Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Amnesty International Report Vatican “Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment” on tens of thousands of children sexually abused by priests in Ireland

As Amnesty International in Ireland releases its report in more than 400 pages of documentation, that the Vatican clergy's abuse of children “included acts that amounted to torture and inhuman and degrading treatment”, Benedict XVI announced in his pompous state visit in Germany 'the building of a Catholic network and the "Mission Metropolis" project due to organise a unifying religious date in 12 large European cities in 2012'. Benedict XVI is really out-of-touch with regards to his Crimes against Humanity during the last quarter of the 20th Century when he reigned as the mighty Cardinal Joseph Ratzigner. He can go on wearing the Emperor's clothes with his papal mitre and white papal robes, but he is definitely a criminal as seen in the eyes of Amnesty International and in the eyes of victims, the tens of thousands of children sexually abused in epic proportions by the JP2 Army named aptly after John Paul II who had 27 years, together with Cardinal Ratzinger, who said and did nothing to stop the Priestly Sodomy of Biblical Proportions of the 20th century. Because of Amnesty International's pursuant of the Vatican and Benedict XVI as committing Crimes against Humanity, we will now likewise call the JP2 Army as the Vatican Army and the B16 Army of Pedophile Priests , see our related blogs here http://jp2army.blogspot.com/, http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/

The "Mission Metropolis" may sound impressive except that Benedict XVI is running out of mask every time he speaks before the world that he is really sounding like the little boy who cried Wolf, Wolf, three times that nobody believed him in the end. This time Benedict XVI used Hitler as his mask when he spoke before the German Parliament, because by speaking how bad Hitler and the Nazis were, Benedict "appeared" to be like a the good guy, read our related article here http://popecrimes.blogspot.com/2011/09/benedict-xvi-uses-hitler-to-divert.html All legal means are being used by the victims abused by pedophile priests to nail the coffin on Benedict XVI to be guilty as charged because he was really the partner of John Paul II as they both together reigned for over a quarter of a century at the Vatican and they both absolutely nothing to stop the JP2 Army of Pedophile Priests .

The pontiff's four-day state visit to his original homeland of Germany proves that he is really out-of-touch with the reality as he continue to cover-up the Vicious Vatican Cycle of Crimes which the Irish Prime Minister aptly described: the Cloyne Report excavates the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism....the narcissism .......that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day. The rape and torture of children were downplayed or ‘managed’ to uphold instead, the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and ‘reputation’. Far from listening to evidence of humiliation and betrayal with St Benedict’s “ear of the heart”......the Vatican’s reaction was to parse and analyse it with the gimlet eye of a canon lawyer.’.

The eyes of religion and secularism are of opposing ends. The Vatican and its allies are portraying Benedict XVI as a Holy Father while the secular insitution of Amnesty International and the victims of the Vatican Army of Pedophile Priests see him as a criminal, read our related article

From CCR - Major Human Rights Report Affirms That Sexual Abuse by the Clergy is “Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment”

Center for Constitutional Rights
Posted by Ccr on September 26, 2011

CCR Welcomes Amnesty International Report in Wake of Sept. 13 International Criminal Court Filing Against the Pope and Top Vatican Officials, Seeking Accountability for Clergy Sexual Abuse

NEW YORK, September 26, 2011 – In response to the release of a major human rights report on clerical sexual abuse, released today by Amnesty International in Ireland, CCR issued the following statement from Pamela Spees, Senior Staff Attorney:

Amnesty International Ireland’s release today of a major human rights report on clergy sexual abuse marks another important step in the journey towards holding Vatican officials accountable for the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes throughout the world.

Indeed, as the Amnesty report makes clear in more than 400 pages of documentation, the abuse of children “included acts that amounted to torture and inhuman and degrading treatment.”

The Amnesty International report, titled In Plain Sight: Responding to the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne Reports, includes a summary of four previous investigations into abuse by clergy in Ireland, which were also summarized and discussed in CCR’s September 13th complaint to the International Criminal Court.

According to Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, “The abuse of tens of thousands of Irish children is perhaps the greatest human rights failure in the history of the state. Much of the abuse described in the Ryan Report meets the legal definition of torture under international human rights law.”

The report makes clear what happens when governmental authorities cede their responsibility to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of vulnerable children and adults to a church that can’t be trusted with it, or with their children.

On behalf of CCR, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and all survivors of clergy sexual abuse, we welcome this further validation of those whose lives were devastated and betrayed by those they trusted most.

