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Post by Verdi on 02.02.19 0:05

Madeleine McCann: Gerry’s tears, Pope is religious and Maddie is missing

by Anorak | 30th, September 2018

Did you tune in to BBC Radio 4 show on fathers and daughters to hear Madeleine McCann’s father, Gerry McCann, as he “weeps uncontrollably”, as the Daily Star says he did? TV loves tears, from cake baking shows to pro-celebrity dance contests, no broadcast is complete without a close up of someone crying. But does it work for radio? In “MADDIE DAD BREAKDOWN” the Star leads with Gerry McCann saying how he “believed in heaven”. The man who along with his wife, Kate McCann, met the Pope when the hunt for his daughter was in full cry, is religious. Want more news?

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The front-page story continues on Page 5. The Star’s editorial says “Gerry McCann’s heartbreak over missing Madeleine must touch every parent’s heart… Listeners will have sobbed along with Gerry as his tears flowed.” All of them? Having spent 11 years watching the parents and now listening to them, many people will be interested in the actual investigation and what happened to an innocent child? Well, the Star says the Metropolitan Police should get more cash because “we may be looking for a serial offender” and “it could be money well spent”. May. Could. Reporting on the disappearance of a missing child  continues to be sensationalist and speculative.

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The Mirror also leads with Madeleine McCann, and news that Gerry “dreams of hugging” her again. Over pages 4 and 5, we’re told Gerry McCann wholeheartedly believes his daughter is alive – “a view backed up up by Scotland Yard’s plea for more funds to probe the mystery.” What plea? There has been some newspaper talk of funds running low and police considering applying for more. Indeed, the Star says there is a “debate” over whether police will request more funds or not. If there is a plea for money – and does Scotland Yard plea or merely ‘apply’? – the Mirror has no details about it. It would be useful to know what progress police think will be made with more fund.

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The Sun picks up the radio broadcast, and pretty much transcribes the whole thing:

   “I couldn’t get the darkest thoughts out of our minds, that somebody had taken her and abused her. I remember just being in the bedroom – the two of us just completely distraught. It was almost feral, the reaction and the pain, feeling helpless, alone.”

And amid the pain and the emotion, the Sun surmises the story so far:

   “A number of potential leads have emerged since the little girl vanished, but none amounted to anything and no arrests have ever been made.”

Can you arrest anyone when all you know is that a child vanished?

This is the BBC’s story, and it’s useful to see their take on it:

   Madeleine, then aged three, disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007, sparking a worldwide search for her whereabouts.

A search stoked by a media feeding frenzy.

   Mr McCann was speaking to BBC Radio 4 for a programme about the relationship between fathers and daughters. He said that he was sure immediately that his daughter had been abducted.

   After being told by his wife Kate that their daughter was missing, Mr McCann said “automation kicked in” and he began searching the apartment.

   “We started searching more widely really quickly and then very quickly raised the alarm,” he said.

   “You’re in this quiet little holiday resort – that seemed idyllic – out of season and I certainly didn’t speak Portuguese so I asked [our friend] Matt to go to reception and ask them to call the police.”


   “I couldn’t get the darkest thoughts out of our minds, that somebody had taken her and abused her,” he continued.

   “I felt that every moment that we couldn’t find her was worse.

   “I remember being slumped on the floor and starting to call some of my family members and just saying: ‘Pray for her.'”

And the “plea” for money:

   The Home Office said last week it is currently considering a police request for an extra six months’ funding for Operation Grange.

Such are the facts.

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Post by Liz Eagles on 02.02.19 11:05

Remember the chez McCann video showing GM arriving at the locked patio doors of his own home and KM asking should they let Daddy in. This was also heavily edited to include KM doing motherly things with painting, cajolling her tot to remember Madeleine and asking her if she would like cauli(flower) wi(th) cheese.

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Post by Verdi on 02.02.19 11:38

With pleasure aquila hat ..

