly picked up allies. Members of a prominent rabbinical court told me earlier this year that they had given Mr. Kellner, whom they viewed as a brave pioneer, permission to seek out victims of Mr. Lebovits, whose predatory reputation was broadly known.
In 2011, Mr. Hynesâ€™s office convicted Mr. Lebovits of sexual abuse. It was, for Mr. Hynes, a rare successful prosecution of a prominent Hasidic figure, and it angered many in that politically influential community.
Then his office turned around and indicted Mr. Kellner, based on a secret tape and the grand jury testimony of Moshe Friedman, a prominent Satmar supporter of Mr. Lebovits. The district attorney alleged that Mr. Kellner had tried to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sexually corrupt cantor. (Mr. Lebovitsâ€™s lawyers used Mr. Kellnerâ€™s indictment, along with technicalities, to convince a state appeals court to overturn the Lebovits conviction. The district attorney has said he intends to retry Mr. Lebovits.)
That case descended into parody. A tape went missing. Evidence changed. This past July, the case hit a nadir, as prosecutors handed over evidence that a witness against Mr. Kellner had contradicted himself repeatedly. This witness was himself fleeing abuse allegations.
â€œThis case has something to haunt everyoneâ€™s conscience,â€ noted Niall MacGiollabhui, Mr. Kellnerâ€™s lawyer. â€œLast week, it became bizarre beyond belief.â€
Mr. Kellnerâ€™s charm is his insistence on not presenting himself as a saint. His search for justice for his son came to enfold the pain of many victims.
â€œThey make me out to be the monster,â€ he said Monday, pacing. â€œI say, this is for real, you are all in cahoots? You donâ€™t care about your children?â€
So a lonely man has justice grabbed away. And a broken-down horse of a politician comes up lame.
….More on retaliation against truthteller
Assistant district attorney in Hynesâ€™ office tells Sam Kellner’s lawyers he and partner are off the case.
Prosecutors in the Brooklyn District Attorneyâ€™s office were set to dismiss the case against chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner this week for lack of evidence, but were overruled by their supervisor and then reassigned, The Jewish Week has learned.
Last Wednesday, one day after Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes suffered a crushing defeat by Ken Thompson in his bid for re-election, Assistant District Attorney Joe Alexis informed Kellnerâ€™s lawyers, Michael Dowd and Niall MacGiollabhui, by phone that the case against their client would be dismissed at the next scheduled court date, Nov. 12.
On Friday, however, MacGiollabhui told The Jewish Week that he received a call from Alexis, bureau chief of the Rackets Division and a 22-year veteran of the office, informing him that he and the other trial prosecutor, Nicholas Batsidis (who had indicted the case), had been overruled and then transferred out of the Rackets Division by its chief, Michael Vecchione.
Vecchione, one of Hynesâ€™ top aides, has been under scrutiny forÂ alleged misconduct during his tenure as a prosecutor; his alleged actions form the basis of a $150 million lawsuit against the city by a wrongfully convicted man named Jabbar Collins. During the campaign, Thompson called on Hynes to fire Vecchione and in September, after Thompsonâ€™s primary victory, the Daily News reported that he intended to fire Vecchione when he takes office.
â€œWe had been dealing with two very professional, career prosecutors,â€ Dowd told The Jewish Week on Sunday. â€œAnd then to find out that they are being punished for their exercise of judgment and conscience, it makes you sick. How can you have faith in the system when the system is obviously being corrupted by Michael Vecchione?â€
An e-mail sent on Saturday to Hynesâ€™ spokeswoman, Mia Goldberg, seeking comment about the situation and Hynesâ€™ role in it, was not answered; it was one of numerous e-mails to Hynesâ€™ office from The Jewish Week about this case to go unanswered since early July. However, the New York Post reported on Monday that the reassignment order was made by Hynesâ€™ top aide, Amy Feinstein (Hynes is reportedly vacationing with his wife in Bermuda). Hynes spokesman Jerry Schmetterer also told the Post that â€œVecchione believes thereâ€™s a case here and that it shouldnâ€™t be dismissed.â€
Sam Kellner is charged with paying a witness to fabricate abuse allegations against Baruch Lebovits, as well as sending emissaries to attempt to extort money from the Lebovits family. Lebovits, a cantor and travel agent from a well-connected chasidic family, was convicted of sexual abuse and sentenced to 10 to 32 years in prison in 2010.
