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Why the Pope must face justice at The Hague

By Barbara Blaine
Posted: September 18, 2011.
Published: September 17, 2011.

Print: The Guardian

On 13 September, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) filed an 84-page complaint and over 20,000 pages of supporting materials with the International Criminal Court, documenting the charge that the Pope and Vatican officials have tolerated and enabled the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes throughout the world.

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It’s a shame and it’s very vulgar that La Repubblica,on its website,quotes without a minimal sense of criticism,the words posted by a gay facebook group,who accuse all priests,saying that if they are not paedophile,they have sex intercourse anyway .
I’m fed up with this idea the media have been unsuccesfully trying to push forward (in order to brand the Catholic Church in general with the plague of padophilia ) that celibacy is linked to paedophilia.
There’s nothing which suggests it and the statystic suggest that married men are much more likely to commit such an horrendous crime.Quality kitchen cabinets

posted on September 19, 2011
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Should be very interesting to see whether (and how) the church responds to any of this.  Obviously, the vicar couldn’t stoop so low as to allow himself to come under the authority of some government-like authority, be tried, and, you know, “crucified” in a public forum for the sins of his brothers and sisters of the cloth.  What kind of church leader would subject himself to any such process?

posted on September 20, 2011
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Nothing will happen or at least that’s what the Pope thinks.  They think are untouchable.  We will see the results.  As for Peter Williams comment yes you are right the celibacy issue is not the issue in paedophilia but the issue just like in domestic violence…control over someone…it has nothing to do with the sex of the child just that person has power and control over them…Freedom From Religion in their mag has list of all peoples that commit paedophilla and even married men and a few women.

posted on September 26, 2011
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posted on September 28, 2011
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I hope these criminals are held to account. Sadly, I doubt it will happen.

posted on September 29, 2011
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6. Tom Woodman

I presume the International Court of the Hague has and will make its own decisions based on the evidence.  The very worst the Pope can be accused of is acting too slowly in a couple of early cases to remove elderly sick priests from the priesthood.  By the way, I think he should have done that, but it is hardly a matter for an international trial, just an error of judgement.

posted on September 30, 2011
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Tom,

  Perhaps I have read you wrong, but that reads as a complete denial of responsibility.

  There are two sides to this issue, legal and moral. Forget at worst, at best the leaders of the Catholic Church have presided over an institution that has purposefully stopped information flowing to its upper echelons about child abuse.

  Imagine all the times that bishops must have decided to sit on information, or all the telephone conversations that must have featured ‘we have to protect the Vatican on this one’ for all those individuals - somewhere between 6000 and 20000 if we trust the figures from the Vatican, which I dont - if those are the numbers they have released we can bet the real numbers are higher given their past record of deception.

  The reality is that the Vatican is either immoral, negligent or downright illegal.

  Saying it is ‘just an error of judgement’ makes me feel ill. All those poor children abused by the organisation and that is what you have to say.

  If somewhere between 6000 and 20000 Microsoft employee’s had been found to be raping children and Microsoft had not passed information to the police and had just moved them around I don’t think you would be saying that. In which case you are immoral and hypocritical. I think you need to seriously look at yourself if that is how you value an organisations responsibility towards children and the law.

Your comment left me cold.

posted on September 30, 2011
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On 13 September, we travelled to the Hague to file an 84-page complaint and over 20,000 pages of supporting materials with the International Criminal Court, documenting our charge that the Pope and Vatican officials have tolerated and enabled the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes throughout the world.
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posted on October 3, 2011
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I believe the problem stems from the fact that men and women are forced to take a vow of celibacy before they can become priests or nuns in the roman catholic church. Our entire purpose in life, the purpose of all life in this world, is to procreate. Asking any man or woman to go against 4 billion years of DNA instruction in every cell of our body should be illegal….because they will eventually, as all this has proven, seek out a way to engage in sexual activity, regardless.  Eventually the urge becomes overwhelming and they must act upon it. Sadly, for many, it is in their later years and they seek to find those with compatible sexual experience. They themselves are sexually inexperienced and therefore gravitate towards the young and inexperienced.  It’s those who continue to believe in this vow of celibacy and insist it be followed who are to be held accountable. It does not work. The urge, the instruction of our very own DNA to engage in sexual activity, is a far more powerful force to contend with.  Governments should not allow any institution to force any man or woman to make such a tragic vow. It does not work.

posted on October 7, 2011
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