Irish reports ‘core’ to abuse claim against Vatican

From The Irish Times:

Genevieve Carbery
Monday, September 19, 2011

IRELAND’S REPORTS on clerical sex abuse form “a core part” of a complaint lodged against Pope Benedict XVI by two US advocacy groups at the International Criminal Court in the Hague last week.

Members of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (Snap) and the Center for Constitutional Rights visited Ireland at the weekend following their submission, which contains Irish reports, including the Cloyne report, and observations about the Vatican made by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in his Dáil speech in July.

“Ireland really led the way in helping us have an understanding of how this works and identifying all the practices that are used in different dioceses around the world that have continued and enabled the sexual violence,” said Pamela Spees, human rights lawyer with the centre.

The groups lodged a 20,000-page dossier which is an attempt to hold the Holy See and the pope legally responsible for widespread abuse by priests in various countries. It is calling on the court to investigate the Vatican for “crimes against humanity.”

Investigations from Ireland are being combined with those from Canada, Germany the US and elsewhere.

“When you look at it all together, it really does set out very clearly that everyone is conforming to policy. There is a lot for them to look at and we hope they look at it carefully,” Ms Spees said.

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One Response to “Irish reports ‘core’ to abuse claim against Vatican”

  1. Andrea B. Says:

    This is going to be very interesting.

    There will be massive pressure on the court to reject the claims.

    However if they reject the claims it will hit the authority of the court in the eyes of the ordinary people all over the world.

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    One thing that I do want to see is a public list of all psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologist and lawyers who have defended the catholic church while attacking the victims of the church. I have a feeling that list has a lot of names that transsexual people will recognise.

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