In 2011, Kellner, whose son is an alleged victim of Lebovits and who had brought other alleged Lebovits victims to police, was arrested on evidence brought to the DA by members of the Lebovits family and their supporters.
Some observers of the two cases have long expressed the belief that the Kellner arrest was orchestrated in an attempt to undermine Lebovitsâ€™ conviction. Indeed, that conviction was reversed in 2012 because of a prosecution violation and a new trial was ordered. The next court date in the Lebovits case is Nov. 19.
The case against Kellner â€” the myriad weaknesses of which have been highlighted in a series of Jewish Week articles over the past year â€” began to implode in late June; at that time, the core witness against him, in interviews with prosecutors on the eve of Kellnerâ€™s scheduled trial, contradicted his prior sworn statements and made comments consistent with information obtained by The Jewish Week that he may have been manipulated to falsely accuse Kellner by powerful Lebovits supporters.
Sources with knowledge of the case told The Jewish Week at the time that, given the witnessâ€™ lack of credibility, prosecutors determined they could not bring the case to trial, a decision that these sources claim was apparently supported by Hynes himself. However, the district attorney did not move to dismiss the case immediately, citing instead the need to further investigate the witnessâ€™s claims.
This led many, including Kellnerâ€™s attorneys, to speculate that Hynes did not want to draw attention to the botched prosecution until after the election, preferring to dispose of it quietly after Hynes had secured another term in office. Despite this, several weeks later Hynes appeared on a radio show claiming that the case against Kellner was â€œsubstantialâ€ and his spokesman, Jerry Schmetterer, told members of the press it would go trial.
In late July, Kellnerâ€™s attorneys submitted a motion to the court to dismiss the case in the interests of justice. However, when Hynes lost the primary election to Thompson in September, the defense informed the court that it was withdrawing the motion to give the prosecution â€” which had yet to respond to it â€” an opportunity to â€œconsider its position in the matter.â€ The result of that consideration appeared to have been delivered last Wednesday.
Dowd and others speculate that Vecchioneâ€™s decision to overrule the trial prosecutors may be related to the pending Lebovits case, which sources close to that case believe will be disposed of with a plea deal involving little or no jail time. Such a deal, some observers say, would be harder to justify if Kellnerâ€™s case were to be dismissed in advance of it.
â€œFrom the beginning, we have believed that the prosecution of Sam Kellner was a product of a corrupt deal with Lebovits and his people and one of its purposes was to silence people in the chasidic community concerning complaints about sexual abuse by Lebovits and others,â€ Dowd told The Jewish Week. â€œAnd it seems like this deal is being continued by Vecchione, even as Joe Hynes is vacationing somewhere offshore. Itâ€™s a sad and shameful end to the career of Joe Hynes.â€
Its implications for the Lebovits and Kellner cases aside, the apparent overruling and demotion of the Kellner prosecutors is drawing shocked reactions from other lawyers.
â€œThe Kellner case has languished for almost three years,â€ former Manhattan prosecutor and defense attorney Mark Bederow told The Jewish Week. â€œNow, on the eve of their exit from power, the outgoing administration apparently has decided not only to overrule those who believe the prosecution has no merit, but they also have apparently demoted them because of divergent views on the case.
â€œSuch conduct, weeks before the DAâ€™s Office welcomes new leadership for the first time in almost a quarter-century,â€ Bederow continued, â€œsuggests that there exists a high level of dysfunction in the DAâ€™s office.â€
Pace University law professor and prosecutorial ethics expert Bennett Gershman seems to concur.
â€œIf this is true, itâ€™s an ugly coda to Mr. Vecchioneâ€™s bizarre tenure as DA Hynesâ€™ chief assistant. Â It reveals not only Hynesâ€™ apparent cluelessness about the conduct of his office, but also the way Hynes permitted and tolerated Vecchioneâ€™s flagrant abuse of power, which helped destroy not simply the reputation of the office but the lives of many innocent persons.â€
….A final word from Jesus
43Â Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44Â You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your fatherâ€™s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45Â Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46Â Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why donâ€™t you believe me? 47Â Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.â€