Skip to comments.Abuse Victims Seek International Court Case Against Pope
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.
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...and now going to the Hague "to protect children" by bringing charges against the Pope. Yeah.
Thanks, friends, for keeping an eye on this.
The Vatican should move to Texas where they know what to do with frivolous law suits.
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.
"It's time to Pope-Up in Texas. Giddy Up!