International group pursues the Vatican for ‘crimes against humanity’

From The Irish Examiner:

By Ed Carty
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

AN international clerical abuse survivors group is calling on Irish bishops to release secret files as it pursues the Vatican for crimes against humanity at the Hague.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (Snap) and New York-based rights group Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR) lodged papers against Pope Benedict XVI in a landmark action in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

They allege the Pope and three senior cardinals in Rome “tolerated and enabled the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes”.

Barbara Blaine, Snap president, said they want clerical sex abuse victims around the world to come forward with additional evidence to back up the complaint.

“Snap wants to prevent even one more child from being raped or sexually assaulted by a priest, and we hope that victims around the world will know today that they are not alone and that it is safe to speak up and report their abuse,” she said.

“We as victims are mobilising across the globe, and every survivor is invited to join us.”

Snap and CCR will be in Dublin as part of a 12-day tour of European cities to highlight their case. They will also visit Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, London, Warsaw, Madrid and Rome.

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One Response to “International group pursues the Vatican for ‘crimes against humanity’”

  1. Andrea B. Says:

    Some of the people tried and jailed by the ICC had diplomatic immunity and were the leaders of there respective countries when they commited there crimes. The Pope, Papal Annoucio’s and Archbishops have diplomatic immunity, but that will not stop them from being tried in the ICC, if this case suceeds. The warrant for Colonel Gaddafi that was issued when he was still leader of Libya with full diplomatic immunity should let everyone know the seriousness of this move by SNAP.

    The ICC operates to jail war criminals, leaders of countries, mass murderers, mass rapists, etc, who have abused there government authority to commit horrendous crimes and to avoid justice. Another aspect of the ICC is that it can arrange compensation for the victims of those horrific crimes to be paid by the perpetrators.

    Systematic mass rape of millions (possibly tens of millions) of children worldwide and then conspiring to avoid justice for those crimes would fall directly under the ICC, just as it did in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for which several people who held high office are now on trial in the Hague (ICC) for mass rape, mass child rape, mass sex slavery and other crimes, just as the Vatican has committed.

    The crime of selling children for profit is taken very seriously by the ICC. In Ireland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Philipines and many other countries where the catholic church ran adoption agencies, tens of thousands of children were sold worldwide for cash to childless couples worldwide for cash right up the 70’s, after being removed from parents, whom the catholic church deemed unfit to be parents. Selling children for cash is recognised as a crime in every civilised country.

    The ICC have the authority to override diplomatic immunity and jail the pope, just as they did in Congo and the former Yugoslavia.

    Italy and every other European member of the European Union are signed up members of the ICC.

    Besides that, legally the Concordat between Mussolini and the Vatican is an illegal act between a war criminal and the Vatican so legally the Vatican can be argued to not be a seperate state from Italy. To make matters worse the signers of the Concordat were all members of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, who had taken an oath to defend the Pope to death, over all other oaths and allegiances. Mussolini has actually sworn an oath to the leader of the Knights of Malta, to protect and defend the Pope over all others, including Italy itself, which most Italians, regardless of political opinion, don’t want to know.

    Even if SNAP fails to get a warrant issued for the pope’s arrest, this move will damage the catholic church worldwide. SNAP will most likely have to submit the complaint several times before it starts to get looked at seriously, but if they keep doing it, they may suceed. Millions are pissed of at the catholic church and the numbers are growing daily.

    I will be watching this with interest.

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