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The Pope has been charged with Crimes Against Humanity

Posted by Ethan Clow on February 25, 2011

Will the Pope End up Behind Bars?

I was shocked when I saw this story. Two German lawyers have filed charges against Pope Benedict XVI for crimes against humanity.

“Christian Sailer and Gert-Joachim Hetzel, based at Marktheidenfeld in the Pope’s home state of Bavaria, last week submitted a 16,500-word document to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at the Hague, Dr Luis Moreno Ocampo.” – quote from The Irish Times.

Specifically mentioned in the lawsuit is that Pope Benedict leads and is “responsible for the preservation and leadership of a worldwide totalitarian regime of coercion which subjugates its members with terrifying and health-endangering threats”

What health endangering threats do they mean? The article mentions forbidding condom use, even for the purpose of preventing HIV-AIDS infection. The article also mentions the creation of a world-wide conspiracy to cover up the sexual abuse of minors.

Also listed, is that the Catholic Church inducts members through a “compulsory act”, meaning baptism while still an infant. They claim the act is irreversible and enforced by excommunication.

The entire 16,500 word document can be read here.

The case has been submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague, however; this is no guarantee the court will accept the case or even pursue any of the charges.

I checked the official website of the Vatican and Holy See and so far, nothing has been posted about these charges.

I also checked the website of the ICC and found nothing. The latest report, for the week of February 21st, didn’t mention any charges being laid against Benedict XVI, but that may not matter. Perhaps they’ll mention in next week’s report or it might not be the place where new cases are reported.

The legal document is filed under Article 7 of the ICC Rome Statute, which refers to Crimes Against Humanity, under the official document that includes issues of:

(a) Murder;

(b) Extermination;

(c) Enslavement;

(d) Deportation or forcible transfer of population;

(e) Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of

fundamental rules of international law;

(f) Torture;

(g) Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced

sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;

(h) Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political,

racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender as defined in paragraph

3, or other grounds that are universally recognized as impermissible under

international law, in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph

or any crime within the jurisdiction of the Court;

(i) Enforced disappearance of persons;

(j) The crime of apartheid;

(k) Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.

It sounds like those would easily fit the allegations the lawyers are placing at Pope Benedict XVI. I’m not sure I can agree with notions of compulsory membership that’s backed up with the threat of excommunication. Well, I mean, yes that is true, as an infant, you can’t refuse baptism, and if you believe in the church’s doctrine, excommunication is a very bad thing. However, based on what we know about the universe and (I assume) the nature of a court, one would have a hard time proving the existence of such a reality. Meaning, is the threat of excommunication even credible enough to be considered in court?

If I threatened someone with a magic curse, would that be grounds for a lawsuit? If I told someone to “watch out, or my unicorn will get you…” is that something to build a criminal case around?

Of course, I’m not a lawyer and I have no legal experience in anything like this. Perhaps they can make the case on the grounds of psychological suffering caused by threats of damnation and eternal suffering.

Can the charges be laid on the Pope, who is the Head-of-State of the Vatican and Holy See? In section IV of the document charging the Pope, it states:

” 1. According to Art. 27 of the ICC Statute, all persons are subject to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, regardless of their official capacity. In particular, official capacity as a Head of State or Government … shall in no case exempt a person from criminal responsibility under this Statute …” (para. 1) “Immunities …, which may attach to the official capacity of a person, whether under national or international law, shall not bar the Court from exercising its jurisdiction over such a person.” (para. 2)” – Criminal Charges against Dr. Joseph Ratzinger, Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, page 47

The authors seem confident that the Pope will not be immune to such charges. Whether or not the ICC will agree, is another matter.

Regardless of what happens to this effort to find justice, it is a starting point. The Pope should not be allowed to sidestep international law because he lives in a palace and thinks he’s God’s wing man on Earth. I will be watching this case very closely.


3 Responses to “The Pope has been charged with Crimes Against Humanity”

  1. […] The Pope has been charged with Crimes Against Humanity […]

    • Francis Stephan Griese said

      The Pope’s case will turn much worse I think!

      Francis Stephan Griese must be posthume rehabilitated for his work without the Pope worldwide!

      Griese was punished by the Pope in 1938 for his book: The great Error of Christianity – proved by a Priest

      Historical Letter of Prof.Dr.phil.Francis Stephan Griese to the Pope Pius XI. !

      Mendoza, Arg, 15th of January 1933
      Francis Stephan Griese presents compliments

      to the Pope Pius XI.
      You allow me, Your Holiness my recently issued work in this way to transmit what I found to be useful and necessary, because I have written this book in the causes and reasons to point at that interest me, the former priest of the Catholic Church given that rock off my priestness and I turn apostate that religion.
      Let Your Holiness not overlook the fact that my book is not only the teaching of the Church, especially the sacraments hitting rebutted, but also the unique person of Christ, whose prophecy of his early return it as inaccurate accused, even before the eyes of all the audience.
      Therefore I wanted Your Holiness, as a defender of the faith by Excellentiam, watch whether the evidence refutes this book somehow so that neither the foundation of the church nor of the flock of believers suffer any harm.
      I am ready, everything I have written before any arbitrary theologians of the Holy Chair to publicly defend when and where Your Holiness likes.
      From this letter, which the next edition of my work is attached, I will through the newspapers the world get acquaint with.

      Live well
      Franz Stephan Griese
      Poste restante Mendoza, Argentina

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