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The introduction by Kate McCann, featuring swooshing curtains and slamming doors, is an eye opener in itself - what is it with these two and their fetish for windows and doors - enter Hobs titter . Her composure, her language, her lack of sincerity (McCann not Hobs). More on that later but it's certainly not holy, full of holes maybe.

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Meanwhile let the viewer decide for themselves.

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Post by sar on 02.02.19 14:14

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Post by Verdi on 15.02.19 0:51

It's almost weekend again so a repeat is to be expected..

Meanwhile, desperate for God’s intervention, for ourselves and for Madeleine, I asked the resort staff if they might be able to find a priest to come and pray with us and support us. I think they tried, but either they couldn’t contact anyone or there was no priest available, so I carried on praying on my own. The pain, terror and the suffocating helplessness I felt are indescribable. There just aren’t the words to adequately convey such torment. Just after 2am, I spoke to my friend Father Paul Seddon, the priest who had married Gerry and me and baptized Madeleine. He offered me words of comfort and then prayed for our little girl

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Do devout Catholics really think and/or speak like this? If you're looking for divine intervention on the spur of the moment, why not just pray when you are and where you are? Why do you need a priest - ostensibly their daughter was only missing for an hour or two when this occurred, despite what the McCanns suggest, realistically (if you follow the storyline) they couldn't say with any certainty at that stage that Madeleine hadn't wandered off on her own and could be found at any moment - why then the need for a priest?

Anyone with half a brain cell can see this was staged from the word go - or before!

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Post by Verdi on 08.05.19 1:36

'HOPE THROUGH SORROW' Madeleine McCann’s mum Kate fights back tears at moving prayer service on 12th anniversary of her disappearance

Kate McCann attended the service without her husband Gerry

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Updated: 4th May 2019, 11:15 am

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Yeah well, call me an infidel but what exactly does this achieve year in and year out?  It's not searching as the McCann faction repeatedly tell us is their focus, in a manner of speaking it's an admission that there is nothing to search for.  A memory to be endorsed in the eyes of his godliness.

Technically speaking, the McCanns could have applied for their lost child to be presumed dead some five years ago, that way they could have laid her to rest in a dignified manner even without remains, rather than maintaining the false hope of Madeleine still being alive an findable.  Alas, I feel the specialist dogs Eddie and Keela put an end to any hope in that direction.

Yet, year in year out they continue this facade, this futile attempt to convince the world that Madeleine McCann was nothing but the victim of abduction, most likely by a paedophile or child trafficking syndicate.

How would anyone behave under similar circumstances, I don't know but for the sake of the child's memory, I think it would be preferable in the eyes of the world, to take a step back and dignify their beloved daughter with pleasantry rather than the horrific thought of her being in the clutch of a child sex offender or the slave trade.  

Here I think only of the memory of Madeleine McCann - the rest is up to the police.  I wonder why the McCanns don't feel the same way.

No disrespect to believers but prayers won't help find Madeleine, prayers won't save her from the situation she finds herself in, prayers won't solve the complete mystery of Madeleine McCann.

Real people however, real flesh and blood, can help make a difference.  So we are here - lest they forget.

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Post by Verdi on 05.11.19 1:01


It was almost 5am when we finally got to bed. Extra prayers tonight.
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Do devout Catholics use expressions like 'extra prayers tonight'?

You either pray or you don't pray - surely?

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Post by ROSA on 05.11.19 5:01

Did they attend church in Praia on Sunday 30th ?

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Post by Verdi on 14.11.20 0:11

Catholic Church abuse: Vatican defends handling of McCarrick case

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A Vatican report has found that two recent popes and Church officials ignored allegations about a US cardinal later found guilty of sex abuse.

Theodore McCarrick, a former archbishop of Washington DC, was expelled from the priesthood after the Vatican concluded its investigation last year.

It has now issued a report into how he was able to rise through the ranks, despite allegations going back decades.

