AN ORGANISATION called the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State yesterday claimed that:
Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, has scheduled a meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano for Saturday, February 23 to discuss securing protection and immunity from prosecution from the Italian government, according to Italian media sources.
If this were indeed true, the world’s media would be all over this story like a rash, but, having done some digging, all I could find was a mention that two Italian papers reported a meeting of Ratzinger and Napolitano, but purely on a social level.
It’s generating some discussion over on the lunatic David Icke’s site (motto: “Exposing the dreamworld we believe to be real”). Go figure.
Be that as it may, the ITCCS – established “to enforce common law and try and convict the institutions and their officers responsible for historic and ongoing crimes against humanity” – appears to be a bona fide organisation, but what clout it actually carries is anyone’s guess.
What I do know is that its concerns, especially in relation to the Vatican, are extremely well-founded, and yesterday it wrote an open letter, signed by its Brussels based secretary, Rev Kevin D Annett, MA, M.Div. to the Italian President.
The letter states, in part:
I need not remind you, Mr President, that under international law and treaties that have been ratified by Italy, you and your government are forbidden from granting such protection to those like Joseph Ratzinger who have aided and abetted criminal actions, such as ordering Bishops and Cardinals in America and elsewhere to protect known child rapists among their clergy.
Your obligation to the Vatican through the Lateran Treaty does not negate or nullify the requirements of these higher moral and international laws; nor does it require that you give any protection or immunity to a single individual like Joseph Ratzinger, especially after he has left his papal office.
And it warned:
In response to the documented crimes of child torture, trafficking and genocide linked to Pope Benedict and Vatican officials, the ITCCS will be sponsoring a series of ongoing protests and occupations of Roman Catholic churches and offices through its affiliates around the world beginning in Easter week, March 24-31, 2013, and continuing indefinitely.
These actions will accompany the legal efforts to bring Joseph Ratzinger and other Vatican officials to trial for their proven complicity in crimes against humanity and criminal conspiracy.
The Easter Reclamation Campaign will seize church property and assets to prevent their use by child raping priests, who are protected under Catholic canon law. Citizens have this right to defend their communities and children when the authorities refuse to do so, under international law.
Rev Kevin Annett and an official delegation from the ITCCS Central Office will also be convening a formal human rights inquiry in Rome commencing the week of May 13, 2013, to consider further charges against the Vatican and its new Pope for crimes against humanity and obstruction of justice.
Rev Annett and his delegation will be working with organizations across Italy in this investigation. In 2009 and 2010, he held rallies outside the Vatican and met with media and human rights groups across Italy to charge the Vatican with the death of more than 50,000 aboriginal children in Canada.
Annett, a Canadian writer and former minister of the United Church of Canada, was denied entry into England at Stansted airport in 2011, and briefly held in an immigration prison before being deported. The only explanation offered was that giving public lectures was not an appropriate activity for visitors to UK. He had been scheduled to speak at a public rally in London against child trafficking by church and state.
Meanwhile, Geoffrey Robertson QC, author of The Case of The Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse, wrote a that:
The resignation by Pope Benedict was merely expedient – he has become too old to cope. It would have been both astonishing and courageous, a few years ago, had it been offered in atonement for the atrocity to which he had for 30 years turned a blind eye – the rape, buggery and molestation of tens of thousands of small boys in priestly care.
His ‘command responsibility’ for this crime against humanity goes back to 1981, when he was appointed Prefect (ie Head) of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican body that disciplines errant priests. Although the CDF files are a closely guarded secret, letters from Cardinal Ratzinger have emerged in several US court cases, always protective of rapist priests.
As father Hans Kung, the eminent Theologian, put it in his open letter to Catholic Bishops in 2010, ‘There is no denying the fact that the world-wide system of covering up cases of sexual crimes committed by clerics was engineered by the CDF under Cardinal Ratzinger’.
The worse case was that of Father Maciel, a bigamist, paedophile and drug-taker who raped his own children but had become a close friend of John Paul II. Ratzinger was in possession of all the evidence about Maciel but refused to act. Even after he became Pope, Ratzinger refused to defrock this monster priest or provide his affidavit to police.
Instead he merely ‘invited’ Maciel to retire and lead a quiet life in the US, away from media attention. Ratzinger undoubtedly loathes such men, but he was always the ostrich Pope, the academic who kept his head in the sand until the storm hit.
Pope Benedict’s Vatican has been an enemy of human rights. The fiction that this religious enclave is a ‘state’ enables it to appear at UN conferences and to veto initiatives for family planning, contraception or any form of ‘gender equality’.
Benedict himself has decried homosexuality as ‘evil’, and ruled that women have no right to choose, even to avoid pregnancies that result from rape or incest; IVF is wrong (because it begins with masturbation); condom use, even to avoid HIV Aids within marriage, must never be countenanced. There is no denying that his Vatican has been a force in international affairs, rallying the Catholic countries of Latin America to make common cause on moral issues with Islamist states like Libya and Iran.
As Head of a State – even such a make-believe state as the Vatican – Pope Benedict has absolute immunity from legal action. But this immunity is not the same after you retire. There are many victims of priests permitted by Cardinal Ratzinger to stay in holy orders after their propensity to molest was known, and they would like to sue the ex-pope for damages for negligence. If he steps outside the Vatican, a court may rule that they have a case.
Hat tip: Pete H