From Alex Constantine’s Anti-Fascist Encyclopedia
Nicole Winfield | Associated Press | June 29, 2010
The Vatican on Monday issued an unprecedented rebuke of a top cardinal who had accused the retired Vatican No. 2 of blocking clerical sex abuse investigations, publicly dressing down a man who had been praised for his criticism of church abuse cover-ups.
The silencing of Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, the archbishop of Vienna and long considered a papal contender, drew heated criticism from clerical abuse victims. They said the Vatican should be honoring Schoenborn, not publicly humiliating him, for his calls for greater transparency and demands for a crackdown on priests who rape and sodomize children.
Schoenborn has also called for an open discussion of priestly celibacy, views that the Vatican said he “clarified” on Monday during an audience with the pope.
As it admonished Schoenborn, the Vatican appeared caught on the defensive on two other fronts in the sex abuse scandal: It remained locked in a diplomatic tiff with Belgium over the raid on church offices last week, during which police detained bishops and even opened a crypt in search of church abuse documents. And it bristled at a U.S. Supreme Court decision to let a sex abuse lawsuit in Oregon naming the Holy See go forward.
Schoenborn had accused the former Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, in April of blocking a church investigation into the late Austrian Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, who was accused by victims in 1995 of abusing boys at a seminary – a scandal that rocked the Austrian church and cost Groer his job. The Vatican said Monday that only the pope can level such accusations against a cardinal.
“With his words, Benedict professes concern for victims. But by his actions, Benedict shows concern for his colleagues,” said David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
In Washington on Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the Vatican in which it argued that the abuse lawsuit should be dismissed based on sovereign immunity.
The Vatican is accused of conspiring with U.S. church officials to transfer a priest from city to city despite repeated accusations that the clergyman sexually abused young people.
Lower federal courts ruled in the case that there could be an exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act, which generally shields sovereign states – including the Vatican – from lawsuits.
A judge found there was enough of a connection between the Holy See and the priest for him to be considered a Vatican employee under Oregon law, and that ruling was upheld by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Corporate Fascism has replace the nation state rendering much of what we think of as rule by the people and for the people a mute point.
I Blog… I am proud of having the readership I have… Hopefully some of what I say influences people, impresses upon you that much of what oppresses peoples whose lives have been impacted with some trans-prefixed label or another also impacts many other people including people of color, the poor, women etc.
5% of people in this world control the vast majority of the wealth and power.
The police and military are their jack booted thugs.
They are not here to protect us. They are here to protect the interests of the rich.
With the marginalization of so many people who are not white male members of what ever culture is the dominant culture matters like globalization impact all of us.
We are the first cut in order to create the margin of surplus value that fills the coffers of the rich and powerful.
Therefore I watched the protesters in Toronto cheering them on. Including the Black Blocs.
This story is from Raw Story
By Daniel Tencer
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 — 8:33 pm
Journalists covering the G20 summit in Toronto, Canada, last weekend have accused the local police of threatening them with rape, using male officers to strip-search young women, and even inappropriately touching an underage girl.
Four reporters have filed complaints with the province of Ontario’s police oversight agency. According to the Canwest News Service, those four include Jesse Rosenfeld, a freelancer for the UK’s Guardian whose alleged beating at the hands of Toronto police was chronicled on Twitter, as well Amy Miller of the Alternative Media Center.
Miller told a press conference earlier this week that she had her press pass ripped away from her and was “throttled by the neck and held down” while trying to record a confrontation between police and protesters. She was detained for 13 hours in a cage in a converted film studio on the city’s east side, along with about 25 other women.
“I was told I was going to be raped, I was told I was going to be gang-banged, I was told that I was never going to want to act as a journalist again by making sure that I would be repeatedly raped while I was in jail,” Miller said.
Miller described the police’s alleged behavior as “repulsive and completely inappropriate.”
Continue reading at: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0630/g20-cops-threatened-women-rape/