It argues that credible evidence only surfaced in 2017.

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In the meantime, hope and comfort were at hand from an unexpected source. It was on Sunday 27 May that Clarence first mentioned the possibility that we might be invited to the Vatican (or ‘accepted’ there) to meet Pope Benedict XVI. The ‘relevant people’ in Rome, he told us, had already been making the necessary preparations. I didn’t dwell on whether this was unprecedented, as it was later described, or even unusual.

I just remember thinking how important and wonderful this would be for Madeleine.

For a Catholic, meeting the Pope is about as close as you can get to meeting God, and we certainly needed His help. I truly believed that if I was able to speak to the Pope, my pleas for Madeleine’s safe return would be channelled more efficiently and effectively to Heaven. I also believed that this meeting might lead to many more Catholics offering prayers for Madeleine. Surely if God received a bombardment like this, Madeleine would be returned to us?

Even so, I can say, hand on heart, that at that time I never thought our encounter with the Pope would be such big news. Although I was of course aware of the huge public interest Madeleine’s plight continued to generate, I was still in my own little bubble, detached to some extent from the outside world, and this proposed journey to Rome felt like a necessity rather than a privilege. To me it was the Church’s way of supporting a fellow child of God, a humane and compassionate gesture.

Gerry, on the other hand, was able to see the wider picture, the massive global awareness it would bring, in addition to the spiritual benefits for our family.

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Today has gone as well as we could possibly imagine.

We woke around 7.15am and got ourselves ready. There was a lovely continental breakfast prepared but both Kate and I ate very little due to nerves. We left the Embassy just after 9.00am and stopped en route to the Vatican, at Piazza Pia for a photo opportunity with St Peters in the distance. I made a very short statement regarding our forthcoming visit and expressed my gratitude to Francis Campbell, the British Ambassador to the Vatican, and his staff for making us feel as if we were part of their family.

We arrived in plenty of time for the Papal audience and were delighted to find we were seated in the ‘Prima Fila’- the first row. Clarence, Francis and Monsingneur Charlie Burns, a colourful Glaswegian who teaches at the seminary and looks after the Ambassador’s spiritual well being were seated immediately behind us. It was extremely sunny and I have to admit that Kate and I were struggling somewhat with the heat in our dark suits but Francis rescued us with an umbrella and some water and following that some heavy cloud rolled in, cooling us down.

The atmosphere in St Peter’s square was almost carnival like with up to 35,000 people there to see the Pope. He did not disappoint, driving slowly around the crowd in his open jeep, waving cheerfully. We were sombre in contrast given that we were there to ask Benedict to pray for Madeleine, although I am sure others were also there to get blessings for their loved ones. After this the Pontiff took his seat in front of approximately 30 cardinals, bishops and priests. One of the priests, Father Daniel Gallagher from the US, came up to us before the service and said some very kind words; that he was praying and everyone was praying for Madeleine daily.

The service started with a series of addresses from priests representing the various French, German, Italian, English, Spanish and Polish speaking congregations present. Each parish represented was mentioned and various bands, mainly German, played short pieces and a few choirs sang a verse and the large Polish contingent priests seated behind us wearing large yellow scarves tied like ribbons around theirs necks sang 3 or 4! At the end of this preamble the priest stated that the Pope was happy to tell us he was praying for the congregation, our families, our children and those who were suffering. These words seemed so poignant in the light of Madeleine’s abduction and naturally both Kate and I were, naturally, very emotional. The Pope’s actual address seemed to pass in a blur and I am looking forward to reading the actual transcript as I can remember very little of the actual words.

