Abby Zimet at commondreams.org reports
Amidst growing efforts by international law advocates to arrest and prosecute Pope Benedict for the Church’s cover-up of child sex crimes, Vatican officials have announced they will give the retiring Pontiff sanctuary, arguing that otherwise he would be “defenseless” – a feeling likely familiar to the Church’s many victims of sexual abuse.
A week before his resignation, the Pope reportedly heard from an undisclosed European government that the International Tribunal into Crimes Against Church and State (ITCCS) had called on “all people of conscience” to “disestablish the Vatican,” and seek Benedict’s and others’ arrests for crimes against humanity.
Their call comes as part of an upcoming Easter Reclamation Campaign that also seeks to seize the assets of the Church under international law.
In addition, the New York-based Centre for Constitutional Rights has requested, on behalf of the Survivors’ Network, an international inquiry into the Church’s sheltering of pedophile priests.
Pope Benedict is reportedly scheduled to meet next week with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to request immunity against allegations of child rape.
We don’t really wish him well; we simply wish him what he legally and morally deserves.
“We call upon all citizens and governments to assist our efforts to legally disestablish the Vatican, Inc. and arrest its chief officers and clergy who are complicit in crimes against humanity and the ongoing criminal conspiracy to aid and protect child torture and trafficking.”
It’s clear that Ratzinger was forced out so the Vatican assets couldn’t be seized in case of an arrest warrant and impending lawsuits.
Catholicism in particular (and I was raised Catholic) has been the most dangerous form of Christianity. Crusades, the inquisition’s horror, burnings, religious bigotry, cruel fanaticism, religious wars, persecution of women and gays, all remain unforgivable crimes against humanity.
Now this. Ratzinger not only knew about and covered up child rape, he knew about child trafficking with the specific purpose of satisfying priests. Children were abducted from their families, imprisoned and raped
As alluded to a few days ago, the highly irregular resignation of Benedict has more to do with protecting him and the church from the barrage of public and legal attention coming the Church’s way.
By trying to keep a lid on this problem, they’ve created a lot of anger. The pressure is going to have to go somewhere.
When it comes to religious men abusing the trust and bodies of boys, I believe the apparent silence in New Zealand has nothing to do with it not going on here.
It’s only time victims will see what is happening all over the world and start coming forward in this country as well.