Vatican abuse of power: Shields Pope from Growing Prosecution Efforts

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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.”

tutan_khamun comments:

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.

  • Simo

    So when do the ITCCS get a shot at the Islamic brotherhood – burnings, religious bigotry, cruel fanaticism, religious wars, persecution of women and gays, all remain unforgivable crimes against humanity. Oh wait, they will hide under the umbrella of multiculturalism -we are the religion of peace……scum

    • Mitch82

      Unfortunately the ITCCS is actually a one-man band as far as I can gather, a questionable ‘doctor’ in Canada. He seems to be the one who broke the story about Benedict meeting with Italy’s President, but I’m not sure how trustworthy he is as a news source.

      I’m hoping someone more credible will pick up the story so it isn’t generally panned before it gets wings.

      But you are right. The problem is that nobody wants to be bombed because they’re investigating Islam.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Your right the enemy is Religion and indoctrination in general.

      • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/ Petal

        It’s only those religions that look down on those that aren’t and want to go and do something about it that seem to be the trouble makers. Not to many Buddhist going around blowing up embassies, calling for the murder of all Shintoist, etc.

        Let’s face it – religion is a business; and empire.

        Look at our own Bishop Tamaki. A better case study you can not find.

        • Mitch82

          Agreed.

          Buddhism is actually quite interesting, and that’s me speaking as an Atheist. It barely qualifies as a religion, it’s more of a philosophy.

  • Andrei

    Common dreams, Whale Oil, Common Dreams?

    Are you becoming a Marxist in your old age?

    • Mitch82

      Redbaiter, get off Andrei’s computer.

      • http://nzconservative.blogspot.com Lucia Maria

        I must be Redbaiter as well, because I’m wondering the same thing.

        • Mitch82

          You’re not beyond quoting/linking dodgy Catholic sites as a source love :)

        • grumpy

          Me too….

  • davidp
  • peterwn

    Arguably there are many states that ‘abuse power’ in one way or another eg Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, and Ecuador denying justice to a Swedish woman by harbouring Julan Assange. The problem is that many nations (including New Zealand) recognise the ‘Holy See’ (as the Vatican is called), and the Catholics are collectively sufficiently politically powerful to retain this status quo in many nations, New Zealand included. So it seems that Mr Ratzinger will not be travelling internationally (outside Italy) any time soon, unless the new Pope appoints him as an envoy, issues him a diplomatic passport, and the countries he visits (Germany included) are prepared to admit him on his Diplomatic Passport – ie affirm diplomatic immunity.

  • http://nzconservative.blogspot.com Lucia Maria

    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.

    tutan_khamun needs access to better history books. I used to believe the same thing (though not as fanatically) until I discovered Amazon. Suddenly a whole lot of books that weren’t virulently anti-Catholic!

    • Mitch82

      That’s kinda like getting your Republican Party news from Fox, or searching Huffington Post for the dirt on Obama.

  • sandynobb
    • http://nzconservative.blogspot.com Lucia Maria
      • Mitch82

        Wrong, deep sea fisherman take that honor. Miners are normally around 5th on the list, a ranking from personal experience that I can attest to.

        I’ve stared death in the face more times in 3 years underground than Pope John Paul II did in his entire papacy.

        • http://nzconservative.blogspot.com Lucia Maria

          You realise there were a number of assassination attempts on JPII, right?

      • Rodger T

        Indeed ,cos` those Prada slippers can be absolute murder on those marble floors.

  • Andrei

    Anyway for all the fizzing on hard left websites we all know that the Pope is not going to be frog marched off in hand cuffs to appear before any court any where in the world…

    Dreams are free I suppose

    • Mitch82

      Stick him in downtown Manhattan without the Swiss Guard, see what happens.

      Life is grand when the income from your flock allows you to become a city state with it’s own pseudo-army.

      • Andrei

        He is too old and frail to travel to Manhattan now is my guess but were he to do so 100s of thousands would turn out to joyfully greet him.

        Normal everyday people who don’t live in the la la lands the readers of Common Dreams do.

  • PlanetOrphan

    The Necromantic drinking of blood and the act of cannibalism has a very serious effect on the human mind, particularly on those that are the practioners/instigators.

    The act , enacting the “Imbibing of anothers’ soul, and power” drives these people into a delusional world, one that has no consequences, one that has no Justice, one that has no appreciation for anyone except themselves.

    Why do they have such faith in “Universal Forgiveness” ? ….
    Because God has never fried them for it.

