Perp Walk for the Pope

March 5, 2012
By

Last September, Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), teamed with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) to persuade the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to investigate the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI for crimes against humanity.

They argue the Vatican—the world’s smallest nation-state, geographically speaking—has for years used its enormous power to facilitate the systematic sexual abuse of children by clerics. On SNAP’s behalf, the CCR filed a detailed complaint with the ICC, along with thousands of pages of supporting documents. Blaine says that the battle to protect kids in the face of the Vatican’s long-standing intransigence led her to the ICC.

Nearly a decade after the Boston Globe’s exposé on church predators set off chain reactions in dioceses across the world—and a decade after U.S. bishops supposedly adopted a “zero tolerance” policy for sex abuse—the crimes continue. Priests rape kids, bishops cover for them, and the Vatican still stands behind it all.

“We’ve tried everything we could think of, but nothing worked to stop the abuse. So we…are asking prosecutors of the ICC to investigate them,” Blaine says.

In addition to investigating the Vatican as an institution, SNAP asked the ICC to specifically investigate four top church officials, including the pope and Cardinal William Levada.

For more, visit Ms. Magazine.

Tags: , , ,

12 Responses to Perp Walk for the Pope

  1. Judy Jones on March 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Catholic church officials are trying every tactic to shut victims down. It is apparent that they want anyone who has been sexually abused as a child by a catholic cleric to keep quiet, so they can continue to keep their power.

    They will do anything to keep themselves out of jail.
    We/victims need the help of the International Criminal Court at the Hague. Children will not ever be safe in this corrupt systemic environment until the complete truth is exposed and those who are responsible held accountable, otherwise they have no reason to change.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511
    snapjudy@gmail.com
    "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" and all clergy
    http://www.snapnetwork.org/

  2. Judy Jones on March 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Catholic church officials are trying every tactic to shut victims down. It is apparent that they want anyone who has been sexually abused as a child by a catholic cleric to keep quiet, so they can continue to keep their power.

    They will do anything to keep themselves out of jail.
    We/victims need the help of the International Criminal Court at the Hague. Children will not ever be safe in this corrupt systemic environment until the complete truth is exposed and those who are responsible held accountable, otherwise they have no reason to change.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511
    snapjudy@gmail.com
    "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" and all clergy
    http://www.snapnetwork.org/

  3. Judy Jones on March 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Catholic church officials are trying every tactic to shut victims down. It is apparent that they want anyone who has been sexually abused as a child by a catholic cleric to keep quiet, so they can continue to keep their power.

    They will do anything to keep themselves out of jail.
    We/victims need the help of the International Criminal Court at the Hague. Children will not ever be safe in this corrupt systemic environment until the complete truth is exposed and those who are responsible held accountable, otherwise they have no reason to change.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511
    snapjudy@gmail.com
    "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" and all clergy
    http://www.snapnetwork.org/

  4. Judy Jones on March 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Catholic church officials are trying every tactic to shut victims down. It is apparent that they want anyone who has been sexually abused as a child by a catholic cleric to keep quiet, so they can continue to keep their power.

    They will do anything to keep themselves out of jail.
    We/victims need the help of the International Criminal Court at the Hague. Children will not ever be safe in this corrupt systemic environment until the complete truth is exposed and those who are responsible held accountable, otherwise they have no reason to change.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511
    snapjudy@gmail.com
    "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" and all clergy
    http://www.snapnetwork.org/

  5. Cesar on March 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    That priest continue to rape and Bishops continue to cover it up in the present day is an awfully untrue statement to make. Limbaugh's terrible attack on Ms Fluke is mild compared to this crap.

  6. Cesar on March 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    That priest continue to rape and Bishops continue to cover it up in the present day is an awfully untrue statement to make. Limbaugh's terrible attack on Ms Fluke is mild compared to this crap.

  7. Cesar on March 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    That priest continue to rape and Bishops continue to cover it up in the present day is an awfully untrue statement to make. Limbaugh's terrible attack on Ms Fluke is mild compared to this crap.

  8. Cesar on March 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    That priest continue to rape and Bishops continue to cover it up in the present day is an awfully untrue statement to make. Limbaugh's terrible attack on Ms Fluke is mild compared to this crap.

  9. Soraya Chemaly on March 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I have been following this for a while and really can't figure out why it hasn't happened. Thank you for posting this.

  10. Soraya Chemaly on March 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I have been following this for a while and really can't figure out why it hasn't happened. Thank you for posting this.

  11. Soraya Chemaly on March 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I have been following this for a while and really can't figure out why it hasn't happened. Thank you for posting this.

  12. Soraya Chemaly on March 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I have been following this for a while and really can't figure out why it hasn't happened. Thank you for posting this.

Follow The Feminist Wire

Arts & Culture

  • 3 poems by Arielle Greenberg Wormwood portrait LA

    Who I’d Like to Meet   I am on tiptoe scanning our tallest bookshelves for something to pack to read on the plane.  I am scanful, tippy-toed: a girl without boots.  I am shorty.  I want to read something great, as in literary, and beautiful and daring, and something hobnailed [...]

  • From Corpses, Artworks and Dreams of by Raha Namy

    The novel Corpses, Arts and Dreams of is a triptych that hopes to tell the story/history of a people of a place and time, from three different angles, in three different styles. The first book deals with life in the city of Tehran. The second is on the people who [...]

  • Poetry by Sarah Gonzales saritaHeadShot

    fairy tales 2   I wish I could spit rhymes with the ease of a liberated tongue, relay my stories minus the empty hours of self loathing plus crumpled re-starts. maybe its true the birth of a poem (like much else in this world) means more with scars of a [...]