Criminal Charges against Dr. Joseph Ratzinger, Pope of the Roman Catholic Church on grounds of Crimes against Humanity According to Art. 7 ICC Statute
Excerpts from a lawsuit filed with The International Criminal Court in 2011
“…the establishment and maintenance of a worldwide system of cover-up of the sexual crimes committed by Catholic priests and their preferential treatment, which aids and abets ever new crimes”.
U.S.A (Pp. 20, 21):
“…since the mid-1990s, 130 victims of a Bostonian priest reported their terrible childhood experiences.
As school children, they had been abused and raped over a period of three decades. The cardinal in charge, Bernard Law, was well aware of the fact that it wasn’t one specific priest, but a number of his priests who were sexually molesting young boys, but his only reaction to the accusations of their victims was to transfer the priests to different parishes where their past was unknown. The cardinal himself was transferred to the Vatican where he received honorable tasks while his diocese had to pay over $100 million in damages to the victims of the priests he was covering up for. (cf., Robertson, op.cit. p. 16)
…The Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled with the victims there to the tune of $660 million in damages. It also became known that the bishop of Portland, William Levada, had learned of the danger of pedophile priests in his diocese as early as 1985, but undertook nothing against it. The tolerance of these wrongs and their resulting damage almost plunged his diocese into bankruptcy from which it could emerge only by agreeing to pay $75 million in damages to the victims. Today, Levada succeeds the pope as Prefect Cardinal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Other dioceses resorted to bankruptcy in order to escape child abuse lawsuits filed by victims of sexual crimes by the clergy.
“Recent investigations have indicated a traffick in pedophile priests to and from the US with Ireland, Rome, Mexico and Africa.” The minimal number of sexual abuse cases was given in a report conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and commissioned by the US Catholic Bishops Conference (in 2002): 10,667 persons concerned “had made plausible allegations against 4,392 priests.”
Africa (p 25)
The church proceeded to transfer its child abuse criminals more and more, not only from parish to parish, but to Africa in droves.
In May 2010, the first reports about the intense trafficking of child-molesting priests from Germany, Italy, Ireland and the USA to Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique and the Congo became known. The head of the South African Bishops Conference complained that the continent had been sent priests who were “wolves wearing sheepskin.” (cf. Robertson, op.cit., p. 30 with endnote indicating Legal Brief Africa, Issue No. 379, May 3, 2010)
Secrecy was the highest precept, not only legally, as written in the letter from Cardinal Ratzinger in 2001, but also in actual fact, cover-up was the order of the day.
A particularly crass confirmation of this is very dramatically provided by an event from 2001, which just recently became known: On Sept. 8, 2001, the Vatican congratulated the French Bishop Pierre Pican of Bayeux for a very special deed. Even though according to French law, he would have been obligated to report the sexual abuse committed by priests to the police, he did not do so, and at that, despite it being an especially grave case: the priest René Bissey had repeatedly raped a boy and molested ten others. He was finally sentenced to 18 years in prison. Bishop Pican was sentenced to three months probation for infringing against the obligation to disclosure.
In the letter of commendation from Rome, it says: “You have acted well and I am pleased to have a colleague in the episcopate who, in the eyes of history and of all other bishops in the world, preferred prison to denouncing his son and priest.” The letter was signed by the Prefect of the Congregation of the Clergy, Dario Castrillón Hoyos and, with the approval of the pope and of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that is, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a copy was sent to all Bishops Conferences. (cf. Washington Post from April 23, 2010;
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/22/AR2010042205304.html; Robertson op.cit., p. 42).