In the coming months, CCR will continue to gather information and evidence of additional crimes of rape and sexual violence and associated cover ups by the Catholic Church. We continue to urge all members of the clergy, church officials, and anyone else with information about sexual violence against children to come forward. The 22,000 pages of evidence presented in the ICC filing is only a small fraction of the evidence already available. Far more must exist given the nature and magnitude of these crimes and the reach of the church. Hundreds of current and former Vatican employees have information about sexual assaults against children. Silence is complicity. It's time for church employees at every level to search their consciences and share their knowledge of these crimes and cover ups.

For more information on the case and copies of the complaint visit: www.ccrjustice.org/iccvaticanprosecution

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE http://www.amnesty.ie/sites/default/files/INPLAINSIGHT%20%28WEB_VERSION%29.pdf



Can the pope recapture Europe?

The Guardian (United Kingdom)

Massimo Franco
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 27 September 2011

On 21 September 2010, Benedict XVI officially declared that the west needed a "new evangelisation" . This was news in itself. It was viewed as an admission of the weakness of the Catholic church, and not a temporary one; and the acknowledgement that today's Catholicism represents a minority in western countries, and a shrinking one. But in a more general perspective, this was a major "geo-religious" step for the pontiff.

The pope is convinced of the strategic relation between Christianity and Europe as its natural geographic and cultural ground for proselytism. And he wants this relation to be reasserted and improved. When, in June 2010, he announced his plans for a new ministry to revive religion, no details were given of its structure, content and goals. There was no secret: the Vatican knew it had to deal urgently with that problem, but hadn't yet figured out how to accomplish this mission. Benedict XVI just felt something very radical had to be done.

It has to fight against the slippery enemy of what the Vatican perceives as "the supremacy of the fragments": a cultural approach which tends to isolate and disperse western societies, and by consequence also Catholics: a sort of "grassroots relativism". The first task Fisichella has given to himself and his ministry has been to recall that "do-it-yourself Catholicism" is not a solution to the crisis of the faith. On the contrary, it represents a major danger. It is viewed as the wrong answer to confronting modern times and to adapting to them. The Catholic recipe is to follow the pope's teachings and those of the bishops' conferences; and to reunite a Catholic "army" disoriented and eroded by secularism, painfully hit by sex abuse scandals and the competition both from evangelical Christianity and Islam.

But how? The controversy that greeted Benedict XVI on his visit to Germany is another danger sign. The visit was preceded by a book on the de-Christianization of Germany: Gesellschaft ohne Gott, (A Society Without God)by sociologist Andreas Puttman. "The religious implosion will have epochal dimensions in the long run", he writes.

Furthermore, the Vatican daily Osservatore Romano remarked on 20 September that there are currently more practising Muslims than Catholics in France. Geopolitics and religion don't seem to walk arm-in-arm in Europe. The Vatican's assumption that without Catholicism the west is destined to decline is not as widely shared as might appear.

A further source of misunderstanding is the disconnection between the Vatican and a number of European governments on the handling of sex abuse scandals. The building of a Catholic network and the "Mission Metropolis" project due to organise a unifying religious date in 12 large European cities in 2012, seems aimed at showing that the strength is still there: forces must just be recollected and reoriented. "Identity" is the key word. But which identity? Today's Europe seems the motherland not of a united Catholicism, but of Catholics belonging to different national tribes. This may be a great opportunity, or a persistent handicap.



The Vatican's problems are entirely of its own making, and are particularly associated with the tenure of Benedict XVI. An organization which purports to provide moral leadership to a global community numbering in hundreds of millions has shown itself interested in anything but, instead devoting its efforts to covering up the crimes of its own hierarchy. The sexual abuse of children in Ireland (and other countries) and the ongoing refusal to take responsibility or assist legal authorities in the pursuit of justice against the perpetrators of such crimes is a symbol of this combined hubris and arrogance.

The Vatican's declining influence is entirely down to its promotion of its own interests over that of ordinary Catholics who have become increasingly disgusted and despairing over its actions.

Apart from helping Nazzi war criminals escape justice after 1945 by smuggling them to South America with Vatican passports, providing money laundering services to the Italian Mafia in the 1970s and 80s, and disrupting Irish investigations into the rape and torture of children in the 90s and naughties, what exactly have been the practical consequences of the Vatican having convinced Mussolini to make it a sovereign state?

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