    Those Necromancers put that Lightning rod on the Vatican for a reason M8′s

    • Mitch82

      I think you might need to put the pipe down mate.

      • PlanetOrphan

        Why’s that bud ? , ya want me to prove it ? :-)

        • Mitch82

          Sure, we need a new replacement for dotcom.

          • PlanetOrphan

            He did take my advice didn’t he ?

          • Mitch82

            Who? And what advice?

          • PlanetOrphan

            Dotcom of course

          • Mitch82

            What advice? To flip out and write posts that the ‘body of Christ’ allegory is actually intended is a cannibalistic necromantic ritual?

          • PlanetOrphan

            That’s an observation buddy, you can’t re-write the english language, they worship death.

          • Mitch82

            Oddly enough, I’d have to refer to Lucia here, it’s her faith so she should explain it. But as far as the Body and Blood of Christ go, I think you can sleep safe knowing that it’s a practice of faith and devotion, not a search for necromantic power or Armin Meiwes-like culinary delight.

          • PlanetOrphan

            Oddly enough I think your response is so u can sleep “safe” 2nite.
            But fair enough bud, u can face the delusion any way u want.
            Be Happy M8!

          • Mitch82

            …still waiting for you to prove it, PlanetOrphan.

          • PlanetOrphan

            You don’t need to “Prove” observations of human behaviour, it’s called psychology, you merely point out the observation.

            And in this case wait for the penny to drop.

          • Mitch82

            I’m waiting for you to prove it, like you said you would. If I’m missing something so obvious, what’s the harm in enlightening me?

            You offered to prove it, cough up.

          • PlanetOrphan

            Ok, prove what mitch82 ? what part of u isn’t enlightened mitch ?
            Go back and read it again mitch, aware of the observational qualities of current events maybe …

          • Mitch82

            “Why’s that bud ? , ya want me to prove it ? :-)
            Observations bud, nothing more”

            Your words.

          • PlanetOrphan

            Ok this is my last word, you’re an idiot, sorry, I should’ve left it at “God probably…” instead of “actually”.

            But if u really wanna know ask the freakin Pope M8!

          • Mitch82

            Why, because I’m calling you on your offer to prove it? You had something you were confident to prove, I was hoping with some facts or something.

            I dunno, I might have been a little optimistic.

          • PlanetOrphan

            Last word yeah right, Prove what?, in exact words, micthy boy?

          • Mitch82

            Prove your original statement. You’ve made a few of them, back them up with fact.

            I’m only taking you up on your own offer to “prove it”. Don’t be testy.

          • PlanetOrphan

            They are all facts m8, go look them up u feakin moron.
            They dried him out, drained his blood , walked him off to a cave and ate the cat, every one of yas “worship” the maggots that inherited it religously.

          • Mitch82

            Did you previously use the Disqus name ‘davewin’?

          • PlanetOrphan

            No

          • Mitch82

            Okay, you just seemed a little like him. He was another nutcase that used to comment on WO, I think he was actually posting from an asylum.

          • PlanetOrphan

            Like minds , u happy in ure asylum m8?

          • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/ Petal

            In the RC Church it’s very much the “Body of Christ” and the “Blood of Christ”. It may be ritualistic, but it ain’t that pretty really.

  • Mr_Blobby

    Look deep into those eyes you can just feel the evil.

    Now if I was an evil deity and new that if I came out in the open, good men would seek to hunt me down, what would I do.

    I would look to disguise and hide myself. What better place than religion.

  • Agent BallSack

    The RC church helped a lot of Nazis escape justice. 1 pope shouldnt make much of a difference..

    • http://nzconservative.blogspot.com Lucia Maria

      No they didn’t. Most of the Nazis escaped with help from Western governments.

  • Gobbleyoo

    “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.”

    “It’s only time victims will see what is happening all over the world and start coming forward in this country as well.”

    WTF has happened to your grammar? Were you drunk for this one?

  • Blair Mulholland

    What an utter load of bollocks. If the Pope really was worried about being prosecuted for anything, surely there is no better protection than being Pope?
    What next Cameron? Are you going to link to 9/11 truthers?
    There is no evidence that Benedict has been involved in obstructing justice, let alone child abuse himself. I have no great love of Catholicism, but the hysteria is ridiculous.

  • grumpy

    What? No Pope bashing today???
    I wonder why – couldn’t be the gay orgies and theft ring that has been uncovered in the Vatican – eh?
    Not fit the pro poof -anti Catholic rants eh?

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