Left Alleges Vatican Crimes Against Humanity

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.


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The Center for Constitutional Rights, a far-left advocacy group for Islamic terrorists, has now chosen to go after the Catholic Church. It is bringing a complaint on behalf of an organization known as the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The intent is to press for an investigation of Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican cardinals for alleged crimes against humanity.

The Center accuses the Catholic Church of a “long-standing and pervasive system of sexual violence.”

Like just about everything else the Center for Constitutional Rights does, it is engaging in pure political grandstanding to embarrass a traditional organization that does immense good in the world.  In a Church of over one billion members, the percentage of abuse cases is infinitesimal, and most of these are old closed cases. That is not to excuse the abuses that did happen, as the Church itself has recognized. But to accuse the Pope and cardinals of crimes against humanity evidences an anti-Catholic bias that, for lack of a better term, constitutes Catholic-phobia.

It is highly doubtful that the ICC will take this case, for a number of reasons. First, the ICC does not investigate crimes that occurred before its 2002 creation, which was when the bulk of the molestation claims originated.

Second, national courts with jurisdiction are already addressing the issues raised by the alleged sexual abuses, which normally would be enough to deter the ICC from intervening, since it was established as a court of last resort.

Third, the ICC does not usually get involved in this type of case. “This requires a government policy, a plan, a widespread and systematic attack against a civilian population,” the executive director of the International Bar Association, Mark Ellis, said. “Not to suggest that victims were not harmed, but to meet the level of crimes against humanity you really have to show that there is a policy or a plan to initiate this.”

Fourth, and most importantly, it is difficult to conceive that the ICC would choose to expend whatever political capital it may have to go after the Pope, particularly for simply not being attentive enough to what was happening before he even became the Pope.

If the Center for Constitutional Rights were truly concerned about a gross pattern of sexual abuse, it would be looking at Sharia-governed countries such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran where flagrant crimes against humanity are pervasive. Women and girls today are being sexually abused, mutilated and killed with impunity in the Muslim world under the cover of Sharia law, without any judicial recourse.

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  • http://jc.does-it.net Gene W.

    The most evil Catholic grouping would be Saints compared to any Muslim prayer group. Where are the critics of Muslims for their world wide forced starvation and mass murdering occurring on a daily basis? Where is the outrage of the UN that is controlled by the Bilderberg group, Council on Foreign Relations and Trilateral Commission? They also own the World Bank and IMF. The Pope did not attack Libya to eliminate the “Man Made River Project” which was to irrigate the ‘Fertile Crescent’ to become a major Bread Basket for Europe and Africa starting in 2015. That awful Libya had surplus trade (oil and now extinct future supplement by food), no foreign debt and no respect (ah ha) for the IMF or World Bank.

    • Davidintexas

      I have no idea what you are talking about! What is the "Man Made River Project?" Are you saying the Fertile Crescent is in Libya? I thought the Fertile Crescent was in Iraq! I think you are loopy!

  • StephenD

    Look for a minute beyond the rhetoric. The implications are far reaching. An International Court can levy charges against individuals (Pope, certain Bishops) and conduct hearings and trials, etc. What happens when it is time to enforce the rulings of the court? Who/What will rule the enforcers? From whence will they come? Ultimately, this points to a world governing body. It seems it is the camels nose under the tent flap. Once it legitimizes itself, it will grow until it embodies that very thing ~ a world government. I hope I'm wrong, but I suspect the confessed altruistic nature of the ICC as being a spear tip wrapped in velvet.

  • Loupdegarre

    Bring back the Knights Templar.

  • Guest

    Will this group go after the abusers of children in Hollywood?

  • Jim

    Wasn't it the left in The Spanish Civil War that sang

    We are going to get a rope
    We are going to hang the Pope
    and burn the Sistine Chapel to the groubd.
    Then we are going to get some guns
    and shoot up all the nuns
    and rape any that might be left around.

    No hate speech there eh wot.

  • Danny Haszard

    Not to diminish the serious sin of the RCC but Please examine the Jehovah's Witnesses who go door to door and come on our property.

    Jehovah's Witnesses pedophiles.
    Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah's Witnesses require two witnesses when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation. Such allegations have customarily been treated as sins instead of crimes and are only reported to authorities when it is required to do so by law, (which varies by state).

    It has also been shown that child molesters within the organization usually have not been identified to the congregation members or the public at large. These people engage in a door to door ministry, possibly exposing children to pedophiles.

    The Watchtower corporation has paid out millions in settlement money already.
    – Danny Haszard abuse victim
    FMI

    dannyhaszard(dot)com

  • BOB PASCARELLA

    The Center for Constitutional Rights is another liberal extremist element that has contempt for what the Catholic Church represents: faith, virtue and an unwavering respect for tradition and the sanctity of life. And because the Church has resisted the post modern moral order, and has maintained an unshakeable belief in absolute truth, its enemies see Catholicism as a threat to their deviant and immoral world view. This attack on the pope is just another attempt to undermine the church's spiritual influence, with little, if any, reagrd for victims of abuse.

  • Indioviejo

    It says more about the CCR than the Church. It has been attacked for 2,000 years and it is stronger than ever. Food for thought.

  • Amused

    You need not be a liberal or righty or lefty to realize that the Vatican , under Pope Benedict , is culpable for any sex crime which has taken place since any priest had been known to be an offender and was not removed . The scandals looms even larger in Ireland . The bit about "crimes against humanity " is a bit much …….however , the Pope himself should be held accountable for any of this which has occurred on his watch , with his knowledge .
    ANYONE else would be culpable as an accessory to the crime of sexual abuse of children . This has got nothing to do with "the church's enemies " .And simply sayng he JW's or the mislims do it , IS NO EXCUSE >the above two statement reflect a very warped rationale and a broken moral compass . Do you guys really THINK , before you hit your keypads ???

  • AvantiBev

    But the majority of molestation / abuse here in the States was that glorious Man on Boy Sex aka intergenerational man/boy love The majority of priests who had a sexual relationship were merely exhibiting that Gay Pride we are called to celebrate every June. What are the CCR people, a bunch of homophobes and prudes??!!

  • Amused

    Catholic priests were messing with little boys long before that dude …..get your facts straight ….Irelands problem , as well as France and Italy's , go back even further . LOL….in fact Republican congressmen were messing with their young interns before that too .

  • Evil Leftist Scumbag

    “visceral hatred of the Judeo-Christian tradition and Western democratic values.” such as presumption of innocence and right to a trial by jury?