Black People : Abuse Victims Ask Court to Prosecute the Vatican

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  1. Keita Kenyatta

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    Human rights lawyers and victims of clergy sexual abuse filed a complaint on Tuesday urging the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate and prosecute Pope Benedict XVI and three top Vatican officials for crimes against humanity for what they described as abetting and covering up the rape and sexual assault of children by priests.
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    Pope Benedict XVI has been named in a court complaint.
    The formal filing of nearly 80 pages by two American advocacy groups, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, was the most substantive effort yet to hold the pope and the Vatican accountable in an international court for sexual abuse by priests.
    “The high-level officials of the Catholic church who failed to prevent and punish these criminal actions,” the complaint says, “have, to date, enjoyed absolute impunity.”
    A spokeswoman at the court said the prosecutor’s office would examine the papers, “as we do with all such communications.” The first step will be “to analyze whether the alleged crimes fall under the court’s jurisdiction,” Florence Olara, the prosecutor’s spokeswoman said.
    Complaints about the Vatican and child abuse by Roman Catholic priests have been received at the court before, court records showed. But Ms. Olara said details were not normally disclosed by the court unless a case went forward.
    Lawyers familiar with the international court said it was unlikely the complaint against the Vatican would fit the court’s mandate to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the spokesman for the Vatican, said he had no comment.
    Vatican officials have often said that the decisions about priests accused of abuse are made by bishops — not by the Vatican hierarchy — and that the church is far more decentralized than is widely believed.
    But the lawyers and abuse victims from the United States and Europe who held a news conference at the court on Tuesday said their action was necessary because all the investigations and prosecutions of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in various countries had not been sufficient to prevent continuing crimes and cover-ups.
    Two of the victims whose cases are highlighted in the filing say the priests who sexually abused them simply moved to different countries and are still in ministry working with children, with the knowledge of church superiors. “National jurisdictions can’t really get their arms around this,” said Pamela Spees, a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights, who helped prepare the filing. “Prosecuting individual instances of child molestation or sexual assault has not gotten at the larger systemic problem here. Accountability is the goal, and the I.C.C. makes the most sense, given that it’s a global problem.”
    In addition to Pope Benedict XVI, the filing asks the court to prosecute Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state; Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the previous secretary of state and the current dean of the College of Cardinals; and Cardinal William J. Levada, who is head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office designated to receive cases of clergy sexual abuse that are forwarded by bishops.
    A central question is whether the accusations will fit the court’s mandate. The International Criminal Court has jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed after July 1, 2002, when

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/world/europe/14vatican.html?src=tp&smid=fb-share&_r=3&amp&
     
  2. Omowale Jabali

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    My sister attended a Catholic school wher four Black girls filed suit in the 70s due to molestation allegations at St Agatha's in Los Angeles. See G. Neville Rucker. Its criminal how these priests are often just moved from one jurisdiction to another without facing prosecution from the church authorities.

    http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news/2002_08_18_Bunting_SexAbuse.htm

    http://articles.latimes.com/2002/jun/21/local/me-rucker21
     
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    Abuse victim Jackie Dennis

    http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2005_07_12/2005_10_19_Hewitt_AbuseVictim.htm
     
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    Don't hold your breath...this aint going to happen. This empire will never be taken to court..trust me.

    How the Vatican built a secret property empire using Mussolini's ...

    I have to SMH considering how poor the majority of Catholics are in the world...and they are loaded with money:mad:

     
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