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Abuse Victims Seek International Court Case Against Pope
Fox News via AP ^ | September 13th 2011 | Staff

Posted on 09/13/2011 6:33:54 AM PDT by Cardhu

THE HAGUE, Netherlands-- Clergy sex abuse victims upset that no high-ranking Roman Catholic leaders have been prosecuted for sheltering guilty priests went to the International Criminal Court on Tuesday, seeking an investigation of the pope and top Vatican cardinals for possible crimes against humanity.

The Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based nonprofit legal group, requested the inquiry on behalf of the Survivors Network, arguing that the global church has maintained a "long-standing and pervasive system of sexual violence" despite promises to swiftly oust predators. The Vatican said it had no immediate comment on the complaint.

The complaint names Pope Benedict XVI, partly in his former role as leader of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which in 2001 explicitly gained responsibility for overseeing abuse cases; Cardinal William Levada, who now leads that office; Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican secretary of state under Pope John Paul II; and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who now holds that post.

Attorneys for the victims say rape, sexual violence and torture are considered a crime against humanity as described in the international treaty that spells out the court's mandate. The complaint also accuses Vatican officials of creating policies that perpetuated the damage, constituting an attack against a civilian population.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: icc; pope; sexabuse; survivorsnetwork

1 posted on 09/13/2011 6:34:00 AM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu
The complaint names Pope Benedict XVI, partly in his former role as leader of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which in 2001 explicitly gained responsibility for overseeing abuse cases; Cardinal William Levada, who now leads that office; Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican secretary of state under Pope John Paul II; and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who now holds that post.

Ping for later

2 posted on 09/13/2011 7:31:01 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed: he's hated on seven continents)
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To: Cardhu

bump for later


3 posted on 09/13/2011 1:18:25 PM PDT by redhead (Never Forget. Never Forget. NEVER FORGET!)
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To: Alex Murphy; NYer
A little more info on the Center for Constitutional Rights:

Defenders of the Black Panther Party

Gay Center Allies

Fund Abortion Now Advocates

Supporters of NAMBLA

...and now going to the Hague "to protect children" by bringing charges against the Pope. Yeah.

Thanks, friends, for keeping an eye on this.

4 posted on 09/13/2011 3:57:10 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Christ said, 'I am the Truth'; not 'I am the custom.'" -- St. Toribio of Mongrevejo, Bishop)
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To: Cardhu

The Vatican should move to Texas where they know what to do with frivolous law suits.


5 posted on 09/13/2011 4:04:08 PM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: ex-snook

The...Pope...in..Texas...Wearing a 10-gallon pointy hat. And red prada cowboy boots. “Howdy y’all faithful”. I don’t think it would work out too well.


6 posted on 09/13/2011 4:10:14 PM PDT by smvoice (The Cross was NOT God's Plan B.)
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To: smvoice; ex-snook; trisham

"This ain't my first rodeo."

7 posted on 09/13/2011 5:17:07 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (He's XVI -- He's beautiful -- And he's mine.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
BWHAHAHAHA!!! OK, you made me ROFL! Thanks!

"It's time to Pope-Up in Texas. Giddy Up!

8 posted on 09/13/2011 5:22:01 PM PDT by smvoice (The Cross was NOT God's Plan B.)
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