Following the completion of the Papal address in the different languages, Benedict individually greeted the other clergy on the dias. During this period Father Gallagher presented us with a small gift to remind us that he would pray daily for Madeleine and a cardinal also expressed similar sentiments. The Pope took approximately 20 minutes to meet other people in the Prima Fila before reaching us. It felt as if time stood still for a moment when the Pope looked into our faces and there was almost instant recognition and a change in his expression. He said he would pray for us, our family and Madeleine. Kate passed him a photograph of Madeleine and he blessed this and would pray for her safe returning. The meeting was more personal than we could have imagined given the number of people there and will help us sustain our hope and determination to find Madeleine.

The press conference followed shortly afterwards and was very well attended. We will give more details tomorrow as we are very tired following our visit and hope to get an early night before planning our next trip.

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Post by Milo on 14.11.20 4:12

Gerry wrote:

For a Catholic, meeting the Pope is about as close as you can get to meeting God, and we certainly needed His help. I truly believed that if I was able to speak to the Pope, my pleas for Madeleine’s safe return would be channelled more efficiently and effectively to Heaven. I also believed that this meeting might lead to many more Catholics offering prayers for Madeleine. Surely if God received a bombardment like this, Madeleine would be returned to us?

Gives Catholics a bad name doesn't he? 
Construes the Rome junket as if he were a rock star invited to the Vatican.
His pleas were not just channeled but channeled efficiently and effectively. Like a business transaction.
And then he talks of prayer as a fairy tale
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Post by PeterMac on 14.11.20 6:54

Surely if God received a bombardment like this, Madeleine would be returned to us?

Surely if there were a God, and He were omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent and all-merciful . . .
it would never have happened in the first place.
He could either have made the 'Abductorer' a better person
Or He could have left him with free will, but arranged for the shutters to have made enough noise for people to hear, or jammed them, or caused him to twist his ankle at the last minute, or stirred Kate into action a few minutes earlier , or . . . . .  or. . . . .

The possibilities are endless.
All it requires is a bit of imagination



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Post by Verdi on 14.11.20 12:22

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:His pleas were not just channeled but channeled efficiently and effectively. Like a business transaction.

Indeed!

Kate McCann wrote:One night early in the week – I think it was that Tuesday evening – while we were praying privately at Nossa Senhora da Luz, Gerry had an extraordinary spiritual experience. He suddenly became aware of a long tunnel with light at the far end of it. He felt himself enter the tunnel and, as he went deeper and deeper inside, it became wider and wider and brighter and brighter. He had never known anything like this before and he immediately interpreted it as a sign urging us to do absolutely everything within our power to find Madeleine ourselves. From that moment he was convinced that we did not have to sit back passively, issuing statements and waiting for others to bring her home. We needed to take the initiative. Straight away he shared this revelation with me and tried to explain what it meant to him. We had to start right now to mobilize all the resources available to us.

His ‘vision’ – I don’t know what else to call it – in that beautiful little church had a huge impact on Gerry. It was this experience that laid the foundations of our organized campaign to find our daughter.

From the minute he got up the next morning, Gerry was on a mission. Among the first people he spoke to was the ambassador, John Buck. The foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, also happened to call him. He pleaded with them both to try to improve the way the investigation and the search were being handled. We needed it to be far better than this, he told them. They knew that, too, I’m sure. Many friends and colleagues also heard from Gerry that day, asking them to think hard. What could help us to find Madeleine? Who could help? ‘Think about your contacts, then think about the contacts of your contacts. Can they help?’

Gerry’s mobile phone appeared to be permanently attached to his ear the whole day long. I can remember even feeling slightly irritated that he was able to function in this way and to be so busy. Why was his pain for Madeleine not crippling him, as mine was me? He was simply responding to the challenge he’d set himself the evening before to leave no stone unturned – a phrase that became a rallying cry after he used it in a statement to the press at the end of that week. I will for ever be immensely proud of him and thankful for his determination, effort and sheer hard work so early on, when we were both still raw and reeling. Although the ultimate goal of all this work hasn’t so far been achieved, there is no doubt that we (and Madeleine) would have been in a much worse place without it, and who knows what it might yet yield?

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