Clergy sex abuse vigctims – tired of a run-around from Rome on punshing sex abuse bishops – have asked the Intrernational Criminal court to investigate the pope aand his senior cardinals for possible crimes against humanity.
Attorneys for the victims say rape, sexual violence and torture are considered crimes against humanity as dscribed in the intrnational treaty that spells out the court’s manadate.
The Vatican is fighting hard on multiple fronts to keep sex abuse files from the civil authorities. Just last month, the Vatican was forced to turn over internal personnel files of an abusive priest to lawyers representing a victim in Oregonn.
Is it any wonder these victims who have been raped and molested by priests and bishops are going to the world’s international criminal court. Every time a new credible allegation of priestly sex abuse is made, the authorities of the R.C. church – from the pope down – go into their regulard song and dance. We are dreadfully sorrow, we accept full responsbility and we will do what we can for the victims. And it ends there. There are no practical conseqences. No heads roll. The pope sees to it that the bishops who aided and abetted these vicious crimes remain firmly in place. There will e no real healing until criminal bishops either resign or are ousted by Rome.
The prosecutors’ office at the criminal court says the documents from the sex abuse victims have arrived and are being studied.
Should the International criminal Court investigate the Vatican’s sex abuse policies?
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