Retraction: Vatican now confirms almost 400 priests defrocked for sex abuse. > "Cabalistic Christianity, which is catholic Christianity, and which has prevailed for 1,500 years, has received a mortal wound, of which the monster must finally die. Yet so strong is his constitution, that he may endure for centuries before he expires." John Adams - an American statesman, diplomat and political theorist. A leading champion of independence in 1776, he was the second President of the United States.